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

Overview

Property

Updated: 04-Dec-2016
Gites at Chateau du Fraissinet, Branoux les Taillades, Nr. Ales, Gard, Languedoc-Roussillon, France - Peaceful Central Location Ideal For Exploring The Sites Of This Beautiful Region

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.

Details for holiday chateau / country house Chateau Apartment Sleeps 5, 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, 2 Bathrooms

Beautiful apartment with excellent wifi access, a private courtyard dining area, attractive lounge with views across the gardens, a separate fitted kitchen and two bedrooms both with ensuite shower rooms and wcs. The double bedroom is upstairs and looks out down the lavender drive towards the mountains; bedroom two is across the small (lockable) courtyard dining area and boasts three comfortable singles.

This gite is perfect for two couples holidaying together as well as families with older children.

  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

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

http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B0056U70VQ

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Speaks English, French

2 Reviews

2 holidaymaker reviews

5

Fantastic Gite in Wonderful Setting

  • 5 of 5

The owners, Chris and Alison, were very helpful from the first contact and the chateau creates a wonderful impression from the moment you pull up at the gates of the long drive.

We were in the recently updated Les Acacias which was great - lots of character, nice patio area for BBQs, and the front door looked over the central courtyard. The grounds were fantastic with an excellent swimming pool, the riverbank was in the garden so swimming was there too, outdoor table tennis, surrounded by woodland but close enough to facilities, and simply bags of space. All of us loved the friendly dogs - Lyla & Alfie - and bought 100s of carrots for the donkeys - Daisy & Coco.

We had some brilliant days in the hot weather in Ales, Arles, Pont du Gard, and lazing in the local lakes.

All in all, it is a great place to getaway from it all, very chilled out, and lots to do on the doorstep. Totally recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Fab-u-lous

  • 5 of 5

We had an absolutely wonderful holiday at the Chateau. The location was perfect for walking and biking and the scenery was stunning. There was a host of activities on your doorstep too.

Chris and Alison were wonderful hosts and made the whole family feel welcome. The kids especially loved the donkeys!

Our gite was extremely clean, comfortable and well equipped. The grounds were very pretty and well maintained with plenty of space for the kids to run and play and of course they loved the pools.

We would definitely recommend Chateau du Fraissinet for a holiday and we will be returning very soon.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
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Location

From the Owner

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.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Nimes at 50 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Chez Titoune at 300 Metres Nearest Golf : Ales, Ribaut Les Tavernes at 25 Kilometres Nearest Train : La Levade, Le Grand Combe, Ales at 2 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Auberge du Fraissinet at 300 Metres Nearest Beach : Le Grau du Roi at 85 Kilometres 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.

Coast/Beach:

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.

Travel:

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.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Christmas
21 Dec 2016 - 27 Dec 2016
4 night minimum stay
£511
for 4 nights
£895
 
 
New Year
28 Dec 2016 - 4 Jan 2017
4 night minimum stay
£511
for 4 nights
£895
 
 
Low
4 Mar 2017 - 5 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
£191
for 3 nights
£445
 
 
Mid
6 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
£229
for 3 nights
£535
 
 
Off peak
1 Jul 2017 - 21 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
£935
for 7 nights
£935
 
 
Peak
22 Jul 2017 - 18 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,015
for 7 nights
£1,015
 
 
Off peak
19 Aug 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
£935
for 7 nights
£935
 
 
Low
26 Aug 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
£50
for 3 nights
£495
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£169
for 3 nights
£395
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

20% is required at the time of booking with the remainder, together with the security deposit, due 8 weeks before the start date of your holiday.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

From the Owner

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.

Property Type

  • chateau / country house

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Holiday Complex
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions

General

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

Kitchen

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

Dining

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

Entertainment

  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool ...

Suitability

  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed

Location Type

  • river
  • rural
  • waterfront

Attractions

  • 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

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1 - Shower Enclosure, Italian-style ensuite shower + wc
  • Bathroom 2 - Shower Enclosure, Italian-style ensuite shower + wc

Bedrooms

  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed, Attractive bedroom with ensuite Italian-styleshower and wc.
  • Bedroom 2 - 3 Single Bed, Twin + 1 with ensuite shower + wc; French doors to courtyard

Outside

  • Terrace
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda

Meals

  • Self-catering

Notes:

  • 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.

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