Château de Gurat

Gurat, Charente
+33 (0)5 16 09 82 95

Gite retreats in château grounds - welcoming and wonderful for young families. Build castles in the sandpit, make friends around the pool


6 places


Sleeping from 4 – 7

Children welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

This 15th-century château sits at the heart of a small Charentais village; you can see its turret as you emerge from the woods. Six gites await in the outbuildings, spacious, simple and comfortable, with scatter rugs on shiny floors and welcome hampers to get you going.

But the grounds are the thing: acres of rolling gardens complete with sheep, goats, guinea pigs and chickens, laid to lawn, scented with roses, and heaped with treats for children. There are swings, slides, trampoline, boules, two pools (lightly chlorinated, heated by solar-panels, one for tinies), and a play barn stocked with everything. Pop out for croissants; take breakfast to your patio.

Nearby is Villebois-Lavelette, perched on its hill, with a characterful 17th-century market abuzz every Saturday; look out for confit and truffles. Don’t miss the lovely beach-lake at St Aulaye, a half hour drive, or the Venice of the Périgord, beautiful Brantôme.

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We think you'll love

  • The pool, the animals and the long shaded terrace looking down to the valley
  • The safe, relaxing, friendly-family vibe
  • Immersing yourself in a pastoral setting where children can safely roam
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You should know

  • In summer: lots of kids and people! But there's also privacy and space
  • Not fancily decorated but amazingly well equipped
  • A car is a must


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • 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 6
From £1413 bedrooms
1 Cottage for 4
From £1142 bedrooms
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



Wonderful holidays which we can only recommend ! We had a great time with our three children - even our very little one (3 months). Everything is safe, there are a lot of activities for them and baby equipment to use (stroller, bed,...). The house is of very good quality (comfortable beds !), lovely decorated and with everything you need (towels, bed linen,...). The hosts were very reactive and always available, but discreet at the same time. Hope we can make it again and come back.

Luise, Paris

Spent a wonderful week at Chateau de Gurat! Swantje and Edward were very welcoming and helpful. Perfect for a holiday with our children. The sand pit and trampoline were a big hit, as were the excursions to see the animals – not to mention pool time. The grounds are stunning, with pretty views of the Chateau and rolling hills. Our gite was lovely and clean, and we enjoyed sitting on our terrace having some rose and a BBQ. We also ventured out and saw the picture-perfect castle in Villebois-Lavalette, lake Jemaye, Villars caves and the beautiful villages of Brantôme and Aubeterre.

Sven, London

Children will love this place, as will their parents. There's something for everyone, a short stroll to the pool in flip flops, a bbq, toys, wine tasting or a sociable pizza night. So much space, but safely enclosed with nature on the doorstep and a wonderful amount of freedom even for little guests. I have a feeling many memories are made here in the dreamy green fields!

Katie, Sawday's Inspector

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The neighbourhood

Bordering the Périgord Vert, the landscape is one of rolling fields, woods and wildflowers. Walks start from the door. Discover the pet sheep and goats in the grounds, or hike along a streamside path (one of many) to an ancient underground church. The nearest small town is medieval Villebois-Lavelette, with shops, restaurants, a historic market, and a castle - a wonder for the views alone.

Local points of interest from the Owners

  • 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


the Owners

In 2019, the owners swapped London - and jobs in finance - for the simple life in rural France. With two small children of their own, they offer everything you need for a great family holiday, from bikes and dressing-up boxes to wine tasting evenings and English-speaking babysitters should you fancy a night out. Parents and children will feel welcomed, relaxed and restored.