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
There is so much to see and do in the
Charente Maritime region of sw France
and our family holiday cottages centrally
located so ideal for visiting all the great
family sites



La Palmyre zoo


Fort Boyard

St Savinien

Le Chateau des Enigmas

Vallaies des Singes



What do we mean by 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
home page. or follow the individual links on the left Save room in the car or avoid
those excess baggage charges - we provide it ! Read on...
Our family friendly holiday gites welcome families with babies, toddlers and young
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
By Wendy Blakeman
picnic, with bubbles and music, all the
children can join in whatever their age. We
also have
pottery and fabric painting each
with finger painting, babies can have foot or
handprints and older children can create or
follow designs with brushes and sponges.

'Family friendly' means things
for mum and dad too....

Wine tasting evenings on site and walks in
the vines with or very own professional wine

Seafood nights * Barbecue evenings *
*Taste du Terroir evenings *

Pamper evenings

* Baby sitting and mini creche by our very
own registered child minder
(Wendy Blakeman) *
so you can enjoy a night out
with peace of mind
or use the mini creche for a few hours
relaxation during the day

Holiday with like minded parents of children
toddlers and babies

*  Board Games * Books * Table Tennis
The heated Pools
The Owners
The enclosed Garden
Child Friendly Family Holiday
Child Friendly places to go
Children under 5 years
pre schoolers