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At first glance, there is nothing to suggest that this property almost fell into ruin. Built in the 15th century and remodelled over time, the Château de La Grève presents itself as a dazzlingly white ensemble surrounded by trees and spring lawns. The Flamboyant Gothic style highlights its Renaissance spirit, but the chateau's sights are now firmly set on the future. The modern day has taken over the interior spaces and left its stamp through the roundness of the furniture, the assertive colours, and the woods and metals. It is nonetheless tastefully executed, as though paying tribute to centuries gone by. Those staying here will travel through all dimensions of time.
Whilst looking for a property, we discovered this chateau which had been abandoned for several years. We were immediately enchanted and touched by this masterpiece in need of help. We bought it and then completely restored it, bringing it back to life with a very contemporary spirit and all the comforts of modern life. We also planted one hectare of truffle and fruit trees and created a barn for animals which always delights children and is home to donkeys, goats, chickens, and geese.
The main building features beautiful mullioned windows surmounted by skylights. In the centre is a staircase whose upper level forms a square embellished with a corbelled turret where a staircase leads to the attic. The entrance is through a pretty door with an accolade which is surmounted by a bretèche that protects it.
It is a 15th century chateau located a few hundred metres from the banks of the Boutonne, a river and a tributary of the Charente. Formerly surrounded by five hundred hectares of farmland, it has been the residence of the lords of Tonnay-Boutonne since the end of the Middle Ages.
The Château de La Grève offers a total change of scenery far from the crowds of tourists. It provides a unique setting with a seven-hectare park planted with century-old trees and a secure private swimming pool. The chateau is twenty minutes from Saintes which is located in the heart of Saintonge, a county well known for its Gallo-Roman heritage. Bathed by the waters of the Boutonne and the Charente, this north-western part of the Charente-Maritime boasts green and hilly landscapes that can be explored by bike, foot or horseback. The Boutonne valley is classified as a Natura 2000 site, a European label which aims to preserve biological diversity and natural ecological heritage.
La Grande Terrasse in Châtelaillon, facing the ocean, is a restaurant run by starred chef Pierre Gagnaire. In La Rochelle, the Christopher Coutanceau restaurant, with three Michelin stars and membership to the Grandes Tables du Monde, offers an immersion in the chef's marine world and a unique setting with a view of the entire bay of La Rochelle.
7000 € - 12000 € per week
The chateau consists of a living room, a dining room, an equipped kitchen, three suites with en suite bathrooms, a bedroom with a shower room and two children's bedrooms with a shared bathroom.