RUCHE and HORLOGE Gites at
La Grange du Moulin - child friendly cottages in the
Charente Maritime region of South West France
From the lane, Ruche and Horloge are second and third in the row - fairly central and directly opposite the
sandpit and garden - so you can sit back and drink a glass or two of the locally produced Pineau whilst your
children play in the garden within view of your terrace.  

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.
For more photos of ruche
and horloge, click here
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.
Horloge Sitting area
view from Horloge main bedroom
Kitchen diner in Ruche
Ruche master bedoom
View of the garden from Horloge terrace
view from the back when the sunflowers are is season
view from the back of the cottage
We've just come to the end of our second visit to La Grange du Moulin and have already decided to come back
again next year. Chris and Wendy have thought of everything and the set up really is perfect for families with young
children. Our eldest spent hours in the sandpit, while the youngest loved the trampoline and both spent hours in the
toddler pool. There were other children to play with and other adults to socialise with but it never felt overcrowded.
Wendy and Chris put on fab activities should you/the kids want to take part but again it's not overkill and if you'd
prefer to just sit back and relax then that's fine too. In my world happy kids = happy parents, so thanks again Wendy,
Chris, Benjamin and Thomas for making our stay so wonderful.