If you are looking for the best child-friendly holidays in South France then look no further! Located on the sunny Charente Dordogne border, Chateau de Gurat offers six child-friendly holiday cottages (or gîtes as they are called in France) for those wanting to experience the pleasures of rural France.

The gites are set in the landscaped grounds of the picturesque chateau, which dates back to the 15th century and stands in 14 acres of meadows and woodland.


Holidays for Families

All of our summer holiday bookings are family groups with children aged usually between 4 and 14. Outside of the school holiday periods we are exclusively families with pre-schoolers. We firmly believe that "Happy kids equals Happy parents".

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Holidays for Parents

Everyone deserves a holiday, not just the kids. With lots of extras on offer such as communual meals, wine tastings, visiting masseuse or something as simple as a approved English speaking baby-sitting service for a night out in one of the many local restaurants.

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Baby and toddler friendly

If you are travelling with a baby or toddler we understand there are a whole raft of those "little things" that make life so much easier, like cots, highchairs, sterilisers, safety gates etc, especially if it is your first trip abroad with a baby.

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 Chateau de Gurat is an ideal, 'take me as you find me, leave me as you find me' It's whatever you need it to be from the moment you enter its chalky gateways. It's somewhere to hang your wistful hat, pass time on your terms or share the simplest pleasures with like-minded souls. As an ideal and the expression of the owners, David and Nicki, the Chateau will remain reassuringly the same. All that's likely to change is you.

 Mike and Liz P, Le Coin Fleuri.

We pride ourselves that we have created a safe child-friendly environment, where kids can mingle, explore and play.

One thing for sure is that you won't hear that phrase every parent dreads..."I'M BORED!"

From morning to night, children soon adopt a busy routine here at the chateau, a morning visit to feed the chickens, goats and sheep, perhaps stop off at the trampoline for a bounce before breakfast. Then a splash in the pool. All before a trip out to explore the local region.

Perhaps the most popular activity at the chateau for adults is relaxing by the pool. The 12 by 6 metre enclosed heated swimming pool enjoys panoramic views over the surrounding countryside. There is a separate 4 by 3 metre paddling pool for children. The main pool has a safety ledge around the deep end for those less confident in the water

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Heated pools here at Chateau de Gurat

For the energetically inclined there is lots to do including:

  • Mountain biking
  • Tennis
  • Kayaking and canoeing
  • Paragliding
  • Horse riding
  • Golf

Or more relaxed pursuits such as:

  • Visiting local vinyards and Cognac houses
  • Markets
  • River beaches
  • Fishing
  • Bird watching.

Maybe just getting some quality time to read a good book!

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Brantome market day