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Villa 23172 Vendee/ Charentes, France

Sleeps: 26

Chateau De La Croix
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The Guardian newspaper called this Chateau “One of the Top 5 houses to rent in France”. The Times said “its interior is as hip as its exterior is fairy-tale”. Grazia Magazine called it “Kick your heels off comfy”, while Bella Magazine simply said it had “Lashings of ooh la la”.

Even though it counts Hollywood Royalty on its guest list, it remains surprisingly cost-effective. An oasis of urban cool and relaxed ambiance against a background of traditional, ornate beauty, with space and facilities to keep any guest happy.

Bar, private cinema, 14.5m heated swimming pool, billiard room, music area, piano salon, voluminous dining hall and restaurant standard kitchen. Accommodation for up to 26 guests across nine huge bedrooms. Self-cater or let the Chateau staff mollycoddle you – you decide.

And its great for families too. Enough room to keep kids out from under parents feet. Loads to keep them amused – jamming in the music room, playing round the pool, outside games in the grounds, a football pitch, ping-pong and games galore.

This is a destination for all reasons, and whether it’s a group holiday with the kids, a special celebration, family reunion or even a girl’s weekend, it’s a place you’ll remember always.

Interior and grounds

This Château is all about space, style and welcome – warm, inviting and relaxed ambience in a gorgeous, “Turrets and Tower” fairy-tale castle. And enough room – even in a party of 26 - to escape from the hubbub for a bit of peace and quiet when you choose.

The Chateau’s chic interiors have been featured in design and travel magazines all over the world. Nine bedrooms, all large, individually designed and furnished with style, and bathrooms that are all testaments to decadence and pampering.

A firm favourite with younger guests, one bedroom is a very chic and stylish “dorm” with four single beds and huge flat screen TV and DVD player – great fun for kids, and it gives them a bit of space of their own away from those noisy and disruptive adults! There are six additional beds which may be added to any of the bedrooms, providing accommodation for 26 in total.

Every bedroom has a flat screen TV and DVD player, hair dryer, bath robes and crisp white cotton bed linen, whilst every bathroom has complimentary bathing products and big fluffy towels.

There are three huge salons to relax in – each opening onto the rear terrace with its bistro tables and parasols. The Stone Salon includes a bar which can be stocked for you or supplied dry for you to stock yourself. The Piano Salon has a Baby Grand for those wishing to get musically creative, while the White Salon is a calm and relaxed space to simply sit and contemplate the formal gardens.

The private cinema has a nine foot screen and surround sound system. The extensive DVD library can also be raided for watching in the privacy of your room, there is Wi-Fi, satellite TV, and there’s a music area with amps and guitars for the more tuneful guests, while the Billiard Room contains a full size American Pool Table.

The five acres of private grounds include a 14.5m heated Swimming Pool, formal gardens perfect for a picnic or barbecue, and two terraces for al-fresco dining.

There is also a huge Dining Hall with tables to seat all your guests in one go of you wish, perfect for everyone – kids included – to eat together. And of course there is a kitchen, fully equipped and restaurant standard for those wishing to be Chef for a while. If you want a break from the cooking, the Chateau can cater for you – anything from a one-off celebration meal to full board every day. And within the hire rate is a housekeeping service provided for a couple of hours each day, which you can increase should you wish.

Location and local information

A charming little village, Marthon is located on the border between the Charente and Dordogne regions in South-West France. It has all the essentials - Baker, Butcher, Tabac, Grocery Store, Pharmacy, Doctor - even a Cinema showing both French and international films. There is also a large supermarket 9km away.

In the Village (5 minutes walk)
Tennis courts (Racquets available from the Chateau). Fishing. Park. Horse and Carriage rides (can be arranged from the chateau gates).

Surrounding Area
- Choice of three 18 hole Golf Courses from 9km to 40km.
- Bike Hire. An extensive cycle track network passes through the village.
- Canoeing/Kayaking at Montbron (9km) and Brantome (40km).
- Horse riding.
- Karting (Championship Circuit with Kart Hire, 10km.
- Water Park with man-made beaches and pedalloes.
- Bowling. Ice skating. Lakes with man made beaches.
- La Vallee des Singes 140km (monkey park). Futuroscope 145km (theme park). Grotte de Villars 35km (prehistoric caves).
- Chateau la Rochefoucauld (18km) (children can dress up in medieval costumes).
- Disneyland Paris (2hrs 15mins by TGV train from Angouleme).

Angouleme 25km, Limoges 85km, Bergerac 145km, Poitiers 145km, Bordeaux 151km, La Rochelle 155km.

Main line station at Angouleme (25mins). TGV train from Paris to Angouleme takes just 2 hours 13 mins.

Paris 5hrs. Barcelona 7hrs. Calais 7hrs 40mins.

Catering and services

The Chateau may be hired with your custom level of catering. You can choose to go fully self-catered if you prefer, or we can provide any level of catering, from a one-off meal, to breakfast each day, to a multi-course extravaganza. Just arrange your catering requirements with us, including any special event meals, before you arrive.

There are two barbecues at the chateau, and again you can do-it-yourself or have our caterers do it for you.

We offer a shopping service so the larders and fridges are stocked when you arrive, and similarly we can also stock the bars for you should you wish.

The kitchen is a fully equipped restaurant-standard facility, with several fridges, walk-in store cupboards, and more crockery, cutlery and other kitchen utensils than you would ever require.

There are two restaurants in the village which is just 500m from the Chateau, and there are loads more dining choices within 10-20 minute drive.

Included in the hire rate are the services of a caretaker and housekeeper for a period of 2 hours everyday. If you need any additional housekeeping this can be arranged.

And for full-on pampering, why not indulge in some Beauty Treatment sessions, which can provided by our fully qualified beautician.

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