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green living: eco trip to Belle Dune, France part 1
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Is it possible to have a ‘green’ holiday? I went on a blogger trip to the Pierre et Vacances eco resort recently to find out. In part 1 of my story, I will talk about getting there and settling in.

Why France?
If you’re in need of a cultural experience and don’t want to travel too far, especially with young children in tow, this area of France is a great place to start. With an onsite golf course and two beaches within easy walking or cycling reach, there’s lots to do without going to the effort of an day trip outing or major excursion – you are on holiday after all!

We’re regular visitors to France and tend to wend our way around the country over the Summer. I love exploring the wine regions and the purple and yellow striped countryside as lavender and sunflower fields bloom and waft aromatically at the height of summer. I don’t drive so and I always try to fly as little as possible so I was intrigued to visit Belle Dune, the eco resort in Picardy, which is an hour or so away from Calais.

Getting there

We managed our door to door trip from London to the resort in three hours by going on the early Eurostar train from Kings Cross to Calais Frethun (which is not the main port) and then got a taxi transfer. Eurostar trains are carbon neutral and the journey was only 1 hour ten minutes – much quicker than taking the ferry. The lady cab driver was waiting outside the station and greeted us off the train which was brilliant because it was only 7.30am UK time, we were still quite bleary eyed. When we arrived at Belle Dune, we had a look around and found ourselves in a haven of peace and tranquility. There are lovely houses surrounding a lake, they are two storey and set among treelined walkways.


It’s an easy check in process in a beautiful setting. We spotted quite a few fish languishing in the lake as we walked over the wooden footbridge to the reception area.

Settling in

At the bottom of our garden we discovered these newly hatched cygnet chicks.

And the proud parents guarded them jealously; they were behind a cordon so I took these photos at a safe distance using a zoom.

This duck waddled happily around the garden too and seemed very unbothered by us.

Our next stop was to get some bikes so we could travel around freely. There is an onsite bike hire shop which has childseats and trailers. We used the bikes alot throughout our four day stay and didn’t get in a car until we left. There are no cars on site either so you can walk around freely without worry of cars, which is great if you have young children.

Thanks to Pierre et Vacances for inviting us on the trip.

Thanks to Eurostar for supporting our travel.

Transfers may be booked by holidaytaxis a partner of Pierre et Vacances which you will find on the homepage. You will need to allow a few days to get your quote and finalise your booking.

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