Are on the lookout for a great family holiday? We chatted to Lesley Willis about Brittany’s Emerald Coast and her selection of amazing child-friendly gites in Hénansal near St Malo.
Says Leslie: “We were first attracted to Brittany because it wasn’t too hot but was warmer than the UK, was quite close to all the ports and once we visited it, we fell in love with the countryside and the coast – the beaches near us are hidden gems and deserve the Emerald Coast nickname!
“We have 7 properties that we rent as holiday cottages. Originally La Touche was a working farm but the owners retired and sold up. They still live nearby and love what we have done with the place.
“We spent two years renovating the farm buildings, trying to keep as many original features as we could whilst making sure they were modern and comfortable. We wanted to create a place that families would love – modern and safe cottages but with lots of facilities for the little ones. After all, if the children are happy then the parents are normally happy.
Food and drink
“Each gite is a little different, but what makes our site special is the bar. Ours really is a very social place where families can meet other families and they can socialise together.
“We also offer catering options so parents really have the chance to relax and feel like they are on holiday too.
“The beaches are definitely the highlight of the local area, however there are also the towns of St Malo and Dinan nearby, an aquarium, zoo, chateaux and amusement parks. There is beautiful countryside, walks galore and of course fabulous French markets every day of the week if you want.
“One of our favourite local attractions is Fort La Latte. It is an old mediaeval fort that juts out into the sea at Cap Frehel which is a beautiful coastal area. The views are magnificent and children and adults love the place. A couple of times a year there is a medieval festival held at the Fort which is brilliant fun.
“In 2014 we are just looking forward to another good year. Hopefully the weather will be as good as last year and we will have lots of happy families and lots of happy children. I love hearing all the children laughing and enjoying themselves in the gardens, it is lovely to see.”
Click here to find out more about Lesley’s Emerald Coast gites in Brittany.