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Set in the foothills of the French Pyrenees Chateau de La Lanette is a perfect year round location.
During the winter months, ski-ing and snowboarding are the biggest draw. There are five resorts within an hours drive catering for all levels of ski-ers. All the resorts have English speaking ski schools, sledging pistes, and a selection of cafes and restaurants. Back at base guests have access to a drying room, safe indoor boot and ski storage area and usually a homemade cake to help recharge their batteries! Its ideal for those taking tentative steps towards skiing holidays with tots in tow.
The region around La Lanette is also a stunning area to visit in the summer with many activities for all adventurers young and old!! Owners, Heather and Russell a=have experienced most attractions with their own brood and have created the following selection of family days out not to be missed:
1.Pyrenees Ho adventure park is just a 5 minute drive away. A great day out for all children from aged 3-adult, including climbing walls, zip wires, assault courses and giant toboggans.
2. A beautiful natural swimming lake with picnic area, cycle path, climbing frames, ice cream bar and beach area is just a 25 minute drive away.
3. A 20 minute drive takes you to the elegant Spa town of Luchon. Here you will find an outdoor pool, a cable car ride up the mountains, parks, crazy golf, tennis courts, giant trampolines, carousel, a tourist train and a huge choice of restaurants and shops.
4. Perfectly located for exploring the mountains, there are walks easily accessible for all levels and capabilities with little ones in tow. You will find lots of beautiful picnic areas, spots by the lakes and rivers to throw in stones and paddle. Backpacks and cool bags can be provided.
5. There is a safe cycle path which runs along the side of the River Garonne and takes in some breathtaking views, perfect for those budding little ‘Tour De France’ wannabees!! Two adults bikes with toddler seat can be provided.
6. Various castles, historical buildings, museum’s and parks are all within easy reach of Chateau de la Lanette.
Plus, for those happy to travel a little further afield, then the coastal resorts of Biarritz and Narbonne are a 2 hour drive away.
Nearest Medical Services: Pharmacy 5mins drive, doctor 10mins drive and hospital 20mins drive.
Getting There: Both Pau and Toulouse Airports are within 90mins drive, whilst Lourdes and Carcassonne airports are with 2hrs. The ferry port at Bilbao is around 3 hrs drive away.
Check-in time: 16:00
Check-out time: 10:00
Reservation Deposit: 30%
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Check-in time: 16:00
Check-out time: 10:00
Reservation Deposit: 30%
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We are Russell, Heather who along with our 3 young sons Louis, Henry and Hugo run Chateau de la Lanette.
We arrived in the Pyrenees in 2006 with an 18 month old Louis in tow to a house that neede some serious TLC! Fortunately Russ had the vision to see how it could be. After lots of blood, sweat and many tears ( mainly by me!) we opened our doors in 2008.
Our aim, to provide a a haven for parents wishing to enjoy the beauty of the area whilst keeping their little ones happy and occupied. Having 3 children ourselves we know the importance of being 'child friendly' and we feel we go the extra mile to help everyone have a fun filled and relaxing holiday.
After all in my opinion Happy Children means Happy Parents.
In 2005 we were given the opportunity to restore some life into this beautiful Chateau. Russ's passion for a project, desire to be in the mountains and try something new led us here to the Pyrenees.
It was never our sole intention to aim our business at families but as 3 became 4 then 5 it seemed a natural progression. Our guests keep telling us we have a winning formula so we decided to build on that.
The atmosphere at the Chateau is always a warm friendly one and we hope you will go away having made new friends over relaxed sociable suppers. We ourselves have made many friends and are delighted to welcome people back year after year.
Most importantly is that the children feel safe and happy here, and with instant playmates, toys and games galore and an area with so much to see and do we feel we have a winning combination.
My middle son Henry recently described the large indoor playroom as 'kids heaven' It has all the toys, games, books, and dressing up outfits you will ever need. Combine that with a flatscreen TV receiving English channels (yes CBeebies) and a vast selection of
DVD's its a winning combination!
This seasons 'popcorn and movie nights' have proved really popular.
If your child prefers the outdoors then our huge walled childrens' garden is on hand! We have a 14ft trampoline with safety net, swings, slides, sandpits, ride ons etc etc.
We also have a small above ground swimming pool and large garden area for playing football, chase or whatever takes your fancy!!
Best of all we have 3 playmates always on hand to play with, share jokes over childrens supper and explore the gardens with.
Welcome to Chateau de la Lanette!!
Double Room - Sleeps 2+ a cot
Both Pau and Toulouse Airports are within 90mins drive, whilst Lourdes and Carcassonne airports are with 2hrs.
A 10metre heated outdoor pool is available May-Sept annually.
A brilliant and well equipped communal play room is provided for mini guests.
The owners are happy to provide a babysitting on request
Equipment provide includes: 2xwooden cots, 2 x travel cots (please set preference when booking), 2x highchairs, 1xbaby bath, 1xsteriliser, potties, trainer toilet seats, nappy bins, baby swing chair, play mat, 1xchanging mat, 2xbouncer chair, 2xbed guards, baby monitors and plastic crocker and cutlery. Plus 3-wheel stroller, toddler back pack and baby sling available on request. Laundry service on request. Also, pre-arrival baby shopping request service to include food, nappies, wipes etc. enables parents to pack light!
A great collection of toys and books is provided for all ages from birth upwards.
The chateau has extensive walled gardens and a huge haul of outdoor adventure play gear from swings and slides, to ride-ons, a 14ft trampoline (with netting) plus small sets of skis and sledges for winter fun! Also, 2 adult bikes and one child seat /helmet available.
After ski sports massages can be arranged on request in season.
Nutrionally balanced childrens suppers prepared 5 nights a week at 5.30ish. Sociable adults suppers with wine served 5 nights week at 8.00 (baby monitors provided!)
WiFi is available.
There are two good family ski resorts within 20 mins drive. Both with ESF ski schools with English speaking instuctors. La Lanette's owners will happily pre-book lessons in advance for you. Large selection of sledges and small skis available to borrow. Well stocked ski hire shop just 5 mins away.
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What a fantastic family holiday! We stayed at La Lanette for 9 nights in September 09 with our 21 month old son. The Chateau is absolutely beautiful and the rooms really luxurious but what really made our stay special was the warm welcome and hospitality shown by Russell, Heather and their two little boys. Nothing was too much trouble for them and they seem to have thought of everything to make life easier for travelling parents. Our son was in paradise - a huge garden with big trampoline, climbing frames, sandpit, ride-on toys (plus two keen playmates); goats and donkeys to feed just down the road; rivers to throw stones into...etc. etc. And plenty for the adults too - it is a stunning rural location with fantastic cycling & walking opportunities; even just hanging out on the terrace in the autumn sunshine watching the kids playing was a real treat. Heather and Russell offer baby sitting on request but actually we chose to eat dinner a ...
This B&B was a great find. We stayed 2 nights with our baby daughter and it was incredibly relaxing. Heather and Russell were so welcoming and took care of everything we needed. It is definitely worth staying in for dinner, as we did both nights,as not only was the food delicious, but it was so lovely to be able to unwind with the monitor on and the baby safely in bed. It is just not something you can do in a hotel.The chateau itself is beautiful and feels very luxurious, especially considering the very reasonable price. The spacious room (Chambre St Julien)we had was a far cry from the cramped hotel room we stayed in later in the holiday.The garden has everything a child would want and our daughter loved playing with the other children there.I cannot recommend this place highly enough, we had a wonderful time!
I would highly recommend Chateau de La Lanette to anyone travelling with small children. Heather and Russel are fantastic hosts they cannot do enough for you, nothing is a problem. The food is excellent and the nursery teas worked a treat, Heather asked what the children liked and planned accordingly. The house and garden are perfect for the children and Louis and Henry are great playmates. We loved it!
We stayed in Chateau de La Lanette for six nights in August this year. We had a wonderful time, the kids were happy playing with Louis and Henry, we were very well looked after by Heather and Russell; nothing was ever too much trouble. We spent our evenings enjoying Heather's delicious meals and desserts (pear tarte tatin 10/10) and chatting amongst friends. The accommodation is first class and finished to a very high standard, spacious enough for all four of us. Heather's recommendations of local attractions were always spot on and there was plenty to see and do for the kids. We will be back and are considering a skiing holiday. A huge thank you to Heather, Russell and the boys for a great holiday!
We had a fantastic stay in a beautiful part of the world. Heather and Russel have thought of everything. Great food and good company. All we could have wanted for our first holiday abroad with our little one.