Family friendly holidays in rural France

For more than 15 years, we've provided families with a fun and safe environment to help make their holidays an enjoyable experience. As grandparents, we know first hand what parents need, and pride ourselves on supplying all the essentials they could possibly require during their stay.

Elizabeth & John Marriott

Elizabeth & John Marriott

Lark Rise

Sleeps 11 plus cots

Spacious character property with beautiful exposed stone, ancient beams, gorgeous fireplaces and modern amenities.

Dove Cottage

Sleeps 6 plus cot

Pretty stone cottage leading out onto a spacious garden with pergola, tables, chairs, BBQ and children's play barn.

Robins Nest

Sleeps 4 including cot

Charming ground floor cottage, with patio and BBQ , views over rear garden and pool. Perfect for toddlers.


Our surroundings

With at least 2,600 hours of sunshine a year, our area is second only to the South of France as the sunniest area of France! This warm microclimate in a rural setting of fields and forests, lakes and rivers, pretty villages and chateaux makes the central Poitou Charentes an ideal holiday destination. 

Situated on the edge of a forest, the little hamlet of La Grande Tranchee provides a haven for its inhabitants and visitors alike. This typical French farming community offers a friendly welcome to all who choose to stay. The countryside around the hamlet is a mix of forest, arable and grazing. The farmer keeps a flock of sheep and two beautiful riding horses that can be seen lazily grazing across the lane from the garden. 

Our child friendly cottages are set in pretty walled gardens. Each cottage has a large BBQ which provides 'would be chefs' a chance to show off their culinary skills whilst the ladies enjoy a well earned rest, perhaps sipping a glass of wine or taking a dip in the heated pool.

Our 'little' guests enjoy raiding the strawberry patch whilst their parents particularly enjoy our succulent black cherries and apples. Fresh, organic home-grown herbs are freely available, in season, for your alfresco dining. With no less than four market towns (Melle, Chef Boutonne, Lezay & Sauze Vaussais) in close proximity you will be spoilt for choice when arranging shopping forays and trips to market.

So to recap, if you would like a really comfortable holiday home with heated swimming pool, wish to wake up to birdsong, enjoy walking, cycling, riding on unspoilt tracks and quiet lanes, like to see fields of bright red poppies or fantastic sunflowers, spot rare birds, witness really starry nights (no light pollution), count satellites and shooting stars, see the Milky Way for the first time ... etc, then La Grande Tranchee could be just the place for you!