• Hôtel l'Orangerie, Soudan

    A family welcome for families at L’Orangerie in Soudan

    Nobody understands the essential ingredients for a wonderful family holiday better than another family with children.

    So when you stay at L’Orangerie in Soudan, you can be sure that the Brunet family will provide everything that you and your kids need. Situated just off the A10 between the tranquil marshland of the Marais Poitevin – France’s ‘Green Venice’ – and the imaging theme park of Futuroscope, L’Orangerie is the perfect base for a fun family holiday in the beautiful Poitou-Charentes countryside.

    Completely renovated in 2011, L’Orangerie is a member of the Logis de France network of affordable hotels that offer a warm welcome and good regional food. The eight bedrooms sleep between 2 and 4 people each, and are all equipped with television, free WiFi and either bath or shower.

    The restaurant features seasonal local produce and is listed in a number of well-respected guides. Choose from various fixed-price menus including one for the under-12s.

    Families will find a wide range of sporting activities in the area from cycling and horse riding to canoeing and forest adventure parks. Animal lovers will be spoilt for choice with the Sheep Park; Monkey Valley; and Chizée Zoo all within easy driving distance.

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  • Campsite Siblu Bonne Anse Plage, Les Mathes

    Budget break beside the sea

    Fancy exploring the Atlantic Coast and enjoying its pleasant climate?  Then you’ll love La Bonne Anse campsite**** north of Royan and close to the Pointe de la Coubre with its magnificent beach.

    Spend an unforgettable family holiday deep in a forest of coastal pines and within easy reach of the sea. Accommodation on offer includes mobile homes, cottages and family-friendly pitches .

    With its heated pools, water slides and paddling pool, the site’s extensive aqua park will be a huge hit with your children and you can relax knowing that there are lifeguards on duty. Or maybe they’d prefer to build castles whilst you sunbathe on the beautiful beaches of fine sand along the unspoilt Côte Sauvage. For older children, the campsite offers a choice of activities, shows and sports.

    La Bonne Anse also makes a great base for excursions and bike rides. Don’t miss La Palmyre Zoo, one of the largest in Europe with more than 1600 animals. To the south, the seaside resort of Royan boasts an impressive mix of flamboyant Belle Epoque villas and minimalist architecture from the 1950s.

    So come and enjoy a fresh air break that really does have something for all the family.

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  • Whether you’re travelling with small children or teenagers, all the family will enjoy a short break that combines the thrills of Futuroscope – Poitou-Charente’s unique moving image theme park – with seaside fun on the Atlantic coast.

    Fly into Poitiers airport and it’s just a short drive to the gates of Futuroscope which has a wealth of new attractions as well as many old favourites. Your entrance ticket includes a seat for the spectacular evening show, Lady O, which takes place on one of the largest water stages in Europe.

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    Then head south across the department of Charente-Maritime to the seaside resort of La Palmyre and check into your comfortable mobile home at Siblu’s 4-star campsite, Bonne Anse Plage. Set in a scented pine forest just a short walk from the sandy beach of the Côte Sauvage, Bonne Anse Plage has all the ingredients for a great family holiday including an outdoor pool complex, play area, mini golf, games room and three free kids clubs ranging from tots to teens.

    Campsite Siblu Bonne Anse Plage, Les Mathes

    The campsite is just 1km from La Palmyre Zoo, one of the largest collections of exotic animals in France with some 1600 furred and feathered residents.

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    Still full of energy? Try climbing the 300 steps of La Coubre lighthouse, once surrounded by sea, but now standing on the tip of the peninsula.

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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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  • Vue sur Cour - La Rochelle - Marie suite

    Experience the sumptuous surroundings of centuries past at Vue sur Cour, a delightful guest house offering three beautiful bedrooms and one suite.

    Conveniently situated close to La Rochelle’s Old Harbour with its photogenic twin towers and bustling quaysides, Vue sur Cour makes the ideal base for exploring this attractive town. Expect beautiful bed linen with quilted bedspreads and toning cushions; period furniture and draped curtains; large mirrors and quiet colours. The property has been beautifully restored and every room has its own modern bathroom, television and WiFi access.

    Vue sur Cour - La Rochelle - Louise suite

    Enjoy a leisurely breakfast in your room, in the lounge, or on the courtyard terrace with home-made jams and yoghurt, warm pastries and freshly-squeezed juice.   

    Then head out on foot to explore La Rochelle. All the major attractions are within easy walking distance including the arcaded shopping streets and the impressive Aquarium, the Maritime Museum and the Museum of the New World, which explores the town’s historic links with the Americas.

    Vue sur Cour - La Rochelle - breakfast room

    For a change of transport, hire one of the municipal yellow bicycles or Yélos, or take one a cruise excursion from the harbour. Looking for a memorable meal?

    Enjoy the simple but sophisticated cuisine at La Cuisine de Jules, a cosy restaurant in Rue Thiers, or eat beneath the soaring glass atrium of Les 4 Sergents in rue St Jean du Pérot.

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