I wrote two blog posts while we were there with a very dodgy internet connection, so this post summarises the whole experience.
For our first stop we stayed at Belle Dune in Normandy. This is less than an hour's drive from Calais so it keeps the journey quite short if you're sailing from Dover. The only problem with being so near to Britain is that you usually experience the British weather too. The sun didn't shine very much for us but that wasn't a problem because there was lots to do in the village.
|View from our house at Belle Dune|
|Our house at Belle Dune|
|Reception building and Belle Dune village centre|
We weren't short of things to do at Belle Dune and overall it felt very peaceful. Most of the people staying had children with them but it was still nice and quiet.
|Houses at Belle Dune|
|Houses (and sunshine!) at Port Bourgenay|
|Village centre, Port Bourgenay|
Pierre & Vacances Holiday villages have a very French feel to them. Lots of French people holiday with them so you really feel you're in France even though you're staying in a resort. Because the resorts are very French you don't get a kettle in the accommodation (boiling water for the baby's bottles took a while on the electric hob) and the showers are handheld. I missed having a washing machine, without young children you can manage to get by. But we had to make several visits to the launderette and there were a few issues with dryers being out of order and used by housekeeping staff and nowhere to get notes changed into coins.
|The lake at Port Bourgenay|
|One of the pool areas at Port Bourgenay|
But these are niggles and overall we had a great time with Pierre & Vacances, their resorts are a brilliant place to take the children and ours will get even more from holidays with them when they're a bit older too. All the resorts run children's clubs which we didn't use but many other people did and they have a wide range of activities to keep children entertained. And that's the thing when holidaying with children: if they're entertained and happy then usually you are too!