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Castel Le Domaine des Forges
Rue des Forges
85 440 Avrillé
English is spoken at this well maintained four star Castel park, with an emphasis on quality, set in the south of the Vendée. There are Castel Premium pitches, but all the huge grassy pitches have water, 10 amps electric hook-up and drainage; there is a motorhome service point, and a section for motorhome users who only want to stay for one or two nights.
Facilities include free fishing, free tennis, free use of the Gym and free use of the heated swimming pool which is open from May to September. Only one dog per pitch is allowed and no dogs are allowed in July and August. Cycling enthusiasts might like to know that The Tour de France will pass through the village in July.
Nightly costs from €17 per night for two people, outfit and awning in low season including electric hook-up
Low season special discount; book direct with camp site for 14 nights and pay for 12 or book for 21 nights and pay for 16.
Children under 2 years; free
Children over 2 years and under 6 years; free in low season
Extra people over 7 years; from €2
Extra charges; includes Wi-Fi, bike hire, BBQs and fridges.
Please check the prices before you make your booking.
Eat and Drink:
There is a small, friendly bar and snack bar on the park; it serves salads, pizzas, French fries, chicken and dish of the day. Mussels and French Fries evenings are held in summer. Breakfast is available in low season. It’s not open all year but there are plenty of places in the village which is in walking distance.
The sunny beaches of the Vendée are nearby, so tryLongeville sur Mer, Les Sables d’Olonne, Jard sur Mer or La Tranche sur Mer. www.vendee-tourism.co.uk.
Or visit the spectacular Le Puy du Fou. www.puydufou.com/en
Directions; from Talmont-St-Hilaire drive to Avrillé on the D949 and drive through the village centre. Le Domaine des Forges is down a small road on the outskirts of the village and is well signposted.
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The Pitches are well spaced
There is free fishing available at the lake
The new sanitary block
The Chateaux at the park’s entrance
Note: All details correct at time of publication but may be subject to change.