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La Garenne Gites - Charente Maritime

Child friendly cottage complex, Poitou-Charentes

About La Garenne Gites - Charente Maritime

La Garenne is the perfect place for you and your kids to rest and play. The longere has been sympathetically renovated by owners Dorte and Richard, into 6 beautiful gîtes sleeping from 2-7. Holidays here are focused around the wonderful outdoor pool and gardens, with stacks of activities and facilities for children, as well as treats to make the grown-ups happy. Children will love making new friends and exploring all there is to do on-site, while parents can join in or relax on their private terrace and soak up some of South-west France’s famous sunshine. If you can tear yourselves away from la Garenne the local area has so much to offer including water parks, lake beaches, vineyards, chateaus and some beautiful countryside.

La Garenne

Each of the 6 gîtes has been decorated and furnished to make the most of the beautiful Charentaise stone walls and exposed beams. All have been extensively renovated to offer you all the comforts you would expect on holiday and are equipped with microwave, flat screen tv, dishwasher, fridge and a coffee machine. Bedlinen, tea towels, and cleaning essentials all provided.

All the gîtes benefit from a sunny terrace area with BBQ, where parents can supervise the children while they play in the communal garden. Some  of the properties have private gardens at the back or side of the longere, with beautiful views to open farmland.

La Belle Maison (sleeps 6) is the largest of the gites with 3 bedrooms, and has gone through complete renovation and offers 3 bedrooms, 2 bath rooms, 2 outdoor spaces and a large open plan kitchen/dining area.

Pressoir (sleeps up to 7) is a beautiful and spacious 3 bedroomed gite with lots of character and 2 outdoor spaces.

Jardin (sleeps 4) has 2 bedrooms and benefits from an open plan living /dining/kitchen area with exposed Charentaise stone walls and beams, and a totally private second garden with views to sunflower fields and open countryside.

La Grange (sleeps 4)  is at the end of the longere, has 2 bedrooms and 2 outdoor areas, with french doors from the lounge onto the private garden offering beautiful rural views.

Rosier (sleeps up to 5) is a beautiful sunny 2 bedroom gite with a large outdoor area filled with climbing roses, lavenders and hollyhocks - the perfect place to sit back and enjoy the sunshine whilst watching the kids in the pool.

Maison Blanche (sleeps 4) has 2 bedrooms and is situated on the opposite side of the garden to the longere, so offers a little more privacy than the other gites. Pick your own grapes from the vines that adorn this stylish property.

Food & Drink

If you want to make the most of your first day then you can pre-order an arrival meal consisting of a freshly prepared pasta bake, salad and cheese board.  

On Monday evenings you can enjoy a welcome BBQ in the garden. The owners also offer meal delivery and can arrange for your grocery shopping to be delivered. Welcome packs are provided and include wine, biscuits, fruit and nespresso capsules, and the nearby town of Aulnay Saintonge has a market on Sunday mornings, as well as a boulangerie and patisserie for delicious bread and cakes


Whether it’s splashing around in the pool, relaxing on the terrace or decking, climbing trees, or simply exploring the grounds, there’s so much to keep everyone amused at La Garenne that many families spend most of their holiday on-site.

Little ones will love the toddler pool, swings, indoor soft play, ride on toys and playhouse, whilst older children can play table tennis, head for the heights on the climbing wall, and exert energy on the rope swings. Bikes are also available (with baby seat) if you want to explore further afield.

If you want to leave the site for a few hours or a day there are loads of great places to visit. Take a short stroll across the sunflower fields to the local vineyard, where you can have a taste of the local wine and famous Pineau aperitif, or go for a walk in the forest of Aulnay  - just on the doorstep of La Garenne.

Those that prefer something a little wilder than pool swimming will enjoy a trip to one of the nearby lakes for swimming, canoeing, and even fishing. Children of all ages will also love Aquatique Nautilis - a wonderful waterpark with slides and wave pools and … ice rink! Families also love Vallee des Singes -  a unique monkey park where the monkeys are free to run around.

Futuroscope is a great day out combining the thrills of a theme park with 4D experiences, as well as the opportunity to try out new technology.

Kids and Parents

On top of all the toys, games and play equipment La Garenne offers lots of activities and equipment to ensure everyone gets a treat on their holiday.

A kids club runs once a week and gives parents the opportunity to get out and explore restaurants, markets and the surrounding area on their own. Lunch and fun is provided for the children, just book ahead with the owners when you arrive.

Play times for the under 5’s run during May, June and September. Extra toys are brought out on a blanket for them to play with.

Swim clubs run by a qualified instructor are a great way to either teach your children to swim whilst on holiday, or improve their water confidence or stroke.

Grown-ups in need of some “me-time” can book in for an on-site massage or arrange for the owner Dorte, who is NVQ 4 qualified and has managed nurseries in the UK, to babysit one evening. Or simply sit in the covered corner of the pool terrace once the kids have gone to bed, and relax on the comfy sofas in the evening with a glass of wine.

La Garenne has all the baby and toddler equipment you could need including baby bike seat, travel cots and blankets, high chairs, stair gates, changing mats, potty, toddler step, steriliser, hand blender, plastic cups, and cutlery.

The Owners: Dorte & Richard

“We are the lucky owners of La Garenne. We bought the buildings in 2006 when our sons Oliver and Oscar were 6 and 4 years old, and have renovated all 6 gites and our family home into comfortable and modern living but very much retaining the charming French style we love so much. We hope we are able to welcome you to what we think is a special place for a family holiday.”

Stylish family friendly gites, centred around a wonderful pool and garden area, with lots of fun to be had on and off-site.

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NOTE: During the main school summer holidays we only accept Saturday - Saturday bookings and minimum 1 week stay. During May, June and up till 20th July and through out September we accept Minimum 3 nights stay and arrival/ departure day is flexible. During these months it is possible to find good prices for flights and ferries especially mid week .

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NOTE: During the main school summer holidays we only accept Saturday - Saturday bookings and minimum 1 week stay. During May, June and up till 20th July and through out September we accept Minimum 3 nights stay and arrival/ departure day is flexible. During these months it is possible to find good prices for flights and ferries especially mid week .


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