Chateau Cypres

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Property Amenities

Private pool
Wi-Fi/Internet access
Heated Pool
Child-safe Pool
Games room
Indoor games
Outdoor games
Cable TV
DVD
Working fireplace
Heating
Caretaker/owner lives on site

Babies & Toddlers

High chair(s)
Cot(s)
Toys
Child-safe Pool
Gated/fenced grounds

Kids & Teens

Ideal for kids
Ideal for teens

Things to Do

Coastal
Waterfront
Rural Location
Walkable Village/Town
Walkable Pub/Restaurant
Golf course nearby
Wine tasting
Walking/Hiking paths
Stalking/Hunting
Fishing
Lots to do: Outdoor pursuit & activities
Lots to visit: Tourist towns & villages
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Overview of Chateau Cypres

What Oliver loves…

  • 17 miles of sandy beach only a 15-minute drive away
  • Solar heated swimming pool.
  • A vast arrange of games available from boardgames to darts!
  • Selection of wonderful nearby beaches.
  • English-speaking owners who can arrange all you wish for.
  • The property is featured in a book called "A Call from France" by Catherine Broughton

What you should know…

  • The housekeeper does not speak English so bring your phrasebook!
  • 2 bedrooms lead off each other

This beautiful little Chateau, built in cut stone in the traditional local style, is the ideal venue for a family holiday at any time of year. The property comfortably sleeps 12-14 guests and comes with a solar heated swimming pool in large enclosed grounds.

Chateau Cypres is blessed with a most desirable location not far from La Rochelle, both historical and coastal - there are 17 miles of sandy beach only a 15-minute drive away. This is a wonderful area with excellent facilities for golf, fishing, water sports, bird watching, Roman & Napoleonic history and cycling (pistes criss-cross the entire region).

Please note the published prices are based on a capacity of 12. Chateau Cypres can accommodate up to 14 guests and any guests in addition to 12 people will be charged a supplement of £75 per person, per week, which is payable locally.

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Interior & Grounds

On the ground floor there is a kids play area and games room, two living rooms (the TV has some English channels), a library and the farmhouse kitchen with seating for up to 14 people. There is also a large log fireplace located in the kitchen for winter breaks. Facilities include dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, tumble drier and fridge-freezer. There are lots of board games to keep you busy on a rare rainy day!

Upstairs there are 8 bedrooms: 1 king size double, 2 doubles, 3 twins and 1 double bedroom with an en suite. In addition there is one bathroom, 3 shower rooms and 5 WCs.

Outside the chateau sits within enclosed walls. The attractive grounds include a private, solar heated swimming pool (12mx6m) and a BBQ area with garden furniture. There are football nets ball games, darts, and table-tennis facilities. There is also plenty of space for parking.

Map, Location & Local Information

The chateau is located just a short stroll from village restaurant and essential shops. Larger shops and banks are 4km away. In this wonderful part of France there are miles of sandy beaches, islands, rivers and lots to see and do for all age groups.

The chateau is situated approximately four miles from the nearest beach (Marennes), on the edge of the village of St Just-Luzac, half an hour's drive south of the famous ancient port of La Rochelle and quarter of an hour north of the well-known seaside resort of Royan.

St Just-Luzac is on the mainland opposite the island of Oleron. This is an area rich in history that boasts the best climate in France with as many hours of sunshine as the Mediterranean coast.

Local activities include chateaux, wine tours, beaches and local markets. There is also excellent golf and bird watching in the area.

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport La Rochelle

(50-60 km )

Nearest Ferry port St Malo

(Over 350 km)

Nearest Village St Just

(Under 1 km)

Nearest Town/City Royan

(4 km)

Nearest Restaurant village

(Under 1 km)

Nearest Bar/Pub village

(Under 1 km)

Nearest Beach Marennes

(4 km)

Nearest Golf Royan

(15 km)

The Region

With so much on offer, it’s a wonder the departments of Vendée and Charente aren’t bursting with tourists throughout the year. With Paris not too far off (so travel and a day trip to the City of Light are a breeze) you can still experience the quaint rhythm of the French countryside – especially if you’re thinking of staying in one of our holiday villas in Vendée and Charente. To tempt you to visit and give you some inspiration, we’ve put together this handy Vendée & Charente travel guide so you can make the most of your trip.

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Catering & Services

At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. If there is anything you would like to arrange for your stay, please contact the Oliver’s VIP Concierge Team (by clicking on the link in the blue Oliver’s Extras box above) who will be happy to help. We can usually put you in touch with the right people arrange any of the following:

- Maid service/Extra cleaning
- Cook/catering
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Taxi / Car rental

This is by no means an exhaustive list, so please just contact Oliver’s VIP Concierge Team to help you arrange any of those little extras that can really make the difference.

Enjoy gourmet dining experiences with our new Chef Service!
We’re now offering our customers the chance to enjoy some unforgettable eats with our new Chef Service! Choose from booking a single sumptuous meal with a private chef for that special occasion, or hire a chef to cook your meals for all or part of your holiday - it’s as flexible as it is delicious.

A) Single Meal Service: A chef will travel to this villa and whip up a fantastic meal for you and your guests. The chef will arrive with all the necessary ingredients as well as the talent to turn them into something unforgettable. They’ll serve the meal and clear up afterwards - an easy and entertaining way to enjoy a top quality meal in your very own villa!

B) Full Chef Service: If you really want to kick back and relax, we can arrange for a chef to cater for the duration of your holiday (or part of it). With a range of options from simple family catering to full-on haute cuisine, we can organise a meal plan and a price to suit your needs. So why worry about self-catering when you can have everything taken care of?

Of course, before booking this service, we suggest you contact the property owner as they might already offer a similar cook or chef service in-house. To find out more simply visit www.oliverstravels.com/chefs.

Terms & Conditions

Security deposit £380 paid by bank transfer prior to arrival Arrival time Between 4.00 pm and 8.00 pm
Departure time Before 10.00 am Energy costs included? Gas and water included all year. Electricity charged by meter and paid locally all periods except July & August when included in the rental price.
Linen & towels included? £15 per person including pool towels. Pets welcome? One pet is allowed at an additional cost of £75 per week.
Other Ts and Cs Extra person: we take 12 people in the Chateau + an extra 2 at a supplement of £75 pp /pw to be paid locally to the housekeeper. Changeover day Saturday
End of stay cleaning included? £105 paid locally Smoking Allowed? Outdoors please
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. Minimum stay 7 Nights
Tax Tourist tax included in the rental price.

- Cot & High chair hire: Cot at £14 pw and High chair at £12 pw.

Kids

Best Suited For: All Ages

Baby and Toddler Equipment
Kids Activities Close-by
High chair(s)
Coastal
Cot(s)
Walkable Village/Town
Walkable Pub/Restaurant
Lots to do: Outdoor pursuit & activities
Lots to visit: Tourist towns & villages
Baby and Toddler Equipment
Kids Activities Close-by
Onsite Facilities
Services Available
High chair(s)
Coastal
Games room
Cot(s)
Walkable Village/Town
Indoor games
Walkable Pub/Restaurant
Toys
Lots to do: Outdoor pursuit & activities
Child-safe Pool
Lots to visit: Tourist towns & villages
Gated/fenced grounds

Reviews for Chateau Cypres

Chateau Cypres Reviews


  • A Terrific Week

    Created on 01/03/2017

    We had a terrific stay at the Chateau in Feb 2017. It's a perfect setting for a relaxing holiday, slowing down the tempo of modern life, enjoying a few glasses of Pineau des Charentes and settling in to a rustic lifestyle. There's also plenty to see and do in the area. We had great fun visiting Saintes and Rochefort, to name but two locations. The house itself is quite unique (in a good way), combining an eclectic style of homeliness with a real and well-presented feeling of history. We all took to the house, it grew on us as the week went on and by the end of it we had all developed a real sense of belonging there. It became quite a comforting and reassuring sightseeing the outline of the house appear on the horizon as we drove back along the D728.

    The children (aged between 1 and 3) all loved their time there, playing with the sand and on the swings and the slide - coats and wellies on, properly enjoying the outdoors.

    In a nutshell, we would all highly recommend a stay in the Chateau and a big thank-you to our hosts for a terrific week.

  • Lovely week in a beautiful Chateau!

    Posted by Catherine W on 29/09/2015

    What a beautiful historical chateau! We had a lovely relaxing week, although the time flew by too fast and we all wished we could of stayed for two weeks, but unfortunately work commitments just did not allow.Thank you.

  • Amazing cycling holiday destination

    Posted by S Platt on 25/08/2015

    Our aim when we stayed at Les Cypres was to cycle, and we found this most satisfactory. Bikes were delivered to the door (organized by the owner) and the area is criss-crossed with flat cycle paths. The property made a lovely place to get back to after a day of cycling. I recommend hiring a mid-week cleaner, because it is a big place, and old, and we found that things got disorderly and dusty quite quickly.

  • Wonderful winter getaway

    Posted by Peter S on 25/08/2015

    We saw an item on the internet about this property and it peaked our curiosity because we would not normally have gone away in the winter. It was wonderful sitting by the huge log fire in the kitchen while the Atlantic wind howled outside. Gave us a real feeling of old-fashioned France, not least because we hired a cook and she was hilarious with her baguettes and cheeses and her conviction that we don't know how to eat in Scotland! Full CH and everything we needed for a change of scenery during the bleak winter months.

  • Lovely stay at Chateau Cypres

    Posted by John. M on 25/08/2015

    We did so love being in this property, recommended to us by friends who stayed there a couple of years ago. Child-friendly and quirky, full of interesting nooks and crannies and amazing old objects. Every day we discovered something new. The kitchen is properly equipped, though a tad tired-looking, and everything was spotlessly clean. We particularly loved the "museum" area and the library. The pool was clean and the grounds ideal for children to run around in. Sheltered parking would have been a plus, but we were grateful for off-raod secure parking anyway. Village shops pretty minimal and seemed to be constantly shut - but that is France !

  • Another wonderful holiday at Chateau Cypres!

    Posted by Neil O on 30/07/2015

    We returned to Chateau Cypres in the middle of July having had a wonderful holiday last year. We weren't disappointed as, once again, the property proved to be a super venue for the family to get together. The chateau is well appointed with a very homely feel. Whilst the surrounding countryside is a beautiful area of France and we again enjoyed the history, the oysters and the beaches; the facilities at the chateau, particularly the pool, mean that you can, if you wish, also enjoy a relaxing day without having to travel. The owner is very helpful and professional. We look forward to returning next year.

  • The perfect summer getaway

    Posted by Fosters on 02/06/2014

    Beautiful house and fantastic gardens. The children spent hours digging and creating things in the sand pit. Sea & landscapes very beautiful. Holiday enjoyed by all.

  • Thank you for a lovely stay

    Posted by Dobbs family on 13/05/2014

    Such a fine old place, rustic charm at its best, loaded with character with something new to discover every day. A great place to stay and the area was also excellent. The owners helped out daughter a great deal with various troubles, for which we will always be grateful. We certainly recommend this property.

  • Ideal venue for a family holiday

    Posted by Simon & Trish Trule on 13/05/2014

    Child friendly with stair gates and play areas. Lots of ornaments which I had to move out of the way of little fingers, but that was a small price to pay for such a lovely holiday house. The beach is nearby and we went there almost every day - be warned, the beaches are extremely crowded on a Sunday!

  • Perfect anniversary!

    Posted by Susan Taylor on 13/05/2014

    We rented this house for our 40th wedding anniversary and were not disappointed. The rooms are all spacious and lend themselves to large gatherings. The owner arranged a marquee in the garden and extra chairs (at a supplement) and also located local caterers for us. Unhappily the weather was mediocre (April) but that did not distract from a lovely holiday because the area has plenty to do and see and the house is wonderful.

  • A fun and fantastic chateau

    Posted by on 07/04/2014

    A quaint and quirky property, perfectly delightful. Most comfortable with everything we needed, helpful and pleasant staff, plenty of privacy and the pool was to die for. We particularly appreciated the safety aspect, with everything either fenced or walled in, secure parking and so on.

  • Chateau Roche

    Posted by Ella Davis on 19/08/2012

    Had a wonderful stay in this gorgeous property. Booked via some friends, I will certainly return. Loaded with charm, very helpful staff, lovely owner (quite a well-known author - wrote The Man With Green Fingers and others). Lovely pool. Handy for all shops and beaches. Excellent.

Rental Rates

Prices below are based on an occupancy of 12 people.

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights Weekly
April 27th 2017 - June 3rd 2017 - - £1,941.55
June 3rd 2017 - July 15th 2017 - - £2,523.50
July 15th 2017 - July 22nd 2017 - - £2,987.00
July 22nd 2017 - August 26th 2017 - - £3,862.50
August 26th 2017 - September 16th 2017 - - £1,941.55
September 16th 2017 - December 16th 2017 - - £1,323.55
December 16th 2017 - January 6th 2018 - - £2,523.50
January 6th 2018 - March 31st 2018 - - £1,323.55
March 31st 2018 - June 2nd 2018 - - £1,941.55
June 2nd 2018 - July 14th 2018 - - £2,523.50
July 14th 2018 - July 21st 2018 - - £2,987.00
July 21st 2018 - August 25th 2018 - - £3,862.50
August 25th 2018 - September 15th 2018 - - £1,941.55
September 15th 2018 - October 29th 2018 - - £1,323.55

Prices below are based on an occupancy of 12 people.

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights Weekly
April 27th 2017 - June 3rd 2017 - - €2,198.83
June 3rd 2017 - July 15th 2017 - - €2,857.89
July 15th 2017 - July 22nd 2017 - - €3,382.82
July 22nd 2017 - August 26th 2017 - - €4,374.34
August 26th 2017 - September 16th 2017 - - €2,198.83
September 16th 2017 - December 16th 2017 - - €1,498.93
December 16th 2017 - January 6th 2018 - - €2,857.89
January 6th 2018 - March 31st 2018 - - €1,498.93
March 31st 2018 - June 2nd 2018 - - €2,198.83
June 2nd 2018 - July 14th 2018 - - €2,857.89
July 14th 2018 - July 21st 2018 - - €3,382.82
July 21st 2018 - August 25th 2018 - - €4,374.34
August 25th 2018 - September 15th 2018 - - €2,198.83
September 15th 2018 - October 29th 2018 - - €1,498.93

Prices below are based on an occupancy of 12 people.

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights Weekly
April 27th 2017 - June 3rd 2017 - - $2,398.60
June 3rd 2017 - July 15th 2017 - - $3,117.54
July 15th 2017 - July 22nd 2017 - - $3,690.15
July 22nd 2017 - August 26th 2017 - - $4,771.75
August 26th 2017 - September 16th 2017 - - $2,398.60
September 16th 2017 - December 16th 2017 - - $1,635.12
December 16th 2017 - January 6th 2018 - - $3,117.54
January 6th 2018 - March 31st 2018 - - $1,635.12
March 31st 2018 - June 2nd 2018 - - $2,398.60
June 2nd 2018 - July 14th 2018 - - $3,117.54
July 14th 2018 - July 21st 2018 - - $3,690.15
July 21st 2018 - August 25th 2018 - - $4,771.75
August 25th 2018 - September 15th 2018 - - $2,398.60
September 15th 2018 - October 29th 2018 - - $1,635.12

Owner Profile

Property Owner
Catherine

What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?
I fell in love with its proximity of the beach and the fine old architecture.

Are there any interesting stories in its history?
The house was occupied by the Nazis during WWII.

Have you ever had any famous guests staying?
Yes, we received Lady Spencer, Brian Eno and a few others I can't name!

What’s the strangest or most difficult guest request you’ve ever received?
A naturist couple who still wanted the maid service - they remained naked as the cleaner did her work!

For anyone coming to stay is there anything in the surrounding area they should...
Really do?
Go to the beach.
Really eat?
Seafood.
Really see?
The Napoleonic fortifications.

Lastly, what insider tip would you pass on about the property or the area?
There are 2700 hours of sunshine per year here, whereas most of the rest of France averages 1300 hours per year.

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