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Nestling in Ancient Woodland, with a Lake and Heated Swimming Pool, the Stunning Chateau Picole

 View of the Chateau from the Gardens
  • ID: 277
  • Chateau
  • Weekly £ 2,955 - £ 3,879
  • Bedroom(s) 5
  • Sleeps 10
  • Bathroom(s) 5
Average guests rating:      0 / 5 ( 0 Reviews )
Highlights: Heated Swimming Pool, Lake, Wi-Fi, Terrace, 7.5 Acres of Grounds, Ancient Woodland, Historic Chateau, Exquisitely Decorated, Sleeps 8-12

Summary

The Chateau Picole is a lovingly cared for home from home to the north of the Loire Valley. Impeccably furnished, the Chateau includes Wi-Fi, lake, heated pool and plenty of space to roam. Sleeps 8-12

Description

Chateau Picole is comfortable, spacious holiday retreat. Whether you are travelling as a family or as a group of friends, you are sure to feel at home here. Located in one of the most beautiful regions of France, the combination of old-world charm, and modern comfort, makes the Chateau the perfect setting for a relaxing holiday.

The chateau is set in the middle of a magnificent 7.5 acre park, surrounded by ancient trees. Legend tells how Queen Victoria had the chateau built for her favourite dressmaker at the end of the 19th century.

Chateau Picole is in an ideal spot for discovering the famous chateaux and wines of the Loire Vegion and the rich history of the Vienne. Alternatively, simply relax by the private pool, picnic by the lake or take a stroll in the chateau’s idyllic grounds. Whatever the season, Chateau Picole makes a perfect getaway with family or friends.

The Chateau
The beautifully furnished lounge provides ample space for your party to relax. The magnificent fireplace is warm and cosy on a winter's evening, and a large flat screen TV and DVD player are provided for your convenience. The exposed beams and period decoration add to the sumptuous feeling of luxury, and combine to make Chateau Picole a holiday retreat you will never wish to leave.

The large dining room opens onto the terrace and provides plenty of seating for you to dine inside should you wish, and the fully equipped modern kitchen is the perfect place to prepare meals.

The Sleeping Quarters
The chateau has five bedrooms on two floors, each with a private bathroom. Two bedrooms have ante-rooms with additional beds that are perfect for small children. Four of the bedrooms have a view of the park, whilst the fifth looks out to the wood behind the chateau.

Outside
The extensive grounds provide ample space for exploring, playing hide and seek, or simply relaxing under a shady tree. There is a small lake, adorned with several wooden bridges, which provides the perfect spot for painting or an evening stroll. Guest can take advantage of the first floor terrace and access to the dining room along with the private pool and a shady terrace.
The heated swimming pool provides plenty of outdoor seating and looks particularly attractive when illuminated at night.

Mobile phone coverage is good here, with coverage from Orange, Bouygues and SFR.

Catering & Services
Short journeys by minibus: If you wish to go to a restaurant in the evening, but prefer not to drive, we can arrange transport using a 9-seater minibus.
We can collect you: Leave your car at home and let the train or plane take the strain! We can collect you from Chatellerault, Futuroscope or Poitiers station or alternatively cars are available to rent at any of these stations.
Catering Service: Enjoy your special occasion all the more by booking Chateau Picole’s local catering service. Caterers and restaurants at Lencloître and beyond can provide hot or cold dishes or buffets, depending on your needs. We can provide contact details on request.

Map

Restaurant Le Savignois, at Savigny-sous-Faye 10 minutes

Directions

Chateau Picole is situated in the north of the Vienne, between Poitiers and the Loire Valley, 3 hours from Paris and 2 hours from the Atlantic Coast.

The Chateau is within easy reach of several regional airports.

Area description

Chateau Picole is in an ideal spot for discovering the famous chateaux and wines of the Loire region and the rich history of the Vienne. Alternatively, simply relax by the private pool, the lake or in the chateau’s idyllic grounds. Whatever the season, Chateau Picole makes a perfect getaway with family or friends.

Local Area

Restaurants
Traditional, regional cuisine or gourmet … you’ll find restaurants nearby that cater to all tastes. Here’s a small selection of our favourites:
Le Savignois, at Savigny-sous-Faye (10 minutes by car) - Traditional and regional cuisine in a simple but very comfortable setting. Menus available at between 16 and 32€.
Le Saint-Fortunat, at Neuville-de-Poitou (20 minutes by car) - Sophisticated setting and gourmet food. Menus cost between 27 and 70 €.
La Fourchette de Fagusat Faye la Vineuse (25 minutes by car) - Restaurant and caterer. Traditional, great food. Simple, comfortable setting with a terrace that is perfect in summer. Menus available for 13 to 20€.
Autour des Halles, at Scorbé-Clairevaux (10 minutes by car) - Good food and a family atmosphere. Menus at 11 and 20€.

Sports & Leisure
There’s so much to choose from! Wine tasting, walking, bike rides, hot air balloon flights, water-skiing… below, we have selected just a few of the options that you can find nearby. The local tourist offices can help you further if there are other activities that take your fancy.

Wine-tasting
At Chateau Picole, you are surrounded by vineyards. Not only are the Loire Valley vineyards just a short hop by car, but on your doorstep are several local wine producers that will let you visit their domains and sample their produce.

Domaine Ampelidae at Marigny Brizay: 15 minutes by car
Domaine de la Rôtisserie, at Marigny Brizay: 15 minutes by car
Domaine de Villemont at Mirebeau: 15 minutes by car

Hot-air ballooning
At Mirebeau, you can take a hot-air balloon flight and get a birds-eye view of the Vienne’s magnificent scenery. A basket carrying 4 to 16 people starts at 125€ per person.

Water-skiing
Cable skiing is a means of water-skiing in maximum safety, as the skier’s rope and handle are pulled by an electrically-driven cable. Come and try out the sport, as well as wakeboarding or kneeboarding, at a 10 hectare lake not far from Chateau Picole…or simply come and watch!

Golf – 30 minutes by car
Between Poitiers and Châtellerault is the Golf du Haut-Poitou, a course that plays host to the International Open series. The 18 holes here are deemed very technical and hence the course ranks as one of the best in France. There are magnificent views Saint Cyr Lake too. Golf du Haut-Poitou also offers a nine-hole course and a pitch and putt.

Walking
Don’t forget to bring your walking boots! There’s a footpath (called ‘Le sentier des Bois du Dognon’) that borders the Chateau and takes you on an 11 km (2.5 hour) trail that passes Lencloître, a Romanesque church and the town hall. Maps are available at the Chateau.

The “Ligne Verte” (Green Line) is an old railway track between Chatellerault and Loudun that has been converted into a walking and cycling route. You can access it at Lencloître.

More information and footpath maps can be found at Lencloître’s Tourist Office.

Swimming – 30 minutes by car
Sandy beaches, fresh water… and no need to go as far as the seaside. At Saint-Cyr Lake, you can swim, rent canoes or pedalos, go windsurfing … its an ideal family day out when it warms up.

Futuroscope
Futuroscope was France’s first ever amusement park and remains a unique and must-see experience! A great day out for all the family, discover more than 25 rides and attractions and some stunning futuristic architecture. Recent additions to the line-up include ‘Arthur, the 4D Adventure’, which was designed by cinematographer Luc Besson, and the world’s first skybar!

Further Afield

Places to see & chateaux to visit
An hour’s drive from Chateau Picole takes you to the centre of the Loire Valley, with its many historical sites of interest and of-course, its world-renowned chateaux. Just as beautiful, the towns and villages of the Vienne boast many fascinating medieval buildings and monuments, as well as local food markets. There’s plenty to keep adults and children amused!

The Loire Valley

Château de Villandry – an hour and 20 minutes by car
Villandry, right in the middle of the Loire Valley, is a Renaissance chateau sitting at the centre of three levels of terraced gardens. It was the last of the great Renaissance chateaux to be built on the river Loire. It is distinguished for the harmony of its architecture and in particular, its wonderful all-seasons gardens.

Château d’Azay le Rideau – an hour and 10 minutes by car
Azay-le-Rideau has to be one of the prettiest of the Loire chateaux! Built on an island in the middle of the Indre river by a rich banker during the reign of François the first, it reflects the latest building techniques and innovation of the time. With its feet in the waters of the Indre, its reflected facades gives it an other-wordly quality that makes it unique, amongst the Loire chateau anyway.

Château de Chenonceau – an hour and 20 minutes by car
A property of the Crown, then a royal residence, Château de Chenonceau is renowned not just for its architectural originality but for its inhabitants, namely, Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Médicis. Today, the chateau is, after Versailles, the most visited in France.

Château Royal d’Amboise – an hour and 25 minutes by car
King Charles VIII and François 1st (between the end of the 15th and beginning of the 16th centuries) transformed the medieval fortress of Amboise into a magnificent royal residence. It became a kind of cultural mecca, with many of the most noted European writers and artists of the day being invited to the Court of Amboise. One of them, Leonardo de Vinci, spent the last part of his life here in exile from Italy and is buried in the Chateau’s chapel.

Chinon – an hour by car
Chinon is a picturesque town with a medieval heart. You can spend time walking round and admiring the old town and its quaint streets, its squares, gardens and quayside, which straddle the length of the Vienne river. Its medieval quarter and the fortress that dominates the hill above the town are not to be missed.

Saumur – an hour and 15 minutes by car
Saumur is France’s equestrian capital and home of the Cadre Noir, France’s national horse-riding school. It is one of the many places that you might want to visit here. The town’s first buildings were constructed during the 11th century and it is home to two chateaux: Château de Saumur, a fortressed castle that was built during the 14th century for the Dukes of Anjou and has played the role of manor house, Governor’s residence, prison and arms depot; and the elegant Château de Beaulieu, built in the 18th Century and designed by architect Jean Drapeau. The town lies at a natural crossing point between the rivers Loire and Thouet and is surrounded by vineyards.

Tours – an hour and 10 minutes by car
The capital of the Indre and Loire departments, Tours has a reputation for being discreet and is therefore a town where people live, as opposed to being a top tourist destination. That being said, Tours has some very well-preserved historic quarters, a fine arts museum, a magnificent cathedral and basilica, idyllic parks and some great places to shop, including several lively food markets, not least in the central marketplace (les halles).

Richelieu – 35 minutes by car
Designed by architect Jacques Lemercier, the chateau and the town of Richelieu were the vision of just one man, Cardinal Richelieu. Almost 2000 workers worked on its construction, which was started in 1631 and almost finished by 1642. However, come the revolution, Richelieu’s chateau was bound to be on the target list and it’s stone was ‘borrowed’ to build many of the buildings surrounding Richelieu’s historic centre. Happily, its vast park, the dome, its cellars, the orangery and monumental gate survived and make a delightful spot for a walk or picnic.

Medieval towns in the Vienne

Poitiers – 40 minutes by car
A city packed with history and culture and capital of the historic region of Poitou, Poitiers’ town centre boasts some remarkable medieval buildings, pretty squares and parks – including the glorious Parc de Blossac; as well as some magnificent churches and cathedrals. Notable among them is Notre-Dame-la-Grande, a Roman Catholic edifice that was built between the 11th and 12th centuries. Its famous ornamental facade in which the main episodes from the Bible are carved is a must-see. Poitiers is also a University town and its 20,000 plus students give it a lively, youthful energy.

Chatellerault – 30 minutes by car
Built on the banks of the Vienne river, Châtellerault’s origins date from the Middle-Ages. From that period until the Renaissance, its industry consisted predominantly of cutlery and sword making, tanning and watchmaking. In 1816, the commune became a centre for arms manufacture for the French government, a link which is preserved today in the form of the French military’s archives on armament matters, which are all located in the old weapon manufacturing facility. But Châtellerault charms are not all about arms! As you would expect from a town with a rich industrial past, the town has its fair share of architectural splendours, museums – including the Museum of Cars, Motorbikes and Bicycles (le Musée Auto Moto Vélo) and one dedicated to French philosopher René Descartes, who spent his childhood here; gardens, a lake and forest.

Angles sur l’Anglin – an hour by car
Aptly designated as one of the most beautiful villages in France, Angles-sur-l’Anglin sits high on a hill overlooking the river Anglin, which was used to transport salt for storage in the town’s caves. The ruins of the fortress that was built between the 11th and 15th century by the Counts of Lusignan dominate the High Town, where Saint-Martin’s church, the chapel of Saint-Pierre and its panoramic view can be found.

In the Low Town, the Sainte-Croix Quarter has pretty houses with characteristic plain tile roofs and a Romanesque church, among the many sights of interest. Don’t miss the Jours d’Angles Festival when there are embroidery workshops that demonstrate the traditional fine pulled-thread embroidery that is unique to this area, or the ‘interpretation centre’, where computer and laser copy technology take visitors back to the end of the ice age and into the caves and rock shelters of their ancestors.

Chauvigny – 50 minutes by car
From its promontory overlooking the Vienne, Chauvigny’s medieval quarter is unique in Europe in that vestiges of five chateau/forts can be found here. The ruins of the Bishop’s Castle now host the wonderful ‘Giants of the Sky’ (Les Géants du Ciel) Falconry display. Meanwhile, Chauvigny’s VeloRail (4-wheeled frames with small rail wheels that can be pedalled by up to 5 people) follows the ancient train track, and is fun for adults and children alike!

Accommodation, Facilities and Services

Property type: Chateau

Bedroom(s): 5 ( 10 Sleeps )
Bathroom(s): 5
  • Baths: 5

Suitability

  • Long term rentals: No
  • Pets: No
  • Smoke: No smoking
  • Children: Yes, great for kids
  • Wheelchair: No
  • Eldery or infirm: Not suitable

Holiday type

  • Family
  • Group
  • Rural

Views

  • Countryside
  • Garden

General facilities

  • Electricity
  • Garden
  • Internet
  • Parking
  • Terrace
  • Water Supply
  • WiFi

Indoor facilities

  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD Player
  • Fridge
  • Highchair
  • Hob
  • Iron and Board
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Phone
  • Television
  • Tumble Drier
  • Washing Machine

Access

Car is essential
  • Off-road Parking
  • Private Car Park

Activities

Local activities:

  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Painting
  • Swimming
  • Walking
  • Wind Surfing
  • Wine Tasting

Other activities:

  • Beaches (30 minutes)
  • Golf (30 minutes)
  • Vineyards (15 minutes)

Policies

Check in: 16:00, Check out: 10:00

The chateau is available to rent by the week, from Saturday to Saturday. Please feel free to contact us if you require a different arrangement, to celebrate a special occasion, or for wedding venue hire, for example.

Warning for children: The swimming pool has a protective cover that prevents accidental drowning. However, when the cover is removed, parents are advised to keep their children under close supervision at all times.

Electricity is included in the price.

Strictly NO smoking in the chateau.

We regret we cannot accept animals to stay.

Security deposit: Please enquire - The security deposit is paid on arrival and will be refunded in full after departure subject to damage inspection.

It is recommended that all guests take out insurance to cover against potential cancellation and any accidental damage caused during your stay at the property.

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