Chateau Serein

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Sleeps: 14 Bedrooms: 9 Bathrooms: 6


Wedding Venue Recommended Pool Ideal for Kids Ideal for Parties

The chateau is a Grade I listed, 18th Century family home located in the heart of Burgundy, close to the Morvan hills and 50km north of Beaune, the wine capital of the region.

An outstanding venue for memorable family celebrations and idyllic getaways with friends, the chateau comes highly recommended by best-selling wine expert Hugh Johnson as an ideal base for wine-tasting tours of the Burgundy vineyards.

Situated on its own private island surrounded by broad moats, the château is approached through an avenue of lime trees, with a large kitchen garden alongside it, an orchard and private woods.

Inside the chateau, you will find 9 spacious bedrooms and 6 bathrooms, several of which are en-suite and all but one have a shower. On the ground floor, you will find a magnificent entrance hall; two dining rooms and a fine panelled salon leading through French doors onto the back terrace, facing westwards towards the tranquil and unspoilt valley. The salon, dining room and servant’s hall all have fabulous open fireplaces. A ping-pong room can be found in one of the towers and board games, playing cards, a croquet set and a chest of children’s games are also available in the château.

To top it all, you will be welcomed with a glass of sparkling wine and tea and will enjoy delicious complimentary breakfasts throughout your stay! Cleaning service and general maintenance are also provided free of charge.

The chateau can sleep from 14 - 18 guests. Prices are based on 14 guest sharing. For additional guests please enquire for rental rates.

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What you should know…

  • A moat - children need supervision, but fun for rowing; no big blue swimming pool, but an 18th Century bassin at the heart of a blooming kitchen garden, with fresh stream water.

Property Features

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

The château has retained its 18th Century period décor, with beautiful large fireplaces, original panelling and staircases throughout, while the exterior is largely unchanged since 1760, the towers since the 14th Century.

The ground floor has a magnificent entrance hall with a grand piano and a sweeping stone staircase. Beyond is an elegant wood-panelled and mirrored salon with open fireplace, leading on to a terrace, which is ideal for a before dinner apéritif overlooking an ever-changing sunset over the valley. Also on the ground floor is a double bedroom with en-suite bathroom.

The first floor comprises one single bedroom, four double bedrooms (three en-suites, one of which has an adjoining single bedroom), one double/twin bedroom and one twin bedroom. There is also a large dormitory bedroom with five beds for younger guests, a shared family bathroom, and an informal sitting room with TV and DVD player, as well as Wi-Fi access.

Every room has a beautiful view, looking out onto the grounds of the château and beyond; agreeably spacious, with high ceilings, the bedrooms are cool and welcoming after the heat of a typical Burgundy summer’s day.

Guests have exclusive use of nearly five hectares of private grounds, including a 30 year-old avenue of lime trees, a croquet lawn on the island, woods for children to explore and play in and a superb kitchen garden with home grown produce. There is a rowing boat for those who wish to while away an hour on the water and in the centre of the kitchen garden is the “bassin” - a circular, stone-lined, shallow pool that is ideal for children to splash around in and for adults to cool off in, in the summer heat.

Guests will be provided with the following extras:
- Bathroom toiletries: each bathroom comes equipped with essential toiletries to lighten your packing load
- Bedroom comforts: comfy down filled pillows, latest reads, magazine monthlies to catch up with, and some special Missery postcards


- CD stereo system and bluetooth speakers 
- Wi-Fi 
- Hairdryers
- Adequate wardrobe and storage space in each bedroom
- Showers (in all but two of the bathrooms)
- One high chair
- One cot
- Cards and board games 
- Ample car parking space is available on the island and in the grounds


About the surrounding area of Chateau Serein
Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Wine Tasting Golf Nearby Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages
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Situated in the Côte d’Or, mid-way between Paris (260km) and Lyon, the chateau is easily accessible by the A6 or by the TGV train to Montbard. It is also conveniently placed in relation to Paris Orly Airport, which is 210km to the north, by the A6.

Places to Visit
It is in the centre of the three principal wine regions – Chablis, the Loire and Beaune and the Côtes de Nuits, and adjacent to the Morvan Natural Park.

Beautiful, unspoilt villages and towns abound in the Auxois and the Morvan, the two regions which envelop the village. The local market town is Saulieu, 13 km to the west, where there are a range shops and services, a Saturday morning market, numerous restaurants (including the Michelin 3* Relais Bernard Loiseau) and the fabulous Basilica St Andoche. It also has a beautifully refurbished cinema, which is good value, and sometimes shows films in the original language.

Avallon, Semur-en-Auxois, Flavigny–sur-Ozeron (as seen in Chocolat), Chateauneuf-en-Bourgogne and Nolay are other small towns or villages worth exploring. At the heart of the Burgundian vineyards, Beaune, the ancient seat to the Dukes of Burgundy, boasts colourful roofs, the famous Hospital and ramparts, and acts as a perfect base for wine tastings. The Beaune Festival of Baroque Music takes place there during the month of July, with concerts every week end.

Burgundy has always been known for its elegant châteaux, family homes which have evolved over the centuries. Those most worth visiting locally are Bussy Rabutin, Commarin, Sully-en-Bourgogne, Époisses, Bazoches and Chateauneuf.

Certain abbeys and religious sites also make fantastic visits, in particular Fontenay (where the film Cyrano de Belgerac, with Gerard Depardieu, was shot), Vézeley, Citeaux, and Cluny, which is further to the south.

Burgundy offers a host of activities, including horse riding, tree climbing, golf and balloon riding - one of the best ways of seeing the countryside is from the air! A canal trip, followed by a picnic and then a cycle ride back to Pouilly-en-Auxois is one of our guests’ favourites, as is a visit to the Grottes d’Arcy or to the MuséoParc Alésia, which brings the Roman conquest of Gaul to life. A bit further afield is the fascinating experiment that is the construction of Guédelon Castle from scratch, using only techniques and materials used in the middle ages. Well worth a visit.

A series of events enliven the spring and summer months, such as regular brocantes (car boot sales/antique fairs) in surrounding towns and villages; Saulieu’s yearly Salon Gourmand (a gastronomic fair) in May, the ‘Fête de la Musique’ (21st June); the Festival of Baroque Music in Beaune (July); the Cajun Nights in Saulieu (start of August); and the Musical Encounters at Vézelay (end of August).

Further Information
A Welcome Booklet with further information on the château and the local area will be sent to you on booking, and we will be happy to advise or help organise any of the above in the run up to your holiday.

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Paris Orly

(Over 100 km)

Nearest Village Missery
Nearest Town/City Saulieu

(14 km)

Nearest Restaurant Mont St Jean

(4 km)

Nearest Bar/Pub Precy-sous-Thil

(10 km)

Nearest Golf Chateau de Chailly

(13 km)


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

Please note that children must be supervised around the bassin and the moat at all times, although there is an efficient balustrade to prevent access to the moat from the island.

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages

Onsite Facilities

  • Child-Safe Pool
  • Indoor Games
  • DVD
  • Toys
  • Waterfront

Services Available

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


Oliver's Extras

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available
  • Maid Service Included
  • Babysitting Available
  • On-Site Concierge
  • Breakfast Included
Good news! This property is available as a Vill’otel

With a vill’otel holiday, you can enjoy all these services throughout your stay:

- Daily breakfast
- Daily maid service
- Deluxe welcome hamper with local delicacies
- Welcome drinks for your group
- Fridge-stocking service
- Private chef service

If you’d like to book the Vill’otel serviced option, contact us on for a tailor-made quote! Typical costs range between £100-£250 per person per week dependent on requirements.

Please note that all services are subject to availability and must be requested at the time of booking.

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.

Extras available at this property:

Staff will lay breakfast out each morning in the east facing Breakfast Room, and can lay lunch and dinner out in the formal dining room or on the rear or north terraces if required. They will undertake a couple of hours of light cleaning & room refreshment each day and some basic laundry, which will be collected twice weekly. Our staff are also on hand to advise, help arrange excursions within the region and to carry out any other requests, such as booking restaurant tables or activities. These services are included within the rental price and a Welcome Booklet with information on the château and the local area will be sent to you on booking, so that you can plot the holiday of a lifetime.

While breakfast is included in the rental price, a local chef is also happy to provide a special three course meal in the evening from €35/person (excl. wines). Alternatively, you can hire the services of another local chef for the length of your holiday with us, or request a combination of the two (but the owners do prefer for you to use their chef services). We can also arrange and/or take wine deliveries ahead of your arrival. Please enquire early on for these services as the chefs can get booked up quickly.

We use locally sourced products where possible, including the famous Charolais beef; honey or foie gras from the neighbouring hamlets; and some very local fruit and vegetables from the château’s organic kitchen garden, delivered by our cheerful and talented gardener.

Other services can be organised on request: babysitting; taxis; or private cars to transport you to and from the airport or around Burgundy, whether for a day out or an evening’s entertainment. Local music bands can be booked for special occasions.

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

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). 

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

- Please leave the property in the state that you found it and return items, such as books, games, mugs, etc. to where you found them so that following guests can enjoy them as well.
- Please note that the château can sleep from 14 - 18 guests. Prices are based on 14 guests sharing. For additional guests please enquire for rental rates.
- Please note that the rates listed on this website are for the letting of the property for the accommodation of 14 people only (see T&C above) and they do not cover the use of the château for large parties, weddings or for editorial or commercial shoots or films or documentaries. Should you wish to rent the chateau for any of those activities, please enquire further.

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

Security deposit €2000. This must be paid a month prior to arrival and will be refunded in full within a month of departure, subject to damage inspection. 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.
Arrival time 4.00 p.m. - 6.00 p.m.
Departure time 11:00 a.m.
Energy costs included? Yes.
Linen & towels included? Yes, linen and towels are changed twice 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.
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 celebrations are permitted on request. Please note stag/hen parties are not allowed.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 14 people:

Rental period 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Sep 18th 2019 - May 2nd 2020 £9,060 £11,382 £14,414
May 2nd 2020 - May 30th 2020 £9,060 £11,382 £14,414
May 30th 2020 - Aug 1st 2020 - - £15,724
Aug 1st 2020 - Aug 29th 2020 - - £17,297
Aug 29th 2020 - Mar 21st 2021 - - £14,414

Prices based on an occupancy of 14 people:

Rental period 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Sep 18th 2019 - May 2nd 2020 €9,781 €12,103 €15,560
May 2nd 2020 - May 30th 2020 €9,781 €12,103 €15,560
May 30th 2020 - Aug 1st 2020 - - €16,974
Aug 1st 2020 - Aug 29th 2020 - - €18,672
Aug 29th 2020 - Mar 21st 2021 - - €15,560

Prices based on an occupancy of 14 people:

Rental period 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Sep 18th 2019 - May 2nd 2020 $10,827 $13,149 $17,225
May 2nd 2020 - May 30th 2020 $10,827 $13,149 $17,225
May 30th 2020 - Aug 1st 2020 - - $18,790
Aug 1st 2020 - Aug 29th 2020 - - $20,669
Aug 29th 2020 - Mar 21st 2021 - - $17,225

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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