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  • 2+ years plus
  • Fun family activities together
  • Simple family accommodation,
  • Full board

Château de la Baudonnière

We are sadly not operating the Château adventure this year, but you can book now for 2021. If you are looking for a family adventure this year, our Opal Coast Explorer and Ardèche Adventure Kayak Expedition have spaces available this summer.

Based at Château de la Baudonnière's 100-acre estate in Normandy France, this multi-activity family holiday is great for everyone and all ages. Activities, excursions (some transportation is required) and meals are included in the price, with beer/wine/cider served with dinner and into the evening. We deliver a fantastic programme of on-site activities and excursions to appeal to every member of your family at a great price. One of the highlights is the dramatic guided walk across the bay to Mont Saint-Michel where you can experience sinking in quicksand!

Normandy adventure holiday at Château de la Baudonnière

The château is located in Les Chambres deep in the Normandy countryside about 8 miles north of the cathedral city of Avranches. We operate the Château de la Baudonnière with around 25 families in any given adventure week meaning families really get to know one another.

Activities take place within the beautiful estate where the forests, orchards, meadows, lake, waterfall, rivers and rolling hills form a beautiful natural backdrop to our assault course, archery ranges, aeroball and climbing wall, initiative exercises and mini-farm. We also have table tennis, an astroturf pitch and a homeball court.  

We have our own ancient cider press where thousands of litres of cider has been made each year for centuries. This is the essence of the backdrop to your adventure week – natural beauty, great facilities and fun-filled activities for the whole family to enjoy!


chateau room

Château

All family rooms have private shower/toilet facilities. The bedrooms themselves are basic and are made up of bunk beds and storage spaces for clothing. Some of our rooms contain double beds, please ask at the time of booking to check availability. Families either stay together in large family rooms or can pay a little extra to have two rooms.

Linen is provided but you will need to bring your own towels. Tea & coffee facilities can be found in many of the communal areas.


treehouse

Tree Houses

Located in our eco Woodland Village, our two tree houses Les Singes and Les Ecureuils nestle in the canopy of our beautiful native forest. Les Singes, the larger of the two has a three bedded bunk room and a lounge downstairs plus a mezzanine floor with a double bedroom. Les Ecureuils has a two-bedded bunk room and a lounge area with a double bed. Both tree houses have their own eco-toilet and Indonesian shower room at ground level. The solar power panel generates an LED electrical light plus mobile and tablet charging unit.

The Woodland Village is a 10-minute walk from the Château, breakfast is served in the Woodland Village but lunch and evening meals are served in the Château.

Linen is provided but you will need to bring your own towels.


yurt

Yurts

Located in our eco Woodland Village, our traditional Mongolian yurts were hand-crafted in Mongolia. We have two yurts in the village and a nearby shower and toilet block. The solar power panel generates an LED electrical light plus mobile and tablet charging unit.

The Woodland Village is a 10-minute walk from the Château, breakfast is served in the Woodland Village but lunch and evening meals are served in the Château.

Linen is provided but you will need to bring your own towels.


woodland cabin

Woodland Cabin

Located in our eco Woodland Village our woodland cabin, Nomad is right behind the ranger's lodge. The large open plan space consists of a double bed, a bunk bed and seating areas. The solar power panel generates an LED electrical light plus mobile and tablet charging unit. There are campsite toilets and shower facilities.

The Woodland Village is a 10-minute walk from the Château, breakfast is served in the Woodland Village but lunch and evening meals are served in the Château.

Linen is provided but you will need to bring your own towels.

We have designed a comprehensive programme at the Chateau which has been tried and tested to maximise enjoyment and offers something for every age group, from toddlers to teenagers and parents to grandparents.

Children are put into age-specific groups where they can participate in age-appropriate activities and have plenty of opportunities to make new friends.

  • Activities grouped by age:  Chicks 2-5 years, Swallows 6-7 years, Swans 8-9 years, Herons 10-12 years, Eagles 13-15 years, Teenagers 16+ to adults.
  • Younger children can enjoy the mini-farm, canoeing, breadmaking as well as plenty of games and creative missions - parental supervision is required.
  • Older children can try out aeroball, biking, archery and air rifling (teens only).
  • Adults can experience activities such as bike rides, canoeing and air rifling. 
  • Family activities include excursions to Mont Saint-Michel and the local conservation zoo and on-site activities such as assault course, quiz, It’s a knockout and a campfire.
  • Children 7 and over can join French club, which consists of 8 x 45-minute interactive French language sessions and activities across the week for £55 per child.
  • Evening activities, it's non-stop fun at the Chateau, our team can be found toasting marshmallows by the campfire, flaunting mental skills during family quiz night, dressing up as a superhero for fancy dress night or becoming disco divas and making shapes on the dance floor.
Breadmaking mother and daughter
Bread making
Climbing wall young girl
Climbing
family adventure Assault Course
Assault course
Archery at La Grand Ferme
Archery
family adventure Orienteering
Orienteering
family adventure mini farm
Mini-farm
family adventure Aeroball
Aeroball
family adventure Treasure Hunt
Treasure hunt
zoo
Conservation at Champrépus Zoological Park
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French Club
Guided bay expedition and quicksand experience
Guided bay expedition and quicksand experience
Breadmaking mother and daughter

Bread making

Learn French songs and sing along while mixing, kneading and baking your prized le pain. Experience tells us it's not only the children who get covered in flour during this activity...

Climbing wall young girl

Climbing

On our own purpose-built climbing wall, you will take it in turns to climb whilst those not climbing will encourage and coach alongside our qualified instructors. The easy part of abseiling comes after you have reached the top of the tower! All ages enjoy this session and after you’ll feel a great sense of achievement. Harnesses, helmets and other necessary safety equipment are supplied by the château.

family adventure Assault Course

Assault course

The obstacle course is quickly becoming the Château’s most popular activity. In true military style you will crawl through tunnels, under nets, climb over obstacles all set beside our trickling river in beautiful forest land.

Archery at La Grand Ferme

Archery

After the obligatory safety talk, families will learn how to shoot arrows in our purpose built archery arena. The session is finished off with a balloon shooting competition. Our qualified staff will teach you how to perfect your target skills and ensure your children will become little robin hoods.

family adventure Orienteering

Orienteering

Families will be taught map reading skills using orienteering games and courses in the Château grounds. Orienteering is an excellent motivational and recreational activity, which increases love of the outdoors and promotes environmental awareness.

family adventure mini farm

Mini-farm

Within the beautiful Château grounds you'll find our wonderful mini-farm which attracts young and old alike. During this session children will be able to pet and feed our pot bellied pigs, rabbits, cockerels, chickens, horse and lama. Wandering wild within the grounds you will also see rabbits and a couple of peacocks. If you visit the veranda you'll meet our resident parrot, ‘Jam’ with whom the children love to chat with!

family adventure Aeroball

Aeroball

Aeroball is another of our very popular activities, among adults and children alike – it is a totally unique trampoline-basketball-volleyball game, suitable for all ages. It is played by two teams of two, who are guided by their team members.

family adventure Treasure Hunt

Treasure hunt

Enjoyed by our Swans & Herons children’s groups and accompanied by our animateurs, the children will venture around the Château grounds, looking for clues to find the hidden treasure. Last year our animateurs were dressed in the rather appropriate theme of pirates, which the children loved.

zoo

Conservation at Champrépus Zoological Park

One of the best zoos in France is located only 5 miles approximately 15 minutes drive from the Château. The zoo is committed to conservation and is part of the European breeding program for endangered species. It has a diverse range of wild & farm animals along with a botanical garden and a delightful café. There is a covered playground with an adventure trail for children between 18 months and 3 years old and the penguins’ ball pool for 4 to 6-year-olds. There is something here to suit all ages.

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French Club

Children 7 and over can join French Club, which consists of 8 x 45-minute interactive French language sessions and activities across the week. The lessons are taught by our native-speaking animateurs who gently encourage children participating to use French during their stay. There is an additional cost of £55 per child.

Guided bay expedition and quicksand experience

Guided bay expedition and quicksand experience

Gear up for an unforgettable guided barefoot trek across the stunning bay that surrounds Mont Saint-Michel. Woody, our local expert, will show you and your family how to sink (and escape!) from the quicksand in the bay.

Situated in south-west Normandy at the base of the Cherbourg peninsula about 12 km north of the Cathedral city of Avranches, the Château is based in beautiful wooded grounds near a small village called Les Chambres, the closest town being La Haye-Pesnel. Find us at Château de la Baudonnière, Les Chambres 50320, La Haye-Pesnel, Normandie, France

Most of our families opt to self-drive via a ferry channel crossing or Eurotunnel but you can also fly. We've listed the top travel options.

  • P&O Ferries - Dover - Calais: offers great value crossings for driving to Normandy. Château de la Baudonnière is a 4.5-hour drive from Calais.
  • Brittany Ferries - Portsmouth - Caen and Cherbourg: Château de la Baudonnière is between an hour and 1.5 hours from the ferry ports of Caen and Cherbourg.
  • Eurotunnel  - offers the fastest channel crossing.  Château de la Baudonnière is a 4.5-hour drive from Calais.
  • Stansted or East Midlands to Dinard Airport in Normandy, France. Château de la Baudonnière is around an hour drive.

2021 Holiday weeks
24 - 31 July / 31 July - 7 August / 7 - 14 August / 14 - 21 August / 21 - 28 August

Adult
(16+ yrs)

Child
(6-15 yrs)

Child
(2-5 yrs)

 

Family Bunk Bed Room

 £490

£435

£170

 

 

 Upgrade your room

Family Room with Double Bed

Total family price + £100

Family Duo (2 rooms close to each other - one with double bed)

Total family price + £150

Woodland Yurt

Total family price + £120

Woodland Cabin

Total family price + £250

Woodland Tree House

Total family price + £300

This is an all-inclusive holiday, 7 nights’ accommodation in family rooms, family duo rooms or the Woodland Village (treehouses, yurts or a woodland cabin).

  • Fantastic 6 days of activities to suit all ages including all equipment and tuition with qualified instructors.
  • An all-inclusive package with all meals plus tea, coffee and squash provided throughout the day. There is a civilised amount of wine, beer and our own cider served with dinner and into the evening.
  • Excursions to  Mont Saint-Michel and the local conservation zoo.
  • Evening entertainment for the whole family.
Optional extras
  • Fully comprehensive travel insurance at £25 per person.
  • Our seafood extravaganza evening which includes the delights of langoustines, oysters, lobster, snails… £25 per person.
  • Optional french sessions for children +7  ( 8 sessions of 45 mins £55).
Extras to budget for

Travel to Normandy, channel crossing and tolls.

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£490 pp
Adult price based on full board & activities for family of 4 
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