An impressive house full of character and original features in a rustic farm setting

Sleeps: 8
Bedrooms: 4
Weekly price guide: £1474-£1996
Pool: Yes
Type: House
Property Ref: MAI2887

General Description

A sleepy stone hamlet, just three kilometers from the Charente River at Condac and only five kilometers from the historic market town of Ruffec.

Set off on foot or by bike and explore beautiful villages and châteaux nearby or discover Angoulême, Cognac or Poitiers only 45 - 60 minutes away. Exciting day trips to Bordeaux and Saint Emilion, to sample world-famous wines are also possible from this countryside idyll.
Guests will not feel isolated, with the classically French town of Ruffec nearby, bursting with character and offering plenty of amenities, including restaurants. The region is brimming with things to do; zoos, river boat trips, monuments, WW2 and Roman sites and lots of outdoor sports, Summer music and film festivals and even a vintage car race.

Just as the region offers a feast for the senses, so too does the property, which is an impressive, grand Maison de Mâitre full of character and original features in a rustic farm setting surrounded by hilly fields. The restoration has created an uplifting mix of old and new, offering guests the best of both worlds. Large, light-filled rooms modern, colourful furniture as well as vintage pieces. Outdoors there are formal gardens, an ornate grapevine arbor for dining under, a stone barbecue, roses, lavender and sunny terraces for sipping apéritifs. There is also a children’s play area with sand pit, table tennis, football nets, badminton net and boules set.

This house will delight guests with its charm and beauty in a region bursting with culture, nature and fun adventure for all ages.

Accommodation Facilities

House Interior:

Ground floor:
- Main living room, with 48' flat screen TV, DVD library, UK Free Sat TV, free UK landline calls and a mix of antique and modern designer furniture. The room is great for relaxing and socializing
- Children's playroom (located next to living room) with toys for all ages, kids DVD library, TV (DVD use only), board games, craft supplies, jigsaws and books
- Dining room with bar area, scrubbed oak table seating 8 and reading nook
- Well equipped kitchen with seating for 6, convection oven, 4 ring electric hob, dishwasher, microwave, blender, food processor, steam sterilizer, large fridge/freezer, kettle, toaster, plenty of glassware, tableware and linens. Perfect for children’s meals
- Pantry area with storage
- Utility room/cloakroom with toilet, sink and washing machine
- Under-stairs storage for buggies/coats/shoes
- Cellar (not accessible to guests)

First Floor (accessed via original double width, curved staircase):
- Bedrooms 1 with king-size bed
- Bedroom 2 with double bed
- Bedroom 3 with double bed, wooden cot, baby monitor and changing table - ideal for parents with a young child
- Bedroom 4 with twin beds, nightlight, plug covers, bed bumpers, bedtime stories, chalkboard and child's desk
- Master bathroom with freestanding claw-footed bath, oversized walk-through shower and double sinks
- Bathroom 2 with large bath, shower over, toilet and large vanity unit

Second Floor:
The second floor will be locked to guests as it is yet to be renovated - opening in summer 2019.

Outside Grounds:
- Private swimming pool (size: 6x9m/depth: 0.5-1.5m/shape: rectangular) with safety gate, thermal cover and alarm system
- Poolside terrace with loungers
- Fruit orchard
- Parking space for 6 cars
- Sand-pit

Please Note:
- There is a well in the front garden that is securely chained, covered with a grill and padlocked.
- There are horses kept on the estate during summer months but are enclosed with electric fences.
- Although gated from the house, the pool can be accessed from the gardens and BBQ terrace so parents must remain vigilant at all times.

Additional Notes:
One wooden cot and two travel cots are provided.
Baby and Toddler Equipment: booster seat.
Nanny/babysitting service.
Bike hire.
In-house beauty therapist.
Arrival time: 4.00 p.m.
Linen and towels included, including pool towels.
Minimum stay 7 nights.
Heating costs included, plus wood-burner (first basket of wood included).
Pets welcome: Well-behaved dogs may be accepted on request only and only on ground floor. Supplement may apply (please enquire). Dog beds are provided.
Weddings, stag/hen parties and other celebrations are allowed and subject to a higher security deposit - please enquire.
Please note that music outside is not permitted.
The pool is open 26/5 - 29/9 as the cooler months may not be suitable for swimming. However, there is a thermal cover which helps maintaining the water temperature at night-time.

Local Area / Activities

The property is set in a gorgeous sleepy hamlet just 5km from Ruffec, a popular, characterful, classically French market town with a not-to-be-missed historic covered market every Wednesday and Saturday.

The town itself offers a wide range of amenities such as three supermarkets, pharmacy, bakery, butcher, deli, patisserie, wine merchants, post office, banks, restaurants, bars and even a well-regarded hospital.

The riverside village of Condac is just 3km away, an excellent base to admire the Charente river.

The Licheres la Salle is a tourist centre for outdoor pursuits, there are also many hiking and rambling paths through the woodlands or along the Charente river. For those who like to be a bit more active, the Roc de Rosny has been adapted for rock climbing (Mansle - 22km/23mins).

Throughout the summer, there are music and film festivals taking place in the region, including the International music festival in Confolens (25 mins away), and the vintage car race in Angôuleme – the 'circuits des remparts' around the old walls of the city.

Angôuleme is a marvellous historical town sitting on a rocky promontory just above the Charente river and enjoying breath-taking views over the Charente Valley. Characterized by wide boulevards, ramparts, ancient churches and several museums, it is an interesting place to discover.

Just 5km east of Angôuleme, you can visit the Charente Grotte de Vilhonneur which host the world famous wall paintings of Lascaux. All along these beautiful caves dating back to over 27,000 years ago, there are also many places where one can practice kayaking.

Cognac is also within easy reach: explore its gorgeous old town and visit the big Cognac houses both in the city and in Jarnac (20 mins) where you can enjoy fabulous brandy tastings.
Poitiers is a further attractive city with over 100 church towers including 'Notre-Dame-La-Grande', good local shops, bars and restaurants and definitely worth a visit for its famous 'Futuroscope', France’s largest educational theme park.

The house is also superbly positioned, offering easy access to routes to discover the World Heritage site of St Emilion and the cosmopolitan and elegant city of Bordeaux.

Local Amenities:
Nearest Town/City: Ruffec (6km/9mins)
Nearest Supermarket: Ruffec (6km/9mins)
Nearest Airport: Poitiers/Limoges/La Rochelle (70km-55mins/86km-1h 10mins/146Km/1h45)
Nearest Restaurant: Moulin de Condac (3km/5mins)
Nearest Bar/Pub: Moulin de Condac (3km/5mins)
Nearest Train Station: Ruffec (7km/11mins)
Nearest Village: 1km/10-15mins walk
Nearest Beach: Chatelaillon-Plage (125km/1h45mins)
Nearest Tennis: Ruffec (6km/9mins)

Kids Activities Close-by:
Horse riding : (Poney Club de la Cote – 12km/13 mins)
Watersports : Lac Lavaud - 57km/58mins)
Canoeing/kayaking : (Condac - 3km/5mins - on the Charente River)
Historical sites : (Oradour sur Glane - 75km/1hr /Chassenon Roman Baths - 53km/50 mins)

Price Guide

These prices are a guideline only, please use the calendar at the top of the page to search availability and prices for specific weeks. Then you have the option to book the property online.

Low Season: £1474
High Season: £1996

Security deposit: £500 paid by cheque and returned in full subject to inspection

Key Features

  • Exclusive Property
  • Swimming pool
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • TV
  • English satellite TV
  • DVD player
  • Internet access
  • Fire / Stove
  • BBQ
  • Cot available
  • Close to local amenities
  • Suitable for young children
  • Pets considered
  • Tennis nearby
  • Golf nearby
  • Fishing nearby
  • Watersports nearby


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