La Garangeoire reviews
Just returned from a great holiday at La Garangeoire. We had mixed weather upon arrival for the first couple of days however we made the most of the indoor facilities as well as stocking up at the grocery shop which was reasonably priced.
The sun decided to make an appearance on the 3rd day so we ventured around the vast forest treks and joined a discovery walk set up by the proud owners of the park. They were very friendly and full of local knowledge for where to go and the must see sights in the area. They showed us the lake where you can go kayaking or sail a small boat if your anything like the wife and get scared of a little water. The owners surprisingly showed us around there Chateau at the end of the trek which was really nice of them considering it was there home. The campsite is full of activities to enjoy. The boys loved cycling around the bike tracks, however the cycle hire seems to have gone up in price looking at a past review on here. It is now 12 euros but we managed to get it for 9 euros as we hired them for a week. The boys also enjoyed the numerous slides around the swimming pool area and took part in the tug of war, football training and off ground tick in the children’s club. I managed to get a bit of golf in and carp fishing too, although the fishing gear was rather expensive to hire, will take my own next time. The wife and youngest daughter took part in the craft lessons, painting and treasure hunts with the Thompson Alfresco kids club. The park also run there own kids club which the kids also enjoyed and best of all it was free. The kids loved the crepe parties they had and the boys went to the early disco but tended to play around the mobile home in the evenings. The home we stayed in was in a great spot with lots of space for the kids to play in and I was impressed with the modern utilities it had and very good condition. The kitchen had a cooker and microwave as well as a gas bbq on the terrace. As for food, there is a local shop with had plenty of choice, a large bar that stocked fresh bread, and a restaurant which is very formal and the meals available where varied with lots of local dishes. There is also a takeaway which I must say had surprisingly delicious pizzas even though I’m not a pizza fan myself. The chicken in a basket was a clear winner for the kids. The owners recommended a restaurant 2 miles down the road from the park which was open till late and had a mix of dishes from various regions across France. We tried it near the end of our holiday, I bottled having the Frogs legs but the duck confit was the best I have ever tasted.
In a nutshell, this holiday was fantastic and not overpriced like centerparcs. Most of the activities are included with us just having to pay for the horse riding and fishing as extras. The mobile home was comfortable to fit the three kids in and the park had plenty of wide open spaces with tons of activities to enjoy. The only critisism I have from the holiday is that a week wasn’t long enough as we spent most of our time on park and missed out on visiting the Puy du Fou attraction.
La Garangeoire is by far the best campsite we have ever stayed on. We went for 2 weeks in July and mostly had nice weather throughout. The facilities were second to none and even though the campsite was full it was always lovely and clean, toilets and shower blocks plentiful and spotless. It's location is inland from the coast but local beaches were only a short distance away. Les Sables beach was delightful and usually quiet up to 3pm (ish). There was ample to do on the site that kept the children constantly busy and entertained. They loved the horse riding, swimming, football camp, table tennis, basketball and the Thomson kids club - I even got to read 4 books which is usually unheard of on our past family holidays! Can understand why other reviews suggest there is not much in the evening for teenagers, but our eldest two still loved it - think they had zapped most of their energy from the day events. The staff on the campsite are really friendly people who surprisingly speak perfect English. We stayed in a Thomson Al Fresco mobile home which was on a large peaceful pitch set back from the main site facilities. The mobile was new and modern with decking and a outdoor heater for staying out in the late evenings. We only got to use it twice as the evenings tended to be a pleasant temperature.
To summarise the campsite facilities are first class and entertainment fantastic! If you need any further proof we never go anywhere twice, but we were that impressed we have booked again for next year .
My family and myself visited the Vendee for the 3rd time as a family in late June and decided to stay in a more countryside location for 11 days at La Garangeoire. It was excellent weather although I believe even the UK was scorching too, typical timing hey! We stayed in a static caravan and booked with Keycamp. We would certainly recommend Keycamp as the holiday reps where very helpful and we did our research before hand and discovered they offer a soccer school at the campsite, which both my sons loved.
The location of the campsite is very picturesque and well away from the hustle and bustle of the coastal campsites which myself and my man have stayed at before but much prefer the life and scenery at Garangeoire campsite. It has three beautiful lakes which are great for canoeing and one lake has lots of fish for keen fishing if you like that sort of thing. We hired a car, which I would recommend if your not going in your own as it’s much easier to get to the beaches and quaint towns along the coast. If you have youngsters that are very energetic then this is definetly the best site in the Vendee area! At first we wasn’t sure about staying here due to it being away from the coastal areas but it worked out to only be 15 minutes away from the beaches and less than 10 to a supermarket. .
This campsite was Grand! Fantastic countryside location with a great pool, nice restaurant and even my tootsie joined in with the diving lessons. The views are literally breathtaking! We went in the kids holidays and only really saw couples and families with small littl’ns, not many teens although I guess their isn’t as much for them to do here. Tons of stuff for younger families though, and would highly recommend it! Very flash campsite!
This is a very lovely campsite, maintained really well and kept very clean. The static mobile pitches are very spacious, we stayed with Eurocamp but the Thomson al Fresco mobiles seemed to have better placements. We took our 11 year old son and 9 year old niece. I would suggest this campsite is aimed around kids no older than 13 with plenty of fun activities and lots of kids clubs available. There wasn’t many activities for teenagers, and the scarce few that where there only hung out at the pool in the day and vanished at night. The cycle hire is very cheap at 8 euro’s a day and there are some cracking routs along the lakes. A brilliant location and a fabulously kept campsite, a must for young families!
Excellent facilities and very, very clean, staff extremely friendly and would go out of their way to help as much as they can, not much evening entertainment apart from an occasional group performing at the bar, wonderful woodland setting with fantastic cycling routes and walks, Côte de Lumière is a must visit, in summary this is our best holiday to France so far.