Destination Europe

Staying at Les Iles de Clovis at Puy Du Fou

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June 15, 2018

When Britmums invited me on a press trip to a little known theme park called Puy Du Fou in Les Epesses, France I was intrigued.
Labelled as a theme park and rated as the best in the world, I am still struggling to find the perfect words to describe it, other than “WOW!!”.
What Puy Du Fou (pronounced Pwee de Foo) does offer is spectacular, immersive and awe-inspiring shows, rather than rides, that get your heart soaring and spark your emotions and the fun begins as soon as you step into one of their unusual hotels, which promise to send you straight back in time.
There are five to choose from; Le Logis de Lescure – an 18th century lodge, La Citadelle – a medieval castle, Camp du Drap d’Or – a Tudor style encampment that look like opulent tents, La Villa Gallo-Romaine – an ancient Roman villa and The Îles de Clovis where I stayed.
puy du fou
The Îles de Clovis is a middle age lake-side settlement with fifty huts built on stilts, with thatched roofs and half-timbering, that have been eco-designed to recreate the authentic ambiance of a village from the Merovingian period. It is named after the Merovingian king, Clovis, who took the throne at the age of just 15.
The Îles de Clovis
The huts are set across nine man-made lakes, which contain a huge variety of carefully chosen plants and wildlife, including very vocal resident frogs, ducks and carp which were chosen to feed on mosquito larvae so you don’t need to worry about getting bitten.
Îles de Clovis
Although a very authentic looking middle-aged lodge, with oak beds, chunky wooden furniture and a stunning granite hand basin the room is packed full of modern facilities that families expect in this day and age.
Oak Bed
The lodge sleeps up to five guests, with a set of bunk beds with privacy curtains, a small single bed in the main room with a large king size bed.
Bunk Beds
On the wall is a large wide-screen TV which shows you how some of the action-packed shows are created as well as international TV channels and all lodges have a strong wifi connection and air conditioning.
Iles des Clovis TV
The wet room is huge, with a large power shower, sink and hairdryer, plus there is a separate toilet.
Bathroom
The attention to detail is out of this world, the mirrors are designed to give you your reflection as if you are looking at a piece of polished metal as they would at that time, the story of Clovis was artfully written on the wall in the toilet and decoration includes a large shield on the wall and baskets and reeds on the rafters.
Baskets
In fact, above these rafters is a light which is perfect for leaving on at night for the kids as it gives the room a lovely glow.
nightlight
The lodge is quite dark without the lights on, but there is a small window at the front and patio doors at the rear, leading out onto a small balcony which do let in some natural light.
Balcony
There is also plenty of storage for suitcases and clothes plus a safe for your valuables. The only thing missing for me was tea and coffee-making facilities and seating on the balcony as I loved watching the carp in the lake.
Iles des Clovis
Staying at Îles de Clovis costs from €66 per person per night, which includes entry into the park, which I think is very reasonable.

Top Tip:

There is a bar next to the restaurant on site, but we only found it open once, so stock up on snacks and drinks to keep in your room before you arrive.

Travel:

We travelled to Nantes by plane which took just an hour from Gatwick and both ferry ports of Roscoff and St Malo are within easy reach of the park by car, which is set in the Vendee region of France. Transfer to Puy Du Fou from Nantes took an hour and was mostly motorway – don’t forget €5.90 for the toll roads (each way).
Map
I visited Puy du Fou with 6 other bloggers as part of a team of BritMums influencers. You can read posts from the other bloggers, some who stayed in different accommodation, below:
Nadine from JuggleMum: Jugglemum.co.uk/hotels-at-puy-du-fou/
Sarah from Extraordinary Chaos: extraordinarychaos.com/2018/06/staying-at-le-camp-du-drap-dor-at-puy-du-fou
 
 

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  1. Reply

    Nadine Hill

    June 15, 2018

    Ooh great ‘Top Tip’!! Yes you need to be savvy with the snacks! The accommodation was lovely – and you took some great photos! It all felt very ‘Game of Thrones’ in there! But comfortable!

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    Penny Golightly

    June 15, 2018

    This looks like it’s from another world! Hope your trip was as fun as it looked, and bet Game of Thrones enthusiasts would love staying there too.

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    Emma Raphael

    June 15, 2018

    I have seen several other write ups about this, and it looks so brilliant for kids! Might have to try and fit in a visit on the way to see my inlaws at some point! Thanks Kara! 🙂

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    Yeah Lifestyle

    June 15, 2018

    What a lovely quaint little place to visit ad such stunning views as well. So wonderful that you got to experience all that it has to offer and all that for a reasonable price as well.

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    Fiona Cambouropoulos

    June 15, 2018

    Quaint and Quirky, lovely to find something different

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    Mari

    June 16, 2018

    It was such a fantastic experience and one I look forward to taking the children to some time. I think seeing them enjoy it would be even better.

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    Rachael

    June 16, 2018

    The accommodation looks incredible. I love how they have managed to keep it all authentic looking but still have all the amenities and facilities that you would expect from a hotel nowadays.

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    Hannah

    June 16, 2018

    I’d love to stay here. The rooms look very nice and cozy

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    jennifer durrans

    June 17, 2018

    This looks amazing and I’m definitely going to put this on my travel list!!

  10. Reply

    Lynne Harper

    June 17, 2018

    Oh my word what a stunning location. I’m a huge lover of France have been multiple times since I was a child. This would make an amazing trip for us

  11. Reply

    Lynne Harper

    June 17, 2018

    I have been to France multiple times since I was a child. What a stunning location and somewhere I would love to visit

  12. Reply

    Mellissa Williams

    June 17, 2018

    Wow, what an absolutely amazing place to stay! It looks so unique and pretty – and very affordable too. Might have to head there myself

  13. Reply

    Sarah Christie

    June 18, 2018

    I just loved the theme of the hotels I honestly think it makes the stay so much more special going back after a long day on the parks. I cant wait to go back x

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    Nichola - Globalmouse

    June 18, 2018

    What a gorgeous looking place, like stepping back in to history! My kids would love it.

  15. Reply

    Katja

    June 18, 2018

    I thought the hotels were so well done. It was authentic and comfortable and I loved the location on the lake!

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    Newcastle Family Life

    June 18, 2018

    Oh wow this looks and sounds amazing, I have never seen anything like this before xx

  17. Reply

    Micaela Levachyov

    June 18, 2018

    Staying in a middle age lake-side settlement sounds amazing! I love the interior what a great mix of modern and historical design. My parents are huge history buffs and would love it.

  18. Reply

    Charly Dove

    June 18, 2018

    What a remarkable place Puy du Fou is and I love Iles de Clovis. It was surprisingly peaceful given it was only a short walk away from the park and authentic but with all the mod cons. The bed was super comfortable too and I loved the patio with the carp and the ducks. Itching to go back already!

  19. Reply

    Elizabeth

    June 19, 2018

    Oh my goodness what a wonderful place to stay! That place is just the kind of thing I’ve been looking for when my husband and I go on holiday this summer! I’ll show him your post!

  20. Reply

    Rhian Westbury

    June 19, 2018

    Wow that room looks amazing, what a wonderful press trip to be invited along to x

  21. Reply

    Melanie

    June 19, 2018

    What an unusual place to stay if you have kids. Good tip about the shop x

  22. Reply

    Jem

    June 19, 2018

    This looks like a lovely place to stay. It looks like you had a brilliant time.

  23. Reply

    Natasha Mairs

    June 19, 2018

    These lodges look amazing, I would love to stay in one. And the shower is must try!

  24. Reply

    Bella and Dawn at Dear Mummy Blog

    June 19, 2018

    Puy Du Fou looks like something out of a Beauty and the Beast set. We love the quirkiness and quaintness of the place – its seriously instagram worthy! Amazing!

  25. Reply

    Angela Ricardo Bethea

    June 20, 2018

    I love the peaceful ambiance of this place. Perfect to unwind and to relax with our loved ones.

  26. Reply

    Fritha Quinn

    June 22, 2018

    wow what an historic place, it look amazing! brilliant views too, looks very peaceful x

  27. Reply

    Jen

    June 23, 2018

    It looks lovely, so cosy yet quirky! I love the little details.

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