La Grange du Moulin Gites
Children will love...
- making new friends whilst playing in the enclosed play area with swings, slide and a sandpit, pirate ship, trampoline and lots of toys!
- joining in with one the super fun activities – Teddy bears picnic, fabric painting and pottery painting
2 pools shared by the gites & Hot Tub
Gardens – with Play Area with swings, slide and a sandpit, pirate ship, trampoline and lots of toys
La Rochelle Airport 1 hour
Child friendly activities – Teddy Bears Picnic, Fabric & Pottery Painting
2 – 4 Bedrooms
1 – 2 Bathrooms
Lots of Baby & Toddler equipment / features
La Grange du Moulin is a cluster of six individual self catering rental holiday gites, which creates a lovely friendly environment in which to enjoy your self catering family holiday in France.
- One of the gites sleeps 4 people in 2 bedrooms.
- Four of the gites sleep 6 people in 3 bedrooms each.
- One of the gites sleeps 8 people in 4bedrooms.
You will quickly get to know your neighbours and your children will instantly make new friends with other toddlers and young children whilst exploring the safely enclosed play garden that is filled with toys.
After a barbecue or al fresco dinner and the children tucked up in bed you can share a glass or three of wine with like minded parents sitting in the warm summer evenings just outside your cottage.
Why we are Child Friendly
We welcome families with young children (generally under 8 yrs in peak season and pre-schoolers at other times) – which means that there will be other like minded families with children, toddlers and babies all wanting an enjoyable relaxing stay where there are other children for theirs to play with and they are not frowned upon when a baby cries. If your children are entertained then it usually means you’ll be able to relax that bit more, so we offer lots of activities and the garden and cottages are filled with toys.
The garden gives plenty of space for young children and toddlers to run around. We have a safely enclosed play area with swings, slide and a sandpit, pirate ship, trampoline and lots of toys!
We have a good selection of board games and books.
Safety is of utmost importance too so the garden is fully enclosed and the pool area is enclosed with a child safety latch on the gate and the pool itself is alarmed for extra security too.
We provide lots of local information and are familiar with local restaurants and beaches in the area. We have a ‘day out folder’ with sights you must not miss and comments from previous guests about great places they have discovered on their holiday with us.
Child Friendly Activities
At La Grange du Moulin we offer a range of activities.
We have a Teddy bears picnic, fabric painting and pottery painting held each week.
- Teddy bears picnic
Each week during throughout the whole season from May to the end of September we hold Teddy Bear Picnics for all our children, toddlers and babies . Its completely free, just join in if you want to. We have some bubbles and balloons followed by a Teddy bear cake, some homemade popcorn (no salt or sugar added), fresh fruit and juice. 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.
- Pottery Painting
Each week at La Grange du Moulin, we have Pottery painting for both children and adults. There are a choice of ornaments to choose from . Prices start at 10€ and includes your ornament, instruction and all the paint, brushes etc The pot will be ready to admire as soon as it is dry, a lovely reminder of your holiday with us. Babies can make hand and footprints, toddlers can express themselves with finger prints and splodges and the older ones can use their imagination and creativity or follow patterns and ideas from a selection of books. Adults are welcome to join in too.
We have also joined up with a local British scuba diving company who offer fun dives and try dives from 5 yrs old as well as PADI courses from 10 yrs old.
We also offer activities for Mum and Dad too! Chris has worked all his life in the wine industry so offers professional wine tastings, family vineyard walks and taste du terroir evenings where you get to try lots of local produce, both food and wine.
Baby & Toddler features
Cots, highchairs, toddler step, booster seat, child toilet seats, potty, changemats and hand blenders are standard in every cottage plus we can also provide baby baths and seats, steriliser, monitor and bed guard on request, just name it we’ve probably got it !
Stair barriers are standard in every gite top and bottom too.
We can also provide pretty much all the baby and toddler equipment you’ll need.
Since we live at La Grange du Moulin, we are also able to provide a number of services to add to your family holiday enjoyment in France and make it as relaxing as possible.
Wendy Blakeman is a French state registered assistant maternelle (child minder) and provides an on site mini day time creche on demand, once per week and also Babysitting every evening on demand.
We also offer towel packs to hire to make your packing easier.
The main heated swimming pool is 50 m2, and very family friendly being 1m deep at the shallow end and gently dropping to 2m at the deep end.
It may be used at any time. It is surrounded by a terrace with sunbeds and is completely enclosed and alarmed for safety. It is also heated to 28c.
The Heated toddler pool is also within this safely enclosed area. It is heated to 30 c by a reliable electrical heat pump and is also maintained daily so is always crystal clear.
The pools are surrounded by a terrace and grass and there are lots of sunbeds and both sunshine and shade at different times of day.
The toddler pool is shaded at all times by a ‘sail’.
PAPILLON – 3 Bed
Papillon sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms. It was originally used for keeping animals (probably pigs – hence the name ‘butterfly’ ! it sounds nicer !) It has now been totally converted into a lovely cottage with terrace front and rear with charcoal barbecue.
Downstairs is open plan with living and dining areas and for those who enjoy cooking up local french dishes such as moules in cream sauce – it has a very spacious kitchen area with loads of work space and cupboards for storing all those goodies purchased at the market.
The kitchen is equipped with 4 ring gas hob, work top electric oven /grill, sink, refrigerator, microwave and dishwasher and all the basic pots, pans, crockery and cutlery.
The low dark ceilings with ancient exposed central oak beam and the exposed stone walls, create a lovely dark, cool escape from the heat of the summer.
On the first floor is a good sized double bedroom with large wardrobe, draw unit and vanity basin; a twin room with wardrobe and a small childrens room with bunk beds and set of draws as well as hooks for hanging.
The bathroom has a bath with shower facility, toilet and basin and as with all our cottages – loads of hot water and good pressure for the shower.
The straight wooden staircase is open tread and is steeper than what you may be used to at home but has a stair barrier top and bottom. There is a stone step down to the doorway which may be an issue for toddlers.
There is a spacious patio area front and rear with a BBQ at the back and garden furniture at the front.
FLEURIE – 2 Bed
This cottage was originally part of a massive open hangar used for storing hay and more recently, tractors etc. The hangar was split into two, two thirds now being the Peche cottage and the other third being Fleurie.
Two beautiful stone pillars held up the roof at the front, and these are still showing.
The cottage sleeps 4 in two bedrooms, a double and a twin on the first floor with the small bathroom which has bath with shower attachment, basin and toilet.
There is an open tread, cast iron, spiral staircase. (This has a stair barrier at both the top and bottom.)
Downstairs is open plan with kitchenette, living and dining areas. The kitchenette is equipped with 4 ring gas hob, mini work top electric oven / grill, microwave, fridge freezer and all basic crockery and cutlery and a dishwasher.
There is a large patio window to the front opening onto the terrace with charcoal barbecue.
It is opposite the swimming pool.
There is a small area of garden to the rear accessed around the side of the cottage – you may want to take your garden table and chairs around the back to watch the sunset in the evening over the open fields. This is one of the sunniest cottage, as it has windows on 3 sides.
RUCHE & HORLOGE – each 3 Bed
They each sleep 6 in 3 bedrooms and are mirror images of each other. They were originally one large barn with huge wooden doors, for the storage of hay in the 18th century and more recently, farm equipment.
We split the barn in to two – each approximately 6m by 6m. Each has a spacious open plan ground floor with living and dining areas and a kitchen area.
The kitchen is equipped with 4 ring gas hob, mini work top electric oven/grill,fridge freezer, dishwasher and microwave.
The open tread, cast iron, spiral staircases lead to the first floor which have 2 twin rooms and a double. The double bedrooms in these 2 cottages are smaller than those in Papillon or Grenier, but this means more spacious 3rd bedrooms.
They both have open terrace areas to the front and rear with charcoal barbecues at the rear.
Two families together may like to let these two as there is a space between the two which may be used to put tables together and eat as one large group.
The bathrooms each have a bath with shower attachment, basin and toilet and plenty of hot water and good pressure.
Old beehives and an old grandfather clock case were found in the old barn, hence the names Ruche and Horloge.
GRENIER – 3 Bed
Grenier gite sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms. On the ground floor there is an open plan living dining area and a medium sized kitchen to the front.
The kitchen is equipped with dishwasher, 4 ring gas hob, mini work top electric oven/grill, microwave, fridge freezer plus drinks refrigerator and all basic crockery and cutlery.
An open tread, cast iron, spiral staircase takes you to the first floor with double bedroom and single bedroom, both of which have draws and hanging space. there is a modern bathroom with bath, shower facility, toilet and basin, with loads of hot water and good pressure.
The staircase continues to the second floor – a large open attic bedroom with 3 single beds. There is a small wardrobe and 2 sets of draws. We recommend that this room is used by older children who are able to safely negotiate the spiral staircase to visit the bathroom at night, or by a child in a cot (and cannot get out) however a stair barrier is provided.
A travel cot will fit in any of the bedrooms and there is also a wooden cot on the spacious landing.
The cottage has a small patio area to the front and rear. The table and chairs are situated at the front. The charcoal barbecue is at the rear.
This cottage is next to the lane. The lane is very quiet – being used only by our guests and our neighbours, and there is a gate which should only be used occasionally by our guests on arrival – it is left locked but can be opened when shown how to.
The cottage was originally used as a grain store. It has exposed stone walls on all 3 floors. The thick stone walls create a cellar like effect and in the heat of the summer, the cottage is a welcome escape from the midday sun.
PECHE – 4 Bed
Peche sleeps 8 in 4 bedrooms. It is therefore suitable for 2 families to share. It has 2 double bedrooms as well as two twin rooms. There is a main bathroom with toilet, sink, bath and shower (over the bath) plus the main double bedroom has a shower room with shower, toilet and sink.
Downstairs there are 2 large patio window/doors to the front so each family can have its own key.
There is a large dining room with a table suitable for 8 (although we have had 12 around it!) a large lounge area with window to the rear overlooking the open fields and a kitchen with door to the rear where your garden tables and chairs are and charcoal barbecue.
The kitchen has its own fridge freezer and dishwasher and has a good sized gas oven/grill with gas hob. There is also a microwave.
There are 2 small patio areas to the front with drinks table and chairs, ideal if you are feeling sociable and want to sit with a glass of wine while the children play in the garden and chat to other guests as they pass by.
The child friendly, self catering gites are set in a peaceful, rural location, 6 miles east from St Jean D’Angely in the Charente Maritime region of SWFrance.
All major facilities such as supermarkets and banks can be found a short 15min drive away in St Jean D’Angely. The town also has a great selection of restaurants.
We are an easy 1 hrs drive from the coast from La Rochelle down to Royan and all the beaches in between.
All beaches are just 1hr away but there is also a sandy lake beach just 30mins away.
Our Family vine walks, professional wine tastings and ‘taste du terroir evenings’ with our very own wine expert (Chris) make our cottages unique.
* All prices are subject to change and will be confirmed by the villa manager at the time of booking.
Certain villas require a security deposit, the amount of which will be confirmed by the villa manager at the time of booking.