One of 7 Holiday cottages nr Chalais to rent - PC002350_C

4km from Chalais, Charente, Poitou Charentes Reference: PC002350_C Advertiser since: 28 June 2007

This location has multiple holiday properties

Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
Maison du Bucheron Self Catering Flexible 1 2 1

About this property

17thC Cottages 1.5km from Chalais . This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Chateau de Labaurie, restored from a ruin in 1649, and renovated in 1988 is set in 40 acres of beautiful countryside. In the grounds are 4 self-catering cottages with fully equipped kitchens, tvs/dvds and patio areas with barbecues. There is a shared swimming pool, 12 x 6, which is fenced, table tennis, badminton court, small football field and enchanting woodland walks. All the cottages are within walking distance to local market town for shops, bar/restaurants, river fishing and tennis courts. Ideal for large parties, long and short term lets. Please see our other 3 gites that are available to rent. 
Maison du Bucheron has 1 bedroom and sleeps 2.
Some of our guest's reviews:
"We had the most wonderful stay at Labaurie and a most welcoming reception throughout our stay. I would highly recommend Labaurie for someone who is ready to unwind and relax in the tranquil setting of the estate"
"Chateau de Labaurie is so beautifully situated on the edge of Chalais in extensive grounds, which have been developed beautifully into a tranquil location. All of our very large family enjoyed the use of the pool and it was so nice to share it with other families who were on holiday there too, which kept everyone happy. The site is small enough to be peaceful, but large enough not to feel isolated - for us, a perfect combination! The Chateau is also well located to visit the local markets and we particularly enjoyed a canoe ride along the river from Aubeterre and some nearby lake beaches. We can highly recommend the Chateau de Labaurie as a relaxed place to take your family away on holiday".
Recommended for: families with young children, families with teenagers
A very nice break Maison du Bucheron
"First impressions are very good. The Chateau overlooks the main road and the instructions for getting up the hill and into the driveway were good (sometimes these will drive you mad if they are wrong as you are always tired after the drive).
The property was very clean and well presented and the tv worked for UK sat as in the brochure.When there was a problem as minor shortage in the kitchen, our hosts (Elaine and Mr Bev) addressed it straight away.
There was plenty of sunbeds outside each unit facing the pool and a lot more actually around the pools edge.
You must try the food at the local Chateau recommended by Elaine. The food was excellent and very good value (and the owner speaks good English also 50% of their patrons are UK people). The village of Aubeterre is close by and a visit to St Emillion is a must. We only had time to go to Bordeaux for one day. You must try the park and ride its so good and very cheap
Comments from owners guestbook
'We had a wonderful holiday in a beautiful place surrounded by lovely people. Very kind to our children' from a family in Ireland.
'Loved our holiday cottage and the privacy of the garden but also the communal aspect of the pool, good for Maddie'. Farnham; Surrey.
'Friendly, non intrusive owners, relaxing, welcoming & lovely Chateau' London.
'We thoroughly enjoyed our time here. Property couldn't be better - best holiday in France'. Chippenham; Wilts.
'Very pleasant holiday, the children loved the pool and the cottage was very well furnished': Camberley, Surrey.
'We've had a fantastic holiday here; weather superb but this place is so relaxing': London:
''Most wonderful holiday ever, we loved the peace and dreamlike quality of the place. Hope to come back next year'  Therese and Jamie.



Kitchen and dining

Cottage has fully-equipped kitchen.

Open plan dining room in cottage.
Washing machine on site free to use.

Living rooms

Open plan living area in cottage.


Maison du Bucheron has 1 bedroom with double bed,


Maison du Bucheron has 1 shower room.


Swimming pool, small football pitch, badminton and volleyball grassed courts.

Barn with 2 table tennis tables.

Garden and outside

Woodland and meadow walks in 43 acre grounds. Small pond with carp.

Visitor suitability

Suitable for all ages.

Information about any additional facilities

Large spacious estate with pool and cottages.


  • Cleaning

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Shared pool



Fishing nearby

Species of fish: perch
Name of nearest fishing location: River Fishing in Chalais
Distance: 1 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: Le Manoir de Longeveau Pillac 16390 Saint-Severin
Distance: 12 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Bors de Montmoreau
Distance: 16 km

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: St Quenton
Distance: 2 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Elaine Holden

We are an English married couple with 3 grown up children and 7 grandchildren.

Owner's website
Year property purchased 1988
Why this location? Because of its unspoilt countryside and micro climate.
Unique benefits of property Self-catering holiday accommodation on a 17th century chateau estate in 40 acres & ideal wedding venue.

The Owner Recommends

Local Area and Activities

We overlook a pretty market town with all amenities such as river fishing, tennis courts, theatre and cinema. Not to be missed is the International Horse Jumping Show every year in the summer. Also a yearly music festival and regular classical concerts. Medieval banquets and dinner dances. Nearby are keep fit health clubs, cinema, theatre, riding stables and canoeing on the 2 rivers. We are within easy reach of St Emilion for its prestigious wines and Cognac for its fine brandy. There are river trips on the River Charente which are very popular. The Atlantic coast with its wonderful sandy beaches are only an hour away.

Local Restaurants and Bars

A wonderful selection of bars and eating places, most within walking distance.

Location and Activities

Pretty market town with all amenities.

Markets and Shopping

Local market lining the streets of Chalais every Monday morning. Variety of interesting shops and a very good supermarket.

Nearest Port

St Malo 491km, Caen 505km, Cherbourg 505km and Roscoff 623km.

Nearest Restaurant

Five minutes 1km.

2 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 9.5
  • Condition: 9.5
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 10
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 9.5
10 / 10 Tracey and Kevin 30 June, 2014

10/10.You will not be disappointed.
From the start of our enquiry for our holiday to the booking, all questions answers and so helpful.
From out first glance of the chateau in the distance to arrival. We knew this was going to be a very special and memorable holiday for years. Cannot recommend Maison Du Bucheron highly enough. We drove through the 2 fields, through a tunnel of trees and was greeted by a deer running across the grounds. Arrived on a Friday evening to a really warm and friendly welcome. Glass of wine and nibbles on the table.( more than a glass by the time we had finished) Felt like we had known the owners for years in such a short space of time.Such a great feeling. What more could someone ask for. Like home from home. We have never holidayed like this before, normally sat on a beach and that's it for 2 whole weeks. The grounds are stunning, and I managed to take a couple of 5K runs whilst we visited to make the most of the views.
The Gite we stayed in was exactly how described. Very clean and fully equipped. Really beautiful.
The pool was great and had enough beds round to share......
Weather was hot and the 2 days we spent round the pool, relaxing got a great tan.
Elaine and Bev are just great people and are always happy to help no matter what, from info on where the markets are, to the sights and places to visit.
We are so impressed and will definitely be returning for another great holiday.

Owner response

Thank you from lovely holidayguests for the lovely review. No hesitation in welcoming this friendly couple to come back again for a Holiday.

9.5 / 10 Roger & Barbara 6 August, 2010

The advert description was very accurate, the property was clean and well-maintained.
The owners were both very nice people and were always willing to help if help was required.
We would definately recommend the property to others.
The swimming pool at the Chateau was always kept in a clean condition.
We visited the Monday morning market at Chalais, Aubeterre-sur-Dronne and St-Emilion and enjoyed them all.

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