Win a short family break in Brittany in one of these toddler friendly holiday cottages…

For your chance to win a holiday in Brittany for a family of four just visit our competition page on Holiday Tots.

There are seven stunning child-friendly holiday cottages to choose from all with a different character, situated in acres of farmland perfect for a toddler holiday in Brittany.

Located  only 10/15 minutes from the sea and several lovely sandy beaches they offer a fabulous base for a family holiday. Many have enclosed private gardens safe for toddlers with wonderful countryside views.

Just 3km away is the owners farm restaurant and the children will love the animals and pony rides.

From funky to romantic and everything in  between…

Travel info

Roscoff 1 hr 15
St Malo 1 hr 20
Brest 1 hr 30
Cherbourg 3 hrs 20

Enter Here.

Terms and conditions apply – see competition page. Competition closes midnight 23rd March 2017

Good Luck!!!

Family holiday review – child-friendly holiday complex in the Charente, Poitou-Charentes, France

In a region dotted with tiny hamlets, lakes and beautiful countryside you will find these wonderful family-friendly holiday cottages. Each cottage is baby and toddler friendly and there is plenty to keep the whole family entertained within the grounds.The Tilbury family headed off for their summer holiday earlier this year and below is what they thought. You can view the cottages they stayed in by visiting the Holiday Tots website here: holiday cottages

Tilbury family: mum, dad, Ben age 7 and Maya age 5.

144308566178815_largeAfter finishing school that week, the family were looking for a chilled holiday somewhere we could let the kids run free and enjoy themselves, come and go as we please and just enjoy some peace and quiet ourselves too!


Time for a chat and a few roasted marshmallows

Stansted to Limoges is a dead easy flight, nice and quick and no hassle. The car hire at Limoges is ridiculously easy too – we literally stepped out of the airport and there was the car hire centre, collecting the car took about 10 minutes which was great when you just want to get going.

The holiday complex is only 40 minutes from the airport and it’s a fairly easy drive too. We arrived at the cottage complex to a warm welcome from Paula and some lovely French bread, cheese and a bottle of rose – fab! Paula showed us around and let us explore in our own time, the kids had other ideas though and were desperate to get into the pool, so whilst they raided the suitcases for swim kit, we sat outside and enjoyed the first bit of glorious sunshine…


Sunset from the Jacuzzi

The accommodation is ideal. We stayed in PM4S and the size was perfect for the four of us. Our little courtyard was great for some al fresco dining and the kids were able to run in and out to the gardens and come as they please. (There are 4 cottages in total, suitable for a variety of party configurations and you could hire the whole place – for up to 26 people… that’s our next step!) The grounds are awesome! So much room to play and lots of different areas to explore. The pool was a huge hit, and the hot tub! But they also enjoyed the barn, little play areas and indoor games room as they all provided some relief from the mid-day sun. What really surprised me was the peacefulness, it is so quiet here. It’s gorgeous, you can really sit back and relax, read a good book and have a great nights sleep!

Local Boulangerie

Local Boulangerie

My husband took on the role as croissant and fresh bread collector each morning (a 5 minute drive to the village) and we enjoyed lunch every day outside the cottage.

We did venture out to a few places, Parc Bellvue –  (fairly expensive for what it is – a bit tired and in need of some modernisation in my opinion) and trips to Roucherchourt (lovely to walk around, enjoy the chateau and some local boule watching) La Guerlie beach is only a mile down the road and has a café, restaurant, water sports, beach, playground etc… but to be honest, our home for the week was so good for all of our needs and wants – we stayed here most of the time!

Toddler play area

Toddler play area

If you are after a chilled family friendly break away with a warm welcome and very helpful hosts (Paula booked a restaurant for us and also gave us tips on places to visit and things to do, information on the beauty treatments – which are amazing, according to our neighbours for the week!) this is the place to come. I kept saying to myself all week, “This place just works.” They have thought of everything. There is plenty of baby/toddler equipment and anything you need, just ask.

f66e4b3115It is so safe and quiet, we could let the kids roam and know that they were fine. There are toys and games dotted around the cottage, the grounds are full of things to do, there is no chance of boredom here. The week we stayed, two out of the four cottages were occupied so we had pretty much everything to ourselves. I think the kids would have preferred some others to play with, however the following week 13 kids were booked in – so it was an unusually quiet week for the owners.

maya-hammockWe will definitely return and come back with friends and family, they will love the place.  The kids miss the hot tub and the lovely cats, my husband misses his early morning coffee on the bench overlooking the whole grounds and I really miss that hammock (when I could get a look in! – can’t quite beat it!

A big thank you to Paula, Richard and their girls. A lovely stay, can’t wait to return!

For more details on the four cottages and facilities visit Holiday Tots 

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!!!

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




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!


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

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.

Kitchen Fire Place chard

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.


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.

New on Holiday Tots: a fabulous selection of child-friendly cottages in acres of gardens for imaginative play…

The Lot France is one of the most beautiful and undiscovered French regions. If you are looking for a place where children can run free, then this small hamlet of child-friendly holiday properties will certainly not disappoint.

child friendly holiday cottage in the Lot region France

child friendly holiday cottage in the Lot region France

Owners Lara and Mike have worked hard to make this a children’s paradise with so much to do you might find the kids will never want to venture further than the enclosed three acres of grounds…

play barn and pirate ship…

Oooh Arrrr!!!

Oooh Arrrr!!!

playground, tents, meadow maze…

Moombas and the meadow Maze 2013

Meadow maze

swimming pool and much much more!

Fully enclosed swimming pool

Fully enclosed swimming pool

There are plenty of options when it comes to child-friendly accommodation, from luxury stone holiday cottages to glamping and lodges as there are a total of seven holiday homes.

Stone child friendly holiday cottage

Stone child friendly holiday cottage

Luxury child-friendly tent for glamping under the stars!

Luxury child-friendly tent for glamping under the stars!

Children will love the The Three Bears themed holiday lodge

Children will love the The Three Bears themed holiday lodge

There are lots of ride on toys and dressing up outfits for all ages!

There are lots of ride on toys and dressing up outfits for all ages!

If you are looking for something a little more private the owners have two lovely toddler-friendly holiday cottages located within a separate three acres of land with fully enclosed swimming pool, pirate ship, play area, trampoline and sandpit. Each has two bedrooms

Option 1

For a quieter option try one of two family friendly holiday homes in their own three acres of grounds.

For a quieter option try one of two family friendly holiday homes in their own three acres of grounds.

Option 2

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The second of two child-friendly cottages sharing three acres of gardens and swimming pool

Swimming pool shared by two cottages

Swimming pool shared by two cottages

For all the holiday properties above all children receive an arrival present and have access to a huge amount of toys including lots of dressing up clothes!

The local village has a lake with small sandy beach, so if the wonderful countryside and activities within the grounds are not enough you can still get a fix of sand castle building!

For more details or to contact the owners directly visit Holiday Tots

Owners interview – Living the family life in the Lot region France while running a child-friendly holiday business…

507px-Lot-Position.svgOne of the most beautiful regions in France is the Lot, it is still relatively undiscovered and enjoys a micro climate of hot dry sunny summer days and cold dry winters. The landscape is made up of fields, forests, vineyards, farmland, historic hill-top towns, dramatic gorges and slow moving rivers. Here Marion talks about her life here with her family and her wonderful three child-friendly holiday gites.

Marion, Ray and Katie

Marion, Ray and Katie

We are a family of three – myself Marion a goldsmith by trade and originally from Germany, my husband Ray who was a Project Manager in London but is now a lumberjack, roofer, painter, pool attendant, etc and our seven year old daughter Katie who loves piano, ballet and Cbeebies (Katie Morag is her favourite programme at the moment)……….plus Milly, the cat. We lived in Teddington near London before we decided to move to the Lot region in France in November 2011.

The three child-friendly holiday cottages

The three child-friendly holiday cottages

 Why did you decide to start your own holiday accommodation business

For seven years we holidayed in the southern regions of France and we always thought it would be great to be able to experience the French way of life permanently while running and developing a family oriented business.  When Katie came along I had to stop running my jewellery gallery in London, and with my husband working abroad during the week and only being at home at weekends, we thought this is the time to make the move. I started looking for a house with gîtes for sale, and I came across these and we decided to make the big step.

What was the toughest part about setting it up

The gîtes were already set up for families with babies and young children, so the business was already up and running although there were a number of improvements that we wanted to make. Everybody who has moved to France will confirm that the toughest part of setting up a business here is the “red tape”. The French authorities do not make things easy! Things are explained on a need- to-know basis and it is not up to you to decide what you need to know. I once read that “In France, information is like a truffle. You have to go rooting around for it, hoping you strike lucky.”

The swimming pool is fenced and salt water - ideal for young children

The swimming pool is fenced and salt water – ideal for young children

 And what was the most memorable/enjoyable

We moved into the house at the end of January 2012, during one of the coldest winters the region had experienced for many decades, but when spring finally arrived it was so amazing to see all our trees (and we have a lot of them around us) coming back to life.  We have also had some fantastic families staying with us in our first two seasons, and seeing them relaxed and enjoying “La Dolce” really brings a smile to my face.

 What couldn’t you live without and why

I love the space and openness the Lot region offers. It is so unspoilt and for me one of the most beautiful areas in France……….the vast fields of sunflowers, the soft rolling country side, the Lot valley with its stunning medieval villages, the wild life we have around us (great for the children to discover), the local wine and fantastic food,……….I could go on and on.

The Lot River

Le Lot Cahors

What does your average working day involve

We have of course the same normal family life as we did in the UK (household, school, activities outside school), I (Marion) am also an active member of the Parent Association of Katie’s primary school (e.g. organising events).  We are also working through our improvement programme for the gites – last winter we updated all the bathrooms and the games room and this winter we are renovating the roofs . We were just awarded three stars in 2013 by “Atout France”, the official French body for hotel, gîte and chambre d’hôte classification.

I am also updating the information folder for our guests with new restaurants we have discovered, with new places to go and things to do, dates for the medieval festivals, evening summer markets and other summer events. We have just had our website newly designed, so we have been busy with this as well.

In the season we are busy maintaining the grounds and of course looking after our guests. Changeover days are normally extremely hectic, as I am very particular when it comes to the cleanliness of the gites.

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

I think it is the beautiful and tranquil setting which makes our place so special. We are on 2.25ha of grounds, with the gites and our house in the middle, separated by a vast meadow and surrounded by trees. There is no traffic noise, all our guests will hear is the laughter of happy children during the day……and maybe the hooting owl at night.

The Wendy house within the grounds

The Wendy house within the grounds

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

Difficult to decide…………but I would say firstly Les Jardins Suspendus de Marqueyssac (The Overhanging Gardens of Marqueyssac), one of the world’s most magnificent landscapes. These stunningly sculptured gardens wrap around a 17th century château that sits perched above the picturesque Dordogne valley, offering fantastic views. There is a maze for children and in summer they offer a lot of activities for little ones. The second place would be Château Bonaguil. This is our nearest castle and very much worth a visit. It is considered by the French to be the most beautiful fortified castle in France; and it was the last one to be built. Great for little ones to explore and a fantastic site for the medieval festival in summer!

Les Jardins Suspendus de Marqueyssac

Les Jardins Suspendus de Marqueyssac




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

Staying with us means parents can really travel light – no need for baby equipment and toys in the luggage. Domaine de la Dolce is a safe holiday haven, where the children will find new friends to play with while Mum and Dad relax and have a well-earned holiday.

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

Wonderful scenery, friendly people, a lot of sunshine, great food and Cahors wine – what else does one need?

You can find these lovely todder-friendly holiday cottages on Holiday Tots here: