I think it was a chaffinch defending the 3 or 4 trees around our static caravan. He was very busy proclaiming (presumably to lady chaffiches) something along the lines of - 'Look at the size of my trees! Why don't you come and join me and have my babies?' Sadly none of the females of his species were sufficiently impressed to do so and shut him up. Actually the soundtrack of this delightful site was pretty good. We could make out (between the deafening bursts of our resident chaffinch) the songs of many different birds in the daytime. At dusk the crickets took over and as night fell the melodious toad joined his many brothers in song. You could almost get close enough to pat the Coypu on the head (they are not gifted in terms of either eyesight or intelligence) and the regular patrols of ducks from the nearby lake ensured that left over bits of croissants did not go to waste.
Our caravan was surprisingly well designed. The single beds could, at a stretch, be descibed as beds (unlike the scaffolding plank with a mattress on top beloved of UK holiday parks). It was clean, adequately equipped and came with a very good shower and plenty of decked space outside. The Mem Sahib was disappointed to discover that the 'mosquito nets' (conjuring up visions of sultry nights of the British Raj, fanned by the industrious punkah wallah) were actually pull-down fly screens in the bedrooms. It should be said the the fanciful 'Safari' tents on site were equipped with real thing. The mozzies were not a big problem - I can be rendered comprehensively disabled by a mosquito bite but Boots 'Repel' seemed to do a good job of discouraging the little brutes.
This is the best kind of French campsite - with huge, shady pitches - all of which are well served, immaculately clean, up to date facilities and three beautifully maintained pools - paddling, graded 0.5 - 1.6M and deep (ish) at 1.8M. There are also water slides and a flume which empty their screaming victims into a separate pool area. The shop has odd opening hours but it is well stocked and not unreasonable for its captive clientele (the site is quite isolated - the nearest supermarket being in Saumur, about 7 miles away). The bar has a lot of attractive and well maintained outside space and, again, doesn't overcharge. There is a take-away offer including good pizzas with proper thin crust bases which the likes of Dominos, with their soggy and mean imitations of the real thing, really ought to come and try.
The British are taken care of by remarkably youthful Eurocamp reps. Despite their years, they were very professional and efficient. There is a well kept approach golf course and archery is available - both for a fairly reasonable extra charge. There is also a great restaurant at the gates of this park - see my review of 'La Grange'. Well be back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In an estate of 50 acres just a few miles away from Saumur, le Domaine de la Brèche offers a service with a wide variety of facilities : bar, restaurant, take away, superette and various entertainment : heated swimming pools with water slides, pitch and putt, tennis courts, crazy golf, pony club, kids club in summer, bicycle and go karts hire, etc. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- l`Etang De La Breche Hotel Varennes Sur Loire
- Domaine De La Breche Varennes Sur Loire, France - Pays De La Loire