Chateau De Culas

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Sleeps: 18 Bedrooms: 7 Bathrooms: 8

Overview

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Built in the 12th century by the Knights Templar as a fortress protecting the land against pillaging Saracens, this château in the French Riviera is now a stunning holiday retreat with a dramatic backdrop within the French Alps.

Hosting up to 18 guests across the seven-bedroom home, this château is ideal for friends or families travelling together. The château has been uniquely renovated to include all the comforts of home, not to mention superbly designed bathrooms with craftsman-style features, the well-appointed kitchen, elegant sitting rooms and charming outdoor lounge and dining spaces.

Set on 11 private acres, guests will enjoy relaxing dips in the heated private pool, plus hiking trails straight from the château with views that will never be forgotten.

The château's hilltop location provides ultimate peace and serenity, with no neighbours in sight. However, when in need of a bit of culture, the village of Saint Andre les Alpes is just over 2km away, with shops, delicious cuisine and village tours.

The highlight of the area has to be Lake Castillon, with pristine turquoise waters that make it one of the most popular watersports lakes in France. The château not only offers beautiful aerial views of the lake, but exclusive access to a private beach as well!

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What you should know…

  • The Château sleeps up to 18 guests across seven bedrooms including one family quad bedroom and one bedroom with a mezzanine level - please see the "Features" tab for more details.
  • The unobtrusive yet friendly owners live on site.

Property Features

Private Pool Child-Safe Pool Heated Pool Wi-Fi/Internet Hot Tub BBQ Washing Machine Tumble Dryer TV Gym/Fitness Room Indoor Games Outdoor Games Table Football Pool/Snooker Home Cinema DVD Heating Caretaker/Owner on Site Waterfront

Château Interiors

Ground Floor

-    Entrance and hallway with grand piano
-    Living room (via steps)
-    Billiard room
-    Kitchen, well-equipped
-    Bathroom (in the château tower) with bath and toilet

First Floor

-    Family bedroom with king-size double bed, two singles and bathroom (in tower) with bath and toilet
-    Bedroom with king-size double bed and en suite bathroom with bath and toilet
-    Bedroom with queen-size double bed and en suite bathroom with bath, shower, toilet and balcony
-    Bedroom with queen-size double bed and en suite bathroom

Second Floor

-    Bridal suite with queen-size double bed and open bathroom with bath, two showers and toilet
-    Bedroom with queen-size double bed, bathroom (in tower) with shower and toilet. Stairs leading to mezzanine attic level with queen-size double bed
-    Bedroom with twin beds (can be joined as a double) and open bathroom with shower and toilet
-    Open-plan hallway with living area and library

Basement

-    Vaulted stone cellar/wine and food tasting room

Outside Grounds

-    Heated swimming pool (14mx7m) with safety fencing. Open mid-May to mid-September. 
-    Barbecue and bar area
-    Al-fresco dining area with sound system
-    South-facing garden terrace
-    11 acres of private land
-    5-person jacuzzi
-    Gym

Facilities

-    Music system
-    Jacuzzi
-    Grand piano

Location

About the surrounding area of Chateau De Culas
Watersports Canoeing/Kayaking Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Golf Nearby Cycling Horse Riding Stalking/Hunting Fishing Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites
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The château is situated just over 2km from the village of Saint André les Alpes where you will find three bakeries, cafes, a supermarket, ATM and petrol station. There are also great restaurants in the village and locally, as well as a small local market on a Wednesday and Saturday afternoon.

There is fishing on the private lake less than 300m away, accessed via a small fairly steep track, or alternatively head 3km by road to the public beach on the other side. Watersports that are available on the lake in the summer include canoes, pedalos, windsurfing, catamarans and stand-up paddle boards. There is also lovely swimming and canoeing opportunities in the river Verdon that flows into the lake.

There is horse riding, pony trekking and golf nearby the château. You will also be able to find quad-biking, white-water rafting and canyoning in the area, cycling plus some wonderful trekking opportunities, with some routes straight from the château. Castellane (23km) is an especially great town for those seeking exciting activities, about half an hour away by car.

There are also some great flying schools and it's great fun watching the tandem-paragliding nearby if you don't wish to take part!

The incredible and famous Verdon Gorge (53km) is just over an hour away, ideal for hikers but can also be enjoyed from your car.

There are many beautiful villages in the region for you to discover where you can soak up the Provencal charm and admire their rich history. These include Colmars (32km), Annot (27km), Entrevaux (38km), Moustiers St Marie (70km) and a little further, but worth it, is Sisteron (74km), a delightful village of flowers.

Other highlights include the spa towns of Digne (45km) and Gréoux-les-Bains (80km) or head south to the stunning town of Grasse (86km) with its fascinating perfume heritage and marvellous landscapes.

Nice, Cannes, Monaco and the French Riviera coast are all within just over 100km of the château for a brilliant day-out.

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Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Nice Airport

(107km)

Nearest Airport 2 Marseille Airport

(169km)

Nearest Shop Bakery in Saint André les Alpes

(2.5km)

Nearest Supermarket Saint André les Alpes

(2.5km)

Nearest Restaurant Saint André les Alpes

(2.5km)

Nearest Town/City Digne

(45km)

Nearest Village Saint André les Alpes

(2.5km)

Region

The Provençal way of life is one that’s deeply tempting for anyone who’s been feeling the need to get away from it all. This is a place where the Mediterranean weather turns fields of corn and lavender into picture-perfect backdrops, where you can sip your locally bought wine and enjoy the landscapes before heading out and tackling them head-on with a range of great activities for families, groups of friends and adventurous foodies. Better yet, our range of villas in Provence and chateaux and holiday homes in the Côte d’Azur make the perfect base to explore this enchanting region!

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Kids

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

Chateau De Culas features large, secure gardens and expansive outdoor spaces where children can freely explore, play, and connect with nature, ensuring a safe and adventurous environment for young ones.

The château is thoughtfully equipped with kid-friendly facilities, including a swimming pool with safety measures and designated play areas, providing a fun and worry-free experience for both parents and children.

You are well situated for an array of activities to keep all members of the family entertained. Why not take a trip to the nearby the nearby treetop adventure park Parc Aventure where you can make unforgettable family memories amidst nature’s splendour? Or visit the waterpark at the foot of the chateau’s hill, a certain hit with little ones.

Chateau De Culas enjoys engaging and educational activities tailored to entertain children of all ages, making it an ideal destination for family fun.

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Water park
  • Forest park/High-rope course
  • Watersports
  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Cycling
  • Horse Riding
  • Fishing
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages
  • Historical Sites

Onsite Facilities

  • Boules/Petanque
  • Child-Safe Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Indoor Games
  • Outdoor Games
  • Table Football
  • Pool/Snooker
  • Home Cinema
  • DVD
  • Waterfront

Services Available

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

Extras

Oliver's Extras

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available
  • Babysitting 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

Event information

The spectacular location of this resplendent 12th century hilltop château is sure to elicit a gasp of delight amongst your wedding guests when they first glimpse it.

Built originally to look out for marauding Saracens, all you need to do nowadays is admire the splendid views of the French Alps and the turquoise flash of Lake Castillon, just a walk away. The château’s three comfortable apartments are ideal for a close group of family and friends, offering space and privacy. In the eleven acres of grounds, a beautiful chapel with belfry and mountain backdrop is an idyllic venue for a moving and memorable ceremony. As there are no visible neighbours here, you can dance the whole night away beneath the stars!

Indoor Capacity - 16

Outdoor Capacity - 150+

Wedding Ceremony
There is a chapel on site where you could hold a small ceremony or up to 150 could be accommodated in the grounds, with a marquee if necessary. 

Wedding Reception
An outdoor reception with up to 150 guests can take place in the grounds, with a marquee if necessary, or on the terrace which seats up to 50 people.

Otherwise, you could have a more intimate reception for up to 16 guests in the Billiard Room or in the main dining room of the château. 

Dancing can continue until as late as you like – no music restrictions.
 
Additional Fees for Events
The venue charges an additional fee to be paid direct.

Wedding Planning
The owners can recommend an English-speaking wedding planner or clients may arrange their own. All arrangements for the event day should be made with your wedding planner. 

Catering
The owners are able to recommend local caterers or clients may arrange their own. 

Wedding Packages
Day before and after events are permitted.

Where To Stay
Up to 20 people are able to sleep in the château and up to 100 further guests can be accommodated nearby. The owners can supply details of local transport firms. 

Venue Accessibility 
There are limited public transportation options available. There is limited parking available.  There is limited wheelchair accessibility, please enquire for details.

Venue Back-Up
Tents can be set up outdoors for rain.

Wedding Suppliers
The venue has a range of suppliers for clients to use, but clients are also able to bring their own suppliers.

Flexibility on Duration
Yes, please enquire for details.

Children
Children are welcome (no event childcare services are available).

Noise Restrictions 
No major noise restrictions and parties can extend late into the night.

Other
There are no specific restrictions on decorations and themes - bring your creative ideas!

There are limited security measures in place (as always, guests are responsible for their belongings).

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 €1000 paid via bank transfer to the owner before arrival and refunded two weeks after departure, subject to full inspection.
Arrival time 4.00 p.m.
Departure time 10.00 a.m.
Smoking Allowed? Outdoors only.
Energy costs included? Yes, although please note that there may be some additional costs during the low season.
Heating costs included? Yes, although please note that there may be some additional costs during the low season.
Linen & towels included? Yes, including pool towels.
Pets welcome? Yes.
Pool heating charge? No. Please note that like all heated pools, pool heating and water temperature are reliant on weather and outside temperatures.
Other Ts and Cs The pool is open approximately mid-May to mid-September (cooler months may not be suitable for swimming).
Changeover day Saturday in July and August. Flexible during all other periods.
Minimum stay 7 nights in July and August. 3 nights during all other periods.
Other Ts and Cs Weddings, stag/hen parties and any special events are on request only and subject to prior arrangement with the owner and additional charges.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 18 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Jul 17th 2024 - Sep 1st 2024 - - - £12,138
Sep 1st 2024 - Jul 1st 2025 £3,642 £4,552 £5,463 £7,283
Jul 1st 2025 - Sep 1st 2025 - - - £9,711
Sep 1st 2025 - Jan 18th 2026 £3,642 £4,552 £5,463 £7,283

Prices based on an occupancy of 18 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Jul 17th 2024 - Sep 1st 2024 - - - €14,449
Sep 1st 2024 - Jul 1st 2025 €4,335 €5,419 €6,503 €8,670
Jul 1st 2025 - Sep 1st 2025 - - - €11,560
Sep 1st 2025 - Jan 18th 2026 €4,335 €5,419 €6,503 €8,670

Prices based on an occupancy of 18 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Jul 17th 2024 - Sep 1st 2024 - - - $15,803
Sep 1st 2024 - Jul 1st 2025 $4,741 $5,926 $7,111 $9,482
Jul 1st 2025 - Sep 1st 2025 - - - $12,642
Sep 1st 2025 - Jan 18th 2026 $4,741 $5,926 $7,111 $9,482

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.

Reviews

  • The children were squealing with delight

    on 02/09/2009

    OK I knew before we came round the hill where to find the castle in the distance. I pointed it out to the children. It was a beautiful sight, majestic and splendid in the far sunlight and a memory that I will never forget. It has a fantastic location and the children were squealing with delight.

  • We had an absolutely wonderful holiday

    on 30/08/2009

    We had an absolutely wonderful holiday, the Chateau was truly beautiful, and both gites were wonderfully comfortable and equipped with everything that we could possibly need! The St Andres area is really beautiful, we had some lovely walks, and enjoyed exploring the surrounding towns, and even enjoyed some skiing at Allos. Thank you so much for all of the very useful information that you sent to me, our only complaint was that we did not have enough time to do all of the activities that you suggested!! I think we have all fallen in love with your beautiful country, and will definitely be back for another visit.

  • Wish my own home looked as grand

    on 28/08/2009

    Hi, We had a wonderful stay in your beautiful home and I only wish my own home looked as grand. The bathrooms were out of this world.

  • 11th century Templar fortress

    on 18/01/2009

    This 11th century Templar fortress, set in the plunging foothills of the Alps, by the side of a lake, and with great views of the country all around, has been renovated to a very high level of comfort, with three self-catering apartments. We stayed in the middle-size apartment (the Saint Pierre) which includes two big bedrooms and bathrooms, plus extra sofabeds in the living-room, a well-appointed kitchen and everything you need to make yourself comnfortable. Despite some bad weather, we found the place very cosy and when it cleared up, the surroundings were really interesting to explore, with fantastic walks, and lots of good side-trips. There's also, for those who like it, the possibilitity of doing kayaking, para-gliding, etc. The village near the castle (st Andre des Alpes is very good for everything you need, with an excellent butcher, fruit and vegs, cake and bread shops, a small supermarket, and restaurants, as well as all services.

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