La Garenne is a beautiful 16th century fortified longere tastefully restored into six gîtes. Each gîte has been individually decorated to a high standard reflecting local character and rustic charm with Charentaise stone walls and exposed beams. The gîtes have […]
At La Garenne we have lots of activities on offer for children and adults. Kids club Take advantage of the kids club once a week, the kids love it and parents have a chance to visit local restaurants and markets […]
Bonjour and welcome to La Garenne family gites.
We are the lucky owners of La Garenne. We bought the buildings in 2006 when our sons Oliver and Oscar were 6 and 3 years old.
We live on the complex and have worked hard to renovate all the 6 gites and our family home into comfortable and modern living but very much retaining the charming French style we love so much.
A little about the Hobson family.
Richard is a former professional triathlete and have since finishing his professional career as an athlete, worked as a high performance coach and went to Athens Olympics with two of his athletes. Since moving to France he is mainly coaching age group athletes. Richard is still competing at a high level in age group racing.
Dorte is Danish but has lived both in Spain, America and England before moving to France. She is qualified in child care and was managing a couple of pre school nurseries in the Uk.
Oliver arrived in France as a 6 year old with no French language. When we look back it seems cruel to just drop him of at school but very quickly he learned and very quickly mastered the French language and life style. Oliver loves music and sport. He is helping in the local swim club teaching children how to swim.
Oscar was nearly 4 when we came here and he was lucky to still be in pre school, so he learned French through play. Oscar also very quickly learned French and adapted quickly to the French life style. Oscar also loves music and sport.
We are quite a sportive family and all 4 of us take part in triathlon both training and racing.
We hope we are able to welcome you to what we think is a special place for a family holiday.
Dorte, Richard, Oliver and Oscar Hobson.