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. We also
have a swimming lake with
sandy beach just 30mins away.

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All major facilities such as
supermarkets and banks can be
found a short 15min drive away
in St Jean D'Angely. The town
also has a great selection of
restaurants. All beaches are just
1hr away but there is also a
sandy lake beach just 30mins
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 on
demand, once per week and
also Babysitting every evening
on demand. We also offer towel
packs to 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. Cots, highchairs, toddler
step, booster seat, child toilet
seats, potty, changemats and
hand blenders are standard in
every cottage plus we can also
provide baby baths and seats,
steriliser, monitor and bed guard
on request, just name it we've
probably got it ! Stair barriers are
standard in every gite top and
bottom too.
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 family friendly being  1m
deep at the shallow end and
gently dropping to 2m at the deep
end. It 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 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'
Once the children are in bed why
not take the baby monitor and go
and relax in the hot tub. Located
in a separate secure area share a
bottle of champagne with your
loved one and watch the night
sky, we even supply plastic (for
safety) champagne flutes !!
''...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. 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. There is even an outside
loo so children don't have to go
upstairs at all during the day.
' The most perfect self catering child friendly gite rental holiday in  France - and affordable too !'
Our family holiday cottages or gites as they are
known in France, welcome families with babies,
toddlers and young children (generally under
8yrs). We offer a peaceful and safe environment
in which to enjoy your self catering family holiday
in France. With other toddlers and young children
for yours to play with in the enclosed garden
filled with toys you'll actually have time to relax
and even read a book ! Relax in the shade of the
apple tree with a chilled glass of wine chatting to
other like minded parents whilst your children
make new friends.
Shaded Toddler Pool, Heated to 30 c
Contact Chris & Wendy Blakeman on
tel: 00 44 1935 577016
16 rue du moulin, Courgeon, 17400
St Pierre de Juillers, France
The individual self catering
rental holiday gites range from
£350 to £1045 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
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Teddy Bears Picnics

Babysitting/ Creche

Fabric painting

Pottery Painting

Scuba Diving

Taste du terroir evenings

Family vine walks

Professional wine tastings
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 ...
The Pools
Child Friendly
The Cottages
The Location
The Property
We welcome families with young
children, toddlers and babies
and we understand that when

parents can relax that much more. At La Grange du Moulin
we offer a range of activities. We
have a Teddy bears picnic,
fabric painting and pottery
painting too held each week. 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.
We welcome families with young
children. (generally under 8 yrs in
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 a baby
cries.  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
the pool itself is 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.
Austin family review of La Grange du Moulin,
June 2018, Grenier holiday cottage, children aged 4 , 2 and 1 year
Thank you so much, we have had a wonderful stay. The gite was set up well for us with cots, a steriliser and toys so we had less to cart on holiday. The boys have spent
hours enjoying the garden & pool and there was plenty to keep the  adults entertained too - we really enjoyed the taste du terroir night and the hot tub ! We feel like we've
actually had a break too !
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