Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Choosing a Family Friendly Villa

As a family, we love nothing more than to get away on a summer break, to visit new places, head to the beach and to relax in the sunshine. With the current grey skies and drizzly winter weather, I've been dreaming of summer, and thinking about where we might like to head to on our holidays with the boys this year. For the past few summers, we have opted for hotels, either all inclusive or on a half board basis, and while our holidays have been lots of fun, we'd also quite like to broaden our horizons and try something a little bit different.

Having stayed in various hotel suites with our boys, who are now 2 and 4, we have found that this type of holiday can't always offer you the space and flexibility you need to relax, particularly once the boys are in bed and you're left tiptoeing around the room in the dark, or watching TV on mute until bedtime. Therefore we thought we would explore the option of a villa holiday. Villa holidays can offer you more flexibility, space and privacy, and can feel like a real 'home from home', so perfect for holidays with children or if you're planning a getaway with friends or extended family.

I've been having a look at a few different options and wanted to share 3 family friendly villas which I think would be perfect for us.

Orgon Holiday Villa, South of France
This beautiful villa is located in Orgon, in Provence and is surrounded by a hectare of park full of olive trees. For us, a pool is essential on holiday and it would be a real treat to have the luxury of a private pool all to yourself (note the pool isn't fenced in so obviously supervision would be required with young children around). When we go away, we love exploring, and the nearby medieval town of Orgon sounds like a beautiful place to have a walk around. There's also a lake with water activities 1.5km away, as well as scenic walks and even bike hire, so there's plenty to do to keep children buy and entertained. The villa itself looks stunning, and I love the rustic charm of the place. The huge advantage of a villa is having so much space to move about in and being able to have the flexibility of self catering is a bonus too.

Toscal Villa, Costa Blanca Spain
As well as a private pool, this villa also has private gardens and is walled and secure. It's perfect for families as it's on one level with just a few steps outside. It would make the perfect location for a holiday with extended family as it can sleep 8 adults and 2 infants. Staying in a villa means you can avoid the problem we have found with bedtimes in a hotel room, where we end up tiptoeing around in the dark after the boys have gone to bed. It's a huge bonus having a comfy communal space to sit and relax in in the evenings, and the facilities to cook when it suits you as a family.
The location is great as it's near the town of Javea, which has lots of restaurants to choose from, and a sandy beach nearby too.

Le Clos En Auge Villa, Manneville la Pipard, France
For my third villa I thought I'd choose one which is a little higher in price, but which looks so idyllic and picturesque I had to include it. Set in rural Normandy, the manor house can sleep 11, so again it would be perfect for a holiday with friends or extended family. It's full of rustic charm and surrounded by stunning views of the rolling hills, and I imagine it would be the perfect place to enjoy a really relaxing week or two. There's a heated swimming pool and it even comes with it's own boules pitch too. There are plenty of historical towns nearby to visit too, and for us, going to visit little towns to potter about in is one of our favourite things to do on holiday, and with a beach only 20 minutes away, the variety of places to visit would make this a perfect location for a holiday for us.

*Collaborative Post


  1. I really want to stay in a Villa this year too after our summer plans have had to change (no house for a month in France anymore!) these looks amazing and that last one is just beautiful!

  2. christania’s “cargo bike rental” bikes are rolling across the city. The system, less than a year old, is funded by christania’s municipal government. It is currently only in one of christania’s 22 administrative districts. Although a 2nd generation system, there are 12 “Houses” in this district, each with around 40 bikes. The yearly subscription cost is the equivalent of $2 US, and allows the use of a bike for up to four hours at a time. In less than a year, there have been 6,000 subscriptions sold. There are larger 3rd generation systems in the world, which do not have a subscription to bike ratio as big as that.

  3. Hopefully I make my dream come true making it big so I can be in Italy on day


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