Chateau Sauvage

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Sleeps: 14 Bedrooms: 11 Bathrooms: 9

Overview

Pool Chateaux & Castles Great Value
Heritage Collection
Ideal for Kids Pets Welcome Romantic

*EARLY BIRD 2023*

Book a 2023 villa holiday by 31st January and receive:

  • A welcome hamper on arrival
  • Up to £100 private chef voucher
  • Trees planted to offset 110% of your villa stay

Ts&Cs apply.

Surrounded by wild beauty and spectacular landscapes, set above a glorious valley in the Ardèche, Château Sauvage offers authenticity and charm with discreet touches of luxury – the perfect place where you can gather with family or friends to create special memories.

When the current owners first saw Château Sauvage they said it was the most enchanting place they had ever seen, not just its incredible setting but also the striking interiors. The maison itself dates back to the 12th century and has had a fascinating history throughout the ages. Nowadays it’s a beautiful holiday home with both character and style, made up of the original 5-bedroom château alongside a pretty cottage and four garden bedrooms for up to 14 guests.

Enjoy breakfast in the courtyard then wander out to the gardens to marvel at the southern facing views that will take your breath away. Enjoy long summer days by the swimming pool, join in a game of football on the playing field or find a tranquil spot on a terrace to relax in such amazing surroundings.

Create feasts in the brilliantly equipped kitchen and serve al-fresco on warm summer evenings accompanied by fine Côtes du Rhône wine from nearby vineyards. As the night draws in, dance with family and friends in the disco cavern, inspired by the French Riviera in the swinging sixties.

If you can bring yourself to leave your rural idyll, there is so much to experience in this magnificent region. You needn’t travel far for horse-riding through the surrounding landscapes or long walks through the woodland. A little further afield, hire canoes along the Ardèche river or visit some of the wonderful wineries of the Côtes du Rhône.

Head to the twice weekly Farmer’s market in the charming local town of Privas and enjoy a day in Montélimar visiting one of the many nougat factories. Visit the grand city of Valence, known to be a gateway to southern France, or drive south to the historic city of Avignon for an amazing day out. Return to your peaceful abode, listen to the bird song with an aperitif and appreciate the sense of tranquillity and beauty around you in this unique and welcoming home.

Oliver Approved

What you should know…

  • Château Sauvage sleeps up to 14 guests across 11 bedrooms (five in the main château, a separate cottage and four garden bedrooms). 
  • Please note the master bedroom shown on the floor plan is no longer available to guests.
  • Reached via a narrow road through the mountains, once you arrive enjoy spectacular views from the beautiful grounds which are on various levels.
  • Wi-Fi is available but only in some parts of the property (the same applies for mobile phone signal).

This home is a part of our Great Value and Heritage Collection!

This is a historic home, and as such:

  • It has probably been standing for over 100 years, which means it's full of historic value and charm but it may also have one or two quirks!
  • Some of the decor and furnishings may not be brand new, but that should not detract from your holiday experience in this unique setting that allows you to take a step back in time!

Property Features

Private Pool Child-Safe Pool Wi-Fi/Internet Ground Floor Bed & Bath Outdoor Games Working Fireplace Heating


Main Château Interiors

- Hallway with drinks cabinet and hunting trophies
- Living room with fireplace and TV
- Dining room with fireplace
- Kitchen, fully-equipped including two dishwashers, two ovens, eight gas hobs and coffee machine in pantry
- Double bedroom with en suite bathroom
- 2-bedroom suite with double bed, twin beds and private bathroom
- 2-bedroom suite with double bed, twin beds and private bathroom
- Disco cavern

Please note the master bedroom shown on the floor plan is no longer available to guests.

Separate Cottage

- Living room
- Kitchen
- 2 bedrooms with en suite bathrooms

Annexe Bedrooms (each one in the garden with its own entrance)

- Bedroom with king-size double, fireplace and en suite bathroom
- Bedroom with king-size double and en suite bathroom
- Two double bedrooms with en suite bathrooms

Outside Grounds

- Swimming pool (12m x 5m) with safety cover
- Château courtyard
- Sports field (football, volleyball, badminton)
- Boules
- Terraced grounds

Facilities

- Wi-Fi
- TV
- Art studio loft and library
- Workshop room

Location

About the surrounding area of Chateau Sauvage
Canoeing/Kayaking Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Wine Tasting Golf Nearby Cycling Horse Riding Fishing Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites
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Set in the stunning Ardèche department, Château Sauvage is in a remote and beautiful location, near the town of Privas, reached via a narrow road with spectacular scenery around you.

There’s a delightful weekly fruit and vegetable market in the local village, around 8km away, as well as an excellent bakery, butchers and winery.

Guests can make the most of the outstanding natural scenery by horse-riding with stables just a ten-minute drive away, as well as incredible hikes, rock climbing and canoeing down the Ardèche gorges - Vallon-Pont-d'Arc, one of the main starting points for canoe excursions, is only an hour away.

This region also offers some fine wine-tasting opportunities with the Côtes du Rhône wine regions to the north and south both accessible. Visit vineyards, wine châteaux and cellars to sample some of the excellent varieties produced in this area. Of course, you must try some of the wines from the Ardèche vineyards too!

For food-lovers, you will find many excellent restaurants including the three Michelin starred Restaurant Anne-Sophie Pic in Valence (45km) or you may prefer to visit the chef’s more informal eatery next door and her gourmet food shop. Other restaurants in pretty villages offer an authentic taste of Provençal cuisine in glorious settings in charming places such as Cliousclat (30km), Charmes-sur-Rhône (35km) and closer to home near Privas.

Indeed, Privas (14km) is a characterful town to explore with its twice weekly Farmers market and beautiful architecture. Sample some of the chestnut products that the town is well known for or just soak up the ambience with a coffee or glass of local wine in a terrace café. Privas is the gateway to the Parc Naturel Régional des Monts d'Ardèche with its amazing landscapes and breathtaking beauty.

Montélimar (35km) is another lovely day out, especially on a Saturday when you can experience the vibrant morning market. Expect colourful shops, many selling nougat which is a speciality of this town and historic buildings including the especially impressive 12th century Château des Adhémars.

Other wonderful places in the Ardèche include the spa town of Vals-les-Bains (36km) and the pretty medieval town of Aubenas (35km), both reached in under an hour.

Valence (45km) is worthy of a visit, known as the gateway to the south of France, whilst the historic city of Avignon (110km) can be reached in around ninety minutes for a brilliant day out.

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Avignon

(115km)

Nearest Airport 2 Lyon

(160km)

Nearest Shop Grocery store/bakery/butchers

(8km)

Nearest Restaurant

(8km)

Nearest Supermarket Super U

(10km)

Nearest Town Privas

(14km)

Nearest City Valence

(45km)

Nearest Golf Domaine de la Valdaine

(42km)

Region

Rhône-Alpes is the essence of adventure. With nearby rivers and mountains, it’s open season for thrill seekers and anyone with a passion for the outdoors. And although it may be hard to believe, the air is crisper in this beautiful central region of France. Perfect for families, couples and groups of friends, everyone will come back with a story to tell. Whether that’s taking a big bite of nougat or exploring the snowtopia of Chamonix – Rhône-Alpes is a paradise unlike no other. And if you’re looking for the perfect base, don’t forget to check out our villas in Rhône-Alpes.

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Kids

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

Enjoy the natural beauty around you with plenty of activities to keep families entertained.

There’s horse-riding stables around a ten-minute drive away, offering rides through the most spectacular scenery. The glorious Ardèche region also offers rock-climbing, wonderful walks of various abilities and canoeing along the Ardèche gorges.

A trip to Montélimar will also keep kids busy – visit the impressive 12th century Château des Adhémars followed by a trip to one of the nougat factories where you can learn all about its history and how it is made. Meanwhile, transport lovers will enjoy the Musée Européen de l'Aviation de Chasse, the town’s aviation museum which showcases a number of aircraft.

There’s also go-karting near Montélimar or head further south to discover the Crocodile Farm around an hour away.

Otherwise, look out for fascinating grottos, enjoy picnics by the Rhône or Ardèche rivers and you could even take a donkey ride through amazing landscapes around Vallon-Pont-d'Arc. Further north, the miniature trains at Jardin des Trains Ardèchois will also delight younger guests.

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Cycling
  • Horse Riding
  • Fishing
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages
  • Historical Sites

Onsite Facilities

  • Badminton
  • Boules/Petanque
  • Child-Safe Pool
  • Outdoor Games

Extras

Oliver's Extras

  • Concierge Service 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 (payable locally):

- Concierge Service

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

Terms & Conditions

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

Security deposit €2000 paid via bank transfer to the owner one month before arrival and refunded two weeks after departure, subject to full inspection.
Arrival time 4.00 p.m.
Departure time 10.00 a.m.
Energy costs included? Yes.
Heating costs included? Yes.
Linen & towels included? Yes.
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.
Pool towels included? Yes.
Changeover day Saturday. All other changeover days on request.
Minimum stay 7 nights. All other durations on request.
Pets welcome? On request only and with prior agreement with the owner.
Smoking Allowed? Outside only.
Internet access? Wi-Fi internet access included, however please note Wi-Fi is not available in some parts of the property.
Other Ts and Cs Weddings and other special events are on request only and subject to prior arrangement with the owner and additional charges. Stag/hen parties are not permitted.
Other Ts and Cs Please note the master bedroom shown on the floor plan is no longer available to guests.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 14 people:

Rental period Weekly
Jan 30th 2023 - Apr 30th 2023 £5,624
Apr 30th 2023 - Jun 30th 2023 £7,030
Jun 30th 2023 - Aug 31st 2023 £8,787
Aug 31st 2023 - Sep 30th 2023 £7,030
Sep 30th 2023 - Apr 28th 2024 £5,624
Apr 28th 2024 - Jun 28th 2024 £7,030
Jun 28th 2024 - Aug 2nd 2024 £8,787

Prices based on an occupancy of 14 people:

Rental period Weekly
Jan 30th 2023 - Apr 30th 2023 €6,020
Apr 30th 2023 - Jun 30th 2023 €7,525
Jun 30th 2023 - Aug 31st 2023 €9,407
Aug 31st 2023 - Sep 30th 2023 €7,525
Sep 30th 2023 - Apr 28th 2024 €6,020
Apr 28th 2024 - Jun 28th 2024 €7,525
Jun 28th 2024 - Aug 2nd 2024 €9,407

Prices based on an occupancy of 14 people:

Rental period Weekly
Jan 30th 2023 - Apr 30th 2023 $6,548
Apr 30th 2023 - Jun 30th 2023 $8,184
Jun 30th 2023 - Aug 31st 2023 $10,230
Aug 31st 2023 - Sep 30th 2023 $8,184
Sep 30th 2023 - Apr 28th 2024 $6,548
Apr 28th 2024 - Jun 28th 2024 $8,184
Jun 28th 2024 - Aug 2nd 2024 $10,230

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.

Owner Profile

How long have you owned the property?
4 years

What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?
It was the most magical place we had ever been, absolute charm, perched above a valley, with beautiful interiors that were human scale.

Are there any interesting stories in its history?
The chateau was built in 1175 AD, had always been a prominent home and was handed down generation after generation between aristocratic families until the French Revolution 1793. The Count was very liked by the villagers and he was shown a noble exit from the Chateau and was imprisoned for three years, yet in harsh conditions in Privas. When he came back home, he was ill and died within a year in one of the towers.

The chateau has treasure buried in the grounds as the Count put away all his gold and money before being jailed. No one has ever found the treasure. In 2013, an American spent the summer on the grounds with metal detecting equipment in an attempt to find the treasure. There was a dispute between the last owners and this American about who the treasure belonged to when found, and the search ended.

Have you ever had any famous guests staying?
The chateau was the safe haven of many well-known people and was always rented out for the summer. Emmanuelle Beart, Isabelle Adjani, Sempé the famous artist and he also did a drawing of the chateau.  Marcello Abado wrote an opera here. The famous conductor Simon Crawford-Phillips, amongst others.

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Reviews

  • Dream Castle

    Posted by C.G.Jung on 18/07/2022

    Dream castle in the mountains of the Ardeche with a beautiful garden, a wide view of the landscape, up to the Drome mountains, very beautiful and varied rooms, one more beautiful than the other. A wonderful cook Sara who prepared delicacies from France and Morocco for us. Prepared swimming pool, boule alley, hiking opportunities etc.

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