Babyski in the Languedoc-Roussillon France – Sking for 3-8 year olds no experience necessary!

Situated in the South of France is The KITHAU centre established in 2003. It is located in the Languedoc Roussillon area, in Marseillan (near Montpellier), a village on the edge of the Thau lagoon this family-friendly holiday centre has a kite surfing school, wakeboarding, babyskiing & babywake. There are canoe and paddle rentals, a dining and relaxation area, a small beach, children’s games and a skatepark…

The amazing thing about this palce is the Babyski or Babywake.

With the  babyski or babywake, children from 3 years to eight years can give water skiing , apparently even if they can’t swim!

I would like to think I would be brave enough to let my 5 year old do it but I am not sure… take a look at the video and let me know what you think?

 

If you are having a family holiday in the Languedoc Roussillon in France, why not give it a go? But do let us know how you get on!!!

http://www.kithau.com/en/beach_culture_babyski_babywake.html

If you are looking for somewhere to stay in the area why not take a look at this lovely micro resort, kids club, wine tasting, dinner, babysitting and much more included in your stay too! Just 20 mins from Kithau

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https://www.holidaytots.co.uk/view-property/386-luxury-micro-resort-in-herault/

 

 

Latest news from a favourite luxury micro-resort in the Languedoc-Roussillon…

Some of you may have been fortunate enough to stay at one of these luxury child-friendly apartments or villas in the Languedoc-Roussillon. Located just 10 minutes from the sandy beaches of the Languedoc and a day trip to Barcelona, owners Phil, Emma and their two children, Anya and Austin offer the perfect family luxury break with an array of activities including: heated enclosed swimming pool, twice-weekly maid service, drop in kids club for 3 years up, 2 nights babysitting as standard (more can be arranged at extra cost), 2 evening meals included, breakfast basket every morning, gym, bikes, skateboards, boules, play park, Pilates, relaxation classes…

child friendly holiday resort

child friendly holiday resort

This child-friendly holiday micro-resort already boasts enough to keep any family happy, so what is new…?

They now offer “Gentle Touch” for their health and fitness packages  – bronze, silver and gold.  All guests have the bronze package included, which gives access to the heated salt pool, the jacuzzi and also a Pilates class each day.   Silver and Gold packages are optional but give great value massages – including Hot Stones and Indian Head – as well as bonus stretch classes on the 100-m2 roof terrace, overlooking the wine chateau and the Med.

Enclosed swimming pool

Enclosed swimming pool

We are also excited to announce the opening of their new 2 bedroom air conditioned apartment, which is proving already to be a great success.  It has 3.5m high ceilings, bath and large shower and two terraces.  It also stays lovely and cool during the hot summer days and is ideal for the kids as they have instant access to the play park at the back. This brings their holiday accommodation to a total of four holiday homes, two 2 bed apartments, a 3 bed apartment and ¾ bed luxury villa. All of the properties are ideal for families looking for holidays with babies, toddlers and children of all ages and the resort promises to be a relaxing holiday haven for parents too!

Toddler friendly holiday apartment

Toddler friendly holiday apartment

And finally… the arrival of their giant squirrel.  Pictured with owner Phil, he is made of resin and is about to become a new feature within the grounds! Let’s hope he doesn’t steel all the nuts!

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You can see all of their holiday properties and more information on our Holiday Tots website.

Summer availability – toddler – friendly holiday cottages in the Languedoc-Roussillon, France

Situated within their own beautiful grounds are these lovely holiday cottages that are as with all Holiday Tots holiday properties all kitted out with everything you need when taking babies, toddlers and young children on holiday. Stairgates, high chair, cots a must but also the little things like a big family friendly welcome! Mike and Katie and their children pull out all the stops to make every family have a great stay and often make new lifelong friends along the way. They have a couple of weeks still available this summer in their lovely child-friendly cottages and are offering 20% discount so snap them up quick!!!

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Located in the Languedoc Roussillon just 20 minutes from Carcassonne are these fabulous family friendly holiday cottages. As with all Holiday Tots holiday cottages they provided the perfect home from home to relax and unwind for a family with babies, toddlers and/or young children. Owners Mike and Katie have children of their own and know exactly what it takes to have a relaxing family getaway. They have a few weeks left in a couple of their lovely child-friendly holiday cottages this summer and are offering a last minute 20% discount.

 

Enclosed Swimming Pool

Enclosed Swimming Pool

There is a fully enclosed heated swimming pool (heated to 24 degrees May-September) shared by the four holiday cottages and each cottage has its own private terrace. There is also a large communal terrace and seating area with sofas in the shade by the BBQs.

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There are 6 hectares of woods and meadows, ideal for family picnics. The nearest airport is just 25km away in the city of Carcassonne.

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Last minute availability:

Property ref MK1L has 3 bedrooms and can accommodate up to 10 guests – three double bedrooms with the master having an en-suite and a further bathroom. There are also two sofa beds.

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20% discount for last remaining weeks of summer w/c 5th, 12th and 19th July now only 1120€ per week

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http://www.holidaytots.co.uk/toddler-and-baby-friendly/Languedoc-roussillon/Languedoc-roussillon-134.html

Property ref MK3R is simply decorated and has two bedrooms, the furniture has been chosen to reflect the traditional French farmhouse style.

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20% discount for last remaining summer weeks w/c 16th and 23rd August now only €640 per week

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http://www.holidaytots.co.uk/toddler-and-baby-friendly/Languedoc-roussillon/Languedoc-roussillon-141.html

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You can see all four of their child-friendly holiday cottages in the Languedoc-Roussillon, France here – great for a summer holiday or Spring or Autumn break as the pool is heated from May through to September!

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Special offer: family bikes and picnic for a day along the Canal du Midi staying at this family friendly chateau

The owners of this wonderful family-friendly château are offering Holiday Tots guests complimentary bikes and picnic for all week holidays in June. Offer expired

Family friendly chateau

The family-friendly chateau

 

The child-friendly château is perfect for families with babies, toddlers and older children with facilities and activities for all ages.

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The three bedroom cottage – sleeps up to 10 people

There are a total of nine holiday cottages all suitable for families with young children starting with one bedroom holiday cottages ideal for a couple and baby or toddler through to three bedrooms perfect for a party of ten.

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The swimming pool is fully enclosed

Within the estate there is plenty to do, swimming pool that is fully enclosed, tennis courts, 115 hectares of woods, vineyards and more. for the adults dinner and wine tastings are on offer too plus baby sitting!

The château is located in the Languedoc Roussillon just 20 minutes from Carcassonne. the Lac de la Cavalyere – a wonderful man-made lake surrounded by pine forests and sandy beach is just 20 minutes drive. It has lots to offer families from mini golf course and water parc to ropes course for the older children. Beaches of Narbonne and more are about 40 minutes and spectacular caves just 20 minutes.

Family cycle along the Canal du Midi

Family cycle along the Canal du Midi

The local villages are steeped in history and of course wonderful food!

Prices start from just €675 for a one bedroom cottage for a weeks holiday in June.

For details and to contact the owner directly visit the Holiday Tots website.

Owners interview: Family life in the Languedoc…

The Buisson family

The Buisson family

The Languedoc-Roussillon is a region in Southern France and has five departments. Owners Louise and Franck set up home in the ‘department’ Pyrenees-Orientales and transformed an old derelict house into four child-friendly holiday apartments. Here is their story…

Myself, Louise, English came to France for university and never went back to the UK. Married Franck, French from the Ardèche region, and we have 2 boys aged 8 & 6.

Why did you decide to start your own holiday accommodation business?building pool2

We wanted to live in a nice environment for us and our family. found a very large property and it was a good way of being able to afford to have a bit more space around us than the norm !!

What was the toughest part about setting it up?

The tremendous amount of work we had to do to the very un-looked after property. then the week after we bought the house there was a huge snow storm, which like never happens here, and there was so much snow we could’nt access the house, Fallen trees everywhere etc. !! We couldn’t really afford all of the work so were using our customers holiday deposits to pay for the builders – the work had to be finished on time as we couldn’t even reimburse the paid holidays, and was a very stressful experience !!

Rural child-friendly holidays

Rural child-friendly holidays

And what was the most memorable/enjoyable?

Our children have the best play ground ever, and when we organise birthday parties the kids just have so much fun its brilliant !

The woodland play area

The woodland play area

The gardens are fabulous for play

The gardens are fabulous for play

What couldn’t you live without and why?

The tranquillity and the beautiful setting, I could now never go back and live in a city, you get used to the countryside very quickly.

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Resident donkeys

What does your average working day involve?

Organising the children, making breakfasts for the b&b clients, cleaning rooms & gîtes, taking réservations.

What advice would you give to families wanting to holiday with you and why is your place so special?

Bring a couple of good books, plenty of suntan lotion and be prepared to unwind. Its the perfect setting for a family Holiday, the children will love it and when its easy to entertain the children, your own Holiday becomes so much more relaxing!

The ponies are always popular!

The ponies are always popular!

If you could pick just two attractions/places to visit in your area what would they be?

Collioure for its beautiful architecture and little quaint Streets full of artists studios. The lake at ST Jean Pla des Corts where there is so much to do for everyone, in a beautiful setting  – tree climbing, bouncy castles in the water, swimming in the lake, feeding the ducks, a great little restaurant ….

Collioure

Collioure

Is there anything you would like to highlight that might be interesting to families with babies/toddlers/young children who are thinking of staying with you?

We obviously have all the baby equipment you will need so less luggage needed. The pool is heated at 30° from mid-march until mid-novembre so even for tinies its perfect, and lots of children have learnt to swim in our pool.

Pool view and distant sea view from the three bedroom holiday apartments

Pool view and distant sea view from one of the apartments

In one sentence can you explain what life is like where you live?

Perfect !

Louise and Franck also have two holiday homes in the centre of Argeles sur Mer they own so if you are looking for a rural child-friendly holiday or want to be in the centre of it all they have both!

You can see all of their holiday homes here and they are all suitable for families looking for a holiday with babies, toddlers and young children. All Holiday Tots families get free linen, cots, high chairs and end of stay clean!

A family story – relocating to the Languedoc

Situated in the Languedoc region in Southern France just a few miles from the coast you will find this luxurious mini small-holding of just three luxury villas.

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This family run micro resort offers amazing family friendly holiday packages with children’s club, lovely accommodation, great leisure facilities & activities, breakfast, two evening meals and childcare plus Pilates and other fitness instruction and gym! 

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We asked owners Emma and Phil why they decided to move their family here and a little about their daily lives.

So who are the family?

We are a family of four Phil, Emma and two children.  A three year old bubbly girl called Anya, and a creative 6 year old boy called Austin. We lived in Brighton in the UK and then gave up everything to move over to France and start a business.

What inspired you to start your own holiday business?

My husband had less work and was in the house more which meant that me (Emma) using our sitting room as my work space for group pilates classes and massage was not practical.  As our income lessened we started to create ideas how we might change our lifestyle and offer our children the opportunity to learn a language at an early age.  We studied and did due diligence on Gite businesses in France.  I was motivated to offer mothers help.  I had a tough recovery after my pregnancies and I realised that any proper break away that somehow kept the baby close to mum while she might also get some respite or time for herself was indeed a business worth it’s gold.

What was the toughest part about setting it up?

For myself (Emma) it was getting to grips with the french language; joining all the social french systems and dealing with all of the financial and investment aspects to creating and setting up the business.  I attended a lot of the French lifestyle seminars and collected information of property hunters; financial experts, lawyers and looked for information on different regions in France.  Fortunately, my husband’s strengths are my weaknesses and we managed to work together to form our business ideas.

And what was the most memorable/enjoyable?

Memorably,  arriving in Canet and visiting our prospective property in the pouring torrential rain and thinking that this was definitely the right choice.  It was strange as rain is not a frequent occasion here but it was even picturesque and bright in bad weather.  Enjoyably, the second visit lying on the soft sand beach.

What couldnt you live without and why?

I couldn’t live without the amazing sun rises and sun sets, mountains, beach or the interesting and humbling, birds and animals I see on a daily basis.  I am very lucky.

What does your average working day involve

At the moment we are working a renovation so we are doing crazy jobs on top of a normal family life.  We get up and drop the kids and then  nip to Spain to get our pillar toppers, and plants, or visit 2 or 3 local DIY stores to buy paint, curtains, lights, or cleaning equipment.  We paint and sand walls; and do cleaning, cooking and washing for the family.  Other essential jobs are organising the right workman for the job and working through quotes.  Keeping up with the massive amount of paperwork that needs to be scanned and sent to the accountant. We field enquiries from guests.  We regularly visit the bank and need to work with the laborious banking system to keep up payments to the workmen…

What advice would you give to families wanting to holiday with you and why is your place so special?

If you need a break in a beautifully landscaped and picturesque place with all the holiday essentials close to you then grab this opportunity.  Locally at our property we have created cosy spots and facilities for you,and, regionally, we can guarantee you soft sand beaches; portes; mountains; villages; sports; history and a list of excellent restaurants.  Globally, you can even travel to Spain within half an hour or walk to a natural lake (Etang) which has groups of Flamingos; coypu; beavers; herons; cormorants; ducks; kingfishers, seagulls and so much more. 

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If you could pick just two attractions/places to visit in your area what would they be?

Personally,  I think a calming walk along Canet promenade over to the Etang to find a secret collection of magnificent birds is a treat.  Or visiting Collioure with it’s hidden bay; boutiques; history layered castles and view point restaurants.

Is there anything you would like to highlight that might be interesting to families with babies/toddlers/young children who are thinking of staying with you?

Cosy accommodation; plenty of baby facilities; our children who always love to play with others; facilities on site for exercise, relaxation and sun bathing.  Good food, fun and plenty of well organised children’s activities that may help mum and dad spend time together.  Interestingly, previous guests have also highlighted our safe perimeter fencing; relaxing pool area with pool towels, Wifi and the useful programmed SAT Nav we can issue to guests.  Most people are surprised by our excellent service for massage, pilates or post natal recovery. 

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In one sentence can you explain what life is like where you live?

Warm, hearty, friendly people in a scenic panaromic landscape, full of historical sites, and community walking paths.

Visit our website for more details on their child friendly holiday villas.

Do you have a story to tell? Have you relocated? Why not share it with us?