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Castle with the South of France with Two Pools, Gym and Tennis Court

Chateau Lorraine

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About The Experience
Live like the aristocracy at this beautiful 10th-century chateau in Southern France that has walled grounds for complete privacy. A large group will enjoy luxuries such as indoor and outdoor pools, a professional gym, a home cinema, an extensive wine cellar and a children’s dormitory filled with toys. The charming local village, with its shops and markets, can be accessed directly from the grounds.
Location Description

Located 10 kilometers from the sea in southern France, this grand chateau is nestled in St Laurent d Aigouze, a small local village with cafes, restaurants, shops and markets, which can be reached from the property grounds. The village square features markets on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings and in mid-August there are various festivities surrounding the Camarguaise race (Bull Run). The nearest beaches are 10 kilometers away, in La Grande Motte and the fishing village of Grau du Roi. The nearest golf course is also located in La Grande Motte. The surrounding area has several fine restaurants, including Le Jardin des Sens (Montpellier), Les Templiers (Aigues-Mortes) and La Chassagnette (Arles). Arles, located 50 kilometers away, is the nearest major town and features restaurants, galleries, museums and an amphitheater that showcases bullfights.

Arles: 50 km/ 31 mi
Nimes: 33km/ 20 mi
Nearest train (Montpellier): 30 km/ 18.6 mi
Nearest airport (Montpellier): 20 km/ 12.4 mi
Nearest golf course (La Grande Motte): 10 km/ 6.2 mi
Nearest beaches (Grau du Roi, La Grande Motte): 10 km/ 6.2 mi
Nearest motorway (A9): 5 km/ 3 mi
Exterior Description
(3.9 hectares)
The extensive walled grounds offer complete privacy and include grassy parklands, a garden and many terraces furnished for lounging and dining, including two Weber gas barbecues. The outdoor swimming pool (4 m x 14 m, depth 1.4 m; salt filtration, no chlorine) has an alarm and is surrounded by 14 sunbeds, 7 umbrellas and 4 tables. There is a tennis court as well as a children’s play area with swings. Onsite parking is available.
Interior Description

Main Chateau (1,000 m2)
Ground Floor: The living room features two sofas, armchairs, a fireplace, iPod dock and a primitive art collection with fiber-optic lighting. A separate sitting room has a leather sofa, leather armchairs and a small table for two. The home cinema room is furnished with rows of cushy armchairs for 24 people, a large film screen, TV, and DVD and Blu-ray players. The main dining room features seating for up to 20 and a large fireplace. There are two kitchens equipped with a stove, oven, microwave, blenders, toaster, Nespresso machine, American coffee maker and juicer. One of the kitchens is professional quality and includes a wood dining table for eight. There is also an office with a fax machine, telephone and WiFi, as well as a guest bathroom with a sink and toilet. A large safe is available as well. A staircase leads to the upper floors.
First Floor: There are six bedrooms. The master bedroom, which is air conditioned and overlooks the park, has a large queen-size bed (160+ cm), TV, safe, two dressing areas and an ensuite bathroom with double sinks, bathtub with Jacuzzi shower, toilet and hairdryer. The second bedroom, which overlooks the swimming pool, has a large queen-size bed (160+ cm), fan, TV, baby crib and a separate bathroom with a bathtub with a handheld shower, sink, hairdryer and separate toilet. The third bedroom has a queen-size bed (160 cm). The fourth, fifth and sixth bedrooms are designed for children and a nanny. The fourth bedroom features a queen-size bed (160 cm), fan, desk, TV and separate bathroom with a shower, double sinks, toilet and hairdryer. The fifth bedroom has a single bed (90 cm), fan and TV. The sixth bedroom, an air conditioned children’s dormitory and playroom, features four single beds (90 cm each), TV, large dressing area, tables, chairs and many toys. In the hallway there is a separate bathroom with a bathtub, three sinks, toilet and hairdryer. Second Floor: There is a library as well as four bedrooms. The first bedroom features a large queen-size bed (160+ cm), fan, TV and ensuite bathroom with a shower, sink, toilet and hairdryer. The second and third bedroom are part of a two-bedroom suite: one bedroom has two single beds (90 cm each) and the other has a large queen-size bed (160+ cm), as well as a shared bathroom with a shower, double sinks, separate toilet and hairdryer. The fourth bedroom, which overlooks the park, has a large queen-size bed (160+ cm), fan, TV and separate bathroom with a bathtub, sink, hairdryer and separate toilet.
Lower Level: There is an extensive underground wine cellar (price list available).

Pool Room
Ground Floor: Between the main chateau and the outbuildings (gym/spa/laundry), there is a charming lounge with sofas, armchairs and a pool/billiards table.

Gym and Spa
Ground Floor: The large professional gym is air conditioned and features a variety of machines as well as ping-pong and table football. There is a spa (600 m2), heated indoor pool (8 m x 4 m, chlorine filtration), steam room, separate fitness room, massage table and a bathroom with a shower, sink and toilet.

Storage and Laundry
Ground Floor: There is a bike storage area as well as a professional laundry room with many washers, two clothes dryers and an ironing station. Some machines are available for guest use.

Features Description

Extra Services: The following are listed as an aid for trip planning; the services and prices are approximate and cannot be guaranteed by Rentvillas. All extra services are payable locally in cash.

  • Cook Service: Upon request
  • Meal Delivery Service: Upon request
  • Babysitting: Upon request
  • Massage: Upon request
  • Sports Coach: Upon request
  • Boat and Yacht Charters: Upon request

Please Note:

  • A Welcome Basket filled with wine and local products is provided upon arrival.
  • Although the property can sleep up to 19 people, owner only allows 12 people max.
  • Swimming Pools: Both pools, indoor and outdoor, are heated.
  • Daily breakfast service is provided (cost of food is extra).
  • Onsite wine tasting is included.
  • Caretakers live onsite, in a house adjacent to the outbuildings.
  • Bicycles: Available for 6 adults and 6 children.
  • Tennis Rackets: Available for 4 adults and 2 children.
  • Heating: The ground floor and first floor have central heating, the second floor has electric space heating.
  • In the main house, the master bedroom and children’s dormitory rooms are air conditioned. The gym is also air conditioned.
  • Internet WiFi: The main house and terrace have WiFi.
  • Housekeeping: Provided for 7 hours per day, 7 days per week. There are two Housekeepers. Linens are changed on Wednesdays, and also Saturdays for longer stays.

Features and Amenities

  • Walk To Town
  • Independent Villa
  • Balcony/Terrace
  • Outside Area - Private
  • Outside Dining
  • Pool Towels
  • Swimming Pool - Heated
  • Swimming Pool - Private
  • Tennis Court - Private
  • Bikes Available - Upon Request
  • Billiard/Pool Table
  • CD player
  • DVD player
  • Gym Equipment
  • Ipod dock
  • Sauna
  • Swimming Pool - Indoor
  • TV - English Channels Available
  • Internet - Wireless
  • Telephone - Incoming & Outgoing
  • American Coffee Maker
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron and Board
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Toaster
  • Washing Machine
  • Air Conditioning - Partial House
  • Fireplace - Indoor
  • Heating - Whole House
  • High Chair
  • Pets Considered
  • Portable Baby Crib/Play Pen - Upon Request
  • Safe
  • Concierge Service Available - Extra Cost
  • Cook Service Available - Extra Cost
  • Housekeeping - Included
  • Welcome Basket

Property Seasons & Rates (USD)

Date Range Weekly         Min
Jan-01-2018 - Jan-01-2019 $16,753 1 wk
Jan-01-2019 - Jan-01-2020 $16,753 1 wk

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Arrival Times

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  • Sat 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Conditions *

Security Deposit

  • Along with the final payment, a refundable security deposit is due. You will be requested to post a check to in the amount listed. The security deposit will be returned to you within 2 weeks of your departure from the property minus any damages to the property, or any charges incurred during your stay. The listed security deposit is: $6,250

Additional Expenses

  • Telephone (If Available): According to consumption
  • Arrival Fee (between 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm) Payable upon Arrival: 30 EUR
  • Arrival Fee (between 7:00 pm and 8:00 pm) Payable upon Arrival: 60 EUR

Other Notes

  • Arrivals (After 8:00pm): Not Accepted
  • Please check the property description for any additional charges which may not be listed here.
  • Departure Time: 10:00 am

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  • 5.0 Star Rating Overall
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Based on 3 Reviews

Customer Reviews

The chateau was beautiful and we had a great time. It was large enough for everyone.
Enjoyed Most:
The grounds are beautifully kept, the managers were very friendly and helpful. It was very large for a large number of people, plenty of room to spread out. There were many amenities (swimming pool, gym, table tennis, bikes).
Enjoyed Least:
There were not enough lounge chairs by the swimming pool for such a large group. The WiFi was unreliable - it could only be used in the living room which smelled so smoky it was hard to stay in that room. The sauna could not be used without simultaneously heating the pool, which cost extra. The chateau is 40 minutes from Montpellier--further than we anticipated. We were disappointed that we could not have an in depth tour of the wine making facilities and wine cellar because the wine person was on holiday. Note that most bedrooms do not have an en suite bathroom. Some bedrooms that were listed with private bathrooms actually were not en suite; one has to walk out of the bedroom to the bathroom.
Surrounding Area:
Surprisingly, outside the chateau there was a church with a bull ring attached to it! We were fortunate that there was a bull fight (non violent) while we were there. It was very interesting for us to see this slice of native life. The region is a bull and camargue (white horse) raising area.
Nearby Events or Locales:
We were in the village of Saint Laurent D'Aigouze. We could walk outside and there was a pharmacy, a small tobacco shop, and a couple of restaurants. We ate at one of the restaurants which was one of the best meals we had during our 3 weeks in France. Unfortunately, one had to drive to a small supermarket as there was none within walking distance. Nearby towns, only 10 to 15 minutes away were very nice.
Tips or Restaurants:
The restaurant outside the chateau with a green awning was delicious. You need to rent a car, any sites and grocery shopping you need to drive.
The managers (Leeloo and Chris) are very friendly and helped us, and they were a highlight of renting this chateau.
Check In Out:
We did not need to have the rental voucher or copies of our passports. It was really simple and stress free to check in and out.

Cynthia, July

The Chateau Laurent was even better than we'd expected. It was a perfect spot for a family -- with two pools, a tennis court, a trampoline, two fully equipped kitchens, a very well-equipped fitness center, a winery, and a theater with a good ion of movies in English. Quiet, peaceful, with beautiful park-like grounds, but, at the same time, with immediate access to a charming town center with restaurants and pastry shops. I suspect that Rent Villas may not have been fully familiar with the place because it wasn't marketed as well as it might have been. It had the best of two worlds the privacy and natural beauty of well-manicured and landscaped grounds (maybe 10 acres?), but the chateau, itself, backed the town and so it was also a very easy walk out a back door to shops, a grocery store, a bakery, and restaurants. There was also an open air market, with ions of fresh vegetables, fresh fruit, cheeses, fish, prepared foods, and pastries most mornings, and several festivals in the evenings -- literally just beyond the gate. Also, there was a lovely couple, Leelou and Chris, who were billed as caretakers, but who were really more like concierges. They lived in a private apartment on the property, and they helped us get dinner reservations, walked us places in town to show us where they were located, and even drove us to pick up a supply of groceries when we arrived. They helped us prepare meals and insisted on doing all of the cleanup. They laid out breakfast for us each morning on the terrace, and helped us practice our fresh. They also spoke English quite well and helped us order at restaurants. They were really delightful and we truly enjoyed them. There was also a housekeeper, Jolila (sp?) who was very pleasant and extremely helpful.
Enjoyed Most:
The setting. The facility and the town were both nicer than we'd expected. It was also a very nice to have so much help and support from the staff at the chateau. Chris, Leelou, and Jolila were a lot of fun. And we really enjoyed a tour and tasting that was offered by the Greg, vintner of the on-site winery. The outdoor pool, complete with a waterfall, was a highlight as well. And the fitness room and spa were very well equipped and were very much enjoyed by all.
Enjoyed Least:
Most of it isn't air conditioned, and we were visited by bats if we left the windows open at night. The name and telephone number for the key holder were incorrect, which resulted in delays when we arrived.
Surrounding Area:
It's an ideal location. There are any number of very charming towns. Nimes has fascinating antiquities, such as a preserved colosseum, a Greek temple and, nearly a truly amazing aqueduct, the Pont du Gard. We really enjoyed the cafes and streets of Arles, and the Van Gogh museum there is not to be missed. Just a few minutes drive from the chateau is a beautiful walled city called Aigues Mortes that has several wonderful restaurants, shops, and sidewalk cafes. The town of Uzes is an easy drive and is amazingly beautiful, complete with a castle that can be toured and it own leaning tower above a cathedral.
Nearby Events or Locales:
The Chateau is in the town of Saint Laurent d'Aigouze. It's fronted by a large walled entirely private park of (I'm guessing) about 10 acres of beautiful shrubs, lawns, and flowers. There's a long, dramatic treelined drive. And there is a private tennis court and walkways. However, the chateau, itself, is at the far end of the property, so that it's back wall is on the town square. We hadn't realized that this would be the case, and we were so pleased to have both easy access to the town (literally out a back door) yet have the scenic setting and privacy of the grounds.
Tips or Restaurants:
The caretakers will help you find good places to shop and eat. GPS is extremely helpful if you have a car, and I strongly recommend having a car (we had three) because there are so many wonderful things to see nearby. Get your phone/data service set up and working before you leave. With a dat plan, Google maps work beautifully and can save you the cost of paying for GPS from the car rental company. Those in our group who tried to buy and install SIM cards in their phones in France never got them to work. France is less formal than it used to be, and I wish that I'd packed more shorts and t-shirts, and fewer dress shirts and slacks.

David, June

Delightful! Very comfortable accommodations, very friendly and helpful hosts. Very interesting and welcoming village.
Enjoyed Most:
The privacy afforded by its size and location.
Enjoyed Least:
The complications of opening and locking the entrances.
Surrounding Area:
The fact that we could walk to the bakery, pharmacy, and restaurants. The proximity to Grau du Roi, Aigue Morte, and the Mediterranean.
Nearby Events or Locales:
St. Laurent d'Aigouze was our location.
Tips or Restaurants:
All restaurants we went to in the village and in Aigue Morte were excellent.
The GPS was very helpful.

Carolyn, June