The rural setting-- 135 hectares (350 acres) of rolling hills, forest and farmland-- provides an inspiring backdrop for families with children to enjoy engaging activities (and restful lounging).
Staff are ever on hand from the early hours, and will prior arrangement are happy to entertain children 4 years old and up whilst parents treat themselves to a well-deserved lie-in. Mornings, for example, are a lovely time for a walk to the playground before the day gets hot and the birds are out in full force. At breakfast the buffet is designed to have choices that include options for youngsters.
Accommodation for Families
There are a number of rooms available on the estate to suit families who are planning where to stay with children, including infants and teenagers.
Find out more about the rooms at La Verriere or about whole house bookings for larger families wishing to bring many relatives together, even to celebrate a significant birthday, wedding or anniversary.
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Things to do with Children at La Verriere
Young guests are given a warm welcome and the way the estate is set up means there are a variety of things to do for kids.
Outdoor activities at La Verriere include, but are not limited to:
splashing around in the lightly heated pool or even in the slightly warmer jacuzzi
climbing, swinging and sliding on the on-site jungle gym playground
playing tennis, petanque or ping pong
going for a hike
telling tales at the Storytelling Tree
picking fruits and vegetables from the garden for the chef to prepare for dinner
bike riding (limited selection of Junior bicycles unless by prior arrangement)
Indoor activities include:
more than 200 DVDs for all ages in the home cinema
Wii games console
a pool table suitable for older kids
A selection of toys and children's books in several languages for different ages
Winery tour for kids (see below)
Half and full day child activity programs can be created in addition to evening programs with experienced childminders and instructors, for additional cost and prior arrangement:
treasure or scavenger hunts, with real treasure chests, with or without clues
fishing for trout in the pond
gentle hikes with picnics
cooking class and Intro to local cuisine
Other activities include (at additional cost and prior arrangement):
babysitting/Kids Club-style activities
arts & craft activities with clay, lego, drawing sets etc
fruit juice blind tasting (see below)
Top tip for parents who yearn for some alone time whilst the kids are being entertained elsewhere: head for the gazebo to the side of the pool where the large mattress is the perfect spot for reading, playing a game of chess, or simply snoozing. Alternatively, seek out the secluded bench at the top of the vineyard which looks back onto the house.
At lunch, children can go up to the winery and have their own special meal prepared and presented in a Japanese bento box. The chef is accustomed to accommodating younger tastes.
Children can also become the wine connoisseurs of the future. Stretch their senses with a fruit juice blind tasting so they can master the art of identifying aromas and flavours. In addition, there is a child-friendly tour of the winery which helps them to understand the basics of winemaking, in a language and style that will engage them. Teenagers are often inspired by the Chene Bleu winery; many want to be involved with the harvest and to learn about wine so they can be responsible wine drinkers later in life, unlike some of their peers.
Day Trips for Families in Provence
Provence is well-known for its historical treasures and natural beauty, and guests need little persuasion to explore the countryside around La Verriere. There are many reasons to take a day trip around Provence.
Families are encouraged to take the short trip to the creperie in the town of Vaison la Romaine nearby, especially on a Tuesday, when you’ll discover the open-air market, that kids of all ages tend to enjoy. The town also has a communal playground.
Other off-site excursions include:
canoeing at Fountain de Vaucluse Quad biking
hot air ballooning
Carriere de Lumieres in Les Baux de Provence
tree climbing grids
mohair goat farm in the Drome
crocodile farm near Montelimar
Amazonia theme park near Orange
horseback riding in nearby Vaison or along the beaches of the Mediterranean in Camargue
Rock Swimming in the Gorges of the Toulourenc valley
Hiking to the top of the St Amand and/or the Abbey of Prebayon
Driving up the Mt Ventoux and/or stopping off at the Mont Serein for a picnic
WaterWorld giant slides and rides near Avignon
Son et lumieres light shows such as Luminescence in Avignon
Annual Ruggieri Fireworks display in Monteux