“Bienvenue” to the website of Le ChatO, a unique chateau right in the heart of France set in the rolling countryside of the Auvergne.
Chateau d’Embourg, the ‘ChatO’ in ‘Le ChatO,’ is a wonderful historic building that until recently was a family home and where now it is possible to have a holiday and live like a French aristocrat without having to worry about fixing the roof!
Behind the chateau are the beautiful old stables, the story that people tell in the local village is that the Dukes of Bourbon used to keep some of their horses here (but maybe that’s just the pastis talking!) Now the stables are wonderfully spacious bungalows and, in converting them, we have done our best to keep the character of these lovely old buildings while giving you all the modern comforts you need to make your stay pleasurable.
Also on the grounds of the chateau is a marvelous farmhouse, our ‘gite’, which from the outside is beautifully worn by the passage of time but which inside has seven fresh, en suite bedrooms and so is perfect for large groups or family gatherings.
Although the accommodation is wonderful, probably the number one reason that we are such a sought after place to go is the setting. The chateau, its stables, and the gite are surrounded by 14 hectares (over 30 acres) of the ‘Domaine’ or park. This walled parkland has grown over the centuries into unspoiled woodland and meadow. In one corner of the park we have two swimming pools (one of which is especially shallow, for our younger guest) and the Orangery, a discreet restaurant and bar for those evenings when you don’t want to cook yourself, or, just another nice place to sit and have a glass of wine.
Right in the middle of the park, surrounded by woodland, we have our tents. I don’t need to say too much about these as the setting keeps them in demand year after year, but if you haven’t heard about our tents you should check out the page above. Suffice to say that you can have all the comforts of a gite while being right out in the open!
Embourg is located a few kilometers from the medieval town of Souvigny in the department of Allier. Allier, named after the scenic river that runs through it, is the northernmost part of the Auvergne. The Bourbon and the Allier region are the origin of the Dukes of Bourbon and of eight of the last French kings.
In 2011 Le ChatO is open all year round, so, look around our site and see what this part of France has to offer you.
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