holidays

Summer Salads 3 – Easy recipes for gite holidays

25Aug

We had our first guests to stay in May and what lovely guests they were too. POPSY (Parents of partially sighted youngsters) a wonderful charity group supporting families with youngsters who are blind, have special needs and with life-limiting conditions holidayed for a week at Domaine du Sourire.


Kids and adults alike had a great holiday and we hope to see them back again next year. The “Jumbulance” bus they came in managed the country lanes with some difficulty but that is for another blog.


Unfortunately, the sun didn’t shine everyday and we had an abundance of rain and thunder with lightning storms through their visit but that didn’t stop all from having a great time as activities planned were moved to the games room when it was wet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When the sun shone we sat in the courtyard and shared time and meals together, Tony O’Reilly, chef – O’Reilly’s recipes (FB) has given us another summer salad recipe to share with you to enjoy as you soak up the warm summer sun wherever you may be.

Our Walnut Tree

Avocado, artichoke & chargrilled chicken with lime and balsamic vinegar dressing  – Serves 4

 

 

The property: what is unique about Domaiane du sourire – child friendly #2

15Jun

Choosing where to stay on holiday can be a bit of a minefield with the myriad of options tantalisingly floating before your eyes.
Why choose Domaine du Sourire, what sets this place apart when it offers the same clichés as many others – great location, comfortable gites with all modern amenities, beautiful views and lots that you can do or see?
Jackie, your amazing host at Domaine Du Sourire, says “We are perfect for families with children.”


The grounds are extensive and fully enclosed providing a safe play area for children to run around freely and safely leaving mums and dads, grannies and grandads to worry a little less about what the kids are up to.


Nature is on your doorstep. There are some fruit trees and the children can pick when in season, the cherries are very popular but watch they don’t eat too many! Children love to dig around and plant things and they can do just that in the sensory garden area. They can collect pine cones and things from one of the many woods within short stroll of Domaine du Sourire. Terry said they have even been visited by a baby owl who is very friendly.

The gites are spacious and give you much more room than a hotel room when you have young children. Depending on family size and which gite you choose the children could have a room each meaning you don’t have to creep around in the dark to get another drink or snack or even get to the loo. Instead of being confined to a balcony as you might in a hotel in the evenings, you can use the kitchen, living area, bathroom, patio or courtyard all without disturbing your sleeping cherubs, making it a wonderful holiday for you as well.


Meal times are much simpler as you can cook what you like when you like. French dining can be somewhat intense with the preferred 3 courses at lunch which may not be great for the kids. Although there are some good dining options such as the night markets which are really very child orientated, the flexibility to self-cater and enjoy a BBQ in the sun is what makes this a great place for families.
There is plenty to entertain the children with the garden and play area outside, the grounds where they can play football or chasing with their new friends from some of the other gites. The indoor soft play area is a great hit with the little ones and will keep them happy and amused for hours. New experiences can be had in the sensory room which will thrill the user through the interactive space full of light and sound. It will stimulate them and encourage communication. And we haven’t even mentioned the pool!


The benefit of being an enclosed complex of 4 gites gives children and parents alike a freedom that is safe and enjoyable for all, and most important the opportunity to make new friends from faraway places and yet it is big enough to not be overcrowded.
What sets Domaine du Sourire apart from the rest? The passion and commitment to ensure you have the best holiday experience for every member of the family from the littlest to the biggest! Jackie has said, “You are what makes us unique, each and every guest.”

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