With its historical roots in the 1400s, Chateau Duval is an enchanting château situated in the genuine French environment of your dreams. Take your friends and family members on a different kind of holiday. Perhaps you desire a wine tasting journey, a golfing break, or simply a wonderful holiday with your loved ones. The 54 acres of grounds include three ponds (that are available for fishing) and a heated outdoor pool.
Over the years we have been visited by guests who enjoy life to its fullest – people seeking a quality retreat, couples in love who are getting married in our charming little chapel, or companies looking for a conference venue beyond the ordinary. All agree that Château Duval offers an incomparable experience.
This 15th Century Château is beautifully located on a ridge overlooking the pastoral landscape. The charming Château and its surrounding buildings have high ceilings, massive oak beams, original fireplaces, grand windows, inspiring country-style kitchens, extravagant drawing rooms and beautiful bathrooms. All buildings have easy access to the swimming pool and their own outdoor seating areas where you can enjoy relaxing evenings with enchanting views overlooking the park and valley.
Chateau – Château du Grand Val is no pompous Versailles castle, but the greater its charm. For instance, the dining hall is equipped with a wonderful fireplace from the 1400s. A vigorous, crackling log fire always accompanies the lobster dinners and hunting parties held during the autumn season. The drawing-room and the library from the 1700s exhibit paintings and wooden panels, and the second floor bedrooms likewise possess their own particular charm – nothing extravagant, but a lot of French atmosphere.
The kitchen is fully equipped and includes dishwasher and washing machine. The dining room has a beautiful fireplace from the 15th century and grand oak furniture with room for 22 people to eat. There is also a library with antique furniture and a drawing room with more antique dining furniture and a grand fireplace. The games room includes a table football table and there is also a downstairs bathroom. On the second floor there are six large bedrooms, all with their own particular charm.
The Grand and Petite Park Houses The Grand and Petite Park Houses date from the 18th century were fully renovated in 2000. The building is situated just 100 meters from the castle and with direct access to the pool and the kitchen garden. The Park Houses boast a beautiful view over the old castle park and the chapel. Massive ceiling beams, five meters to the ceiling, and terracotta floors create a superb living environment.
Brittany is wonderful in the summer. However, the question is whether it is not even nicer during spring and autumn. Then, it is both comfortable and cozy to gather around a fire even if the temperature hardly ever drops below zero Celsius. If you, for example, come to Grand Val in the beginning of April you will meet the spring. Broom, rhododendron, lilacs, and daffodils are then in full bloom. If you visit us in December, you will enjoy the spectacularly colorful scenery, the high air, and the characteristic French morning mist which settles like a lake in the valley.
Grand Parkhouse – With its 140 square meters and six to eight beds, this accommodation is recommended for two families or three to four couples. The house has a large, beautiful kitchen with a dish-washer. The living room has glass sliding-doors facing the park. There are three bedrooms with separate bathrooms on the second floor. It is 25 meters to the pool.
Petit Parkhouse – With its 60 square meters and four beds, this accommodation is recommended for two couples or a family. The ground floor contains the living room and the kitchen which includes a dish-washer. The second floor has two attractively decorated bedrooms with a shared shower. There is a beautiful view of the park and only 25 meters to the pool.
Gate House – This is a beautiful stone-house from the early 1800s with over four meters to the ceiling and wooden floors in massive oak. The renovation is intended for those of you who enjoy and have that special feeling for rustic, country-side Brittany.
The ground floor has an open floor plan including living room, dining room, and kitchen. The rooms are divided by oak pillars and a large, wonderful fireplace. The chimney ascends through an open space all the way to the inside ceiling beams; this gives the entire house a feeling of immense spaciousness. A rustic oak stairway leads up to three lovely bedrooms and a large bathroom with double showers and a separate toilet. The hallway outside of the bedrooms is a balcony with a view of the living room and dining room below.
The Gate House is 140 square meters. It has three double rooms and a large verandah facing south. The house is situated right next to the castle's old kitchen garden which is surrounded by a wall. This is also where the pool is located.
Outside the grounds are made up of 54 acres of private land, three ponds, lovely park area, a private heated pool and plenty of outdoor furniture. Fishing and hunting (pheasants and partridge with pointers) are available at the property and its surrounding area.
*Please note, locations shown on the maps are approximations only
The nearest port is St Malo and the nearest village is Combourg. The chateau is 150km to the beaches of the D Day landings. The chateau is situated only 30km from the town of Rennes. 30km in the other direction takes you to the sea and the resort of Dinard with some of Brittany’s finest beaches.
Nearby you find the port of St Malo with its characteristic town wall. All the ferries that go to the Channel Islands leave from here. Nearby lies the coastal town of Cancale, where shellfish connoisseurs meet from all over the world, to visit the oyster farms and savour the fruits of the sea at one of the picturesque restaurants.
Other sights worth seeing include the abbey and former pirate nest Mont St Michel, as well as the villages of Vitre and Dinan - with their ancient city centres dating from the 12th century. In addition to good food, fascinating culture and beautiful beaches there are seven different golf courses nearby. Some of these courses are placed around fantastic castles while others like Golf de Dinard is a seaside/links course with breathtaking view over the sea.
Catering is available at the chateau by local catering companies (traiteurs) - typically this will cost from 50 euros per person for a 4-course meal including a nice wine-menu.
Capacity Indoor reception capacity: 50 persons (in chapel) Outdoor reception capacity: 75 persons A marquee is available for around 2.300€. There is a 200€ to hire the chapel (covers cleaning etc).
Availability All year round
The Service There is a chapel on site that can be used for a service. The Swedish owner who speaks both English and French, can be your hostess and can help you arrange everything from start to end.
Catering From 75€ to 150€ p/p
Other Services Flowers: Yes, Live bands/DJs: Yes, Transport: Yes, Marquee hire: Yes, Photographer: Yes
Accommodation Up to 32 guests can sleep at the chateau. There are several hotels in the nearest village of Combourg.
Travel Dinard, 40 min away (Ryan Air). Rennes, 30 min away.
The Rose House (with festive hall) - reception house From 15th of March 2012 the Rose house with its beautiful festive hall will be ready to welcome its first guests. The old gardenerhouse and cider room from the 18th century has regained life and weddings and anniversaries has from now on found its obvious location at Château du Grand Val.
The house has been beautifully restored with all its genuine charm and its old character wellkept. The old oak beams, granitewalls and the grand fireplace are now mixed with large windows from floor to ceiling, antique terracotta floor and a kitchen especially made to serve you and your friends.
- Security deposit: €600. This is paid on arrival and will be refunded in full after departure subject to damage inspection. - Linen & towels: Available for hire for 16 euros per person. - Energy costs: Included in the rental price. - End of stay cleaning: Included. Please leave the property in the state that you found it. - Arrival time: 5pm onwards. - Departure time: 10am. - Pets: Yes. - Smoking: No smoking in the property. - 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.
Chateau breaks in France are becoming increasingly popular, whether the occasion is a romantic getaway, a family holiday or an extravagant wedding; Simply Chateau offers value for money.
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