Château in Dignac, Angouleme, Poitou-Charentes, France - Rural Location With Direct Access To The Beautiful Charentaise Countryside & Spectacular Views.
Dating from 1790 this beautiful Château offers the perfect blend of historic elegance from a bye-gone-age and a high degree of comfort & modern convenience for 8-12 people. Fully restored over the past 10 years the Château retains many original features such as, the decorative wood panelling, ornate plaster mouldings, corniches and oak flooring. Today Château Du Mas offers, 5 large light & bright bedrooms, 5 bath/shower rooms (3 ensuite) and a number of reception rooms that are also large, light and airy, they are both elegant & relaxing. The addition of WiFi & satellite TV deliver the best of both worlds.
Set high on a hillside the Château is private, quiet and offers spectacular views for up to 20 kilometres to the north and east. Built to overlook the local village of Dignac and forming the heart of a large farmland estate that commanded all that it surveyed. In modern times the rich history and grandeur of the Château are celebrated on local postcards and chronicles of the local area.
Despite it's privacy and location on the edge of the village, it is possible within 10 minutes to walk or cycle to the local village where you will find all of the local amenities, such as baker, butcher, garage, cash point, convenience store, bar, doctor, pharmacy, etc, or directly from the grounds into the local countryside where an abundance of plant & wildlife can be found.
If you prefer to relax the large heated pool with it's tented pavilion or the rear terrace with it's fountain & large pond are delightful places to while away your time.
For those days out there are markets, Golf, Horse riding, Swimming, Beach, Activity parks all within 20 minutes & ancient Angouleme with it's bars,restaurants and historic buildings are just 30 mins away. With the maid service you can truly relax.
The Château grounds extend to some 15 acres and are divided into the pretty and manicured park that immediately surrounds the chateau. This contains the large heated pool that is located on a large secure and secluded pool terrace offering both shade and full sun for all tastes. The tented pavilion with it`s sofa`s and cushioned arm chairs and plentiful supply of sun beds means that all ages can enjoy this space together.
Adjacent to the Château and accessed directly from the kitchen through french doors is the BBQ terrace. As with the pool terrace it offers both shade and sun with a large ornamental child safe pond with large fountain, this a wonderfully relaxing space to eat, read, talk or listen to the gentle sound of the water. The addition of a modern gas BBQ, night lighting and the ability to watch your kids as they play make this area a big favourite with all our guests. The park also offers lots of other quiet shady places to sit or paths to walk. The chateau gardens are equipped with swing sets, slides, a large and safe trampoline, woodland dens much of which can be seen from the BBQ terrace.
For those that want to explore the local countryside, the remainder of the Château grounds offer the opportunity to walk directly into the local woodland where an abundance of local animal and birdlife can be seen. If, cycling is your thing then we can organise local bike hire together with all of the necessary safety equipment, a real joy to explore the quiet country lanes that surround the Château.
Nick and Takayla, the Château owners live with their two young daughters, in a separate building on site and are on hand (or not) to provide whatever support is required, from advice on local activities, to directions, to reservations, to doctors, Château Du Mas is a private Château with a concierge service, private, discreet and efficient and what most of our guests expect.
Many of our guests have young children which makes going out a little more challenging. Nick & Takayla, the owners have a young family themselves and understand that a break from the normal routine is a really big deal. As such, two additional services are offered with Château Du Mas, A baby sitting service and the option of on-site catering. Baby sitting is offered as a convenience to guests in order that they can explore some of the many good quality restaurants that lie within 30 minutes if the Château.
Catering is offered for both children and adults for lunches, picnics and evening meals. A range of menu options is available and can be provided where food is prepared and delivered to the chateau for guests to cook themselves (arrival/departure nights are most popular) or, as a fully catered service where a complete service is provided leaving nothing for our guests to do except empty the dishwasher the morning after.
A complete range of menu options is available or if you need something particular or have a special dietry requirement you can talk to Nick or Takayla prior to your arrival or during your stay. Many of our guests have taken advantage of this service and found it to be a winner.
About the Owner
Guestbook comments from the owner
Castledine Family June 2014
You have a very strong business model, a superb setting, great facilities & a warm, welcoming and very charming family. We had a great time. Many, many thanks.
Streater Family - July 2014
Overall, this is one of the best self catering holidays I have had. You've been really generous with household necessities & the chateau is very well equipped. Chateau Du Mas feels warm & friendly & comfortable, yet still has that WOW factor! I think you've done an amazing job.
Swift Family August 2014
The BBQ was welcome & a great area for alfresco dining. You seem to have thought of everything
Sewell Family - September 2014
Beautiful! Perfect for the boys. BBQ area is fantastic & the pool facility and gazebo is particularly good for the family to all gather together. Love it! Play room is fantastic & play pen is an important facility.
Sillet Family August 2014
Lovely setting & a beautiful house. Great kids' facilities.
Chapman Family - June 2013
Both the house and grounds are absolutely beautiful & fantastic for parents & children alike. Despite a lot of activities in & around the area, we chose to stay 'in' more than we had expected because of how good the house & grounds were. The playroom was very well stocked for girls & boys from 0yrs-teenagers. The pool was lovely & a great space to 'hangout'. Freshly made, very good quality food and catered for our specific needs. Really very pleased with this aspect - a great asset to this location. The knowledge & service provided by the Nick and Takayla was exceptional & really 'made' our holiday. Nothing was too much trouble & we were made to feel at home from the moment we arrived. A stunning location which surpassed our expectations. Both this & the hosts made this into a thoroughly enjoyable holiday. THE BEST FAMILY HOLIDAY WE'VE HAD - Thank you for everything!
Beecher Family June 2013
Beautiful setting, fantastic space. Chateau lived up to expectations from internet photos. Very child friendly. Facilities were fantastic. Great pool - child friendly & garden toys were a perfect addition too. 4*/5* quality catering tailored perfectly to our needs at often very short notice. Customer service went over & beyond frequently. Lovely family holiday enjoyed by all ages.
Holden/Lewis Family - June 2013
Beautiful property, ideal family setting/location, facilities were excellent - everything we needed had been provided/supplied. Both meals were wonderful - first night & last night life savers. Unusual (but most welcome) to have the daily cleanup. Recommendations for meals & things to do were great & invaluable to have you close by for queries/concerns & for being so approachable. Very appreciative of the medical advice & sorting out the doctor - again a life saver!
Sekhon Family June/July 2013
We had the most wonderful week of rest, sunshine, food, wine, cheese, play, movies, nature, and Articulate!
Activity and Interests
23Ha Fresh water lake at the Plan d'Eau just outside Angoulême is a fabulous place for a grand day out, it has 2 lovely sandy beaches and a large range of water sports on offer. 30 mins drive
Royan coastal town - 1hr 30 drive A beautiful series of large beaches. Royan is seaside resort with lots of bars restaurants and activities for all ages.
Poitiers Biard Airport – 1hr 30mins drive
Limoges – Bellegarde Airport – 1hr 30mins drive
Bordeaux – Merignac Airport – 1hr 30mins drive
Bergerac Airport - 1hr 30mins drive
La Rochelle Airport 1hr 40 mins drive
Caen Port - 5 hrs drive
Cherbourg - 7 hrs drive
Calais - 8 hrs drive
TGV from Paris 2h30m to Angoulême
Angoulême Train Station - 30 mins drive
To explore the Charente, car hire is essential
The beautiful rampart city of Angoulême is just a 30 minute drive away and is a wonderful place to wander and explore. The city itself is the world capital for Bande Dessinée (comic strip), and here you will find many of the buildings decorated with some beautiful art work & a fascinating museum dedicated to the art. All this alongside the city itself with its stunning architecture, traditional markets, beautiful gardens, pavement cafes and variety of restaurants.
Accrobranche in Soyaux, only 15 minutes' drive away, is a fantastic place for all ages from 3yrs up to have fun together, climb the trees with ropes and harnesses, completing differing levels of difficulty. For the very small there is a traditional playground with swings and slides next to this or, if this is too energetic for you, just sit in the shade of the trees with a coffee whilst the children burn of some energy.
If energy burning is what your small people need then Happyland. An indoor adventure play ground with all the usual ball pools, ropes and soft play.
For those of you for whom a bit of beach and a bucket and spade is a necessity on holiday then the 23Ha Fresh water lake at the Plan d'Eau just outside Anglouleme is a fabulous place for a grand day out, it has some lovely sandy beach and a large range of water sports on offer. Just next to this is Angoulême's water park Nautilis where you will find indoor and outdoor pools, flumes, rapids, wave pool and gentle areas for small people to play.
Just 15 minutes drive from the Chateau is an equestrian centre where all ages from 4 up can enjoy pony trekking and riding subject to booking.
There are several good quality fine dining restaurants close to the Chateau. They offer not only beautiful food, but also a lovely ambiance to while away an afternoon or evening.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
6 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Additional pricing information
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£1,000|
Changeover day will be Saturday.
Arrival at the house is from 4:00 pm
Departure from the house is before 10:00 am
The booking pre-requisite has a deposit requirement of 25% of the total booking price within 2 days of the reservation and a refundable security deposit of £1000 is payable with the balance of the total booking fee no later than 12 weeks before the date of the booking. N.B. the security deposit is refunded within 1 week of departure.
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- Available arrival
- chateau / country house
- Away From It All
- Ceiling Fans
- Hair Dryer
- Internet ...
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room ...
- Towels Provided
- Tumble Dryer
- Washing Machine
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Kitchen ...
- Pantry Items ...
- Child's Highchair
- Dining ...
- Dining Room
- DVD Player
- Game Room ...
- Satellite / Cable ...
- Video Games
- Video Library
Pool / Spa
- Heated Pool
- Private Pool
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- wheelchair inaccessible
- horse riding
- outlet shopping
- paddle boating
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- equestrian events
- 400 m²
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
- Toilet 1 - Toilet
- Toilet 2 - Toilet
- Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
- Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
- Shower room 3 - Shower Enclosure
- Shower room 4 - Shower Enclosure
- Shower Room - Large walk in shower, 2 x Basins 2 x Separate W/Cs En-suite to Bedroom 2 - Bath/shower over, W/C & Basin En-Suite to Bedroom 3 - Large shower, W/C & Basin En-Suite to Bedroom 5 - Large shower, W/C & Basin Basement room - Shower, W/C, B
- 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
- Bedroom 2
- Bedroom 3
- Bedroom 4
- Bedroom 5
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 12 (5 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 - King-size bed Bedroom 2 - King-size bed, Ensuite Bathroom, Sat TV Bedroom 3 - Twin beds & En-suite Shower Room Bedroom 4 (Nursery) - 2 x full size single beds + Cots Bedroom 5 - Double Bed & Ensuite Shower Room, TV, DVD/Video.
- Terrace ...
- Golf ...
- Barbecue ...
- Booking Possible
- Booking Possible
- Catering available
- Outside: The Château is surrounded by 2 hectares of parkland, with a further 4 hectares of woodland which allows for the utmost in privacy. There is a slide, swings, playhouse and a selection of garden toys available. At the rear of the property, there is a covered terrace beside a charming raised pond, a gentle spot to enjoy some alfresco dining. There is sufficient seating for the Château's occupants around a large wooden table, BBQ and subtle lighting for dining outside under the stars but not far to walk to the kitchen. To the front of the Château are the sweeping stone stairs leading down to the to the enclosed pool area on the first terrace. The beautiful 12m heated pool has a pool side gazebo to protect you from the sun or plenty of sun loungers for the times you want to soak up some sun . There is plenty of space for everyone to enjoy the area together. The pool area also has subtle lighting so that you can enjoy the area on the warm barmy evenings when a swim is so very welcome. Utility Room: Tumble Dryer also available Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and bedlinen are included and will be changed weekly. Separate swimming towels are also included and changed weekly. Other: Children's playroom - A secure space with direct access to the lounge & offering a selection of toys/games/books, TV with in-built DVD, selection of children's DVDs, games console, Babydan playpen. Ideal for parents and children to do their own thing.