• Gite Du Coq à l'Ane, Marais Poitevin

    Meet the local donkeys at Du Coq à l’Ane in the Marais Poitevin

    Few children can resist a donkey and the Poitou-Charentes region is home to some of the most enchanting. Stay amongst these shaggy brown ‘Baudet de Poitou’ at Du Coq à l’Ane in Saint-Georges-de-Rex. Situated in the heart of the Marais Poitevin marshland, Du Coq à l’Ane offers various styles of family-friendly accommodation alongside a rare breeds farm and artisan soap workshop.

    The cosy gîte sleeps 2-4 people with a double bed on the mezzanine and a sofa bed and kitchenette below. Relax on the terrace or enjoy a barbecue whilst you watch the donkeys - you might even be lucky enough to see a foal. Alternatively, book one of three bright B&B bedrooms, a Mongolian style Yurt for four, or the Canadian adventure tent for five. Yurt and tent both have electricity and heating with shared toilets and showers – family camping with all mod cons.

    Watch owner Christelle Cornet make soap from pure donkey milk in the tiny workshop; learn about the seven French breeds of donkey; feed the friendly local goats; and collect the hens’ eggs. You can even go walking with a donkey who will obligingly carry your picnic. An unforgettable way to enjoy France’s ‘Green Venice’.

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  • Campsite La Côte Sauvage, Ile de Ré

    Nature break beside the sea: experience the relaxed lifestyle of the Ile de Ré

    Experience the relaxed lifestyle of the Ile de Ré at the Camping de la Côte Sauvage in Saint Clément des Baleines at the tip of the island.

    Whether you come by camping car, caravan or with your tent, sleep in a bungalow or in a Mongolian yurt, you’ll be struck by the tranquillity of a campsite sheltered by a sand dune and linked to the beach by a path.

    If you love nature, this campsite is definitely for you.  Awarded a European Ecolabel for its environmentally-friendly practices, the site uses renewable energy, restricts waste, and operates water-saving measures. So guests can enjoy an unforgettable stay in harmony with the natural world.

    Be super green and swop your vehicle for a bicycle, the best way to discover the charms of the Ile de Ré. Climb to the top of the Phare des Baleines lighthouse for a panoramic view and take an atmospheric walk through the salt marshes.The whole family can relax together in this glorious location.

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  • Hotel l'Argentière, Melle

    Countryside classic at Hôtel l’Argentière in Melle

    Soak up the atmosphere of historic Melle in the heart of the lush Poitou-Charentes countryside with a holiday at the Hôtel l’Argentière.

    A member of the Logis de France network, Hôtel l’Argentière stands in a wooded park just outside the town centre. It’s also an easy drive from the protected landscape of the Marais Poitevin – France’s ‘Green Venice' – as well as the stunning harbour at La Rochelle, the imaging theme park of Futuroscope, and the heritage attractions of Poitiers.

    Hôtel l’Argentière offers 25 ground-floor rooms, including family rooms, communicating rooms and two rooms adapted for guests with reduced mobility. Individually decorated in fresh, summer colours, each one opens onto a terrace overlooking the garden and includes television, free WiFi and shady parking. You can even bring the family dog.

    Melle is renowned for its beautiful Romanesque churches, especially St Hilaire, one of six buildings in Poitou-Charentes that lie on the pilgrims routes to Santiago de Compostela and have been included by UNESCO on its World Heritage Site list. Melle is also home to the silver mines of the Carolingian kings. The oldest European mines open to the public, they served as Royal Mint in the 8th and 9th centuries.

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  • Hôtel l'Orangerie, Soudan

    A family welcome for families at L’Orangerie in Soudan

    Nobody understands the essential ingredients for a wonderful family holiday better than another family with children.

    So when you stay at L’Orangerie in Soudan, you can be sure that the Brunet family will provide everything that you and your kids need. Situated just off the A10 between the tranquil marshland of the Marais Poitevin – France’s ‘Green Venice’ – and the imaging theme park of Futuroscope, L’Orangerie is the perfect base for a fun family holiday in the beautiful Poitou-Charentes countryside.

    Completely renovated in 2011, L’Orangerie is a member of the Logis de France network of affordable hotels that offer a warm welcome and good regional food. The eight bedrooms sleep between 2 and 4 people each, and are all equipped with television, free WiFi and either bath or shower.

    The restaurant features seasonal local produce and is listed in a number of well-respected guides. Choose from various fixed-price menus including one for the under-12s.

    Families will find a wide range of sporting activities in the area from cycling and horse riding to canoeing and forest adventure parks. Animal lovers will be spoilt for choice with the Sheep Park; Monkey Valley; and Chizée Zoo all within easy driving distance.

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  • Pti Dej Hotel outdoor swimming-pool

    Families welcome at Le P'tit Dej Hotel on Ile de Ré

    Located on the south-east coast of the beautiful Ile de Ré – pearl of the French Atlantic Coast - le Ptit Dej Hotel is an attractive new address for families seeking a beach holiday on a budget. Opened in spring 2012 in Ste-Marie-de-Ré, this family-friendly hotel offers an economical and eco-friendly base just a bridge away from picturesque La Rochelle.

    Hospitality runs in the owners' family, who have been running hotels and gîtes in Sainte-Marie-de-Ré since 1930. So whatever comforts and facilities your family needs, you can be sure of finding it here. Choose from 10 ground floor bedrooms sleeping up to 4 people each, and 22 apartments for families up to 5, all with private terrace, television and free WiFi. Make new friends around the heated pool and over the children’s games, and hire bicycles to explore this holiday island paradise.

    Some 30km long and 5km across at the widest point, Ile de Ré’s highest point is just 19 metres above sea level, making it perfect for young cyclists.  And with more than 100km of marked paths and trails, it’s easy – and safe – to get close to nature by bike or on foot. Family holiday heaven!

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  • hotel Le Parasol, Ile de Ré

    Peace and quiet on the Ile de Ré

    Enjoy a relaxing family holiday at Hôtel le Parasol in Ars-en-Ré, classified amongst France’s Most Beautiful Villages and dominated by a black and white church spire. Located on the south-west shore of the idyllic Ile de Ré, Hôtel le Parasol is perfectly placed for exploring the coast and countryside of this beautiful holiday island – a jewel of the French Atlantic coast.

    With all the hotel bedrooms at ground level, the accommodation couldn’t be more accessible for families with young children. Families who like to prepare their own light meals can rent one of 20 studios with kitchenette on the ground or first floor, with terrace or balcony; three have communicating doors to sleep 4-5, the rest accommodate 2-4.

    A member of the Logis de France network, Hôtel le Parasol guarantees a warm welcome and good regional food at an affordable price. The restaurant offers local produce and fine wines with a choice of tables both inside and out.

    When you’re ready to explore, there are cycles for hire in Ars-en-Ré. Visit the bird reserve, relax on Trousse Chemise beach, climb the Phare des Baleines lighthouse, or take a cruise excursion towards Fort Boyard and La Rochelle.

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