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Villa 23189 Vendee/ Charentes, France

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Chateau Des Crystals
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The small, charming, gated Chateau is located on the edge of the picturesque village of Charzais, sitting within surrounding grounds of approximately 4,500 square metres laced with fruit trees, grape vines and a substantial outdoor heated swimming pool.

This charming Chateau can accommodate up to 19 guests and makes an ideal family holiday destination. The rooms have been decorated sympathetically by the owners in keeping with the style and time of the Chateau to offer guests a unique contemporary feel to a traditional chateau holiday. All rooms come complete with comfortable beds, high quality bed linen and a fabulous selection of throws and plush blankets.

The Chateau comes with a television, CD and DVD player and comprehensive library of books, board games and films. There is also a table tennis table, numerous sun loungers and a BBQ. Internet facilities are available on request.

Interior and grounds

The accommodation comprises 8 spacious bedrooms, 3 reception rooms, a kitchen, shower room, shower and bathroom and 3 WCs. The chateau is very accommodating and could comfortably sleep up to 14 adults and 4 children.

On the ground floor is the entrance hall, the dining room and two further reception rooms adorned with original impressionist paintings and an extensive library and DVD collection. The kitchen area is equipped with a gas hob, electric oven, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and assorted kitchen utensils. There is also a laundry room with WC. The residence comes with a television, CD and DVD player, Playstation 2 and comprehensive library of books, board games and films. Internet facilities are also available on request.

On the first floor there are 4 double bedrooms and a shower room. On the second floor there are two further doubles and a 2 bedroom suite. The suite has 2 interconnecting bedrooms, one with a double bed and the other with a set of bunk beds and a single fold down bed. The bathroom has a large roll top claw foot bath, shower, WC and hand basin.

The adjoining grounds are for the exclusive use of guests of the chateau. These tranquil grounds are completely enclosed and surrounded by high stone walls and iron gates, offering guests a secluded stay and excellent security for children and pets. There is also a table tennis table, numerous sun loungers and a BBQ. The summer kitchen has an extra cooker – a 6 ring burner with oven, drinks fridge and associated tables and chairs.

The 9x4m heated swimming pool features a shallow and deep end and is cleaned using the eurosel method rather than chlorine, a practice that is proven to be less irritable to the skin and eyes of bathers. The pool is not open during the winter season and is heated during the spring and autumn months, offering superb swimming conditions. The pool also comes with a security cover which is very easy to operate. A sandpit for small children is also available on request.

Location and local information

The nearest airport to the chateau is La Rochelle 50km away and the nearest town is Fontenay le-Comte 3km away. The local village of Charzais is located 33 miles North East of the coastal port town of La Rochelle and on the edge of the beautiful Mervent Forest National Park. The village of Charzais is tiny and has no amenities as such, except for a church. However there is a collection of shops five minutes walk away, including a Bar/Tabac, a pharmacy, a butcher, a post office and a grocery store which has fresh bread daily, vegetables, milk, general foodstuffs and wine. Two minutes drive away is the town of Fontenay, which has several supermarkets, a Saturday Farmer's market, boutiques, cafes, restaurants, cinema, hospital etc. In less than an hour by car from the Chateau are the golden sandy beaches of the Charente and Vendée Maritime, including La Rochelle, Les Sables d'Olonne, La Tranche sur Mer and the favoured celebrity holiday destination Ile de Ré.

Just 20 minutes travelling time away from the chateau is the tranquil and idyllic surroundings of the Marais Poitevin, a locale offering lake swimming and canoeing facilities for the more adventurous. A themed historical adventure attraction is a short drive away at Puy du Fou, while an hour away in Poitiers is the exciting Futuroscope theme park – a great attraction for adults and children alike. For adult guests the local vineyards offer regular tastings, while the celebrated Cognac houses of the region are within easy reach for tours and tastings. For wine enthusiasts the vineyards of neighbouring regions Bordeaux and Saint Emilion are less than two hours drive away.

A haven for nature lovers, the area is the gateway to numerous unique and wonderful local attractions. In the Poitevin marshes, commonly referred to as the ‘Green Venice of the West’, you can hire a punt for use along the canals to view and enjoy the spectacular flora and fauna of this enchanting environment. For those in search of a different experience, walk, horse ride or cycle in the beautiful nearby Mervent forest. A great family day out just a few minutes by car away at Xanton-Chassenon is a long fresh water lake, providing sailing, swimming, water-sports (pedal boats, canoes etc are all available for hire) and a flume ride for children.

Catering and services

Catering is available by prior arrangement - please contact us before arrival should you have any requirements. 20 euros/head for 4 courses. 25 euros/head for 4 courses including wine.

Housekeeping and cleaning available by prior arrangement - please contact us before arrival to discuss any requirements you may have.

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