Etables Serbise

Sleeps: 12 Bedrooms: 6 Bathrooms: 4
Sleeps: 12 Bedrooms: 6 Bathrooms: 4


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The ancient stone walls of this 17th century villa in Charente make a stately backdrop for your next family holiday. This home sits on 12 acres of gardens and parkland, where you needn't roam far to explore stone ruins among the trees. With the pleasures of beautiful wineries and the beach so nearby, this holiday villa is an obvious choice for adventurous families.Etables Serbise are converted stables set within a larger chateau estate, with a private swimming pool, terrace, and grounds. Simple, country-style accommodations let your family come together in comfort - cook a beautiful meal, open a bottle of local wine, and toast your good fortune! If you have a slightly larger group with kids, just ask and extra beds can be arranged.Maritime Charente has a lovely climate year-round, and is especially sunny from April through October! This family villa is in a secluded locale; the nearest shops will be found at St. Genis or Pons, each 5 km away. Beverage aficionados will be most pleased; dozens of wineries are waiting to be discovered nearby, and Cognac is only a 30 minute drive away. A short drive brings you to Bordeaux - magnifique!

Oliver Approved

What Oliver loves…

  • This villa in Charente is a picture-perfect wedding venue, full of old stone walls and lush gardens - ask about renting the whole estate if you're planning an event.
  • The owner is happy to arrange morning deliveries from the bakery - délicieux!
  • Sunny weather pervades here from April through October.

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

“The Stables” is a superb property which has recently been renovated to provide first rate accommodation equipped to a very high standard. The property was originally part of the stabling for the estate, with the tower being groomsʼ accommodation, and many charming original features have been retained. The Etables Serbise can sleep 12 guests in 6 bedrooms and enjoys spacious living areas, separate fully equipped kitchen and open-plan dining room.

There are two en-suite doubles, a further double and three twin bedrooms, with a total of four bathrooms. Two of the rooms are large enough to act as family rooms with extra single beds meaning the house can sleep up to 14 with 2-4 extra children sharing. Extra single beds above the normal 12 person set up are charged at 100 Euros.

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, satellite 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 property has its own private parkland, swimming pool and BBQ with decked eating area. Half a hectare of grass and trees provide natural shade and a safe area for children to play. There are a full 8 acres of parkland on the estate.


About the surrounding area of Etables 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 to 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 nearby: 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 brands such as Hennesey, Martell, Remy Martin, Otard, Hine etc. etc., as well as many opportunities to visit local producers.

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 motoring.

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 only 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 major river of the area, the Charente, is 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

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

Onsite Facilities

  • Table tennis
  • Pool/Snooker

Services Available

  • English speaking babysitter available


Oliver's Extras

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. The owners can provide a chef, maid service, babysitting, morning bread delivery and access to the increasingly good wine cellar. Contact Oliver's VIP Concierge Team for details.

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

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 €400 for the Etables, €1000 if one books the whole estate. 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? All Utilities included apart from Central Heating costs.
> If not included, what are they? Central Heating Fuel 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.
Changeover day Saturday.
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 Ts and Cs Up to 2 additional children are permitted on top of the maximum capacity for an additional charge of €100/week/child

Rental Rates

Prices below are based on an occupancy of 12 people.

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights Weekly
February 21st 2018 - March 31st 2018 - - £1,465.00
March 31st 2018 - April 7th 2018 - - £1,826.00
April 7th 2018 - June 23rd 2018 - £996.00 £1,660.00
June 23rd 2018 - July 14th 2018 - - £2,255.00
July 14th 2018 - August 25th 2018 - - £3,437.00
August 25th 2018 - September 15th 2018 - £1,353.00 £2,255.00
September 15th 2018 - March 30th 2019 - £996.00 £1,660.00
March 30th 2019 - April 6th 2019 - - £1,826.00
April 6th 2019 - June 22nd 2019 - £996.00 £1,660.00
June 22nd 2019 - July 13th 2019 - - £2,255.00
July 13th 2019 - August 24th 2019 - - £3,437.00
August 24th 2019 - August 25th 2019 - £1,353.00 £2,255.00

Prices below are based on an occupancy of 12 people.

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights Weekly
February 21st 2018 - March 31st 2018 - - €1,598.00
March 31st 2018 - April 7th 2018 - - €1,992.00
April 7th 2018 - June 23rd 2018 - €1,087.00 €1,811.00
June 23rd 2018 - July 14th 2018 - - €2,461.00
July 14th 2018 - August 25th 2018 - - €3,749.00
August 25th 2018 - September 15th 2018 - €1,477.00 €2,461.00
September 15th 2018 - March 30th 2019 - €1,087.00 €1,811.00
March 30th 2019 - April 6th 2019 - - €1,992.00
April 6th 2019 - June 22nd 2019 - €1,087.00 €1,811.00
June 22nd 2019 - July 13th 2019 - - €2,461.00
July 13th 2019 - August 24th 2019 - - €3,749.00
August 24th 2019 - August 25th 2019 - €1,477.00 €2,461.00

Prices below are based on an occupancy of 12 people.

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights Weekly
February 21st 2018 - March 31st 2018 - - $1,971.00
March 31st 2018 - April 7th 2018 - - $2,457.00
April 7th 2018 - June 23rd 2018 - $1,340.00 $2,234.00
June 23rd 2018 - July 14th 2018 - - $3,035.00
July 14th 2018 - August 25th 2018 - - $4,625.00
August 25th 2018 - September 15th 2018 - $1,821.00 $3,035.00
September 15th 2018 - March 30th 2019 - $1,340.00 $2,234.00
March 30th 2019 - April 6th 2019 - - $2,457.00
April 6th 2019 - June 22nd 2019 - $1,340.00 $2,234.00
June 22nd 2019 - July 13th 2019 - - $3,035.00
July 13th 2019 - August 24th 2019 - - $4,625.00
August 24th 2019 - August 25th 2019 - $1,821.00 $3,035.00

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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  • Marvelous hospitality

    Posted by Anonymous User on 20/09/2012

    After some days full of less needfull business we would like to thank you once more for your marvelous hospitality - according to the song of Pink Floyd we´ve heard in the night (headline), we all wish to be back in Les Etables. I´m sure fullfilling this in the next two years - we will see.

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