The Ruisseau du Boue Residence

southwest france, south of france
7 bedroom - 8 bath
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€830 - €1,700 per night (EUR)
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Perks for the Parents

This boutique, 17th century chateau is beautifully designed inside and out with a terrace, al fresco dining area, heated pool and plenty of play equipment and games to keep the kids happy. It sleeps up to 20 + 3. Everyone of all ages will adore this place with stunning, comfortable interiors for the adults, including a whizzy kitchen for cooking up a feast or hiring out to a private chef and a fully equipped summer kitchen for cool drinks by the pool. For the kids there’s a large family room with Netflix and Apple TV and the garden is packed with games. At a local lake nearby you can hire stand-up paddleboards, kayaks or simply relax on the sandy beach. Horse riding, high lines and quad biking can all be organized for you, and there’s a lovely petting farm for younger kids just a short drive away.

Why Kids Love it

The owners have 2 young children themselves, so the house has been set up and designed with children in mind. You can pack lightly, knowing it will all be provided for you. The large family-style kitchen is fully equipped and includes a prep machine for formula milk, bottles, Liewood kids dinnerware, bottle sterilizer, high chairs, silicone bibs, low tables and chairs for small children to play and eat at, food storage jars and cups. In the living areas there are baskets full of toys and playing mats. In the bedrooms, children's towels will be provided, as well as toys, changing station and mats, safe baby bath and more. One of the smaller double rooms could be used for an au pair or nanny. Outside there are pool toys, floats, a children's play area and slides, as well as football nets, table tennis, badminton set and pétanque for all the family to enjoy.

Things to Know

Minimum stay: 7 night minimum stay during July and August with Saturday change over; 4 nights at other times. Check in: 10am. Check out: 4pm. The property is set over 3 floors and there is no lift. There are many stairs in the property, so children need to be supervised. Whilst there is no fence around the pool, there is a pool alarm. There is an abundance of safe outside space for children to play. No pets allowed onsite. Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property. The owners can assist with restaurant bookings, local spa visits, pointing you in the direction of the best dirt tracks, scenic hikes, local wine tours, stunning local market towns, the best areas for your children and much more. There are bikes provided on request should you need them. The chateau itself has a separate kids play area with swings, slide and tree house.

About the Location

The chateau is rural and surrounded by countryside. It’s located in Labarthe in the Gers department of southwestern France, approximately 1 hour, 30 minutes west of Toulouse. Fly into Toulouse-Blagnac Airport (around 1 hour away). You can find shops, supermarkets and restaurants nearby at the little villages of Seissan and Masseube (about 5 minutes in opposite directions). Don’t miss the twice weekly markets here where you can pick up local produce. There is plenty to do in the area, whether you’re into food, wine, cycling, mountain life or just relaxing at the pool or at a nearby thermal spa. The Gers region is as famed for its rolling hills and stunning nature as it is for its incredible food and authentic vineyards.

Accommodation Details

The residence has 7 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms and sleeps up to 20 people comfortably (14 adults and 6 children, plus a baby). There are 3 floors and on the 1st you can find a drawing room with open fireplace, a spacious sitting room with open fireplace, a library, a chef’s kitchen with state-of-the-art appliances and a laundry room with a washing machine, dryer etc. Bedrooms are: 1 kingsize primary suite with an adjoining living room and ensuite bathroom, 2 kingsize rooms with ensuites, 1 adjoining double / full room and family room (both with ensuite shower rooms), 1 double / full room with an ensuite shower room and 1 family room, also with an ensuite shower. The adjoining rooms have been meticulously designed with children in mind. One has a double / full bed with pull-out guest beds and the other has a crib suitable for kids up to 3 years old, plus a bunk bed with a trundle bed sleeping 3. Two travel cribs are available on request. Outside is a heated pool, gardens and a summer kitchen with indoor eating area and bathroom.

Style Notes

Grown-up chic. This 17th century chateau has been meticulously designed and curated with Farrow and Ball, Sandberg wallpaper, Pierre Frey and Soho Home used throughout. You’ll love the extremely comfortable bedrooms, with luxurious Four Seasons Hotel mattresses, high thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets, and essential amenities such as hairdryers, irons and ironing boards. The bespoke deVOL kitchen has been equipped with a large Lacanche range cooker. Colours are rich jewelled blues and greens mixed effortlessly with contemporary furniture, antique pieces and historic fireplaces. The chateau sits within 5 acres of RHS designed wild gardens, which look beautiful throughout the year. We love the large, heated swimming pool and luxury hand-made sun loungers; the simply stunning outdoor dining area that seats up to 14; and the outdoor space with organic fruit orchards.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Baby Bath
  • Baby Monitor
  • Babysitter / Nanny
  • Backyard / Garden
  • Balcony
  • Bathtub
  • Bed Rails
  • Bicycles
  • Cabinet Locks
  • Changing Table
  • Chef / Catering
  • Children's Dinnerware
  • Corner Guards
  • DVD Library
  • DVD Player
  • Dishwasher
  • Elevator
  • Fireplace Guards
  • Game Console
  • High Chair
  • Housekeeper
  • Outlet Plugs
  • Parking
  • Pet-friendly
  • Pool
  • Pool Gate
  • Stair Gates
  • Television
  • Toys / Children's Books
  • Washer / Dryer
  • Wifi
  • Window Guards
6 king
1 sofa bed (double)
1 bunk bed
4 twin / single
1 toddler bed
sleeps 3
1 baby crib
2 travel crib
Laura-Ann Y.
Member since September 26, 2022
We are a family of four living in the heart of the French Alps, especially during the school term time. We split our time between Dubai, South West France and the Alps due to our work obligations. In 2018 we bought a dreamy chateau in South West France after falling in love with the region and set about renovating it over the last few years. We wanted a place to be able to escape the bustle of city life, bring together friends and family and to share wonderful memories. The house has been designed with this and families in mind. In the summer the endless outdoor areas to explore including the orchards, outbuildings, walking trails, BBQ, pool and terrace will keep all ages entertained. In winter, the house is warm and cosy with open fire places, a library to tuck yourself away with a book and a large bespoke kitchen for lazy afternoon roasts and cooking with friends. When we are not at the chateau we are either at our other house in the mountains or in Dubai. We love the outdoors, traveling with our kids, skiing and food. We would love other families to be able to experience the peace and magic of the chateau when we are not there.

Southwest France, South of France

Vineyards, castles and mountains

Forget frogs legs, berets and necklaces of onions: this is the real France. The southwest is a lesser visited part of the country, bordered to the south by the Pyrenees and to the west by the Atlantic ocean. Here you’ll find local ski stations, salt water baths, ancient caves with cave paintings of horses and cows, lakes and river rapids, fairytale castles and rows and rows of grape vines. Life is lived at a leisurely pace and it’s a great place to visit if you want to reconnect as a family and enjoy the great outdoors together.