|Property type||chateau / country house|
|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
Super-spacious, attractive and comfortable sleeps 8 gite. Les Pins boasts four bedrooms, a comfortable sitting area with a wood-burning stove, separate television area with comfy sofa, a dining table that easily seats 8, a well-equipped kitchen including full-size cooker and extractor, washing machine/utility area, two recently updated shower rooms with wcs and a terrace with table and chairs for outside dining and views towards the river. This gite is a real 'home from home' and can comfortably accommodate one large family, two families sharing, or an extended family.
Accommodation is all on one floor and there are no steps so access poses no problems.
Château du Fraissinet is a pretty country house tucked into a valley on the edge of the wild, mountainous Cevennes National Park. The spacious six acre grounds are great for kids to explore and the river is shallow enough to paddle and fish with nets with a deeper spot for swimming and inflatable boats further along. Relax in the sunshine beside the pool; it's securely fenced with a 11m x 5m main pool for more confident swimmers; a basin with spa streams to sit and cool off; and a paddling area for younger children, including a little 'stream' which they love. Both adults and children will enjoy getting to know our friendly donkeys or playing table tennis in the shade of the hundred-year-old plane trees.
If you fancy a day out then a short drive north takes you to the most natural and unspoilt National Park in Europe. Venture south and you arrive at the Mediterranean beaches, the walled town of Aigues Mortes and old fishing port of the Grau du Roi. You can also visit the Roman town of Nimes, as well as Arles, Avignon and Montpellier. Closer to home there are adventure parks, a steam train, a bambouserie and great kayaking adventures to be had on the Ardeche, Tarn and Ceze rivers. There is also the spectacular Pont du Gard and the Haribo museum, both near the beautiful town of Uzes. There’s plenty to keep the family busy for a whole two weeks.
Chris and Alison Burns bought the beautiful, but neglected Chateau du Fraissinet in 2002 and moved in straight away with their four children. It was a real adventure and the first couple of years were spent working non-stop on the house and grounds which were in a very dilapidated state. Fortunately Chris had been in the building industry since leaving school and has been able to do all the renovation work himself - including the pool which he designed and built from scratch. Having complete control over the work means that everything has been finished to a high standard.
The Château du Fraissinet is not only a fabulous holiday destination but also our home and a very special place. It is a real pleasure to share it with our guests and see how much everyone enjoys their holidays here, going away relaxed and invigorated at the end of their stay.
The winter months are quieter and Alison has found the time to write two novels. Both are available on Amazon and make great holiday reading;
Chasing Sunflowers and Tom's Daughters
Chris and Alison Burns purchased this chateau / country house in 2002
Nestling in a valley beside a river, sheltered by a hill full of pine and sweet chestnut trees this property had enormous potential from the outset. It was big enough to accommodate our family and to offer spacious holiday accommodation for others. With its river frontage, beautiful grounds with shady plane trees and ancient sweet chestnuts, the Chateau du Fraissinet was crying out for some TLC. Chris, in particular, had a vision of how the the old house and grounds could be once restored to their former glory and now that vision has become a reality.
Our dream was to create a little holiday centre that would be a venue in its own right, not just a base for visiting this beautiful region, and the Chateau du Fraissinet has become exactly this. Our comfortable accommodation welcomes families every spring, summer and autumn and all enjoy the child-friendly pool, the space, the river and the donkeys.
But for those who want to venture further afield there is lots to do - the stunning Lakes of Camboux are just a few kilometres up the road, the UNESCO protected Cevennes National Park is on our doorstep; there are Roman towns, forest parks, rivers for swimming and kayaking and and the Mediterranean coast only 90 minutes away. Amidst all this, the Chateau du Fraissinet offers a haven of peace and tranquility that you need never leave unless you want to.
The property was great for our 2 families, 4 adults and 4 children. The kitchen facilities are good although the weather was so nice we had a BBQ most evenings. There is plenty of space for the children to play, the pool area is lovely with adequate sun loungers for all guests. The grounds are kept in an excellent condition and Chris and Alison are very welcoming hosts. We enjoyed the welcome drinks which gave us a chance to meet other guests. The Chateau is situated in an excellent location and there is plenty to do for everyone in the area. We would throughly recommend it to other families or a group of people
We loved Fraissient so much this is our second visit and it didn't disappoint. Alison and Chris have created a beautiful environment for a peaceful and relaxing holiday. The apartment was clean, beds were comfortable and the two bathrooms brand new and up to date. From the little touches like pots of fresh herbs to use, to the clean and chlorine free pool everything has been considered to make a fabulous holiday. I cannot rate it highly enough.
We have now stayed in three different apartments and all have been very thoughtfully laid out and beautifully maintained (particularly the bathrooms, which can be a bit ropey in other french accommodation).
Great swimming pool, stream to swim, grounds to play, dogs and donkeys, happy children, well equipped gite, yoga by the pool twice a week. Local restaurant rustic and charming, places of interest around but a fair drive away.
Our local town is only 5km away. Here you will find all the commerce that you would expect including two supermarkets, banks, boulangeries and a pharmacy. It also hosts a fantastic market selling local produce on Wednesday and Saturday mornings.
For a meal out our local Auberge du Fraissinet is just a 300km stroll along the riverbank and there also is a bar at the top of the lane. The small campsite opposite has a snack bar too and it is possible in high season to order fresh baguettes and pain-au-chocolat for the following morning. A short drive away there are several good quality restaurants where you can experience local cuisine cooked to a very good standard.
Drive 2km up the valley you will find the stunning lac de Camboux. In high season it is possible to hire a kayak or pedalo to explore. There is also a snack bar and a lake beach at one end. The lake is quite well stocked with a variety of fish including large Carp above 50lb. Rods, tackle and tuition can be hired. Please ask us for more details.
For walkers we are in Stephenson country and there are numerous trails to follow, some short and some never ending. We have local maps and guide books and can offer advice on some truly fantastic scenic walks.
Horse riding for the novice and experienced alike can also be found at our local riding school.
A good choice of kayaking (Ceze, Ardeche, Gardon and Tarn) is available in under an hours drive. Several forest parks (similar to Go Ape) are also less than an hour away. Perfect for energetic kids and teenagers.
A day trip to the Mediterranean is just 1hr 30mins by car. Favourite spots include le Grau du Roi, Aigues Mortes and the fantastic beach at L'Espiguette. Look out for the flamingos, bulls and white Carmargue horses too.
Ryanair operate flights from several UK airports around the country and fly into Nimes (1hr), Montpellier (1hr 15m), Beziers and Marseilles (2hrs).
EasyJet fly into Montpellier from both Luton and Gatwick airports
Flybe have flights into Avignon. You can also get the Eurostar and TGV to Nimes and Avignon.
There are also several airlines that fly into the region from northern Europe.
The journey time from Calais is approximately 10hrs depending upon which route you take.