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Private pool
Wi-Fi/Internet access
Air conditioning
All bedrooms en-suite
Party House (Ideal for celebrations!)
Stag/hen parties allowed
Heated Pool
Child-safe Pool
Games room
Indoor games
Outdoor games
Cable TV
DVD
Working fireplace
Heating
Conference facilities
Caretaker/owner lives on site

Babies & Toddlers

High chair(s)
Cot(s)
Toys
Child-safe Pool
Gated/fenced grounds
Ideal for babies & toddlers

Kids & Teens

Ideal for kids
Ideal for teens

Things to Do

Waterfront
Rural Location
Walkable Village/Town
Walkable Pub/Restaurant
Golf course nearby
Walking/Hiking paths
Fishing
Lots to see: Outstanding landscapes
Lots to do: Outdoor pursuit & activities
Lots to visit: Tourist towns & villages
Just a brief note to thank you very much for a wonderful stay in your fabulous chateau last week. We all had a fantastic time and have many happy memories to relish. Many thanks to all your staff who did such a great job catering and clearing up after us.

Richard (large group holiday, 2008)
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Overview of Chateau De La Croix

What Oliver loves…

  • The interior design is one of kind and has been renovated to a high quality standard- with a modern, hip interior and a fairy-tale like exterior it really is something special!
  • The property has something for everyone, from a cinema room to acres of land for wonderful walks!

What you should know…

  • There is one restaurant within walking distance and plenty more within 10 and 20 minutes drive!

The Guardian newspaper called this Chateau “One of the Top 5 houses to rent in France”. The Times said “its interior is as hip as its exterior is fairy-tale”.  Grazia Magazine called it “Kick your heels off comfy”, while Bella Magazine simply said it had “Lashings of ooh la la”.

Even though it counts Hollywood Royalty on its guest list, it remains surprisingly cost-effective. An oasis of urban cool and relaxed ambiance against a background of traditional, ornate beauty, the Chateau has space and facilities to keep any guest happy.

Within the Chateau is a bar, private cinema, 14.5m heated swimming pool, billiard room, music area, piano salon, voluminous dining hall and restaurant standard kitchen. Accommodation for up to 26 guests across nine huge bedrooms. Self-cater or let the Chateau staff mollycoddle you – you decide.

The Chateau is great for families too. There is enough room to keep kids out from under parents feet and many activities to keep them amused – jamming in the music room, playing around the pool, outside games in the grounds, a football pitch, ping-pong and games.

This is a destination for all reasons, and whether it’s a group holiday with the kids, a special celebration, family reunion or even a girl’s weekend, it’s a place you’ll always remember.

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Interior & Grounds

This Château is all about space, style and welcome – warm, inviting and relaxed ambience in a gorgeous, “Turrets and Tower” fairy-tale castle. And enough room – even in a party of 26 - to escape from the hubbub for a bit of peace and quiet when you choose.

The Chateau’s chic interiors have been featured in design and travel magazines all over the world. Nine bedrooms, all large, individually designed and furnished with style, and bathrooms that are all testaments to decadence and pampering.

A firm favourite with younger guests, one bedroom is a very chic and stylish “dorm” with four single beds and huge flat screen TV and DVD player – great fun for kids, and it gives them a bit of space of their own away from those noisy and disruptive adults! There are six additional beds which may be added to any of the bedrooms, providing accommodation for 26 in total.

Every bedroom has a flat screen TV and DVD player, hair dryer, bath robes and crisp white cotton bed linen, whilst every bathroom has complimentary bathing products and big fluffy towels.

There are three huge salons to relax in – each opening onto the rear terrace with its bistro tables and parasols. The Stone Salon includes a bar which can be stocked for you or supplied dry for you to stock yourself. The Piano Salon has a Baby Grand for those wishing to get musically creative, while the White Salon is a calm and relaxed space to simply sit and contemplate the formal gardens.

The private cinema has a nine foot screen and surround sound system. The extensive DVD library can also be raided for watching in the privacy of your room, there is Wi-Fi, satellite TV, and there’s a music area with amps and guitars for the more tuneful guests, while the Billiard Room contains a full size American Pool Table.

The five acres of private grounds include a 14.5m heated Swimming Pool, formal gardens perfect for a picnic or barbecue, and two terraces for al-fresco dining.

There is also a huge Dining Hall with tables to seat all your guests in one go of you wish, perfect for everyone – kids included – to eat together. And of course there is a kitchen, fully equipped and restaurant standard for those wishing to be Chef for a while. If you want a break from the cooking, the Chateau can cater for you – anything from a one-off celebration meal to full board every day. And within the hire rate is a housekeeping service provided for a couple of hours each day, which you can increase should you wish.

Map, Location & Local Information

A charming little village, located on the border between the Charente and Dordogne regions in South-West France. It has all the essentials - Baker, Butcher, Tabac, Grocery Store, Pharmacy, Doctor - even a Cinema showing both French and international films. There is also a large supermarket 9 km away.

In the Village (5 minutes walk)
Tennis courts (Racquets available from the Chateau). Fishing. Park. Horse and Carriage rides (can be arranged from the chateau gates).

Surrounding Area
- Choice of three 18 hole Golf Courses from 9km to 40km.
- Bike Hire. An extensive cycle track network passes through the village.
- Canoeing/Kayaking at Montbron (9km) and Brantome (40km).
- Horse riding.
- Karting (Championship Circuit with Kart Hire, 10 km.
- Water Park with man-made beaches and pedalloes.
- Bowling. Ice skating. Lakes with man made beaches.
- La Vallee des Singes 140 km (monkey park). Futuroscope 145 km (theme park). Grotte de Villars 35 km (prehistoric caves).
- Chateau la Rochefoucauld (18 km) (children can dress up in medieval costumes).
- Disneyland Paris (2 hrs 15 mins by TGV train from Angouleme).

Airports
Limoges 85 km, Bergerac 145km, Poitiers 145 km, Bordeaux 151 km, La Rochelle 155 km.

Rail
(25mins away). TGV train from Paris takes just 2 hours 13 mins.

Road
Paris 5 hrs. Barcelona 7 hrs. Calais 7 hrs 40mins.

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Limoges

(71-80 km)

Nearest Ferry port Caen

(Over 100 km)

Nearest Town/City Local town

(21-25 km)

Nearest Beach Royan

(Over 100 km)

Nearest Golf Montbron

(9 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

The Chateau may be hired with your custom level of catering. You can choose to go fully self-catered if you prefer, or the Chateau can provide any level of catering, from a one-off meal, to breakfast each day, to a multi-course extravaganza. Just arrange your catering requirements with Oliver's VIP Concierge Team, including any special event meals, before you arrive.

There are two barbecues at the chateau, and again you can do-it-yourself or have the caterers do it for you.

The Chateau offers a shopping service so the larders and fridges are stocked when you arrive, and similarly the bars can also be stocked for you should you wish.

The kitchen is a fully equipped restaurant-standard facility, with several fridges, walk-in store cupboards, and more crockery, cutlery and other kitchen utensils than you would ever require.

There are two restaurants in the village, which is just 500m from the Chateau, and there are many more dining choices within a 10-20 minute drive.

Included in the hire rate are the services of a caretaker and housekeeper for a period of 2 hours everyday. If you need any additional housekeeping this can be arranged.

For full-on pampering, why not indulge in some Beauty Treatment sessions, which can provided by a fully qualified beautician.

To arrange any of these services, contact Oliver's VIP Concierge Team.

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 1500 Arrival time 5pm
Departure time 11am Energy costs included? Yes
Linen & towels included? Yes Pets welcome? No
Changeover day ANY DAY OF THE WEEK

- Security deposit: 1500 Euro payable 4 weeks prior to arrival. Refunded in full after departure, subject to inspection.
- Linen & towels: All linen and towels are included in the rental price.
- Energy costs: Included in the rental price.
- End of stay cleaning: Included in the rental price.
- Arrival time: 5pm onwards.
- Departure time: 10am (Bedrooms and Kitchen). 11am (Rest of Building and Grounds).
- Pets: Please enquire.
- Smoking: No smoking in the property.
- 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.

Kids

Best Suited For: All Ages

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

Event information

Wedding photos by David Page Photography.

Capacity: Indoor reception capacity: up to 90. For more than 90 a marquee in the grounds is possible – call for prices and capacity.

Availability
: Weddings are possible all year round.

Wedding Planner: Our Wedding Planner will arrange and co-ordinate all your requirements at the Chateau, working closely with you throughout and is present on the day.

Wedding Services: Generally take place in the formal Chateau Gardens or in the Piano Salon. English speaking Celebrants available to conduct the service should you require.

Catering: Provided by our associate professional catering company.

Other Services
- Flowers
- Live Music
- DJ
- Photographer
- Celebrant
- Hair Stylist
- Make-Up Artist
- Beauty Treatments
- Transport

Accommodation: 26 guests can stay at the chateau. Local accommodation for up to 40 guests within walking distance. 50 more within 5 mins drive, many more within ten minutes drive.

Reviews for Chateau De La Croix

Chateau De La Croix Reviews


  • We had a fantastic time!

    Posted by Robert M. on 09/08/2016

    We had a fantastic time. The property suited our needs very well indeed and the owners were extremely easy-going and helpful hosts. Available when we needed them without being intrusive. The girls in our party got particularly excited when they found out that Brad and Angelina had stayed there a few years back!

  • The Chateaux was out of this world

    Posted by on 21/07/2015

    Thank you so much for all of your help for our wedding. We had an amazing time and the Chateaux was out of this world. Nikki & Mark were the perfect hosts.

  • Lived up to high expectations!”

    Posted by Roscommon on 16/04/2014

    Great place for an extended family get together! We were four brothers, plus spouses and kids, 18 total. Plenty of room for everyone--people could choose to be w/ others or quietly alone--and the pool worked really well (althought watch out for lots of wasps!). That said, Mary's cooking was the highlight of the trip. It just made the whole time so relaxing to be so well taken care off.

  • Magical!

    Posted by Mary D on 16/04/2014

    We have just spent the best 3 days of our life at the most amazing wedding of our son and his gorgeous wife. Nicky and Mark were brilliant,nothing was too much trouble for them. They were most welcoming when we arrived and that continued the whole time we were there. The food and accommodation were first class. The photo's don't do justice to how gorgeous the place is. It was a truly amazing experience. Thank you Nicky and Mark for making their special day so memorable. Can't wait to return.

  • A perfect day to remember!

    Posted by Susan & Martin on 08/12/2011

    Our family and friends are still talking about the ceremony, the food, the venue, the music, everything. Thanks so much for giving us all a perfect day to remember!!

  • We all had a fantastic time

    Posted by Richard C on 30/07/2010

    Just a brief note to thank you very much for a wonderful stay in your fabulous chateau last week. We all had a fantastic time and have many happy memories to relish. Many thanks to all your staff who did such a great job catering and clearing up after us.

  • We knew it was going to be a magical weekend

    Posted by Charlie & James on 30/07/2010

    From the moment we first arrived we could tell that it was going to be a magical weekend. Turning into the driveway and making our way up to the front door was incredibly exciting. All of our friends and family had huge smiles on their faces for the entire time they were at the chateau because it is so perfect. It's obvious that you've been doing events for years because you are so efficient and made it look so easy! We would have no hesitation, in fact we thoroughly encourage people to have there special occasion, whatever it might be, at the Chateau. The memories will stay with us for ever and we are both so grateful for all your hard work - you thought of everything and for a second here and there I think Charlie and I actually believed that we might be the new Brangelina!

  • 2 nights stay at the Chateau

    Posted by Robert & Melanie Soame on 30/07/2010

    We just wanted to email to let you know how much we enjoyed our 2 nights stay at the Chateau last week.  Thank you for having us to stay we felt so lucky to have won such a lovely prize and had a super time.  You were very good hosts and made us feel very welcome. We will highly recommend the Chateau to anyone! We hope to be able to return in the near future. Kind regards and many thanks

  • Our fantastic holiday

    Posted by Sarah G on 29/07/2010

    Thank you very much to you and Mark for making our visit last week so memorable. The family had a fantastic holiday and much of that was down to your hard work making us feel welcome and at ease at all times. It was a huge pleasure to spend time at the Chateau again.

  • Magical weekend

    Posted by Sue and Roger on 29/07/2010

    Well! What can we say... we just had the most magical weekend and the wedding was everything we had hoped for and so much more! Two very special, beautiful people deserved for everything to go perfectly for them and I know how much work they had put in to their meticulous planning. Your professional care and expertise was really outstanding and brought everything to a perfect conclusion for us all and of course we were doubly blessed with perfect weather throughout. Every comfort, perfect surroundings, wonderful food and wine, and just a stunning setting. We all had just the best, fun time and even our games of water cricket-***-baseball-***-football will go down in family history as will the 'pool' competition!! So, thank you both again. We will sing your praises everywhere. See you again when we retire and take our own leisurely trip to revisit the Chateau!

  • Perfect weekend at the chateau

    Posted by Nicola F on 29/07/2010

    Thank you for your wonderful hospitality. We had the absolute perfect weekend at the chateau - it is truly stunning, luxurious and comfortable. The decor, the rooms, the wonderful little touches were noticed and appreciated by us all. The food was also exceptional and Mary and her team were so friendly and efficient, making each evening get off to the perfect start. Our beauty treatments with Amy were wonderful and indulgent, and a perfect way of relaxing after all the exertions of reading a magazine by the swimming pool! Thank you all so much for making this weekend so special and memorable for us. I sincerely hope we will be able to return and relive it all one day!

  • A birthday to remember

    Posted by Phlyssa G on 29/07/2010

    Once again thank you so much for your care and attention to us for our visit. It was the perfect balance of helpfulness and unobtrusiveness and we all enjoyed your warm welcome into your chateau. It was a holiday and birthday to remember.

  • There is no better place!

    Posted by Brent & Family on 29/07/2010

    We booked the Chateau for a week-long family reunion and we couldn't have made a better choice. The Chateau offers comfortable, modern and very unique accommodations, as well as terrific grounds with a large pool, private football pitch and gardens perfect for numerous outdoor games for the children (and young at heart). The surrounding area provides lots of activities, including cycling along a lengthy abandoned railway bed, cave tours, kayaking and cognac tasting. There are also many nearby villages with colourful markets and great restaurants. Nicky and Mark are wonderful hosts and they made our stay extremely relaxing. If you are looking for a week of hassle-free pleasure, there is no better place!

  • Over the top wonderful

    Posted by George & Family on 27/07/2010

    We loved every minute at the Chateau with all its beauty and richness. Thank you for a wonderful week! Thanks for a lovely time. It was absolutely fantastic. Over the top wonderful. Cheers!

  • So many happy memories of Chateau de la Croix

    Posted by Caroline & Ned on 26/07/2010

    We have so many happy memories of Chateau de la Croix and we always will. You and Mark were superb. I can't thank you enough. Your attention to detail is immaculate, and I can't even recount the number of times I thought about something but you had already attended to it. As a result, I was so relaxed and just loved my wedding day so a huge, huge thank you. To say it wouldn't have been the same without you is an understatement.

Rental Rates

Prices below are based on an occupancy of 26 people.

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights Weekly
July 26th 2017 - August 31st 2017 - - £12,926.45
August 31st 2017 - June 29th 2018 £4,213.07 £6,479.07 £12,926.45
June 29th 2018 - August 30th 2018 - - £12,926.45
August 30th 2018 - January 27th 2019 £4,213.07 £6,479.07 £12,926.45

Prices below are based on an occupancy of 26 people.

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights Weekly
July 26th 2017 - August 31st 2017 - - €13,905.00
August 31st 2017 - June 29th 2018 €4,532.00 €6,798.00 €13,905.00
June 29th 2018 - August 30th 2018 - - €13,905.00
August 30th 2018 - January 27th 2019 €4,532.00 €6,798.00 €13,905.00

Prices below are based on an occupancy of 26 people.

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights Weekly
July 26th 2017 - August 31st 2017 - - $16,191.70
August 31st 2017 - June 29th 2018 $5,277.29 $7,543.29 $16,191.70
June 29th 2018 - August 30th 2018 - - $16,191.70
August 30th 2018 - January 27th 2019 $5,277.29 $7,543.29 $16,191.70

Owner Profile

How long have you owned the property?
We have owned the property for 13 years, and after two years of renovation, have hired it out as a holiday home for 11 years.

What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?
The Chateau is everything you'd expect of a chateau – enclosed grounds, turrets, a tower, all built of stone – but it is also amazingly light due to its huge windows and many French doors. It sits in five acres of its own private grounds, but is on the edge of a small village so it isn't isolated and there is the opportunity to interact with normal everyday French village life.

Are there any interesting stories in its history?

There has been a Chateau on this site since the 14th century. And when we get some free time, I have promised myself I will research its history.

Have you ever had any famous guests staying?
Quite a few, but we tend not to over-promote this. Guests have included, among others, Brad and Angelina for a two week family holiday away from the paparazzi. Garth Jennings, film director. Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, film directors/writers. Cédric Klapisch, Film Director/Writer.

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

Drink local country wine or cognac.

Really eat?
Local Foie Gras

Really see?
See the sunflowers

The region is stuffed with pretty, unspoiled village and towns, nestled in rolling countryside spread with vineyards. Cycling is fabulous here with miles of public rights of way and tracks through the countryside, plus a network of "voie verts" (where old railway lines are converted to cycle tracks) – there is one which runs right behind the Chateau, with flat, safe cycling in dappled sunshine.

What insider tip would you pass on about the property or the area?
Go to Angouleme in the evening. The old quarter of the city (called the Plateau) is cobbled and car free, with a maze of old streets around the old covered market, where many, many cafes, bars and restaurants spill out onto the narrow lanes. On a summer evening it is buzzy and fun, and very friendly and welcoming. A relatively little known gem of a town.

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