Sunday, April 12, 2015

Boutique Family Holidays In France | Travel ♥

Now that the excitment of various family birthdays and the Easter holidays are over it's time for us to begin thinking of our annual family holiday. It's something which we save up for all year round and thoroughly look forward to, so it's important for us to choose the perfect location and accommodation for us to stay in so that we can all have the perfect family holiday, full of memories for us to enjoy forever. I'm really trying to make travel more of a prominent element to my blog and hope you have all been enjoying my travel and adventure and family day out posts over the past two years - there are a lot more to come! I love sharing our family holiday ideas and day out posts with you all and hope the locations and our holiday ideas may be a source of inspiration to some of you and entice you to visit them too someday.

The older I get the more I want to shy away from the usual apartment or hotel room holidays by the sea. Those places are far too crowded for me and if I'm honest, most places don't offer the comfort or 'home away from home' experience which I think is important for, not only our son, but for us too. Last year on our first family holiday abroad to Portugal he had to sleep in a cot in a room with Jacek and I, not a big deal really, but this was so unusual for him and not what we do at home at all - it took some getting used to for both him and us! I want him to be able to have a separate room, his home comforts, a safe and clean environment to play in and explore and boutique family holidays provided by French Loaf offer all of these things in some of the most stunning properties I have ever seen.

The French Loaf website is beautifully designed and the images on there really do paint a picture of the perfect family holiday - peaceful, beautiful, idyllic settings, a beautiful place to stay and lots of fun things for the little ones to enjoy as well as the adults. 

There are even Beatrix Potter tales in the children's bedroom, could this place be anymore perfect?
 My favourite property that they have to offer is the Beauclerc, a beautiful, charming property in the stunning Peyrilles region, which offers picturesque rural views over the pool and valley. The property has two bedrooms - ideal for my little family and each part of the property is designed to perfection, honestly, this would be my dream home (if I could afford it one day! A girl can wish, of course). 

Beauclerc offers a lounge with study area and Wifi - ideal for a blogger I'm sure you'll agree! There is a patio barbeque with dining space, perfect for those al fresco meals and dinner in the evenings watching the sunset over the valley. Beauclerc also offers an eat in kitchen with views over the pool so you can watch the little ones splashing about whilst you're preparing meals.

The pool is completely private and offers an outdoor shower. I love the idea of having my own pool whilst on holiday, I'm not too keen on communal pools and think it's ideal for letting my little one splash about to his hearts content without other people getting in the way. 

 What draws me most to this property is the beautiful outdoor areas and all the fun they would offer Tyler Lee. The grassy area is perfect for family picnics, sipping on wine with Jacek or curling up with a great book. There is an old-fashioned tyre swing which I just know my boy would have an absolute ball on. Cowslip Cabin (don't you just love the name) is just 15 metres away from the property and offers a separate play cabin for little ones, perfect for imaginative play, getting creative with paints and crayons or just cuddling up with soft toys. I would love a space like this for our boy at home, as I said, the Beauclerc property really is the epitome of my dream home, so what better place to holiday in?

What also draws me to the idea of a boutique family holiday in France is just how affordable it is, quite a surprise to me really I must admit! Stays at Beauclerc in early summer, when we usually holiday, are just £950 for the week - not too bad at all I'm sure you'll agree, especially as the property is so beautiful and offers a lot for families.

Beauclerc is surrounded by picturesque views and charming little villages and towns, the nearest being St Germain du bel air, which boasts market days and quaint little cafés, ideal for experiencing a true slice of French culture I'm sure. 

I am so in love with the idea of a boutique family holiday in France now and think it would be the perfect, rustic holiday retreat for my little family and I, a true change from our usual package holidays and a welcomed one at that. I just love the ideal vibe and images of a perfect break with the family which French Loaf conjure up in my mind. I also love the fact that these holidays are intimate, child-proof and safe for my little one to enjoy to the full.

You can view more on Beauclerc and also view the other stunning properties on offer for family holidays on the French Loaf website.

Have you ever been on a boutique family holiday? Is France a destination which you'd love to visit one day?

*All pictures used in the post are courtesy of French Loaf*

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  1. Looks like a little bit of heaven!

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    1. It really does doesn't it? Especially the Cowslip Cabin and the picnic on the grass. I can dream!

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  2. We traveled to France on holiday when Elliot was 7 months old and we stayed in a really lovely house with a beautiful garden, open fire, swimming pool and a bakery that delivered by bike to our road! The only downside for us was the weather, it was early May and we'd hoped for a bit of sunshine but out of the 7 days we were there, it rained for 6!! We still had a lovely holiday but not quite what we were expecting, it wouldn't put us off going again though. And the French love babies! Elliot got so much attention, in one restaurant all the waitresses were cooing over him and they took him off to the kitchen to meet the owners! xx

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    1. Oh wow, well done you for traveling with a baby, we waited until Tyler Lee was 15 months old before we went on a plane with him. Such a shame it rained but good to know it didn't put you off. Oh who wouldn't coo over Elliot, he's so adorable! :) x

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  3. Going to France has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember. I have actually never been anywhere in Europe and would LOVE to get across the Atlantic one day.

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    1. Oh you have to visit Europe one day Robin, everyone has to!

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  4. I couldn't help noticing, in the one picture there is a 15 hole wine holder. I seen one of these yesterday and almost bought it.
    What a beautiful place to have a holiday.

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    1. Haha, I only need one holder for my one bottle! :)

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  5. What a wonderful place to stay with the family! I have never been to France. French Loaf offers so much than just a place where you can stay while you travel. It is a home away home.

    I really love that it has 2 bedrooms. Just like you, I would like for my toddler to have her own room while we travel, and not sleep in a small cot/crib. It will do just fine, should we have no other option. But ideally, sleeping in a real bed would give us the rest we need when we travel.

    And the play cabin, oh my! What a dream! My Little K would have so much fun there! Thank you for writing the post. I will keep French Loaf in mind when we travel to France.

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    1. French Loaf really does offer the most stunning places to say. Yes, it's nice for the toddlers to have the comfort and relaxing holiday too without being confined to a small, foreign to them cot. The Cowslip Cabin is just amazing, all little ones would love to play in there I bet :)

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  6. That is so cool! I've never been on a vacation like this before. I have to admit, I've never thought much about visiting France. I've always been more focused on Ireland and Scotland. This has changed my mind, though!

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    1. Oh Ben, you have to come to Ireland too, I highly recommend my Emerald Isle!

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    2. Ireland is on my bucket list for sure! I have a cousin who is in London studying right now and my aunt (her grandma) , her mom (my cousin) and a few other aunts are going to meet her, then from there go to Dublin. I am so excited for them. Someday I am going to see County Claire and County Cork where my family is from.

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  7. Oh wow. This is the first time that I've learned of the website French Loaf and it is amazing! I would love to have my own boutique family stay--that house looks AMAZING! ;) Though I don't have my own family yet, it's a still a nice getaway for relatives or friends if I say so! Really thankful I stumbled into your post. I'll look further into this website. Cheers!

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    1. It really does look amazing doesn't it? I'm so glad to have introduced you to French Loaf. Of course, their accommodations are perfect for friends and relatives to enjoy too :)

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  8. Now that really is a heavenly family vacation. I love the pool and the view. I could do some real damage as a food blogger in that kitchen! I think if I were to travel to France I would have to look up French Loaf as a place we could take kiddo with us to!

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    1. It really is isn't it? Oh I can imagine, a gorgeous big kitchen for a food blogger to enjoy. Definitely do, their properties are perfect for little ones, so child-friendly.

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  9. Completely beautiful! I love that the pool is completely private and even offers an outdoor shower. This would be an amazing getaway!

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  10. Never been to a boutique one. Only time I've been to France was when I was a child and we went to Disneyland. We haven't been on a family holiday yet. I'm going to wait once Chloe is older. the reason why we never been with Matthew before is because of the same reason. When Matthew is in the same room as us I cannot sleep. Too alert when he's moving.

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  11. I agree with you, I so enjoy a homey and serene home to rent - we've done that in Hawaii and up and down the CA coast - and this is gorgeous - would love it! HOpe to hear that you've gone and see your own images! :)

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  12. That does look really homey and comfortable. I love the way the children's room is decorated.

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  13. Omg this place looks too cute!!! It seriously looks exactly what I would imagine a holiday in France to be lol. I wanna go lol

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  14. Oh my, those ceilings are quite low. Not sure if my twins would be able to stay there. Love the pool!

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  15. I hope to get to the point in my life where I have one vacation every year to explore the world. This year I am going on a mini road trip vaca to Ohio & Nashville with my parents. I have never been to either states so im excited. But to travel outside the states is my goal. There are so many places I want to go and this place just looks beautiful! I can't wait to see your pictures and reviews once you do go! Good luck with it!! :)

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  16. Such a very quaint setting! The surroundings look so relaxing. I thin I would stay a long time in the garden then soak up in the pool afterwards. Wish I could go to France.

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  17. A boutique holiday in France? Yeah... that does sound absolutely like a wonderful idea. Wish I could copycat that one. :)

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  18. My kids would love to stay here! I love to stay at places like this instead of the normal hotel it makes them much more relaxed and calm since they feel like they are at a house. This looks like the perfect family vacation spot.

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  19. Wow how beautiful! That pool looks heavenly. Most definitely a place i could see my family visiting! How very lovely!

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  20. That is such a quaint, rustic, homey, and very comfortable abode! I love staying in places like that because it makes you feel right at home! I also like the idea of a boutique family holiday in France. I wish we can do that soon!

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  21. This looks so amazing. We try and do a family vacation at least once a year. Just time to spend with the family and really enjoy one another. Thank you for sharing this dream location. We will hae to check it out.

    Christy H.

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  22. Oh wow, this is such a lovely find for a traveling family. I love all of the exclusive touches that you wouldn't find at another type of stay. My favorite part is the private pool…I think I'd spend a great deal of time there. I prefer not like to be in the water with others.

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  23. The adorable top room reminds me of my childhood bedroom with the slanted attic ceiling. That is so wonderful! I loved the private pool too :)

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  24. Your photos are so dreamy. When I plan my Europe trip, I will for sure be asking your for advice. Looks so lovely.

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  25. This place is stunning. Your family should stay there for the summer! It is very affordable for France.

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  26. What an adorable place to visit. It looks so cozy. I love your sunset picture. So relaxing

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  27. This looks just gorgeous. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  28. What a beautiful place to stay, it looks like a dream home and the picnic looks like something out of a magazine! You guys must have had a dreamy stay and I bet you loved every single second, I know i would. Thanks so much for sharing your experience. :)

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  29. That places looks wonderful and serene. I'd definitely want to stay there and relax... or live there... lol

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