Les Chataigniers

  • The farmhouse seen from across the courtyard

Les Chataigniers Amenities

Les Chataigniers Amenities

For those who hanker after a rural idyll with views over rolling hills, meadows, wildflowers and woodlands, the scent of lavender and the sound of birdsong in the air, accompanied perhaps with a bit of splashing around in the pool, there can be few better getaways than this, especially as it combines all the space and facilities of a villa estate but all the privacy of exclusive use*.

Les Chataigniers first cast its magic over its owners, Chris and Mark, some 15 years ago and now, after several years of holidays here and many years as residents nearby, they offer an invaluable service to families holidaying here whether its celebration meal or daily breakfasts and suppers, or tips and advice on places to eat, drink, walk, kayak, horse ride or simply entertain the kids. The beauty of it is that, after the initial welcome, they are just down the lane if you need them, or pretty much invisible if you don't.

The fact that English-speaking help and advice is on the doorstep is just one of many advantages for parents staying here. Others include a long and very comprehensive list of baby and toddler equipment that, along with a pre-arrival grocery and baby supplies shopping service that means that even packing for the trip can be stress free and everyone can relax from the moment they arrive. Simply unstrap the kids from the hire car, unload the bags and relax over a glass of the local vin rouge whilst mini guests discover the handy haul of toys, books and DVDs. When suitably relaxed, take a stroll around the 9-acre grounds and discover the chickens to feed, eggs to collect or vegetables and fruit to pick. Along the way, little people will joyfully discover the covered sandpit, swing set and climbing frame, not forgetting the lovely enclosed pool which is reached via the huge 'club house' games room with its table tennis and snooker table. Combine all that with long lazy evenings spent barbecuing on the terrace, soaking in the views and catching up, baby monitor on hand, whilst little ones snooze safely upstairs... heavenly!

Accommodation Overview:
Les Chataigniers is a 9-acre former farm estate set 50 metres from the nearest road (even that has very little traffic) just outside the tiny hamlet of Campels near Le Salvetat-Peyrales. It is made up of several buildings including the 7-bedroom farmhouse, 2-bedroom cottage and the owner's home, all set around a pretty courtyard, which can be enclosed for safe communal play. Each house has its own private terrace and enjoys communal access to safely enclosed, solar heated pool, sun terrace and the games room with its table tennis, snooker table, sofa area, library corner and children's indoor play area. There are also acres of outdoor space including a play lawn adjacent to the pool with level area for ball games, large wooden play set (swings, rope labours, fort etc.), covered sand pit and shaded seating area; 3-acres of wild meadow and 7-acres of woodland; and the organic vegetable garden and chicken coop. Guests are welcome to help themselves to the produce and feed scraps to or collect eggs from the chickens.

*There are three cottages of varying sizes at Les Chataigners of which Fig Tree is the smallest, but the facilities are only ever rented to one set of guests. So, guests renting Fig Tree, enjoy exclusive use of the pool and play areas.

Fig Tree Cottage is a deceptively spacious 2-bedroom cottage created from the conversion of several characterful farm buildings. It combines lovely original features, such as oak beams and exposed stone walls with modern amenities including ensuite bathrooms to each of the bedrooms.
Downstairs, the cottage boasts a lovely vine covered terrace with outdoor seating, dining table, chairs and a built in barbecue. A doorway from the terrace leads directly into the kitchen-diner which is well stocked with crockery, cutlery and glassware as well as equipment including an electric oven, two induction rings, two gas burners, a microwave, a double sink and fridge freezer. An open arch leads from kitchen into the large lounge with sofas, armchairs and a log burner. Open stairs (stairgate available) from the lounge lead up to the master bedroom which boasts a romantic cast iron double bed (large) and ensuite with roll-top bath, as well as a separate shower. This bedroom also has the benefit of a private balcony with table and chairs. The second bedroom can be found downstairs of an inner hallway from the lounge. This bedroom has a 140cm cast iron double bedstead, window seat with lovely views over the garden and ensuite shower room. In addition to the bedroom's ensuite, a second downstairs WC can be found of the inner hallway.

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Baby-Friendly Farmstays in Midi-Pyrenees, France

Les Chataigniers Farmhouse

  • £1500.00 - £2350.00 per week
  • Sleeps 13 in 7 Bedrooms
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Christine Oddy

Member since Jan 2013
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  • After a very busy, quite stressful year, we wanted to get away to somewhere completely peaceful. Fig Tree Cottage was perfect - away from roads, planes, towns, noise (apart from our 10 month old, but that's a different issue!) and in the middle of the most beautiful countryside. Chris and Mark have created a little haven from daily pressures. They are so welcoming yet don't intrude in any way. We didn't need to bring any baby stuff at all for Lucas, everything we requested was provided - very definitely baby friendly (actually parent friendly!). Lucas loved Elisa who babysat one evening, but his favourite thing of all was definitely the chickens. For myself and my partner it was the chance to relax and just enjoy being a family (our first holiday with Lucas!!). Wish we had booked a fortnight.Review dated 08/10/2013

  • We spent a lovely September week at Fig Tree Cottage - The perfect place for our first family holiday with little Sonny. All the thoughtful bits and bobs for a baby made our stay so much easier and Sonny loved some of the toys so much that we are going to have to hunt for them back home!Campels provided teh perfect place for exploring this area - Marks advice was always 'spot on' - We particularly loved Albi (so pretty) and Najac. Our meal at Belcastel and the Champagne breakfast made our holiday even more special - Thank you to the owners for arranging those too. We hope we can return some day soona nd will be recommending it to all our friends and family.Review dated 06/02/2016

  • A wonderful two weeks at Fig Tree Cottage. The perfect spot to rest and relax (as much as you can with a toddler !). Kitty adored the garden, chickens, games rom and swimming pool. And we have loved the peace and tranquility - and that view! The owners were so friendly, helpful and accommodating - even helping to find an emergency dentist for Kitty! The veg from the garden and eggs from the chickens were delicious and Kitty had such fun collecting them. We hope to be back soon!Review dated 06/09/2015

  • We feel very lucky to have spent a week at this lovely cottage and incredibly grateful for this special place. Our son Arlo fell in love with the area, the chickens, Jasper teh dog, the walks.. everything! He was happy, chatty and on the go the whole time. We thank the owners for creating a unique and special place and hope to see them again soon!Review dated 06/08/2015

  • Our stay at Fig Tree Cottage was nothing less than perfect. Mark and Christine have created the ideal opportunity for a baby friendly break combining a beautiful cottage with idyllic scenery to match. From the very first enquiry Christine was continually helpful in accommodating for our stay and upon arrival we were encouraged to make ourselves at home and settled immediately. The friendly and relaxing atmosphere captured all of our hearts and we are already planning a return visit! The cottage has everything you could possibly need for a visit with children, coupled with views of pure bliss which provided hours of fun for my boys and I to run around and explore. Thank you again Mark and Christine for all of your assistance during our stay and I do hope we shall see each other again soon! Grace, Jahmali and Xavier xx Review dated 18/04/2014

Fast Facts

Sleeps 4 + cots in 2 x double bedrooms, one with ensuite shower and the other with a bath and shower.

Any Pool

The cottage has exclusive use* of a lovely large securely fenced pool with a great view. The Pool is solar heated from May through to September. *since the cottage and farmhouse are never rented at the same time, unless by the same group.


The owners who are former teachers and are fully CRB checked in UK and France. Local babysitter also available for evenings.

Nursery Gear (additional)

Les Chataigniers has a great stock of baby gear including 2 wooden cots; 2 x highchairs; 2 x clip-on baby chairs which guests can take out to restaurants; 2 x lightweight folding buggies; baby bath; baby monitor; potty; changing table with mat; 2 x toddler loo seats; 2 x toddler steps; stairgates - top and bottom; 2 x bed guards; socket covers; child locks on kitchen cupboard containing cleaning materials; plastic crockery, plastic cutlery and sippy cups.

Indoor Toys / Games Room

The cottage has a selection of bath toys, kids books, general toys and U-rated kids DVD's to keep little ones entertained.

Meal Delivery / Room Service

The owners can provide pre arrival shopping, an arrival night supper and catering for ocassions by prior arrangement.

Outdoor Toys

Outside the cottage has plenty for mini guests with a overed sand pit with buckets, spades; swing set and climbing frame; slide; paddling pool, small trampoline (no safety net), and pop-up tent.

Stairgates / no stairs

Stairgates are provided on the top and bottom of the staircase.

Private Garden / Terrace / Balcony

The cottage has its own private terrace with dining furniture and seating, as well as shared access to 9 acres of wildflower meadow and woodland, plus play lawns below pool and in front of dining deck (latter two are hedged/fenced and very easy to supervise from higher vantage point). Nearest public road is 50m away and has no through traffic on it.

Wifi / Cable Internet Access

Wi-Fi available


Hot water for the cottage and heat for the swimming pool is provided by solar panels; gardening is completely organic and recycling facilities include glass, tins, paper, and cardboard. There is also a compost heap and food scraps go to the chickens. Guests are encouraged to join in as much as possible.

Friendly Animals

There are resident chickens, little ones can enjoy morning egg collecting rounds.

2+ Cots and Highchairs

2 wooden cots and 2 highchairs are provided for little ones.