Chateau Serbise

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Sleeps: 16 Bedrooms: 8 Bathrooms: 9
Oliver Approved


Recommended Pool Chateaux & Castles Great Value
Heritage Collection
Ideal for Kids


Book a 2023 villa holiday by 31st January and receive:

  • A welcome hamper on arrival
  • Up to £100 private chef voucher
  • Trees planted to offset 110% of your villa stay

Ts&Cs apply.

Set in a unique estate in Charente Maritime, with a backdrop of ancient stone walls, this 17th century chateau with private pool is set in twelve acres of beautiful parkland.

Originally built in the early 1600s, Chateau Serbise has been lovingly converted into an impressive holiday home.  The estate, including vast areas of stunning parkland, also includes two more simple houses; Etables Serbise and Domaine Serbise, all three historical homes can be rented together for large groups and weddings or booked separately for an ideal family holiday or celebration.

Chateau Serbise is the largest home on the estate, 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 lead to the south facing patio, great for sun worshippers.

Whilst the charming home is full of history, you will find all the modern conveniences you would expect such as a well-equipped kitchen suitable for caterers, Wi-Fi and satellite TV. The chateau features a wonderful terrace, barbecue and al-fresco eating area which all leads to the inviting swimming pool overlooking the vast gardens and parkland.

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 relaxing family holiday, Chateau Serbise offers you character and comfort in a glorious historical setting.

Oliver Approved

What you should know…

  • Please note that only the chef from the property can be used for private chef services. 
  • The closest bars and restaurants are 5 km 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).

This home is a part of our Great Value and Heritage Collection!

This is a historic home, and as such:

  • It has probably been standing for over 100 years, which means it's full of historic value and charm but it may also have one or two quirks!
  • Some of the decor and furnishings may not be brand new, but that should not detract from your holiday experience in this unique setting that allows you to take a step back in time!

Property Features

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

Chateau Serbise


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
- Parkland and gardens to explore


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


About the surrounding area of Chateau Serbise
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)


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. 

Download our Aquitaine Travel Guide >>


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


Mattress protector: x4

Baby bath: x2

Bath toys: x6

Changing mat: x2

Potty: x1

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Mattress protector
  • Baby bath
  • Bath toys
  • Changing mat
  • Potty
  • Bottle steriliser
  • Plastic crockery
  • 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
  • English speaking babysitter available


Oliver's Extras

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available
  • 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
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Babysitting/childcare services
Extras available at this property (payable locally):

- Chef (please note that only the chef from the property can be used for private chef services)
- Maid service
- Babysitting
- Morning bread delivery
- 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!

Oliver's Travels Chef Service: A Gourmet Dining Experience
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

Terms & Conditions

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

Security deposit €600 for the chateau 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, 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.
Changeover day Saturday.
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.
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 Children supplement: €100/week/child (up to 3).
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.
Other Ts and Cs Please note that only the chef from the property can be used for private chef services.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 16 people:

Rental period Weekly
Dec 2nd 2022 - Apr 15th 2023 £3,118
Apr 15th 2023 - Jun 10th 2023 £3,118
Jun 10th 2023 - Jul 15th 2023 £3,974
Jul 15th 2023 - Aug 26th 2023 £5,734
Aug 26th 2023 - Sep 23rd 2023 £3,974
Sep 23rd 2023 - Apr 13th 2024 £3,118
Apr 13th 2024 - Jun 4th 2024 £3,118

Prices based on an occupancy of 16 people:

Rental period Weekly
Dec 2nd 2022 - Apr 15th 2023 €3,408
Apr 15th 2023 - Jun 10th 2023 €3,408
Jun 10th 2023 - Jul 15th 2023 €4,343
Jul 15th 2023 - Aug 26th 2023 €6,268
Aug 26th 2023 - Sep 23rd 2023 €4,343
Sep 23rd 2023 - Apr 13th 2024 €3,408
Apr 13th 2024 - Jun 4th 2024 €3,408

Prices based on an occupancy of 16 people:

Rental period Weekly
Dec 2nd 2022 - Apr 15th 2023 $3,582
Apr 15th 2023 - Jun 10th 2023 $3,582
Jun 10th 2023 - Jul 15th 2023 $4,565
Jul 15th 2023 - Aug 26th 2023 $6,587
Aug 26th 2023 - Sep 23rd 2023 $4,565
Sep 23rd 2023 - Apr 13th 2024 $3,582
Apr 13th 2024 - Jun 4th 2024 $3,582

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

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



  • A big Thank You

    Posted by Tessa K. on 13/07/2017

    Just wanted to say a big Thank You to you all for making our holiday run smoothly and to let you know Chateau Serbise was perfect. The owners were lovely and we all had a great time.

  • Relaxed & enjoyable week

    Posted by Anonymous User on 20/09/2012

    Firstly I must apologise for taking so long to write to you. I can't believe how time has flown by since we arrived at your beautiful chateau. I just wanted to say on behalf of Keith, our family & friends what a truly fantastic week we had staying at your wonderful estate. 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".

  • Lovely time with great people

    Posted by Anonymous User on 20/09/2012

    Thank you so much for a wonderful holiday at the Chateau. We all had a lovely time with great people, enjoyed the local food, relaxed and had fun in a beautiful setting. We could not have asked for more.

  • We had the most wonderful holiday..

    Posted by Anonymous User on 20/09/2012

    Just a short message to confirm that we would like to stay at the Chateau from 26th July to 9th August 2014 if possible. We had the most wonderful holiday this year and the weather was marvellous. Thank you so much.

    Hope you enjoyed having your daughters and grandchildren to stay.

  • It is already a lovely place, and I'm sure will only get better!

    Posted by Anonymous User on 20/09/2012

    Hi Andrew, just wanted to send you a brief note to thank you and Marje (on behalf of the whole group) for a super location for our group holiday. We are all now home, safe and sound - albeit a little tired from two weeks of late nights, sun, and the odd drink!
    We loved the Chateau - and all of us got great use of the pool in such lovely weather. I told you after the first week that my concern before booking was that a group of 9 adults and 3 children might be just a little bit noisy for the other guests in "Le Domain...". However, the layout of the estate was such that the place did seem very tranquil noise did not appear to travel...much to my relief.
    I wish you and Marje the very best with your project at the Chateau. It is already a lovely place, and I'm sure will only get better.

  • Just right!

    Posted by Anonymous User on 20/09/2012

    Thank you once again for hiring your lovely chateau to us. It's easy to buy a place and hire it, less easy to be present and helpful whilst maintaining a suitable level of intervention and having done a few of these trips I can genuinely say that you had it just right. Typing up the menu was a step you didn't need to do but was so helpful.

    I'll book again. I do these as a volunteer for a 50,000 member organisation and could have filled your place 3 times from the enquiries I had, so will look to repeat this trip soon and may bring this lot back in 3 years.

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