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.
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 mostly families with pre-schoolers. We firmly believe that "Happy kids equals Happy 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.
A fantastic place to stay, particularly for families. It's really well set up for young families (the kids in our group ranged from 1 - 3 year old's) and really gives them freedom to run around on their own. The owners are also incredibly helpful and could not have done more to help us re-locate passports we somehow managed to lose on route!! Thanks again guys.
Great spot for a relaxing family holiday. Beautiful grounds. Really well set up for kids even very young children. Lovely big deep clean pool. Adult evenings are a wonderful respite of adult company without even leaving the premises! I would highly recommend.
Brilliant place! We stayed here for a week with our two sons, they both didn't want to go home and have asked to go back since we got home. David and Nicki look after you from start to finish. Nicki cooks great home cooked meals if you want to just stay in and chill out. There's lots of stuff to keep the kids occupied around the chateau grounds. The local area is filled with stunning little towns and villages.
Beautiful and friendly place for a young family holiday.
Thoroughly enjoyed our time in Gurat, David & Nicki where wonderful hosts and have created a beautiful environment whilst preserving the original character of the buildings. The children where free to explore and enjoy the surrounding area in a child friendly environment. If you are a lover of Pizza then you will not be disappointed when the oven is fired up, if they did takeaway then I would be a regular.
Chateau de Gurat is in a great location, surrounded by rolling landscapes and within easy reach of a great range of activities. Jardin de Rose provides family friendly acommodation, surrounded by a stunning private garden. The pool, play barn, animals and games, all made for a great holiday. Very charming and thoughtful hosts, we'll be back!
We first visited Chateau de Gurat in July 2014, staying in L'Etable, for only a week. We were smitten within the first few hours. The grounds and facilities are perfect for young families, all Gites are really tastefully decorated. The Bergerie is ideal for the kids to congregate and play in, and the social activities like pizza night and wine tasting are great ways to get to know the other families and children. There is plenty of room around the communists pool, and it's always clean and tidy. Nicki & David are wonderful hosts - always around if need but not intrusive. Wine o'clock at the sandpit in the evenings as the sun sets is lovely....
We have visited as a family for the last 4 years and could not imagine a better place in France to spend our holiday. A hidden gem in rural countryside, the cottages at Gurat offer everything we could possibly need whilst enabling us to all unwind and relax. The children are extremely well catered for, with plenty of space to play and explore in a safe family friendly environment. The pool is a particular favourite! Le Coin Fleuri is a beautiful, comfortable living space with gorgeous original features. It also provides a little extra privacy and has a lovely terraced area for al fresco dining. It is finished to an exceptional standard and has everything you could possibly need for a care free (and stress free!) holiday...
Highly recommended for a family holiday in beautiful rural France. We enjoyed lazy days by the pool as well as trips out to Angouleme, St Emilion, Brantome and the market at Riberac. David and NIcki provide a wonderful base for exploring the local area and nothing was too much trouble. Our luxury gites was extremely comfortable and the kids loved the pool, the trampoline and the play barn. There was so much to do, we would have liked to stay all summer! Brilliant
We had a fabulous week, Nicki and David were great and the children had everything they could have wanted within the grounds, such an amazing place to have a first holiday as a family! Thank you
The Chateau was amazing, our gite was immaculately clean, David and Nikki are so friendly and very supportive to families. The wine tasting and pizza nights are wonderful with no need for a babysitter, but we did also have a night out with their daughter babysitting, which was a real treat
We had a wonderful week at Chateau de Gurat, thank you very much David and Nicki for your hospitality! The facilities were excellent for our almost three year old and baby, and the gites were very high quality with all the baby friendly extras
Great place - lovely stylist and spacious gites - with loads of outside space for the kids to run around. Our five year old went off with her new friends to trampoline, feed the goats, terrorise the guinea pigs, etc, and we could be completely happy that they were all safe and having fun even when out of eyesight. Lovely pool area.
We had such a lovely holiday! It was perfect. I have read two books during our stay, that was a long time ago. Our three girls enjoyed the place so much as well. The play area, the swimming pool, the sand area, the animals.... We all enjoyed the lovely food Nicky made, the pizza night and wine night. I would recommend this place to anyone.
A lovely week enjoyed by all 3 generations of our family. Grandad enjoyed taking late night walks around Gurat and saw badgers, pine martins and jays all on the 1st night. We all loved star-gazing on the lovely clear, warm nights. The 2 girls (4 & 2) loved the amazing array of toys, books and dressing up clothes in the play barn. They will miss feeding the goats, sheep, chickens and guinea pigs every morning...
What a fantastic 2 weeks. The children had a great time using all the facilities. The pool was the biggest hit, we miss not being able to swim all morning..and all afternoon.. and evening Highlights were our trips to the river beach at Aubeterre, Brantome is very pretty and worth a visit. In-house Wine tasting and Pizza night..wow!
Excellent facilities with plenty for all to enjoy, magical gardens.Very many thoughtful touches which were appreciated. We all enjoyed our stay and were blessed with great weather. Aubeterre was lovely and the restaurant in the corner of the square (can't remember the name!) was really good.
This place is just perfect for families with young children and perfect for the adults too. Nicki helped organise a birthday surprise for my husband, can definitely recommend the visiting masseuse. Kids just disappeared every day, out playing with their holiday friends.
A dream place - out expectations were exceeded! Hosts David and Nick gave us a real warm welcome and lots of helpful assistance for our 1st trip abroad with baby! A Great Time
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
For the energetically inclined there is lots to do including:
Or more relaxed pursuits such as:
Maybe just getting some quality time to read a good book!