Chateau De La Croix

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Sleeps: 24 Bedrooms: 11 Bathrooms: 8


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Heritage Collection
Ideal for Kids Walk to Village All Bedrooms En-Suite Ideal for Parties Stag/Hen Allowed

The Guardian newspaper called this Chateau “One of the Top 5 houses to rent in France”. The Times said “its interior is as hip as its exterior is fairy-tale”.  Grazia Magazine called it “Kick your heels off comfy”, while Bella Magazine simply said it had “Lashings of ooh la la”.

Even though it counts Hollywood Royalty on its guest list, it remains surprisingly cost-effective. An oasis of urban cool and relaxed ambiance against a background of traditional, ornate beauty, the Chateau has space and facilities to keep any guest happy.

Within the Chateau is a bar, private cinema, 14.5m heated swimming pool, billiard room, music area, piano salon, voluminous dining hall and restaurant standard kitchen. Accommodation for up to 26 guests across nine huge bedrooms. Self-cater or let the Chateau staff mollycoddle you – you decide.

The Chateau is great for families too. There is enough room to keep kids out from under parents feet and many activities to keep them amused – jamming in the music room, playing around the pool, outside games in the grounds, a football pitch, ping-pong and games.

This is a destination for all reasons, and whether it’s a group holiday with the kids, a special celebration, family reunion or even a girl’s weekend, it’s a place you’ll always remember.

Good news! For a little extra, this property can be booked as a Vill’otel

Yey! Wait… what is that?
It’s the perfect combo of the privacy of your own personal villa, with all the luxury and convenience of a hotel.

What can be arranged?
Breakfast, cleaning, welcome drinks and hamper, plus more! Check the Extras tab for all the details.

Oliver Approved

What you should know…

  • There is one restaurant within walking distance and plenty more within 10 and 20 minutes drive!

Property Features

Private Pool Child-Safe Pool Heated Pool Wi-Fi/Internet BBQ All Bedrooms En-Suite TV Games Room Indoor Games Outdoor Games DVD Working Fireplace/Woodburner Heating Conference Facilities Caretaker/Owner on Site Waterfront

This Château is all about space, style and welcome – warm, inviting and relaxed ambience in a gorgeous, “Turrets and Tower” fairy-tale castle. And enough room – even in a party of 24 - to escape from the hubbub for a bit of peace and quiet when you choose.

The Chateau’s chic interiors have been featured in design and travel magazines all over the world. Eleven bedrooms, all large, individually designed and furnished with style, and bathrooms that are all testaments to decadence and pampering.

A firm favourite with younger guests, one bedroom is a very chic and stylish “dorm” with four single beds and huge flat screen TV and DVD player – great fun for kids, and it gives them a bit of space of their own away from those noisy and disruptive adults! 

Every bedroom has a flat screen TV and DVD player, hair dryer, bath robes and crisp white cotton bed linen, whilst every bathroom has complimentary bathing products and big fluffy towels.

There are three huge salons to relax in – each opening onto the rear terrace with its bistro tables and parasols. The Stone Salon includes a bar which can be stocked for you or supplied dry for you to stock yourself. The Piano Salon has a Baby Grand for those wishing to get musically creative, while the White Salon is a calm and relaxed space to simply sit and contemplate the formal gardens.

The private cinema has a nine foot screen and surround sound system. The extensive DVD library can also be raided for watching in the privacy of your room, there is Wi-Fi, satellite TV, and there’s a music area with amps and guitars for the more tuneful guests, while the Billiard Room contains a full size American Pool Table.

The five acres of private grounds include a 14.5m heated Swimming Pool, formal gardens perfect for a picnic or barbecue, and two terraces for al-fresco dining.

There is also a huge Dining Hall with tables to seat all your guests in one go of you wish, perfect for everyone – kids included – to eat together. And of course there is a kitchen, fully equipped and restaurant standard for those wishing to be Chef for a while. If you want a break from the cooking, the Chateau can cater for you – anything from a one-off celebration meal to full board every day. And within the hire rate is a housekeeping service provided for a couple of hours each day, which you can increase should you wish.


About the surrounding area of Chateau De La Croix
Walk to Village Walk to Restaurant Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Golf Nearby Fishing Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages
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A charming little village, located on the border between the Charente and Dordogne regions in South-West France. It has all the essentials - Baker, Butcher, Tabac, Grocery Store, Pharmacy, Doctor - even a Cinema showing both French and international films. There is also a large supermarket 9 km away.

In the Village (5 minutes walk)
Tennis courts (Racquets available from the Chateau). Fishing. Park. Horse and Carriage rides (can be arranged from the chateau gates).

Surrounding Area
- Choice of three 18 hole Golf Courses from 9km to 40km.
- Bike Hire. An extensive cycle track network passes through the village.
- Canoeing/Kayaking at Montbron (9km) and Brantome (40km).
- Horse riding.
- Karting (Championship Circuit with Kart Hire, 10 km.
- Water Park with man-made beaches and pedalloes.
- Bowling. Ice skating. Lakes with man made beaches.
- La Vallee des Singes 140 km (monkey park). Futuroscope 145 km (theme park). Grotte de Villars 35 km (prehistoric caves).
- Chateau la Rochefoucauld (18 km) (children can dress up in medieval costumes).
- Disneyland Paris (2 hrs 15 mins by TGV train from Angouleme).

Limoges 85 km, Bergerac 145km, Poitiers 145 km, Bordeaux 151 km, La Rochelle 155 km.

(25mins away). TGV train from Paris takes just 2 hours 13 mins.

Paris 5 hrs. Barcelona 7 hrs. Calais 7 hrs 40mins.

Read more about Aquitaine

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Limoges

(71-80 km)

Nearest Ferry Port Caen

(Over 100 km)

Nearest Town/City Local town

(21-25 km)

Nearest Beach Royan

(Over 100 km)

Nearest Golf Montbron

(9 km)


Aquitaine’s reputation as a varied and enchanting destination is well-earned – whether you’re looking for relaxation or excitement, this beautiful part of south-western France is a feast for every one of the senses. To make sure you’re getting the very best of your holiday (and to clue you up if you’re thinking of going) check out our wonderful travel guide – it’s full of tips, info and the things you really shouldn’t miss when you visit unforgettable Aquitaine. 

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Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Walk to Village
  • Walk to Restaurant
  • Fishing
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages

Onsite Facilities

  • Child-Safe Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Games Room
  • Indoor Games
  • Outdoor Games
  • DVD
  • Toys
  • Fenced Grounds
  • Waterfront

Services Available

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Included
  • Catered


Oliver's Extras

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Included
  • On-Site Concierge
  • Catered
  • Bespoke Catering Service - all levels of catering arranged from breakfast to full board to a one-off formal celebration dinner, including menu-planning with the client and tastings where required.
Good news! This property is available as a Vill’otel

With a vill’otel holiday, you can enjoy all these services throughout your stay:

- Daily breakfast
- Daily maid service
- Deluxe welcome hamper with local delicacies
- Welcome drinks for your group
- Fridge-stocking service
- Private chef service

If you’d like to book the Vill’otel serviced option, contact us on for a tailor-made quote! Typical costs range between £100-£250 per person per week dependent on requirements.

Please note that all services are subject to availability and must be requested at the time of booking.

At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help.

- The Chateau may be hired with your custom level of catering. You can choose to go fully self-catered if you prefer, or the Chateau can provide any level of catering, from a one-off meal, to breakfast each day, to a multi-course extravaganza.
- There are two barbecues at the chateau, and again you can do-it-yourself or have the caterers do it for you.
- The Chateau offers a shopping service so the larders and fridges are stocked when you arrive, and similarly the bars can also be stocked for you should you wish.
- The kitchen is a fully equipped restaurant-standard facility, with several fridges, walk-in store cupboards, and more crockery, cutlery and other kitchen utensils than you would ever require.
- There are two restaurants in the village, which is just 500m from the Chateau, and there are many more dining choices within a 10-20 minute drive.
- Included in the hire rate are the services of a caretaker and housekeeper for a period of 2 hours everyday. If you need any additional housekeeping this can be arranged.
For full-on pampering, why not indulge in some Beauty Treatment sessions, which can provided by a fully qualified beautician.

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Make hosting a memorable dinner party at your villa an absolute breeze with our superb Chef Service. Our chefs will take care of everything for you from start to finish so you can just sit back and enjoy the gastronomic experience. They will bring all the necessary ingredients, cook and serve the food and even clean up afterwards. To find out more visit

Event information

Château de la Croix 

Here is your chance to hold a spectacular wedding at a château which, at first glance, might have jumped straight from a book of fairy tales onto a magical spot in Aquitaine. Step inside however and be wowed by its modern hip interiors, often featured in travel magazines and beloved by Hollywood celebrities. Acres of land and landscaped gardens complete the picture and the whole venue offers so many possibilities for a moving ceremony and lavish reception. There’s a wedding planner available, should you wish, who could create and personalise the perfect event and make you feel like stars for the day. 

Wedding Reception
140 people can be seated for a reception inside The Refectory. The reception could also be held outdoors in the central courtyard, seating up to 200 guests. 

Dancing is able to take place inside The Refectory until as late as you like – there are no music restrictions. 

Wedding Ceremony
A ceremony for up to 200 guests is able to take place in the château’s formal rear-gardens, under a marquee in the grounds or for smaller groups inside the château. 

The owners can provide details of an English-speaking celebrant. 

Where to Stay
The château can accommodate up to 26 people overnight. A further 40 guests are able to stay within walking distance of the château, 50 guests within a 5-minute drive and many more within a 10-minute drive of the château. 

The owners can supply details of local transport firms. 

Wedding Planning
All event planning is done in-house. On request, as an exception, the client may be able to use their own planner. All arrangements for the event can be organised for you by the château planner on request. 

The caterer is exclusive with this château – the venue have an external caterer who is used for events. 

Wedding Packages All wedding planning is arranged with the château planner – please enquire about bespoke packages. 

Other information

Please note that any event rental may be subject to additional charges, venue hire fees and to a higher security deposit, which will be in addition to any published rental rates and fees. All events are on request only and subject to prior agreement from the owner, who reserves the right to refuse all events without their prior authorisation.

Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit €1500 paid via bank transfer to the owner four weeks before arrival and refunded two weeks after departure, subject to full inspection.
Arrival time 5.00 p.m.
Departure time 10.00 a.m. (kitchens and bedrooms) and 11.00 a.m. (rest of building and grounds).
Energy costs included? Yes.
Linen & towels included? Yes.
Pets welcome? Not allowed.
Changeover day Saturday in high season. Flexible during all other periods.
End of stay cleaning included? Yes. However, guests are required to leave the accommodation clean, tidy and in the same condition as on their arrival. Any extra cleaning, laundry, maintenance and/or rubbish disposal required will be charged against the security deposit.
Smoking Allowed? Outside only.
Other Ts and Cs Please note that like all heated pools, pool heating and water temperature are reliant on weather and outside temperatures.
Other Ts and Cs 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 Please note, air-conditioning is available in one suite only.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 24 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Sep 25th 2023 - Oct 1st 2023 £7,773 £11,660 £15,547 £19,435 £23,849
Oct 1st 2023 - Nov 1st 2023 £7,175 £10,763 £14,351 £17,940 £22,015
Nov 1st 2023 - Apr 1st 2024 £6,577 £9,866 £13,156 £16,445 £20,180
Apr 1st 2024 - May 1st 2024 £7,175 £10,763 £14,351 £17,940 £22,015
May 1st 2024 - Jun 1st 2024 £7,773 £11,660 £15,547 £19,435 £23,849
Jun 1st 2024 - Sep 1st 2024 - - - - £25,684
Sep 1st 2024 - Oct 1st 2024 £7,773 £11,660 £15,547 £19,435 £23,849
Oct 1st 2024 - Nov 1st 2024 £7,175 £10,763 £14,351 £17,940 £22,015
Nov 1st 2024 - Mar 28th 2025 £6,577 £9,866 £13,156 £16,445 £20,180

Prices based on an occupancy of 24 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Sep 25th 2023 - Oct 1st 2023 €8,390 €12,586 €16,783 €20,979 €25,744
Oct 1st 2023 - Nov 1st 2023 €7,745 €11,618 €15,492 €19,365 €23,764
Nov 1st 2023 - Apr 1st 2024 €7,100 €10,650 €14,201 €17,751 €21,783
Apr 1st 2024 - May 1st 2024 €7,745 €11,618 €15,492 €19,365 €23,764
May 1st 2024 - Jun 1st 2024 €8,390 €12,586 €16,783 €20,979 €25,744
Jun 1st 2024 - Sep 1st 2024 - - - - €27,724
Sep 1st 2024 - Oct 1st 2024 €8,390 €12,586 €16,783 €20,979 €25,744
Oct 1st 2024 - Nov 1st 2024 €7,745 €11,618 €15,492 €19,365 €23,764
Nov 1st 2024 - Mar 28th 2025 €7,100 €10,650 €14,201 €17,751 €21,783

Prices based on an occupancy of 24 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Sep 25th 2023 - Oct 1st 2023 $8,940 $13,410 $17,881 $22,352 $27,429
Oct 1st 2023 - Nov 1st 2023 $8,252 $12,379 $16,506 $20,633 $25,319
Nov 1st 2023 - Apr 1st 2024 $7,564 $11,347 $15,130 $18,913 $23,209
Apr 1st 2024 - May 1st 2024 $8,252 $12,379 $16,506 $20,633 $25,319
May 1st 2024 - Jun 1st 2024 $8,940 $13,410 $17,881 $22,352 $27,429
Jun 1st 2024 - Sep 1st 2024 - - - - $29,539
Sep 1st 2024 - Oct 1st 2024 $8,940 $13,410 $17,881 $22,352 $27,429
Oct 1st 2024 - Nov 1st 2024 $8,252 $12,379 $16,506 $20,633 $25,319
Nov 1st 2024 - Mar 28th 2025 $7,564 $11,347 $15,130 $18,913 $23,209

Please note that these prices/rates are a guide only and may not be correct at the current date. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

Owner Profile

How long have you owned the property?
We have owned the property for 13 years, and after two years of renovation, have hired it out as a holiday home for 11 years.

What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?
The Chateau is everything you'd expect of a chateau – enclosed grounds, turrets, a tower, all built of stone – but it is also amazingly light due to its huge windows and many French doors. It sits in five acres of its own private grounds, but is on the edge of a small village so it isn't isolated and there is the opportunity to interact with normal everyday French village life.

Are there any interesting stories in its history?

There has been a Chateau on this site since the 14th century. And when we get some free time, I have promised myself I will research its history.

Have you ever had any famous guests staying?
Quite a few, but we tend not to over-promote this. Guests have included, among others, Brad and Angelina for a two week family holiday away from the paparazzi. Garth Jennings, film director. Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, film directors/writers. Cédric Klapisch, Film Director/Writer.

For anyone coming to stay is there anything in the surrounding area they should...
Really do?

Drink local country wine or cognac.

Really eat?
Local Foie Gras

Really see?
See the sunflowers

The region is stuffed with pretty, unspoiled village and towns, nestled in rolling countryside spread with vineyards. Cycling is fabulous here with miles of public rights of way and tracks through the countryside, plus a network of "voie verts" (where old railway lines are converted to cycle tracks) – there is one which runs right behind the Chateau, with flat, safe cycling in dappled sunshine.

What insider tip would you pass on about the property or the area?
Go to Angouleme in the evening. The old quarter of the city (called the Plateau) is cobbled and car free, with a maze of old streets around the old covered market, where many, many cafes, bars and restaurants spill out onto the narrow lanes. On a summer evening it is buzzy and fun, and very friendly and welcoming. A relatively little known gem of a town.



  • Unforgettable Stay!

    on 10/06/2018

    A great place to have a vacation that is full if memorable experiences!

  • It's is a truly special place!!!

    on 04/06/2018

    Chateaux De La Croix is a magical find and we were luck enough to have our wedding here, and what a wedding day and also long weekend we had. It was everything we had wished for and far more. We had taken 17 of us and was a truly enchanting, intimate and memorable experience with all of our guests having a wonderful time and wonderful memories made for everyone. The chateaux provides something for everyone and cannot fail to disappoint. Nicky and Mark are such wonderful hosts and truly wonderful people and Mary is such a wonderful cook the food was Devine. Everyone is dying to go again!!

  • We had a fantastic time!

    on 09/08/2016

    We had a fantastic time. The property suited our needs very well indeed and the owners were extremely easy-going and helpful hosts. Available when we needed them without being intrusive. The girls in our party got particularly excited when they found out that Brad and Angelina had stayed there a few years back!

  • The Chateaux was out of this world

    Created on 21/07/2015

    Thank you so much for all of your help for our wedding. We had an amazing time and the Chateaux was out of this world. Nikki & Mark were the perfect hosts.

  • Lived up to high expectations!”

    on 16/04/2014

    Great place for an extended family get together! We were four brothers, plus spouses and kids, 18 total. Plenty of room for everyone--people could choose to be w/ others or quietly alone--and the pool worked really well (althought watch out for lots of wasps!). That said, Mary's cooking was the highlight of the trip. It just made the whole time so relaxing to be so well taken care off.

  • Magical!

    on 16/04/2014

    We have just spent the best 3 days of our life at the most amazing wedding of our son and his gorgeous wife. Nicky and Mark were brilliant,nothing was too much trouble for them. They were most welcoming when we arrived and that continued the whole time we were there. The food and accommodation were first class. The photo's don't do justice to how gorgeous the place is. It was a truly amazing experience. Thank you Nicky and Mark for making their special day so memorable. Can't wait to return.

  • A perfect day to remember!

    on 08/12/2011

    Our family and friends are still talking about the ceremony, the food, the venue, the music, everything. Thanks so much for giving us all a perfect day to remember!!

  • We all had a fantastic time

    on 30/07/2010

    Just a brief note to thank you very much for a wonderful stay in your fabulous chateau last week. We all had a fantastic time and have many happy memories to relish. Many thanks to all your staff who did such a great job catering and clearing up after us.

  • We knew it was going to be a magical weekend

    on 30/07/2010

    From the moment we first arrived we could tell that it was going to be a magical weekend. Turning into the driveway and making our way up to the front door was incredibly exciting. All of our friends and family had huge smiles on their faces for the entire time they were at the chateau because it is so perfect. It's obvious that you've been doing events for years because you are so efficient and made it look so easy! We would have no hesitation, in fact we thoroughly encourage people to have there special occasion, whatever it might be, at the Chateau. The memories will stay with us for ever and we are both so grateful for all your hard work - you thought of everything and for a second here and there I think Charlie and I actually believed that we might be the new Brangelina!

  • 2 nights stay at the Chateau

    on 30/07/2010

    We just wanted to email to let you know how much we enjoyed our 2 nights stay at the Chateau last week.  Thank you for having us to stay we felt so lucky to have won such a lovely prize and had a super time.  You were very good hosts and made us feel very welcome. We will highly recommend the Chateau to anyone! We hope to be able to return in the near future. Kind regards and many thanks

  • Our fantastic holiday

    on 29/07/2010

    Thank you very much to you and Mark for making our visit last week so memorable. The family had a fantastic holiday and much of that was down to your hard work making us feel welcome and at ease at all times. It was a huge pleasure to spend time at the Chateau again.

  • Magical weekend

    on 29/07/2010

    Well! What can we say... we just had the most magical weekend and the wedding was everything we had hoped for and so much more! Two very special, beautiful people deserved for everything to go perfectly for them and I know how much work they had put in to their meticulous planning. Your professional care and expertise was really outstanding and brought everything to a perfect conclusion for us all and of course we were doubly blessed with perfect weather throughout. Every comfort, perfect surroundings, wonderful food and wine, and just a stunning setting. We all had just the best, fun time and even our games of water cricket-***-baseball-***-football will go down in family history as will the 'pool' competition!! So, thank you both again. We will sing your praises everywhere. See you again when we retire and take our own leisurely trip to revisit the Chateau!

  • Perfect weekend at the chateau

    on 29/07/2010

    Thank you for your wonderful hospitality. We had the absolute perfect weekend at the chateau - it is truly stunning, luxurious and comfortable. The decor, the rooms, the wonderful little touches were noticed and appreciated by us all. The food was also exceptional and Mary and her team were so friendly and efficient, making each evening get off to the perfect start. Our beauty treatments with Amy were wonderful and indulgent, and a perfect way of relaxing after all the exertions of reading a magazine by the swimming pool! Thank you all so much for making this weekend so special and memorable for us. I sincerely hope we will be able to return and relive it all one day!

  • A birthday to remember

    on 29/07/2010

    Once again thank you so much for your care and attention to us for our visit. It was the perfect balance of helpfulness and unobtrusiveness and we all enjoyed your warm welcome into your chateau. It was a holiday and birthday to remember.

  • There is no better place!

    on 29/07/2010

    We booked the Chateau for a week-long family reunion and we couldn't have made a better choice. The Chateau offers comfortable, modern and very unique accommodations, as well as terrific grounds with a large pool, private football pitch and gardens perfect for numerous outdoor games for the children (and young at heart). The surrounding area provides lots of activities, including cycling along a lengthy abandoned railway bed, cave tours, kayaking and cognac tasting. There are also many nearby villages with colourful markets and great restaurants. Nicky and Mark are wonderful hosts and they made our stay extremely relaxing. If you are looking for a week of hassle-free pleasure, there is no better place!

  • Over the top wonderful

    on 27/07/2010

    We loved every minute at the Chateau with all its beauty and richness. Thank you for a wonderful week! Thanks for a lovely time. It was absolutely fantastic. Over the top wonderful. Cheers!

  • So many happy memories of Chateau de la Croix

    on 26/07/2010

    We have so many happy memories of Chateau de la Croix and we always will. You and Mark were superb. I can't thank you enough. Your attention to detail is immaculate, and I can't even recount the number of times I thought about something but you had already attended to it. As a result, I was so relaxed and just loved my wedding day so a huge, huge thank you. To say it wouldn't have been the same without you is an understatement.

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