Château De La Couronne in Poitou-Charentes
This stylish castle with a modern twist is the perfect place for little princesses
Posted: 4 August 2011
If you love the idea of taking your little ones to a real-life castle, but loathe the thought of moth-eaten tapestries and fussy four-posters, this French folly is perfect for you. Its slate-tiled turrets and castellated tower may resemble something dreamed up by Disney, but the interiors are more polished Philippe Starck than spider-webbed Sleeping Beauty. A sexy boutique getaway that caters well for older children, this grand getaway takes the 16th-century drama of a château and injects a modern-design hit of colour, chrome and classic contemporary furniture. And you’re not short of mod cons, either: the hotel’s cinema space features a 9ft-wide screen (all the better to see your Shrek DVD with), and the Piano Salon will keep wannabe minstrels busy with acoustic guitars, electronic drums, a keyboard and amps to play with.
- Worth getting out of bed for Beautiful gardens beyond the heated swimming pool offer five acres of romping and roaming pleasure – anyone for hide-and-seek and a picnic? Angoulême, 30 minutes away, hosts a cartoon festival in January and a toy festival in November; grown-ups will enjoy the buzzing cafés that spill out onto cobbled streets. For those more into kayaking than cappuccinos, the countryside offers golfing, canoeing, fishing, riding and marvelling-at-nature opportunities – hosts Nicky and Mark will help to arrange any outdoorsy outings.
- Best rooms One of the benefits of staying in a castle is that, generally, all of the rooms are big; however, if you want large, Suite One on the second floor and double-tubbed, split-level Suite Four can both accommodate up to three children as well as two adults. Suites Two and Five have bathrooms in turrets and are interconnected, if you prefer more privacy. Rates: €145–€315 per room, per night, based on two sharing including tax. Breakfast, €15 (€10 for under-11s). Tel: 0033 (0)5 4562 2996; www.chateaudelacouronne.com
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