Chateau de Minargent

Aulnay de Saintonge, Charente-Maritime

A sophisticated idyll 10 minutes from a charming town, perfect for sybarites and sociable gatherings, family occasions, cooks, cyclists...


12 beds


9 bedrooms


Sleeps 20

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

The elegant house rises smartly from the fringes of Aulnay, one of the Charente-Maritime’s loveliest towns; over the years it’s been a distillery, girls’ school and the local lido. Enter to a large hallway, a baby grand piano and rooms of sophisticated style with Eastern treasures dotted here and there. Everything is measured, nothing over the top.

You could gather the whole clan here to celebrate a special birthday or anniversary; there are a few houses around but it feels very private. You might not feel the pull to leave, with a pool, Jacuzzi, boules and jungle gym for sunny days and a big kitchen, cinema room and gym when the weather turns.

Find a hamper of local cheese and biscuits, help yourself to cherries and figs from the garden, fire up the barbecue and dine under the stars. You’re rural but there’s plenty nearby: caves, cognac distilleries, the cobbled streets of Saint-Jean-d’Angély. Borrow the bikes to get you there.

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We think you'll love

  • The feeling of space both inside and out
  • Being a short amble from restaurants and shops
  • The elegant, no-expense-spared interiors
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You should know

  • There are a lot of stairs
  • The house only has two showers (there are baths)
  • Delicate furnishings may be unsuitable for toddlers


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 4pm
Check out
By 10am
Booking restrictions
Reduced rate for 15 guests, £4095-£5850 per week.


Nightly price
from £585
Weekly price
from £4095
Damage deposit
1 Château for 20
From £58512 beds9 bedrooms


I was lucky enough to visit this beautiful property and have a good look round. The owners have put much thought into its restoration, its stunning interior, comfort and amenities both inside and outside will make this a great place for your holiday. Walking distance to restaurants and ideally located for exploring this area of France.

Nikki, Sawday's Inspector

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The neighbourhood

The treasures of the Charente-Maritime are conveniently close, but everything you need is right here in Aulnay: boulangeries for your morning pastries, a twice-weekly market for fresh fare and a big Intermarché on the outskirts of town. It’s a 10-minute walk into the centre of town to restaurants (two traditional bistros) and the Thursday night fish and chips van. There are a handful of smart houses near the property, but from the front enjoy rolling views across the tranquil countryside.

Local points of interest from Lisa & Stuart Bunce

  • Market square: Aulnay has a quaint market square with multiple cafes/bars and bakeries perfect to grab a drink and watch the world go by. On Thursday and Sunday mornings there is a market at the square.
  • Cognac is only 40 mins drive away, a lovely town famous for its brandy.
  • Saintes is also only 40 mins drive from the Chateau, offering different dining options and bars, based on the banks of the Charente river it makes for a great walk on a fine day.
  • The coastal town of La Rochelle is just over an hour away, offering a lovely harbour with many different genres of restaurants. There is also lots of shops to look around along with the La Rochelle aquarium being popular for families with children.
  • Both Il de Re and Il d'Oleron are approx. 2 hours away from the Chateau. A full day can be spent riding bikes and visiting the sandy beaches the islands have to offer.


Lisa & Stuart Bunce

You’ll look after yourself as owners Lisa and Stuart live in Hong Kong, though sister Emma is close by should you need a hand. The family spent five years painstakingly restoring the château to an amazing standard. You’ll see many pieces from their travels around the place; they have a real flair for interiors.