Chateau De St Jean
If you’ve dreamt of a fairy tale holiday, you needn’t ever wake up at this chateau in Vienne. Built upon Roman ruins in the 12th century, the turreted main building has been expanded through the centuries and is now maintained in exquisite classical style. Nestled among extensive 56 acre grounds, the chateau and its adjacent cottage can host up to 50 guests in royal opulence.
Though this idyllic holiday chateau has a rural quietness, you can still walk to town! The local village is just a 10 minute amble away, here you’ll find a grocery store and several restaurants. There's a convenient airport in Poitiers (15 km), so guests will arrive with ease (and be so glad they did!)
The chateau and the cottage can sleep up to 50 guests, please enquire for a quote.
|Good news! For a litlle extra, this property is available as a Vill’otel|
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What Oliver loves…
- This grand chateau offers so many so many options for entertaining that one guest hosted a different party every evening in a different room!
- Though it feels remote, it’s walkable! It's only a 10 minute stroll to the village.
What you should know…
- There is a lovely, large fountain in the garden, but no swimming pool.
- Online prices are based on groups of up to 34 guests. If your group exceeds 34, contact us for a quote.
Interior: Chateau + Cottage (Total capacity: 50 guests if both chateau and cottage are rented)
The chateau is normally set with beds to accommodate a maximum of 34 guests with the possibility of adding 11 extra full-sized single beds for a total of 50 guests.
The chateau main entry on the ground floor gives direct access to the large mirrored dining hall, a smaller dining room and the main staircase offering access to the reception rooms on the first floor. A large well-equipped kitchen including a large double refrigerator and professional dishwasher directly serves both dining rooms and the terrace. There are also 3 toilets on this floor.
The first floor entertainment rooms, served by a large entry foyer include a music room with marble fireplace, a reception room and a library. All have Wi-Fi internet internet access. The floor also has 3 bedrooms (each with en-suite bathroom facilities), 2 with king-sized four-poster beds and one with twin single beds.
The second floor has six bedrooms, three of which have en-suite bathrooms and king-sized four-poster beds. There is also a large 3-bedroom suite with full bathroom plus separate WC. One bedroom has a four-poster king-sized bed, one a queen-sized and one a double. In addition 2 cots and 2 high chairs are available.
The third floor contains 3 two-bedroom suites. Each suite shares a full bathroom and one has an additional WC. Five of their six bedrooms have full-sized double beds and the sixth has twin single beds. There is also a 7th bedroom on the floor with double bed and en-suite bathroom.
The chateau's three-bedroom detached cottage accommodates a maximum of 6 guests and provides handicapped-accessible accommodations as well as overflow space for the chateau. With it's open-beam ceiling, small kitchenette and sitting room it serves as a charming self-contained living unit.
The chateau has a fully updated kitchen where meals can be self-catered, prepared in-house by a private chef, or furnished by one of the region's excellent caterers. It is equipped with commercial-grade range, refrigerator and dishwasher, tableware to feed 50, and is spacious enough to accommodate a catering crew, friends cooking together or a cooking class.
Receptions and Dining Rooms
The chateau's suite of classically proportioned reception rooms and library on the first floor are ideal for individual relaxation as well as elegant parties of up to 80. Guests dine on the ground floor in the ornate "salon des miroirs" with seating for up to 50, in the smaller lounge/dining room, or on the large colonnaded terrace overlooking the garden.
Our detached beautifully proportioned banqueting hall has its own catering space, accessible restroom facilities and wooden dance floor. It seats up to 200 and opens onto a large cobbled courtyard surrounded by gardens and trees. The hall has its own parking.
Park & Gardens
The estate lies within 56 acres of tranquil gardens and parkland. It is located behind gated and secured walls and as such offers excellent security for large groups with children. The gravel driveway extending up to the front of the chateau provides a serene and idyllic setting for an afternoon cocktail and game of boules in the sun. A large terrace overlooking the rear garden with fountain and gazebo is directly served from the kitchen and is ideal for entertaining. Sun loungers and outdoor furniture together with a BBQ are available for outdoor use by guests.
Note: online prices are based on groups of up to 34 guests. If your group exceeds 34, contact us for a quote.
The nearest airport is Poitiers, just 15km away. The chateau sits on the edge of a small village...Read more
The nearest airport is Poitiers, just 15km away. The chateau sits on the edge of a small village in the centre of the ancient French kingdom of Poitou, a picturesque region close to the Loire Valley that is rich in history and nature.
The capital city of Poitiers, a short drive away from the chateau, is steeped in history and provides guests with numerous opportunities for day trips and chances to explore the narrow medieval streets and churches of the town. The town is home to some 3rd Century church ruins that should not be missed. The coastal town of La Rochelle is a short journey away, as are the golden beaches of favoured celebrity resort the Ile de Re. The celebrated vineyards of Cognac and the Loire Valley are also very close by and open to tours and tasting sessions.
Abbey of Nouaille Maupertuis (13km) is a charming medieval abbey next to the site of the 1356 “Battle of Poitiers” battlefield where Jean II was captured and defeated by forces under Edward of Woodstock, more commonly known as ‘the Black Prince’. Angles sur l’Anglin (34km) is a pretty town set on the edge of a river with an abundance of fantastic local shops and restaurants. The town is also host to a large summer festival and craft fair each year. Bonnes (8km) is a pleasant village bordering the River Vienne; the location houses a renowned chateau, Chateau de Touffou, which has some spectacular landscaped gardens open to the public. Chauvigny (9km) is an attractive market town on the River Vienne containing a spectacular medieval fortress. Futuroscope (23km) is a famed visual media themed attraction - a great attraction for adults and children alike and just a short journey away.
There's a pleasant 18 hole golf course on the chateau grounds in Mignaloux Beauvoir with a relaxed atmosphere and helpful staff. The stables in Lavoux (5km) offer horse riding facilities. There is a kayaking centre in neighbouring Chauvigny (12km) for water sport enthusiasts. French communal swimming facilities are a short journey away in both outdoor bathing areas and local rivers. Country walks, tennis courts, cycle paths and cycle hire are also available within a very short distance of the chateau.
|Nearest Village||in the village|
|Nearest Restaurant||in the village|
|Nearest Bar/Pub||in the village|
Baby and Toddler Equipment
- Booster seat : x1
- Mattress protector : x2
Kids Activities Close-by
- Farm animals to visit
- Historical sites
- Horse riding
- Children's books
- Children's videos/DVDs
- Table tennis
- English speaking babysitter available
- Chef/Cook Available
- Maid Service Available
|Good news! for a little extra, this property is available as a Vill’otel|
With a vill’otel holiday, you can enjoy all these services throughout your stay:
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.
Extras available at this property:
- A full or part time cook can also be arranged with cost dependent on expectations. Typically this will be in the region of 15-20 euros per hour.
- Maid service is available for €30 per hour and babysitting service is available for €20 per hour.
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!
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.
|Security deposit||€2000. This is paid on arrival and will be refunded in full after departure (within 30 days) subject to damage inspection.|
|Arrival time||5.00 pm|
|Departure time||10.00 am from the bedrooms and 12 pm from the property.|
|Heating costs included?||If required: chateau €170/day; cottage 40€/day; banqueting hall 100€/day|
|Linen & towels included?||All bed linen and towels are included in the rental price. Please, bring your own pool towels.|
|Pets welcome?||On request.|
|Changeover day||Any day of the week.|
|End of stay cleaning included?||No. Guests are expected to leave the chateau in the same state of order and cleanliness as when they arrived. If end of stay cleaning is required it will be charged at €30/hour.|
|Smoking Allowed?||Outside only.|
|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.|
|Energy costs included?||Water and electricity are included in the rental price.|
|Other Ts and Cs||Wedding are not permitted|
Prices below are based on an occupancy of 34 people.
|Rental period||2 Nights||3 Nights||Weekly|
|April 20th 2018 - May 1st 2018||-||£6,983.00||£10,680.00|
|May 1st 2018 - October 1st 2018||-||£9,140.00||£12,837.00|
|October 1st 2018 - November 1st 2018||-||£6,983.00||£10,680.00|
|November 1st 2018 - December 15th 2018||-||£4,211.00||£7,907.00|
|December 15th 2018 - January 5th 2019||-||£6,983.00||£12,837.00|
|January 5th 2019 - March 31st 2019||-||£4,211.00||£7,907.00|
|March 31st 2019 - April 30th 2019||-||£6,983.00||£10,680.00|
|April 30th 2019 - September 30th 2019||-||£9,140.00||£12,837.00|
|September 30th 2019 - October 22nd 2019||-||£6,983.00||£10,680.00|
Prices below are based on an occupancy of 34 people.
|Rental period||2 Nights||3 Nights||Weekly|
|April 20th 2018 - May 1st 2018||-||€7,624.00||€11,659.00|
|May 1st 2018 - October 1st 2018||-||€9,978.00||€14,014.00|
|October 1st 2018 - November 1st 2018||-||€7,624.00||€11,659.00|
|November 1st 2018 - December 15th 2018||-||€4,597.00||€8,633.00|
|December 15th 2018 - January 5th 2019||-||€7,624.00||€14,014.00|
|January 5th 2019 - March 31st 2019||-||€4,597.00||€8,633.00|
|March 31st 2019 - April 30th 2019||-||€7,624.00||€11,659.00|
|April 30th 2019 - September 30th 2019||-||€9,978.00||€14,014.00|
|September 30th 2019 - October 22nd 2019||-||€7,624.00||€11,659.00|
Prices below are based on an occupancy of 34 people.
|Rental period||2 Nights||3 Nights||Weekly|
|April 20th 2018 - May 1st 2018||-||$9,413.00||$14,396.00|
|May 1st 2018 - October 1st 2018||-||$12,320.00||$17,303.00|
|October 1st 2018 - November 1st 2018||-||$9,413.00||$14,396.00|
|November 1st 2018 - December 15th 2018||-||$5,676.00||$10,659.00|
|December 15th 2018 - January 5th 2019||-||$9,413.00||$17,303.00|
|January 5th 2019 - March 31st 2019||-||$5,676.00||$10,659.00|
|March 31st 2019 - April 30th 2019||-||$9,413.00||$14,396.00|
|April 30th 2019 - September 30th 2019||-||$12,320.00||$17,303.00|
|September 30th 2019 - October 22nd 2019||-||$9,413.00||$14,396.00|
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.
A stunning venue
It's a stunning venue, so beautiful like something out of a fairy-tale. The chateau is beautiful with authentic furnishings. The tree lined alley is breathtaking and the reception hall is also lovely, it's so naturally beautiful! The chateau and cottage sleep a lot of people, it's nice to be able to stay with all your guests and spend quality time together. We could choose our suppliers, have fireworks, bring in a babysitter. We could also stay up all night in the chateau which was also lots of fun. It's near an airport that flies directly to London so people can fly in and out for a weekend. The fact that Tiph, the chateau manager, was extremely helpful and understood all the reasons behind our requests. All very romantic. - June 2016
A romantic escape
We love French wine so having a local abundant supply at our finger tips was certainly a plus. We love French food as well and felt we couldn't go wrong with any menu procured in the heart of the country. The chateau made for a very romantic backdrop. In addition to being a very practical venue with tons of options for the various events, photos, etc., the colors and textures were just perfect for the atmosphere we wanted to create. Additionally, we love the French way of life... very laid back and stress free compared to our New York lifestyle. Another plus to this place is the proximity to a major city (making it easy for international travels to get there by train). - April 2016.
A perfect setting
The size of it and history really blew me away and meant all of our guests could be together for the whole week. Not only is the Chateau restored and kept beautifully the grounds are truly spectacular. The tree lined alley is truly a majestic place. It didn't disappoint, the sun was sparkling through the trees and bats were flying around! Another plus to book this place was that the Chateau manager Tiphaine knows the place and area inside and out. She was patient and organised and went above and beyond her position to help. She helped us organise many activities during our stay which wasn't an easy task when your trying to manage 55 people who keep changing their minds every other day! She was fantastic, I cannot recommend her enough! I had guests coming from all over the world so it was great having Poitiers international airport 25 minutes away and the train station for links from Paris. The supermarket was a 10 minute walk away which had everything you needed. The nearest resort also has an outdoor swimming pool which you can use for 5euros (day pass) with a gorgeous restaurant. The place is perfect and has everything you need. My guests were blown away by the chateau, the children had a fantastic time (especially playing in the secret staircase and ringing the bell!) everyone said it was one of the best week of their lives! It is a wonderful place and I know we'll be back again to visit in the future.
What an unbelievable wedding we had!
My husband Chris and I decided to plan a destination wedding in southern France as a once in a lifetime experience. Both American, neither of us had any proficiency in the local language or landscape. We booked Chateau de St Jean without visiting it, placing our trust in the photos and the testimonial of others. When we arrived the Wednesday before our wedding, we were overjoyed! The venue was absolutely stunning in late May, better than the pictures could ever have described. The amenities were exactly as described and the grounds and grandeur of the place were so enchanting. It was perfect for our 65 person intimate wedding celebration.
Throughout the wedding planning process, Tiphaine was a tremendous support particularly when it came to our vendors. She led much of the co-ordination with each vendor which was a tremendous help when we faced language and time zone barriers. She even went so far as to help us pay our vendors so we could reduce the number of foreign transactions we were having to make from the US — she really just went above and beyond! Tiphaine and her assistant, Lara, were incredibly creative and innovative when it came to solving problems, which is exactly what you need in a place like this. We came up with solutions for the less traditional or quirky requests my husband and I had for the wedding and she found ways to help us solve the problems in ways other than just throwing money at them. I wholeheartedly cannot imagine a more unbelievable wedding experience — a 4 day slumber party in a castle with all of our closest friends — and we certainly wouldn’t have been able to pull it off without the brilliant help of Tiphaine. Thanks for making our day so exceptional, Tiphaine!
A jaw-droppingly beautiful chateau!
Tiphaine was an absolute joy to work with - she helped us organise every detail of a long weekend with friends at Chateau St Jean. She recommended caterers, cooking classes, horse-back riding, wine tasting, scheduling - no detail was overlooked! She was patient, kind, incredibly organised, and a pleasure to organise the weekend with. I highly recommend her services. The chateau was jaw-droppingly beautiful - we did not want to leave and will likely be back! Cannot recommend hosting your event here more.
What a venue!
Traveled from The United States(Michigan) in early September 2015. The Chateau was amazing, the weather was beautiful. I would recommend this venue for a wedding, or vacation for a large group.Easy drive from Paris on the A10.
It was amazing. Beautiful place for a wedding.Truly one of the coolest experiences of my life, I would highly recommend it.
There is no other place quite so perfect and magical!
Incredible setting for a wonderful wedding
Idyllic setting, magical ceremony and dinner- everyone had a wonderful time!
The Chateau is a perfect space to create some magical experiences. The wedding I attended there was absolutely beautiful, everything and everyone touched by the special magic of this place. Wonderful facilities and well kept-grounds. Thank you!
An outstanding chateau
Phenomenal, beautiful grounds and the most magical place I've stayed.
Such great Memories
What a great experience, in such a wonderful and magical place, Thanks Tiphane and Nash from all the Irish crew. We will be recommending this venue to others. Merci beacoup
Thank you for the dream wedding venue
Thank you so much for letting us share your beautiful chateau. It was the perfect venue for Anna and Carwyns's wedding, and they all their many guests loved it.
I can assure you it created many happy memories that will remain with us for many years. With best wishes!
It was amazing. beautiful place for a wedding. Truly one of the coolest experiences of my life, i would highly recommend it.
Such an amazing Chateau!
We had a splendid time having our close family and friends all together for 5 days. This is definitely one of our sweetest memories.
Very enjoyable stay!!
Beautiful setting and lovely house
A fairy tale chateau wedding
After our spring engagement we have decided to get married only a few months away from our big day, which meant we had limited time to decide on the place where we would like to get married. With France being a country of love we had no doubts we want to have a destination wedding in France.
We found Oliver’s Travels via google as we were looking for a luxury villa or a French style chateau which could accommodate up to 50 people. We have shortlisted a few places which were within our budget and suited the requirements we had, after our visits kindly arranged by Stephanie for Oliver’s Travels the Chateau De St Jean has appealed to us the most due to its rural beauty and well kept gardens as well as beautiful on-site church, which was one of the most important aspects to us, since we wanted to have a church wedding.
Other important and major benefit of the chateau was an easy accessible location from London and other European countries, which played an important role to us when planning a destination wedding, since all of our guests had to travel from abroad.
Stephanie was very helpful and kindly introduced us to the manager of our chosen chateau in order for us to communicate direct after we have made our booking.
Not being French speakers has proven to be a difficult task when planning a wedding in France, which without a doubt has lead us to hiring a French wedding planner Tiphaine, who is also a manager of the chateau Chateau De St Jean.
Tiphaine was a real help when it come to planning our wedding especially with only a few months to go till the big day. She was very professional and helped us to organise everything we needed and desired. We have experienced some difficulties when it come to organising a church wedding, since we are not French speakers, but Tiphaine was there to help us and to help solve this dilemma, so we did have a church wedding in the end!
One of the best decisions we made when planning a wedding was to choose a destination wedding. Our amazing venue made our wedding one of the most memorable life events to us and our family and friends. We all felt very relaxed throughout the long weekend, as there was so much to do and see and we even wish we stayed longer than 3 days as it felt more like a mini break away rather than a stressful wedding.
The chateau had everything we and our guests needed including the best wedding planner Tiphaine and the amazing chef who made it all happen for us, including baking fresh croissants every morning, which you would expect in France, but perhaps not as good as the ones in Chateau De St Jean.
Having a wedding in the historic chateau also meant that we have the most amazing photographs and memories of our big day in France, the country of love.
Thank you for an wonderful stay!
Thanks again for all your help over the entire year and dealing with all our questions and queries. We couldn't have done it without you and we very much appreciate it. We will be singing the praises of the chateau to everyone we know.
A Magical Stay
Absolute fairytale setting with superb staff who are only too pleased to help in every way they can.
So good I rented it twice
Chateau St. Jean is comfortable and elegant. I brought a group of artists here twice and every one of them is still talking about it. There is lots of room so that even a large group has space to get away from the crowd. The grounds are also huge. I particularly enjoyed the kitchen which is well equipped and in scale with the rest of the estate (it's big!). The location is handy as the road system will take you quickly in any direction. The most interesting direction is north to the Loire. There are a couple of beautiful valleys that take you there. A visit to some of the winerys in the area is highly recommended.The owners provided good directions from Paris but study the maps well as it is very easy to miss a turn. Poitiers is very close and I recommend dropping your rental car there and taking the train back to Paris. The car agencies are next to the train station (mostly) and the train goes directly to Charles DeGaulle airport. Book ahead though. It couldn't be easier. Rent your car at Orly airport on the south side of Paris for a convienient and short ride to the Chateau. Sincerely, Wade
Thank you so much!
We both would like to thank you so much for all your help to make our wedding and weekend so wonderful. We both had everything we hoped and dreamed for and it simply wouldn't have been possible without you, so thank you very much.
Thank you again and I hope you have a wonderful birthday!
Hugs and kisses,
Absolutely gorgeous wedding!
What a beautiful location for a wedding - the chateau and the grounds are breathtaking! If only we could have stayed longer. It was an absolutely gorgeous wedding! And it served as a vacation for all our children - hope to return someday! Many great memories to take back to California and to share with the family who couldn't make it.
Tiph, Linda, Thank you for perfecting our wedding week! Kenneth Sanchez
Fantastic wedding venue
It is with great pleasure that I can recommend the Chateau to anyone who is looking for a fantastic wedding venue managed by Tiphaine who is so helpful & knows exactly how to make your wedding day a very special day. We got married in our village on the 31st December (Yes a bit strange I know!). We had a lovely time at Chateau De St Jean with our friends & family. Such a wonderful place for an unforgettable moment!
Fantastic wedding venue!
Couldn't recommend your place enough for a fantastic venue with enough flexibility to do as mic or as little as you like. Amazingly clean given its size, in house chef was well worth using! We had the wedding of our dreams without spending a fortune. Can we re-marry again this year?!
Toda una maravilla!!!
La ultima boda del 2012, toda una maravilla!!! Charles y yo estamos mas que felices de haber celebrado nuestra boda en el ChÃ¢teau St Julien! La arquitectura del castillo es formidable, el parque se presta para sonar, y las atenciones que tuvieron con nosotros fueron muy especiales. Estamos esperando las fotos para compartilas con ustedes! Muchas gracias Tiphaine por todo y hasta prontisimo!!!
Incredible stay at this most magical Chateau
After an incredible stay at this most magical Chateau I can honestly say that myself and all my friends had the best weekend ever. The grounds were enticing and the Chateau was as grand as it was magnificent.
With so many original features and secret passage ways we were invited into a weekend of fantasy and adventure. Our lovely chef Corrine cooked us up a feast and our hostess with the mostess Tiphaine ensured we has everything we could possibly need at our disposal. I believe the local bistro became part of the birthday celebrations too and it's proprietor was helpful and accmodating. A return visit will be planned and I recommend the Chateau to everyone.....families, couples, weddings and all. Thank you for a great 40th birthday x
We have still not stopped talking about our time at St Jean
Merci Tiphaine. We have still not stopped talking about our time at St Jean with you all and our very special day. It is something we will remember for ever. The pictures we have are fantastic of the Chateau and all the events we had. Everyone had such an amazing time. Thank you again for all your hard work and organising. xx Richard
It is hard to describe our experience at St Jean without using too many superlatives or exclamation marks! We were delighted by how helpful Tiphaine, the chateau manager, was. She was available to answer our questions no matter how random they seemed. The place itself was just beautiful, very well maintained inside and out. Our guests had an unforgettable time and felt it was well worth a trip across the atlantic to spend time there. We think we had the best wedding and are so grateful to the Nash and Linda for the chance to stay at their amazing chateau!
What a remarkable place
What a remarkable place the Chateau is. I feel like we've been in a film for the last week. Our retreat was very successful, with people saying they hadn't had such a good time in years, and that they'd return in a minute, and that if others knew how great the Chateau and the week was, I'd have a long waiting list.
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