The Auberge de Castanet...
The Auberge de Castanet is one of the properties owned by the JacKryn SCI Trust. The Trust is so named after the owner’s two children: Jack and Kathryn. This historic hamlet was built from 1700-1725. It was bought in 1999 by the JacKryn SCI Trust and lovingly restored until 2018.
In 1999, while working in finance in London, UK, we decided that our summers would be best spent in the South of France. After much searching, we found this small hamlet, Mas de Rives, in the department of Castanet, France. Little did we know at that time, what a true piece of heaven we had stumbled upon. Since that time, we have worked tirelessly to restore the property to its former glory; and have added many wonderful modern touches, like a beautiful pool, a wine room, air conditioning and many other modern conveniences.
We got involved with the local communities. Both Jack and Kate went to local French schools for a full school year. We continue to be involved with the people of the area, supporting the local farmers and artisans as much as possible.
All of the work done on the property has been done by local artisans, using the traditional methods. The produce used at the Auberge is locally grown and sourced.
A destination in itself...
The Auberge de Castanet has everything you need to enjoy this beautiful region - such as several shaded outdoor dining areas that invite you to relax with friends over a glass of rosé, and chef-standard kitchens where you can whip up a meal from the day’s market finds.
If you prefer to have us fill your fridge, ready for your arrival, this can be easily arranged. There's no need to leave the estate when it includes everything you could think of to relax and entertain.
Lounge by the pool...
Lounge by the pool overlooking the fields and perhaps catch a glimpse of a hot-air balloon.
Work up a sweat cycling, running or walking any of the endless trails that leave directly from the estate. While there is a wide-screen TV and plenty of movies to choose from, we are sure that you will not want to be inside except for the odd rainy day.
Attention to detail...
Everywhere, the design flair and attention to detail is phenomenal. Original features in oak, walnut and stone from the mid-18th century are found throughout the Auberge and the surrounding property.
Exquisite antique furniture pieces have been curated by the JacKryn Trust. A sophisticated palette of blues, warm greys and soft sandstone flows through textured linen, wood beams and textured walls. Contemporary paintings and modern accents complement antique French silver and ceramics and heritage artefacts sit comfortably alongside hi-tech facilities.
Bedrooms & Bathrooms
The Auberge's two large bedrooms include a master suite with a king bed, equipped with luxury Yves Delorme bedlinens and Hugo Boss towels. It also boasts a sitting area and a coffee service area. The master suite opens to beautiful the terrace that is perfect to enjoy your morning coffee and a croissant.
The second suite is a large, bright suite with a queen bed, also with luxury Yves Delorme bedlinens and Hugo Boss towels. It includes a sitting area as well.
Downstairs there is room for two more people on the pull out sofa bed as it has a high quality mattress.
There is an extra double bed available for use in the Library which is located over by the pool area on top of the bread oven.
The Auberge benefits from a multitude of buildings and there’s plenty to entertain you and your guests during your stay.
The 300 year old bread oven that was originally used to feed the family has been converted into an outdoor pantry, wine cellar and eating area, complete with an extra fridge for your wine and beer.
The pool is built into the stone and surrounded by a stone deck perfect for lounging and listening to the outdoor sound system.
Fitness & Activities...
Explore the garden or take the bicycles for a ride, try a local specialty on the barbecue, or relax at one of the many the outdoor sitting and dining areas.
Given the location of the estate, the walking and hiking trails are spectacular and go for miles.
You can walk, hike or run for 20 minutes or several hours without repeating your steps.
For rainy days, television, DVDs and Wii games, Wi-Fi, boulles, the library, the bar and wine cellar offer plenty of diversions.
For comfort and convenience, the Auberge is air-conditioned.