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Colin Cross

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Sleeps15
Bedrooms 8
Bathrooms5
Separate WC's1
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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CHATEAU IN CHARENTE MARITIME, SW FRANCE

Photos and Description of this 8 bedroom holiday chateau / country house in Saint-Jean-d'Angely area - Le Pignaud

A great private chateau with lots of space for large family groups sleeps 14

Privately owned Chateau in a hamlet, set in 4 acres & south facing. This is our family house, it is very private but not remote, looking out over open fields and vineyards. A super chateau if you are looking for a large house for 2 or 3 families to share or a holiday for an extended family with a large age range. It is in a quiet location with lots of space for children to kick footballs, hit tennis balls or ride bikes. But also plenty of private corners in which to read some of the hundreds of books or just sunbathe. Salon, dining room with open fire, well equipped kitchen, games room with table tennis and pool table, plus free wifi and satellite TV. 4 acres of private grounds with swimming pool, bikes, children’s area. The swimming pool is in a separate walled garden through a door next to the barn. 15 minutes drive to Cognac for the distilleries or St Jean D'Angely for the restaurants and farmers markets. Explore the Roman amphitheatre in nearby Saintes.

Suitability:
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Colin Cross

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Sleeps15
Bedrooms 8
Bathrooms5
Separate WC's1
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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Reviews

4.8
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Chateau in Charente Maritime, SW France
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 12 reviews
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Chateau in Charente Maritime, SW France
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p64936
+44 (0)7876 020400
Saint-Jean-d'Angely area Charente-Maritime
Owner Submitted Review
5

COMMENTS FROM OWNER GUESTBOOK

'Thank you for letting us stay in your beautiful home, the most relaxed holiday we have ever had' D.HART

'Even better than we could have hoped for, wonderful home and weather and no arguments - fab holiday!' Y.MACKESON
  • Review Submitted: 06-Dec-2007
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
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Chateau in Charente Maritime, SW France
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p64936
+44 (0)7876 020400
Saint-Jean-d'Angely area Charente-Maritime
5

HOLIDAY HEAVEN

  • 5 out of 5
My family and I (14 in total) have had a wonderful holiday in this lovely property. It's a charming house, tastefully decorated and comfortably accommodates a large group of people. It's very child friendly but equally has facilities to suit teenagers and adults. Although the weather was quite cool at times, we took advantage of dining outside when possible and had some wonderful meals. The pool was well maintained by Thierry but only the more hardy members of the group managed a dip! There is lots of information available in the chateau regarding shopping and dining in surrounding towns and villages: all easily accessible on quiet, flat roads. Both Colin (the owner) and Thierry (neighbour) are very helpful and supportive, nothing is too much trouble. I thoroughly recommend the chateau for a chilled and relaxing holiday and we plan to return for another 'holiday heaven'.
  • Review Submitted: 07-Jun-2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind comments and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon!
business
Chateau in Charente Maritime, SW France
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p64936
+44 (0)7876 020400
Saint-Jean-d'Angely area Charente-Maritime
4

A GREAT HOUSE FOR A FAMILY HOLIDAY

  • 4 out of 5
The chateau could not be bettered for a large family holiday. Our party comprised of :grandparents (us), 3 offspring, their partners and 4 small children - the youngest 7 months. The bedroom space was perfect, giving everyone their own room, including the baby. The division of the house worked well, although we did have to concede the largest bedroom in order not to be in charge of the early mornings!
It was good to have separate bathrooms, the showers were small but worked well.
The kitchen was large and well-equipped, the small TV in the adjoining room was well-used by the little ones; the salon was handy for the adults who wished some quiet (ie snoozing) time. A few fiercely competitive games of table-tennis ensued with no-one managing to beat Grandad - again.
The pool was amazing. The temperatures were unusually high - 35 degrees most days, rising to 40, so we were told. Unfortunately this meant that the large grassed area in front of the chateau was not as well-used for football, cricket, rugby, learning to ride a bike as it would have been: it was literally too hot. But the pool was in constant use - a good size for the adults to do some lengths; deep enough for the 6 year old to dive and jump; while the smaller children were safe in the shallow end. All improved their swimming skills and lost any fear of water. Cover it at night and the water temperature is perfect. It was cleaned regularly by Thierry.
The outside areas were wonderful for family meals late into the night, as well as the more mundane, but most useful, well-used washing line.
We cycled to the bar at Aumagne, where the braver ones played tennis on the excellent courts - again, because of the heat, this was not as often as we would have liked. The bar owners were most kind and we ended up ordering the bread from them, picking it up each morning, as we never managed to see the bread lady - perhaps she was on holiday?! We hoped to have a meal there but ran out of time.
As a large group we mostly ate in the garden but separately had meals in St Jean d'Angely, at Le Scorlion - quite expensive but very good food.

We had a wonderful holiday - my proviso would be to recognise that this is an old characterful property, with all the charm and some of the downs: the odd wildlife sharing your room, temperamental taps, etc. But you would struggle to find a more lovely place to have a family holiday.
  • Review Submitted: 27-Aug-2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your feedback - I am so pleased your party had such a wionderful stay at the chateau.
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Chateau in Charente Maritime, SW France
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p64936
+44 (0)7876 020400
Saint-Jean-d'Angely area Charente-Maritime
5

THE PERFECT HOLIDAY RETREAT!

  • 5 out of 5
We have just returned from two utterly blissful weeks at this wonderful chateau deep in the Charentes Maritime region and I would recommend it thoroughly for anyone wanting to enjoy the best that the French countryside has to offer.

From the moment of our first arrival we were bowled over by the beautiful chateau and its extensive and well maintained grounds. Even in a large party across three generations there was plenty of room for everyone to have their own space and plenty to occupy even the most restless of teenagers!

The setting in the tiny hamlet of Le Pignaud was idyllic, and the local towns of Matha and St Jean d'Angely were only a few miles away, meaning that restaurtants, markets, shops and super-markets were all within easy reach.

The chateau itself was very clean and well-maintained, and incredibly well equipped with every amenity we could wish for. There were countless bikes of every shape and size available to explore the local (and fortunately flat!) countryside, and a beautiful and secluded pool to relax in and around. There was plenty of open lawns for football, badminton and other sports, and a charming seating area under the trees to enjoy meal times in the shade.

The bedrooms were all very comfortable with enough showers and bathrooms to cope with the largest of parties! Downstairs the games room with a pool table and table-tennis was a big hit with the children and adults alike, and the Sky TV and wireless internet meant that even on the wet days everyone had enough to keep themselves fully occupied.

All in all the chateau was an absolute delight, and we returned home having had one of the most enjoyable and thoroughly chilled-out holidays we have ever had!
  • Review Submitted: 08-Aug-2011
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
business
Chateau in Charente Maritime, SW France
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p64936
+44 (0)7876 020400
Saint-Jean-d'Angely area Charente-Maritime
5

EVEN BETTER THAN EXPECTED

  • 5 out of 5
We arrived and were stunned by the visual splendour of 'Le Pignaud'. This large property exceeded all our expectations.

We were a party of 3 generations, ourselves in our sixties, our 3 children and their spouses in their thirties and our two young grandsons, two and a half and five months. We had noted the recommendations of other visitors that it was suitable for family events and child friendly. We totally agree. There was lots of room, totally safe, a stunning enclosed pool, a games room, bikes for all and space to find peace and quiet.

The West wing suited the family with young children so they didn't feel they were disturbing others for night feeds and early morning rising. The cot room was perfect. Ample bed and bathrooms for all and we even had some friends to stay for one night.

The views were brilliant, open countryside, big skies, harvesting wheat fields and bright yellow sunflowers. We were lucky enough to have every meal outside in the shade of the trees, a peaceful setting. The kitchen and utility facilities were perfect for a large group in need of fridge, washing and cooking space.

As the weather was so good we did not explore far afield, but cycled when we could and loved St Jean D'Angely and it's market.

We walked to the neighbouring hamlet to visit 'Le Chene Verte' restaurant for lunch. An amazing eclectic country restaurant with locally sourced food. Highly recommended.

This was a perfect place for a French rural holiday in an exquisite property.
  • Review Submitted: 01-Aug-2011
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Families with Young Children
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Chateau in Charente Maritime, SW France
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p64936
+44 (0)7876 020400
Saint-Jean-d'Angely area Charente-Maritime
Cheshire, UK
5

A FANTASTIC BREAK FOR 3 FAMILIES

  • 5 out of 5
I was recommended 'Le Pignaud' by a neighbour who stayed at the Chateau in 2010. We were looking to go away with 2 other families, a total party size of 12 ... 6 Adults and 6 children (ages ranging from 2-10). The Chateau looked ideal, and it lived up to ALL expectations.

The 8/9 bedrooms easily accommodated everyone, and there were plenty of bathrooms, ideal for a party of our size. The kitchen was fantastic, they have thought of everything. There is plenty of freezer and fridge space, which was perfect, as we ate in for most meals. The kitchen is so well equipped, you do not need to bring anything from home.

I have stayed in villa's in both Spain and USA, and 'Le Pignaud' wins by a country mile. The Chateau is very grand, and you feel like the 'Lord of the Manor'. As soon as I entered the double gates, and I knew that I had made a good choice. The other 2 families arrived about half an hour later, and both agreed that it had the wow factor.

The swimming pool was large enough for all of us to enjoy at the same time. It is well protected from the wind, and is baked in sunshine throughout the day. The swimming pool area is fenced, which is perfect for families with young children.

The outside eating area and BBQ were well used. There was nothing more enjoyable than eating 'al fresco' for all meals. With the playing field directly behind the eating area, the children were happy to go off and play, while the adults could indulge in a drink & conversation after lunch/dinner.

'Le Pignaud' has a rural location, and is approx 40-50 mins drive from the sea. For us, this only added to the charm. We made a couple of excursions to the seaside, which the children enjoyed. Being in a rural location, we made the most of the bicycles that are available for use, and made numerous little trips around the vineyards ... the single country lanes are deserted of traffic, and were ideal cycling conditions for young children.

Overall, we had the most Fantastic time. When the children start to ask 'When are we coming here again?', then you know it's been a hit.

I was recommended 'Le Pignaud' by a neighbour, and I have no hesitation in recommending it to others. In fact we had such a good time, we have already enquired making a reservation for next year!
  • Review Submitted: 19-Jun-2011
  • Date of Stay: May 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
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Location

Nearest Airport
90 Kilometres
La Rochelle
Nearest Ferry
385 Kilometres
St Malo
Nearest Train
12 Kilometres
St Jean D'Angely
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
A10 Junction 34
Nearest Beach
60 Kilometres
Royan
Car: necessary

The Chateau faces south over open fields in the small hamlet of Le Pignaud near Aumagne where there is a post office, shop, bar and tennis courts. Supermarkets and farmers markets are approx 10 minutes drive away in the delightful market towns of Matha or St Jean D'Angely. You will also find a range of restaurant options in the towns from Gourmet to Pizza.

The beaches of Royan and La Palmyre are about 45mins drive SW or one hour NW takes you to La Rochelle.

Cognac and the distilleries are a 15 minute drive or a lovely day trip by bike - just don't drink too much at lunchtime!

The surrounding countryside is fairly flat which is great for cycling and falls within the Cognac production area so there are a lot of small producers of Cognac and Pineau - a local fortified wine, which is why it is better to explore by bike! The area is very unspoiled with pretty villages and friendly locals and with excellent restaurants and markets nearby.

Other Activities: Large water park in St Jean D'Angely with indoor pool etc.

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Rental rates for this holiday chateau / country house in Saint-Jean-d'Angely area, Charente-Maritime

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Rental Period Minimum Rate Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Rate
 
Peak 2014
5 Jul 2014 - 5 Sep 2014
7 night minimum stay
£2,695
for 7 nights
£2,695
 
 
Late Summer 2014
6 Sep 2014 - 3 Oct 2014
7 night minimum stay
£1,750
for 7 nights
£1,750
 
 
Autumn 2014
4 Oct 2014 - 21 Nov 2014
7 night minimum stay
£1,540
for 7 nights
£1,540
 
 
Winter 2014
22 Nov 2014 - 19 Dec 2014
7 night minimum stay
£1,120
for 7 nights
£1,120
 
 
Christmas 2014
20 Dec 2014 - 2 Jan 2015
7 night minimum stay
£1,750
for 7 nights
£1,750
 
 
Off-Peak 2015
3 Jan 2015 - 29 May 2015
7 night minimum stay
£1,400
for 7 nights
£1,400
 
 
Early Summer 2015
30 May 2015 - 3 Jul 2015
7 night minimum stay
£1,890
for 7 nights
£1,890
 
 
Peak 2015
4 Jul 2015 - 4 Sep 2015
7 night minimum stay
£2,940
for 7 nights
£2,940
 
 
Late Summer 2015
5 Sep 2015 - 2 Oct 2015
7 night minimum stay
£1,890
for 7 nights
£1,890
 
 
Off-Peak 2015
3 Oct 2015 - 18 Dec 2015
7 night minimum stay
£1,400
for 7 nights
£1,400
 
 
Christmas 2015
19 Dec 2015 - 1 Jan 2016
7 night minimum stay
£1,890
for 7 nights
£1,890
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £250
25% of the total rental amount is payable 6 months prior to the holiday start date.
The balance of 75% of the rental is payable 8 weeks prior to arrival date.
Notes The rental rates include electricity and bed linen. Please note though that we do not provide towels - please make sure you bring your own.

A Security Deposit of £250 is also payable upon booking. This deposit is held until the end of the rental, when it will be refunded once the itemised telephone account has been received - telephone is recharged at cost. Any major breakages, damage or dirtines
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house in Saint-Jean-d'Angely area in Charente-Maritime

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house (detached)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 800 m²
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
Theme:
  • Family
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
General:
  • Local Maps
  • Parking Off Street
  • Living Room
  • Hair Dryer
  • Wireless Internet
  • Telephone
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Parking
  • Internet
  • Computer Available
  • Iron & Board
  • PC
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Kitchen
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Pantry Items
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Blender
  • Ice Maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Hob
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Grill
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • Child's Highchair
  • seating for 16 people
Bathrooms:
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Family Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet , West Wing
    Shower room - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , East Wing
    Toilet/Utility room - Toilet , Ground Floor
    King Sized Bedroom ensuite - Shower Enclosure , En Suite
    Double bedroom 1 ensuite - Shower Enclosure , En Suite
    Double bedroom 2 ensuite - Shower Enclosure , En Suite
  • The 3 en suite shower rooms also have small washbasins.
Bedrooms:
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Master Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 4 poster
    King Size Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , En Suite Shower
    Double Bedrom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , En Suite Shower
    Double Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , En Suite Shower
    West Wing double bedroom - 1 Double Bed
    Cot Room - 1 Cot
    Twin Bedroom - 2 Single Bed , The two beds can be zipped together to make a queen size bed
    West Wing twin bedroom - 2 Single Bed , The 2 beds are large 4' Empire Beds
  • There is a large central staircase. In the East Wing of the Chateau there are 3 double bedrooms each with en-suite shower rooms. The largest bedroom contains a King size bed and a pretty day bed that can also be used as an additional single bed. A second door opens on to a back corridor outside these rooms where there is an additional shower room & WC adjacent to a further bedroom with two single beds. On the other side of the central staircase in the West Wing is the Master four poster bedded room. This also opens on to a second back landing with the Cot Room right next door, then the twin Empire bedded room, then the West Wing double room and then a bathroom with WC. There are also some back stairs back to the ground floor. Even though the 4 poster does not have an ensuite we like it best as it is a huge room and 2m (Super King Size) wide bed. With the exception of the Cot Room & the East Wing room with the single beds, all bedrooms face south over the front gardens.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Toys
  • Stereo
  • CD Player
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • Game Room
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Television ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • DVD Player ...
Outside:
  • Child's Swing
  • Barbecue
  • Garden
  • Bicycles
  • Large Cooler
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 8 deck chairs
Suitability:
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Attractions:
  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
It is a great house for children with lots of space indoors and outside. The main stairs are wide and fine for mobile elderly people, however as there is no downstairs bedroom accommodation and there are three entry steps to the house it is unfortunately not suitable for the disabled. There are 2 televisions with satellite TV (one French in the Salon, one British in the Dining Room) and one DVD player in the Salon. There is wireless broadband internet access and also a PC in the dining room. There is a stereo with CD player and an MP3 cable connection for an IPOD. The PC is now getting old, but has a large library of music on it that can be played through the stereo using Media Player. There are 10+ bikes in various states of repair which you can are free to use. The Salon has two huge cupbioards stocked with books, and the Games Room has a pool table, table tennis table and various children's toys. We are not smokers and smoking is not permitted anywhere in the house.
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