We have just returned from our third stay with extended family in 7 years at the wonderful Artagnan in South West France. If you are looking for a beautiful, fully equipped, relaxed and child friendly home to stay in with family/friends this absolutely fits the bill. The incredibly kind Coleman family couldn’t be better hosts. They organise shopping for when you arrive but happily arrange local delicious prepared food made by local talented cooks/chefs so you can get there knowing you can relax, eat well and leave the fun market foraging for another day.
From Monday to Friday they also offer three hours complimentary childcare, they are a true family business and their lovely teenage children all muck in and lend a hand, which my girls and nieces love. My youngest was crying herself to sleep last night missing them.. a true endorsement if ever there was one! They bake, do crafts, play fun games outside, feed the animals, collect eggs, have discos.. honestly done with such kindness and care.
Every single thing you can think of (and lots you don’t) for young babies up to young teens is provided. Table tennis, basketball, badminton, bikes, trikes, mini tractors…! Tonnes of toys especially selected for the ages arriving are so helpful and really minimise the packing!
They have chickens, sheep, frogs and lizards (all v friendly!!) to provide extra entertainment.. our girls absolutely LOVED them. There is a cute little water park 15 mins away which we went to twice and lots of lovely villages to visit.
Besides all that the house is absolutely beautiful and comfortable and despite it being extremely child friendly it remains a lovely space to be in, ie still a fab place for grown ups too. I’ll stop banging on now, just LOVE it and wanted to share!
They book up v quickly with return guests so get in touch soon if you’re hoping for next year.
Fantastic place, fantastic people, fantastic experience. Every detail and need thought of. Every eventuality catered for. Our time here has been way more than a holiday. Thank you for your expertise and warmth. Look forward to seeing you again
You could easily be wowed by the warm as a bath pool, the fine food or the grand home and views but in truth it’s the people that make Artagnan truly special.
Soon I will revisit the emotional and logistical chaos of the last few weeks that saw us arrive at the door of this fine French home mildly hungover, after an emotional goodbye to friends, and with our underwear and crockery falling out of the car as we opened the doors. But right now I am too content, relaxed and full to talk about anything other than the positive experience we have had here.
It’s hard to fully portray the effort and energy that has gone into making this a relaxing holiday for parents in one blog. Every detail from bath toys, cupboard locks, play pens and toys is in place to distract children and reassure parents. Even the pantry is stocked full of wet wipes, calpol and cutlery for toddlers. My two year old wasn’t even interested in the mountain of tractors he was too interested in feeding the chickens and tormenting the sheep. Travel cots and play pens were strategically placed so my 6 month old could be safely with us when playing outside and in the pool.
On our first night we accepted an invitation to have a drink with the owners Razia, Tim and their son George, who was terrorised by my two year old until the teenager had to retire to bed for a rest. The cheese was good, the trout tasty, the foie gras surprisingly edible and the wine even better. My eldest could get where water couldn’t. He is an escape artist but here he is fenced in by animals and fields of sunflowers, slides and a lily pond (behind a fence). The garden is extensive and safe. Which meant we could relax. My husband and I actually ate, drank and talked to each other.
We thought it was just a pleasant evening but in truth it served as the ice breaker that meant my two year old, the child who has never had a baby sitter and screamed so much at a creche he and I were both asked to leave, actually ran out of the door the following day to play with Tim and Razia. They looked after the children for two hours, singing, baking and playing with them. We felt guilty for handing them over on our family holiday, …… Listen to me trying to justify it! We felt guilty for five minutes, then we actually talked, and drank our coffee hot! We haven’t been on our own for months, we have no babysitters or family on hand in France, we share our bed every night with the children, we go everywhere with the kids and it was nice to have two hours to do whatever we wanted. I forgot I quite like his company. Granted we sat in the garden meters from them and able to hear them most of the time, we could even see them. But that’s not the point. They went somewhere without us and they were fine! They loved it.
When they came back we were even keener to play dinosaurs than when they left. Recharged. That’s how we will feel leaving this place. A few days of family time, playing in the garden and the pool until bed time. Using the local cook who provided meals, reading seven books to the children because we have no time pressure to be anywhere. Making precious memories before in the blink of an eye they turn into teenagers who don’t want to talk to me.
Full marks and appreciation to the Coleman family who have turned their home into luxurious haven. Thanks for having us.
Thank you Tim and Razia for a restful and special family holiday. Artagnan has a great reputation but our experience surpassed all of our expectations – everything had been planned and thought of down to the minor details and this eliminated the stress and strains that go with with usual holidays. The location is quiet and peaceful and Henry & Emily loved playing with all the toys, feeding the chickens and visiting you next door. Thank you for your hospitality and generosity.
Artagnan lives up to and exceeds its reputation; we were told we would love it and we do. Thank you so much for a magical 10 days; you have created a unique holiday for families. The idyllic and tranquil setting is wonderfully peaceful and you have thought of everything to make it a totally stress free break, from all of your incredible hospitality, to the endless tractor rides, the animal feeding, the baking, the craft activities it has been a very special holiday. The children would happily stay forever (without us!).
We absolutely love our holidays at Artagnan and have just completed our fourth consecutive year. If you are looking for a quieter holiday (which we always are!) then this area of rural France is perfect; it is rural, simple and quiet and gives to your children the ability to have fun, outdoor adventures in a safe environment. Tim & Razia are an integral part of the holiday. The success of their secret recipe is that they want you all to have a lovely holiday – and they go out of their way to help you achieve this – from doing the weekly shop before you arrive, to making sure the house is looking perfect for each persons stay, to taking the children off most mornings for fun-filled hours of cooking, art, bike rides, swings, egg collecting, pond dipping ……. and to being on hand to help give advice on local things to do or to organise somewhere for supper or to go riding. For us it is the Swallows and Amazons type of holiday that we want for them – where they are learning about themselves and having experiences in the best way possible! Activities are all based appropriately for the children’s ages.
A huge thank you all – a magical week for which we are very grateful. So good for the soul to have some space from hectic London and to be looked after by you. Thank you for making Marciac happen and spoiling Alfie & Daisy with endless football, baking and drawing. They and we have loved it.
We’ve been away for 3 years and wondered why we left it so long. This is a wonderful place, so tranquil and so full of joy. Our boys have had a fantastic week. We have all enjoyed Tim and Razia’s legendary welcome, hospitality and knowledge. From lazy hours in the pool to late afternoon cricket, to lovely fresh food this is the perfect spot. It is always a wrench to leave after settling in so easily to the relaxed pace of life. Thank you for everything. A bientot.
Thank you all for your tremendous effort you put in this week, we had heard so much about your magical place here and it surpassed our expectations.
Another amazing week at Artagnan. Thank you all so much. We all have loved every minute here and have created some very special memories.
Our fourth and a wonderful week. Our 3 boys have adored their time in the barn and flourished with such wonderful care. Again attention to detail is exceptional and created a family holiday for all. Thank you team Coleman.
Another fantastic week seeing our grandsons delighting in all that is on offer here and flourish. Thank you team Coleman – a great team. Legends as far as we and our grandsons are concerned. Judi and Steve (grandparents to Rory, Harry & Fraser)
Another wonderful holiday – it just gets better and better. Thank you so much to the whole Coleman family for another fabulous fortnight and we are very sad to be going home. The boys absolutely loved their time with you from the tractor rides, delicious baking, swings, painting, stories and so much more. Once again its been a funpacked holiday for the boys and a lovely break. We are already looking forward to next year
Unique – we have had a most wonderful time. Thank you
Our first visit here and to this part of France. Everything here met but also exceeded our expectations. The children loved their mornings with Tim and Razia and so did the parents! We hope to be back next year
Echo from Grandma! A most comfortable luxurious week with everything provided for us.
We had a great time (3rd visit) thank you all so much. Definitely our best yet!
You have all created for the second year running a truly wonderful and treasured time. Perfect hospitality. The ultimate family retreat. We loved catching up with you again and appreciated all of your efforts throughout our stay. Alice and Freddie will be talking about their time with you for months to come! Thank you again
Our third trip and all still as wonderful. We have had a really fantastic week – you’ve thought of everything and its made for a really special week. Thank you so very much. We keep making happy memories here and its found a place in our hearts – Tim and Razia you’ve created something very special.
Many thanks for a wonderful week at Artagnan. We have all thoroughly enjoyed our stay and the holiday has been relaxing as is possible with 3 young children in tow! Freddie and Alex will miss their mornings with you and all the tractors and dinosaurs here. They are already campaigning to come back next year…
Our second visit and just perfect! Thank you for a wonderful fortnight – the boys have loved their mornings with you playing, baking, feeding the animals and will miss you greatly. We’ve had a fab time exploring the area and restaurants – we are returning fully rested and relaxed. We are already looking forward to a return visit ..
You just think of everything! You know what a family needs for a perfect holiday.
Better than we had ever imagined. Thanks for the PERFECT holiday.
Thank you both so much for looking after us so well this week. We feel so relaxed and rejuvenated …. it truly is a very special place you have here and you’ve possibly spoilt all future holidays as the set up here is so exceptional. We would love to come back.