Siblu Summer Holidays in France

Right at the beginning of the summer holidays, we went to France, on a ferry, and we stayed in the Vendée region in Le Bois Masson, a Siblu holiday park.  Both of us having enjoyed years of this kind of holiday as kids, Ross and I were on a mission to make it one our small children would really enjoy.

We stayed in a mobile home, the static kind with multiple bedrooms, a working kitchen and a flushing loo.  It was spacious and despite packing our car to bursting with all sorts, our accommodation never felt cramped.  It even had a lovely terrace to sit and while away the balmy summer evenings on.  You’ll have to excuse my mental overexcitement and makeup-free travel-face in this video – it had been an incredibly long day, and we’d all gone rather stir crazy in the car.


Swimming…

Like all holiday villages, the swimming pool at Le Bois Masson was pretty epic, boasting two outdoor pools, an indoor heated pool, and waterslides.  The kid’s pool is deliciously warm and only just knee deep, which was great for both my kids to splash around in.  If, like me, you are partial to a bit of sun-worshipping, there is a dedicated area slightly away from the pools with sunloungers.  One of the best things about the pool area was that it was so clean, no food, no shoes, no rubbish, no disgusting slimy chips to tread on, no cigarette butts for inquisitive toddlers to pick up.  Lovely!  We spent time there pretty much every day.  For the grown ups there is a spa you can use for a little extra money.  Both Ross and I ended up getting a massage, which was lovely.

Eating…

There is a family-friendly restaurant.  The food was okay, but you don’t go to that kind of place if you are expecting five star gourmet. Rather, it’s standard fayre that will appeal to the masses.  There was a wide choice of food on the menu, ranging from burgers, to pizza, to moules marinières.  The service was quick and friendly, but best of all, there is a pleasing selection of European beers to choose from, which made a nice change from standard lager.  Siblu makes self catering so easy, with an on-site supermarket and barbecues at your accommodation, that we only ate at the restaurant one evening.  If you want to dine on your terrace, but don’t fancy cooking, there is a takeaway offering a limited selection of food from the restaurant.

Things to do in the area…

We explored the St Jean de Monts area and a little beyond during our week in the Vendée.  Le Bois Masson is nestled at the edge of some wonderful woodland, quiet and in some places, a bit eerie, which is all that stands between you and some truly gorgeous coastline.  We hired bikes and picnicked in the woods one day, took a drive north to Noirmoutier on another, and lazed around on the beach on another.  Hiring bikes from the Siblu parc couldn’t have been easier, and next year we’ll definitely try and take our own, as the parcs lend themselves very well to those inclined to cycle.

In short…

Our week at Siblu was thoroughly enjoyable.  We made the most of the week and were lucky with the weather.  I enjoyed holidays like that twenty years ago, and happily, still enjoy them now.  The staff on reception were happy to help and friendly, and even a non-french speaking idiot like me managed to get by pretty well.  On the last day, we made enquiries to visit again next year, which is testament enough to how much fun we all had.  For the thrift-conscious, you can make holidays like this as expensive or as cheap as you like, and for the foodies among you, French supermarkets are amazing.  I’d recommend Siblu in a heartbeat and am already champing at the bit to go back.

Disclosure: We were given a week’s holiday in a Siblu parc in France back in July.  Although this was a press trip, and we had a lot of lovely opportunities presented to us, all opinions are my own and are a true reflection of our holiday.

 

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