Chateau Serbise

Sleeps: 16 Bedrooms: 8 Bathrooms: 9
Sleeps: 16 Bedrooms: 8 Bathrooms: 9


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With impressive curb appeal and luxury accommodation for 16 guests, this regal 17th century chateau in Charente makes for an exclusive holiday retreat or event venue in one of the sunniest regions of France.

Make yourself at home in the elegant salon, filled with period-style furnishings and ornate decorative features, including a gorgeous fireplace and piano. The snooker room will draw young and old alike, and the formal dining room and fully equipped kitchen makes meals at home a treat.

Seven spacious and unique bedrooms, five with en suite baths, reside up a beautiful winding staircase, with an eighth bedroom, also with a bath en suite, on the ground floor. The reception hall is perfect for large gatherings or banquet dining, with an outfitted catering kitchen and access to the patio.

Guests have 12 acres of parkland and walled gardens to explore, plus private pool access and a decked BBQ area for poolside lunches.

Cafes and restaurants are close by in the town of Pons, and with Cognac just 15km away, a tasting tour is a must. Within half an hour from the chateau are many activities - from beaches, tennis courts, and horseback riding to canoeing the Seugne River.

Good news! This property is available as a Vill’otel

Yey! Wait… what is that?
It’s the perfect combo of the privacy of your own personal villa, with all the luxury and convenience of a hotel.

What’s included?
Breakfast, cleaning, welcome drinks and hamper, plus more! Check the Extras tab for all the details.

Oliver Approved

What Oliver loves…

  • His chateau in Charente is an ideal wedding venue, catering to both indoor and outdoor events
  • Chateau Serbise shares the estate with two other properties that can be rented together
  • The ancient architecture and period features are quite impressive

What you should know…

  • The closest bars and restaurants are 5 km away, so we recommend a car rental. If you go without, pre-booking taxis is a must!
  • You’ll want to bring extra beach towels to use at the pool (all other linens are provided).

Property Features

Private Pool Child-Safe Pool Internet Ideal for Parties Ground Floor Bed & Bath Cable TV Games Room Indoor Games Working Fireplace Heating Conference Facilities Chapel on Site Caretaker/Owner on Site Vill’otel (Like a Hotel!)

The Chateau Serbise has 8 bedrooms to sleep up to 16 adults and one baby. Up to 4 extra children can also be accommodated at a supplement (€100/week/child).

On the ground floor there is a salon with piano, satellite free view TV, a snooker room with full sized table, a dining room and a fully equipped kitchen. The new Reception Hall (15x6.5m) gives direct access to the patio and lawn with adjoining entrance lobby, toilets and link to our purpose built catering kitchen. There is also a double bedroom with en-suite bathroom, and a further shower room.

On the first floor (bedroom floor) there are 5 double bedrooms, 2 twin bedrooms. Each bedroom has its own bathroom, there are 6 en-suites and 2 separate bathrooms altogether.

The house is well appointed with all modern conveniences, the kitchen having electric cooker, gas hob, microwave, washing machine, dish washer, fridges and freezer as well as kettle, coffee machine, toaster, iron and hair dryer.

There are cots, Sat. TV, CD/radio, internet connection and bicycles available for hire. All linen, house towels, kitchen towels and utilities are included in the rental. We do ask you to bring pool and beach towels.

Outside the chateau has its own private parkland, swimming pool and BBQ with decked eating area. The swimming pool is surrounded by a 1.4 meter high wall with a self closing gate, safe for children from 2 to 8 years old.

There are a full 8 acres of parkland for you to explore.


About the surrounding area of Chateau Serbise
Coastal Walking/Hiking Paths Rural Location Wine Tasting Golf Nearby Fishing Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages
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The region of Charente Maritime is one of the sunniest parts of France and benefits from a mostly sunny and warm climate from April through October. The influence of the Gulf Stream means that winters can be as mild as the Mediterranean. Cognac & Saintes are 15km away and Royan is 25km from the estate. The airports of Bordeaux, Angouleme and La Rochelle are within 1 hours drive and are served by an increasing number of UK regional airports.

St. Genis & Pons are both 5km away where there are restaurants and small shops. The nearest beach is only 35 minutes drive. There are 3 golf courses: Saintes (typical UK type club), Cognac (good course, above average) and Royan (reminds one of the Berkshire courses - pine on sand - good course).

The area has many historical sites relating to its past including the periods of Roman occupation, Richard Coeur de Lion and Eleanor of Aquitane, the French Revolution and the Second World War. As the centre of Cognac production, the towns of Cognac and Jarnac are must visits with guided tours around the headquarters of Hennesey, Martell, Remy Martin, Otard, Hine etc.

The coast line from St Georges de Didonne north to St Palais sur Mer has miles of sandy beaches and good fish restaurants. The towns of Royan, La Rochelle and Rochefort are interesting places to visit and are all within one hour's drive.

The area abounds with many fine restaurants, some more expensive than others but all incredible value for money. Many local artisans welcome visits to view their business, including barrel making, wood carving and sculpture, pottery production, chocolate making and many more.

The wine production areas of Bordeaux are within easy reach with the Blaye region only half an hour away and St Emilion just over an hour by car. From the towns of Blaye or Royan it is possible to take a car ferry across to the Medoc.

The city of Bordeaux can be reached in an hour with its good shopping, art galleries, museums and historical buildings. The same can be said for Saintes. Within an hour there are three top golf courses at Saintes, Cognac and Royan with more around Bordeaux.

As well as the obvious sea fishing, river fishing in the Seugne is only 5 minutes away. The Charente only half an hour away. Only 5kms in either direction are good quality local tennis courts. There are several horse stables around providing riding for all levels through the local woodlands. A very local stable provides carriage rides around the lanes of the area. An international length (1.2km long) go-cart track is only 10 minutes from Clerbise. Canoes are available for hire on the local river Seugne.

A busy nightclub is just 5kms away and is open from Thursday to Sunday.

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Bordeaux or La Rochelle

(91-100 km)

Nearest Ferry port St Malo

(Over 100 km)

Nearest Village St Genis de Saintonge

(5 km)

Nearest Town/City Pons

(6 km)

Nearest Restaurant Moulin du Val de Seugne

(4 km)

Nearest Bar/Pub Le Francais

(5 km)

Nearest Beach Meschers

(31-35 km)

Nearest Golf Cognac

(26-30 km)


Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens Child-Safe Pool Cot(s) High Chair(s)

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Mattress protector : x4
  • Baby bath : x2
  • Bath toys : x6
  • Changing mat : x2
  • Potty : x1
  • Bottle steriliser
  • Plastic crockery

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Canoeing/kayaking
  • Coastal
  • Horse riding
  • Go-Karting
  • Historical sites
  • Playground

Onsite Facilities

  • Table tennis
  • Pool/Snooker

Services Available

  • English speaking babysitter available


Oliver's Extras

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available
Good news! This property is available as a Vill’otel

With a vill’otel holiday, you can enjoy all these services throughout your stay:

- Daily breakfast
- Daily maid service
- Deluxe welcome hamper with local delicacies
- Welcome drinks for your group
- Fridge-stocking service
- Private chef service

If you’d like to book the Vill’otel serviced option, contact us on for a tailor-made quote! Typical costs range between £100-£250 per person per week dependent on requirements.

Please note that all services are subject to availability and must be requested at the time of booking.

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.

- The owners are also able to arrange Wedding Blessings on the Estate which are becoming increasingly popular.

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

Event information

Chateau Serbise can be the ideal venue for a wedding or celebration when you rent the entire Chateau Serbise Estate.

Indoor reception capacity: 80
A dedicated function hall in the old Chai barn is an ideal venue all types of celebrations, as well as other events including food & wine courses, dances, seminars or lessons.

Outdoor reception capacity: 100+
Guests almost always set up a marquee on the terrace. Of course price depends on capacity / size - e.g. 60 person including chair and table hire from 650€. The owners are almost always involved in the arrangements for marquee hire, catering, flowers etc. for which they charge from 500€ depending on involvement and numbers.

Outside the normal rental period (May to September) the owners are happy to consider short period bookings for weddings and in these cases they are happy to quote on an inclusive package including rental and arranging fees.

The Service
The ruins of an 11th Century Romanesque church are within the grounds. This remains consecrated ground. Over the body of the church, they erect a simple white marquee and set out chairs etc. Alternatively there are R.C. churches in the villages around. There is access to an English speaking vicar or priest.

The owners can recommend a reliable and high quality chef to cater for all your guests. He is also available to cater for meals prior to or after the main event if you so desire.

Other Services
Flowers: A local shop does all floral arrangements. Live bands/DJs: Pop, jazz, western/folk, D.J. all possible. Transport: All as required from coach hire through minibus, car or taxi. Marquee hire: As mentioned above. Hair & Make up. Photographer.

38 guests can stay at the chateau (normal set up) with up to around 45 (with extra single beds in the large bedrooms to make family or singles rooms). Extra single beds at 100€ each to cover linen, towels, extra utility use and set up costs. Two gite complexes within 10 minutes can accommodate a further 35. Also, local hotels (within 15 minutes) can house a further 50 minimum.

Bordeaux and La Rochelle - both around 55 minutes away with most of the lower priced airlines flying in from most UK regional airports.

Terms & Conditions

Security deposit €600 for the chateau. This is paid on arrival and will be refunded in full after departure subject to damage inspection.
Arrival time 17.00
Departure time 10.00
Energy costs included? Included except oil fired central heating which is charged at cost.
Linen & towels included? All linen and bath towels are included in the rental price, and are changed once a week. Guests must provide their own pool towels.
Pets welcome? No pets allowed.
Changeover day Saturday.
End of stay cleaning included? Guests are expected to leave the property clean and tidy. Cleaning products and facilities are all provided. Guests can request a cleaning service at €13.50 per hour.
Smoking Allowed? No smoking in the property.
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 Please note that the owners live on site, and are always available to help with any queries but otherwise keep to themselves and do not share the pool or other facilities.
Other 2 Children supplement: €100/week/child (up to 4)

Rental Rates

Prices below are based on an occupancy of 16 people.

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights Weekly
February 20th 2018 - March 31st 2018 - £1,491.00 £2,485.00
March 31st 2018 - April 7th 2018 - £1,621.00 £2,701.00
April 7th 2018 - June 23rd 2018 - £1,556.00 £2,593.00
June 23rd 2018 - July 14th 2018 - - £3,457.00
July 14th 2018 - August 25th 2018 - - £5,186.00
August 25th 2018 - September 15th 2018 - £2,075.00 £3,457.00
September 15th 2018 - March 30th 2019 - £1,556.00 £2,593.00
March 30th 2019 - April 6th 2019 - £1,621.00 £2,701.00
April 6th 2019 - June 22nd 2019 - £1,556.00 £2,593.00
June 22nd 2019 - July 13th 2019 - - £3,457.00
July 13th 2019 - August 24th 2019 - - £5,186.00

Prices below are based on an occupancy of 16 people.

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights Weekly
February 20th 2018 - March 31st 2018 - €1,617.00 €2,695.00
March 31st 2018 - April 7th 2018 - €1,758.00 €2,929.00
April 7th 2018 - June 23rd 2018 - €1,687.00 €2,812.00
June 23rd 2018 - July 14th 2018 - - €3,749.00
July 14th 2018 - August 25th 2018 - - €5,624.00
August 25th 2018 - September 15th 2018 - €2,250.00 €3,749.00
September 15th 2018 - March 30th 2019 - €1,687.00 €2,812.00
March 30th 2019 - April 6th 2019 - €1,758.00 €2,929.00
April 6th 2019 - June 22nd 2019 - €1,687.00 €2,812.00
June 22nd 2019 - July 13th 2019 - - €3,749.00
July 13th 2019 - August 24th 2019 - - €5,624.00

Prices below are based on an occupancy of 16 people.

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights Weekly
February 20th 2018 - March 31st 2018 - $2,006.00 $3,343.00
March 31st 2018 - April 7th 2018 - $2,181.00 $3,634.00
April 7th 2018 - June 23rd 2018 - $2,093.00 $3,489.00
June 23rd 2018 - July 14th 2018 - - $4,651.00
July 14th 2018 - August 25th 2018 - - $6,977.00
August 25th 2018 - September 15th 2018 - $2,791.00 $4,651.00
September 15th 2018 - March 30th 2019 - $2,093.00 $3,489.00
March 30th 2019 - April 6th 2019 - $2,181.00 $3,634.00
April 6th 2019 - June 22nd 2019 - $2,093.00 $3,489.00
June 22nd 2019 - July 13th 2019 - - $4,651.00
July 13th 2019 - August 24th 2019 - - $6,977.00

Owner Profile

Property Owner
Andrew and Marjie

How long have you owned the property?
25 years

What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?
Its charm and presence within the landscape, demanding to be restored

Are there many interesting stories in its history?
There has been a house on this site since 20 AD, there is one of Western France's best preserved underground fortress dating to the mid 1400's and it was the birthplace of Agrippa d'Aubigne who would go on to be the most famous poet of the 16th century

Have you ever had any famous guests staying?
World renowned artist and writer who both come on a regular basis to relax and work in peace and tranquility, plus the actors and staff of the film 'La Tete en Friche' filmed locally in Pons stayed here during filming

For anyone coming to stay is there anything  in the surrounding area they should.......
Really do?  Relax on the estate with family and friends
Really eat?  Local seafood caught that morning
Really see? Wine and Cognac tours. The local historic towns of Saintes, Rochfort and La Rochelle



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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  • A big Thank You

    Posted by Tessa K. on 13/07/2017

    Just wanted to say a big Thank You to you all for making our holiday run smoothly and to let you know Chateau Serbise was perfect. The owners were lovely and we all had a great time.

  • Relaxed & enjoyable week

    Posted by Anonymous User on 20/09/2012

    Firstly I must apologise for taking so long to write to you. I can't believe how time has flown by since we arrived at your beautiful chateau. I just wanted to say on behalf of Keith, our family & friends what a truly fantastic week we had staying at your wonderful estate. The chateau & gites were perfect for our celebration for Keith's 40th. The accommodation, gardens, pools & surroundings are all kept to such a high standard & we had such a relaxed & enjoyable week. Thanks again for your wonderful hospitality. I hope you are both well & of course busy with bookings. We will definitely be back within the next few years, the kids still talk so fondly about "the chateau".

  • Lovely time with great people

    Posted by Anonymous User on 20/09/2012

    Thank you so much for a wonderful holiday at the Chateau. We all had a lovely time with great people, enjoyed the local food, relaxed and had fun in a beautiful setting. We could not have asked for more.

  • We had the most wonderful holiday..

    Posted by Anonymous User on 20/09/2012

    Just a short message to confirm that we would like to stay at the Chateau from 26th July to 9th August 2014 if possible. We had the most wonderful holiday this year and the weather was marvellous. Thank you so much.

    Hope you enjoyed having your daughters and grandchildren to stay.

  • It is already a lovely place, and I'm sure will only get better!

    Posted by Anonymous User on 20/09/2012

    Hi Andrew, just wanted to send you a brief note to thank you and Marje (on behalf of the whole group) for a super location for our group holiday. We are all now home, safe and sound - albeit a little tired from two weeks of late nights, sun, and the odd drink!
    We loved the Chateau - and all of us got great use of the pool in such lovely weather. I told you after the first week that my concern before booking was that a group of 9 adults and 3 children might be just a little bit noisy for the other guests in "Le Domain...". However, the layout of the estate was such that the place did seem very tranquil noise did not appear to travel...much to my relief.
    I wish you and Marje the very best with your project at the Chateau. It is already a lovely place, and I'm sure will only get better.

  • Just right!

    Posted by Anonymous User on 20/09/2012

    Thank you once again for hiring your lovely chateau to us. It's easy to buy a place and hire it, less easy to be present and helpful whilst maintaining a suitable level of intervention and having done a few of these trips I can genuinely say that you had it just right. Typing up the menu was a step you didn't need to do but was so helpful.

    I'll book again. I do these as a volunteer for a 50,000 member organisation and could have filled your place 3 times from the enquiries I had, so will look to repeat this trip soon and may bring this lot back in 3 years.

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