Baby friendly family accommodation in France
Description of Baby friendly family accommodation in France
This baby friendly family accommodation in the Loire Valley, France, is a traditional, stone cottage which is part of a larger Longère farmhouse property. We have ensured that you get that home from home comfort that you need when travelling with young babies or toddlers but, at the same time, having plenty to see and do nearby without having to travel long distances.
Flexibility is important when travelling with young children and, therefore, we welcome people arriving on any day of the week, but do request a minimum stay of three nights. Each cottage has a small, grassy and fully enclosed patio for the safety of tiny ones, but there is also a larger courtyard area for older children as well as beautifully landscaped gardens, where fun is as important as flora, with swings, slide, trampoline and bikes to borrow too, all shared with the other couple of cottage guests. We value this community, family atmosphere, as do our hens and rabbits who love nothing more than to be fed by our guests!
Although our property is very quiet views across the Loire’s Touraine de sud region, the nearby historic town of le Grand Pressigny (3km) has all the French country town characteristics and facilities you hope for: bars, restaurants, boulangerie, butcher as well as a weekly market. There are also farm shops in the area for buying local specialities such as goats’ cheese, apples and other seasonal fruits.
Within an hour’s drive you can visit chateaux and vineyards or historic towns including Loches, Chinon, Tour and, Azay le Rideau. Or you can just stay close to home and go walking in the nearby natural parks, go horse riding if you have older children, cycling as we have bike seats for kids aged 9 months – 4 years as well as a trail bar and smaller bikes. Keen cyclists will enjoy the new 'Voie Verte' in le Grand-Pressigny, a converted railway line that links the village to the Natural Park of the Brenne and north with the 'Loire a velo' route. So, Yyu get the picture, we love families and we love the outdoors! We also have plenty of board games and family favourites such as Swingball, ‘babyfoot’, ‘boules, and a paddling pool of course. Always a must on hot summer days.
Baby friendly facilities:
We have up to date, clean and fully functioning highchairs, baby gym, baby bouncer, cots, stroller & stair gates at the top of our stairs. We also have child/cot bedding, cutlery and plates to save overloading on packing. Play things include a sand table, baby and small child swings and we also provide extra travel cots. Please don’t hesitate to ask for what you need and we will do our utmost to make your family holiday with babies in tow as easy, relaxing and fun as possible.
3 Reviews of Baby friendly family accommodation in France
Reviewed on 17 Sep 2017 by Emma HarbourThe gite was lovely - for our 18 month old daughter the highlight was definitely the chickens! For us the highlight was being able to open the door to a beautiful, quiet garden and relax while she could safely explore. Read full review
Reviewed on 17 Aug 2015 by Robert BradleyLeave your toys and books at home!! Everything you need for a couple of weeks is already there. Read full review
Reviewed on 01 Sep 2014 by Kathryn RawlinsonAmazing. A lovely cottage with lovely owners who couldn't do enough to help. We received a lovely warm welcome. The cottage was immaculate. Everything had been thought of. Read full review
Planet and peopleWe recycle all recyclable materials, compost all organic waste, and are in the process of re-planting our land with locally sourced trees & plants which thrive. Last year it was cherry trees and plums to add to our apple, apricot, cherry, peach, walnut & hazlenuts. And this winter we are planting more.
We heat our buildings with wood taken from our land or local sustainable sources. We have insulated to better than recommended levels to ensure excellent heat retention during winter months (reducing the need for heating) thus also ensuring a cooler environment during summer months.
All labour & materials used in the renovations were locally sourced & with respect to local traditions. We have double glazed all our windows & doors, & use low energy light bulbs wherever possible.
We collect rainwater for vegetable irrigation. We are also in process of researching the use of alternative energy sources e.g wind, solar and are committed to becoming more energy self sufficient.
We lead by example and encourage all our guests to support the local economy. By buying food stuffs (predominantly made up of small/medium scale farms). In our small farm road alone you will find a veitable “route gastronomique”! with farms producing goats cheese, yoghurt, milk, charolai beef, apples, all within 1-5km.
We support & recommend to our guests local bars, restaurants, markets & events; the majority of our guests utilise our immediate local amenities on a regular basis. Guests are welcome help themselves to the well stocked veg & herb garden on site, fresh eggs are also available from time to time depending on the performance of our resident chickens!
We encourage our guests to recycle by providing clearly marked bins for sorting, to save energy & water. We recycle up to 60% of our waste. All vegetable kitchen waste is fed to the chickens. Anything that is left, and grass clippings are used for compost.
We have a fosse (non-mains) sewerage filter system on site, which via a well-managed process of naturally occurring bacteria is filtered & ultimately runs clean water into our adjoining field. This waste system focuses us on the use of only bio-friendly products in our garden and home. We have a large selection of brochures for local attractions & events (not just the obvious ones but also those which are less well marketed) we actively encourage the guest’s participation.
We are acutely aware of the need to respect and understand the traditions and values of the region. We encourage our guests to adopt a similar approach to their holiday. We are closely integrated with our local community; our children attend the local school in le Grand Pressigny and we provide support both financially and with our time, helping out at local events.
We strive to use email in our business practices, to keep our office as paper-free as possible. We own one car and by careful planning of our work/leisure/school run requirements we manage to minimise the number of trips made.