A little history, and some practical information you might need before booking your stay, or to help you plan your visit.
A little history
Château Plombis probably started life as a fairly grand house, dating back to the 1700s. This oldest part of the château now houses the kitchen, dining-room, billiards room and pantries, along with, upstairs, the bedrooms at the back of the building: rooms 1 to 4. At the end of the 1800s, perhaps around 1890, the owners of the time added a rather grand ‘extension’, which is now the front façade of the château and includes, downstairs, the two salons and the study in the tower. Upstairs, all the rooms at the front overlooking the swimming-pool, rooms 5 to 8, and perhaps the wide central corridor, are in this newer addition.
So one story goes, at some point, the aristocratic family who owned Plombis also owned other châteaux in other parts of France. They employed an architect to update and give all their châteaux a homogeneous look, and this is how Château Plombis ended up looking like it does today. Whether this is the owners who first built on to the château, or another modification, is not known, but if the story is true there may be similar looking châteaux to Plombis still in existence elsewhere.
A housekeeper and gardener live on-site in the guardians’ cottage situated at the end of the stable block/orangerie building. They are readily available to assist should you have any problems during your stay. Both have certain tasks that help make your stay more comfortable and keep the château and its grounds looking their best, but these tasks will be carried out at times to minimise your inconvenience and ensure your privacy.
- daily: morning tidy of kitchen ‘from the night before’
- every other day: general check-through/tidy of château
(Please note: if you would rather have your complete privacy in the château during your stay you are quite within your rights to decline this service! We want you to feel completely happy and ‘chez vous’.)
Help available on request (paying services):
- laundry, ironing, shopping (including pre-arrival shopping), cooking
- Daily morning tidy and setting-out of pool area
- Daily pool maintenance
Gardener tasks necessary to keep the grounds looking their best:
- Mowing lawns
- Trimming hedges
- Keeping tennis court, terraces and parking areas tidy and leaf-free
(The gardener endeavours to do these tasks during changeover days, or when guests are out, to minimise nuisance and disruption. However, please be aware that due to time or weather constraints, this may not always be possible.)
The château is cleaned before and after your stay by a team of professional cleaners on the changeover day, between 10am and 4pm. The price of this is included in your booking.
If you stay for more than one week the cleaning team will return each Saturday, between 10am and 1pm, in order to change beds and bath linens, and give the château a general clean, including bathrooms and bedrooms. This is included in the price of your multi-week booking.
The housekeeper can do light cleaning tasks, as requested, beyond those duties already outlined.
Other than this, if a mid-week clean is required, this can be arranged but will be a paying service.
- Toulouse airport – 1 hour / 90 kms / 56 miles
- Bergerac airport – 1 hour 30 minutes / 99 kms / 62 miles
- Bordeaux airport – 1 hour 45 minutes / 170 kms / 106 miles
- Agen airport (flights to Paris) – 33 minutes / 32 kms / 20 miles
Links to motorways:
A62 Bordeaux – Toulouse
- junction 7 (via Agen) : 30 minutes / 31 kms / 19 miles
- junction 8 (via Valence d’Agen) : 30 minutes / 25kms / 16 miles
- junction 9 (via Castelsarrasin) : 23 minutes / 24 kms / 15 miles
A20 (A71) Paris – Montauban
- junction 58 (via Cahors-sud) : 51 minutes / 58 kms / 36 miles
- junction 59 (via Caussade) : 58 minutes / 60 kms / 37 miles
Valence d’Agen Station – 17 minutes / 17 kms / 10 miles
Direct Trains to Toulouse, Agen
- Valence d’Agen/Toulouse : 1 hour 22 minutes average journey time
- Valence d’Agen/Agen : 33 minutes average journey time
Moissac Station – 19 minutes / 18kms / 11 miles
Direct Trains to Toulouse, Agen, Montauban
- Moissac/Toulouse : 1 hour 14 minutes average journey time
- Moissac/Agen : 41 minutes average journey time
- Moissac/Montauban : 43 minutes average journey time
Agen Station – 35 minutes / 29kms / 18 miles
Direct Trains to Toulouse, Bordeaux, Paris
- Agen/Toulouse : 1 hour 10 minutes average journey time
- Agen/Bordeaux : 1 hour 15 minutes average journey time
- Agen/Paris : 4 hours 48 minutes average journey time
Distances and times to major ferry ports
(journey times are ‘best’ times, disregarding state of traffic and using quickest route ie. toll roads, and without stops)
- Dunkerque – 8 hours 20 minutes / 927 kms / 576 miles
- Calais – 8 hours 10 minutes / 925 kms / 575 miles
- EUROTUNNEL – 8 hours 10 minutes / 928 kms / 576 miles
- Le Havre – 7 hours 10 minutes / 811 kms / 504 miles
- Caen – 6 hours 40 minutes / 777 kms / 483 miles
- Cherbourg – 7 hours 30 minutes / 852 kms / 529 miles
- St Malo – 6 hours 30 minutes / 689 kms / 48 miles
- Roscoff – 7 hours 25 minutes / 827 kms / 514 miles
- Bilbao, Spain – 4 hours 25 minutes / 418 kms / 260 miles
- Santander, Spain – 5 hours 10 minutes / 500 kms / 310 miles