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What Oliver loves…
- 17 miles of sandy beach only a 15-minute drive away
- Solar heated swimming pool.
- A vast arrange of games available from boardgames to darts!
- Selection of wonderful nearby beaches.
- English-speaking owners who can arrange all you wish for.
- The property is featured in a book called "A Call from France" by Catherine Broughton
This beautiful little Chateau, built in cut stone in the traditional local style, is the ideal venue for a family holiday at any time of year. The property comfortably sleeps 12-14 guests and comes with a solar heated swimming pool in large enclosed grounds.
Chateau Cypres is blessed with a most desirable location not far from La Rochelle, both historical and coastal - there are 17 miles of sandy beach only a 15-minute drive away. This is a wonderful area with excellent facilities for golf, fishing, water sports, bird watching, Roman & Napoleonic history and cycling (pistes criss-cross the entire region).
Please note that advertised rates are for 12 guests. Up to 3 extra guests can be accommodated at a supplement. See "Facilities and 'T&C's tabs for full details.
What you should know…
- The housekeeper does not speak English so bring your phrasebook!
- 2 bedrooms lead off each other
The chateau sleeps 15 guests: advertised rates are for up to 12 guests. Up to 3 extra guests can be accommodated at a supplement of €150 pp/pw, payable locally.
- Kids' play area and games room
- 2 living rooms with TV with some English channels and a library
- Farmhouse kitchen with seating for up to 14 people and a large log fireplace located for winter breaks.
- 8 bedrooms: 1 king size double, 2 doubles, 3 twins and 1 double bedroom with an en suite.
- 1 bathroom
- 3 shower rooms
- 5 WCs
The chateau sits within enclosed walls. The attractive grounds include a private, solar heated swimming pool (size:12mx6m) and a BBQ area with garden furniture. There are football nets ball games, darts, and table-tennis facilities. There is also plenty of space for parking.
Facilities: dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, tumble drier and fridge-freezer. There is Table Tennis and lots of board games to keep you busy on a rare rainy day!
The chateau is located just a short stroll from village restaurant and essential shops. Larger shops and banks are 4km away. In this wonderful part of France there are miles of sandy beaches, islands, rivers and lots to see and do for all age groups.
The chateau is situated approximately four miles from the nearest beach (Marennes), on the edge of the village of St Just-Luzac, half an hour's drive south of the famous ancient port of La Rochelle and quarter of an hour north of the well-known seaside resort of Royan.
St Just-Luzac is on the mainland opposite the island of Oleron. This is an area rich in history that boasts the best climate in France with as many hours of sunshine as the Mediterranean coast.
Local activities include chateaux, wine tours, beaches and local markets.
There is also excellent golf and bird watching in the area.
(50-60 km )
|Nearest Ferry port||
(Over 350 km)
(Under 1 km)
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Baby and Toddler Equipment
- Stair gates
- High Chair(s)
Kids Activities Close-by
- Beach Nearby
- Walk to Village
- Walk to Restaurant
- Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
- Tourist Towns & Villages
- Climbing frame
- Board games
- Child-Safe Pool
- Heated Pool
- Games Room
- Indoor Games
- Outdoor Games
- Table Tennis
- Fenced Grounds
- Maid Service Available
- Maid Service 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
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
These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.
|Security deposit||£380 paid via bank transfer to the owner before arrival and refunded 24 hours after departure, subject to full inspection.|
|Arrival time||Between 4.00 p.m. and 8.00 p.m.|
|Departure time||Before 10.00 a.m.|
|Energy costs included?||All utilities are included except gas in winter (extra cost, paid locally).|
|Linen & towels included?||No. Linen and towels can be hired at €16 pp/pw to be paid in cash upon arrival. The package includes all bedding, a hand towel, a bath towel, a pool towel each plus bath mat(s) and tea towels. Linen only is €8 pp/pw.|
|Pets welcome?||Maximum 2 pets welcome out of peak season on request only and with prior agreement with the owner. If accepted, a pet supplement of €50 per pet per week will apply (paid locally).|
|Other Ts and Cs||Advertised rates are for up to 12 guests. Up to 3 extra guests can be accommodated at a supplement of €150 pp/pw, payable locally to the housekeeper.|
|End of stay cleaning included?||No, optional extra €80 payable locally plus maid service available at €25 per hour. 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.|
|Insurance||Guests are required to be in possession of a valid insurance policy, which covers them for cancellations, personal belongings, public liability and any accidental damage caused during their stay.|
|Minimum stay||7 nights.|
|Tax||Tourist tax is included in the rental price.|
|Other 2||Cot and high chairs are available on request at €15 each per week, paid locally.|
What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?
I fell in love with its proximity of the beach and the fine old architecture.
Are there any interesting stories in its history?
The house was occupied by the Nazis during WWII.
Have you ever had any famous guests staying?
Yes, we received Lady Spencer, Brian Eno and a few others I can't name!
What’s the strangest or most difficult guest request you’ve ever received?
A naturist couple who still wanted the maid service - they remained naked as the cleaner did her work!
For anyone coming to stay is there anything in the surrounding area they should...
Really do?Go to the beach.
Really see?The Napoleonic fortifications.
Lastly, what insider tip would you pass on about the property or the area?
There are 2700 hours of sunshine per year here, whereas most of the rest of France averages 1300 hours per year.
Brilliant house, very spacious, beautifully furnished, large pool. Well equipped.
An amazing week!
We have all come back with a tan after an amazing week at the chateau. Fab old property with everything we need, and we particularly liked the private pool and big secluded grounds.
We have already booked again for next year
A beautiful chateau not far from the beach. It lived up to all our expectations with huge rooms, interesting items on display, wonderfully arranged. We were able to use the pool and the barbecue almost every day and there was bags of room for everybody. If you enjoy interesting old things and old architecture, as we do, this place is a must. We have already booked again for next year.
We have had the pleasure in staying in a couple of the cottages now as always find them totally charming. We have taken the children and they always enjoy it too. But best please to relax and explore on the holidays without the kids! Riding a bike in the area is such a fun way to explore. and then enjoy a lovely glass of wine in your own garden area at the end of the day! We will be back...
A Terrific Week
We had a terrific stay at the Chateau in Feb 2017. It's a perfect setting for a relaxing holiday, slowing down the tempo of modern life, enjoying a few glasses of Pineau des Charentes and settling in to a rustic lifestyle. There's also plenty to see and do in the area. We had great fun visiting Saintes and Rochefort, to name but two locations. The house itself is quite unique (in a good way), combining an eclectic style of homeliness with a real and well-presented feeling of history. We all took to the house, it grew on us as the week went on and by the end of it we had all developed a real sense of belonging there. It became quite a comforting and reassuring sightseeing the outline of the house appear on the horizon as we drove back along the D728.
The children (aged between 1 and 3) all loved their time there, playing with the sand and on the swings and the slide - coats and wellies on, properly enjoying the outdoors.
In a nutshell, we would all highly recommend a stay in the Chateau and a big thank-you to our hosts for a terrific week.
Fabulous French Estate
The moment we arrived and were shown our little 2 bed gite we were delighted with our choice. 'The cute rustic cottage for our 2 week stay was a joy. The French ladies who deal with the cleaning etc were lovely, happy and friendly. Even though the weather was changeable for the first 10 days we had a great holiday in this beautiful area of France. There is so much to see and do. The grounds and the little gardens for each gite and the pool are lovely and excellent for children being very secure with gates and a high wall. I cannot recommend it highly enough and we were quite sad to leave. The family who own the chateau and gites are a lovely family and we were lucky enough to meet them.
Just returned from our first holiday in France. We have fallen in love with the country and especially the people who where always helpful and accommodating wherever we went, from the Charante to Paris and Normandy. We packed a lot into our 16 days and on reflexion the most tranquil and relaxing time was in our accommodation at Chateau Cypres. We arrived very late after underestimating the drive from Paris but were met with a smile. The chalet (no.7) was just perfect for us and we really liked the decor and the overall setting of the gardens, the pool was perfect and we made great use of it for two very hot days when we took a break from our touring around the Charante, we took in La Rochelle, Cognac, Saintes and the Royan areas. We also met a very pleasant and helpful English girl, possibly Catherine's daughter, who gave us some tips on the local area and Marennes. The weather was fine and dry in the mid twenty degrees Celsius for most of our stay and was hot and 30 to 35 degrees Celsius for two days so overall no complaints, really enjoyed our experience and were sad to leave for our onward trip to Paris. Hopefully we will return to France and will definetely put Chateau Cypres top of our list. Thanks for everything, bon chance.
Great escape holiday
We have visit here several times, the accommodation is charming and comfortable with so much to do in the area. We have taken friends and family and all have loved it. There is something for children to do on site which is always an advantage and in low session we have even been able to take the dog (he loves it too!)
Lovely week in a beautiful Chateau!
What a beautiful historical chateau! We had a lovely relaxing week, although the time flew by too fast and we all wished we could of stayed for two weeks, but unfortunately work commitments just did not allow.Thank you.
Amazing cycling holiday destination
Our aim when we stayed at Les Cypres was to cycle, and we found this most satisfactory. Bikes were delivered to the door (organized by the owner) and the area is criss-crossed with flat cycle paths. The property made a lovely place to get back to after a day of cycling. I recommend hiring a mid-week cleaner, because it is a big place, and old, and we found that things got disorderly and dusty quite quickly.
Wonderful winter getaway
We saw an item on the internet about this property and it peaked our curiosity because we would not normally have gone away in the winter. It was wonderful sitting by the huge log fire in the kitchen while the Atlantic wind howled outside. Gave us a real feeling of old-fashioned France, not least because we hired a cook and she was hilarious with her baguettes and cheeses and her conviction that we don't know how to eat in Scotland! Full CH and everything we needed for a change of scenery during the bleak winter months.
Lovely stay at Chateau Cypres
We did so love being in this property, recommended to us by friends who stayed there a couple of years ago. Child-friendly and quirky, full of interesting nooks and crannies and amazing old objects. Every day we discovered something new. The kitchen is properly equipped, though a tad tired-looking, and everything was spotlessly clean. We particularly loved the "museum" area and the library. The pool was clean and the grounds ideal for children to run around in. Sheltered parking would have been a plus, but we were grateful for off-raod secure parking anyway. Village shops pretty minimal and seemed to be constantly shut - but that is France !
Another wonderful holiday at Chateau Cypres!
We returned to Chateau Cypres in the middle of July having had a wonderful holiday last year. We weren't disappointed as, once again, the property proved to be a super venue for the family to get together. The chateau is well appointed with a very homely feel. Whilst the surrounding countryside is a beautiful area of France and we again enjoyed the history, the oysters and the beaches; the facilities at the chateau, particularly the pool, mean that you can, if you wish, also enjoy a relaxing day without having to travel. The owner is very helpful and professional. We look forward to returning next year.
The perfect summer getaway
Beautiful house and fantastic gardens. The children spent hours digging and creating things in the sand pit. Sea & landscapes very beautiful. Holiday enjoyed by all.
Thank you for a lovely stay
Such a fine old place, rustic charm at its best, loaded with character with something new to discover every day. A great place to stay and the area was also excellent. The owners helped out daughter a great deal with various troubles, for which we will always be grateful. We certainly recommend this property.
Ideal venue for a family holiday
Child friendly with stair gates and play areas. Lots of ornaments which I had to move out of the way of little fingers, but that was a small price to pay for such a lovely holiday house. The beach is nearby and we went there almost every day - be warned, the beaches are extremely crowded on a Sunday!
We rented this house for our 40th wedding anniversary and were not disappointed. The rooms are all spacious and lend themselves to large gatherings. The owner arranged a marquee in the garden and extra chairs (at a supplement) and also located local caterers for us. Unhappily the weather was mediocre (April) but that did not distract from a lovely holiday because the area has plenty to do and see and the house is wonderful.
A fun and fantastic chateau
A quaint and quirky property, perfectly delightful. Most comfortable with everything we needed, helpful and pleasant staff, plenty of privacy and the pool was to die for. We particularly appreciated the safety aspect, with everything either fenced or walled in, secure parking and so on.
Had a wonderful stay in this gorgeous property. Booked via some friends, I will certainly return. Loaded with charm, very helpful staff, lovely owner (quite a well-known author - wrote The Man With Green Fingers and others). Lovely pool. Handy for all shops and beaches. Excellent.
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