Chateau with 10 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms and swimming pool in La Garde Freinet, the South of France
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From £8,207 per week
Chateau to rent in La Garde Freinet, the South of France
Chateau overview - owner's description
This graceful, Disney-style chateau was built in 1575 and has three stunningly beautiful towers with impressive turrets. Chateau Chamborigaud is set in a lovely 5 acre park in the Cevennes mountains.
This graceful, Disney-style chateau was built in 1575 and has three stunningly beautiful towers with impressive turrets. Chateau Chamborigaud is set in a lovely 5 acre park in the Cevennes mountains, and enjoys the river Luech flowing lazily along its boundaries. Nimes airport is just over one hour drive away (and the drive itself is incredibly scenic!) and the train station to the Montpellier coast and Paris is only a 15 minute walk away.
There is a substantial terrace around the chateau which is perfect for dining, and in the beautiful park-style grounds you'll find a large heated outdoor swimming pool area with cuisine d'ete, a terrace for BBQs and a changing room.
Chateau Chamborigaud is within a couple of minute's walk of a charmingly beautiful village with adjacent tennis court (€7 p/h and a key in chateau), shopping facilities, bars and restaurants. There are also many beautiful walks and drives to enjoy in the surrounding area which is also a haven for foodies - it's renowned for its wild boar, chestnuts and mushrooms. There's more than ample parking space for everyone too.
- The Garden room (Guardian's Office)
- Le Bureau and Boutique
- Entrance hall which doubles as a comfortable parlour with large settees.
- Main Kitchen
- Vaulted sitting room with huge working open fireplace and dining area (seats 12) and can accommodate 18 if needed for banquets etc.
- Grand Salon
- Utility Room
- Large terrace with outside dining table is shaded by a magnolia tree and views over the pool and grounds.
- La Roseraie: Main Bedroom with 4 poster bed, en-suite bathroom with shower and twin basins and with separate en-suite WC with bidet and washbasin.
- Les Indes Bedroom 2: Single 4-poster bed with neighbouring bathroom.
- Les Coquelicots Bedroom 3: 2 single beds which can be put together if needed.
- Les Toiles Bedroom 4: Twin bedroom with en-suite shower room.
- La Buanderie (Laundry Room).
- La Chambre Bleue Bedroom 5: Double bed with en-suite bathroom.
- Les Arums Bedroom 6: Double bed with en-suite bathroom.
- Les Grandes Fleurs Bedroom 7: Double bed with en-suite bathroom.
- La Mouette Bedroom 8: Tower twin bedroom off bedroom 7.
- La Moderne Bedroom 9: Double bed with bathroom shared with bedroom 10.
- La Petite Toile Bedroom 10: Twin beds.
- Please note that a quirk of the layout means that access to bedrooms 9 & 10 is either via an external staircase through the laundry room or through a loo that can be used by guests in bedrooms 7 & 8. Bedrooms 9 & 10 have their own separate shared bathroom with bath/shower and loo, making them ideal as a family suite.
The chateau is set in 2.2 hectares and consists of the formal gardens, paddock and swimming pool area. The river Le Luech (also swimmable) runs along one boundary and is bounded by hills and a brook on the other sides.
The pool (16m x 6m and can be heated at additional cost) area comprises:
- Kitchen (Cuisine d'ete) with dishwasher.
- Barbecue Area
- Cloakroom and Changing room
- Covered pergola/eating area
- Outside shower
The local village of Chamborigaud is a five minute walk, and contains three small supermarkets, a boulangerie, butcher, 3 restaurants, a tobacconist and a wine shop. There is also a wonderful market on Sunday's that should not be missed during your stay!
There are two 18 hole golf-courses within an hour's drive towards Nimes, and you'll also find a 9 hole golf course not too far from Villefort (approximately 30 minutes' drive away). The area also has excellent trout fishing and there are several stocked lakes for children.
The newly refurbished tennis court is only 5 minutes' walk away if you feel the need for a more intense workout. There is a key to the tennis court at the chateau. If you want to ensure you can get on you need to book a slot at the town hall or restaurant in town (€7 p/h) but most people just chance it as it is rarely used. However, be aware that someone else may come along and use it if you haven't booked it.
The whole area is adjacent to the Cevennes National Park, which is renowned for its beautiful scenery and rivers - here you'll find an abundance of walks through unspoiled countryside. There is skiing in the Cevennes at nearby Mas de la Barque and Mont Aigaoul – ski de fond (cross country) is the most common way to enjoy the area, with a little downhill and tobogganing also available. It's 30-40 mins drive to skiing at Mas de la Barque, and the reservoir at Villefort is 30 mins drive away and offers a huge range of outdoor activities including pedalo hiring, kayaks, sailing boats, mountaineering, canyoning and potholing.
Flights - The chateau is one hours drive from Nimes (Garons) airport (Ryanair from Luton and East Midlands), or 1½ hours from Montpellier (Ryanair from Stansted or Easyjet from Gatwick), or 2 hours from Marseilles (British Airways from Gatwick).
Trains - Eurostar to Lille or Paris and then TGV to Nimes. From Nimes either taxi or train from Nimes to Chamborigaud (which goes on to Clermont Ferrand) – the chateau is a 15 minute walk from the train station.
The area also has its own vineyards and free “degustations” (wine tastings) and tours can easily be arranged. The area is rich in beautiful towns with nearby Uzes and the World Heritage Site of Pont du Gard – the Roman Aquaduct is also within an hour's drive, and is a must see if you've a passion for history!
Ales is the nearest large town for shopping, and is situated a 20 minute drive away. It has the usual hypermarkets, ten-pin bowling, cinemas and a hospital. There is also a doctor's surgery in close proximity to the house.
Walking – the estate is bordered by the River Luech and there are some beautiful walks along its banks straight from the chateau grounds. The nearby village of Pont de Rastel is a short walk away, and is also incredible beautiful and perfect for exploring on foot!
The chateau has been tastefully decorated and you might discover that you can walk away with some of the art! The chateau is indeed an art gallery displaying the local sights and landscapes as well as some pastels and prints by the late talented Rodney Love ).
You will also find in the chateau boutique a great cookery book by the owner, who runs the healthy and lovely Eliane restaurant in Hungerford.
Le Luech, the river crossing the village is accessible from the chateau grounds and you can swim there or walk along towards a beautiful hamlet.
The chateau has a full time guardian couple Elodie and Edward, and their two children, they are on site in a separate building or at their small holding nearby. Elodie is available to cater for private dining events using local products, so local they are mostly from her own gardens! However make sure you book as early as you can, she can be quite popular during the high season. Prices start as little as 35€ per guest and she can help you match the food to some local wines or even locally made beers… Whatever you fancy make sure to discuss it with Elodie, one of her favourite treats is afternoon tea with a French/Cevennes twist (chestnut cakes with real English tea/coffee...)
The guardians will welcome you at the chateau and make sure that you know how everything work.
Please contact Oliver's VIP Concierge to arrange any of these services, or ask about what else is on offer!
A complimentary mid-week cleaning service of the shared spaces and bathrooms is provided.
Swimming Pool: This is used at your own risk. Please use the swimming pool in accordance with French Law and not too leave the pool area open – ie secure the gate. We would particularly warn you not to leave young children unattended within the pool enclosure. There is a diving board and once again special vigilance of children is required. The pool is maintained by the Guardian and the temperature must only be adjusted by him. The owners cannot accept any liability for any accidents or thefts at the pool or at the chateau throughout the stay of any guests.
Basic Foods & Cleaning Materials: Should you need any then feel free to use existing stocks and replace as necessary. The Guardian can assist should this become necessary.
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Outside this chateau in La Garde Freinet, the South of FranceThis chateau has a pool, a tennis court and a children pool.
Prices and availability
Updated 25 May 2017
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Changeover days and minimum stays
- 1 October 2016 - 31 August 2018: the minimum stay is 7 nights.
Refundable Breakage Deposit
£1,000.00 per booking, paid locally
10 bedrooms, Sleeps 18
Internet / WiFi
Open fire, Car hire optional