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“A rather disappointing 2 weeks” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Pierre & Vacances Village Club Normandy Garden

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Pierre & Vacances Village Club Normandy Garden
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Branville
Crowborough, United Kingdom
1 review
“A rather disappointing 2 weeks”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2013

We stayed at Normandy Gardens for 2 weeks in August 2013. Having previously stayed at Belle Dune and Port Bourgenay, Normandy Gardens was rather disappointing. Upon arrival we were asked to pay for towels and a welcome pack (these used to be free and at the inflated summer prices these resorts charge they should be included).
The site is on a hillside and we were located at the bottom of the hill with views of car parks to front and rear. It is rather an isolated location with nowhere within walking distance and an access road that would be dangerous to walk along at night. The only restaurant on site charged 24 Euros for a three course menu which was far too expensive for a family. A 'formula' menu was typically 15-18 Euros at local restaurants.
On the plus side our children loved the pool/aquatic centre (though beware the showers automatically stop working at 8pm when it closes leaving my daughter covered in soap). They also really enjoyed the daytime children's clubs and the evening aquaplay.
Would we go again? No - not to Normandy Gardens though possibly to one of the other locations.
Unfortunately we had very noisy neighbours so it wasn't a very peaceful holiday.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Sleep Quality
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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2013

a very nice resort. We hired a VIP 2 bed house 5/6, which is comfortable for 4 people, but would be too small for 5/6. There are many activities on offer and there is the opportunity to do as little or as much as you want. The swimming pools are very nice. There is so much to do in the area. Houlgate, Honfleur and Deauville...the closest beach Villers-sur-mer was about 10 minutes drive and was really nice. The supermarket are close by too. Would definitely go back and stay longer

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Reading, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2013

We (2 adults and 2 children) have just come back from at Normandy Gardens. We found the accommodation OK but the house is meant for 6 and yet we found it cramped - for example, sofa could only take two. The outdoor pool was amazing - clean, plenty of sun loungers. However, most of the activities included a cost. What was absolutely awful was the restaurant. We ate there the first night and had breakfast the first morning, and resolved not to eat there ever again! it was over priced rubbish, and the staff insulted us by serving up cold/frozen scrambled eggs and then proceeded to tell us that is what they do in France. They then told us the eggs would go green if they served them warm, and then insulted us further by saying we were welcome to use the microwave to warm them up if we wanted. The restaurant was never busy and we can see why. We found plenty of lovely restaurants in Villers-Sur- Mer.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Horsham, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2013

We have just returned from Pierre et Vacances Normandy Gardens and were impressed by this parc. The grounds were spotlessly maintained and the house we rented was very clean and adequate for a weeks stay. It had everything you need. Two bedrooms, hard but sleepable beds (beware I took our own bedding and their double beds are actually king size), a reasonable bathroom, downstairs loo which is always handy, little kitchenette (no oven so don't take part bake bread like me!) a living/dining area and lovely little terrace. The swimming complex was great with indoor and outdoor bits and my husband and kids spent hours there. There was also a little shop with basics available although there is a supermarket (Super U)in Dozulé for stocking up. We didn't use the kids clubs but I've been told its all in French so unless your kids are bilingual they may struggle.

Pros
Clean, lovely swimming pool, friendly helpful staff who unlike some reviews state all spoke great English and were very patient with my sad attempts at French, nice little houses.
Good central location for lots of touristy things

Cons
The resteraunt is VERY overpriced and mediocre at best. We went once and never returned. Skip the take out pizza too!

Recommendations
Festyland which is a small but fun
theme park
Honfleur is a lovely port with a marina and lots of little shops. And a merry go round for kids
Beauregard Adventure Sud was a brilliant set of treetop adventure courses for all ages and was definitely our favourite day.

All in all we would return. It's definitely geared up for French visitors (about 80% of the guests were French) but we didn't find this a problem at all and had a great time.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Ashford, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2013

We are just back from our second P & V holiday. The first time was at Belle Dune but this time we wanted to be further from Calais but still somewhere with a pool complex. We opted for the VIP 2 bed house and it was great, tastefully decorated, two bathroom with privacy and a nice view. It is well planned with loads of storage and hooks. I did not like the look of the no VIP houses as they are older and have less privacy. The pools are great and the sauna and steam room good. We only had one meal at the restaurant and that was a take away the first night. The burger was the best I have ever had, almost raw in the Way we used to have in the UK. The area around was loverly with loads of beautiful seaside towns. Villers San mere was close and has a great beach. Fab holiday, we will be back.

Room Tip: We stayed in 131 which has a nice location and privacy screening at the front.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Stockholm, Sweden
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2013

I was at Normandy Garden With My 3 year old, My 6 year old and My husband. My brother and his wife stayed for 2 nights also. We stayed at à villa for 5-6 pers in Le Bocage. Everybody Was very pleased With the pool and fencing lessons. Everything was clean and friendly. I Will go back and bring My friends.

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2013

I visited with a group of 11 people, 4 people with special needs.
We were looked after very well. Friendly and helpful staff who truly wanted to help to make our stay as wonderful as possible.
very well kept gardens and very clean swimming pools.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Pierre & Vacances Village Club Normandy Garden
Address: quartier du Garden Club, 14430 Branville, France (Formerly Pierre & Vacances Resort Normandy Garden)
Region: France > Normandy > Basse-Normandie > Calvados > Branville
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Branville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Pierre & Vacances Village Club Normandy Garden 3*
Number of rooms: 330
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Weather proof holiday village with heated aqua area and fantastic indoor play area Near to the beaches of Deauville, Cabourg and Villers-sur-Mer Children and teenage clubs for those aged 3 months to 18 years. ... more   less 
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