Saturday, 15 February 2014

Outdoor Fun at Eco-Gites of Lenault

Posted by Rosie

One of the things we made sure we had when looking for a place to turn into a gite was that it would have enough space for our younger guests to play outside.  As parents of 2 young boys we knew that sometimes on holiday you just wanted to relax in the garden where-as the boys wanted to run around and play!  We also realised we needed to build something pretty quickly for the boys because despite all the space here at Eco-Gites of Lenault there were mutterings that they had had to leave their wooden tower and slide back in the UK :(  

Did we succeed?  Is there space for children to play outdoors!  Can the adults sit and relax?  Read on and you can make your own decision.

Play Area at Eco-Gites of Lenault
The play area Simon built comprises a large hard-surfaced play/boules pitch (boules supplied) and a grassy play area where you'll find the double play towers, covered sand-pit, swings (including a baby swing), rope-ladders, slide, mini climbing wall and connecting bridge.  But I haven't finished - there's the covered play barn (useful if the weather does turn wet as I blogged about here), other outdoor toys and the large netted trampoline (although you do sometimes have to ask the cats to get off before you can go on!).   If there is one wail we hear from children staying with us, it's "Do we HAVE to go out, we're having such FUN here!"  But fear not, all this is within view of the gite garden with it's patio area, garden furniture, sun parasol and bbq - perfect for the adults to relax in whilst the children play to their heart's content nearby.

Has anyone seen the ducks?

Learning about chickens
Do you and your children like animals? We have plenty.  There are our 2 dogs, Poppy and Saari, our 4 cats (Henry, Firkin, Foggy and Fumée) and a variable number of ducks and chickens, pigs as well as turkeys and sheep in the summer and autumn.  The pigs are Kune Kunes (a rare New Zealand breed) who love nothing more than having their tummies tickled but you might find the sheep a bit more wary.  Firkin is the really friendly cat and Poppy loves having sticks thrown for her ... where-as Saari prefers to sit and watch her friend haring about!  Children are welcome, when-ever possible, to come and help us feed the animals and collect the eggs.  You can then buy those very eggs and enjoy their lovely fresh taste.

If you and your children like walking there are miles of local footpaths that start right at our back gate.  You can take bikes along them or just wander around at a leisurely pace admiring the wild flowers and local wildlife. You'll see loads of birds and if you are lucky possibly even a red squirrel.  There's one squirrel we regularly see down the valley but Saari STILL hasn't realised that if you chase a squirrel it will dash up a tree and for all intents and purposes disappear into thin air!

So?  Did we succeed?  Will both adults and children enjoy a bit of outdoor living whilst staying at Eco-Gites of Lenault?  I think so!  If you think so too why not visit our website for further details on everything we have to offer and how to book a countryside holiday here.


Once again I'm linking up with Coombe Mill to see what other countryside activities children have been up to this week.

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

20 comments :

  1. I definitely think you've succeeded-it looks absolutely brilliant :)

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  2. I love that you have a cat called Henry! #CountryKids

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    1. Henry was a rescue cat and arrived with us called Timmy. Simon had already had a cat called Timmy and had wanted one called Henry so Henry he became (the cat, not Simon!). He is definitely more of a Henry than a Timmy!

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  3. it looks fab! must convince my parents to bring us there next year ;-)

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    1. Thank you Becky - we would love to see you all here next year :)

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  4. It rather sounds like we are enjoying a very similar lifestyle. It is a perfect way to raise a family, I wonder if our children will appreciate it in years to come?

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    1. I was brought up on a farm in The Cotswolds and the life stayed with me - only time will tell if the boys want the same as they grow up ... likewise with yours. Shall we compare notes in a few years time?!

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  5. Oh, that looks brilliant, I definitely think you've succeeded :) #CountryKids

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  6. I'm sure it will be appreciated by all your family visitors. Lots of fun to be had! #CountryKids

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    1. Thank you Cheryl - we try hard to give our guests a memorable family holiday and having all this outdoor space really helps!

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  7. Oh wow this sounds (and looks!) absolutely amazing. You've definitely succeeded there, it looks fantastic. I say this every time but you have such a fabulous place there too!

    Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful story about the Devil's Punch Bowl. I love it when somewhere I write about means something to someone else :)

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    1. Thank you Charly - glad you liked my little story too.

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  8. Looks perfect, Arthur(3) would love it! Maybe next year! Our daughter is on oxygen, and if we want to travel abroad we have to pay for it locally and it isn't cheap, but hopefully she'll be totally off it by next Summer, we will definitely be visiting!!

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    1. We'd love to see you here ... so come on Willow - get off that oxygen and bring Mum, Dad and Arthur over to see us.

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  9. That looks great to me, nothing more fun for children than climbing and bouncing and looking at animals. Gorgeous fun in my favourite country what more could you want. #countrykids

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    1. The you need to book yourselves a holiday here ;)

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  10. This looks perfect for some outdoor summer days!

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    1. There's fun to be had all year round here but I must say we are all now looking forward to some summer warmth!

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