Chateau De St Jean

Region: Vendee & Charente /  Central France  / France Sleeps: 50
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Chateau/Castle
Elegant, up-market, uber luxury

Property Amenities

Wedding Chateaux & Villas
Internet access
Bicycles provided
Games room
Indoor games
Outdoor games
Working fireplace
Heating
Ideal for celebrations / Party house
Caretaker/owner lives on site

Babies & Toddlers

High chair(s)
Cot(s)
Toys
Gated/fenced grounds

Kids & Teens

Ideal for teens
Ideal for kids

Things to Do

Coastal
Waterfront
Rural Location
Honeymoon/Romantic Retreat
Walkable Village/Town
Walkable Pub/Restaurant
Golf course nearby
Wine tasting
Walking/Hiking paths
Stalking/Hunting
Fishing
Lots to see: Outstanding landscapes
Lots to do: Outdoor pursuit & activities
Lots to visit: Tourist towns & villages
"We've been going on group holidays now for over 10 years. Often I find it a bit of a struggle as property owners do not often think through the logistics of catering for and cleaning up after large parties. A property which looks good on a Website may turn out…

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Overview of Chateau De St Jean

What Oliver loves…

  • Large in size and can accommodate large groups. Up to 200 in the Banquet Hall and vast grounds with different spot for ceremony, cocktail - great for walking.
  • Located in a village with 2 restaurants, supermarket etc in walkable distance!
  • Feel like royalty in this exclusive chateau

What you should know…

  • There is a lovely fountain but no swimming pool.

The imposing 12th Century Chateau de St Jean is surrounded by 56 acres of maintained grounds and is nestled just south of the Loire Valley, surrounded by numerous features of the period and region including countless hidden away Roman ruins, abbeys and picturesque villages. The oldest part of the Chateau de St Jean itself was constructed on Roman ruins and later expanded during the 16th and 19th Centuries.

The Chateau de St Jean has 16 bedrooms and makes an ideal venue for functions such as weddings, anniversaries or other group events. It is able to accommodate up to 51 guests in comfort. The normal 34-person capacity can be augmented with 11 additional full sized single beds in the chateau and a three bedroom cottage can be rented to accommodate an additional 6 guests. 2 children’s cots are also available to rent.

Please note that the online price is based on groups of up to 34. Please 'contact owner' above for a quote if your group size exceeds 34. Prices for extra beds and cots are written in our “terms and conditions” page. The rental price for the cottage varies by the season.  Please contact the owner for a quote.

A large number of weddings are hosted at the chateau and can seat parties of up to 200 indoors with larger receptions on the terrace or in the park where marquees can be set up.

Interior & Grounds

The chateau main entry on the ground floor gives direct access to the large mirrored dining hall, a smaller dining room and the main staircase offering access to the reception rooms on the first floor. A large well-equipped kitchen including a large double refrigerator and professional dishwasher directly serves both dining rooms and the terrace. There are also 3 toilets on this floor.

The first floor entertainment rooms, served by a large entry foyer include a music room with marble fireplace, a reception room and a library.  All have wifi internet internet access. The floor also has 3 bedrooms (each with en-suite bathroom facilities), 2 with king-sized four-poster beds and one with twin single beds.

The second floor has six bedrooms, three of which have en-suite bathrooms and king-sized four-poster beds. There is also a large 3-bedroom suite with full bathroom plus separate WC. One bedroom has a four-poster king-sized bed, one a queen-sized and one a double. In addition 2 cots and 2 high chairs are available.

The third floor contains 3 two-bedroom suites. Each suite shares a full bathroom and one has an additional WC. Five of their six bedrooms have full-sized double beds and the sixth has twin single beds. There is also a 7th bedroom on the floor with double bed and en-suite bathroom.

The estate lies within 56 acres of tranquil gardens and parkland. It is located behind gated and secured walls and as such offers excellent security for large groups with children. The gravel driveway extending up to the front of the chateau provides a serene and idyllic setting for an afternoon cocktail and game of boules in the sun. A large terrace overlooking the rear garden with fountain and gazabo is directly served from the kitchen and is ideal for entertaining. Sun loungers and outdoor furniture together with a BBQ are available for outdoor use by guests.

The substantial number of outbuildings and beautiful grounds that comprise the estate can be used for a wide variety of functions and events. In particular the old carriage house which has been transformed into a banquet hall seating up to 200 people can be used for weddings, seminars and catered events. For catered occasions the facility comes with a catering kitchen, WCs, and separate parking area for non-resident guests.

Map, Location & Local Information

The nearest airport is Poitiers, just 15km away. The chateau sits on the edge of a small village in the centre of the ancient French kingdom of Poitou, a picturesque region close to the Loire Valley that is rich in history and nature.

The capital city of Poitiers, a short drive away from the chateau, is steeped in history and provides guests with numerous opportunities for day trips and chances to explore the narrow medieval streets and churches of the town. The town is home to some 3rd Century church ruins that should not be missed. The coastal town of La Rochelle is a short journey away, as are the golden beaches of favoured celebrity resort the Ile de Re. The celebrated vineyards of Cognac and the Loire Valley are also very close by and open to tours and tasting sessions.

Abbey of Nouaille Maupertuis (13km) is a charming medieval abbey next to the site of the 1356 “Battle of Poitiers” battlefield where Jean II was captured and defeated by forces under Edward of Woodstock, more commonly known as ‘the Black Prince’. Angles sur l’Anglin (34km) is a pretty town set on the edge of a river with an abundance of fantastic local shops and restaurants. The town is also host to a large summer festival and craft fair each year. Bonnes (8km) is a pleasant village bordering the River Vienne; the location houses a renowned chateau, Chateau de Touffou, which has some spectacular landscaped gardens open to the public. Chauvigny (9km) is an attractive market town on the River Vienne containing a spectacular medieval fortress. Futuroscope (23km) is a famed visual media themed attraction - a great attraction for adults and children alike and just a short journey away.

There's a pleasant 18 hole golf course on the chateau grounds in Mignaloux Beauvoir with a relaxed atmosphere and helpful staff. The stables in Lavoux (5km) offer horse riding facilities. There is a kayaking centre in neighbouring Chauvigny (9km) for water sport enthusiasts. French communal swimming facilities are a short journey away in both outdoor bathing areas and local rivers. Country walks, tennis courts, cycle paths and cycle hire are also available within a very short distance of the chateau.

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Poitiers

(16-20 km)

Nearest Village St Julien l'ars
Nearest Town/City Poitiers

(15 km)

Nearest Restaurant St Julien l'ars
Nearest Bar/Pub St Julien l'ars Nearest Beach La Rochelle

(91-100 km)

Nearest Golf Mignaloux beauvoir 5 minutes on drive

(5 km)

Catering & Services

There are excellent and very professional local caterers in the area. Alternatively, a full or part time cook can also be arranged with cost dependent on expectations. Typically this will be in the region of 15-20 euros per hour. Maid service, extra cleaning, and babysitting are available for 20 euros per hour.

A large number of weddings are hosted at the chateau and can seat parties of up to 200 indoors with larger receptions on the terrace or in the park where marquees can be set up. The Chateau provides wedding planning services for a fee or can provide contact information for caterers, musicians, florists, marquee hire etc. to those wanting to make their own arrangements.

*Please note there is an additional cost for the Hall.

Terms & Conditions

Security deposit €900. This is paid on arrival and will be refunded in full after departure (within 30 days) subject to damage inspection. Arrival time 5.00 pm
Departure time 10.00 am from the bedrooms and 12 pm from the property. Energy costs included? There is a 170 euro per day charge for chateau central heating if required. Cottage: 60€. Banqueting hall: 100€
Linen & towels included? All bed linen and towels are included in the rental price. Pets welcome? On request.
Changeover day Any day of the week. End of stay cleaning included? No. Guests are expected to leave the chateau in the same state of order and cleanliness as when they arrived.
Smoking Allowed? No smoking inside the buildings. 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.
Other Ts and Cs 15% discount off advertised prices on mid week bookings from Monday to Thursday.(This offer cannot be combined with other special offers or discounts)

Banqueting Hall: The Prices displayed online are for the chateau. The hall is included for the first 3 nights and an additional €900 thereafter.


For short breaks of 3 nights or less during high season rental of the banqueting hall is included in the price of the chateau. Charges for the hall are paid directly to the owner and are in addition to the online rental rate.

Weddings Surcharge: For weddings, the chateau charges a €500 wedding surcharge paid directly to the owner in addition to the online rental rate.

Additional Beds: Up to11 extra full sized single beds are available for groups over 34. 

Charges are: €100 per bed for 1 - 3 nights or €130 per bed for 4- 7 nights. There are 2 children’s cots and 2 high chairs are also available for free

Event information

A large number of weddings are hosted at the chateau and can seat parties of up to 200 indoors with larger receptions on the terrace or in the park where marquees can be set up. The Chateau provides wedding planning services for a fee or can provide contact information for caterers, musicians, florists, marquee hire etc. to those wanting to make their own arrangements.

Capacity
Indoor reception capacity: In the Chateau up to 50 people, in the wedding reception Hall 200 people.
Outdoor reception capacity: On the terrace 150+ people, in the grounds unlimited (i.e. 1000+ with marquee).

Availability
All year round

The Service
There is a chapel next to the chateau that that can be used for a service.

Catering
Costs depend on level of catering i.e. from canapés to a full banquet with wine and champagne.

Other Services
Flowers:  Yes, Live bands/DJs: Yes, Transport: Yes, Marquee hire: Yes

Accommodation
Up to 45 guests can sleep at the château and 6 in the cottage.  For larger parties there is almost unlimited accommodation within a 15 min drive in Poitiers or the surrounding area.

Travel
Poitiers airport (served by French Airlines as well as Ryanair from the UK) is 25 minutes by road from the Chateau. Also Poitiers railway station – from Paris by TGV 1½ hours is 20 minutes by road from the Chateau.

Other
Excellent parking within the grounds. Additional small 3 bedroom cottage for hire next to wedding reception hall. Professional kitchen facilities in the chateau. Wedding Hall and some of the grounds can be hired without the chateau and the full grounds.

Reviews for Chateau De St Jean

Chateau De St Jean Reviews


  • A fairy tale chateau wedding

    Posted by Goda & Bill on 13/11/2014

    After our spring engagement we have decided to get married only a few months away from our big day, which meant we had limited time to decide on the place where we would like to get married. With France being a country of love we had no doubts we want to have a destination wedding in France.

    We found Oliver’s Travels via google as we were looking for a luxury villa or a French style chateau which could accommodate up to 50 people. We have shortlisted a few places which were within our budget and suited the requirements we had, after our visits kindly arranged by Stephanie for Oliver’s Travels the Chateau De St Jean has appealed to us the most due to its rural beauty and well kept gardens as well as beautiful on-site church, which was one of the most important aspects to us, since we wanted to have a church wedding.

    Other important and major benefit of the chateau was an easy accessible location from London and other European countries, which played an important role to us when planning a destination wedding, since all of our guests had to travel from abroad.

    Stephanie was very helpful and kindly introduced us to the manager of our chosen chateau in order for us to communicate direct after we have made our booking.

    Not being French speakers has proven to be a difficult task when planning a wedding in France, which without a doubt has lead us to hiring a French wedding planner Tiphaine, who is also a manager of the chateau Chateau De St Jean.

    Tiphaine was a real help when it come to planning our wedding especially with only a few months to go till the big day. She was very professional and helped us to organise everything we needed and desired. We have experienced some difficulties when it come to organising a church wedding, since we are not French speakers, but Tiphaine was there to help us and to help solve this dilemma, so we did have a church wedding in the end!

    One of the best decisions we made when planning a wedding was to choose a destination wedding. Our amazing venue made our wedding one of the most memorable life events to us and our family and friends. We all felt very relaxed throughout the long weekend, as there was so much to do and see and we even wish we stayed longer than 3 days as it felt more like a mini break away rather than a stressful wedding.

    The chateau had everything we and our guests needed including the best wedding planner Tiphaine and the amazing chef who made it all happen for us, including baking fresh croissants every morning, which you would expect in France, but perhaps not as good as the ones in Chateau De St Jean.

    Having a wedding in the historic chateau also meant that we have the most amazing photographs and memories of our big day in France, the country of love.

  • Thank you for an wonderful stay!

    Posted by Hugh & Claire on 23/07/2014

    Thanks again for all your help over the entire year and dealing with all our questions and queries. We couldn't have done it without you and we very much appreciate it. We will be singing the praises of the chateau to everyone we know.

  • A Magical Stay

    Posted by J. Peacock-Reid on 27/05/2014

    Absolute fairytale setting with superb staff who are only too pleased to help in every way they can.

  • So good I rented it twice

    Posted by Wade Marolw on 24/04/2014

    Chateau St. Jean is comfortable and elegant. I brought a group of artists here twice and every one of them is still talking about it. There is lots of room so that even a large group has space to get away from the crowd. The grounds are also huge. I particularly enjoyed the kitchen which is well equipped and in scale with the rest of the estate (it's big!). The location is handy as the road system will take you quickly in any direction. The most interesting direction is north to the Loire. There are a couple of beautiful valleys that take you there. A visit to some of the winerys in the area is highly recommended.The owners provided good directions from Paris but study the maps well as it is very easy to miss a turn. Poitiers is very close and I recommend dropping your rental car there and taking the train back to Paris. The car agencies are next to the train station (mostly) and the train goes directly to Charles DeGaulle airport. Book ahead though. It couldn't be easier. Rent your car at Orly airport on the south side of Paris for a convienient and short ride to the Chateau. Sincerely, Wade

  • Thank you so much!

    Created on 01/08/2013

    We both would like to thank you so much for all your help to make our wedding and weekend so wonderful. We both had everything we hoped and dreamed for and it simply wouldn't have been possible without you, so thank you very much.

    Thank you again and I hope you have a wonderful birthday!

    Hugs and kisses,

    Katie x

     

  • Absolutely gorgeous wedding!

    Posted by on 18/06/2013

    What a beautiful location for a wedding - the chateau and the grounds are breathtaking! If only we could have stayed longer. It was an absolutely gorgeous wedding! And it served as a vacation for all our children - hope to return someday! Many great memories to take back to California and to share with the family who couldn't make it.

  • Perfect Wedding

    Posted by on 18/06/2013

    Tiph, Linda, Thank you for perfecting our wedding week! Kenneth Sanchez

  • Thank you for a wonderful holiday

    Posted by Anon . on 29/05/2013

    Hi Nash,

     

    Thanks again to You and Tiphaine for an unforgettable setting for our day.

     

    I think our guest were as flabbergasted as us and enjoyed being there and we will always return perhaps an anniversary reunion is on the cards.

     

    Thanks,

     

    Michel and Robyn

  • Fantastic wedding venue

    Posted by Anon . on 11/03/2013

    It is with great pleasure that I can recommend the Chateau to anyone who is looking for a fantastic wedding venue managed by Tiphaine who is so helpful & knows exactly how to make your wedding day a very special day. We got married in our village on the 31st December (Yes a bit strange I know!). We had a lovely time at Chateau De St Jean with our friends & family. Such a wonderful place for an unforgettable moment!

    Magali Gérante

  • Fantastic wedding venue!

    Posted by Anon . on 28/02/2013

    Couldn't recommend your place enough for a fantastic venue with enough flexibility to do as mic or as little as you like. Amazingly clean given its size, in house chef was well worth using! We had the wedding of our dreams without spending a fortune. Can we re-marry again this year?!

  • Toda una maravilla!!!

    Posted by Anon User on 12/10/2012

    La ultima boda del 2012, toda una maravilla!!! Charles y yo estamos mas que felices de haber celebrado nuestra boda en el Château St Julien! La arquitectura del castillo es formidable, el parque se presta para sonar, y las atenciones que tuvieron con nosotros fueron muy especiales. Estamos esperando las fotos para compartilas con ustedes! Muchas gracias Tiphaine por todo y hasta prontisimo!!!

  • Incredible stay at this most magical Chateau

    Posted by Kavita Butler on 19/03/2012

    After an incredible stay at this most magical Chateau I can honestly say that myself and all my friends had the best weekend ever. The grounds were enticing and the Chateau was as grand as it was magnificent.

    With so many original features and secret passage ways we were invited into a weekend of fantasy and adventure. Our lovely chef Corrine cooked us up a feast and our hostess with the mostess Tiphaine ensured we has everything we could possibly need at our disposal. I believe the local bistro became part of the birthday celebrations too and it's proprietor was helpful and accmodating. A return visit will be planned and I recommend the Chateau to everyone.....families, couples, weddings and all. Thank you for a great 40th birthday x

  • We have still not stopped talking about our time at St Jean

    Posted by Ernesto Rocco and Richard on 15/07/2010

    Merci Tiphaine. We have still not stopped talking about our time at St Jean with you all and our very special day. It is something we will remember for ever. The pictures we have are fantastic of the Chateau and all the events we had. Everyone had such an amazing time. Thank you again for all your hard work and organising. xx Richard

  • Amazing chateau!

    Posted by Olivia L on 15/07/2010

    It is hard to describe our experience at St Jean without using too many superlatives or exclamation marks! We were delighted by how helpful Tiphaine, the chateau manager, was. She was available to answer our questions no matter how random they seemed. The place itself was just beautiful, very well maintained inside and out. Our guests had an unforgettable time and felt it was well worth a trip across the atlantic to spend time there. We think we had the best wedding and are so grateful to the Nash and Linda for the chance to stay at their amazing chateau!

  • What a remarkable place

    Posted by Mary Lou Weprin on 15/07/2010

    What a remarkable place the Chateau is. I feel like we've been in a film for the last week. Our retreat was very successful, with people saying they hadn't had such a good time in years, and that they'd return in a minute, and that if others knew how great the Chateau and the week was, I'd have a long waiting list.

Rental Rates

High Season : May to September

7 Nights - €11600
6 Nights - €10700
5 Nights - €9800
4 Nights - €8900

The hall is included for the first 3 nights and an additional €900 thereafter.

Mid Season : April & October

7 Nights - €10400
6 Nights - €9500
5 Nights - €8600
4 Nights - €7700
3 Nights - €6800

The hall is an additional €700.

Low Season : November - March (except Xmas)

7 Nights - €7700
6 Nights - €6800
5 Nights - €5900
4 Nights - €5000
3 Nights - €4100

The hall is an additional €500.

 

 

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