Flower Camping La Vendée Bretonnière
Flower Camping La Bretonnière, 85150 Saint Julien des Landes, Vendée
Situated around a pleasant fishing lake, the green fields of La Bretonnière play host to over 150 pitches along with a small number of holiday huts and safari tents. With such variety campers can decide on exactly what size space they want, from smaller ‘nature’ spots all the way up to roomy ‘privilège’ pitches, ideal for caravans and motorhomes. Trees and tall hedgerows provide plenty of shade from the summer sun, though when it comes to cooling off most people know exactly where to head.
Overlooking the natural waters of the lake, the recently built swimming area is the perfect remedy for those who are used to altogether more British weather. Two covered swimming pools and a wading pool are accompanied by a play area where fountains squirt water in all directions. The space is a delight for kids and, surrounded by decking with a small wooden bar, it’s not a bad spot for parents to lounge about either! Sitting in the balmy summer sun you can enjoy a drink or two while the little ones clown around in their own watery world. The poolside fun is complimented by a hedge-lined field on the other side of the campsite where there are tennis and volley-ball courts, a football pitch, petanque court and a children’s play area.
As much as the onsite activities will soak up your day, Flower Camping La Bretonnière is an excellent base for hopping in the car and heading elsewhere. Most are attracted to the beaches sweeping north to the incredible island of Noirmoutier. Cut off by the sea at high tide, this charming off-shore paradise is reconnected when the water recedes revealing the famous Passage du Gois, an old paved causeway that can still be crossed by car if you get your timing right. In the opposite direction the town of La Roche-sur-Yon, a few miles inland, has changed its reputation since it was described as "the dullest town in France" by an English guidebook in the early 1800s. Now populated with good bars and restaurants, the town is preceded by numerous smaller villages, home to the usual independent shops and cafes that France is so famous for.
This delightful position that provides access to both the coastline and the quieter inland attractions makes Flower Camping La Bretonnière a good place to start exploring Western France. Something that can only start, however, when you persuade yourself to leave the poolside sun lounger and put down that bottle of local vino!
The Owner SaysWith 15 acres of parkland surrounding a scenic lake, plus a beach within reach, this activity-filled Vendée site ticks all boxes.
We spent a week here and loved it to bits. Safe for kids, quiet, very friendly and best baguettes every morning!
We actually quite enjoyed our stay here although it is a lot more commercial than the camping we usually go for. There is entertainment in the evenings and zumba in the pool but this is easily avoidable and isn't intrusive. We were a bit nervous about big site, thinking the pool would be rammed but every time we stopped by the pool it didn't seem busy at all with at least half the sun loungers free. We hired a fridge as an experiment and were delivered an actual fridge. I don't know why we found this so funny. I think we expected some kind of mini camping fridge. It was super useful though. And obviously you do need remember your french adapter to use it. The did a test drive on the frites and the pizzas. Great frites. Okay pizzas. Our pitch was huge and there are lots of big hedges so we had morning and afternoon shade on parts of our pitch at any time. Facilities were good and clean. It becomes an exciting challenge to find a toilet with a seat or a shower which gives at least 18 seconds of water before you have to push the button again. I'd definitely recommend this campsite and would stay there again, but would also say that our pitch was very unfortunately situated. The only thing separating us from the washing up station and two blocks of shower and toilet facilities was a hedge. So we had the clanking sound of washing up from 7 in the morning until 11 at night and constantly slamming doors from the showers and toilets. So I would ask to be at least a few pitches away from the facilities, unless you like that type of thing. Oh, and there are trampolines and no-one gives you grief for not speaking French and ordering 13 portions of chips by mistake. Best nearby beaches we found were Plage du Veillon and Plage du Jaunay if you're looking.
Flowers Camping La Bretonniere
We have just had a wonderful 2 week stay at La Bretonniere. The site is clean, well - run and the owners were very friendly and helpful. We found that the toilet blocks were very clean, the showers always hot and the washing facilities more than adequate for the daily wash up.
This site is a perfect, quiet , leafy base to from which to explore the Vendee region and beyond. It is quiet, but there is plenty for the children to do. The swimming pool area is a big bonus. Bike hire on site was very convenient as well.
Pitch sizes are very generous - we fitted a 4m bell tent, a 5m awning plus the car in with ease.
See you next year Regis and Aline!