Baby, Toddler and Child Friendly Holidays in South West France

The Team

Pagel Team 2016

Team Pagel 2016

Mark – Founder and Owner
At Weekends – You’ll find him bracing the South Downs on/falling
off his bike at Devils Dyke.
Guilty Pleasure – Big bar of Galaxy Chocolate and no sharing with
the kids!
Ideal escape – On a sailing boat somewhere warm with sunshine
and wind.
Something interesting – After 20 years in the corporate world took
the plunge and moved lock, stock and barrel plus 2 kids to France
after falling in love with Pagel.

Chrissie – Marketing and Admin
At weekends – carting the kids from party to party and chilling with
friends on the beach (when its warm enough!)
Guilty pleasure – Running, red wine and Real Housewives on tv.
Ideal escape – Running with my trail group girls in the beautiful
South Downs.
Something interesting – I speak fluent German and am a trained
Aerobics teacher andStreet Fit Instructor.

Fiona – Owner of Mas Sarrat, Manager and welcome host at Pagel and
Champs as well as family BBQ host

At Weekends – enjoying sunny family BBQs, choosing delicious
fresh products from one of our amazing local markets, walking my
lovely dog for miles in the countryside.
Guilty Pleasure – sitting down to a glass of wine and Downton on
Sunday evenings.
Ideal escape – anywhere in the mountains, hiking, skiing, rafting,
biking or swimming in a mountain lake.
Something interesting – exciting life so far !!! Worked in Tourism in
Europe and the US and ran an outside catering business in the UK
before moving to France with my young family in 2002 … BUT
BEST OF ALL – Working with Pagel!!

Carole – Head of Housekeeping
At Weekends – walking the dog in the beautiful countryside.
Guilty Pleasure – an aperitif with friends in the local bar – although I
don’t really feel very guilty about that!
Ideal escape – Anguilla for its white beaches and laid back lifestyle
or sailing in the British Virgin Islands.
Something interesting – Worked in the Caribbean travel industry
and traveled extensively inspecting hotels, training travel agents,
and organising events. Met and ‘chilled with’ Duran Duran when they were recording at Air
Studios on Montserrat (way back in the 80s before the volcano
erupted). Became ‘the oldest Mum at the school’ (and proud of it!) when I
had my first child in France having been told in the UK that it was
impossible. Rode on a Ducati around Donnington Park with Randy Mamola –
(for those that don’t know he was an American 500CC Grand Prix

Sarah – Host at Pagel and ‘go to girl’ for all restaurant bookings, info on
days out, massage and beauty appointments

At Weekends
Guilty pleasure – it isn’t pleasurable if you feel guilty!
Ideal escape – anywhere away from my teenage sons!!
Something interesting – I not know what to say here is afraid.

Cathy – Panda Club Chief
At Weekends – gardening or doing something creative involving
beads or paint.
Guity Pleasure – a glass of chilled white and an episode of
Ideal Escape – walking somewhere up high with beautiful views.
Something Interesting – I’m half Swiss and learned to speak Italian
at three years of age.

Steve – Technical and maintenance engineer who hopefully you’ll never
need to see around site!!

At Weekends – Out on the quad bikes with my kids, going out for
lunch or watching F1.
Guilty Pleasure – Lurpak on Cinnamon & Raisin Bagels with a cup
of Yorkshire tea. Oh, or a can of Boddington’s watching the F1.
Ideal escape – Packing up our campervan and touring France’s
beautiful country.
Something interesting – Like Mark, had worked for Siemens for 18
years before moving lock stock and barrel to the ‘Lot’ and have never looked back.

Mea – Chef for the Night
At Weekends – you’ll find Mea at her silver-smithing bench.
Guilty Pleasure – Knitting by the fire.
Ideal Escape
Something interesting – lived and worked in food industry in
Australia, Canada, UK and France, completed Chef’s training in the
Scottish Highlands, grew up on a farm in Tasmania.


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Guestbook comments

We had an amazing week at Cotton House at Champs with our 2yo daughter. The setting was absolute bliss for us parents - peaceful, beautiful scenery, and plenty of lovely restaurants and local produce from the markets, not to mention the wine!
Our daughter was in heaven as well. The toys are perfect for toddlers, plenty of new stories to read at bedtime, swings and a slide, a 'little house' in the garden, and the pool!
Everything was set up perfectly for a completely stress-free holiday with young children. The on-site staff were so helpful, and the BBQ at Mas was a great afternoon out... We cannot wait to return, and are already making plans for 2 weeks next year!

Carly and Phil Leith and Isla (2)

Carly and Phil Leith and Isla (2)