Child friendly holidays in France

  • Fun in the pool
  • The Jacuzzi
  • La Croix Spa gardens
  • Corneille's Terrace
  • Racine's Terrace
  • A Bedroom in Sartre
  • La Croix Spa at the front
  • The Games Room
  • A nice place to sit
  • Under-cover childrens play area
  • Pool in the Games Room
  • Horse Riding
  • Vélo Rail
  • Fun at the Lakes
Fun in the pool1 The Jacuzzi2 La Croix Spa gardens3 Corneille's Terrace4 Racine's Terrace5 A Bedroom in Sartre6 La Croix Spa at the front7 The Games Room8 A nice place to sit9 Under-cover childrens play area10 Pool in the Games Room11 Horse Riding12 Vélo Rail13 Fun at the Lakes14

 

Based in South-west France. La Croix Spa has 4 child-friendly holiday cottages in 18 acres of grounds catering for groups from 2 – 26 people with a heated swimming pool, jacuzzi and sauna, all mod cons and many activities to amuse kids and parents both here and nearby.

Accommodation costs between £20 to £42 per room (twin or double), per night according to season and based on a shared cottage. See our cottages, prices and availability page for price details as these vary according to season. We can arrange Baby-sitting and all cottages are safe for toddlers. An extensive range of Baby and Toddler equipment is available.

So much to do!

Children can play in the in 18 acres of secluded grounds. Parents can watch from wherever they are. There is a games room with ping pong, games & toys. We also have an enclosed, shaded children’s play park, badminton, croquet & boules. There is English freeview TV, DVD, Hifi & Free Wifi in every cottage. Pampering beauty treatments and luxurious massages are available

Enjoy the water sports and equestrian activities at the nearby Lacs de Haute Charente with sailing, caneoing, windsurfing, paddle boarding and pedaloes, pony trekking, mini-golf, sandy beaches, swimming & sun-bathing! Here you will also find restaurants & bars. Play Golf, go mountain biking or fishing. Bungee-jump at the adventure park. Discover the historic Gallo-Roman baths at Chassenon, visit the Rochechouart meteorite crater or follow the chateau route of Richard the Lionheart. To occupy a full day, try Futuroscope at Poitiers, France’s 3rd most popular theme park. We also offer art tuition and beauty treatments. Discounts are available to guests for many of the activities around us.

La Croix Spa is easy to reach!

See our detailed Directions.

Easy by car – La Croix Spa is 5½ hours from Caen (Portsmouth ferry) or 9 hours from Calais (Dover Ferry). From more northerly UK ports, take the Zeebrugge ferry. Just 1½ hours further than Calais.

Easy by air – La Croix Spa is 45 minutes from Limoges airport. Ryanair flies seasonally to Limoges from Stansted, East Midlands, Liverpool, Leeds & Bristol. Flybe flies from Southampton.

Easy by train – The Eurostar from St Pancras via either Paris or Lille and TGV to Angouleme or Limoges takes 6 – 7 hours. But you will need a hire car from there. See our detailed Directions.

La Croix Spa has a private car park with ample space.

On-site at La Croix

Available throughout your stay

Fun in the pool

Heated Swimming Pool
La Croix has a 6m x 12m swimming pool with large Roman steps; sun-loungers, parasols and a shaded sitting area. The pool is heated to at least 25°C in Summer. The pool depth is 1m – 1.7m at its deepest.

In line with regulations in the Charente, the pool is chlorinated and chemical balance is checked twice a day. The pool is also tested officially for chemical balance once a month in the summer.

There is a child’s paddling pool and a toilet in the pool enclosure.

To maintain the pool area and to give you the best possible experience, we close the area each night at 22:30 and re-open at 08:30. 

For the safety of our guests we kindly ask guests never to bring glass of any sort into the Pool area (plastic cups are provided in the cottages and pool area).

 

Jacuzzi and hot tub

Jacuzzi & Sauna

La Croix has a 6 seat jacuzzi and a 4 seat sauna. Both are open all year ’round.

 

Pool table in the games room

Games Room

Our games room has a small pool table and loads of board games, childrens toys, books and DVDs for you to rummage through and play with.

 

New play area

Covered Play

There is a covered play area with swings, table tennis, play houses and basket ball hoop for kids to play under-cover.

 

Children's play area

Toddlers play area

There is a safe, enclosed, all-day-shaded children’s play area for under-sevens and a separate area with equipment for older children.

 

Treetops

“Treetops”

The kids have adopted one of the small outhouses and turned it into (another) playroom.

 

Sitting area

Sitting Areas

There are separate areas away from the cottages and pool where you can read, dine or just relax.

 

Woods

Woods to wander in

We have several acres of lovely woodland and a pine plantation where you can wander or sit and read in total silence.

 

Badminton anybody?

Badminton, Croquet, Cricket, Boules

We have a badminton set, a cricket set (bats, wickets, pads, ball, gloves), football goals, a croquet set and bats and balls for a whole host of games. We also have a boules set and “piste” for use by guests.

 

Mountain Bikes

Bikes

We have 2 adult-size mountain bikes and covered storage rack (suitable for locking with chains) if you wish to bring your own bikes from home.

 

Fun fishing

Fun Fishing

We have a small lake occupying about an acre. There are many different species of freshwater fish in it, which you are welcome to try and catch and put back. It is not a professional fishing lake and it is not open to the public.

 Available by arrangement

Private chef services

Meals delivered to your cottage & Private Chef Services

We use the services of a local professional chef to deliver ready-cooked meals to your cottage. Great for your night of arrival.

You can also arrange private catering with service for special occasions.

 

The pool & seating areas

Beauty Treatments – “Linda Beauté”.

For guests wanting back, body and indian head massages and hot stone treatments, Linda is a fully qualified beautician who offers a range of Swedish, essential oil, hot stone and other massage types. (Body massages are available for Ladies only).

For more about the range of treatments Linda offers, please click this link from “Linda Beauté“. Also, have a look at our article “Planning a beauty treatment at La Croix Spa” for more information.

 

Birthday Cakes

Order a cake for a birthday celebration or anniversary. Cakes are freshly made to order.

 

Kids playing

Baby Sitting

Babysitting and Childcare provided by a qualified, registered and police-checked nanny – Offering peace of mind, great value, a time to relax and an extra pair of hands when needed (advance booking required).

 

Family photo

Family Photos

Family photo shoots are a great way to capture and keep precious holiday memories with all the family together, having fun in the beautiful grounds of La Croix Spa – exclusive packages available for our guests.

 

Paulas house final

Art Tuition  – Jocelyn Bridge.

Jocelyn Bridge offers our guests art tuition.  Spend a half day in our beautiful countryside and come away with a beautiful, very personal reminder of your holiday at La Croix Spa.

Cottages, Prices & Availability

4 self-catering holiday cottages comfortably accommodate 2 – 26 people with all mod-cons & creature comforts you could wish for: 

Fully equipped cottages with fitted kitchens.
TV, DVD, Free Wifi.
Private Terraces & barbecues.  There is a sizeable terrace at the games room with a big barbecue for larger parties.
All bedrooms have English and French, powerpoints.
All cottages are equipped with fitted stair-gates, fire extinguishers, smoke alarms.
Prices include linen and towels except pool and beach towels. Swimming Pool, Jacuzzi, Sauna, & winter heating are included. End of rental cleaning is included. For two week rentals, a mid-term change of linen is offered (included in the price).

Sartre: 2 bedroom (sleeps 4)

Discount available for couple-only bookings outside high season.

Features: Open-plan living-dining area. Kitchen area with stable door leading to private terrace. 1st floor, has a double bedroom, a twin bedroom and a bathroom with bath, WC and shower. Creature-comforts & mod-cons: Linen included. Fully fitted and equipped kitchen. Washing machine, microwave oven, gas oven, barbecue, fridge-freezer, stereo. TV, DVD. Travel cot & high-chair available on request. Secure Wifi. Electric heating for winter. Modern Infrared Heating warms the cottage beautifully for winter.
Prices (Low and mid-season - 10% discount available for couples-only.)
Low Season: £395 / week or £68 / night Mid Season: £450 / week or £68 / night High Season: £595 / week Changeover day = Friday
Availability

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Corneille: 4 bedroom (sleeps up to 10)

Features: Open-plan living-dining area. Kitchen area with large 5-ring gas cooker & oven; stable door leading to private terrace. Ground floor also has Shower & WC and a double bedroom. 1st floor has 2 x double bedrooms and 1 bedroom that comfortably sleeps up to 4 in single beds. Upstairs family bathroom with bath, WC and shower. Creature-comforts & mod-cons: Linen included. Fully fitted and equipped kitchen. Dish Washer. Washing machine, microwave oven, gas oven, barbecue, fridge-freezer, stereo. TV, DVD. Travel cot & high-chair available on request. Secure Wifi. Modern Infrared Heaters warm the cottage beautifully for winter.
Prices
Low Season: £780 / week or £130 / night (up to 8 sharing) £900 / week or £150 / night (9-10 sharing) Mid Season: £895 / week or £130 / night (up to 8 sharing) £1015 / week or £150 / night (9-10 sharing) High Season: £1195 / week (up to 8 sharing) £1325 / week (9-10 sharing) Saturday Changeover
Availability

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Baudelaire: 3 bedroom (sleeps 6)

Holiday accommodation: Open-plan living-dining area. Kitchen area with stable door leading to private terrace. Ground floor also has a double bedroom and WC. 1st floor, has a double bedroom, a twin bedroom and a shower-room with WC. Creature-comforts & mod-cons: Linen included. Fully fitted and equipped kitchen. Washing machine, microwave oven, gas oven, barbecue, fridge-freezer, stereo. TV, DVD, wood-burning heater. Travel cot & high-chair available on request. Secure Wifi. Modern Infrared Heaters & electric radiators warm the cottage beautifully for winter.
Prices
Low Season: £575 / week or £96 / night Mid Season: £650 / week or £96 / night High Season: £895 / week Changeover day = Saturday
Availability

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Racine: 3 bedroom (sleeps 6)

Holiday accommodation: Open-plan living-dining area. Kitchen area with stable door leading to private terrace. Ground floor also has WC. 1st floor, has two double bedrooms + a twin bedroom and a shower-room with WC. Creature-comforts & mod-cons: Linen included. Fully fitted and equipped  kitchen. Washing machine, microwave oven, gas oven, barbecue, fridge-freezer, stereo. TV, DVD, wood-burning heater. Travel cot & high-chair available on request. Secure Wifi. Wood burner and modern Infrared Heaters warm the cottage beautifully for winter.
Prices
Low Season: £575 / week or £96 / night Mid Season: £650 / week or £96 / night High Season: £895 / week Changeover day = Friday
Availability

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Low Season = November until Easter
Mid Season = Easter until June
  = September until October
  = Christmas & New Year
High Season = July & August

Outside high season: changeover days are flexible; short breaks are available with a minimum 2 night stay; a couples-only discount is available in Sartre.

Bring your friends and family and book La Croix Spa exclusively for family occasions or holidays.

Restrictions
We regret pets are not allowed.

Under both French and English Law for Public Places, smoking is not permitted in the cottages or games room.

All prices VAT-exempt – article 293B du CGI. Terms and Conditions apply.

Enquiries

Bookings

To make a booking, please use the form below after confirming availability with the owner. Please have ready your preferred dates; preferred cottage and total booking price – available from the “Cottages, Prices, Availability” page, and choose whether you wish to pay by cheque or Paypal. (Regrettably we have to add 3.4% to cover Paypal charges). Please make cheques payable to “P. Martin”.

Directions

Travelling by Car:

GPS Coordinates 45°49’12.78 N; 0°42’40.65 E

Directions from CAEN. Take the N158 then N138 to Alencon, Le Mans and Tours. Take N10 to Poitiers and follow directions from Poitiers below.

Directions from St. Malo. Take the N137 through Rennes towards Nantes. From Nantes, take N149 to Poitiers and follow directions from Poitiers below.

From Poitiers. Follow signs for “Poitiers Sud” and “Angouleme” which takes you on the ring-road around the West of Poitiers. Follow signs for “St. Benoit” and then “St. Benoit bourg”. The road will take you through a tunnel under the hills around Poitiers. Keep your eyes peeled after the tunnel for signs for “Confolens” and “Gencay”. Turn right onto the D741 to Gencay and Confolens. From CONFOLENS take the D948 following signs for LACS DE HAUTE CHARENTE and Chabanais. At Chabanais, follow directions below.

From Chabanais go around the square and take a left in the direction of ROCHECHOUART D29. Continue over railway and up hill. Take the second turning on right to PRESSIGNAC D170/160. At PRESSIGNAC you will be facing the village square with the church and a phone box in front of you, the road veers round to the right. Keep on that road and go round a corner and past a water tower. Look for a signpost marked LA CROIX on the right hand side. Take that road and continue until you see a red fire hydrant (the second one on this road – if you’re counting!) on the right hand side of the road outside a farmhouse. Turn right at the farmhouse and continue between two lakes, follow the tarmac road round to the left.

We are the last house and there is a private car park with ample space just past the house.

Have a safe journey!

Book your Ferry with Chez Nous Travel Service!

Travelling by air:

Holiday flights to France

Limoges Airport: Ryanair flies from London Stanstead, Leeds-Bradford, Bristol, Bournemouth, Nottingham, Manchester. British Airways flies from London Gatwick and Flybe flies from Southampton and Birmingham. Outside the airport turn onto the N141 west towards Angouleme and exit at junction 69 (signposted  ‘Chabanais’ and ‘Lacs de Haute Charente’). At Chabanais, follow directions above. Journey time 35 minutes.

Bordeaux Airport: (many carriers fly from the UK including Ryanair and Easyjet). Then drive on N10 to Angouleme.
Follow outer ring road (E606) until the turning for N141 East (beware, don’t take N141 West). Take this through La Rochefoucauld to Chabanais.
At Chabanais, follow directions above. Journey time 2 hrs.