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

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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
£350 to £975 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

Fabric painting

Pottery Painting

Scuba Diving

Social evenings

Family vine walks

Professional wine

ladies pamper
Papillon cottage
Grenier cottage
Ruche cottage

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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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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.
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
Tablet friendly site
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The hot tub is located in a secure area with
child safety latch. Open to the night skies,
enjoy a glass of champagne whilst watching
the stars.
Braithwaite family review of La Grange du Moulin, August 2016, Horloge holiday cottage, children aged 5 and 3 yrs
Many places claim to be kid friendly but this place really is ! With a large open playing space right outside the houses the kids
played happily and to their hearts content at all hours. The pools are brilliant as is the hot tub ! The location is simply stunning,
miles of sunflower fields and corn dissappearing over the horizon in all directions to all of the lovely local attractions. Chris and
Wendy are warm, welcoming and knowledgeable hosts and the weekly barbecues were a wonderful way for the more shy of
us to mingle and meet the other families. We will definitely be back and in greater numbers.