When former management consultant, Karl and his wife Anita stumbled upon Chateau les Carrasses in 2008, all that was left was crumbling buildings and a winery that hadn’t been used in 20 years. Now the chateau has been splendidly renovated to house stylish apartments and villas with an array of facilities that make it the perfect family getaway.
Sleeping from 2 to 8 people, the 30 suites, apartments and villas (10 with their own private pool) are spread across the beautifully tended grounds of the chateau where honeysuckle, jasmine and roses abound.
The chateau is located just a few minutes away from the charming winemaking villages Capestang, Quarante and Puisserguier. Here you can find everything you need to complete your family holiday: supermarkets, doctors, farmers markets and countless wine domaines plus a choice of restaurants and cafés.
It’s properties like these that strengthen us at TRVLBEES in our opinion that luxury, family friendly and sustainability can actually be combined perfectly well!
For instance, Hameau des Baux is the first hotel member of the Alpilles Regional Park charter, which promotes a sustainable development in this region. Accordingly, the hotel takes several measures to reduce its impact on the environment.
The hotel offers two restaurants; one with a Michelin star for organic gourmet eating while using local products, and the other is an actual food truck… a vintage classic food truck! Situated outside, under the trees, serving hotdogs and burgers with a bistro-chic twist. Perfect for a quick bite in between your pétanque games!
Oh and did we mention the convertibles? Waiting for you to take them out for a ride through the countryside, or to head for Marseille, the beach or beautiful Arles. This place honestly makes for a perfect family friendly boutique stay in South of France…
Both the Deluxe Suites and the (pricey) villa are best for families.
More tips for Family friendly boutique hotels in South of France? And feel like taking a dip into nature for a change? This might be just the place to take your family for a recharge.
Pella Roca is located at the gates of the Parc Naturel des Causses du Quercy, within fifteen minutes from beautiful Toulouse and two hours from Bordeaux. This domaine de charme makes you relax and unwind like no other.
Situated amidst 9 hectares of woods and open land, it offers carefully decorated cabanes with private Jacuzzis, an open air (heated) pool, an old school tennis court and a playground. How’s that for an eco-chique hideaway!
The Tropicabana is perfect for families (up to 4 persons) as the master bedroom is separated from the kids’ room with a secret little door… it boasts a small kitchen too, as well as an ecological spa (the water is heated by wood from the forrest). Into the French wild!
Well, what NOT to do!
The South of France is an excellent area to spend your family holiday, as it offers so many things to do, see and discover. First of all: be sure to spend as much time outside as possible. The region is famous for the endless fields of swaying lavender and flowers, so you cannot miss that. Apart from enjoying the scenery and amazing nature, you can go biking, hiking, climbing, horseback riding or canoeing– whichever activity you prefer!
In terms of cultural trips: Saint Rémy de Provence (St Rémy) is an absolute must. This beautiful town is everything the cute name suggests and more… Every time you turn a corner you just find yourself in an even better part- and it does not stop! Beautiful old buildings, little squares and churches are literally everywhere; great bars, restaurants (definitely take the kids to Fratelli: an all-Italian gem with excellent pizza, amazing interiors and a rooftop terrace), ice cream parlors (Roma!), boutiques and shops.
And don’t forget to visit the Sunday market! Pottery, soap bars made of honey and lavender, food, straw hats and baskets…
Speaking of markets: there is a big beautiful one in Montélimar as well- and the city is wonderful, too.
Aix-en-Provence is quite a drive, but very much worth a visit as well; the streets and cobblestoned squares are lined with ancient trees, cute little restaurants are scattered all over the place and the boutiques quite inviting.
Toulouse and Bordeaux are also highly recommendable, just like Les Baux de Provence with its many Roman ruins, but seeing it is your family holiday you might want to spend a day or two at the pool doing absolutely nothing…Maybe just go for a tasting in one of the many wineries in the area? Or learn how to make local honey? Choices, choices…
Well, what’s not to love! The colors, food, wine, blue skies and cultural heritage make for a perfect holiday destination.
However, next to all these great features, we also want our destinations to be ‘green’ in terms of the environment.
In the last few years, South of France has begun to embrace sustainability and has implemented several green initiatives. There is an excellent public transportation system (making cars less of a necessity), many cities have set up public bike-rental programs, and hotels have taken measures to protect the environment (and, in turn got rewarded a green label-look them up!). Organic (farmers) markets are also on the rise, as is organic farming (from winemaking to vegetables).
As mentioned before, the Alpilles Regional Park charter aims to promote a sustainable development policy in this region, to actively protect and preserve the environment. France still has a long way to go, but we do applaud such initiatives and developments- in the end, we want to encourage responsible travel as much as we can.
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