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Why Owner chose Saint-Savinien
Built in 1830, the castle is part of a property that has not changed family for 200 years. This is a cozy family home and has been preserved throughout the generations. The region is one of the sunniest in France and famous for its beaches and the islands of Ré and Oléron. Area of old traditions, notable for its architecture with its beautiful cities of La Rochelle, Rochefort, Saintes and St Jean d'Angely, Romanesque churches lost in the countryside and small villages built with local white stones. Culinary tradition with oysters, the famous butter of the region, cheeses. And the world famous Cognac!
Pool / Spa
Max guests: 15
100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property that is caused by you or your party during your stay.
So much space!
We were 8 adults and 7 children, with bedrooms configured as:
1st floor, 4 doubles with en suite inc wc and a twin with separate wc.
2nd floor: 2 twins and a triple. 2 bathrooms inc wc.
On the ground floor was a separate wc, kitchen, dining room (seats 16 well), 2 living rooms (1 inc pool table) and a study (which we didn’t use).
Outside we had space that was plentiful and a good sized pool. Including a good sized flat area we used for cricket.
Things to note:
1. There is a EUR2000 deposit. It was returned but do plan for it.
2. It is a 5 minute drive to a local supermarket
3. There is a table tennis table with old, but useable, bats in the basement.
4. There is a BBQ and outside dining for 16. But we couldn’t find outside lighting.
5. There is enough crockery for 20 + but the knives are not sharp.
6. There is a washing machine and dishwasher.
7. There are 8 sun loungers.
8. There is 1 TV. We only used it for the odd kids movie of an evening as there is plenty else to do.
With a group that large we struggled to stagger showers/baths as the water pressure, particularly to the top floor, was poor. Probably not surprising given the age and size of the property but we didn’t plan for it on day 1 and got caught out. We got more organised after that.
We drank bottled water after day 1 too as one of our group got ill. We don’t know if that was over cautious or not but we did.
We would return as for a group holiday the property had everything we wanted.
One of our favourite French Houses
We are an extended family of 14 to 20 (between the young and the elderly) that have holidayed together in France for more than 15 years.
We look for relaxed elegance, a house that allows us to function both as a group and individuals .... and with grounds to do the same. We enjoy being ever-changing groups of individuals during the day whilst we typically come together en masse for meals.
This has proved to be perfect for our needs. And we found the on-site staff and the visit of the owner enhanced our enjoyment
The interior of the house appeared to have been freshly decorated and we couldn’t fault it. The ground floor was spacious with interconnecting rooms that were often used during the day because we arrived during Frances hottest ever period. some of us might be reading on the terrace, some reading indoors or doing a jigsaw, some playing pool, and some catching up on the guitar. Each of us could make a choice without disturbing the others while still feeling connected to the overall group.
The owners kindly went out and bought us fans for each room.
Quibbles?.... there are conflicts between the pricing and terms on the website and the detailed contract provided after booking. The owner though was happy to listen and made the right decision and deleted the unexpected charge.
It would be appropriate if the area around the pool were upgraded to the standard of the beautifully decorated interior of the house. We were probably the first visitors of the season but the pool surround needed weeding and the pool liner could have been cleaner . Although there were some poolside umbrellas we took our own gazebo to provide full shade by the pool ....we feel that a house of this quality should have permanent shade by the pool which would also greatly increase its atmosphere
We were very satisfied overall and we can thoroughly recommend it
Beautiful setting, stunning chateau - a great holiday!
We had a fantastic time at the chateau. Arnaud the owner couldn't be more accommodating and helpful from start to finish. We were a large group of 20 consisting of 5 families. The chateau is huge with 8 bedrooms. Arnaud was kind enough to reconfigure the rooms for us so we could house the babies and little people.
The décor in the house is traditional French style with a mod cons in the kitchen.
Plenty of dining space to accommodate even our huge group!
Pool area and grounds are perfect for chilling out or letting the kids run around, Games room was a welcomed addition too.
The Chateau is c50 mins from La Rochelle airport and easy to find. Some of our group also took the Eurotunnell and ferries to get there. There is a large Super U supermarket 5 mins drive from the Chateau in Saint Savinen which has quality produce to stock you up for the week.
The town of Saint Savinen has a great little lake where you can hire vintage model boats to sail drive around and a big bouncy castle park for the kids.
Markets in Santes and La Rochelle also well worth a visit.
A great holiday all in all and will be back...thanks Arnaud.
Beautiful chateau, far beyond expectations
We visited the chateau in June for a weekend away with friends and family. It is suffice to say we were blown away with how beautiful the chateau and it’s grounds are.
Our host Arnaud was particularly kind and really went above and beyond to make sure our stay was enjoyable.
The house itself was clean, amenities were ample and every surface, every fireplace and every table was topped with a beautiful antique statue or vase.
The rooms varied in quality but were all comfortable and clean. There were 15 of us in total and ample space to accommodate all of us comfortably.
The pool and grounds are wonderful, we heard cuckoo birds hooting and my friend saw an especially rare orchid growing wild in the fields of the house.
I can’t reccomend it enough, we all fell in love and didn’t want to leave after the weekend was done!
A wonderful shabby chic chateau in lovely grounds
We had a great stay at the Chateau that was marred by one thing only. The pool was green when we arrived and despite constant contact with Arnaud, it was even more green and murky when we left and new guests were due to arrive. What is most disappointing is that since we left we have tried to speak to Arnaud about it and he has ignored every email. This is a real shame because my daughter left her diary there and I was happy to pay for them to send it back but they have ignored me completely.
Other than that it is a great place for a group holiday. It is a little shabby but full of character and very comfortable. Great grounds for the kids to play in and so on.
The only other thing to note is that on the first floor there are 4 bedrooms with only one toilet to share between them. There are lots of en suite "bathrooms" on this floor but they only have basins and baths. There is a 5th bedroom on that floor with an en suite with toilet but the rest share one toilet.
If you don't plan to use the pool I think you will have a great time but if you are going in summer and want to cool off I would ask for some assurance from Arnaud that the problem has been fixed as it looked to us like it was a long term situation as the sides and bottom were dirty and despite changing the filter and using the automatic pool cleaner every day it did not improve.
From Bordeaux: Autoroute A10 exit n°35: SAINTES. Then direction TAILLEBOURG, then St SAVINIEN and finally towards St Hilaire de Villefranche.
From Paris: Autoroute A10 exit n° 34 (Saint Jean d’Angély). Direction St Savinien, then St Hilaire de Villefranche.
To visit: Many lovely little villages from the surroundings with their roman churches, Saint Savinien and it's lake for the childrens (small boats), sight seeing on boats on the charente river to Saintes to discover the castels, the towns of Saintes and Saint Jean d'Angély (typical market with local food specialities), a little bit more fare the cost with Marennes (restaurants of sea food taken from the ocean on the same morning), the cities of Rochefort (corderie royale), La Rochelle, thes beaches of the "cote sauvage", thes isles of Ré, Oléron, Aix, the very animated city of Royan (casino). In a range of 15 km the castles of la Roche Courbon, Crazannes, Douhet, Panloy. 60 km from Cognac and its local production of liquor.