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Six Bed Chateau With 15 Metre Pool Located In The Countryside With Views



Updated: 24-Oct-2016
Chateau near La Rochelle, Charente Maritime, France

This fabulous Maison de Maitre dates back to 1825.

The accommodation is across two floors and amounts to 420 square metres or 4,520 square feet. It is huge!

The house was originally the residence of a Hugenot family called Robillard, (whose initials are over the main entrance gate) who were prominent characters in the local region. Now it is an elegant country house with lots of modern facilities but retaining the character consistent with its history.

The front faces the sunrise and the back the sunset so it is always light and airy.

It does get pretty warm here in the summer however with shutters on all the windows and doors and insulated walls over two feet thick it is easily regulated.

General description:

Petit Champagne is a domaine of just 4 houses in the Charente Maritime region of South Western France, the second sunniest after the Cote d’Azur and on the Lonely Planet top ten places to visit in 2012.

We are located 5 minutes from junction 34 of the A10 Paris to Bordeaux motorway, 45 minutes from La Rochelle (which is also the closest airport) and, 25 minutes from the nearest beach.

Connections to the UK are straightforward with flights all year round from Stansted and Birmingham East Midlands, and summer from Southampton and Bristol.

Road connections are also good with the nearest French port of St. Malo three and a half hours distant.

The buildings are nicely positioned in the centre of the property with gardens all round.

The house has gardens at the front and a grassed terrace shaded by Acacia trees at the back. Part of this grassed area has been paved to make a bbq area.

There are lovely walks through the woodland which is surrounded by sunflowers.

There is an abundance of interesting bird and wildlife.

The local river, 'The Boutonne', has excellent fishing and is less than a 15 minute walk from the property.

There are many cycle routes in the area, and we can arrange bike hire for you.

Kitchen and dining:

Facing the garden and with views across the valley there is a huge country kitchen with a handmade solid oak table which seats 16.

There is also an 8 foot breakfast bar with stools, which is great for feeding the children and for sitting at with a glass of Pineau (local fortified wine which is served chilled) while someone else makes the dinner.

There is also a wood burning stove fitted.

There is a flatscreen tv in the kitchen with a UK Freeview system and dvd player.

There is also a SONOS sound system with speakers on the floodlight terrace as well as throughout the chateau.

Living rooms:

Opposite there is a large lounge with ornate carved ceiling and views across the garden and pool.

In this lovely room are 3 sofas and a selection of armchairs arranged around the original fireplace.


The house also has 2 bedrooms on the ground floor. One has a king sized bed with an en suite bathroom, and the other a king sized bed with 2 additional singles, this is intended primarily to be a childrens room as it has a big tv, dvd player etc.

The shower room for this bedroom is also on the ground floor, the other side of the entrance hall.

Upstairs there are a further four bedrooms, all en suite.

The master suite, which faces the back garden, with a view across the valley, has a king sized bed and a huge bathroom with large corner bath, huge shower, bidet, toilet and double sink.

The other back bedroom (with same view) has a king sized bed with two additional singles, and an en suite bathroom with a large corner bath which has a shower attachment, bidet, sink and toilet.

The third bedroom facing the front, has two three foot singles which can be zipped together to make a queen sized bed, and an en suite bathroom with bath and shower over, plus a sink and toilet.


Five out of the 6 bedrooms are en suite all have baths as well as showers. The sixth bedroom has a shower room across the corridor.


Full oil fired central heating and wood burning stove. The house is fully double glazed.


Gamesroom with table tennis table. Huge 15m x 8m swimming pool with alarm and solar cover.

Garden and outside:

The first thing you see when you enter Petit Champagne through the wrought iron gates are the large front gardens with numerous trees and parking for many cars in the gravelled areas.

The house is set on gently sloping land facing west for lovely sunsets and panoramic views. Most is set to lawn with the pool centrally situated with large sunbathing area.

The pool is 15m x 8m. The maximum depth is 3.4m. It is surrounded by paving with roman steps at one end and then a large sun area with plenty of sunloungers. Part of the pool and terrace are shaded in the summer afternoons which can be important so the little ones can keep swimming while it is hot.

There is a trampoline with safety net on the large back lawn.

Parking and garages:

There is ample parking for up to 35 cars!

Visitor suitability

There are 2 downstairs bedrooms with no step from the front door which opens wide enough to allow a wheel chair through. There are 2 steps out onto the terrace however a wheelchair can go around the house.

More Details
  • Sleeps 16
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Jamieson Ide. I worked in the software business until my retirement in 2005.

Call Manager
Speaks English, French

2 Reviews

2 holidaymaker reviews


Perfect for a large group holiday

  • 5 of 5

The house was a very welcome sight after the long journey and 50-minute drive from La Rochelle airport. You turn in to the big white gates and there it is, quite grand looking but not ostentatious. Inside everything is so spacious - the hall, the kitchen, the lounge, all the bedrooms have plenty of space. It worked out so well for our party of 15 (8 adults, 4 teens, 3 kids). Some of the bathrooms look very new and luxurious, whilst other bathrooms have older suites but still perfectly nice and functional. We spent lots of time outside. The pool is great but slightly too deep for the youngest members of our party. The location is peaceful and rural. It's about 50 minutes into La Rochelle centre and about 1 hour from Ile de Re. I recommend St Savinien (15 minutes away) for little ones. Overall a great house and location. The owner was exceedingly helpful, starting from our initial enquiry, up to the approach to our stay and also during our stay when there was an astoundingly fast response to a request to fix a slight plumbing problem! Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 3, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A beautiful house.

  • 4 of 5

The house is a spacious size. which was perfect as we went with a party of 14 (5 children, 9 adults) and we all agreed that we had plenty of room for living in and with each other. The surrounding is so idyllic it's breathtakingly beautiful. The pool is a good size. And has nice clean slabs around it with sun loungers. A trampoline (which the children went on most days) It had a bbq area just outside the back door and a large table and chairs perfect for a large family. Bbq worked well and again was a large size.The area surrounding the house is great for bike riding and walking as there is a vast amount of land. With scenic views (have your camera ready) The local town is beautiful with amazing restaurants, bars, shops etc. And a 45 minute drive to la rochelle beach/town. Me and my family would highly recommend this house. And would definitely revisit. We did have a power cut but after making a short call (which the owner had left contact numbers and restaurants recommendations etc in a folder, as a welcome pack) was quickly dealt with and we experienced no further problems.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
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Activity and Interests


The nearest beach is 30 minutes away, at 40 minutes is Chatelaillon Plage which has a large water park. 50 minutes away is Royan which is a large holiday destination with huge sandy beach.


La Rochelle airport is 45 minutes, Bordeaux is an hour and a half, Bergerac is two hours as is Poitiers. We are six minutes from junction 34 of the A10 Paris to Bordeaux motorway. We are four hours from St malo, five and a half from Le Havre and Caen and seven from Calais. Whilst a car is advised, we can pick you up from the airports.


The nearest boulangerie is five minutes away in Landes. The nearest town is ten minutes away, it is the lovely historic town of St. Jean d'Angley. On the outskirts of St. Jean are a Leclerc and Intermarche (supermarkets) and also a McDonalds.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Early Autumn
17 Sep 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Summer
4 Mar 2017 - 26 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
27 May 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Summer
15 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Summer
2 Sep 2017 - 15 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Autumn
16 Sep 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

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Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
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Updated: 24-Oct-2016
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Property Type

  • chateau / country house


  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...


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


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


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool ...


  • children welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • rural

Floor Area

  • 450 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 4 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 5 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Six bathrooms, five en-suite. All the en-suites have baths and showers and there is a separate shower room. Three of these are new for 2014.


  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Bedroom 5
  • Bedroom 6
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 16 (6 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Six bedrooms, two downstairs and four upstairs. All but one with en-suite bathrooms. The largest downstairs bedroom is generally the children's room as it has the big TV, DVD player etc.


  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Outside: Outside on the terrace there is a large table seating twelve and a large gas BBQ. This is where we spend most of our time in the summer as there is shade from the acacia trees and a safe playing area for the children. Also from here (and from the kitchen too) there is a clear view of the private swimming pool. The private pool is 15 metres by 8 metres, it is sun heated with a solar cover and has a fully compliant alarm system. The private gardens extend to three acres so there is ample space for playing outdoor games which includes a large trampoline. Bike hire can be easily arranged and bikes are delivered to the door with trailers if needed. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All linen and towels are provided. We use Egyptian Cotton linen and all hypo allergenic pillows and duvets.

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