Chateau Serein

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Sleeps: 14 Bedrooms: 9 Bathrooms: 6

Overview

Wedding Venue Recommended Pool Ideal for Kids

Staying at Château Serein is a true privilege; a charming English home in a classic French château surrounded by glorious Burgundy countryside. In the breathtaking Serein Valley, close to the Morvan hills, it’s less than an hour north of Beaune, the wine capital of the region.

This Grade I listed 18th century home has been in the family for many years and makes an outstanding venue for wonderful holidays where you can enjoy the finest food and wine of the region. It has even been highly recommended by two best-selling wine experts as an ideal base for wine-tasting tours of the Burgundy vineyards. Personal wine-tasting can also be arranged in the château itself, a truly memorable experience!

Situated on its own private island surrounded by broad moats, the château is approached through an avenue of lime trees. Enjoy time in the vast private grounds with its woods and landscaped gardens or spend warm summer days cooling off in the bassin, an 18th century bathing pool. Explore the moats with the rowing boat then challenge a friend to a game of croquet. Drink fine Burgundy wines on the splendid terrace and enjoy al-fresco meals en famille using fruit and vegetables which are regularly delivered from the delightful kitchen garden and fruit orchard.
 
The sense of space is wonderful; whether staying with family or friends you can always find somewhere quiet to relax throughout the château and grounds. Inside you will find nine spacious bedrooms and six bathrooms, several of which are en suite. The magnificent entrance hall with its grand piano and sweeping staircase is also sure to impress whilst the fine panelled salon has French doors leading to the west-facing terrace where you can gaze at the beautiful valley views.

Every morning a continental breakfast is served with cheese, hams, pastries and more and there’s also the opportunity to request meals to be cooked for you by the hospitable château hosts once a day or a chef service. Both half and full board are possible or simply enjoy a chef preparing you a one-off special feast to enjoy outside on the terrace or by the roaring fire in the dining room. Do arrange any meals you require in advance; the excellent chefs tend to book up quickly.

Discover many of Burgundy’s gastronomic restaurants nearby, including some with Michelin stars and visit the famous vineyards of Burgundy with the wineries of Chablis and the Côte de Beaune in under an hour. Drive to charming market towns such as Saulieu, just 15km away or explore the magnificent Parc Naturel Régional du Morvan with its forests, mountains and lakes, ideal for all sorts of outdoor pursuits.

Local medieval towns include Semur-en-Auxois and Flavigny (where Chocolat was filmed) or venture further afield to Vézelay and the Abbaye de Fontenay, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In the heart of glorious Burgundy, there is so much to discover during your time at Château Serein.

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What you should know…

  • There is a moat so children need supervision, but it's fun for rowing
  • Rather than a traditional pool, there's  an 18th Century bassin at the heart of the charming kitchen garden, with fresh stream water, perfect for cooling off on hot summer days
  • The pricing is for 14 guests only. If you have other guests wanting to come then please request additional prices as the château can hold up to 18 people on request
  • If you're keen to book one of the catered chef services, please do so as soon as possible as the chefs are excellent and tend to get booked up very quickly, especially the Michelin-trained ones

Property Features

Private Pool Internet Ground Floor Bed & Bath Indoor Games Outdoor Games DVD Working Fireplace Chapel on Site Waterfront

Château Interiors

Ground Floor

-    Entrance hall with grand piano and sweeping stone staircase
-    Living room with open fireplace and doors leading to terrace
-    Dining room
-    Breakfast room and home office
-    Kitchen
-    Bedroom 1 with divan double bed (1.5x1.8m) with en suite bathroom with bath and shower

First Floor


-    Informal living room with TV and DVD player
-    Bedroom 2 with double bed (1.8x1.9m) with connecting child’s bedroom, ideal for a baby or small child. En suite bathroom with bath and shower
-    Bedroom 3 with double/twin bed (1.8x1.9m) and en suite shower room
-    Bedroom 4 with small four poster double bed (1.4x1.75m) and en suite bathroom with bath and shower
-    Bedroom 5 with two singles (1x1.9m)
-    Bedroom 6 with five singles (2 beds are 0.9x1.85m, 2 beds are 1x2m and 1 bed is 1x1.9m)
-    Bedroom 7 with double bed (1.5x1.8m) and en suite bathroom with bath (double access, shared with bedroom 8)
-    Bedroom 8 with small double bed (1.3x1.8m) and uses adjacent bathroom belonging to bedroom 7
-    Bedroom 9 with single bed (1x1.8m)
-    Family bathroom with bath

Outside Grounds

-    ‘Bassin’ – stone-lined 18th century bathing ‘pool’ (11m diameter, depth: 1m)
-    Moat and rowing boat
-    Croquet lawn
-    Kitchen garden
-    Landscaped gardens
-    Woods
-    Ample car parking

Facilities

-    Wi-Fi
-    TV and DVD player
-    CD player
-    DVD and CD library
-    2 x Sonos speakers
-    Grand piano
-    Cards and board games
-    Croquet
-    Hairdryers

Location

About the surrounding area of Chateau Serein
Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Wine Tasting Golf Nearby Cycling Horse Riding Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites
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Situated in the Côte d’Or, in the Serein valley, Château Serein enjoys a wonderful setting in the heart of Burgundy and is an ideal location for exploring the gastronomic delights and vineyards of this amazing region.

The château is near three main wine regions - the Loire, Chablis and the Côtes de Nuits of Beaune. As well as some of the famous and highly-regarded wineries of Burgundy, there are also hundreds of smaller vineyards who will welcome you, show you how their wine is produced and allow you to taste their final product.

As well as wine-tasting, there is a wealth of beautiful villages and towns nearby such as Saulieu (15km) with its delightful market on a Saturday morning and the Michelin 2* Relais Bernard Loiseau. There is also a wonderfully refurbished cinema, which sometimes shows films in the original language.

Other great places to visit include Semur-en-Auxois, Flavigny (where the film Chocolat was shot), Chateauneuf-en-Bourgogne and Nolay.

The most famous town of all, the capital of the Burgundy wine region, is Beaune (65km) with its famous Hospices de Beaune, one of France's most prestigious sights. It's a great base for wine tasting and also a short distance to some of the famous Burgundy wine villages along the Route des Grands Crus. The Beaune Festival of Baroque Music takes place there during the month of July, with concerts every weekend.

Burgundy has always been known for its elegant châteaux with many magnificent homes or grounds open to visit including Bussy Rabutin, Commarin, Sully-en-Bourgogne, Époisses, Bazoches and Chateauneuf.

The abbeys of Fontenay and Vézeley, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites, are also worthy of a visit as well as magnificent Cluny further south. 

This region is also great for all sorts of activities from horse-riding and tree-top activity centres to golf and even hot air balloon rides! Cycling is popular, both in the Parc Naturel Régional du Morvan and along Burgundy canals such as near Pouilly-en-Auxois.

Across the region there are all sorts of events, especially in the spring and summer such as brocantes in July and August (flea markets/antique fairs) in surrounding towns and villages. In May Saulieu hosts a yearly gastronomic fair, Salon Gourmand and there's a ‘Fête de la Musique’ in June. The festival of Baroque Opera Music in Beaune takes place in July, there's the Cajun Nights in Saulieu at the start of August and the Musical Encounters at Vézelay at the end of August. October is a great time to visit with the Chablis wine festival taking place.

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Lyon

(240km)

Nearest Airport 2 Paris Orly

(250km)

Nearest Train Station Gare de Montbard

(40km)

Nearest Restaurant Local village

(5km)

Nearest Town/City Saulieu

(15km)

Nearest Restaurant Local village

(5km)

Nearest Supermarket Salieu

(15km)

Nearest Golf Hôtel Golf Château de Chailly

(14km)

Region

Renowned throughout the world for its venerable wines, Burgundy is an essential destination for those who appreciate the finer aspects of the winemaker’s art. This is a region where you can visit some of the oldest and most prestigious vineyards in the world and taste wines that are regularly regarded as the best France has to offer (which is saying something). As one of the richest regions of France for hundreds of years, Burgundy also offers a wealth of history and culture as well as beautiful landscapes that offer the adventurous visitor plenty of stuff to do, even if it’s just a walk to admire the scenery. If you’re booking one of our fantastic villas and chateaux in Burgundy, you’ll want to read this fantastic Burgundy travel guide to find all the best things to do, see, eat and drink. 

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Kids

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

The Parc Naturel Régional du Morvan is just wonderful for families who love outdoor pursuits with its landscapes of mountains, forests and lakes. There are some great walking trails, cycling routes and mountain biking opportunities as well as watersports on the lakes – looks out for sailing at Lac des Settons as well as kayaking, canoeing and rafting along the rivers of the region.

There are also horse-riding centres, tree-top activity parks and another magnificent way to see the landscapes is a hot-air balloon ride for a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Cycling along the canals of Burgundy, pretty picnics and lazy days out in medieval market towns will also delight both the young and old.

Another great Burgundy day out is to the MuséoParc Alésia, which brings the Roman conquest of Gaul to life.

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Cycling
  • Horse Riding
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages
  • Historical Sites

Onsite Facilities

  • Indoor Games
  • Outdoor Games
  • DVD
  • Toys
  • Waterfront

Services Available

  • Catering Available
  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available
  • Maid Service Included
  • Breakfast Included

Extras

Oliver's Extras

  • Pre-Stocked Fridge Available
  • Yoga Classes Available
  • Wine-Tasting Available
  • Transfers Available
  • Catering Available
  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available
  • Maid Service Included
  • On-Site Concierge
  • Breakfast Included
  • Welcome Drink and Nibbles Included
  • Fruit and Vegetables from Château Garden Included
  • Private Concerts by the Grand Piano

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 (included):

- Welcome drink and nibbles
- Daily continental breakfast (ham, cheese, boiled eggs, fruit, cereal, yoghurt, fresh croissants, breads, tea, coffee and orange juice)
- Château hosts available during stay
- Fruit and vegetable deliveries from château garden
- Mid-week linen change and basic laundry (once a week)
- Bathroom toiletries
- Turn down service

Extras available at this property (payable locally):

- Extra cleaning
- Fridge stocking
- Catering - the château hosts can prepare one meal per day with one weeks advance notice
- Chef service for half or full-board plus enhanced breakfast service
- Chef service for ad-hoc meals
- Private concerts by grand piano and other musicians
- Market tours
- Cooking lessons
- Wine delivery
- Wine-tastings
- Yoga classes
- Taxis/local chauffeur companies

All chef services especially require as much notice as possible.

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

Event information

Imagine your wedding party making its stately approach up the private tree lined avenue towards the broad moat which gently encircles this grand château. You don’t need a drawbridge to guarantee peace, calm and a fairy-tale ending to your celebrations on and around this secluded island with its surrounding woods, orchards and soft views across the meadows. The circular lawn on the island could be a romantic spot for a ceremony and there is plenty of room to feast and dance the night away in the wonderful grounds, helped by the fine wines of the Burgundy region. 

Wedding Reception
A reception with up to 100 people can take place by the lodge, the other side of the moat from the château. Dancing can continue here with music outside until midnight or if inside a hired marquee until 2am. 

Wedding Ceremony
There are several spots in the grounds suitable for the ceremony or it can take place on the island. 

Where to Stay
Up to 14 adults are able to sleep in the château. 25 more guests could camp in the orchard on the night of the wedding and there is also a selection of hotels and B&Bs for more guests between a 5 and 30 minute drive from the château. The owners can supply details of local transport firms. 

Wedding Planning
The venue can provide a wedding planner or the client may supply their own planner (as long as they are a professional). 

Catering
The wedding planner will be able to provide you with a caterer for your event. 

Other information
Events can take place from May until September. It is possible, on request, to host more than 100 guests at extra cost. The château is reserved only for the guests staying there – usually the bridal party only. A marquee and portable toilet hire is therefore required for events and the château is not accessible during the event. 

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 €2000 paid via bank transfer to the owner one month before arrival and refunded two weeks after departure, subject to full inspection.
Arrival time 4.00 p.m.
Departure time 11.00 a.m.
Energy costs included? Yes.
Linen & towels included? Yes, linen and towels are changed once a week. Beds are made daily.
Pets welcome? On request only and with prior agreement with the owner.
Changeover day Saturday.
Smoking Allowed? No.
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. Please also return items such as books, games, mugs, etc. to where you found them so that following guests can enjoy them as well.
Heating costs included? Yes, within reason of the owner's allowance.
Minimum stay 4 nights during May and September, otherwise 7 nights.
Other Ts and Cs Weddings and any special events are on request only and subject to prior arrangement with the owner and additional charges. Please note stag/hen parties are not allowed.
Other Ts and Cs Permission and extra charges also apply if you wish to use the château for editorial or commercial shoots or films or documentaries.
Other Ts and Cs Prices are based on 14 guests sharing. For additional guests (the château can sleep up to 18) please enquire for rental rates.
Other Ts and Cs A signed rental agreement is also required before guests can gain entry to the property. This will be sent to you by the owner on booking.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 14 people:

Rental period 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Nov 12th 2019 - May 2nd 2020 £7,899 £10,059 £12,566
May 2nd 2020 - May 30th 2020 £7,899 £10,059 £12,566
May 30th 2020 - Jun 27th 2020 - - £13,708
Jun 27th 2020 - Aug 29th 2020 - - £15,079
Aug 29th 2020 - May 1st 2021 £7,899 £10,059 £12,566
May 1st 2021 - May 15th 2021 £7,899 £10,059 £12,566

Prices based on an occupancy of 14 people:

Rental period 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Nov 12th 2019 - May 2nd 2020 €8,643 €10,803 €13,750
May 2nd 2020 - May 30th 2020 €8,643 €10,803 €13,750
May 30th 2020 - Jun 27th 2020 - - €15,000
Jun 27th 2020 - Aug 29th 2020 - - €16,500
Aug 29th 2020 - May 1st 2021 €8,643 €10,803 €13,750
May 1st 2021 - May 15th 2021 €8,643 €10,803 €13,750

Prices based on an occupancy of 14 people:

Rental period 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Nov 12th 2019 - May 2nd 2020 $9,538 $11,698 $15,173
May 2nd 2020 - May 30th 2020 $9,538 $11,698 $15,173
May 30th 2020 - Jun 27th 2020 - - $16,552
Jun 27th 2020 - Aug 29th 2020 - - $18,208
Aug 29th 2020 - May 1st 2021 $9,538 $11,698 $15,173
May 1st 2021 - May 15th 2021 $9,538 $11,698 $15,173

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

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