You’ve heard us rave about glamping often – I think it’s the mix of remote locations and creature comforts that makes glamping so alluring to us. When it comes to choosing accommodation, I often veer towards little huts, tree houses, bohemian teepees but never without. checking whether they are equipped with creature comforts – wifi, electricity, hot showers – first.
This summer, when we first booked our tickets to France we’d been in and out of so many hotels in the past few months, so all we wanted was a little cottage, equipped with a kitchen, in the countryside.We had used Yelloh Village to book accommodation in Portugal on the recommendation of a friend and really enjoyed it, so I looked up their accommodation in France. I chanced on La Chênaie while browsing through their premium camping accommodation and booked it because it was in an area of France we hadn’t explored so far (Pornic!) and the cottages looked great.
I didn’t have any plans to write about it but we enjoyed our time at La Chênaie so much, so we thought we’d give you a lowdown on our time in Pornic, along with some tips on choosing camping/glamping accommodation to suit your needs. La Chênaie offers 4* premium camping accommodation and this includes dozens of vintage motorhomes, tent pitches, and cottages. We chose a colourful cottage which boasted of 2 bedrooms, a kitchen, hot showers, and a lounging area. A large hamper with milk, chocolates, preserves, and tea welcomed us, so we didn’t have to go shopping for provisions on getting there. The cottage was so cosy that we felt at home within seconds.
We were there just to catch up on work, so we spent large parts of the day relaxing on the lounge chairs and working away on our laptops. We also picnicked in the flower-laden grounds of the campsite.I love that the campsite had a hammam, sauna and spa for adults for no holiday is complete without a bout of pampering. But we saw lots of families with young kids and larger groups having the time of their life at La Chênaie. That’s because the campsite has a large playground for kids. There are 2 swimming pools, an in-house restaurant, and several activities including kayaking and farm visits. This ensures a fun time for kids, teenagers, and adults alike!
And that’s the thing – cottages are ideal if you’re travelling with friends or young kids. It’s easy to stop by a supermarket, pick up provisions, and rustle a meal to suit the needs of your group. The area around La Chênaie is packed with things to do – Pornic has some amazing beaches which aren’t frequented by tourist hordes and Nantes is a gorgeous town that makes for the perfect French day out. Its cobble-stoned alleys are dotted with boulangeries and eateries that make exploring a joy. If you’re travelling with kids, make sure to witness the marvel that is the mechanical elephant in Nantes. The huge elephant can be seen parading at a slow pace near the city centre – it even sprays water on whoever dares to venture too close without purchasing a ticket.
The area around La Chênaie is totally off-the-beaten path and we had great fun exploring it. However if it is your first or second time in France, we’d suggest choosing similar accommodation on Yelloh Village in the areas around French Riviera – the area has loads to explore. You can even read our tips on planing a road trip in the French Riviera.
And here is a short video of our experience in this gorgeous part of France 🙂
I hope our experience encourages you to choose something other than a typical hotel on your next holiday. Do you enjoy glamping as much as we do? Tell us in the comments below