Chateau De L'Histoire

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Sleeps: 26 Bedrooms: 13 Bathrooms: 14

Overview

Wedding Venue Exclusive Recommended Pool Ideal for Kids Walk to Village

Château De L’Histoire is a 19th-Century jewel, which sits majestically on 100 acres of park, farm and woodland. This unique setting, at the end of a one-kilometre driveway, offers a very private setting in the rural Midi-Pyrénées, but is just five minutes from the UNESCO classified ancient village of St. Lizier, one of France’s Plus Beaux Villages.

The château has been recently renovated and offers light and spacious rooms with an impressive and dramatic blend of old and new. Its rich, historic past greets guests in many original details; high ceilings with intricate wooden details, ornate cornices, tall mosaic windows, impressive fireplaces and a grand staircase to take your breath away. They sit alongside modern bathrooms, artwork and the large swimming pool and sleek wooden decking. Artwork in the château is made up of constantly changing exhibitions by artists who are privileged to showcase their work in such a sumptuous setting.

Despite this idyllic, rural location, both the historic and modern quarters of the village are just a 5-minute drive away, so everything is within easy reach including its highlights, such as its stunning cathedral with cloisters, octagonal tower and 11th-Century frescoes. There is also a renowned restaurant with a panoramic terrace overlooking the village and across to the Pyrénées mountains.

The village is within the Natural Regional park of the Ariège Pyrénées, so outdoor activities such as cycling, kayaking, and horse-riding are in abundance amongst its lakes, mountains and forests. Hiking is a great way to discover this beautiful National Park and in the Spring the waterfall at Cascade d’Ars is a highlight. The area is rich with Roman churches to visit and medieval villages to explore, such as La Bastide-de-Serou and Le Mas-d'Azil.

During winter months skiing and snow-boarding are possible just half-an-hour from Château De L’Histoire at the nearby resort of Guzet.

Château De L’Histoire is the perfect retreat and setting for sumptuous and relaxing holidays as well as special celebrations in this beautifully unique part of South West France.

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What you should know…

  • The ancient part of the village is a 30-minute walk (uphill), while its modern quarter is a 20-minute walk away
  • The on site management team live discretely in the coach house on the estate
  • One of the downstairs sitting rooms can be converted to a bedroom for guests who require a ground floor bedroom (there is also a ground floor shower room)
  • Guests organising a wedding or special event will find plenty of extra accommodation in the area and even a local glamping business for glamping at the château 

Property Features

Private Pool Internet BBQ Satellite TV Table Tennis Table Football Conference Facilities Caretaker/Owner on Site

Chateau Interior

Ground Floor

- Main entrance and hall
- Pantry
- Kitchen
- Butlers room
- Side entrance hall
- Dining room
- Winter lounge (stained glass doors leading to terrace)
- Summer lounge (access to terrace)
- TV lounge (can be converted into a bedroom for guests with limited mobility)
- Bathroom with wash basin, walk in shower
- Guest WC

First Floor (accessed via main spiral staircase)

- Bedroom 1 (Master bedroom) with king size bed, en suite bathroom with bath and walk in shower, large wardrobe, balcony and sun loungers
- Bedroom 2 with king size bed, small en-suite bathroom with bath and shower, walk in wardrobe (can be converted into a family room)
- Bedroom 3 with king size bed, very large wardrobe, en-suite bathroom with walk in shower and underfloor heating
- Bedroom 4 with king size bed, very large wardrobe, en-suite bathroom with walk in shower and underfloor heating
- Bedroom 5 with double bed, en-suite bathroom with walk in shower and underfloor heating, drawers and hanging space
- Bedroom 6 with king size bed, en-suite wet room in the tower.
(can be converted into a very spacious family room)

Second Floor (accessed via second spiral staircase from ground floor)

- Bedroom 7 with double bed, en-suite bathroom with walk in shower and underfloor heating, drawers and hanging space
- Bedroom 8 with double bed, en-suite bathroom with walk in shower and underfloor heating, drawers and hanging space
- Bedroom 9 with double bed, en-suite bathroom with walk in shower and underfloor heating, drawers and wardrobe
- Bedroom 10 with double bed, en-suite bathroom with walk in shower and underfloor heating, drawers and wardrobe
- Bedroom 11 with king size bed, en-suite bathroom with walk in shower,large wardrobe (can be converted into a family room)
- Bedroom 12 with king size bed, small en-suite bathroom with bath and shower, walk in wardrobe (can be converted into a family room)

Basement closed to guests.

Self-contained Apartment

- Kitchen
- Bedroom 13 with double bed and hanging rail
- Bathroom with walk in shower and underfloor heating
- Open plan living area with with 2 very comfortable sofa beds

This is an ideal space to accommodate make up& hair artists /photographers for a wedding,.The apartment is completely self-contained and offers independence from other chateau guests if required.

Outside Grounds

- Terrace
- Private swimming pool (size: 16mx8m/depth: 1.5m-1.7m/shape: rectangular) with sensor system- parental supervision is recommended at all times
- Wooden decking area
- 100 acres of park, farm and woodland
- Outdoor dining area
- Barbecue
- Parking space

Facilities

- Wi-Fi
- Heating throughout
- Underfloor heating in all bathrooms
- 2 working fireplaces (ground floor)
- 2 decorative fireplaces
- Fans available on request
- Satellite TV (75'')
- Microwave
- Hob
- Oven
- Fridge/freezer
- Coffee machine
- DVD player
- I-pod docking station
- Hairdryers
- Washing machine
- Iron and ironing boards
- Dishwasher
- Pilates studio
- Table tennis
- Table football
- Bikes
- Toys
- Pool inflatables
- Children's books and DVDs
- Baby bath

Location

About the surrounding area of Chateau De L'Histoire
Walk to Village Walk to Restaurant Canoeing/Kayaking Walking/Hiking Paths Cycling Horse Riding Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
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The chateau is located in the rural Midi-Pyrénées, just five minutes from the UNESCO classified ancient village of St. Lizier, one of France’s Plus Beaux Villages.

It is set within the Natural Regional park of the Ariège Pyrénées so outdoor activities such as cycling, kayaking (including private lessons) and horse-riding are in abundance amongst its lakes, mountains and forests. Hiking is a great way to discover this beautiful National Park and in the Spring the waterfall at Cascade d’Ars is a highlight.You can even take amazing discovery flights, private lessons and taster gliding sessions at a centre just five minutes away.

Skiing is possible just half-an-hour away at the nearby resort of Guzet. The area is also rich with Roman churches to visit and medieval villages to explore, such as La Bastide-de-Serou and Le Mas-d'Azil.

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Toulouse-Blagnac

(100km-1h 10mins)

Nearest Village St Lizier

(2km-20 mins walk)

Nearest Piste Guzet

(45km-1h)

Region

A relatively new addition to France, the Midi-Pyrénées was created to surround the cultural capital of Toulouse in the late 1970s. You might think that its relative youth would mean the Midi-Pyrénées is short on character or identity, but remember, this is France we’re talking about – the whole country is steeped in history and tradition. Encompassing parts of Gascony, Languedoc, the Gers and several others, you’ll get a varied slice of the whole French experience here, not least if you stay at one of our beautiful chateaux in the Midi-Pyrénées! And if you want to discover the best of what the region has to offer, our Midi-Pyrénées travel guide is here to show you where to go, what to eat and how you can make the best of your break with some amazing activities.

Download our Midi-Pyrénées Travel Guide >>

Kids

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

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Baby bath
  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Walk to Village
  • Walk to Restaurant
  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Cycling
  • Horse Riding
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities

Onsite Facilities

  • Children's videos/DVDs
  • Children's books
  • Pool inflatables
  • Bikes
  • Table Tennis
  • Table Football

Services Available

  • Catering Available
  • Maid Service Available
  • Babysitting Available

Extras

Oliver's Extras

  • Catering Available
  • Maid Service Available
  • Babysitting Available
  • Fridge Stocking/Shopping Service Available
  • Transfers and Tours Available
  • Wedding/Events Planning 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

Extras available at this property:

- Catering
- Extra cleaning
- Fridge stocking/shopping service
- Baby-sitting
- Travel services
- Car hire
- Transfers
- Wedding/events planning

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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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

 

Have a look at this sumptuous, historic wedding venue set in an idyllic, secluded and rural location with incredible views. There is so much about this 19C refurbished gem of a château which is generous and substantial, from its 1km driveway to the lush 100 acres of park, farm and woodland. There’s also the grand staircase in the stylish hallway from which to make a dramatic entrance on your special day followed by a wonderful opportunity to hold an atmospheric ceremony in the grounds or cloisters of the cathedral in nearby St. Lixier, one of France’s Plus Beaux Villages.  Move on to the spacious Great Hall or marquee for feasting and dance the night away afterwards in the sizeable party space.

Wedding Reception
An outdoor reception for up to 150 guests is possible at this château, either in the grounds under a marquee or on the decking area.

Indoors there is room for up to 90 guests in the Great Hall or one of the lounges.

New for 2019 there is a party space in the cellar for up to 150 people where the dancing can take place. There is also the possibility of having music and dancing on the decking around the pool or in a marquee in the grounds. Up to 60 people could be accommodated for dancing inside one of the spaces of the château.

Music can play until as late as you like but it’s advisable to move indoors before 1am.

Wedding Ceremony
An outdoor ceremony in the grounds of the villa is possible for up to 150 people. Otherwise up to 60 can fit inside the Summer Lounge of the château or nearby there is a local cathedral for 150 plus people.

The owners can provide details of an English-speaking celebrant.

Where to Stay
26 people can sleep in the château.

Up to 120 more people could stay nearby, within a 5-minute drive.

The owners can supply details of local transport firms.

Wedding Planning

The owners can recommend an event planner or clients may arrange their own.

The on-site managers are happy to make recommendations for local suppliers.

Catering
The owners can recommend local caterers or clients may arrange their own.

Other information
From 2019, the château has a marquee on-site available for hire.

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 £1,000 paid by bank transfer at least one month before arrival and refunded approximately two weeks after departure subject to inspection.
Arrival time 3.00 p.m.
Departure time 12.00 p.m.
Energy costs included? Yes.
Heating costs included? No, extra £100/day.
Linen & towels included? Yes, including pool towels.
Minimum stay 2 nights.
Pets welcome? No.
Smoking Allowed? In designated areas only.
End of stay cleaning included? Yes.
Changeover day Saturday.
Other Ts and Cs The pool is open from May to October.
Other Ts and Cs Weddings and any special events are on request only and subject to prior arrangement with the owner and additional charges. Stag/hen parties are not allowed.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 26 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Oct 16th 2019 - May 30th 2020 £5,734 £6,809 £7,884 £8,958 £12,900
May 30th 2020 - Sep 29th 2020 £5,734 £7,238 £8,742 £10,246 £15,767
Sep 29th 2020 - Apr 18th 2021 £5,734 £6,809 £7,884 £8,958 £12,900

Prices based on an occupancy of 26 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Oct 16th 2019 - May 30th 2020 €6,341 €7,416 €8,491 €9,566 €14,268
May 30th 2020 - Sep 29th 2020 €6,341 €7,846 €9,350 €10,854 €17,438
Sep 29th 2020 - Apr 18th 2021 €6,341 €7,416 €8,491 €9,566 €14,268

Prices based on an occupancy of 26 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Oct 16th 2019 - May 30th 2020 $6,996 $8,071 $9,145 $10,220 $15,740
May 30th 2020 - Sep 29th 2020 $6,996 $8,500 $10,004 $11,508 $19,237
Sep 29th 2020 - Apr 18th 2021 $6,996 $8,071 $9,145 $10,220 $15,740

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

Owner Profile

How long have you owned the property?
2 Years.

What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?
As we came up the long winding wooded drive I was literally blown away by the majesty of the chateau, completely unexpected (photographs never seem to do it real justice) and absolutely beautiful. I had to stay in the car to gather myself before we met the estate agent!

Are there any interesting stories in its history?
The chateau stayed in the same family for two centuries, until we purchased it. The Delbreil clan were responsible for bringing hydro-electric power to the region and are well known amongst locals. Their last housekeeper, a delightful lady named Zinda, who was in service to the family from the age of 14, still lives locally and will happily share her tales of life at the chateau.

Have you ever had any famous guests staying?
Not yet!

For anyone coming to stay is there anything in the surrounding area they should...

Really do?
Visit the Saturday market at nearby St Girons. It is a vibrant and friendly occasion. It regularly draws large crowds from near and far, packed full of producers selling organic vegetables and cheeses and the wonderful aroma of freshly cooked dishes. It is a pleasure just to take a seat at one of the bars or cafes, enjoy a coffee, beer or Pernod and watch the world go by!

Really eat?

Garbure is a traditional soup of the Ariege, our cook makes her delicious version for guests who would like to try some typical cuisine, and likewise her delicious apple croustade always gets a fantastic reception. Finally there is a plethora of local cheeses and charcuterie on offer locally which are not to be missed!

Really see?
The old village of St Lizier is home to the chateau and a UNESCO world heritage site. Meandering around the old narrow streets is a delight in itself but the beautifully preserved ancient apothecaries, Bishops Palace and Cathedral are all must sees! There is a lovely café in the square and a fine dining restaurant Le Carre de L’Ange from where you can enjoy truly stunning views of the Pyrenean chain.

What insider tip would you pass on about the property or the area?  We have a wonderful pilates instructor and masseuse with a fully equipped studio on the edge of the estate. To ensure that your stay is as relaxing as possible you could treat yourself and your guests to a bespoke pilates and a massage session – without having to leave the property!

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Reviews

  • Fantastic!

    Posted by Lesley M. on 16/01/2018

    Stayed in the summer and enjoyed comfortable rooms, cool pool, sunshine, great local food and helpful owners. Winter too was fab with real fires and a short drive to the ski slopes. Can't wait for my next visit.

  • Un castillo precioso

    Posted by Maite Q. B. on 04/01/2018

    Hemos pasado el fin de año, con nuestros amigos, en el Chateau de l'Histoire y ha sido inolvidable. Es un castillo precioso con un jardín enorme. Nuestros hijos casi se vuelven locos cuando al final del camino vieron aparecer la impactante fachada del castillo. Donna, la dueña, es encantadora y muy servicial. Nos ha tratado como si fuésemos de su familia, preocupándose por nosotros en cada momento. Los niños nunca olvidarán cuando Donna nos hizo un tour para enseñarnos el castillo por dentro. Corrían por todas partes, emocionados eligiendo su habitación. El día 31/12/17, Donna nos proporcionó una cocinera estupenda, que nos preparó Garbure para comer y estaba delicioso. Se nos ha hecho corta la estancia, así que tendremos que volver.

  • I cannot wait to come back!

    Posted by Rebecca A. on 18/09/2017

    This is a beautiful part of France and Chateau De l'Histoire is in a stunning location. It is secluded with incredible views, but still easily accessible from Toulouse. The rooms are luxurious and comfortable and staying in such a historic and impressive chateau is a unique experience. Staying here was a complete treat and I cannot wait to come back!

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