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

Bedrooms 10
Separate WC's3
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Parking


About the property

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

Cathy Thomas
Member since: 2008
Speaks English, French, German, Spanish
Calendar last updated:
8 November, 2017

About Cathy Thomas

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.

Cathy Thomas purchased this chateau / country house in 2004

Why Cathy Thomas chose Saint-Fort-sur-Gironde

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.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

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.

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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Nearest Airport
96 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
15 Metres
Nearest Train
23 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
15 Metres
Nearest Beach
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.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house in Saint-Fort-sur-Gironde in Charente-Maritime

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 22
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • village
  • 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
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 22 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 3 Separate WC's
  • 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
  • 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
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • 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
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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Beautiful Village Chateau near Bordeaux, Heated Pool, Hot Tub, Sleeps 22
average rating of 4.9411764 based on 23 reviews

Fantastic house, better than expected

  • 5 of 5

Every thing you wanted is there and everything worked which allowed the 17 of us to fully enjoy ourselves

  • Review Submitted: 09-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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The Perfect Family Holiday

  • 5 of 5

This was a holiday of a lifetime Planned well in advance due to there being so many of us and it being my Birthday

The Chateau was fantastic just as described The accommodation for 19 of us was excellent The pool was the focus of our stay Great The location was very convenient for many activities and the bonus of a chef to cook one evening was just the icing on the cake The house had loads of room for all the generations It was just wonderful The children loved going to the boulangerie for the pain au chocolat each morning and practicing their French and Pascal in the coop was very accommodating with our pre arrival order So all in all excellent

  • Review Submitted: 21-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Frieda. What a lovely review! I'm so glad you had such a good time - and hope to welcome you back again one day. Kind regards, Cathy
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Beautiful Chateau, excellent for groups& families!

  • 5 of 5

The chateau is absolutely stunning, in a beautiful region of France.

The chateau is beautiful and fully equipped, very spacious and excellently maintained.

It has everything you could want for a would be perfect for a celebration, family holiday, or a group holiday, with amenities such as a hot tub, pool, games rooms, huge living spaces, library etc.

We had a fantastic time and would completely recommend to a group of people, you would not need anything else but if you want to venture out it is also in a beautiful region, near to beaches and only an hour from Bordeaux. There are lots of things to do in the area surrounding too, as it is in the Cognac region.

10/10 would recommend to anyone, really great place.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the lovely review. Glad you had a good time and liked the area. Kind regards, Cathy
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Charming Chateau in a beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic stay in the Chateau - it is beautifully set up with a lovely outside and cosy inside (with a proper fireplace!) for the winter evenings. The peaceful library was the perfect place to enjoy some quiet time before even more relaxing in the hot tub - which was such a treat! The bedrooms were all very stylish with a great number of bathrooms which made our whole stay even more luxurious and enjoyable. We had some great walks around the village and a delicious lunch in the neighbouring village just ten minutes away. All in all the perfect place to stay with a big group of people - we couldn't have had a better time!

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review. Delighted you had a good time and hope to welcome you back again one day. Kind regards, Cathy
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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: 18-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 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: 13-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 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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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday chateau / country house in Saint-Fort-sur-Gironde, Charente-Maritime

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
16 Sep 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
23 Dec 2017 - 6 Jan 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
3 Mar 2018 - 25 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
early summer
26 May 2018 - 22 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
23 Jun 2018 - 20 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
summer hols
21 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Sep 2018 - 14 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
15 Sep 2018 - 2 Nov 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 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.

The pool is heated from May to October unless requested otherwise - but please note that the pool temperature depends on the ambient temperatures and may struggle to maintain a temperature above 20 degrees if the night time temperatures are low.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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