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“Beautiful Place” 5 of 5 bubbles
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La Garangeoire
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Biggleswade
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Beautiful Place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2013

This is a beautiful campsite, in gorgeous setting.
We stayed in a Castels own mobile home (closer to reception area and huge pitches)
Our girls (aged 13, 10 and 20 months) loved it and made lots of new friends.
We swam, walked, rode bikes, pony trekked and took part in some of the excellent site activities like the crepe parties, the evening entertainment (a good Queen tribute) night swimming, garden games, the fantastic park etc. etc.
We were lucky with the weather. It was beautiful. We found the day would often start a bit overcast and dark, but by lunchtime bright sunshine arrived, and the best sunlight was from 3-9, when nothing nicer than sitting on our deck with a large glass of the local grape juice, aka vin rouge!
The onsite restaurant is fantastic and good prices. I had a 'trois poisson' dish, which was gorgeous, beautifully presented and tasty. The takeaway is very handy, and the shop too.
Staff were all so friendly, absolutely lovely. Nothing too much trouble. In the bar, the shop, restaurant etc, the bike hire shop (my husband said he was very helpful)
An artist visited one day and we got beautiful drawings of our girls for only 9 euros each!
We visited St. Gilles (great market, seafood, ice cream and my daughter got a hair braid)
St. Jean De Monts (on the only day it rained for us, gorgeous wide expanse of beach though)
Apremont (very pretty town with interesting chateau and pedalo rides on the river)
Puy Du Fou historic theme park (husband took girls and said it was brilliant- long day, but worth it)
All the bbq's on the site are gas, so quick, clean and easy to use. (which we did, lots!)
My husband recommends the guided walk the owner of La Garangeoire does. He said it was fascinating, full of local information and history, which the owner is clearly passionate about.
We loved it so much we're returning for two weeks next summer and have booked already!

  • Stayed August 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Meld37
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2013

Stayed for ten days in August, had great time, perfect for children with lots of activities. Horse riding, lakes for fishing and boating, learn to ride a bike, crepe parties etc.... Most at no or minimal cost. Booked with key camp and arrangements were efficient and service friendly. Highly recommend the site and the facilities. We will be going back next year.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Dave l
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Bangor, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2013

We stayed in a Eurocamp caravan for the first two weeks in July with our 8 and 11 year old children. The caravan was better laid out than any other one we have stayed in, with a deceptively large open plan area that was perfect and the bonus of a small ensuite. The Rep told us that the Vendee had just suffered from the wettest Spring/early Summer for years but - apparently the sun came out the day before we arrived and we enjoyed temperatures of around 30 for our entire stay.

Everyone we encountered from Eurocamp/Keycamp (they are now one company), were friendly, helpful and courteous at all times. The kids club staff deserve particular praise for their continual enthusiasm - our children grew very fond of them.

As others have stated the activities are second to none. Our family particularly enjoyed the archery, pony treking and night canoe (I was less enthusiastic about the latter as my husband failed to inform me that it was almost an hours canoe each way to St Gilles de Croix!).

The onsite restaurant was lovely, the beautiful presentation of the food tempted my children to eat all sorts of things they wouldn't usually touch! The bar, with it's safe, enclosed garden is a wonderful way to relax at the end of your day while still keeping an eye on the children.

All in all, the campsite is almost faultless. Most pitches give you a good degree of privacy, everything is clean, well maintained and designed. I can certainly understand why so many people return each year. However, it is a very flat, agricultural area and lacks the scenic drama of other French regions. Nevertheless, if you just want to spend the vast majority of you time in a campsite, you won't do better than La Garangeoire.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 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 Thank LesleyEM22
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Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2013

We stayed here for a week in August and had a fantastic stay. It more than met our expectations - beautiful woodland, great facilities and plenty to keep both adults and children happy.
We went with Keycamp, whose welcome staff were very helpful. Our caravan was clean and ideally located for the facilities and it was very quiet at night. The only negative was the Keycamp kids clubs - the staff seemed to have very little enthusiasm and did not seem to understand that a one year old does not always want to join in with everyone else - the coordinator got a bit shirty when my son tried to play with other toys in the tent. My five year old also came back disappointed when she was the only one who had not been face painted and we walked out of the 'disco' which was just awful. Luckily there was so much to do it didn't matter. The entertainment offered by the campsite was good fun, with decent kids discos, bouncy castles, quiz nights and a massive high walled garden behind the bar where the kids could run around whilst the parents relaxed. The pools were brilliant and kept immaculately clean.
The site has plenty of great places to visit all around it, including the lovely sandy Vendee beaches. Les Sable D'Olonne was lovely and Apremont had a castle and a fantastic lakeside beach with a kids play area.
Overall I can see why families keep returning here - its own website does not do it justice. We were sad to leave.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank JuJo73
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Dub in Down
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34 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2013

This is by far the best campsite we have ever visited. From the moment we arrived and checked in with reception the service and atmosphere were outstanding. It is set in a woodland and the beaches of Vendee are only a 20 min drive away. This campsite is all about families and it really feels as if you have entered a big family. I know the owners are actively involved in the day to day running of the site and it shows.
There was so much to do we found it difficult to keep up with our children aged 4 and 7. We booked with Keycamp and the mobile home a villa delux was very tired and dated and not the best we have stayed in but this is no reflection on this campsite. The kids clubs with Keycamp were as good as ever and the child care workers are wonderful and really make sure the children have fun. My daughter learned to ride her bike with no stablisers thanks Terri!!
There were crepe parties, garden parties, bubble workshops, balloon workshops, basketball demos, bands playing the list is endless. Plus a kids club in the evening so that parents can have a meal or a few glasses of wine in peace.
If you have children and you want a holiday that everyone will enjoy book here you will love it.

  • 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank DubinDownSecret
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Level Contributor
21 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2013 via mobile

In June 13 we stayed in La Garangeoire for 10 days with our two boys aged 5 and 2. The campsite is located in rural Vendee amongst some beautiful scenic countryside. This was our first stay at La Garangeoire.
Functional facilities in the campsite are excellent with a well stocked shop, ample laundry services and a very helpful and knowledgeable reception area and staff - a special mention to Jean Luc who always showed how first class customer service should be conducted.
Entertainment facilities that we use on the campsite included; fishing on the lakes, tennis, the swimming pool complex, cycling, walks in the forest, table tennis, trampolines, mini golf, playground, football and go karts (at additional cost).
For evening entertainment the site has 2 bars (although the cosy bar beside reception was not used in the evening) a restaurant and a take away. We ate in the restaurant on two occasions and found the staff and food to be pleasant. The take away served lovely pizzas at reasonable price. The main bar backs onto a large walled garden which was beautiful on fine evenings to sit outside and enjoy a drink while the kids played on the bouncy castle and ran about making friends. There was also a crepe night here which was good fun and well worth doing.
We booked through Key Camp but ended up using the on site kids club. Aisling was very enthusiastic and attentive an deserves a special mention. The accommodation itself was well equipped though the grass area around the mobile should have been maintained/cut more regularly.
My wife really enjoyed the yoga classes (€7) which was on three times per week. My outlets were fishing on the site and cycling to Lac de Jaunay. The lakes on site had lots of small course fish (roach and hybrids) and also plenty of perch. While we were there Dave (fishing guru) stocked 10 carp in the main lake. My 5 year old caught his first fish on La Garangeoire which he is still talking about!
An absolute must for everyone why stays on La Garangeoire is the walk with Anne. She conveys the story and history of the house and lands with great passion and it is really really interesting. Erics talk at the 'welcome drink' is also worth a visit. Credit to them both for running such a wonderful site.
I'd also recommend 'getting out' and visiting other areas of the Vendee. Places we found interesting were Apremont, the Aquarium at La Rochelle, the Vendee history museum and the beach at Bretignolles sur Mer.
Previous reviews have covered supermarkets etc, so I won't go into that.
Overall, and even though the weather was far from ideal while we were there, we would highly recommend this site. These holidays are what you make of them, so get out there and enjoy yourselves!

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank DHDublin
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Belfast, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2013

Just back this week after 2 weeks in La Garangeoire. Oscar Wilde ferry to Cherbourg was great and a 5 hour drive with one stop to get to the site. All main road or motorway so no real problem. Kids had tablets and stuff to keep them occupied. This was our second visit and it was probably our best ever family holiday. The weather was great 30c the first week, slightly cooler the second but sun shone every day with one or two late thunderstorms. Stayed with Keycamp and were put in amarantes pitch which is really near the reception and almost right beside friends of ours so our kids all played out on the grass. The staff are really good, friendly and the owner Anne does a walking tour every Wednesday morning. She does a 2 hour nature and history tour which was great. She is very proud of the vendee and you even get into the house at the end. My wife did the wine tasting which was great. Pools are good, not too crowded. Activities are plentiful, our girls did pony trekking, free table tennis and crazy golf, kids play park good. The atmosphere at night in the garden is fantastic, with good entertainment, mix of discos, live bands, magic shows and the fantastic garden madness every Wednesday night with probably every child in the campsite playing all the games. Parents could sit in the garden tables, have a glass or two and watch as their kids safely played in the garden. Restaurant good and not too dear. Take away fine and small shop on-site is fine. Large supermarkets within 10 minutes drive with good value food and wine, with amazing range of fruit and seafood. Local markets good and towns of st Gilles, les sables d'olonne all worth a visit. Golf course 10 mins away at les fontanelles which cost 50 euro for 18 holes which we played. The best bit however was the atmosphere - La Garangeoire is a great place loved by kids and parents and people come back every year. Brilliant.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Ian M
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Property: La Garangeoire
Address: la Garangeoire | St Julien des Landes, 85150 Saint-Julien-des-Landes, France
Region: France > Pays de la Loire > Vendee > Saint-Julien-des-Landes
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Saint-Julien-des-Landes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 356
Also Known As:
La Garangeoire Hotel Vendee
La Garangeoire Saint-Julien-Des-Landes, Vendee, France

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