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Nestled in the foothills of the Pyrenees and run by a British family with three young sons, Chateau de la Lanette and its six guestrooms could be tailor made for active couples with tots in tow. From the huge list of baby gear, large indoor playroom and parent friendly touches like children’s suppers and sociable adults evening meals it is pretty much a given that a good time will be had by all.
Guests describe Chateau de La Lanette as a ‘home from home’ and, given that most of us don’t live in a 19th century Chateau on the foothills of the Pyrenean Mountains, it’s clearly the friendly ambiance and not the Chateau's grandeur or stunning location that creates this impression!
Russell and Heather are happy to offer advice on days out, where to go and what to see and best of all the three ready made playmates are always on hand to share an adventure whether it be in the well equipped playroom or in the large walled children’s garden. Parents can rest assured that the 14ft trampoline, ride-ons, sandpit, small pool, climbing frames and swings are always very popular with the many ‘friends’ that their little ones will meet on their holiday.
The guest rooms share access to the elegant dining room, playroom, gardens and large salon with its comfy sofas, open log fire and extensive DVD collection. Perfect for relaxing with a glass of wine from the complimentary bar when the little ones are safely tucked up in bed.
Five nights a week a delicious home cooked children’s supper and 3-course adult’s supper are provided, served in the beautiful wood panelled dining room which is within baby monitor range of all the rooms. Chateau de la Lanette is not just a great place to stay to explore the stunning Pyrenees but a sociable relaxing experience for both adults and little ones alike.
Grand Chambre Pic du Gar sits proudly at the front of the house on the top floor with stunning patio doors leading to a large balcony and breathtaking mountain views. The room is extremely spacious with high ceilings, the original fireplace and a beautiful wooden floor. There's a large king-sized bed, three single beds and room for a cot. It also has an ensuite bathroom with free standing tub and separate large walk-in shower.
PLEASE NOTE: Prices are based on a family of 2 + 3 children (aged 2-10yrs - a discount of 50€ will apply for under 2s) staying 7 nights and include: daily continental breakfast, children’s supper on five nights, adult’s suppers on five nights, unlimited drinks fridge including boxed wines, beers, soft drinks, 1 night's babysitting.
Shorter stays are available outside of peak season (June 30-Sept 14) when only 7+ night stays are permitted. Prices do not include bottled wines, champagne, and local taxes of 0.50 per night per adult
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%
Balance: 0 days prior to arrival
Check-in time: 16:00
Check-out time: 10:00
Reservation Deposit: 30%
Balance: 0 days prior to arrival
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!!
Sleeps 5 plus infants in a large esnuite room with king-sized double, 3 x childrens beds and space for 1 x cot. The room also has pretty patio doors to a private balcony overlooking the mountains.
Both Pau and Toulouse Airports are within 90mins drive, whilst Lourdes and Carcassonne airports are with 2hrs.
There's a lovely outdoor pool which is heated and available May-Sept annually.
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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Fantastic place!. It was our first trip away with our 13 month old son. The location is stunning, and the property has all the things required to make a trip away with a little one as relaxing as possible.
The food, room, and hospitality were top notch. Heather and Russell gave some brilliant advice on places to go in the day, to get the best out of the Pyrenees location.
We hope to go back soon
An absolutely superb place for a family holiday. I cannot recommend it enough!
The owners are absolutely wonderful - they were so welcoming, very friendly and took care of our every need. We will be back!
This place is amazing. We only stayed for two days but felt like we were leaving old family friends at the end of our stay. Our room was goregous, amazing view and loved the balcony. The dinners were amazing value for money - don't miss them!
We have just returned from a weeks' stay here with our 15-month old son and had a lovely time. Heather, Russell and the boys were wonderful hosts - warm, accommodating, and welcoming. The rooms are huge and well-appointed, especially the family suite, with amazing toys and a playground that kept Ari entertained throughout. Nursery tea and home-cooked dinners were a bonus! An excellent base to explore a stunning part of France.
Lovely chateau, obviously restored with a great deal of TLC. Heather, Russell and the boys made us all feel very welcome, we even had an invite to Henry's 4th birthday party, which was a big hit with our 21 month old little one! Also, food was excellent!
Heather and Russell made us feel very welcome, their hospitality made our holiday relaxed and memorable.
We spent six nights here in June and had a lovely time. The chateau is stunning, the location is great and Heather, Russell and "the boys" as our son called them were great company and genuinely couldn't do enough for you.
We were unlucky with the weather and were woefully underequipped but Heather and Russell kindly lent us all sorts of stuff from anoraks to bikes to rucksacks which ensured we had a great time despite the rain.
Heather cooked us some cracking meals which I would highly recommend, epecially the tartaflette which I still need to work off!
Our son who has just turned two had an absolute ball playing with "the boys" who were brilliant with him, he was even asking for them two weeks after we returned home.
Anyway I could go on and on about La Lanette but will finish by saying that you will not regret staying here.
La Lanette is truely the perfect holiday retreat for young familes wanting to enjoy a stress free holiday. The beautifully restored accommodation set in stunning surroundings make this an ideal holiday base. Heather and Russel are charming hosts and the meals cooked by Heather are incredible. We hope to return very soon!
Heather and Russell made us feel very welcome, their hospitality made our holiday relaxed and memorable. Outstanding!
We spent six nights here in June and had a lovely time. The chateau is stunning, the location is great and Heather, Russell and "the boys" as our son called them were great company and genuinely couldn't do enough for you. We were unlucky with the weather and were woefully underequipped but Heather and Russell kindly lent us all sorts of stuff from anoraks to bikes to rucksacks which ensured we had a great time despite the rain. Heather cooked us some cracking meals which I would highly recommend, epecially the tartaflette which I still need to work off! Our son who has just turned two had an absolute ball playing with "the boys" who were brilliant with him, he was even asking for them two weeks after we returned home. Anyway I could go on and on about La Lanette but will finish by saying that you will not regret staying here. Overall Rating: Outstanding!
La Lanette is truly the perfect holiday retreat for young families wanting to enjoy a stress free holiday. The beautifully restored accommodation set in stunning surroundings make this an ideal holiday base. Heather and Russel are charming hosts and the meals cooked by Heather are incredible. We hope to return very soon! Overall Rating: Outstanding!