Unique C12th family chateau overlooking the Gascogne hillside.

Sleeps: 50
Bedrooms: 13
Weekly price guide: £20755-£20755
Pool: Yes
Type: Chateau
Property Ref: CHA2590


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General Description

Nowadays “the luxury of all luxuries” is silence and space in an exceptional environment, off the beaten track. Built during the 12th century, this family château is not a hotel, it's a "home away from home", overlooking the Gascogne hillside in the south west of France. In the country of the Armagnac, foie-gras, d'Artagnan & the Three Musketeers, it is halfway between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean sea and one and a half hours away from Spain and the Pyrenees. Surrounded by a 4 acre park with secular trees (and squirrels!), it overlooks the Gascony region known as the “French Tuscany” due to the beauty of its vineyards and hillsides. Bathed in the warmth of this unique property that has been in the same family for four generations, you will enjoy numerous antiques and heirlooms as well as a guarantee of privacy and discretion. The chateau is the perfect backdrop for family reunions and holidays and offers accommodation from 26 to 50 guests. It can also host private wedding parties. The excellent acoustics of its reception area created in the former 'chais' (once the cradle of a renowned Armagnac producer) can comfortably welcome up to 500 guests. This is a unique find in this region. The chateau is available for smaller groups of 27 guests. This family chateau is a true “home away from home” and is available for exclusive hire of the whole property, from 2 nights to 1 month. The current owner of the premises just gives you the keys to your happiness while staying out of your haven.

Accommodation Facilities

Bedrooms: The Château offers 1 “Suite du propriétaire”, 6 en-suite bedrooms and 2 separate independent fully equipped apartments with own private gardens, for up to 31 persons. This is not to mention the surprisingly unusual “White Night Space” especially created for our young group guests. A luxurious ‘dormitory’ that can accommodate up to 24 people.
Bathrooms: 12 bathrooms.
Living Rooms: The dining room: can seat up to 30 people for lunch or dinner (Le petit séjour): Space close to the dining room. For up to 15 people. There are sofas and armchairs available for use at tea time.
Libraries & TV room: 3,000 volumes library, 800 movies (in French and in English) available on big screen.
"Le petit jardin": A peaceful and quiet area, perfect for lunch in a sunny day.
"Le grand salon": One of the more comfortable rooms of the Château, very warm and spacious with its 2 pianos, bar, and its large fire place.
Private solarium, to enjoy the direct warmth of the sun as "Eve did"
Other Rooms: Gym with 12 apparatus, sauna seating 5 people and electric massage table.
Linen/Cleaning/Towels etc: Linen & towels included.
Outside: Swimming pool: 12mx6m with power jet, lit at night, covered, heated but no surveillance.
Vegetable garden and orchard, gardening workshops in the 12 acres park and the rose garden Private intronisation into the “Musketeers Company”
Additional notes (if any): 4 TVs with satellite reception and DVD players.
Table tennis, table football, petanque area (lit at night), gaming area and many board games in the Grand Salon.
2 bars & Hi-Fi, 2 guitars, 2 grand pianos.
4 wood burning fireplaces (ground floor)
Roller skating in the chais, soccer in SouthPark Park.
15 mountain/all terrain bikes available.
Wine tasting.

Extras:
Daily maid (at extra cost).
Baby sitting (at extra cost).
Butler available (at extra cost)
Security guard

Catering available using the services of the local chefs and cooks who can come to the chateau anytime you need them.
Wine tasting and various work shops are available on demand.

Please enquire at time of booking to arrange any of these services.

Events:

For all your receptions, the chateau has two ancient chais that have been transformed into a huge reception hall that can welcome 50 to 500 guests.

The outbuildings are beautiful and will make your stay truly magical. The chateau offers peaceful areas where your friends and guests can gather. Organise an appetiser on the east round lawn overlooking the homestead or under the secular umbrella pine tree. The 18th century "Cour d'Honneur" is a great place to hold a cocktail party. Why not turn your stay into an unforgettable moment by strolling in the 4 acres of ground which surround the beautiful chateau.

Extra dwellings and catering can be organised in the surrounding areas. There are several comfortable and pleasant B&B's and hotel rooms close to the chateau which can accomodate your other guests.

Thanks to its vineyard, the chateau produces its own white and red wine in limited quantity that can be labelled especially for your event making your day as special as possible.

Terms & Conditions

Security deposit €12,000
Pets welcome (outside of the chateau)
Changeover day any day of the week

Chateau Terms
- Security deposit: Please enquire prior to booking. This is paid on arrival and will be refunded in full after departure subject to damage inspection.
Energy costs: Included (except heating of the pool: 25€/hr).
End of stay cleaning: Included for habitation or 150€ for receptions.
Smoking: Outdoors only.
Insurance: It is recommended that all guests take out insurance to cover against potential cancellation and any accidental damage caused during your stay at the property.

Reviews:

It feels as if love grew there
Posted by A. Sureau on 03/09/2009

Your house is a wonder, a marvel of a thousand attentions, a marvel of precision, served by men as by nature. It feels as if love grew there, along the walls with ivy. Thank you.


It's a magical place
Posted by Anon K on 02/09/2009

It's a magical place. Beautiful. Let's keep this corner of paradise for connoisseurs.



Local Area / Activities

For more than eight centuries the history of Gascony and the founder of the Chateau have been linked. It is situated in the south of beautiful Dordogne where the founder and his descendants, having settled in the southwest of France in the 12th century, left an indelible mark on the region throughout the four succeeding centuries. They were notably Crusaders or Consuls and actively participated in the construction of the villages’ fortified manor (the oldest in Gascony). They are among key figures locally to whom we have to thank for today’s legacy of fortified castles, cathedrals and colourful legends. Later, in the 16th century, one of the descendants initiated his entourage into the rituals of Armagnac, one of the first eau-de-vie in France. At the beginning of the 20th century, the family of the present owner bought this domain and developed its own brand of Armagnac, which became a landmark in French gastronomy. Around the Château, there is a range of outdoor activities, visits and excursions that include: - Castelnau de Fourcès. - Fortified villages of Larressingle. - Collegiale de La Romieu. - The Séviac gallo-roman villa (The most famous one in Europe). - The numerous cathedrals and cloisters of the neighbouring towns. - The Landes forest (the largest in Europe, created by Napoleon the 3rd). - The Pyrenees, 1hr 30 by car. - The Atlantic Ocean, with Biarritz, the Basque country and some of the world’s best surfing spots (2hr). - Bordeaux and Toulouse, cities (1hr 30). - Foie gras markets (in season). - Walks along signposted paths (St Jacques de Compostelle pilgrim route). - Antique and flea markets. Local Amenities Nearest Airport Toulouse (Over 100 km) Nearest Ferry port Bordeaux (Over 100 km) Nearest Village Condom (12 km) Nearest Town/City Condom (12 km) Nearest Restaurant At the village (2 km) Nearest Bar/Pub Bar (2 km) Nearest Beach Mimizan (Over 100 km) Nearest Golf Guinlet (7 km)

Price Guide

These prices are a guideline only, please enquire for prices for specific weeks.

High Season: £20755

Contact Information




Key Features

  • Good for Groups
  • Swimming pool
  • TV
  • English satellite TV
  • Fire / Stove
  • Close to local amenities
  • Suitable for young children
  • Pets considered
  • Near river beach
  • Golf nearby
  • Fishing nearby
  • Watersports nearby

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