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What makes Chateau de Salles a great holiday park
We know from many years of promoting Salles that the most appreciated aspect is the character of the park.
Why choose Alternative Aquitaine to book your holiday
Family groups with young children who are looking for something authentic and 'low-key' compared to typical holiday villages. There is a Kids' Club available in July & August. Pre-school families will enjoy the park's tranquility, nature, amenities and nearby safe-bathing lakes. June and September are great months to be here and there are fantastic special offers at these times too!
Outside the main summer season, the park is popular with mature couples who enjoy the peaceful surroundings, a place to unwind, and a great base for exploring the region - there are many opportunities for golf, vineyard visits, days out, and visiting markets and restaurants.
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Why Les Landes ?
Situated in the pine forests, just inland from Arcachon and Biscarrosse, this area truly evokes the Aquitaine spirit. The fresh scent of the pine trees, the vast lakes, huge sand dunes and rolling surf - you couldn't be anywhere else but Aquitaine!
The local village (500m) has the basic shops to help with daily life and the park itself has many amenities to keep you and your family happy and relaxed all day. You don't have to go far, though, for river-kayaking, horse-riding and cycling.
The more active can take days out by car to the ocean (Biscarrosse or Arcachon), the lakes, the vineyards, the city (Bordeaux) or further south to explore the Basque Country, the Pyrenees and northern Spain. The park is conveniently situated to explore the region.
Attractive, spacious holiday lodges and villas on a popular woodland holiday park
The park includes around 100 detached lodges and villas in peaceful woodland surroundings.
Developed and promoted by a Dutch company with a northern European audience in mind, the accommodation is much more spacious than the typical holiday venue.
We've been promoting this venue since 2003 so we know it very well. Please call or email us if you would like some guidance on choosing your accommodation.
The following types of lodge are available:
'Classic' lodges - 2 and 3 bedroom options, these are the original lodges built in the late 90's.
'Superior' lodges - 2 and 3 bedroom options built in the last 5-10 years and offering a larger and more modern interior and a slightly higher level of comfort.
All Classic and Superior lodges include wifi, flat-screen TV, DVD, dishwasher and BBQ. Superior Lodges also have a washing machine.
Villas with private pools - 3 and 4 bedroom modern villas also constructed in the last 5-10 years.
As well as a private heated swimming pool, all villas include wifi, flat-screen TV, DVD, dishwasher, BBQ and washing machine.
We rate the Classic lodges 'Simple' quality whereas the Superior lodges and villas with pools merit a 'Good' quality classification.
2 Bedroom Classic Lodge - Type Alsace
2 Bedroom Classic Lodge - Type Bordeaux
3 Bedroom Classic Lodge - Type Champagne
There is a more limited supply of Superior Lodges and Villas with Pools:
2 Bedroom Superior Lodge - Type Medoc
3 Bedroom Superior Lodge - Type Fronsac
3 Bedroom Villa with Pool - Type Fronsac: exactly the same as the Lodge version but with the addition of your own private swimming pool heated by heat exchanger and with a hard cover. 3 units on the site, all in peaceful locations.
4 Bedroom Villa with Pool - Type Margaux
Shared pool, depth 1.0m to 2.5m, heated. Also a children's splash-pool, 0.5m continuous depth. Both open 22 April to early October. There are 6 villas on the park with a private heated swimming pool.
No smoking inside. Pets permitted - supplement applies
To get your bearings, Salles is at the gateway of Les Landes pine forest some 50 kms south west of Bordeaux, 35kms south east of Arcachon and about the same distance north east of Biscarrosse. The village centre is a 10 minute walk and has basic shops such as boulangerie and tabac. Arcachon is the nearest main town and is also a major resort with fabulous beaches, shopping and restaurants. The other main destination from Salles is the superb network of lakes - brilliant for swimming, watersports, picnics and cycle rides. One of the great attractions of the Salles holiday park is its size - at 18 ha it does give a feeling of spaciousness. Guests also enjoy the character of the park - it is very natural, calm and well cared for.
Nearest village / town: Arcachon (35 kms)
Nearest beach: Arcachon & Biscarrosse ocean beaches 35 kms. Gorgeous, sandy lake beaches at Biscarrosse and Hostens 20 kms
Boulangerie: In the village - 10 minute walk
Restaurant: On-site, or Salles (500m) - Domaine du Pont du l'Eyre recommended
Market: Weekly market in the village. List of local markets at reception
At the park you can enjoy swimming, tennis and squash court. A short distance from the site you will find excellent watersports, golf, horse-riding and more. Cycling is a great way to get around.
SPORTS & LEISURE:
Situated in the heart of the Landes Regional Park, this peaceful pine forest location is an ideal base for accessing the stunning lakes and coastline. There's plenty of opportunity for trying various activities (watersports, canoeing, cycling, golf, horse-riding, wine-tasting etc) and a bit of culture too, in Bordeaux and the surrounding 'wine country'.
Salles itself is a pleasant village which provides all the essential local shops plus a bar, a hotel-restaurant and even a cinema!
Our Personal Highlights
The Local Area:
Beaches: the nearest ocean beaches can be found at Biscarrosse and Arcachon. There are also plenty of freshwater lakes with sandy beaches for safer bathing, watersports and generally relaxing. The lakes of Cazaux et de Sanguinet and Hostens are both only 20 minutes' drive.
Resorts: Arcachon is a traditional French resort, known for attractive architecture in its Ville d'Hiver, lovely town walks and a fantastic choice of sea-food restaurants. Ferries run from Arcachon to a host of destinations including Cap Ferret, a stylish resort on the other side of the Bay, and to the beautiful Banc d'Arguin, a sand-bank nature reserve. The Banc d'Arguin sits at the foot of the famous Dune du Pilat which at over 100 metres is the largest sand dune in Europe. A journey to the summit (try it without the staircase provided!) is a must; sunrise and sunset are the best times.
Activities: for children, Zooland and Aqualand water park are on the road into Arcachon. There's also a Leisure Park there too. Golfers are spoilt for choice; there are three good courses in the area, (Arcachon, Biscarrosse and Gujan Mestras. There are numerous cycle tracks and horse-riding centres. The River Leyre runs close by to the chateau and is a popular waterway for canoeing/kayaking - there are canoe hire shops in the town. To try your hand at surfing head to Biscarrosse-Plage or for sailing try Arcachon or the lakes.
Service: Personal , friendly & efficient.
Service: Very good
Product: Excellent villa on great park
Product Comment: Thank you for your lovely comments, we're thrilled to hear how much you enjoyed your stay at Chateau de Salles!
Service: As we also did last year , we found them extremely polite and very helpful , we will have no hesitation in recommending them .
Service: Fabulous service. Great advice and holiday was as promised. I can't fault them!
Service Comment: Perfect! Thanks for writing.
Service: I have been using Alternative Aquitaine for 8 years and have always received efficient service. They are friendly, trustworthy and focused company. They are always ready to help, even when outside of their remit. Wholeheartedly recommend them as a travel agent.
Product: We love this place.
Service: Efficient service
Product: Very nice complex, lovely woodland and scenery. Nice big, clean pool. Reception staff efficient and friendly. The chalets weren't too close together. The chalet could benefit from air con in this very hot weather.
Service Comment: That's great - thank you for sharing your experience. Aircon would have been ideal this summer with temperatures regularly in the high 30's.
Service: Great communication and useful information before departure. Website has good pictures of the accommodation.
Product: Lovely peaceful site. Great sports amenities, tennis/pool/badminton net/table tennis/cycle hire. Also feels safe enough to allow the children to cycle around unaccompanied. Spacious, modern accommodation very clean and well equipped, very good Wi fi. A few niggles, no washing machine only a launderette and no UK satellite tv only French/Dutch.
Service Comment: Thanks for responding to the survey with your helpful comments. I think your comments about the park and local area are spot on. It is a Dutch-owned site and as such UK TV doesn't get much of a look in, I'm afraid. There is a washing machine at this villa! Anyway, delighted that your holiday was a success and thanks again for writing.
Service: easy to book helpful proactive service
Product: a few furnishings were broken before we arrived but overall the accommodation was safe and comfortable...could have done with air conditioning but one cannot have everything
Service Comment: thanks for writing. Chateau de Salles continues to be one of our most popular parks and it sounds as though you made the most of exploring the area's lakes, forests and beaches. It's been a very hot and dry summer in Aquitaine and it would be great to see more venues with air-con, I agree.
Service: I found the service excellent and would definitely use them again but I do not need my inbox flooded with advertising.
Service Comment: Thanks for your feedback - really glad your holiday went well and that you would consider a return trip to Aquitaine with us. We try to make our newsletters as useful and relevant as possible, and we only issue one every 6-8 weeks. We completely understand that not everyone likes to receive these emails and have removed you from our mailing list. Hope to hear from you again!
Service: The booking company were most helpful and very quick to answer our questions. Very easy to book through them.
Product: The site itself, was very good. Welcoming and helpful Reception team. The facilities on site were great. It was locating in a quiet rural area but within easy reach of the beach and lakes. I prefer it that way. Our property was very nice and clean on arrival and had everything we needed. The only negative I have is that the eating area outside - there was an infestation of ants crawling all over the table and chairs all the time so we could not eat outside. One more other small point the outside lounge chair covers which were kept in the under stairs cupboard could do with a good clean - they were fusty. But again due to the infestation of ants we could not use these anyway. Overall I would go back to this site but would select a different villa.
Service Comment: Thanks for your feedback - delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay. We agree that the quiet rural location with plenty of green space is a real plus at Chateau de Salles. Really sorry to hear about the ants - the on-site team are usually very good at dealing with any problems they are made aware of. We will make sure to pass on this information as well as your comments about the chair covers. Glad that your overall experience was a good one, despite these points!
Service: Efficient and effective handling of the reservation
Product: The resort is excellent - quiet and peaceful. A great place to relax - spacious. A good location to move around - beach, Bordeaux, to Blaye, vineyards and down to Spain. Areas that could be looked at to improve more are - better WIFI (stronger), better quality beds and linen,outside furniture to be upgraded, the shed at the back could be cleaned out!, better quality bikes and more regular empty of the bins (some days over flow). But we had a lovely time and the staff and service are great. Points are just to help out as it is not a cheap stay.
Service Comment: Thanks you for your thoughtful & constructive review, it's much appreciated. Delighted you enjoyed the venue and exploring the region. We will share this with Chateau de Salles, they are great partners of ours and work hard each year to keep improving things, your suggestions will help them to prioritise. Thank you again!
Service: Very professional and great communication.
Product: Fantastic chalet.very clean and Upto date.the site was perfect for us with 3 children aged 8,6,4.
Service Comment: Thank you, it is so nice to read your kind comments. Very pleased you enjoyed Chateau de Salles, we think it's perfect for younger families and so it seems!
Service: Good level of attention when booking the holiday
Product: Clean, tidy very nice house. Website was very accurate, no surprise on arrival
Service Comment: Delighted to read your holiday was a great success.
Service: Couldn't fault the service. So helpful and responsive. Welcome pack is great.
Service Comment: Thank you for writing.
Service: They offer a very good service which is competitive on price. You can tell that they have done good research on the properties that they offer.
Product: A charming place in a lovely setting. There are good facilities there and it is well located for Arcachon and the surrounding areas to visit by road or by bicycle.
Service: Couldn't be more helpful - friendly and personal service and very knowledgeable about the destinations we were looking at. Definitely helped us feel confident in our decision.
Product: LOVED this place. Loads of freedom for the kids to race around, but also peaceful. The accommodation was everything we needed and more. Everyone on the park was helpful and spoke brilliant English (which helps with my schoolgirl French!) Absolutely nothing to fault at all.
Service Comment: Thank you! Chateau de Salles is where we took our first booking 12 years ago, it's fantastic to hear it is as good as ever.
Service: Helpful company, did everything expected in a timely fashion
Product: well equipped, good location
Service: We decided to book last minute in August and Justin was excellent in helping us get a suitable property at short notice in August
Product: Accomodation was of an excellent standard. Wi fi the best we have had while on holidays. Property staff at reception excellent. Swimming pool exactly what we needed. Only negative is offering in the restaurant. Food was okay but front of house customer service is not good or welcoming. The food outlet at the gate offers better customer service
Service: The company were very helpful and prompt when sending a response or dealing with any further enquiries we may have. We also found their information sheet helpful
Service: Alex and Justin provide a very efficient and personal service and they go the extra mile. I left my camera at Salles last year and they put themselves out to help me.
Product: We are returning to Salles for the 5th year in a row. It is perfect for our family offering space and activities for the kids in a safe environment. It is also value for money in France.