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

Overview

Property

Updated: 21-Jun-2017
  • 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

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

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Cathy Thomas
Member since: 2008
Speaks English, French, German, Spanish
Calendar last updated:
21 June, 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 Jonzac area

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
  • 1 of 6

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a lovely time thank you, and that house was spectacular (especially for hide and seek).
May 2016
  • 1 of 6

14 Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(14 traveller reviews)

5

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: Jan 7, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 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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5

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: Jan 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 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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5

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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5

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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5

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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5

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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Location

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).

Coast/Beach:

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.

Travel:

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.

Distances:

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

Convert Currency
Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
early summer
27 May 2017 - 23 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
£2,200
for 7 nights
£2,200
 
 
summer
24 Jun 2017 - 21 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
£3,500
for 7 nights
£3,500
 
 
hols
22 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£5,250
for 7 nights
£5,250
 
 
early autumn
2 Sep 2017 - 15 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£2,500
for 7 nights
£2,500
 
 
autumn
16 Sep 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
£1,800
for 3 nights
From
£600
£2,000
 
 
xmas
23 Dec 2017 - 29 Dec 2017
4 night minimum stay
£2,200
for 4 nights
From
£550
£3,000
 
 
Spring
3 Mar 2018 - 25 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
£1,800
for 3 nights
From
£600
£2,000
 
 
early summer
26 May 2018 - 22 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
£2,750
for 7 nights
£2,750
 
 
summer
23 Jun 2018 - 20 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
£3,500
for 7 nights
£3,500
 
 
summer hols
21 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
£5,350
for 7 nights
£5,350
 
 
autumn
1 Sep 2018 - 14 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
£2,500
for 7 nights
£2,500
 
 
autumn2
15 Sep 2018 - 2 Nov 2018
3 night minimum stay
£1,800
for 3 nights
From
£600
£2,000
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£1,800
for 3 nights
From
£600
£1,800
 

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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

Theme

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

General

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

Kitchen

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

Dining

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

Entertainment

  • 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

Location Type

  • village

Attractions

  • 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

Bathrooms

  • 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

Bedrooms

  • 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

Outside

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

Meals

  • Self-catering

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy: 22
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only

Notes:

  • 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