Stone house with large private pool, Charente - PC005843

Brie-sous-Chalais (5km from Chalais), Charente, Poitou Charentes Reference: PC005843 Advertiser since: 20 November 2017
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
Chez Durandeau Self Catering Saturday 3 6 2

About this property

Spacious House with Large Private Swimming Pool. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Chez Durandeau is a large converted Charente farmhouse with a private swimming pool (10mx5m), set in a lovely south facing sunny garden. There is an outside eating area and terrace, the perfect place to watch the sun go down.

The house can accommodate up to six people and is set in a small hamlet in the southern Charente, a short drive to local amenities including boulangeries & supermarkets.

The house is spacious and comfortably furnished. The ideal place for a relaxing holiday in France. It is perfect for extended families on holiday together with plenty of room for everyone or for couples wishing to get away from daily life. There are two lounges, one with tv and one without, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (3 wcs) all providing a perfect mix of share areas for socialising and more private areas for some quiet time.

All our rooms have been renovated and maintain the traditional features with stone walls and wooden beams alongside modern facilities.



Kitchen and dining

The fully equipped kitchen with a large dining table is the centre of the house.

The kitchen has a microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, fridge and freezer.

Just outside the kitchen is an outdoor dining area with an awning, here you can sit and watch the sun go down.

Living rooms

Downstairs there is a quiet lounge with sofa and chairs for reading or relaxing indoors.

Upstairs, the Studio is a large open plan space with TV lounge with British and French satellite TV and a separate sleeping area.


Bedroom 1: (Upstairs) is a light spacious room; with a king size double bed and en suite shower room/wc. It has its own private staircase from the entrance hall.

Bedroom 2: (Downstairs) is a large double or twin room with an adjacent luxury shower room and separate wc. It is accessed by a door into a corridor from the kitchen.

The Studio: (Upstairs) is a large open plan space. It has a sleeping area (2 full size singles) and a separate tv lounge with French and British satellite tv. The 1st floor Studio is accessed from the same corridor as the downstairs bedroom, it is at the other side of the house to Bedroom 1.

There is a third separate wc (downstairs).


Bedroom 1: (upstairs) has an en-suite shower room/WC.

Bedroom 2: (downstairs) & The Studio: (upstairs) have a luxury shower room and separate WC.

There is a third separate WC (downstairs).


The house has French and British satellite tv.

Free, wi-fii is available. We live in rural France and this means the wi-fi speed can vary and the band width is not suitable for streaming.

Garden and outside

The south-facing garden and lawns surround the large swimming pool with a paved sun terrace. The large swimming pool (5m x 10 m) and the garden are for your private use.

Just outside the kitchen is a secluded outdoor dining area with an awning, perfect for dining al fresco.

Parking and garages

The house has secure private parking in the courtyard, and your car can be sheltered from the weather under a tiled roof.

Visitor suitability

The Pool: There is a large swimming pool (5m x 10M) for your private use, please note the house is not suitable for young children because the pool is not fenced. The pool does have an alarm to comply with French law. Children must be supervised at all times. The pool is closed in the Winter and is unheated.

Arrival & departure: We are usually flexible about arrival/departure days. In the schools holidays and peak periods arrival and departure is on a Saturday and the minimum booking period is 7 nights.

The house is unsuitable for visitors using a wheelchair.

Information about any additional facilities

Guest access: The house has its own entrance and facilities. We live next door and always respect our guests’ privacy and remain at your disposal for any tips or advice on where to go and what to do.

Guest interaction: We meet and greet all our guests. A range of informative leaflets of activities, events and key sights are available. We can offer a shopping service for late arrivals if required.

Other things to note:
To enjoy the house and the area it is essential to have a car.

Under local laws we are obliged to collect "la taxe de séjour" - tourist/ occupancy tax payable per person over the age of 18, per night. In 2019 this was 2% of the nightly price per person. The taxe de séjour is an additional charge.

Pets - For the comfort of all our guests, especially those who may suffer from allergies, we do not accept pets.


  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Private pool




Name and address of nearest golf course: Golf d’Aubeterre, Lieu Dit Longeveau, Pillac 16390
Distance: 20 km

Mountain biking

Distance: 2 km

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: Route des Vignobles Charentais



Name/number of nearest marked trail: There are a number of walking trails from the village centre


Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Conte et Filles, Chez Grimaud, 16480 Chillac
Distance: 11 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Ms Cath Shaw

Semi-retired couple making a new life in France.

Year property purchased 2016
Why this location? We chose this lovely part of France because it has a sunny climate. Is close to the wine regions, the coast and has beautiful rolling countryside.
Unique benefits of property Chez Durandeau is a converted farmhouse with a large private swimming pool, set in a lovely south facing sunny garden.

The gite can accommodate up to 6 people and is set in a small hamlet a short drive to local amenities and shops.

The house is spacious and comfortably furnished the ideal place for a relaxing holiday. All our rooms have been renovated and maintain the traditional features with stone walls and wooden beams.

The Owner Recommends

Local facilities

Chalais and Brossac are both a 10 minute drive. Chalais - provides everything you will need for your stay. There is a market each Monday morning; large supermarkets a number of bakers and butchers, bank, chemist, post office, tabacs, Tourist Information and restaurants. Train station.

Things to do locally

The nearest town Chalais has a lively market each Monday and it is possible to visit the Chateau in Chalais .

Nearby is the beautiful village Aubeterre sur Dronne which has been officially listed as "One of the most beautiful villages in France," since 1993. Aubeterre-sur-Dronne is known for its Church of Saint Jean, an underground, Monolithic Church; historic buildings; shops; & restaurants. There are also activities on the River Dronne including kayaking.

Around the house, the roads are quiet for cycling and there is a network of cycle routes and tracks (including the VTT). There are a number of local walking circuits on the footpaths and lanes. At the nearby Etang Vallier Park you can wakeboard and water ski and it is possible horse riding. Other local activities include canoeing, geocaching and golf.

Locally you can visit Vignobles, learn about the distillation process and sample Cognac and Pineau de Charente.

Exploring the area: Excursions and day trips

If you wish to explore the area, there are a number of Discovery Circuits and driving routes.

The hilltop city of Angouleme with its Comic Festival and Circuit de Ramparts classic car races, trips on the river and the opportunity to take a stroll through the pedestrian streets within the walls of the upper town.

The wine regions of Bordeaux, and St Emilion are about an hours drive from Chez Durandeau. As is Cognac with its distilleries and blues festival. Locally you can sample Cognac and Pineau de Charente.

It is possible to catch the train from Chalais into Bordeaux or drive in and explore the city.

Périgueux with its roman remains & medieval streets and buildings; Brantome - the Venice of France; and the Roman town of Saintes, are a little further away.

6 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 9.8
  • Comfort: 9.8
  • Condition: 9.8
  • Facilities: 9.8
  • Local Amenities: 9.5
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 9.8
10 / 10 Nigel Jones 13 October, 2019

We stayed here on our way back from Spain on a road trip. What a find!! Peaceful, relaxing, beautiful scenery and wonderful hosts. The pool looked superb but sadly it was a little chilly for a dip.The accommodation is exactly as on the website which is unusual, spotless and full of character. The surrounding country is unspoilt and a joy. Great driving roads and so much to see and do if we had the time. Thank you Cath and Kevin.

10 / 10 BernieP 26 August, 2019

If you want a relaxing holiday in a beautiful rural setting - then this is the perfect place for you.
Chez Durandeau is a comfortable, well equipped house with comfortable beds and a lovely large swimming pool where you can while away the days. Chalais has everything you need and a couple of local restaurants provide delicious and reasonably priced meals.
Cath and Kevin are great hosts and make you feel very welcome.

9.5 / 10 Richard & Kathryn 7 August, 2019

Cath & Kevin were fantastic hosts very friendly and helpful, at the same time giving us space to enjoy the property. The house is lovely and just as described on the web site, it has a nice split between joint living around the kitchen and separate lounges for time when peace and quite is needed! The house was very comfortable and clean with sufficient clean linen/towels. The pool was excellent and Kevin kept it very clean throughout our stay and the outlook from the garden is fantastic, especially at sunset.

The area around Chalais is very beautiful, we would recommend visiting the Chateau in Chalais but you will need to pre-arrange the tour but it is worthwhile especially as the guide is very entertaining. Would also highly recommend a visit to Aubeterre and Saint Emilion, both extremely pretty places. To get the most out of the area you do need to be prepared to travel, for instance Saint Emilion is an hours car journey away.

We would definitely recommend this property for people who like the peace and quite of rural locations.

10 / 10 Hubbard Family 10 July, 2019

Chez Durandeau is sheer bliss for those in need of a little peace and tranquillity.The restorative power of the verdant country side and soothing splash of the swallows as they dance in and out of the beautiful pool is a balm for any weary soul.
With two teenagers just finished GCSE and A Levels respectively we were all in need of a proper break and we found it in Chez Durandeau.
A warm welcome greeted us from our lovely hosts Cath and Kevin who were there to help if we needed but otherwise allowed us to enjoy the delightful Chez Durandeau in peace perfect peace.
The Hubbard Family