Rural retreat with private pool in Charente - PC006607

Vaux-Lavalette (13km from Villebois-Lavalette), Charente, Poitou Charentes Reference: PC006607 Advertiser since: 28 September 2018
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms Additional info
Carmagnac Self Catering Flexible 3 6 3 One double sofabed and a double futon

About this property

Rural Luxury Retreat. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

We noticed the farmhouse roof from the main road at the top of the drive, well when we say the main road, we have a tractor on Thursday and the odd bicycle during the afternoon. During Ramparts a possession of vintage cars and fantastic fun. We have a private drive, well we share it with the farmer who uses it to gain access to the surrounding fields, very infrequently and to check on the local pond. This leads to our private drive and Carmagnac. We are South facing and hidden away in the valley with amazing views.

We bought Carmagnac on our first viewing, it was April, damp and raining, the grass hadn't been cut for the last decade and water poured into the building. We had a comprehensive check list, however as all good books tell you don't buy on emotion. Well, we did. Best move ever.

We set a budget, engaged architects and hit French bureaucracy which we have grown to love! As any well-appointed tv programme will shout about, we blew the budget, it is our home at the end of the day. We've been investing ever since and continue to do so. It becomes a passion and hopefully a legacy, subject to Brexit of course!

A character home, flooded with light, stunning views, secluded with easy access to some of Frances most picturesque villages and easy access to the coast, tributaries, rivers, beaches, chateaux's and the wine regions and not forgetting the Cognac estates and St Emilion.

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

Kitchen

Dishwasher 12 place setting
Refrigerator - Large refrigerator with freezer compartment
Stove - Cooks 5 ring gas hob, bottled gas is supplied
Oven with Double electric oven
Microwave dual (convection and microwave)
Coffee-maker
Toaster thick and thin bread. It toasts too!
Pantry items
Spices and homemade jams
Starter kit of bread, milk, cheese etc
Any fruit, vegetables available in the garden at the time of your visit (Apricots, Green Gages, Apples, Pears, Cherries and Walnuts)
Dishes and utensils

Dining Area

Child's highchair
Dining
Open plan kitchen dining area leading to a terrace for al fresco dining overlooking the pool and garden. The large oak kitchen dining table seats 8 but can be easily extended to 12 and externally 8.

This is the owners family home and has all the equipment and utensils you would expect and more to cook, party, make jam and preserves and have great celebrations and make great memories

Living rooms

Living Room

Large double ceiling and oak beams and oak floor, fireplace with stove, LED tv, Free 2 Air UK, dvd, 5 lamps, chandelier and oak stairway to study and games area.

The space is very comfortable and airy with sufficient seating for 8 we have one 4 and a 3 seater sofa and one armchair. Other seating is available.

Television
Satellite / Cable
Humix free to air - HDMI

Stereo
Surround sound system with auxiliary inputs
Dvd Player
Books
Coffee-table, picture books, fiction and non-fiction

Whilst we do not have a dedicated games room the study can be used for board games. There is a dartboard cleverly hidden away in the kitchen and lots of space to play outside under cover.

Games
Classic board games, Scrabble (2 sets), Jenga, cards, badminton rackets and net, pool racket ball, tennis rackets and balls, boules.
Music library

Bedrooms

All bedrooms have free to air satellite LED tv enabling individual channels to be selected

Bedrooms

3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6 with two twin sofa beds and a futon and two z beds so 12 in total can be accommodated

First-floor Bedroom 2
1 Super king-size bed, 6 x 6m room with private en suite (toilet, washbasin and wetroom shower) with wardrobe, iron, ironing board, hairdryer, TV, and Air
Conditioning

First-floor Bedroom 3
2 twin/ single, 6 x 4.5m with private en suite (toilet, washbasin and wetroom shower) with wardrobe, iron, ironing board, hairdryer, TV, and Air Conditioning

Ground floor Bedroom 1
1 Super king-size bed, 1 sleep sofa /futon, 7 x 4.5m room with a double-leaf door, built-in wardrobe with private en suite (toilet, washbasin and wetroom shower) with wardrobe, iron, ironing board, hairdryer, TV, and Air Conditioning

Study - Above sitting room
1 sleep sofa /futon, 8 x 3.5m room, accessed from the sitting room with air-conditioning

Bathrooms

Bathrooms

Bathroom 1 - en suite
Toilet, shower, Wet room design, heated towel rail

Bathroom 2 - en suite
Toilet, shower, Wet room design, heated towel rail

Bathroom 3 - en suite
Toilet, shower, Wet room design, heated towel rail

Family half Bathroom 4
Toilet, wash hand basin, heated towel rail

Poolside shower
Outdoor shower by the heated swimming pool with hot and cold water

Bathrooms 1,2 and 3 are fully tiled shower rooms, no fiddly shower trays and doors with lavatory, wash hand basin and Velux.

Heating

Heating

Full air-conditioning (cooling and heating)

It can get very hot. During 2019 we have had 12 weeks of wall to wall sunshine & temps in the the low 40's

All living areas and bedrooms have full Air Conditioning (heating & cooling) so Carmagnac is always kept at a pleasant temperature.

Entertainment

Television
Satellite / Cable
Humix Free to air - HDMI

All bedrooms have free to air UK satellite LED tv enabling individual channels to be selected
Stereo
Surround sound system with auxiliary inputs
Dvd player
All bedrooms have a dvd player
Books
Coffee table, picture books, fiction and non-fiction
Game Room

Whilst we do not have a dedicated games room the study can be used for board games. There is a dartboard cleverly hidden away in the kitchen and lots of space to play outside undercover

Games
Classic board games, scrabble (2 sets), Jenga, cards, badminton rackets and net, pool racketball, tennis rackets and balls, Boules
Music Library

As the owners are in the mid 50's and early 60's and very youthful at heart our cd collection and vinyl is expressive (jazz, funk, punk, rock and roll, new romantics) you get my drift.

Outside all-weather table tennis table
Children's sandpit - New 2019
Trampoline - New 2019
Swing (Child / adult) - New 2019

80 dvd's

Garden and outside

Heated to 28.5 degrees saltwater so great for the skin and children. Chlorine generated from a salt generator. No chemicals added. Maximum depth graduated 1.5 mtr minimum depth 0.5 mtr with easy access by Roman steps.

Lawn/Garden
Carmagnac and its gardens are surrounded by open fields usually sowed to either Sunflowers or Maize/Corn. Amazing views.

Kayak / Canoe
Brantome and Aubeterre-sur-Dronne

Bicycles
Two adult cycles are available 21 gears, so I'm told although I've only used 2! One with crossbar and one without and car cycle attachment available for those away day trips.

Outdoor Grill and Pergola

Large terrace area around pool over (60 square meters) with chairs, loungers, tables, umbrellas and Pergola

Outside shower area (hot and cold)

Parking and garages

A large private parking area with a turning area. You can get a vehicle up beside the farmhouse to enable easy loading.

Visitor suitability

Families with and without children
Groups of friends

Part of the house is wheelchair accessible

Carmagnac does have one bedroom (bedroom 1) suitable for access by a wheelchair from the gravel driveway. Full access to gardens and the pool, bbq areas. Access to other areas of the house are accessible (Kitchen and lounge)

Long-term Renters Welcome

Information about any additional facilities

All bedrooms have an iron/ironing board and hairdryer available
A very comfortable home with quality furnishing
Eco-friendly with 3 bin solution (recyclable, landfill and compost)
LED lighting
Pool and terrace sympathetically lit at night
Salt Water swimming pool so no chemicals added to the pool
First Aid kit
Smoke and Carbon Monoxide detectors
1 No Fire blanket
2 No Fire Extinguishers
2 No Child gates
Cleaning kits
Softener on water supply
Pool towels supplied
Fresh white bed linen (change of linen for those that stay beyond a week)
White towels

Facilities

  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Special needs

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Meals

  • Private pool

Activities

Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Verteillac
Distance: 18 km

Cycling

Family activities

Golf

Name and address of nearest golf course: http://www.longeveau.com/
Distance: 30 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: http://www.etrier-charentais.com/
Distance: 27 km

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: https://la-renommee.pagesperso-orange.fr/

Sports

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: Local trails

Watersports

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: https://www.visitesremymartin.com/
Distance: 65 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Jane Jowsey

Jane and Richard met in 2001 and had a passion for everything French. With us, both working in the hospitality and facilities industries we wanted a project. As they say, it keeps you young. After 5 years of travel to and from our home in Bath, the weekends and holidays were spent renovating to make this our family home. Rj commuted back to London for work whilst Jane remained to project manage the local artisans, Jane can share some great stories, some lost in translation.

Year property purchased 2003
Why this location? This is not let as a holiday home, it is our home, so we don't have a 'that will do attitude' and hand me downs. At Carmagnac you have everything you would wish for from a 6,9,12 inch baking tin, tagine, food blender, jam pot to quality crockery and cutlery and utensils etc etc. It is full of character and those that stay leave with memories of a great time, great food, great wine and a great home that characterises Jane and RJ.

We noticed the farmhouse roof from the main road at the top of the drive, well when we say the main road, we have a tractor on Thursday and the odd bicycle during the afternoon. During 'Angouleme Ramparts' a possession of vintage cars and fantastic fun. We have a private drive, well we share it with the farmer who uses it to gain access to the surrounding fields, very infrequently and to check on the local pond. This leads to our private drive and Carmagnac. We are south facing and hidden away in the valley with amazing views.
Unique benefits of property Heated pool, saltwater swimming pool, full air conditioning (Heating and Cooling), softened water, pergola, log burners and amazing views. We are located on an island usually surrounded by sunflowers or maze. Carmagnac is a 'Charentaise Farmhouse' made of field stone which is nestled into the hillside. So why are we unique? Visit and explore and you will find out. The most interesting comment from our letting season in 2018 is wow the photos don't do it justice. It is large, airy and interesting some would say quirky with lots of things to explore.

The Owner Recommends

Villebois Lavalette (https://www.villebois-lavalette.com/)

Restaurants, supermarket, covered market, bar, coffee shop, garage, doctor, pizzeria, DIY, chateau and lots of historical places to visit.

Please visit (http://www.chateaudelamercerie.fr/) an amazing and true story

Montmoreau

Station with trains to Bordeaux and Angouleme - great for day visits (free parking). Bordeaux can be reached in 60 mins. From Bordeaux there is a direct bus to the airport for those wanting a hassle-free journey to and from Carmagnac.

Supermarket, bars, restaurants and garage etc

Salles lavalette

Bar/restaurant, super burgers on a Friday evening

Aubeterre (http://www.aubeterresurdronne.com/en/)

Fantastic in-land beach. Shallow river swimming, ample free parking, canoe hire, bars, restaurants, tennis courts, Church of Saint Jean, an underground, Monolithic Church. A great day out

Brantome (http://www.perigord-dronne-belle.fr/en/home/)

Stunning town, bars, restaurants, river and hire a canoe. Another great day out for the family

Angouleme (http://www.angouleme-tourisme.com/)

Our city and home to the Ramparts motor race every September. If you are a petrol head or love classic car racing this should not be missed (https://www.circuitdesremparts.com/en-direct/). If you love comic strip (http://en.tintin.com/news/index/rub/100/id/3737/0/angouleme-comic-strip-heaven), jazz, bars, restaurants, parks, shopping.Swimming pool, ice rink, sailing try (http://www.angouleme-tourisme.co.uk/1283-centre-aquatique-nautilis).