La Garenne

Owners, Dorte and Richard, arrived at La Garenne in 2006, when their two boys were 3 and 6, so naturally they set up their holiday gites in the Charente to be perfect for families with children of all ages.

Enclosed within stone walls, La Garenne is a traditional Charentaise ‘longere’ which dates back to the 16th century but has been sensitively converted into six gites for families of 4 or 6, plus babies in cots. Stone walls and exposed beams maintain the rustic character of the building but the gites have been individually decorated, equipped and furnished to offer all mod cons and home comforts. A welcome pack, including cold beers and local wine is there on arrival and families can also order some basic groceries and have a pasta meal all ready to just heat up.

All the gites open onto their own patio where parents can keep an eye on children as they charge off to discover all the outdoor playthings in the large, shared garden, including a log cabin play house, climbing frame, swings and slides, ride-ons, table tennis and a trampoline. Free ranging children will discover more swings slung in the trees and a hollow tree is the best find for hide and seek or scrambling. Once a week throughout the summer, the owners have a special play time for under 5’s, spreading out blankets and extra toys to play with, and La Garenne also has an indoor soft play room, with mats covering the floor, soft toys and French doors to a decked veranda where parents can supervise in the sun.

After all that exertion, La Garenne has a large swimming pool with Roman steps for a cooling dip and a separate shallow pool for babies and toddlers, both of which are heated and fenced with child proof gates. From May to the end of September a kid’s swim school is also on offer, run by a professionally qualified swim coach (and triathlon teacher!).

Besides all the fun and games to be had in the garden, parents can even have a day off thanks to a kids club being available one day a week throughout the summer, from 11am to 3pm. The club is run by NVQ 4 qualified staff, for children aged from 3+, with lunch included in the €22 price and parents are welcome to go out for these precious few hours but must leave a mobile contact number. For just an evening off, to try one of the local restaurants, Dorte kindly offers to babysit from 7.30-12pm and she is professionally qualified to NVQ 4.

On the first Monday families are here, Richard and Dorte host a barbecue of marinated meats and salads, with sausages and burgers for the children, including wine, beer and soft drinks (€20 adults and €9 -€12 children). Another day of the week, families can also arrange for a homemade three course meal to be delivered to the gite, so parents can have at least two nights off the cooking.

Accommodation overview

La Garenne comprises four gites with two bedrooms (Jardin, La Grange, Rosier and Maison Blanche) and two gites with 3 bedrooms (La Maison Belle and Pressoir). All the bedrooms in all the gites have space for a travel cot and 6 are available. There is a communal laundry room with washing machines which are free of charge.

Jardin (sleeps 4+baby) is one of the four 2-bedroom gites, measuring approximately 70m². The entrance is through a charming archway, covered in climbing flowers, which leads into the gite’s private garden and patio, which is also full of flowers. The garden is a lovely place for parents to have a quiet read, a relaxing glass of wine or stoke up the barbecue, while keeping an eye on the children playing in the shared garden beyond. Double French doors open into an open plan living/dining room and kitchen, with rustic stone walls and exposed beams. The fully fitted kitchen includes a cooker/hob, microwave, dishwasher, children’s crockery and cutlery, plus high chairs are available. From the kitchen, families can spill outside into a second garden which is totally private and has views over to the sunflower fields and open countryside surrounding La Garenne. The sitting room is equipped with a flat screen TV with satellite channels and a DVD player, and both bedrooms are accessed through here. The master bedroom features an elegant French bed and has French windows which open into the front garden. The second bedroom has a bunk bed, a large wardrobe and views over the back garden. A large family bathroom has a roll top bath and a walk-in rain shower.

Please note: Min. 14nt stay in July & August.

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La Garenne Gites

La Garenne - Jardin

  • €760.00 - €1320.00 per week
  • Sleeps 4 in 2 Bedrooms

La Garenne - La Grange

  • €800.00 - €1390.00 per week
  • Sleeps 4 in 2 Bedrooms

La Garenne - Maison Blanche

  • €760.00 - €1320.00 per week
  • Sleeps 4 in 2 Bedrooms

La Garenne - Rosier

  • contact for price
  • Sleeps 4 in 2 Bedrooms

La Garenne - La Belle Maison

  • €970.00 - €1630.00 per week
  • Sleeps 6 in 3 Bedrooms

La Garenne - Pressoir

  • contact for price
  • Sleeps 6 in 3 Bedrooms
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The Owner / Manager

Dorte & Richard Hobson

Member since Nov 2015
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  • Firstly, Dorte and her Family couldn’t have been more accommodating and welcoming. The welcome bbq and evening meals provided were relaxing and perfectly cooked - such a lovely treat when going out for a dinner for 2 isn’t really an option with a toddler. Dorte was very helpful and full of great suggestions for days out in the local area, all of which we thoroughly enjoyed. The Gite was well equipped with everything we needed for the week with a toddler, beautifully restored, welcoming and homely (but without the toddler clutter!). The private garden was a slice of heaven for us to relax in each evening, perfectly placed to enjoy the sunset. The pool and gardens were clean, well kept and child friendly. We couldn’t have asked for anything more for our first family holiday - it was all perfect! I would highly recommend Baby Friendly Botholes and La Garenne to friends and family.Review dated 26/10/2016

Fast Facts

Sleeps 4 + infants in 1 x king size bedroom and 1 x bunk room.

Airport under 2 hours drive

La Rochelle and Poitiers are both 1 hr 15 minutes drive away.

Ferry Port

Caen port is 4.5 hrs drive, St Malo is just over 4hrs and Cherbourg is 5.5 hrs drive.

Coast Within 30 minutes driving distance

Sandy beach at Fouras can be reached within an hour drive.

Any Pool

Two outdoor pools, one shallow for babies and toddlers, one large . Both heated and fenced with child proof gate.

Indoor Play Area

Indoor soft play room.

Kids' Club

One day a week from 11 am– 3pm children aged 3+. 22 euros per child, lunch included. Parents can leave the complex but must provide mobile number, NVQ 4 qualified staff in charge.


Babysitting available on some evenings by owner who is NVQ qualified in childcare.

Nursery Gear (additional)

6 x Travel cots, high chairs, baby bouncer, baby bath, steriliser, blender, stairgates, potty, bed guards, changing mats. All gites are equipped with plastic cutlery, plates, bowls and cups.

Indoor Toys / Games Room

Kids DVDs and books.

Meal Delivery / Room Service

Arrivals pasta meal freshly made to heat up on arrival with baguette, salad and cheese. Each Monday there is a welcome BBQ and one evening a week a 3 course meal can be ordered to be delivered to your gite.

Outdoor Toys

Buckets, spades, swings, climbing frame, slides, ride on toys, play house; soft play area, and trampoline.

Visiting Spa Therapist

A visiting spa therapist can be arranged.

Stairgates / no stairs

Stairgates are provided.

Private Garden / Terrace / Balcony

All gites have front Gardens and there is a communal garden which is enclosed.

Wifi / Cable Internet Access

Wi-Fi is provided.


Golf course is 45 minutes drive away.

Tennis Court(s)

Tennis courts can be found just 5 minutes drive away.

2+ Cots and Highchairs

Multiple cots and highchairs are available on request.

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