Child friendly features

Ensuring a safe and enjoyable holiday for the kids too

Everything for the kids:

from equipment, the gardens to out & about

Child friendly accommodation

Having a child ourselves, we are very aware of how difficult it can be when planning a holiday with young children to remember all the things you may require or to consider all the safety aspects in an unknown environment.

In order to assist you, in our child friendly family accommodation we provide the following:

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Cots, high chairs and other equipment

We have 4 cots, 3 bed barriers, 4 highchairs, 2 baby baths, 2 push chairs, 2 changing mats, 2 potties, 2 toilet reducers, 2 toilet steps, 2 bottle sterilisers, 1 baby monitor, 1 baby bouncer on request, subject to availability.  In each kitchen is a handheld blender. For those whose children need to sleep in darkness, there are shutters for both the back and front bedroom windows.   Cot linen is not provided for hygiene reasons.  Bed linen is washed with hypo-allegenic soap.

Toys

There is a box of toys for toddlers in each cottage as well as indoor and outdoor games, toys and DVDs for older children. There is a baby activity arch on request, subject to availability.

Outdoor play areas

The 4 acres of gardens provides the ideal playground for children just to be children and enjoy nature with the pine forest providing the ideal habitat to create dens and camps. Early morning risers (or even sometimes not so early risers) can see the roe deer in the garden.

The childrens play area has a climbing frame, basket ball net, swings (normal and baby) and slide. The surrounding grassed amphitheatre provides an ideal spot for the children to put on plays or parents to watch their children play.

In the summer months, there is a mini-football net and badminton/volleyball net. We also have 4 childrens bicycles and 2 child seats to make cycling holidays possible.

Childrens playhouse

Bleuet” or Cornflower, the childrens playhouse, with its own little garden has been specially designed for younger children. Our younger guests all adore their own special place!

Cycling and sports

In the summer months, there is a mini-football net and badminton/volleyball net. We also have 4 childrens bicycles and 2 child seats to make cycling holidays possible.

Heated pools

The heated pools are a safe 1.2m throughout and being side-by-side ideal for a game of water-volleyball or water-badminton. There is a range of pool equipment available including pool toys and training equipment (woggles and boards) as well as arm bands and floatation devices for younger children and an inflatable paddling pool for toddlers.

Safety gates

 Fixed safety gates are installed at both the top and bottom of stairs.

Pool safety

Pool safety is one of our main concerns and we have installed a decked area with security fencing that complies with the French pool fencing legislation. The pool fencing legislation is designed to prevent 5 year olds and under gaining access by themselves to a pool area We provide a key to a nominated adult in each cottage to control access to the pool area.   All children must be fully supervised in the pool area and the pool gate is locked at all times when not in use.

Food allergies

We understand that you may have some concerns about the availability of certain types of foods, especially if your children have allergies and you are flying or do not have the space to bring ample supplies.  Whatever your concern, we are on hand to help both during your stay and in advance of your holiday.

Medical assistance

In the unlikely event that you may need a doctor for your child we have an excellent doctor in Bubry 8 minutes away who speaks English. There is an English speaking chemist in Quistinic 10 minutes away and another chemist in Bubry. There are Accident & Emergency Hospitals in Pontivy (35 minutes) and Lorient (30 minutes).  We are also on hand to assist with reservations or attend any appointments if you require any translation assistance.

Vehicle access

Parking is restricted to the rear of the cottages and there is a safety barrier preventing vehicle access to the pathway by the private gardens.

Children’s Playhouse and Garden

Bleuet” or Cornflower with its own little garden has been specially designed for younger children. Our younger guests all adore their own special place!

When we bought Le Crann, the brambles ruled many areas and hedges had got out of control. So we had to start with some jungle clearance.

Its taken some time, but as the bits and bobs have gone in and the garden matures it has already become a delight for our younger guests.

We hope you enjoy Bleuet too!

Out and about

If you can manage to drag the kids away from Le Crann, whatever happens, rain or shine, there is always something for the younger ones:

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Farms, Aquariums and Animals

Farms, Aquariums and Animals

Extract from the Information Pack

Kids are always fascinated by animals.   So top of the list has to be the tremendous range of farms, aquariums and animal museums in the area.  We have this summarised in the Information Pack, so you can find the attraction of your choice at a quick glance:

  • Pont-Scorff zoo with a fantastic range of animals and shows
  • Donkey museum
  • Wildlife parks of Parc Aquanature, Parc de Branfére and Tropical Parc
  • Insect and bee museums
  • Bat museum
  • Farms from small local ones to farm animals of the world
  • Vannes aquarium
  • Butterfly house
  • The Haras National – the national stud for purebred horses with shows
  • Ostrich farm
  • Salmon museum

Living villages - a step back in time!

Poul fetan

Poul Fetan – working the cider press

Nearby there are three reconstructed villages from a bygone age, all with farm animals and demonstrations of traditional life of that time.

  • Poul Fetan here in Quistinic is a marvellously reconstructed hamlet which also has traditional Breton games – something to interest all the family
  • Village de l’an mill at Melrand is a 1000 AD village with traditional animals
  • St-Degan at Brech is a 17C/19C farm with demonstrations in the summer

Beaches

Every child loves a trip to the seaside and you will be spoilt for choice with many sandy beaches, blessed with a smaller tidal range than the northern coast.  In July and August many of these beaches have life guards and some also have a play area nearby.  Our information pack is full of many suggestions, from small coves to long sandy beaches.

And if you don’t want to travel far, do as the locals do in Quistinic, and head down to the river beach at Minazen Lock on the Blavet River.  The perfect spot for a lazy French afternoon, take a picnic or a fishing rod (licenses only cost 10€ a day!), and while away the time at the beach or at the bar watching the cyclists and walkers on the tow path or a river boat coming through the lock.

Or head inland to Lac de Guerlédan – Brittany’s largest inland lake with three sandy beaches.

Fort Bloqué beach near Lorient

Fort Bloqué

Restaurants

Ty Val restaurant

Ty Val child-friendly restuarant

We have always found that the local restaurants are incredibly child friendly so don’t worry about venturing out with young children and most do a children’s menu or you can ask for child portions in those that don’t.

The only downside is that generally French restaurants tend to have fixed opening hours (lunch 12h-14h and dinner 19h-21h/22h) which don’t fit in with most young children’s eating hours.  The good news if you are coming from the UK or Ireland is that you do have an extra hour with the time zones which helps if you keep the children in the same time patterns.

The other good news is that one of our local restaurants, Ty Val, is open from 18h30 Thursday to Sunday, have  a reasonably priced childrens menu (with surprise) around 7€ and an outside patio area with boules, slides and swings for the children.

You will also find in high season that there are some restaurants where you can get food all afternoon and we are happy to point you in the right direction.  A good standby is McDonalds (We are not fans really!) but in France the food is not too bad at all, they are open from 10h and they always have a children’s play area.

Kingoland amusement park

Kingoland

Something for kids of all ages

This new amusement park only 30 minutes away has activities for all ages.  It really is a smaller quieter quainter Legoland!  Lots of smaller play areas for the little ones (indoor and out) whilst the older ones can take advantage of the roller coaster, the 6D cinema and some of the older rides.  Take a swimming costume, towel and spare clothes for the water activities.

Activity parks and soft play areas

There are 4 activity parks/soft play areas at Pontivy, Lanaster, Ploemel and Vannes for the under 12s.

But don’t forget most McDonald’s have a free soft play area.  These can be found at Pontivy, Quimperlé, Hennebont, Lanaster, Auray and Vannes.  The one at Lanaster has a particularly good one.

Soft play areas

Cultural events

No matter what there is hardly a week that goes by without some festival in the region and in the summer months you will be hard pressed to decide on which one to see.   This is the perfect opportunity to introduce the little ones to the music, dancing and festivities of Breton culture.

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Breton festivities

Other activities you might not have thought of

Here are a few activities that you may have thought not possible:

  • The outdoor karting at Ploemel has electric mini-cars for 3-6 year olds
  • Camor Adventure Park has a tree climbing course for 2+ years

And some unusual museums

The Cité de la Voile – the sailing museum at Lorient – has many interactive displays suitable for young children

One of our favourite museums is the Poète Ferrailleur near Lizio – this amazing metalworking poet has made a universe of moving objects from scrap metal.  Fascinating to both children and adults alike!

Museums

Poète Ferrailleur

And there is even more for the older ones!

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