Farmhouse and cottage in Poitou Charente

Salles-Lavalette (13km from Villebois-Lavalette), Charente, Poitou Charentes Reference: PC003569 Advertiser since: 4 March 2014
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Les Chauvins Self Catering Saturday 8 16 5 1 extra bed

About this property

17th Century Charentaise Farmhouse and Maison D'Amis. This cottage/gite is in a village setting.

Les Chauvins consists of a beautiful 17th Century Charentaise Farmhouse and cottage, The Maison d'Amis. Both houses are full of character, retaining their French rustic charm and many original features whilst providing guests with all the modern conveniences they may desire. Located in one of France's most scenic locations, Les Chauvins is a gorgeous home away from home.
The Farmhouse provides accommodation for 10 guests and The Maison D'Amis for 6. The houses are very comfortable and well equipped, offering all the privacy and tranquillity one could hope for as well as stunning views of the Charente countryside. They have a huge play area with space for badminton, cricket, football etc. As well as swings and a sandpit for the younger guests, and a large tramoline. There are plenty of games, including table football, darts and pool in the Game Room and instruments to play.. a piano, guitars and recorders to name a few... in the music area! There is a huge play barn with table tennis, darts, pool and more. There are pygmy goats to feed and pet, as well as chickens and guinea pigs! Each house has its own barbecue and The Farmhouse has a gas plancha for outdoor cooking.The Farmhouse (320m²) and The Maison D'Amis (100m²) are situated in a secluded spot at the end of a private country lane, in the summer the fields beyond are planted with stunning sunflowers and golden wheat. The houses overlook a pretty courtyard to the east and to the west is the huge walled swimming pool with its powerful jetstream.
Beyond there are uninterrupted views of the valley with its stream, woods and wildlife. The layout and proportions of the properties make them a perfect place for families to relax and have fun together, or to celebrate special occasions such as birthdays and wedding anniversaries. Les Chauvins is a great place to escape to, with family or friends and being situated on the border between the Charente and the Dordogne it provides an ideal base from which to explore these regions. Being only a 20 minute drive from Angouleme it is ideally situated for groups who wish to participate in, or enjoy the Circuit des Remparts, the annual classic car event in September.
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Kitchen and dining

Two fully equipped kitchens; fridge, freezer, dishwasher, microwave, oven, hob etc.

Living rooms

Two living rooms; wi-fi, dvd player, flat screen lcd tv, comfortable furniture, logburners.


100% white Egyptian cotton bed linen.


One en suite and 3 family bathrooms with bath and shower (baby facilities available).




Huge pool with jet stream.
Gamesroom with bar and pool table, darts, table football, gym and selection of games and dvds. PS2 and wi-fi.
Barn with ping-pong table, large selection of outdoor games (badminton, cricket etc)

Garden and outside

Set in approximately 1 acre of beautiful gardens. A variety of south and west facing terraces with seating for 20.

Parking and garages

Ample parking.

Visitor suitability

Ideal for celebrating special occasions.

Information about any additional facilities

Les Chauvins is on the Charente Dordogne border in south west France.There are so many fun activities for families to share in the Charente that the question is never what to do, but where to start!

Explore the rivers in a flat-bottomed boat or a canoe or try walking, riding and mountain biking round the rolling countryside.

Aubeterre sur Dronne is a must with its underground church and river beach. So is Brantome, with its cafes and bars and bustling Friday market. Chalais and Riberac too!

Classroom history lessons come to life at the imposing forts and chateaux. Climb to the top of a castle, dress up in medieval costume, or enjoy one of the many medieval village fetes around the region.

And if all that's not enough, surprise the kids with a trip to an adventure park, a scenic excursion on a llama, or further afield, a self-propelled ride on a vélo-rails or rail bike along a disused railway track!

The lush, green landscape of Charentes is one of the best places to enjoy a nature holiday in France. With no mountains or rugged terrain to contend with, the countryside is easily accessible to everyone, offering an unrivalled mix of rolling hills, vineyards and valleys, not to mention the glorious beaches of the French Atlantic Coast. Get close to nature birdwatching, or looking out for the coypus, wild boar, deer and bats. The gently undulating countryside is an open invitation to walkers and cyclists with a network of well-marked paths, whilst fishermen can relax beside a river.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Private pool


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Verteillac
Distance: 15 km


Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Carp
Name of nearest fishing location: Many locations


Name and address of nearest golf course: Manoir de Longeveau
Distance: 15 km




Name/number of nearest marked trail: Various

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Madeleine Britton

Welcome to Les Chauvins. We are Madeleine & Marcus Britton. We were living and working in Yorkshire before coming to France, on our travels we fell in love with this property and the beautiful rolling Charente countryside, so much so we decided to move here!

Year property purchased 2013
Why this location? The Charente has its own micro-climate, it is warmer and less rainy that then surrounding areas. The countryside is beautiful, in the summer the fields are full of sun flowers, wheat and maize and the skies are breath-taking, so many stars. The Milky Way passes right above the courtyard, it's a photographers dream.
Unique benefits of property Les Chauvins is a wonderful place to enjoy peace and tranquillity, in the company of friends and family. The houses are full of character, yet modern, stylishly decorated with everything you may need on hand. There is plenty to do here, with the games room, the bikes, the table tennis, the trampoline, the playing-field and of course the pool there is no need to leave the grounds.....except that in the surrounding area there are so many wonderful things to see. Visit Aubeterre, Brantome, Riberac Market, do a wine tour, go canoeing, Go Ape.... the list is endless. Come and see for yourself, it's wonderful.

The Owner Recommends

Aubeterre sur Drone

Aubeterre sur Dronne is approximately 22 km from Les Chauvins and has been officially listed as one of "The Most Beautiful Villages in France" since 1993. There are plenty of things to do there. At the foot of the village, where the meadows meet the River Dronne, there is a river beach for swimming and sunbathing, it also has cool, shady areas for picnicking or if you prefer there is an outdoor bar/restaurant. Nearby there is a canoeing centre, the football club, and the village’s very active tennis club. In the village there are also small boutiques for present shopping, a variety of bars and restaurants, a puppet theatre and The Underground Church of Saint Jean is definitely worth a visit. There is a small artisan market on Sunday mornings. For a full list of activities and restaurants visit their website.


The ancient, mystical and sacred town of Brantome (42km) has fascinated visitors for centuries, and although a little farther than other places, don't discount it. Nestled in a cluster of limestone caves high on the Aquitaine plateau, Brantome’s natural beauty, bubbling spring, and well-stocked river attracted its earliest inhabitants over 40,000 years ago. It is one of our favourite places in the Dordogne and Friday, the bustling market day, is possibly the best day to visit, combine a little shopping with a canoeing adventure on the river and a look at the artisans blowing glass! Have a picnic under the trees at the riverside park, or lunch at one of the numerous cafes. In Brantome there is a home for retired British police horses! Well worth a trip to see. Have a look at their website and book a visit. Close to Brantome is the Grotte de Villars, with underground chambers, stalagmites and stalactites, a must for all you budding geologists.


Riberac visit it's (23km) famous market on Friday mornings, it is easily the biggest and best locally for food, presents etc. There, you will find many English people, shopping and selling! There are plenty of bars, coffee shops and restaurants to choose from, one of which is Le Commensal (05 53 90 46 28). It also has a Chinese restaurant La Pagoda, Thai restaurant Le Petit Thai 05 53 90 12 71 and a fish restaurant Le Citronnier. Head west on the D20 to Aubeterre sur Dronne. It is only 15kms from Riberac so there’s plenty of time for a dip in the river before returning home!


Horse Riding at Bors de Montmoreau (10 km ) Ecuries des Chênes 06 72 80 24 60. Martha price runs a bi-lingual riding school and can cater for all ages and abilities. Email Martha to book before your trip on Golf at Longeveau, Pillac – (15 km ) 9 holes (English run with bar and snack lunches) or larger clubs at Cognac, Bordeaux, Libourne, Perigueux, and Angouleme. Mini Golf at St. Severin ( 10 km ) good family fun, can be open at night if reserved in advance. Skateparks at Riberac, Montmoreau, Angouleme and Perigueux. Carp Fishing; Forest Lake ( 35 minutes) Richard and Anoushka Poole welcome you to Forest Lake Carp Fishing in France where you can fish for large carp and catfish in perfect tranquillity. Forest Lake is situated in stunning countryside in the heart of the Dordogne region of South West France.

2 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 9.5
  • Comfort: 9
  • Condition: 9
  • Facilities: 9.5
  • Local Amenities: 9
  • Setting: 9.5
  • Value for Money: 9.5
10 / 10 William Jackson 15 April, 2017

We were extremely happy with our holiday at Les Chauvins. The properties were beautifully clean and well maintained and Madeleine & Marcus couldn't have been nicer. It is really peaceful and lovely around there and the views are spectacular. I have never seen a night sky like it!
There is so much to do on site that we didn't really want to go out and about! The pool is wonderful, it has a jet stream which is great fun and a really useful covered area if you want to get away from the heat. It's really big too so plenty of space for everyone to splash about in.
Everyone took full advantage of the games room, the ping pong, the little ones loved the play area and the we cycled off every day to get the bread.
There is plenty to do in the area too we visited Aubeterre, Poltrot, Chalais the Beach at Lake Jemaye, Angouleme and other places. I cannot recommend this holiday enough!

8.7 / 10 Steele 24 August, 2015

We had a wonderful holiday at Les Chauvins and Maison d'Amis, enjoying fantastic weather.

A lovely farm house and cottage in a beautiful location with wonderful hosts, Madeleine and Marcus, their English is fantastic!

God willing we hope to all be back there next year!!