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18th Century Wine Estate,24 En-suite B'rooms,3 Pools, Tennis Court, 9-Hole Golf

3 Reviews
Bedrooms 20
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


chateau / country house
Minimum Stay
2 - 4 nights


Gensac Chateau / Country House Rental Photos and Description

Chateau near St.Emilion, Gironde, Aquitaine, France - Ideal for Birthdays, Anniversaries and Conferences, where we have Exceptional Experience

Chateau du Faure is an oasis of tranquillity, overlooking its own valley in 20 acres, situated 25 mins from St.Emilion and a few kms from the River Dordogne and the picturesque village of Gensac. Three buildings each provide 8 bedrooms around a courtyard & the dining room can seat up to 75 guests, the enormous music salon/cinema is ideal for concerts, dancing, or conferences. For 10 years the Chateau has been the exceptional venue for the celebrated Orpheus and Bacchus Music and Wine Festival that gave around 25 chamber concerts a year at the chateau. 3 concert grand pianos. Few, if any, venues offer you the possibility of 24 bedrooms, each with bath or shower-room, in such a peaceful setting. Spaciousness applies both to the properties and to the grounds. 3 pools, superb tennis court, 9-hole golf (pitch)course, croquet, football, boules court & 3 table-tennis tables (plus 2 indoor snooker tables) offer much to do. We have a full-time chef, plus waitresses and cleaning staff as needed.

  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Property Manager
Ian Christians
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french, german
Calendar last updated:
October 21, 2016
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About Ian Christians

Sharon and I have built our villa business over the last 20 years. I am an entrepreneur, earlier I ran a large Travel company. Sharon was head of Communications for Bombardier Transportation until August 2014. We own 6 18th century houses near Gensac & Ste. Foy-la-Grande, and I have managed all the restoration projects. We provide experiences, not just holidays, with spacious accommodation, - great kitchens, all bedrooms en-suite, cinemas, wifi, hi-fi, satellite TV, large securitised pools and exceptional sporting facilities. We aim to give you exceptional personal service, us & our permanent support team. We offer a wide range of optional extras, including minibuses, canoes, chef & maid service. Our houses are ideal for 3 or 4 generation holidays. Exceptional houses, exceptional service.

Ian Christians purchased this chateau / country house in 1999

Why Ian Christians chose Entre Deux Mers

I was not looking to buy another property - we already had one house and had restored the original chai. But I had just started my Orpheus & Bacchus Music & Wine Festival in the original houses and knew they were too small. When I saw an estate agent's photos of this property I fell in love with the granary - a perfect music salon. So, several years and a lot of money later I had my perfect venue, able to sleep 48 people in en-suite accommodation, a fabulous salon for music - classical or rock - and the ability to sit up to 78 guests for a gastronomic dinner. Beautiful countryside in the famous Bordeaux appellation, 20 acres of it around the chateau, good climate, superb transportation with 2 airports and a TGV station nearby, close to the magical hilltop wine-town of St.Emilion - Superb!

What makes this chateau / country house unique

Chateau du Faure is a rarity with 24 (or 16 for a smaller group) bedrooms for rent as a self-catering property. It is an alternative to a big hotel, but is yours for the rental period. This enables you to create your personal character - to be "Mine host" for your party. We can switch from a self-catering mode to a fully catered operation with full maid service if you wish - we have always been able to deliver - & influence to create an unforgettable experience. There is enormous character in this 18th century estate & as a client has said "There is nothing quite like it in the world." It exudes rustic French charm and is for real people. We offer an exceptional range of sporting activities, cricket, football, tennis, croquet.

Guestbook comments from the manager

"You have a perfect place in a beautiful setting for a group of friends to get together enjoy themselves.The fabulous autumn sunshine just made it all look wonderful to have the huge screen for the rugby was a bonus they didn't expect!" Lulu

'We had the most fabulous time, truly wonderful. The venue was ideal, the food superb, the wines great, the musicians excellent, the ambience perfect. We were looked after magnificently by you & your team - you really care about the guests, their comfort & enjoyment. Everything worked like clockwork, a big thank you for organising such a spectacular weekend - it will remain in our memories for a long, long time. All our guests had the time of their lives' Helen

'A sensational Winter Room providing the most wonderful ambience for my Fabulous Fifties Fiesta. Many thanks for your help, organisation & planning, which made the half-century memorable & palatable' Jules

'What a fantastic wedding, superb catering, wines & fireworks' Carrie
Feb 2010
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18th Century Wine Estate,24 En-suite B'rooms,3 Pools, Tennis Court, 9-Hole Golf
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews

A wonderful place to hold a residential course

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful old set of buildings around a central grassed courtyard. Each building has been fully modernised so that all creature comforts are cared for (all bedrooms have their own bathrooms for instance). Ian Christians, the owner, is passionate about music and very knowledgeable about wine (hence the Orpheus and Bacchus festival he runs). Nothing was too much trouble for him. It made the whole week really relaxing and even more enjoyable. He also presented a fascinating wine tasting which added a lot to our experience. The estate is beautiful with each building having its own swimming pool which, at a warmer time of year, would have been sublime. There is a fabulous rehearsal room which is also a concert space, a sizeable dinging room, excellent kitchen facilities and it was altogether a wonderful find. The 30 or so people I took with me on my English Choral Experience singing week were very happy indeed on all fronts. We are returning next year. That is the best review of all.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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Cambridge University Jazz Orchestra

  • 5 of 5

We took our entire 20-piece big band to stay at Domain du Faure and had a blissful five days. A beautiful estate in the gorgeous countryside of the south of France. As the leader of a student ensemble, part of my role is to organise a tour each year and, after an impromptu meeting with Ian in Cambridge, he made this very, very easy for me! We set up camp under the beams of the elegant salon and had several productive days of rehearsal and recording, making full use of a Steinway model D which once belonged to Alfred Brendel. In our free time, we would lounge by the pool, play croquet in the picturesque gardens and sample the local wines (guided by Ian's encyclopaedic knowledge!) He also organised two concerts which were well attended and well received, both in Bergerac and in La Musique itself. All in all a most relaxing and enjoyable time, and I'm sure our music was improved thanks to the inspiring scenery, fine wines and Ian's boundless hospitality.

  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
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What a wonderful stay!!

  • 5 of 5

Le Faure was for us, teachers and students, the perfect place to combine culture, pleasure and education!

Many thanks to the owners, Ian and Sharon, for making this possible for us and for all the support they gave us!

Our stay in Le Faure will be a life time memory!

We recommend Le Faure for its beautiful location, the authenticity of the buildings and furniture, the piano's, the possibility to make music, the very clean rooms and bathrooms, the great gardens and swimming pools, and for so much more..

Le Faure is a top-place to stay!!

  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
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Nearest Airport
35 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
Nearest Train
7 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
30 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
5 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

We run visits to famous, and other highly interesting, chateaux. Great cycling and walking country as well.

10 fascinating things to do while staying in our houses

1.Visit historic St.Emilion and its châteaux (30 mins away)

2. Visit the Château de Montaigne, home of the great 16th century philosopher, & les Jardins du Sardy (10 mins away)

3.Visit the churches and museums of Bordeaux (60 mins away)

4.Visit the seaside, beautiful bay of Arcachon and the amazing Dune of Pyla (90 mins away)

5.Visit the châteaux of the Dordogne (60 mins away)

6.Visit the Médoc and the great wine châteaux (90 mins away)

7.Visit Chateau Monbazillac & old Bergerac plus a river trip (30 mins away)

8.Explore ancient Aquitaine with Douglas Boyd, author of Eleanor, April Queen of Aquitaine(10 mins away)

9.Go gliding and see the countryside from on high (10 mins away)

10.Take the kids go-carting in Bergerac (30 mins away)

We organise wine tours to the famous and the secret chateaux. Countryside is ide


The wonderful Atlantic beaches at Arcachon are 90 minutes drive away, with great boat trips around the bay. Sensational views from the Dune of Pyla, the largest sand dune in Europe. Closer at hand, just 10 mins drive away is the Lac du Cadie, which as pedaloes, bar, restaurant and an attractive large beach for swimming.


We have 9-seater VWs for rental with airport/station pick-up/delivery.

Air: Bordeaux Merignac is 60 mins. away to the west, Bergerac is 40 mins. to the east. UK Airlines: Easyjet, B.A. FlyBE, Ryanair. Other airlines: Air France, Air Lingus.

Train: Libourne TGV station is 30 mins away from

Car: 5 1/2 hours St.Malo, 8 hours Calais, 5 hours Paris


Gensac 2 kms. Ste. Foy-la-Grande and Castillon 14km. St. Emilion 26km. Bergerac 34km. Bordeaux 65km.

Further Details:

I have an exceptional team who always work with me for client celebrations - covering rock band, classical musicians, catering, maid service, chateau visits, firework displays, chauffeuring - everything you might like to make the ideal event.

Lots of good local restaurants, Leclerc supermarkets at Castillon and Ste. Foy. St. Emilion is amazing, historic and beautiful. Bergerac is 40 mins to east, gateway to the beautiful Dordogne. Gensac has 2 boulangeries, a SPAR that has most things, a tabac, a bar. Canoeing on the Dordogne is a must, we have our own Canadian canoes. Also bicycles for rent


Rates & Availability

Gensac Chateau / Country House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Rate 16
Oct 1 2016 - Oct 28 2016
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Oct 29 2016 - Dec 23 2016
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Dec 24 2016 - Jan 6 2017
4 night minimum stay
Rate 9
Jan 7 2017 - Mar 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
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Apr 1 2017 - Apr 28 2017
2 night minimum stay
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Apr 29 2017 - Jun 30 2017
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Jul 1 2017 - Sep 1 2017
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Sep 2 2017 - Sep 29 2017
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Rate 6
Sep 30 2017 - Dec 22 2017
2 night minimum stay
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Dec 23 2017 - Jan 5 2018
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
SECURITY! Always speak to the owner before booking. For your security we also offer a credit card facility through Credit Agricole.
Options can be given for a predetermined time. 20% deposit required on booking, balance 8 weeks before arrival. Full information packs emailed on booking. Security deposit of £1000 during stay.

Changeover Day:
Flexibility, min stay 2 nights.

Notes on prices:
Prices may be subject to negotiation. Credit cards accepted.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Gensac Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Child's Highchair
  • 10 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 7 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 8 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 9 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 10 - toilet , shower
  • 11 x bathrooms with bath. 13 x bathrooms with shower. 3 x WCs.
  • 20 Bedrooms, Sleeps 40
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 baby crib
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps up to 48 (24 Double or Twin Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: 13 x double bedrooms. 11 x twin bedrooms.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: The estate is fully centrally heated and has several large open fires. Eight bedrooms open directly out onto a large terrace. Highly suitable for children. Outside: The 20 acre estate has 3 swimming pools, all fenced, each 10x 5m, a tennis court, croquet lawn, boules court, a developing 9-hole golf pitch course, a fiels with football capability. Sun-loungers and three separate BBQ areas, each close to a pool. there is an attractive arbor, with honeysuckle and wisteria vines. The valley teams with birds and wild-life, cuckoos, hoopoos, orioles, woodpeckers etc. Utility Room: 3 washing machines, 3 dryers in 2 utility rooms. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All towels (bedroom and pool) are provided. Maid service is available as an optional extra. Other: There are also two more normal-sized and beautiful salons, an office and dining room for 16.

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