During the summer of 2006 I spent a glorious week at La Grange de Chille. Cicumstances at the time dictated that my wife stay at home and I alone should take our three children who were then 5, 10, and 12 years. The clear directions from the airport was of immense value with three tired and hungry kids in the car and no wife to shout at. On arrival, late at night, the owners had had the foresight to provide more than suffient food to keep us going until the next day. There was even a rather nice bottle of the local Pineau de Charante which somewhat set the tone for me for the week to come! A shopping trip to the local town, a short drive away, provided all the usual and safe brand names that the kids demanded and I returned several times to sample the wares of the town butcher, baker and other various French delicasies. The house itself was a delight; perfect for a family, a group of adults, or I can only imagine, a romantic break. I actually enjoyed looking after the kids, watching them play in the pool, cooking for them or just relaxing. We did visit the Valley of the apes or whatever its called, and I did take them to a rather spectacular swimming pool ( don't forget that the French insist that speedo style swimming trunks must be worn!!) The house and surroundings were so pleasant however that the kids and myself were more than happy just to hang around. I shall certainly be returning either with or without the kids. ( I may even take the wife).