The child friendly, self catering gites are set in a
peaceful, rural location, 6 miles east from
St Jean
in the Charente Maritime region of sw
We are an easy 1 hrs drive from the
coast from La Rochelle down to Royan and all the
beaches in between. All major facilities such as
supermarkets and banks can be found a short
10min drive away in
St Jean D'Angely. The town
also has a great selection of
All beaches, just 1hr away. We fell in love with
this region of
SW France not only for its superb
beaches, historic towns and beautiful rural
countryside but for the relaxed way of life,
fantastic food and of course, the
wine. We share
all our knowledge with our guests over a glass of
the local tipple and many return again and again
and become friends.  
For a bit about Chris and
Wendy Blakeman , click here .

Grenier cottage
sleeps 6 in 3

Ruche cottage
sleeps 6 in 3
Since we live at La Grange du Moulin, we are
also able to provide a number of
services to add
to your
family holiday enjoyment in France and
make it as relaxing as possible. Wendy Blakeman
is a
 French state registered assistant maternelle
(child minder)
and provides an on site mini day
time creche once per week and also
every evening on demand.
We also offer, linen
& towel hire
to make your packing easier. Our
Family vine walks, professional wine tastings

and '
taste du terroir evenings' with our very own
wine expert (Chris) make our cottages unique.

We can provide
cots, highchairs, toddler step,
booster seat, steriliser, monitors, play mats, baby
chairs, child toilet seats, bed guards, pottys, baby
baths and seats, changemats, hand blenders -
just name it we've probably got it ! Stair barriers
are standard in every gite top and bottom
Our 'pool man' is Chris and he takes great pride
in the daily maintenance of both pools at
La Grange du Moulin as well as our other
properties. The main heated
swimming pool is
50 m2, and very
child friendly being  1m deep
at the shallow end and gently dropping to 2m at
the deep end. It is
floodlit and may be used at
any time. It is surrounded by a terrace with
sunbeds and is
completely enclosed and alarmed
for safety. It is also heated to 28c.
Heated toddler pool is also within this
safely enclosed area. It is
heated to 30 c by a
reliable electrical heat pump (extremely energy
efficient and maintains a constant temp) and is
maintained daily so is always crystal clear.
The pools are surrounded by a terrace and grass
and there are lots of sunbeds and both sunshine
and shade at different times of day. The toddler
pool is shaded at all times by a 'sail'
...the large garden is ideal for the  children and toddlers to play in and make new friends whilst you watch from your terrace sipping a glass of chilled
Pineau and soak up the hot summer sunshine. Lie under the shade of the apple tree and read or slip into the clear water of the pool to cool down ........
We have been living in France offering affordable
self catering family friendly cottages and gites
for rental since 1996. We have therefore gained a
wealth of experience in what makes the perfect
self catering, child friendly and
family friendly
gite holiday.
We also have two children of our
own so fully understand the needs of the family
when booking an affordable
holiday rental
property in France
. There is an outside loo so
children don't have to go upstairs at all during
the day. We have a good selection of
and books. We provide lots of local
and are familiar with local
and beaches in the area. We have a
'day out folder' with sights
you must not miss
and comments from previous guests about great
they have discovered on their holiday with
' The most perfect self catering child friendly gite rental holiday in  France - and affordable too !'
Our family friendly cottages or gites as they are known in France, welcome families with babies, toddlers and young children. We offer a safe and
peaceful environment in which to enjoy an affordable self catering family holiday in rural France. With other toddlers and young children for yours
to play with and an enclosed garden and safely enclosed swimming pool you will be able to relax with a chilled glass of wine chatting to like minded
parents whilst your children make new friends.
Shaded Toddler Pool, Heated to 30 c
Contact Chris & Wendy Blakeman on
tel: 00 33 546 33 09 02
16 rue du moulin, Courgeon, 17400
St Pierre de Juillers, France

Peche cottage
sleeps eight in
four bedrooms.

Fleurie cottage
sleeps four in
two bedrooms.

Horloge cottage
sleeps 6 in 3

Papillon cottage
sleeps 6 in 3
The individual self catering rental holiday gites
range from £400 to £875 for a 3 bedroomed
cottage. At La Grange du Moulin we have six
cottages. Four sleep 6 people in three
bedrooms each, one sleeps 4 in two bedrooms
and one sleeps 8 in four bedrooms; so we have
something for everyone. This small cluster of
cottages creates a lovely friendly environment
in which to enjoy your self catering family
holiday in France. You will quickly get to know
your neighbours and your children will
instantly make new friends whilst exploring the
safely enclosed play garden. After a barbecue
or al fresco dinner and the children tucked up
in bed you can share a glass or three of wine
with like minded parents sitting in the warm
summer evenings just outside your cottage
On site activities

Toddlers Heated Pool

Teddy Bears Picnics

Babysitting/ Creche Service

Fabric painting

Pottery Painting

Scuba Diving

Social evenings

Family vine walks

Professional wine tastings
Papillon cottage
Grenier cottage
Ruche cottage

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Pembroke family review of La Grange du Moulin,
September 2014

We have had a wonderful 2 weeks staying at La
Grange du Moulin, thank you Wendy and Chris. It has
been great to stay somewhere that totally understands
the needs of a toddler and baby. It has saved us
bringing a mountain of baby equipment ! The enclosed
garden has been brilliant for our toddler who has loved
exploring and making new friends and we loved the
barbecues and teddy bear picnic. Wendy and Chris'
local knowledge has been invaluable for finding toddler
friendly things to do and exploring the local area. Chris
has also taught us a thing or two about the local tipples
and their histories. Thank you, we hope to return again.
By Wendy Blakeman
Authorship by : Wendy Blakeman
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Set in a child friendly environment near St Jean d'Angely, Charente Maritime
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We cater exclusively for families with young
children, toddlers and babies and we
understand that when the children are more.
Each week at La Grange du Moulin we offer a
range of activities. We have a Teddy bears
picnic and fabric painting each week. A local
English potter also offers pottery painting too.
We have also joined up with a local British
scuba diving company who offer fun dives and
try dives from 5 yrs old as well as PADI
courses from 10 yrs old. We also offer
activities for Mum and Dad too. Chris has
worked all his life in the wine industry so offers
professional wine tastings, family vineyard
walks and taste du terroir evenings where you
get to try lots of local produce, both food and
Here at La Grange du Moulin Chris and Wendy
welcome families with young children.
(generally under 8 yrs in peak season and pre
schoolers at other times) That means that there will
be other like minded families with children, toddlers
and babies all wanting an
enjoyable relaxing stay
where there are other children for theirs to play
with and they are not frowned upon when baby
cries or their toddler throws a tantrum. If your
children are entertained then it usually means
be able to relax
that bit more, so we offer lots of
activities and the garden and cottages are filled with
toys. Safety is of utmost importance too so the
garden is fully enclosed and the pool area is
enclosed with a child safety latch on the gate and
alarmed for extra security too. We can also provide
pretty much all the baby and toddler equipment
you'll need, saving you room in the car.
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