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Family Activity Holidays

  • Affordable 18th Century French Château luxury
  • Within easy reach of Calais & Paris
  • Activities as a family unit
  • 15 minutes to beautiful sandy beaches
  • Exclusive holiday limited to first 15 families per week
  • Château mini club for 3-7 year olds
  • Children entertained by us in the evenings!
  • Informal French lessons option
  • English and French speaking staff

This delightful French château was built in 1714. It is situated in 40 acres of beautiful parkland, with its own private lake and is a superb location for a family activity holiday in France. The greatest memories for many guests include the history, its works of art, and its breathtaking setting.

Located on the outskirts of the historical town of Rue, near the Picardy beaches, less than one hour from Calais. There is a wealth of historic and cultural attractions locally, catering for every possible taste and interest: some of the best golf courses in France, beautiful wide sandy beaches, Disneyland® Resort Paris and Parc Asterix theme parks, Paris, Amiens and Le Touquet for shopping, and the Somme Battlefields. There really is something for the whole family!

Accommodation Options

family activity centre mapLe Château du Broutel has 2 separate accommodation complexes: The Château with 10 en suite rooms, and The Ecurie, has 30 en suite rooms and incorporates the restaurant. We use the Ecurie for our family activity holidays as the rooms are better suited for longer stays. Here, we are also able to allocate children in adjacent rooms to their parents. However Château rooms are available at a supplement.

Food

Full board is provided for the duration of the holiday with the exception of lunch and dinner not being offered on Wednesday, your free day. Children are welcome to join their parents in the evenings, the majority however prefer to take high tea at 6pm to take advantage of the evenings programme. An allowance is given against the family holiday meal which can be used to upgrade against a more expensive menu or to try the à la carte if you wish. Please note that drinks are not included.

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On Site Facilities

  • Crate Stacking
  • Climbing walls
  • Obstacle course
  • Abseil tower
  • Fencing
  • Archery
  • Blind Trail
  • Zip Wire
  • Sports fields
  • Woodlands
  • Wet weather shelters

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Château Mini Club

The Château Mini Club offers children 3-7 years of age a fun, exciting and action packed holiday with guaranteed new friends! Between the hours of 9am-5pm each day children join English Speaking Château Care Monitors. Each child receives special care and attention in small groups of a similar age and we ensure that each and every child has a great time.

Our younger guests 3-5 have a mixture of energetic and quiet sessions, while the 5-7 year olds can also try several outdoor pursuit activities such as: Camping within the Château grounds, Orienteering and parts of our Obstacle Course. The Mini Club within the Château grounds is known as 'Le Den', which is their own self contained area. Below is a list of activities which take place during the week:

Mini Club Holiday Options

Orienteering · Arts & Crafts · Kite Flying · Drawing · Film Making · Boules · Dressing Up · Painting · Obstacle Course · Picnics · Face Painting · Treasure Hunt · Story Time · Drama · Camp Craft · Map Reading · Football · Rounders · Sing Songs · Ball Games · Videos · Obstacle Races · Mini Sports Day · Wide Games · Nature Walk

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Sample 8 Day Mini Club Holiday Programme (9am - 5pm)

Day Session 1 (am) Session 2 (am) Session 3 (pm) Session 4 (pm)
Sunday       Arrive 4-6pm
Monday Meet and Greet Orienteering Drawing Kite Flying
Tuesday Boules Story Time Obstacle Race Face Painting
Wednesday Free Day Free Day Free Day Free Day
Thursday Obstacle Course Treasure Hunt Football Painting
Friday Nature Walk Painting On Site Camp On Site Camp
Saturday Mini Sports Day Mini Sports Day Story Time Dressing Up
Sunday Depart after Breakfast      

Family Adventure Holidays France

Our adventure programme allows the whole family to enjoy the excitement of doing new activities together - a great bonding experience and great fun! Each family will be provided with an adventure holiday programme for the week on arrival. There is no pressure to participate. You choose how much or how little of the programme you want to do. Parents may want to spend the day shopping or visiting local attractions while we look after the children - it's up to you.

We include one free day during the week so that families can have the opportunity to see the local area. This may include the beach, or travel to Paris and even spend a day at Disneyland Paris (no lunch or dinner provided on this day).

The activity programme runs from 9am-5pm and provides an introduction to outdoor pursuit's ideal for complete novices, so surprise yourself as our instructors will soon put you at ease. In the evenings we operate an evening programme for the children, allowing parents to relax in the château bar or explore local cafes or restaurants.

Adventure Holiday Options

Orienteering · Scavenger Hunt · Orienteering · Survival · Obstacle Course · Boules · Nature Walk · Volleyball · Canoeing · Initiative Exercises · Team Games · Zip Wire · Abseiling · Rifle Shooting · Wide Games · Fencing · Raft Building · Kayaking · Blind Trail · Rue Tour · Climbing

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Sample 8 Day Family Activity Holiday Programme (9am - 5pm)

Day Session 1 (am) Session 2 (am) Session 3 (pm) Session 4 (pm)
Sunday       Arrive 4-6pm
Monday Climbing Abseiling Nature Walk Team Games
Tuesday Rifles Archery Low Ropes Obstacle Course
Wednesday Free Day Free Day Free Day Free Day
Thursday Scavenger Hunt Fencing Wide Games Kayaking
Friday Blind Trail Volley Ball Free Choice Climbing
Saturday Zip Wire Free Choice Raft Building Abseiling
Sunday Depart after Breakfast      

Family Activity Holidays with French

This holiday provides a great opportunity to develop conversational French in a fun and exciting environment. Small teams will experience at first hand the French way of life with the objective of speaking as much French as possible in practical situations. In addition, there will also be some informal classroom work to emphasise what has been learnt. These courses are suitable for all ages from 8 years of age and upwards including adults.

Guests will spend an average of 3 hours each day on our French programme, with the rest of the day joining their family participating in the exciting range of activities on offer. Regardless of your standard we are certain that you will really enjoy trying to improve your French.

Family Activity Options

Local visits · Orienteering · Scavenger Hunt · Orienteering · Survival · Obstacle Course · Boules · Nature Walk · Volleyball · Canoeing · Initiative Exercises · Team Games · Zip Wire · Abseiling · Rifle Shooting · Wide Games · Fencing · Raft Building · Kayaking · Blind Trail · Rue Tour · Climbing

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Sample 8 Day French & Activities Holiday Programme (9am - 5pm)

Day Session 1 (am) Session 2 (am) Session 3 (pm) Session 4 (pm)
Sunday       Arrive 4-6pm
Monday Visit French town of Rue Visit French town of Rue Canoeing Canoeing
Tuesday Interview French hotel staff Interview French hotel staff Zip Wire Climbing
Wednesday Free Day Free Day Free Day Free Day
Thursday French Diary of Activity Sessions French Diary of Activity Sessions Obstacle Course Rifles
Friday French Games French Games Archery Abseiling
Saturday Visit French Market Visit French Market Raft Building Orienteering
Sunday Depart after Breakfast      

Carefree Holidays

While it is true that the main thing we offer is activity holidays, adults who wish to join their family but do not want to participate in any of the activities can choose our Carefree Holiday option. This family holiday type allows you to relax and enjoy the surroundings and local area, letting the children do all the running around and being adventurous. There are plenty of things to see and do on our carefree holidays, so come along and let us look after the children, leaving you free to enjoy some relaxation.

Family Activity Holiday Prices

Please telephone us if you have any queries whatsoever, as we are always available to help and offer advice. Our office hours are 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

1. Please telephone Mandy on 01584 861555 to check availability for the date you require. Places are limited as these holidays are offered to only 15 families per week.

2. We will reserve your holiday for 7 days until we receive your deposit of £50 per person. Payment in full either by BACS or cheque gives you a 20% discount.

3. At this stage we will send you a Family Holiday Booking Guide, which will include a confirmation booking form, booking conditions, a holiday quote, general information, and travel details.

4. Please read in detail the information pack, then forward your payment to the UK office if you wish to proceed with your reservation. If for any reason you do not wish to continue with your reservation please telephone the office so to free availability to other interested families.

5. If you opt for the £50 deposit option, final payment is due 10 weeks prior to your arrival.

Le Château du Broutel prices include, en suite accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner/high tea for children, activities, French (optional), equipment, instruction, child supervision (9am-9pm) and VAT. Prices do not include Château room @ £15 pppn, channel crossing supplement (per car subject to travelling times), drinks, lunch and dinner on the free day, spending money and travel insurance. No single room supplements for single parents, however, there is a £75 supplement on the channel crossing.

Château du Broutel Family Holiday Reviews

five star review by Avril
“Dear Mandy, just wanted to drop you a note to say thanks again to everyone for the great holiday. We all had a superb time, and tried activities that we hadn't tried before. An added, and unexpected, bonus was to be able to leave our sons with the instructors for the day, so we could have some adult-only time. Bliss for everyone! Wishing you all much success for the future, you have a great set-up.”

five star review by Sarah Rodgerson
“I think it is fair to say we are in shell shock. Never has returning home been so hard for myself and my family. For this we must send a big thank you to Mandy, Davy and his team at the Château. I know when I send this that I speak not only for myself and family but also all the other families we had the pleasure of spending a week with.

The setting is beautiful, peaceful and idyllic. The quality of the accommodation was far beyond what anyone had in mind for an adventure holiday, no matter how good. In fact it was beautiful, full of character and extremely well maintained. A real treat. The food was the best I have ever experienced - positively 5 star. Even the children's menu, whilst catering for all tastes, was outstanding and I know they loved the frogs leg taster session laid on for them (who would have thought it).

The activities were exciting, safe, inclusive and therefore fun for all. The laid back approach to choosing your own sessions and opting out if you wanted to just add to the holiday feel but meant that everyone got involved without feeling they had to. Kids club from 9 to 9 each day. As a working Mum my children have much experience of adventure kids clubs and therefore see them as something they have to do. So I didn't even tell the children that there was a club available. In fact I never said a word but you couldn't keep them away! They met a whole bunch of new friends they loved hanging out with and chose most of their activities to be with them. They couldn't get out of bed fast enough and slept like logs. They had so much to share with us about the fun they were having, but best of all we were there to share it with them. Simply wonderful.

The staff were ALL professional, happy and helpful. Nothing was too much for them and their enthusiasm was infectious. I can honestly say that there was no margin for improvement. As a Mother with two children I must say this holiday is a breath of fresh air. The best ever, and we have done a lot. The Children preferred it to all the expensive Skiing, Water Park, Theme park, Beach etc, holidays we have enjoyed in the past. I didn't have to organise anything – food or fun. It was all done for us in the best way possible. As a family we relaxed into it with smiles on our faces. Any family would undoubtedly enjoy it, not just the Children or the Adults but the whole family. You have thought of everything and provided it all.

We will undoubtedly be coming back – in fact we never wanted to leave!”

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Ferry Supplements






Will you have a roof box, or bikes on roof or rear of your vehicle?

This booking assumes you are tavelling in a single car. If you are travelling in more than one vehicle, either make two separate bookings, or call us on 01584 861555.
Please note, additional supplements apply to vehicles over 6m long and to motor caravans. Additional supplements may also apply to vehicles over 1.85m high, camper vans and trailers, roof boxes, and bike racks. There are also height exceptions for 4x4s. If any of these apply to your vehicle, please call us on 01584 861555.

Eurotunnel Supplements






Will you have a roof box, or bikes on roof or rear of your vehicle?

This booking assumes you are tavelling in a single car. If you are travelling in more than one vehicle, either make two separate bookings, or call us on 01584 861555.
Please note, additional supplements apply to vehicles over 6m long and to motor caravans. Additional supplements may also apply to vehicles over 1.85m high, camper vans and trailers, roof boxes, and bike racks. There are also height exceptions for 4x4s. If any of these apply to your vehicle, please call us on 01584 861555.

Holiday Details

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Room Type

Château Room Upgrade: Standard rooms are in the Ecurie, where parents (double room) and children (twin room) are next door to each other. Rooms are available in the Chateau itself for an additional £15 per person per night.


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