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La Vallee Reviews

La Vallee Reviews

La Vallee Holiday Park

La Vallee campsite is probably one of the best available in Normandy. It’s in a lovely rural setting, very close to a sandy beach and the seaside town of Houlgate. The park opens for chalet guests between 28th April and 9th September with guests staying in tents welcome between 5th May and 28th September. The gardens are very pretty with lots greenery and plenty of fruit trees. In short this is an ideal location for any family looking to explore what France has to offer.

The camp site Reception is situated in the Norman style country house and here you’ll find friendly staff happy to talk to you in English but they’ll love it even more if you give your French a quick airing. If you’re worried about leaving the dog at home then don’t. Just pack him up with the kids and away you go, he’s quite welcome here. The camp features 353 pitches so as a medium sized camp has lots of the facilities you’d expect.

If you’re looking for a back to nature experience then going under canvass at La Vallee will really fit the bill. Two or three bedrooms with separate kitchen and living areas mean you’ll be able to set up a family home from home in no time. Tent canvasses, inside and out, are all newly replaced for 2012 and the new designs allow you to open up your tents during the day to really get close to the French countryside.

La Vallee has a good selection of comfortable chalets with all the facilities you’ll need for your French Odyssey. Whether you’re looking for two or three bedroomed they all have outside space and on the inside cosy bathrooms and separate cooking and living space. Oven, gas hob, fridge/freezer and microwave are all part of the deal (but sorry no dishwasher) so self catering should actually be more like home from home.

Facilities & Activities at La Vallee

Keeping the kids busy on holiday is always a challenge. There are two children’s clubs to help with that; Fun Station and mini Fun Station (take a wild guess about the difference between the two). Fun Station is for 4 – 12 year olds with themed activities such as Pirate Mayhem and Wild Wild West whilst mini Fun Station is for 6 months to 5 years with a raft of suitable things to do such as ball pools, sand and water tables and arts and crafts. There is also an on-site animation team who organise arts and crafts activities, sporting events, disco and karaoke nights. To be honest sounds like more action than you or the kids can shake a stick at!

On top of all that there is a games room with two pool tables, football machines, arcade games and pinball machines. Why not take your own tiddlywinks and organise a summer holiday version of the Olympic Pentathlon competition.

One of best features at La Vallee is the four pools complex. There are two outdoor heated, and two covered pools that are also heated so no matter what the Normandy weather throws at you (actually it’s mostly warm and dry) the kids can swim all the time. The pools have slides and chutes of all sizes and shapes. This means you can find a pool that’s perfect for the kids no matter what their swimming ability, be they the new Rebecca Addlington or a plain old landlubber. For the perfect afternoon look no further than the Jacuzzi and sun loungers on the terrace.

There are plenty of other activities to choose from including diving lessons (rumour has it that this is where Jacques Cousteau learned to dive), tennis courts, table tennis, football, badminton, basketball, volleyball archery and boules, so much in fact that you’ll probably not see the kids for two weeks! If you want to get out and about you can hire cycles on a weekly or daily basis.

La Vallee is surrounded by some really stunning sites that are well worth seeing. Towns such as Rouen (Joan of Arc fame), Bayeux (tapestry fame) and Mont St Michel (fairy tale castle built on an island fame) all beg to be visited and there are plenty more that you can find. Local visitor attractions are also numerous and include the Aquarium de Trouville with 70 tanks of seal life and rainforest animals and insects (not in the same tanks silly). There is also the Musee du Debarquement which commemorates the events of the D Day landing in June 1944. I suppose no mention of Normandy would be complete without local markets. Do try to visit one as they really do show another way of life and you can buy food for tea at the same time.

On the subject of food there is a French brassiere on site that overlooks the pool – great chance to taste the local food. You can also shop for self catering thingies at the, minimarket if you forget whilst you are out and about.

Five Reasons to Book a Family Holiday to La Valle

  • Easy to get to
  • Lovely park surroundings
  • Good choice of accommodation
  • Normandy beaches
  • Local food and drink

Family Travel Guide to Normandy – France

Within easy reach of Blighty this part of Normandy is a holiday makers dream. Fantastic beaches, great countryside and an enormous slice of history with the Normandy landing beaches make this a really special place for a holiday. You can find out more about what this part of France has to offer by clicking the links below;

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  1. Alessandro

    A wonderful parc surrounded by the green countryside! We stayed for 10 days at Camping La Valle and enjoyed every second of it. On arrival we were greeted by Stephane and given the usual greet and meet – it was actually very useful and I soon learnt that Stephane will go out of his way to make sure your trip is the best it can be.

    The site is spotless and the showers hot – just what you need when camping.
    The beaches are lovely but the sea is a little chilly, the kids didn’t seem to mind. The kids loved it here, big enough to explore but not get lost.

    The campsite is “cheese free” don’t expect disco nights.

    Just a lovely, charming, quiet and family orientated campsite.

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