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Stunning Chateau in the beautiful Charente Maritime, SW France

Sleeps15
Bedrooms 8
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Space 8,611 sq. ft.
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights

Overview

About the property

A wonderful private chateau with lots of space for large family groups sleeps 15

Stunning privately owned Chateau in a hamlet, set in 4 acres & south facing. This is our family house, it is very private but not remote, looking out over open fields and vineyards. A super chateau if you are looking for a large house for 2 or 3 families to share or a holiday for an extended family with a large age range. It is in a quiet location with lots of space for children to kick footballs, hit tennis balls or ride bikes. But also plenty of private corners in which to read some of the hundreds of books or just sunbathe. Salon, dining room with open fire, well equipped kitchen, games room with table tennis and pool table, plus free wifi and satellite TV. 4 acres of private grounds with swimming pool, bikes, children’s area. The swimming pool is in a separate walled garden through a door next to the barn. 15 minutes drive to Cognac for the distilleries or St Jean D'Angely for the restaurants and farmers markets. Explore the Roman amphitheatre in nearby Saintes.


Owner
Colin Cross
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
September 25, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

'Thank you for letting us stay in your beautiful home, the most relaxed holiday we have ever had' D.HART



'Even better than we could have hoped for, wonderful home and weather and no arguments - fab holiday!' Y.MACKESON
Nov 2007
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Amenities

Aumagne Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house (detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 8611 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 15
  • Max. adults: 13
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Computer Available
  • Fireplace
  • Free Local Calls
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • PC
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Free Wifi
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 16 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Family Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet , West Wing
    Shower room - toilet , shower , East Wing
    Toilet/Utility room - toilet , Ground Floor
    King Sized Bedroom ensuite - shower , En Suite
    Double bedroom 1 ensuite - shower , En Suite
    Double bedroom 2 ensuite - shower , En Suite
  • The 3 en suite shower rooms also have small washbasins.
Bedrooms:
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , 4 poster
    King Size Bedroom - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , En Suite Shower
    Double Bedrom 1 - 1 queen , En Suite Shower
    Double Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , En Suite Shower
    West Wing double bedroom - 1 double
    Cot Room - 1 baby crib
    Twin Bedroom - 2 twin/ single , The two beds can be zipped together to make a queen size bed
    West Wing twin bedroom - 2 twin/ single , The 2 beds are large 4' Empire Beds
  • There is a large central staircase. In the East Wing of the Chateau there are 3 double bedrooms each with en-suite shower rooms. The largest bedroom contains a King size bed and a pretty day bed that can also be used as an additional single bed. A second door opens on to a back corridor outside these rooms where there is an additional shower room & WC adjacent to a further bedroom with two single beds. On the other side of the central staircase in the West Wing is the Master four poster bedded room. This also opens on to a second back landing with the Cot Room right next door, then the twin Empire bedded room, then the West Wing double room and then a bathroom with WC. There are also some back stairs back to the ground floor. Even though the 4 poster does not have an ensuite we like it best as it is a huge room and 2m (Super King Size) wide bed. With the exception of the Cot Room & the East Wing room with the single beds, all bedrooms face south over the front gardens.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room
  • MP3 Dock
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Bicycles
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck Furniture
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 18 garden chairs
  • 9 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
It is a great house for children with lots of space indoors and outside. The main stairs are wide and fine for mobile elderly people, however as there is no downstairs bedroom accommodation and there are three entry steps to the house it is unfortunately not suitable for the disabled. There are 2 televisions with satellite TV (one French in the Salon, one British in the Dining Room) and one DVD player in the Salon. There is wireless broadband internet access and also a PC in the games room. The PC is now getting old, but has a large library of music on it that can be played through the stereo using Media Player. There is a FM/DAB stereo with CD player and iPod docking station in the Salon. There are 12 bikes in various states of repair which guests are free to use. The Salon has two huge cupboards stocked with books, and the Games Room has a pool table, table tennis table and various children's toys. We are not smokers and smoking is not permitted anywhere in the house.

Reviews

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Stunning Chateau in the beautiful Charente Maritime, SW France
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4

A lovely stay for our extended family

  • 4 of 5

We had a great stay, 8 adults and 6 children. The chateau is well equipped with games, books and kitchen equipment. The pool is wonderful and tucked away so very private but also left quiet areas around the house to escape to. We visited Saintes, a good town nearby, and there were ample supermarkets nearby. Only drawback was that there aren’t restaurants to walk to. That was fine for us as we have young children but might not suit those who want more hustle and bustle.

There were bicycles which we rode around local sunflower fields. There is hardly any traffic nearby so very peaceful.

We all loved living in the house for a week and wouldn’t hesitate to visit again

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Amy - glad you and your party all had a great time!
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5

Amazing property which the whole family loved and reluctant to leave.

  • 5 of 5

We booked this large property to celebrate my 70th birthday. There were 8 grandchildren age ranging from 3 years to 11 years, and 7 adults. Can’t begin to to tell you how much fun we had. The glorious weather helped!! The children had so much freedom as large field to play cricket/football in, plus additional area with climbing frame. Absolutely brilliant to have a gated swimming pool to stop the littlies getting in without an adult. Every day we were all in the pool playing games.

Fab gas BBQ; kitchen well equipped with large pots and pans, plus 3 fridges enabling one to be used just for drinks!

We just loved it all and were sad to leave after such a memorable week.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Amazing stay with friends or family

  • 5 of 5

Exactly as expected plus so much more! Our party of 9 had a great stay with so many activities to do within a small drive from the village. The house was spotless when we arrived and had been informed that Thierry (the groundskeeper) was a small phone call away though we did not need to call him. The information pack provided by the landlord was excellent and provided a lot for us to do on the less sunny days. The facilities in the grounds were top notch and were used everyday by several of us (though the pool was a little chilly in early April). Would thoroughly recommend to anyone!

  • Submitted: May 4, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
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4

Amazing stay in Aumagne

  • 4 of 5

Ideal place for a numerous group or family ! The house is very well equipped and furnished to welcome 15 hosts.

The garden and the pool are fantastic especially with the sunny weather of Charentes-Maritime.

Colin was very helpful to deal with any questions we had before our departure.

  • Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

As Good As Ever

  • 5 of 5

This was a return visit after 5 years for 3 generations of our family, but now with 6 grandchildren not 2. The Chateau was as good as ever for a family holiday. The improvements to the property made it more comfortable but did not detract from the essential charm of the chateau. 8 adults and 6 children fitted comfortably into the bedrooms and the living space allowed us moments of peace (for grandparents) when required. However it is the outside that really scores for us. Lots of room to run around and play safely, the pool area that is a joy to be in and very child safe and the outside dining area where we spent many hours of happy family meals together. The area is great for exploring with lovely towns and villages. Some of us cycled and others drove to explore. Sadly the nearby restaurant had closed down at Xmas but we still found places to eat when we didn't cook for ourselves. Everything was as we expected and the owner answered my endless questions with no hesitation before we arrived.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Spacious inviting Chateau

  • 5 of 5

Delighted with the excellent chateau and the kids had a wonderful time exploring the many rooms and dens. We knew there was bikes available but the place was so big we didn't find them until the second day. Our group consisted of 3 families and the spacious bedrooms and the layout meant that each family had their own privacy and time to relax on their own. The pool was fab but the weather wasn't great so we didn't use it that much. All in all, very nice accommodation with plenty of room to relax. Ideal for a large family get together like a 50th birthday party.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
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Map

Nearest Airport
90 Kilometres
La Rochelle
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Le Trio Aumagnais, Aumagne
Nearest Ferry
385 Kilometres
St Malo
Nearest Golf
21 Kilometres
Golf Louis Rouyer-Guillet, Saintes
Nearest Train
12 Kilometres
St Jean D'Angely
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
A10 Junction 34
Nearest Beach
60 Kilometres
Royan
Car: necessary

The Chateau faces south over open fields in the small hamlet of Le Pignaud near Aumagne where there is a post office, shop, bar and tennis courts. Supermarkets and farmers markets are approx 10 minutes drive away in the delightful market towns of Matha or St Jean D'Angely. You will also find a range of restaurant options in the towns from Gourmet to Pizza.

The beaches of Royan and La Palmyre are about 45mins drive SW or one hour NW takes you to La Rochelle.

Cognac and the distilleries are a 15 minute drive or a lovely day trip by bike - just don't drink too much at lunchtime!

The surrounding countryside is fairly flat which is great for cycling and falls within the Cognac production area so there are a lot of small producers of Cognac and Pineau - a local fortified wine, which is why it is better to explore by bike! The area is very unspoiled with pretty villages and friendly locals and with excellent restaurants and markets nearby.

Other Activities: Large water park in St Jean D'Angely with indoor pool etc.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $327.91
Stay tax $0.92 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 18 years.

The rental rates include electricity and bed linen. Please note though that we do not provide towels - please make sure you bring your own.

A Security Deposit of £250 is required for each booking. This deposit is held until the end of the rental, when it will be refunded once the itemised telephone a/c has been received - telephone is recharged at cost, plus any major breakages, damage or extra cleaning required.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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