Child  Friendly, Toddler Friendly and Baby Friendly
Family Gite Holiday  in south west  France
Chris and Wendy Blakeman have 2
children of their own . We have also
been letting out our French holiday
cottages to families with babies, toddlers
and children here since 1996, Wendy is
a French state registered child minder;  
so we have some experience of what
children of all ages enjoy and what
makes their parents holidays enjoyable
too. Its usually the case that if the
children are happy then the parents are
. We want you to have a great family
holiday so just email or call to ask any
questions or concerns you may
have at all.
Our large enclosed garden has a sandpit
and swings including a slide and baby/
toddler swing. These are set on an impact
absorbing wood chip surface (just in case).
There is plenty of space to play boules or
ball. The garden and sandpit are directly
opposite ruche and horloge cottages and
within view of papillon gite and grenier
gite. Our Pirate Ship is the star attraction
and great for climbing. Our 3m trampoline
has a safety net for secure bouncing fun.
There are numerous large trees around the
garden creating plenty of shade and also
lots of super hiding places.
Our swimming pool area is completely
enclosed by a 1m80 high fence and wall and
is accessed by one gate which is self closing
and has a child proof latch. The main pool is
also alarmed for extra security. It is heated
to 28c using an efficient heat pump and even
younger children will happily swim / play in
it. The older children will be hard to get out
of it. We also have our baby /Toddler
splash pool, an above ground HEATED (to
30c) pool, perfect for young children,
toddlers and babies. There is a good sized
terrace surrounding the pools with plenty of
sunbeds also a number of trees around the
area which also provide shade in different
areas at different times of day.  
'Our children were able to run,
swim and play by themselves and
with other guests children in
safety which allowed us to relax
that little more on our family



La Palmyre zoo


Fort Boyard

St Savinien

Le Chateau des Enigmas

Vallaies des Singes



Child Friendly and Family
Friendly gite holiday

Well, for a start 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, all
wanting an enjoyable relaxing
stay where there are other
children for theirs to play with. If
your children are entertained then
it usually means you'll be able to
relax that bit more. What else ?
We have travel cots, highchairs
and stairgates available, we have
other items such as potty, child
toilet seat, booster seats, toddler
steps, bed guards, baby rockers,
steam sterilisers all free of charge.
However no place is completely
without hazards where young
children are concerned so please
also read our
Heated toddler pool, click here
Large Enclosed Garden with Shade
Enclosed Alarmed Swimming pool area
Heated (to 30c) Toddler Pool
(perfect for babies and toddlers)
Main Swimming Pool heated to 27c
Swings, Slide, Sandpit
Pirate Ship for climbing and hiding
Indoor and Outdoor toys
Childrens Pottery painting
Childrens T-shirt painting
Babysitting and mini creche services

Cots with Mattresses and bedguards
Stair barriers standard in all gites
Highchairs and booster seats
Baby baths, baby bath seats,
Sterilisers, baby rocker chairs,
Non slip bath mats standard in all gites
Baby monitors, Toddler steps
Pottys and child toilet seats
outside loo
Here we tell you about everything we can offer to make your French family holiday
with toddlers as relaxing and as stress free as possible when you have young children,
toddlers and babies in tow. For more about the individual family gites we have - go to
new web site or follow the individual links on the left Save room in the car or
avoid those excess baggage charges - we provide it ! Read on...
children. We offer a safe and peaceful environment in which to enjoy your self catering
with and an enclosed garden and safely enclosed and alarmed 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 (and you do too !)
Parker family review of
La Grange du Moulin, Grenier gite -
children aged 5 & 2 yrs
This is our third gite holiday in France and the
set up at La Grange du Moulin far exceeded our
other experiences. Our boys loved the well
equipped garden (great sandpit, large garden
with great hiding places) the organised Teddy
bears picnic, pottery and t-shirt paintings and
fabulous swimming pools.We also loved the
chance to taste local wines and produce at the
tast du terroir evening and meet other guests via
the sociable weekly bbq's. We found highly
enjoyale activities across the region including a
beautiful beachon the Ile de Oleron, the
ampitheatre at Saintes, La Rochelle aquarium,
the zoo and the boats at St savinien. We also
discovered excellent playgrounds in St Jean,
Cognac and at a lake nr Angouleme. The small,
but perfect market in Aulnay was child friendly
and the visiting butcher on Weds afternoon
enabled us to try far superior food that we
otherwise would not of had. We have all had a
truly enjoyable and relaxing time and I look
forward to trying out the moules mariniere recipe
as taught by Chris, back home. Thank you.
Independent reviews of La Grange du Moulin






AWAY with the KIDS
Wendy Blakeman
The heated Pools
The Owners
The enclosed Garden
Child Friendly Family Holiday
Child Friendly places to go
(links go to our new site)

Teddy Bears Picnics

Babysitting/ Creche

Fabric painting

Pottery Painting

Scuba Diving

Taste du terroir evenings

Family vine walks

Professional wine tastings