What is it? Chateau des Ormes, a beautiful campsite set in the wooded grounds of a French château. The added on-site value is the tree top high ropes and zip wire activities, plus the option of sleeping in real-life tree houses. There’s also an indoor and outdoor pool (with wave machine), on-site horse riding, pedallos and mini-golf.

Where? Just outside Dol de Bretagne near St Malo in Brittany.

Description: [pool.jpg] Looking for a short-haul break that’s perfect for these belt-tightening credit crunch times? Try a Eurocamp mobile home in the Bretagne resort of Dol-de-Bretagne – and you’ll get a lot more than you bargained for…

It’s got everything you need to keep the kids entertained even if the sun doesn’t shine (the weather in these parts is similar to Devon and Cornwall in the UK), plus some peace and tranquillity (in low season anyway) for the parents. And it´s close enough to atmospheric Mont St Michel and the medieval town of Dinan if you want some photo-opportunities and a chance to soak up some history.

Your kids can hire bikes, try megabooster trampoline sessions, tee-off at mini-golf or go wild in the water splash pools. One of the most popular activities is the treetop zip wire. The campsite has a lakeside bar and restaurant and the ubiquitous French campsite takeaway selling, pizza, frites and rotisserie chicken. There are also two playgrounds, a full-sized cricket pitch, an 18-hole golf course, climbing wall, volley ball pitch, archery and horse riding stables. There are also tree houses (La Cabane Enl’Air www.lacabaneenlair.com +33(0) 299735357), some of which are suitable for children as young as two years, which you can you can rent from 104 Euros a night).

See below under Local Activities

Parc animateur and Eurocamp twice a day, holiday clubs six days a week.

Not many, but you won’t get the dreaded ¨I’m bored” whining, so won’t feel a desperate need to escape.

Local activities: Along with tons to do in the Camp itself, the nearby cathedral town of Dol-de-Bretagne has authentic French charm with a rustic street market on Saturdays and a selection of shops, bars and restaurants.

Wish we had known: How long the drive would be from Dover to Dol-de-Bretagne – it took us a good five and a half hours even though the motorways were good. Definitely better to book the longer crossing to St Malo even though it’s more expensive (when you add up the road toll costs and petrol it probably isn’t that much more).


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