Spotlight On…Maison Le Rieu

‘Spotlight On’ is a new series of articles that will be featured on the blog over the next few months, designed to give you an in-depth perspective of some of the amazing holidays and resorts we offer.

The headline facts and information we provide within the brochure are great, obviously! But we’re aware there’s a lot more essential information our families might like to know such as; the best parks and playgrounds nearby, and the nicest places to buy fresh pastries in the morning!

So we’ve got together with our wonderful property owners to put their local knowledge to the test, asking them the questions we know you’ll want the answers to.

The first in our series is Mason Le Rieu, set in the picturesque South of France countryside…

Property Facts

Property Name:  Maison le Rieu

Property Sleeps: 10 plus 2 babies in cots

Closest Town: Sommieres just 5 mins by car – Nimes and Montpellier around 30 minutes

Perfect For: 2 families travelling together.

Best Pushchair Stroll

Drive along to La Grande Motte and wander along the beach path and along to see the yachts. There are plenty of cafes and ice cream shops to keep everyone happy.

Or park your car by the old train station in Sommieres and walk along the converted railway tracks and through the acres of beautiful countryside. It’s away from the beaten track so very safe for toddlers to run free.

Closest Family Friendly Restaurant

Drop in and book a table on the balcony at crepe restaurant Les Korrigans du Vidourle so you can take in views over the river to the village of Sommieres. All the family will love the savoury crepes, and the sweet ones are simply divine for afters.  There is plenty of parking close by.

Mum & Dad’s Special Night Out

Book the babysitter and try out O’Chateau just over the next village – there’s an elegant terrace to dine out on and fabulous atmosphere and of course good food and wine. There’s often live music in July & August.

Full Day Out

Drive the hour up to see the Pont du Gard, there are nice pushchair friendly walks here and it’s a nice place to paddle and have a picnic.  You’ll pass by the Haribo sweet factory there.

The town of Uzes is lovely too with plenty of window shopping, lunches and coffee shops to just sit and watch the world go by.

Alternatively, try the Steam Train trip (40 mins long) from Anduze to St Jean du Gard and visit the Bamboo park. Takes about 45 minutes to get there. It’s a lovely cool option if the weather gets too warm with loads of space for running around.

Half Day Out

About 20 minutes away if the Petit Paradis park – lots of animals, a boating lake and lots of safe place to run around. There are picnic tables and little shop to buy cool drinks

 Local Park

There’s a tiny toddlers park right in the middle of Salinelles, right next door.

Or take the road towards Sommieres, and turn right at the roundabout AFTER the roundabout with the train. Here there are plenty of benches for weary mums and dads to rest on whilst the kids go wild!

Special Tips from the Locals

You can’t miss the Saturday market 5 minutes away in Sommieres, right in the corner of the galleried market square is the Delice du Liban bar – there are tressle tables outside (it’s pedestrianised during the market) Here you can buy bread, cheese, charcuterie, fruit and spicy crepes from the market and picnic!

The stall next door will shuck some oysters for you and the bar will provide lemon, slices of bread & butter and cool carafes of Picpoul de Pinet.  Try to get a spot under the arches where it’s lovely and cool.

On Sunday morning, take a trip to nearby Lunel (15 mins by car) where there’s an excellent indoor and outdoor market, check out the fish & olive stalls. There is also an excellent chocolaterie and a gorgeous deli to buy dinner from.

Just over the road is a big park (one part for toddlers, one part for bigger small people!)  From the end of March to the end of October there’s live music on Sunday mornings there – pull up a pew in one of the cafes for maximum enjoyment!

Le Bistro de Caro is a fabulous place to stop for lunch

Best Bakery

Just over the in the next village of Salinelles – there’s a few general shop bits in there too and in the Summer artisanal ice creams!

Nearest Supermarket

Either Carrefour market in Villevielle or Intermarche in Sommieres – just 5 minutes in the car – both open on Sunday mornings too.

If this has whet your appetite and you would like more information about this slice of French paradise, please click here.

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