Idyllic child friendly holiday cottages, in a grown-up Château setting

Welcome to Château de Gurat

Located on the beautiful Charente Dordogne border, Château de Gurat has six child-friendly holiday cottages (gîtes) for those wanting to experience the pleasures of rural France, all whilst being nestled in quintessentially French château surroundings.

The gîtes are set within the landscaped grounds of the picturesque château, which dates back to the 15th century and stands in 14 acres of meadows and woodland. There’s plenty to keep children and adults entertained, from swimming in the heated and gated pool, feeding the goats and chickens and collecting fresh eggs, to adult only wood fired pizza nights and wine tasting evenings.

Why Château de Gurat?

We have been welcoming families to Château de Gurat for over 20 years, with many families booking next year’s visit as they depart. 

Perfect for families

During the summer you’ll be surrounded by like-minded families, but never very far from a bit of privacy. The grounds and château setting are perfect for babies & toddlers all the way up to early teens. We firmly believe that happy kids = happy parents.

Perfect for families

During the summer you’ll be surrounded by like-minded families, but never very far from a bit of privacy. The grounds and château setting are perfect for babies & toddlers all the way up to early teens. We firmly believe that happy kids = happy parents.

Relaxing for parents

Who says you can’t relax on holiday alongside your children. At Château de Gurat we strive to ensure you have that all-important adult time, from weekly pizza nights, wine tasting evenings, a visiting masseuse, or an English speaking baby-sitting service for a night out in one of the many local restaurants.

Baby & toddler safe

At Château de Gurat we have created a safe, child-friendly environment, where kids can mingle, explore and play. What’s more, if you are travelling with young children we also provide (free of charge) a whole raft of those “little things” that make holidaying so much easier, such as cots, highchairs, sterilisers, safety gates etc.

Baby & toddler safe

At Château de Gurat we have created a safe, child-friendly environment, where kids can mingle, explore and play. What’s more, if you are travelling with young children we also provide (free of charge) a whole raft of those “little things” that make holidaying so much easier, such as cots, highchairs, sterilisers, safety gates etc.

Helen W
Helen W
2023-11-05
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A wonderful holiday We had a wonderful 2 week holiday at Chateau de Gurat. The facilities were perfect for families with young children and the owners were lovely and very accommodating. We spent hours in the pool especially in the week when it was really hot and the kids used the play barn, sandpit and trampoline constantly. As the grounds are enclosed, it felt safe to let the kids roam about which was great. We also really enjoyed the pizza evenings and the chance to get to meet the other parents!
Emily M
Emily M
2023-09-20
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Absolutely brilliant - recommending it to all of our friends! We all had a fantastic time - best family holiday we've had! The set up is perfect for families with young children who are ready for a bit of independence within safe limits. The play barn, sandpit, playground and pool were a big hit with our girls (aged 3 and 6) and we were able to relax and enjoy the beautiful setting. It's also a great location for exploring other sites if we could drag the children away! Edward and Swantje are perfect hosts - nothing was too much trouble. We will definitely be back!
Hugh J
Hugh J
2023-09-18
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Utterly lovely We had an incredibly restorative holiday. Perfect for children running around and parents who want to try and read a book. A very safe place for children to be on their own but with lots of things to do.
Jules S
Jules S
2023-08-31
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A fantastic stay with young children at beautiful Chateau de Gurat Chateau de Gurat is in an idyllic spot and offers a fantastic set-up for young families. We went with two kids aged 3 and 6 and both absolutely loved it. The pool is a great size and play barn and playground provided hours of entertainment. Our gite, Le Coin Fleuri, was lovely - very clean and comfortable, with pretty private patio area, great beds and lovely views from the upstairs bedrooms. Pizza and wine tasting nights were also enjoyed by the adults! The location is definitely very rural, but we did a number of super day trips to pretty local towns and the river beach - all between a 20-40 min drive from the chateau. Thank you to Edward and Swantje for a great stay and wonderful hosting. We hope to be back!
Alexandra R
Alexandra R
2023-08-26
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The perfect family getaway! What a fantastic find! Edward and Swantje have created the perfect setting for a wonderful family holiday with young children. From the information provided in advance, to the warm welcome, and the approachable but unintrusive hosting whilst we where there - the experience was excellent. The grounds and facilities are beautifully done, with plenty to keep the children (and adults) entertained! The pizza nights and wine evenings were perfect for socialising and getting to know the other guests. And the local area has a good range of activities and places to visit - all with Edward and Swantje's guidance and support with booking if needed. If you want to explore this area of France, and have a wonderful family break with as much relaxation as is possible with small children then this is for you!
Thijs R
Thijs R
2023-08-07
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Great place to unwind with the kids We had a lovely time at Chateau de Gurat with our two sons (4 & 1,5 years old). The Chateau has everything you need (swimming pool, sand pit, playground, play barn and some farm animals). Our kids loved it , made some new friends and we barely left the grounds.
Oxfordshire_mummy
Oxfordshire_mummy
2023-08-06
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Another great week at Chateau de Gurat It was so good the first time (2022) that we returned, but this time with more family members and between us we occupied two of the Gites. Arriving at Chateau de Gurat felt familiar, like returning to a favourite holiday home and we were greeted by hosts Edward and Swantje like old friends. We soon settled back into the easy pace of life at the Chateau, within minutes the children dispersed to the swimming pool and sandpit and all was well. We enjoyed another fun pizza night and tried a new experience - The Wine Tasting evening where we tasted handpicked French wines alongside delicious charcuterie with the opportunity to purchase the wines we tried. We explored some new places - Saint Aulaye river beach and the animal park Ferme du Ferron both of which were big hits with the children. We dined in the nearby restaurant Les Cluzeaux, which was a big hit with the adults. We also returned to some favourite places - La Taverne restaurant in Aubeterre and the river beach Poltrot. This place really does tick so many boxes for children of varying ages. We travelled with children between the ages of 18 months to almost 7 years and nobody was bored. The hospitality, the setting, the comfortable accommodation and the variety of things to do made for another great week at Chateau de Gurat. There is a charm about the place that draws you back 🙂
Orla M
Orla M
2023-07-13
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A wonderful week at the Chateau de Gurat! We had a wonderful week at Chateau de Gurat! The grounds were absolutely beautiful and our gite was so quaint and immaculately clean. A perfect getaway for families with young children looking to relax while still having things to do. The Chateau is also close to a number of local towns and villages, which were perfect for day trips. Edward and Swantje were so lovely to deal with and made sure we felt welcomed and had everything we needed. We would highly recommend it and hope to visit again. - Orla & Paul (Ireland)
Zoë M
Zoë M
2023-07-12
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Superb french family holiday setting. Highly recommend going. We have just had a fantastic holiday here. The grounds are beautiful and so ideal to keep the children entertained. There is a big and baby pool, a huge sandpit with lots of toys, including a playbarn of toys and books. Outside there is a trampoline, swings, slide as well as chickens, guinea pigs and goats to see. The pizzas and crepe cooked in the onsite pizza oven on Monday night were delicious. The wine tasting evening was a treat for us too. We had a superb adventure out each day to some river beaches and a lake to swim in with some incredible lunches (great recommendations of where to go from the Chateau hosts). French food is delicious! We also had bakery deliveries to the gates of the Chateau as well.
Nicola H
Nicola H
2023-07-10
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Relaxing Family Retreat, perfect for both kids and adults We have recently returned from a wonderful and relaxing stay. Edward and Swantje have created the perfect family retreat if you have young children and they are perfect hosts. They really have thought of everything and we didn't have to bring all that extra luggage you usually need to lug around with young children like baby monitors, pushchairs and booster seats. The gites are so well equipped in every aspect, especially the children's equipment and kitchen. The Chateau itself is beautiful and the grounds perfect for the little ones and safely enclosed so you can actually relax - sandpit, trampoline, swimming pool, play equipment, animals, a tractor and an extremely well stocked and cool play barn. Highlights for us were the welcome hamper, daily morning boulangerie deliveries, the home cooked meals you can order directly ( delicious!), the children all playing together, the chance to have some adult conversation with the wood fired pizza, crepes and wine night, and the wine tasting evening with charcuterie and cheese! The location is beautiful and the hosts have an extensive list and knowledge of places to visit. We visited beautiful medieval french towns and castles and perfect river and lake beaches. There is a large supermarket within a 10 minute drive so you can stock up easily and the hosts can recommend many places to eat. When you have young children, a holiday is just parenting away from home but the Chateau Gurat gives you the chance to actually truly relax a little, decamp with the kids and get a bit of time to yourselves!

The cottages

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Petit chateau

Sleeps 6
3 large bedrooms plus cots
3 en-suite bathrooms
From €1,450 – €2,550 p/w

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L’Etable

Sleeps 6
3 bedrooms plus cots
En-suite and 1 family bathroom
From €1,350 – €2,390 p/w

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Le Mas Provençal

Sleeps 4
2 bedrooms plus cot
1 family bathroom
From €1,120 – €1,995 p/w

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Jardin de roses

Sleeps 4
2 bedrooms plus cot
1 family bathroom
From €1,120 – €1,995 p/w

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Le Coin Fleuri

Sleeps 6
3 bedrooms plus cots
1 bathroom and 1 shower room
From €1,350 – €2,390 p/w

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La Forge

Sleeps 9
4 bedrooms plus cots
2 en-suite and 1 family bathroom
From €1,640 – €3,130 p/w

The cottages

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