Gites with pools

A gite with a pool is a great option for a holiday to France, whether travelling with family or friends. Great for cooling off at the end of a busy day or for keeping the kids entertained, it’s a great facility to have on your doorstep.

France for Families has a great variety of gites, villas and cottages with pools.  Simply search in the ‘accommodation search’ box to check out all the great holiday homes with pools for hire.

Gites with swimming pools are fabulous for families.  Perfect for cooling off after a busy day, or if you fancy relaxing around your holiday home then most of the fun will be at the pool.

Gites with pools can be found all over France, and with the pool taking away some of the pressure to be near the beach you can choose to explore less touristy inland areas and discover the beautiful scenery, French history and local culture to be found there.

Here at France for Families, we’ve found that our children love rushing back to the  pool after a trip out somewhere, making friends with other families on the complex. There’s something about a swimming pool that breaks down the barriers of meeting new people!  Some of the best friendships have been made at the pool!

Pool games

The swimming pools within the smaller gite complexes tend not to be big enough for serious swimming, however we’ve found that they are perfect for fun pool games!

Pool Rugby – split into two teams (can be played with just four players) and pass the ball to each other in the water to shoot through a goal at either end.  Players can run with the ball!

Pool Piggy in the Middle – a game for three players.  Stand in a line, the two outside players throw the ball to each other, the person in the middle has to try and catch the ball.  When they catch it, they swap out with the person that threw the ball.

The Invisible Bottle – take a clean, clear plastic bottle, remove the wrapper and fill it with pool water.  Divide everyone into two teams and line them up, in the water, on opposite ends of the pool — facing away from the water.   One person stands outside the pool and tosses the bottle in the water. When they hear the splash, the players turn around and try to find the bottle.  The challenge is finding the clear bottle as it blends in and becomes almost invisible on the bottom of the pool!

Whirlpool – as many people as possible get in the pool and form a single file along the edge.  Everyone walks for a couple of minutes, then jogs another couple of minutes, then try to run around the edge another couple of minutes. If done right the water will “carry” them around the pool. Finally, tell them to turn around and go the other way. It is almost impossible to go against the current!