|Property type||chateau / country house|
|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
Beautiful apartment with excellent wifi access, a private courtyard dining area, attractive lounge with views across the gardens, a separate fitted kitchen and two bedrooms both with ensuite shower rooms and wcs. The double bedroom is upstairs and looks out down the lavender drive towards the mountains; bedroom two is across the small (lockable) courtyard dining area and boasts three comfortable singles.
This gite is perfect for two couples holidaying together as well as families with older children.
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 owners, Chris and Alison, were very helpful from the first contact and the chateau creates a wonderful impression from the moment you pull up at the gates of the long drive.
We were in the recently updated Les Acacias which was great - lots of character, nice patio area for BBQs, and the front door looked over the central courtyard. The grounds were fantastic with an excellent swimming pool, the riverbank was in the garden so swimming was there too, outdoor table tennis, surrounded by woodland but close enough to facilities, and simply bags of space. All of us loved the friendly dogs - Lyla & Alfie - and bought 100s of carrots for the donkeys - Daisy & Coco.
We had some brilliant days in the hot weather in Ales, Arles, Pont du Gard, and lazing in the local lakes.
All in all, it is a great place to getaway from it all, very chilled out, and lots to do on the doorstep. Totally recommended.
We had an absolutely wonderful holiday at the Chateau. The location was perfect for walking and biking and the scenery was stunning. There was a host of activities on your doorstep too.
Chris and Alison were wonderful hosts and made the whole family feel welcome. The kids especially loved the donkeys!
Our gite was extremely clean, comfortable and well equipped. The grounds were very pretty and well maintained with plenty of space for the kids to run and play and of course they loved the pools.
We would definitely recommend Chateau du Fraissinet for a holiday and we will be returning very soon.
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.