|La Grange||Self Catering||Saturday||5||10||3|
Nestling in a peaceful and secluded valley overlooking fields and woodland, La Grange is a converted Charentais stone barn, renovated, decorated and furnished to make a spacious, light and very comfortable home. Situated in the sunny south Charente department of France, La Grange benefits from one of the sunniest climates in all of Southern France, next in sunshine hours to the Côte d'Azure. With a private solar heated pool and wonderful views over the vines and fields it is a place to relax away the cares of modern living and really enjoy the wine and food for which France is justifiably famous.
Facing south, La Grange sleeps 10 comfortably in 2 double bedrooms with en suite bathrooms and 3 twin bedrooms with separate 3rd bathroom.
There is a light and spacious sejour with stone walls, stone fireplace and enormous oak beams, further extended by the large balcony overlooking the valley, heated pool and mature garden.
American style kitchen with gas hob, electric oven, dishwasher, fridge-freezer, microwave, toaster etc. The oak dining table seats 10.
The sitting room has exposed beams, a woodburner set in to a stone fireplace and ample seating.
Two double bedrooms and 3 twin bedded rooms
Two en suite bathrooms for the double bedrooms both with showers and one with a bath.
Third bathroom with separate shower and bath.
Oil fired central heating and wood burning stove.
UK satellite tv, dvd player, cd and iPod player, boardgames, books and cards. Gamesroom with snooker table. All weather table tennis table.
Heated private swimming pool with solar shower and loungers. Private parking. Grassy areas and mature gardens. Balcony with views over the valley and shady terrace.
Not suitable for people of reduced mobility.
Gas barbecue. Washing machine.
Came to France in 1992 with my wife and 2 young children to start a new life after redundancy in the UK.
|Year property purchased||1995|
|Why this location?||Rural setting but close to small town with all amenities|
|Unique benefits of property||Quiet locations, well maintained and both with heated pools. Able to relax away from it all but close enough to shops etc.
We also offer painting courses in both acrylics and pastels. My wife Helene runs these courses in her fully equipped studio adjacent to the property. Materials can be supplied.
One of the prettiest villages of France with monolithic church
The large and well maintained Swimming pool & high level outdoor sitting area were the highlights of our stay at La Grange. Whilst the main living room/kitchen were also comfortable, the upstairs bedrooms were small and cramped (our party was 6 adults & 3 children) with limited ventilation. The property would work better for a smaller group of adults. The lower level ensuite bedrooms were fine although showers etc had a 'tired' feel.
Games facilities were good including a large pool/snooker room and outdoor table tennis.
Locally, Chalais is a pleasant enough small town with a full range of facilities with a good Monday market. Auberterre is an attractive day visit with easy access for canoeing etc nearby.
Local walks were difficult to find and highly unusually for France poorly signed in places.
Thank you for your generally positive review. Just to answer a couple of your negative points: The upstairs bedrooms are smaller but have never been described as cramped and normally perfectly spacious for children/teenagers and have often catered for adults too although the house is designed for two families with the adults sleeping downstairs in the double rooms and the children sleeping upstairs. They are ventilated by velux style windows and all have electric fans. But there is little we can do to combat 34 degrees of heat. You certainly had hot weather for your stay. We are a little perplexed by your comment of tired bathrooms. They are spacious with larger than normal sized showers and regularly re-painted to keep them fresh. In fact all the shower fittings were new this year apart from the thermostatic controls which are being replaced for next year.
This is a review posted on another site by people staying a couple of weeks before you:-
We had such an amazing time staying in this beautiful converted barn. There were 10 of us staying, adults and children (ages ranging from 14-3) the barn was the perfect size for all of us, with plenty of room that we never felt on top of each other.
It has great features, a good layout and everything you need from a garlic press to sun loungers and parasols. The barn was very clean and tidy and the kitchen is equipped with everything you need. We loved the open plan of the lounge, dining area and kitchen,
We had a lovely time at La Grange which was helped by the lovely weather. The pool made it for us its worth paying to have one of your own. Bill and Ellie are good hosts and don't bother you unless you want them which was great for us. We would def go back. The accommodation is great for a large family or group of friends and it was easy to find. We travelled from Caen ad i would say it was about 37 euros each way on the tolls. I have put that info in as its handy to know and they were a lot easier to use than we thought once you understood them.
Views from La Grange are good and we saw the resident Eagle. Hanging washing out here is not a chore! Lots of kitchen equipment and maps and games but forgot to tell Bill the Trivial Pursuit is a little outdated by about 30 years!!
It gets warm in the upstairs bedrooms so grab the bottom ones, but fans are provided. the only one thing i wished we had was a king size bed but i knew that before we booked.
The two outside eating areas are great we used upstairs more in the evening for BBQ and downstairs one for shade. The pool is great lots of loungers and brolly's for shade. Having an extra fridge for cold drinks really helps out. We really didn't do that much in 2 weeks as we came for the rest and with having the pool we really had everything we wanted. Visited Bordeaux and Aubeterre Sur Dronne and went to Chalais mostly every day for provisions. The market was great there on the Monday and there is a little ex pat cafe .
Thanks for your comments, glad you enjoyed the property and the area. Take your point about the Trivial Pursuit but it is my epoch and I don't know any of the answers in the newer versions ! We do also have a slightly newer version in French if you wanted a challenge !
See you again another year maybe,
Bill and Ellie