Having a job that requires you to be on call 24/7 when it’s your own business means one thing, unless we leave the county we are not on holiday. It was really important for us to find somewhere special where we could all relax and have fun. The South of France and Pagel particularly gave us that family time to make lots of special memories, relax and enjoy being away from the hustle and bustle.
From the moment, we arrived we were met by the lovely staff and shown to our beautiful Gite (we stayed in Upper Wildwood) but they are all so special and kitted out with toys, amenities, and everything you could possibly need. What is even more special for the children are the lovely boxes of toys on their beds which are age-specific and the lovely present that is also left for them.
Within no time at all the other families start to arrive and we are all instantly friends, as well as the children making lifelong friends the adults also get to do the same and we all enjoyed having a chat around the pool or by the play barn. We were spoilt with great food at wonderful BBQ that Fiona puts on Monday evening so all the parents can get to know each other. This really is special as the children have tea all together first and then the adults are looked after. They also offer a chef for the night option on Wednesday, we didn’t do this but it looked fantastic and is something we will take part in this year when we return.
Two days of our holiday were spent at a lovely outdoor restaurant Le Caillau about 40 minutes away from Pagel where we had the most amazing lunches and Katie and I did some pottery painting of which we had to go back later in the week to collect and sample the divine menu again. The sunny courtyard with its lovely flowers and vineyard on its doorstep it really is worth a visit and to mix my love of crafts with a spot of food was just the perfect afternoon. Their homemade macaroons were amazing too.
We had the most incredible time during our week at Pagel. We laughed non stop, the children had the biggest smiles on their faces the whole time, and I genuinely haven’t felt as relaxed for a long time as I lay on my sun lounger by the pool while my two little people swam and played, reading my book and occasionally taking a lookup to look out at that beautiful view. It is hard to put into words just how thankful I am to be showing my children the world.
It really is a special place that I will hold in my heart for a long time and with only eight other families on site, it is a place to form firm friendships but also making family memories to last a lifetime.