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Country Kids - Chestnut House

Languedoc-Rousillion, France

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The Owner / Manager

Laure & Sylvain Neveu

Member since Oct 2009
  • Bookings Accepted:100%
  • Avg. Response Time:7 minutes
  • Availability Updated:15 days 2 hours

BFB's Overview

A holiday here should come with the warning: “You May Find It Difficult to Return to Your Former Life!” After a week of luxury, waking up in the beautiful French countryside, bonding with your babies in the petting farm, pool or play area, and, thanks to the unlimited drop-in creche included in the price, enjoying some child-free time for lounging, swimming, playing tennis, zip-lining, sailing, touring vineyards (there are 2x free activities per guest included in the summer packages) or discovering bustling bistros, its easy to understand why guests flock back year after year!


New owners, Laure and Sylvain Neveu took the reins from the Scher family in 2015 and have since poured their hearts into continuing their dream of making this gorgeous country estate, set amongst vineyards about 20miles from Montpellier, into most parents’, idea of the perfect family holiday retreat. Their experiences with their children show in the range of activities and services on offer, as well as the balance between facilities and independence, and sociability and privacy. There are great spaces, facilities and activities for bonding with the kids, but also an unlimited drop-in - drop out, creche, two complimentary evenings of babysitting, daily housekeeping, meal service, onsite spa and bar, which aims to allow parents the chance to truly relax and reconnect with each other and other adults too.


The exceptionally well thought out package (varies seasonally as below) includes daily buffet breakfasts of delicious, fresh-baked pastries, conserves, local butter and honey; two evening meal deliveries, two sociable communal meals), unlimited complementary creche/kids club, a weekly 'lie-in' creche collection service, two evenings of babysitting, complimentary Wi-Fi and a huge welcome pack with fresh fruit and vegetables, which, when added to the complimentary meals and breakfasts makes for almost a full-board deal. Plus there are also two activities per guest from horse rides and wine-tasting, to canoeing and mountain climbing making the price excellent value for money, especially for larger families.


The luxurious and stylish guest accommodation has been carved out of what was once the old dairy and the former chestnut store and comprises five apartments and a stand-alone two storey house, each with their own private entrance and terrace.


The Chestnut House is the smallest of the accommodation units available but some might say the most charming. It is set just slightly apart from the Old Dairy, where the rest of the accommodation is sited and has the added benefit of no-one above or below it. It sleeps up to five guests in a king-sized double bedroom with en suite bath and shower room (downstairs) and a twin room (upstairs with fixed stairgate at top and bottom). There's a separate toilet downstairs, along with a small lounge/kitchen/dining area with all mod cons from dishwashers, microwaves and washing machines to flatscreen TVs (SKY), DVD players and IPod docks . The lounge leads out to a private terrace with table and chairs for eating and sun loungers. This is probably the most popular accommodation at Country Kids, so early booking is essential.

Along with the aforementioned creche, meals, off-site activities and luxury accommodation, Country Kids provide a huge list of other family friendly extras including a very comprehensive collection of baby and toddler gear (see - grey 'Fast Facts' box for full breakdown), tennis, cycling and daily animal feeding/petting rounds. There's also a comfortable cafe bar with outdoor terrace seating, a large heated swimming pool with luxurious double beds, an onsite deli with home made fresh and frozen meals, toys, books and DVDs and Tractor rides. Plus, Egyptian cotton robes, sheets, towels, L'Occitane toiletries and Nespresso machines in the apartments. Is it any wonder that its often not just the kids who are in tears when home time comes around?


PLEASE NOTE: Country Kids is now open year-round and all inclusive summer packages have been extended to include 27 May - 16 September 2017. The Spring and Autumn packages include the crèche, babysitting, daily housekeeping and daily animal feeding. Buffet breakfasts, other meals and off-site activities are optional and can be arranged at an extra charge.Please see details of what's included below (depending on season);

• Unlimited use of crèche/kids club (10 weeks up to 6+ years, open 6 days a week)
• “Big Kids” Activity programme for 6-12 year olds during school holidays
• Two nights babysitting (your own dedicated babysitter in the apartment)
• Early morning crèche and Kids Club on Fridays (after Thursday night out!) for the 7am PJ Party. Staff can collect your kids from your apartment at prearranged times for a lovely lie-in!
• Daily animal feeding sessions on the petting farm
• All outdoor and recreational facilities at the resort, such as tennis, cycling, a great petting farm, main pool heated with slide and toddler pool plus the adults only pool, Jacuzzi and spa area.
• Supervised on-site activities for kids and parents including adults yoga, wine tasting, tennis and swimming lessons for kids and family yoga sessions (optional for Spring and Autumn packages)
• Two great adventure activities off-site such as horse & carriage rides, canoeing, horse riding and rock climbing (optional for Spring and Autumn packages)
• A fully catered package including all meals, all alcohol and drinks; buffet breakfasts, two communal lunches, a lunchtime menu to order from, kids dinners, delicious evening meals prepared by our chef and delivered to your apartment and meals prepared by our traiteur (summer packages ONLY)
• On-site shop stocking the basics and delicious chef prepared frozen dishes plus a daily bakery delivery (optional for Spring and Autumn packages)
• Fully stocked honesty bar plus on-site wine cellar (optional for Spring and Autumn packages)
• Afternoon tea and cakes at the bar
• Arrival shopping pack
• Bar opens early for free tea and coffee and stays open till late for evening drinks
• One massage and beauty treatment per adult (optional for Spring and Autumn packages)
• Twice daily cleaner (once daily for Spring and Autumn packages)
• Weekly washing and ironing service (optional for Spring and Autumn packages)
• Use of baby equipment.
• Wifi in all apartments.

Location Information

Three local activities from a long list ranging from windsurfing, zip lining and canoeing to golf rounds and local vineyard tours are included in the price of a week-long stay and additional sessions are easily arranged. There's a great deal of sightseeing locally from day trips to the bistros, boutiques and cultural attractions of Montpellier to the Mediterranean beaches, Lac de Salagou and pretty local towns, many of which have excellent markets and are great for antiquing. However, most guests find it a struggle to tear themselves away from the beautiful grounds of the estate with its streams, natural and manmade swimming pools and plenty of shady spots for quiet reading or contemplation of the lovely scenery. Tracey and Stuart are a mine of local information and have plenty of recommendations for dining out.

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Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 15:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 30%

Balance: 56 days prior to arrival

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 15:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 30%

Balance: 56 days prior to arrival

Pricing Notes

Country Kids - Apartment Prices based on 7nt rental of the 3-bedroom Apartment and based on 4 guests (including babies due to unlimited creche). Additional guests are charged at 400 Euros for the Spring and Autumn package  and 750 Euros each for the Summer package (select June, July, August and September weeks) please add them using the drop-down in 'Options/Extras'. Find out what is included in each seasons package via the property overview section of the property listing page.

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Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 15:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 30%

Balance: 56 days prior to arrival

Pricing Notes

Country Kids - Apartment Prices based on 7nt rental of the 3-bedroom Apartment and based on 4 guests (including babies due to unlimited creche). Additional guests are charged at 400 Euros for the Spring and Autumn package  and 750 Euros each for the Summer package (select June, July, August and September weeks) please add them using the drop-down in 'Options/Extras'. Find out what is included in each seasons package via the property overview section of the property listing page.

Special Offer - Details:

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Price: EUR

Discount Notes

Who owns this place?

The Neveu's Family

Fast Facts

Sleeps 4-5+infants in a king-sized double & a twin+optional Z-bed

Airport under 2 hours drive

The closest airports are: Montpellier 73 km about 1 hour, Nimes 122 km about 1.75 hours, Perpignan 160 km about 1.5 hours, Carcassonne 164 km about 1.8 hous.

Airport under 3 hours drive

Marseille 215 km about 2.5 hours.

Amenities within Walking Distance

Onsite creche,kids club, petting farm, spa, pools, play areas, grocery store and clubhouse bar are all within a short stroll

Any Pool

Lovely outdoor pool (safely fenced) with 40cm deep plage section for little ones to sit and splash about in.

Spa Onsite

There's an onsite Spa offering massage, facials and OPI manis and pedis

Indoor Play Area

large indoor creche area with soft play

Kids' Club

Country Kids now has Big Kids programme for 6-12 year olds in the school holidays with their own Club House.

Babysitting

Two night’s complimentary evening babysitting is included

Nursery Gear (additional)

Sterilizers, Mini-blender for baby purees, Umbrella push chair, Changing mats, Bed guards, Toys, games and books to suit all ages, Wooden cots and bedding DVD collection, Moses basket and bedding, High chairs Baby bouncy chairs, Bath toys, Baby bicycle seats Non slip bath mats, Potty, Plastic mattress protectors, Plastic plates and cups & Portable restaurant seats all available free of charge.

Indoor Toys

Large selection of quality toys and books, including beach equipment, are provided in each apartment.

Meal Delivery / Room Service

In addition to the four catered meals (Summer only), breakfasts (charged in Spring) and kiddies meals a generous welcome pack is included. Additional catering can be arranged, or home-made ready meals may be bought from the estate's farm shop, which also stocks a range of local wines, olives and other delicious nibbles.

Outdoor Toys

A huge range of outdoor play equipment is provided including ride-ons, sand pits and trampolines, as well as an adventure playground area for older kids. Each apartment also has beach and picnic equipment provided for days out. There's also an onsite petting farm with sheep, goats, horses, rabbits, chickens and a donkey.

Visiting Spa Therapist

Treatments available in the spa. In summer, these can be taken out of the allocation of two complimentary activities per guest.

Creche Facilities

Unlimited use of the fully accredited crèche (from 10 weeks to 6+ yrs old), with native English speaking staff, is included

Onsite Restaurant

Breakfast is included each morning as well as 4 catered meals and 2 additional catered meals for the little ones on babysitting nights.

Stairgates / no stairs

integral stairgates fitted

Private Garden / Terrace / Balcony

All apartments have prvate terraces

Wifi / Cable Internet Access

Free WiFi is available

Friendly Animals

The Petting Farm is home to donkeys, lamas, pigs, sheep, rabbits, chickens, goats & horses

Tennis Court(s)

tennis courts onsite with balls & racquets provided. cycling to with bikes and child seats

2+ Cots and Highchairs

Multiple birth families will find lots of everything required!

Daily Cleaning

included

Hot Tub

There's a communal hot tub in the adults relaxation pool area

Reviews

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  • "The Schers' formula for a wonderful family holiday is spot on and at the heart of it is Tracey and Stuart themselves. A combination of her warm, friendly efficiency and his exuberance and energy creates a fantastically relaxed, happy, fun environment for everyone. The real evidence of their success is that currently 70pc of families are booking to come back again - including us. And that I finished not just one, but two novels during our magical week away." Daily Mail, Dec 2008. Review dated 03/11/2009

  • Sunday Express Travel Feature: "The Schers should really patent their formula. It was so good."Review dated 03/11/2009

  • You have succeeded in proving how inadequate our previous holidays have been. Most importantly you have treated a family of strangers as if they were long-lost friends.Review dated 03/11/2009

  • Had an amazing hoiday .... they really had thought of everything. Would wholeheartedly recommend !Review dated 03/11/2009

  • We had a wonderful week at Country Kids. We felt so welcomed and looked after and our 18 month old daughter had the time of her life. We'll be booking again next year! Review dated 03/11/2009

  • Perfect in every way, we had a fantastic week - a great find!Review dated 03/11/2009

  • I love this place- it is the only way to holiday with toddlers and babies. Pricey, but worth it!Review dated 03/11/2009

  • "A safe, fun, creative environment for children from just three months to teenagers, it gives parents a bit of down time in a laidback environment with a central alfresco bar and barbecue area." Daily Telegraph's Top European resorts for under-fives, July '09Review dated 03/11/2009

  • Fantastic holiday, will go again next year!Review dated 03/11/2009

  • Country kids was the most amazing family holiday we have ever had.Relaxed, amazing unobtrusive service - you felt you were staying with friends who had thought of everything. So good you will book to go back the following yearReview dated 03/11/2009

  • Country kids was the most amazing family holiday we have ever had. Relaxed, amazing unobtrusive service - you felt you were staying with friends who had thought of everything. So good you will book to go back the following year.Review dated 03/11/2009

  • Country Kids was the best vacation we've ever taken. It was as if Tracey and Stuart were inside your head anticipating everything parents could dream of in the perfect vacation.Review dated 03/11/2009

  • I stayed at Country Kids and Country Tots:The holiday my family and I enjoyed at Country Kids with Stuart and Tracey was definitely one of the most relaxing I have ever had (definitely the most relaxing since having kids!) They do anticipate your every need and take everything one step further - before you have even conjured up a thought they already know the answer, and have done it for you! I particularly loved our bedroom with a bath in it and the 2 meter wide bed. It was every bit as romantic as it was relaxing and family orientated and well, just perfect. Whatever you are looking for in a break, Country kids has it!Review dated 03/11/2009

  • Great holiday for any family as they provide almost everything and organise many activities. On top of that, every single person there is very welcoming and helpful. Highly recommendedReview dated 03/11/2009

"The Schers' formula for a wonderful family holiday is spot on and at the heart of it is Tracey and Stuart themselves. A combination of her warm, friendly efficiency and his exuberance and energy creates a fantastically relaxed, happy, fun environment for everyone. The real evidence of their success is that currently 70pc of families are booking to come back again - including us. And that I finished not just one, but two novels during our magical week away." Daily Mail, Dec 2008.

Sunday Express Travel Feature: "The Schers should really patent their formula. It was so good."

You have succeeded in proving how inadequate our previous holidays have been. Most importantly you have treated a family of strangers as if they were long-lost friends.

Had an amazing hoiday .... they really had thought of everything. Would wholeheartedly recommend !

We had a wonderful week at Country Kids. We felt so welcomed and looked after and our 18 month old daughter had the time of her life. We'll be booking again next year!

Perfect in every way, we had a fantastic week - a great find!

I love this place- it is the only way to holiday with toddlers and babies. Pricey, but worth it!

"A safe, fun, creative environment for children from just three months to teenagers, it gives parents a bit of down time in a laidback environment with a central alfresco bar and barbecue area." Daily Telegraph's Top European resorts for under-fives, July '09

Fantastic holiday, will go again next year!

Country kids was the most amazing family holiday we have ever had.Relaxed, amazing unobtrusive service - you felt you were staying with friends who had thought of everything. So good you will book to go back the following year

Country kids was the most amazing family holiday we have ever had. Relaxed, amazing unobtrusive service - you felt you were staying with friends who had thought of everything. So good you will book to go back the following year.

Country Kids was the best vacation we've ever taken. It was as if Tracey and Stuart were inside your head anticipating everything parents could dream of in the perfect vacation.

I stayed at Country Kids and Country Tots:The holiday my family and I enjoyed at Country Kids with Stuart and Tracey was definitely one of the most relaxing I have ever had (definitely the most relaxing since having kids!) They do anticipate your every need and take everything one step further - before you have even conjured up a thought they already know the answer, and have done it for you! I particularly loved our bedroom with a bath in it and the 2 meter wide bed. It was every bit as romantic as it was relaxing and family orientated and well, just perfect. Whatever you are looking for in a break, Country kids has it!

Great holiday for any family as they provide almost everything and organise many activities. On top of that, every single person there is very welcoming and helpful. Highly recommended


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