We stayed here the last week of August in a comfort cottage. It was a very good family holiday overall. Very similar in layout as Longleat, but without the hills. 3½ hours down from Calais, very easy route (except be careful around Rouen). 95% of the guests are French, so whilst they do not all speak much English, this is acceptable I would say. Take a phrase book and have a go - you would expect someone coming to the UK to do the same. I speak some French and we found the staff helpful, professional and courteous without exception.
Whilst the cottage was more basic and tired than the equivalent in a UK CP, it is cheaper than for the same period, so we expected less. The cottage was very clean, although some things were broken (airer, fridge handle). Was rather damp, but being in the middle of a forest and constantly having wet towels drying isn't going to help that. We were out for most of the day so didn't worry really.
The facilities are fantastic - we tried the horse riding, crazy golf, mini tennis. Hired bikes and cycled loads every day, they go from tandem to toddler with stabilisers and come with locks. Book in advance to save 10%. Good way of getting exercise in and paths all over the place. The Aquamundo was amazing. VERY clean, lots of slides, very warm large outdoor pool, rapids, wave machine, toddler pool. Quietest in the mornings.
The food was expensive but then you could go elsewhere - we found a great pizzeria on the main square in Verneuil that opened at 6, and the supermarket prices weren't bad. The 7pm opening was a pain, but they do hot food deliveries, BBQ food and grill for you to do yourself, or eat at lunch and have bread and cheese in the evening. Our children ate everything that was put in front of them and did not complain about the food, which is rare! the Monde buffet was excellent, wide range of food. They did Moules as a special on Thurs which was very good value and delicious.
So will we go back? Yes, but we will book early to get the discounts and offers and upgrade to a VIP cottage. We've stayed in some Haven type parks on IoW and they weren't a patch on this place, including for the equivalent accommodation. This was our only holiday and we were more than happy with it.
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