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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.
France
La Vielle Ferme, Dordogne
Stay:
La Vielle Ferme, Dordogne
Big enough for:
6
Location:
La Vieille Ferme is a charming French villa for families set in 20 acres of vineyards with far reaching views. Deep in wine country (bliss!) and only an hour from Bordeaux, the local village of Saussignac just 1 mile away, has a restaurant, local bakery and post office, with a wider selection of amenities close by in the market town of Ste Foy la Grande. This spacious villa benefits from a gated pool (heated), good lawned areas for children to play in and is tastefuly furnished and well maintained.
Accommodation:
The villa has spacious living areas with beautiful exposed beams and stone walls, in the living room there is a wood burner and French doors to the terrace, TV,Video, CD. Two double bedrooms ( one can be a twin, both en suite. The villa also has a private suite within the main building with its own en suite bedroom, dressing room, living room with TV etc, doors to terrace. Perfect for grandparents or older teenagers.
Pool:
75m2 'L' shaped gated and heated infinity pool
Price guide:
from £1420 to £2895 per week for the villa.
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La Vielle Ferme, Dordogne
Stay:
La Vielle Ferme, Dordogne
Big enough for:
6
Location:
La Vieille Ferme is a charming French villa for families set in 20 acres of vineyards with far reaching views. Deep in wine country (bliss!) and only an hour from Bordeaux, the local village of Saussignac just 1 mile away, has a restaurant, local bakery and post office, with a wider selection of amenities close by in the market town of Ste Foy la Grande. This spacious villa benefits from a gated pool (heated), good lawned areas for children to play in and is tastefuly furnished and well maintained.
Accommodation:
The villa has spacious living areas with beautiful exposed beams and stone walls, in the living room there is a wood burner and French doors to the terrace, TV,Video, CD. Two double bedrooms ( one can be a twin, both en suite. The villa also has a private suite within the main building with its own en suite bedroom, dressing room, living room with TV etc, doors to terrace. Perfect for grandparents or older teenagers.
Pool:
75m2 'L' shaped gated and heated infinity pool
Price guide:
from £1420 to £2895 per week for the villa.
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Italy
Il Borghino, Tuscany
Stay:
Il Borghino, Tuscany
Big enough for:
14
Location:
This is a superb property with huge garden and a fenced pool. Close to Florence in the Chianti Hills with its pretty hill top towns, villages and vineyards, this villa is set in the very small hamlet of Palazzuolo. The property has plenty of space for a large extended family or group travelling together and with the large outside areas and fenced pool this makes a perfect house for families with children
Accommodation:
The villa is elegantly furnished with comfortable quality interiors, the bedrooms can be flexible with a mixture of doubles and twin rooms as well as some more suited to children/teenagers. All of the bedrooms are en-suite. The dining room and fully equipped kitchen are located on the ground floor along with two of the bedrooms and office with internet access, telephone, fax and safe. On the upper floor are two sitting rooms and the five double bedrooms. Panoramic windows look out over the surrounding area.
Pool:
Fenced with a gate which can be locked. 15m x 7m - 1.20m to 1.40m deep with ladder steps. Changing room at the pool with fridge. On the lawn there is a shady gazebo
Price guide:
£5565 to £7865 per week
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Il Borghino, Tuscany
Stay:
Il Borghino, Tuscany
Big enough for:
14
Location:
This is a superb property with huge garden and a fenced pool. Close to Florence in the Chianti Hills with its pretty hill top towns, villages and vineyards, this villa is set in the very small hamlet of Palazzuolo. The property has plenty of space for a large extended family or group travelling together and with the large outside areas and fenced pool this makes a perfect house for families with children
Accommodation:
The villa is elegantly furnished with comfortable quality interiors, the bedrooms can be flexible with a mixture of doubles and twin rooms as well as some more suited to children/teenagers. All of the bedrooms are en-suite. The dining room and fully equipped kitchen are located on the ground floor along with two of the bedrooms and office with internet access, telephone, fax and safe. On the upper floor are two sitting rooms and the five double bedrooms. Panoramic windows look out over the surrounding area.
Pool:
Fenced with a gate which can be locked. 15m x 7m - 1.20m to 1.40m deep with ladder steps. Changing room at the pool with fridge. On the lawn there is a shady gazebo
Price guide:
£5565 to £7865 per week
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Greece
Kalokairi
Stay:
Kalokairi
Big enough for:
sleeps up to 10
Location:
Kalamaki, Corfu – a stunning bay on the north east coast – perfect for trips along the coastline to other bays and villages such as Kaminaki, San Stefano etc. This house has it all – location, style, superbly equipped, and walk to beach.
Accommodation:
A very individual house that will appeal to families with children of varying ages, especially with its straightforward access to the sandy beach from the grounds of the villa. Spacious, comfortable and contemporary in design. Built on two levels, the main floor has a wide, partly shaded terrace that wraps around two sides of the house, with all rooms opening on to it. 2 x double and 2 x twins and a large dormitory room for children.
Facilities:
Plasma screens in all bedrooms apart from the childrens dormitory, dishwasher, microwave, outdoor jacuzzi, indoor activity room which has table tennis and pool table.
Pool:
private freshwater pool
Price guide:
From £2040- £7560 per week including car hire depending on month and occupancy.
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Villa Cristina, Crete
Stay:
Villa Cristina, Crete
Location:
Villa Cristina is just 150 metres from the sandy beach of Kyani Akti, backed by a convenient taverna and snack bar, and a short drive away is the lively seaside town of Kalyves - located in the bay of Souda, about 20 km east of charming Chania (with its faded Venetian grandeur) with its excellent tavernas and another fine beach. The villa is also overlooked by the ancient ruins of Aptera, one of the island’s most important ancient sites. It’s very well located for exploring – Chania, the white montains and Samaria Gorge,plus a variety of intriguing monasteries etc, are all within easy reach.
Accommodation:
The villa sleeps up to 6. On the ground floor there is an open-plan living/dining/kitchen area. The living area opens onto front and side terrace with steps down to the pool. The kitchen is equipped with full cooker, fridge-freezer, dishwasher. There is a double bedroom, separate 3/4 bath and washing machine. On the first floor (via spiral staircase) there is a double bedroom, twin bedroom and bathroom with 1/2 bath and small living area. Extensive gardens with pergola and barbecue.
Facilities:
Air-conditioned throughout, Barbeque, dishwasher, washing machine.
For children:
Cot and highchair available.
Pool:
There is a private swimming pool approx. 8m x 4m (depth 1–1.7m).
Price guide:
From £498 - £2,450 (depending on season) per week per person which includes flights and car hire (based on a maximum occupancy of 6).
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Corsica
Le Pinede, Calvi
Stay:
Le Pinede, Calvi
Big enough for:
6
Location:
This contemporary, stylish villa is a great choice for families - with a secure private pool and walled garden, and just 10 minutes walk from the beach and restaurants/shops etc, and just a 5 min drive from fascinating Calvi which has all facilities. This is a great location for exploring the beautiful northern coast and mountainous/wine growing interior.
Accommodation:
This is a contemporary house with very stylish, neutral décor. 3 bedrooms, all en suite. Open plan contemporary living/dining room with satellite TV, DVD player, open-plan kitchen with ceramic hob, oven, microwave, fridge-freezer and dishwasher, utility room with washing machine, tumble dryer. Three double bedrooms, one double bedroom could be arranged as twin, all with en-suite shower and washbasins with separate WCs
Facilities:
Air conditioning in the bedrooms, BBQ, Wifi internet, pool towels. Lawned garden area, enclosed pool.
For children:
gated pool and garden
Pool:
Enclosed decked swimming pool
Price guide:
From £595(May) - £1162(Aug) per person for 7 nights, depending on season, based on 6 sharing. Child reductions up to 25% available low season Prices include return flights and car hire.
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Le Pinede, Calvi
Stay:
Le Pinede, Calvi
Big enough for:
6
Location:
This contemporary, stylish villa is a great choice for families - with a secure private pool and walled garden, and just 10 minutes walk from the beach and restaurants/shops etc, and just a 5 min drive from fascinating Calvi which has all facilities. This is a great location for exploring the beautiful northern coast and mountainous/wine growing interior.
Accommodation:
This is a contemporary house with very stylish, neutral décor. 3 bedrooms, all en suite. Open plan contemporary living/dining room with satellite TV, DVD player, open-plan kitchen with ceramic hob, oven, microwave, fridge-freezer and dishwasher, utility room with washing machine, tumble dryer. Three double bedrooms, one double bedroom could be arranged as twin, all with en-suite shower and washbasins with separate WCs
Facilities:
Air conditioning in the bedrooms, BBQ, Wifi internet, pool towels. Lawned garden area, enclosed pool.
For children:
gated pool and garden
Pool:
Enclosed decked swimming pool
Price guide:
From £595(May) - £1162(Aug) per person for 7 nights, depending on season, based on 6 sharing. Child reductions up to 25% available low season Prices include return flights and car hire.
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Villa Lugliu, Pinarellu southern Corsica
Big enough for:
8
Location:
Very stylish villa in a superb location just minutes walk from the sandy beach, shops and restaurants at Pinarellu, and only 5km from Ste Lucie de Porto Vecchio. Porto vecchio, with its shops, markets and wide range of restaurants and cafes itself is just 20km away. Pinarellu is gorgeous – unspoilt, white sand beach, azur crystal clear sea, good choice of waterfront restaurants. Villa Lugliu offers the best of all worlds – just minutes walk from the sea and restaurants shops, but only a very short drive from larger towns, the beautiful Ospedale forest, and many of Corsica’s other stunning beaches.
Accommodation:
Villa Lugliu is a unique property – very modern, with cutting edge design in both the exterior and interior, and will appeal to families who like smooth, clean lines and contemporary style. There’s a stylish sitting /dining room which opens out onto the decked terrace and an infinity pool (alarmed) with seaviews, a sleek open plan kitchen with every mod con, 2 double rooms with en suites on the ground floor, then a double en suite on the first floor with a balcony and fabulous views across the bay. A very contemporary annexe houses two almost ‘pod-like’ futher bedooms , reached by a bridge-like walkway.
Facilities:
washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, barbeque. Cot and highchair (local charge). Cook and babysitting service on request. Maid service one day a week.
Pool:
Infinity pool, built in steps, 11mx4m alarmed
Price guide:
Villa Rental Only, sleeps up to 8 people. Villa rental prices from £3970 to £6735 per week based on maximum occupancy. Flights can be arranged on request.
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Spain & Balearics
Casa Guadalmina, Andalucia
Big enough for:
10
Location:
A very sought after luxury villa with superb flat, shaded, lawned grounds, perfect for kids to run around in, gated pool, close to amenities, fantastic outside living space and a housekeeper/cook completes the picture. A villa for total relaxation, lounge around in the various seating areas in the garden. The Housekeeper /cook is on hand to prepare daily breakfast and lunch. The villa is just 1.5km from the lovely village of Benahavis, set just back in the hills behind the coast and is within easy walking distance to nearby restaurants for dinner. It’s just a short drive to beaches at Puerto Banus and a short drive too to San Pedro de Alcantara and Estepona. The lovely white villages of Ronda and Gaucin are only around 45 mins drive, so it’s an ideal location for exploring this stunning and culturally rich region, as well as relaxing in style
Accommodation:
Superbly decorated in a contemporary elegant yet very comfortable style, most of the five bedrooms have ensuite facilities, there is WI-FI internet, Satellite TV, a well equipped kitchen, spacious, beautifully decorated yet comfortable lounge, beautiful garden. This is a really social house: a perfect place for a family get together or group of friends.
Facilities:
Washing machine • Dishwasher • Sky satellite TV • Video player • DVD player • CD player • WiFi • Telephone • Fax • Gas barbecue, housekeeper/cook
Pool:
gated 12mx7m with built in steps. (pool heating to a maximum of 28c)
Price guide:
From £2755- £7395
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Casa Guadalmina, Andalucia
Big enough for:
10
Location:
A very sought after luxury villa with superb flat, shaded, lawned grounds, perfect for kids to run around in, gated pool, close to amenities, fantastic outside living space and a housekeeper/cook completes the picture. A villa for total relaxation, lounge around in the various seating areas in the garden. The Housekeeper /cook is on hand to prepare daily breakfast and lunch. The villa is just 1.5km from the lovely village of Benahavis, set just back in the hills behind the coast and is within easy walking distance to nearby restaurants for dinner. It’s just a short drive to beaches at Puerto Banus and a short drive too to San Pedro de Alcantara and Estepona. The lovely white villages of Ronda and Gaucin are only around 45 mins drive, so it’s an ideal location for exploring this stunning and culturally rich region, as well as relaxing in style
Accommodation:
Superbly decorated in a contemporary elegant yet very comfortable style, most of the five bedrooms have ensuite facilities, there is WI-FI internet, Satellite TV, a well equipped kitchen, spacious, beautifully decorated yet comfortable lounge, beautiful garden. This is a really social house: a perfect place for a family get together or group of friends.
Facilities:
Washing machine • Dishwasher • Sky satellite TV • Video player • DVD player • CD player • WiFi • Telephone • Fax • Gas barbecue, housekeeper/cook
Pool:
gated 12mx7m with built in steps. (pool heating to a maximum of 28c)
Price guide:
From £2755- £7395
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Portugal
Grande Real Santa Eulalia, Algarve
Stay:
Grande Real Santa Eulalia, Algarve
Location:
The Grande Real Santa Eulalia Resort & Spa occupies an enviable location set beside the beautiful sandy beach of Santa Eulalia and just a short drive from Albufeira, central Algarve. This newly developed resort is set within its own lush green gardens, providing ample space for the many leisure pursuits on offer, or to simply relax.
Accommodation:
A good choice of room types - from bedrooms to self catering apartments. Bedrooms have 2 beds, bath, shower, WC, air-conditioning, satellite TV, mini-bar, telephone, hairdryer, bathrobes, balcony or terrace and garden view. Studios and resort suites also have a kitchenette with 2 cooking rings, fridge, microwave, coffee machine and toaster.
Facilities:
4 Outdoor heated swimming pools (one seawater), 1 Indoor pool, Sun terrace. 2 International restaurants, children's menu and Baby food available in the second restaurant 2 Indoor Bars, one opens from 01/06-30/09, 1 Poolside bar, from 01/04 -30/09. Shop. Reception, 24 Hour Room service, TV area, Internet facilities. Courtesy bus available to Albufeira centre. Dry cleaning*, Laundry service*, Ironing service*. Gardens. Spa* with heated indoor swimming pool , Health club*, Relaxation pool*, Fitness centre*, Gym* (limited equipment), Weights room*, Sauna*, Whirlpool*, Steam bath*, Steam room*, Spa pool*, Beauty salon*, Beauty treatments*, Exercise classes*, Exercise room*, Yoga*, Pilates*, T'ai Chi classes*, Massage*, Hydromassage*, Thalassotherapy*, Turkish bath*, Hammam*, Algotherapy*, Aromatherapy*, Body wraps*, Facials*, Hydrotherapy*, Indian massage*, Manicure*, Meditation classes*, Pedicure*, Reflexology*, Thai massage*, Wellness centre*, Personal fitness trainer*. 2 Tennis court*s, Tennis lessons available*, 9 hole golf course*, Golf lessons available*, Driving range*, Putting green* and games room. Official Rating: 5 star
Child Care:
Children’s club 3-12 yrs, free of charge
For children:
Mini disco, 3 days a week, Children's pools and children's games area, Babysitting (on request), Children's games room, Children's video games, children's entertainer, from 01/05-30/09, children's video films, teen activity programme, highchairs.
Price guide:
Prices from £632 self catering or £717 B&B based on 2 adults sharing a twin room on a Bed & Breakfast board basis, or 2 adults sharing a Studio, a 1 Bedroom resort suite or a 2 Bedroom resort suite all on a Self Catering basis.
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Punta Faro
Stay:
Punta Faro
Big enough for:
7
Location:
This is a superb private villa in Menorca with modern contemporary furnishings throughout. The beautiful architecture screams elegance and poise whilst remaining edgy and sharp, an excellent combination that has resulted in the truly luxurious Villa Punta Faro. We know that out of our range of fantastic private villas with pools in Menorca, this large home will be in high demand. In a quiet, residential area the villa has lovely sea views and is only a 10 minute walk to the shops, restaurants and beach at Punta Prima. Set in a beautiful part of Menorca, there are some great opportunities for some scenic walking and cycling in the hills and some delightful sailing on the coast.
Accommodation:
On entering the villa the floor to ceiling windows that stretch the width of the house allow views out to the sea from almost every room. The open plan lounge/diner and fantastic fitted kitchen all lead out to the covered decked terrace and pool. Off from the entrance hall are the modern furnished double, twin and single room (one air-conditioning unit services the twin and single rooms) that share a large full bathroom with corner Jacuzzi bath. Stairs lead upstairs to an office seating area which has marvellous views of the sea and surrounding area. The master double bedroom is nearby and has en-suite shower and dressing room as well as its own private terrace.
Facilities:
BBQ, DVD/CD player, private parking, shops approx 800m.
Pool:
The 10 metre salt water pool is rectangular with side steps leading in and a Jacuzzi seating across the width of the pool in the shallow end. The terrace surrounding the pool is of teak decking and has sun loungers for you to relax on and soak up the sun. Below the pool area is a large lawned area- great for children to play on. Villa Punta Faro has the additional option of pool fencing; this can be arranged at an additional cost of £120 per week, pre-bookable prior to departure.
Price guide:
£995 (low season) - £3395 (high season) per week. If you require a cot during your stay, this can be arranged at a small charge of £35 per week and is supplied with the cot linen. A highchair can be rented at £22 per week. If you enjoy a game of table tennis, we do have a table and bats available for hire. Pre-bookable before departure at £50 for 1 week and £75 for a two week rental.
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Punta Faro
Stay:
Punta Faro
Big enough for:
7
Location:
This is a superb private villa in Menorca with modern contemporary furnishings throughout. The beautiful architecture screams elegance and poise whilst remaining edgy and sharp, an excellent combination that has resulted in the truly luxurious Villa Punta Faro. We know that out of our range of fantastic private villas with pools in Menorca, this large home will be in high demand. In a quiet, residential area the villa has lovely sea views and is only a 10 minute walk to the shops, restaurants and beach at Punta Prima. Set in a beautiful part of Menorca, there are some great opportunities for some scenic walking and cycling in the hills and some delightful sailing on the coast.
Accommodation:
On entering the villa the floor to ceiling windows that stretch the width of the house allow views out to the sea from almost every room. The open plan lounge/diner and fantastic fitted kitchen all lead out to the covered decked terrace and pool. Off from the entrance hall are the modern furnished double, twin and single room (one air-conditioning unit services the twin and single rooms) that share a large full bathroom with corner Jacuzzi bath. Stairs lead upstairs to an office seating area which has marvellous views of the sea and surrounding area. The master double bedroom is nearby and has en-suite shower and dressing room as well as its own private terrace.
Facilities:
BBQ, DVD/CD player, private parking, shops approx 800m.
Pool:
The 10 metre salt water pool is rectangular with side steps leading in and a Jacuzzi seating across the width of the pool in the shallow end. The terrace surrounding the pool is of teak decking and has sun loungers for you to relax on and soak up the sun. Below the pool area is a large lawned area- great for children to play on. Villa Punta Faro has the additional option of pool fencing; this can be arranged at an additional cost of £120 per week, pre-bookable prior to departure.
Price guide:
£995 (low season) - £3395 (high season) per week. If you require a cot during your stay, this can be arranged at a small charge of £35 per week and is supplied with the cot linen. A highchair can be rented at £22 per week. If you enjoy a game of table tennis, we do have a table and bats available for hire. Pre-bookable before departure at £50 for 1 week and £75 for a two week rental.
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Casa dos Caracois
Stay:
Casa dos Caracois
Big enough for:
up to 8 (+2 on sofabed, total 10)
Location:
Just oustide the beautiful fishing village of Fuzeta, halfway between Faro and unspoilt Tavira on the eastern Algarve. There are a wide range of excellent local restaurants and ammenities in Fuzeta. The bigger shops and banks are only 10 minutes away in Tavira. There are several fantastic child friendly beaches within 5 minutes of the villa (one accessed by boat and one by a small train!).
Accommodation:
This is a spacious and stylish luxury villa .The villa is set in landscaped grounds that are totally enclosed and secure with electric gates. A key feature is the outdoor kitchen and covered dining/lounge area - the perfect place to sit and watch the children enjoy their holiday while you relax and recharge the batteries. The garden has a big 12m x 6 m pool with an extra large shallow end, perfect for kids of all ages. There is a certified child safety fnce and gate around the pool for peace of mind. Also outside is a wooden purpose built kids play cabin and loads of garden toys. Inside the villa is furnished to the highest possible standards with every mod con available (including 3 TV´s with SKY packages)and there is a large stylish kitchen with every applicance you'd need and a comfortable spacious lounge for relaxing. The house is perfect for families with children of all ages. There are 4 ensuite bedrooms (1 x superkingsize, 1 x kingsize and 2 x twin bedrooms) with the master suite having plenty of room for extra cot and even a sofabed for young children who want to sleep nearer Mum and Dad in a new house. Cot and highchair available.
Facilities:
Mountain bikes, childrens toys and all linen and towels. 3 TV´s with SKY packages. Midweek maid service.
Pool:
12m x 6m, private solar heated pool with secure fencing and gate. Towels are provided. Beach: 2km
Price guide:
price from £1250 to £2,500 per week
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Barbados
Milord
Stay:
Milord sits right on St James beach. 3 air conditioned bedrooms, all ensuite, small but nicely furnished lounge. There?s an enclosed sun deck with barbecue with steps down to a small garden (not perfect then for crawlers or early walkers, but fine for babies or more sure footed toddlers), and a gate leads directly to the beach.
Location:
Excellent – Shops 5 minutes walk, 10 minutes drive Holetown with all facilities.
Facilities:
TV, DVD , telephone, WIFI. Security system. Maid/Laundress 6up to 6 hours, 6 days per week. Night Watchman, Cook service inclusive with cook preparing 3 meals per day, 6 days per week.
Child Care:
Private nannies / babysitters can be arranged, the more notice given in advance, the better
Pool:
None
Price guide:
From £2667 per week
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Grenada
Blue Horizons
Stay:
Blue Horizons
Location:
Set amid a beautiful tropical garden on a terraced hillside with great sea views, just 300 yards from Grand Anse, the most famous beach on the island.
Accommodation:
Charming, informal cottage-style accommodation offering excellent value. 32 studios and suites. Superior studios have a king-size bed, a/c, bath and shower, kitchenette, tv, small terrace with garden views. Deluxe one-bedroom suites are larger with separate sitting area.
Facilities:
Creole restaurant, freshwater pool, Jacuzzi, free green fees at nearby golf course. Guests also have access to the excellent facilities of the nearby Spice Island Beach Resort (see entry above) and free use of beach, loungers and non-motorised watersports.
Price guide:
From £881 pp 7 nights room only; child prices from £299. NB free child all-inclusive benefits when up to 2 children 2-11 years share with 2 adults on all-inclusive.
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Jamaica
Round Hill Hotel & villas
Stay:
Round Hill Hotel & Villas
Location:
8 miles west of Montego Bay, on a 110 acre private peninsula
Accommodation:
Fabulous villa resort which also offers 36 hotel oceanview hotel rooms recently redesigned by Ralph Lauren beautifully decorated, spacious and airy, well equipped with every comfort and 27 , two, three , four and five bedroom villas (most with private pool) all set within glorious gardens and perfect for families.
Facilities:
Two pools, secluded sandy beach, gym, Yoga, aerobics, Wellness spa centre with holistic treatments and Elemis Spa Products, tennis, dive school and watersports. Comp Tennis clinics for Kds July & August.
Child Care:
Pineapple Kids’ Club, open daily for ages 3-12 yrs. There is also a teen lounge with TV, Xbox games and table football as well as a tennis clinic during July and August.
Price guide:
From £1,316 for the first week. Great offers 1 April – 14 December and May 1- October 31 .
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Half Moon Club
Stay:
Half Moon Club, just 10 minutes from the airport
Accommodation:
One of Jamaica’s most prestigious resorts, which a huge variety of accommodation – all of a very high standard, ranging from rooms to fully staffed villas. All are air conditioned and have a terrace, balcony or patio. Suites have separate living areas and the stunning Royal villas have cook, butler, private pool and use of golf cart. The Half Moon is a beach, tennis and golf club and boasts just about every facility you could possibly want, all set in beautiful landscaped gardens and on a private beach.
Facilities:
The facilities at Half Moon are nothing short of extraordinary and include several swimming pools, 13 floodlit tennis courts, an 18-hole Robert Trent Jones Sr. championship golf course, 18-hole putting course, squash courts, complimentary bicycle hire, watersports, gym, equestrian centre, dolphin lagoon, nightly entertainment and a shopping village.
Child Care:
The Anancy Children’s Village offers a supervised children’s centre for ages 3-12 yrs and there is also a ‘Hype Zone’ for teenagers which includes a cyber lounge, teen spa and a games room with pool table, air hockey and table football.
For children:
Playground with swings, slide etc. Early dinners. Private nannies and babysitting.
Price guide:
From £1,180 per adult for one week in superior room. From £387 for child sharing room with adults same period. Junior suite from £1,462. Offer: Stay for 7 nights between1 – 30 September and get 7 nights free, on a room only basis.
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St Lucia
Cotton Bay Village
Stay:
Cotton Bay
Location:
St Lucia’s newest luxury resort, Cotton Bay is located in the north east of the island bordered by a fine white sandy beach and a tropical rain forest. The resortis the ideal combination of high standard self catering with full resort facilities.
Accommodation:
The style is chic and contemporary. 74 luxurious suites, apartments and villas of varying sizes - 1-3 bedrooms. With air conditioning, cable TV, fully equipped designer kitchens. Private terrace or sun-deck. All Suites are beautifully finished with hardwood floors, traditional timber louvered windows and sheers, to give a Caribbean flavour. Ground floor suites have a covered terrace featuring teak dining furniture and a private sun terrace. First floor suites are complete with a sun terrace and dining balcony. One, two and three bedroom apartment suites are available. All suites overlook the freeform swimming pool to which there is direct access. Townhouses and villas also available with private pools and deck.
Facilities:
Three restaurants, Caribbean Barbeque and family beach party once a week. Swimming pool, 25 metre lap pool, childrens pool. Plantation Fitness Centre, with well equipped gym, yoga and tai chi classes. Golf available at adjacent country club. Horse-riding is also popular as the resort is surrounded by much open countryside.
Child Care:
The Humming bird kids club was established by the local Montessori centre in Saint Lucia. The staff in the centre are trained and certified in Montessori care. Complimentary daily children’s programme 3-7 yrs.
For children:
Activities scheduled for older children. Nannies available to accompany younger children. Children can enjoy a variety of activities such as art and craft, nature walks, story time, board games, puzzles, cricket, beach games, movie time, shell painting, drawing and singing.
Price guide:
from £1289 - £1863 per adult, excluding meals staying in a Tamarind Suite. Child prices depend on appt type, and are from £450.
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Tobago
Plantation Beach villas
Stay:
Plantation Beach villas
Location:
Just 15 minutes drive from Scarbrorough (all facilities) and only 5 mins walk from shops and restaurants, these lovely villas are set in gardens just above Stonehaven Bay. They sit on a hillside which leads down, across the small coast road, to gardens and the shared pool, and then directly to the sea. A great position for a very relaxed, peaceful, yet by no menas isolated holiday with children.
Accommodation:
There are 6 villas, each on 2 floors – painted pink with white verandahs. They are spacious and beautifully decorated, plantation style. There’s an open plan lounge/dining room, a well equipped kitchen and laundry. Each of the 3 bedrooms has an en suite bathroom, giving plenty of space and flexibility for sharing families, is air-conditioned, and leads out onto the wide verandah or balcony. All rooms face the sea. The balcony has got plenty of comfortable and attractive furniture. It really is a lovely spot to sit and relax in the warm tropical breeze, while the humming birds visit (Tobago is a bird watchers paradise).There’s maid service 6 days a week and a cook on request. Babysitters and nannies can be arranged, advance notice advised.
Facilities:
Beach Bar & grill
Pool:
Shared pool, just over road from villas, set in gardens
Price guide:
3 Bedrooms from £2,273 per week 2 Bedrooms from £1,818 per week 1 Bedroom from £1,364 per week Accommodation only
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UK and Ireland
The Knight Residence
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The Knight Residence, Edinburgh (www.theknightresidence.co.uk) 5 star Aparthotel
Location:
Situated just beneath Edinburgh Castle and minutes from all the city's visitor attractions and business districts these 5 star serviced apartments are perfect for a family break. The surrounding area offers many restaurants and eateries, as well as shops. Superbly located for access from the main road and rail arteries and the airport is just 8 miles away. Secure car parking is available on site and free of charge to residents. 24 hour convenience store located within 150 metres of The Knight Residence. This stocks a wide range of essential items. During daytime hours, the immediate locality contains a good range of local shops including grocers, fruit merchants, butcher, fishmonger and delicatessen.
Accommodation:
One, two or three bedroom apartments with a mixture of double and twin bedrooms. Spacious lounges with dining areas furnished in modern yet comfortable style. Apartments feature original works of art by up and coming contemporary artists. Complimentary continental breakfast supplied on your first morning along with a starter pack of teas, coffees, milk and biscuits, washing and dishwasher powder. Note - Edinburgh is a lively city until the small hours of the morning, particularly at weekends. One bedroom apartments are streetward facing. Two bedroom apartments are rearward facing and are generally very quiet.
Facilities:
Fully integrated kitchens with oven, hob, fridge with generous freezer compartment, microwave, kettle, toaster, combined washing machine and tumble dryer, dishwasher and a full compliment of cooking and dining utensils. Modern, fully tiled bathrooms with power shower and bath, steam resisting mirrors, heated towel rail and a range of complimentary Gilchrist & Soames toiletries. Comprehensive entertainment system which includes Cable TV, video and hi-fi system in the lounge, a television in every bedroom which is connected to the cable and video, hi-fi extension speaker in the bathroom and a selection of CDs and videos in each apartment. Broadband internet access (not longstay apartments) and direct dial telephones with handsets in the lounge and bedrooms. Electronic room safe, iron, ironing board and hairdryers. Double glazing and individually controlled central heating to each apartment provides instant, unlimited hot water. Concierge from 7.00am to 11.00pm to assist residents with restaurant and theatre bookings, car hire, local information and travel directions. Daily housekeeping service with towels changed daily and bed linen every second day. Video library - hundreds of Video titles available free of charge from the concierge. There is a nominal charge per night for the latest releases. Daily newspaper delivery. Emergency shop with a small supply of essential items.
For children:
Cable TV with Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon and Disney channels and over 100 Universal and PG titles which are free to loan from reception as well as many more 12's and 15's for older children. Children's books, board games, cots and highchairs.
Price guide:
All rates are based on 2 persons sharing an apartment. Additional adults charged at £25 per night. Children 16 and under free. Regular Tariff - One bedroom -£165 per night, Two bedroom £185 per night. Mid Season - One bedroom £145 per night, Two bedroom £165 per night. Low Season - One bedroom £125 per night, Two bedroom £145 per night. Good discounts for bookings of 2 nights or longer. Open for Christmas & New Year. Christmas - Normal low season rates apply. Closed to arrivals on 25/12 although departures this date fine + stays including this date. New Year is a minimum 4 night stay at regular Tariff. Any 4 nights which include 31/12.
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Coombe Mill Family Farm and Fishing Holidays, North Cornwall
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Coombe Mill Family Farm and Fishing Holidays. North Cornwall www.coombemill.com www.toddlerandbabyholidaysincornwall.co.uk e-mail: mail@coombemill.com
Location:
Coombe Mill is a private 30acre sheltered estate nestling in the beautiful Camel valley between Bodmin Moor and the magnificent North Cornwall beaches. Closest village: St Breward. Padstow, Eden Project, Tintagel, Port Isaac all under 1/2 hour.
Accommodation:
Coombe Mill has 6 traditional Cornish granite cottages, 4 contemporary modern Scandinavian lodges and 8 smaller riverside lodges. There is a property to suit every need from traditional to contemporary, luxury to budget. All designed with families in mind from one baby to larger gatherings. Toy boxes, play rooms, books and games, built in stair gates, cots, mosses baskets, highchairs, bed guards, even real nappies for free use and farm overalls and wellies are available to borrow. Many larger properties also have a downstairs bedroom and bathroom so as to be ideal for bringing grandparents or for 2 families to share.
Facilities:
Farm with farm animals: Miniature donkeys, deer, pigs, pigmy goats, sheep, ponies, ducks, chickens, quail and rabbits. Plenty of cute and cuddly babies to inspire all ages. Play areas, 2 outdoor and an indoor play barn. 2 Coarse fishing lakes and river fishing all for exclusive use of Coombe Mill guests 30 acres of woodland, meadows, formal gardens and streams to explore and enjoy BBQs with free wood Outdoor picnic tables and chairs Babysitting available Delicious home cooking Grocery delivery service Well behaved pets welcome out of school summer hols All bed linen provided From the local village: pony trekking, indoor heated pool with baby pool and slide, great pub/restaurant, wonderful walks, Camel cycle trail to Padstow
For children:
All the fun of the farm! Daily tractor rides to feed the farm animals under the watchful eye of farmer Nick. All welcome aboard the tractor and trailer for this popular activity. Get really hands on from an early age. No baby to young, no parent too old! An egg from the chickens to bring home for breakfast is always a treat! Click here to see the tractor run in action 2 play areas for under 5’s, one indoor for those less than perfect days and one for older children Toys, games, books and more to borrow. For preschool children upwards there are worksheets on Coombe Mill which support the school curriculum available from the web site
Price guide:
Short breaks out of season from £130 for 4 nights Full weeks from £195 out of season in a small riverside lodge to £2029 peak season in Millers House. Full price list on the web site www.coombemill.com
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Mill Rock, Polzeath Cornwall
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Mill Rock, The Cow Shed and The Honey Barn, Polzeath Cornwall
Big enough for:
4-10
Location:
Polzeath is a small village on the North Cornwall coast, famed for rugged beautiful coastline, excellent surfing, and numerous restaurants. Polzeath has a fantastic beach and is within walking distance of Rock, Pentire Point, St Minver and many other magnificent places to visit. The coastal paths offer amazing views of the Atlantic Ocean. The Camel trail runs through Wadebridge to Padstow in one direction and Bodmin in the other, hire a bike and cycle this charming route to traditional Padstow.
Accommodation:
Three houses of varying size, all similar in style, chic comfortable interiors decorated with a palette of cool calm colours, lots of white, and natural stone, wood with cutting edge touches make this a real luxury retreat. Mill Rock – The largest property sleeps up to 10 people in excellent accommodation, this fully staffed property really is a luxury retreat for a large family or group of friends. A chef and housekeeper is included in the price, who prepare and serve a full English or Continental breakfast in the morning, Homemade suppers are cooked for the children followed by a three course dinner for the older members of the party, ccompanied by a selection of wines. Mill Rock has a large kitchen /dining room, 5 bedrooms including a cabin room with bunks, snug, spacious living room. Large furnished garden and patio. The facilities with Mill Rock include a welcome larder, Honesty bar of beers, wines and spirits, hairdryers, flat screen Satellite TV and DVD player, iPod docking station, WiFi internet access. Garden furniture and barbecue, outdoor shower, toiletries, washing machine and dryer. Towels, beach towels, bathrobes and bed linen are provided. The Cowshed & The Honeybarn - Both accommodate 4 people, all of the above applies however no chef included but meals can be prepared on request. They are serviced and cleaned midweek.
Facilities:
10 % discount at nearby Cowshed Spa, or treatments can come to you in your house. Chef service ( included at Mill Rock or on request at other properties) Games room, food hamper, cookery classes,
For children:
Table football, family games, toys, DVD’s and books appropriate to the age of children, buckets, spades and crabbing nets for the beach. Travel cots, changing mats and high chairs (on request), melamine plates and children’s size cutlery. The shared games room on the property with table tennis, air hockey and table football is open for guests. There are also chickens and the children are welcome to join in the morning
Pool:
Outdoor heated swimming pool open from May to the end of September, shared between the three properties and the owner's family
Price guide:
The Honey Barn - £700-£1500 per week self catering The Cowshed - £900-£2000 per week – self catering Mill Rock - £2000-£6000 per week – Fully Catered rate
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Creek View, Lamorna, Cornwall
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Creek View, Lamorna, Cornwall
Big enough for:
up to 6
Location:
16 modern and chic studio, one & two bedroom apartments with sea views all set within beautiful period property, in a fantastically peaceful location in a wooded creek, moments from the beach – Lamorna Cove. Creek View is close to Penzance which is rich in culture, and has plenty to keep everyone occupied, water sports, art galleries, restaurants, theatre and of course magical St Michaels Mount. The world famous outdoor cliff top theatre -the Minnack theatre- is close by – a unique experience, not to be missed. The resort has an outdoor heated pool, secret playground for children and a restaurant on site, perfect for a family getaway.
Accommodation:
Apartments all vary according to where they are in the property, some with better views, some with private parking, some with private terrace and direct access to swimming pool. All are well equipped with fully fitted kitchens, light modern interiors, with stylish contemporary decor. All apartments are equipped with TV (cable), VCR, Dvd, Cd All apartments are equipped with plasma TV, DVD player, CD player, direct line telephones, broadband, washing machines (in most apartments), dish washer and microwaves. Apartments all have a designated parking space.
Facilities:
Children's Play Area (Children outdoor playing area), Gardens (3 acres of terrace gardens), Restaurant Lounge (with wood burning fire/restaurant), Sauna.( Note: restaurant and pool closed between November and February) Available on request: Bike hire, Diving Lessons, Food Hamper Picnic hampers (at least 24h notice), Golf (Golf session), Surfing Lessons , Yoga (Yoga sessions with Leif Olsen) Food Deliveries (Telephone shopping and fresh oven ready meals available on request), Helicopter Transfers, Massage (Massage treatments available), Spa (Entry to the Penzance Leisure Centre) Lots more activities available to organise – art courses, wind surfing/kite surfing, tennis, woodland walks etc. For children: secret playground, travel cots, high chairs and baby monitors are available (please note that the baby monitors only have reception in Apartments 1 to 7). Babysitting available. Children's supper is available between 6.00pm - 7.00pm.
Pool:
Swimming Pool (Outdoor heated swimming pool - 8.00am - 7.00pm)
Price guide:
For a 2 person apartment: From £600 per week or from £150 for 3 nights. For a 4 person apartment: From £828 per week or from £188 for 3 nights. For a 6 person apartment: From £1560 per week or from £370 for 3 nights.30% discount Nov-Feb.
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The Rosevine, Portscatho Cornwall
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The Rosevine, Portscatho Cornwall
Location:
The Rosevine is a cosy and intimate place to stay in Cornwall, with beautiful sea views overlooking Gerrans Bay nr Portscatho, and about 4 miles from St Mawes. This part Georgian house is set in 2 acres of wooded gardens for the kids to play in and is just a short stroll from a safe sandy beach. The Roseland is totally unspoiled, and there’s lots to explore nearby. We are just four miles from St Mawes, close to the coastal footpath and a stone’s throw from some of the best sailing waters.
Accommodation:
The house has been completely renovated, and is now relaxed and family friendly, with 12 suites/mini apartments which sleep from 2 adults and one child through to 2 adults and 3 children. Tim and Hazel Brocklebank wanted to create somewhere to stay which offers accommodation which is self contained, yet also has the additional facilities of a really good “hotel”. So, the ground floor of the house has a large drawing room with wood burning stove, a playroom with large screen tv, x box and toy cupboard full of toys and games for all ages, a Morning and Dining room, and an indoor pool. There is a small team of professional staff on hand who combine informality and great hosting, but you choose how much you look after yourself or be looked after. Painted with traditional colours, the rooms are filled with a mix of old and restored French pieces, which nestle up against more modern finds. Most suites have sea views and large French doors, which open out onto a private terrace or balcony. Children have cosy separate sleeping areas, with either twin beds or New England bunks from Aspace. All suites have a sitting/dining area with discreet mini kitchen facilities, which include kettle, toaster, fridge, dishwasher, and combi oven/microwave, for rustling up simple meals. However, if cooking is definitely not on the cards for you, then house chefs prepare delicious rustic style food, served in the sunny morning room and adjoining dining room on most days from mid morning through until supper, including a children’s high tea. You can combine self catering with the food service available, and choose to eat downstairs as little or as often as you like. There is also a “deli” service where you can order prepared dishes, and other items such as milk, bread, pots of home made jam, breakfast cereals, locally cured meats, snack boxes and wine from the house selection.
Facilities:
Downstairs is the Den which has a large screen tv, x-box, and a toy cupboard stocked with toys and games for all ages. The house also has wireless internet access, an indoor swimming pool with changing room and shower, and a handy guest laundry and boot room.
For children:
The den and pool as above. Outside is a large lawn to relax on and a lower field perfect for children to run around on, with play area, trampoline, and little wooden house. The children will never be without something to delight and entertain them. Babysitting can be arranged.
Price guide:
There are various seasons, and prices can be daily or weekly. Weekly prices range from £1155 to £2240 for a suite sleeping up to 2 ads and 2 children.
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The Granary, Buckland Court, Goveton, Nr. Kingsbridge
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The Granary, Buckland Court, Goveton, Nr. Kingsbridge www.coastandcountry.co.uk
Big enough for:
6 (3 bedrooms)
Location:
Buckland Court is a delightful development of 19th Century listed buildings arranged around two lawned quadrangles set in a sheltered valley in the pretty hamlet of Goveton, just 2 miles from the market town of Kingsbridge. The beautiful South Devon coastline with its spectacular cliffs, coves and beaches are just a short drive away, as are the golf courses of Thurlestone and Bigbury and the famous sailing waters of Salcombe and Dartmouth.
Accommodation:
From the inner courtyard a front doors leads into the hallway with stairs up to the living room and doors to kitchen and ground floor bedroom. Kitchen: On the ground floor is a light and airy well equipped kitchen. Lounge/Sitting Room: This large first floor room is divided into two distinct areas by the part glazed stair-well. Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms all en suite, 1 double, 1 x king & bedroom 3 has bunk beds.
Facilities:
4-ring gas hob, electric oven, dishwasher, fridge and stereo/CD player. Dining table and chairs. Door to UTILITY ROOM with table-top freezer, washer/dryer and microwave. Living area, gas burner, widescreen TV with DVD player.
For children:
Baby Friendly Facilities include: High chair, travel cot, stairgate, baby cutlery, toys, books, games, foot stool and child's toilet seat in the family bathroom.
Price guide:
£415 - £1,270
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White Lodge Farm Cottages
Stay:
White Lodge Farm Cottages www.whitelodgefarmcottages.co.uk rated 5* by ETC
Big enough for:
2 to 18 guests plus infants.
Location:
Set in the heart of the beautiful Norfolk countryside, within walking distance of the pretty village of Hingham, renowned for its Georgian architecture. Centrally located for the wealth of activities on offer in the area. The white Lodge website has a page full of ideas of things to do with children in the area
Accommodation:
White Lodge Farm offers a choice of three cottages. Each cottage has its own fenced, lawned garden overlooking meadows and the farmland beyond. The cottages are spacious, light and airy, furnished and equipped with the more discerning visitor in mind - furnishings are comfortable, practical and child-friendly (there are no precious antiques or light carpets!). Central heating, modern insulation, log burners and a wide range of other modern amenities all contribute to the feeling of homeliness in each cottage. Kitchens are well-equipped - each cottage has a dishwasher (the Barn has two), washing machine, tumble dryer, food processor, and double oven (the Barn has a range cooker) and there's plenty of crockery, cutlery and glassware. Dairy Cottage: Two double bedrooms and a twin/double bedroom, each en suite Stable Cottage: Two double bedrooms (one en suite) and a twin bedroom, with a further bathroom. The Barn: Four double bedrooms (two en suite), two twin bedrooms and three further bathrooms (five bathrooms in total). The Barn can be booked with Dairy Cottage or Stable Cottage for a short break (mid-week or weekend).
Facilities:
Each cottage has full central heating, a dishwasher (two in the Barn), washing machine, tumble dryer, microwave, TV, DVD, CD VCR and garden furniture. The cottages are non smoking. Catering available.
For children:
With younger visitors in mind there are, of course, cots, high chairs and stair gates, all available without charge. The bedrooms have black out curtains and there are night lights in each cottage. There are baby monitors and a steam steriliser available for the use of guests whilst staying at White Lodge Farm. Each cottage has its own fenced garden.
Price guide:
Weekend (Friday to Monday) and midweek (Monday to Friday) breaks from £300. Weeks (Monday or Friday arrival) from £350. Rates include use of bed linen and towels (although we do not provide linen for cots), electricity, gas (for cooking) and oil (for heating). For more information (and lots of pictures!) please see www.whitelodgefarmcottages.co.uk or call (01953 850435 or 07768 156680).
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Spain & Balearics
El Cel
Big enough for:
6
Location:
A really pretty stone-clad villa set in over an acre of land and surrounded by stone walled fields in a lovely rural setting. The bay and beaches of Port de Pollensa are no more than 10 minutes by car offering many activities including some excellent cycling in Majorca. Villa El Cel is reached down a private drive off a sleepy lane in an area dotted with beautiful country houses.
Accommodation:
The front entrance is reached over a covered terrace, which overlooks the pool and is a perfect spot for sitting, reading and dining al-fresco in perfect peace and privacy. Inside the compact accommodation offers every amenity. The most comfortably furnished air-conditioned lounge/dining room has feature stonewall, digital satellite TV (all the main English programmes), a DVD player and Sony Playstation 2. The wood burning stove is available for your use for early and late season occupancy. WiFi internet connection is also available. The open plan kitchen is well fitted and has a dishwasher and microwave and there is a washing machine in the utility room. On this level also are two air-conditioned twin bedrooms, both dressed in local fabrics and these share a wonderful full family bathroom. Stairs lead from the lounge to an enclosed mezzanine floor with sloping tiled roof and the third bedroom. This is a pretty air-conditioned double which has a shower room with WC en-suite.
Facilities:
BBQ, DVD player, WiFi, Satellite TV, Playstation 2. Pool is 8m long 2 cycles
Price guide:
£1045 ( low season) – £2695 ( high season) rental per week.
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Greece
Istron Villas Gulf of Mirabello
Stay:
Istron Villas Gulf of Mirabello
Big enough for:
up to 8
Location:
Next to the luxurious Istron Bay Hotel, these 4 luxury villas are on the hillside overlooking the bay, and within walking distance of the beach. Guests can make use of the hotel's facilities, and benefit from its services, but still have complete privacy. The fencing and shading around each villa ensures you will not be disturbed.
Accommodation:
Sleeps 2 - 8 The four stylishly decorated and airconditioned villas are slightly different, with 2 or 3 bedrooms. Each villa has spacious bedroom and at least 2 marble bath/shower rooms, well-equipped kitchens, living/dining areas, and open out through French windows onto a large sea-facing terrace. There is a cleaning service 6 days a week plus an internet connection should you require it!
Facilities:
satellite tv, video, cd player, internet connection oven, terrace, barbecue, children's play area - watersports, diving course, tennis, butler service are also available via the hotel. Complimentary beach towels
Child Care:
Children's Club at the nearby hotel for 4-7 yr olds, babysitting can be arranged too
Pool:
private 0.7m - 1.6m
Price guide:
from €980 - €4060 per week depending on size of villa and season.
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France
Domaine de la Dolce, Montcabrier
Stay:
Domaine de la Dolce, Montcabrier (www.domainedeladolce.com)
Location:
Domaine de la Dolce offers three tastefully furnished, well-equipped and super family-friendly cottages with games & toys room, playground and salt-filtered, fenced pool. The cottages are set in an idyllic, quiet and secluded location near the Lot Valley and its vineyards, and are also close to the many sights and attractions of the Lot and Dordogne regions. The charming medieval village of Montcabrier with its traditional wood-oven bakery and 14th century church is less than 3 km away by car and for walking enthusiasts it is a lovely 30-minute walk from the property via an old donkey trail. Within 15 minutes drive are Puy l'Eveque, Villefranche du Perigord, Cahors wine country, the magnificent Chateau de Bonaguil, tennis, canoeing, horseback riding, fishing, and endless country walks. There are several 18-hole golf courses in the area and other nearby activities and attractions include cycling, treetop zip lining, water skiing, ballooning, rock climbing, an aquarium, animal parks, water parks (Walibi near Agen), and of course the many prehistoric caves and medieval chateaux that the Perigord region is so famous for.
Accommodation:
The cottages are set in seven acres of rolling fields and woodland. Children can roam freely and safely, while their parents relax by the pool, under a tree or on their terrace. Each cottage is single-level (safe for children) with beautiful tile floors, high-quality furnishings, UK satellite TV and DVD/CD players. All have large beds with comfortable sprung mattresses, suitable for people with back problems, big wardrobes and dressers and heating for out-of-season stays. The spacious, independent terraces are hedged at the sides but open onto the meadow, and look out over fields and woodland. The website www.domainedeladolce.com has floor plans, detailed descriptions and more photos. La Luciole is ideal for couples with one or two children. It is a two-bedroom cottage with a sitting/dining room with open kitchen. It has two sets of French doors leading to a south-facing private terrace with gorgeous views, wooden patio furniture, an umbrella, two sun beds and a barbecue. The spacious master bedroom has lovely Toile de Jouy curtains with black-out lining for late sleepers, a Super King-size bed, an antique walnut wardrobe and a chest of drawers for ample storage space. The children's bedroom contains sturdy bunk beds, a wardrobe and chest of drawers, and can easily accommodate a cot. The comfortable bathroom has both a bath and a separate shower, and has the added luxury of a towel heater. The kitchen is well-equipped with all the crockery, cutlery and kitchen equipment anyone could need and has a dining table, fridge/freezer, microwave, hob and separate oven. In the same room is a pleasant sitting area with two comfortable armchairs, UK satellite TV and a DVD/CD player. La Girolle is a very comfortable and well-equipped three-bedroom, three-bathroom cottage accommodating six people. Outside high season it can be rented as a two-bedroom cottage. The spacious master bedroom contains a large bed (Super King) with a high quality sprung mattress. It has a vaulted ceiling, en-suite bathroom with separate bath and shower, and French doors leading onto the terrace. The children's bedroom contains sturdy bunk beds, a wardrobe and a chest of drawers, and can accommodate a cot. Its bathroom also has a separate bath and shower. The third bedroom and bathroom suite is adjoined to the main part of the cottage but has its own separate entrance, without interior access, offering privacy and making the "suite" ideal for grandparents or older children. It is the same size as the master bedroom and bathroom and has French doors onto its own terrace area with sun beds and a table and chairs. The kitchen/dining room of La Girolle is equipped to a high standard and has a dishwasher and large fridge/freezer. The comfortable living room is beautifully furnished and has satellite TV and a DVD/CD player. La Girolle has a large south-facing private terrace with wooden patio furniture, sun beds, an umbrella and a barbecue. La Sauterelle is a delightful, well-equipped cottage for up to eight people with a maximum of four adults. It is ideal for larger families or two families holidaying together with four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living room, a kitchen/dining room, and a large south-facing terrace. In low season La Sauterelle can be rented as a cottage for four people. Each of the two master bedrooms contains a Super-King size bed (can be made as separate beds) with good-quality sprung mattresses, and an antique wardrobe and chest of drawers for ample storage. Each has French doors leading onto the terrace. The third bedroom is a nursery with babycot and junior bed and the fourth bedroom has sturdy bunk beds, a wardrobe, chest of drawers and can accommodate a cot. The layout is such that each master bedroom shares a bathroom with one of the children’s rooms, making it ideal for two couples with up to two children each. The kitchen/dining room is furnished with a big dining table and has all the equipment you might need, including a dishwasher. A separate sitting room provides ample seating space and is equipped with UK satellite TV and a DVD/CD player. The kitchen and the living/dining room each has its own set of French doors onto the large private south-facing terrace, equipped with sun beds, a large dining table and a Weber barbecue, with views of trees and gently sloping fields.
Facilities:
Bed linen, baby bedding, bath, kitchen and pool towels included UK satellite TV and DVD/CD players Free use of laundry room with two washing machines and dryer Large games room with toddler play area, stocked with indoor and outdoor games, board games, lots and lots of toys and books Table football, outdoor table tennis, football goal and badminton Salt-filtered swimming pool with pool toys Playground with sandpit, climbing tower with slide, playhouse, climbing poles and swings, including baby swing and a bench for tired parents Barbecues, teak patio furniture and sun loungers on each terrace. Pre-arrival shopping service English speaking babysitters In-cottage massage, reflexology and beauty treatments available When you arrive the beds are made, the baby equipment is set up and a bottle of Cahors wine awaits you, so that you can start your holiday without delay! Each cottage has an extensive guide providing information on the facilities, the many fantastic restaurants in the area (including directions and child-friendliness), doctors, hospitals and pharmacies, nearby farmers’ markets and evening markets, food and other shops, country walks from the property with maps, Cahors wines and local vineyards, guided walks to the village by a local historian, in-cottage massage or reflexology sessions, canoe and bike rental, horse riding, fishing at the nearby stocked lake, golf courses and the Parc-en-Ciel treetop zip lining adventure park for all ages. The owners constantly add to and update this guide, providing you with priceless “insider” information.
For children:
Domaine de la Dolce is a true paradise for children of all ages – and their parents! All imaginable baby and toddler equipment is included in the price, making it very easy to travel with little ones. The Children page on the website www.domainedeladolce.com has the full list of baby and toddler equipment available, ranging from changing mats and nightlights to baby backpack and bottle sterilizer. See “Facilities” for information on the games room, the swimming pool and the playground. Babysitting is available by prior arrangement. The owners are happy to do a shop for you before you arrive, so no need to bring huge amounts of nappies, formula and wipes.
Price guide:
In high season bookings run from Saturday to Saturday with a minimum of two weeks.. Prices range from GBP 635 in low season for La Luciole to GBP 1,450 in high season for La Sauterelle. The owners’ website has all the information on prices, availability and booking details.
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UK and Ireland
Willowfield Lake Cottages, North Devon
Stay:
Willowfield Lake Cottages, North Devon. web: www.willowfieldlakecottages.co.uk e-mail: info@willowfieldlakecottages.co.uk
Location:
Just a couple of miles from Braunton, North Devon. The cottages are set amongst mature trees and shrubs and are surrounded by 12 acres of pastureland, where mown paths meander through wildflower meadows to encircle a tranquil and picturesque 1 acre lake which is stocked to challenge the most ambitious coarse fisherman.A perfect location for exploring North Devon: Barnstable, Ilfracombe, Exmoor Zoo, The Big Sheep, The Milky Way and Lynton (to name just a few) are all within easy reach. Nearest to Willowfield Lake Cottages is the 3 golden miles of Saunton Sands beach. Flat sand, backed by massive sand dunes, this beach is excellent for surfing and other water sports. It is wheelchair accessible, has a shop, toilets and car park. A two minute drive from Saunton Sands beach takes you to the world famous Croyde beach with its sandy beach and abundance of rock pools
Accommodation:
All cottages have been recently refurbished and have come equipped with everything you would need, a real home from home.They have a 4 star Visit Britain rating and a Bronze Green Tourism award. The complex has 12 cottages that can sleep 2, 3, 4 or 5 guests and are decked out with modern fitted kitchens with washer/driers, dishwashers, luxurious bathrooms (some whirlpool) with soft fluffy towels and under floor heating, digital TV with Freeview and DVD players. Treat yourself to a little extra luxury on your holiday and book a cottage that has its own private hot tub and gardens with patio area and/or decking. Enjoy a balmy summer evening around a barbeque or a picnic in the grounds.
Facilities:
Within the well maintained grounds there is a lovely indoor swimming pool which is open long hours 9.00am - 9.00pm every day apart from Saturdays (11.00am ) so that you can enjoy a relaxing dip at the end of the day. With children's shallow area, and baby changing the whole family can enjoy the pools facilities and parents might appreciate the Hot Tub. There is a games room with table tennis, pool table (coin operated), table football for the older ones and for toddlers there is a dedicated enclosed play area with wendy house, dolls, ride on toys, books ,crayons etc. Children will find adventure in the fort and play area with climbing frame and swings, now extended and with an impact absorbing green wood chip base for added safety. There is also the fun outdoor Giant Chess and the 12 acres of grounds offer ample space for football, cricket, ball games and kite flying.
For children:
Cots, high chairs, bed-guards, Z-beds, booster seats and stair-gates are available free of charge on request.
Price guide:
From £300 to £1,095
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Bali
Karma Jimbaran Bali
Location:
Karma Jimbaran combines the ambiance of a luxury boutique hotel with the space and flexibility of a villa – ideal for families. The resort’s luxury villas dot the hillside that leads down to the blue waters of Jimbaran Bay. The world class architecture brings together contemporary style, functionality, luxury and traditional Bali-influenced decor and design
Accommodation:
39 one, two, three and four-bedroom pool villas, and one Grand Residence. Each villa has a Balinese style garden with private pool. The spacious lounge pavilions features dining tables, designer kitchens, DVD/CD surround sound systems, televisions with satellite connections, wireless and broadband internet access.
Facilities:
Restaurant serving mediterranean cuisine, bar, chauffeur. In-villa chef, butler service on request, 24 hour in-villa dining, CD’s and DVD’s. Chakra spa. Also available: Elephant riding, white water rafting, surfing, deep sea fishing, horse riding, trekking and swimming with dolphins.
For children:
nannies and babysitting
Price guide:
From £2,259 (depending on season) for 7 nights, per adult in a one bedroom pool villa inc. breakfast & flights.
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Mauritius
Heritage The Villas
Stay:
Heritage Villas
Location:
Located in the unspoilt south of Mauritius in a nature reserve, these villas offer families the unusual combination of self catering villas with access to a five star resort.
Accommodation:
Accommodation ranges from spacious 2,3, & 4 bedroom villas, with excellent quality finishes. Bedrooms are air conditioned, and the villas are fully furnished and equipped with free internet access and satalite TV, daily cleaning and 24hr concierge service. All villas have swimming pools as well as a gazebo offering views of the ocean and 18 hole golf course.
Facilities:
Private chefs can be arranged, along with a butler. Restaurants at the two neighbouring hotels are within easy reach as well as a number of local restaurants in the immediate vicinity. The two neighbouring hotels also have spas The resort overlooks the 18 championship golf course – other activities on offer include yoga classes, table tennis, badminton, horse riding and tennis. .
Child Care:
The Timomo & Friends Kids Club at Heritage Le Telfair Golf& Spa Resort is open from 8.30am to 11.30pm daily and welcomes children from the ages of 2 to 11. The daily activities are tailored for each age group and include environmental excursions, computer stations with the latest video games, a kids' pool as well as an arts & crafts programme. The Kids Club at Heritage Awali Golf & Spa Resort offers a very similar service and offers creative workshops, where kids learn to create Mauritian musical instruments, crab hunting at sunset and other typical Mauritian games. Children are welcome there from aged 3 (if potty trained) to 11.
For children:
Babysitting is also available on request in villa or on resort at extra cost and a kids playground is available at the C Beach Club under parents supervision. Teens are also well catered for with lots of fully supervised activities.
Price guide:
Family four staying in a 2 bedroom villa from around £8500 including flights.
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Anahita, East Coast
Stay:
Anahita
Location:
Located on the popular, sheltered East coast of Mauritius, between a backdrop of mountains and views across a protected lagoon to Ile aux Cerfs. The Residences offer wonderful views of the ocean or the 18-hole championship golf course designed by Ernie Els. The resort offers the sought-after combination of the freedom and flexibility of self catering, with the accommodation and services of a top luxury resort.
Accommodation:
13 two or three storey luxury buildings, each containing up to 5 two bedroom or three bedroom residences. All have an elegant contemporary interior and include wonderful open-plan living with generous Mauritian style verandas and plunge pools. All bedrooms are en suite, the villas have a fully equipped kitchen, living/dining room, flat screen TV’s, DVD and internet access and some two bedroom residences also include a den for children. Each residence comes with a Villa Master to serve breakfast and look after your every need.
Facilities:
Waterfront restaurant with two star Michelin chef, cafe, bar with live music, deli, open-air market, swimming pool, shops. Ernie Els 18-hole golf course, golf club house with bar and grill, sports club including tennis, full gym, sauna and steam rooms. Boat house including complimentary sailing, snorkelling, windsurfing and kayaks. Water-skiing, deep-sea diving and scuba diving available at an extra charge.
Child Care:
The Kids' Club at Anahita Resort is located in the sports club. The club accepts children aged from 8 months to 13 years. A charge is payable for those aged 8 months to 3 years. The Club is open daily all year round from 10am to 8pm. Lunch and dinner are available at the kids club at extra charges. The club has its own children’s pool and the centre is run by fully trained professionals.
For children:
Children’s library and children’s videos, DVDs, board games and video games are available on request. Baby bath, potty, changing mat, bottle sterilizing kits, bottle heating facilities and night lights are all available and can be requested at the time of booking. Children receive a gift pack on arrival.
Price guide:
Per person for 7 nights, adults from £2489 to £2889.
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Corsica
La Casa Bianca Apartments
Big enough for:

4

Location:

In a sought after but hard to find location just 20 metres across from the beach, La Casa Bianca is a collection of modern, attractive apartments just above some of the shops and cafès facing the sea in the lovely hamlet of Pinarello. The appts are just 30 mins drive from Porto Vecchio - but the area all around is also well worth exploring - a string of beaches further north along the coast are within easy reach and day trips into the mountains for walks or swims in the rock pools are only a drive away.

Accommodation:

Cool, comfortable and contemporary in style, the appts offer:open plan kitchen –living-dining room with TV, DVD, and CD player. Kitchen area has hob, oven, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine. One bedroom apartment has one double bedroom, two bedroom apartment has one double and one twin. Two bed appts come with either one or two bathrooms

Facilities:

Air Conditioning, safe, reserved parking space

Price guide:

£495-£956 per person for a week including flights and car hire. Discount sof up to 25% for children outside high season.

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Maison Fornello
Big enough for:

6

Location:

Splendid, spacious villa in this exclusive area of residences at Marina Di Davia on the beautiful Balagne coast, with a fantastic location 2 mins from the beach - superb seaviews. 3 bedrooms and gated pool. The location is ideal for stress free family holidays - the villa has access to a beach just 2-5 mins walk away, and there are a whole string of beaches close by and lovely Ile Rousse with its restaurants and cafes etc is just 5 mins drive. What's more, the little coastal train goes all the way to fascinating Calvi.

Accommodation:

Open plan living/dining/kitchen area bright and modern, will well equipped kitchen, hob, oven, dishwasher, microwave. CD/TV/DVD in the living room also a safe and a telephone. Double bedroom and 2 twin bedrooms. Lovely terrace with sea views, BBQ. The villas are air conditioned.

Facilities:

Restaurant within 5 mins drive. Air con, BBQ

Pool:

private swimming pool accessed by gate from the terrace. 6m x 4m

Sleeps:
6
Price guide:

From £545 per person based on 6 sharing for a week in May to around £1000 per person, including flights and car hire. Discounts of up to 25% for children low season.

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Maison Fornello
Big enough for:

6

Location:

Splendid, spacious villa in this exclusive area of residences at Marina Di Davia on the beautiful Balagne coast, with a fantastic location 2 mins from the beach - superb seaviews. 3 bedrooms and gated pool. The location is ideal for stress free family holidays - the villa has access to a beach just 2-5 mins walk away, and there are a whole string of beaches close by and lovely Ile Rousse with its restaurants and cafes etc is just 5 mins drive. What's more, the little coastal train goes all the way to fascinating Calvi.

Accommodation:

Open plan living/dining/kitchen area bright and modern, will well equipped kitchen, hob, oven, dishwasher, microwave. CD/TV/DVD in the living room also a safe and a telephone. Double bedroom and 2 twin bedrooms. Lovely terrace with sea views, BBQ. The villas are air conditioned.

Facilities:

Restaurant within 5 mins drive. Air con, BBQ

Pool:

private swimming pool accessed by gate from the terrace. 6m x 4m

Sleeps:
6
Price guide:

From £545 per person based on 6 sharing for a week in May to around £1000 per person, including flights and car hire. Discounts of up to 25% for children low season.

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Greece
Mousses Villas
Stay:

Mousses Villas

Big enough for:

2 – 6 people

Location:

Mousses Villas is set in lush gardens on the outskirts of Lefkada Town. The 12 villas consist of eight 2-bedroom semi-detached villas, two 2-bedroom detached villas and two 3-bedroom detached villas with large private swimming pools. The complex is also the setting for Simpson's long-awaited second crèche and children's club, and the set-up here will be similar to the successful formula at Periyali Villas with British nannies on-site and both daytime and evening sessions at the crèche and children's club. Mousses further comes with a large shared swimming pool and shallow pool for toddlers, and on-site is also a restaurant and bar that provides an indulgent poolside bar service. The nearest beach is only a 5 minute drive away while bustling Lefkada Town is only 10 minutes away.

Accommodation:

All villas have full self-catering facilities and come with TVs with DVD and CD players to keep the youngest entertained. Some of the villas also have wifi access.

Facilities:

Swimming pool 15m x 8m (depth 2.5m), children's pool 3m x 3m, poolside bar and restaurant serving lunches and evening meals, wifi in communal areas and a small on – site massage room (by appointment only and payable locally)

Child Care:

Our Hatchlings Crèche accepts infants from 6 months to 3 years and the Turtles Children’s Club accepts children from 4-10 years and operates five days per week

Price guide:

Prices start from £630 per person for a week in June, £678 per person in July, £821 per person in August and £709 per person in September. All prices are based on 4 people sharing and include 7 nights' accommodation and flights from London Gatwick and car hire. Flight supplements may apply. Child discounts are available on all departures outside of the peak holiday season.

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UK and Ireland
Court Farm Holidays, Marhamchurch, Nr Bude, North Cornwall
Stay:

Court Farm Holidays, Marhamchurch, Nr Bude, North Cornwall. www.courtfarm-holidays.co.uk

Awarded Mumsnet Best Destination for UK & Ireland Award 2010 & 2011

Location:

Spread over 3 locations; Court Farm Marhamchurch, just 2 miles inland from Bude, North Cornwall; Widemouth Bay, 4 miles along the coast to the South of Bude plus Northcott, 2 miles to the North of Bude

Accommodation:

At Court Farm, Marhamchurch there are 14 properties consisting of six 2-3 bed self catering barns set around a sociable courtyard, Four 2 bed Cornish cottages with own gardens, Three 3 bed luxury houses with own hot-tubs in enclosed back gardens some of which accept pets & one 6 bed farmhouse, all located together in with shared use of a full range of facilities for all the family; including a heated indoor/outdoor swimming pool, tennis court, children’s play area, games room with pool table, small fitness room, animal feeding & additional services including holistic & beauty treatments, yoga sessions, swimming lessons & meal delivery/catering service.

At Widemouth Bay there is Dolphins Beach Retreat, a 3 bedroomed holiday home (accommodating up to 6+cots+dogs) with own sunny & enclosed back garden & Just 2 minutes walk to Widemouth Bay Beach!

At Northcott Farm, their working farm just 2 miles up the coast from Bude, there are 3 Rural Retreats; from a luxury Cabin providing utmost comfort and fully equipped open plan living for a couple (+dog) with own garden; ”Little Northcott” a 4 bedroom house, right next door (so can also be hired together), with large gardens & outdoor hot-tub for up to 8+cots+dogs) and finally there is “Lower Northcott Farmhouse”, a 9 bedroom Georgian farmhouse with sprawling enclosed gardens children’s play area, accommodating up to 17+cots with dogs also welcome - Guests staying at Nortthcott Farm can walk to the local beach at Northcott Mouth (next beach along from Bude) in under 20 minutes along their private farm lane.

All Guest staying at the Retreats are still welcome to use the facilities at Marhamchurch, with the use of the pool restricted to quiet times (eg midday/early afternoon so to avoid overcrowding.

All properties are beautifully decorated, furnished & equipped to a very high standard, whilst providing a home from home experience. Most have adjustable child locks on all kitchen cupboards and all have plastic cutlery & crockery, built in stairgates at the top of staircases (with additional mobile stairgates available), with cots, bed-guards, highchairs, booster seats all available upon request Also available is the hire of 3 wheeler single pushchairs, double phil & teds sports buggies, baby backpacks and bikes - leaving you extra space in your car.

For added peace of mind they can also provide baby monitors and also offer a trustworthy and experienced local baby sitting service to allow you time out to pop across the road to the Bullers Arms at Marhamchurch, or enjoy a meal in one of Bude's many restaurants, only 10 mins drive away

ANIMAL FEEDING Pop on your wellies and stroll down to their field in the mornings to help feed the animals and collect freshly laid eggs from the chickens.

TREATMENTS Treat yourself to a treatment from the comprehensive therapeutic menu and feel the stress and tension melt away. Holistic treatments, including massage and Reiki are offered onsite in their courtyard treatment room at Court Farm Marhamchurch by Vicky Barnes their Fully Qualified Therapist. Tailor made pamper parties can also be arranged in the comfort of your own holiday home.

YOGA & SWIMMING LESSONS One to one or group yoga sessions available by prior arrangement, also swimming lessons for all ages & stages CATERING The extremely popular catering service gives guests a real break from the kitchen, offering a delicious menu of freshly prepared meals and home made cakes, delivered direct to your cottage, with the added option of waitress service.

CORNISH SOURCED FOOD DELIVERIES Court Farm holidays are working with local produce delivery company Riverford, who provide food boxes of organic seasonal vegetables and meat from their own farm. You can make up your own box of veg, dairy, soup and more, even artisian breads made fresh that morning.

CORNISH SOURCED FOOD DELIVERIES Court Farm holidays are working with local produce delivery company Riverford, who provide food boxes of organic seasonal vegetables and meat from their own farm. You can make up your own box of veg, dairy, soup and more, even artisian breads made fresh that morning. There is also “Food4myHoliday”. Pre-order quality fresh Cornish produce before you arrive in Cornwall and they will make sure its waiting for you in your cottage.

ON-LINE GROCERIES If you prefer ordering from a supermarket, then either Tesco, Asda or Waitrose provide home delivery to our area - the postcode you will need for Court Farm is EX23 0EN.

 

Facilities:

Court Farm Facilities & Services in brief Heated indoor/outdoor swimming pool, with changing rooms, and sun terrace - Open all year round Swimming lessons available All weather surface tennis court

Enclosed & safe play garden complete with climbing frames and swings, Indoor play shed & 14 foot Trampoline with safety net enclosure Games room with pool table Small fitness room with cross trainers, rowing machine, exercise bike & abs machine

Animal feeding/petting: Alpacas & Kune Kune pigs On-site heavenly Spa Treatments (with pamper party option) One to one or group Yoga sessions in comfort of own cottage Catering Service (with waitress option) Luxury gas barbeques Mountain bike hire, with option of baby carriers, helmets & locks

Access to tumble dryers & clothes lines Baby monitors, backpacks and three-wheeler pushchairs available for hire

Baby-sitting available by arrangement

A small selection of children & family DVDs to borrow Toy boxes (containing books, DVDs, building blocks and various toys) available upon request 3 Wheeler buggies, backpacks, bikes & baby monitors available to hire Wetsuit hire

Off road car parking Opposite "The Bullers Arms" village pub - serving food daily and also offering a "take-out" service Beaches – 7 blue flag beaches within 2-4 miles drive Local walks – Gentle walks around the village, leading to off-road walk from village, onto canal path into Bude or across fields to the coast ETC 4 star,4 star gold and 5 star graded accommodation

For children:

As parents ourselves we now understand the joys and stresses of babies and toddlers which has brought our focus on needs of both the toddler and parent. The grassed enclosed play area offers swings, slides, trampoline, wendy house and indoor play shed with toys inside and plenty of trikes & push/sit alongs outside to entertain the little ones for hours, enabling you to relax. We also have 3 acres of meadow just below the play area currently home to our chickens , Alpacas, "Nuzzle & Scratchf" and our Kune Kune piglets, "Georgie & Peppa" . Feeding times & egg collecting take place each morning or just view them from the gate or wander amongst them yourselves The play houses are full of toys. Rest assured whatever age your children are, there is endless fun to be had at Court Farm. Our grounds provide a safe environment to fun around enjoying all our facilities, even though we are situated in the heart of the peaceful village.

Price guide:

Prices Range from £300 for a 3 bed barn up to £4,200 per week for our largest 9 bed farmhouse. Short Breaks available between September & March (excluding school holidays) Dogs accepted in selected properties

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Glynn Barton Cottages, Cardinham, Cornwall
Stay:

Glynn Barton Cottages, Cardinham, North Cornwall

www.glynnbarton.co.uk

Location:

Glynn Barton Cottages are eight stunning 18th Century Cottages set in 13 acres located in the heart of North Cornwall and nestled down a long private drive with breathtaking views across the Glynn Valley – an area of outstanding natural beauty.

Since moving to Glynn Barton Steve & Shirley have continued to transform the cluster of cottages into a haven of safety and tranquility.

Children are free to run around and parents are free to relax safe in the knowledge that the nearest public road is almost a mile away and in between is nothing but lovingly tended gardens (Andy is a landscape gardener), acres of woodland, wonderful facilities and a host of friendly farm animals. Like the Pied Piper himself Shirley & Steve leads his mini-guests on the morning rounds hand feeding the animals and collecting the eggs – the highlight of many a junior guest’s stay!

Baby Swimming Courses with the Swim Academy for Babies From November 6th for 4 weeks we will be running baby swimming courses for guests with children under 24 months. The ½ hour daily classes will be run from Saturday - Wednesday every morning and are included in the weekly rental. It is a family affair so all children and parents can be in the pool along with their baby sibling.

Accommodation:

At Glynn Barton Steve & Shirley have created an environment where self catering really can be a holiday. As well as providing a host of facilities to keep you busy here’s what they can do for you.

The Shop. No need to cook - just nip into the shop (open 24/7) and pick up a delicious bang in the oven meal for you and the kids, organic baby food and lots of other local goodies.

The Pamper. Desperate for some time alone to relax - soothing massages can be booked in the privacy of your cottage. The Night Out. Need some quality time together without the kids - babysitting by registered a child minder can be arranged as well as somewhere wonderful to have supper.

The Lie In. How do you give your other half a lie in when the kids are in the room next door? Easy - head off to one of the many play areas and get together with all the other early risers leaving the cottage peaceful and quiet.

The Day Out. Don't have a day out have a day in. If you can't face packing up the car and going out for the day - you don't have to. With so much on offer there is plenty to keep everyone happy and busy.

Free Wifi. Every cottage has its own wireless point for the needs of every day modern life.

The Maid Service Finally take the pressure off the house work with a mid week maid service.

All the cottages are unique and of a high standard excellently restored from the original stone and slate with beautiful exposed beams. Whatever time of year they are always warm and welcoming with central heating and cast iron stoves. The cottages all boast light, spacious, contemporary country-style interiors with stylish comfy sofas, smooth wooden and slate floors, tongue and groove bathrooms and shaker style kitchens full of everything you would expect to find in your own home. They are all very well equipped with cots, highchairs, built in stair gates, bed guards, monitors, food blenders and child friendly crockery and cutlery.

Facilities:

Steve & Shirley know how important the facilities available on holiday are to keep everyone happy from babies to grandparents. While you are here you can have fun in the swimming pool with its beautiful beach mural which is kept at an average of 88°; have a game of tennis located high above the cottages with stunning views down the valley or just relax, put your feet up and read a magazine while the children play in the Playroom or Soft Play Barn - a favourite hang out for the parents and little ones and the perfect escape to give mum or dad a lie in.

Indoor Heated Swimming Pool with terrace and garden all safely enclosed

Indoor Soft Play Barn Play Room full of Toys, Wendy House, Games, Books, Videos, Pool and Table Football Table Tennis Toddler Ride on

Area All weather Tipi (overnight sleeping) Maze Nature Workshop Trampoline

All Weather Tennis Court (Rackets and Balls provided)

Children's Play Area with Mini Climbing Frame and Slides for the Tots

Animals to Feed Eggs to Collect Forest Walks – surrounded by miles of forest tracks - perfect buggy terrain Beaches – Both North and South Coast usually within ½ hour drive Shop filled with scrummy meals and lots of local goodies

Child Care:

Babysitting

For children:

Whatever age your children are there is a huge amount to do at Glynn Barton. The grounds are private and secluded almost a mile from a public road and are a wonderful and safe place for children to run around and enjoy all the facilities. For many children the highlight of their holiday is the daily animal feeding spending about 30 minutes every morning hand feeding Jock and Rory the highland cows, Preston and Huxley the kune kune pigs, Muffin the donkeys and the sheep and collecting the freshly laid eggs from the chickens.

All the children's facilities are no more than two minutes walk from your cottage, but far enough away from the cottage gardens to preserve your peace & tranquility. Indoor Soft Play Barn Play Room full of Toys, Wendy House, Games, Books, Videos, Pool and Table Football Table Tennis Toddler Ride on Area All Weather Tennis Court (Rackets and Balls provided) Children's Play Area with Mini Climbing Frame and Slides for the Tots Animals to Feed Eggs to Collect

Pool:

Indoor Heated Swimming Pool with terrace and garden all safely enclosed

Price guide:

Prices Range from £572 - £2310. Short Breaks available at certain times of the year. Sorry No Dogs.

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France
La Grange du Moulin
Stay:

La Grange du Moulin

www.grangedumoulin.com

Location:

Chris and Wendy have found the perfect spot for their Family friendly gites. They are set on the edge of the rural hamlet of Courgeon, near St Jean d’Angely in the Charente Maritime, the heart of Cognac country. Within easy reach of the Atlantic beaches from La Rochelle to Royan yet also centrally located for all places of interest in this beautiful region of SW France.

Accommodation:

Spacious and comfortable: whichever cottage you choose, the proper bedrooms will have comfortable beds (no bed settees or bunks on landings !) a full bathroom with bath, shower facility, toilet and sink with excellent water pressure and loads of hot water. They all have enough lounge and dining seating to accommodate everyone. Well equipped with everything you'll need for a self catering family holiday.

All the cottages have 4 ring gas hob, oven, grill, refrigerator, microwave and all the crockery and cutlery needed; some cottages have dishwasher, dvd, fridge/freezer and drinks fridge too.

Choice of cottages to suit your budget and your tastes Family Friendly accommodation. We have furnished our cottages comfortably but have avoided expensive knick knacks and antiques so that you can relax and let your children play happily Relaxing environment, surrounded by open countryside with vines and sunflowers in all directions, the cottages offer a truly French gite experience. They have original oak beams, thick exposed stone walls and cool tiled floors yet offer all the conveniences of home. Lie under the apple tree reading a book picked from our library, sit on your terrace watching the children make new friends whilst you sip a chilled glass of the local Pineau or take a stroll around the quiet country lanes, through the woods and hamlets and practice your French with the locals. Experience the real France.

Facilities:

Safe, peaceful and child friendly rural environment. Large enclosed garden with swings and slide, sandpit, enclosed and heated swimming pool, heated toddler pool, pirate ship, trampoline, table tennis. Laundry room with washing machines and dryer – free to use.

Off road private parking, individual and communal barbecues.

Wine Tastings: a haven for Francophiles, Chris and Wendy not only offer professional wine tastings (Chris was in the Wine business in his previous life) but also family vine walks, guided visits to a local winery, moules and oyster evenings and barbecue evenings, because if it’s a family holiday them Mum and Dad want to enjoy themselves too !

Child Care:

Babysitting and mini crèche so you can enjoy a night or a lunch out at one of the superb restaurants in the area.The 'Mini Creche service' with Wendy, a registered child minder, can welcome children one afternoon each week so you can enjoy a lunch out or some time alone.

For children:

Chris and Wendy have 2 young children of their own, they have also been letting out cottages to families with toddlers and children of all ages at La Grange du Moulin since 1996 so have experience of what children of all ages enjoy and what makes their parents holidays enjoyable too.

They welcome families with children of all ages.That means there will be other like minded families with children, all wanting an enjoyable relaxing stay where there are other children for theirs to play with. If your children are entertained then it usually means you'll be able to relax that bit more. Large garden has a sandpit, swings and slide. These are set on an impact absorbing wood chip surface (just in case).

There is plenty of space to play boules or ball. There are numerous large trees around the garden creating plenty of shade and also lots of super hiding places. There are lots of childrens garden toys and trikes and a very popular tractor.

Beaches are an easy drive away from La Rochelle to Royan there are so many places to discover and explore.

Heated Splash pool perfect for toddlers. There is also a small paddling pool for the really tiny ones. Pirate ship for climbing and role play; large trampoline with safety net for hours of bouncing fun and a fairy garden Cots, highchairs, stair barriers, potty, child toilet seat, booster seat, toddler step, baby monitor, steam steriliser, hand blender, change mats, non slip bathmats, indoor and outdoor toys, plastic plates, cutlery, cups, baby bath, baby seat. Table Tennis and Games room which has a selection of board games and books for the older ones.

Teddy Bears Picnics in May, June and September. If you have children under 5, take advantage of the cheaper accommodation, great deals and unique activities we offer.

Pool:

Heated swimming pool is completely enclosed by a 1m80 high fence and wall and is accessed by one gate which is self closing and has a child proof latch. It is alarmed for extra security and maintained daily.There are plenty of sun beds and both sunny and shady areas at different times of day.

Price guide:

From £350 per week. High season from £750 per week.

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Spain & Balearics
Finca Ciguena, Andalucia
Big enough for:

6

Location:

Just a short drive from the golden sands of the unspoilt Costa de la Luz, with the charming fishing village of Conil de la Frontera touching the waterfront in one direction and two 18 hole golf courses flanking the shore in the other. This lovely villa has a fenced pool and so is ideal for families with small children or crawling babies.

Accommodation:

A typical combination of white walls and tiled floors creates a light and airy feel throughout the house, whilst thoughtful touches such as decorative wrought iron lamps and attractive fabrics add an air of comfort. There is: Living/dining room ( fireplace, TV, DVD, CD). Kitchen/ breakfast room (microwave, dishwasher, washing machine). Double bedroom with en suite shower room (large walk-in shower). Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Bathroom.

Facilities:

Lawns, covered and open terraces., in-built barbecue, private parking, DVD TV CD 2 bathrooms

For children:

Cot and highchair are available on request. Fenced pool

Pool:

private fenced swimming pool (10m x 4m) with Roman steps.

Price guide:

From £595 - £1495 (depending on season) per week. Flights extra. Jerez, Seville and Gibraltar airports within easy reach.

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Finca Ciguena, Andalucia
Big enough for:

6

Location:

Just a short drive from the golden sands of the unspoilt Costa de la Luz, with the charming fishing village of Conil de la Frontera touching the waterfront in one direction and two 18 hole golf courses flanking the shore in the other. This lovely villa has a fenced pool and so is ideal for families with small children or crawling babies.

Accommodation:

A typical combination of white walls and tiled floors creates a light and airy feel throughout the house, whilst thoughtful touches such as decorative wrought iron lamps and attractive fabrics add an air of comfort. There is: Living/dining room ( fireplace, TV, DVD, CD). Kitchen/ breakfast room (microwave, dishwasher, washing machine). Double bedroom with en suite shower room (large walk-in shower). Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Bathroom.

Facilities:

Lawns, covered and open terraces., in-built barbecue, private parking, DVD TV CD 2 bathrooms

For children:

Cot and highchair are available on request. Fenced pool

Pool:

private fenced swimming pool (10m x 4m) with Roman steps.

Price guide:

From £595 - £1495 (depending on season) per week. Flights extra. Jerez, Seville and Gibraltar airports within easy reach.

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Canaries
Casa Mariola
Location:

Its privileged position in the pretty rural community of Las Breñas means that Casa Mariola is only 300m from the nearest of the village's two restaurants, whilst the island's sandy shores are just 3.5km away via scenic lanes.  This picturesque south-western corner of Lanzarote is home to some of the island's most sought after beaches, with the string of unspoilt sandy coves of Papagayo being only 20 minutes from the house on the most southerly tip of the coastline.  Another of the islands highlights, the flower-decked village of Yaiza, provides all amenities and is just 7 minutes away by car. 

Accommodation:

A recent and contemporary design has ensured that Casa Mariola's smart rooms are light and airy, with up-to-date furnishings and attractive pastel colour schemes.  There are 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. Upstairs on the first floor an en suite bedroom enjoys easy access to the property's roof terrace whilst downstairs in the spacious living room patio doors lead the way to the outdoor area where a shady pergola provides an ideal spot for al fresco dining whilst looking out onto the pool and a pretty garden of cactus plants, splashed with the bright foliage so typical of these southerly isles. Very comfortable, with air conditioning and fully equipped kitchen.

Facilities:

Air-conditioning, DVD/CD, Ornamental cacti garden,   covered and open terraces,  barbecue, gated pool

For children:

Gated pool

Pool:

Private fenced swimming pool with corner Roman steps

Sleeps:
6
Price guide:

Prices for 5-6 from £895 to £1495 for a weeks villa rental only depending on season. Small party rates for either 1-2 or 3-4. Rates for 3-4 range from £750 to £950

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Casa Mariola
Location:

Its privileged position in the pretty rural community of Las Breñas means that Casa Mariola is only 300m from the nearest of the village's two restaurants, whilst the island's sandy shores are just 3.5km away via scenic lanes.  This picturesque south-western corner of Lanzarote is home to some of the island's most sought after beaches, with the string of unspoilt sandy coves of Papagayo being only 20 minutes from the house on the most southerly tip of the coastline.  Another of the islands highlights, the flower-decked village of Yaiza, provides all amenities and is just 7 minutes away by car. 

Accommodation:

A recent and contemporary design has ensured that Casa Mariola's smart rooms are light and airy, with up-to-date furnishings and attractive pastel colour schemes.  There are 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. Upstairs on the first floor an en suite bedroom enjoys easy access to the property's roof terrace whilst downstairs in the spacious living room patio doors lead the way to the outdoor area where a shady pergola provides an ideal spot for al fresco dining whilst looking out onto the pool and a pretty garden of cactus plants, splashed with the bright foliage so typical of these southerly isles. Very comfortable, with air conditioning and fully equipped kitchen.

Facilities:

Air-conditioning, DVD/CD, Ornamental cacti garden,   covered and open terraces,  barbecue, gated pool

For children:

Gated pool

Pool:

Private fenced swimming pool with corner Roman steps

Sleeps:
6
Price guide:

Prices for 5-6 from £895 to £1495 for a weeks villa rental only depending on season. Small party rates for either 1-2 or 3-4. Rates for 3-4 range from £750 to £950

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Italy
Villa La Terme, Tuscany
Stay:

Villa La Terme

Location:

 Villa le Terme offers fully renovated farmhouse accommodation in Tuscany, with views over the Chianti hills, a short distance from the medieval village of San Gimignano. 

Accommodation:

The villa has 5 bedrooms arranged over both floors, with various beautifully furnished living  and dining areas. Perfect for an extended family or group, with the option to have further accommodation for an even larger gathering.

Enter through an entrance hall on the ground floor into the kitchen, fully equipped for large parties. The main dining room, equipped with a Hi-Fi, has doors that lead to the patio. The living room has been converted from the old barn, it has sofas, satellite TV and home cinema and spiral stairs that lead to the mezzanine floor with pool table.

There is a pizza room with a wood burning pizza oven and indoor barbeque. Also on this floor is a double bedroom which is accessed via the dining room, it has an en-suite spa with showers (one cold, one hot/cold), sauna, steam room, WC, sinks and corner Jacuzzi bath.

First Floor On this floor is a double bedroom with en-suite Jacuzzi bath; there is also another double bedroom with separate external access and seating area, huge fireplace and en-suite bathroom. There are also two further double, en-suite rooms and a separate shower room. 

Facilities:

Tennis court, WiFi, Pool table, childrens toys and playground, partial air conditioning, Ipod docking, underfloor heating, steam room, jacuzzi.

For children:

Children toys and playground. 

Pool:

Large fenced pool (16m x 7m)

Additional Information:

For larger groups, you may rent a cottage located on the same estate which accommodates up to 10 additional guests.

Maid service is included twice per week - extra can be arranged at extra cost as well as, chef servicem, meal delivery, transfers, guided tours, cookery classes and all manner of activities.

Sleeps:
10
Price guide:

£5306 - £9834 per week depending on season

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Villa La Terme, Tuscany
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Villa La Terme

Location:

 Villa le Terme offers fully renovated farmhouse accommodation in Tuscany, with views over the Chianti hills, a short distance from the medieval village of San Gimignano. 

Accommodation:

The villa has 5 bedrooms arranged over both floors, with various beautifully furnished living  and dining areas. Perfect for an extended family or group, with the option to have further accommodation for an even larger gathering.

Enter through an entrance hall on the ground floor into the kitchen, fully equipped for large parties. The main dining room, equipped with a Hi-Fi, has doors that lead to the patio. The living room has been converted from the old barn, it has sofas, satellite TV and home cinema and spiral stairs that lead to the mezzanine floor with pool table.

There is a pizza room with a wood burning pizza oven and indoor barbeque. Also on this floor is a double bedroom which is accessed via the dining room, it has an en-suite spa with showers (one cold, one hot/cold), sauna, steam room, WC, sinks and corner Jacuzzi bath.

First Floor On this floor is a double bedroom with en-suite Jacuzzi bath; there is also another double bedroom with separate external access and seating area, huge fireplace and en-suite bathroom. There are also two further double, en-suite rooms and a separate shower room. 

Facilities:

Tennis court, WiFi, Pool table, childrens toys and playground, partial air conditioning, Ipod docking, underfloor heating, steam room, jacuzzi.

For children:

Children toys and playground. 

Pool:

Large fenced pool (16m x 7m)

Additional Information:

For larger groups, you may rent a cottage located on the same estate which accommodates up to 10 additional guests.

Maid service is included twice per week - extra can be arranged at extra cost as well as, chef servicem, meal delivery, transfers, guided tours, cookery classes and all manner of activities.

Sleeps:
10
Price guide:

£5306 - £9834 per week depending on season

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Greece
Periyali Villas
Stay:

Periyali villas Vassilikos. Beautifully refurbished 2-3 bedroom family villas, each with small private pool, close to the famous ‘Turtle Beach’ at Gerakas, sleeping from 2 – 6 guests. Large shared pool with separate children’s pool. Offers the ideal combination of self catering, childcazre and on site facilities, but set within a small, quiet, unspoilt environment.

Big enough for:

2-6 people

Location:

Ideally located, just 700m nearest village with shops, Porto Roma. Plenty of tavernas and Zakynthos Town close enough for day/evening trips by car. The resort is set just above a little shingle cove, 10 minutes walk from a long sandy beach. Walk is attractive, past animals etc and is fine for a buggy.

Accommodation:

Eleven newly refurbished two-bedroom villas and one 3-bedroom villa, set in spacious grounds, each with its own small pool and private garden terrace with barbecue.All with open-plan kitchen-dining-living area with air conditioning, full cooker, fridge freezer, microwave, TV, CD/DVD and bath and/or shower room Private swimming pools approx. 5m x 3m (depth 1.2m)

Facilities:

Main swimming pool approx.12m x 7.5m (depth 1.3m-2m) Separate children’s pool approx. 3.8m x 3.8m (depth 0.6m) Crèche and Children’s Club, snack bar/cafe, table tennis, laundry service (payable locally)

Child Care:

professionally-run creche and kids club -Turtles Club -from 6mths to 10 yrs, NNEB or equiv nannies. 2 evening sessions. Excellent facilities and structured programmes. Prices:‘Hatchlings’ Crèche Full day option: £200 per week per child week Half-day option only: £125 per week per child Supplements for under 2s: £40 for full day; £25 for half-days Turtles Club: 5-10 yrs Full day option: £200 per week per child Half-day option: £125 per week per child

Pool:

Gated plunge pool with each villa.

Price guide:

£599 - £1090 per person for a week based on 4 sharing. Discounts for children outside of peak season. Prices include flights, accommodation and car hire.

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Periyali Villas
Stay:

Periyali villas Vassilikos. Beautifully refurbished 2-3 bedroom family villas, each with small private pool, close to the famous ‘Turtle Beach’ at Gerakas, sleeping from 2 – 6 guests. Large shared pool with separate children’s pool. Offers the ideal combination of self catering, childcazre and on site facilities, but set within a small, quiet, unspoilt environment.

Big enough for:

2-6 people

Location:

Ideally located, just 700m nearest village with shops, Porto Roma. Plenty of tavernas and Zakynthos Town close enough for day/evening trips by car. The resort is set just above a little shingle cove, 10 minutes walk from a long sandy beach. Walk is attractive, past animals etc and is fine for a buggy.

Accommodation:

Eleven newly refurbished two-bedroom villas and one 3-bedroom villa, set in spacious grounds, each with its own small pool and private garden terrace with barbecue.All with open-plan kitchen-dining-living area with air conditioning, full cooker, fridge freezer, microwave, TV, CD/DVD and bath and/or shower room Private swimming pools approx. 5m x 3m (depth 1.2m)

Facilities:

Main swimming pool approx.12m x 7.5m (depth 1.3m-2m) Separate children’s pool approx. 3.8m x 3.8m (depth 0.6m) Crèche and Children’s Club, snack bar/cafe, table tennis, laundry service (payable locally)

Child Care:

professionally-run creche and kids club -Turtles Club -from 6mths to 10 yrs, NNEB or equiv nannies. 2 evening sessions. Excellent facilities and structured programmes. Prices:‘Hatchlings’ Crèche Full day option: £200 per week per child week Half-day option only: £125 per week per child Supplements for under 2s: £40 for full day; £25 for half-days Turtles Club: 5-10 yrs Full day option: £200 per week per child Half-day option: £125 per week per child

Pool:

Gated plunge pool with each villa.

Price guide:

£599 - £1090 per person for a week based on 4 sharing. Discounts for children outside of peak season. Prices include flights, accommodation and car hire.

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Yialiskari House, Corfu
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Yialiskari House, Corfu

Location:

A charming house in a superb setting, this is a lovely comfortable villa with lovely views and a gated pool, perfect for larger or sharing families with four bedrooms.

Yialiskari House is in the location of the villages of KalamiKouloura, and Yialiskari which are among the prettiest villages on Corfu’s north-east coast. 

Accommodation:

The villa is decorated with a charming English style, comfortable sofas, and a nice combination of country style and modern furniture. The

Kitchen/dining room has a low wall overlooking sitting room, with steps down to sitting room, the modern kitchen opens on to dining terrace.

The comfortable and light sitting room with fireplace opens on to covered terrace. The Master suite is on the ground floor with an en suite bathroom and doors onto the covered terrace.

On the first floor there are a further three twin bedrooms that all have ensuite shower or bathrooms, and doors opening onto a shared balcony overlooking the gardens and pool.

A footpath ruins from the house to the beach about 5 minutes away.

Facilities:

Air Conditioning throughout, gated pool, incesct screens, ipod dock, satalite TV.

Pool:

The gated and fenced pool is accessed via a gate from the terrace which overlooks the pool and flower filled gardens.

Additional Information:

Rental includes; Car hire,  Maid up to 3 hours 6 days per week,  Linen change twice weekly,  Welcome pack,  Air conditioning, and there is a cook Service available on request (at an additional cost).

Sleeps:
8
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Yialiskari House, Corfu
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Yialiskari House, Corfu

Location:

A charming house in a superb setting, this is a lovely comfortable villa with lovely views and a gated pool, perfect for larger or sharing families with four bedrooms.

Yialiskari House is in the location of the villages of KalamiKouloura, and Yialiskari which are among the prettiest villages on Corfu’s north-east coast. 

Accommodation:

The villa is decorated with a charming English style, comfortable sofas, and a nice combination of country style and modern furniture. The

Kitchen/dining room has a low wall overlooking sitting room, with steps down to sitting room, the modern kitchen opens on to dining terrace.

The comfortable and light sitting room with fireplace opens on to covered terrace. The Master suite is on the ground floor with an en suite bathroom and doors onto the covered terrace.

On the first floor there are a further three twin bedrooms that all have ensuite shower or bathrooms, and doors opening onto a shared balcony overlooking the gardens and pool.

A footpath ruins from the house to the beach about 5 minutes away.

Facilities:

Air Conditioning throughout, gated pool, incesct screens, ipod dock, satalite TV.

Pool:

The gated and fenced pool is accessed via a gate from the terrace which overlooks the pool and flower filled gardens.

Additional Information:

Rental includes; Car hire,  Maid up to 3 hours 6 days per week,  Linen change twice weekly,  Welcome pack,  Air conditioning, and there is a cook Service available on request (at an additional cost).

Sleeps:
8
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Europe
Villas Las Terrazas at Sheraton Salobre Gran Canaria
Stay:

The bright, contemporary and well equipped 4 bedroom villa (3 bed options also available), situated at the Las Terrazas development, receives plenty of light and sun all day long. There s a private pool, and access to all the facilities of the 5 star Sheraton Salobre resort just next door, including kids club and a variety of restaurants. 

Location:

Peaceful and stunning location just 7 minutes drive or hotel shuttle from the famous Maspalomas Dunes in Gran Canaria.

Accommodation:



Las Terrazas consists of 2 floors: on the first floor there is a bedroom and a bathroom. On the ground floor, there is another bedroom with en-suite bathroom,a fully equipped kitchen and a cosy living and dining area. The terrace with the swimming pool (15m2) will be your favourite place to share with your family and enjoy the beautiful weather of Gran Canaria. 

Facilities:

Sheets and towels provided 
Washing Machine 
Kitchen with dishwasher 
Oven and Microwave 
Toaster and Kettle 
Coffee machine/ Juicer 
DVD player 
Air conditioning 
Free Internet 

Outside: 
Private pool - 15m2 and 1.5m depth 
Sunbeds and parasols 

Extras (must be booked in advance) 
 Buffet Breakfast (provided at Hotel Sheraton) - £15 per adult per day 
Buffet Dinner (provided at Hotel Sheraton) - £26 per adult per day 
Half-Board (provided at Hotel Sheraton) - £41 per adult per day 

Free Resort Pass to pools and gym at Hotel Sheraton 
Free Kids Club at the Hotel Sheraton 
 

Child Care:

Kids club at Sheraton Hotel

For children:

Access to kids club at the Sheraton hotel

Sleeps:
4
Price guide:

From just £1211 for a wee's villa rental. Flights and car hire or transfers extra.

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Portugal
Villa Solar
Stay:

Villa Solar

Big enough for:

8

Location:

The very grand Villa Solar is situated on a very large plot in a quiet residential area of homes and villas, close to the renowned Pine Cliffs resort between Olhos D'Agua and Vilamoura in Algarve, perfect for a luxury family holiday with children in tow. You are in good company here as the house is located not far from the 5 star Sheraton hotel and golf course. The fantastic beach, which is just a 5 minute drive away, is one of the most dramatic on the Algarve coast. Its red cliffs and pine tree backdrop are simply magnificent and are sure to enchant you. There are numerous beach-side restaurants serving plenty of fresh fish amongst other things so you can spend your entire day by the sparkling sea and can be lulled by the soft sounds of the crashing waves into the night. For the more energetic, you can walk the 5 kilometres along the sandy shore to Vilamoura where you can find one of the largest discotheques in the area. You will also find, of course, numerous golf courses and a lovely Marina. 

Accommodation:

The house is approached through a gated entrance where there is ample parking to the front of the property. The front door then leads into a spacious hallway with guest cloakroom with WC and forward from this is the most comfortably furnished spacious lounge with feature fireplace, satellite TV (limited channels), Playstation and DVD. Floor to ceiling patio doors open out on two sides to the covered terrace and pool area. There is a separate dining area, which is well furnished for eight and also has patio doors to the front terrace. The modern spacious kitchen is well fitted and comes complete with dishwasher, large fridge/freezer and microwave. There is a separate laundry with washing machine for your added convenience. On this ground floor level also are two of the four air-conditioned bedroom suites, the first is a double with shower and WC en-suite, whilst the second is a twin with full bathroom en-suite and both bedrooms have patio doors to the pool terrace. A most attractive wooden staircase leads up from the hall to two further bedroom suites.

The master double bedded room having dressing area and hydro-massage shower room with WC en-suite, whilst the second bedroom is a spacious twin with shower and WC en-suite. Both bedrooms have access to the large upstairs terrace, which faces out towards the pine cliffs and the sea in the distance. This terrace is nicely furnished and is also ideal for that private sunbathing. All bedrooms are air-conditioned for your added benefit.

Facilities:

BBQ, DVD/CD player, wifi, private parking, nearest shops 2.5KM

Additional Information:

Outside the large 10 metre salt water pool has Roman steps into a shallow end for children and spacious terraces and pretty lawned gardens.

Price guide:

£995 ( low season) – £2695 ( high season) per week. Cot hire is £30.00 for a week and includes linen and mattress. High chair is £15.00 per week.

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Ocean Club, Portugal
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Ocean Club, Portugal

Location:

On the western Algarve coast, the Ocean Club combines first class facilities with the benefits of being in a traditional Algarvian village. Offereing  a great option for a luxury holiday with children of all ages who are sporty and enjoy lots of activities right on the doorstep.

Accommodation:

The accommodation consists of a choice of charming, spacious one, two or three bedroom apartments dotted around the picturesque town of Luz. Each apartment is unique; some come with their own garden, some with sea views and some overlooking the pool at the resort. All of them have either a terrace or a balcony.

Facilities:

5 tennis courts, restaurant, hotel bars, 3 swimming pools, golf courses near by with specially negotiated rates.

Child Care:

From 1yr to 17yrs. With childcare for the over twos included in the price of the holiday. The Indy Club from 14-17yrs only runs in July and August.

Additional Information:

Dining at the Ocean Club is on a half board basis. For five days of the week, chefs serve a superb three course a la carte dinner at the Mill Restaurant, featuring fresh, local ingredients. Saturday night a BBQ buffet is served. For one night of the week, you’re free to try out one the many restaurants around the village or on the promenade overlooking the beach.

Price guide:

Brochure Prices range from £495 to £995 for 7 days. However discounts are available throughout the season and babygoes2 visitors benefit from a 5% discount when quoting babygoes2.(some dates excluded).

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Greece
Avra House, Corfu
Stay:

Avra House, Corfu

Big enough for:

up to 6

Location:

Superb villa for a family looking for privacy and seclusion whilst still within walking distance ( 10 mins) of the more developed (but gorgeous) bays of Kalami and Kouloura with beaches shops, tavernas and water sports. The villa has stunning views from the outside areas and a gated pool, making this perfect for families with young children who want to be private but close to amenities. A lovely area for families looking for a child and baby friendly luxury holiday.

Accommodation:

With the emphasis being more on the outside areas of the house – the two bedrooms and open plan living area are simply furnished, have a light comfortable feel and the kitchen has washing machine/dishwasher etc. There is shower room in the house and also another by the pool, along with a pretty eating area with sink and fridge. The views are spectacular and from the pool area you can see direct sea views over the pretty bay. NB there are some low walls at the villa, so close supervision of toddlers and young children essential.

Facilities:

maid service– up to 2 hrs 5 days a week, dial up internet and Air con – payable locally, bbq, insect screens, cd player.

Pool:

Gated 11m x 5 m approx, 1.45m-1.45m deep with built-in steps. The pool area is equipped with a changing room with WC and outdoor shower, and a covered eating area with drinks fridge and sink.

Price guide:

Price per person from £600 to £1005, based on 4 sharing, and including flights, accommodation, taxi transfers and welcome food hamper.

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Avra House, Corfu
Stay:

Avra House, Corfu

Big enough for:

up to 6

Location:

Superb villa for a family looking for privacy and seclusion whilst still within walking distance ( 10 mins) of the more developed (but gorgeous) bays of Kalami and Kouloura with beaches shops, tavernas and water sports. The villa has stunning views from the outside areas and a gated pool, making this perfect for families with young children who want to be private but close to amenities. A lovely area for families looking for a child and baby friendly luxury holiday.

Accommodation:

With the emphasis being more on the outside areas of the house – the two bedrooms and open plan living area are simply furnished, have a light comfortable feel and the kitchen has washing machine/dishwasher etc. There is shower room in the house and also another by the pool, along with a pretty eating area with sink and fridge. The views are spectacular and from the pool area you can see direct sea views over the pretty bay. NB there are some low walls at the villa, so close supervision of toddlers and young children essential.

Facilities:

maid service– up to 2 hrs 5 days a week, dial up internet and Air con – payable locally, bbq, insect screens, cd player.

Pool:

Gated 11m x 5 m approx, 1.45m-1.45m deep with built-in steps. The pool area is equipped with a changing room with WC and outdoor shower, and a covered eating area with drinks fridge and sink.

Price guide:

Price per person from £600 to £1005, based on 4 sharing, and including flights, accommodation, taxi transfers and welcome food hamper.

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Yialiskari House, Corfu
Stay:

Yialiskari House, Corfu

Big enough for:

8

Location:

Close to Kalami, a very picturesque family resort, with a big Blue Flag beach, a choice of tavernas and shops, an excellent water sports centre and some great fishing off the rocks. Exquisite bays and coves perfect for exploring. Stunning location for that child and baby friendly luxury holiday in a beautiful villa. 

Accommodation:

Cool, airy and relaxed interiors with a mixture of English and Greek furniture – makes for very comfortable, contemporary accommodation. Master double bedrooms with en-suite, and opening onto private terrace shares the ground floor with the Sitting room, kitchen/dining room which all open onto a covered terrace, perfect for outdoor dining. Three further twin bedrooms all with en-suite shower rooms occupy the first floor. All bedrooms open onto the large shared balcony.

Facilities:

air con, satellite TV, BBQ, cook service on request, and shopping service to include breakfast and one meal a day. Maid service for up to 3 hours, 6 days a week.

Pool:

The swimming pool, gated for security, is on a slightly lower level, with its own paved terrace for sunbathing. freshwater, 10m x 6m (pool heating on request and payable locally)

Price guide:

Price from £1895 - £6690

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Yialiskari House, Corfu
Stay:

Yialiskari House, Corfu

Big enough for:

8

Location:

Close to Kalami, a very picturesque family resort, with a big Blue Flag beach, a choice of tavernas and shops, an excellent water sports centre and some great fishing off the rocks. Exquisite bays and coves perfect for exploring. Stunning location for that child and baby friendly luxury holiday in a beautiful villa. 

Accommodation:

Cool, airy and relaxed interiors with a mixture of English and Greek furniture – makes for very comfortable, contemporary accommodation. Master double bedrooms with en-suite, and opening onto private terrace shares the ground floor with the Sitting room, kitchen/dining room which all open onto a covered terrace, perfect for outdoor dining. Three further twin bedrooms all with en-suite shower rooms occupy the first floor. All bedrooms open onto the large shared balcony.

Facilities:

air con, satellite TV, BBQ, cook service on request, and shopping service to include breakfast and one meal a day. Maid service for up to 3 hours, 6 days a week.

Pool:

The swimming pool, gated for security, is on a slightly lower level, with its own paved terrace for sunbathing. freshwater, 10m x 6m (pool heating on request and payable locally)

Price guide:

Price from £1895 - £6690

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France
Le Fleuray Hotel
Stay:

Le Fleuray Hotel and Restaurant, 37530 Cangey, Amboise, France. Tel. (0)2 47 56 09 25 Fax. (0)2 47 56 93 97 Email contact@lefleurayhotel.com Website www.lefleurayhotel.com

Location:

Le Fleuray Hotel and Restaurant is a great choice for child friendly holidays and is located in the heart of the Loire Valley, close to the most popular castles, vineyards, gardens and many other attractions suitable for families (including Aquarium, Zoo, boat rides, mini Chateaux, biking and other sports, local markets and more...), midway between the famous historic cities of Blois and Tours (25 minutes from both) and a short 12km drive from Amboise with its chateau and home of Leonardo da Vinci.

Accommodation:

The Newington family welcomes you to their charming country manor hotel, built in 1860 situated in large gardens and peaceful Loire Valley countryside featured in over 25 best Hotel, Restaurant Guide Books and numerous internet sites. All bedrooms have private bathrooms, queen size or twin beds and flat screen televisions. Many rooms are ideal for families (largest rooms can accommodate up to 5 persons) with space for extra beds and cots which we provide. Most have private terraces opening onto safe gardens overlooking childproof swimming pool (heated in season). Connecting rooms and suites available (total number of rooms = 23).

Facilities:

Our chef proposes inventive seasonally changing menus that have made the delightful family friendly restaurant and garden terrace, one of the most popular in the area. Also well selected local wines, vegetarian menus and a wide variety for children. Tasty childrens menus, high chairs, colouring crayons and games. Dinner can be served to younger guests early while hardworking parents enjoy a well earned aperitif, before their own dinner with local wines. Free internet access and games available. An oasis of tranquility in todays hectic world, relax with a personnal massage or body treatment at Le Fleuray! Available now! From only 39 Euros. Contact us for more information. Jacuzzi - hot tub, tennis court, children's play area and free bikes!

Price guide:

Rooms for a family of 3 from 88 Euros per night upwards (summer season).

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La Roultiere, Breil, Maine et Loire
Stay:

La Roultiere self catering gites, Breil, Maine et Loire

www.loiregiteholiday.co.uk

Email: phil.edgerley@wanadoo.fr

Tel: 0033 (0)2 41 82 35 61

Location:

Ideally placed between Anjou and Touraine, in the golden triangle between Le Mans, Tour s and Angers, 25kms from the delightful serene town of Saumur on the banks of the Loire. Many famous Loire chateaux and vineyards are within easy reach, and many tourist attractions ideal for children nearby (zoos , cave dwellings, boat trips, fun parks, historic steam railway).

Ideal for a cycling holiday with way-marked trails through forests, apple orchards and sleepy villages. Visit our colourful French markets close by experience the local festivals which occur throughout the summer.

Accommodation:

The Edgerley family will provide you with a warm welcome to their gites and by living at La Roultiere they are able to provide you with helpful guidance for your stay. Their six comfortably appointed and spacious gites have between 2 and 4 bedrooms, sleeping between 3 and 8, and all have lovely kitchens to enable you to prepare meals to eat on our shady terraces or inside if needs be.  

Each gite has its own private facilities, whilst the grounds and gardens are shared with the owners and their guests. La Roultiere will enable you to feel like you truly have got ”away from it all”, with its rustic charm, tranquillity and space.

Facilities:

La Roultiere has everything you need for relaxing child friendly holidays. It has its own heated pool which is safely enclosed. In addition our toddler splash pool means the younger children and splash, play and refresh at a safe depth! The gardens have sandpits, play equipment, swings, slide, basket ball nets,  table tennis,  a trampoline and some childrens trikes and tractors

Our fields are ideal for ball games, kite flying and general charging about!

The boules pitch often becomes an evening meeting place for parents once the younger ones are asleep! Quality bike hire is available at La Roultiere with bikes of all sizes, toddler bike seats, or trailer to enable you to enjoy this wonderful cycling countryside with your children.

For children:

Cots, highchairs, stairgates, potty and baby baths are all available on request and free of charge.

In the field in front of the swimming pool are swings, toddler play equipment and a large sandpit (bring your buckets and spades).

 

Price guide:

Prices vary depending on accommodation and dates, and are between £280 to £1250 per week 

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La Maison Cluque
Stay:

La Maison Cluque

Location:

17th Century stone farmhouse, perfect for child friendly holidays and for families sharing as there are two bedroom suites each with bathroom on each floor. Located near Orthez, just east of Biarritz in an area full of interesting places to visit or just to amble around the weekend markets, or relax by the river.

Accommodation:

The simple, un-fussy warm interiors of this villa make it ideal for a relaxing family holiday. Accomodation consists of: Ground floor: Sitting room (DVD, CD, video, selection of films). Kitchen/breakfast room (feature fireplace, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine). Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Shower room. Heating available in the bedrooms. First floor: Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Bathroom. Heating available in the bedrooms. Outside: Large garden with lawns and shrub borders. Patios. Barbecue.Table tennis. Private parking.

Pool:

Private fenced swimming pool (10.5m x 5m) with Roman steps.

Price guide:

between £695- £1795 per week depending on season.

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La Maison Cluque
Stay:

La Maison Cluque

Location:

17th Century stone farmhouse, perfect for child friendly holidays and for families sharing as there are two bedroom suites each with bathroom on each floor. Located near Orthez, just east of Biarritz in an area full of interesting places to visit or just to amble around the weekend markets, or relax by the river.

Accommodation:

The simple, un-fussy warm interiors of this villa make it ideal for a relaxing family holiday. Accomodation consists of: Ground floor: Sitting room (DVD, CD, video, selection of films). Kitchen/breakfast room (feature fireplace, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine). Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Shower room. Heating available in the bedrooms. First floor: Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Bathroom. Heating available in the bedrooms. Outside: Large garden with lawns and shrub borders. Patios. Barbecue.Table tennis. Private parking.

Pool:

Private fenced swimming pool (10.5m x 5m) with Roman steps.

Price guide:

between £695- £1795 per week depending on season.

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Villa Bleuets, nr Biarritz
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Villa Bleuets, nr Biarritz

Location:

Les Bleuets has a fabulous location, perfect for child friendly holidays, set in a pine forest just 1500 metres from a beautiful sandy beach, just 3km from Biarritz in southwest France and only 1km form the nearest shops. Biarritz is a very smart town with fine shops and a casino. The aquarium and sea museum are well worth a visit, or take a ride on the little train into the Basque mountains. To the north are the incredible sand dunes of the Landes coastline, including the biggest sand dune in Europe ' Dune de Pyla' - truly remarkable. To the south Bayonne and St Jean de Luz are within easy reach.

Accommodation:

Les Bleuets sleeps 8 and is a delightful, brightly coloured villa set in lush, secluded gardens. Rooms arespacious,comfortable and attractively decorated. It has the further attraction of being divided into a main house and fully self-contained garden pavilion, providing independence and privacy for family or friends sharing. MAIN HOUSE Ground floor: Living/dining room, (TV,DVD,CD), fireplace, French doors to front and rear gardens. Bathroom, WC. Kitchen, door to garden. Master double bedroom (1.60m), (TV), door to garden, ensuite bathroom, WC. First floor: Landing with study area (Wi-Fi). Double bedroom (1.40m), French door to balcony overlooking garden, ensuite shower room, WC (this room joins the main house to the annex). GARDEN ANNEX (Accessed separately or through main house) Ground floor: Living/dining room (TV), door to garden and bamboo pergola. Kitchen, Two double bedrooms (1.40m). Shower room, WC. Grounds: Lush, flat gardens set amid pine forest with good lawn area. Pool shower, barbeque.

Facilities:

The long sandy beaches and warm climate are perfect for families and the exhilarating surf makes windsurfing and body boarding very popular here as well as the more extreme watersports sports such as kite-surfing and delta-planing. There’s also horse-riding, biking, tennis. Maid service 4 hrs a week.

For children:

Cot and highchair available.

Pool:

7mx5m kidney shaped private pool

Price guide:

From £4,925 - £7,425 depending on season per week, villa only.

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Pech Marty
Stay:

Pech Marty

Big enough for:

6

Location:

Located east of Bordeaux and only 7 km from the town of Monflanquin with all the amenities that you will need, bakeries and supermarkets and a range of restaurants and bars. Vineyards all around. The villa has been recently refurbished and is ideal for child friendly holidays, offering comfortable modern accommodation. The gated pool is a bonus and the villa also has large shaded lawned areas perfect for children to have freedom to roam.

Accommodation:

Pretty country style interiors with open plan dining/kitchen area, and cosy lounge. The ground floor hosts the main living areas as well as a cloakroom and utility room. A double bedroom with ensuite bathroom and separate shower. The first floor has a double and a twin room, both with sloping ceilings and a shared shower room.

Facilities:

TV,DVD, CD, iPod dock, selection of CDs and DVDs

Pool:

Private enclosed swimming pool (10m x 5m) with Roman steps.

Price guide:

between £695- £1595 per week depending on season.

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Pech Marty
Stay:

Pech Marty

Big enough for:

6

Location:

Located east of Bordeaux and only 7 km from the town of Monflanquin with all the amenities that you will need, bakeries and supermarkets and a range of restaurants and bars. Vineyards all around. The villa has been recently refurbished and is ideal for child friendly holidays, offering comfortable modern accommodation. The gated pool is a bonus and the villa also has large shaded lawned areas perfect for children to have freedom to roam.

Accommodation:

Pretty country style interiors with open plan dining/kitchen area, and cosy lounge. The ground floor hosts the main living areas as well as a cloakroom and utility room. A double bedroom with ensuite bathroom and separate shower. The first floor has a double and a twin room, both with sloping ceilings and a shared shower room.

Facilities:

TV,DVD, CD, iPod dock, selection of CDs and DVDs

Pool:

Private enclosed swimming pool (10m x 5m) with Roman steps.

Price guide:

between £695- £1595 per week depending on season.

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Domaine de Peyloubère
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Domaine de Peyloubère Le Gers, South West France

Tel:(0)5 62 05 74 97

Email:martin@peyloubere.com

Website: www.peyloubere.com

The Domaine de Peyloubère is a 35-acre estate dating from the 17th century. The Manoir is classified as a 'Monument Historique' by virtue of the fact that an Italian artist, Mario Cavaglieri, made it his home for over 40 years until his death in 1969. Legacies of his ownership are the frescoed ceilings in many of the rooms of the Manoir, the graceful Italian garden and the relaxed bohemian atmosphere of the estate.

Location:

Peyloubère is situated 6km south of Auch, the beautiful and vibrant capital of Gascony. A 5-minute walk from the village of Pavie, a 10-minute drive from the centre of Auch and an hour from Toulouse, it is ideally located for a relaxed, stay-at-home holiday – enjoying the heated pool, exploring the estate, fishing in the lake and luxuriating in the spa and sauna – or for touring the towns, châteaux and countryside of the region.

With Albi, Pau, Carcassonne, Lourdes, Biarritz and the Pyrénées all within a two-hour drive and with villages, markets, music festivals and restaurants on your doorstep, Peyloubère offers a perfect holiday for adults and children alike.

Accommodation:

Peyloubère offers five self-catering cottages for 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 people, all recently refurbished and re-equipped to a high standard of comfort and convenience and with families in mind. Each cottage is self-contained and has its own private garden with furniture, barbeque and sunshade. Two of the gardens are securely fenced, as is the pool.

Cots, high chairs, baby-bath, toys and games are available at no charge.

There are also two chambres d'hôte (B&B) suites in the Manoir where visiting family and friends can be pampered during your stay.

Facilities:

Peyloubère has everything you need to stress-free child friendly holidays. There is a heated swimming pool enclosed by a fence and two self-closing gates table tennis, badminton, football lawn, a selection of both outdoor and indoor games and a large library of children’s books and videos health Spa with 5-person spa and sauna fishing lake, woodland and gardens to explore and enjoy wireless internet freely available in and around the cottages The owners have a Burmese cat and a Labrador, Meggie, who will happily retrieve balls and sticks for as long as they are thrown and become part of the ‘gang’ of children who explore and set up camps and dens around the estate. Younger children never seem to tire of feeding the ducks on the lake or collecting the daily offering of eggs from the chickens 5-minute walk - children’s playground with slides and swings. Within 40-minute drive - several leisure lakes, river trips, Zoo, Aquarium, Aqualand and Walibi theme park, horse-riding, tree-top acrobatic park, the very interactive bell museum, medieval village with siege machines, carnivorous garden and insect zoo - and much much more.

Price guide:

From 500 euros for four people in the low season up to 1950 euros for eight people in the high season – LARGE REDUCTIONS FOR BOOKINGS OF TWO WEEKS OR MORE DURING JULY AND AUGUST.

Chambres d'hôte 85 to 120euros per night for two people including breakfast.

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Domaine de Peyloubère
Stay:

Domaine de Peyloubère Le Gers, South West France

Tel:(0)5 62 05 74 97

Email:martin@peyloubere.com

Website: www.peyloubere.com

The Domaine de Peyloubère is a 35-acre estate dating from the 17th century. The Manoir is classified as a 'Monument Historique' by virtue of the fact that an Italian artist, Mario Cavaglieri, made it his home for over 40 years until his death in 1969. Legacies of his ownership are the frescoed ceilings in many of the rooms of the Manoir, the graceful Italian garden and the relaxed bohemian atmosphere of the estate.

Location:

Peyloubère is situated 6km south of Auch, the beautiful and vibrant capital of Gascony. A 5-minute walk from the village of Pavie, a 10-minute drive from the centre of Auch and an hour from Toulouse, it is ideally located for a relaxed, stay-at-home holiday – enjoying the heated pool, exploring the estate, fishing in the lake and luxuriating in the spa and sauna – or for touring the towns, châteaux and countryside of the region.

With Albi, Pau, Carcassonne, Lourdes, Biarritz and the Pyrénées all within a two-hour drive and with villages, markets, music festivals and restaurants on your doorstep, Peyloubère offers a perfect holiday for adults and children alike.

Accommodation:

Peyloubère offers five self-catering cottages for 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 people, all recently refurbished and re-equipped to a high standard of comfort and convenience and with families in mind. Each cottage is self-contained and has its own private garden with furniture, barbeque and sunshade. Two of the gardens are securely fenced, as is the pool.

Cots, high chairs, baby-bath, toys and games are available at no charge.

There are also two chambres d'hôte (B&B) suites in the Manoir where visiting family and friends can be pampered during your stay.

Facilities:

Peyloubère has everything you need to stress-free child friendly holidays. There is a heated swimming pool enclosed by a fence and two self-closing gates table tennis, badminton, football lawn, a selection of both outdoor and indoor games and a large library of children’s books and videos health Spa with 5-person spa and sauna fishing lake, woodland and gardens to explore and enjoy wireless internet freely available in and around the cottages The owners have a Burmese cat and a Labrador, Meggie, who will happily retrieve balls and sticks for as long as they are thrown and become part of the ‘gang’ of children who explore and set up camps and dens around the estate. Younger children never seem to tire of feeding the ducks on the lake or collecting the daily offering of eggs from the chickens 5-minute walk - children’s playground with slides and swings. Within 40-minute drive - several leisure lakes, river trips, Zoo, Aquarium, Aqualand and Walibi theme park, horse-riding, tree-top acrobatic park, the very interactive bell museum, medieval village with siege machines, carnivorous garden and insect zoo - and much much more.

Price guide:

From 500 euros for four people in the low season up to 1950 euros for eight people in the high season – LARGE REDUCTIONS FOR BOOKINGS OF TWO WEEKS OR MORE DURING JULY AND AUGUST.

Chambres d'hôte 85 to 120euros per night for two people including breakfast.

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Le Chemin, Hameau de Montengrand.
Stay:

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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Le Chemin, Hameau de Montengrand.
Stay:

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 : Parc Bellevue, Atelier 1 and 2, Château Suite
Stay:

Château les Carrasses : Parc Bellevue, Atelier 1 and 2, Château Suite

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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Château les Carrasses : Parc Bellevue, Atelier 1 and 2, Château Suite
Stay:

Château les Carrasses : Parc Bellevue, Atelier 1 and 2, Château Suite

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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Le Mas Du Moulin, Caromb, Provence
Stay:

Le Mas Du Moulin, Caromb, Provence

Big enough for:

2-4

Location:

This is a completely charming village house ideally located a short stroll from the centre of Caromb and ideal for child friendly holidays. Caromb is an old fortified village perched on a hill at the foot of the majestic Mont Ventoux in Provence, with a lively main square with café, restaurant, and the large sandstone church. From the pool area there are spectacular views across the vineyards to Mont Ventoux, the mountain that dominates the Provencal countryside. The house well placed for visiting some of the many highlights of the region, such as Le Barroux (3km) with its 13th century castle, Carpentras (10km) and even Avignon is just a 35 km drive. This house is perfect for a small family who would like to experience provencal life, be able to walk to all amenities and yet be within easy reach of a wide variety of towns and villages. The gated pool is an extra plus for those with young children and babies.

Accommodation:

The house is beautifully presented and the careful décor is chic and stylish. Colours are light and warm and the whole interior is a delight. Ground floor: Cloakroom. Living/dining room (TV, DVD, CD, Wi-Fi) with doors to terrace. Kitchen (microwave, dishwasher, washing machine).Telephone (incoming calls). Central heating throughout the house (payable locally).First floor: Twin bedroom with en suite shower room. Twin bedroom with en suite bathroom. Both have views to the garden and countryside. Outside: Delightful courtyard with terrace. Shower. Barbecue. Garage.

Facilities:

TV, DVD, CD, Wi-Fi, barbecue

Pool:

Private fenced swimming pool (7m x 3m) with corner steps.

Price guide:

from £1350 to £2295 per weekly rental.

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Le Bastidon Caromb Provence
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Le Bastidon Caromb Provence

Big enough for:

2-6

Location:

Le Bastidon is everyone’s idea of the perfect Provencal villa and ideal for anyone looking for relaxed child friendly holidays - the pretty pale rose painted house, complete with Provencal blue shutters and a vine draped terrace, is set in a garden of beautifully maintained lawn, complete with its own olive grove and fenced swimming pool. Enclosed by tall hedges and with a gated entrance, it offers a high degree of privacy yet is in a fantastic location only a short stroll away (700m) from the main square of Caromb, so there is no need to use the car every day or evening – unless you want to! Caromb is an old fortified village perched on a hill at the foot of the majestic Mont Ventoux in Provence, with a lively main square with café, restaurant, and the large sandstone church. The house is well placed too for visiting some of the many highlights of the region, such as Le Barroux (3km) with its 13th century castle, Carpentras (10km) and even Avignon is just a 35 km drive. This is a beautiful house ideal for families who would like to immerse themselves in provencal life, be able to walk to all amenities and yet be within easy reach of a wide variety of towns and villages. The gated pool and extensive lawned gardens are a huge plus too, for those with young children and babies.

Accommodation:

The interior of Le Bastidon is a delight - with chequered terracotta stone floors and pale walls serving as a stylish backdrop to painted wood furniture, pretty fabrics and bedlinen. On the ground floor, patio doors allow light to flood into the dining room. From here, four steps lead up to the living area, attractively furnished and decorated in hues of soft raspberry. Upstairs, all three bedrooms are light and airy, and boast views across the pool and garden. Outside, the same care and attention to detail is immediately apparent. The terrace, partially covered by an age old vine, is the perfect spot for al fresco dining, whilst in the garden two stone tables have been placed under shady trees as alternative eating areas. For some gentle exercise and fun, a table tennis table completes the picture.

Facilities:

TV, DVD, CD microwave, dishwasher,Utility room (washing machine table tennis built in barbeque

Pool:

Purposely designed to blend seamlessly with its environment, the fenced pool (with Jacuzzi function) has a stone surround echoing the distinctive style of the 'bassins' found in the local villages and interior colouring that perfectly harmonises with the silvery green olive trees that line the bottom of the garden.

Price guide:

from £895 to £2350 per weekly rental.

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Le Bastidon Caromb Provence
Stay:

Le Bastidon Caromb Provence

Big enough for:

2-6

Location:

Le Bastidon is everyone’s idea of the perfect Provencal villa and ideal for anyone looking for relaxed child friendly holidays - the pretty pale rose painted house, complete with Provencal blue shutters and a vine draped terrace, is set in a garden of beautifully maintained lawn, complete with its own olive grove and fenced swimming pool. Enclosed by tall hedges and with a gated entrance, it offers a high degree of privacy yet is in a fantastic location only a short stroll away (700m) from the main square of Caromb, so there is no need to use the car every day or evening – unless you want to! Caromb is an old fortified village perched on a hill at the foot of the majestic Mont Ventoux in Provence, with a lively main square with café, restaurant, and the large sandstone church. The house is well placed too for visiting some of the many highlights of the region, such as Le Barroux (3km) with its 13th century castle, Carpentras (10km) and even Avignon is just a 35 km drive. This is a beautiful house ideal for families who would like to immerse themselves in provencal life, be able to walk to all amenities and yet be within easy reach of a wide variety of towns and villages. The gated pool and extensive lawned gardens are a huge plus too, for those with young children and babies.

Accommodation:

The interior of Le Bastidon is a delight - with chequered terracotta stone floors and pale walls serving as a stylish backdrop to painted wood furniture, pretty fabrics and bedlinen. On the ground floor, patio doors allow light to flood into the dining room. From here, four steps lead up to the living area, attractively furnished and decorated in hues of soft raspberry. Upstairs, all three bedrooms are light and airy, and boast views across the pool and garden. Outside, the same care and attention to detail is immediately apparent. The terrace, partially covered by an age old vine, is the perfect spot for al fresco dining, whilst in the garden two stone tables have been placed under shady trees as alternative eating areas. For some gentle exercise and fun, a table tennis table completes the picture.

Facilities:

TV, DVD, CD microwave, dishwasher,Utility room (washing machine table tennis built in barbeque

Pool:

Purposely designed to blend seamlessly with its environment, the fenced pool (with Jacuzzi function) has a stone surround echoing the distinctive style of the 'bassins' found in the local villages and interior colouring that perfectly harmonises with the silvery green olive trees that line the bottom of the garden.

Price guide:

from £895 to £2350 per weekly rental.

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Le Sonnet, Grasse, Cote D’Azur
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Le Sonnet, Grasse, Cote D’Azur

Big enough for:

2 to 4

Location:

Le Sonnet has a fantastic south of France location just 2 miles from the perfume capital of Grasse, and 7 miles from the riviera at Cannes. Many villas in this area tend to be large, but this is a real find – ideal for a smaller family and - this is situated on a secure domaine with shared facilities – so is perfect for a family looking for the independence and flexibility of self catering, yet a range of good facilities and a shared rather than private pool. The shared facilities on the domanine include a large lake, childrens playground, tennis courts, swimming pools, table tennis & boules - the ideal recipe for happy child freindly holidays.

Accommodation:

Stylishly furnished in a simple yet very comfortable way, the villa is compact, but very well laid out and is all on one level- ideal for those with small children or crawlers. Open plan kitchen/living /dining room, master bedroom, separate bathroom. Twin bedroom with ensuite shower room. Air conditioning. Well laid out small gardens with olive trees, cactus and magnolia, Front garden shielded from other properties with a hedge. Wrought iron table and chairs. Parking for one car. Rear garden with terrace and pergola, table and chairs, sun loungers and electric barbecue.

Facilities:

Air conditioning, bbq COMMUNAL facilities as follows: Large 26m x 13m pool, 8m x 5m children's pool, Tennis courts, Clubhouse, restaurant & lake, Children's playground, volleyball, table tennis, basketball & boules

Pool:

Large shared 26m x 13m pool Shared 8m x 5m children's pool

Price guide:

£1775 - £1930 depending on season – early booking recommended

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Le Sonnet, Grasse, Cote D’Azur
Stay:

Le Sonnet, Grasse, Cote D’Azur

Big enough for:

2 to 4

Location:

Le Sonnet has a fantastic south of France location just 2 miles from the perfume capital of Grasse, and 7 miles from the riviera at Cannes. Many villas in this area tend to be large, but this is a real find – ideal for a smaller family and - this is situated on a secure domaine with shared facilities – so is perfect for a family looking for the independence and flexibility of self catering, yet a range of good facilities and a shared rather than private pool. The shared facilities on the domanine include a large lake, childrens playground, tennis courts, swimming pools, table tennis & boules - the ideal recipe for happy child freindly holidays.

Accommodation:

Stylishly furnished in a simple yet very comfortable way, the villa is compact, but very well laid out and is all on one level- ideal for those with small children or crawlers. Open plan kitchen/living /dining room, master bedroom, separate bathroom. Twin bedroom with ensuite shower room. Air conditioning. Well laid out small gardens with olive trees, cactus and magnolia, Front garden shielded from other properties with a hedge. Wrought iron table and chairs. Parking for one car. Rear garden with terrace and pergola, table and chairs, sun loungers and electric barbecue.

Facilities:

Air conditioning, bbq COMMUNAL facilities as follows: Large 26m x 13m pool, 8m x 5m children's pool, Tennis courts, Clubhouse, restaurant & lake, Children's playground, volleyball, table tennis, basketball & boules

Pool:

Large shared 26m x 13m pool Shared 8m x 5m children's pool

Price guide:

£1775 - £1930 depending on season – early booking recommended

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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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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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