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.
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.
At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. If there is anything you would like to arrange for your stay, please contact the Oliver’s VIP Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can usually help you arrange any of the following:
Maid service/extra cleaning
Local day-trips or tours
Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
This is by no means an exhaustive list, so please just contact Oliver’s VIP Concierge Team to help you arrange any of those little extras that can really make the difference.
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) From 15th of March 2012 the Rose house with its beautiful festive hall will be ready to welcome its first guests. The old gardener house 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 well kept. The old oak beams, granite walls 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.
Best described as something from a movie......
Posted by Anonymous Useron 11/06/2012
We have just returned from our wedding which we held at Chateau Duval. I am struggling to find words to describe how beautiful it was, the Chateau and grounds are best described as something from a movie and the owners Marie & Roland could not do enough to ensure our day and entire stay was as smooth and memorable as possible. It was a special day and a memory that will stay with us forever.
Posted by Claes and Ingridon 16/07/2010
Thank you for the, all together, superb stay! Just as our guests, we were virtually enthralled with the castle and the Gate and Parkhouses' atmosphere and surroundings. We were in luck with the weather, and the service as well as the food etc. worked perfectly. And therefore, all the credit to all your assistants.
Words can't describe how delightfully beautiful it was
Posted by Cathrin and Fredrikon 16/07/2010
Just want to thank you for the incredible vacation we had at the castle down in France last week. Words can't describe how delightfully beautiful it was. Nice atmosphere and great people. All our guest thought it was their best vacation ever and, that said, most of them have traveled all over the world. The wedding worked perfectly, and everyone involved were just great. The chef's food was heavenly. Gwen sang wonderfully and his dj music was awesome. Everything was just perfect.
Memories will remain forever
Posted by Kerstin and Roland Lindellon 16/07/2010
The days we spent at your castle will remain in our memories for ever. We are the parents of the groom Brn Lindell, and I, as his mother, would like to show my gratitude to you. From the first moment we felt right at home at your castle and we experienced a wonderful week in France.
We had a fantastic week in France
Posted by Hege and Gunnaron 16/07/2010
We had a fantastic week in France. The wedding is a memory for life, and everything was incredibly elegant. Flower arrangements, the bride's bouquet, the horse and carriage tour, the sea-food buffet, the hair-dresser and DJ, EVERYTHING was fantastic!
Everything was wonderful
Posted by Barbro and Jan-Ketil on 16/07/2010
Now we have returned home from two FANTASTIC weeks in France. Everything was wonderful! Thanks a million for all the assistance with our wedding. It was everything that we expected and much, much more! All our guests felt that they were visiting adventure!
Posted by Christine Ole Christian on 16/07/2010
Christine and I have just returned from our honeymoon and having digested our experience at the chateau last week we would like to provide you with our feedback. To avoid all the flattering getting lost in translation I am writing this in English. The headline and conclusion is that we are extremely happy and we both feel that we had a fairytale wedding that far exceeded our wildest dreams and expectations. We also get very consistent feedback from all our guests that the atmosphere you have been able to create is really unique and gave everyone a pleasant break from real life. My mum even refers to it as a Garden of Eden experience and several guests have also said that they will definitely come back on a later occasion. As you can imagine you got a lot of ambassadors from this wedding and I will encourage you to refer to us if any potential customers ask for reference. We will definitely convince them! And if you want to quote any of this in your marketing material you are of course more than welcome to. A heartfelt thank you from both of us for a fantastic wedding arrangement! We will definitely be back! Best regards.
Turreted and dating from the 1600s, the Chateau du Marquis de Tracy sits in 50 acres of parkland in central France's Bourbonnais region. The grounds include ponds, a petanque court and a lovely swimming pool, while the elegant interior is furnished with antiques. Eight bedrooms, sleeps 20; booked through Simply Chateau (0845 389 9582, simplychateau.com), for a week this summer it costs between £2,135 and £2,585. That's £107 to £129 per person, meaning a family of four could pay about £500 if they split the cost with friends.
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