Domaine de Dugny was the first stop on our European road trip, and despite facing a few challenges in the first few days Lola managed to join in at the talent show.
This video was shot at the bar which is part of the large entertainment area at this Siblu holiday park. It is a wonderful site, one which I hope to return to and here is why.
Domaine de Dugny Review
We arrived to Onzain mid afternoon on a Sunday and I was pleased to receive a warm welcome – it had been a long drive on a hot day. The sunflowers in the surrounding fields were just starting to bow their heads to the approach of autumn but were a lovely sight none the less.
We had driven down from St Malo and of course took the old roads rather than the motorways, that’s why it took me 7 hours! We found our cabin easily and found it to be spotlessly clean and located amidst tall trees, giving us a little shade from the sun. We only had a few days here but we wanted to make the most of them.
All of the Siblu sites have on site children’s clubs which Lola spotted within half an hour of us setting foot in the village. Bubbles is for the little ones, Pirates from 5 years old and then Barracudas for the older children. I will talk more about these later as I feel it’s an important element of the holiday and something Siblu do extremely well.
This is one of the smallest campsites in France I have been to, I use the term campsite loosely as of course – we aren’t in a tent but a mobile home and a very well equipped one at that. Although small Domaine de Dugny sits firmly amongst my favourite places to stay in France, the position in the Loire Valley is great to explore the surrounding area. The small and friendly approach shines through from the staff around the park, emitting a somewhat laid back and comforting feel wherever you go.
Facilities On Site
The swimming pool complex is an obvious attraction to all with both indoor and outdoor pools and slides to increase the fun. We only spent time in the covered pool which includes a paddling pool for the little ones, we liked the fact that the roof is retractable allowing to cater for all weather.
There are several play areas as well as bikes and carts for hire for a local charge (1 Euro), even just wandering around the perimeter of the site and to the lake behind is lovely.
Getting To Domaine de Dugny
Although there is a train station at Onzain with direct links to Paris, I can’t help but urge you to have a car with you. The road links are good and there is so much to see in the area, in addition, although there is a small shop on site you would be silly not to use either the Lidl or Casino supermarkets just down the road; a car is recommended.
If you are coming from the ports on the English channel and driving in France, you have a number of options. Of course, I accept that many of you will use GPS to get you to Onzain, but why not take in the beautiful countryside on the way? To make life a little easier for you, at the bottom of this page I’ll give you a link to my route from St Malo…you never know it might inspire you! If you’re trying to work out which ferry to take, I can also give you links to help you with that. I prefer to travel with Brittany Ferries, but there are others which may be more useful to you.
Flights do come in to Tours which is 45 minute away, but of course you’ll need to make your way across to Domaine de Dugny, so car hire is recommended.
You are right in the heart of the Loire Valley here, on your doorstep you will find chateaux and small villages as well as tourist attractions.