Meet the Gite Owners: David & Nicki Needham of Chateau de Gurat


Chateau de Gurat in the Poitou Charente is a brilliant base for families – the six luxury child-friendly cottages are set in beautiful grounds and there are heated pools and a play barn.

Owners David & Nicki Needham, who live on site with their two young children Jake and Pippa, say life at the chateau is particularly busy for little ones. From swimming in their own paddling pool, visiting the chickens and goats, feeding the guinea pigs, digging in the huge sand pit, swinging on the swings, sliding on the slide, jumping on the trampoline or just chilling in the play barn with a good book or video – it’s none-stop. Until they go to bed at night, shattered and ready to do it all again tomorrow.

The Needham family, owners of Chateau de Gurat

Q: How long have you lived / owned your gite in France?
We moved to the Chateau in July 2004, since then we have been working none-stop to create a special holiday destination for adults and little ones alike.

Q: What do you love about France?
We love the relaxed French lifestyle, the amazing fresh local produce (truffles, fois gras and sublime Bordeaux!), and of course, the weather!

Q: What made you choose the region in which you have settled?
Because it is not too overpopulated, and reflects perfectly life from a bygone time, fantastic scenery.

Q: Tell us three things you like best about your Gite
Location, location, location!

Q: What one thing would your previous guests say about your Gite?

It’s really hard to pick just one but – stunning setting.

Q: What is your favourite attraction near to your Gite?
Aubeterre village

Q: What’s the oddest thing about the French culture that you’ve experienced?
Being ignored by shop assistants

Q: Which do you prefer and why – Entrecote Frites, Fish ‘n’ Chips or a good curry?
Sorry, none of them!


Thank you David. Find out more about Chateau de Gurat at their website:

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