Chateau Vela is a charming 19th century chateau located in the heart of southern Burgundy, just a few minutes from Châlon-sur-Saône. The property is situated in a beautiful wooded parkland, boasting numerous ancient trees, a delightful orchard and a heated pool (open April 1 - October 31). The chateau offers seven luxury bedrooms (each with an en suite bathroom), a gym, a cozy lounge with fireplace, a dining room, and fully equipped kitchen. The living areas all open out onto the terrace and pool area, providing a convenient gathering space for all to enjoy.
A 200 meter-long road guides guests to the chateau entrance. The road meanders through an apple orchard and opens onto a spacious courtyard with space to park up to eight cars. Surrounded by a centuries-old hedge of greenery and trees, the property offers much privacy. Chateau Vela is genuine yet comfortable. The two round towers add to its charm and will fascinate lovers of historic buildings. In the lounge, the dining room and the bedrooms, the owners have retained the period features, including the original wooden parquet floors, the decorated ceilings à la française, the fireplaces and doors and windows. The result of the careful and meticulous renovation includes the addition of modern amenities (such as air conditioning and Internet), and decor and furnishings with a pleasing mix of traditional and contemporary styles.
A Sauna, steam-room and Sports room have been added as of Christmas 2013.
Included in the rental price: Internet, electricity, heating, water, gas, firewood, charcoal for BBQ, general maintenance service (gardening, pool cleaning, etc.), four bicycles and two child seats, high chairs, linens and towels (pool towels NOT provided however), final cleaning
Services/amenities available upon request at additional cost: Chef, extra maid service, babysitting, continental breakfast, cooking classes
The living/lounge area of Chateau Vela has relaxing decor and comfortable furniture. The decorated ceiling à la française and the original oak floor add a touch of authenticity and elegance. For convenience, the old fireplace has been updated with a gas system. Patio doors open directly out onto the furnished terrace of the pool, enabling guests to enjoy dining al fresco with ease. All the books in the library are at the guest\'s disposal. Big screen, high definition television with Satellite channels, a Blu-ray DVD player, plus a Playstation 3 will ensure evenings full of entertainment. In addition, the lounge can be adapted slightly to accommodate meetings and seminars.
The dining table can seat up to 14 people. As in the lounge, the light and airy dining room also has patio doors opening out onto the pool and the park beyond. The ceiling and floors are also original.
The chateau kitchen is fully equipped and includes an oven, a microwave, a stove with five burners plus extractor fan, a dishwasher, a large refrigerator, a freezer, an electric coffee maker, a toaster, an electric kettle, an assortment of herbs, spices and condiments, and a large, farmhouse table.
Château Vela offers seven double bedrooms; three on the first floor, and the other four on the second. The second floor bedrooms all have air conditioning (as well as the VIP bedroom on the first floor). The VIP bedroom consists of a balcony looking out across the pool, a Blu-ray DVD player, bathtub with massage jets, double washbasin, heated towel rail, and hairdryer. Two baby cots are available at the chateau.
The owners of the chateau have provided a wide-range of leisure activities for the enjoyment of the guests. These include the swimming pool, an equipped gym (with exercise bike, rowing machine, weights machine, dumbbells, mats, wall-mounted TV with DVD, shower with massage jets), board games, TVs with Blu-ray DVD players, Playstation 3 with 20 games, bicycles, Boules, table tennis, and a giant trampoline.
Each year, during the 3rd weekend in July (from the Thursday evening until Sunday evening), the streets of Chalon-sur-Saône are transformed into the stage of a multitude of live performances (jugglers, plays, concerts, acrobats, circus acts etc.) during the biggest festival of street theater in France. For further details see www.chalondanslarue.com