Our family friendly holiday gites welcome families with babies, toddlers and young children. We offer a safe and peaceful environment in which to enjoy your self catering
family holiday in rural France. With other toddlers and young children for yours to play
with and enclosed gardens and safely enclosed and alarmed swimming pools you will
be able to relax with a chilled glass of wine chatting to like minded parents whilst your
children make new friends (and you do too !)
As every parent knows, when the children are entertained, you can relax. At La Grange du Moulin and Les Vallaies family holiday cottages we offer a number of fun child friendly activities to keep your children and toddlers entertained.
TEDDY BEARS PICNICS
The Teddy bear picnics are held every week on site at La Grange du Moulin. Guests from all our family holiday accommodation can come over and join in the fun. Its completely free, just join in if you want to. As our guests are often out and about throughout the week, Its a good time to spend a pleasant afternoon ‘at home’ lazing in the garden chatting to other parents whilst the little ones interact and play
with each other.
After the teddy bears picnic our local English pottery lady comes along and offers a fun painting session . You can choose from different plates, bowls, cups and ornaments such as dinosaurs, fairies, pirates and unicorns. All the paints the brushes, the glazing and firing are all included in the price.
Once your child has created their artwork whether it be with fingers, brushes or hands, Jo will take it away to be glazed and fired and return it before your holiday ends. All crockery items are dishwasher and microwave safe, we have dozens of fantastic bowls and plates our two boys have created over the years and we use them daily .
Prices start from 11€ depending on the item you choose. Even tiny babies can join in with parents choosing a plate to put imprints of their tiny hands or feet; toddlers can create real masterpieces, multicoloured dinosaurs look fab and the older children will happily sit for ages delicately painting their pirate or fairy princess.
Scuba diving try a dives are held in the swimming pool at both La Grange du Moulin and Les Vallaies each week. Guests from our other cottages can come and join in too. This is for both children and adults and the British couple that run it (scubaschool.fr) take children from just 5 years old and they love it !! In fact the children are often far more capable and daring than the adults.
All equipment is provided and once the initial safety training is completed they will have your children literally swimming through hoops ! The smaller children don’t wear the tanks and they don’t even need to be able to swim as the instructors will hold them under arm.
A certificate is presented on completion of their ‘try a dive’ course, a fantastic souvenir of their holiday. You can choose from a 15 min dive for just 15€ or a 1 hour session for 30€ – or if you are unsure you can start with the 15min lesson and continue if you decide (like most do) you love it. Find out more here…..
Each week we also have a fabric painting session. Generally held at La Grange du Moulin but also at Les Vallaies if there are sufficient numbers, again any of our guests from any of our holiday cottages and villas can come and join in.
We have T-shirts, bags, purses and pencil cases to choose from. We have lots of stencils which the little ones can use to create some great designs with the paint and sponges and hands are a superb way of creating a very personal design.
Prices from 5€ for a purse and 12€ for a t-shirt. Find out more here….
This is not an organised activity – well not by us anyway ! Guests at Les Vallaies have a wood burning pizza oven which makes a great center piece for a sociable evening with the children making their own pizzas . All you need to do is organise a few of the Dads to tend the fire in the oven (a hard job drinking beer and chatting) and buy all your ingredients – we provide a recipe for the pizza dough but it may be a bit easier to just buy it from the supermarket !
The children love making their own pizzas and the Dads enjoy playing with fire !
FAMILY VINEYARD WALKS
A lovely activity for all the family. Enjoy a gentle stroll along the lanes and local tracks to the vineyard and learn all about the local area, its history and all about the vines. The children have fun looking for grasshoppers and finding beehives and playing with the other children, while Mum and Dad get an interesting chat from Chris our resident wine expert.
Watch this space for all the grown up activities we have on offer too, after all a great family holiday means Mum and Dad get to have fun too !