Chateau De St Jean
Chateau with 16 bedrooms and 11 bathrooms in Poitou-Charentes, France
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From £6,914 per week
Chateau to rent in Poitou-Charentes, France
Chateau overview - owner's description
If you've dreamt of a fairy tale wedding, you needn't ever wake up at this chateau in Vienne. Built upon Roman ruins in the 12th century.
If you've dreamt of a fairy tale wedding, you needn't ever wake up at this chateau in Vienne. Built upon Roman ruins in the 12th century, the turreted main building has been expanded through the centuries and is now maintained in exquisite classical style. The extensive 56 acre grounds can host events for hundreds of people - while up to 50 guests can stay in royal opulence at the chateau and adjacent cottage (ask about these arrangements if you'll have more than 34 guests).
A glorious avenue lined with trees creates a natural cathedral-like space, a breathtaking venue for either photos or a ceremony. The on-site chapel is available for a more intimate affair, and grand receptions of up to 200 can be held in the banquet hall. The on-site concierge and event planner, Tiphaine, will help make your event (no matter how complex) a great success.
Though this idyllic holiday chateau has a rural quietness, you can still walk to town! Saint-Julien-l'Ars is just a 10 minute amble away, here you'll find a grocery store and several restaurants. There's a convenient airport in Poitiers (15 km), so guests will arrive with ease (and be so glad they did!)
The chateau and the cottage can sleep up to 50 guests, please enquire for a quote.
Interior: Chateau + Cottage (Total capacity: 50 guests if both chateau and cottage are rented)
The chateau is normally set with beds to accommodate a maximum of 34 guests with the possibility of adding 11 extra full-sized single beds for a total of 45 guests.
The chateau main entry on the ground floor gives direct access to the large mirrored dining hall, a smaller dining room and the main staircase offering access to the reception rooms on the first floor. A large well-equipped kitchen including a large double refrigerator and professional dishwasher directly serves both dining rooms and the terrace. There are also 3 toilets on this floor.
The first floor entertainment rooms, served by a large entry foyer include a music room with marble fireplace, a reception room and a library. All have wifi internet internet access. The floor also has 3 bedrooms (each with en-suite bathroom facilities), 2 with king-sized four-poster beds and one with twin single beds.
The second floor has six bedrooms, three of which have en-suite bathrooms and king-sized four-poster beds. There is also a large 3-bedroom suite with full bathroom plus separate WC. One bedroom has a four-poster king-sized bed, one a queen-sized and one a double. In addition 2 cots and 2 high chairs are available.
The third floor contains 3 two-bedroom suites. Each suite shares a full bathroom and one has an additional WC. Five of their six bedrooms have full-sized double beds and the sixth has twin single beds. There is also a 7th bedroom on the floor with double bed and en-suite bathroom.
The chateau's three-bedroom detached cottage accommodates a maximum of 6 guests and provides handicapped-accessible accommodations as well as overflow space for the chateau. With it's open-beam ceiling, small kitchenette and sitting room it serves as a charming self-contained living unit.
The chateau has a fully updated kitchen where meals can be self-catered, prepared in-house by a private chef, or furnished by one of the region's excellent caterers. It is equipped with commercial-grade range, refrigerator and dishwasher, tableware to feed 50, and is spacious enough to accommodate a catering crew, friends cooking together or a cooking class.
Receptions and Dining Rooms
The chateau's suite of classically proportioned reception rooms and library on the first floor are ideal for individual relaxation as well as elegant parties of up to 80. Guests dine on the ground floor in the ornate "salon des miroirs" with seating for up to 50, in the smaller lounge/dining room, or on the large colonnaded terrace overlooking the garden.
Our detached beautifully proportioned banqueting hall has its own catering space, accessible restroom facilities and wooden dance floor. It seats up to 200 and opens onto a large cobbled courtyard surrounded by gardens and trees. The hall has its own parking.
Park & Gardens
The estate lies within 56 acres of tranquil gardens and parkland. It is located behind gated and secured walls and as such offers excellent security for large groups with children. The gravel driveway extending up to the front of the chateau provides a serene and idyllic setting for an afternoon cocktail and game of boules in the sun. A large terrace overlooking the rear garden with fountain and gazebo is directly served from the kitchen and is ideal for entertaining. Sun loungers and outdoor furniture together with a BBQ are available for outdoor use by guests.
Note: online prices are based on groups of up to 34 guests. If your group exceeds 34, contact us for a quote.
The nearest airport is Poitiers, just 15km away. The chateau sits on the edge of a small village in the centre of the ancient French kingdom of Poitou, a picturesque region close to the Loire Valley that is rich in history and nature.
The capital city of Poitiers, a short drive away from the chateau, is steeped in history and provides guests with numerous opportunities for day trips and chances to explore the narrow medieval streets and churches of the town. The town is home to some 3rd Century church ruins that should not be missed. The coastal town of La Rochelle is a short journey away, as are the golden beaches of favoured celebrity resort the Ile de Re. The celebrated vineyards of Cognac and the Loire Valley are also very close by and open to tours and tasting sessions.
Abbey of Nouaille Maupertuis (13km) is a charming medieval abbey next to the site of the 1356 “Battle of Poitiers” battlefield where Jean II was captured and defeated by forces under Edward of Woodstock, more commonly known as ‘the Black Prince'. Angles sur l'Anglin (34km) is a pretty town set on the edge of a river with an abundance of fantastic local shops and restaurants. The town is also host to a large summer festival and craft fair each year. Bonnes (8km) is a pleasant village bordering the River Vienne; the location houses a renowned chateau, Chateau de Touffou, which has some spectacular landscaped gardens open to the public. Chauvigny (9km) is an attractive market town on the River Vienne containing a spectacular medieval fortress. Futuroscope (23km) is a famed visual media themed attraction - a great attraction for adults and children alike and just a short journey away.
There's a pleasant 18 hole golf course on the chateau grounds in Mignaloux Beauvoir with a relaxed atmosphere and helpful staff. The stables in Lavoux (5km) offer horse riding facilities. There is a kayaking centre in neighbouring Chauvigny (9km) for water sport enthusiasts. French communal swimming facilities are a short journey away in both outdoor bathing areas and local rivers. Country walks, tennis courts, cycle paths and cycle hire are also available within a very short distance of the chateau.
There are excellent and very professional local caterers in the area.
Alternatively, a full or part time cook can also be arranged with cost dependent on expectations. Typically this will be in the region of 15-20 euros per hour.
Maid service is available for €30 per hour and babysitting service is available for €20 per hour.
A large number of weddings are hosted at the chateau and can seat parties of up to 200 indoors with larger receptions on the terrace or in the park where marquees can be set up. The Chateau provides wedding planning services for a fee or can provide contact information for caterers, musicians, florists, marquee hire etc. to those wanting to make their own arrangements.
*Please note there is an additional cost for the Hall.
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Prices and availability
Updated 22 May 2017
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Changeover days and minimum stays
- 1 May 2017 - 4 January 2019: the minimum stay is 3 nights.
Refundable Breakage Deposit
£860.36 per booking, paid locally
16 bedrooms, Sleeps 50
Internet / WiFi
Central heating, Open fire, Car hire optional