At these magical properties, just a few hours away by car or train, take your curious, eco-minded urban tykes out into the fresh air and let them discover all the wonders of nature.
Terra - The Magic Place in Italy
At 5,321 feet above sea level, with a jaw-dropping view of the Dolomites, this captivating property exudes all the magic of a chalet. By day, you can explore Stoanerne Mandln, a fascinating, mystical site of worship, or stroll around the Bolzano market to sample traditional delights like puzzone, mozzarella di Buffala, and grana … all sure to whet your appetite for your dinner at the hotel restaurant! By night, hands warmed by mugs of herbal tea, introduce the children to one of the most exquisite starry skies you have ever seen, as pure bliss and wonder fill your soul. No artificial light, just the majesty of nature.
La Chapelle Saint-Martin in France
At La Chapelle Saint-Martin on the outskirts of Limoges, time seems to stand still. In this peaceful, tree-blessed haven, learn what life was like for the 20th century’s porcelain craftspersons. The interior harbors magnificent rooms with period paintings and traditional décor. The outside is a paradise for young and old: vast, verdant grounds, a fishing pond with a wooden jetty for contemplating the depths, and, in a remote meadow on the grounds, 10 hives sheltering nearly 500,000 bees that produce delicious wildflower honey! There’s a brand-new concept, too: “eating hives” (ruches à manger) for people! Little huts have been set up on the loveliest sites around the grounds for a pre-prepared family picnic treat, including ready-to-eat dishes in jars and games for the kids. A fun and educational experience to help everyone better understand biodiversity.
Le Château de Noirieux in France
On grounds spanning 22 acres set on the banks of the Loire, Le Château de Noirieux, with its 19-room, 15th-century manor house filled with period décor, will whisk you and the kids back in time. On foot or by bike, explore the miles of trails that crisscross the surrounding woods. You’ll have as much fun as the kids getting lost in the hedge maze on the grounds, or trying out the many onsite leisure activities, from ping-pong to tennis to canoeing. Venture out into the 50,000 acres of Anjou vineyards surrounding the chateau or visit the Terra Botanica plant-themed amusement park.
Le Clos in France
On grounds spanning 2.5 acres and strewn with trees over a century old, this Anglo-Norman-style brick manor is one of those establishments that seems designed entirely for rest and relaxation. You’ll love getting lost in the flower garden, laid out just like a Claude Monet painting. Borrow one of the bikes reserved for guests to explore the Le Perche biking paths, or take a dip in the indoor swimming pool. In a suite or adjoining rooms, make the most of a joyful family weekend. End your stay with a visit to the Impressionists Museum or the grounds of the Château de La Ferté-Vidame just a short drive away.
Le Chalet d’Adrien in Switzerland
Clinging to the mountainside and boasting a panoramic view, Le Chalet d’Adrien overlooks Verbier, one of Switzerland’s most alluring resorts. Just 100 feet from the Savoleyres ski lift, this hotel is a family-friendly oasis: cozy, supersized rooms, a gourmet restaurant with the Les Triplés children’s menu, many seasonal outdoor activities, and a plethora of kids’ services for a dream vacation together! Be it summer or winter, you’ll be in the real mountains, where you can learn to rock climb, meet chamois and marmots, go on sled-dog rides or downhill sledding, or set out on a forest treasure hunt!