La Venise Verte

178 Route Des Bords De Sevre, Coulon, 79510, France

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Ideal for ...

  • Cycling
  • Dogs
  • Motorhomes
  • Walking

Why stay here ...

This pretty, verdant site is a haven for nature lovers, being perched on the edge of the Sèvre River and close to marshland and canals. It’s friendly owners and staff work hard to ensure guests enjoy their stay. There are fewer amenities than on some sites in the area, but with so much to do nearby it’s seldom a problem. A lovely restaurant offers a range of dishes, and there’s a pool and play area for children.

A perfect area for fishing, the site hires out canoes and bicycles, enabling guests to explore the area in different ways. The views from the canals are picturesque and there are plenty of spots for a picnic along the way. The historic village of Coulon is within walking and cycling distance and offers several cafés and restaurants, and a bus service to the local rail station stops 600m from the site.

Around and About

Vineyards, Puy du Fou, Futuroscope, Marais Poitevin, Niort, La Rochelle, Ile de Ré, Ile d’Oléron, Ile d’Aix, Melle Arboretum, Rochefort, Hiking, Cycle routes, Boat trips, Fishing, Bird watching.

Things to do on site ...

  • Bike hire
  • Daytime entertainment (high season)
  • Evening entertainment (high season)
  • Fishing
  • Games room
  • Play area

Facilities on site ...

  • Bar
  • Barbecues allowed:: charcoal, gas
  • Disabled facilities -: excellent
  • Late arrivals area without electric hook-up
  • Motorhome service point
  • Restaurant
  • Swimming pool
  • Takeaway
  • TV room
  • Wi-Fi
  • Wi-Fi availability: bar, restaurant, entertainment complex
  • Wi-Fi charge

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Latest arrival time - low: 10:00 PM

Latest arrival time - high: 10:00 PM

Earliest departure time - low: 7:00 AM

Earliest departure time - high: 7:00 AM

Is there a set arrival day? No

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Directions

6 1/2 miles west of Niort. From the A83 take exit 9 (SP Niort-Centre/Marais Poitevin). At the roundabout take the 1st exit on to the D148, continue over 2 roundabouts staying on the D148 avoiding the centre of Benet. Approximately 4km past Benet take the 1st exit at the roundabout (D123) – continue straight through Coulon (towards Le Vanneau) and the site will be on the right after 1.5 miles /2.4km.

Sites key: Overseas Site

Postcode:
79510
Region:
Poitou Charentes
Department:
Deux-Sèvres
Distance to Calais: (kms)
703
GPS:
Lat 46.31444 / Lon -0.60888
Michelin map no.
322

Transport links

  • Buses go to: Coulon, Niort
  • Daily public transport within 2 kms
  • Nearest port: St Malo (323 kms)

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OK for cyclists and walkers

We stayed at this site with friends in late June early July. It is easy to find if you follow the clubs directions and do not go through Benet.On our arrival about 1pm,we found the reception to be closed for lunch but on their return the staff were very helpful and friendly and although they had allocated our pitches we could change them if we were not satisfied with them. It was a really hot day, 39/40 degrees and with luck our pitch was shaded by the trees but our friends pitch had very little shade. These were super pitches which were very large so we could position the van near to the water taps and drains which are shared by the 2 pitches. There are separate shower and toilet blocks which although kept clean we all felt they needed a lot of updating, the pool was inviting but not that big and although you can order bread etc the night before there is no shop. We used the bar a few times but found that the restaurant had only one 3course menu choice that changed daily so we never used it. The area is ideal for cyclists and walkers with lots of trails along the canal banks etc but we found that if you don't do either of these there was very little to do in the area apart from going into Coulon or La Rochelle which is about 45min drive away. On one afternoon the young gardener trimmed the hedges between the vans but did not remove the trimming until the following afternoon leaving quite a mess to avoid.

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Lovely location

We arrived on site on World Cup Final day - much anticipation for the French! The pitch allocated was flat; approx 10m x 15m and offered plenty of shade from the hot weather (much needed) and the water supply and drainage were straightforward at the rear of the pitch. At the time of our stay French schools were out and so, the site was busy with a fair mix of young families and older couples which made peace and solitude less likely (our choice of dates - we will not make that error again)! We would with hindsight, have been better off with a pitch to the rear of the site away from the kiddies play area. There are also a number of chalets on site which were probably in use up to 40% capacity. The bar was a little pricey - but the restaurant was reasonable with their modest menu.Facilities were clean but as the site became busier, could have been benefitted from a second cleans per day! This region is quite different in that it is in the Vendee with lots of waterways across these flat lands. Walking to the pretty village of Coulon is to be recommended where inland boating prevails and visits to the Cities of La Rochelle and Niort are worthwhile. In addition to this somewhat surprisingly, we spotted a pair of Kingfishers and a Coypu at or in the river near dusk on more than one occasion.
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Great site, will certainly return. Be aware although advertised as each pitch having water and drainage the location of these facilities is at the front of some of the pitch and you'll need extra long piping to reach the drain.Also the water is shared with the next pitch and you'll need a two way water tap attachment if you have mains water to the van/aquaroll.

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We were allocated a fairly small pitch, bit tight but space for awning. Lovely restaurant. Good facilities. Friendly. Nicely situated for cycling.
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Great Holiday

Read reviews before we booked - and can honestly say this site did not disappoint! It was all that we wanted and expected it to be! Owners and staff very helpful and pleasant. Very clean amenities and pool. Coulon is a delight - cafes and restaurants to enjoy by the canal, and plenty of routes to explore on our bikes kept the keen cyclists in our family happy. Things to do on the canals - such as punting or kayaking etc also something to enjoy. Picture postcard views along the canals and all about an hours drive from the coast to keep the beach goers happy too! Order your bread and croissants before 7pm to enjoy the following day. Also must not forget the on site restaurant - another delight. All in all a great place to holiday! No doubt we will return.
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