We’ve just returned from a fun week at Domaine de Kerlann, a Siblu village near Pont Aven in Brittany, France. Although my number one travel rule is not to return to the same place twice, it was a rule I was willing to break for another week in Brittany. My boys and I loved our fortnight last summer touring with my parents in their motorhome from Nantes to Bénodet (Brittany road trip). My husband unfortunately had to miss out due to work, so it was the perfect excuse to return to Brittany and the Gulf of Morbihan to introduce him to some of our favourite spots and explore more of the region.
There is something really special about Brittany, the beaches are truly spectacular, the villages and towns are an instagram lovers dream and there is loads to do with kids of all ages, particularly water sports which my family and I love. The proximity to England and the ease of getting there is also a huge draw as it means you make the most of valuable annual leave by spending less time travelling with no jet lag to recover from. A huge bonus when travelling with kids.
Location Domaine de Kerlann Siblu village
It was our second time in Brittany although our first time staying at a Siblu village. We selected Domaine de Kerlann due to it being just a relatively short drive from Roscoff ferry port. (It was our first time as a family travelling by ferry and I can highly recommend it. Full review coming soon!)
We also wanted a campsite close to beaches, with lots of onsite facilities for kids and nearby towns and villages to explore. Domaine de Kerlann ticked every one of these boxes and more so it was the perfect choice for us.
Facilities & kids entertainment at Domain de Kerlann
We were thoroughly spoilt for choice by the facilities on offer at this campsite. To be honest, even though we spent a couple of days on site and most nights in the bar enjoying the entertainment programme we still didn’t get to use all of the facilities. My boys loved the outdoor splash area and spent hours running around, screeching and playing…
We used the indoor pool several times too and lucked out a couple of times getting it all to ourselves. My boys really enjoyed playing with the tub full of plastic boats provided by the campsite, proving once again that it’s the simplest things that kids enjoy.
As you’ll see in my video below, my youngest had me up and down the stairs riding on his favourite water slide which was perfect for younger kids, although possibly a little tame for teens, who seemed to spend their time on lilos in the outdoor pool.
Unlike other French swimming pools that we’ve been to, they allow regular swimming shorts which my husband was very relieved by. (Being a typical British guy he refused to wear Speedo type swim shorts when we were on holiday in Italy and just had to miss out on the pool fun!)
Domaine de Kerlann has lots of green open space and playgrounds scattered all over the park. My boys really enjoyed the space to run freely. As it’s quite a large park our scooters came in handy, especially as our mobile home was a good ten minute walk from the main facilities.
The park has been planned very much with families in mind. We spent a few hours kicking a ball around the football pitch, racing each other around the running track and playing tennis. They also enjoyed the small soft play area and playgrounds. We ran out of time to try the mini golf, bike hire and archery and although there were free kids clubs we didn’t use them. We had intended to but as our kids were going to bed late from enjoying the shows, quizzes and character meet and greets in the bar it had a knock on effect in the morning. We were not leaving our mobile home until nearly midday every day and opted to enjoy our afternoons together as a family exploring the local area rather than use the kids clubs.
Dining & shopping at Domaine de Kerlann
One of our morning rituals was walking to the shops in the morning to buy freshly made pain au chocolate and croissants. I think my boys enjoyed ordering in their best French and walking back whilst swinging bags of delicious pastries almost as much as they did eating them on our terrace area. As well as selling fresh baguettes and croissants the campsite shop stocked everything you could possibly need for a self catering holiday at prices not too much higher than the nearby supermarkets. There is also a take away and restaurant onsite which we didn’t use but the prices looked reasonable (8.50-12 Euros for pizzas and 4.50 euros for sandwiches).
Mobile home facilities
We stayed in a three bedroom Excellence, which is Siblu’s top of the range holiday home with terrace. It was a spacious mobile home with lots of storage, two bathrooms with really powerful showers and a large covered outdoor seating area in addition to a dining area in the front room.
To be honest, for a top of the range home we were surprised to find that it didn’t have a dishwasher or TV, DVD. We are not big TV watchers, particularly on holiday, however it would have been great after a tiring day sightseeing to chill out for a while watching a DVD. (I had purposefully bought the Greatest Showman before our holiday and had been looking forward to introducing my boys to it. It remained in my suitcase all week taunting me. Especially as there was a TV bracket still on our wall!)
A feature we were not impressed with was the bedding. We had a linen and towel pack included as part of our package. The pillows were covered in a plastic type material making them quite uncomfortable to sleep on as it was fairly hot during our stay and they were also square so didn’t fit into the rectangular pillow cases provided. The duvets also seemed to shift around in the duvet covers. Although my boys do both move around a lot in their sleep I’ve never had to redo duvet covers like I did every morning whilst staying at Domain de Kerlann.
Of course these points are rather minor and didn’t impact our relaxing and fun week. One issue that was rather more worrying though was the lack of a carbon monoxide detector. On our second evening we realised that our smoke alarm was missing, there was just a base attached to our ceiling and no alarm. We left a message for the reception and a maintenance guy came over first thing in the morning to replace. It was at this point that we questioned whether we should have a carbon monoxide detector and were told that they don’t supply them as they are not a legal requirement. After checking this out with the reception who confirmed this to be the case in France we looked in several supermarkets to see if we could purchase one.
Unfortunately the local stores didn’t stock them so we had to make do with having windows and doors open during the day to air the mobile home and not using any hot water in the evening. (The gas heating and water was on demand so we felt reassured taking these precautions). My husband and I are possibly overly cautious but with gas being used in a small confined place I feel it is always better to be safe than sorry as I wrote about after a bad experience in a mobile home last year here. **See response below from Siblu Management re: lack of carbon monoxide detectors.
Every morning was spent relaxing on our balcony, enjoying al fresco dining. My boys loved listening to the birds and imitating the churping. In the evenings we tended to fire up the BBQ to cook meat and vegetables bought from local market stalls. One day we cooked fish we’d bought from the fish market freshly caught by the fisherman. We watched the fishing boat come into the harbour and unload their catch of the day before going over to the stall and selecting the fish we wanted for dinner. You can’t get much fresher than that!
Video of our stay at Domaine de Kerlann Siblu village
Our week stay over the May half term holidays summarised into 3 minutes featuring a tour of the village, facilities, mobile home and nearby attractions…
Things to do near Domaine de Kerlann as featured in the video
The campsite is located in a brilliant spot for exploring southern Brittany. You could stay there all summer and not run out of things to do, (we spoke to several mobile home owners on the site who stay for up to three months at a time and they agreed with us). I’ll be sharing an article featuring the nearby attractions in more detail soon, in the meantime here are a few of our favourite days out all within a short driving distance…
Sailing to the Glénan Islands from Concarneau
This was a full day trip from 9am to 6pm with approx. three hours free time on the Glénan Islands. It was an utterly brilliant day and we would do it again in a heart beat. All passengers onboard Popoff got involved pulling on ropes and taking control of the helm including my two little skippers!
The drive to Concarneau from the campsite is just 20 minutes so perfect for even the most impatient of children!
Kayaking on the River Odet
This is also an experience we would whole heartedly recommend. The meeting spot for the Three Frogs Kayak Club was a car park with just a trailer and shed with lifejackets and oars. (I was expected an outdoor activities centre so nearly backed out when I first spotted the trailer!) After getting kitted out we were taken on a motor boat for a ride up the river, dropped off and kayaked back. It was our first time kayaking with our boys, it could have gone horribly wrong if they hadn’t enjoyed the sensation of sitting in a kayak but luckily they loved it and seemed disappointed when we spotted our car after kayaking for two hours!
Food markets & beaches near Domaine de Kerlann
We were spoilt for choice of both beaches and food markets. There are four main beaches within a short drive of the Siblu village and lots of smaller coves to explore. Our favourite beach was Tahiti recommended to us by the entertainments team, (the crew of anywhere are ALWAYS the best people to ask for recommendations!)
There was also a different food market every morning which took place in the local villages and towns. Our favourite market was the fish market at Port de Trevignon which was also a great place to go crabbing and rock pooling.
The campsite has many picturesque villages and towns nearby and we loved jumping in the car and going exploring. Our favourite village was Pont Aven which has a river running though it, quirky shops and bars including several biscuit shops. You could smell the biscuits from opening your car door, it was heavenly although not good for the waist line because how can you refuse when they look this good?!
Final thoughts – Week at Domaine de Kerlann Siblu village in Southern Brittany, France
If you are looking for a family friendly campsite with indoor and outdoor heated pools, plenty of onsite entertainment and lots of opportunities for sightseeing Domaine de Kerlann is a great choice. As I mentioned above we were disappointed that the campsite doesn’t provide carbon monoxide detectors and feel this should be mentioned in pre holiday literature so that guests can make up their own mind whether to pack one or not. (We would of packed one if we had known). However putting this issue to one side, Domaine de Kerlann offers entertainment and facilities for all ages and is in an unbeatable spot for exploring the coastline of southern Brittany.
**Response from management at Siblu Villages regarding not having carbon monoxide detectors in any of their mobile homes at their 19 campsites across France – “CO detectors are not obligatory in France and mobile homes are not built with them in. Smoke/fire detectors only became so four years ago. Siblu carries out extremely detailed annual checks by certified personnel, which are obligatory and monitored for all mobile homes to prevent CO poisoning. These include detailed ventilation and functional checks to ensure combustion on all appliances is adequate. Flues and burners are visually checked on a regular basis to ensure clean and safe combustion”.
Disclosure – We were invited to review Domaine de Kerlann, Brittany Ferries and a few of the attractions mentioned above in return for this honest review. All words and opinions are, as always, my own.