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Babygoes2 recommends properties which are suitable for babies or toddlers for a variety of reasons (go to first stop). None of these properties however is 100% child-safe. All of the property descriptions are the opinion of BabyGoes2 and not the individual property owner or tour operator. Prices, while as accurate as possible, are for guidance only. Check late deals and members offers for any price reductions or offers.
Le Chemin, Hameau de Montengrand.
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Le Chemin, Hameau de Montengrand, South of France.

 

Location:

Le Chemin is a fantastic choice for anyone looking for child friendly holidays. It's a terrace of beautifully restored and superbly equipped stone cottages, each with its own private garden or terrace, located in the tiny rural hamlet of Montengrand. Only five minutes from the picturesque, mediaeval market town of Mirepoix, with it’s bustling weekly markets and numerous child friendly pavement cafés and restaurants. Set in 30 acres of pasture, wildflower meadows and woodland the domain boasts an exquisite heated swimming pool with views to savour, space to roam, a large organic vegetable patch for guests to plunder, a boat to float on nearby Lac Montbel, as well as resident ponies, tame sheep and other animals to enjoy.

Whilst Montengrand is the perfect place to wind down and enjoy the slower pace of life in this gloriously unspoilt region, there are also a huge number of activities on offer locally. From walking, cycling and tennis, sailing, canoeing, tree top adventures and go-karting, horse riding and river and lake swimming, as well as Cathar strongholds, the extraordinary La Cité at Carcassonne (40 mins)and the mysteries of Rennes le Chateau to explore.

Just 1hour south- east of Toulouse, Montengrand is perfectly located for exploring the riches of the Languedoc and the Midi-Pyrenees. 15 minutes from Lac Montbel and approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes from the nearest Mediterranean beaches at Narbonne.

Accommodation:

The cottages have been lovingly restored, using traditional materials, to provide comfortable and stylish holiday retreats. Every property layout is unique, but each offers an open plan living space, which opens onto a private, fenced and gated, south facing garden or terrace equipped with garden furniture, a gas barbeque and some much-needed shade. The custom built kitchen areas all feature gas hobs, electric ovens, microwaves, fridge freezers, dishwashers and washing machines.

All of the cottages have a double bedroom and a twin bedroom, whilst additional beds for children are available in some of the properties via a large mezzanine space, bunk-beds or pull out beds.

Facilities:

The mild climate makes this a perfect destination from May through to late October and attention to detail means that visitors will find pretty much everything that a parent travelling with children would like to find, including a fenced pool area with the added security of a rigid, key operated cover to close the surface when not in use. The heated pool also features a large summer kitchen with dishwasher and fridge/freezer and gas barbeque. Parents needs feature high on the agenda with a roster of local English speaking baby sitters, Egyptian cotton bed linen, bath robes, bath towels, plus towels for poolside use, a pre-arrival grocery shopping service, daily bread and croissant delivery service, a mid-week cleaning service and some fantastic local restaurants and vineyards to enjoy!

For children:

From toys, cots, highchairs, nightlights, stair-gates, potties, booster seats and hand blenders for the very young visitor to snooker, table-tennis, badminton, acres of trees to climb, plus a traditional 18 foot tipi for older children.

Quality bicycles to suit all ages can be hired locally, including baby seats, trailers and tag-along bikes for our younger guests. A cycle track runs right past the domain so it is possible to ride to Mirepoix “off road”

Price guide:

From £550 per cottage, per week in early May and throughout October2008, rising to £995 per cottage, per week during the UK school summer holidays from mid July to end of August.

Price is for accommodation only from Saturday to Saturday and includes use of all the shared facilities of the domain, bed linen, towels and mid-week cleaning service.

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Château les Carrasses
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Château les Carrasses 

Big enough for:

2-4

Location:

The Château is just five minutes from the villages of Quarante and Capestang. Distinct in character, these traditional wine-making villages offer all the services and conveniences you could want for relaxed child friendly holidays, including a dozen or so restaurants, cafés and bars - from upmarket canal-side restaurants to friendly village cafés, popular twice-weekly markets, countless wine domains, supermarkets, doctors, and a very active community life.

The immediate locality offers a huge range of recreational options. The golden beaches at Serignan with its feet-in-the sand restaurants are a 25-minute drive through vineyards and villages. Coarse, fly and sea fishing abound. Countless vineyards and markets offer the very best local produce. And on days when you feel like something a little more urban, you are around 20 minutes from the compact cities of Narbonne and Béziers, while Montpellier, France's 'most exciting city', is less than an hour away.

Accommodation:

Le Parc Bellevue : Created by merging the two 'front' bedrooms of the Château, Le Parc Bellevue is a lovely character apartment with one en-suite bedroom, a second bedroom with bathroom and a kitchen and living area with spectacular views over a terrace, pool and the surrounding countryside.

Atelier 1 and 2 : Crafted from what was once the grape picker's lodgings, these 2 loft-style apartments are spacious and airy and provide generous accommodation for four people. Outside, each has a garden or terrace, dining area and sun loungers. The two Ateliers look on to the main Chateau and outbuildings. 

Château suite : This suite is the original bedroom of the Château with retained character features, converted into open-plan suite with defined sleeping and relaxing areas and en-suite bathroom.

Each property is individually interior designed, though all share a chic French take on tradition-meets-modernity. Beds are large and comfortable and bathrooms have large tubs and/or showers, comfortable bathrobes and Fragonard toiletries. Living areas offer wi-fi, flat screen TV/DVD, and iPod, fully charged with carefully selected playlists.

Every property has a fully-equipped kitchen, and all are air-conditioned and heated. Washing machines are provided in all apartments except the chateau suites. Beds are made on arrival and changed every three to four days. The apartment or suite is cleaned before your arrival and on departure but we do ask that it be left in a clean and tidy condition.

Facilities:

Enclosed Courtyards, Restaurant, bistro, gardens, & swimming pool, Outdoor play equipment, Bicycle Hire, Bicycles (on site), Shared heated pool with loungers , Jacuzzi, Tennis court and table tennis. Volleyball court and Boules court.

Accomodation equipped with Washing machine, Air conditioning, Coffee machine, Delivery of bread, croissants, pain chocolats, Dishwasher, Electric oven and hob, Ipod docking station ,Microwave, Satellite TV . Restaurant on-site. BBQ, Beach less than half hr drive, Bicycle Hire, Bicycles (on site).

For children:

Children are both welcome and well looked after at Les Carrasses. During the high season we run a children's Summer Camp (subject to demand) 6 days a week, with qualified, friendly staff and a wide range of fun events, with the emphasis on outdoor, nature, creative and sporting activities.

They also have the 'HQ' – a cabin on the grounds with a range of toys and games, as well as a TV with DVDs and a Wii.

The daytime base of the Kids Club, in the evening the Cabin is open to all kids – ideal when mum & dad are relaxing over the Barbecue. Babysitting : We also have a panel of reliable babysitters who will come and babysit in your property.

For babies: Baby bath, Bicycle child seat, Changing mat, Cot & linen, Enclosed Courtyard, Highchair, Mattress protectors, Outdoor play equipment, Plastic feeding utensils, Potty, DVD Player, Ride-on toys.

Pool:

The magnificent infinity pool is the "pièce de résistance" of Château Les Carrasses. It measures a generous 20 by 8 metres, and features an interior ledge, massage jets and a "plage immergée" for lounging in the water. Around the pool is a roomy (600m²) sun terrace with hot tub, stylish loungers and cocktail area. With all day pool service.

Additional Information:

Please note that the the Château will be closed for vacation from the 4th to the 15th of November.

The restaurant will be closed on Tuesdays from the 1st of October

Price guide:

Le Parc Bellevue- 1443€-2300€ per week Atelier 1 and 2- 1569€-2640€ per week Château suite- 876€-1569€ per week

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Country Kids
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Country Kids/Country Tots, South of France.

Country Kids offer is unique. With nearly 10 years' experience and having hosted hundreds of families, they are experts in child friendly holidays, and have put together a truly amazing holiday guaranteed to give every member of the family just what they need.

Their recipe for relaxation for parents and fun for kids includes luxurious accommodation, beautiful grounds and fantastic facilities for adults and kids, accredited childcare from 3 months, Kids club to 12 years+, babysitting, delicious meals, on and off site activities including visits to our petting farm, a café/bar for socializing and much more!

In July and August their holidays are on a fully inclusive basis with everything included in the price. For the rest of their season (April-June and September-October) many of the elements are offered on an optional basis so that families can tailor the package to their own needs.

Whichever time of year you visit, childcare in the fabulous accredited crèche and kids club, the Big Kids programme in school holidays, 2 nights babysitting, daily housekeeping, use of all the facilities on site and visits to the petting farm are always included! Non-stop fun for kids and stress-free relaxation for parents.

Location:

Near Montpellier, Country Kids is situated at Le Mas Pandit, a beautiful domaine in the South of France. It is about 40 minutes from the sea in the stunning Mediterranean wine region of the Herault, near to the airports of Beziers, Nimes and Montpellier. It is situated 10 minutes from Le Lac de Salagou which is an enormous lake with 2 water sports centres set in a breathtaking red rock volcanic landscape. Many quaint villages nearby with great markets and easy to reach fun day trips.

Accommodation:

5 luxury apartments in the Old Dairy building (each with their own separate entrance and outdoor terrace) in a huge beautifully restored stone building dating back to the 1700's. Plus a separate two bedroomed house, The Chestnut House, and a separate 5 bedroomed duplex, The Farmhouse, also in renovated stone buildings. All accommodation has fully equipped kitchens, Sky tv, dvds, all mod cons and Wi-Fi.

In the Old Dairy, there are 2 ground floor apartments each with three bedrooms, 2 first floor apartments each with three bedrooms and a second floor apartment with two bedrooms (and a beautiful view!). All staircases have gates at the top and the bottom and all terraces are fully enclosed.

The Chestnut House is arranged over two floors with the lounge and one bedroom downstairs and the second bedroom upstairs.

The Farmhouse is enormous with a double height lounge/kitchen/dining area, a double room and bathroom downstairs and 3 twins, a king double with en-suite dressing room and bathroom and a second upstairs bathroom. Perfect for one family or two sharing or for bringing grandparents along! Daily housekeeping, shared use of pools, and outdoor seating areas and summer kitchen/barbeque facilities. Sheets, bath towels, beach equipment and swimming towels, DVDs, toys, books, baby equipment and much more provided.

Facilities:

This is a kids paradise! A fantastic heated pool (with safety regulation fencing and a slide), a toddler pool, a separate adults only pool and jacuzzi, a gym, 9 hole mini golf, a tennis court, a petting farm, a great climbing frame and a sandpit, a tree house, trikes, water play, a ball pond and soft play equipment, bikes, ping pong, table football. A Big Kids club house and a café/bar for socializing open 24 hours!

Child Care:

Unlimited use of the fully accredited and regulated (English speaking) crèche for babies 10 weeks to 6 yrs+, plus supervised activities for older children (6 yrs-12yrs+) with the Big Kids Programme in school holidays.

Activities include canoeing and kayaking, cycling and mountain biking, golf, horse and pony riding, wind surfing and sailing, tree top climbing adventure, lake and river swimming, mountain climbing, fishing, hiking, cycling, working on the farm, archery and tennis, farm animals to have fun with including chickens, horses, donkeys, sheep and cows. Winetasting, yoga, massage and spa treatments for adults.

Offers:

With every October holiday they are offering a Euros 300 voucher which can be redeemed on site against purchases of food and drink, spa treatments and yoga sessions.

In September and October the main pool remains heated and our crèche and kids club are open, as always, 6 days a week taking babies from 3 months old up to teenagers.  We are the perfect short haul destination for pre-school families looking for exceptional childcare in a small setting that will allow them to have guilt free down time without the kids around. There is availability from 20 September through to the end of October.

Additional Information:

 Autumn ( Sept / Oct dates) season package (luxury self-catered)  is offered and  it includes:

        Luxurious accommodation with full kitchen

        Unlimited use of the crèche or Kids’ Club childcare services

        Friday early morning PJ parties for kids (and alone time for parents)

        Exciting Big Kids Programme for 6-12-year-olds

        Two nights fully-licensed babysitting for date nights

        Daily animal feeding sessions to engage kids on the farm

        Daily tea time with gourmet treats and delicious snacks

        Daily housekeeping – mum’s never have to lift a finger

        Use of all recreational facilities at the Country Kids resort

        Use of baby equipment, including cots, linens and strollers

        Wifi to keep guests linked up to the outside world

       

With every October holiday Country Kids are offering a Euros 300 voucher which can be redeemed on site against purchases of food and drink, spa treatments and yoga sessions.

 

Price guide:

The high season runs from June to mid-September: holidays are fully inclusive basis with everything included. For the rest of the season (April-May and Mid-September-October)) many elements are offered on an optional basis so that families can tailor the package to their own needs.

Childcare in the fabulous regulated crèche and kids club, the Big Kids programme in school holidays, 2 nights babysitting, housekeeping, use of all the facilities on site and visits to the petting farm are always included. Please enquire for rates.

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