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Family Holiday to Brittany

July 16, 2010 11:35 am
posted by Sarah

This month we hear from Cecile Pons and her family, who won a competition to visit the Pierre & Vacances Port du Crouesty in Brittany. She shares her travel diary with us.

Taking the family to Brittany

“We live in Norfolk and we are a family of four consisting of me, my husband and our two little boys.”

Getting there

“On Friday 28th May 2010, we left home after a quick lunch and headed south. I had booked a hotel room on the outskirts of Portsmouth, as the ferry would be leaving early the following morning. This was the first time that we had decided to take our holiday during the normal school holiday period. If all went well, we would be arriving in Portsmouth at around 4.30pm. Not only, it was half-term, but it was a Bank holiday weekend. We arrived on the M25 and soon we were stuck there for two hours in a major traffic jam. What a great way to start the holidays!

The following morning, we boarded the ferry as planned at around 8.15am. The ship was full. Our children aged 4  & 2 were very happy running on the outside deck or spending frequent breaks in the soft play area. The sea was calm and lovely and we arrived in Ouistreham (North of Caen) at 15.00. We had another four hours of driving before reaching our destination : Pierre et Vacances resort in Port du Crouesty.”

On arrival at Port du Crouesty

Our apartment

“Our self-catering accommodation at Pierre & Vacances resort Port Du Crouesty a self-catering duplex apartment was spacious and could accommodate up to 8 people. It consisted of 1 x double bedroom ; 1 x single room ; 1 x room for children with bunk beds ; 1 bathroom with toilet ; 1 x shower room ; 1 x separate toilet  ; 1 x dining room/living room with open kitchen. There were 2 single sofa beds in the living-room area. Everything was spotless and perfect for families.”

The resort

“The Port du Crouesty resort itself is well designed and lies beside the beach. It is built like a traditional Brittany village with slated roof and has a welcoming feeling. It offers a wide range of amenities ( shop, bar/meeting point ; launderette ; children’s clubs ; outdoor swimming-pool ; play area….). Our apartment was in “Rue de la Plage”.

What’s on-site at Port du Crouesty

Port du Crouesty is a lovely seaside resort. There are many activities for all age groups ; sailing trips, fishing trips, walking on the beach or sight seeing in the beautiful region of Morbihan. There is also a large thallassotherapy (spa with sea water based treatments) centre for the holiday makers in search of holistic well-being.

There are many restaurants around the harbour ; what a treat to have a galette (savoury pancake) or a crêpe (sweet pancake) with a glass or two of cider.”

What we did during our family holiday to Port du Crouesty:

There are so many things to see and do in this beautiful region. Here is a small selection of what we did:

  • Suscinio  Castle (built between the 13th & 15th centuries)
  • Vannes aquarium ( a fascinating aquarium. There is also a crocodile which was recovered from the Paris sewage that kept my children enthralled).
  • Parc animalier de Branféré (This was a tremendous day out, where we could get close to the animals (giraffes, chimpanzees, ostriches, etc… There is also a splendid network of nets high in the trees… the children loved climbing in them and be closer to the sky !!)
  • Bouncy castles paradise ( a large play area consisting of 20 bouncy castles of various shapes and grades for children and adults)
  • Cider house ( a museum dedicated to cider and its fabrication with tasting)

Families at Port du Crouesty

“Typically, we would begin our days with a trip to the play area, as the children adored it. We then did some sight seeing and usually had lunch out. We would then come back late afternoon for a dip in the swimming pool. And after dinner, the children would go back to the play area one more time before retiring to bed.”

Summary of our stay:

“We had a wonderful time. It was beautiful to be so close to the beach. And as for me, I was delighted to stay in a Pierre & Vacances resort. This company is well known in France and England, and being French I was delighted to stay there. I was very impressed with the quality of the accommodation and would consider staying in another Pierre & Vacances resort in the future!”

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