The perfect family get away in France. La Garangeoire in the Vendee.

5 Jan

La Garangeoire is a beautiful holiday parc located in The Vendee. As it is a Castels site, we expected it to be of a high standard and we were not disappointed. From the moment we drove onto the site it felt welcoming, friendly and intimate. Children were safely pottering around on bikes and scooters, and everything looked immaculate and well kept.

Our accommodation was a Eurocamp holiday home which was very spacious and had a useful covered outdoor area. Perfect for lots of Al fresco dining! The Eurocamp staff were great and dealt with any queries that we had straight away.

La Garnageoire Avant Canopy Decking Exterior

Three bedroom Avant with Eurocamp

La Garangeoire has everything you could possibly need to keep your family entertained. In addition to the outdoor pool complex there is a beach lagoon, tennis courts, playgrounds, lake with pedallos and boats, horse riding, fishing, go karts and table tennis. The man made lagoon is just perfect on a sunny day. It’s gently shelving water is perfect for little ones and umbrellas are provided for shade which is a nice touch. there are free kids clubs provided by both the site and by Eurocamp. We didn’t make use of the Kid’s clubs as there was just so much else to do. By the way, if you are feeling fit there are some great running routes from the site, just ask reception for a map.

La Garnageoire Slide Area

Evening entertainment is provided in high season. This is of a much higher quality than what we have experienced at other sites. We loved the ‘Fire Show’ and the band ‘Idle Fingers’ were fantastic.

The majority of activities are included in the cost of your holiday but we paid extra for a one hour horse ride through the woods. There are lots of other extra activities that you can book through reception (available for an additional fee). Activities on offer during our stay included scuba diving lessons, a guided Kayaking trip, Cheese and Wine tasting and tree climbing at a nearby adventure park.

Taking a pedallo onto the lake is the perfect way to end a fun-filled day. We saw plenty of Kingfishers and on one evening we spotted an immature Night Heron, a first for us!

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I finally managed to get an ‘amateur’ Kingfisher photo.

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Immature Night Heron

Wildlife areas surround the lake and there is a huge woodland on the site where you can cycle or go horse riding. I managed to grab a few wildlife photos whilst exploring.

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Wasp Spider (Argiope bruennichi)

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Map Butterfly

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The nearby coast is beautiful and the golden sandy beaches stretch for miles. Despite it being the end of August the beaches were not at all busy. The nearest beaches are around 12 km away and we spent time at both Les Dunes and La Parée beaches in Bretignolles sur Mer.

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The site has recently been awarded the European Ecolabel award for its low environmental impact.  To receive the award, sites must demonstrate energy management, water and waste management, responsible purchasing and environmental education. We were really impressed with the recycling facilities and were happy to see that they had recently started to trial a food waste recycling system. We also loved their innovative vending machines for filtered and fresh water. This is an attempt to greatly reduce the amount of waste packaging on site and the cost is just 0.15€ per litre, far less than you would pay for bottled water.

The man made lagoon is just perfect on a sunny day. It’s gently shelving water is perfect for little ones and umbrellas are provided for shade which is a nice touch. We loved the swimming pools and could have happily spent all day here.

La Garnageoire Lagoon Beach

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For days out nearby:

We cycled to Lac Du Jaunay from the site which is around 1.5 miles. You can cycle all around the lake, probably too far if you have little ones but fine if they are older.

The seaside town of Les Sables De Yonne is worth a visit. The promenade tempts you with its seafood restaurants. Head further into the town to find the narrowest street in France. The town is also known for it’s ‘street of shells’ which are really quite amazing.

There are four Castles all within an hour’s drive and a number of zoos and aquariums too. You can get a full list of days out from reception, including suggestions for where to go on a rainy day.

La Garangeorie is  just over an hour’s drive from Le Puy De Fou. This theme Park has awards for The Best Theme Park In the World and is truly spectacular! There are no rides here it is purely shows. We spent two days here and stayed one night in their medieval themed hotel. More details to follow in another post but here is a sneak preview from the Viking Show! Every show is incredibly realistic and the effects are like nothing we have ever seen.

We would recommend this beautiful site in the Vendee and would love to return one day. For more information you can visit the Eurocamp or the Castels website.

Disclaimer:  Some of our nights on site were provided for free by Eurocamp. All opinions are my own and are not influenced by Eurocamp in any way.

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One Response to “The perfect family get away in France. La Garangeoire in the Vendee.”

  1. Kids of the Wild January 5, 2018 at 9:50 pm #

    La Garangeoire sounds like a great family holiday destination. Excellent writing and love the wildlife pics too. Brings back memories of happy holidays in France with you. Maybe next year?!

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