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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.
Maison Marennes
Stay:

Maison Marennes, Charente Maritime France.

Contact: jmgroves43@gmail.com

Telephone: 02891884216

Website: www.maisonmarennes.co.uk

 

Big enough for:

8 adults and 6/8 children plus babies. Ideal for two or three families to share or families with grandparents in tow!

Location:

In the small town/village of Marennes, on the west coast of France, the mild and sunny Cote Atlantique, about 45Km south of La Rochelle, this large traditional stone house with secluded walled garden is a two minute walk from the centre of the village and is 5 minutes by car/15 minutes by bike from the sea. The village has a market house which opens three days a week plus there are all the patisseries, fishmongers, butchers etc that you would expect in a typical French town.

There are ten bicycles of all sizes at the disposal of our guests. There are sheltered beaches nearby and on Ile d'Oleron there are wonderful stretches of sandy beaches both the sheltered ones on the east coast of the island for wee ones and great surfing beaches on the west coast for older children and teenagers. The renowned La Palmyre zoo, about a 30 minute drive away, is always a hit with children as is the nearby forest climbing centre at le Chateau Gataudiere just ten minutes away.

Accommodation:

Ideal for anyone looking for child friendly holidays the house consists of: 

The main house has 6 bedrooms; 2 double, one twin, one with bunk beds, one with twin low beds designed for children though they are full length and one small cot room.  There is one en suite bathroom, one en suite shower room and a further shower room adjacent to a bedroom.

The adjoining chai has one double room with en suite bathroom and a bunkroom that has a high small double bed that the older children love as it is accessed by a ladder. There are three separate loos in addition to those in the en suite bathrooms and shower room. There is a small cot room. an additional cot, plus a travelling cot that can be placed wherever you like in the house.

The main kitchen has a gas hob and electric oven. There is a large fridge freezer, a dishwasher, and a coffee maker. There is a separate dining room and a large lounge with 'L' shaped sofa and a lovely old working fireplace which creates great atmosphere for winter breaks or for those who come to celebrate Christmas and the New Year 'en famille'.

 The chai has its own kitchen with hob and oven, microwave and dishwasher in an open plan family room also with an 'L' shaped sofa and a dining area.

The house is very comfortable and attractively furnished but has no priceless objet d'arts to worry about if you have an inquisitive two year old who likes to test things out!

There is also a large games room which is great for older children and teenagers as well as for the 'wee ones' The garden is fully enclosed with a terraced area outside the kitchen that is fenced in that has patio table and chairs for eating outdoors and a shaded outside area with a table which is perfect for toddlers to play while you keep an eye on them from the kitchen.

Facilities:

There is a heated pool with a pool alarm, table tennis table, trampoline, football and badminton nets, wireless internet and printer, Wii, 3 large plasma TVs, one with SKY+ with UK channels and Sky Sports. DVD player with lots of DVDs for all ages and tastes, iPod dock,Toys and books, 10 bicycles, washhouse with washing machine, iron and ironing board and a hairdryer.

Child Care:

Our local English concierge offers a babysitting service. 

For children:

Three cots and two high chairs ( extra can be arranged on request. ) There is a children's room with low small beds as well as two bunkrooms. There is a stairgate. There are lots of toys. There is a plastic sandpit/paddling pool and noodles and several inflatable toys for the pool.

The village playground is about 50m away.

Pool:

There is a small gate in the picket fence to the garden where the pool is.

Additional Information:

All sheets and towels are included in the price. A welcome pack of groceries and/or a meal can be arranged for you on arrival. Payment for these are made locally.

Arrival time is from 16.00 and departure by 10.00am. Changeover day in July and August is Sunday. In May and September it can be Saturday or Sunday. For the rest of the year it can be more flexible..

Travel - There are flights to La Rochelle, which is a 45 minute drive away,  with various airlines from Dublin, Edinburgh, Gatwick, Glasgow, Newcastle, Southampton and Stanstead.   There are flights from London, Belfast and Dublin to Bordeaux airport which is a two hour drive south of Marennes.   

By train you can take the Eurostar from London to Paris and then the TGV to La Rochelle which takes 3 hr 20 mins.

Sleeps:
16
Price guide:

Bewteen £800 - £2400 per week depending on season and whether you take the house alone or house and Chai.

House sleeps up to 6 adults and 4 children plus cots, with an extra 2 adults, 2-4 children in the Chai. Short stays can be arranged, for full details visit website.

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Manoir Atlantique, Nr Biarritz
Stay:

Manoir Atlantique 

Big enough for:

up to 18

Location:

This lovely Basque style mansion set in beautifully landscaped grounds in Les Landes, a bustling lakeside town only 7km from the golden sandy beaches on the Côte d'Argent, just north of Biarritz - perfect for child friendly holidays of the very luxe variety.

Accommodation:

Original parquet floors, wood panelling, marble fireplaces and a splendid oak stairway showcase the traditional elements whilst neutral tones and modern facilities add the contemporary touch. Each of the nine bedrooms is individually designed and decorated and the only difficult decision to make is which one to choose! 

All bedrooms are tastefully decorated, and most en -suite. All bedrooms are either Double or Double/twin rooms.

Spread over three floors, offering lots of space for large groups with plenty of spacious living accommodation as well as TV room, Billiard room , dining room , terraces with dining areas. 

The outside areas consist of large lawned areas, fenced pool, dining area with pool bar. 

Facilities:

6 acres of grounds and woodland. Lawned garden. Tennis court (hard surface), table tennis, badminton, croquet, boules. Dining terraces. Summer kitchen (oven, hob, dishwasher, sink, fridge). Barbecues. Shower room. Hot tub.

WIFI is available at the villa.

For those staying on a self catering basis, the kitchen is well stocked and meals can be arranged and are payable locally.

 

Pool:

Private fenced and heated swimming pool (15m x 7m) with corner steps.

Additional Information:

From 23th May to 26th September 2015 the price per week is for the property on a 'Catered' basis only. The 'catered' price includes the following:

  • Champagne reception (soft drinks for the children)
  • Daily breakfast (Full English and Continental breakfast) served on the poolside terrace, in the grand dining room or in the privacy of your own room, if preferred
  • Daily afternoon tea with a selection of cakes, muffins, biscuits, fresh fruit, tea, filtered coffee, hot chocolate, soft drinks & juices
  • Two lunches:
    • A gourmet BBQ served on the poolside terrace; wine/beer/soft drinks included
    • A 3-course lunch served on the poolside terrace; wine/beer/soft drinks included
  • Four gastronomic 4 course evening meals with complimentary regional wine served either inside in the grand dining room or alfresco-style, on the poolside terrace. An à-la-carte wine list will also be available
  • Drinks minibar by the pool
Sleeps:
18
Price guide:

From £3495 in low season on a self catering basis

For the fully catered weeks prices start at £7495 for up to 10 guests, or from £10250 for up to 18 guests

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Santa Maria, Nr Mahon
Big enough for:

16

Location:

Only 15 minutes from Mahon is Santa Maria - a stunning 200-year-old stone building, beautifully restored and furnished. In the expansive grounds is a 15m x 6m feature rock swimming pool, gated for safety and with a large shallow area. Perfectly located as there is private access to a beach, 15 minutes walk across the owner’s land and to an entirely private rocky cove (please note the estate is a working farm and that there are some resident cats).

Accommodation:

The main house has a large dining room with glass doors to outside terrace and sofas, living room with satellite TV and VCR, spacious farmhouse style kitchen with large table and chairs. Two interconnecting double/twin bedrooms sharing a bathroom. Double bedroom with en-suite shower. On the first floor there is a substantial master bedroom with huge bathroom. The farms’ ancient outbuildings have been beautifully converted into further accommodation: Two guest cottages, each with twin/double bedrooms with en-suite showers. A further cottage with twin/double bedroom, double bedroom and double bunk bedroom sleeping four, all with en-suite showers, and a children’s playroom with toys. These rooms do not interconnect but share a partly covered terrace. The layoout of this villa make for an ideal baby friendly holiday with a group or extended family.

Facilities:

Top quality chef, waitress services, morning and evening cleaning and fulltime gardener are ALL included. Airport meet and greet.•Three deliciously grand meals per day are prepared upon chosen schedule - food costs payable locally. Volleyball hiking satellite tv with English channels childrens play area bicycles archery air con ipod docking

For children:

fenced pool, play area table tennis

Pool:

gated pool

Price guide:

From £9993 to £16559 (depending on season), 7 nights up to 16. Can also take an additional 4 guests

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Villa Radicata - Mum and Baby Experience
Stay:

Villa Radicata, East Tuscany Italy

Big enough for:

Up to 10 - also with adjacent flat sleeping 2-4.

Location:

Villa Radicata is a beautiful  traditional restored farmhouse in Tuscany with stunning lake and hill views. It offers  family yoga and fitness breaks, cooking courses and more, or  the villa can be rented on an individual basis. Located close to Anghiari in Eastern Tuscany in the Tiber valley,  the villa is surrounded by three acres of private gardens and with its own private swimming pool giving fabulous, open views over the Tuscan countryside. The villa is near a small village with a supermarket and pizzeria and just 15 mins from Anghiari, a pretty, medieval hilltop town. It is also within easy reach of the larger town of San Sepolcro (20 mins).

 

Accommodation:

Villa Radicata has been renovated by owners Rita and Mike Kobrak, and retains many original features and has chestnut beams and terracotta floors throughout. There are several patios and a lovely pergola around the house. There are 5 bedrooms,  4 bathrooms, dining room, living room, fully equipped kitchen with bread and pasta maker, private garden, pool, outdoor pizza oven with possibility of pizza/pasta making lessons, 4 cots, 4 high chairs and plenty of toys,washing machine,dish washer, BBQ, Sky TV, DVD, CD, Books, toys & Games, mountain bikes.

 

Facilities:

As well as weekly self catered holidays, Villa Radicata offers unique, relaxing and hugely popular Mum and Baby Experience holidays, including yoga and cooking breaks, or Bella Mamma breaks - with some pampering treats included, plus family fitness breaks. There's an on site babysitter and delicious, healthy home cooked food. 2 yoga classes and one cooking lesson per day on the yoga and cooking breaks. 3 fun fitness classes on the fitness breaks. Excursion to Medieval town of Anghiari, massage and airport transfers from Perugia included. Everything you need to make travelling with baby stress-free.

Or simply rent the villa for your own very special family holiday, and pre-book any of the optional activities - or simply relax in the beautiful, peaceful surroundings.

Mum and baby break dates for 2015 are: 24th-29th May 31st May - 5th June 2015   23 - 28th August 2015

Family Fitness breaks: 12-17th April 2015

Bella Mama breaks: 29th August - 4th Sep 2015

For children:

cots, highchairs, prams, toys, books, games, babysitting, baby songs, dancing, arts and crafts and baby Italian outdoors.

Sleeps:
10
Price guide:

Mum and baby breaks £800/£900 . Partners welcome too. Villa rental from £1500-£3000 per week. There is also a small flat next door which can be rented together or seperately (price is £450). Flights and car hire or transfers extra.

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Le Sarrail
Stay:

Le Sarrail, Near Carcassonne, Languedoc Roussillion, South of France 

Big enough for:

Four Houses sleeping 4, 5, 6 & 8. Total capacity 23

Location:

Set amongst the vineyards of the ‘Malpere’, a beautiful wine growing area in the south of France, with panoramic views of unspoilt countryside and a backdrop of the Pyrenees mountains you will find Le Sarrail, a hamlet of 4 luxury houses, each with private terrace and sharing their own heated pool. Le Sarrail specialises in providing both parents and children with the perfect holiday. Along with the mid-century classic furniture pieces, luxurious Egyptian cotton sheets, WIFI and IPod docks, come a long list of nursery gear, a host of toys, and funky little log-cabin playhouses, not forgetting the stunning views from the heated outdoor pool, the elegant lines and chic loungers of which are very often accessorised with a collection of kiddie inflatables. Hotel style services are offeredpractically anything can be arranged; on-site wine-tasting, massage, bike hire, flights over the Pyrenées…  This stylish hideaway offers peace and tranquillity, though local amenities, as well as kiddies park, tennis courts & fishing lake are found in the medieval hilltop village of Montréal only 5 minutes away by car. A quarter of an hour beyond Montréal lies the bustling fortified town of Carcassonne with its famous 12th Century castle 'La Cité', festivals, jousting, markets, pavement cafés, shops & restaurants. If you can bear to tear yourself away from Le Sarrail for longer there is so much to discover nearby; it's less than an hour from both the beautiful wide sandy beaches of the Mediterranean with its quaint fishing towns and the Pyrenean ski slopes. Only 20 minutes from the property you'll find Lake Cavayère (otherwise known as 'Carcassonne Plage') with it's stunning scenery & stroller-friendly walks, sandy beach and little boats.  For the more active there's 'Acro Branch' (for kids of all ages & adults) where you literally swing from the trees and the Australia Park which is always a memorable day out for the kids.  Forty minutes drive will find you in the foothills of the Pyrenées perfect for picnics with its breath-taking gorges, canoeing, rafting, climbing, hiking, the 'Wolf Park', Dinosaur Museum or just take in the scenery the many stunning mountain towns & villages. Staying closer to home, the tree-lined canal du midi is only 10 minutes from the property and is the perfect shady place to go on a hot day with little ones, whether you hire a little boat or cycle along the footpath, it's a memorable experience.

Accommodation:

Each house is individually designed, but all have the same airy and relaxed feel and all ideal for child friendly holidays. The ground floor areas are light, spacious and semi-open plan with fully equipped kitchen, dining area with table & seating and a comfortable lounge area with flat screen TV, DVD player & wood burning stove. All the houses have been meticulously thought out, and all have high quality fully equipped kitchens, 5 ring gas stove, dishwasher, giant fridge-freezer, microwave, washing machine and a private furnished terrace with gas BBQ. Upstairs, the master bedrooms have comfortable kingsize beds and ensuite facilities. Twin bedded, single and bunkbed rooms share a family bathroom (with tub) and all towels (including pool towels) and hairdryers are provided. Maison Citron & Maison Figue can inter-connect if required on the ground floor level and the division between the two terraces can be folded back. The two houses would then sleep 11 - ideal for larger groups or two families holidaying together.

Facilities:

The pool area shared by the houses is fenced with a child-proof gate, for extra peace of mind and security the pool has an electronically operated safety cover. It is heated from May through to October to a temperature perfect for babies and toddlers, there are also plenty of inflatables for use in the pool as well as more than enough sun-beds to lounge on. The shady 1000 sq ft barn is always popular with adults and kids alike. Crammed with ride-ons, baby-foot and other games the kids can make friends, while parents can chill out, sip a cold drink and gaze at the view. Le Sarrail prides itself on service, offering to arrange just about anything you could want; delicious meals delivered to your door, on-site massage, reflexology, wine-tasting, baby-sitting as well as bike hire, flying over the Pyrénees' Cathare castles – the list is endless. The owners have a wealth of knowledge of the area and nothing is too much for them; reservations at the wonderful nearby restaurants – from a little French bistro to Michelin starred restaurants – to white water rafting & sailing, they are happy tailor-make your holiday with you and suggest activities that will suit your whole family. A very generous welcome pack awaits you at Le Sarrail; bread, milk, butter, cheese, ham, cereal, biscuits & wine to name but a few of the things you'll find in your kitchen.

For children:

14ft trampoline (with security net),  log cabin stuffed with toys, swings (including baby swing), ride-ons, badminton, petanque pitch, of course the heated pool with its inflatables, a selection of books, games, pens & paper & DVD’s For little ones, there's no need to bring all the baby paraphernalia, everything can be provided; stairgates, cot, bedguard, highchair, booster seat, lightweight pushchair, baby-sling, steriliser, hand blender, rocker chair, baby playmat, baby bath, non-slip bath mat, toddler stools, changing mat, blackout curtains, mattress protector, night-lights, UV tent for pool or beach use, plastic crockery, cutlery & sippy cup, & potty – if they've forgotten anything let them know and they will do their best to get it for you!

Kids Club runs two mornings per week during peak season (July & August)

Price guide:

Prices per week depending on season: Maison Olive (sleeps 4) - €1500 rising to €2650.  Maison Figue (sleeps 5) - €1700 rising to €2800.   Maison Citron (sleeps 6) - €1800 rising to €2950.   Maison Cypres (sleeps 8) - €2200 rising to €3500.   Price includes linen & towels. Check-in Saturday after 4pm, check-out by 10am Saturday

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Can Almendra
Stay:

Can Almendra, Mallorca

Big enough for:

10 ( plus 2 at extra cost)

Location:

This spacious and tastefully furnished country estate is situated in a peaceful, rural position about 20 minutes from the beaches at Porto Christo and Calla Millor.

Accommodation:

Surrounded by 4 acres of land this lively house decorated with a warm country style, with fantastic outside areas and an open, airy interior. The main occupancy of Can Almendra is 10 guests. On request however and at extra cost, 2 additional guests can be accommodated in the separate annex near the pool area. The annex has twin beds and a small shower room.

Main house consists of well equipped kitchen , open plan living space opening onto terrace, cosy snug, spacious dining room, and laundry room First floor study area and two ensuite bedrooms with access to terrace.

The studio ( accessed via kitchen and extrernally) with double bedroom and kitchenette, The Guest apartment ( accessed internally and externally) has double and twin room with living area and kitchen. The separate annexe near the pool is available on request at extra cost and has twin beds,

Facilities:

Air Conditioning, Barbecue , Boules, Children's Play Area, Internet Access (Wireless Broadband), Library (CD's), TV (Satellite TV with English Channels) Washing Machine & Dryer

For children:

Sandbox in the garden, childrens toys available in the villa The internal staircase can be enclosed with a safety net for families with very young children.

Pool:

Gated kidney-shaped swimming pool (approx. 10 x 8 m)

Additional Information:

Closest shops/restaurants: Sant Llorenc (5-10 -minute drive), Manacor (5km), Porto Cristo (8km), Cala Millor (10km) Nearest airport: Palma Airport - 60km Nearest beach: There are a great variety of sandy beaches within 15-20 minutes

Sleeps:
10
Price guide:

From £4788-£7421 depending on dates and occupancy

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