Aug 2016. This was our our 4th family break with Martin and Madonna at Logis de la Croix, this time staying in 'The Cottage' (one of 4 Gites on the site). It suits us (Mum, Dad and 2 boys, 7 and 8) perfectly. Younger kids would love it too and older (teens) will not be bored. In our time, there were kids from 4 - 16 all playing together.
We can't fault the weather, the accommodation or the experience in this idyllic French Countryside setting. The views are stunning, the peace and quiet spectacular and the relaxation total. Happy, occupied kids, ecstatic, unoccupied parents!
The ground floor of the Cottage (200 year old house) is open plan, with exposed beams and stone walls and keeps really cool, even in the 35+ degree heat that we experienced for our week. Everything you might need is on hand in the kitchen (and if it isn't, it will be sorted). WiFi is available and the BBQ provided even makes cooking fun (for Dad)!
The children are free to explore the field, the climbing frame, the table tennis etc. while making friends with kids from the neighbouring houses (4 altogether at Logis). All this within view of relaxing / sunbathing parents outside the Gites. The pool too is perfectly safe - right in front of the Gites and surrounded by a childproof fence / gate.
The houses are full of fun and games for the children - useful in the midday heat. Great fun explaining how to use the video player : 100s of videos to suit all ages provided. We managed to find time to watch the Olympics via BBC on satellite.
You can socialize (or not) with your fellow parents (some opportunities are laid on, but it does happen naturally too). You can explore (or not) the local area. Deep in Pineau / Cognac country, there are countless producers to visit. There's plenty to do and see within 30 mins drive and more excitement if you need it just a little further afield (e.g. Futuroscope).
We hired bikes for the family with Chris and Beth at Bike Hire Direct (delivered to your door). There are 10-12km local rides through sunflowers, vines and sweetcorn, and longer ones (50K / 3 hour rides) for the more adventurous, but you need to go early to avoid the heat.
Nothing is too much trouble for Martin and Madonna Keys and their family (who live on site). We had a 7th Birthday cake / party laid on and I know their evening meals are delicious.
I never tire of recommending this experience to family and friends, many of whom have joined us over our various visits. It's not Disneyland, it's not all inclusive, it's make your own, good, honest, self catering family fun that we keep coming back to.
Note, we have tried various travel options (this time we arrived by hire car after a week on the South Coast and flew home out of La Rochelle (hour away) with FlyBe back to Manchester).