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A Baby And A Chateau – A Trip To Les Carrasses

Wouldn’t you love to say ‘Oh me?  Yes I’m spending this summer in a Chateau’. Well, if you choose to aller en vacances en France (some degree level French there), you too might be able to summer in a chateau.  Here Frankie shares her review of a trip to ‘the chateau’ in the South of France.

View across from Vineyards - Les Carrasses

Getting There

We flew from Hong Kong to London with Cathay, stopped in Surrey for a few days and then got an Easyjet flight from Gatwick to Montpellier.  The only good thing about Easyjet in my view is the price tag, provided you book far enough in advance.  Although surprisingly we didn’t get charged for anything extra for travelling with a buggy.  And I was very glad we remembered to buy food for the flight rather than trying the revolting looking snacks on sale.

We hired a car from Montpellier and it takes about 1 hour to drive from there to Chateau Les Carrasses, which is near Capestang, just to the West of Beziers.  It’s motorway most of the way, and you have to pay a toll charge of around 6 Euros, so don’t forget some cash.  You definitely need a car to get around.

The Chateau

Lovingly restored by a charming Irishman, it’s set among the vineyards, and provides a stunning setting to while away a week or two.  All the units are self catering, and there are varying sizes.  We stayed in a two bedroom apartment with access to a shared garden.  My family stayed in a two bedroom apartment in the Chateau itself with lovely views over the valley, and my parents in law, brother and sister-in-law and their 2 young kids stayed in a three bedroom house with a large garden. Some of the units have private pools, but with young kids we decided to avoid these.

Around the Chateau 2 - Les Carrasses

We booked a cot and high chair in advance, and they also put some plastic plates and cups etc in our kitchen.  The kitchens are pretty well equipped for a short stay.  Ours didn’t have a microwave but some of them do.  All the units have a TV and DVD player, and an ipod docking station.  They give you an ipod when you arrive full of selected music which was a nice touch.

Facilities

There’s a large infinity pool with lots of sunbeds spread around.  There’s a small kids play area where they hold a kids club during the peak summer months – we were slightly out of season so didn’t have a chance to try it out.  

The Pool - Les Carrasses

There are bicycles available to borrow – they have bikes with seats for toddlers attached as well as some kids bikes.  There’s also a volleyball court, a clay tennis court, and a big BBQ area.

Biking - Les Carrasses

Food

You can order your daily break, croissant and pain au chocolat at reception which gets delivered every morning from the bakery in the village.  There’s a restaurant on site which serves delicious food, and they can also deliver to your villa.  You can also order BBQ packs of meat – the sausages were delicious.

The Restaurant - Les Carrasses

There’s a big supermarket in Capestang which is about a 5 minute drive.  And tons of nice restaurants in the surrounding villages.  Our favourites in Capestang were the pizza place in the village square (the goats cheese and honey pizza is to die for!) and the Galiniere which had a great set menu.  Most places were pretty child friendly and had high chairs.

Surrounding areas

There was plenty to do with kids nearby.  For small kids there’s an indoor play area near the airport in Beziers which is about 15 mins away.  The beach is about 25 minute drive – very clean and soft sand, although the sea was quite cold but I guess that’s because we’re used to Asian waters.  There’s a dinosaur park which my 2 and a half year old niece absolutely loved.  There’s a farm for kids, which we didn’t make it to because it was closed, and tons of other activities.

Path - Les Carrasses

The scenery is also stunning – perfect for walks by the canal.  There are some lovely villages in the foothills.  And if you can ditch the kids for a few hours there are lots of places to go wine tasting.  The area is much less touristy than the likes of Provence.

The concierge at the Chateau were very friendly and happy to help with booking restaurants, checking opening times etc.

I would definitely recommend this place as a family friendly option.  And also a good place to holiday with family, because you can hang out together easily, but retreat to your own space – the perfect combination!

You can check availability, prices and book online on their website – http://www.lescarrasses.com

Lexie on grass - Les Carrasses

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