Lovers of the good life will be in heaven at Château Mareuil, an authentic 15th century château in the stunning Hautes Vienne region of France, set high on a rock overlooking the natureful Asse valley. You may recognise the chateau from the TV series 'Escape to the Chateau DIY' which aired in February 2019.
A nearby private river is the perfect place to stroll or picnic during endless Mediterranean-style summers, while whispering fruit trees and sweet-scented flowers provide the perfect backdrop for al fresco drinks and conversation with your loved ones. Meanwhile, winter evenings transform the château into a warming sanctuary, complete with ambient lighting and a crackling woodburner.
Discover a studio apartment on site, and two elegant guest suites in the château itself, beautifully styled and fit for royalty, traditionally furnished to blend with the rustic surroundings. In addition, there is a further 3rd pretty French styled bedroom with its own cloakroom facilities.
The lavish Prince Suite sleeps up to four people, and features an artisan crafted contemporary shower room. Perfect for honeymooning couples, the Princess Suite features an opulent bathroom which you'll want to spend hours in, this has been expertly hand-crafted to provide both comfort and luxury. Finally, Le Petit Prince is located on the ground floor, with its stylish double bedroom.
Take a wander around the site to discover historic buildings, a sociable bar and games room in the former chapel, and there's even an office if you can't bear to tear yourself away from work while you're away! From summer 2018, you'll also be able to swim perfect lengths in the brand-new 12m x 6m swimming pool.
All that's left to do is pour a glass of French wine and relax in your suite. If you're feeling sociable, why not chat with friends in the sumptuous salon, complete with ancient font, or perhaps out on the terrace instead?
After a continental breakfast, explore the local area by taking a riverside stroll, or perhaps hop on a bike if you're feeling more active! You'll find plenty of picturesque towns and villages nearby if you're in the mood for shopping, along with sparkling lakes ideal for swimming and watersports. There are even more stunning châteaux to discover, and for a special treat, a meal at nearby Michelin-starred Les Orangeries can't be beaten.
Creative types who feel inspired by the beautiful surroundings (and who could fail to be?) can enjoy indulging in an individual art class, while freshly prepared evening meals can be ordered directly from your friendly and welcoming hosts. The site can be booked for up to ten people and is ideal for wedding celebrations - particularly with a local ancient chapel nearby, in which to hold the ceremony itself.
With so much thought given to your comfort and relaxation, set in such beautiful and unique surroundings, you may find it extremely hard to return to your usual busy life! So for now, simply enjoy that glass of wine, revel in that wonderful conversation and luxuriate in some of the best scenery France has to offer. C'est la belle vie!
Things to note
Up to two well-behaved dogs are permitted upon prior arrangement. Weddings and groups are possible to arrange, enquire for details. The Chateau is rented on a weekly basis and can be rented as a whole property (Chateau and Studio sleeping up to 10), Chateau only (sleeping up to 8) or Studio only (sleeping 2).
Tried and tested
"I have stayed here twice. The chateau is set in beautiful countryside. The building is majestic and has a fascinating history that the owners will bring to life for you with their stories. The facilities are beautifully presented in tune with the building yet modern and comfortable. The surrounding areas are stuffed full of interesting places to visit so there is a lot to do. However , if you want calm and relaxation, then it is in abundance should you so choose. The owners are welcoming and knowledgeable about the local area and with the addition of a pool this summer this idyllic location will be my number one spot to stay in whilst in France."
"Place is lovely. Really relaxing stay. We've been twice, once as a couple, the other with a large group. The decor is really in keeping with the old atmosphere of the beautiful Chateau.
We did a quite lot locally. Some lovely lakes and rivers to swim in. Excellent restaurants and walks nearby. Main thing though is the peace and quiet - you can really get away from everything here, and spend hours reading, relaxing, sipping wine etc."
"A wonderful place to stay for the whole family, plenty to see and to do in local towns. Wonderful scenery combined with great food and drink can only make for a fantastic holiday retreat. Great history surrounding the buildings on site. The chateau boasts an impressive "games room" with a pool table and fridge for all your favourite drinks! The hosts are impeccable and highly recommend the food cooked by Belinda."
Region: Brigueil-le-Chantre, Aquitaine
Cost (from): £1700/week (entire property)
Sleeps: Up to 10
Minimum stay: 1 week
Property ref: 622
FacilitiesChateau Mareuil sleeps up to 10 in total (including the studio):
Prince Suite sleeps 4, king size bed, 2 single beds, bedding & towels, contemporary en-suite shower room.
Princess Suite sleeps 2, double bed, bedding & towels, designer bathroom, bath & shower.
Petit Prince Suite sleeps 2, double bed, bedding & towels, ground floor, adjacent cloakroom.
Le Studio is a self-contained apartment, double bed, bedding & towels, cot space, shower room, kitchenette, private terrace.
Other facilities include a salon with antique furniture, bar/games room, pool table, conference/meeting room/office and swimming pool* (*from summer 2018). 4-course evening meals can be arranged. outdoor terrace, use of bicycles, welcome drinks.
Art classes, cookery courses, cycling, walking, horse riding, museums.
At a glance
- 15th century château, comprising a studio apartment, two luxurious suites plus a further pretty French style 3rd bedroom, located in the Haute Vienne region, south of the Loire Valley, France.
- Fly to nearby Poitiers or Limoges Airport, and hire a car to the site, or take a leisurely drive from Caen via the beautiful Loire Valley.
- There is a salon, a bar and games room, and an office on the site itself. A swimming pool will be available from summer 2018, and the nearby lake is suitable for bathing in summer.
- The entire site can be hired for wedding parties, with a nearby chapel for ceremonies.
- There are many walking and cycling routes, with villages and lakes located nearby for shopping, swimming and watersports. Art classes can be arranged, and freshly prepared meals can be ordered on site.