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Child friendly cottage, Midi-Pyrenees – South West France

About Pagel

Like many of us Mark and Lara felt that holidays would never be the same with a toddler and a baby in tow.  So they went ahead and formed their own holiday destination to provide an alternative to the traditional package holiday.  Be assured that all you might need for your little ones is thought of - that ethos “When the children are happy we all have fun” rings true, but also there are special experiences for us parents too. So if you’re looking for somewhere that combines taste with babies, toddlers or older children that is run by the kind of people who know what it takes to help you have a fun filled, hassle free holiday then take a look – Pagel is dreamy. Although Mark and Lara no longer live on site there’s a fantastic English team in Fiona, Carole, Sarah and Cathy running the show.

Pagel is a special place in the South West France - “Self Catering with a difference, centred on families with children”.

For toddlers and older siblings ‘Pagel’ has a magical quality, like an enchanted forest, the five acres of beautiful grounds hide a new adventure around every corner from a huge wooden replica pirate ship and fort, to trains and ride-on cars. For parents this means entertaining the brood is a breeze and, as a result, relaxation comes easily, the private terraces or pool-side area are perfect places to happily watch your children expore and make new friends.

New for 2016 is a kids club -The Club will run for a few hours each week throughout the season and whilst parents will need to be on site it'll give that much needed couple of hours to relax by the pool, read a book, do a class or have a massage.

Cathy Christmas is already gearing up for the season planning a whole range of activities for the different age groups but keeping in touch with Pagel's ethos on imaginative play outdoors.

Those with babies tend to gravitate to the specially created shaded play area and kiddie pool. In fact, the huge range of toys and equipment provided is so comprehensive it would be a challenge to find anything missing.  Clearly, having three youngsters themselves means Pagel’s English owners, Lara and Mark, have a keen eye for what makes kids tick.  

Accommodation is either in a pretty stone granary, which has been converted into four self-contained gites, each with three bedrooms, and lovely self-contained two bedroom (a double and a triple) and annexe to the main house, 'The Wine Growers House', which has its own pretty garden. Each of the gites has a private terrace with rural views (spectacular sunsets from some); all interiors blend comfort and practicality with rustic beauty thanks to their mix of original features and pretty wooden furnishings.

There are also two superb Glamping lodges. The high-end luxury camping facilities include everything from a completely furnished kitchen to fabulously comfortable beds, and high chairs to your own bathroom just outside the lodge (under cover and in a beach hut wooden structure). The Moomba Lodge is themed for the children (the name Moomba is Sanskrit for for young lioness). The “Moomba Lodge” is constructed on a wooden platform of 72m2 with a living area of 40 m2.  There is no need to bring your own things because everything is already there – glasses, cups, cutlery, pans, water, cooker etc!

The new Indoor play barn provides a break from the sun, the tons of outdoor toys keep the kids busy and the heated saltwater pool means hours of fun when it's time to cool down or simply get wet. The honesty bar is stocked with soft drinks, ice creams, beer and wine as well as some Cook frozen meals.

Lara and Mark have put a comprehensive days out guide together recommending suitable places for all ages, so don't worry about having to plan every day before you leave. Most families find it hard to leave Pagel with so much available onsite. But for those that manage it, there’s a host of attractions within half an hours drive including the Animal Park at Gramat and the fabulous Castles at Castlenaud.  

There are English babysitters available should you want to visit the fantastic local restaurants, otherwise you might order a meal delivery where chef will prepare your meal and bring it to your gite… relaxed, quality grown up time for you to appreciate once the children have gone to sleep - you'll need it, they will be up early next day.

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