After many years of holidaying in this area, staying in my parents holiday home, we finally moved here in 1996. We havn’t looked back since. After a number of years renovating stone barns into family gites, learning how to look after our guests and drinking many glasses of wine with them, we now feel very confident in our ability to offer just what young families like our own really need from a holiday here in France. We have not, however, become complacent. We are constantly thinking of new ideas to add to the enjoyment, every year we update, replace, renew and re- paint as well as add. Our gites, cottages and villas today are very different from what they were when we first started out. In 1996, the most common question was ‘is there an iron and a tea pot’. Times are different and expectations are higher.
Over the years we have developed the wine theme to our guests stay. This sets us apart from everyone else. Chris worked all his adult life in the wine industry, selling, buying and teaching wine, its also a passionate hobby. Our wine tastings and family vine walks add to the enjoyment of the parents holiday and are extremely popular, but its not compulsory of course ! Chris will happily chat all you like about wine in general, as long as you offer him a glass whilst hes doing it ! In fact he’ll chat about anything with a glass in his hand !
Wendy has become a registered child minder here in France, so now Wendy can look after you children during the day to give you a break and some time to relax even more . You can rest assured in the knowledge that you also have a capable babysitter on hand so you can enjoy a night out too.
Since having our own children, the needs of young families on holiday were made even more evident to us. We have always been a family location but we now specifically cater to young families where we not only provide pleasant self catering accommodation but we can provide all the things required by a family with young children, from cots to steam sterilisers; saving you room in the car and making your holiday run more smoothly. Entertaining children is a constant job; by providing toys,
slides, swings and of course our pirate ship, trampoline, pottery and T-shirt painting, scuba diving and other family activities such as the weekly barbecue and family vine walks an all in a safe environment where there are other English speaking children to play with too – your children are happy all day and I pretty much guarantee you’ll have the time to finish at least one book whilst staying with us !
Benjamin (born March 2003) and Thomas (born August 2005) are our two boys and they love the summer when they have new playmates every week. We are loving parenthood especially in such a beautiful rural environment where they are free to run
around in great open spaces. They are both at local schools, which they adore and they are both as fluent in French as all their French school friends. As well as playing minecraft they also enjoy swimming and sports such as badminton and aikido.
In the winter time Wendy concentrates on being a Mum, taking the children to all their activities, participating in local events (member of the parents association and also runs an English workshop at the primary school) and running the office side of the business – updating the web site, taking bookings and dealing with all the French bureacracy ! Chris concentrates on improving and expanding our business structurally, by renewing and repairing and we are also in the middle of building a whole new house to let out on a long term basis, it will be our second. We have to take advantage of the winter period to take our own holiday and usually take a weeks skiing break plus a trip maybe to the Uk or somewhere else in France in the October half term or Easter.