In some rural French gîtes, there's a certain quality you don't find elsewhere. A silence that rings in your ears, so powerful that a cow lowing, way across the valley, sounds as loud as a car close by.  The warmth of croissants fresh from the baker's. Ripe Camembert, eaten with Pain de Campagne and vin rouge under a hazy sky. Last year, on our family holiday in the Dordogne, France, we found this silence.

In some rural French gîtes, there's a certain quality you don't find elsewhere. A silence that rings in your ears, so powerful that a cow lowing, way across the valley, sounds as loud as a car close by. The warmth of croissants fresh from the baker's. Ripe Camembert, eaten with Pain de Campagne and vin rouge under a hazy sky. Last year, on our family holiday in the Dordogne, France, we found this silence.

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I’ve put together a list of what it might be useful to take on a family trip to a holiday park. Please feel free to use it as a checklist for your own travels!

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A stunning stately home garden that appeals to kids and adults alike - plus camping on site...

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When we were driving across the heathland of the Gower Peninsula, Wales, we spotted a herd of eight or so wild mountain ponies, including a foal. This cute specimen was my cue to get out of the car and take pictures. But after a few minutes, a rain-sodden grey mare decided she'd show me who the Gower heathland really belonged to:

When we were driving across the heathland of the Gower Peninsula, Wales, we spotted a herd of eight or so wild mountain ponies, including a foal. This cute specimen was my cue to get out of the car and take pictures. But after a few minutes, a rain-sodden grey mare decided she'd show me who the Gower heathland really belonged to:

A luxury family-friendly holiday at Melia Dunas resort in Sal, Cape Verde - my Melia Dunas review of our stay, from the fabulous food to the array of pools, the kids' club, beach and a look inside our five-bed villa. Perfect for a pampering family holiday

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My 15 things to do on the Isle of Wight with kids - the best family activities for this island off the south coast of the UK, with tips for days out with toddlers, rain days, the best beaches and dinosaur adventures

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