Large 19th Century Chateau to rent near Pezenas in the Languedoc. Private tennis court, large pool, set in 3 acres of countryside. Ideal for groups and large family holiday to the South of France as it sleeps up to 18 people. Sunday arrivals may be possible.
I thought I’d send some feedback about our holiday this year. We had an absolute ball at Chateau St Marthe in Roujan. Our four families have some comments that they wanted me to pass on to you and the owner. First of all, thanks for your attention to detail and all you did to make the holiday a success. I’ve travelled extensively and I was very impressed... read more
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Charming, Authentic 19th century Chateau in the Languedoc, sleeps 14-18 people
Possibility of Saturday and/or Sunday arrivals on request.
Now available for holiday rentals, this grand 19th Century Château "St Marthe" in the Languedoc is charming, providing a huge amount of inside and outside space to stretch one's holiday wings, plus beautiful views over the surrounding countryside.
The vacation accommodation has a full sized tennis court, a very large 12m x 6m swimming pool with rolling security cover, a park boasting tall, mature Mediterranean pines, ensuring total peace and tranquility. It is close to the local town of Roujan which has a few restaurants, local shops and a supermarket. South of France Beaches are only 35 minutes away.
The Château has in the past seen better and more affluent times, but original features like oak doors and parquet floors, marble fireplaces and some interesting pieces of furniture are still in place. The Chateau has a sympathetic feel - one could describe it as 'shabby chic', although the interior and exterior are continually undergoing renovation bit by bit, with an eye to maintaining the spirit of the house.
All the spaces are so massive and the ceilings so high that if an occasional cobweb or stained wall paper bothers you, this is not for you! However, if you like the idea of staying in an historical Château with lots of space, vast halls, very large bedrooms, Private swimming pool with rolling security cover, Tennis court and amazing views - this house has aged gracefully and has "autumnal glamour" in spades!
Extensive refurbishment of the kitchen has been carried out, so it is now completely modern with a Mediterranean feel in warm hues, modern cooking surfaces and a large cooker. The dining room and the living room with parquet floors are very 'belle epoque' and they both give on to the outside terrace via tall elegant French doors. The downstairs hallway as well as the impressive stairs have had a lick of paint and the floor tiles are stunning. The sheer volume of the place make up for any cosmetic inadequacy.
The upstairs bedrooms are large and luminous and three have ensuite or adjoining bathrooms. This place is ideal for two or three families who like to be together, but enjoy not stepping on each other's toes.
The parkland setting provides plenty of opportunity to stroll (may be even jog! be careful and keep an eye on toddlers because it comprises about 3 acres), sit out or play ball games on the 'rough' lawn next to the pool.
The full size tennis court and table tennis give even more opportunity for games and entertainment.
This Chateau is perfect for exploring the Languedoc region of the South of France.
For groups of 8 the Chateau is available at reduced rates outside of July and August HE047B
Traditional French Chateau to rent in the South of France
This 3 storey château is a very large property with such a good feeling and "vibe" and offers plenty of room to "breathe" and relax.
Seven steps from the outside lead to a large newly refurbished kitchen 30m2. It has a double oven, 4 induction rings and an electric interior BBQ grill, a medium size and a large fridge, a dishwasher, a washing machine, an espresso maker. Lovely old terracotta tiles echo the warm hues of the kitchen walls.
Large doors from the kitchen lead into the spacious, attractive dining room (30m2) with parquet floor and windows overlooking the picturesque vineyards and countryside beyond. The dining room has period furniture, an old chandelier, a large table easily seating 12 people and old-style wallpaper.
The dining room leads to an enormous hallway measuring 80m2! Period tiled floors and some comfortable slumber furniture comprising a large sofa for 4 and 5 chairs make it an ideal 'pavillion' to escape from the summer's heat. The hallway has large French doors leading out on to the outside terrace (6 steps down) with a large outside table and chairs for alfresco dining and to the tranquil park.
A door from the hallway goes into the living room which also has parquet floors, bookcases with old books, a big antique mirror over the marble fireplace, 2 new sofas seating 3 guests each and 5 armchairs. It also has a TV with Canal + satellite and a DVD. The walls are covered in the old-style 'material' château wallpaper which looks quite fragile and stained near the ceiling. The feel of the living room is very comfortable and relaxing.
There is a small office off the large hall with a livebox and Wi-Fi internet access.
There is a downstairs cloakroom with wc and basin next to the office.
A grand winding staircase leads to the first floor - there are 24 steps in all separated by 2 'landings', a metal banister and shallow, wide steps and very high ceilings.
First Floor of this holiday Chateau - 4 bedrooms:
To the left of the hallway there are doors to a 30m2 vestibule with a desk and bookshelves. Two doors lead off this area to 2 very large bedrooms with bathrooms and a further smaller corridor leads to 2 more bedrooms - all with electric fans:
1st bedroom with double bed 160x200 cm. This bedroom measures about 30m2 with windows giving out on to the park. There is a standard double bed, a desk, a chest of drawers, a cupboard and a marble fireplace. There is an ensuite bathroom - large but simple; a washbasin, a wc, and a bath with a shower attachment.
Off the vestibule is the 2nd bedroom, or the Pink Room with a 160x200 cm double bed with 2 windows on to the park. The wallpaper is very 'chateauesque' and goes well with a marble fireplace, an elegant desk. A small dressing room. The very big bathroom is almost 'en suite' but one has to come out of the bedroom door to access it. There is a washbasin, a wc, a bidet, a bath with a shower attachment - shared with bedroom 3.
3rd Bedroom - or the Blue Room has a Romeo and Juliet balcony and also looks out onto the park. It has a 160x200 cm double bed, a marble fireplace, a wall cupboard with hanging space, tiled floors.
4th Bedroom - or the Pale Green Room is accessed via a quirky little door off the stair (quite low ceilings) and is almost a separate 'apartment'. Again it is a very big room overlooking the park with it's own corridor with fitted wall cupboards. A 160x200 cm double bed. Across the corridor with fitted cupboards there is a large bathroom which comprising a wash basin, a bath with shower attachment, a separate shower and a separate wc. The décor is again quite basic.
It must be noted that the large windows in all the bedrooms have shutters, but do not have wrought iron railings so young children must be supervised.
Large staircase continues to the Second Floor:
A long corridor has many bedrooms, of which only 5 are in use.
5th Bedroom - double room with 140x200 cm bed
6th Bedroom - double room with 140x200 cm bed
7th Bedroom - double bed 160x200 cm
8th Bedroom - 2 or 3 single beds 90x190 cm
9th Bedroom - 2 single beds 90x190 cm
There are two bathrooms at the end of the corridor for guests' use, one with a bath and one with a shower, wash basins and wc's - they are rustic and basic but serviceable. (one repainted May 2016)
Again please note that the windows have no railings, although they do have shutters.
2 cots and 2 high chairs are also available.
Fully equipped for holidays in the South of France
Fridge:one medium and one large fridge-freezer
Double Oven with extractor fan and 4 ceramic plates as well as interior BBQ grill
TV Radio CD DVD
Wi-Fi Internet access
Board games & tennis rackets
Ping Pong Table
2 cots and 2 high chairs
Fans in the bedrooms
BBQ - Charcoal (located outside next to the kitchen)
The Park is about 3 acres in size and has mature pines and other large trees to provide natural shade in the summer months. There is an impressive oleander lined drive leading to the château. Several paths with high hedges cross the park taking you either to the pool or the tennis court.
A large gravel terrace just outside the dining room/hallway with garden furniture and a large table for alfresco dining. There is a steep grassy slope going down at the edge of the terrace.
A steep gravel path leads from the house down towards the full size tennis court. It is surrounded by large mature pines so may provide some shade at some point in the day.
On the 'driveway' side of the Château a long path (about 30m) goes through a rough grass 'meadow' towards the pool which measures 12m x 6m and has a rolling security cover. There is a pool ladder at the deep end for getting into the water, however, the shallow end only measures 50 centimetres so even young children can get into the pool by lowering themselves into the shallow end.
The pool terrace has 6/8 sun loungers and 4 easy chairs, a parasol and is surrounded by vegetation of oleanders, palm trees, olive trees and Mediterranean pines making it a pleasant and relaxing garden to sit in.
There is a medium size built-in BBQ at the side of the Château 7 steps down from the kitchen.
The house is just 1.5 km from the centre of Roujan, an attractive old wine village: excellent bakery, village shops, family restaurant and supermarket.
The villages of Pouzolles and Margon are apprx 2km away, Margon has a most beautiful Chateau, a restaurant and a Pizzeria. Pouzolles has a baker, newsagent, grocers shop and a cafe/restaurant.
10km apprx away is Pezenas a picturesque market town with a beautiful medieval and Renaissance centre with narrow winding streets, and many galleries and working craft shops like glass blowers and jewellers. A wide choice of good restaurants. Colourful market on Saturday mornings. All services, large supermarket.
Golf St Thomas (18 holes): apprx 25km near Beziers
Mediterranean beaches about 35 mins drive at apprx 30km.
Agde appx 30km. Old historic town and fishing port, founded by the Ancient Greeks. Nice market, excellent seafood restaurants.
Cap d'Agde appx 35km. 'Aqualand' (huge water-slides, etc.) 27-hole golf course.
Beziers apprx 22km Large market town, renowned for its colourful 'Feria' in August (street music, carnival, bull-fights).
Lac Salagou apprx 20km to the north. Lake surrounded by spectacular red volcanic hills. Watersports. Nearby is Cirque de Molureze, an extraordinary 'chaos' of dolomitic towers and ravines.
St Guilhem-le-Desert apprx 37km. Beautiful medieval village and abbey in dramatic gorge landscape.
Parc Naturel du Haut Languedoc apprx 40km North West of Pezenas are the mountains and rocky gorges of the Caroux mountains. Great canoeing on the river Orb.
Narbonne apprx 50km. Once the capital of Roman Gaul. Famous cathedral.
Montpellier apprx 47km or 55 mins drive. Attractive university town.
Nimes appx 100km. Roman temple and arena.
Carcassonne apprx 125km. Largest fortified medieval town.
Perpignan apprx 125km Palace of kings of Mallorca.
For more information about this region, please refer to our Languedoc Regional Guide
For information on reaching Languedoc, please refer to our South France Travel Information Guide
International airports are at:
Beziers - the airport is only apprx 20 kms from Cap d'Agde.
(Ryanair from Bristol, Luton, Manchester, Edinburgh).
Carcassonne - (Ryanair to Stansted, East Midlands, Glasgow, Liverpool, Manchester, Cork and Dublin).
Montpellier (International flights worldwide). Flights to Gatwick and Luton via Easyjet, and to Leeds/Bradford Ryanair.
Perpignan (Ryanair to Stanstead, Birmingham, Flybe to Southampton).
Nimes (Ryanair to Luton and Liverpool).
Toulouse and Barcelona (Spain) also have international & transatlantic flights.
Gerona (Spain) Ryanair to various UK destinations
Beziers and Agde have railway stations with nearby car rental
Paris to Montpellier is 3,15 hrs by TGV (Train Grande Vitesse)
720 km south of Paris
1010 km south of Calais
Apprx 1.5km in the village of Roujan you will find:-
Super-market (more in Pezenas apprx 10km)
Golf - Golf St Thomas Beziers 22km
Riding - Magalas or Cabrerolles
Tennis courts - private in the park
Canoe hire 20km
Windsurf - Leucat plage - apprx 1 hour
Valras plage 30km
Bike hire - Pezenas 10 kms, Beziers 22 kms
Sea Valras Plage apprx 35km
River - apprx 15km - Roquebrun canoe hire and river descents - great fun!
Lake - apprx 20km - windsurfing, boat hire, pedalos, bathing etc
A Taxi service in Roujan, who is also happy to do Airport transfers from Beziers, and other airports (for airport transfers please book well in advance)
Taxi André Roujan
Tel: 00 33 608771296
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I thought I’d send some feedback about our holiday this year. We had an absolute ball at Chateau St Marthe in Roujan. Our four families have some comments that they wanted me to pass on to you and the owner. First of all, thanks for your attention to detail and all you did to make the holiday a success. I’ve travelled extensively and I was very impressed by the team at South France Villas. The house itself was fabulous. We loved it but would like to raise a couple of points. The main issue we had was with the kitchen. While it was a great size, it was badly let down by the inadequate fridge/freezer arrangement. We were a party of 15 in the height of summer and it was a constant battle to keep food and drinks cold. We all love our food and wine/beer, and frankly the old fridges were just terrible! (being replaced, see below) The DVD player was broken. We were told the pool would be cleaned/looked at during the course of our week-long stay but this didn’t happen. We really didn’t mind - but others might. Lastly, the cook we hired - Debbi Reid from Roujan - was absolutely brilliant. I would have no hesitation at all in recommending her to future guests. She enhanced our stay hugely. We all enjoyed our time at the house very much, and would certainly return given the chance in the future. I hope you do not mind our comments but instead take them in the spirit intended: to enhance other people’s holidays at a wonderful, character-filled villa in a beautiful area of France. With best wishes, Alison, July 2018 South France Villas reply - Thank you for your feedback which we have passed on to the Owner who appreciates you taking time out to pass these details on - she has advised that she will be replacing the fridge and the DVD and checking on the mid week pool cleaning services as that should have happened.
Great host lovely chateau. Was as described not in mint condition but really great space. Loved the pool area and tennis court. Vineyard walks around the area. Great holiday.Mr L June 2018
Exactly as described. Fitted our needs with young children perfectly.Mr A, July 2017
We have just spent two weeks with a family and friends house party in Chateau Ste Marthe. Despite what the site says there are 9 bedrooms available. Our party varied over the period from 10 to 14. The chateau was ideal. Hallway, dining room, sitting room, and kitchen are all spacious and well equipped, the bedrooms and facilities adequate. (It is a C19 chateau with lots of charm and character) The swimming pool area is excellent with available chairs and sun-loungers. Caroline is a helpful keyholder who speaks excellent English. Line, who changes linen,etc each weekend came in every morning with fresh croissants and bread, set the breakfast, made coffee, and cleared away. Evening meals were provided by Karen and Simon who prepared, cooked, served, and cleared up. It was a holiday for everyone. We can recommend Ste Marthe for a relaxing holiday. The Dixon family, South France Villas Client, July 2016
Just a quick note to say we had a great holiday at Chateau St Marthe, the property was fantastic and we really enjoyed the location, please pass on our thanks to the owners and Bernard. Thanks to you also for organising. We will definitely be in touch again for our next group trip in 2016! Best regards, Miranda, South France Villas Client
I wanted to thank you again for a terrific chateau!. It was just wonderful, and perfect for us. All the best, Barbara, June.
We had two lovely weeks at the Château St Marthe! Annika, Sweden, July.
We had a fantastic time at the villa and really enjoyed the region as well. Everyone is already missing the Château! May.Ms Rafalt, UK,
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