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Chateau St Martin

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Montagnac | Bedrooms: 10 | Sleeps: 6 + 8

Rates: from £9,042 per week

This perfectly picturesque chateau amid vineyards and lush gardens combines the luxuries of a relaxing retreat with the ideal location for touring. Between Montpellier and Béziers, there is a myriad of opportunities for activities that range from active hiking and biking to wine tours and city sightseeing.

On the grounds of Chateau St Martin, guests are free to wander over 3 hectares of thoughtfully landscaped parkland, which was originally designed in the 19th century and is now home to various bird species. Set in the centre of these peaceful surrounds, Chateau St Martin elegantly blends original rustic features with tasteful modern furnishings and is the ideal choice for a family holiday. Leading off the spacious and impressive entrance hall, the comfortable lounge with vaulted ceiling and original stone fireplace is a cosy place for the family to get together. On the same floor, the modern kitchen is equipped with all you need to cook up a French feast with fresh produce from one of the village markets. Better still, it opens up to the interior court that is ideal for entertaining guests on warm summer evenings. The adjacent dining room seats up to 14 guests and shares the vaulted ceiling and rustic features that give the chateau a classic feel. The spacious living room boasts a grand piano and double lounge area. The ground floor allows access to the chapel and the tower. Upstairs, the first floor can accommodate up to 6 adults and 2 children in three separate suites, of which one has an additional double bedroom for kids. The tower offers variable sleeping options and its less formal bedrooms are ideal for teenagers or staff. Within its extensive gardens, Chateau St Martin affords a 18m x 9m swimming pool that will delight all sun worshippers, while the more active will appreciate the private tennis court. Chateau St Martin is the perfect place to relax and unwind in stunning surrounds that abound character and space.

Accommodation:

Ground floor:

  • Impressive entrance
  • Lounge area with stone fire place and vaulted ceiling
  • Large dining room for up to 14 guests with fire place and vaulted ceiling
  • Modern and fully equipped kitchen opening onto the inside court
  • Library / office with fire place opening to the park
  • Large living room with piano, fireplace and double lounge area
  • Access to the 9th century chapel
  • Access to the tower

First Floor:

  • 1st Master suite: Large suite of 30sqm with queen size bed (160cm), walk-in dressing, fireplace, TV and large en-suite bathroom with bath and shower. Views to the park. This suite is connected to a further bedroom with 2 beds (each 140cm) sharing the same bathroom. Ideal for a family.
  • 2nd Master suite: Large suite with queen size bed (160cm), TV, views to the park and modern en-suite bathroom with large walk-in shower.
  • 3rd Master suite: Large suite with queen size bed (160cm), TV and separate lounge area. En-suite bathroom with freestanding bathtub and walk-in shower.
  • Access to covered terrace with conservatory furniture and beautiful views over the domain.

The Tower: (not the same standard as the rest of the Castle, ideal for staff, grown-up children and teenagers)

  • Accessible from the main living room of the castle.
  • Small kitchen area
  • Guest toilet
  • 4 single bedrooms
  • 1 twin bedroom
  • 1 double bedroom with access to the covered terrace
  • 2 separate bathrooms (1 with shower and 1 with bathtub)

KINDLY NOTE:
The château is part of an upmarket wine estate with wine production onsite. Renters are offered 3 hectares of private grounds with formal gardens, private pool and tennis court. Caretakers and estate manager are living on the property grounds.


January
  • Truffles fairs: Truffle weekend in Uzès (16/17 January 2016) and "Fête de la truffe et des produits du terroir" in Nîmes (30/31 January 2016)



March
  • Camargue celebrating bulls and horses, "Abrivado des Plages" takes place every year on the first Saturday of March at the Grau du Roi- Port-Camargue
  • Escale à Setes: A major celebration of maritime traditions, Escale à Sète happens every two years in March or April (22/03 to 28/03 in 2016) - in Sète with impressive parades by the boat crews, on-board tours of the traditional boats, cooking based on produce from the sea, sea shanties, conferences, exhibitions and free events.


April
  • Cévennes National Park Nature Festival (from April to November 2016) offers more than 500 events for everybody, most of them free, around an annual theme every year from April to November
  • Great Roman games in Nimes (23/24 April 2016) invite young and old alike to experience the Roman era during a spring weekend in Nîmes with a unique show with 400 participants, processions in the streets and entertainment at the Maison Carrée and the Archaeological Museum.


May
  • Ferias de Nimes (12 - 16 May 2016) is a real Nîmes institution, an event like no other, the town is taken over by horses and bulls and also by music, dancing and wine.


June
  • Fairies of Pont du Gard - For four evenings in June, in the exceptional setting of the Pont du Gard, famous firework artists create a sound, light and pyrotechnics show of breath-taking beauty.


July
  • Carcassonne Festival with almost one hundred concerts and shows, including French and international variety shows, theatre, circus, dance, jazz, opera and classical music.
  • Tour de France (13/14 July 2016) On the July 13 and 14, 2016, two stages of the 103rd Tour de France will pass through Languedoc-Roussillon in the South of France. Carcassonne and Montpellier are stage cities.


August
  • St Vincent Festival in Collioures (14/08 to 18/08 2016) is a huge occasion that celebrates the arrival of the remains of the town's patron saint with a seagoing procession in Catalan fishing boats, water-based games, concerts and bands, dances, traditional Catalan sardane dances, street art and more.


Local Attractions in Languedoc-Roussillon

  • Carcassonne: UNESCO World Heritage site, a historic city encircled by medieval ramparts.
  • Le Canal du Midi - world's oldest commercial canal, built in 17th century. From Agde to Carcassonne, - and beyond to the Atlantic. Canal with shaded cycleway and footpath. UNESCO world heritage site.
  • Les Cévennes: Beautiful mountains, with steep wooded valleys. National Park area. Impressive caves …
  • Nimes: Old city with narrow streets, and remarkable Roman remains, including the Arena and the Maison Carrée.
  • Le Pont du Gard: UNESCO World Heritage site, impressive Roman aqueduct, just north east of Nimes.
  • Aigues Mortes: Fortified town near the coast, once a port from which the Crusaders set forth.
  • Montpellier: Regional capital, with old town, the Musée Fabre, churches and other sites.
  • Agde : attractive old small city, old streets, market, cathedral, waterfront.
  • St. Guilhen le Désert: Small mediaeval city with romanesque abbey and castle ruins. Also the nearby Grotte de la Clamouse: magnificent stalacmites and stalagtites.
  • Sète: Fishing and commercial port. Old town, beaches, boat trips.
  • Narbonne: Former Roman city, once the regional capital, with an impressive cathedral, underground Roman grain-store, and canalside quays.

Practical information for your villa holiday

Time Zone

GMT +1 hour

Language

French

Currency Information

The official currency is the Euro (€). Coins are available in 1 cent, 2 cent, 5 cent, 10 cent, 20 cent, 50, cent , €1 & €2 denominations. Notes are available in €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200, €500 denominations.

Money Matters

Travellers cheques are widely accepted for exchange or purchase in major cities, but in more rural areas, visit a bank to exchange them for Euros. Major credit cards are widely accepted here (though a limited number of merchants have American Express accounts) and ATM access is widespread. Exchange currency only at authorized outlets such as banks and hotels, and exchange only what you think you will spend in-country. Coins cannot be reconverted on departure. Save all receipts from any currency exchange transaction. You may be asked to produce them when you exit the country, and they are required if you intend to reconvert local currency.

Tipping in Languedoc-Roussillon

Tips in restaurants are usually added on at 10/15 % of the bill. However, it is often a subject of controversy whether this amount actually goes to the waiter or not, therefore it is your choice whether to tip more.

Arrival & Departure Formalities

Travel documents are your responsibility. In general you should have:

  • A signed, valid passport that will remain valid for at least 6 months beyond the completion of your trip. Your passport must have enough blank pages (excluding amendment pages) available for entry and exit stamps issued when entering and exiting immigration points.
  • Visas are required for certain nationalities and you are strongly advised to check your status allowing plenty of time for visa application.

Weather in Languedoc-Roussillon

Languedoc-Roussillon is considered a dry temperate region with an average 300 warm and sunny days a year and rain falling on a maximum of about 90. Average rainfall in spring and autumn is low. December and January are the wettest months. With temperatures about 28°C during the summer months those long hot summer days can last late into the evening. The warm and sunny spring and autumn have an average temperature of 24°C. The average temperature of the dry sunny mild winter months are around 14°C with February the coldest month at 12°C. Temperatures are slightly lower near the coast due to the sea breezes. During the summer months, this makes the high temperatures more bearable.

Health consideration

It is advisable to contact your doctor before you travel if you have any specific health concerns and take out appropriate travel and medical insurance.

Electricity supply in France

Electrical service in France is supplied at 220-240 volts/50 hertz.

Driving in france

  • Traffic from the RIGHT has right of way, except at roundabouts or if the road has a white line across it.
  • Passport or national ID as well as driver's license/insurance papers/ownership papers must be carried all the time.
  • National speed limit is 50kmh (31mph) in towns, 90kmh (56mph) on secondary non-urban highways, 110kmh (68mph) on dual carriageways, 130kmh (80mph) on motorways (auto route).
  • Speeding fines: 30 - 300 Euros.
  • Minimum driving age is 18.
  • For use of the highways (auto route) it is invariably necessary to pay a toll before access. Payment can be made by coins or by credit card.
  • There are strict laws concerning drinking and driving. Blood alcohol levels must not exceed 0.05%. There are random breathalyser tests carried out regularly by the police.
  • An international driving licence is not required for European citizens. Your locally issued driving licence, as long as it is accompanied by the passport, will suffice.

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Availability Information

  • Our villas are normally rented on a Saturday to Saturday basis throughout the year. However, shorter breaks and alternative arrival days might be available outside the High Season. Please contact your Abercrombie & Kent Villa Consultant for further details.
  • Please note that the standard check-in time at our properties is between 4-7pm and that we ask guests to vacate the property by 10am on departure day, unless otherwise agreed in advance.

Rates Information

  • The above rates are on a per villa, per week basis. For further information on our villa only and A&K hosted services please see our 'Villa Rental Options' page. An A&K Villas Travel Consultant will be happy to discuss your specific holiday needs - simply complete the quick 'Make an Enquiry' form or call us on 0845 618 2205.

Inclusions

  • Cost of utilities including water, gas and electricity.
  • Maid service for five hours a day, six days a week.
  • Arrival set of pool towels, household and bed linen (changed mid-weekly).
  • Final Cleaning.
  • Central Heating.
  • Private fenced swimming pool (18mx9m) with security cover.
  • Wi-Fi Broadband Internet (no WiFi available in the tower).
  • Wine tasting.
  • Breakfast service every morning (groceries to be paid locally).
  • Pre-arrival grocery shopping service (groceries to be paid locally).

Extra Services

  • Extra maid service available on request at €20/hour.
  • Pool heating available on request for €500/week (max. heat 24 degrees).
  • Cook service is available for €300/day plus the cost of the groceries.
  • Transfers from the Airport to the Villa are available on request.
  • We are also able to arrange additional activities to enhance your holiday experience such as guided touring and sightseeing options, bike rental, tennis or golf courses, yacht charter or art classes. Please see the activities tab for further ideas or discuss additional activities with your Travel Consultant.

  • Please note that all services confirmed in advance are non-refundable.

Your Villa Rental

Because everyone's concept of a villa holiday is different, we have created a formula to offer flexibility and the freedom to design run your own holiday or call upon us to help open up a world of possibilities.

Our Villa-Only rental option comes as standard and is ideal for those seeking pure independence whilst travelling.

Every A&K Villa Only rental includes:

  • Dedicated Pre-Arrival Concierge service
  • Villa rental on an exclusive basis
  • Utilities (gas, water, electricity), unless otherwise stated
  • Towels, pool towels and bed linen as standard
  • 1 cot & highchair (cot linen not provided)
  • An A&K Local Representative who is on call 24/7 in case of emergency. Your Local Representative will also meet you once during your stay (on your arrival weekend) to help you to settle in, explain Health & Safety and answer any questions you may have regarding the villa.

(In some cases an A&K Representative is not required as the villa will have its own competent, local manager.)

  • A 24 hour A&K Emergency Duty Manager contact service based in the UK
  • Comprehensive information book
  • VAT and administration charges
  • Villa's own services - please check what additional services are provided as standard with a particular property – such as maid service, usage of air-conditioning, central and pool heating, as these can vary from property to property. This information will be available online or via your sales representative.

Should you wish to further enhance your villa experience, our thoughtfully designed A&K Concierge Packages are the perfect solution for those seeking additional support and comfort during your stay. In addition to the amenities offered within the Villa Only rental, a large number of our properties offer the following packages of upgraded services including a knowledgeable local concierge, providing complete piece of mind whilst travelling:

Gold Concierge Package – seamless support throughout your stay...

Includes all of the Villa Only services, as well as:

  • A dedicated local A&K Concierge whose knowledge provides you with invaluable assistance and recommendations

Following on from your pre-arrival Concierge team, upon arrival you will be seamlessly handed over to your local A&K Concierge who will have been briefed about all aspects of your holiday.

Your local A&K Concierge will personally welcome you to your villa and can be called upon at any time to assist you in any way throughout your stay. This can include anything from confirming itinerary arrangements; suggesting, making and booking additional services locally as required, such as restaurant reservations, visits and guided tours; trouble shooting; language assistance; providing a check-out service, and much more.

  • Introductory morning orientation tour of local area with your A&K Concierge on your arrival weekend - the best way to familiarise yourself with the local area (own transport required if villa is not within walking distance)
  • Complimentary pre-arrival grocery shopping service. Simply tell us in advance what groceries you require and your Concierge will pre-stock the villa accordingly (cost of groceries excluded)

Platinum Concierge Package – creating your ultimate stay with complete convenience...

Includes all of the Villa Only services, as well as:

  • A continental buffet-style breakfast provided on your first morning, including a selection of breads and fresh pastries, cheese, meats, fruit, yoghurts and fresh fruit juice
  • A pre-stocked drinks fridge (typically consisting of four bottles of wine, beer, soft drinks, juices, mineral water)
  • Fresh flowers and initial provisions, including jam, sugar, olive oil, tea, coffee, vinegar as well as cleaning provisions
  • Starter pack of luxurious toiletries per bathroom
  • Daily maid service (Monday to Friday and on Saturdays for multiple week bookings
  • Mid-week linen and towel change
  • A light, self-served supper on your arrival evening pre-prepared by your Concierge
  • Complimentary mid-week grocery shopping service (cost of groceries excluded)
  • Complimentary private chef service for a lunch or dinner, once during your stay (pre-booking necessary; cost of groceries excluded)

  • Bicycles
  • Central Heating
  • Children's Toys
  • Church/Chapel
  • Coffee Machine (Espresso)
  • Dining Area (Outdoor)
  • Internet Access (Wireless Broadband)
  • iPod Docking Station (iPod Not included)
  • Parking
  • Piano
  • Safe
  • Swimming Pool (Fenced/Gated)
  • Swimming Pool (Heating Available)
  • Swimming Pool (with Security Cover)
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis Court
  • TV (Cable/Satellite)

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Reasons to book your holiday with us

  • Over 50 years' experience
  • 24/7 support before, during and after your stay
  • All of our properties have been hand-picked and visited by a member of the team
  • Travel Consultants are based in the UK with local offices to assist with planning every detail of your stay
  • Option to upgrade to a Concierge stay to make the most of your visit
  • Option to book additional trips and services via our local offices

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