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Bright, sophisticated, and elegant, this chateau in Charente blends old-world charm with modern day comforts to provide a welcoming and luxurious holiday retreat in a serene setting.
Vibrant décor and warm hardwoods energize the spacious and well-appointed interior spaces. Unwind in the comfort of the open plan living room beside the fireplace, or in the lounge by the bar. The colourful kitchen is fully equipped, and the formal dining room or terrace will gladly host family mealtime.
Five bedrooms span across two floors, each beautifully designed and with en suite baths. Two of the bedrooms include anterooms with additional beds, making them ideal for those travelling with kids.
A stroll around the expansive grounds will set anyone at ease. Set in the middle of a 7.5-acre park, guests will enjoy private access to beautiful lake with wooden bridges, ancient trees and wildflower meadows, and a heated pool.
There are a wealth of activities and must-see destinations within an hour of the chateau: From authentic Italian restaurants within walking distance and wine tasting in the Loire Valley, to the numerous medieval towns and local markets in the Vienne.
Short break price may differ depending on capacity. Please enquire.
What Oliver loves…
- Legend has it that Queen Victoria had this chateau in Charente built for her favourite dressmaker at the end of the 19th century – although this has yet to be confirme
- Guests are treated to a complimentary welcome hamper of local goodies and wine and even a guided wine tasting tour in the local area!
- The idyllic grounds are incredibly peaceful
- You can walk to the nearest village, or take a ride on the bikes provided
What you should know…
- To really take advantage of the region, car hire is recommended
- The charming owner lives discretely on site
Chateau Paquerette Interior
The chateau has five bedrooms on two floors, each with a private bathroom. Two bedrooms have ante-rooms with additional beds that are perfect for small children. We can accommodate up to 12 guests in total. Four of the bedrooms have a view of the park, whilst the fifth looks out to the wood behind the chateau.
The fully-equipped modern kitchen has a large oven and microwave, copious fridge, gas hob, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer and iron.
The extensive grounds provide ample space for exploring, playing hide and seek or simply relaxing under a shady tree. There is a small lake with fishes, adorned with several wooden bridges, provides the perfect spot for painting or an evening stroll. Guest can take advantage of the first floor terrace and access to the dining room along with the private pool and a shady terrace.
- Impressive fireplace
- lounge and bar
- Venetian glass candelabra
- Also available are cot and, a highchair
- Telephone & Internet : Free WiFi Internet access is available. Mobile phone coverage is good here, with coverage from Orange, Bouygues and SFR.
- Television: A large flat screen Satellite TV and DVD player can be found in the sitting room.
Chateau Paquerette is situated in the north of the Vienne, between Poitiers and the Loire Valley, 3 hours from Paris and 2 hours from the Atlantic Coast.
Places to see & chateaux to visit
An hour’s drive from Chateau Paquerette takes you right to the centre of the Loire Valley, with its many historical sites of interest and, of course, its world-renowned chateaux. Just as beautiful, the towns and villages of the Vienne boast many fascinating medieval buildings and monuments, as well as local food markets. There’s plenty to keep adults and children amused!
The Loire Valley
Château de Villandry – an hour and 20 minutes by car
Villandry, right in the middle of the Loire Valley, is a Renaissance chateau sitting at the centre of three levels of terraced gardens. It was the last of the great Renaissance chateaux to be built on the river Loire. It is distinguished for the harmony of its architecture and, in particular, its wonderful all-seasons gardens.
Château d’Azay le Rideau – an hour and 10 minutes by car
Azay-le-Rideau has to be one of the prettiest of the Loire chateaux! Built on an island in the middle of the Indre river by a rich banker during the reign of François the first, it reflects the latest building techniques and innovation of the time. With its feet in the waters of the Indre, its reflected facades gives it an other-worldly quality that makes it unique amongst the Loire chateau.
Château de Chenonceau – an hour and 20 minutes by car
A property of the Crown, then a royal residence, Château de Chenonceau is renowned not just for its architectural originality but for its inhabitants, namely, Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Médicis. Today, the chateau is, after Versailles, the most visited in France.
Château Royal d’Amboise – an hour and 25 minutes by car
King Charles VIII and François 1st (between the end of the 15th and beginning of the 16th centuries) transformed the medieval fortress of Amboise into a magnificent royal residence. It became a kind of cultural mecca, with many of the most noted European writers and artists of the day being invited to the Court of Amboise. One of them, Leonardo de Vinci, spent the last part of his life here in exile from Italy and is buried in the Chateau’s chapel.
Chinon – an hour by car
Chinon is a picturesque town with a medieval heart. You can spend time walking round and admiring the old town and its quaint streets, its squares, gardens and quayside, which straddle the length of the Vienne river. Its medieval quarter and the fortress that dominates the hill above the town are not to be missed.
Saumur – an hour and 15 minutes by car
Saumur is France’s equestrian capital and the Cadre Noir, France’s national horse-riding school. It is one of the many places that you might want to visit here. The town’s first buildings were constructed during the 11th century and it is home to two chateaux: Château de Saumur, a fortressed castle that was built during the 14th century for the Dukes of Anjou and has played the role of manor house, Governor’s residence, prison and arms depot and the elegant Château de Beaulieu, built in the 18th Century and designed by architect Jean Drapeau. The town lies at a natural crossing point between the rivers Loire and Thouet and is surrounded by vineyards.
Tours – an hour and 10 minutes by car
The capital of the Indre and Loire departments, Tours has a reputation for being discreet and is therefore a town where people live, as opposed to being a top tourist destination. That being said, Tours has some very well-preserved historic quarters, a fine arts museum, a magnificent cathedral and basilica, idyllic parks and some great places to shop, including several lively food markets, including the central marketplace (les halles).
Richelieu – 35 minutes by car
Designed by architect Jacques Lemercier, the chateau and the town of Richelieu were the vision of just one man, Cardinal Richelieu. Almost 2000 workers worked on its construction, which was started in 1631 and almost finished by 1642. However, come the revolution, Richelieu’s chateau was bound to be on the target list and its stone was ‘borrowed’ to build many of the buildings surrounding Richelieu’s historic centre. Happily, its vast park, the dome, its cellars, the orangery and monumental gate survived and make a delightful spot for a walk or picnic.
Medieval towns in the Vienne
Poitiers – 40 minutes by car
A city packed with history and culture and capital of the historic region of Poitou, Poitiers’ town centre boasts some remarkable medieval buildings, pretty squares and parks – including the glorious Parc de Blossac - as well as some magnificent churches and cathedrals. Notable among them is Notre-Dame-la-Grande, a Roman Catholic edifice that was built between the 11th and 12th centuries. Its famous ornamental facade in which the main episodes from the Bible are carved is a must-see. Poitiers is also a University town and its 20,000 plus students give it a lively, youthful energy.
Chatellerault – 30 minutes by car
Built on the banks of the Vienne river, Châtellerault’s origins date from the Middle-Ages. From that period until the Renaissance, its industry consisted predominantly of cutlery, sword making, tanning and watchmaking. In 1816, the commune became a centre for arms manufacture for the French government, a link which is preserved today in the form of the French military’s archives on armament matters, which are all located in the old weapon manufacturing facility. But Châtellerault charms are not all about arms! As you would expect from a town with a rich industrial past, the town has its fair share of architectural splendours and museums – including the Museum of Cars, Motorbikes and Bicycles (le Musée Auto Moto Vélo) and one dedicated to French philosopher René Descartes, who spent his childhood here; gardens, a lake and forest.
Angles sur l’Anglin – an hour by car
Aptly designated as one of the most beautiful villages in France, Angles-sur-l’Anglin sits high on a hill overlooking the river Anglin, which was used to transport salt for storage in the town’s caves. The ruins of the fortress that was built between the 11th and 15th century by the Counts of Lusignan dominate the High Town, where Saint-Martin’s church, the chapel of Saint-Pierre and its panoramic view can be found.
In the Low Town, the Sainte-Croix Quarter has pretty houses with characteristic plain tile roofs and a Romanesque church, among the many sights of interest. Don’t miss the Jours d’Angles Festival when there are embroidery workshops that demonstrate the traditional fine pulled-thread embroidery that is unique to this area, or the ‘interpretation centre’, where computer and laser copy technology take visitors back to the end of the ice age and into the caves and rock shelters of their ancestors.
Chauvigny – 50 minutes by car
From its promontory overlooking the Vienne, Chauvigny’s medieval quarter is unique in Europe, as vestiges of five chateau/forts can be found here. The ruins of the Bishop’s Castle now host the wonderful ‘Giants of the Sky’ (Les Géants du Ciel) Falconry display. Meanwhile, Chauvigny’s VeloRail (4-wheeled frames with small rail wheels that can be pedaled by up to 5 people) follows the ancient train track, and is fun for adults and children alike!
Traditional, regional cuisine or gourmet … you’ll find restaurants nearby that cater to all tastes. Here’s a small selection of favourites:
- Le Savignois, at Savigny-sous-Faye (10 minutes by car). Traditional and regional cuisine in a simple but very comfortable setting. Menus available at between 16 and 32€.
- Le Saint-Fortunat, at Neuville-de-Poitou (20 minutes by car). Sophisticated setting and gourmet food. Menus cost between 27 and 70 €.
- La Fourchette de Fagusat Faye la Vineuse (25 minutes by car). Restaurant and caterer. Traditional, great food. Simple, comfortable setting with a terrace that is perfect in summer. Menus available for 13 to 20€.
- Autour des Halles, at Scorbé-Clairevaux (10 minutes by car). Good food and a family atmosphere. Menus at 11 and 20€.
At Chateau Paquerette, you are surrounded by vineyards. Not only are the Loire Valley vineyards just a short hop by car, but on your doorstep are several local wine producers that will let you visit their domains and sample their produce.
- Domaine Ampelidae at Marigny Brizay: 15 minutes by car
- Domaine de la Rôtisserie, at Marigny Brizay: 15 minutes by car
- Domaine de Villemont at Mirebeau: 15 minutes by car
At Mirebeau, you can take an air-balloon flight and get a birds-eye view of the Vienne’s magnificent scenery. A basket carrying 4 to 16 people starts at 125€ per person.
Cable skiing is a means of water-skiing in maximum safety, as the skier’s rope and handle are pulled by an electrically-driven cable. Come and try out the sport, as well as wakeboarding or kneeboarding, at a 10 hectare lake not far from Chateau Picole…or simply come and watch!
Golf – 30 minutes by car
Between Poitiers and Châtellerault is the Golf du Haut-Poitou, a course that plays host to the International Open series. The 18 holes here are deemed very technical and the course ranks as one of the best in France. There are magnificent views of Saint Cyr Lake too.
Golf du Haut-Poitou also offers a nine-hole course and a pitch and putt.
Don’t forget to bring your walking boots! There’s a footpath (called ‘Le sentier des Bois du Dognon’) that borders the Chateau and takes you on an 11 km (2.5 hour) trail that passes Lencloître, a Romanesque church and the town hall. Maps are available at the Chateau.
The “Ligne Verte” (Green Line) is an old railway track between Chatellerault and Loudun that has been converted into a walking and cycling route. You can access it at Lencloître.
More information and footpath maps can be found at Lencloître’s Tourist Office.
Swimming – 30 minutes by car
Sandy beaches, fresh water… and no need to go as far as the seaside. At Saint-Cyr Lake, you can swim, rent canoes or pedalos, go windsurfing … it's an ideal family day out when it warms up.
Futuroscope was France’s first ever amusement park and remains a unique and must-see experience! A great day out for all the family, discover more than 25 rides and attractions and some stunning futuristic architecture. Recent additions to the line-up include ‘Arthur, the 4D Adventure’, which was designed by cinematographer Luc Besson, and the world’s first skybar!
|Nearest Ferry port||
(Over 100 km)
Nearest Golf Golf du Haut - Poitou
- Chef/Cook Available
- Maid 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:
- Short journeys by minibus: If you wish to go to a restaurant in the evening but you would prefer not to drive, the owners can arrange transport using a 9-seater minibus.
-Leave your car at home and let the train or plane take the strain! The owners can collect you from Chatellerault, Futuroscope or Poitiers station or cars are available to rent at any of these stations.
- Catering Service: Enjoy your special occasion all the more by booking Chateau Paquerette’s local catering service. Caterers and restaurants at Lencloître and beyond can provide hot or cold dishes or buffets, depending on your needs.
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||€1000. The security deposit is paid on arrival and will be refunded in full after departure subject to damage inspection.|
|Energy costs included?||Included.|
|Linen & towels included?||Included.|
|Pets welcome?||No pets allowed.|
|Smoking Allowed?||Strictly no smoking in chateau.|
|Changeover day||Friday or Saturday.|
|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.|
|Other Ts and Cs||Warning for children: The swimming pool has a protective cover that prevents accidental drowning. However, when the cover is removed, parents are warned to keep their children under close supervision at all times.|
Prices below are based on an occupancy of 12 people.
|Rental period||2 Nights||3 Nights||Weekly|
|February 18th 2018 - March 31st 2018||-||-||£2,579.00|
|March 31st 2018 - June 30th 2018||£1,289.00||£1,556.00||£2,579.00|
|June 30th 2018 - September 1st 2018||-||-||£4,512.00|
|September 1st 2018 - December 22nd 2018||£1,289.00||£1,556.00||£2,579.00|
|December 22nd 2018 - January 5th 2019||-||-||£4,254.00|
|January 5th 2019 - March 30th 2019||-||-||£2,579.00|
|March 30th 2019 - June 29th 2019||£1,289.00||£1,556.00||£2,579.00|
|June 29th 2019 - August 22nd 2019||-||-||£4,512.00|
Prices below are based on an occupancy of 12 people.
|Rental period||2 Nights||3 Nights||Weekly|
|February 18th 2018 - March 31st 2018||-||-||€2,803.00|
|March 31st 2018 - June 30th 2018||€1,402.00||€1,668.00||€2,803.00|
|June 30th 2018 - September 1st 2018||-||-||€4,905.00|
|September 1st 2018 - December 22nd 2018||€1,402.00||€1,668.00||€2,803.00|
|December 22nd 2018 - January 5th 2019||-||-||€4,625.00|
|January 5th 2019 - March 30th 2019||-||-||€2,803.00|
|March 30th 2019 - June 29th 2019||€1,402.00||€1,668.00||€2,803.00|
|June 29th 2019 - August 22nd 2019||-||-||€4,905.00|
Prices below are based on an occupancy of 12 people.
|Rental period||2 Nights||3 Nights||Weekly|
|February 18th 2018 - March 31st 2018||-||-||$3,478.00|
|March 31st 2018 - June 30th 2018||$1,739.00||$2,005.00||$3,478.00|
|June 30th 2018 - September 1st 2018||-||-||$6,086.00|
|September 1st 2018 - December 22nd 2018||$1,739.00||$2,005.00||$3,478.00|
|December 22nd 2018 - January 5th 2019||-||-||$5,738.00|
|January 5th 2019 - March 30th 2019||-||-||$3,478.00|
|March 30th 2019 - June 29th 2019||$1,739.00||$2,005.00||$3,478.00|
|June 29th 2019 - August 22nd 2019||-||-||$6,086.00|
How long have you owned the property?
We moved to France in 2013 for a change of lifestyle.
What aspect of the chateau did you most fall in love with?
We looked at properties in various regions of France to set up our new venture and eventually came across this gem, a chateau in the Vienne – Loire region. It was love at first sight, full of charm, beauty and history (given to believe it was built by Queen Victoria for her Parisian dress designer in 1882). While just off the main road and within 2 km of a town with all services the Chateau is surrounded by 3 Ha of parkland, gardens, fish pond and is a haven of peace, tranquillity and is very secure. It has a very warm homely feel to it while having all modern comforts it maintains it’s original features.
For anyone coming to stay, what would you really recommend they do?
There are many good local wine producers in the area and we can arrange a wine tasting tour also worth taking in the local food markets and sample the fresh produce from the area.
Near by theme parks, futuroscope, Puy du Fou and Valle de Singes.
Walk through and discover the history of the magnificent park of Richelieu, visit the beautiful chateau’s and gardens of the Loire Valley( Azay le Rideau, Villandry and Chateau du Rivau just to mention a few). Stroll through Chinon with its winding streets, fortress castle and many restaurants and close bye is the historic Abbey in Fontevraud.
For those who enjoy a more active vacation there is canoeing, cycling, adventure parks, golf, Balloon rides and extensive walks.
In the evening enjoy nearby local restaurants or indulge with a bottle of the local wine and a barbecue at the Chateau.
There are so many attractions around that a one week stay would not be enough to see all the incredible heritage treasures of the Vienne and Loire Valley.
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 Little Paradise
We have visited Chateau Paquerette twice, and we all loved it!
We are a big family of three generations, located in 3 different countries, so the chateau was a perfect place to meet up for our summer holiday. When you see the chateau for the first time, it takes your breath away. The well kept old building and the huge garden surrounding it was amazing. The pool is big, private and well kept. All the kids and adults loved it! The chateau has been updated inside. Some rooms are modernised, other rooms have been kept as they are with the original charm.
The landscape around the chateau is beautiful, and we enjoyed it every morning when some of us were out running or just drinking the first coffee of the day on the terrasse. The ground to this estate is huge, so it was possible for the kids to play football, hide and seek, badminton and even a treasure hunt was created. We all had a lot of fun and the iPads and iPhones were forgotten for a while!
Every morning our host couple served us breakfast, what a treat! We had booked the local chef and beautician to make this holiday as relaxing as possible, and we were not disappointed! The owners of the chateau were wonderful, and they have created a little paradise! We were so lucky to have a taste of it!
We stayed at Chateau Paquerette and could not have been more delighted. From the fantastic welcome we received from Laurence and Marian to the wonderful Chateau itself it really was a delightful experience. There really is something for everyone here and the Chateau and its grounds are fantastic. We are really looking forward to returning as soon as we can!
Chateau Paquerette- Breathtaking, a holiday to remember
Eleven of us had the most wonderful week in Chateau Paquerette, we didn't want to leave this most lovliest of places. Marion and Laurence were great hosts, and if you needed anything at all, nothing was too much trouble. Laurence was available to assist with travel, he collected us from the airport/train station, took and picked us up from Futureoscope, suggested a vinyard and took us there for a tasting and tour. We went on some lovely walks, mainly into the local village to collect the daily "pain" and the rest of the groceries, usually stopping off at the "Cheval Blanc" for a Kir Royal. The pool got lots of use, having 4 children, and is cleaned every morning around 7am, we bbqed most evenings as we wanted to take advantage of the surroundings we were in.
There is everything you need at the Chateau, Marion had a lovely welcome basket prepared for our arrival and if in doubt as to what is provided at the Chateau, contact Marion - we packed 11 poolside towels, tea towels and dishcloths, these items were in abundance along with many extras.
If it's your desire to stay in a chateau, then choose Chateau Paquerette.
We didn't want to leave
We stayed at the Chateau Paquerette from the 17th to the 31st August and wished we had booked it for a lot longer. Chateau and gardens are beautiful - photos cannot do it justice. There is also a large dining room which is not shown in the photos but which is lovely and ideal for the odd very late meal when it is just a bit too cold perhaps to eat outside. Very comfortable, warm and welcoming house. Exceptionally well equipped and furnished. All the beds are very comfortable. Extremely good supply of towels - both bath and pool. Pool is heated and is in a very pretty setting - looks lovely lit up at night. Well supplied with outdoor tables, chairs, loungers etc. Laurence and Marian (the owners) are very kind and helpful and have done a wonderful job in making the Chateau such a lovely place to stay. They have really put their hearts into this and we hope all future guests appreciate it as much as we all did. We would certainly recommend it and will definitely be returning.
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