Have you ever wanted to explore the splendours of Southern France but worry your boisterous little one may not find it so engaging? If so, come to Pagel!
This loveable site's ethos is wonderfully simple: provide families with a safe environment which allows children to run free amongst nature, make friends and explore their own imaginations. And here at Cool Camping, we think they’ve succeeded.
Owner Mark discovered Southern France quite by chance. Back in 2002 he and his wife Lara dreamt up the notion of ditching the rat-race and moving to Mediterranean Italy. Then one drizzly London day, a chatty taxi driver offered a suggestion... “Well love, forget Italy and look into the Lot region in France, its beautiful and largely undiscovered.” Of course, he was right. Ten days later Lara, Mark, Benjamin and Charlie visited the region, instantly fell in love, and Pagel was born. A couple of successful years later, Lara and Mark attended a local ex-pats play when they recognised the leading actor; it was none other than that chirpy London cabbie who had also eloped to this glorious region. It’s a small world after all.
Pagel is a great site for the kids, ticking all their holiday boxes. The site boasts a swimming pool, toddler's pool, a myriad of adventures in the fields from a huge pirate ship, space rocket, two trampolines, a play barn stacked with toys, climbing frames galore, long grass (with paths cut in), and table tennis. That should keep the kiddies busy.
As one of the smartest glamping operations in the region, everything the owners do, they do to impress. The Moomba Lodges (opened in 2013) are African style safari tents kitted-out with cosy double beds, furniture, fully equipped kitchen, private bathroom, solid floor, but given all these creature comforts, they somehow preserve the romance of a canvas tent.
So, if you want the best of both worlds; a playful paradise for the kids, and some of Southern France's most beautiful sights on your doorstep, Pagel is most definitely for you. The only downside? How long you may have to wait for a vacancy, but such special, loveable places will always be in high demand.
The Owner Says
Like many of us Mark and his wife Lara felt that holidays would never be the same with a toddler and a baby in tow... With that in mind, they went ahead and formed their own holiday destination to provide an alternative to the traditional package holiday. Be assured that all you might need for your little ones is thought of - that motto you might be familiar with “When the children are happy we all have fun” rings true, but also there are special experiences for the grownups too. So if you’re looking for somewhere that combines taste with toddlers and children and most importantly is run by the kind of people who know what it takes to help you have a fun filled, hassle free holiday then take a look – it’s dreamy.........
Pagel is special place in South West France - “Self Catering with a difference, centred on families with children”.
For toddlers and older siblings ‘Pagel’ has a magical quality, like an enchanted forest, the five acres of beautiful grounds hide a new adventure around every corner from a huge wooden replica pirate ship and fort, to trains and tractors. For parents this means entertaining the brood is a breeze and, as a result, relaxation comes easily, the private terraces or pool-side area are perfect places to happily watch your children expore and make new friends.
Those with babies tend to gravitate to the specially created shaded play area and kiddie pool. In fact, the huge range of toys and equipment provided is so comprehensive it would be a challenge to find anything missing. Clearly, having three youngsters himself means Pagel’s founder Mark, has a keen eye for what makes kids tick.There are also 2 superb Glamping lodges. The high-end luxury camping facilities include everything from a complete furnished kitchen to delicious comfortable beds, and from high chairs to your own bathroom just outside the lodge (under cover and in a beach hut wooden structure). The Moomba Lodge is themed for the children – Name Moomba is Sanskrit for for young lioness. The “Moomba Lodge” is constructed on a wooden platform of 72 m2 and a living area from 40 m2. No need to bring your own things because everything you need is already there – glasses, cups, cutlery, pans, water, cooker etc!
The new Indoor play barn provides a break from the sun, the tons of outdoor toys keep the kids busy and the heated saltwater pool means hours of fun when it's time to cool down or simply get wet. '''There is also an honesty bar where you can get soft drinks, ice creams, beer and wine as well as some home cooked frozen meals'''''.
Mark and the team have put a comprehensive days out guide together recommending suitable places for all ages, so don't worry about having to plan every day before you leave. Most families find it hard to leave Pagel with so much available onsite. But for those that manage it, there’s a host of attractions within half an hours drive including the Animal Park at Gramat and the fabulous Castles at Castlenaud.
There are English-speaking babysitters available should you want to visit the fantastic local restaurants, otherwise you might order a meal delivery where chef will prepare your meal and bring it to your gite… relaxed, quality grown up time for you to appreciate once the children have gone to sleep - you'll need it, they will be up early next day.
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