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Gites in Riverside Chateau with Shared Pool and River Beach In 6 Acre Grounds - Les Chataigniers, Sleeps 5

Bedrooms 2
Space 645 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Parking



Les Chataigniers, Sleeps 5

An attractive 2-bed gite set out on one level with terracotta floors throughout. Ideal family holiday gite.

The lounge/dining room is equipped with hi-fi, sofa, table and chairs, wood-burning stove.

Wi-fi access.

French doors lead out to a raised wooden terrace with table and chairs. The bedroom has a comfortable and stylish bed (140 x 190cm) and wardrobe set and has views out onto the leafy terrace.

The bunk bed room can also hold an additional small bed or cot and has a small wardrobe.

Separate shower room includes a wc and wash hand basin.

The well-equipped kitchen includes a gas cooker, dishwasher, fridge and microwave oven.

Table and garden chairs with parasol and bbq provides an attractive outside dining area with views into the woods and across the garden.

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About the property

Chateau du Fraissinet

Château du Fraissinet is a pretty country house tucked into a valley on the edge of the wild, mountainous Cevennes National Park. The spacious six acre grounds are great for kids to explore and the river is shallow enough to paddle and fish with nets with a deeper spot for swimming and inflatable boats further along. Relax in the sunshine beside the pool; it's securely fenced with a 11m x 5m main pool for more confident swimmers; a basin with spa streams to sit and cool off; and a paddling area for younger children, including a little 'stream' which they love. Both adults and children will enjoy getting to know our friendly donkeys or playing table tennis in the shade of the hundred-year-old plane trees.

If you fancy a day out then a short drive north takes you to the most natural and unspoilt National Park in Europe. Venture south and you arrive at the Mediterranean beaches, the walled town of Aigues Mortes and old fishing port of the Grau du Roi. You can also visit the Roman town of Nimes, as well as Arles, Avignon and Montpellier. Closer to home there are adventure parks, a steam train, a bambouserie and great kayaking adventures to be had on the Ardeche, Tarn and Ceze rivers. There is also the spectacular Pont du Gard and the Haribo museum, both near the beautiful town of Uzes. There’s plenty to keep the family busy for a whole two weeks.

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Chris and Alison Burns
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
31 August, 2017

About Chris and Alison Burns

Chris and Alison Burns bought the beautiful, but neglected Chateau du Fraissinet in 2002 and moved in straight away with their four children. It was a real adventure and the first couple of years were spent working non-stop on the house and grounds which were in a very dilapidated state. Fortunately Chris had been in the building industry since leaving school and has been able to do all the renovation work himself - including the pool which he designed and built from scratch. Having complete control over the work means that everything has been finished to a high standard.

The Château du Fraissinet is not only a fabulous holiday destination but also our home and a very special place. It is a real pleasure to share it with our guests and see how much everyone enjoys their holidays here, going away relaxed and invigorated at the end of their stay.

The winter months are quieter and Alison has found the time to write two novels. Both are available on Amazon and make great holiday reading;

Chasing Sunflowers and Tom's Daughters


Chris and Alison Burns purchased this cottage in 2002

Why Chris and Alison Burns chose La Grand-Combe - Mont Lozere

Nestling in a valley beside a river, sheltered by a hill full of pine and sweet chestnut trees this property had enormous potential from the outset. It was big enough to accommodate our family and to offer spacious holiday accommodation for others. With its river frontage, beautiful grounds with shady plane trees and ancient sweet chestnuts, the Chateau du Fraissinet was crying out for some TLC. Chris, in particular, had a vision of how the the old house and grounds could be once restored to their former glory and now that vision has become a reality.

What makes this cottage unique

Our dream was to create a little holiday centre that would be a venue in its own right, not just a base for visiting this beautiful region, and the Chateau du Fraissinet has become exactly this. Our comfortable accommodation welcomes families every spring, summer and autumn and all enjoy the child-friendly pool, the space, the river and the donkeys.

But for those who want to venture further afield there is lots to do - the stunning Lakes of Camboux are just a few kilometres up the road, the UNESCO protected Cevennes National Park is on our doorstep; there are Roman towns, forest parks, rivers for swimming and kayaking and and the Mediterranean coast only 90 minutes away. Amidst all this, the Chateau du Fraissinet offers a haven of peace and tranquility that you need never leave unless you want to.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thanks so much for a wonderful (too short!) week. The Chateau itself is nice enough to just laze here, splash in the pool and eat. We breakfasted on superfresh croissants ordered from the campsite opposite. Axel (8) and Mathilde (6) made friends with the animals and loved feeding carrots to the donkeys. Best days out were Parfum Aventure - the parcours adventure park near Généragues - the kids loved the aerial walkway and there are some hair-raising treetops walks for grown-ups too, all in a lovely forest setting river swimming. A visit to the Pont du Gard is a must and don't miss the beautiful village of Uzes - a great place for an evening meal in the square at sunset.

Thanks Crhis and Alison for making us feel so welcome and relaxed.
Jul 2014
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Booking Notes:
Twenty per cent (20%) of the accommodation cost is required as deposit at the time of booking. We ask guests to pay on line by bank transfer or over the counter at their local bank into the account detailed on our booking form. The balance of payment including linen hire and the £100/100€ security deposit is required 8 weeks before the start of the holiday.
Changeover day is Saturday unless otherwise agreed.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Saturday in high and peak seasons. It may be possible to change this during quieter periods. Please enquire.


Accommodation and facilities for Les Chataigniers, Sleeps 5 in Branoux-les-Taillades in Gard

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 645 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • river
  • rural
  • waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Holiday Complex
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Spacious family shower room with wc and wash-hand basin
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Bed upgraded in 2017 to a new, super comfortable 160cm x 200
  • Double bedroom with view over wooded gardens. Bunk beds are full-size singles with space for a cot or smaller bed.
  • Books
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • caving
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: The quoted prices are inclusive of end of stay cleaning charge. A linen pack is available for hire at £15/15€ per person per week. This includes bed linen, a shower and hand towel. Guests are asked to bring their own towel for swimming. Alternatively one can be hired for an additional £5/5€ per week. A cot with bed linen and a high chair are available at no extra charge. Gas and electricity are included in the price and each gite is supplied with tea towels and oven gloves. Wood can be supplied for the fires for a small charge. Charcoal only for bbq's is permitted in high season for security reasons. Outside: Each gite has it's own outside dining area complete with table, chairs, parasol and a BBQ or chiminea. Filled with natural spring water the BIO UVC pool is a massive hit with holidaymakers of all ages. The pool utilises the latest technology in water purification treatment to keep chemical use to an absolute minimum. A 75w Bio-UVC Germicidal Lamp is used which kills harmful biological contaminants much more effectively than any other known treatment. Working together with two Ozone generators that break down the effects of sun lotions we are able to keep the water as natural as possible. Low levels of chemicals control blanket weed growth to keep the pool looking its best. The pool area is gated and fenced. Main pool measures 12m x 5m x 1.4m. There is a shallow splash pool for small children and a spa pool. The large surface area of the shallow pools and connecting channel helps heat and regulate the water temperature. Sun loungers and chairs are provided.


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Les Chataigniers, Sleeps 5
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews

Great Family Holiday

  • 5 of 5

Stunning location in a valley, the lovely old chateau with flowers in abundance, a river running alongside the grounds and mature trees was a very idyllic place to relax. Our ground floor gite had thick stone walls that provided cool accommodation during the hot nights, which is great for the kids. The enormous pool is the best feature and provided fun and safe swimming for our young boys. Loads to do in the immediate area, it was a great week. Thanks so much for having us! I would recommend definitely.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 15, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect family holiday

  • 5 of 5

Such a beautiful place. So much to explore within the ground the pool, animals and the stream. My two girls had the best time and are so sad to be leaving . The owners are very welcoming and helpful and we had a lovely bbq with them and another family on our second night :)

  • Review Submitted: Sep 11, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Ideal family holiday location

  • 5 of 5

"We were part of a larger group of ten people, including five boys aged from 11 to 17. We found Chris and Alison very friendly and accommodated our needs perfectly. The property was clean, well maintained with nice warm showers. The pool was clean and appropriate for our group. It was handy to have the campsite restaurant so close for the occasions when we didn't want to cook. We ordered our bread from there daily too. We travelled to attractions in the area and we were given excellent tips from our host on the best things to do and see in the area... as well as how to light a barbecue (!) The atmosphere is homely, with two charming dogs, donkeys and geese. The kids also had internet connection when they wanted it. It stays warm at night, so I was glad to be in Le Caveau. This was my first experience of this type of holiday and I would recommend it to friends".

  • Review Submitted: Sep 4, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful chateau, fabulous location, great hosts!

  • 5 of 5

Accurate directions provided to the accommodation. The location is ideal for a holiday packed with lots of sightseeing and activities, such as canoeing, paddle boarding, high ropes, climbing and walking. The chateau was immaculate and is beautiful. It is even prettier than the photos on the website, providing perfect surroundings to rest and relax when not out and about. Chris and Allison, the owners, were brilliant hosts making us feel very welcome and were always there to provide advice when asked about where to visit and eat in the area. I would recommend this lovely chateau for a unforgettable holiday!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 23, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
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A great base for a holiday

  • 5 of 5

We recently spent two weeks here and couldn't say enough good things about the place. Chris and Alison are excellent hosts and their property is well maintained.

Our room had plenty of space, was well equipped and stayed cool despite the heat outside. The pool was also a welcome relief each afternoon. There are plenty of activities and attractions within driving distance and Chris and Alison are on hand for some local inside knowledge on the best places to go.

This is a great base for exploring the region, in a lovely old chateau that will give you a true French experience.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 28, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
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Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
300 Metres
Chez Titoune
Nearest Golf
25 Kilometres
Ales, Ribaut Les Tavernes
Nearest Train
2 Kilometres
La Levade, Le Grand Combe, Ales
Nearest Restaurant
300 Metres
Auberge du Fraissinet
Nearest Beach
85 Kilometres
Le Grau du Roi
Car: recommended

Our local town is only 5km away. Here you will find all the commerce that you would expect including two supermarkets, banks, boulangeries and a pharmacy. It also hosts a fantastic market selling local produce on Wednesday and Saturday mornings.

For a meal out our local Auberge du Fraissinet is just a 300km stroll along the riverbank and there also is a bar at the top of the lane. The small campsite opposite has a snack bar too and it is possible in high season to order fresh baguettes and pain-au-chocolat for the following morning. A short drive away there are several good quality restaurants where you can experience local cuisine cooked to a very good standard.

Drive 2km up the valley you will find the stunning lac de Camboux. In high season it is possible to hire a kayak or pedalo to explore. There is also a snack bar and a lake beach at one end. The lake is quite well stocked with a variety of fish including large Carp above 50lb. Rods, tackle and tuition can be hired. Please ask us for more details.

For walkers we are in Stephenson country and there are numerous trails to follow, some short and some never ending. We have local maps and guide books and can offer advice on some truly fantastic scenic walks.

Horse riding for the novice and experienced alike can also be found at our local riding school.

A good choice of kayaking (Ceze, Ardeche, Gardon and Tarn) is available in under an hours drive. Several forest parks (similar to Go Ape) are also less than an hour away. Perfect for energetic kids and teenagers.


A day trip to the Mediterranean is just 1hr 30mins by car. Favourite spots include le Grau du Roi, Aigues Mortes and the fantastic beach at L'Espiguette. Look out for the flamingos, bulls and white Carmargue horses too.


Ryanair operate flights from several UK airports around the country and fly into Nimes (1hr), Montpellier (1hr 15m), Beziers and Marseilles (2hrs).

EasyJet fly into Montpellier from both Luton and Gatwick airports

Flybe have flights into Avignon. You can also get the Eurostar and TGV to Nimes and Avignon.

There are also several airlines that fly into the region from northern Europe.

By Car

The journey time from Calais is approximately 10hrs depending upon which route you take.