'If you like privacy, stunning countryside, wildlife and French delicacies, you will love this magical place.'
4 or 6 Bedrooms option - see details below
Located in the idyllic grounds of the 13th century Château de St Quintin, The Lodge has been renovated to a high standard providing exclusive luxurious accommodation for all combinations of holiday visitors. It is ideal for families and couples, young or old (with downstairs bedrooms.
Suitable for traditional summer holidays, it also works just as well as a base for an activity packed holiday, off season (including Christmas & New Year) or as a retreat for a quiet break. Outdoor facilities include private pool which works on a heat exchange system(summer), tennis court, fishing, extensive parkland cmplimented by high quality indoor amenities. Close to the historic towns of Clermont Ferrand,Vichy & medieval Charroux the area is full of activities for all ages as well as fabulous range of dini
THE LODGE IS AVAILABLE IN A 4 OR 6 BEDROOM OPTION SLEEPING MAX OF 12 ADULTS & 2 2 CHILDREN. 2 BEDROOMS CAN BE SEPARATED OFF GIVING AN ALTERNATIVE OPTION OF 8 ADULTS +2 CHILDREN . THE 6 BEDROOM OPTION OFFERS A SECOND KITCHEN AND SALON PLUS A BATHROOM IN ADDITION TO THE 4 SHOWER ROOMS PROVIDED IN THE 4 BEDROOM OPTION.
Family Holidays: Enjoy quality time with your family in this tranquil location in the chateau grounds. Relax and savour the delights of the grounds or go further a field and sample the great range of local activities.
Within the grounds - swimming, tennis, fishing, boules, walks.
Pre - school children can enjoy local horse riding, Vulcania – scientific volcanic theme park; Le Pal – theme park with rides and animal shows; Vichy on summer Thursdays – street entertainment & workshops; Puy de Dome, the highest volcano; Bee farm.
In addition for older children :Squirrel Park - fantastic climbing and assault courses through the trees – highly recommended from 5 – 95; canoeing in the local Sioule river; Biking; Caves; Chateaux including jousting tournaments; Dinosaur exhibition; Archery; Haunted castle; Go karting; Quad bikes; Golf.
Holidays without families: Many people look forward to a holiday away from families, when they can enjoy themselves amongst adult company. The Lodge offers a great retreat from the younger generation - and other people in general, if you so wished! As there are no nearby houses and just the country lane that passes the property, the only noises likely to break the incredibly peaceful burbling of the river are tractors, horses and wildlife – plus the occasional canoeist who gets stuck in the shallows!
Great facilities within the grounds for adult holidays; Culture - medieval cities, cathedrals, museums; Night Life - casinos, opera, theatre, horseracing, fine dining; Interesting places to visit - castles, wine tasting, car museums; More and less active - golf, skiing, walking activity parks, biking, canoeing, spas.
Out of Season & Winter Holidays: Many people think a place like the Lodge is only for hot summer months but this just isn’t the case! Enjoy fantastic winter breaks as well as spring and autumn holidays. Mid winter can be really cold and sharp, most years with snow which transforms the chateau into a truly magical place and makes for a memorable Christmas or New Year break! In Spring the river is full of water as the thaw reaches the mountains and some days can be really warm and fresh, while Autumn, possibly the most beautiful season, sees a carpet of conkers in the parkland and the green vine that covers the chateau turn scarlet.
Skiing: There are three ski areas, Le Mont Dore, Besse Super Besse and Le Lioran, all close to each other that offer about 150kms of pisted area, just an hour from the chateau. Children are well catered for and there are large indoor activity areas which include skating, swimming, horse riding.
We had a wonderful time at St Quintin. We really appreciate the welcome note and your availability as a hostess. Your information guides, help with local knowledge and accessibility are much appreciated. After the hurly burly of London for 5 days with 3 boys under the age of 8, St Quintin was a marvellous retreat and it was wonderful to have great family time swimming , riding bikes, playing tennis and generally being outside. Theo our youngest actually rode for the first time without training wheels! We had wonderful weather and enjoyed the surroundings immensely. We were positively surprised by the accommodation and the surroundings and would definitely recommend the experience and in the years ahead may well look to come back again.
This holiday surpassed our expectations. The Lodge is well equipped, tastefully decorated and very spacious. The little extras were much appreciated - dressing gowns in each room, the provision of detergents/dish washer tablets etc, pool towels, pool toys and the use of bikes....However, without doubt the best feature of this holiday in our opinion, were the beautiful grounds. These encompassed a superb swimming pool, tennis court, river frontage and large expanse of lawn and lovely walks. We so enjoyed the total privacy and facilities that we hardly left the grounds - except of course to buy the necessary and delicious pain au chocolate for breakfast! The photos really cannot reflect the full beauty and seclusion of the The Lodge. We spent an enjoyable and relaxing two weeks here and experienced very hot weather too and we would not hesitate to recommend this holiday.
En arrivant au lodge, nous avons été impressionnés. La maison et son parc sont bien plus impressionnants en vrai que sur les photos, et ce malgré le temps pluvieux de cette fin d'année. Nous avons été très bien accueillis. Tout d'abord grâce aux contacts de Susan et toutes ses recommandations, puis grâce à la préparation de la maison où rien ne manquait quand nous sommes arrivés.
Nous avons passé une très agréable et très chaleureuse semaine, et le confort de la maison est vraiment extraordinaire. Nous nous sentions chez nous : repos ou jeux au coin du feu, cuisine pratique pour faire à manger, parc pour se promener, et de l'espace.
Cette semaine entre amis dans ce lodge est inoubliable, et nous avons commencé l'année 2012 la tête remplie de souvenir et de joie.
Merci Susan. A bientôt.
We've just returned from another wonderful stay at the The Lodge in St Quintin. It's in a perfect location, with easy access to the motorways and Clermont Ferrand airport, nestled in the most serene French countryside.
The Lodge is beautifully furnished, to a very high standard, but very practical too with 6 bathrooms and a very large and comforatable salon - so even with teenagers you didn't feel at all cramped!
The kitchen was brilliantly equiped with everything that you might need for a BBQ meal on the terrace or a smart dinner party in the dining room. So we only ate out 2 nights, at a couple of lovely restaurants, just a short drive away.
We didn't venture very far, as the grounds had everything we needed to relax as a family with friends. We made great use of the pool and tennis court and my daughter (aged 10) loved swimming in the river as the water wasn't too deep. We did hire canoes one day, which was energetic as well as very entertaining. But as the children seemed to entertain themselves in the vast grounds (in which we knew they were very safe) we just enjoyed not having to go anywhere and simply relaxed and enjoyed the peace and quiet. Although, we did take a trip to the baker's in the village each morning for breakfast, which was all part of the fun!
Our family, fourteen individuals comprising three generations, took the Lodge for two weeks in July/August 2008.
Journeying at the height of the holiday season meant that we arrived rather travel weary. But we were immediately refreshed by the calm quiet beauty of the Lodge and its surrounding. What followed was an idyllic fortnight that everyone will remember for the rest of their lives.
The Lodge and its facilities were just as promised. The magnificent pool, the tennis court, the two large lawns and the extensive grassed areas were ideal for the many games, competitions and ‘unstructured’ activities the family undertook. The braver family members enjoyed exploring the woods. The river was a great attraction for calm contemplation, the grandchildren loved the canoeing and I am sure that any fishermen would find it an even greater pleasure. The serious runners in the family found training runs over the surrounding roads and tracks enjoyable though challenging. And just to stroll the grounds with the views of the chateau and its out buildings was a constant delight.
The Lodge itself had everything we could require. Comfortable bedrooms with plenty of space and storage room. Plenty of well equipped kitchen space. A large room ideal for writing and drawing and games and a very comfortable lounge where the teenagers ended each evening watching their DVDs.
The high spot of each day for us was the evening meal eaten outdoors on the tables in front of the Lodge, when all the family enjoyed the food and drink, the cool evening air, the rabbits hopping about, the quiet broken by the sounds of wildlife, mostly hooting owls, and the unexpectedly bright stars.
Some of us were content to complete the bread-run and shopping trips as their off-site activities. Others visited a few of the numerous local tourist attractions and activities; a near-by chateau, churches and cathedrals, volcanos, horse racing(coming back in-profit) and a climbing centre.
There was something for everyone, whether you were three or seventy three. We were away from the demands of broadband though, regrettably some thought, not the mobile. We were in sunny, spacious and peaceful surrounding and we all loved it. We would go every year if we could.
We stayed over Christmas for a week, 8 adults and 5 kids. The location is stunning - in the grounds of a superb chateau aside a running river and with some beautiful countryside walks. The Lodge itself is clean,well equipped and the layout works well, particularly the spacious lounge area and roaring fire on the first floor, as well as the 2 kitchens which made the preparation of Christmas lunch all the easier. The bedrooms are all of a good size and comfortable, with good quality bedlinen and additional touches like dressing gowns.The grandparents also appreciated the solitude of their bedroom on the ground floor! We would certainly return in the summer - I imagine the river and the swimming pool would come into their own - a really idyllic rural setting.
An idyllic setting next to the river, with a perfect combination of relaxation and activity for young and old alike. Choose from relaxing around your own private pool, canoeing on the river, a quick game of tennis before supper, or a stroll throught the grounds, all with the fantastic backdrop of the Chateau and its' Chapel. The Lodge is furnished to a very high standard., and we were able to accomodate 3 families in comfort. Further afield the attractions of Puy de Dome, Vichy, the Squirrel Park ,all provide excellent days out, if you feel the urge to venture away from the Chateau. Finally, the area is something of a gourmands' paradise, and there is no shortage of excellent family friendly restaurants nearby. All in all, an excellent setting for a family holiday; be SURE and ask for your own guided tour of the Chateau.
The Lodge is situated in a beautiful part of France. The Auvergne is in the agricultural centre of France and as a result there is a fantastic choice of food and restaurants. While the Lodge is very tranquil, there are a couple of large cities nearby with shopping and entertainment. In the countryside around the Lodge there are plenty of activities - walking, biking, canoeing, riding, adventure parks, chateaux and caves. It is still an unspoilt part of France with few tourists and friendly locals. People that have stayed have said that they enjoyed being truly abroad!
Other Activities: historic towns, spas, activity parks, caves, castles
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£1,000|
4 BEDROOM OPTION PRICES:
HIgh Season - £3400 per week
Low Season - £1800 per week
Winter - £1400 per week
2 WEEKS DEAL IN HIGH SEASON
6 Bedroom option - £8000.
4 Bedroom option - £6000
Additional guests in exess of 12 people can be accommodated and there will be a weekly charge for this of £150 per week per additonal guest
NB that the pool is only in service in High Season
deposit on booking
balance of 50% 8 weeks before
balance of 100% 1 month before