Le Castel has been voted one of the top family friendly holiday places in France by the Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and the Sunday Times newspapers.
We offer luxury for the parents and fun for the kids. We have four family suites that each consist of two interconnecting rooms.
One of our most popular features is offering children's meals around 5pm to 6pm followed by adult only dinners or suppers later.
We have three acres of grounds, which include an above ground swimming pool (summer only), woodland den area, sandpit, slide, climbing wall and swings plus a large Camelot style marquee (summer only) that becomes an all weather play area. The marquee includes loads of toys for toddlers and young children - Fisher Price and Tomy toys etc. We also have an array of bikes (please bring your own helmets). There is 65 squre metres of soft play flooring in the marquee. Most of our toys are aimed at 0 - 8 year olds but older children are welcome.
There are two large trampolines - a 10ft one with a net and a 12 foot one without a net. Children must be supervised by parents in the pool and on the trampolines.
There is an adventure area with a climbing wall, swings, slide, sand pit and plank walk ways.
Older chidren can let their imaginations run wild in the den area, where there are loads of planks, branches and tree trunks for them to create their own structures. One young lad created his own theatre, while others make very creative castles and hideaways.
Each suite includes a box of toys and bedtime story books. Downstairs we have UK TV (including children's channels), DVDs and board games.
On the terrace there is a box with bats, balls, frizbees etc. There is also croquet.
During the summer months we only offer all-inclusive packages that include accommodation in two bedroomed suites, food, all drinks (including house wine and beers) plus organised play sessions for a couple of hours a day. Lunches are not included as some families want to go out and explore while others are happy to stay in the grounds.
Onwer Jon has a very relaxed attitude to breakages, spillages and screams!
Le Castel is run as a guest house (chambre d'hotes), which makes it a much friendlier and more relaxed place to stay. The idea is that you should feel at home. There are staff to make you drinks but you are equally welcome to help yourselves from the fridge.
See seperate page for further information on what the all inclusive holidays feature.
Here's what the papers say (see full versions in the Press section)
The Guardian (Feb 2012) says:
"Throughout the summer Le Castel is turned into a cross between a kindergarten and a private party hosted by your imaginary rich friends. Children play in the toy-strewn grouinds before eating communally some time around 5pm. Once they are safely coaxed to bed the adults return to the dining room or terrace for their own leisurely meal, baby monitors jostling for table space alongside wine glasses."
The Sunday Times (Feb 2011) says:
"No need to rough it just because you are with the off spring. Le Castel, a luxury chateau in Normandy, is setting up as a family haven this summer with an all-inclusive package for parents who don't want to give up the finer things. You stay in a roomy and stylish two bedroomed suite with toys and children's books supplied. There's childcare on some days so you can send the children down for breakfast while you lie in; in the evenins the little 'uns get a supervised high tea as you relax before having a proper dinner later; and well stocked fridges are yours for snacks anytime. There's a pool, of course, but also a huge play marquee with toys, a woodland den in the four acres of grounds, swings and more. If you want to get out - and why would you - the coast is less than ten miles away. It is aimed at children aged 3 - 8 "
The Guardian (October 2011) says:
Le Castel: This 19th-century Normandy chateau near Coutances will be running all-inclusive family holidays next year from 30 June to 25 September. The trips feature seven nights in a two-bedroom suite with all meals, organised play sessions – and free ice-lollies in the play tent. Family suites are available at other times too, including October half term. We love the relaxed atmosphere (you don't need to worry about your children staining the carpets) and kids love the woodland den, swings, board games and table football. Adults-only evening meals are the perfect chance to relax once they've gone to bed.
• Family suite from £183 a night B&B, sleeping five; all-inclusive family holidays from £315 a night
The Roi suite
Our most elegant suite consists of the Marie Antonette room (pictured above) and the Louis room on the first floor. The Marie Antoinette room is huge and has a beautifully draped double bed, sofa plus a bathroom. The Louis room has twin beds plus a small sofa that can be turned into a bed. There is an ensuite shower room. Between the two rooms is a lounge area. There is also a kitchen with a fridge, microwave, kettle, coffee makers and bottle steriliser. Some families use the kitchen as a third bedroom for a baby! Both rooms have 3 metre high windows with great views over the grounds. This suite is a massive 77 sqare metres
The Dauphin suite
This takes up all of the second floor and includes the Charles VII room (above) and the Joan of Arc room. The Charles VII room has a king sized draped bed plus a clawfoot bath set in a window overlooking the parkland. There is also a seperate toilet with washbasin. The Joan of Arc room has three single beds plus a sofa that can be turned into a fourth bed. There is a large ensuite shower room. There is a small fridge, microwave and kettle in the Joan of Arc room. The rooms are built into the roof between the two turrets, but have 3.3 metre high ceilings. There are lots of exposed beams and dramatic wall hangings. Each room has a window at normal height plus two velux windows. The velux windows have black out blinds so you can convince the kids it is dark outside. It is perfect for larger families with three or four children. There is a huge 63 square metres of space in this suite.
The Emperor's suite
This consists of the Napoleon room (above top) and Josephine room on the first floor. It includes a double room and a twin room plus a large shower room. Both rooms have 3 metre full height windows with views over the grounds. There is also a kitchenette with a sink, microwave and kettle. The kitchenette is designed so that it could also be used as a third bedroom. The suite measures 55 square metres.
The Comte suite
Made up of two small rooms on the ground floor. It is ideal for Granny and Grandpa but is also suitable for a family with one or two children (one is better in this case!). There is a small lounge with a sofa bed ideal for a child. There is also a double bedroom with ensuite bathroom. There is a shower over the bath. Direct access to the terrace. Has kettle but no microwave or fridge. Ideal for parents who want to be close to their children during meals. It covers 27 square metres.
Family all inclusive holidays
All inclusive rates are from £1,350 to £2,600 euro a week for family of three or four. All evening meals (except Thursdays), soft drinks, house wine, beer and organised play sessions are included - see seperate page for full details. Lunches are not included but can often be added at additional cost - or have a picnic!