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Brittany, France 2011

Domaine De Kerlann

Pont Aven

Siblu’s Domaine De Kerlann is by far the best family holiday I have been on so far. We decided to take an overnight ferry for this holiday, with the view to waking up refreshed on our first day. I would definitely recommend this even though its the more expensive option, rather than driving all night from Calais. The campsite itself was only a 70 minute journey from Roscoff, with an easy route, but be warned sat nav will not find the entrance to the park and will take you down the back road instead. In fact it took us an extra 20 mins to find the site, this apparently being a common problem that they have hopefully now resolved. Another hicup was that they hadn’t told us in any confirmation that check in was 4pm. As we had booked the ferry through Siblu themselves which they knew docked at 8am, we figured we would drive straight from the ferry and have access to our caravan by mid morning as this is what time we arrived. Please take this into consideration if you’re travelling with little ones, there were quite a few irate parents with the same issue.

These were thankfully the only problems we incurred, and the rest of the holiday was one of the best we’ve had together. The holiday park was clean and friendly with plenty to do for kids of all ages. The girls loved the Bubbles kids club, where they went most days for an hour. They adored the characters Max the mouse and Lilly the lion, to the extent we had to buy the toys to come home with, and which they still sleep with to this day. The indoor pools were lovely, especially the toddler one and the splash zone which the girls spent a lot of time playing in. Also the fact that the lifeguards let you take your little ones down the slide on your lap, and allow beach balls and inflatables which is something our last holiday didn’t. The site has 5 small play areas dotted around, a supermarket which sold the basics, a takeaway that was nothing to write home about, but was good for a one off meal. The restaurant had plenty of highchairs and the food was great, but a little overpriced. We paid 50 euros for two steak and frites, a bottle of house wine and a kid’s meal that we split between them. We took the girls to the evening entertainment a few nights as a treat, which when the weather is good they hold on a stage outside. This was fantastic, especially as one of the entertainment staff was a singer, and it was almost like being at a concert, great if you love live music! There is WiFi all over the park, but you have to pay for it and the signal isn’t very strong, although they do warn you about this at reception.

This time we opted for an Excellence caravan, which consisted of 3 bedrooms, one double, and two twins. It was clean and tidy and set in the surrounding woodland, with only a 2 minute walk to the facilities. The kitchen had a microwave, but only had a fridge with a freezer box, although we found this was enough for our holiday. The outside decking area had a locking gate which we found really useful with children, but the best thing was that we had use of our own charcoal BBQ which we used most nights when the kids went to bed.

For anyone who hasn’t been before, Brittany is a stunning area; its coastal roads go on forever, with coves and beaches dotted along the way. We spent most days exploring and finding different ones, some with rock pools, some with dunes, but all with white sands and turquoise seas. Most of them we were practically alone, and we could almost imagine we were somewhere much more exotic. As the campsite was situated in the middle of nowhere you will need your car to get about. The nearest town was Nevez which had the larger supermarket and petrol station or you could go to Pont Aven which was a gorgeous little town full of water wheels, rivers, restaurants and gift shops. If you fancied going further afield Concarneau is a larger beautiful fortified town with cobbled streets, live music, markets and great ice-cream shops, definitely worth a visit. But to be honest it would be a shame not to make the most of this stunning coast line on this holiday, definitely somewhere I’m looking at returning to sometime in the future.

 

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