We tried to book for the summer but as it was fully booked we snapped up the chance to visit during May half term and although the weather wasn't amazing, the place, the set up and everything in the surrounding areas made it a wonderful holiday for us and our 3 children.
Firstly our Gite Vanille was spacious with a great set up for our family; the large living area was in the centre with our bedroom and ensuite on one side and the children’s bedroom with 3 lovely matching beds and their ensuite on the other side. There was a box of toys which the kids loved and a well set up kitchen and a washing machine. The beds were beautifully comfortable with lovely bed linen and the gite was absolutely spotless.
What exceeded our expectations was the space and the set up for the children, we have a 7 year old and 4 year old twins and it was fortunate that all of the guests children at half term were 6 and under, there was also the bonus of the owners 12 year old son and his 12 year old friend who had come for half term, they were the most well mannered, lovely boys I have ever met and were absolutely wonderful at entertaining our 7 year old son, they even arranged 2 camp over’s on the field which was one of the highlights of my sons holiday! The owners provided a sleeping bag and mattress etc and I provided the snacks - memories he'll treasure for a long time.
The other play equipment and enormous safe space was amazing, the children ran and played to their hearts content, they loved the woods and the tree house - while we were able to sit and relax, which doesn't happen very often!
The pool isn't heated, which I imagine isn't a problem when the weather is warm, unfortunately as with the UK at half term this year, we also got some mixed weather so the kids braved the cooler pool - and once they were in - they all loved it. It was nice as many of the other guests children were also in the pool at the same time, so they all played together.
So when the weather isn't great, the only thing to do is to get out and explore which there is loads to go at. The Aquarium at La Rochelle is unbelievable and then to spend the day in and around the old harbour is a real treat. The Zoo is also great. The beach at Playa sur la Mer is beautiful and great for kids who want to explore as is the old Chateau where the prehistoric caves are, the children even saw wild otters there which they loved.
Saintes food Market is a must and a wonderful experience for everyone and even a day in nearby St Jean Angeley is fun filled. We only managed to use the kids club on one day as we went out in the mornings and spent the afternoons by the pool or playing on the field. The kids club is ace and Philippa who runs it is brilliant with the kids.
My husband had a great time at the guest’s v's locals - Dad's football match that they owners arranged, watched avidly by all the families who cheered them on with supper time picnics and glasses of wine, while the kids ate ice creams and played on the zip wire.
A lovely concept is the BBQ night on the Thursday; this was a good opportunity to chat and get to know the other guests while the children all played. Philippa and her husband spoilt us all with their fabulous cooking and were excellent hosts. There were a few headaches the following morning...
It was an idyllic week which echoes the reviews that we read before we booked. Really great holiday which our kids loved every minute and we actually got to relax. THANK YOU MIRABELLE - see you again next year!
- Also Known As:
- Mirabelle France/Asnieres-La-Giraud