Chateau de la Lanette
Child friendly bed & breakfast, Midi-Pyrenees – Catered Family Accommodation, Salechan, Midi Pyrenees, France
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About Chateau de la Lanette
Chateau de la Lanette in the foothills of the stunning Midi Pyrenees is a beautiful family friendly property. This beautiful 19th century Chateau effortlessly blends the essence of old French charm and character with the needs of a modern day family. Here is a place to relax, unwind and spend precious time together soaking up this idyllic location. With 5 spacious rooms all with en-suite bathroom, all rooms have childrens beds or cots. There is a large indoor playroom, children's gardens and a 10m heated outdoor swimming pool. Tasty children’s suppers and sociable adult evening meals are provided five nights a week so you know you are going to have a truly wonderful break. During the winter months, ski-ing and snowboarding are the biggest draw with five resorts within an hours drive catering for all levels of ski-ers. When the weather warms up Chateau de la Lanette is an ideal base for active families.
The Away with the Kids review
British couple Russell and Heather with their three young boys have created a wonderful haven for families at their home in a rather grand but homely 19th century Chateau. Heather loves cooking and entertaining and will make your time at Chateau de la Lanette memorable for all the right reasons – a laid back, welcoming atmosphere, lovely comfortable accommodation, children’s suppers, and a 3-course dinner-party style evening meal for five times in a week. The adults meals are a sociable occasion, served in the beautiful wood panelled dining room which is within baby monitor range of all the rooms. That equals NO prep, NO cooking, NO washing up! What an excellent alternative to the usual self-catering options - which may not really be such a holiday for the chief cook! And really relaxing compared to the stress the formalities and timetable of a hotel can bring. At Chateau de la Lanette the whole family can relax and be themselves.
Of the five guest rooms available to book, the two largest sleeping spaces are the family suites. Both suites consist of a spacious room with double bed and sitting area and a separate interconnecting room with up to 3 single beds and or cots and a baby changing table. The ensuite bathrooms are finished to a high standard with local Spanish tiles, quality fittings and have baths and separate showers and heated towel rail.
There are a further 3 large double rooms all spacious enough to accommodate children’s beds and or cots. The Chambre St Julien is a huge airy room with a 4 poster bed and small private balcony with stunning views of the Pyrenees. This room is large enough to accommodate 2 children’s beds or cots and has an ensuite with bath and shower. The Chambre Pic Du Gar is a spacious room also with space to accommodate up to 2 beds or cots. It has a large balcony looking out over the mountains. The ensuite also has access to the balcony is tiled throughout and has a large walk in shower. The Chambre De Jardin is situated at the back of the house with its own private access to the gardens by a small bridge. Slightly smaller than the other rooms it has space for an extra bed or cot. The ensuite is tiled, has a heated towel rail and shower. All these rooms also have toy boxes, changing mats, potties and a baby monitor.
To help lighten the load families are welcome to borrow from backpacks to pushchairs including a double pushchair plus there are two adult bikes available one kitted with a toddler seat on the back. For families with babies there is a comprehensive list of baby kaboodle able to borrow including microwave bottle steriliser, bouncy chairs, baby walker, playpen, play mat, highchairs, potties, trainer seats, baby bath and baby monitors.
The well equipped toy room is a joy for little ones to discover. It has all the toys, games, books and dressing up outfits you will ever need. Combine that with a vast selection of DVD’s then it’s a winning combination. This seasons movie and popcorn nights are proving really popular with all ages.
You may decide to chill out in your quarters or congregate in the salon room. This is a lovingly restored lounge area with three large squidgy sofas that ooze relaxed calm and elegance. The spacious lounge provides a relaxing zone for parents in which to wind down at the end of your day. A wonderfully ornate high ceiling, parquet flooring and marble fireplace with open log fire offers a warm welcome.
Garden and outdoor facilites
The fabulous outdoor swimmming pool is open during the warm summer months and is heated to a constant degree. At 10m x 4m it can provide kids with hours of entertainment while adults prefer a quick dip to cool off. It has a shallow and deep end, with a ledge running along one side for little ones to sit on and is set in a tranquil garden with stunning views of the village and mountains.
The extensive walled gardens around the Chateau provide a safe haven for children to play. Parents may get chance to relax in the back garden in the hammock under the shade of the trees with a glass of wine in hand, while little ones play happpily. The children's play equipment includes a large trampoline with safety net, swings and slides, sandpit and ride-on toys. Older and more adventurous children will be entertained on the zip wire that stretches across the length of the garden.
Location and things to do
The house sits in the foothills of the stunning Pyrenees in the beautiful village of of Salechan and is perfectly located for family activity holidays. The nearest airport to Chateau de la Lanette is the Tarbes/Lourdes Airport just 50 minutes away with daily flights from Paris and London Stanstead. Just 124 kms away is the ever expanding Toulouse Airport with several flights a day from the UK and Europe.
For families who like to see the local countryside from two wheels then Chateau de la Lanette is ideally located. Situated just 1km from La Lanette and running for almost 100km in length is the charming Garonne Cycleway. This carefully selected network of quiet lanes, converted former railway lines and dedicated cycle paths offers an excellent way for younger or less experienced riders to see the area, without the usual hazards of 'main road traffic'. The Tour de France passes by locally each year. A secure area for bike storage is available. If ski-ing or other winter sports are your passion, Chateau de la Lanette is just a 20 minute drive from the resorts of Le Mourtis and Superbagneres.
The adventure park - Pyrenees Ho is just a 5 minute drive away and offers a whole host of activities include climbing, abseiling, via ferrata, bike tracks, mazes and lots more. Also 5 minutes away in Fronsac you will find a base from which can explore the river Garonne. Learn new skills and try your hand at rafting, canoeing and kayaking.
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Swimmimg pool and child friendly spa.
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Animal park in the mountains, all native to the Pyrenees.
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