Etables Serbise

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Sleeps: 12 Bedrooms: 6 Bathrooms: 4

Overview

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

Formerly the groom’s stables, Etables Serbise has been converted into a holiday home.  The estate, including vast areas of stunning parkland, includes an impressive Chateau Serbise and homely Domaine Serbise, all three historical homes can be rented together for large groups and celebrations or booked separately for an ideal family holiday.

At Etables Serbise,  country-style accommodation lets your family come together; cook a beautiful meal, open a bottle of local wine and toast your good fortune! There are six bedrooms, including two in a Rapunzel-like tower plus an inviting living room and a kitchen-diner, all furnished with simplicity and comfort. 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 charming home is full of history, you will find all the modern conveniences you would expect such as a well-equipped kitchen including a dishwasher, Wi-Fi and satellite TV. The villa features a lovely terrace, barbecue and al-fresco eating area in addition to the private swimming pool, not forgetting the estate’s 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.  

Etables Serbise and the surrounding estate offer a base full of character in a glorious historical setting, ideal for a holiday with family or friends wanting to explore this sunny and delightful area.

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What you should know…

  • This country-style accommodation is furnished with simplicity and comfort and offers excellent value
  • 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)

Property Features

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

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

Location

About the surrounding area of Etables 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
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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 to 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 nearby: 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 brands such as Hennesey, Martell, Remy Martin, Otard, Hine etc. etc., as well as many opportunities to visit local producers.

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 motoring.

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 only 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 major river of the area, the Charente, is 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

  • 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

Onsite Facilities

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

Services Available

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available
  • English speaking babysitter available

Extras

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
- 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!

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 www.oliverstravels.com/chefs

Terms & Conditions

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

Security deposit €400 for the Etables, €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, all utilities included apart from Central Heating costs.
> If not included, what are they? Central Heating Fuel at Cost
Linen & towels included? Yes, all linen and bath towels are included in the rental price, and are changed once a week. Guests must provide their own pool towels.
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 at €13.50 per hour.
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 Up to 4 children are permitted on top of the maximum capacity for an additional charge of €100/week/child.
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 12 people:

Rental period Weekly
Oct 21st 2019 - Apr 2nd 2020 £1,650
Easter Season £1,815
Apr 23rd 2020 - Jun 20th 2020 £1,650
Jun 20th 2020 - Jul 11th 2020 £2,242
Jul 11th 2020 - Aug 29th 2020 £3,417
Aug 29th 2020 - Sep 12th 2020 £2,242
Sep 12th 2020 - Mar 27th 2021 £1,650
Easter Season £1,815
Apr 10th 2021 - Apr 23rd 2021 £1,650

Prices based on an occupancy of 12 people:

Rental period Weekly
Oct 21st 2019 - Apr 2nd 2020 €1,828
Easter Season €2,011
Apr 23rd 2020 - Jun 20th 2020 €1,828
Jun 20th 2020 - Jul 11th 2020 €2,484
Jul 11th 2020 - Aug 29th 2020 €3,784
Aug 29th 2020 - Sep 12th 2020 €2,484
Sep 12th 2020 - Mar 27th 2021 €1,828
Easter Season €2,011
Apr 10th 2021 - Apr 23rd 2021 €1,828

Prices based on an occupancy of 12 people:

Rental period Weekly
Oct 21st 2019 - Apr 2nd 2020 $2,040
Easter Season $2,244
Apr 23rd 2020 - Jun 20th 2020 $2,040
Jun 20th 2020 - Jul 11th 2020 $2,772
Jul 11th 2020 - Aug 29th 2020 $4,224
Aug 29th 2020 - Sep 12th 2020 $2,772
Sep 12th 2020 - Mar 27th 2021 $2,040
Easter Season $2,244
Apr 10th 2021 - Apr 23rd 2021 $2,040

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

  • Marvelous hospitality

    Posted by Anonymous User on 20/09/2012

    After some days full of less needfull business we would like to thank you once more for your marvelous hospitality - according to the song of Pink Floyd we´ve heard in the night (headline), we all wish to be back in Les Etables. I´m sure fullfilling this in the next two years - we will see.

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