Five accommodations for a trip with your grandchildren


Take a dog sled ride in the forest of Fontainebleau, lead the life of castles on the banks of the Loire, have fun at the museums in Paris, pass from the citadels perched in a giant chasm in the Cathar country or discover the fauna and flora of the Var: there is something for all tastes, and with the house that appeals to all generations.

In Fontainebleau, in a historic building

Your grandchildren dream of a trip to the forest … but at night in a tent and waking up with your lower back blocked, you gave! For a weekend in Fontainebleau without giving up the comfort of a cozy bed, head to the Hôtel L’Aigle noir. The 16th century buildinge century was one of the favorite vacation spots of the nobility, who accompanied the sovereigns in their travels to the castle, 100 meters away.

The historic four-star hotel is luxurious, but the family room is still affordable. Empire-style carpet and wallpapers, impressive breakfast room: children will have the impression of sleeping in a museum. As they leave the hotel, they will come face to face with a pretty old-fashioned horse carousel. Turn around the merry-go-round, before going for a picnic in Diane’s garden, just opposite, then visiting the castle and its park, where you won’t escape the boat ride on the carp pond.

Children’s activity What if we sled dog… in the forest? This is what Christian Perlwitz offers, musher, who takes you on his horse-drawn kart to discover the beauties of the forest. On the site of the Pays de Fontainebleau tourist office, you will also find guided tours in the forest, donkey rides or rock climbing initiations.

Hôtel L’Aigle noir, 27, place Napoléon-Bonaparte, Fontainebleau (77), family room for 4 people from € 149.

Near the châteaux of the Loire, in a chic campsite

Paddle, pedal boat and boat allow children to discover Lake Rillé (Indre-et-Loire).

Grandma dreams of visiting the castles of the Loire, Grandpa of spending his days fishing, the little ones of making bombs in a swimming pool… The whole family is happy by choosing the Huttopia Village on Lake Rillé. In the heart of Touraine, in the heart of nature, this chic campsite offers huts, wooden cabins, or Canadian ones. Comfort is assured, but the spirit of adventure preserved.

On the lake, children will enjoy paddle boarding, pedal boat rides, boat rides, before going on a pony ride or trying out archery. When everyone has had a good time in the fresh air, we can take the bikes to visit the surrounding Loire castles, from Azay-le-Rideau to Chenonceau, or eat an ice cream in the charming villages of Candes-Saint-Martin and Montrésor (Indre-et-Loire).

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