• One of the most beautiful south coast beaches on Ile-de-Ré is just 50 metres away when you stay at the Interlude-Sunélia campsite near the village of Bois-Plage-en-Ré.

    Part of the Sunélia group of 3*, 4* and 5* campsites across France, Interlude offers a range of cottage-style accommodation on a 7 and a half-hectare site which is open from April until September.

    This is a great break for families with a huge range of on-site sports and entertainment activities to choose from, as well as the glorious sands of Bois-Plage where you can chill out or get active with games and watersports.

    Hire a sailing boat for an offshore view of this glorious island or rent bikes to explore the 100km of level cycling tracks that wind past marshes and salt pans, pretty villages and lighthouses.

    Just a short pedal to the north side of the island brings you to La Flotte with its pretty harbour lined with cafes.

    Classified amongst the Most Beautiful Villages in France, it’s also home to a colourful produce market – an atmospheric place to stock up with edible souvenirs.

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  • Camping Sequoia Parc, Oleron country

    Camp in comfort at the 4-star Sequoia Parc: accommodation and activities for every taste near the French Atlantic Coast.

    Whether you want to pitch your own tent or spread out in a mobile home or chalet, Camping Sequoia Parc has the perfect accommodation for your family holiday.

    Located 20km south of Rochefort and just 3km from Marennes Beach, this family-friendly campsite is ideally located for exploring the enchanting Ile d’Oléron and the beaches of the French Atlantic Coast – if you can tear yourself away, of course.

    There are so many on-site activities to choose from, including four swimming pools in a sub-tropical setting, tennis courts, and a busy children’s club. The site’s riding centre has 15 stables and a spacious manege with jumps, or you can venture further afield and explore the surrounding forest on horseback.

    Focal point of Camping Sequoia Parc is the 19th century chateau of La Josephine with its beautifully restored courtyard, which was once dominated by a sequoia tree which gives the park its name.

    Book a short break at this 4-star camping and you’ll find everything you need on the doorstep of your comfortable accommodation, including a mini-supermarket and gift shop, a pizza takeaway and Le Carrousel bar and restaurant. Part of the prestigious French camping chain Les Castels, Sequoia Parc also belongs to the ‘Leading campsites of Europe’ group.

    Open from 12 May to 5 September, Sequoia Parc stands in 110 acres of unspoilt countryside in one of the most attractive coastal areas of France – a great destination for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages.

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  • Hotel Héritage, Cognac

    Right in the heart of Cognac, the Héritage Hotel makes the perfect base for exploring this delightful and historic town. 

    Built in 1635, this former town house is now a welcoming, modern hotel which successfully combines tradition and eccentricity in one unforgettable package

    Each bedroom invites guests to enjoy a virtual journey to their dream destination. Set out on an unusual world tour and enjoy the atmosphere of Shanghai, Marrakesh, or California.  You and your children will love the brilliant colours of the bedrooms that include vibrant candy pink, soothing blue and bright green.

    Share a relaxed family breakfast in front of the fire or on the terrace, depending on the weather. Gourmets will love the authentic dishes in the Héritage’s restaurant which specialises in local produce and traditional dishes, some of them from old recipes. 

    Before you leave for your next adventure, take a guided tour of one of the famous Cognac houses to learn the story behind this iconic drink with the unmistakeable flavour – strictly parents only!  But keep the children happy by take a cruise on the Charente in a traditional flat-bottomed boat.

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  • Domaine de Dienné tree house, Poitiers country

    Unusual accommodation surrounded by nature

    Share a unique experience with your family in an amazing natural environment, less than half an hour from Poitiers and Futuroscope.

    The Domaine de Dienné stands in a vast 47-hectare estate that includes 17 hectares of forest and pools.  Enjoy a relaxing, chill-out stay or an activity break in the great outdoors – the choice is yours.

    The accommodation here is really something out of the ordinary.  Sleep in a tree house, a gypsy caravan or a pixie house. You can even lie beneath the stars in a ‘carré d’etoiles’ and watch the night sky through the transparent domed roof of your bedroom.   Whichever you choose, you can expect every possible comfort in completely unspoilt surroundings.

    Children can let off steam with a variety of outdoor activities such as forest adventure trails, horse riding and disc-golf, an innovative game that uses a Frisbee instead of a golf ball. And they can have fun in the heated pool winter and summer.

    Feel like a little pampering yourself? A session in the sauna, hammam or jacuzzi will help you to relax and recharge the batteries ready for another day in this very special location.

    Dienné is just made for sharing fun and laughter – your kids will love it. And so will you!

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  • Cathédrale St Pierre Poitiers

    Explore the capital of Poitou-Charentes to experience history with a capital H. Dating back 1000 years, Poitiers’ architectural treasures are guaranteed to delight, including the famous church of Notre Dame, one of the best examples of Romanesque art in the region.

    It’s impossible to tour Poitiers without falling in love with the unique heritage of a town packed with traditional charm – streets with half-timbered houses, ancient stones, impressive churches, a cathedral and a wealth of tempting small shops. You only need to relax with a drink or a meal at a café terrace opposite Notre-Dame to realise that you are in an outstanding town.

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    Spend the night in Les Cours du Clain guest house and you’ll be in the heart of the historic centre, handy for all the key places to visit including beautiful Blossac park – Poitiers’ own mini ‘Hyde Park’ – and the glorious Jardin des Plantes. 

    Don’t forget to take a romantic stroll beside the Clain river in the soft morning light, then stop for brunch in the warm, retro atmosphere of La Serrurerie, one of the town’s most typical bistros. But don’t leave without a box of scrumptious Montmorillon macaroons from the Rannou Métivier patisserie – the essential edible souvenir!

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  • Campsite La Côte Sauvage, Ile de Ré

    Nature break beside the sea: experience the relaxed lifestyle of the Ile de Ré

    Experience the relaxed lifestyle of the Ile de Ré at the Camping de la Côte Sauvage in Saint Clément des Baleines at the tip of the island.

    Whether you come by camping car, caravan or with your tent, sleep in a bungalow or in a Mongolian yurt, you’ll be struck by the tranquillity of a campsite sheltered by a sand dune and linked to the beach by a path.

    If you love nature, this campsite is definitely for you.  Awarded a European Ecolabel for its environmentally-friendly practices, the site uses renewable energy, restricts waste, and operates water-saving measures. So guests can enjoy an unforgettable stay in harmony with the natural world.

    Be super green and swop your vehicle for a bicycle, the best way to discover the charms of the Ile de Ré. Climb to the top of the Phare des Baleines lighthouse for a panoramic view and take an atmospheric walk through the salt marshes.The whole family can relax together in this glorious location.

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