The 17th century Chateau St Surin sits in 12 acres of tranquil gardens and parklands with a private swimming pool, providing an ideal location for families and larger groups. Enjoy a self-catered holiday in the sunny and warm climate of South Western France. The Chateau St Surin (sleeps 16) shares the estate with the Domaine (sleeps 10) and the Etables (sleeps 12). However, each property has its own private terrace, swimming pool and grounds. This is a wonderful chateau holiday experience and the property will exceed all your expectations. Within a short driving distance (30 minutes) of the Chateau St Surin are blue-flagged beaches, wine an...d cognac tours, and shopping.
The Chateau St Surin has 8 double bedrooms to sleep up to 16 guests. The Domaine St Surin can sleep up to 10 guests in 5 double bedrooms. The Etables St Surin can sleep 12 guests in 6 bedrooms. Chateau : On the ground floor there is a salon with piano, satellite freeview TV, a snooker room with full sized table, a dining room and a fully equipped kitchen. There is also a double bedroom with en-suite bathroom, and a further shower room. On the first floor (bedroom floor) there are 5 double bedrooms, 2 twin bedrooms. They all have their own bathroom, 6 en-suites and 2 seperate bathrooms. Domaine : On the ground floor there is an airy modern kitchen, a dining room, gallery, and a large living room with satellite freeview TV. There are 2 double bedrooms, a bathroom and a WC. On the first floor there are 3 twin bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms. Etables : The Etables enjoys spacious living areas, and separate fully equipped kitchen and open-plan dining room. There are 2 bedrooms with the tower house also has 2 bedrooms. All bath & shower rooms contain washbasins and WCs. There is a further WC. On the first floor there are 2 very large bedrooms with large en-suite bathrooms where extra beds can easily be added. The houses are well appointed with all modern conveniences, the kitchens having electric cooker, gas hob, microwave, washing machine, dish washer, fridges and freezer as well as kettle, coffee machine, toaster, iron and hair dryer. There are cots, satellite TV, CD/radio, internet connection and bicycles available for hire. All linen, house towels, kitchen towels and utilities are included in the rental. We do ask you to bring pool and beach towels. Outside each property has its own private parkland, swimming pool and BBQ with decked eating area. There are a full 8 acres of parkland.
*Please note, locations shown on the maps are approximations only The region of Charente Maritime is one of the sunniest parts of France and benefits from a mostly sunny and warm climate from April through October. The influence of the Gulf Stream means that winters can be as mild as the Mediterranean. Cognac & Saintes are 15km away and Royan is 25km from the estate. The airports of Bordeaux, Angouleme and La Rochelle are within 1 hours drive and are served by an increasing number of UK regional airports. St. Genis & Pons are both 5km away where there are restaurants and small shops. The nearest beach is only 35 minutes drive. There are 3 golf courses: Saintes (typical UK type club), Cognac (good course, above average) and Royan (reminds one of the Berkshire courses - pine on sand - good course). The area has many historical sites relating to its past including the periods of Roman occupation, Richard Coeur de Lion and Eleanor of Aquitane, the French Revolution and the Second World War. As the centre of Cognac production, the towns of Cognac and Jarnac are must visits with guided tours around the headquarters of Hennesey, Martell, Remy Martin, Otard, Hine etc. The coast line from St Georges de Didonne north to St Palais sur Mer has miles of sandy beaches and good fish restaurants. The towns of Royan, La Rochelle and Rochefort are interesting places to visit and are all within one hour's drive. The area abounds with many fine restaurants, some more expensive than others but all incredible value for money. Many local artisans welcome visits to view their business, including barrel making, wood carving and sculpture, pottery production, chocolate making and many more. The wine production areas of Bordeaux are within easy reach with the Blaye region only half an hour away and St Emilion just over an hour by car. From the towns of Blaye or Royan it is possible to take a car ferry across to the Medoc. The city of Bordeaux can be reached in an hour with its good shopping, art galleries, museums and historical buildings. The same can be said for Saintes. Within an hour there are three top golf courses at Saintes, Cognac and Royan with more around Bordeaux. As well as the obvious sea fishing, river fishing in the Seugne is only 5 minutes away. The Charente only half an hour away. Only 5kms in either direction are good quality local tennis courts. There are several horse stables around providing riding for all levels through the local woodlands. A very local stable provides carriage rides around the lanes of the area. An international length (1.2km long) go-cart track is only 10 minutes from Clerbise. Canoes are available for hire on the local river Seugne. A busy nightclub is just 5kms away and is open from Thursday to Sunday.
Although the Estate is mainly let on a self catering basis, there are extras available to help. Contact Oliver's VIP Concierge Team to ask about a chef, maid service, babysitting, morning bread delivery and access to the increasingly good wine cellar. The owners are also able to arrange Wedding Blessings on the Estate which are becoming increasingly popular.
Capacity Indoor reception capacity: 50 Outdoor reception capacity: 100+ Guests almost always set up a marquee on the terrace. Of course price depends on capacity / size - e.g. 60 person including chair and table hire from 650€. The owners are almost always involved in the arrangements for marquee hire, catering, flowers etc. for which they charge from 500€ depending on involvement and numbers. Availability Outside the normal rental period (May to September) the owners are happy to consider short period bookings for weddings and in these cases they are happy to quote on an inclusive package including rental and arranging fees. The Service The ruins of a 13th Century Romanesque church are within the grounds. This remains consecrated ground. Over the body of the church, they erect a simple white marquee and set out chairs etc. Alternatively there are R.C. churches in the villages around. There is access to an English speaking vicar or priest. Catering From 40€ to whatever menu desired. Costs include service etc. Other Services Flowers: A local shop does all floral arrangements. Live bands/DJs: Pop, jazz, western/folk, D.J. all possible. Transport: All as required from coach hire through minibus, car or taxi. Marquee hire: As mentioned above. Accommodation 38 guests can stay at the chateau (normal set up) with up to around 45 (with extra single beds in the large bedrooms to make family or singles rooms). Extra single beds at 100€ each to cover linen, towels, extra utility use and set up costs. Two gite complexes within 10 minutes can accommodate a further 35. Also, local hotels (within 15 minutes) can house a further 50 minimum. Travel Bordeaux and La Rochelle - both around 55 minutes away with most of the lower priced airlines flying in from most UK regional airports.
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