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Camping Sequoia Parc
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Reviewed 3 July 2014

Stayed in Sequoia Parc for 2 weeks recently. Had stayed there on a number of occasions previously, either with Canvas or in a motorhome. This time I booked one of the chalets, a 3 bedroomed with verandah. We arrived just before the high season, so Parc was reasonably quiet with restricted office hours. Staff were efficient and pleasant, particularly restaurant staff, Louise was bright and cheerful. Parc is very well maintained and run, very safe for young children. Pool area is large and again well supervised by lifeguards. Perhaps the owner could take a leaf out of his employees book and smile and say hello to guests occasionally. Overall well worth a visit, particularly for those with young families. Lots to see and do within a couple of hours drive, Futuroscope and Puy Du Fou are to be recommended.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 July 2014

We stayed here for a week recently with Eurocamp. The Parc itself is nicely presented and in attractive grounds with a very good pool complex. Parc staff were friendly and helpful, however, the Eurocamp rep was a bit rubbish but that's another story! The facilities were mostly closed (no evening entertainment, horse riding etc etc) due to it not being 'high season'. This WAS in the brochure, however, that fact we were there the last week in June made us think it would be high season - check before you book! The shop was ok but vastly overpriced, the Bar was really lacking in atmosphere due to there being no music and prices here were extortionate too. We didn't eat in the Restaurant but the menu looked ok, the takeaway was expensive too.

The main problem we had were the mosquitoes. I have never, ever been bitten so badly anywhere else in my 34 years. It was ridiculous, we were being dive-bombed the minute dusk came which meant in the end we just had to go inside the stifflingly hot chalet (incidentally, the Eurocamp brochure said air-con available at the site for extra payment, the staff looked at me like I was mad when I asked...back to the Mozzies...). We bought citronella candles, spray, plug in repellants, you name it we had it, didn't make the slightest bit of different, we were literally eaten alive and the whole party (4 adults, 2 children) covered in giant red swellings by the third day, and they never got full up! We couldn't wait to leave by the end.

Overall...yeah..nice parc, pricey...but be warned about those Mozzies!

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 June 2014 via mobile

I spent 10 wonderful nights in sequoia parc with my wife and three children. The park itself is very clean and safe. The pool area is second to none but guys, remember to pack the tight swimming shorts because loose ones are prohibited. Even kids need to wear the right ones. The carousel restaurant is a little on the pricey side and isn't a very appropriate family menu but there is a take away option which is a little better and cheaper. The supermarket is a little bit limited but reasonably priced and provides all the essentials. There is an intermarche supermarket about 2 miles from the park close to marennes and it provides everything at cheaper prices. I recommend exploring nearby iles d'oleron as it has some wonderful little restaurants and fantastic beaches also. All in all I can say I would definitely return to sequoia parc but in my opinion a car is essential for getting around as the parc itself is a little secluded. Everything you've read about the Mosquitos is true and it seems nothing works against them. We all got bitten but to be honest the parc is in the middle of a woodland so wildlife is to be expected.

Stayed: June 2014
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Reviewed 26 June 2014 via mobile

Booked through Eurocamp and travelled with our 2 year old and nine month old. First trip of this kind. Lovely clean, modern, well equipped cabin. Parc is fabulously clean with great facilities especially pool. Really prettily landscaped. Think we might have been spoilt by our first attempt at 'camping.' Would recommend but watch out for the mozzies!

Stayed: June 2014
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Reviewed 18 June 2014

Loved this place great for kids very friendly, the shop is not a rip one - two things are a little pricer than home but overall its still alot cheaper than ireland. Travelled with KelAir and service was brilliant thanks Audry and Tony.

  • Stayed: June 2014
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castelsequoia, Responsable relations clients at Camping Sequoia Parc, responded to this reviewResponded 12 August 2014

Bonjour,

We thank you for your testimony following your recent stay at Castel campsite Séquoia Parc.

We thank you for your compliment that our campsite is a great place for kids.
We aim all our facilities and services at families with children and are pleased that we lived up to your expectations.

Concerning the prices at the shops we are very please that you noticed they are accurate. We always conduct a competitive research at the beginning of the season to establish our prices correctly.

We hope to welcome you again soon at Castel campsite Séquoia Parc !

Best regards,

The Séquoia Parc team

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Reviewed 3 June 2014

Just arrived home from a great holiday which we book through Thompson al fresco tesco vouchers. Booking easy , ferries easy and the reps on site Derek and Kath are so helpful and friendly. The mobile home was nice older than we expected but had everything we needed. Big tip about mosquitoes they're are a lot as previous guests have said take sprays and a plug in we forgot the first night and got bitten after that we used both and didn't get bitten at all. The site is fab really good and pool area is amazing however chaps can't wear baggy swim trunks they need to be the tight Lycra ones the guards give you in one day to sort this else you won't be in the water. Site shops does sell them or big decathlon in nearby town has them for 3/5 euro. Even young boys need them . Local area is stunning la palmyra zoo is the best we every been to and the beach there is very pretty. Lots local oysters and mussels and markets to visit the one in the island is very good. I can recommend the viaduct restaurant for meals it's right by the bridge to Island food is very very good. 19 euro 4 course menu was well worth the money and kids menu also very good. I would really recommend this site to families and would have thought it would not attract big noisy groups . We are already thinking of returning next year we loved it so much.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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Al_Fresco_11, Al Fresco Holidays at Camping Sequoia Parc, responded to this reviewResponded 10 July 2014

Hi Sarah,

Thank you for your review.

Really pleased to see you had a good holiday with us on Sequoia Parc.

Hopefully we will se you again next year.
the Al Fresco team

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Reviewed 1 June 2014

General observations on the area for a start before I comment about the camp.
The region is situated in a marsh wetland area close to the coast. I have never visited this area of France before and found it very flat, somewhat featureless and frankly quite dull. I had naively assumed the locality of the campsite to be more exotic than it actually is. It's more Essex marshes than Florida Everglades. The high imposing road bridges between the islands and electricity pylons marching across the landscape make this feel more so. My fault for not researching the area more thoroughly before I booked the trip.

Close to the camp is the small town of Marennes. There is an indoor market there on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings. There is a Lidl on the outskirts of town, a Leclerc in the middle town (very large and most things under one roof) and a MacDonalds to treat the kids on the main road out of town towards Ile D'oleron.

Worthwhile points of interest are miles away and be prepared to travel. Rochefort is about 15 miles away. La Rochelle is 40 miles away which is a good way to fill up a day. The city centre is olde worlde France with some quite chic boutique style shops. There is the Aquarium by the port and a WW2 German bunker in the middle of town. If you park by the Aquarium you can reach all these easily by foot.

Close to the camp is the island of Ile D'Oleron. Quite nice with the fishing villages with rustic looking restaurant sheds.

That really is about it for the area, unless you fancy a bit of bird watching on the marshes!

Now on to Sequoia Parc. Despite the locality this is a very pretty camp site. It feels quite stylish. The Parc is set in lovely grounds with beautiful plants, trees and palms dotted around. Sat around the pool on a warm day you could feel like you're close to the Med. The site is very clean and maintained very well. The pools despite looking very inviting I found cold but that didn't deter the kids. There is also a play area for the kids. Within the grounds is a beautiful Chateau (privately owned) and a lovely converted barn building (restaurant). Some of the cabins that are let out on the site are very modern and chic. There is an on site supermarket if you get stuck, although you're best off heading off to Lidl or Leclerc in Marennes for a proper shopping trip.

There are bikes and kids go karts to hire on the site. Not cheap and the karts are quite rickety which I didn't think were very safe. These could do with a bit of TLC.

There is an on site restaurant and takeaway. We dined in the restaurant on our first night. The food was cooked and presented well but pricey. It's too haute cuisine for a family camp site, more the sort of place for couples only. Drinks are also steep e.g. Pint of Amstel lager at €5.40!!! There is wi-fi available on camp but at €5 for an hour it doesn't come cheap. A tip here is to drive to McDonalds on the edge of Marennes and log in there for free. Another tip is to consider getting your mobile phone topped up before you get here. Using the pay phone on camp you are forced to buy a phone card for €7.40 which lasts 30 mins.

We stayed with Canvas holidays and they were great. The reps were a couple by the name of Karen and Stuart who were lovely, accommodating and nothing too much trouble. We've gone with Canvas several times over the years and they've always been spot on.

Don't go expecting anywhere to be cheap. Even Lidl is twice as expensive as back in the UK. Rather than a criticism of the camp and the area it's more of how things are now generally in France and across the euro zone with the poor Euro exchange rates. Gone are the days of budget touring holidays in Europe sadly.

Having read other reviews it seems there is a mosquito problem in this area. We visited at the end of May it wasn't that bad, probably due to the fact that the weather was cooler and humidity low. I've heard that high season in summer it can be very bad. Make sure you're prepared.

On the whole my family and I were quite disappointed. There isn't a great deal for kids other than the pool and play area. There aren't any kids clubs on the camp and no evening entertainment outside the summer high season. The region is quite boring. Because of this we decided to pack up and go home early. Sadly this is not France at its best. Whilst we were here we saw other campers who quickly decided that they had had enough and decided to move on.

However in its defence I would say that Sequoia Parc would be a good short stop. For example when travelling down from the channel ports en route to SW France, The Pyrenees or Spain, this would be an ideal respite before continuing the long trek south (or north on the return leg). It's just off the beaten track on the main west coast artery roads and about 5.5hrs from Cherbourg.

A brief stop over yes, a holiday destination no.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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castelsequoia, Responsable relations clients at Camping Sequoia Parc, responded to this reviewResponded 10 July 2014

Dear Terrobean,

Thank you for your testimony following your recent stay at Castel campsite Séquoia Parc.

Your observations on the area are very detailed. We would like to add that it is also very nice to visit Royan with its beautiful beaches and the famous Zoo la Palmyre.
The landscape in the Charente-Martime region is indeed flat, which makes it very popular among families because they can go everywhere by bicycle even with small children.

Thank you so much for all your compliments regarding the campsite. We particularly appreciate your compliments regarding the cleanliness and maintenance of the site, because these two assets are very important to us.

After your attentive remarque concerning the karts, we have checked them all and indeed there were 2 or 3 karts that needed revision and we took care of it. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for letting us know!

Concerning the Wi-Fi we also propose a connection at 10€ for 5 hours. It’s possible to disconnect from the Wi-Fi and use the remaining time later.

About the mosquitoes we are please to read that you didn’t meet any trouble. We treat the campsite before and during the season and this works very well. The treatment we apply avoids that mosquitoes lay their eggs and that they reproduce themselves. Of course we can’t entirely control nature and the mosquitoes that come from outside the campsite.

We are very surprised to read that you state that there are no kids clubs on the campsite. The kids clubs are open during the whole season from May to September for children’s from 4 to 12 years old. It’s open every day except Tuesday in low season and every day except Saturday in high season, from 10 am to 12 pm and from 15 pm to 17 pm. In low season we don’t have evening entertainment, but we propose 2 to 3 Mini Disco’s per week for the children.

Thank you again for your constructive and positive feedback regarding your stay. Always concerned by the well-being of our guests and desirous to improve our campsite and services we will share your testimony with our respective teams.

We hope to welcome you another time at Castel campsite Séquoia parc.

Best regards,

The Séquoia Parc Team

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Address: la Josephtrie, 17320 Saint-Just-Luzac, Marennes, France
Region: France > Nouvelle-Aquitaine > Charente-Maritime > Marennes > Saint-Just-Luzac
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Speciality Lodging in Saint-Just-Luzac
Price Range: £70 - £70 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Camping Sequoia Parc 5*
Number of rooms: 300
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The campsite Sequoia Parc is a 5 stars family campsite of 45 ha of nature and greenery in the heart of the Charente-Maritime region. In the village of Saint-Just-Luzac, it is also at only 7km from Marennes Plages and near to famous cities like La Rochelle, Saintes, Rochefort or Royan, which you will visit with pleasure. You will appreciate the climate of the region, particularly because the Charente-Maritime is the most sunny part of France, after Côte d'Azur. This year, the campsite will turn its 20 years ! You could try several activities in family in the campsite. You could, for example, appreciate our swimming pool area of 2 000 m², with 4 pools of which 3 heated, slides, river and jacuzzi. You could also do sports thanks to our tennis courts, our petanque field and multisports field (soccer, basketball, volleyball). Children will appreciate our mini-farm but also our children club which welcome for free, and during all the season kids from 4 to 12 years old. Do you want to take a stroll in family? Take the Velodyssee by bike. You will go along the Atlantic coast. Bikes can be hired at the Information Point of the campsite. You can also take a stroll by horse or poney thanks to our equestrian center. In July and August, our organizers keep surprises! Animations, competition, concerts, shows... You will have fun at campsite Séquoia Parc! If you are hungry, our restaurant, Le Carrousel, welcomes you every evening, to make you discover our regional flavor. You could also taste our snack, which proposes take-away, particularly pizzas baked in a wood-fired oven. Finally, our mini-market is at your disposal and proposes you several products for your daily purchases. All our pitches and accommodations are delimited by trees and hedges to guarantee you maximum of privacy. Our accommodations can accommodate from 4 to 7 persons. ... more   less 
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