Large 19th century Château available to rent for french family holidays in the South of France close to Pezenas, Languedoc. Vineyard views, full size private tennis court, 12m x 6m swimming pool, extensive grounds and Wi-Fi. Sunday arrivals may be possible for 2018.
I wanted to thank you again for a terrific chateau!. It was just wonderful, and perfect for us. All the best, Barbara, June.
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South of France Traditional 19th Century Chateau in the Languedoc, sleeps 8
Possibility of Saturday and/or Sunday arrivals on request
2018 Extra availability - 19 May - 1 June and from 3 June
July and August prices are for up to 18 people.
This wonderful holiday property in Languedoc is also available for groups of 14/18 guests - please see property HE047A for prices and availability.
This grand Languedoc 19th Century Château St Marthe which is now available for holiday rentals, is charming and provides a huge amount of outside and inside space to spread out and relax, and beautiful views over the surrounding Languedoc countryside. It has a full sized tennis court, a very large 12m x 6m swimming pool, a park boasting tall, mature Mediterranean pines, ensuring total peace and tranquility and its proximity to the local town of Roujan with a few restaurants and good local shops and markets. Beaches are only 35 minutes away.
The Château has definitely seen better and more affluent times, but original features like oak doors and parquet floors, marble fireplaces, Languedocien tiles and some interesting pieces of furniture are still in place. One could describe it as 'shabby chic' although little by little it is undergoing constant renovation of the interior and exterior retaining its authenticity. All the spaces are so massive and the ceilings are so high that if an occasional cobweb or stained wall paper bothers you, this place is not worth contemplating.
However, if you like the idea of staying in an historic Château with loads of room, full of character, vast halls, very large bedrooms and magnificent views you will not be disappointed - it has a great feel.
Extensive refurbishment of the kitchen has been carried out, so it is now completely modern with a Mediterranean feel in warm tones, 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 recently been painted and the floor tiles are lovely - the sheer volume of the place make up for any cosmetic shortcomings.
The upstairs bedrooms are large and luminous and three have en suite or adjoining bathrooms. This place is ideal for two or three families who like to holiday together in the South of France, but enjoy having their own space. The park provides lots of room to stroll (may be even jog! be careful and keep an eye on toddlers because it covers 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.
Authentic South of France Chateau to sleep 8
This 3 storey château is a very large property, although the owners have decided to limit occupancy to a maximum of 8 people during mid season.
Seven steps from the outside lead to a large newly refurbished kitchen 30m2. It has a double oven, 4 induction rings and an electric grill BBQ, 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 dining room (30m2) with parquet floors, windows overlooking the Languedoc vineyards and the countryside.
The dining room is lovely and has period furniture, an antique chandelier, a large table easily seating 12 people and old-style wallpaper. The dining room leads to an enormous hallway measuring 80m2! Traditional tiled floors and some comfortable slumber furniture comprising a large sofa for 4 and 5 chairs make it an ideal 'pavilion' 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 the tranquil park.
A door from the hallway goes into the living room which also has parquet floors, bookcases filled 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 for 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 bannister and shallow, wide steps and very high ceilings.
First Floor - 4 bedrooms
A huge hallway 30m2 with a desk.
Two doors lead off the hallway to a large vesitbule and to 2 very large bedrooms with bathrooms and a further smaller corridor leads to two more bedrooms all with electric fans:
1st bedroom with double bed. 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 hallway 2nd bedroom, or the Pink Room also has a standard sized double bed with 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 'ensuite', 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 balcony and also looks out onto the park. It has a standard double bed, a marble fireplace, a wall cupboard with hanging space, tiled floors.
4th Bedroom - or the Pale Green 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 and a standard double bed. Across the corridor with fitted cupboards there is a large bathroom 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 which is out of bounds when the house is rented for 8 people. Again, please note that the windows have no railings, although they do have shutters.
2 cots and 2 high chairs are also available.
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 gamesand tennis rackets
Ping Pong table
2 cots and 2 high chairs
Outside Garden furniture
BBQ - Charcoal (located outside next to the kitchen)
The Park is about 3 acres in size with mature pines and other large trees to provide natural shade in the summer months. There is an impressive oleander lined drive up to the château. Numerous paths with high hedges cross the park leading 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 one point in the day.
On the 'driveway' side of the Château a long path (about 30 mts) goes through a rough grass 'meadow' towards the pool which measures 12m x 6m and has an alarm. There is a pool ladder at the deep end for getting into the water, however, the shallow end only measures 50 cms so even young children can get into the pool by lowering themselves into the shallow end.
The pool terrace has 6/8 sun loungers, sun chairs and a parasol - the vegetation of oleanders, palm trees, olive trees and Mediterranean pines make 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 apprx 1.5km from the centre of Roujan, an attractive old wine village with excellent bakery, village shops, family restaurant and supermarket.
The pretty Languedoc Villages of Margon and Pouzolles are 2km away, both boast Chateaux and have a bar/restaurant.
Pezenas apprx 10km - 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 and large supermarkets.
Golf St Thomas (18 holes): apprx 22km near Beziers
Mediterranean beaches about 35 mins drive at apprx 30km.
Agde apprx 30km. Old historic town and fishing port, founded by the Ancient Greeks. Nice market, excellent seafood restaurants.
Cap d'Agde apprx 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 du Salagou apprx 20 km to the north. Lake surrounded by spectacular red volcanic hills. Watersports. Nearby is Cirque de Moureze, 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 apprx 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 20kms 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 via Easyjet, and to Leeds/Bradford on Ryanair.
Perpignan (Ryanair to Stansted, Birmingham, Flybe to Southampton).
Nimes (Ryanair to Stansted, Luton and Liverpool).
Gerona (Spain) Ryanair to various UK destinations
Toulouse and Barcelona (Spain) also have international & transatlantic flights.
South of France by Rail:
Beziers and Agde have railway stations with nearby car rental.
Paris to Montpellier is 3,15 hrs by TGV (Train Grande Vitesse).
South of France by Road:
720 km south of Paris
1010 km south of Calais
Apprx 1.5km from this South of France Holiday Accommodation you will find:-
Super-market and several in Pezenas apprx 10km
Golf - St Thomas Beziers 22km
Riding - Maglas and Cabrerolles
Tennis courts - private in the park garden of the property
Canoe hire 20km
Windsurf - Leucat plage, Valras plage 35 kms
Bike hire - Pezenas 10 kms, Beziers 22 kms
Sea - Valras plage 35km
River - 15km - Roquebrun canoe hire and river descents - great fun!
Lake - 20km - windsurfing, boat hire, pedalos, bathing etc
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,
|From||Until||Rate Type||Weekly Rate||Minimum Stay|
|19th May 2018||23rd Jun 2018||Middle||€2,400||7 nights|
|23rd Jun 2018||30th Jun 2018||High||€4,000||7 nights|
|30th Jun 2018||18th Aug 2018||Peak||€4,938||7 nights|
|18th Aug 2018||27th Oct 2018||Middle||€2,400||7 nights|
|27th Oct 2018||20th Apr 2019||Not Available||-||7 nights|
|20th Apr 2019||22nd Jun 2019||Middle||€2,400||7 nights|
|22nd Jun 2019||29th Jun 2019||High||€4,000||7 nights|
|29th Jun 2019||17th Aug 2019||Peak||€4,938||7 nights|
|17th Aug 2019||26th Oct 2019||Middle||€2,400||7 nights|
|26th Oct 2019||31st Dec 2019||Not Available||-||7 nights|