Sequoia Parc, Marennes

sequoia parc campsite views

A member of the Castels chain of parcs, Sequoia Parc is a Castels camping parc with a chateau and impressive old stone farm buildings in the main courtyard which house the restaurant and bar.

This château parc is a spacious site set in 130 acres only 5km from the nearest sandy beach at Marennes Plage and featuring a magnificent waterpark and excellent facilities to entertain the families with younger children.

During high season the parc becomes more lively when evening entertainment and activities, a lot aimed at young children, are organised. The parc is 5km from the old town of Marennes. Please note : Take insect repellent and plug ins for mosquitoes which appear in the evenings depending on the time of year. Also if you plan to hire bicycles or play tennis then make sure you have extra Euros with you for this as deposits for cycle hire etc can be quite high (eg 50-100Euros) !

CAMPSITE FACILITIES
  • • A fantastic pool complex with four pools, slides and a lazy river. However this can get busy in high season and sunbeds outnumber holidaymakers leading to queues for the sunbeds. Hopefully the site will work to change this and we managed to take along our own deckchairs so you could try that or do what we did and go for a swim later in the day to avoid the crowds. Also remember that as in many pools in France, bermuda shorts are not allowed and men and boys should wear speedo style swimming suits
  • • Shop
  • • Restaurant
  • • Take-Away (in July and August)
  • • Onsite farm -with llamas, mini pigs, goats etc.
  • • Riding stables - pony trekking and horse riding
  • • Site run children's activities with arts and crafts, games etc
  • • WiFi (with a charge)
  • • Tennis, table tennis, football, basketball, volleyball
  • • Playground
  • • Cycle Hire
  • • all the usual toilet, ironing, shower block and washing up facilities and washing machines

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Getting There

Ports

If you are going to drive then here are the distances from the Channel Ports:

  • • Bilbao: 485 km
  • • St Malo: 400 km

Airports

There are flights by a variety of airlines from the UK and Ireland to the following airports:

  • • Bordeaux : 160 km
  • • La Rochelle : 64 km
  • • Poitiers : 172 km
  • • Bergerac : 204 km

Public Transport

  • • Train station:
  • • Rochefort, Saintes, 25km
  • • Services to: Angouleme, Saintes, La Rochelle, Niort, Poitiers

Things to Do in the Area

Cognac Vineyards (40km)

You can take a tour of the vineyards in the Cognac area, one of the top vine growing areas in France.

Cognac Brandy Distilleries (about 60km/45 miles)

The Cognac area is famous for producing brandy, made by distilling white wine, which is then aged in wooden casks, giving it its distinctive golden colour. Some of the famous producers include Courvoisier, Hennessy, Martel and Remy Martin. We toured the Hennessy distillery in Cognac itself, which was an excellent tour. We chose to do the 11E tour and this included a tasting ! The tour starts by taking a boat to cross the Charente river to the distillery. You will get to see the distilling process and the vast cellars storing the casks. There is also a museum area. There are English speaking tours as well. This link will take you to a summary of some of the tours that are on offer: - http://www.discover-poitou-charentes.com/food-drink/cognac-2/cognac

St Just Luzac (2 km away)

The nearest town to the campsite. It is a pretty town with old buildings, large church, chemist, butcher, 2 boulangeries, small supermarket, tennis courts etc.

Île d’Oléron (about 6km)

The nearby Île d’Oléron has wonderful sandy beaches and cycle tracks and is reached by a roadbridge.

Marennes Plage (5km away)

A nice child safe beach.

La Rochelle (about 40 minutes drive away)

Well worth a visit to this town with its old town and port and its less than an hours drive away.

Ferry to Medoc

You can take a ferry from Royan to the Medoc peninsula where some of the finest wines are made.

La Palmyre Zoo (29km)

Largest zoological park in France

Le Petit Train de Saint-Trojan

Le petit train de St Trojan is a 12 km round trip through the surrounding countryside. Trains depart every 45 minutes in high season.

Chateau de Gataudiere

18th century château which features an adventure park and paintballing facilities.

Bike Hire Direct

Another option for well priced and hassle free bike hire in this region is "Bike Hire Direct" - find out more at their website at www.bikehiredirect.com

Bordeaux Wine Trip App

If you are planning on touring the vineyards around Bordeaux this Android App might be useful! Click here to find out more about the Android Version. Click here for the iphone and ipad version. http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/bordeaux-wine-trip/id531363016?mt=8

  

Disclaimer: The reviews published on the site are intended solely for the purpose of providing general information and comment and are purely our opinions. We cannot guarantee that descriptions on this site are accurate, up to date or free from error. Some people a busy campsite with lots of activities while someone else may love a quiet campsite with a small swimming pool. Actually we tend to be the latter ! So what we have done is highlight the good points of the sites and maybe point out a few of what we have found as slightly negative points. However we strongly recommend that you make full use of as many internet sources as possible before deciding about your holiday, including other review sites and Google maps etc.