One of 7 Holiday cottages nr Chalais to rent - PC002350_E

4km from Chalais, Charente, Poitou Charentes Reference: PC002350_E Advertiser since: 28 June 2007

This location has multiple holiday properties

Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
Cavalier Suite Self Catering Sunday 2 4 1

About this property

17thC Cottages 1.5km from Chalais . This chateau is in a rural setting.

Chateau de Labaurie, a restored ruin from1649 and renovated in 1988, is set in 40 acres of beautiful countryside.  There are 4 self-catering cottages in the grounds with fully equipped kitchens, tv's/dvd's and patio areas with barbecues.  They all share the fenced swimming pool, 12 x 6, 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.

The Cavalier suite in the chateau has its own entrance and from the chateau courtyard you will find a spacious open plan sitting room/dining room and kitchen.  Stone turret stairs lead to the first floor, where there is 1 twin bedroom, 1 double bedroom and a shower room. There is a table, chairs and sun canopy in the courtyard for this suite along with a barbecue.  Changeover day can be flexible, please request.
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

Peaceful and refreshing Le Joli Coin.
"The chateau and grounds are the perfect embodiment of France. The Joli Coin was simple and clean with everything we needed for a comfortable stay. Bev & Elaine had thought of everything to entertain lively children and energetic adults with the large pool, badminton/volley ball nets, football pitch, undercover table tennis and darts with all the equipment.  As well as allowing those (who wished it), peace, tranquillity and relaxation. They are friendly and helpful hosts who are there if needed but do not intrude. We had a fabulous time and sincerely hope to return."
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 (like a 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 it’s so good and very cheap."
A Holiday to Remember Le Joli Coin
"Twenty years ago we first visited Labourie in the very early stages of renovation of the Chateau when we wondered how on earth anyone could be brave enough to try to restore it! We loved it even then and were so pleased to return in 2007 especially to meet our wonderful hosts Bev and Elaine again and to see the amazing transformation of the Chateau. The warmth of our welcome was second to none and the meal we enjoyed in the lovely dining room that first evening was fit for a king. We opted to stay in La Jolie which was delightful for Bed and Breakfast with excellent facilities for self-catering. The water was always piping hot and it was all spotlessly clean and we had several lovely days either exploring the beautiful grounds and surrounding countryside or basking in the sunshine by the side of the swimming pool. Each morning Elaine would arrive with our breakfast of fresh croissants and fruit. We were only sorry we could not stay longer. The peace was bliss!
We know there is plenty to do in the area, good places at which to eat and the town of Chalais is delightful. We cannot recommend Labourie highly enough and neither can we wait to return."
Comments from our owner’s 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 and 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

Open plan kitchen, dining and sitting room.

Living rooms

Open plan sitting room.


One bedroom with twin beds
One bedroom with a double bed.


One shower room with wc and washbasin.


No heating.


Sat. tv.

Garden and outside

Own garden furniture outside. Shared barbecue in chateau courtyard.

12 x 6 metre swimming pool.

40 acres of woodlands and meadows free to roam
Table tennis, small football pitch, badminton and volley ball nets.

Parking and garages

Lots of open space for parking.

Visitor suitability

Stone turret spiral stairway, , wide to narrow treads but may not be suitable for very small children.

Information about any additional facilities

On site near the swimming pool there are 2 undercover table tennis tables. Small football field and a badminton net.
Woodland area for tranquil walks as well as meadows.


  • No smoking

  • 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.

1 Review
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 9
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 10
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
9.8 / 10 Vacornce en Frogge 18 September, 2014

We book a different area of France each year as we like the adventure of the unknown and this year stayed in the Charente region. Me and my family booked the chateau with a remarkable turret staircase to the spacious upstairs which the children adored. The self catering apartment was huge and full of history and character. It was especially relaxing having breakfast in the sunshine that bathed the courtyard. The grounds are great for exploring and provide excellent photographic opportunities. A big plus for this estate is the privacy and how child friendly the amenities are such as badminton, table tennis, football etc. The hosts Bev and Elaine are very remarkable couple and the kind of people that deeply care for your needs during your stay. There are three drive ways to the estate and we found the one highest up the most appropriate for our stay. The pool is surrounded by secure fencing and is very well maintained albeit a bit cold although we have yet to find a heated outdoor pool with our accommodation. But it is very refreshing on hot days and does the job.
The surrounding area has many attractions to visit and some are very usual such as the underground church and the memorial village. We went out several times and loved the night life such as sitting in the square drinking and playing cards. There is a river you can canoe on which includes a fun weir to slide down as much as you like and adjacent is a park unlike any in the UK with a river beach, playground and bar. The outdoor markets, ice cream bars and restaurant barbecues were a hit with the children. I liked the trip to Cognac and the distillery tour.
We enjoyed our stay so much we decided to extend our holiday. As there are several properties on the estate our hosts managed to put us up in a cottage next to the pool which had a wood burner. The only thing I would change is perhaps the shower as the bathrooms are big but the enclosed shower a bit on the small side. We were reluctant leavers and would recommend this place to anybody looking for somewhere that is civilised and not like the all inclusive hotels all day drinking and loud music you get so much beyond France. You can fly to this area but we always travel by car. Next time though we may book our stay outside of the bank holiday weekend as all the cars come out of hiding on the usually sparsely populated roads compare to ours in the UK.
Food prices in France seem a lot higher but then the Euro is much stronger these days.

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