Pickle says….We first holidayed last year with Eurocamp, and absolutely loved it. The only shame was that it rained. Every. Single. Day. We so wanted to stay with Eurocamp again, hopefully in the sunshine, and a few weeks ago we did! Here are all the deets about our fantastic holiday in Normandy with Eurocamp.
We stayed at La Vallée Campsite in Houlgate, Normandy. It is an awesome site, we all loved it. I want to share our highlights with you, and why, if you looking for a family holiday with loads to do, this would be perfect for you. There is a toddler pool, children’s pool, jacuzzi and two family pools as well as four slides. There is also a bar and restaurant, take away food bar, and a small shop.
We sailed with Brittany Ferries from Portsmouth to Caen (Ouistreham is actually the name of the port). The site is about 35 minute drive away. The drive was easy (says Mummy), and the site was really easy to find. I was SO excited. The sun was shining and we were almost there!
The Eurocamp team have a cabin right at the entrance, and we checked in quickly. They told us about the activities that were on offer, and gave us a map, our keys and a barrier code to get us in and out. We were also given electronic bands to get us in and out of the pool area, and the site if we were walking.
We stayed in an Azure home, and had the Essentials and Welcome packs. We also had hired linen, towels and beach towels. The linen and towels are in sealed bags, and we quickly made up the beds.
The Azure home was gorgeous. We had three bedrooms, a bathroom with separate loo (very handy!) and an open plan kitchen / diner / living room area with patios doors opening onto the decking. The decking had a canopy cover, all round fencing and a safety gate which went across the opening. This made a very safe area for me to play in. I loved eating outside and playing with my toys out there. The mobile home was on its own grass pitch with a car parking space.
We loved our Classic accommodation last year, but this years Azure was just faultless.
One of the best things about Eurocamp sites is the huge range of activities for everyone in the family. There is a board outside the Eurocamp office with all the activities listed. There are a great range of Kids Clubs for all ages from 1 – 17 years. They are spilt into different Clubs:
We had staff from the Kids Club calling around to see if we were ok, and remind us of the days activities which was great, they were so friendly.
Some of the activities included and free of charge were:
There is a large sports court for basket ball a football pitch and a large flat area for bowls etc.
There is a charge for some of the activities, but these were clearly marked and pointed out to us.
There are also family activities. As well as the Eurocamp activities, there are great facilities for children on site including:
Large swimming pool
Smaller childrens pool
Undercover swimming pool – it has a glass structure over it, but no sides so it is not indoor.
Awesome slides including a space bowl, a covered twist slide, and four bumpy slides. The slides are separate to the pools.
Two outdoor pay areas with slides, swings and climbing frames.
An undercover bouncy castle.
We went to Bingo in the bar one night – it was loads of fun! There was a disco on another night too.
The campsite has pitches for tents and tourers as well as different types of accommodation from Eurocamp and other companies. It is in a great location for visiting the coastline, D Day landing beaches and museums and Pegasus Bridge – the first area of occupied France to be liberated in WWII.
Exceptional accommodation. (Azure range)
Attentive staff – visit from Kids Club rep, Eurocamp rep and again as we were leaving.
Great size pitch.
Good takeway food at good prices – €7.50 for freshly made large margarita pizza and €4 for portion of chips for 2.
Brilliant location – 35 minutes from ferry.
Security is good with barriers and electronic wrist bands.
Barrier locking from 11pm – 7am. You have to park in the entrance car park if you want to leave before 7am, and it was quite a walk from where we were.
No activities for teens at night / evening especially as pool and slides close at 7pm.
Poorly stocked shop –although it was much better as we were leaving, so we guess it may be because it was early in the season.
Pools and slides close at 7pm.
Takeaway stops serving at 8pm.
There is no Wifi at the site unless you pay 2 euros for half an hour! 100 hours is 25 euros and for one device only.
We highly recommend Eurocamp Holidays, they are as action packed or as relaxing as you want them to be! There is so much to do, and in such a great location for exploring the surrounding area. They are tremendous value for money too. The Azure mobile home was just awesome – and had the comfiest beds ever!
Have you holidayed with Eurocamp before?