Family Friendly Holiday Places

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Self catering holidays in France have always been a popular choice with British families and, despite all the recent economic problems; France continues to dominate alongside Spain as a destination for visits abroad. This has been officially confirmed by the UK’s Office for National Statistics. If you enjoy nerdy travel facts, you can view their 2010 Travel Trends report.

However, if you’re simply looking for some suggestions regarding family friendly holiday places to stay, here’s my top 5 that are well worth a look:

La Grande Metairie

This unique family resort in southern Brittany is approaching its 43rd birthday in 2012, but still retains a modern look and feel, with new additions regularly added to the site including bars, restaurants and their new tree house glamping options. Activities for children are extensive and include both a kids’ and teenagers’ club.

Pagel Family Friendly Holidays

Pagel’s holiday gite complex is based in the gorgeous countryside of the Lot department in Southern France. Pagel are a small, independent and family run, family holiday provider that have gone to great lengths to ensure that parents travelling with babies, tots and young children have absolutely everything they need on arrival (from baby baths to plastic cutlery and everything in between).

The company aim to offer peace and tranquillity for adults, with fun and imaginative play for children.

Alicourts, Pierrefitte

For families who enjoy nature and the outdoors, Alicourts is one to consider with its stunning Lakeside chalets and natural woodland. Alicourts have also followed suit with the current glamping trend and offer highly imaginative tree house accommodation.

There are plenty of water based activities for all the family including: slides, wave pool and islets; all set in pools that have been made to look one with the environment.

Chateau des Ormes

For families looking to travel to France on a budget, Chateau des Ormes is one to consider. Competitively priced, the facilities are great and include indoor and outdoor water parks, golf course, equestrian centre and several bars and restaurants.

Based in Northern Brittany, this one is a short hop for Brits looking for some summer sun without having to go too far or spend too much.

La Garangeoire

Based on an estate of over 200 hectares, La Garangeoire is another option for those who enjoy stunning outdoor scenery and activities. Outdoor pursuits include: pony and horse riding, tennis, crazy golf, trampolines and children’s playgrounds.

Take a look at these companies websites for further details on their offering.

Mark Jones is a freelance travel writer for JHM.