Camping may not be my cup of tea, but I have to admit, after reading Jo from Organised Jo’s Snapshots about her family camping holiday in Brittany, I can totally see the appeal. Being right by a gorgeous sandy beach and with plenty to occupy kids, as well as amazing wine and food, what’s not to love?
Jo, her husband and two girls had an amazing and relaxing time in Benodet – so it’s over to you, Jo…
What do you look for in a holiday?
Before kids it was all about the best beaches and taking the hikes needed to find the best ones. I also really enjoyed that tourist thing of the slow sightseer, taking everything in at a slow pace. Now we have the girls we look for holidays that has something for all of us, which mainly involves a pool, or the sea, that the girls can be in for at least two hours a day!
Where did you go?
This years’ holiday was a camping trip to Brittany in France. We stayed in a great campsite called Camping Du Letty which is just outside the seaside town of Benodet.
We have just completed our third season of camping with the girls and wanted to try somewhere different. So far all our camping trips had been in the South West as it was only a maximum of two hours driving from our house. With the ferry port in Plymouth being only 45 minutes away, and the campsite in Benodet only one hour 45 minutes drive from Roscoff, it felt the right distance for us.
Where did you stay?
We camped for the whole trip and the pitch we were given was just perfect – not right next to all the facilities but close enough for night dashes to the toilet!
The campsite was recommended to us but I think we would have chosen it ourselves. It ticked a lot of boxes – right on a beach, indoor and outdoor pool, good location for sightseeing ,and there was a shop and a takeaway on site. The closest town was only a five-minute drive or a 15 minute walk.
Were there plenty of activities for the kids?
Along with the pools, which had slides, too, the campsite is based on an estuary with a lovely white sandy beach. The campsite also had a play park, kids’ club, activities and evening entertainment.
Your most memorable moment/s of the trip?
Lazy hazy summer evenings on the beach, eating bread and cheese, drinking wine while the kids pottered on the beach and paddled in the water. We also brought the game Boules while we were out there and played some mini family competitions.
Any sights, activities you want to shout about?
Benodet itself is perfect for families. Lovely family-friendly restaurants, the best ice cream shops and a big clean beach with great showering and toilet facilities. Parking also is free anywhere in the town. We also visited the city of Quimper. The architecture in the historic quarter was beautiful, and we think we even found Rapunzel’s tower!
Was it good value for money?
Very. The whole cost of the holiday including the ferry, camping, petrol and food came to about £1,000 for the week. The ferry was the most expensive part.
Your top tip/s for the area?
Take bikes as there are some great trails around the area. And just take in the culture of laid-back France – wine with lunch and lazy afternoons on the beach.
Which photo is your favourite and why?
I’ve got two, and they were both taken on the same evening. The first one just captures our evenings on the beach that the campsite is based on – food, wine, boules and fabulous views. The second is my favourite family shot of all of us together. The sun was setting, the estuary tide was way out and we could wade across easily to the gorgeous white sandbank on the other side of the estuary.
Having chased each other and putt sand down each other’s backs we stopped and took a family selfie, and my youngest’s face in this is brilliant. It captures perfectly how much fun the holiday was!
Would you recommend to a friend? Would you go back again?
Yes and yes! We are already trying to work out when we can go back again.
What are the five holiday essentials you couldn’t live without?
When I go camping I can’t live without a warm pair of PJ’s; a charger for my phone so I can take lots of pictures; wine glasses (obvs!); fairy lights to make the tent a home away from home; and an oversized cardi to get wrapped up in while sat outside gazing at the stars while sipping my wine (mmm, I’m seeing a theme here!!).
What is your most favourite place in the whole world and why?
Oh difficult one, we visited New York a couple of years ago just the two of us and had the best time exploring such an amazing city. I would love to go back when the kids are older to show them the sights.