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What Oliver loves…
- Strong Wi-Fi is available throughout the entire chateau.
- There's an amazing Chamborigaud market every Sunday during the summer, which really should not be missed!
- A fairytale chateau that will leave a lasting impression on old and young visitors alike - but especially kids, thanks to its Disney-like appearance!
- Love outdoor dining? Enjoy drinks on the terrace overlooking the grounds, or a BBQ by the pool using the poolside kitchen
- In terms of outdoor activities, the chateau couldn't be in a better spot - it's 20 mins away from skiing, 30 mins away from a reservoir for watersports and the cycling and hiking possibilities on your doorstep are endless.
This graceful, Disney-style chateau was built in 1575 and has three stunningly beautiful towers with impressive turrets. Chateau Chamborigaud is set in a lovely 5 acre park in the Cevennes mountains, and enjoys the river Luech flowing lazily along its boundaries. Nimes airport is just over one hour drive away (and the drive itself is incredibly scenic!) and the train station to the Montpellier coast and Paris is only a 15 minute walk away.
There is a substantial terrace around the chateau which is perfect for dining, and in the beautiful park-style grounds you'll find a large heated outdoor swimming pool area with cuisine d’ete, a terrace for BBQs and a changing room.
Chateau Chamborigaud is within a couple of minute's walk of a charmingly beautiful village with adjacent tennis court (€7 p/h and a key in chateau), shopping facilities, bars and restaurants. There are also many beautiful walks and drives to enjoy in the surrounding area which is also a haven for foodies - it's renowned for its wild boar, chestnuts and mushrooms. There's more than ample parking space for everyone too.
Photos taken by David Bon.
What you should know…
- Even though the chateau has 10 bedrooms, only 5 are stand alone rooms and 3 are 'family rooms,' where the second room can only be accessed by walking through the first. As the name suggests, this does make them great for families!
- The chateau has a full time guardian couple, Elodie and Edward and their two children, they are on site in a separate building or at their small holding nearby
- The Garden room (Guardian's Office)
- Le Bureau and Boutique
- Entrance hall which doubles as a comfortable parlour with large settees.
- Main Kitchen
- Vaulted sitting room with huge working open fireplace and dining area (seats 12) and can accommodate 18 if needed for banquets etc.
- Grand Salon
- Utility Room
- Large terrace with outside dining table is shaded by a magnolia tree and views over the pool and grounds.
- Master Bedroom 'La Roseraie': 4 poster bed (190x200cm), walk-in closet, en-suite bathroom with tub, walk-in shower shower and twin basins (separate toilet and bidet)
- Bedroom 2 'Cyrus room': double bed (140x190cm)
- Bedroom 3 'Emile's room': tower room with single 4 poster bed (105x180cm)
- Bathroom with bathtub, basin and toilet (shared between bedrooms 2 and 3)
- Bedroom 4 'Eliane's room': Toile de Jouy-themed twin bedroom (each bed 90x180cm) with en-suite bathroom with walk in shower, toilet and basin
- Laundry Room
- Bedroom 5 'La Chambre Bleue': double bed (140x190cm) with en-suite bathroom with bathtub, bidet, toilet and basin
- Bedroom 6 'Les Arums': double bed (140x190cm) with en-suite bathroom with bathtub, bidet, toilet and basin
- Bedroom 7 'Les Grandes Fleurs': double bed (160x 200cm) with en-suite bathroom with walk-in shower and twin basin
- Bedroom 8 'La Mouette': tower twin bedroom (each bed 90x180cm which can be put together) off bedroom 7
- Separate toilet (shared between bedrooms 7 and 8)
- Bedroom 9 'La Moderne': 2 single beds (each bed 90x180cm which can be put together) set as sofa, library and comfortable space
- Bedroom 10 'La Petite Toile': Toile de Jouy-themed with twin beds (120x185cm)
- Bedroom 11 'La Loge' room: single sofa bed, tea/coffee space, private access through stairs leading down from the Painting Gallery
- Bathroom with bathtub, toilet and basin (shared between rooms 9, 10 and 11)
The chateau is set in 2.2 hectares and consists formal gardens and swimming pool area, including a paddling area for children. The river Le Luech runs along one boundary and is bounded by hills and a brook on the other sides.
The pool area comprises:
- Swimmin pool (size: 16x6m and can be heated at additional cost)
- Kitchen (Cuisine d’ete) with dishwasher
- Barbecue Area
- Changing room
- Covered pergola/eating area
- Plant room (out of bounds)
(Note: the attic roof space on the third floor is not accessible)
The local village of Chamborigaud is a five minute walk, and contains three small supermarkets, a boulangerie, butcher, 3 restaurants, a tobacconist and a wine shop. There is also a wonderful market on Sunday's that should not be missed during your stay!
There are two 18 hole golf-courses within an hour's drive towards Nimes, and you'll also find a 9 hole golf course not too far from Villefort (approximately 30 minutes' drive away). The area also has excellent trout fishing and there are several stocked lakes for children.
The newly refurbished tennis court is only 5 minutes' walk away if you feel the need for a more intense workout. There is a key to the tennis court at the chateau. If you want to ensure you can get on you need to book a slot at the town hall or restaurant in town (€7 p/h) but most people just chance it as it is rarely used. However, be aware that someone else may come along and use it if you haven't booked it.
The whole area is adjacent to the Cevennes National Park, which is renowned for its beautiful scenery and rivers - here you'll find an abundance of walks through unspoiled countryside. There is skiing in the Cevennes at nearby Mas de la Barque and Mont Aigaoul – ski de fond (cross country) is the most common way to enjoy the area, with a little downhill and tobogganing also available. It's 30-40 mins drive to skiing at Mas de la Barque, and the reservoir at Villefort is 30 mins drive away and offers a huge range of outdoor activities including pedalo hiring, kayaks, sailing boats, mountaineering, canyoning and potholing.
Flights - The chateau is one hours drive from Nimes (Garons) airport (Ryanair from Luton and East Midlands), or 1½ hours from Montpellier (Ryanair from Stansted or Easyjet from Gatwick), or 2 hours from Marseilles (British Airways from Gatwick).
Trains - Eurostar to Lille or Paris and then TGV to Nimes. From Nimes either taxi or train from Nimes to Chamborigaud (which goes on to Clermont Ferrand) – the chateau is a 15 minute walk from the train station.
The area also has its own vineyards and free “degustations” (wine tastings) and tours can easily be arranged. The area is rich in beautiful towns with nearby Uzes and the World Heritage Site of Pont du Gard – the Roman Aquaduct is also within an hour’s drive, and is a must see if you've a passion for history!
Ales is the nearest large town for shopping, and is situated a 20 minute drive away. It has the usual hypermarkets, ten-pin bowling, cinemas and a hospital. There is also a doctor's surgery in close proximity to the house.
Walking – the estate is bordered by the River Luech and there are some beautiful walks along its banks straight from the chateau grounds. The nearby village of Pont de Rastel is a short walk away, and is also incredible beautiful and perfect for exploring on foot!
(1km (walking distance))
|Nearest Train Station||
|Nearest Tennis||5 min walk|
Languedoc-Roussillon is one of those areas of France where you can feel like you’re totally cut off from the rest of the country. Commercial tourism has been very slow to capitalise on the region, meaning you can still enjoy a slice of authentic French rural life at its finest. A mixture of landscapes also makes it a great place to visit, with a good stretch of coastline offering a totally different experience to more bucolic interiors. Whatever you’re looking for, our range of villas and chateaux in Languedoc means you can get exactly the kind of holiday you want with accommodation that’s perfectly tailored to you, your friends and your family.
There is an enclosed play area in the village with swings, Wendy House, picnic area etc. Its ideal as one can even drink a coffee at the local Cafe terrace whilst watching the children play! Cot hire includes linen.
Baby and Toddler Equipment
- Baby monitor
- Booster seat
- High Chair(s)
Kids Activities Close-by
- Walk to Village
- Walk to Restaurant
- <1hr to Airport
- Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
- Tourist Towns & Villages
- Children's books
- Child-Safe Pool
- Heated Pool
- Tennis Court
- Fenced Grounds
- Chef/Cook Available
- Maid Service Available
- Babysitting Available
- Chef/Cook Available
- Maid Service Available
- Babysitting Available
|Good news! This property is available as a Vill’otel|
With a vill’otel holiday, you can enjoy all these services throughout your stay:
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:
- Baby sitting can be arranged
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
A complimentary mid-week cleaning service of the shared spaces and bathrooms is provided.
Swimming Pool: This is used at your own risk. Please use the swimming pool in accordance with French Law and not too leave the pool area open – ie secure the gate. We would particularly warn you not to leave young children unattended within the pool enclosure. There is a diving board and once again special vigilance of children is required. The pool is maintained by the Guardian and the temperature must only be adjusted by him. The owners cannot accept any liability for any accidents or thefts at the pool or at the chateau throughout the stay of any guests.
Basic Foods & Cleaning Materials: Should you need any then feel free to use existing stocks and replace as necessary. The Guardian can assist should this become necessary.
These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.
|Security deposit||£3000. This is paid by bank transfer 14 days prior to arrival and will be refunded in full after departure subject to damage inspection.|
|Energy costs included?||All included except pool heating by arrangement.|
|Linen & towels included?||All provided including pool towels.|
|Pets welcome?||None inside.There is a large garage, and utility room attached both of which can be used to house a crate for the dog to sleep in.|
|End of stay cleaning included?||Included. There is also a complimentary mid week cleaning service of the shared spaces and bathrooms.|
|Smoking Allowed?||None inside.|
|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.|
|Pool heating charge?||£75 for heating per day|
|Minimum stay||7 nights|
Prices based on an occupancy of 18 people:
|Jun 25th 2019 - Jun 29th 2019||£8,717|
|Jun 29th 2019 - Aug 31st 2019||£8,891|
|Aug 31st 2019 - Jun 27th 2020||£8,717|
|Jun 27th 2020 - Aug 29th 2020||£8,891|
|Aug 29th 2020 - Dec 26th 2020||£8,717|
Prices based on an occupancy of 18 people:
|Jun 25th 2019 - Jun 29th 2019||€9,322|
|Jun 29th 2019 - Aug 31st 2019||€9,509|
|Aug 31st 2019 - Jun 27th 2020||€9,322|
|Jun 27th 2020 - Aug 29th 2020||€9,509|
|Aug 29th 2020 - Dec 26th 2020||€9,322|
Prices based on an occupancy of 18 people:
|Jun 25th 2019 - Jun 29th 2019||$10,629|
|Jun 29th 2019 - Aug 31st 2019||$10,842|
|Aug 31st 2019 - Jun 27th 2020||$10,629|
|Jun 27th 2020 - Aug 29th 2020||$10,842|
|Aug 29th 2020 - Dec 26th 2020||$10,629|
Please note that prices may not be 100% accurate for dates outside of the current calendar year. For an accurate quote, please enquire.
How long have you owned the property?
15 years or so
What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?
It was just amazing and the perfect retreat for my family. Just being in and around the chateau grounds feeds the soul! There is a grand comfort to each of the rooms, and the surroundings are rich and lavish.
Have you ever had any famous guests staying?
2017 will be our year!
What’s the strangest or most difficult guest request you’ve ever received?
We have a group that come every year without fail, but they hardly stay! They are bike enthusiasts and zoom around the terrain..
For anyone coming to stay is there anything in the surrounding area they should...
Really do? There is skiing in the Cevennes at nearby Mas de la Barque and Mont Aigaoul, and in the summer these are beautiful walks!
Really eat? The locality is perfect for trout fishing, and there are several stocked lakes for children and where you can buy your catch for home consumption.
Really see? Away from the chateau I would thoroughly recommend a day trip to either Uzes, or the beach at Montpellier, or both!
Fantastic time – phenomenal setting; rivers, lakes, cheese, chickens! Elodie is Mary Poppins! We loved our stay. Thank you
What a spectacular place! We had a fantastic week.
An amazing holiday in a beautiful location. The chateau is stunning and the whole family had a wonderful time. Elodie and Edward were so helpful, informative and friendly.
A fabulous stay in this fairytale Chateau! We’ve enjoyed relaxing by the amazing pool and exploring the river and plunge pools. Thank you Elodie for a delicious meal and for your help, advice and kindness. We take away many happy memories of a wonderful family holiday. We hope to return.
This Chateau is large and easily accommodated our family group of 15. If you're looking for a stress free holiday, DO add the services of Elodie the resident property caretaker for her local knowledge and home cooked regional meals, a real treat and special.
Fantastic! Wonderful holiday!
Wonderful Family experience!
We enjoyed an wonderful week over Christmas with our large family group in this amazing Chateau. The Chateau is warm and very comfortable with all the charm of a 450 year old castle, huge fireplace, grand living rooms and turrets yet it has all the creature comforts we also expect. It is very suitable for large groups including children as some of the main bedrooms have smaller bedrooms leading off them. Plenty of bathrooms. The grounds are extensive and private. The host and her charming family live on a separate housekeeper's residence within the grounds and are there for any help and advice on the village and the region. She cooked two medieval style feasts for us during our stay (catering for 16 people) which were very memorable. There are a number of lovely villages and towns within 1 hour drive but we had just as much fun hanging around the Chateau and local the walks. The Chateau would be even better in the summer months when the large pool and outdoor terraces could be utilised. I have no hesitation in giving this Chateau a 5 star recommendation!
Better than Disney - perfect for princesses, princes, queens and kings
The journey to the villa from Avignon winds up the mountains, through small villages with treelined views across the valleys. The Chateau is a five minute walk from a typical, French village, with a butcher, two bakers, two convenience stores, small playground and a few cafes. The drive down dirt road to the Chateau gives the right amount of mystery and then you see the building in all its glory, nestled between the trees and two acres of grass (bring a football, cricket stumps or rounders bat). Our four year old ran across the lawn, past the fountain with a newt and goldfish to the electric fence (needed to be there to keep the wild boars from entering during late August only), and then to the river, where he spent hours playing in the stream - this is not for swimming at this point.
The truly amazing married housekeepers Elodie (French) and Edward (English) made sure that every request was answered promptly, showed us where there was a secret plunge pool, provided cider (provided by his own fair hands) and generally ensured that this week between 17 members of my family (aged 4 to 81) was one that will live in our memories as an extraordinary moment in time. The Chateau, the interior design, the bedrooms and all that one would expect was first class. We went canyoning (great fun), went swimming in the nearby lake, went tree top climbing (not for the faint hearted) and enjoyed evenings on the terrace with great food and stunning wines. We have to congratulate the owners for putting love and life back into this building. Thank you.
Amazing time in our simply chateau
A quick note to let you know that we had an amazing time in our simply chateau this summer, everyone loved it immensely so thanks for all your help.
Thank you so much for the most brilliant holiday
It was lovely to meet you and thank you so very much for sharing your amazing home. And thank you for being the most wonderful host and guide to this magical land.
Thank you xxxx
Yet another totally wonderful stay in this exquist place. Enjoyed every single minute. Thank you
The ideal location for eating, drinking and writing
What a superb energy Chateau Chamborigaud has, and its locale and position are incredible.
A very special place
Thankyou for letting us all share your hidden treasure of Chamborigaud. We had a lovely week - one to remember. Thankyou for all your help.
Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful chateau. It was so good to catch up and see the wonderful countryside.
Thank you for allowing us to stay
Amazing Chateau, the children think it belongs to the king and queen - So have been telling people they are sleeping in the kings bed!
Great time had by all
A wonderful location and a truely enchanting chateau. We all had a lovely time especially the children.
Delightful, relaxing and wonderful
This is an amazing house and setting! thank you for being so king and helful
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