We stayed at la Garangeoire mid-July. It was our first holiday on a campsite and something very new to us! To be concise, hubby and kids loved it, while I missed the comforts of a nice hotel with air con! We had looked forward to a nice climate in the Vendee, but arrived just as the heatwave struck, and I found the confines of our chalet a little difficult to bear. The kids didn't mind, so that was the main thing.
All in all, the campsite is wonderful. It seems to be a tightly-run ship, where law and order rule the day! All areas are clean, tidy and well-maintained. The pool area is spotless, although on one particular day, for some unknown reason, the pool was teeming with dead flies and the lifeguard just sat looking on. I asked him, very politely and en francais, if he could do something about it. He was very pleasant and proceeded to clean the pool, although why he didn't do it earlier is beyond me as the flies were piling up on the surface and everybody was wincing at them!
My greatest 'treat' at la Garangeoire was being able to ship off my two darlings to kids' camp every morning! I am effectively a single mum at home as hubby works abroad for weeks at a time, so kids' camp was a godsend. They loved it, although other parents told me the Eurocamp clubs are better... I am not really in a position to comment any more on that as I did not have first-hand knowledge of the latter.
Lastly, I feels I should mention the restaurant. For our second week, hubby and I ate there every night and loved it! I have read other reviews of the restaurant and have been surprised by some rather lackluster comments. We found the food delicious and fairly priced in comparison to home. A demi carafe of house wine, which was quite acceptable, was €5.50, and other extras were not extortionate. The waiters were very pleasant and helpful, and the little bonus of dining in peace was bliss!!
Hubby is set on returning to La Garangeoire next year. For what we paid for the whole holiday, we could have enjoyed 5 star all-inclusive in the Canaries, but, let's face it, the kids loved it, I was able to brush up on my French, and hubby felt he could relax without the stuffiness of a 5 star resort....looks like we WILL be back next year!
- Also Known As:
- La Garangeoire Hotel Vendee
- La Garangeoire Saint-Julien-Des-Landes, Vendee, France