Gite holidays in France and a recipe for Brie

It is official. Jackie and Terry are in Champagne et Fontaine installing their worldly goods in their new home at Domaine du Sourire.


That is another story for another blog, so don’t be a stranger if you want to hear about the move, it is so exciting and funny and it’s not over yet!



While they are basking in the sun I thought you might enjoy a quick and tasty recipe – Deep Fried Brie with Cumberland Sauce – which you can enjoy at home or even when you are on holiday at Domaine Du Sourire.
Photo cred Tony O’Reilly: O’Reilly’s Recipes
It is that easy and you’ll love it even more if I tell you it can done and served in less than 20 mins.


 It’s awesome having a professional chef and presenter in the family, it means access to some lovely recipes. Thank you to Tony O’Reilly, Ireland for this recipe.
Enjoy, and look forward to your holiday and if you haven’t booked already don’t worry I think there are still a couple of spots left. Tuck in to this delicious appetizer or have it as a light lunch then get booking your gite at Domaine du Sourire.

Holiday? “No no , just can’t do it!”….. “Yes – You Can!”…..


Everyone needs a holiday, right!

We all deserve a break and most of us look forward to those few days away. But for some it can feel like a daunting task. Families or individuals with disabilities, who may have very specific needs, can feel completely overwhelmed at the thought of travelling and finding the right holiday.


At Domaine du Sourire we understand the importance of a holiday and particularly how significant it can be for families and individuals who live with a disability to enjoy a holiday and make those special memories.


The world is changing for families with disabled children or adults and Domaine du Sourire is proud to be a part of that.


Our ethos here is to create a space where you can experience the best time of your lives. We try to ensure that the needs of a disabled child or adult are met as well as the needs of other family members.


In three of our four gites, for complex health needs, we have facilities such as wet rooms for accessible showering, ground floor bedrooms and wheelchair accessibility. We have specialist equipment and if, we don’t have it, we help you to hire equipment such as bed hoist, specialist bed or portable oxygen tanks.
built by Domaine du Sourire by special request



We understand the, often, complex needs of autistic children and those with mental health conditions and we have designed our complex with these needs in mind.  One of our gites has a wonderful bedroom which you enter through a wardrobe, rather like entering Narnia! The kids just love this room.


Our sensory room is a relaxing environment that can help reduce agitation and anxiety in a tranquil and safe place. Yet it also can also draw and thrill the user through the interactive space full of light and sound stimulating reactions and encouraging communication.


The grounds are enclosed and extensive with no shortage of activities or space available for children including a wheelchair swing and sensory garden.


The pool is gated and fully enclosed so you can rest easy knowing your child can’t disappear on their own to explore. It is also fully wheelchair accessible and there is a ramp which makes it easier to get in and out of the water for everyone.


And for little ones we have a soft play area and for those not so little- a games room.


In short, something for everyone.


Each of the four gites are self-contained with fully furnished rooms including fridges, cooker and washing machines. The all important wifi is available too and the gites each have a private patio. However, we have often found that guests love to come together in the shared courtyard to chat and mingle. Jackie and Terry promise they may treat you to a communal BBQ or two. Who knows you might even be able to persuade them to do an Irish Stew night or a Curry night to spice the evenings up.


The owners of Domaine du Sourire live on site. They are Jackie and Terry and it is their pleasure to make Domaine du Sourire the most perfect destination for your family. They are available to discuss with you all your family’s needs and accommodate them where possible, so do get in touch.


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Telephone: +44 7535 698909 / +33 545 248752