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Holiday Rental House -
3 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 6
Saint-Jean-d'Angely, Charente-Maritime, Nouvelle-Aquitaine

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PhilipO46...
1 review
“Highly recommended”
Reviewed 9 September 2016 for a stay in July 2016

A super week ! We've tried camping, 5* resorts, independent villas but Wendy and Chris have found the perfect solution for tired parents with energetic young children. Ours made great friends, played all day in the garden and (warm) pool allowing us to properly relax and have enough personal space whilst socialising with other parents a bit when we wanted. A glorious region of France which we've also loved exploring. Wendy and Chris manage their gites very efficiently, are incredibly hard working and offer a great service. Many thanks, we've re booked for next year !

Date of stay: July 2016
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Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
9 Sep 2016
Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a wonderful review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us. We look forward to welcoming you back to La Grange du Moulin next summer.
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467sarahb
England, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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“Lovely family-friendly accommodation in rural France”
Reviewed 5 September 2016 for a stay in August 2016

We stayed at La Grange du Moulin for a week in August 2016 with our two children aged five and three. We stayed in Ruche gite, which had a spacious kitchen and living area that remained cool in the 37C heat. It had wifi and was very child-friendly, with shutters that kept the bedrooms very dark, window catches, toilet seats etc. The setting is beautiful, with lots of butterflies flying around, and at night it was lovely to go to the back of the cottage to look over the field and see the stars. The children enjoyed the playground and particularly the swimming pool, where our 5yo got to try scuba diving and we had a great refresher dive. Chris and Wendy and their two sons are very friendly and helpful and have put a lot of effort into making it such a welcoming and family-friendly place to stay. The website and folder in the cottage are very informative and Wendy also emailed lots of useful information before we arrived.

I hadn't been to the Charente Maritime area before and enjoyed seeing the countryside, including on the vineyard walk led by Chris. We also visited the market at Aulnay, La Rochelle, where we went to the aquarium and the tower, and the Ile de Re (cycled around in 35C heat and had a very welcome swim in the sea!)

It is around an hour's drive from the coast (further if you want to go out to the Ile de Re or Oleron), so probably not an ideal location if you just wanted to go to the beach every day, but there are plenty of inland things to see and do that are closer. There are lots of ideas of places to go in the folder in the cottage or on the blog. We ended up doing quite a bit of driving, but the traffic was usually light and the roads very well-maintained.

We hired bikes for five days from Bikehiredirect.com who deliver to the cottage. However in hindsight I would have just hired them on the Ile de Re (a cycling paradise with bike hire shops everywhere) or maybe just for a day. The countryside is good for cycling (fairly flat and not much traffic) but it was very hot during our stay and although you could have a good circular ride, there are not many destinations that are within cycling-with-young-children distance.

Date of stay: August 2016
Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
7 Sep 2016
Dear Sarah and family, thank you so much for taking the time to write such a positive and informative review about our property and the surrounding area. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and it would be a pleasure to welcome you back if you'd like to explore this beautiful region of France more. Thank you.
Wendy. Chris, Benjamin and Thomas
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the-trave...
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Absolutely outstanding holiday location for families with young children.”
Reviewed 20 June 2016 for a stay in June 2016

We absolutely loved it and will be going back !! La Grange du Moulin is an amazing place where parents can actually relax and enjoy spending time with their children. Everything has been thought of and care taken to ensure families are happy and safe. We have been made to feel like guests not customers and the extra mile Chris and Wendy go for families that stay with them (including a rescue from a storm soaked vine walk) make this a must stay destination. We enjoyed both very hot and stormy weather and were advised on great things to do in both. I will have fond memories of relaxing under the stars in the hot tub with a book and glass of wine with the baby monitor - sheer bliss. We will be back next year and cannot recommend this highly enough!

Date of stay: June 2016
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Liked best: Everything was family-friendly.
Liked least: 2 days of rain.....
Travelling group: Young Children
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Management Response
21 Jun 2016
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a lovely review. It was a pleasure to have you stay and we look forward to welcoming you all back next year.
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Nick D
Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“A lovely, friendly family environment”
Reviewed 20 April 2016 for a stay in June 2015

We had a wonderful week at La Grange du Moulin. A really characterful and rustic set of cottages in a glorious location in Charente Maritime (a region we hardly knew), this place is an absolute godsend for families with young children. The facilities are really good (although it's not intended to be "five-star accommodation"), there's lots to see in the area, and at the end of the day you can relax on your terrace with a glass of something whilst watching the kids play in a very safe environment. The owners are brilliant and put on lots of lovely activities for the kids and the grownups alike during an average week. We were so happy with it we're going back in 2016.

Date of stay: June 2015
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Liked best: The lovely quiet location.
Travelling group: Young Children
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Management Response
21 Apr 2016
Dear Nick and family
Thank you so much for your lovely review. We look forward to seeing you all again very soon.
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Aasmit
Amersham, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Wonderful in so many ways”
Reviewed 28 June 2015 for a stay in June 2015

We've just returned from a truly wonderful stay and can't rate La Grange du Moulin highly enough. Wendy, Chris and the boys are fantastic hosts and can't be more friendly and helpful. The gites are basic but comfortable with everything they could possibly need (and more for children) equating to very happy kids and we all know that happy kids = happy parents. The perfect holiday recipe as far as I'm concerned. Hope to see you next year !

Date of stay: June 2015
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Elliot J
York, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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“If you have small children and want to really relax, this is absolutely the place for you...”
Reviewed 9 June 2015 for a stay in June 2015
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We stayed for a week - and wish we could have made it 2 - Wendy, Chris, Ben and Thomas made us feel absolutely welcome and the gite (ours was called 'Papillons') was perfect for our 2 yr old and 11 month old. It was our first trip abroad with them, and we were suitably nervous parents, but we really shouldn't have been. Wendy has thought of absolutely everything, so we didn't need to bring the usual 'family-with-babies' paraphernalia, and the sand-pit, pirate ship pool and trampoline were brilliant for our kids.

Travel wise, we flew to La Rochelle, which was great and only 1h 30 from Manchester, but fellow guests drove and seemed to find it just as convenient.

I'm not one to usually write reviews, but the sheer perfect suitability of this as a first trip abroad with our family, and the excellent time we all had definitely warrants a proper 'thank you' to Wendy & her family, indelibly etched into the fabric of review sites.

If you like down-to-earth, endearing hosts, in an environment where your children will be not only safe, but also constantly entertained, then this is the place for you - watch out for Chris' sparkling Cognac though - it creeps up on you like a sledge-hammer!

Date of stay: June 2015
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Liked best: The facilities for our children
Liked least: The 'as-it-comes' rural approach to driving by some of the locals!
Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Sunniespa...
Yorkshire
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17 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“A little piece of heaven for both adults and children”
Reviewed 8 April 2015 for a stay in August 2014
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We have had 4 amazing holidays here (from when our child was 3 through to 6) and we are only not returning as we left it too late to rebook! Thank you Chris, Wendy, Benjamin and Thomas for giving us such wonderful holiday memories. Grange Moulin just ticks all the boxes. Beautiful scenery, lots of friends for our daughter to make, a safe environment for them to have a real sense of freedom and exploration, exciting activities for them to do and a wonderful slow pace of life for us to enjoy. With the option of course of some great day trips to roman ruins, the beach, zoos, boat trips and more. Our daughter has had the most amazing 4 summers here as have we. It is just the perfect place for children to really be children and make amazing memories for a lifetime - just one of them being a torch-lit mini-beast hunt around the garden. One of our favourite things is sitting out in the evening relaxing with a glass of wine chatting to other parents and we have been lucky enough to make some wonderful friends for life. An added bonus is that there is so little light pollution it is like a planetarium on your door step in the evenings. Simply wonderful thank you.

Date of stay: August 2014
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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Families with young children
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