Chateau offers deluxe option fit for a king

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NEW YORK -- Clients may be kings or queens of their own castles, but now they can lord it over a French chateau, too, thanks to new industry player the Cakewalk Company here.

The 9-month-old firm is hiring out an entire 15th century chateau in Poitiers, including full staff, for weekends from May 1 through Sept. 30.

The Chateau de la Roche features five guest rooms with king-size beds and en suite bath, bookable for groups at $5,350 total for two nights, including a private, four-course dinner.

Each individual room also is available on a bed-and-breakfast basis at $150 a night.

"The aim is to get a family or group of friends to perhaps take the whole chateau for the weekend," said a Cakewalk spokeswoman.

Travel agents can tack on a 15% commission fee to published rates, she added.

Chateau de la Roche, built in 1410, can be reached from Paris by high-speed train in one hour and 30 minutes.

To book, call (866) 588-9946 or visit www.the-cakewalk.com.

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