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Castel Camping Séquoia Parc
This is a huge park, a camping village, set in 45 hectares in the grounds of a 19th century château with beautiful trees in the grounds, not far from the Atlantic coast. The pitches are on grass and are spacious, most are divided by hedges but you could book a luxurious Castel premium pitch with water, drainage, electricity, chairs, table, sunbeds, BBQ, fridge and limited free Wi-Fi. English is spoken and there is a motorhome service point. Facilities include an aqua park, boules, multi-sports ground, bar, restaurant, shop and takeaway. Entertainment is organised in high season.
There is some road noise during the day heard on some pitches.
May 14 to 5 September 2011
From €20 per night for two people, outfit and awning in low season on basic pitch with 6amp electricity.
Extra people over 12 years; €7
Children aged 3-12 years; €3
Pets; €5 each
There are special discounts apply for bookings in excess of 10 nights in low season. It’s wise to check with the campsite for up to date information.
Extra charges include Wi-Fi, bike hire, go-kart hire, tennis, diving lessons, horse-riding, use of safe, and massage.
Eat and drink
There are 3 bars on site, a takeaway and the Carrousel restaurant. If seafood including oysters and mussels are your thing, then a short drive in your vehicle, or hire a bike if you prefer, will take you into the fishing village and you can sample the catch of the day.
Oyster beds, www.oysters.us/marennes Painting exhibition in Marennes, the 12th century St Peter’s Church which has an 85m high bell tower, take a daytrip to the Ile d’Oleron and several local markets.
Well signposted on the D728. From Marennes turn left into the parc.
Planning a trip to France? Caravan Guard’s touring caravan insurance policy offers caravanners the freedom to tour Europe for up to 90 days at a time.
There are large pitches available
The impressive château
Many pitches have water, electricity and drainage
One of the five pools
There’s plenty of space for motorhomes too
Many pitches are tree or hedge lined
The modern reception
The Children’s farm
The high quality laundry facility