Welcome to La Croix Gites: for child friendly holidays in France!
La Croix Gites are a self-catering holiday cottage complex in the Charente, South-West France.
La Croix Gites has 5 gites for families from 2 – 30 people. It is set in 18 acres of private grounds with a large heated swimming pool, sauna and fun fishing lake. We are a mile away from the largest inland lakes in the region with beaches, bars and restaurants.
We have been offering kids holidays in France since 2003. We can arrange Baby-sitting and all cottages are safe for small children and toddlers. An extensive range of Baby and Toddler equipment is available on request (details here).
Our gites are spacious, comfortable and fully equipped for self-catering. There is an extensive range of activities to amuse kids (of all ages) and their parents both on site and nearby.
To ensure that everyone can relax on holiday, family meals can be ordered and delivered to your cottage(s) from a fabulous local professional chef, (who can also be hired as your own private chef during your stay). Pampering beauty treatments and luxurious massages can also be arranged on site.
The minimum rental unit is a whole cottage (you cannot rent individual rooms) and accommodation works out between £20 to £26 per person/per night, according to season. See our Out of Season Breaks and July / August Holiday pages for price details.
All our breaks
Unforgettable family summer holidays in France at La Croix Gites. We have been offering family summer holidays at La Croix Gites for 18 years now and have passed into “family legend” for many of ...read more →
For half-term breaks to France, La Croix Gites offers you the ability to get away in the Spring, Summer and Winter terms. Nothing easier than to pack a few things (we have the rest ...read more →
Easter holiday breaks
We have been welcoming guests for Easter holiday breaks at La Croix Gites for 18 years now. From just £90 a night for a family of 4. Easter getaway deals are available for ...read more →
Winter breaks at La Croix Gites For a family Christmas or New Year with a difference, why not come out and celebrate here, at La Croix Gites? What could be nicer to have the ...read more →
La Croix Gites and their surroundings
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.
Activities near La Croix Gites
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, including an English bar that also shows big sporting events on a large TV.
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.
Featured Holiday Activities
Bowling & Laser Quest
Bowling, Laser Quest and great food near La Croix Spa: at Le Village, Chaillac sur Vienne. 15 minutes away from us.
Beaches near La Croix Spa
For a gite near a beach, choose La Croix Spa. We are one mile from the largest freshwater leisure lakes in the region – the Lacs de Haute Charente – with sandy beaches, bars ...read more →
Vallée des singes (Monkey Valley)
If you are an animal lover this park is a MUST SEE – whether you have children or not. Not a fence in sight – streams and rivulets very cleverly separate all species of ...read more →
Oradour Sur Glane – Martyred village
This is the martyred World War II village. On 10th June 1944 as the allies were advancing through northern France and more and more German units were being moved north, being fearful of a ...read more →
Reconstructed Gallic Village
This is an outdoors fully reconstructed ancient Gallic Village aiming to recapture what one of these would have been like around 1st Century BC. There are farmers houses, aristocratic houses, a forum. Guided tours ...read more →
Grotte de Villars – Le Cluzeau
About an hour south of La Croix Spa on the road towards Brantome, at Le Cluzeau is the Grotte De villars – a charming prehistoric cave complex with paintings, stalactites and even claw-marks ...read more →
Velorail at Confolens
Velorail at Confolens makes a great half day out. Vélorail is a metal truck to which two bicycles have been attached along with 3 passenger seats and a picnic basket.
Chocolatier at Trois Palis (50km)
There is a small, privately owned chocolatier in Trois Palis, just outside Angouleme, Poitou-Charentes. One of the staff will take you on a guided tour to show how all the different types of chocolate, ...read more →
An adventure park suspended in the trees! With zip wires running out over the Lake Mas Chaban. Bungee jumping, rope bridges. 70 activities of varying difficulty. A great day out, but minimum height restrictions ...read more →
Chateau La Rochefoucauld
The Chateau at Rochefoucauld. Rather easier to digest than the chateaux in the Loire, as it is smaller, well restored and furnished and is still lived-in by the family. Well worth a morning’s visit ...read more →
Martell Distilleries tour – Jarnac
The Martell distilleries tour is very interesting and lasts an hour, focussing strongly on Martell’s history, the distillation and grading process, finishing with a complementary drink for adults and face-painting for kids.
There is a “Centre Equestre” at Pressignac within 2km of La Croix Spa, taking all-comers for hacks and lessons. With small shetland ponies for smalls, up to mature horses for adults. Open all year-round.
Easy to reach!
Easy by car – La Croix Gites are 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 Gites are 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 Gites have a private car park with ample space.
Child friendly holidays in France start here! Contact us to discuss your requirements.
Telephone: +33 (0)5 45 89 35 87
Email: [email protected].