The Goldilocks Effect – Location Location Location
It can be daunting holidaying with children of any age…Will the journey be too long? Will the accommodation be suitable?… More to the point… What about the location?
As my idol, and inspiration Kirstie Allsopp says: “It’s all about Location Location Location…”
I’ve been fortunate enough to work on some amazing holiday parcs in Europe, but there always seems to be a compromise between facilities and location.
The first parc I worked on had all the facilities imaginable, including lake, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, restaurant, bar and shop, and was ideal for families and couples… the drawback? It was in THE MIDDLE of nowhere, I’m talking a 30 minute drive to the nearest supermarket and 45 minutes to the nearest local town.
But, when you’re on holiday, it’s nice to be able to pop out to a local attraction for a couple of hours in the morning, and spend the afternoon lounging by the pool.
Another campsite that springs to mind, was in a suburb of Paris. Note the use of the word Campsite. This particular site had no facilities to speak of except a concrete wash block, a dubious looking swimming pool and a gaggle of geese hell bent on chasing anyone who got in there way of their patrol! The positive of the site, you guessed it, it’s LOCATION. Situated on the banks of the River Seine, and a nearby train station with direct links to the city centre and Disney Land.
Chateau La Foret on the other hand offers an array of facilities, with the added bonus of being in a village, with Patisserie & Boulangerie (the novelty of walking to the village to get a pain au chocolat has NOT warn off!), as well as Pharmacie and Local Convenience store, and ecological garden with play park.
The larger town of La Mothe Achard is only a 10 minute drive away and offers Supermarkets, Boutique shops and Market Square, the golden beaches of Bretignolles sur Mer and Les Sables d’Olonne are only a 15 minute drive; and for the days when you want to go out exploring, there’s the city of Nantes, the historic harbour town of La Rochelle, and the award winning theme park Puy du Fou, all of which are under 90 minutes away. If you’re feeling SUPER adventurous, you could catch the train to Paris.
The Parc itself is ideal for children of all ages. Not only does it offer the prerequisite swimming pools and mini-golf (always a holiday classic), but a whole host of activities to keep everyone entertained.
For younger children and toddlers, the Parc offers a play area, next to the mini-farm and bouncy castle, as well as indoor play area with soft-play and toys next to the Cafe/ Bar, all of which is centrally located in the courtyard.
For older children there’s still plenty to keep them entertained. Alongside the Games Room with pool table, and arcade games, there is a Children Club and Teenage Club, with activities from arts and crafts to tennis tournaments and running races. Not to mention, because there are other tour operators at the Chateau, in the summer holidays, there’s always plenty of
children cool teenagers desperate to make friends.
If, on the odd occasion you want to do something as a family, head across the lake to Le Grand Defi – an award winning outdoor activity centre with zip-wire assault course, pony trekking and laser-tag; and for the less adventurous there’s orienteering and disc golf.
And in case you want some time a way from the children, Chateau La Foret has some things especially reserved for adults, including massage parlour, cooking classes, wine tasting, and aqua aerobics.