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Holidays in the Charente-Maritime

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  • La Grange du Moulin Child Friendly Gites, St Pierre de Juillers

    Recommended by The Mcormick Family

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    Owned and run by Chris & Wendy, La Grange du Moulin specialises in offering self catering gite accommodation to families with young children. It comprises of 6 gites with a large garden, loads of play equipment, safely enclosed and alarmed swimming pools and they offer cots,highchairs,  bed guards and steam sterilisers etc. There is a child-friendly pool and large garden area for kids to play in.
    16, rue du moulin, Courgeon, 17400 St Pierre de Juillers, Charente Maritime.
    Telephone  00 33 546 33 09 02

    This place is heaven for young children and therefore for us too ! With a 2.5 yr and1 yr old, going on holiday is (though wonderful) a bit fraught and approached with some trepidation. Wendy and Chris however, enabled us to have the most fun, relaxed and carefree holiday we have ever had with the children. Everything has been thought of, is provided and is made easy. And at the same time we got to enjoy
    the picturesque and beautiful, rustic French countryside, wine and food and unique ambience of La Grange du Moulin. Several people we met here were repeat visitors which shows how much people rate it and I will definitely be recommending this place to all my friends with pre schoolers (though on second thoughts, maybe I shouldnt or well never manage to book in again !) The trampoline, sand pit, pirate
    ship, swimming pool (heated) and heated toddler pool made La Grange du Moulin perfect for our toddlers (our 2 yr old - I love our holiday place) and best of all its all safely enclosed so we can relax. Its not luxury but we didnt expect or want that and again makes the cottages much more suitable for little ones. Loved all the info on activities and the area, which was all useful and also the vine walk, wine tasting,
    teddy bears picnic and bbq all of which was sociable without being obtrusive. Loved it 10/10, 5*, thank you so much, see you next year !
    (The Mcormick Family September 2011)

  • Le Manoir de La Foye

    Recommended by Sally and Martin

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    Nick and Chania have forty eight years experience between them owning and running self-catering businesses. They now own and run this beautiful complex of five gîtes in the Charente Maritime. The property was formerly a Cognac distillery, which has now been converted into this complex ideal for families, including a heated swimming pool with sun terraces, summer kitchen and barbeque, large gardens, paddocks and an orchard of walnut trees.
    Le Manoir La Foye 17510 Vinax
    Tel: 00 33 5 46 24 00 11
    Mob: 00 33 6 08 69 17 15
    Skype: coveyducks (evenings best)

    "Thank you for a lovely stay. Perfect for our family occasion. The gites are beautiful, the surroundings so peaceful and relaxing and our boys have found a new best friend in Nick. Wonderful paella and wine too" (Sally and Martin, UK Summer 2010)

  • Bel-Air Gites, Charente-Maritime

    Recommended by The Farren family

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    Bel - Air has 5 individual gîtes and stands in 25 acres of unspoilt countryside in the beautiful Charente-Maritime, surrounded by farmland and vineyards and close to the miles of sandy beaches of the Atlantic coast and mostly uncommercialised seaside towns. This attractive Charentaise Farmhouse is situated in the commune of Brie-sous-Mortagne close to fabulous sea-side town of Royan and the historic town of Saintes with its fantastic pedestrianised shopping area. Located  approximately 7km from the market town of Gémozac which has 2 supermarkets and a good variety of other shops for all daily needs. Gémozac has a large market every 3rd Friday in the month and a fish, meat and vegetable market on Friday of each week.
    Taking the opposite direction out of Bel - Air for the same distance, you will find the old port of Mortagne with its quayside restaurants and lovely views across the Gironde river.
    Ideal for families with children of all ages +33 683998743

    "Paul and Patricia, Thanks for providing such a warm and welcoming holiday. The gite is brilliant, with so much to keep the kids entertained. we will definitely be recommending you/Bel-Air to everyone. We havent had the greatest weather this week but have still managed to find plenty to do. the Palmyere Zoo is a must, as is the swimming pool complex in Jonzac( for a rainy day). Thanks so much, its been great" (The Farren family, Haslemere, June 2012)

    "We had a super time at Bel Air. Our first overseas trip with our young boys and it was perfect. The gite and hospitality have been super and we will most definitely return again soon. Thank you  Patricia, Paul and Cian" (The Smith family, U.K , June 2012)

    "Thanks Trish and Paul for the warm welcome and for all the toys etc. Provided for the children. We’ve had a great time – very relaxing
    and the kids have really enjoyed the pool and the space. Thanks for all the tips on places to visit and dine. Great region"
    (Maire and Billy, Dublin , July 2011)

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