MMM: The perfect toddler-friendly holiday retreat

You may follow my inane waffle on Twitter. If you don’t, I don’t blame you. But if you do, then you may be aware that I went to France on holiday for my first fortnight’s worth of jolly-days in years.

With a tantrum-throwing two and a half year old, plus our six-month old baby, Soneva Fushi or The Banyan Tree isn’t really on our holidaying radar right now.

However, we did go to the Dordogne – the place we honeymooned three years ago and completely fell in love with. Back then, it was all champagne, boutique hotels and staying up late. Now, it’s all about soft-play, SPF factor 50 and, OK, wine by the bucket-load for us.

My clever sister-in-law came across this place in the NCT magazine – and while I can’t say I was as excited as if I had suddenly been whisked off for a weekend in NYC – it looked pretty much heaven for the kids.

A country estate with nine cottages, an indoor soft-play barn, swimming pool, kids club, huge sand pit, climbing frames and even home-made meals available for you AND the kids – Domaine de Peyrecaty was everything we wanted in a holiday.

The indoor play barn. The bar is LITERALLY two paces away so they can play and you can…drink.
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Play barn LEFT, bar, RIGHT. Get in.
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Play barn view over to our cottage
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View in front of the play barn, terrace area for parents
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Number one son and Number one nephew were entertained, outside all day and exhausted by bedtime. We could be in the sunshine, have a home-from-home experience in the cottage (they provide EVERYTHING you could need, from cots to monitors) and enjoy the local vin on our sun-drenched terrace or nip across to the fully licensed bar directly opposite.

View through swings to sand-pit
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The massive sand-pit
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Owners Steve and Helen even booked us a British former nurse as a babysitter one evening and we had a NIGHT OUT (!) in the local town. Her husband even drives you there and back.

Our lovely sun-drenched cottage
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Our terrace
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Basically this was as relaxing a holiday as you can get with children in tow. There is loads to see in the surrounding area (LOADS – we barely scraped the surface of attractions because we couldn’t drag the kids out of the toy-barn) and the scenery is ah-mazing.

View through the lavender
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In short, we are re-booking for next year. And just so you know, this wasn’t a free holiday. We paid for it all in full. I am recommending as good toddler-friendly / adult-fun holidays are pretty hard to find!

They led, we followed
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Book directly through owner Helen at Peyrecaty. Tell ’em I sent you.

  • Comments ( 5 )

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    Lucy

    Wow, looks fab. After just having had a week in Brittany with grandparents helping and lots of outdoor space to knacker my toddler out with, followed by a week on a family resort in Greece, toddler-friendly travel is top of my radar right now. Finding the balance between keeping them happy and having some fun/relaxation yourself can be a hard task, so I’m so pleased you shared this gem! And while our Thomson Family Resort was nowhere near as chilled and decadent as our holidays pre-baby, having all your kids’ facilities catered for means they’re happy, which makes you happy, right? So I was happy to put up with everyone else’s screaming kids around the pool…Fab site, by the way. x

    • avatar
      Erica

      Thanks Lucy! It was really brilliant, mainly because they took the pressure out of you having to remember everything. And having a bar / homemade meals was amazing! X

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    Metropolitan Mum

    The only things that’s missing is the wine pairing underneath each of the images. Would have loved to know what kind of drink you recommend with the respective scenery ๐Ÿ™‚

    • avatar
      Erica

      Easy. It goes wine, wine, wine, gin, wine ๐Ÿ™‚

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