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Chateau Charente - Sleeps 48

Benest, Loire Valley, France
  • Sleeps 48 / 94
  • Bedrooms 21
  • Baths 12
  • Internet
  • Pool
  • A/C
  • View

Elegant, Once in a Lifetime, Castle, Pool, Very large


Have you ever dreamed of celebrating one of the most magical and moving days of your life in an exceptional place where you will feel like royalty surrounded by your loved ones? Or perhaps you are looking to spend some time with family or friends for a fabulously memorable week? Chateau Charente is the ideal place to celebrate your love or special moments with special people. This elegant and charming venue, filled with moments of history, is available for exclusive rental for your lovely day. Set in the heart of a 19-hectacre park, the main chateau offers 660 sqm and can accommodate up to 26 guests. With its adjoining buildings, the entire estate offers accommodation for up to 94 guests.
The chateau was completely renovated in 2016, decorated with great care and tastefully furnished with antique furniture. The owners were able to maintain its 19th century charm while adding a chic and modern touch.

• A ground floor of 300sqm with 2 luxury lounges, 2 dining rooms, a large kitchen and one ensuite bedroom.
• 2 floors dedicated to bedrooms and bathrooms with 2 living rooms. 1st floor of 300sqm - 2nd floor of 60sqm
• The banqueting salon and professionally equipped kitchen (up to 120 people seated/240 standing – 120sqm)
• The pool Hall (up to 60 seated guests/120 standing – 60sqm)

There is A/C in the grand salon only. One-meter thick walls maintain the chateau cool inside during the summer months.


4 lodges for 4 people (16 people). 4 people each and one disabled housing(sleeps up to 16guests). Private bathroom and WC. Air conditioning


3 bedrooms (sleeps up to 8 guests). Private bathroom and WC. Salon, kitchen and play room with babby-foot


COTTAGE (On request):
The venue offers a cottage/dormitory to accommodate a larger number of guests.
· 12 bedrooms from 2 to 5 people each (sleeps up to 44 guests)
· 4 showers
· 2 wc
· 4 washing bassin
· Air conditioning

3 Night Minimum Stay!

For a relaxing stay, four lounges are available in the chateau. They offer a charming, chic 19th century decoration style: 2 Satellite TV lounges (CNN, BBC) and 2 dining rooms (one for 22 guests and another for 12 guests). The rooms have been completely refurbished in the utmost respect of traditions with period woodwork and moldings. Each with their own fireplace, the rooms are warm, bright and calm.

Depending on the number of guests, you can use the lounges of the chateau, the banquet hall (up to 120 people seated) or the pool hall (up to 60 people seated 120 standing people). Wi-Fi and business equipment are available (video projector, paper board, tables, chairs). The chateau has 10 rectangular tables (indoor and outdoor use), 40 chairs for outdoor/indoor use 12 round tables for 6 people, 5 round tables for 8 people, 130 golden chairs for indoor use. All available with no extra charge

10 bedrooms - 7 bathrooms: Three rooms are ideal for families with children. Located on the ground floor, the Constance room is perfectly suitable for guests with limited mobility. Bathrooms are all equipped with hair dryer/toiletries/toilet paper/towels. The cottage is perfect for accommodating a larger number of guests. 12 rooms for 2 to 5 people each (for up to 44 people). 4 showers + 2 WC 4 wash basins. Air conditioner. 3 wooden Cottages – 4 guests each: up to 12 guests. The total capacity is therefore for up to up 94 people beds - Please inquire for pricing


Depending on the number of guests, you can use the lounges of the chateau, the banquet hall (up to 120 people seated) natural light.

The Terrace pool Hall (up to 60 people seated 120 standing peoplefor Party)


Brand new & Heated swimming pool 11m x6m Deep : from 1.10m to 1.80 m Sun lounges - umbrella & bath towels provided


During your stay you can enjoy the peaceful property surrounded by a beautifulwooded park that will delight your guests.There is a walking loop in the park 1km300 meters long. The river “Charente” is accessible from the property. We can organise Canoeing,fishing...Tables and chairs are available for outdoor catering. Bikes available at no extra charge


Wedding fees surcharge: 750 Euros for Table, chair, catering, ceremony in the gardens

Wedding Planner Service : Nathalie works as a wedding planner for the Château. She organizes weddings all over the region and has now planned more than 20 French and international weddings. She can provide 2 types of service : Full Service Pack: -Creation of specifications, annual retroplanning and provisional budget - Research and suggestions of vendors (all vendors are selected to fit within your budget and wishes) (florist, bartenders, musicians, DJ, caterer, lights, celebrants, photographers, videographers, bakers, wedding stylist, coaches, ...) -Planning a visit if you are coming in France in order to visit the venue, do the wine, food and cake tastings, meet the florist and the vendors you would like to meet before the wedding. - Logistic visit at the venue with the Caterer, DJ and lights vendors -Creation of a D-day program with you and the suppliers. -D-Day coordination from preparation to first dance D-Day Coordination: -Logistic visit at the venue with the Caterer, DJ and lights vendors -Creation of a D-day program with you and the suppliers. -D-Day Coordination from preparation to first dance

Activities at or near the Chateau + basic equipment for the following games are available at the château:

-pool games, lawn games, soccer, badminton ...
-Bikes available at no extra charge for 8 adults & 4 children
-Lake & fun activities: Water-slide/water-jump park at Vivonne with wakeboards,
-beach and restaurant - see the Dropinwaterjump website for full details.
-The Charente river is accessible from the property: canoe, kayak, boat...
-Cooking Lessons
-On-site wine tasting sessions
-Loire Châteaux Tour, Bordeaux, Cognac
-Horseback riding: 20-25 €/hour
-Hot Air Balloon
-Cognac Tour
-Vineyard tour
-Local producing farms visits
-World famous Futuroscope Park near Poitiers
-Valley of the Apes – Vallée des singes (FR)
-Val de Vienne circuit at “le vigeant”: For a group or business, enjoy a course that includes all of the School’s vehicles over a full day. Depending on the size of your group and budget we can tailor a bespoke driving package that also comprises elements of down-time, a meal at the panoramic Race ‘n’ Stars restaurant and diploma ceremony. Live the dream in a 200bhp Renault Clio RS, double the pleasure in a Caterham, access the world of an endurance racing driver in a sports-prototype.



Daniel and John

I always knew getting married in a French Chateau was going to be unforgettable but the Chateau is a truly magical place. I spent months researching other Chateau\\\'s and nothing came close to it. The size of it and history really blew me away and meant all of our guests could be together for the whole week. Not only is the Chateau restored and kept beautifully the grounds are truly spectacular. The tree lined alley is truly a majestic place. I knew from the minute I saw it on photographs that I wanted my ceremony to take place there. It didn\\\'t disappoint, the sun was sparkling through the trees and bats were flying around! I will never forget it. It was the perfect setting to say \\\'I do\\\'.The most important thing for us was when planning our wedding was that we didn\\\'t want a package wedding which you find a lot when getting married abroad. We wanted the freedom of creating our own wedding with our own style and at Chateau Elegant the opportunities are endless. The grounds are so huge and varied, you can have your wedding as unique as you like. We also like to party and didn\\\'t want anyone telling us we had to turn the music off or down by a certain time.Another plus to book this place was that the Chateau manager Tiphaine is also a weddingplanner. It gave me confidence to trust her as she knows the place and area inside and out, shehas a huge suppliers list that she has experience working with and she was amazing atnegotiating great prices for us (in French). We couldn\\\'t of done it without her. She was patient and organized and went above and beyond her position to help not only plan the wedding day but the wedding week! She helped us organize many activities during our stay which wasn\\\'t an easy task when your trying to manage 55 people who keep changing their minds every other day! She was fantastic, I cannot recommend her enough and I will miss our Skype calls and emails. I had guests coming from all over the world so it was great having Poitiers international airport 60minutes away and the train station for links from Paris. The place is perfect and has everything you need.My guests were blown away by the chateau, the children had a fantastic time everyone said it was one of the best week of their lives and some even said it was the wedding of the century!It is a wonderful place and I know we\\\'ll be back again to visit in the future.



Living room, Dining room, Kitchen, Study, Library, Family room, Terrace, Balcony.


Bedroom 1 - King Size bed with bathroom ensuite

Bedroom 2 - California King size bed with bathroom ensuite

Bedroom 3 - Double bed

Bedroom 4 - Queen size bed + 1 Single

Bedroom 5 - 2 Single Beds

Bedroom 6 - 2 Single beds + Double with bathroom ensuite

Bedroom 7 - King Size bed with bathroom ensuite

Bedroom 8 - California King size bed with bathroom ensuite

Bedroom 9 - Double bed

Bedroom 10 - Queen size bed + 1 Single with bathroom ensuite

Bedroom 11 - Queen (Lodge)

Bedroom 12 - Queen (Lodge)

Bedroom 13 - Twins (Lodge)

Bedroom 14 - Twins (Lodge)

Bedroom 15 - Queen (Lodge)

Bedroom 16 - Queen (Lodge)

Bedroom 17 - Twins (Lodge)

Bedroom 18 - Twins (Lodge)

Bedroom 19 - Queen (Apartment)

Bedroom 20 - Twins (Apartment)

Bedroom 21 - Queen (Apartment)

King size bed: 180 cm, Queen size bed: 160 cm, Double bed 140 cm, Twin bed: 80-100 cm.


Full bathroom with tub - 4

Full bathroom with shower - 8

Separated Toilet - 1

Total number of Toilets - 13


Price for Chateau Charente - Sleeps 48

Select your dates

Extra Charges

1 - Heating : 150 Euros a day if required
2 - Maid service : 30 Euro per hour

Security Deposit

4,000 Euros held on credit card on arrival



  • Type: House/Villa
  • Floors: 3
  • Constructed: 1600
  • Remodeled: 2016


  • Children


  • Crib
  • Pool 11 X 5 Meters - Heated
  • Linens
  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • View


  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Barbecue
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Washer
  • Dryer
  • Phone
  • Television
  • Satellite
  • Video
  • Stereo
  • WiFi Internet


  • Caretaker
  • Cook on request
  • Gardener
  • Maid on request : Please Inquire


  • Area: Rural
  • Car recommended: Yes
  • Walk to Town: No
  • City: Angouleme - 50 Minutes
  • Town: Benest
  • Airport: Poitiers, Bordeaux, Tours - 1 hour and 10 minutes
  • Train: Ruffec - 20 minute drive
  • Parking: On Property


Location: Benest, Loire Valley, France

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