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This unique French chateau sits directly on the beach at the mouth of Eastern Lake. It is an architectural treasure tastefully designed with furnishings and artwork comfortably compatible with it's French origin - simply the most romantic beach experience on 30A! From the gated motor court entry you sense your stay in Chez Fleur will be unlike any other beach experience.
Entry into Chez Fleur
The incredibly beautiful hand-hewn barn wood floors are the first thing you will notice upon entering. Then look up and your eye is immediately drawn to the ocean view just through the French doors in front of you - heaven!
As soon as you walk in the door, you're transported to another time and place by the breath taking views of the ocean straight through the chateau to the gulf. During temperate climates you may want to leave open the front door and the south side French doors leading to the beach to allow soft cool breezes to flow through - an incredible experience indeed!
Downstairs Living Space
The living room features comfortable seating, a large flat screen TV/DVD with enhanced sound (in the armoire - built in France, but made from imported Georgia pine), a Sonos audio system and a gorgeous limestone wood burning fireplace that was built onsite and to scale from a fireplace found in a chateau in the South of France.
The original hand crafted dining table was designed and produced right on 30A and seats 8 persons with china, stem ware, etc. However, open the French doors, and the main level porch allows dining for four more.
The extremely well-equipped kitchen, dining room, living area, laundry and half bath are also on the main level.
The kitchen bodes real marble countertops, a double oven, a gas stovetop, farmhouse sink, coffee maker, toaster, microwave, dishwasher, large refrigerator with freezer (and automatic ice maker), ample storage space for pantry items, and more pots, pans, dishes, glassware, and flat-wear than you could ever need! The laundry room also has a stand-alone ice maker for your use - no need to keep going back to the grocery store for more bags of ice this beach trip!
There are two courtyards centrally located on the east and west side of the chateau. The western courtyard connects you to your private boardwalk straight out to the beach. It has a convenient shower/hose station for removing sand before re-entry into the chateau. The western courtyard also features a spa tub with jets (4-6 capacity). Enjoy the 65-104 degree spa all months of the year. Perfect for cooling off in the summer and warming up in the winter!
Just outside the kitchen door, the Eastern Courtyard features a fully-functioning limestone lion head 17th century water fountain that was originally built in a chateau on the South of France and imported by Chez Fleur's first owner, Dr. Planz, in the 1990s. Fire up the Weber Gas Grill and enjoy al fresco dining in comfortable teak lounge chairs while listening to the lulling sound of the fountain. A perfect spot for that morning cup of coffee or evening dinner under the stars!
First Floor Porch
You will find the first floor covered porch to be the 'favorite' place to relax in Chez Fleur. Many of our guests say there is no need to venture further once you recline in the cushioned teak chairs, quietly secluded with a book and libation....or just visiting with family and friends. This porch comfortably seats 8 (4 lounge chairs and 4 dining chairs) and has an old teak dining table for any meal, including a romantic evening dinner under the stars with the ocean breeze lulling you into a dream. If you do venture further than the porch, the beach is only steps away, right down your private boardwalk. No steps to climb!
Upstairs Living Space
The upstairs reading/sitting room of the house provides a cozy and comfortable space for reading, puzzles, and board games, or just visiting with one another.
Upstairs Master Suite
Chez Fleur has three spacious bedrooms with en suite bathrooms on the second floor, as well as a fourth bedroom with full bath just steps from its door.
The breathtaking Master Suite spans the entire gulf side with an exquisite covered porch featuring a 180 degree view of the Gulf and the dune lake! The expansive bedroom features a king bed with quality mattress set, generous closet space, flat screen television and DVD player, and all original artwork.
The Master Bath features two pedestal sinks and a luxurious multi-headed shower with boosted water pressure - truly a spiritual experience.
The second floor covered porch, just off the upstairs Master Suite, has cushioned chaise loungers for napping or enjoying the breeze without worrying about the sun.
King & Queen Suites
The other two en suite bedrooms on the second level are situated on the northeast and northwest corners of the home both with views of the ocean. There are full dedicated baths (shower/tub) for each. Both bedrooms are large and inviting with generous closet space and flat screen TVs. One features a king and the other a queen bed, both with high quality mattress sets. These bedrooms would be considered 'masters' in most beach rentals based on their size and appointment.
The fourth bedroom is smaller but still roomy with a double bed, armoire chest of drawers and flat screen TV. The dedicated full bath for this bedroom is just 20 feet from the bedroom door across a small hallway. The hallway full bathroom on the second level features a pedestal sink and newly renovated stand-up shower.
All upstairs bedrooms have generous views of the beach.
Downstairs Master Suite
The north rooms (motor-court side) on the main level of the home are newly built! What once were underutilized garage spaces are now two brand new functional rooms with the same character and architectural detail as the rest of the house to accommodate more guests in your party: a Master Suite and a Media Room.
The main level Master Suite features a Queen bed with a high quality mattress set, spacious closets, and a flat screen television. Enjoy luxury in the en suite bath's brand new rain shower, that also includes a hand held shower head.
The media room is equipped with a beautiful leather sectional with ample room for movie nights or watching the big game, a large high definition television, and dvd player. Enjoy room for two more with our bunk beds, ideal for children, teens, or single adults. Guests sleeping in this brand new room are just across the hall from the downstairs Master Suite.
Laundry Room + Half Bath
The home is well-equipped with a High Efficiency washer and dryer, and high quality, luxuriously soft linens and towels on all the beds and in each bathroom. The laundry room is just off the Western Courtyard where the Spa Tub and outdoor shower are located. A stand alone ice maker and soaking sink are also both in this room.
There is a half bathroom downstairs between the laundry room and foyer, convenient for guests relaxing in the kitchen, dining, and living rooms or in either courtyard.