L'Appartement du Château & La Petite Maison

Chavanat, Creuse

A warm welcome from super helpful owners - roam their glorious grounds, borrow bikes, visit local medieval towns... Idyllic for families


8 beds


5 bedrooms


Sleeps 11


Plenty to do in the landscaped grounds of the Château de Memanat – solid swings and climbing frames in the garden, a swimming pool, a grotto hidden in the roots of a giant sequoia. The main building is homely with pretty blue shutters – apartment guests climb two flights up a handsome staircase to the top floor, and can also use a private terrace for outdoor dining beneath the wisteria. The apartment has large living spaces, two new shower rooms and four bedrooms, all white but with cheerful splashes of colour in rugs and bedding. Next to the old stables, ‘La Petite Maison’ has a tiny courtyard – inside a snug sitting room with log-burner, modern kitchen and bathroom; upstairs a large double room with window alcove for children’s divan beds. Young owners Andrew and Natalie are energetic and happy to help, from doing a shop before you arrive to babysitting – they live here with their children, horses, donkey, chickens and a labrador but peace is still plentiful! Listen to birdsong, and tread in famous footsteps – pioneering scientist Marie Curie was a frequent guest of the Parisian doctor who rebuilt the château.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights; 7 nights in high season. Short breaks available.
L'appartement du Château: 1 November to 31 March; La Petite Maison: Never.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.
Restaurants 10km.


Nightly price
from €60
Weekly price
from €420
1 Cottage for 4
From €603 beds1 bedroom
1 Apartment for 7
From €1155 beds4 bedrooms


Received a very warm welcome from Natalie, Andy and the family including a delicious welcome pack of regional goodies. Chateau is a magical place with masses to do in the grounds and further afield. Apartment was very stylish and comfortable, just watch out for hot weather as it is top floor, check for fans and possible future air conditioning. Overall an excellent stay.

Bill, Sevenoaks

Chateau de Memanat is the most wonderful self catering experience we have ever had and we will definitely be back! The grounds are stunning - as soon as you drive in you are bowled over the the beauty. Andy and Natalie are super hosts, very warm and helpful, but in no way over-crowding. We loved chatting to them and getting to know them! The Petite Maison is perfect - we are a family of four and had bags of space and all slept very well. The pool, play area and grounds are idyllic. Surrounding area is also brilliant, loads of fun things to do. The animals were an added bonus! Thank you!

Harriet, London

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Natalie Solomon

  • La Creuse is in the centre of France and has some of the cleanest air in Europe, with miles of unspoilt countryside where you can walk, cycle and go wild swimming with more chance of spotting a deer than encountering another person!
  • Nearby Aubusson, famous for it's tapestry is a beautiful historic town with the ancient weavers house showing the tapestry process as it once was to the newly opened tapestry museum with it's collection of masterpieces it's a worthwhile visit.
  • For a sure fire way of spotting some wildlife there is a Bison Safari or a Wild Wolf Park to visit, but hopefully you'll see your fair share of wildlife on the doorstep.
  • Lac Vassiviere one of France's largest artifical lakes has a variety of activities on and off the water. With plenty of sandy beaches, a modern art museum on island, free water taxi's, a meal cruise, and even an ariel extreme course it's a great day out.
  • Local produce is an abundance with several markets on each week in the summer. Our nearby neighbours produce saffron, and within our commune theres a family run goat farm and a pottery run by friendly locals.
  • Brocantes throughout the summer months are a hive interesting objects, and are a great opportunity to practice your french and haggling skills. We visit as many as we can get to, and always nab a bargain!