|Room name||Type||Sleeps||Bathroom||Prices from (per room per night)||Additional info|
|Chateau||Double Room||2||Private||£79||Additional charges for extra guests in twin room.|
|Pigeonnier||Double Room||2||Private||£69||Large private bathroom and separate toilet.|
On entering the large courtyard via the imposing gates there is secure parking for several cars. The Mediterranean style courtyard has a Pigeonnier, a well and various places to sit and relax in the sun or under the shade of a tree.
There is a shaded open barn with outside eating and sitting areas which has views across the swimming pool to the open countryside.
The 12 x 6m swimming pool has a spacious poolside area with sun beds and parasols and outdoor shower.
There are views of open countryside and the paddocks of the equestrian centre opposite.
Breakfast is served in the dining room overlooking the courtyard to the front. The room is typical charentais with wood floors, beamed ceiling, stone fireplace with woodburner and large windows overlooking the courtyard.
Being a chambre d’hotes guests will have the full use of their bedroom or Suite, the dining room, and outside covered sitting area.
Suite. There is available a large suite, 32sqm with a lovely dual aspect bedroom with views of the Chateau (seasonal) and the front courtyard. Wood floors and doors with beamed ceiling.
A new king size bed and new quality bedding with double wardrobe and drawer. Bedside cupboards and lamps. A small table and occasional chairs with tea and coffee making facilities.
Within the suite is a separate bedroom of 9sq.m with two single beds with bedside tables and lamps, also a clothes hanging facility. This room may be used as a dressing room or may accommodate additional guests using the suite’s shower and toilet.
Pigeonnier Large double bedroom with private large bathroom with shower and bath and vanity unit. There is a separate toilet and sink with mirror. The bedroom has two charentais windows. A new king size bed with new quality bedding. Large wardrobe and chest of drawers, bedside tables and lamps. Antique chairs and table with tea and coffee making facilities. 25sqm
The suite includes a shower room with shower and vanity unit and a separate toilet with sink and cupboards under and a mirrored cupboard above.
The large double bedroom has a large family bathroom including a shower and a roll top bath with claw feet. A vanity unit with cupboards under and a separate set of drawers. This bathroom has two attractive small ‘pigeonnier’ style windows. A toilet with new sink with cupboard under and new toilet and mirror.
Electric heating in rooms and woodburner in dining room.
Free Wi-fi and tv/dvd player in the suite with English Freeview channels. Large selection of books, dvd’s and games available. Pétanque pitch and basic badminton court in meadow.
Large courtyard with sitting/dining areas, either shaded or unshaded. Outside sitting/dining in the covered barn.
Large 12 x 6m swimming pool with spacious poolside area with sunloungers and parasols. The pool is covered and alarmed but currently not fenced in and therefore not suitable for children under 5. The shallow end of the pool is 1m and the deep end of the pool is 2.5m, so children and non swimmers must be accompanied and supervised at all times.
A gate from the pool leads to the fenced meadow suitable for games or sitting under the fruit trees watching the riders and horses being put through their paces in the paddocks opposite.
There are lovely views of the rolling countryside and sunsets.
There are several open semi-shaded parking spaces within the gated courtyard.
The courtyard of the property has steps and terraces and the bedrooms are up a flight of stairs wheelchair users would have difficulties.
Due to swimming pool legal requirements children under 5 years are not allowed to stay as currently the pool is not suitably fenced, although older children are welcome.
Regretfully smoking and pets are not allowed.
The owners may provide by arrangement an evening meal or barbecue on occasions. Guests who have any specific dietary requirements must advise the owners in advance.
Bicycles may be locked /stored overnight in the outside barn.
After enjoying many happy holidays in France, we decided to live here. Having worked in the service industry previously and retiring early, we thought it would be a good idea to open a Chambre D’hôtes and share our love of all things French with our guests.
|Year property purchased||2018|
|Why this location?||We really appreciate the slower pace of life in rural France and enjoy the local markets, brocantes and festivals. However the delights of French city life are not far away at Cognac, Saintes and Angouleme.
The unspoilt rolling countryside is mainly agricultural with hamlets and small chateaux locally.The local French people are very friendly and obliging and get together at many local events.
Lovely walking and cycling routes through fields of vines, sunflowers and poppies. Deer, wild boar and birds of prey are often seen.
|Unique benefits of property||Set in a very peaceful hamlet made more pleasurable with the horses and riders passing the front gates with a polite ’bonjour’. Located on the Charente cycle route 33 so groups of cyclists often go by. Walk straight out from the house onto paths leading to the beautiful surrounding countryside.
From the large outdoor in ground pool area there are views of open countryside and across our meadow the horses and riders can be seen being put through their paces in the paddocks.It is also a great place to watch the sunset with an apéro! The property also has a Pigeonnier and a well in the enclosed courtyard.
Verteuil-sur-Charente. An imposing Chateau and old park overlooking the beautiful river Charente in a picturesque village with restaurants, shops and a cave a vin.
Tusson. A village of exceptional architectural heritage. Art galleries, a pottery, a bookshop, restaurant, tearoom, and shops selling local produce are to be found here.
Dampierre-sur-Boutonne. A pretty village with a Chateau built on an island of the river Boutonne with extensive gardens and labyrinth, nearby bar and antiques.
European gardens at Salles de Villefagnan. Comprising French, English, Scandinavian, Italian, Andalusian and Greek gardens with fountains and ponds.
Cognac. The heart of an exceptional winemaking area. Home to many well known Cognac houses, Martell, Rémy Martin, Hennessy amongst others. Excellent restaurants and shopping.
Jarnac. A pretty town situated on the river Charente. Home to the brandy houses of Courvoisier and Hine, and the Francois Mitterrand museum.
Saintes. A Gallo-Roman Town with amphithéâtre and many historical buildings on the Charente river.
There are many restaurants in the area. The locals tend to use the following:
Aigre. Le Square.
Aigre. Le Bilboquet.
Tusson. Le Compostelle.
Nere. Bistrot St Pierre.
Verdille. Le Pourquoi Pas.
Siècq. Auberge les Romarins.
Luxe. Le Cheval Blanc.
Gourville. Café de la gare.
There are many more restaurants to be found in Cognac, Jarnac, Saintes, Saint Jean d’Angely and Angouleme.
A varied amount of activities can be found in the region.
Jarnac. Boat trips along the river Charente, and Canoeing, Kayaking, Stand up Paddle, and Fishing.
Cognac. An 18 hole golf course. Brandy houses.
Lucheville. Lancelot equestrian centre.
Children. An outdoor activity centre in Cognac. A farm in Rouillac.
Verdille and Aigre. Tennis.
Markets. Local in Aigre and Aulnay
Brocantes and Vide-greniers locally.
Cycling from our gate on cycle route 33.