How to Teach Kids to Ride a Bike

Father and son cycling in the countryside off road

Unlock the Joy of Cycling at Wyndham Halcyon Retreat With this year’s Tour de France well underway, we’re thinking about how much those first pushes in teaching kids to ride a bike is a magical milestone. Here, at The Wyndham Halcyon Retreat, we’ve crafted an enchanting haven for this exciting journey. Nestled in the heart of Central France, our resort offers a picturesque landscape, tranquil trails, and quiet and private roads—ideal for little ones taking their first cycling strides. Here are our top tips for getting them started: Master the Basics Begin with comfortable clothing that won’t snag on the bike’s chain or gears. Gloves protect tiny hands. Start on a smooth, gently sloping surface for easier momentum. Balance First Consider a balance bike or remove the pedals from a regular bike. Balancing is the foundation—pedaling comes later. Brake Smart  Teach your child proper brake lever usage. Using both brakes simultaneously ensures safety. Support and Encourage  Guide your child as they walk the bike with feet on the ground. A gentle push sets them in motion. Your encouragement matters! Stay Positive  Children sense your emotions. Stay calm and positive, even during their wobbly moments. Consider a professional cycling instructor for a stress-free experience. Right Bike Size A bike that fits well is essential. Ensure your child’s bike is the right size for easy handling. Short, Fun Sessions Keep practice sessions brief (15-20 minutes) to maintain their interest. Steady progress beats long, frustrating attempts. Helpful Tips Encourage looking ahead, maintaining a straight back, and sitting correctly on the saddle. These small adjustments enhance balance and control. Embrace Persistence Falls happen—it’s part of the journey. Give your child a moment to recover and encourage them to try again. Persistence pays off. Fun Learning Infuse playfulness! Set up small obstacles or challenge them to pedal slowly for improved balance. Discover Your Dream Luxury Holiday Home in the Heart of the French Countryside! Imagine owning a stunning holiday home just 40 minutes from Limoges, nestled in the serene and picturesque French countryside. Our upcoming luxury resort offers an idyllic escape with world-class facilities, beautiful landscapes, and a tranquil ambience that is perfect for relaxation and enjoyment. Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to invest in your dream property. Contact us today to learn more about our luxurious holiday homes and how you can be part of this extraordinary resort community.  

Discover Eco-Friendly Luxury Living at Wyndham Halcyon Retreat Golf and Spa Resort

Map of the Wyndham Halcyon Retreat Golf and Spa Resort

At our resort, our mission is to blend luxury with sustainability in a meaningful and responsible way. In the serene landscapes of the Limousin region and nestled on a sprawling 1 million square metre site we take pride in offering a unique opportunity to indulge in eco-friendly living while enjoying the tranquillity of a nature retreat. Why Choose Our Luxury Holiday Apartments When you choose to purchase your own apartment at our resort, you’re not just opting for luxury; you’re making a sustainable choice: Eco-Friendly Living: Our apartments feature energy-efficient appliances and smart home technology, allowing you to minimize energy use without compromising on comfort. Water Conservation: With water-saving fixtures and optional towel and linen reuse programs, you can contribute to conserving precious resources during your stay. Cutting Down on Waste: Embrace the freedom of cooking with locally sourced ingredients in your fully equipped kitchen, reducing packaging waste and promoting sustainable dining practices. Supporting Local Wildlife: Explore our resort’s rich biodiversity, home to numerous species of local significance. From birdwatching to scenic nature trails, every experience is a testament to our commitment to preserving natural habitats. Supporting Local Communities: You’ll have the chance to explore nearby markets, restaurants, and attractions, supporting local businesses and minimising transportation-related emissions. Rental Scheme for Sustainability and Returns Our rental scheme isn’t just about earning returns—it’s about maximising the use of existing resources and promoting sustainable travel practices: Maximizing Resource Use: Efficient booking systems will ensure our apartments are utilized to their fullest potential, reducing the need for additional construction and minimizing environmental impact. Encouraging Longer Stays: Longer guest stays mean fewer turnovers and less frequent travel, contributing to a lower carbon footprint overall. Community Engagement: Engage with local sustainability initiatives and enjoy the benefits of longer-term residence, fostering a deeper connection with our community and environment.   Embrace Nature, Embrace Sustainability Escape the hustle and bustle of city life and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Limousin countryside: Outdoor Adventures: Explore scenic nature trails, go birdwatching, or embark on a cycling adventure through our carefully preserved landscapes. Preserving Natural Beauty: Our commitment to sustainability includes dark sky initiatives to enhance stargazing and eco-friendly landscaping practices that promote biodiversity. Resort Initiatives Towards a Greener Future At our resort, sustainability is at the heart of everything we do: Energy-Efficient Design: From solar panels to passive solar design principles, we strive to minimise our carbon footprint through innovative architectural practices. Waste Reduction: Join us in recycling efforts, reducing food waste through composting, and offering refillable amenities to minimise packaging waste. Transportation Options: Take advantage of our electric vehicle charging station, explore local trails on foot or by bike, and support eco-friendly transportation initiatives during your stay. Join Us in Making a Difference Whether you’re considering a holiday getaway or a long-term investment, Wyndham Halcyon Retreat invites you to embrace luxury living that respects and protects our planet. Explore our range of freehold apartments and discover a community dedicated to sustainable living. Carbon Footprint Reduction Tips Want to reduce your carbon footprint during your holiday? Here’s how: Navigate Sustainably: Opt for digital maps and guides instead of printing paper versions to reduce waste. Eat Local, Eat Green: Enjoy our onsite restaurants or eat local for regional cuisine made with local, seasonal ingredients, supporting sustainable food practices. Conserve Energy: Take shorter showers and turn off lights when not in use to minimise energy consumption. Support Local Farmers: Visit La Souterraine’s Market to buy fresh produce and local products, reducing food miles and supporting regional agriculture. Use Eco-Friendly Transportation: Wyndham Halcyon Retreat is conveniently located just 10 minutes from La Souterraine Train Station, offering easy access from Paris to Bordeaux by train. Consider using public transportation to explore the region sustainably. Minimise Plastic Waste: Bring a reusable water bottle and shopping bag to avoid single-use plastics. Save Water: Practise water-saving habits like reusing towels and linens during your stay. Explore Local Conservation: Visit nearby nature reserves to learn about local biodiversity and conservation efforts. Respect Cultural Heritage: Engage respectfully with local customs, support cultural events, and visit historical sites responsibly. Travel Light: Pack efficiently to reduce fuel consumption and emissions during transportation. Additional storage facilities will be available at Wyndham Halcyon Retreat for your convenience. Share Your Green Experience: Inspire others by sharing your eco-friendly travel tips and experiences on social media or travel platforms. Experience luxury living in harmony with nature at our resort in the Limousin region. Whether you’re here to relax, explore, or simply unwind, join us in making a positive impact on our planet.  Book your Discovery Call to find out more about our eco-friendly luxury holiday homes and discover the beauty of sustainable living, right here in France.  

Discover the Future of Family Holidays in France at The Wyndham Halcyon Retreat Golf and Spa Resort

Kids in the forest and the front cover of the Halcyon Retreat Kids Activities Book

Are you dreaming of the perfect family holiday in France? Or perhaps you’re searching for a second home in a beautiful, serene location? Look no further! Introducing the Wyndham Halcyon Retreat Golf and Spa Resort in central France, your soon-to-be ultimate family-friendly destination. Nestled in the heart France between the gorgeous Haute Vienne and picturesque Creuse regions of the Limousin, our resort promises a blend of luxury, adventure, and relaxation for families. While our resort is still under construction, we are excited to share what’s coming your way. Exciting On-Site Activities for Kids Get ready for an array of engaging activities designed to keep children of all ages entertained and active. Here’s a sneak peek at what will be available: 3 Musketeers-Themed Indoor Soft Play: Our indoor soft play area will bring the adventures of the Three Musketeers to life, offering a fun and safe environment for kids to explore. Splash Park: A water wonderland perfect for cooling off and having fun in the sun. Adventure Playground: Featuring slides, swings, and climbing frames, this playground will be a paradise for children. Treetop Adventure Park: For the thrill-seekers, our treetop adventure park will offer exciting zip lines and obstacle courses. Embrace Nature and Outdoor Fun The natural surroundings of our resort will provide endless opportunities for outdoor activities: Nature Hikes and Cycling: Discover scenic trails ideal for hiking and cycling, offering breathtaking views of the French countryside. Pony Trekking: Experience the charm of pony trekking, a delightful activity for children and adults alike. Fishing, Row Boats, and Pedalows: Enjoy peaceful moments on nearby lakes with fishing, rowing, and pedal boating. Delicious Dining Options We will offer multiple on-site dining options to satisfy even the fussiest little eaters. From casual snacks to gourmet meals, our restaurants will ensure everyone in the family finds something they love. Luxury Accommodations: Your Future Home Away from Home Our luxurious apartments, currently under construction, are designed to provide the utmost comfort and convenience. When completed, these elegant apartments will be perfect for families seeking a permanent retreat in the heart of France. Explore the opportunity to own a piece of paradise with our exclusive apartments for sale, making Wyndham Halcyon Retreat your home away from home. Special Experiences for Kids To make every family holiday special, we’re already introducing our fun activity book for kids. This little book is jam-packed with fun and interactive challenges so that there’s never a dull moment on your visit. Pick one up at reception and take part in our all-new Fairy Trail Scavenger hunt! Own Your Piece of Paradise: Contact Us Today! Stay ahead of the crowd and be the first to experience the magic of Wyndham Halcyon Retreat Golf and Spa Resort. To learn more about our luxury apartments and receive updates on our progress, contact us here. Don’t miss the chance to own a home in one of France’s most anticipated family resorts! Make Wyndham Halcyon Retreat Golf and Spa Resort your family’s dream destination. Sign up for our newsletter to stay updated on the latest developments and be the first to know when reservations open!    

Escape the Light Pollution and Gaze at the Stars at the Wyndham Halcyon Retreat

Experience the beauty of the night sky at the Wyndham Halcyon Retreat, a stargazer’s paradise located in rural France. Our top tips for stargazing, including the best time of year, weather conditions, and moon phase, will help you make the most of the heavenly view. Plus, nearby attractions like the Mille Vaches Nature Park and the “Starry Nights” event offer even more opportunities to admire the stars.

Festive Outings December 2022

After enjoying cosying up with a sumptuous Chocolat Chaud and admiring the beautiful winter scenery that engulfs the Chateau and grounds, it’s time to feel into the festivities and what better way than to wrap up warm and explore some of the many fantastic Holiday events the area offers? In the Limousin region of France, you’ll find small and quaint local village markets, wonderous ornate displays at historic Chateaux and everything in between. Our local historic sites and villages, already full of charming character,  take on a whole new magic when they glow under strings of twinkling fairy lights, and fill with the aroma of steaming mulled wine and roasted chestnuts! Here, we give you our top picks for some of the best local Christmas activities, where you can be sure to soak up the festive atmosphere. Limoges

9 Reasons to take up Golf

According to Golf Monthly, the number of golf course players has doubled over the past five years! It’s a trend we can see happening across the globe, and its popularity doesn’t seem to be waning any time soon. So what exactly is drawing people in? Let’s look at some of the reasons so many people choose to take up Golf and why you should too! It’s Time Outside Being out in the great outdoors, in the fresh air, is beneficial to both body and mind; in fact, so much so that we wrote a whole blog about it Number of UK Golfers Almost Doubles In Five Years. A round of Golf is a great excuse to get outside and reap all those fabulous benefits. It’s Social Golf is a very social sport; it’s a great way to spend time with friends and also a great way to make new ones. There’s plenty of time between shots for catching up, and the clubhouse after your match is just as much a part of the experience as the Golf itself. With Golf as a common thread, there is always something to talk about as you share your stories from the day. Embed from Getty Images It gives you insight. You really can learn a lot about someone on the golf course, and you can learn a lot about yourself too! The style in which someone plays a sport and their attitude will give you great insight into their personality. Golf has a knack for teaching players important life skills like patience, honesty and problem-solving. It’s Inclusive The beauty of Golf is that it is so inclusive, no matter your skill level, fitness level or age. The handicap system means that players of any level and ability can still enjoy their game together, something so rare in most other sports. Embed from Getty Images It’s a business builder. Being out on the green is an excellent opportunity to discuss business and network away from the usual office environment. Forbes suggests that 90% of fortune 500 CEOs play Golf and says it is hugely helpful in establishing new business relationships. It’s Exercise Playing a full course makes it easy to increase your step count. On average, an 18-hole golf course wracks up 6 miles! Even if you choose to use a buggy, you’ll still walk a fair amount and the time spent standing and the movement you’ll use to take your swing is an excellent way of improving core strength and balance in a non-strenuous and relaxed way. Embed from Getty Images Its a Challenge Golf is a challenging sport and difficult to master. Really, in Golf, your biggest opponent is yourself, which means that the challenge never gets boring. The sense of accomplishment after beating your score is like no other! It’s a Time to Relax For many people, Golf is a form of stress relief. The mixture of being outside, spending time with friends or companions or even taking this time to be alone can feel therapeutic. Having the time to focus on each shot and switch off from any worries is great for relieving tension, and using the driving range to whack some balls helps! It’s a great hobby to add to your holiday itinerary With so many fabulous courses all over the world and set within beautiful resorts, golfing is a wonderful way to spend time on your travels. New courses bring new obstacles and challenges but also beautiful changes of scenery that add to the experience of the sport. The golf course at the Wyndham Halcyon Retreat is taking shape, and we can’t wait for it to be ready for you to come and play. Set over 18 championship-length holes and meandering through over 400,000 square meters of beautiful woodland and parkland, it is set to be one of the region’s best and most picturesque courses. With a golf shop for all your supplies, and a terraced restaurant overlooking our breathtaking grounds to relax afterwards, we’ll soon be able to provide you with everything you need to enhance and perfect your golfing pursuits. Embed from Getty Images

Terror-ific Fun for Halloween

Wondering how to celebrate Halloween in Central France this year? Read on to discover a ghoulish list of events, guaranteed to create thrills and chills for all the family!