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C20 Château near Brive

Near Brive, sleeps max 18, 8 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, Internet acces (Free WIFI), Swimming Pool, cook, pets accepted
Availability / Prices

Location

Surrounded by the breathtaking scenery of forests and mountains, and the beautiful valley of the Dordogne, this chateau lies within a spectacular setting situated 500 feet above sea level on one of the beautiful plateaux of the Massif Central, Plateau de Mille Vaches (plateau of a thousand cows).

This is an ancient chateau built in the 17th century in the heart of France , full of atmosphere, cosy corners, huge fireplaces, masses of antiques, sleigh beds, a 'Rapunzel' tower, even a chapel with a confessional

The present chateau, built in 1670, has always been the property of the Barons of this region until it was purchased by the current owners 2 years ago. They were a typical family of rural nobility and the Baroness resided at the chateau until the late 1980's when it was inherited by her nephew.

The chateau is full of original features, stone and wood floors, open beams, massive fireplaces, a tower, comfortable furnishings and French antiques. It is fully centrally heated and very cosy in winter while in summer, due to its ancient thick stone walls, it remains cool even on the hottest days.

The chateau is ideal for families and safe for children with a large (fenced) swimming pool, a massive garden with fields, a stream, small wood and activities for young and old. With plenty of accommodation for up to 16 and room for an extra 6 children, a chateau holiday for a large group or shared amongst a number of families or couples suddenly becomes very affordable!

Local Activities

This is a historic chateau quintessentially French situated in a very lovely area with lots of country activities to do

Enjoy cycling along the local lanes. On your doorstep there is the beautiful Lac de Feyt with a bathing beach (including a life guard) and boats for hire, tennis courts and a small restaurant.

There are some bicycles at the chateau for riding around the lanes and to the lake.

Gardens

The chateau is set in 32 beautiful acres of gardens, fields, woods and open land.

There is a large grassy terrace at the back of the house where you can enjoy outdoor eating at long tables under shady trees.

There is a sizeable salt-water swimming pool (15 x 7 metres) with a patio and alarm and all the usual garden furniture and barbecue. Surrounding the field where the pool is situated is a wall with a gate for security. The views over the valley from the pool are spectacular.

Accommodation

The chateau is a typical property of the time, in original condition, with many features within the house, barns, outbuildings and chapel that have remained untouched for year.

The accommodation on the ground floor comprises:
- A dining room which is atmospheric and highly conducive to long dinner parties by candlelight! Seating up to 24 people it has an original stone fireplace with carved wooden surround and open beamed ceiling.

- A large sitting room is another lovely room with comfortable sofas and chairs, a small library of books, a fireplace and an old piano (not restored yet!). There is no television or DVD player installed but these are available on request. There is a sound system for CD's and cassettes.

- Off the living room is a play room where there are children's books, toys and various games. There is a table- football table, a collapsible ping pong table and a snooker table in the house which can be put up in one of the large bedrooms if required.

- The kitchen is also a great gathering place for cooking and chatting round the big table. While it is fully equipped and convenient, it retains all its original features in addition to copper pots, wooden settles, cosy armchairs, antique cupboards and a grandfather clock!

- On the ground floor five people can sleep in two comfortable bedrooms, one double and one triple with a WC and shower adjoining. All have lovely views over the garden and surrounding countryside and are furnished with antique beds and cupboards.

On the first floor there are six bedrooms, sleeping eleven people in two doubles and seven single beds. Five of the bedrooms are very large and many of the single beds are sleigh beds which can easily sleep two children. Additionally, there are extra camp beds if needed. Every room has its own atmosphere and lovely views. They are all furnished with original furniture that has been in the house for generations.

There is a large bathroom on the stair landing with a roll top bath and wooden floors. There are two further bathrooms, one en-suite to the master bedroom. All the bathrooms have excellent showers and baths and there is plenty of hot water.

Within these eight bedrooms and four bathrooms there is one master bedroom with a bathroom ensuite and there are two additional shared bathrooms and a showerroom on the ground floor

Bedlinen and towels are supplied. Please bring your own towels for outside use.

Availability / Prices

*Note to the rental rates

- All prices are per week per property from Saturday to Saturday Owners may be willing to accept mid week rentals or part week rentals in the low and mid season .Please email us your requests. We’ll be happy to answer your queries. Please book well in advance for peak season bookings as the best weeks tend to go quickly.

- Prices are quoted in Euros. If you choose to pay in £ sterling or US dollars please pay the equivalent rate quoted on the site which is approximate only. We will inform you when you pay what the exact equivalent amount is in Euros that you have paid, since it depends on the exchange rate on the day.

- Payment can be made by bank transfer, cheques in sterling or in Euros or by credit card. Prices are net of bank charges, i.e. tenants are expected to pay all bank charges. Payment by credit card through our secure Internet server incurs bank charges of 2% of the rental.

- A 33% deposit is required with the booking. The final balance is due three months before arrival ( a shorter period may be arranged for last minute bookings). A security deposit as defined for each house is required to be paid with the balance . This covers the cost of any damage or breakages and the cost of telephone and other services. This deposit will be returned after the rental, minus any charges for breakages, telephone, etc.

- Rental rates include: all linen, bathroom and kitchen towels, if renting more than one week cleaning on the Saturday of three hours with change of linen, electricity, gas, firewood and water and pool heating if available

- Rental rates exclude : additional cleaning, cooking, babysitting, heating in winter months charged at cost, phone calls when available, bedding for cots and pool towels

- Renters should arrive between 17.00 and 19.00 as cleaners need the house to be free for cleaning on changeover day until this time. Please try not to arrive at the house until that time. Departure date : for the same reason, please vacate the house (or all except one room) by 10.am

- Each house has a maximum number of people. In no circumstances may more than the maximum number of persons listed on the property particulars be exceeded without prior approval

- Cancellation charges apply. Should cancellation occur more than three months before the commencement date, then the deposit is not reimbursable, within three months cancellation charges are 100% of the holiday. You are strongly advised to take out appropriate insurance to cover you for medical and personal injury expenses but also in the event of delays in your travel arrangements and against any cancellation charges payable if you have to cancel or curtail your trip. Finally and most importantly you are expected to have third party cover insurance and insurance to cover for any breakages/losses and damage during your stay

Distances
  • Brive train station 45 mins drive
  • Limoges airport 1.5 hours drive
  • Rodez airport 1.5 hours drive
  • Saint Privat nearest shop for groceries 5 min drive
  • Shops and restaurants in Argentat 20 mins drive
Equip. Exteriors
  • Garden Barbeque, Table and Chairs, Parasol, Sunbeds
  • Pool Size: 15x 7m, salt- water, Gated, , Alarmed
Equip. Interiors
  • Audio Visual Terrestrial TV French and DVD on request, CD-ROM and cassettes
  • Bathrooms/Shower rooms Bathrooms 4, one on stairs with roll top bath, one ensuite to master bedroom and another with access to other bedrooms ansd a showerroom on the ground floor. Separate WC on ground floor
  • Bedrooms Ground floor: One double bedroom and one triple bedroom First floor: Six bedrooms with two double beds and seven single beds. Five of the bedrooms are very large and many of the single beds are selight beds and can easily sleep two children
  • Extra facilities Cook and extra maidservice on request
  • For Children Cot x 1, Highchair x 1
  • Kitchen Equipment Electric Oven, Gas Hob, Fridge, Freezer, Fridge/Freezer, Dishwasher, Washing Machine
Activities
  • Canoeing Argentat 20 mins drive
  • Horse riding Ten minutes drive
  • Tennis, swimming in lake,( bathing beach) and boating 5 mins walk ( lac de Feyt)