My eldest son has just turned 5, so as of now we are officially doomed to book high season holidays.... Finding a charming place to stay in the South of France in August was not easy for 2 families with in total 5 kids (age: 1-7), who can best be characterised by the description: 'enthusiastic high energy level swimming pool addicts without swimming certificates (except for 1)'.
So we were searching for:
- a charming authentic house
- with a child friendly fenced swimming pool
- and lots of space to run around
- a great terrace with a view for endless wining and dining
- playground stuff not spoiling our view when wining and dining : )
Quite a wishlist....but we have found the ideal place.
Our stay at Le Mayne de Boulède was a 'totally relaxed, great for the kids, big chill for the parents, we will definitively come back' experience. Karen and Rolf, a Dutch couple with 3 daughters, have bought this little private hamlet ten years ago and turned it into this charming joie de vivre family paradise with 5 holiday houses and 2 swimming pools. You can see and feel the passion for their dream in everything. I love the little details like a the 'bread service' in and old Renault, hammocks for a little afternoon snooze, the playground with an old fishing boot sandbox, the massage room with the little chalkboard sign : pssst... massage.
Le Mayne de Boulede is situated just a few kilometres away from the lovely little medieval village Monflanquin and a 20km beautiful scenery roadtrip away from Monpazier. Both are charming little French villages with lots of restaurants and a typical place du village. Le Mayne de Boulede doesn't offer a table d'hote, but with the fully equiped kitchen and so many restaurant and eating/drinking market alternatives nearby you will hardly miss it.