Chateau Des Nuits Blanches Estate

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Sleeps: 50 Bedrooms: 13 Bathrooms: 15

Overview

Wedding Venue Recommended Pool Walk to Village Ideal for Parties Stag/Hen Allowed

Nowadays “the luxury of all luxuries” is silence and space in an exceptional environment, off the beaten track. Built during the 12th century, this family château is not a hotel, it's a "home away from home", overlooking the Gascogne hillside in the south west of France. 

In the country of the Armagnac, foie-gras, D'Artagnan & the Three Musketeers, it is halfway between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean sea and one and a half hours away from Spain and the Pyrenees.

Surrounded by a 4 acre park with secular trees (and squirrels!), it overlooks the Gascony region known as the “French Tuscany” due to the beauty of its vineyards and hillsides. Bathed in the warmth of this unique property that has been in the same family for four generations, you will enjoy numerous antiques and heirlooms as well as a guarantee of privacy and discretion. 

The chateau is the perfect backdrop for family reunions and holidays and offers accommodation for up to 50 guests (24 in a unique dormitory). It can also host private wedding parties. The excellent acoustics of its reception area created in the former 'chais' (once the cradle of a renowned Armagnac producer) can comfortably welcome up to 500 guests. This is a unique find in this region.

*Chateau Des Nuits Blanches is available for smaller groups of 31 guests. This option does not include the White Night Space and reception areas rental.

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What you should know…

  • Its elegant decor might not be suitable for young kids
  • 1h30 from international airports

Property Features

Private Pool Child-Safe Pool Heated Pool Internet BBQ Ground Floor Bed & Bath Cable TV Bicycles Provided Sauna/Steam Gym/Fitness Room Games Room Indoor Games DVD Working Fireplace Heating Conference Facilities Caretaker/Owner on Site

Chateau + 2 Apartments + 1 Gites + Dormitory - 50 pax

The Château offers 1 “Suite du propriétaire”, 6 en-suite bedrooms, 2 separate independent fully equipped apartments with own private gardens and a dormitory.

Chateau

- Dining room with seats up to 30 people adjacent to the Petit Séjour seating extra 15 people (there are sofas and armchairs available for use at tea time)
- Library and TV room: 3,000 books and800 movies (in French and in English) available on big screen.
- Bar with table football
- "Le Petit Jardin": a peaceful and quiet area, perfect for lunch in a sunny day.
- "Le Grand Salon": comfortable, warm and spacious room with a piano, a bar, games and large fireplace.
- Gym with training equipment
- Sauna seating 5 people, electric massage table, shower.

First Floor

- The South-West Gite (32m2): king-size bed, ensuite bath/shower room (35m2), walk-in dressing room (27m2), park views, direct access to solarium and pool.
- The Grise Suite (21m2) with king-size bed/single beds, decorative marble fireplace, ensuite shower room (5m2) and adjacent study and boudoir (8m2).
- The Blanche Suite (25m2) with king-size bed, open plan bath and shower, separate toilet.
- The Cachemire Suite (25m2) with king-size, ensuite bathroom and private toilet.
- The Bleue Suite (35m2) with Luise XVI style king-size bed, one single bed, decorative marble fireplace, private bath/shower, separate WC.
- The Abricote Suite (22m2) with king-size bed/2 single beds, ensuite bath and shower, separate WC, decorative fireplace.

Apartments

- The Triplex Gite (sleeps 4-5, with private garden, garden furniture and barbecue)

Ground Floor: open plan living/dining area, open plan fully equipped kitchen, sofa bed (sleeps 2), working fireplace,TNT TV, DVD player and music centre

Mezzanine: king-size bed/2 single beds (ideal for kids) - bathroom shared with Triplex Bedroom

First Floor

- Triplex Bedroom with king-size bed/2 single beds with ensuite bath/shower room and WC
- Porche Bedroom with Louis XVI style bed, ensuite shower room, WC and balcony

- The North-East Gite (private garden, garden furniture and barbecue)

North Suite (ground floor): king-size double bed, living room with double sofa bed, working fireplace, TNT TV, DVD player and music centre, ensuite bathroom and toilet.

East Suite (first floor): 1 double bed/2 single beds, additional 140x200 bed, fully equipped kitchenette, living room, ensuite bathroom.

South Bedroom (ground floor): with king-size/2 single beds, TNT TV, bath/shower room, separate WC.

The White Night Space - 24 pax
This surprisingly unusual dormitory has been especially created for our young guests. It is a unique space which can accommodate 24 people (6 double beds and 12 single beds. It includes 2 double showers, WCs as well as a nursery space for babies and young children with toys, a TV, a playpen, cots and a highchair.

Facilities
- Satellite TVs
- DVD players
- Table tennis
- Table football
- Board games
- Hi-Fi
- Guitars and grand pianos
- 4 wood burning fireplaces (ground floor)
- Roller skating in the chais, soccer in South.
- 15 mountain/all terrain bikes available.
- 3 barbecues

Outside Grounds

- Heated Swimming pool: 12mx6m with power jet, lit at night, covered but no surveillance.
- Solarium
- Vegetable garden
- Rose garden
- Orchard
- Petanque area (lit at night)
- Courtyards
- Parkland
- Pigeonnier
- Ample parking space

Location

About the surrounding area of Chateau Des Nuits Blanches Estate
Walk to Village Walk to Restaurant Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Golf Nearby Stalking/Hunting Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages
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For more than eight centuries the history of Gascony and the founder of the Chateau have been linked. It is situated in the south of beautiful Dordogne where the founder and his descendants, having settled in the southwest of France in the 12th century, left an indelible mark on the region throughout the four succeeding centuries. They were notably Crusaders or Consuls and actively participated in the construction of the villages’ fortified manor (the oldest in Gascony). They are among key figures locally to whom we have to thank for today’s legacy of fortified castles, cathedrals and colourful legends.

Later, in the 16th century, one of the descendants initiated his entourage into the rituals of Armagnac, one of the first eau-de-vie in France. At the beginning of the 20th century, the family of the present owner bought this domain and developed its own brand of Armagnac, which became a landmark in French gastronomy.

Around the Château, there is a range of outdoor activities, visits and excursions that include:
- Castelnau de Fourcès.
- Fortified villages of Larressingle.
- Collegiale de La Romieu.
- The Séviac gallo-roman villa (The most famous one in Europe). 
- The numerous cathedrals and cloisters of the neighbouring towns. 
- The Landes forest (the largest in Europe, created by Napoleon the 3rd). 
- The Pyrenees, 1hr 30 by car. 
- The Atlantic Ocean, with Biarritz, the Basque country and some of the world’s best surfing spots (2hr). 
- Bordeaux and Toulouse, cities (1hr 30). 
- Foie gras markets (in season).
- Walks along signposted paths (St Jacques de Compostelle pilgrim route). 
- Antique and flea markets.

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Toulouse/Bordeaux

(118km-1h 30mins/160km-2h)

Nearest Ferry port Bordeaux

(165km)

Nearest Village

(3km-20mins walk)

Nearest Town/City

(12 km)

Nearest Restaurant

(3km-20mins walk)

Nearest Bar/Pub

(3km-20mins walk)

Nearest Golf Guinlet

(7km)

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.

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Kids

Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Babies & Toddlers Ideal for Teens

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Walk to Village
  • Walk to Restaurant
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages

Onsite Facilities

  • Child-Safe Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Bicycles Provided
  • Games Room
  • Indoor Games
  • DVD
  • Fenced Grounds

Services Available

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

Extras

Oliver's Extras

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available
  • Babysitting Available
  • On-Site Concierge
  • Butler Available
  • Security guard

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:

Le Château des Nuits Blanches offers you a rare opportunity to truly experience an authentic stay in the very heart of the Armagnac, A.O.C. and learn all about the noble spirit, with Amanda Garnham, their very own bi-lingual connoisseur, who has 13 years of experience working for the Bureau National Interprofessionnel de l’Armagnac.

The Château will tailor make itineraries to clients’ wishes in order to offer them the most amazing experience based on the season and timing. Itineraries include Armagnac masterclasses and tastings, visits of the most beautiful villages and historical sites in Gascony and meals including local specialities.

Other activities can also be included, such as cookery lessons, private concerts and hot-air ballooning.

Please enquire for full details.

On request, the following services can be arranged:

- Daily maid service
- Baby sitting service
- Catering available using the services of the local chefs and cooks who can come to the chateau anytime you need them.
- Wine tasting and various workshops are available on demand
- Floodlighting of the Château and parkland on request.

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

For all your receptions, the chateau has two ancient chais that have been transformed into huge reception halls that can welcome of up to 400 guests.

The outbuildings are beautiful and will make your stay truly magical. The chateau offers peaceful areas where your friends and guests can gather. Organise an appetiser on the east round lawn overlooking the homestead or under the secular umbrella pine tree. The 18th century "Cour d'Honneur" is a great place to hold a cocktail party. Why not turn your stay into an unforgettable moment by strolling in the 4 acres of ground which surround the beautiful chateau.

Extra dwellings and catering can be organised in the surrounding areas. There are several comfortable and pleasant B&B's and hotel rooms close to the chateau which can accommodate your other guests.

Thanks to its vineyard, the chateau produces its own white and red wine in limited quantity that can be labelled especially for your event making your day as special as possible.

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 €8000 paid by bank transfer to the owner one month before the arrival and refunded within two weeks after departure, subject to damage inspection.
Arrival time 4.00 p.m.
Departure time 10.00 a.m.
Energy costs included? Yes.
Linen & towels included? Yes.
Pets welcome? No.
Changeover day Any day of the week .
Minimum stay 3 nights from June to end of September, 2 nights during all other periods.
Tax Local tax: €1 per night per person.
Other Ts and Cs Guests have exclusive use of the chateau, White Night Space and reception areas.
Heating costs included? Yes. There may be an extra charge for winter bookings. Please enquire.

Rental Rates

Please note: All rates below are subject to 10% Government Tax

Prices based on an occupancy of 50 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Nov 11th 2019 - May 14th 2021 £10,206 £12,884 £15,562 £19,384

Prices based on an occupancy of 50 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Nov 11th 2019 - May 14th 2021 €11,131 €13,809 €16,486 €21,141

Prices based on an occupancy of 50 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Nov 11th 2019 - May 14th 2021 $12,264 $14,941 $17,619 $23,292

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

Property Owner
Jacques.

How long have you owned the property?
More than 20 years.

What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?
I cannot pretend today that I have any long lasting, or even conscious memories of the first time I set foot in Gascony. I was no more than a few months old, the second world war was about to start and my mother brought me down from Paris by car for us to take refuge with my father and his parents in this Gascony château, which has been my ancestors' family home since the beginning of the last century.

Are there any interesting stories in its history?
The history of this family and that of Gascony have been linked for over eight centuries. Its founder settled in the village in the XII century. Over the next four hundred years, he and his descendants left an indelible mark on the region. They were Crusaders, local Consuls and were instrumental in building the ramparts, fortified castles and cathedrals of this ancient city. This passion for adventure, building and the finest things in life, was inherited by a later descendant. It was this XVI century heir who is believed to have first served Armagnac to his entourage in the great hall of the Château. Armagnac was first mentioned existing in the region in the XV century, thanks to the combined cask manufacturing knowledge of the Gauls, the viticultural skills of the Romans and the distillation artistry of the Moors. Finally, at the beginning of the XX century, our family acquired the Château and developed its own Armagnac brand, one of the oldest in the region (1855), and gave it a top level status in french gastronomy. Still today, the heritage, reputation, and prestige of the house remain associated in Gascony, France and abroad. But things have changed; “Les Vignes de Victoire” have followed and produce for the property a superb gascon white wine (varieties ugni blanc and colombard, known at the origin of the best Armagnacs ). Today, it can be discovered in our ancient “chais” transformed into marvellous and huge reception halls, offering a reputed site for festivities in a comfortable and original setting.

Have you ever had any famous guests staying?
The tranquility and the discretion of the place oblige us to not reveal such information. Nevertheless, we could ad that the Armagnac produced here at the Chateau was sold in exclusivity on the Concorde plane and is also mentioned into the World Guinness Book of Records as the most expensive Armagnac ever sold.

What’s the strangest or most difficult guest request you’ve ever received?
All guest are unique, as their wishes.

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

Introduction into the Musketeers Company.

Really eat?
Foie gras with Armagnac.

Really see?
Armagnac Distillation into a private chai.

Lastly, what insider tip would you pass on about the property or the area?
This exceptional domain offers one instant respite from the world outside.  Its a universe straddling eras, a backdrop of greenery, a living artwork, a haven of peace where time suspends its flight. Just as the breeze brings us the murmur of bygone centuries, so is one transported to the very centre of a world in which the passage of time stands still. From the pictures on the walls to the fountains burbling, from the rose gardens to the old stone-walled pigeonnier, one's sense come together in harmony in a symphony of scents, sounds and colours. If your feet lead you to us one day, I will tell you the story of Gascony, Armagnac, and the musketeers.

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Reviews

  • It feels as if love grew there

    Posted by A. Sureau on 03/09/2009

    Your house is a wonder, a marvel of a thousand attentions, a marvel of precision, served by men as by nature. It feels as if love grew there, along the walls with ivy. Thank you.

  • It's a magical place

    Posted by Anon K on 02/09/2009

    It's a magical place. Beautiful. Let's keep this corner of paradise for connoisseurs. 

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