If you want to introduce your family to the outdoor life, there are some fantastic farms and activity centres in France that provide a real taste of rural life. Here are just a few:
Feather Down Farms are the ultimate in glamping. Families stay in a huge canvas tent fitted with two bedrooms and a living room including a wooden floor, table, chairs, wood burning stove, fully equipped kitchen area and cute cupboard bed. Made of thick, protective canvas, the tents keep the warmth in without shutting out the sounds of nature. Visitors can choose from sites on six hand-picked farms across France and relax in the heart of nature while the children make friends with all the farm animals. 
If you’ve always wanted to go on an American ranch holiday, but don’t want to travel too far, then Reinhill Ranch is a perfect alternative. Chill out in fully equipped luxury safari lodge style tents with gorgeously comfy beds in the heart of the Suisse Normandy National Park and spend the days riding out on the American quarter horses or trying out the canoeing, bike riding, hiking and many more outdoor activities. Riding lessons are available and there are horses to suit all abilities - or guests can even bring their own!     
With over 15 types of unusual accommodation, including tree houses, yurts, mushroom houses, a snail house and stargazing houses, DéfiPlanet is a fantastic option for a family holiday. Located in the heart of Vienne, near to Poitier, it’s just a six hour drive from Calais. Alongside the accommodation is a theme park based on saving the plant which includes enchanted woods, Mongolian, Hungarian and other country villages, unusual animals and more. There are also plenty of sporting activities available including horse riding, archery, treetop adventure courses and even a spa for mum!