Chateau Serbise Estate

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Sleeps: 38 Bedrooms: 19 Bathrooms: 16
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Overview

Wedding Venue Recommended Pool Ideal for Kids Ideal for Parties

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This estate in the Charente Maritime, south-west France, consists of nineteen bedrooms distributed across a 17th-century chateau and two villas set in twelve acres of beautiful parkland. It’s an ideal venue for weddings or celebrations, with each of the three welcoming homes near each other yet enjoying their own private pools and terraces. 

Chateau Serbise is the largest of all three, sleeping sixteen guests with eight bedrooms. The characterful grand salon features a rare decorative fireplace, a snooker room will delight all generations and a there’s a grand reception hall, ideal for hosting large events. An unpretentious dining room allows families and friends to gather for fine feasts and doors open up to a wonderful terrace, leading to an inviting swimming pool overlooking the vast gardens and parkland.

You’ll find a further five bedrooms at Domaine Serbise, a former wine press with a rustic and characterful interior, simple furnishings and a delightful private swimming pool and terrace.  The open-plan kitchen-diner and living area has a particularly spacious and airy feel to it, there is plenty of room to relax and guests can easily come together to socialise.

Etables Serbise has six bedrooms, including two in a Rapunzel-like tower plus a living room and a homely kitchen-diner, all furnished with simplicity and comfort. Once again there are many characterful features such as stone walls and wood beamed ceilings as well as a swimming pool surrounded by a shaded terrace and space for children to play.

Whilst the these three homes are full of history, you will find all the modern conveniences you would expect such as well-equipped kitchens including a dishwasher, Wi-Fi and satellite TVs. They each feature lovely terraces, barbecues and al-fresco eating areas in addition to their own private swimming pools, not forgetting the spacious gardens and parkland for you to explore.

Within 6km can find yourself in medieval Pons with restaurants, small shops and historical sights. Activities in the area include golf, horse-riding and canoeing or hire a bicycle from the estate to explore the parkland and beyond. Beach-lovers only have to travel just over half an hour to the coast – there are long stretches of sandy beaches from St Georges de Didonne to St Palais sur Mer. Wine aficionados needn’t travel far either with dozens of wineries and Cognac nearby. This region has a particularly mild climate all year round and it can be one of the sunniest parts of France during from late Spring to Autumn.  

Whether a picturesque wedding in beautiful surroundings or a large family celebration, the estate of Chateau Serbise offers you character, comfort and privacy in a glorious historical setting.

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What you should know…

  • In Etables Serbise and Domaine Serbise, the country-style accommodation is more simple than the chateau and offers excellent value for additional accommodation to the chateau
  • The closest bars and restaurants are 5km away, so we recommend a car rental. If you go without, pre-booking taxis is a must!
  • You’ll need to bring extra beach towels to use at the pool (all other linens are provided)

Property Features

Private Pool Child-Safe Pool Internet BBQ Ground Floor Bed & Bath Cable TV Games Room Indoor Games Table Tennis Pool/Snooker Working Fireplace Heating Conference Facilities Chapel on Site Caretaker/Owner on Site

Chateau Serbise

Interior

Ground Floor

- Reception hall (15mx6.5m) – ideal for large events with direct access to patio and lawn with adjoining entrance lobby, WC and linked to kitchen, suitable for caterers
- Salon with sofas, piano, satellite TV
- Snooker room with full-size snooker table
- Dining room
- Kitchen, well-equipped with electric cooker, gas hob, microwave, dishwasher, fridge-freezer, kettle, coffee machine and toaster
- Double bedroom with en-suite shower room
- Separate shower room

First Floor

- Each bedroom has their own shower or bathroom (five are en-suite, two are separate)
- 4 double bedrooms
- 3 twin bedrooms
- Please note up to 4 extra children can also be accommodated using additional beds at a supplement (€100/week/child)

Outside Grounds

- Swimming pool (surrounded by 1.4m high wall with self-closing gate)
- Terrace including al-fresco eating area
- BBQ
- Parkland and gardens to explore

Facilities

- Satellite TV
- CD/radio
- Wi-Fi
- Hair-dryer
- Washing machine
- Iron and ironing board
- Bikes to rent

Etables Serbise

Interior

Ground Floor

- Kitchen-diner, well-equipped with electric cooker, gas hob, microwave, dishwasher, fridge-freezer, kettle, coffee machine and toaster
- Steps up to living room with sofas and satellite TV
- Double bedroom
- Twin bedroom
- Bathroom and separate WC
- Utility room
- Shower room

First Floor

- Two family double bedrooms with en-suite bath or shower room
- Please note up to 2 to 4 extra children can also be accommodated in the family rooms using additional beds at a supplement (€100/week/child)

Tower

- Two twin bedrooms

Outside Grounds

- Swimming pool (with alarm safety system)
- Decked al-fresco eating area
- Garden lawn area with shade from trees for children to play
- BBQ
- Parkland and gardens to explore

Facilities

- Satellite TV
- CD/radio
- Wi-Fi
- Hair-dryer
- Washing machine
- Iron and ironing board
- Indoor games
- Bikes to rent

Domaine Serbise

Interior

Ground Floor

- Kitchen-diner, well-equipped with electric cooker, gas hob, microwave, dishwasher, fridge-freezer, kettle, coffee machine and toaster
- Step up to living area with sofas and satellite TV
- Utility room
- Double bedroom
- Twin bedroom
- Bathroom and separate WC

First Floor

- Two twin bedrooms
- Two bathrooms
- Bath/shower room with separate WC

First Floor Mezzanine

- Double bedroom
- Shower room with WC

Outside Grounds

- Swimming pool (depth 1-1.77m, with alarm safety system)
- Decked al-fresco eating area
- BBQ
- Garden lawn area with shade from trees for children to play
- Parkland and gardens to explore

Facilities

- Satellite TV
- CD/radio
- Wi-Fi
- Hair-dryer
- Washing machine
- Iron and ironing board
- Indoor games
- Bikes to rent

Location

About the surrounding area of Chateau Serbise Estate
Canoeing/Kayaking Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Wine Tasting Golf Nearby Horse Riding Go-Karting Fishing Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites
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The region of Charente Maritime is one of the sunniest parts of France and benefits from a mostly sunny and warm climate from April through October. The influence of the Gulf Stream means that winters can be as mild as the Mediterranean. Cognac & Saintes are 15km away and Royan is 25km from the estate. The airports of Bordeaux, Angouleme and La Rochelle are within 1 hours drive and are served by an increasing number of UK regional airports.

St. Genis & Pons are both 5-6km away where there are restaurants and small shops. The nearest beach is only 35 minutes drive. There are 3 golf courses: Saintes (typical UK type club), Cognac (good course, above average) and Royan (reminds one of the Berkshire courses - pine on sand - good course).

The area has many historical sites relating to its past including the periods of Roman occupation, Richard Coeur de Lion and Eleanor of Aquitane, the French Revolution and the Second World War. As the centre of Cognac production, the towns of Cognac and Jarnac are must visits with guided tours around the headquarters of Hennesey, Martell, Remy Martin, Otard, Hine etc.

The coast line from St Georges de Didonne north to St Palais sur Mer has miles of sandy beaches and good fish restaurants. The towns of Royan, La Rochelle and Rochefort are interesting places to visit and are all within one hour's drive.

The area abounds with many fine restaurants, some more expensive than others but all incredible value for money. Many local artisans welcome visits to view their business, including barrel making, wood carving and sculpture, pottery production, chocolate making and many more.

The wine production areas of Bordeaux are within easy reach with the Blaye region only half an hour away and St Emilion just over an hour by car. From the towns of Blaye or Royan it is possible to take a car ferry across to the Medoc.

The city of Bordeaux can be reached in an hour with its good shopping, art galleries, museums and historical buildings. The same can be said for Saintes. Within an hour there are three top golf courses at Saintes, Cognac and Royan with more around Bordeaux.

As well as the obvious sea fishing, river fishing in the Seugne is only 5 minutes away. The Charente only half an hour away. Only 5kms in either direction are good quality local tennis courts. There are several horse stables around providing riding for all levels through the local woodlands. A very local stable provides carriage rides around the lanes of the area. An international length (1.2km long) go-cart track is only 10 minutes from Clerbise. Canoes are available for hire on the local river Seugne.

A busy nightclub is just 5kms away and is open from Thursday to Sunday.

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Bordeaux or La Rochelle

(91-100 km)

Nearest Ferry port St Malo

(Over 100 km)

Nearest Village St Genis de Saintonge

(5 km)

Nearest Town/City Pons

(6 km)

Nearest Restaurant Moulin du Val de Seugne

(4 km)

Nearest Bar/Pub Le Francais

(5 km)

Nearest Beach Meschers

(31-35 km)

Nearest Golf Cognac

(26-30 km)

Region

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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Kids

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

 BABY AND TODDLER EQUIPMENT

Mattress protector: x4

Baby bath: x2

Bath toys: x6

Changing mat: x2

Potty: x1

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Bottle steriliser
  • Plastic crockery
  • Mattress protector
  • Baby bath
  • Bath toys
  • Changing mat
  • Potty
  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Horse Riding
  • Go-Karting
  • Fishing
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages
  • Historical Sites

Onsite Facilities

  • Child-Safe Pool
  • Games Room
  • Indoor Games
  • Table Tennis
  • Pool/Snooker

Services Available

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available
  • Meal delivery service
  • English speaking babysitter available

Extras

Oliver's Extras

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available
  • Meal delivery service
  • English speaking babysitter available

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. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:

- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Babysitting/childcare services

Extras available at this property:

Although the Estate is mainly let on a self catering basis, there are extras available to help: chef, maid service, babysitting, morning bread delivery and access to the increasingly good wine cellar.

The owners are also able to arrange Wedding Blessings on the Estate which are becoming increasingly popular.

Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfil your requests!

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Event information

Capacity
Indoor reception capacity: 80
A dedicated function hall in the old Chai barn is an ideal venue all types of celebrations, as well as other events including food & wine courses, dances, seminars or lessons.
Outdoor reception capacity: 100+
Guests almost always set up a marquee on the terrace. Of course price depends on capacity / size - e.g. 60 person including chair and table hire from 650€. The owners are almost always involved in the arrangements for marquee hire, catering, flowers etc. for which they charge from 500€ depending on involvement and numbers.

Availability
Outside the normal rental period (May to September) the owners are happy to consider short period bookings for weddings and in these cases they are happy to quote on an inclusive package including rental and arranging fees.

The Service
The ruins of an 11th Century Romanesque church are within the grounds. This remains consecrated ground. Over the body of the church, they erect a simple white marquee and set out chairs etc. Alternatively there are R.C. churches in the villages around. There is access to an English speaking vicar or priest.

Catering
The owners can recommend a reliable and high quality chef to cater for all your guests. He is also available to cater for meals prior to or after the main event if you so desire.

Other Services
Flowers: A local shop does all floral arrangements. Live bands/DJs: Pop, jazz, western/folk, D.J. all possible. Transport: All as required from coach hire through minibus, car or taxi. Marquee hire: As mentioned above. Hair & Make up. Photographer.

Accommodation
38 guests can stay at the chateau (normal set up) with up to around 45 (with extra single beds in the large bedrooms to make family or singles rooms). Extra single beds at 100€ each to cover linen, towels, extra utility use and set up costs. Two gite complexes within 10 minutes can accommodate a further 35. Also, local hotels (within 15 minutes) can house a further 50 minimum.

Travel
Bordeaux and La Rochelle - both around 55 minutes away with most of the lower priced airlines flying in from most UK regional airports.

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 €1000 if one books the whole estate paid on arrival to the owner and refunded after departure subject to inspection.
Arrival time 5.00 p.m.
Departure time 10.00 a.m.
Energy costs included? Yes, included except oil fired central heating which is charged at cost.
Linen & towels included? Yes, all linen and bath towels are included in the rental price, and are changed once a week. Pool towels not included.
Pets welcome? No.
End of stay cleaning included? No, guests are expected to leave the property clean and tidy. Cleaning products and facilities are all provided. Guests can request a cleaning service for a minimum of 3hrs at 15€/hr.
Changeover day Saturday.
Smoking Allowed? Outside 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.
Minimum stay 7 nights.
Other Ts and Cs Please note that the owners live on site, and are always available to help with any queries but otherwise keep to themselves and do not share the pool or other facilities.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 38 people:

Rental period Weekly
Mar 22nd 2019 - Apr 12th 2019 £5,684
Easter Season £5,995
Apr 27th 2019 - Jun 22nd 2019 £5,684
Jun 22nd 2019 - Jul 13th 2019 £7,494
Jul 13th 2019 - Aug 31st 2019 £11,455
Aug 31st 2019 - Sep 14th 2019 £7,494
Sep 14th 2019 - Apr 2nd 2020 £5,684
Easter Season £5,995
Apr 23rd 2020 - Jun 20th 2020 £5,684
Jun 20th 2020 - Jul 11th 2020 £7,494
Jul 11th 2020 - Aug 29th 2020 £11,455
Aug 29th 2020 - Sep 12th 2020 £7,494
Sep 12th 2020 - Sep 22nd 2020 £5,684

Prices based on an occupancy of 38 people:

Rental period Weekly
Mar 22nd 2019 - Apr 12th 2019 €6,278
Easter Season €6,622
Apr 27th 2019 - Jun 22nd 2019 €6,278
Jun 22nd 2019 - Jul 13th 2019 €8,278
Jul 13th 2019 - Aug 31st 2019 €12,653
Aug 31st 2019 - Sep 14th 2019 €8,278
Sep 14th 2019 - Apr 2nd 2020 €6,278
Easter Season €6,622
Apr 23rd 2020 - Jun 20th 2020 €6,278
Jun 20th 2020 - Jul 11th 2020 €8,278
Jul 11th 2020 - Aug 29th 2020 €12,653
Aug 29th 2020 - Sep 12th 2020 €8,278
Sep 12th 2020 - Sep 22nd 2020 €6,278

Prices based on an occupancy of 38 people:

Rental period Weekly
Mar 22nd 2019 - Apr 12th 2019 $7,137
Easter Season $7,528
Apr 27th 2019 - Jun 22nd 2019 $7,137
Jun 22nd 2019 - Jul 13th 2019 $9,410
Jul 13th 2019 - Aug 31st 2019 $14,383
Aug 31st 2019 - Sep 14th 2019 $9,410
Sep 14th 2019 - Apr 2nd 2020 $7,137
Easter Season $7,528
Apr 23rd 2020 - Jun 20th 2020 $7,137
Jun 20th 2020 - Jul 11th 2020 $9,410
Jul 11th 2020 - Aug 29th 2020 $14,383
Aug 29th 2020 - Sep 12th 2020 $9,410
Sep 12th 2020 - Sep 22nd 2020 $7,137

Please note that prices may not be 100% accurate for dates outside of the current calendar year. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

Owner Profile

Property Owner
Andrew and Marjie

How long have you owned the property?
25 years

What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?
Its charm and presence within the landscape, demanding to be restored

Are there many interesting stories in its history?
There has been a house on this site since 20 AD, there is one of Western France's best preserved underground fortress dating to the mid 1400's and it was the birthplace of Agrippa d'Aubigne who would go on to be the most famous poet of the 16th century

Have you ever had any famous guests staying?
World renowned artist and writer who both come on a regular basis to relax and work in peace and tranquility, plus the actors and staff of the film 'La Tete en Friche' filmed locally in Pons stayed here during filming

For anyone coming to stay is there anything  in the surrounding area they should.......
Really do?  Relax on the estate with family and friends
Really eat?  Local seafood caught that morning
Really see? Wine and Cognac tours. The local historic towns of Saintes, Rochfort and La Rochelle

 

 

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Reviews

  • Relaxed & Enjoyable Holiday

    Created on 20/09/2012

    The chateau & gites were perfect for our celebration for Keith's 40th.The accommodation, gardens, pools & surroundings are all kept to such a high standard & we had such a relaxed & enjoyable week. Thanks again for your wonderful hospitality. I hope you are both well & of course busy with bookings. We will definitely be back within the next few years, the kids still talk so fondly about "the chateau".

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