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Colin Cross

Member since: 2006
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Stunning Chateau in the beautiful Charente Maritime, SW France

19 Reviews
People15
Bedrooms 8
Bathrooms5
Separate WC's1
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Overview

Photos and Description of this 8 bedroom holiday chateau / country house in Aumagne - Le Pignaud

A wonderful private chateau with lots of space for large family groups sleeps 15

Stunning 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:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Colin Cross (Owner)
Member since: 2006
Call Owner
Speaks English

Guestbook comments from the owner

'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
Nov 2007
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Reviews

4.8
based on 19 holidaymaker reviews

Stunning Chateau in the beautiful Charente Maritime, SW France
average rating of 4.8421054 based on 20 reviews
5

As Good As Ever

  • 5 of 5

This was a return visit after 5 years for 3 generations of our family, but now with 6 grandchildren not 2. The Chateau was as good as ever for a family holiday. The improvements to the property made it more comfortable but did not detract from the essential charm of the chateau. 8 adults and 6 children fitted comfortably into the bedrooms and the living space allowed us moments of peace (for grandparents) when required. However it is the outside that really scores for us. Lots of room to run around and play safely, the pool area that is a joy to be in and very child safe and the outside dining area where we spent many hours of happy family meals together. The area is great for exploring with lovely towns and villages. Some of us cycled and others drove to explore. Sadly the nearby restaurant had closed down at Xmas but we still found places to eat when we didn't cook for ourselves. Everything was as we expected and the owner answered my endless questions with no hesitation before we arrived.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
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5

Spacious inviting Chateau

  • 5 of 5

Delighted with the excellent chateau and the kids had a wonderful time exploring the many rooms and dens. We knew there was bikes available but the place was so big we didn't find them until the second day. Our group consisted of 3 families and the spacious bedrooms and the layout meant that each family had their own privacy and time to relax on their own. The pool was fab but the weather wasn't great so we didn't use it that much. All in all, very nice accommodation with plenty of room to relax. Ideal for a large family get together like a 50th birthday party.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
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5

Ideal family holiday venue.

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed a relaxing family holiday in an impressive and spacious classical building with excellent recreational facilities for children in a safe and peaceful environment. Although in a rural location there are very good butchers and bakers close by and it is only a relatively short drive to both Cognac and Saintes which are historic towns well worth a visit.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 14, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
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5

Amazing holiday at Le Chateau!

  • 5 of 5

We were very fortunate to stay at this wonderful Chateau just a few weeks ago, and had the most fantastic relaxing holiday! There were a number of us of varying ages and this Chateau was just perfect! There is so much to do- relax by the pool, shoot some pool in the games room, go for a bike ride, run around with the children in the grounds ( and grounds they are!) , play on the swings, or simply relax and read in the salon, which is just delightful!

I was extremely impressed with the well equipped kitchen, we made some wonderful meals, and enjoyed them in the very sociable dining area, which managed to seat everyone! Not forgetting the evenings of playing Pictionary and Scrabble which bought out the competitive streaks in everyone (especially after a few glasses wine!)

The inter-marche, bakers and butchers are very conveniently located and stock everything ( no need to worry if you are bringing babies or toddlers). We also visited the nearby towns of Saint Jean- d'Angeley (which has a market every Wednesday - amazing cheeses), Cognac ( a beautiful park) and took a drive to the beach in Il de Re. In summary lots and lots to do and to suit everyone's needs! I would thoroughly recommend staying here!

Thank you Colin, for letting us enjoy your wonderful home!

Mrs M Basi

  • Review Submitted: Sep 4, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
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5

Great family holiday Chateau!

  • 5 of 5

Eleven of us ranging from 22months to a 79 year old with mild dementia had a wonderful week in this fantastic holiday Chateau!

The size of the house together with grounds, swimming pool and 2 games rooms meant no one ever felt on top of each other at any point. One member of the family even brought his keyboards for his and our entertainment. If it got too much we could always close the door! Everyone played rounders on the large lawn and most of us had great craic playing darts, table tennis and pool. Mixed weather meant we had 4 days in the big spacious pool area on the duller days we had plenty to entertain us. Saintes, Pons and St Jean d'Angely are only a stones throw away. Can't forget the bikes and also the BBQs which were full of over imbibing and laughter. A truly memorable week was had by all and talk of a return visit is on the cards! Finally Colin Cross the owner is really helpful and easy to deal with at all times - thanks Colin!! The McAlindon & Harrinton families from Belfast & Manchester.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 19, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
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5

Perfect Holiday For All The Family

  • 5 of 5

There was 12 of us (8 adults and 4 children) that stayed at this stunning home. The location of the chateau is breathtaking surrounded by golden fields of sunflowers. If you are looking for a peaceful destination to unwind and enjoy great food and wine with accompanied friends or family, this is the place to stay. The property has been looked after fantastically by the owner (who was very helpful with any queries we had) with a large welcoming kitchen diner, a games room fully equipped with table tennis and snooker equipment and a computer with a vast library of old songs which bought back some memories! There's a supply of board games which bought the competitive streak out of us old time friends after a few glasses of fine vino! The kids lived in the swimming pool area which was safely gated with cushioned deck chairs to enjoy the weather! The pool temperature was fine for the kids to stay in most of the day and dry off in the large play area surrounding the grounds! We enjoyed the BBQ area too eating al fresco. A local baker would come regularly most mornings although there is a supermarket and indulgent bakery a short distance away from the property to enjoy the fresh bread and morning croissants. We took the kids for a walk around the area which they enjoyed taking some memorable photos with the backdrop of the sunflower fields! St jean de Angeles and saintes are towns near the location which we visited for a great day out to see the abbey and boutiques!

I would thoroughly recommend this home and location to visitors who want to enjoy a relaxing holiday at a slow pace! A beautiful home which I will definitely holiday in again!!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 11, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
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Location

Nearest Airport
90 Kilometres
La Rochelle
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Le Trio Aumagnais, Aumagne
Nearest Ferry
385 Kilometres
St Malo
Nearest Golf
21 Kilometres
Golf Louis Rouyer-Guillet, Saintes
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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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday chateau / country house in Aumagne, Charente-Maritime

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Peak Summer 2016
2 Jul 2016 - 9 Sep 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£2,940
for 7 nights
£2,940
 
 
Late Summer 2016
10 Sep 2016 - 7 Oct 2016
3 night minimum stay
£1,350
for 3 nights
From
£450
£2,100
 
 
Off Peak 2016
8 Oct 2016 - 23 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
£900
for 3 nights
From
£300
£1,400
 
 
Christmas 2016
24 Dec 2016 - 7 Jan 2017
4 night minimum stay
£1,600
for 4 nights
From
£400
£1,890
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £250

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 payable upon booking. This deposit is held until the end of the rental, when it will be refunded once the itemised telephone a/c has been received - telephone is recharged at cost, plus any major breakages, damage or dirtiness.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house in Aumagne in Poitou-Charentes

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house (detached)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 800 m²
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Computer Available
  • Fireplace
  • Free Local Calls
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • PC
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • 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 ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room
  • MP3 Dock
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Bicycles
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck Furniture
  • Large Cooler
  • Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
  • 18 garden chairs
  • 9 deck chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
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 games room. 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 is a FM/DAB stereo with CD player and iPod docking station in the Salon. There are 12 bikes in various states of repair which guests are free to use. The Salon has two huge cupboards 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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