Set in a unique estate in Charente, with a backdrop of ancient stone walls, this 17th century Chateau with private pool is set in twelve acres of beautiful parkland.
Originally built in the early 1600s, Chateau Serbise has been lovingly converted into an impressive and welcoming holiday home. The estate, including vast areas of stunning parkland, also includes the homely Etables Serbise and Domaine Serbise, all three historical homes can be rented together for large groups and weddings or booked separately for an ideal family holiday or celebration.
Chateau Serbise is the largest home on the estate, sleeping sixteen guests with eight bedrooms. The characterful grand salon features a rare decorative fireplace, a snooker room will delight all generations and a there’s a grand reception hall, ideal for hosting large events. An unpretentious dining room allows families and friends to gather for fine feasts and doors lead to the south facing patio, great for sun worshippers.
Whilst the charming home is full of history, you will find all the modern conveniences you would expect such as a well-equipped kitchen suitable for caterers, Wi-Fi and satellite TV. The Chateau features a wonderful terrace, barbecue and al-fresco eating area which all leads to the inviting swimming pool overlooking the vast gardens and parkland.
Within 6km can find yourself in medieval Pons with restaurants, small shops and historical sights. Activities in the area include golf, horse-riding and canoeing or hire a bicycle from the estate to explore the parkland and beyond. Beach-lovers only have to travel just over half an hour to the coast – there are long stretches of sandy beaches from St Georges de Didonne to St Palais sur Mer. Wine aficionados needn’t travel far either with dozens of wineries and Cognac nearby. This region has a particularly mild climate all year round and it can be one of the sunniest parts of France during from late Spring to Autumn.
Whether a picturesque wedding in beautiful surroundings or a relaxing family holiday, Chateau Serbise offers you character and comfort in a glorious historical setting.
What Oliver loves…
- The owner is happy to arrange morning deliveries from the bakery - délicieux!
- This region is known for its mild climate with especially sunny days from April to October
- Great local wine and food that matches the character of this stunning Chateau
- This estate in Charente is a picture-perfect wedding or celebration venue, full of old stone walls, characterful features and lush gardens - ask about renting the whole estate if you're planning an event
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 need to bring extra beach towels to use at the pool (all other linens are provided)
- Reception hall (15mx6.5m) – ideal for large events with direct access to patio and lawn with adjoining entrance lobby, WC and linked to kitchen, suitable for caterers
- Salon with sofas, piano, satellite TV
- Snooker room with full-size snooker table
- Dining room
- Kitchen, well-equipped with electric cooker, gas hob, microwave, dishwasher, fridge-freezer, kettle, coffee machine and toaster
- Double bedroom with en-suite shower room
- Separate shower room
- Each bedroom has their own shower or bathroom (five are en-suite, two are separate)
- 4 double bedrooms
- 3 twin bedrooms
- Please note up to 4 extra children can also be accommodated using additional beds at a supplement (€100/week/child)
- Swimming pool (surrounded by 1.4m high wall with self-closing gate)
- Terrace including al-fresco eating area
- Parkland and gardens to explore
- Satellite TV
- Washing machine
- Iron and ironing board
- Bikes to rent
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 5-6km 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.
Bordeaux or La Rochelle
|Nearest Ferry port||
(Over 100 km)
St Genis de Saintonge
Moulin du Val de Seugne
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
- Horse riding
- Historical sites
- Table tennis
- English speaking babysitter available
- 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:
Although the Estate is mainly let on a self catering basis, there are extras available to help: chef, maid service, babysitting, morning bread delivery and access to the increasingly good wine cellar.
The owners are also able to arrange Wedding Blessings on the Estate which are becoming increasingly popular.
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.
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 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.
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.
Please note that any event rental may be subject to additional charges, venue hire fees and to a higher security deposit, which will be in addition to any published rental rates and fees.
All events are on request only and subject to prior agreement from the owner, who reserves the right to refuse all events without their prior authorisation.
|Security deposit||€600 for the chateau. This is paid on arrival and will be refunded in full after departure subject to damage inspection.|
|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.|
|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)|
Prices below are based on an occupancy of 16 people.
|Rental period||2 Nights||3 Nights||Weekly|
|April 20th 2018 - June 22nd 2018||-||-||£2,576.00|
|June 22nd 2018 - July 14th 2018||-||-||£3,434.00|
|July 14th 2018 - August 25th 2018||-||-||£5,151.00|
|August 25th 2018 - September 15th 2018||-||-||£3,434.00|
|September 15th 2018 - April 20th 2019||£1,288.00||£1,569.00||£2,576.00|
|April 20th 2019 - May 18th 2019||£1,342.00||£1,635.00||£2,683.00|
|May 18th 2019 - June 22nd 2019||-||-||£2,683.00|
|June 22nd 2019 - July 13th 2019||-||-||£3,659.00|
|July 13th 2019 - August 24th 2019||-||-||£5,366.00|
|August 24th 2019 - September 14th 2019||-||-||£3,659.00|
|September 14th 2019 - October 22nd 2019||£1,342.00||£1,635.00||£2,683.00|
Prices below are based on an occupancy of 16 people.
|Rental period||2 Nights||3 Nights||Weekly|
|April 20th 2018 - June 22nd 2018||-||-||€2,812.00|
|June 22nd 2018 - July 14th 2018||-||-||€3,749.00|
|July 14th 2018 - August 25th 2018||-||-||€5,624.00|
|August 25th 2018 - September 15th 2018||-||-||€3,749.00|
|September 15th 2018 - April 20th 2019||€1,406.00||€1,687.00||€2,812.00|
|April 20th 2019 - May 18th 2019||€1,465.00||€1,758.00||€2,929.00|
|May 18th 2019 - June 22nd 2019||-||-||€2,929.00|
|June 22nd 2019 - July 13th 2019||-||-||€3,994.00|
|July 13th 2019 - August 24th 2019||-||-||€5,858.00|
|August 24th 2019 - September 14th 2019||-||-||€3,994.00|
|September 14th 2019 - October 22nd 2019||€1,465.00||€1,758.00||€2,929.00|
Prices below are based on an occupancy of 16 people.
|Rental period||2 Nights||3 Nights||Weekly|
|April 20th 2018 - June 22nd 2018||-||-||$3,472.00|
|June 22nd 2018 - July 14th 2018||-||-||$4,629.00|
|July 14th 2018 - August 25th 2018||-||-||$6,944.00|
|August 25th 2018 - September 15th 2018||-||-||$4,629.00|
|September 15th 2018 - April 20th 2019||$1,736.00||$2,017.00||$3,472.00|
|April 20th 2019 - May 18th 2019||$1,809.00||$2,101.00||$3,617.00|
|May 18th 2019 - June 22nd 2019||-||-||$3,617.00|
|June 22nd 2019 - July 13th 2019||-||-||$4,932.00|
|July 13th 2019 - August 24th 2019||-||-||$7,233.00|
|August 24th 2019 - September 14th 2019||-||-||$4,932.00|
|September 14th 2019 - October 22nd 2019||$1,809.00||$2,101.00||$3,617.00|
Andrew and Marjie
How long have you owned the property?
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.
A big Thank You
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
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
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..
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!
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.
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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