Town or City: Poitou Charentes
"Almost like pre-children holidays!…"
Well, not quite, but there was so much to do on site, and the kids were so happily occupied that we got to spend loads of time lazing around reading books and drinking wine. Four gites is a good size as there were always at least 3 other families with similar age kids for ours to play with. It's all very informal and not very organised compared to some of the family-focused gite clusters you get - the owners don't organise film nights or bbqs or whatever, but we preferred that because we had privacy when we wanted it but also found it easy to talk to people and do thing together when we wanted to (like playing rounders and a fantastic treasure hunt organised by one of the other families). It's a bit of a drive to the more major attactions, like La Rochelle, Saintes or Cognac, but there are plenty of smaller attractive market towns within 30 minutes drive, like Aulnay and Melle. The owners are really helpful and kind. We'll be going back.