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“Great and charming family holiday”
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La Garenne
Reviewed August 2, 2013

We are a family with 2 children (5 & 7 years) and we stayed here for one week. It is a very charming and child friendly holiday location with lovely owners who make you feel right at home. They have a large garden where the children can play and a swimming pool. We stayed in the largest gite: la belle maison, which was perfect: charming, lots of space, large kitchen and both a back and front garden. We would definitely recommend it!

Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 23, 2013

We stayed in La Garenne in May 2013 with our 3 children (9,7, and 3 years). The gite was superb and well equipped. The rooms were large and we had ample room. There was a delightful private garden with bbq at the back and the front door opened on to the fantastic , safe walled communal garden which was a haven for the children to play in.
Although we had unseasonably cold and wet weather for May, Dorte and Richard made every effort to keep us comfortable and there were still lots to do in the surrounding area. The children had an amazing time. It was ideal to cycle around with car free roads. A local artist came and helped the children paint pottery to be glazed later in the week. the children made great friends with the other children and there were ample toys/ swings / trampolines to play on.
We will be returning for sure

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 20, 2012

It is with great pleasure that we are reviewing La Garenne!
We stayed in Maison Blanche at La Garenne for a week in June 2012 and had a fantastic holiday with our 2 children (ages 3 and 5). We were looking for a holiday where we could relax, enjoy the place, do sport and, most importantly, the kids could enjoy and be safe (which, after all, is what we all look for to be relaxed, while on holiday). We had no knowledge of the area and it was our first time at La Garenne and we can certainly say that it is really the perfect place for a family. It met all our (high) expectations!
La Garenne is composed of several marvelous gites, and each of them has everything you need to enjoy your holiday, including a fantastic patio overlooking the common enclosed garden (Dorte takes care of it perfectly, and we would never forget the amazing lavender just in front of our gite!). The garden was really the perfect place for the children, but also for us as it is very safe. From wherever we were - either inside the gite or in the patio - we could always see them playing so we were completely relaxed! In the garden there is a swimming pool - very clean and always perfectly maintained by Richard - which was obviously great for our kids!
The common garden makes La Garenne also perfect to meet the other families - we passed a very lovely evening all together enjoying the marvelous bbq’s put on by Richard and Dorte - and also our kids were very happy to play with other children.
As the local (and big) supermarket is 5/10 minutes drive from La Garenne, we made our lunch/dinner in our gite and enjoyed it in the patio! In addition, Dorte’s homemade cooking was just amazing and we had a few delicious meals two evenings (we strongly recommend to try her meals!).
Our gite (Maison Blanche) was excellent: very clean, spacious, and comfortable and had all we were looking for in a family holiday. It had two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living room and a kitchen. We particularly enjoyed having breakfast in the patio!
There are plenty of things to do around the area (including running, cycling, swimming and canoeing in the river) and we did a few interesting trips.
All of the above was more than enough to make our holiday perfect. But, we cannot finish our review without spending a few words about Dorte and Richard, who take care of anything at La Garenne impeccably. They were always friendly with us (and, importantly, with our kids as well) and helped us since the booking and during our stay with anything we needed … they really made our holiday perfect!
We had a fantastic holiday and we can certainly say that it was the most relaxing holiday we had ever made with our kids. We strongly recommend La Garenne to any family that wants to have a relaxing time (even with kids on holiday). We have already booked our reservation for next summer and we - and our kids - are very much looking forward to come back and meet again Dorte and Richard! Marco and Sara

Room Tip: Maison Blanche has an incredible price-quality value!
  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 19, 2012

We have 2 children (5yrs and 2yrs) and we spent a lovely week in La Grange gite at La Garenne in July 2012. We were looking for a holiday in which the children would be happy and safe and also somewhere we could relax so we spent a lot of time researching options. La Garenne seemed like the perfect place and I was very keen (and quite anxious) to see if the holiday would meet our high expectations. I am delighted to say that it certainly met all our expectations!
Communication during research, booking and on arrival with Dorte was very good – always on hand to answer queries and help with any local information we required to make our stay most enjoyable.
On arrival we were slightly early, so spent the time, in the middle of sunflower fields and vineyards, exploring the gardens and stretching our legs from the car journey. Our children were immediately at ease at the setting which put our minds at rest. Our gite was perfect, spacious, clean and comfortable. The local supermarket is 10mins drive and has everything you need.
We took advantage of Dorte’s homemade cooking one evening and had a beautiful meal when the children were safely in bed after another fun-filled day. We also attended the welcome BBQ to meet the other families staying at La Garenne which was a lovely evening and the children enjoyed painting pottery one afternoon in the garden.
There are many places to see around the area but it is equally relaxing to stay at La Garenne while the children play in the garden or splash around in the pool.
All in all a great holiday where Dorte and Richard both made us feel very welcome and most importantly of all for us, we had a relaxing time – something we never thought possible with 2 young children on holiday!
We are definitely hoping to book to go back again next summer, I would highly recommend La Garenne to any family.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 10, 2012

We had a wonderful holiday at La Garenne with our 3 children ages 6, 4 and 2. It was a successful holiday in many ways. The garden is enclosed and very safe for the children. It is easy to watch them play with their new friends and use the toys, they were well entertained and we even got a book read!
The swimming pool was great for our age of children. We did various day trips incluing Fouras (nearest beach), Cognac, St Jean D'angely. Other days we just stayed on site to play and swim or cycle on the numerous farm tracks which you can access from the garden.
The bbq's put on by Richard and Dorte are a great way to get to know the other guests and to exchange information on what to see and do.
Marcus, Louise, George, Guy and Annabel

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 10, 2012

We stayed in Maison Blanche at La Garenne in the final week of August and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We and our kids (3 and 6) had a really lovely time there; mainly due to the relaxed atmosphere and the way all the children staying were able to bond with each other and play in the gardens and the pool. The friendly welcome from Dorte and Richard was also a big factor in how enjoyable our week was.

I notice there's a rather negative review of Maison Blanche below and just wanted to add my 2ps worth. There is no doubt that this gite is noticeable less plush than the others - it hasn't yet been refurbished to the same standard, but it is cheaper as a result and I think that it is a fair price for what you get. We didn't find that it impacted our holiday at all; the essentials are all there and we had no problem using the En-Suite bathroom or the oven.

The location is a bit rural and isolated, but we found plenty of things to do within an hour's drive or so. Good day trips we found were:
* The aquarium at La Rochelle and then a walk around the old harbour area - seek out Ernest Le Glacier (15 -16rue du Port) for some truly excellent ice cream.
* La Vallee Des Singes, which is a monkey/ape safari park about 50 minutes drive away.
* Paddling/swimming/canoeing in the river at Condac
and there are others as well.

Overall, we had a lovely week and can only reccomend it.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 9, 2012

We have young active boys and an 18 mth old girl so we didn't expect to be able to relax very much (if at all!) but we came home feeling energised and all had a wonderful time at La Garenne.

The children had the freedom to safely play outside all day with their new friends and especially loved the swimming pool, rope swings, riding their bikes, wooden play house and large trampoline.

It's a beautiful, rural and tranquil setting which you could happily stay at for the whole duration or if you feel like exploring the local area there's some great things to see and do if you travel a little further a field. Our highlights were the aquarium at La Rochelle, Cognac play area, Ruffec river for kayak trip and Fouras for a day at the beach.

Dorte and Richard are the perfect hosts and we especially enjoyed the weekly BBQ and the delicious home cooked meal delivered to our gite.

After Day 2 we decided we'd come back next year and we've booked to stay in La Belle Maison which is a stunning, spacious 3 bedroom gite with a private garden overlooking the fields.

Can't rate it highly enough and counting down til next year!

Lucy, Stuart, Archie (5) Stanley (4) and Florence (1)

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Additional Information about La Garenne

Address: 6 impasse de la Garenne, 17470 Saint-Mande-sur-Bredoire, France
Location: France > Nouvelle-Aquitaine > Charente-Maritime > Saint-Mande-sur-Bredoire
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Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Saint-Mande-sur-Bredoire
Number of rooms: 5

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