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Beautiful Village Chateau near Bordeaux, Heated Pool, Hot Tub, Sleeps 22



Updated: 05-Dec-2016
Chateau in Saint-Fort-sur-Gironde, Charente-Maritime, France - Great For Family Holidays Or Groups Of Friends Holidaying Together, 25 Minutes From Sandy Beaches

Fabulous village chateau, sleeping up to 22. A great house for families or groups of friends holidaying together as well as birthday celebrations, even weddings. 10m x 5m heated swimming pool – alarmed and fenced from house. Jacuzzi hot tub, barbecue on large patio, with plenty of patio furniture and sun loungers. Large south-facing walled garden with boules pitch and table tennis. Indoors another table tennis table, table football, bar billiards, satellite tv, library with over 4000 books, free wifi, dvd/cd player with dvds, playstation room, and a gorgeous roof terrace with views over the surrounding vineyards. Two hard tennis courts and football pitch 2 minutes walk, 25 minutes drive to blue-flag sandy beaches. Wine and cognac tastings, great country lanes for cycling, good birdwatching in spring and autumn, lots of historical towns to visit from Roman Saintes to medieval Saint Emilion. And for the kids, as well as a different beach for every day of the week within an hour's drive, there is also bowling, go-karting, an Aquarium and a fantastic zoo at La Palmyre.

The pretty village of Saint Fort has a bakers, small supermarket, chemist, hardware store and ATM, tennis courts and football pitch - so everything you need. It is also surrounded by beautiful undulating vineyards, with plenty of lanes for walking and cycling. The port of Mortagne is just 7 minutes drive away - and has restaurants and bars.

More Details
  • Sleeps 22
  • 10 Bedrooms
  • 5 Bathrooms, 3 Separate Toilets
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Hello! We are Huw and Cathy Thomas. We live in England with our two children and golden retriever. We all love France, the relaxed way of life, the sunshine, markets and restaurants.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a lovely time thank you, and that house was spectacular (especially for hide and seek).
May 2016
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11 Reviews

based on 11 holidaymaker reviews


Great place for a friends and family gathering

  • 5 of 5

We had a group of 19 aged 20 to 60 and the chateau had all we required for a great stay. Games, badminton, boules, swimming, volleyball (we provided ball) table tennis etc. No problem cooking for this size party and the weather allowed us to enjoy our evening meals on the terrace. Various trips to beaches, vineyards and towns were all within 80 minutes drive. The caretaker, Richard was very helpful. All in all a great place to celebrate my 60th birthday.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your kind review. We're glad you had a great stay and enjoyed the house and garden as well as explored some of this beautiful part of France. And Happy Birthday! Kind regards, Cathy
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Beautiful, well equipped house. Fantastic place.

  • 5 of 5

We were a group of 5 families with young children. The house was brilliantly equipped for young children with 3 highchairs and cots which were great quality. There were also quite a few toys and games in the house, and the pool alarm and "child lock" gate meant it was very safe.

The house itself was beautiful and so spacious. The garden was immaculate and the kitchen (although small) had everything needed, plus extra fridges and freezers in the cellar. All the little things had been thought of.

One other good thing were the local property managers who were beyond brilliant and so helpful.

The only downside was the local bar was closed which was a disappointment but nothing to do with the house. The bakery (2mins walk) was fantastic though.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your kind words. Delighted you had a good time and liked our new managers, Richard and Sarah. We think they are great too :). We are hoping the bar will reopen - fingers crossed. Sorry it was closed when you were there. Kind regards, Cathy
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Lovely week away!

  • 5 of 5

Amazing chateau in a lovely location! So nice for a family holiday, we went for a birthday celebration! It was the perfect place for it and everyone had a lovely time! X

  • Review Submitted: Jun 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you - it's a great place for family parties and celebrations, isn't it? Glad you had a good time. Kind regards, Cathy
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Amazing house for big summer holiday with friends

  • 5 of 5

Myself and 15 friends stayed here for our annual summer holiday in France.

The weather was mostly gorgeous which meant we spent the majority of our time outside. The pool was a group favourite, as well as the hot tub in the evenings and the table tennis was an added bonus. The one day it did rain we had lots of fun indoors with the range of board games provided.

The house had everything we could ask for and more. Can't wait to book our next stay!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. Delighted you had a good time and hope you come back again one day. Kind regards, Cathy
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Absolutely lovely place for a reunion getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Me and a few friends had a little reunion getaway here and it was perfect! Nice and idyllic but located within a village which provided all the food and drink we needed. The chateau was beautiful and definitely had enough space for all of us and there was lots of entertainment from the table tennis and board games to the pool and the jacuzzi! Had a brilliant time, would definitely recommend.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Amazing house, great for big family celebration!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for a family celebration and were extremely happy with our stay. The rooms are all good size and the house works well for a large group. We particularly loved the dining area as we all 20 of us could eat together. The pool, hot tub and garden were also enjoyed by everyone. Although we didn't need him during our stay, Richard made it clear that we could contact him whenever we needed to. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would recommend to any large group or family looking for a getaway in a beautiful property!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
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From the Owner

We saw the chateau from the outside and fell in love with it. In fact we bought it without even going inside! We love the area, rural but not far from the sea, we like being in a village with a bar and bakers. It is a great house for groups - different generations of one family - or groups of friends. There are tennis courts and a football pitch in the village that guests can use free of charge - and in the cellar of the property, there is table tennis and table football.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Bordeaux at 96 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : L'Amical at 15 Metres Nearest Train : Pons at 23 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : L'Amical at 15 Metres Nearest Beach : Meschers at 24 Kilometres Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

Sailing and fishing are available locally as is bike hire (good lanes for cycling).


5 mins drive to local port with marina. 25 mins driving to sandy beaches. There are 3 at Meschers (each with a good beach bar/cafe/restaurant), the long sandy beaches at St Georges and Royan (30 mins) and north of Royan there are beaches at Pontillac, Vaux and Saint Palais (all blue-flag and safe for children) - so one for each day of the week. 45 minutes drive and you are at the Cote Sauvage - excellent for surfing.


Bordeaux airport is an hour's drive away. La Rochelle is 1.5 hours and Poitiers 2 hours. It takes 7 hours to drive down from the Chunnel and 4/5 hours from the ports of Caen or Saint Malo.


The village of Saint Fort has a good bakers, small supermarket, chemist, newsagent and bar/cafe, plus a market twice a week - so all you need on your doorstep. Places of interest to visit include Cognac, St Emilion, Bordeaux, La Rochelle and the roman town of Saintes. This is Bordeaux wine country - so there are lots of wines to discover too. For kids there is an excellent zoo at La Palmyre and Aquarium at La Rochelle, go-karting in nearby Saint Genis, sailing and water sports at the beaches.

Further Details:

A local chef is available to come in and cook dinners for guests and a pre-shopping delivery service is possible from the local co-op. The village also has a sports field with football pitch and two tennis courts (free to chateau guests) just 2 minutes walk from the house.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
8 Oct 2016 - 17 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
18 Dec 2016 - 28 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
early spring
11 Feb 2017 - 26 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
early summer
27 May 2017 - 23 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
24 Jun 2017 - 21 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
22 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
early autumn
2 Sep 2017 - 15 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
16 Sep 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
23 Dec 2017 - 29 Dec 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £500

Booking Notes:
To book, please contact Cathy Thomas. 50% deposit is taken on booking, the remainder is payable 8 weeks before departure.

Changeover Day:
Saturday in season. Arrival from 4pm. Departure by 10am. Out-of-season we can be flexible.

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From the Owner

The chateau has a wow factor, lots of period features - everyone loves it. It is a great house with lots of space - so you never feel on top of one another even when there are 22 of you. The roof terrace, with it's views of the 12th century church, village and vineyards beyond, is a lovely place to relax with a glass of wine before dinner. Our favourite spot.

Property Type

  • chateau / country house


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities


  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool ...

Onsite Services

  • Private Chef


  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only

Location Type

  • village


  • marina
  • pond
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Toilet 2 - Toilet
  • Toilet 3 - Toilet
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 3 - Shower Enclosure
  • Ground floor - cloakroom 1st floor - separate toilet, main bathroom with shower and jacuzzi bath, salle d'eau with shower for salmon bedroom, ensuite with shower and toilet for blue bedroom 2nd floor - separate toilet, shower room, bathroom with toilet


  • 10 Bedrooms, Sleeps 22
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Bedroom 5
  • Bedroom 6
  • Bedroom 7
  • Bedroom 8
  • Bedroom 9
  • Bedroom 10
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 22 (10 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: 1st floor Orange bedroom - four-poster king size Grey rm- king size Blue rm - double Lilac rm - 2 singles Yellow rm - 2 singles 2nd floor Red rm - 4 singles Beige rm - 2 singles Orange rm - 2 singles Cream rm - double Green rm - king


  • Balcony
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Outside: South-facing walled garden. Patio furniture for 22 with parasols. Sun loungers. 10m x 5m heated pool with roman steps to shallow end. Hot tub. Boules pitch. Basketball net and outdoor table tennis. Courtyard area for ball games. There are 2 tennis courts within 2 minutes walk (free to use) and a large sports ground with football posts and room to play cricket and rounders. Utility Room: Washing machine, tumble drier, freezer and fridge Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen and indoor towels are included. The chateau is cleaned before and after each let. Other: Dining room - table and seating for 22. Fireplace. Cellar: table tennis, table football. Roof terrace - for glasses of wine watching the sunset and stars

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