Child friendly cottage, Midi-Pyrenees – Child Friendly Gites, Canet-en-Roussillon, France
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About Imagine Roussillon
Imagine Rousillon is a place that will inspire you - to imagine what it would be like to be there all the time. With a kids club, a pilates fitness centre and gym, GORGEOUS properties (only four of them), an outdoor heated pool for adults and one for the kids, a jacuzzi, planned evening meals, breakfast baskets and a safe enclosed space for the kids to roam free there is something very liberating about driving in and hearing the gate click behind you – freedom with style for all…
The Away with the Kids review
Phil and Emma have children, young children, with whom they upped sticks and went on an adventure to the South of France, having found their perfect holiday escape. A gite complex, within easy distance of the coast surrounded by countryside – and as it happens right next door to a chateau.
The complex, now a mini-resort, is completely child-friendly – tried and tested by the Davies children. The now luxurious resort is completely contained thus you can relax in knowing that they can roam through the crèche, through the play areas, through the gardens and gites but they cannot get out!!! Importantly they are also unable to gain access to the gated pool – you really can switch off and let the children be.
The resort comprises four separate properties; a villa and three apartments. All are beautifully and tastefully furnished and finished to a very high specification. Each is fully equipped for any self-catering requirement and designed with families in mind so that may enjoy the communal living spaces as well as your private garden, terrace or covered balcony - very important to maximise on your being in the South of France! All properties have integrated air-conditioned bedrooms for a cool bolthole in the summer months.
With monitors, high chairs and cots, stair gates and essential baby and toddler equipment supplied for free your property is indeed child ready. Nespresso machines, pre-destined sat navs , free wi-fi, spacious en-suites, large fluffy towels, dressing gowns and comfy beds fit the bill for the adults!
Your outdoor space comes equipped with dining tables and chairs, along with a bbq for al fresco meals – the dish-washer takes care of the after-math.
For the Children
The drop in kids club is a fantastic and cool space, supervised by French nannies that look after the owners children too – what better recommendation? Full of games and crafty things the room comes alive with your broods. Timetables are detailed for the drop-in sessions that are suitable for children aged 3-9 years. So no booking required – the kids can bowl up as and when they/you wish, though your presence on site is required. Face-painting, drawing, treasure hunts, pebble painting, stories outside under the enchanted tree – hours of fun are to be had in a very informal setting that might coax a little language skill out of the kids too.
The playground has trees that you might escape under whilst the kids joyfully let off some steam on the swings, trampolines, slide and sand pit. The splash pool, 10m2 and 30cm deep has an entrance step for safety and is located within the gated pool area. The heated salt-water pool is 10 x 4m.
Two nights babysitting is included with your stay from May-September. Thereafter this must be arranged spearately. You might be supplied with a sat nav with directions already input to a restaurant of your choice – and if there is a problem you’ll get a phone call. Ordinarily though you’ll go off on your merry way and return with the kids safely tucked up in bed.
With all of the stuff for kids to do you’d think there was enough but no you are spoiled:
A meal with wine will be waiting in your gite on the day that you arrive so that no matter what time it is food will be available without your having to make a mad supermarket dash.
A breakfast basket will be delivered to your gite each morning containing delicious croissants, bread and fruit all ready to scoff.
Two evening meals are prepared and served on the decadent roof terrace where parents can switch off, enjoy the far-reaching views and ‘go out for dinner’ without leaving the resort! The children are taken care of collectively and so will have their own fun whilst you parents get to know one another and talk the night away. If they have not already eaten they will be given a simple meal to enjoy with their friends at 7:30pm.
Down time is precious – free wi-fi ensures you stay connected with work if you need to, or down load your latest book on your Kindle.
The lovely private terraces are perfect places to grab respite from the sun and relax whilst admiring your surroundings.
If it gets too hot the heated salt-water pool area is the best place to cool off and grab some rays. The nearby Jacuzzi is for adults only and can be used during the evenings too - with mood lights and a glass of fizz it is almost obligatory.
Emma’s expert Pilates classes are on offer during the early mornings to start the day on a positive note. The gym is available at all times, The Gentle Touch is a treatment room and available should you wish to book whilst the kids are being entertained.
It’s the thoughtful things that add up to the very real gift of freedom to enjoy some precious grown up time without the kids whilst on a family holiday; time that is already very precious and difficult to manage at times. Having time out made available so easily is clearly something that Phil and Emma have consciosuly worked out for you to ensure your holiday with the kids is one whereby you all benefit. One where, when you finally arrive home, you can say with a big grin you enjoyed a break from it all – courtesy of the guys at Imagine Rousillon!
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