The property: what is unique about Domaine du Sourire # 1

06Jun

It’s time to answer that question that you are no doubt asking as you are searching for that perfect place to holiday, “Why Domaine du Sourire?”

What is it that is unique about these gites compared to all the others?

We are in an ideal location, we have magnificent views, Jackie and Terry live on site and are friendly hosts. So far so good but so the same as many others in the region (apart for Jackie and Terry who are unique!)

So, what is different at Domaine du Sourire?

I believe what is unique at Domaine du Sourire is the space Jackie and Terry have created so you can experience the best time of your lives whether you have a disability or not. It is their passion to ensure that the needs of a disabled child or adult are met as well as the needs of other family members.

One of the biggest differences is the accessibility for people with disabilities. Three of the 4 gites are fully wheelchair accessible, fitted with wet-rooms and specialist equipment is available or can be hired.

Even the swimming pool has a ramp which enables wheelchair users to safely and easily enter the water and have as much fun as others.

Holidays are fun, busy and noisy and fun, busy and noisy. Sometimes a different environment is much needed. The sensory room provides that often needed space to relax and reduce anxiety and stress in a safe place when it gets all too much.

At Domaine du Sourire Jackie and Terry recognise the world is changing and families or individuals who face disability deserve the same opportunities and they are proud that they provide that opportunity at Domaine du Sourire.

What makes Domaine du Sourire unique? The passion and commitment to ensure you have the best holiday experience whatever your ability. Jackie has said, “You are what makes us unique, each and every guest.”

So, where are these holiday gites at Domaine du Sourire exactly?….

27May

You have researched the type of holiday you want, you have checked our website, you love our accommodation and are happy with the amenities and service. You are close to making a decision to book but are asking “how do you travel here?”

Ferries

My childhood holidays were more likely to involve a ferry trip rather than flights and I have some great memories of those days. The excitement and fun of discovery far outweighed the longer and slightly more uncomfortable journey conditions. Ferries still offer that sense of adventure and modern ferries are much improved. They’re faster, cleaner, have more onboard facilities and the food, oh yes, the food is much better than when I was a kid. This summer your trip to France could be the time to rediscover the magic of the Ferry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are a few alternatives from UK and Ireland:

 

UK/Ireland PortFrance PortFerry CompanyDriving distance from Port to Domaine du Sourire
DoverCalaisEurotunnel; P&O Ferries; DFDS Seaways8 hours
NewhavenDieppeDFDS Seaways7 hours
PortsmouthLe HavreBrittany Ferries6 hours 30 mins
PortsmouthSt MaloBrittany Ferries5 hours 30 mins
PortsmouthCherbourgBrittany Ferries; Condor Ferries6 hours
PooleCherbourgBrittany Ferries6 hours
PooleSt MaloCondor Ferries5 hours 30 mins
PlymouthRoscoffBrittany Ferries7 hours
CorkRoscoffBrittany Ferries7 hours
DublinCherbourgIrish Ferries6 hours
RosslareRoscoffIrish Ferries7 hours
RosslareCherbourgIrish Ferries; Stena Line6 hours

There are plenty of interesting places to stop off at for refreshment on the way from the harbour to your holiday destination Domaine du Sourire. The gorgeous villages in the countryside, splendid lavender and sunflower fields and vineyards are just a tip of the iceberg when it comes to visiting the numerous sights and attractions in France.
By AIR
Flying, too, has much to offer and it has its own excitements of course. The availability of low cost, budget airlines has increased and kept routes open and affordable.

It is still the quickest means of travel. If you’re fortunate and get a window seat, there are often some great views. There is nothing quite like soaring over the countryside, while seas, rivers, mountains, and other beautiful landscapes pass beneath. Even at night, when darkness shrouds the sky, it is pleasant to look out and see the islands of light that spread across the earth below. Of course, you can get good views from other means of transport also, but there is nothing that quite compares to the awesome bird’s eye view from an airplane.

And you can easily hire a car these days while booking your flight and it will be ready and waiting for you. Most airports will offer the major dealerships such as Europecar, Enterprise, Hertz, Avis, and Sixt. However if you need an adapted car do check with the company. Here are a few links that will provide good advice:
https://www.disabledholidays.com/about/car-hire.html
http://www.holidaycars.com/car-rental/france/

The nearest airports to Domaine du Sourire are Angouleme, Poitiers, Bordeaux, Bergerac, Limoges, La Rochelle. Paris CDG is a 2hr TVG Train trip away. From the UK and Ireland, flights are in and around 2 hours.
Angouleme is closest but unless you are flying from London Stansted there are no other flights to this airport from the UK.

Bergerac, Poiters, Bordeax and Limoges all have frequent low cost flights (Easyjet, Ryan Air, FlyBe, BMI Baby and AerLingus) from UK and Ireland and are within an hour and half driving distance from Domaine Du Sourire. A little further out at just around 2 hours driving distance is La Rochelle.

So, if you are coming from beyond the region, you know how to get here; we hope to see you soon.