Keeping an eye on the time, schedules, or planning activities just were not necessary. Sandra and her kids merely lived for the moment and enjoyed every minute of it.
It all started with that little coupon Sandra saw displayed at Little Green House when she picked up her kids. A raffle for a countryside family holiday in France, kid-friendly, all included. Never having had any particular luck with tombolas and raffles before, Sandra almost fell off her chair in surprise when the email arrived that announced her as the lucky winner: one week at Country Kids, situated in the countryside of Languedoc-Roussillon in the South of France, “absolutely everything included”.
Just a few emails later, the trip that was initially planned for the autumn was brought forward to August, thanks to the cancellation of another family. For Sandra, this was going to be the first vacation alone with her children aged 2 and 4. “I was a bit nervous about spending the holidays alone with my two little kids”, she said. But all went well. The six hours drive (and you will need a car, the resort is a bit remote) was comparatively easy, and the Country Kids team had prepared everything for a smooth, relaxed arrival. « The arrival was wonderful », Sandra said. The view of the traditional Languedocian farmhouse and few surrounding cottages was beautiful. « The Old Dairy – Apartment 5 », Sandra’s family apartment, was fully equipped with everything a family could need – toys, books, baby equipment – and a freshly home-cooked dinner waiting in the fridge to be heated whenever Sandra and the kids were hungry. The two-bedroom apartment had a kitchen and a giant marble bath. From the safety-fenced terrace, the family had amazing views over the grounds and the valley.
From there on, the family entered the “living-for-the-moment mode”. The children just loved the heated pool with a slide and even took some swimming lessons, a first without swimming wings for Sandra’s older child.
Playing with the other children filled substantial parts of the kids’ day: at the crèche or with the parents on the grounds. During Sandra’s stay, most of the other guests were British, so for her children, the English they had picked up at Little Green House came in really handy for talking to their new friends.
Day activities for the children usually started with a tractor trip to the farm-owned petting zoo, feeding pigs, goats, chickens and rabbits, gathering eggs and making furry friends.
Other activities included a treasure hunt, family yoga, time on the playground or the trampoline. For families with older children, there were bikes available and recommendations for hikes and sightseeing or adventure tours. While her children were enjoying some time with their new friends at the crèche, Sandra ventured to discover the surroundings, visiting local towns and markets, taking tennis lessons or just relaxing on a sunbed at the pool.
Evening entertainment included a movie night for the kids, a circus night, and a dance the children had specially prepared for their parents.
With a total capacity for only 7 families, making friends with other families was really easy. The small, secured estate beamed with intimacy and a safe family feeling. Sandra and her children quickly found themselves playing and talking with other moms, dads and their children. For Sandra and her two little ones, the week at Country Kids was a perfect, carefree family holiday.
About Country Kids:
Country Kids is a luxury family holiday resort, created by parents and run by parents, in the South of France. It is located in the countryside of the Hérault. On the 30 acres of safe and secure grounds that make up Le Mas Pandit, the beautifully renovated 19th century Roquefort dairy has accommodation exclusively for 7 families a week.