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We take our guest feedback and experience very seriously. Over the last 20 years we have met some incredible families who continue to return each year. Here’s some of the kind things they have had to say about their family holiday at Château de Gurat.

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!

Here’s a selection from our guestbook

“A wonderful place where you can completely relax, very child-friendly, the owners are very cordial and helpful. The gîtes are of high quality, spacious and beautifully furnished.”

“Everything is taken care of, perfect to enjoy the house, the culture of the area and the relaxing landscape. Quality rest, civic neighbours, and exquisite friendliness from the owners. Children can explore the area on their own and see animals. The pool, excellent. A 10.”

“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 en route!! Thanks again guys.”

“Honestly best holiday I have been on with the kids. Perfect for pre-schoolers. Our boys loved it, we loved that they were so entertained with all the toys, I actually got to sunbathe, and read a (bit of) book! Fantastic! We cant wait to go back.”

“We had such a lovely holiday! It was perfect. I  read two books during our stay,  I can’t remember the last time that happened!. Our three girls enjoyed the place so much as well. The play area, the swimming pool, the sand pit, the animals…. We all enjoyed the lovely food, the pizza night and wine tasting night. I would recommend this place to anyone.”

“Great place – lovely stylish and spacious gîtes – with loads of outside space for the kids to run around. Our five year old went off with her new friends to the 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 too.”

“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…”

We had a wonderful week at Château de Gurat, thank you very much for your hospitality! The facilities were excellent for our almost three year old and baby, and the gîtes were of a very high quality with all the baby friendly extras.”

“The Château was amazing, our gîte was immaculately clean, the owners 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 a babysitter, which was a real treat”

We had a fabulous week, the owners 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.”

“Great spot for a relaxing family holiday. Beautiful grounds. Really well set up for kids even very young children. Lovely big deep and clean pool. Adult evenings are a wonderful respite. Adult company without even leaving the premises! I would highly recommend” Ruth M

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. The owners look after you from start to finish. 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 château grounds. The local area is filled with stunning little towns and villages.” Daniel H

“Beautiful and friendly place for a young family holiday.” Graham N

Thoroughly enjoyed our time in Gurat, the owners were wonderful hosts and have created a beautiful environment whilst preserving the original character of the buildings. The children were 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 in England, I would be a regular!” Tim F

“Super Family Holiday! Château 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 accommodation, 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 Château 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 Gîtes 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 communal pool, and it’s always clean and tidy. The owners are wonderful hosts – always around if needed but not intrusive. Wine o’clock at the sandpit in the evenings as the sun sets is lovely!”

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