Camping Domaine des Ormes *****
This campsite is so easy to get to and offers a wide range of family activities throughout June, July and August. If you just want to relax, our Holiday Homes are in a quiet area of the campsite, away from the activities, with wonderful walks through the wooded areas of the Chateau grounds and out into the surrounding area.
There is a swimming pool complex with a covered pool as well as the original outdoor swimming pool with waterslides. Lots of water fun for all the family.
The campsite has its own stables so children can watch the ponies being groomed and go for a ride.
One lake is designated for pedalos and canoes and another two for fishing.
There’s an 18 hole golf course (handicap certificate required) costing about 60€ for 18 holes.
The site organise activities from late May to the end of August, including paintballing, a treetop adventure course and exciting Tyrolean zip-line across a lake.
An onsite restaurant, pizzeria, bar and entertainment combine to make this campsite a complete holiday centre. Off site shopping is approximately ten minutes drive away at Dol de Bretagne.
Review: Campsite boasts everything to keep families occupied writes Bridget Galton – Features Editor and Associate Editor Ham&high
Bridget stayed at Domaine des Ormes in one of our Lodge grade mobile homes late July 2013. Ask any parent what makes a great holiday and they’ll surely answer “happy kids”. Last summer’s trip to northern Brittany was so packed with excitement it threatened to overwhelm my children with euphoria. If they weren’t zip-sliding at top speed across a lake, they were freefalling down water slides, trotting along on ponies or hacking about on bikes.
If you’re looking for a resort with attractions to suit kids from tots to teens, then the facilties at Les Ormes rank among the best of any campsite in France.
Set across a 200-hectare site of woods, parkland and lakes at Dol-de-Bretagne, just over the Normandy border, you are only 20-odd miles from the elegant resort of Cancale with its sandy beach and gastronomic sweep of oyster restaurants.
Just a few miles further on is the lovely walled port of St Malo with its winding cobbled streets, pleasant shops and freshly caught local seafood.
Striking distance day trips include the touristy but magnificent mount of Mont St Michel, its Gothic spires rising from the treacherous sands of the bay of Cancale; lovely medieval Dinan with its riverside creperies and weekly produce market, and the delights of Brittany’s craggy Emerald Coast around Dinard. …….
There’s now an 18-hole golf course, equestrian centre, pedalo, cycle hire, climbing wall, Go Ape-style high ropes, artificial pitch, play areas – a cricket pitch (!) – and two waterparks, one outdoor, one indoor, which proved necessary during our stay since northern Brittany doesn’t guarantee sunshine even in late July.
The well-used pool complex included slides, waves, jacuzzi and rapids – where powerful jets of water shoot you around a small circuit. (Hours of fun.) There were shallow spots for our two-year-old to paddle in too and a large grassy area for sunbathing next to the outdoor pool. Several evenings we enjoyed a beer on the terrace overlooking the pool while the children scooted, or skateboarded.
On Sunday morning we took a walk down a well signposted track to a market in the neighbouring village, complete with crepe and fresh bread stall and accordion-playing locals. The activities are good value, for just 9EU I was handed the leading rope of a Thelwell-esque pony and with my horse-mad five year-old on board set off on a half-hour amble around the site. For little more, the nine-year-old was strapped into a harness and expertly instructed on a three-hour high ropes course with two stomachchurning zip slides. Entertainment
There’s a big top with free family entertainment most evenings and a good takeaway if you don’t want to cook in.
A magical island topped by a gravity-defying medieval monastery, the Mont-Saint-Michel counts among France’s most stunning sights. For centuries one of Europe’s major pilgrimage destinations, this holy mount is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as is its breathtaking bay.