Château de Gurat

Gurat, Charente

Surrounded by sunflowers in the sunny Charente, a cluster of charming stone gîtes in château grounds - brilliant for sociable families


4 places


Sleeping from 4 – 7


Behind high stone walls in a peaceful, pretty village (just two bars, one petrol station and a 10th-century church) is a 15th-century château with outbuildings – now gîtes. Each has its own terrace but the grounds are the thing: laid to lawn, scented with roses and heaped with treats for children. There are swings, slides, sandpit and trampoline, a boules pitch and a five-a-side pitch. And more: a lofty play barn stocked with everything from pedal carts to ping pong, and two saltwater pools (one for tinies) with sheep-and-field views. As for the gîtes, they are spacious and comfortable with a functional décor (squishy leather sofas, fans for hot nights, scatter rugs on shiny floors). Curtains are check or floral, mattresses inner sprung or foam – and regularly replaced: David and Nicki could not be more thoughtful or more helpful. There are restaurants and a Saturday market in Villebois Lavalette (7km), Nicki is keen to cook for guests and offers a range of delicious home-cooked meals. No wonder families return.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 4pm
Check out
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 7 nights.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property


Nightly price
from £114
Weekly price
from £800
Damage deposit
1 House for 7
From £1586 beds4 bedrooms
1 Cottage for 4
From £1143 beds2 bedrooms
1 Cottage for 6
From £1425 beds3 bedrooms
1 Cottage for 6
From £1584 beds3 bedrooms


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from David & Nicki Needham

  • 15 min drive from Aubeterre-Sur-Dronne, classified as "one of the most beautiful villages of France"
  • Gurat has one of only 3 underground (monolithic) churches in France. The other two being nearby in Aubeterre and the mecca for any lover of French wine - St. Emilion.
  • Cognac is just a 45 min drive away, Hennessy, Martell, Courvoisier, Remie Martin and Otard all open their doors to the public and have fantastic guided tours.
  • We specialise in "Family friendly" you are almost guaranteed to have playmates for your children!
  • Lots of fantastic French restaurants nearby
  • Brantome is a must see. Known as "the Venice of the Perigord" this charming medieval town is cradled in the arms of the River Dronne. Visit the vibrant market on Friday