La Grange du Moulin
Child friendly cottage, Poitou-Charentes – Family Friendly Holidays, Courgeon, St Pierre de Juillers, France
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About La Grange du Moulin
La Grange du Moulin is exceptionally geared up for families on holiday with young children. Situated near St Jean d'Angely, in the Charente Maritime region of SW France, it is easily accessible for coast and inland attractions. Should you wish to tour around this beautiful area then the hard bit will be persuading your little ones to spend their day away from the holiday gites complex. Youngsters and toddlers will be charmed with La Grange du Moulin’s idyllic play area, heated swimming pools, sand pits, trampoline and the piece- de-resistance, the pirate ship. With plenty of baby equipment to borrow free of charge, a babysitting service, a day time mini crèche service, a paint a pot session with a local artist, a professional wine tasting night and guided family walks around the adjacent vineyards, you can be assured all aspects have been thoughtfully provided so that your French family holiday is near enough to perfection.
The Away with the Kids review
La Grange du Moulin's fantastic combination of pretty gîte accommodation, beautiful setting and exceptional child friendly facilities make it a real find and ideal for families with young children, babies and toddlers in tow. Run by, and home to Wendy and Chris, with their two adorable young boys, it is obvious that years of dedication have been lovingly bestowed to nurture La Grange du Moulin into the exceptionally child friendly holiday destination it is today. Open from mid May to the end of September it is a safe and peaceful environment in which all members of the family can enjoy an idyllic self catering holiday in rural France. There's so much to entertain your little ones at La Grange du Moulin it leaves you with plenty of moments to truly sit back and enjoy your holiday - you might even get chance to read that long awaited book! In fact while the little ones are happily enthralled in the numerous outdoor activities, toys and meeting other holiday chums you will be able to socialise with a chilled glass of wine chatting to like minded parents.
The Family Friendly Gites/Cottages
You will find a small complex of 6 gites sleeping 4, 6 and 8 people in two, three and four bedrooms. These French barns have been lovingly converted by the Wendy and Chris and offer clean and simple accommodation across two floors that is geared very much to the family in the traditional rustic French style. All the gites are equipped with open tread spiral staircases which are gated but are steep so care will be required when carrying young children or with helping toddlers up and down them. Each property contains a good selection of board games, books and children's toys, along with baby equipment should you require it, from cots, highchairs and stairgates, toddler step, booster seat, steriliser, changing mats etc. Free Wi-Fi is also available.
There are lots of outdoor toys available providing hours of fun for little ones. Older children may wish to challenge parents to a competitive game of ping pong on the outdoor table tennis. And new for 2012, especially for the creative of you, there is design your own T-shirt!
From the huge list of baby gear to borrow free of charge, experienced babysitting (courtesy of Wendy a registered childminder) and a day time crèche to parent-friendly touches like sociable wine tasting nights (baby monitors provided) or simply to explore the numerous sandy beaches or quaint French villages nearby, it is pretty much given that a good time will be had by all. For the artistic, the weekly paint-a-pot sessions with a local potter are not to be missed and you can produce a welcome memento of your fantastic holiday. All the family can partake in a relaxing Sunday stroll with Chris around the surrounding vineyards and local countryside where adults get to sample the locally made drink - a cold glass of Pineau.
The Heated Swimming Pool and Play Areas
Days can easily be spent outdoors by the swimming pool area which is completely enclosed from the gites and garden and accessed through a self closing gate with child proof latch (designed to prevent a child younger than 5 yrs old from accessing the pool area alone). It is also alarmed for extra security. There is also an additional toddler pool.
The large enclosed garden has a sandpit and swings including a slide and baby swing. There is plenty of space to play boules or ball games. The 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. On the top lawn in view of the cottages there is the star attraction the Pirate Ship; complete with ships wheels and sails it provides hours of climbing fun for all ages.
Location and Things to see and do
La Grange du Moulin is located on the edge of the rural hamlet of Courgeon, near St Jean d'Angely in the Charente Maritime, the heart of Cognac country. The Atlantic coast and beaches are just an easy hour's drive away from La Rochelle down to Royan. You are also centrally located for all places of interest in this beautiful region of SW France. Wendy and Chris thoughtfully provide a 'day out folder' with sights you must not miss within each holiday gite. You can get lots of ideas from the best local restaurants to visit along with their favourite family friendly beaches.
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