Gîte Accommodation for Large Groups: The Surprise 70th Birthday Party

If you are looking for spacious accommodation for a large party, here’s a post that tells how we provided this for a large group of friends celebrating a birthday for a week this summer.

The party gang

We had the pleasure of accommodating a large party of 16 in June who were here to celebrate Sue’s 70th birthday with a surprise party. The only person who had no idea of the plans was Sue, who right up until the last minute believed she and Kevin were holidaying in the Caribbean!

The challenge for us here was to not only keep the secret but to provide accommodation for 16 and the venue for the main event and the daily parties that went on throughout the week of the stay.

Gîtes for 16

Here at La Fèrme de l’Eglise we have La Petite Maison which has a double bedroom and a bedroom with two single beds, as well as a sofa bed in the living room, and La Grange, which has two double bedrooms and a large open plan living space which turned out to be very useful for dining space for all. So far, comfortable stabling for up to 10.

We were then able to place the remaining friends with other gites nearby in Chaunay, a 6 minute drive down the road. Everybody sorted for accommodation for the week.

Garden Space for All

The great thing about having a garden of over 1.5 acres (6338m²) is that there’s plenty of room for everybody. Amongst our collection of garden games we have a couple of boules sets and a croquet set, games that can be played by many but only really in a large space.

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From the swimming pool looking back at half of the garden

Two barbecue sets give the BBQ chefs scope for catering for the crowd:

Gites in southwest France for large groups

A Hot Job

And a stage for a mini moonlit festival!

Large party in gite in france

Rock ‘n’ Roll Circus, Vanzay 2011

Catering for the Birthday Dinner Party

The courtyard to the front of the buildings was chosen as the best place for the dinner party. There is plenty of space and with the gates closed the walled courtyard feels cosy and private, as well as being conveniently close to our kitchen facilities.

We had been asked to suggest a menu and then make it happen for the table of 16…… here we are getting set up:

Catering services, gite in France

Preparing Tables as Guests Gather

That Birthday Menu in full:


  • Kir Royal
  • Cherry tomatos stuffed with couscous
  • Smoked salmon blinis


  • Chicken liver mousse

Main Course:

  • Stuffed chicken in a coq au vin sauce, sauteed potatoes and salads


  • Tarte Normande with crème anglais

A selection of four cheeses

catering for birthday party at gite in France

Abi with the Aperitif Nibbles

The dinner party finished with a speech, carefully prepared and expertly delivered by Kevin:

Gite accommodation and catering dinner party for large group

After Dinner Speeches

Finally, the toast to the Birthday Girl – Bon Anniversaire!

Gite in Charente France for dinner catering and large parties

Happy Birthday Sue!

So, if you have a large party of friends who need accommodating then La Fèrme de l’Eglise could be perfect for your group.  Find out what Kevin’s party thought about their stay with us by visiting Our Guest Comments page.

If you are looking for holiday  accommodation for a large party then please complete and send the enquiry form below:

Special thanks go to Dave and Amanda from Le Bar Saint Martin in Brux for their help with the catering and to Andy Vass for his help waiting on tables.

One Comment on “Gîte Accommodation for Large Groups: The Surprise 70th Birthday Party

  1. We had an amazing week, celebrating and enjoying each other’s company in this beautiful setting.
    Anna Slavick Lewis
    Apple Valley, California

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