Guest Comments 2008
about our Child Friendly Gites
near St Jean d'Angely
This was our first holiday with our new family, with our girls aged 2.5 and 3 mths.
Everything has been thought of to make our holiday as relaxed as possible with
such young children. All equipment has been provided, right down to monitors
and baby bath seat. The best things were the outside lawn area, right infront of
the gites where Emily could run out first thing in the morning and play on the
swings, and meet the other children. It was so close and safe that we didn't feel
we needed to stand over her while she played. Best of all was the heated toddler
pool, as warm as a bath which kept Emily and Daddy occupied almost all day. We
stayed in Grenier which we really liked. Its tucked in the corner which meant if we
wanted a quiet evening meal outside we could. The gate wasn't a problem, its
rarely used and always closed immediately if it is. We loved the community spirit.
The lawn was where everyone met and chatted while the children played. Emily
was in and out of the other gites, as were other children in ours and no one
minds. The bbq was a great evening to get to know everyone and all the children
loved Wendys Teddy Bears Picnic. The area is so pretty. I don't think the web
site can ever do it justice. We loved Chris' wine tasting evening, in its beautiful
setting on the terrace overlooking the sunset, tasting wine and listening to Chris -
idyllic. I can honestly say that this holiday was everything I had hoped for as a
first family holiday with our toddler and new baby. Chris and wendy are perfect
hosts and had thought of everything to make it as relaxed as possible . the
children loved it and we loved it. I will be telling my friends but no one else, we
don't want it to be fully booked when we try to come back !''
'' Its seldom that you can say that a holiday equally caters for children and
parents too. La Grange du Moulin really does. Not only is the gite environment set
up with child care, safety and security as a priority but there is an ambience of a
warm community that has been established by Chris and wendy that makes you
feel instantly welcome. Their personal touches continue through the holiday with
vine walks, sea food evenings, barbecues and on hand advice about the local
shops, restaurants and environment showing that Chris and Wendy are
committed to providing a really relaxing and fun experience for the whole family.
Our friends recommended Grange du Moulin saying that they were returning for a
second visit and we can see why. At the end of our two weeks. our son had made
many new friends, including Thomas and Benjamin and he was exhausted from so
much good play. We on the other hand were, for the first time after a family
holiday, rested, relaxed and leaving behind books that we had actually managed
to finish ! We could not have bettered our holiday, thank you from all three of us !''
''Great child friendly facilities both inside and out. Loads of toys, nice play area, fantastic baby pool
at 30c, but all this still put to shame by the superb hospitality, friendly, honest advice in a very
relaxed environment. Both Chris and wendy always happy to stop for a chat from local details, to
wines and world affairs. They also seem to attract like minded, friendly, easy going guests as
everyone was very friendly, happy to help out and everyone mixing in with the child care whether
they were yours or not ! Very peaceful setting in beautiful countryside but plenty of things to
do/places to see within a reasonable drive. All our needs were fully catered for, especially like the
provision of steriliser, monitors etc to cut down on luggage and these sorts of items rarely seem to
be provided at other establishments''.
Totally child friendly from the cottages to the grounds. Children loved the freedom of being able to
run outside to play with the other children. made for a relaxing grown ups holiday. my children loved
the small pool.
Thank you Wendy and Chris. This was a wonderful holiday - the first one we've had with the kids that
felt like a real break with all the other children to play with and the peace of mind of being able to let
the children run around in a safe place with things to keep them amused for hours. The wine tasting
evening, bbq and teddy bears picnic were great and really enjoyed socialising with the other guests.
Fantastic place for families with young children (especially under 5's) Our 2.5 yr old enjoyed more
than when we came last year. We'll be back next year. Idyllic and peaceful. Very sociable
arrangement of cottages. Wendy and Chris are very hospitable, helpful & friendly.
Very child friendly gite. Excellent and safe area for kids to play. Very laid back atmosphere and very
knowledgable hosts - nothing is too much of a problem and excellent advice given. Gites are also
very child friendly and safe.
We liked the fact the children could roam around and play with other children. Everything was very
well thought of to make the holiday child friendly and therefore as relaxing as possible for the adults.
Chris and Wendy were onsite and this made it easy when we had questions. The information
provided was excellent eg nearest supermarket, things parents don't often have time to research.
We liked the bbq evening and getting to know other parents whilst the children played.
Gite great, kitchen &equipment very clean which is often not in holiday lets; description just as per
internet - not fancy but great for kids. Garden was great and layout encourages sociability, really
enjoyed bbq and teddy bears picnic, great fun and nicely low key. You were both incredibly friendly
and approachable and on hand with great suggestions about what to do and drink ! What makes it
different is the two of you, the atmosphere you encourage and the small touches like a personalised
itinary based on weather and a few toys in the gite, we've had such a lovely time
More comments for 2008
Great, safe, communal play area especially for under 5's; rustic cottages in rural setting; communal
bbq and vine walk, really enjoyed both; good area to explore with kids - sun or rain; St Jean is a
great authentic historic local town.
Our first gite holiday, so not sure what to expect. Liked the dishwasher and washing machines; very
friendly owners with lots of info, thanks for the moules recipe; good set up here with small amount of
gites and ours overlooking the play area was definately an advantage; loads to do in the area,
including wet weather options.