Sunday, 19 February 2012

Toddler Friendly Holidays in Normandy, France

Posted by Rosie

We are the parents of 2 boys very close in age so we have done the whole "holidays with two tiny children malarkey" and to be honest they were not always as stress free as we would have liked them to be. There was the damp gite where we were met with the owners mopping a soaking wet and very slippery floor. There was the gite where there were no comfy sofas to relax on once the children had gone to bed and to be honest there was rarely a gite that provided many of the things toddlers need, so we had to pack travel cots, booster seats, potties, changing mats, toys etc etc. It was a long list and we therefore needed a roof rack to get everything in, promptly lining the pockets of the ferry companies who charge extra for cars with roof racks.

When we set up Eco-Gites of Lenault we were able to draw long and hard on our experiences and provide you and your family with a perfect toddler-friendly holiday. Here's just some of the things we think will make your holiday here with toddlers so much more simple and enjoyable:

1. The gite is kitted out with all the stuff that you need for your toddlers. From high chairs to children's crockery and cutlery and a large outdoor play area to toys and books we hope we have covered just about everything.

  2. We know you are likely to want to eat out during your week. French restaurants welcome children and we can advise on those with the best children's menus and will even ring to make a reservation if you want.

3. There are 3 local swimming pools with 10 miles of here all with baby and shallow pools and all indoor so if the sun decides to hide away one day you won't be stuck wondering what to do.

4. We are your only neighbours and the walls between us are very thick so don't panic if your little ones decide to have the screaming heebie-geebies at bedtime. We won't be disturbed.

5. We supply and use eco-friendly cleaning products in the gite that are safe for everyone and safely stored away in a toddler-proof cupboard.

6. Heaven forbid you or you children are ill or hurt whilst on holiday but it can happen. We can direct you to the nearest doctor or hospital and are here to help you in the best way we can with any eventuality that may cross your path during your stay with us.

7. There is a large play area with equipment and toys for all ages and just a few metres away from your private garden. Mum and Dad can relax with a glass of wine whilst the children wear themselves out on the trampoline, in the sand pit or on the swings. This area also includes a hard-standing area, great for learning how to ride a bike or playing boules.

8. Our front drive is over 300m long and the road it joins is incredibly quiet. Traffic noise is most definitely not going to be an issue on your stay here.

9. We can hopefully provide memories of a holiday that your children will remember forever - collecting eggs, seeing newborn animals, cuddling a piglet or eating fresh fruit and veg freshly harvested from the garden are just some of the things that stay with children a long time.

10. Finally, as I said earlier, we have done the holidays in France with toddlers. At their youngest Ben was 3 months and Tom was 19 months. We had some great holidays but we also had problems and emergencies so we've used this experience to create a really toddler-friendly holiday home.

For further details on our toddler friendly holidays here at Eco-Gites of Lenault in Normandy, France  please have a look at our website Eco-Gites of Lenault or email us by clicking here.


  1. I concur with your comments. We first visited when our children were 4 and 18 months respectively. They had a brilliant time and we are looking forward to our third visit soon!

  2. Not long now to your third visit. We have guests in at the moment and 3 more families before you get here - March is really busy but we have nothing as yet in May. Anyone fancy a family-friendly holiday in Normandy in May??!!

  3. It all sounds wonderful! You sound like you have thought of everything! Thanks for joining us over at LoveallBlogs Travel this week! Emma :)