Château de la Baudonnière Family Adventure

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Experience-seekers required for a family adventure in Normandy with Family Adventure Holidays - multi-activity holidays for families of all ages.

Up for a fun-filled, action-packed family holiday? No cooking, cleaning or planning all week? With family holidays at Château de la Baudonnière, the whole week is arranged for you, with activities for all ages, a number of excursions and all meals provided by the team at Family Adventure Holidays. All you have to do is get the family to Normandy and settle in to have lots of fun together.

Set in a 100-acre estate in Normandy, France, the Château provides an informal setting where you'll meet like-minded families. Enjoy a mix of family activities, such as the tough-mudder assault course, and age-group activities, with children of similar ages heading off on a programme of age-appropriate activities, all within the grounds of the Château. There's even a programme of adventure activities for the adults too - or you can take some time to unwind and relax. 

This is a beautiful area of France and it would be a shame not to also explore a little during your stay so there's time for that as well, including organised trips to the UNESCO world heritage listed Mont St. Michel and a guided walk across the bay and quicksands experience and also a visit to Champrépus Zoological Park - one of the best zoos in France.

At mealtimes, get together as a family and with new-found friends, to share stories of the adventures of the day. Then in the evening, there are some games and events too - but remember, it is your holiday, you don't have to take part in everything!

Prices from £199-529 per person per week, including accommodation, full board and activities as detailed below.

Accom Description

During term-time, the Château is a French-language school and accommodation is no-frills, school-style accommodation - clean and functional. The simple style of the accommodation is reflected in the incredible holiday prices.

Family rooms have either a double bed plus bunk beds or multiple bunk beds. There are also have a few family duos which are two rooms close to each other and some interconnecting (check available room types when booking). All rooms have private bathrooms.  Bed linen is provided but you will need to take your own towels.

During your stay, you can expect quality French food. All meals are provided plus tea, coffee and squash throughout the day. A civilised amount of wine, beer and the Château's own cider is served with dinner and into the evening.

Optional extra:

  • Seafood extravaganza, including langoustines, oysters, lobster and snails (supplement applies)
Accom Facilities Description

A stay at Château de la Baudonnière is all about the activities on offer. These are all included (except where indicated) in the holiday price and include a fun programme of activities offered for children from 3-16 years, with the activities tailored to each age group:

  • Chicks (3-5 years)
  • Swallows (6-7 years)
  • Herrons (10-12 years)
  • Eagles (13-16 years)

Specially designed programme for younger children including:

  • Mini-farm
  • Canoeing (with parents)
  • Breadmaking lessons
  • Games
  • Creative missions and treasure hunts

Adventure programme for older children including:

  • Climbing wall
  • Aeroball
  • Raft-building
  • Canoeing
  • French Club (age 7+, extra charge applies. 8 x 45 minutes plus a special French Mission)

Adult-only activities:

  • Canoeing
  • Orienteering
  • French sports
  • Rifle shooting
  • Archery

Family activities:

  • Tough-mudder assault course
  • 'It's a knockout' competition
  • Visit to Mont Saint-Michel with quick-sand experience
  • Visit to Conservation at Champrépus Zoological Park
  • Campfire (complete with the toasting of marshmallows)
  • Fancy dress party
  • Family disco
  • Land art
  • Quiz
  • Karaoke
  • Talent contest

All activities, entry to excursions, equipment and tuition with qualified instructors is included in the price of the holiday. Some excursions require your own transport and parental supervision is required for younger children.

Accom Location Desc

Situated in south-west Normandy at the base of the Cherbourg peninsula, the Château is near a small village called Les Chambres, with the closest town being La Haye-Pesnel. Most families opt to self-drive via a ferry channel crossing or the Eurotunnel. The driving times from the ports are:

  • Caen or Cherbourg 1.5 hours
  • Calais 4.5 hours

Alternatively, the closest airport is Dinard, about an hour from the Château.

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Driving a quad bike full pelt along the shimmering golden sands of Essaouira with the ocean sparkling in the sunshine beside you is an experience you’ll never forget. Afterwards, high on adrenaline, we all agree that we’ve rarely felt so free.

We’ve come to this laid-back, almost hippyish port city and resort as a side hop from our city break in Marrakech just under three hours away. Its main attraction is that it’s the starting point for nearly 30km of pristine, elemental Atlantic beaches – ones where you can lose yourself in all sorts of thrilling activities from beach-cast fishing to kite-surfing and surfing. 

'You can go out on horses, camels and quad bikes for as little as an hour or for several days, with overnighters in Berber tents for a true feeling of escape and adventure. There’s even the opportunity to spend an enchanted night in a clifftop bivouac, with a barbecue and dancing around a campfire.'

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