Price from £1,905 - £2,262 per week
Sleeps up to 7 in total plus 2 infants in cots in 3 bedrooms
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Penny’s Place is a peaceful and relaxing family hideaway where kids play happily from dawn until dusk; with Norland Nanny Penny at the helm, children arrive to find a place that has been designed with them in mind.
The day starts with collecting the eggs from the resident chickens followed by a splash in the pool and a stint in the sandpit. Next up, an exploration of the extensive garden and most importantly, the toy selection...
So with happy children, you’ll have time to relax, rejuvenated and ready to bounce back with the energy for quality family time together.
Recommended by The Unmumsy Mum
Sarah Turner, mother and award-winning writer of the Unmumsy Mum blog, visited Penny’s Place for a holiday with her family. Read her review here…
“The rural hamlet setting was idyllic and the slower pace of life provided a welcome break from our frantic weekly routines at home; our sole task most days was popping to the market town of Chasseneuil to pick up a baguette, a selection of cheeses and pains au chocolat for the boys...”
Click here to read The Unmumsy Mum’s review.
Seth-Smith Family, August 2020
We had the most wonderful time at your home which was delightful and had everything we could think of. The kids had the best time - the trampoline and the pool were of course the favourites. A particular perk was of course having a lovely night off out with my husband with Steve as our very own chauffeur. A real treat and a lovely memory that we will have of our time with you. Your advice on where to go was also fantastic - not only in relation to that amazing restaurant but our little trips out.
Fine Cohen Family, August 2018
Thank you so much for allowing us to have such a fantastic holiday. It has all been about family time for us and we’ve made memories that will last a lifetime. T says that he doesn’t ever want to leave the sand pit, and T tires himself out on the trampoline daily. The host's hospitality has been wonderful and their knowledge of the area and how it would suit our little ones has made everything so easy. When we come back I know that I don’t need to bring ANY toys ……. Or anything else for that matter, just myself, our clothes and the car. Sad to be leaving. Thank you so so much
Waterman Family, August 2018
What a lovely relaxing couple of weeks! Thanks for your hospitality and tips, we all had a great time. The boys will certainly miss the pool, trampoline and the chickens, hope you get some eggs soon!! Such a treat for the grown ups to have an evening out together too and no babysitter has ever proved as popular as Penny. Hopefully see you next year for another transformation from tired, stressed and pasty to tanned, relaxed and ready for another 50 weeks!
Vardon Family, July 2018
Thank you so much for another wonderful stay in your beautiful home, the boys have had an absolute ball and we have been able to relax too!!
Owens Family, July 2018
Thank you so much for our wonderful stay here in July/August 2018! We truly had a wonderful time and felt like house guests in a ’home away from home’. The kids loved the pool and the trampoline and spent time rediscovering their imaginations, making up games from nothing and playing scavenger hunts in the garden. We loved taking the apples off the tree and experimenting with the herbs in our pasta. We enjoyed Bordeaux, Cognac, La Rochelle and the lakes as well as La Rochefoucauld – the perfect blend of adventure and relaxation! We hope to see you again soon!!
Frame Family, June 2018
Thank you so much for a wonderful weeks holiday! You have done so much to create the perfect holiday for families and have thought of absolutely everything. We thoroughly enjoyed your restaurant recommendations. Little J enjoyed his stay so much. Toys, trampoline, pool & swings. You have thought of everything to keep a child happy & entertained! Well done! Hope to see you again in the future & would have no hesitation in recommending you to anyone.
Duke Family, August 2018
Pennys Place is a haven for any family needing a place where they can switch off and relax, safe in the knowledge that their children are happy, safe and occupied. The house is really well equipped with toys, books, games and DVDs. The pool is fabulous and the sand pit, trampoline and huge garden are an added bonus. The hosts couldn't be more friendly and helpful. So often a week away isn't long enough to properly relax but that's not the case at Penny's Place!
The Cartmell Family, August 2017
We wanted to thank you both for a wonderful family holiday in your beautiful home. We felt that the house was clean and well presented. You had an abundance of toys for the children to enjoy. The children particularly loved the trampoline and although the weather did not warm the pool very much George still loved splashing around and on our last day he swam without armbands for the first time on his own. The token of food when we arrived was very well received and the nights babysitting and taxi from both yourself and Steve really enabled us to go out and have a very special evening together (Steve did not charge us for the taxi, however we left the Eur15 in the kitchen to say thank you) Thank you for our stay we will definitely recommend this home to others.
The Vardon Family, June 2017 and July 2018
Thank you so much for such a wonderful few days. You really have created the most special place for families and have thought of absolutely everything! It isn’t often we feel relaxed on holiday with two boys under five years, but we have definitely felt relaxed on this break, I am only sorry we had such a short visit! Thank you also for being welcoming and to Penny for giving us an evening out together and to Steve for the lift, it is very much appreciated. Both boys have been in their element here with so many lovely toys, the sandpit, pool and trampoline to name but a few. I hope we see you both in 2018 for a longer visit!
The Taylor-Mann Family, June 2017
Thank you for welcoming us into your beautiful home and ensuring that our first trip to France was a wonderful one! We have made lasting memories here and have enjoyed our first stress-free family holiday, this type of holiday is definitely the way forward for us. The children have laughed, played and bonded with each other. William has had the time of his life in the pool and the quite country environment has been welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of home for him. From S aged 7yrs I have had a lovely time hear, it has been such a good time splashing in the pool. I also enjoyed playing in the sandpit and made a big sandcastle. Riding on the bikes is fun too.
The Donagher Family, June 2017
Another lovely holiday à La Ferme! Even though the weather wasn’t as good as usual we found loads to do. Particular favourites with the children this year were the pool, the trampoline, the hammock, the football pitch!! And of course the doll’s house, books and indoor toys. The adults really enjoyed the opportunity for a night out while our little people were being well cared for by Penny. It’s like a home from home here and we’ll be back. PS: It was great to see the chickens back.
The James Family, August 2016
We’ve had a wonderful time and were so lucky with the weather… 35°± most days. Everything was perfect, from the warm welcome from you both, the wine & provisions, the variety of toys and activities for the children, including feeding the hens and collecting eggs, the wonderful swimming pool which was a blessing in this hot weather….. And thank you, Penny for babysitting, and Steve for taking us to Chasseneuil for our evening meal. We feel sad to be leaving!
The Turner Family, June 2016
What a lovely week we have had! It has taken us 4 years to pluck up the parent-courage to take children abroad and we’re so very glad we came here for our first ‘proper family holiday!’. Never did we imagine that the week would be so relaxing - -quite simply the boys are in their element here. We have all enjoyed spending so much time outdoors, particularly on the trampoline and in the sandpit. An evening to ourselves to eat, drink and be merry (thanks to Steve’s taxis!) was a highlight but mostly I think we will remember eating our lunches outside and sleeping-in unusually late, even Jude who at home wakes up at 6am… The boys are going to miss the toy car and bike outside and we are going to miss the beautiful countryside and the PEACE which has been bliss. Thanks so much for all the little touches that make this house a home. We would love to come back again, so I’ll say bye just for now!
The Smith and Bishop Family, August 2016
Well, it’s been quite a big thing, this holiday, with both of us individually bringing our boys away without any family to help for the first time. And we feel so lucky to have found you. You’ve created such a special place for children and the boys have been in their element surrounded by toys, games and DVDs. As for us, we’ve been more relaxed than we ever thought a ‘holiday’ with 5 boys would allow. Thanks for all the special touches – babysitting, taking the boys for a walk with Boule, coming to our rescue when we needed wine, and just generally always being happy to help. We only hope you will let us come back again one day!
The Marland Family, June 2016
A wonderful place with so much on offer to keep the child(ren) entertained. Penny & Steve are great hosts and make you feel at home.
The Chamberlain Family, June 2016
We had a lovely time at Penny's Place, not least because the children were so happy and occupied with all sorts of things, but because we really got to relax and kick back. Unfortunately we had terrible weather, a freak occurrence apparently and really bad luck. However we enjoyed visits to the castle, chocolate factory and museum in neighbouring towns and of course eating out at local eateries! Penny and Steve were so kind to us and made us feel so at home. Looking forward to visiting again when the sun shines!
The Milne Family, July 2015
The place was fantastic, well equipped for the needs of all our children. We will definitely be returning next July.
The Bishop Family, September 2014
Thank you for an amazing week at Penny’s Place! We have all had an amazing time – so much fun and so much relaxation which don’t normally go together when you are having a break with little ones! From the toys to the pool, the trampoline, Shrek 3, we couldn't have wished for more& that does not consider the evening out C & I were able to enjoy thanks to you both!
The Best Family, July 2014
Thank you so much again for the most perfect holiday. It has been bliss – doing nothing but swimming, reading and drinking lots of wine!!! We can’t wait to return again next year for two weeks not one! We all love it here; you really have made the perfect holiday destination. See you next year.
The Coy Family, July 2014
Thank you so much for everything, we all had a great relaxing time. E has discovered the delights of French baby food, O has a newly developed knowledge of tractors and C might actually have got some rest! We’re off home to drink the rest of the Pineau, try and find a copy of the ‘Tooth Fairy’ book and maybe have to buy a trampoline!
The Donagher Family, June 2014
The perfect holiday for us! From the eldest to the youngest there was so much for everyone to enjoy - the garden, the sandpit, the pool, the fruit trees, the toy car & bikes, the footballs, the dolls house, ‘Rosie’s Farm’ book, the ‘Tooth Fairy’ book .. the list is endless …. And of course the obligatory trip to the local doctor!! Thanks for organising that & our other trips. And of course Penny thank you for taking care of our babies while we enjoyed a meal or two out!
The Tucker Family, June 2014
THANK YOU! We have had a lovely, relaxing stay and will miss the calm of your beautiful house. Diets when we get home!
The Bentall Family, 2014
What a wonderful time! A had such fun playing with Penny, thank you both for being so welcoming.
Pool protected by fencing and alarm
|Double bedrooms||Two, one can be made into a twin|
|Twin bedrooms||One and can be a triple if needed|
|Bathrooms||Two - one family bathroom, one en suite shower room|
|Nearest village/town||Chasseneuil sur Bonnieure - 10 mins drive|
|Nearest supermarket||Chasseneuil sur Bonnieure - 10 mins drive|
|Nearest doctor||Chasseneuil sur Bonnieure - 10 mins drive|
|Nearest beach||Lake beach 25 mins drive or costal St Georges de Didonne - 2 hrs drive|
|Nearest restaurant||Chasseneuil sur Bonnieure - 10 mins drive|
|Home cooked food||No but shopping service for simple meal (eg. pesto pasta) available - please enquire|
|Babysitting||One free evening with each booking. Extra evening babysitting, 7pm-midnight, €10/hr, after midnight €15/hr|
|Swimming Towels available||Included|
|Bikes||Selection of children's' bikes|
|Local assistance/housekeeper||Owners onsite and happy to provide extras if needed|
|Welcome pack||Yes - Tea, Coffee, fresh milk, bread, jam, pasta, pesto sauce, juice and wine|
|Internet access||WIFI Free|
|Restaurant on site||No|
|Shopping Service||Please just send a list and a delivery charge of €10 will be made and all payable locally|
|Walking Distance to Village/Restaurant||No|
|Suitable for Multiples||Yes|
|Suitable for Wheelchair Users||No|
|Home Cooked Food||No|
|Restaurant on Site||No|
|Additional Cleaning available||Yes|
|Golf available locally||Yes|
|Less than 1 hour from Nearest Airport||Yes|
|Local Bike hire||Yes|
|Air Con or Cooling System||No|
|Cots||Two available, more if required|
|Highchairs||Two available, more if required|
|Booster seat||Two available|
|Bed guards||Two available|
|Non slip bath mat||Yes|
|Indoor toys and books||Yes|
|Food blender (hand held)||Yes|
|Child's loo seat||Yes|
|Blackout blinds or curtains/shutters||Yes|
|Garden equipment (slide etc)||Yes|
|UK satellite TV channels||Yes - Freesat|
|Other information||The babysitting service is provided by a UK qualified, CRB checked Nursery Nurse.
The free babysitting evening any night except Saturday (max 4 hours).
All additional services payable locally in Euros. If you want a lift for your evening out Steve can take and collect you from Chasseneuil & La Rochefoucauld (€10) and Chateau Nieuil (€15).
For additional information and the individual Terms and Conditions, please see the 'Need to Know' section for this property.
|Essential Kit Guarantee Info||Some terms and conditions apply so please read our complete Terms and Conditions before booking.|
The style throughout Penny's Place is a perfect mix of old and new with modern amenities and traditionally renovated lime pointed stone walls and original exposed beams.
You will be spoilt for choice in the gardens at Penny's Place! Within the large private enclosed garden that surrounds the gite, you will find a barbecue, garden table and chairs, children's play equipment, and a large well stocked herb garden that you are welcome to help yourself to. There is an abundance of space to run around here, but if you need more, the rest of the grounds are accessed through the gate and up the private steps.
In the upper shared area you will find the enclosed swimming pool surrounded by sunloungers on a very child friendly deck; no slippery tiles here. Adjacent to the pool is a large sandpit, a hammock, trampoline, football goal equipment, children's bikes and a whole host of other outdoor toys. The shared area is also home to a cat, chickens and goats or sheep in the summer months.
Set in the beautiful Charentaise countryside and surrounded by farm and woodland there are plenty of lovely walks and cycle rides direct from Penny's Place. 10 minutes away at Chasseneuil, a traditional market town, you will find all the local amenities such as supermarkets, banks, a pharmacy and some lovely cafés. For those who are in search of some great French food there are numerous restaurants in the area with the closest being only 10 minutes away, and for those who want to cook their own family meals there are several markets on various days in the surrounding towns.
La Rochefoucauld is a charming old town with some great shops and restaurants, one of which is at the foot of the gorgeous chateau overlooking the river. The chateau itself is a great day out for all the family with some fascinating history, entertaining exhibits and a whole room full of dressing up for everyone!
Apart from the many 'caves' offering tastings of the local Charentaise tipple Pineau, a trip to Cognac is also worth a visit, with its numerous world famous cognac houses and a beautiful town to wander around.
A great attraction for the whole family is Vallée des Singes (Monkey World) a fantastic park with over 300 monkeys living in the trees above you as you walk around. There is a petting zoo, an adventure play area and even a place to stop and have a meal or just a coffee whilst the children play.
You have the choice of costal beaches at Royan and La Rochelle (under 2 hrs away) or some great lake beaches (that are closer to the house) most of which offer water sports. There is canoeing at Mansle, Ruffec and Montbron.
Angouleme is just 20 minutes away and is a beautiful university city. Set at the top of a hill and surrounded by ancient ramparts, the city offers great shopping and has some of the best restaurants in the Charente, not to mention the numerous cafes which allow you time to just sit and watch the world go by. Angouleme is also host to an exciting weekend in September with a Vintage Car Racing around the ramparts.
Before booking, please read the following Supplier Terms which apply to this property and our Agency Terms and Conditions.
Supplier Booking & Cancellation Terms for this property (for bookings made from 1st September 2020):
Supplier Booking & Cancellation Terms for this property (for bookings made on or before 31st August 2020):
Covid-19: What to Expect: As the world re-opens for travel, you can expect some changes to your holiday experience due to necessary precautions. It’s possible some information on our website regarding facilities and services may temporarily be inaccurate. Please read our blog for more detail.
Tots Clean & Safe Standard: Our new hygiene protocol is designed with families in mind, ensuring the highest sanitisation standards.
Welcome pack, linen, house and swimming towels, electricity and gas.
1 free evening babysitting for all bookings (max 4 hrs).
The shared swimming pool will be open for use from May to October but realistically swimable June to mid September. The temperature of the water is dependent on the prevailing weather conditions.
The security deposit for this property is £200 / 200 Euros and is payable directly to your host. Details of how to pay this will be available in your Travel Pack.
|Poitiers–Biard Airport||1 hour 10 minutes|
|La Rochelle – Île de Ré Airport||2 hours|
|La Rochelle – Île de Ré Airport||2 hours|
|Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport||2 hours|
|Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport||2 hours|
|Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport||2 hours|
|La Rochelle – Île de Ré Airport||2 hours|
|Limoges International Airport||50 minutes|
FREE Mum & Dad's Treat Package
Book one week or more at The Water Mill (Aubriete, Mill End or Massette) and you will get:
20€ voucher for a pizza delivery night
40€ voucher for an evening's babysitting
40€ voucher for a massage or treatment for mum or dad
Or alternatively use any of the above vouchers towards a home cooked meal.
For stays of 7 nights or more. One Treat Package per booking. Offer subject to availability.
Offer end date: 29th October 2020
A firm favourite for many years - this truly child friendly hideaway in the South of France. Comes with our Free Mum's Treat Package.
Bestselling! For a touch of the good life, choose here for playtime in beautiful gardens, splashing in the pool, and fun family day trips.
Memories here are made of hours of fun in the gorgeous gardens and pool, family day trips out, and coming back to delicious home-cooked meals made for you.
£1,905 - £2,262 per week