The child friendly, self catering gites are
set in a peaceful, rural location, 6 miles
east from St Jean D'Angely in the
Charente Maritime region of sw
France. 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 restaurants. 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 Babysitting 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
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. The 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 also 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 board games
and books. We provide lots of local
information and are familiar with local
restaurants and beaches in the area.
We have a 'day out folder' with sights
you must not miss and comments from
previous guests about great places
they have discovered on their holiday
with us.
' 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
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

NEW FOR 2015
ladies pamper evenings
Papillon cottage
Grenier cottage
Ruche cottage

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Miller family review of La Grange
du Moulin, June 2015, Ruche
holiday cottage,
children aged 11mths and 3 yrs
''Just what was needed after 1 yr of
having two small people. Out and
about lots but our favourite days were
those spent by the pool and in the
garden where our daughter made lots
of new friends and we did too - great
place, not fussy, not pretentious and
very relaxing. Loved the wine tour and
learning about the area.
Sure we'll be back ! ''
Authorship by : Wendy Blakeman
Chris and Wendy Blakeman invite you to relax at
La Grange du Moulin family friendly holiday
Set in a child friendly environment near St Jean d'Angely, Charente Maritime
for an affordable self catering family holiday in  SW France ...
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We cater exclusively for families with
young children, toddlers and babies and
we understand that when the children
are happy the parents can relax that
much 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 wine and we now have a
local English beauty consultant who
offers pamper evenings too.
Chris and Wendy Blakeman 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 you'll 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.
friendly  site
click here
NEW FOR 2016
The new hot tub will be located in a secure area  
Christen it !! Watch this space.
(this one is off the company web site)