If you’re planning a family holiday with the kids, accommodation doesn’t get much better than a real life French chateaux. Whether your little ones are casting their castle as Hogwarts, Cair Paravel or Camelot, these picturesque properties with their expansive grounds and fascinating histories are guaranteed to get their imaginations fired up. We’ve picked out our top three chateaux that are ideal for fun-filled family getaways with children of all ages.
Chateau de Raguerniere, Loire Valley
Struggling to get the kids to play outside definitely won’t be an issue at this property. The extensive grounds of the Chateau de Raguerniere cater to all kinds of sports and games, including several that they’ve probably never tried before. With everything from boules to archery and golf to cycling, you can host a new tournament every day of your stay. There are nature trails to explore and even a frisbee golf course to complete, while the chateau itself has a children’s playroom kitted out with an air hockey table, so even rainy days can be packed full of healthy sibling rivalry.
Chateau D’Alsace, Paris Region
If sightseeing and cultural expeditions are high on your list of holiday priorities, Chateau D’Alsace is brilliantly situated to deliver. Located in the Parisian suburbs, this historic chateau was once home to the Duke of Noailles, during the reign of Louis XIV. The 17th century building has been fullly refurbished with modern comforts like a relaxation room and a state of the art kitchen for whipping up some delicious gateaux. Disneyland Paris is an easy day trip away, making this an ideal choice if you’re celebrating a birthday, and there’s a direct bus to Versailles so young historians can be enchanted by its ballrooms and gardens. If you’re traveling by car, you and the family could be at the Arc de Triomphe in 20 minutes, making Chateau D’Alsace the perfect base from which to introduce the children to the historic wonders of Paris.
Chateau du Moulin, Brittany
Hidden in the seaside town of St-Malo just across the channel, Chateau du Moulin has a large garden that leads down to the sea and excellent beach views. You can spend all day braving the waters and warming up on the sand, before strolling home for a quintessentially French dinner. The sailing here is fantastic – confident sailors can even get to the Channel Islands in a few hours – and there are also plenty of opportunities to play golf or go horse riding. Don’t forget to take the kids on the Petit Train de St-Malo, a small train that tours the ancient streets while a guide tells stories about the famous explorers who have lived there.
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