Chateau Notre Famille

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Sleeps: 25 Bedrooms: 8 Bathrooms: 4


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Gather with family or friends and spend relaxing days in this delightful French château on the banks of the river, creating memories in this glorious setting in the Loue Valley, in Franche-Comté.

With its own river access from its vast and private gardens, this is a truly idyllic location. Spend summer days cooling off in the river, splashing and swimming or fishing and kayaking with just the peaceful sounds of birds singing and leaves rustling. Set up a deckchair by the riverside or lay out a picnic of fresh bread and locally made comté cheese as children run around on the huge lawns leading down to the water’s edge. 

This charming 16th-century château has been in the same family for over a century – every year they gather together for carefree time that they will remember for years to come. It’s an enchanting place to stay with traditional interiors allowing you to immerse yourself in an authentic yet relaxed French experience. A well-equipped kitchen, long dining table by an open-fire and eight bedrooms with many bed variations make it a perfect choice for groups of friends or extended families. The living room and TV lounge are full of character and a superb central heating system also makes this a wonderful home for cosy winter holidays with loved ones.

The beauty of the Loue valley inspired the 19th-century artist, Gustave Courbet; you too can visit some of the bucolic landscapes that he painted in this alluring region. There are picturesque woodland and river walks both close to the château and further afield as well as pretty villages with historic charm in wonderful settings. Dine in authentic restaurants serving hearty regional produce from the Franche-Comté, discover historic châteaux, fascinating caves and incredible gorges.

A trip to Besançon, the capital of the Doubs, is a must with its captivating historic centre and amazing citadel, now a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Musée des Beaux Arts, one of France’s oldest galleries, has recently been renovated and is also a fantastic place to visit. A leisurely boat trip along the Doubs river is another great way to view this wonderful town.

The Doubs is such a lovely part of France and the countryside of the Loue Valley is stunning. With Château Notre Famille’s old-world charm and beautiful riverside setting, this is what unwinding holidays should be all about.

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What you should know…

  • An additional two guests can be accommodated in the games room where there is a single bed with a roll out trundle bed (better suited to children or teenagers)
  • There are spots in the château and grounds where children will need to be supervised – just as you would expect in an historic 16th century home on the riverfront
  • Trout fishing is popular along the river but please note only ‘catch and release’ is permitted 

Property Features

Wi-Fi/Internet BBQ Ground Floor Bed & Bath Games Room Outdoor Games Table Tennis Working Fireplace Heating Waterfront

Château Interiors

Ground Floor

- Living room with fireplace
- TV lounge
- Dining room (with seating for 23 guests)
- Kitchen, fully-equipped including professional oven and stove
- Games room (can also be converted into a bedroom with single bed and trundle bed underneath)
- Bedroom with queen-size bed and single bed
- Bedroom with two sets of bunk-beds and two single trundle beds
- Bathroom with bath and separate shower
- Two WCs

First Floor

- Three bedrooms with queen-size bed
- Two bedrooms with queen-size bed and single bed
- Bedroom with two single beds and two single trundle beds
- Two shower rooms
- Bathroom with bath and separate shower
- Three WCs

Outside Grounds

- Weber barbecue
- Al-fresco terraces
- Open river access
- Fishing
- Kayak (and swimsuits)
- Upper gardens with terraces
- Lower gardens (with river frontage)
- Barn (for outdoor equipment)
- Enclosed grounds (other than river access)


- Wi-Fi
- Heating
- Fireplace
- TV
- Table tennis
- Trampoline
- Kayak (and swimsuits)


About the surrounding area of Chateau Notre Famille
Canoeing/Kayaking Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Wine Tasting Tennis Nearby Cycling Fishing Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Historical Sites
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In the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region of eastern France, just half-an-hour south of Besançon, Château Notre Famille is located in the beautiful Loue Valley, an area which inspired the 19th century painter Gustave Courbet.

Set on the river’s edge in a tiny village, the natural beauty around you is wonderful. You can splash and swim in the flowing river or use the château’s kayak for further exploring. There are some picturesque walks and fishing spots nearby as well; discover idyllic parts of the river which have been painted by Courbet. Within a short drive you will find historic châteaux as well as incredible areas of conservation.

The nearest village with restaurants and shops is 6km away – here you will find a boulangerie, butchers and supermarkets as well as a good selection of places to eat including a couple of restaurants recommended by the owners. It’s a very pretty place with delightful houses along the river banks and two lovely stone bridges dating back to the 17th century. There are some pleasant walks from this town and also a museum featuring the works of Gustave Courbet.

Visit some of the beautiful villages along the river such Lods (20km), one of France’s ‘Plus Beaux Villages’, Mouthier-Haute-Pierre (20km) and Ouhans (31km). Look out for little waterfalls, gorges, tiny villages and stunning scenery in this enchanting valley.

A trip to Besançon (26km) is a must when staying in this area. Far from the tourist crowds, this is a charming French town with a historic centre of winding lanes and exquisite architecture alongside excellent restaurants and lovely shops. Visit the brilliant Musee des Beaux Arts, one of France’s oldest galleries which has recently been superbly renovated. Head to the historic citadel, designed by Vauban and now a UNESCO World Heritage site with its fantastic views over the town and surrounding countryside, followed by a boat trip on the Doubs river.

Another worthy visit is the Royal Saltworks at Arc-et-Senans (40km), near the border of the Doubs and Jura departments, which is open to visitors and has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Heading south-east towards the Swiss border, Château de Joux (47km) is another impressive day out, as are the caves further north at Gouffre de Poudrey (20km).

Food-lovers should look out for local factories or caves where they can sample Comté cheese made in this region whilst Morteau (59km) is well-known for its sausages. Other seasonal specialities across the area include mushrooms, chicken cooked in vin jaune, regional hams and even absinthe made from local herbs.

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Geneva


Nearest Airport 2 Basel


Nearest Ferry Port Le Havre


Nearest Train Station Gare Besançon Franche-Comté TGV


Nearest Village


Nearest Restaurant Local village


Nearest Shop Bakery/Butchers in local village


Nearest Supermarket Near local village


Nearest Town/City Besançon


Nearest Tennis Montrond-le-Château



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Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Babies & Toddlers Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

Lazy days can be spent splashing around in the river which is accessed from your very own garden. Take the kayak out, go fishing, skim stones or set up a picnic rug on the river’s edge. There are lots of other pretty spots by the river with picnic tables and some lovely walks around the immediate area and beyond.

Within a short drive there are beautiful château gardens to visit in July and August and a cheese factory with exhibitions on how local Franche-Comté cheeses are made.

Château de Joux (47km) is a great day out and the caves at Gouffre de Poudrey will fascinate all ages. The impressive Royal Saltworks at Arc-et-Senans are also incredible and a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The charming town of Besançon will also appeal to all ages with its winding lanes, lovely places to eat, boat trips on the river and the brilliant Musee des Beaux Arts which has recently been renovated to create a magnificent space. The amazing citadel, also a UNESCO World Heritage site, is also a must for both young and old historians.

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Tennis Nearby
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Historical Sites

Onsite Facilities

  • Board games
  • Children's books
  • Games Room
  • Outdoor Games
  • Table Tennis
  • Toys
  • Waterfront


At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:

- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Babysitting / childcare services

Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfil your requests!

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Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit €1500 paid in cash or by cheque to the owner upon arrival and refunded after departure, subject to full inspection.
Arrival time 4.00 p.m.
Departure time 10.00 a.m.
Energy costs included? Yes.
Heating costs included? Yes.
Linen & towels included? Yes, included in end of stay cleaning fee.
End of stay cleaning included? Extra €300, payable locally. However, guests are required to leave the accommodation clean, tidy and in the same condition as on their arrival. Any extra cleaning, laundry, maintenance and/or rubbish disposal required will be charged against the security deposit.
Changeover day Saturday in July and August. Flexible during all other periods.
Minimum stay 7 nights in July and August, 3 nights in April, May, June, September, Christmas and New Year. 2 nights during all other periods.
Pets welcome? Not allowed.
Smoking Allowed? No.
Other Ts and Cs A cot and two vintage high-chairs are available on request.
Other Ts and Cs Weddings, stag/hen parties and other events/celebrations are not permitted.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 25 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Jul 3rd 2020 - Sep 1st 2020 - - - - £5,383
Sep 1st 2020 - Oct 1st 2020 - £2,572 £2,928 £3,285 £4,286
Oct 1st 2020 - Dec 18th 2020 £2,143 £2,500 £2,857 £3,214 £4,286
Christmas & New Year - £2,572 £2,928 £3,285 £4,286
Jan 8th 2021 - Apr 1st 2021 £2,143 £2,500 £2,857 £3,214 £4,286
Apr 1st 2021 - Jul 1st 2021 - £2,572 £2,928 £3,285 £4,286
Jul 1st 2021 - Sep 1st 2021 - - - - £5,383
Sep 1st 2021 - Oct 1st 2021 - £2,572 £2,928 £3,285 £4,286
Oct 1st 2021 - Dec 18th 2021 £2,143 £2,500 £2,857 £3,214 £4,286
Christmas & New Year - £2,572 £2,928 £3,285 £4,286

Prices based on an occupancy of 25 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Jul 3rd 2020 - Sep 1st 2020 - - - - €5,604
Sep 1st 2020 - Oct 1st 2020 - €2,677 €3,034 €3,391 €4,462
Oct 1st 2020 - Dec 18th 2020 €2,231 €2,588 €2,945 €3,302 €4,462
Christmas & New Year - €2,677 €3,034 €3,391 €4,462
Jan 8th 2021 - Apr 1st 2021 €2,231 €2,588 €2,945 €3,302 €4,462
Apr 1st 2021 - Jul 1st 2021 - €2,677 €3,034 €3,391 €4,462
Jul 1st 2021 - Sep 1st 2021 - - - - €5,604
Sep 1st 2021 - Oct 1st 2021 - €2,677 €3,034 €3,391 €4,462
Oct 1st 2021 - Dec 18th 2021 €2,231 €2,588 €2,945 €3,302 €4,462
Christmas & New Year - €2,677 €3,034 €3,391 €4,462

Prices based on an occupancy of 25 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Jul 3rd 2020 - Sep 1st 2020 - - - - $6,299
Sep 1st 2020 - Oct 1st 2020 - $3,009 $3,366 $3,723 $5,015
Oct 1st 2020 - Dec 18th 2020 $2,508 $2,865 $3,222 $3,578 $5,015
Christmas & New Year - $3,009 $3,366 $3,723 $5,015
Jan 8th 2021 - Apr 1st 2021 $2,508 $2,865 $3,222 $3,578 $5,015
Apr 1st 2021 - Jul 1st 2021 - $3,009 $3,366 $3,723 $5,015
Jul 1st 2021 - Sep 1st 2021 - - - - $6,299
Sep 1st 2021 - Oct 1st 2021 - $3,009 $3,366 $3,723 $5,015
Oct 1st 2021 - Dec 18th 2021 $2,508 $2,865 $3,222 $3,578 $5,015
Christmas & New Year - $3,009 $3,366 $3,723 $5,015

Please note that prices may not be 100% accurate for dates outside of the current calendar year. For an accurate quote, please enquire.


  • Perfect for a nice getaway

    Created on 21/08/2019

    The castle was everything we thought it would be: beautiful location, clean, big, well heated, cosy and a very good communication with the owners. Perfect for a nice getaway in the French nature with a bigger group of friends or family.

  • Nice big property

    Created on 16/07/2019

    Nice big property by the side of the small river. The kitchen is well stuffed with utensils, cutlery, glasses. The rooms are well heated and linen are crisp and clean.

  • Magnifique petit château

    Created on 25/05/2019

    Nous avions réservé ce magnifique petit château à l'occasion de nos 30 ans, ma femme et moi. Nous étions 20 amis, et ce lieu est simplement parfait pour les retrouvailles: grand espace, rivière à proximité, jardin accueillant et idéal pour un apéro autour du brasero pour les soirées un peu fraîches, table de salle a man-ger pouvant facilement accueillir 20 personnes, et pour finir une bonne flambée tous autour de la cheminée du salon. Bref, c'était un week end réussi et nous ne pouvons que recommander cet endroit. Nous avons même pu nous initier à la spéléologie dans une des grottes du coin. Foncez, vous aller adorer.

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