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large grounds, totally walled in, child-friendly

Chateau | 8 bedrooms | sleeps 12

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 6 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car advised
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

Close to beaches. Sleeps 12 with supplement for an extra 2. Solar heated pool *with Roman-style steps (no ladders), fully fenced. Ideal quality property for family get-togethers, with 8 big bedrooms, 4 bathrooms & 5 WCs. Kiddy play areas indoors and out, child friendly with stair gates, high chair and cot. Cleaning lady included twice a week. Big, spacious & quirky. Built in cut stone in the traditional local style, this is the ideal venue for a family holiday at any time of year, as well as for larger reunions: the Chateau has hosted weddings and a variety of other gatherings over the years, to include cycling tours, team-building events, wine-tasting trips, medieval banquets, and language courses. There is also good golf and bird watching in the area. Pets sometimes accepted in low season by prior arrangement only with supplement

SHORT BREAKS are not available June, July or August.

The owners are English (Catherine Broughton is the well-known novelist) and are there most of the year too, certainly in the summer.

Approved by Trip Advisor, James Villas and Alsitair Sawday. Highly rated.

Size Sleeps up to 12, 8 bedrooms
Nearest beach Marennes 6 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: La Rochelle 35 km, Nearest railway: Rochefort 20 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Table tennis, Games room, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 8 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 2 En suites and 2 Shower rooms
Furniture 2 Sofa beds, Single beds (4), Double beds (6), Cots (1), Dining seats for 14, Lounge seats for 8
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Climbing frame, Swing set
Access Secure parking
Further details indoors

A cleaning lady comes in twice a week to help you keep the property clean and tidy, included in the price. She speaks a little English. Cook and babysitter possible - please enquire - if required. There are cots and high chairs & linen available (small supplements). Owners and staff within easy reach in case of extra requirements. Nice BBQ area with fountains, garden furniture. Short stroll in to countryside, village or short drive (a few minutes) to beaches. Highly recommended.

Further details outdoors

A wonderful swimming pool 12m x 6m all fenced in with big sun-lounging area. Large grounds entirely walled-in. The back gate leads to a woodland footpath which takes you in a matter of minutes to the village (most essential shops). Sand pit, swings slide and table tennis room.

Further details

A deposit is payable with booking and the balance is due usually in two payments before your holiday.

A breakages deposit of £350 is payable in cleared funds before your holiday and returned to you (minus damages if need be) within a day or two of your departure.

Please enquire for linen, towels, cots etc. - this system does not allow me to quote prices!

The Poitou-Charentes/Vendee region

Famous towns of La Rochelle and Saintes nearby. Miles of sandy beaches. Island of Oleron (Fort Boyard) a couple of miles. This area is renowned for its wonderful climate with summer sunshine comparable to the Mediterranean coast - with half the drive! Winters are mild and bright and the Chateau makes a lovely winter escape within very easy reach. Typically, the area boasts 2 600 hours of sunshine a year, while the rest of France has an average of 1 700 hours of sunshine per year.

This is rural France where life goes on a slow and easy pace. You will find no high-rises here, but can enjoy the unspoiled beauty of the Cote Sauvage pine forests, islands and miles of beach all the while being within easy access of lively seaside resorts and big shopping centres.

Of importance to many is the space and the uncomplicated way of life, and the Chateau owner, who is a published writer and artist, particularly enjoys the overall atmosphere of this part of the world. Visit

La Rochelle

Famous zoo at La Palmyre, golf, markets, vineyards, chateaux ... and lots more. La Rochelle is probably the most famous town in this area, along with Fort Boyard where the TV games are held. The Roman town of Saintes is well worth a visit (stunning amphitheatre among other things) and the old military town of Rochefort with its famous fortifications is nearby. Royan is a relatively new town, having been blitzed during World War II, but nonetheless boasts miles of sandy beach and lots of restaurants. Visit the markets, chateaux, picturesque rivers, taste the local wines and eat at a wealth of seafood restaurants. Sporting opportunities are also abundant with cycling, golf, diving and other water sports. Swimming is ideal for young children as the coast is protected by the island; alternatively there are several surfing beaches within a short drive of the properties. Out of peak season we do organized cycling and/or wine-tasting parties. There is an excellent zoo at La Palmyre and the aquarium at La Rochelle is wonderful.

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Review 1-3 of 3

29 Sep 2013


"First Impression was wow"

We travelled as an extended group, Mum Dad. 4 kids & partners 2 very young grandchildren. The property met all our expectations & more. Plenty of room despite the large group, excellent kitchen,washin… More

Thank you for the lovely review. We are really pleased you enjoyed your stay with us. Hope to see you again!

6 Oct 2012


"Huge property with nice pool in great location"

Property was great for our extended family of four couples and two small children. Location is convenient to all sorts of attractions. There are five huge double bedrooms and lots of other beds in various areas, some of which are off other bedrooms.

Ample cutlery, crockery etc and washing machine, dryer and dishwasher all very welcome. On site staff are very helpful but speak no English (but we are in France so can't complain about that!!)

Overall very happy except for two quibbles. The pool area was lovely but the water was not solar heated, as advertised. In September this meant the water was too chilly for our two toddlers. The other thing to bear in mind is that if you pay for towels and sheets, you don't get a change after the first week unless you pay for another set. Overall though we were able to have an enjoyable holiday in this property.

Many thanks for your nice comments. Glad it was right for you.

18 Sep 2011


"Wonderful country chateau with pool"

I stayed with my extended family and our children in this gorgeous chateau. Fully equipped, plenty of room for the kids to run around and a large pool with decking and sunloungers. Ideal for us and not far from all the beaches and main towns, although the local village has a shop and a baker within walking distance. This was a great place for our holiday and we will certainly go again.

It was nice to meet you while you were here, albeit so briefly. I'm so glad you liked the property and that the children had such a good time. Safety is always out main concern and I know from experience how an unsafe place can ruin a holiday - so good, glad all went well and we look forward to seeing you again.

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Calendar last updated:20 Aug 2014

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