A property first stood on this site in 1551, the château was built in 1720, partly demolished and rebuilt in 1830. We refurbished the property in 2005, converting it into a more manageable 3 apartments whilst keeping many original features.
Our apartment occupies the entire front ground floor of the château with it's own entrance leading onto the gardens and pool.
The accommodation comprises:
Main bedroom with double bed and en suite shower room.
Second bedroom with double bed.
Third bedroom with two single beds.
Fully equipped kitchen (except for dishwasher), table that seats 6.
Spacious lounge, with French doors onto garden. SKY (Freeview) TV, DVD player.
Dining room with table that seats10.
Bathroom with shower and bath.
Long entrance hall.
Good quality furnishings throughout,ample lighting, indoor games cupboard, croquet and boules.
5 acres of well maintained and mature gardens including a swimming pool (not heated or maintained in winter).
The area: Aquitaine was in English hands early in the last millennium, many battles between the English and French took place, but they are a thing of the past, at least on the battlefields, and the Aquatainees are very welcoming once you get used to their ways. (You need to practice shrugging your shoulders and saying 'non' before you go!) There is history everywhere, whether you go to the main towns of Bordeaux and Toulouse, or the smaller towns of Bergerac, Marmande, Agen, La Reole and Eymet to name a few.
Stunning architecture abounds, but even more abundant are the vineyards and if it is a wine experience you are after then you are spoilt for choice with many world famous vineyards and wine regions within easy reach, but even more interesting are less famous 'propietor' vineyards.
Beyond the towns and vineyards are the many small villages (for example Duras, Levignac, St. Foy le Grande, etc..), again steeped in history, with good eating and ideal places to people watch.
Finally don't forget the countryside and the rivers/canals
Activities: France is for relaxing, Aquitaine is seriously relaxing and the château is the ideal place to unwind. But there is more to France than relaxing and for example you can:
Be sporty - golf, tennis, gym, horse riding, are all close by. If its watching that you prefer then there is plenty of Rugby and football played in the area.
Go walkies - Beautiful countryside or along the Canal Du Midi or the rivers Garonne and Lot.
Explore - Towns and villages (Bordeaux and Toulouse, for History, Architecture and serious shopping). Maramande, Bergerac, La Reole, Eymet and a whole host more for history and architecture and less serious shopping.
Get Active - Swim in the lake at CastelJaloux, climb, explore the trees and slide 400m across the lake.
Taste the wine - everywhere.
Day trips to the surf beaches on the Atlantic coast or the Pyrennees, even pop over into Spain whilst you are there.
Relax in the many spas and thermal baths that can be found in the area
Things you do not normally get told:
The Château has been refurbished, but it is still old and needs to be treated sympathetically. For example windows and doors may be a bit stiff. There are shutters on every door and window again they can be stiff.
The road in front of the château (D708) can have a bit of traffic and you can hear it.
The dawn chorus is voluminous.
Whilst we sit in 5 acres there are 2 other apartments and a barn which may be in use, both the grounds and pool are communal and you may not be alone when using them, although the gardens are big enough for this not to be a problem!
France shuts early, so if you are going out do not leave it to late. The French love lunch and just about everything shuts between 12-2.When eating out it can be surprisingly expensive if you stray off the Plat du Jour ot Menu du Jour, but hey you are on holiday.
As a general rule the cheaper the red wine you buy the colder it needs to be served!
The weather can change quickly.
This beautifully restored château is in the Lot and Garronne Department, in the region of Aquitaine, South West France. Overlooking the Garonne Valley and the small historic town of Marmande. Situated on the top of a hill about 2kms from Marmande and 15kms from Duras, the château itself has plenty of history attached to it and dates back to 1551. It is on the edge of the small village of Beaupuy.
Closest airports are Bordeaux (1hr) Bergerac (1hr) and Toulouse (1.5 hours). Between 6 and 8 hours drive from the western channel ports of St.Malo, Caen and Cherbourg.
The château has been divided into 3 apartments and our property is a 3 bedroomed apartment and sleeps 6, on the ground floor opening on to the extensive gardens overlooking the valley. There is also a shared swimming pool in the garden.
The château is the ideal base for exploring Aquitaine, sampling the extensive wine production or just generally chilling out with a glass of wine and a good book.
Golf: Marmande has a local 11 (18)hole Municipal course which is well kept and very well rated. CastelJaloux has a good 18 hole course with a well stocked club house. Vigieres, at St.Foy le Grande, has two well designed natural courses and very good club house, with an excellent restaraunt.
There are many other courses in the area.
Ski: The ski resorts of the south western Pyrennees are now less than two hours away following the opening on the new motorway to Pau. We are not suggesting that the château would be a good base for a skiing holiday.
However for a day trip to play in the snow you can always give it a go. We understand there are also very good off peak short break ski packages in the south western Pyrenees if you search for them on the internet with basic but reasonably priced accomodation.
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Nov 4 2013 - Feb 28 2014
Mar 1 2014 - May 31 2014
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (British Pound) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.