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  • Chateau de Gurat
    Chateau de Gurat
  • La Forge dining area
    La Forge dining area
  • La Forge kitchen
    La Forge kitchen
  • La Forge dining area
    La Forge dining area
  • La Forge dining area
    La Forge dining area
  • La Forge upstairs double bedroom with en-suite
    La Forge upstairs double bedroom with en-suite
  • La Forge upstairs double bedroom with en-suite
    La Forge upstairs double bedroom with en-suite
  • La Forge upstairs twin bedroom
    La Forge upstairs twin bedroom
  • La Forge downstairs double bedroom with en-suite
    La Forge downstairs double bedroom with en-suite
  • La Forge downstairs double bedroom with en-suite
    La Forge downstairs double bedroom with en-suite
  • La Forge upstairs triple bedroom with fixed wooden cot
    La Forge upstairs triple bedroom with fixed wooden cot
  • La Forge upstairs fixed wooden cot and baby changing unit
    La Forge upstairs fixed wooden cot and baby changing unit
  • La Forge upstairs triple bedroom, small queen bed
    La Forge upstairs triple bedroom, small queen bed
  • La Forge terrace with lovely views over to the Chateau and valley beyond
    La Forge terrace with lovely views over to the Chateau and valley beyond
  • La Forge seating area
    La Forge seating area
  • Chateau de Gurat
    Chateau de Gurat
  • Chateau de Gurat
    Chateau de Gurat
  • Heated pool
    Heated pool
  • Toddler pool - ideal for little ones to splash about in
    Toddler pool - ideal for little ones to splash about in
  • Landscaped grounds
    Landscaped grounds
  • Sandpit and baby swing
    Sandpit and baby swing
  • Large play area
    Large play area
  • Bergerie terrace - communal area, where we hold our wine tastings and pizza night
    Bergerie terrace - communal area, where we hold our wine tastings and pizza night
  • some of the toys in the playbarn
    some of the toys in the playbarn
  • Animals
    Animals

Beau Chateau - Blacksmith Cottage

Poitou Charentes, France

Per week

from 1400.00 to 2390.00 GBP
The Owner / Manager

David and Nicki Needham

Member since Oct 2009
  • Bookings Accepted:100%
  • Avg. Response Time:5 minutes
  • Availability Updated:15 days 19 hours

BFB's Overview

A quick flick through the guestbook here finds that, along with words like "fantastic", "wonderful" and "beautiful" seemingly on every line, names appear to be repeated time after time too. People return here like boomerangs and it's easy to see why. Parents, babies, toddlers, older children... everyone is well looked after here. From the huge sandpit, large heated paddling pool and play barn for little ones, to the tasty meal deliveries, pre-bookable babysitting, massages and additional housekeeping. Plus, the thoughtful list of nursery equipment. A holiday that is relaxing and enjoyable for everyone is pretty much a given here.

Let's not forget the scenery... Set in 14 lovely acres of woodland and meadows and on the edge of a pretty village and just a few minutes drive from Aubeterre (officially listed amongst France's most beautiful villages), the six pretty gites, picturesque chateau are both wonderfully picturesque and convenient. They date back to the 15th century and sleep from 2 to 8 (plus cots) separately, or up to 40 as a whole. Inside, the interiors are a pretty blend exposed honey-coloured stone walls, original wooden beamed ceilings, tiled floors and simple furnishings, plus luxurious Egyptian cotton bed linen. All have furnished and secluded patios - perfect for enjoying long summer evenings.

Blacksmith Cottage is the largest of the gites and is perfect for larger or multi family groups with a total of four bedrooms sleeping upto 8 plus cots. Bedroom one has a double and single bed and is perfect for couples travelling with young tots. The three further bedrooms , one of which is located downstairs comprise of two double (one ensuite) and a twin. The lounge area is bright and airy given its open plan set up and benefits from panoramic views of the surrounding french countryside. Outside there is also a pretty patio area with BBQ and garden furniture perfect for taking in the views over a spot of lunch or a tipple of wine.

Location Information

The cluster is situated on the edge of a tranquil little village which boasts a 10th Century Gallo-Roman church, 2 bars, post office and petrol station. Just a few minutes away by car are Villebois-Lavalette with its magnificent hilltop fortified chateau, and Aubeterre-sur-Dronne (20mins), officially one of "les plus beaux villages de France". Don't miss a visit to Villebois' market (Saturdays) and sample a dish of fresh oysters with a bottle of Muscadet under the ancient covered market square. Pretty Aubterre's many artist's studios, puppet theatre and a museum of butterflies (all 12,000 of them!) are charming. It has a lively village square - perfect for people watching with a coffee or glass of wine in hand, plus a fascinating monolithic (subterranean) church. But, for many, the sandy river beach is Aubterre's main attraction. It offers safe swimming, tennis, snacks and canoe hire The village has several excellent restaurants that are well worth booking a night or two's babysitting for. For a true French gastronmique experience a visit to the Hostellerie-du-Perigord is a must - Chef/Owner Fabrice Morel is well-regarded for pushing the boundaries of French cuisine. Another popular restaurant in Aubeterre's market square is Paseo del Sol, formerly owned and run by "EastEnders" star Sid Owen, who earned a surprisingly good reputation for great food.

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5/5

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 25%

Balance: 70 days prior to arrival

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 25%

Balance: 70 days prior to arrival

Pricing Notes

Rates

29 Jun - 30 Aug 2019 : £2390 /week31 Aug - 13 Sep 2019 : £1400 /week29 Jun - 30 Aug 2019 : €2666.188 /week31 Aug - 13 Sep 2019 : €1561.784 /week

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 25%

Balance: 70 days prior to arrival

Pricing Notes

Discount Notes

Who owns this place?

Chateau de Gurat is owned and run by David & Nicki Needham, we live at the chateau and we are are here to make your stay a memorable one.

We have 2 young children, Jake and Pippa.

The Needham family at home

What do they love about it?

We moved to the Chateau in July 2004, since then we have been working none-stop to create a special holiday destination for adults and little ones alike. We love the relaxed French lifestyle, the amazing fresh local produce (truffles, fois gras and sublime Bordeaux!), and of course, the weather!

What do the kids love about it?

Life at the chateau is busy, busy, busy for little ones. From swimming in their own little paddling pool, visiting the chickens & goats, feeding the guinea pigs, digging in the huge sand pit, swing on the swings, sliding on the slide, jumping on the trampoline or just chilling in the play barn with a good book or video - it's none-stop. Until they go to bed at night, shattered and ready to do it all again tomorrow:)

Fast Facts

Sleeps 8+infants in 4 bedrooms; 3 doubles & a twin.

Airport under 2 hours drive

It is approx. 90mins drive from the airports at Limoges, Bergerac, Poitiers and Bordeaux. Angouleme is the nearest airport at just 20mins drive away.

Coast Within 30 minutes driving distance

Aubeterre has a sandy river beach with grassed play area, cafe and restaurant. St Aulaye the same, but with water slides too!

Any Pool

There are two securely enclosed swimming pools, a 12m x 6m for adults and a 4m x3m paddling pool. Both are heated and open from mid April to end September.

Indoor Play Area

The bergerie or play barn is the hub of our social activities, and an ideal place to retreat from the mid-day sun. Inside, there's table tennis, table football, pinball, a video & book library, lots of jigsaws & children's games. The mezzanine is set out as a kids

Babysitting

Trusted, ex-pat British babysitting can be arranged on request.

Nursery Gear (additional)

Equipment supplied includes: cots (with linen), potties, high chairs, changing mats, bed guards, stair gates, bath toys, baby monitors (with walk-about handset), bouncy chairs, microwaves, sterilisers, booster seats, hand blenders and night lights, plus plastic plates, cups and cutlery

Indoor Toys

A selection of toys and books are placed in each of the gites.

Games Room

Inside the play barn there's table tennis, table & football

Meal Delivery / Room Service

A wide selection of home-cooked meals, all made by Nicki using fresh local ingredients is available any night, delivered to the gite, ready to pop into the oven. Ideal for arrival night. Prices from 6-9 Euros per meal.

Outdoor Toys

A lovely large sandpit close-by the gites acts as a social centre for babies and toddlers. Older children and parents enjoy the wooden climbing frame, 14ft trampoline (with safety enclosure, swings (baby and standard), boules, giant Connect 4, giant Jenga, archery, 5-a-side football pitch & mountain bikes (for hire)and ofcourse the heated pool and paddling pool.

Visiting Spa Therapist

Massages and facials are offered by an English speaking therapist.

Stairgates / no stairs

Stairgates provided

Private Garden / Terrace / Balcony

Private terrace with furniture and BBQ overlooking central courtyard

Wifi / Cable Internet Access

Wifi is available

Friendly Animals

Pigmy goats, rabbits, chickens, guinea pigs, cats

2+ Cots and Highchairs

several cots and highchairs can be provided on request

Reviews

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  • excellent for both adults and young children - very safe, lots for children to do, beautiful situation, interesting restaurants nearby, unspoilt and un-touristy countryside and villages.Review dated 13/07/2015

  • fantastic relaxing family holiday with so much to entertain our children, aged 1.5 and 3, that we felt like we had a holiday too!Review dated 24/05/2012

  • Our children (5 year old and twins of 21 months) loved this holiday. There was so much to keep the children happy and interested - they played all day and slept well all night.Review dated 18/07/2010

  • Our children (5 year old and twins of 21 months) loved this holiday. There was so much to keep the children happy and interested - they played all day and slept well all night. Overall rating: Outstanding!!Review dated 02/08/2010

  • We have been to Chateau de Gurat twice and can recommend it without any hesitation. It's the pefect family holiday. There is everything kids and adults could want for. The accomodation is superb and the owners so welcoming and helpful.Review dated 03/11/2009

  • "Quite simply, it was the most successful family holiday we've had!" Mother and Baby Magazine 2008Review dated 03/11/2009

  • I have just got home from our stay at Chateau de Gurat and I have to say that it caters amazingly well for the little tots. I have just put my 2 to bed, and my little girl(2.5yo) is still talking excitedly about the place. I really didn't expect it to live up to the reviews, but it did, and in every way.Review dated 03/11/2009

  • I highly recommend Chateau de Gurat, it was perfect for us and our 2 year old. They had everything she needed to make our stay a happy one. I would also highly recommend getting some of their evening meals, as they were delicious. We will definitely be returning.Review dated 03/11/2009

  • This is a brilliant place to bring pre-school children: there's so much to entertain them. Our 1-year-old loved the rabbits and chickens, he spent hours in the sandpit, he enjoyed the paddling pool along with the Aquaplay toys (actually Dad enjoyed these more!). And when it got too hot outside, the cool playbarn was perfect. And for the adults, the wine-tasting evening was a great chance to meet the other guests. David and Nicki are very friendly and helpful hosts, and they made us feel most welcomeReview dated 03/11/2009

  • We would have no hesitation in recommending Chateau Gurat for a fabulous, relaxing French holiday. Having just spent one week there with a 1, 3, 15 and 17 yr old we can say that all were kept amused and had a great time, particularly the youngest who delighted in the huge sandpit, indoor playroom (Bergerie) with toys and small pool. We loved the relaxed atmosphere and found David and Nicki to be perfect hosts. We have already reserved for next year!Review dated 03/11/2009

  • We had a fabulous holiday, our children (aged 4 & 2) also had the best time. My eldest son experienced the holiday blues for the first time as we were packing to leave, as he didn't want to come home. A very peaceful location with beautiful views and a relaxing atmosphere, we were lucky that our fellow guests were also friendly and had children of similar ages. The fact there are only a handful of gites adds to the charm, and gives you confidence to allow the children some freedom to run about the place.Review dated 03/11/2009

excellent for both adults and young children - very safe, lots for children to do, beautiful situation, interesting restaurants nearby, unspoilt and un-touristy countryside and villages.

fantastic relaxing family holiday with so much to entertain our children, aged 1.5 and 3, that we felt like we had a holiday too!

Our children (5 year old and twins of 21 months) loved this holiday. There was so much to keep the children happy and interested - they played all day and slept well all night.

Our children (5 year old and twins of 21 months) loved this holiday. There was so much to keep the children happy and interested - they played all day and slept well all night. Overall rating: Outstanding!!

We have been to Chateau de Gurat twice and can recommend it without any hesitation. It's the pefect family holiday. There is everything kids and adults could want for. The accomodation is superb and the owners so welcoming and helpful.

"Quite simply, it was the most successful family holiday we've had!" Mother and Baby Magazine 2008

I have just got home from our stay at Chateau de Gurat and I have to say that it caters amazingly well for the little tots. I have just put my 2 to bed, and my little girl(2.5yo) is still talking excitedly about the place. I really didn't expect it to live up to the reviews, but it did, and in every way.

I highly recommend Chateau de Gurat, it was perfect for us and our 2 year old. They had everything she needed to make our stay a happy one. I would also highly recommend getting some of their evening meals, as they were delicious. We will definitely be returning.

This is a brilliant place to bring pre-school children: there's so much to entertain them. Our 1-year-old loved the rabbits and chickens, he spent hours in the sandpit, he enjoyed the paddling pool along with the Aquaplay toys (actually Dad enjoyed these more!). And when it got too hot outside, the cool playbarn was perfect. And for the adults, the wine-tasting evening was a great chance to meet the other guests. David and Nicki are very friendly and helpful hosts, and they made us feel most welcome

We would have no hesitation in recommending Chateau Gurat for a fabulous, relaxing French holiday. Having just spent one week there with a 1, 3, 15 and 17 yr old we can say that all were kept amused and had a great time, particularly the youngest who delighted in the huge sandpit, indoor playroom (Bergerie) with toys and small pool. We loved the relaxed atmosphere and found David and Nicki to be perfect hosts. We have already reserved for next year!

We had a fabulous holiday, our children (aged 4 & 2) also had the best time. My eldest son experienced the holiday blues for the first time as we were packing to leave, as he didn't want to come home. A very peaceful location with beautiful views and a relaxing atmosphere, we were lucky that our fellow guests were also friendly and had children of similar ages. The fact there are only a handful of gites adds to the charm, and gives you confidence to allow the children some freedom to run about the place.

Parent Rated*

5/5
  • Overall Experience
  • Child-Friendliness
  • Location
  • Hospitality / Welcome
  • Interiors

*Ratings by verified BFB guests who stayed here with young children.
Rated by 4 guests.



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