Charente / Dordogne Border, France
Price from £2,284 - £6,105 per week
Sleeps up to 17 in total plus 4 infants in cots in 7 bedrooms
The perfect spot to hide away and play together as a family, this stunning chateau is ideal for larger family groups or a few families travelling together, as it has plenty of bedrooms, and two separate wings leading off the main house.
From the moment you drive through the huge wooden gates, your family will be transported to a haven of privacy and outstanding beauty.
Parts of the chateau date back to medieval times, so your little ones can play princesses and knights, surrounded by the history of this stunning building. Especially with the help of the dress-up clothes that you’ll find in the chateau.
There is a whole children’s dorm filled with toys, games, and dress-up clothes, as well as trunks of toys in the bedrooms – little ones will always have somewhere to play.
Inside, the beautifully restored rooms combine the best of traditional style with modern living for a comfortable and luxurious stay.
Family stayed March 2010
Once you enter through the impressive front gate you will be amazed by the romantic garden with beautiful old trees. Imagine enjoying your summer breakfast sitting in its shade, or having your winter aperitif next to the fireplace with the sound of crackling wood. The intimate rooms are in mint condition and during the recent refurbishment all original detailed were preserved. The surroundings are amazing - great for long walks. The two hosts are very hospitable and friendly, and will do anything to make your stay a pleasant and memorable one!
Critchlow Family, August 2018
We have just spent a magical week at Chateau Chatelaine. We were a party of 13, including five children aged 6, 4, 3, 2 and 1. The older three loved exploring the grounds, which were totally enclosed, so we had no worries. We all had lots of fun in the good-sized warm swimming pool. All meals were eaten outside, under parasols when the sun was high. The thick castle walls meant that the bedrooms were never too hot and also that no one was disturbed by another’s baby crying in the night. The two owners, gave us a very warm welcome and were very willing to help with anything, but we had no problems so no need to call on them. We would thoroughly recommend this chateau for the perfect, and unique, family holiday. The owners cooked a delicious meal for us one night and organised for us to have an excellent Thai meal another night. The other evenings we cooked for ourselves on the large gas barbecue. A bakery and a very good butcher are just three minutes’ walk from the chateau, and all other provisions could be bought at a supermarket 10km away. Many thanks for organising it for us.
Milner family stayed September 2017
Fantastic garden, lovely clean and warm pool. Very friendly and helpful hosts. We had a lovely stay and would definitely come back!
Family stayed August 2017
Amazing for kids. Stunning pool and poolside, children's toy room was perfect for boys and girls with a great range of toys. Fab daily service, friendly and great local advice.
Whitelaw family stayed August 2017
Spacious and beautiful house and grounds. Very child and baby friendly. Lovely pool, toys/DVDS/books perfectly stocks and comfy seating in playroom a huge bonus. Food was delicious and in perfect quantities. Very helpful to have options - prepared and/or catered. Thoughtful and considerate catering for children.
Perks family stayed August 2017
Lovely, well equipped and plenty of play equipment. Swimming pool very good and clean.
Brown/James families stayed August 2017
Elegance & ease. The grounds are excellently maintained and have a great sense of fun for children to explore. The pool area, sun & shaded areas were great, safe for the children & warm enough even for the wimps!
Sims Family stayed July 2017
Beautiful house and grounds. Fantastic facilities for adults & children of all ages. The hosts were brilliant - nothing too much trouble from catering to mending punctures! Thank you for a lovely holiday.
Family stayed December 2017
The high life! First of all, Chateau Chatelain is a real castle, with its towers, beautiful rooms, staircases and corners. It is also a house where it is good to live and where every room is a good place to be. All was devised so you feel at home but with grandeur. The hosts really have put themselves in our shoes and asked “What can we do so their stay is as enjoyable as possible?” Everything is perfect.
Williams family stayed October 2017
Chateau Chatelaine is breathtaking. All the rooms are well decorated with upgraded bathroom fixtures and super comfy mattresses. You can tell it's old but it's not dirty or smelly or creepy. The grounds are lovely. Every detail, desire, request was attended to and honored by the hosts. If I have to mention any cons, I can only think of two - you need your own car. The second con, and it is really nit-picky, is the WiFi does not reach all of the rooms. That is it, everything else defied expectation and impressed. I can not say enough about Chateau Chatelaine or the two lovely hosts.
The Calder Family, May 2016
The service from Tots To Travel was faultless - thank you. The description of Chateau Chatelaine was accurate. The hosts looked after us extremely well. We were a party of 2 grandparents, 6 children and 6 grand children (the eldest being 7 years old). This chateau worked extremely well for such a mixed and varied group with plenty of beds to spare! Not mentioned in the details - there is an excellent butcher, baker and bar selling basic provisions within 2 minutes walk. If you want an away from it all rural holiday in a very ancient and wonderful chateau with lots of room for the children to run around inside and out, Chateau Chatelaine is to be strongly recommended.
The Boxall-Hunt Family, August 2014
Nathalie and her sister could not have been nicer and more accommodating. A small plumbing issue was dealt with quickly, and when information and assistance was required, they were both at hand to offer advice.The layout of the chateau, by its very nature, meant that some thought (and maybe some compromise) had to be given to accommodate 3 families of 4 in the best possible way but it didn't impact our enjoyment of a lovely building and grounds.
Family stayed September 2012
We booked the Chateau for our wedding in the first weekend of September and it was the best decision we ever made! We booked it online on the strength of the pictures which can be a bit risky but when we checked it out in March we knew we had found somewhere really special! We had a small wedding with only 25 guests but the setting was perfect. Planning a wedding abroad can be quite stressful but thanks to Nathalie and Blandine, our charming hosts, the process was relatively easy. They were so helpful throughout the whole experience from arranging the priest to give the blessing to finding us a caterer (who by the way, was amazing! Best food ever!). The church where we had the ceremony is next to the chateau and this was beautiful too with so much character! There were 15 of us altogether who stayed at the chateau and nobody wanted to leave! Me and my husband stayed in the Red Room which had a lovely view of the garden and a huge four poster bed but all the rooms had quirky details full of character so everyone was happy! The weekend was so relaxed and we were able to spend quality time with all the family playing in the fabulous pool, playing table tennis and badminton. Self catering was easy because there is a charcuterie and boulangerie in the village and a huge supermarket a short drive away so the day after the wedding we had a barbecue. I can't rate the chateau highly enough as it was the setting to my dream wedding and it brings tears to my eyes when I think of how happy I was! A weekend was all it took to fall in love with this place but next time we'll stay a whole week to really make the most of it! Thank you to everyone who helped make our wedding day truly magical! Katie
Family stayed August 2012
We visited in August this year, 2012, and enjoyed a magical week at this special place. The ancient chateau - surrounded by peaceful woodland - oozes character and history, yet the rooms are large and comfortable, with an inviting lounge and atmospheric dining room. During the week we visited, South-West France was experiencing a fierce heatwave, and with temperatures nudging 50 degrees, the newly-built pool was a necessity! One of the most attractive and largest outdoor pools I have come across, it's nestled in the grounds, surrounded by plenty of sunloungers and a few hammocks... a wonderful setting in which to relax, sunbathe, read. Our hosts were unfailingly welcoming and hospitable, and always keen to suggest nearby walks, or bike rides (there are a few bikes for guests to use). We hope to re visit the chateau, and this beautiful corner of South-West France, next year.
Pool protected by fencing
|Twin bedrooms||One, as well as a ground floor children's dorm room sleeping up to five|
|Bathrooms||Five, including four en suite bathrooms|
|Living room||Yes, with open fire and two grand pianos|
|Nearest village/town||Sers just 100m away|
|Nearest supermarket||10 km, 10 min drive|
|Nearest doctor||1 km|
|Nearest A&E||10 km, 10 min drive|
|Nearest beach||14 km. Sandy lake beach with lifeguards.|
|Nearest restaurant||1.2 km on the edge of the village|
|Home cooked food||Available with advance booking at additional charge|
|Babysitting||€10 per hour, maximum of two children, bookable one day in advance|
|Swimming Towels available||No|
|Local Bike hire||Available|
|Welcome pack||1 bottle of pineau and juice for Children|
|Internet access||Free Wifi, just bring your own computer etc|
|Additional Cleaning available||Available with advance booking at additional charge|
|Restaurant on site||No but catering available onsite|
|Walking Distance to Village/Restaurant||Yes|
|Suitable for Multiples||Yes|
|Suitable for Wheelchair Users||No|
|Home Cooked Food||Yes|
|Restaurant on Site||No|
|Golf available locally||No|
|Less than 1 hour from Nearest Airport||No|
|Local Bike hire||Yes|
|Air Con or Cooling System||No|
|Cots||4 Travel cots with proper mattresses|
|Non slip bath mat||Yes|
|Indoor toys and books||Yes|
|Food blender (hand held)||Yes|
|Child's loo seat||Yes|
|Blackout blinds or curtains/shutters||Yes|
|Garden equipment (slide etc)||Yes|
|Other information||70€ charge for additional heating costs for out of season bookings, payable in cash locally.
Pool heating is charged at €15 per day for the months of April, May, June, September and October.
The security deposit for this property is £1000 and is payable directly to your host. Details of how to pay this will be available when you pay your balance.
For additional information and the individual Terms and Conditions, please see the 'Need to Know' section for this property.
|Essential Kit Guarantee Info||Some terms and conditions apply so please read our complete Terms and Conditions before booking.|
Inside, every room of this stunning chateau oozes charm and character, with comfortable furnishings and luxury décor.
Once you enter the house, you’ll find a sitting room, which has been set up with a television and DVD player, a piano, and an additional small dining table and fridge, which is ideal for children’s snacks or an evening bottle of wine for the adults.
Across the hallway, there is a children’s dorm, which little ones will love; it is set up with three single beds, but can sleep up to five youngsters, on request. Plus, it is full of toys, games and dress-up clothes!
Doors open out into the beautiful courtyards, so on warmer evenings, you can sit outside while the children play happily nearby.
Next door to the children’s dorm, you’ll find the dining room with windows looking out onto the courtyard; it also has an additional children’s table and chairs.
Through the living room, there is a separate wing of the chateau, which is the oldest part of the building, dating back to the 12th century, which leads to the Terrace bedroom; a bedroom that can be set up as a twin or a double, looking out over the front terrace.
Through the Terrace bedroom, a corridor houses a separate loo and a gated staircase; across the hall from the bedroom is the Heraldic Suite with privacy curtains across the archway.
The suite comprises a grand double bedroom, an en suite shower room and a mezzanine bedroom, complete with a heraldic ceiling; it is perfect for older children but unsuitable for tots due to the steep staircase.
Back to the corridor, the gated staircase leads up to the Medieval Suite, where there is a four-poster bedroom with a grand en suite shower room with its own terrace, and a corridor leading to a twin bedroom, perfect for children.
A second wing opposite the dining room has two separate shower rooms, near to gated stairs that lead up to the Valley bedroom, a double which has plenty of room for a cot. As this room is separate from the rest of the chateau, it is ideal for a couple with a baby, or for grandparents who want their own space.
Back downstairs, a separate set of gated stairs lead up to the Parc bedroom, which is huge with a four-poster bed, and a beautiful chair, which can be made into a single bed for little ones. It has an en suite bathroom with a shower and separate loo.
The chateau's large estate is fully enclosed and accessed by large wooden gates.
A paradise for lively youngsters and a haven for adults, there are a number of different areas designated for outside family dining and relaxing and lots of space for children of all ages to play and run around.
A wonderful wooded area is ideal for youngsters to play in the shade. Here, they will find plenty to keep them entertained including a trampoline, table tennis, swings and a slide and other outdoor toys.
The enclosed pool area, surrounded by manicured lawn, is sure to be a huge draw for the whole family.
The fabulous heated swimming pool is ideal for serious swimmers and little ones who just want to splash around.
If you don't fancy taking the plunge, you can keep an eye on the children from the comfort of the poolside sun loungers, with beautiful views over the valley and surrounding gentle rolling hills.
Even though it could prove difficult, it's worth persuading the family to leave their holiday hideaway and sample some of the delights of the surrounding area.
The village of Ser is just a few minutes' stroll away and home to a few small shops such as a bakers, a bar and a beautiful medieval church, with bells. The nearest restaurant is on the edge of the village about 1.2km away.
Energetic youngsters will be in their element at Accrobranche in Soyaux, 20 minutes' drive from the chateau. With differing levels of difficulty suitable from three years old up, children climb the trees with the help of ropes and harnesses. For the tiny tots there's a traditional playground with swings and slides. If you don't fancy joining in you can sit and watch the adventure unfold in the shade of the trees with a coffee.
Travel just 30 minutes from Chateau Chatelaine and you'll reach the ramparted city of Angouleme, home to stunning architecture, traditional markets and beautiful gardens. The city centre has a myriad of shops from familiar high street names to traditional French boutiques. Take time out to visit one of the many pavement cafes or dine in a choice of family-friendly restaurants. The city is the world capital for Bande Dessinée - comic strip - and many of the buildings are decorated in this style. There's also a fascinating museum dedicated to the art.
In Angouleme's mountain shopping zone you'll find more active fun for youngsters at Kizou Adventures - an indoor playground with all the usual ball pools, ropes and soft play, for little ones aged from six months to 10 years.
And just outside the city is the fabulous Plan d'Eau water lake with several beaches - perfect for a bit of bucket and spade fun - and a wide range of water sports.
Next door is the Nautilis water park which has indoor and outdoor pools, flumes, rapids, a wave pool and calmer areas for the youngest visitors to enjoy.
Golf addicts will appreciate that the 18-hole Golf Club de L'Hirondelle is a 30 minutes' drive away and a nine-hole pitch and putt course a short 20-minute journey from the chateau.
Before booking, please read our Terms and Conditions.
Swimming pool is open and heated at additional charge from the end of April until the end of September, this may be earlier depending on the weather, please enquire.
Check-In & Check-Out Times:
Check-in is after 5pm
Check-out is before 10am
The security deposit for this property is €1000 and is payable directly to your host in cash upon arrival.
|Limoges International Airport||1 hour 15 minutes|
|Poitiers–Biard Airport||1 hour 30 minutes|
|Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport||1 hour 30 minutes|
|Bergerac Dordogne Périgord Airport||1 hour 55 minutes|
|Bergerac Dordogne Périgord Airport||1 hour 55 minutes|
Like something out of a fairytale, this French chateau is jaw-droppingly gorgeous and fully kitted out with everything you need for an unforgettable family holiday.
£2,284 - £6,105 per week