|The Domaine at Petit Champagne||Self Catering||Saturday||10||26||9|
Petit Champagne is a domaine of just 4 houses in the Charente Maritime region of South Western France, the second sunniest after the Cote d’Azur and on the Lonely Planet top ten places to visit in 2012.
We are located 5 minutes from junction 34 of the A10 Paris to Bordeaux motorway, 45 minutes from La Rochelle (which is also the closest airport) and, 25 minutes from the nearest beach.
Connections to the UK are straightforward with flights all year round from Stansted and Birmingham East Midlands, and summer from Southampton and Bristol.
Road connections are also good with the nearest French port of St. Malo three and a half hours distance.
The Domaine at Petit Champagne is a Chateau with associated Dependance buildings dating back to 1833, it was built for the Robillard family who were wealthy landowners.
It is west facing on a gently sloping part of a hill with lovely views over the surrounding countryside which has sunflowers, grapes and wheat as the main crops.
The garden has a large swimming pool and sun terrace and at the bottom of the garden is a ¼ acre lake with seating area and of course fishing for the carp and other species.
Accommodation is for 26 split between the Chateau which has six bedrooms (five of which are en-suite) sleeping 16 and the nearest dependence which has been converted (in 2014) into a gite and sleeps 10 in four bedrooms with three bathrooms.
There are lovely walks through the woodland which is surrounded by sunflowers.
There is an abundance of interesting bird and wildlife.
The local river, 'The Boutonne', has excellent fishing and is less than a 15 minute walk from the property.
There are many cycle routes in the area, and we can arrange bike hire for you.
Facing the garden and with views across the valley there is a huge country kitchen with a handmade solid oak table which seats 16.
There is also an 8 foot breakfast bar with stools, which is great for feeding the children and for sitting at with a glass of Pineau (local fortified wine which is served chilled) while someone else makes the dinner.
There is also a wood burning stove fitted.
There is a flatscreen tv in the kitchen with a UK Freeview system and dvd player. Internet access.
There is also a SONOS sound system with speakers on the floodlight terrace as well as throughout the chateau.
In the Gite is a further kitchen with seating for ten around another lovely oak table, tv with freeview, range cooker, dishwasher, fridge-freezer and microwave.
Opposite there is a large lounge with ornate carved ceiling and views across the garden and pool.
In this lovely room are 3 sofas and a selection of armchairs arranged around the original fireplace.
The gite also has a lounge with sofas and an open fire, dimmable led lighting and heating
The Chateau has 2 bedrooms on the ground floor. One has a king sized bed with an en suite bathroom, and the other a king sized bed with 2 additional singles, this is intended primarily to be a childrens room as it has a big tv, dvd player etc.
Upstairs there are a further four bedrooms, all en suite.
The master suite, which faces the back garden, with a view across the valley, has a king sized bed and a huge bathroom.
The other back bedroom (with same view) has a king sized bed with two additional singles, and an en suite bathroom with a large corner bath which has a shower attachment, bidet, sink and toilet.
The third bedroom facing the front, has two three foot singles which can be zipped together to make a queen sized bed, and an en suite bathroom with bath and shower over, plus a sink and toilet
The gite has four bedrooms, a double downstairs, upstairs is the master and second double and also the Rumpus room which sleeps four and is intended for the children
Five out of the 6 bedrooms in the chateau are en suite all have baths as well as showers. The sixth bedroom has a shower room across the corridor. In the gite are a further three bathrooms, downstairs is en-suite as is the master upstairs. The Rumpus room (sleeping four) and the second double share the family bathroom which has bath shower and toilet
Full oil fired central heating and wood burning stove. The Chateau and gite are fully double glazed.
Gamesroom with table tennis table. Huge 15m x 8m swimming pool with diving board, alarm and solar cover.
The first thing you see when you enter Petit Champagne through the wrought iron gates are the large front gardens with numerous trees and parking for many cars in the gravelled areas.
The chateau is set on gently sloping land facing west for lovely sunsets and panoramic views. Most is set to lawn with the pool centrally situated with large sunbathing area.
The pool is 15m x 8m. The maximum depth is 3.4m. It is surrounded by paving with roman steps at one end and then a large sun area with plenty of sunloungers. Part of the pool and terrace are shaded in the summer afternoons which can be important so the little ones can keep swimming while it is hot.
There is a trampoline with safety net on the large back lawn.
There is ample parking for up to 35 cars!
In the chateau there are 2 downstairs bedrooms with no step from the front door which opens wide enough to allow a wheel chair through. There are 2 steps out onto the terrace however a wheelchair can go around the house. The gite also has a ground floor en-suite bedroom which is entered with a small step up from the gravel outside
Jamieson (59) and Karele (46), Jamieson is English and Karele French. We live in the house when it is not rented out and our aim is to make sure everyone that stays has a lovely time
|Year property purchased||2011|
|Why this location?||I liked the rolling hills and the views. Further inland and further towards the coast it is more flat. Proximity to the coast was important as well as a short £3.5 hour drive to St Malo.|
|Unique benefits of property||Peace and quiet, views, great pool and lake with fishing, lots of attractions close by including the lovely beaches, lovely people and very unspoilt part of the Charente Maritime|
The Poitou-Charentes region The Charente Maritime is the second sunniest region in France after the Cote d'Azur. It also remains predominantly French. There is a great mixture of rolling countryside and flatter plains nearer to the sea. There are loads of things to see and do from the high tech. Futuroscope in Poitiers, to the historic port of Rochefort with the wooden frigate restoration museum to the beaches at Royan. The Bordeaux wine region is a great day trip, and Cognac rather closer.
Beaches - Spotless, sandy and safe. If the beach is your thing then the Atlantic coast is well equipped to satisfy all tastes with shallow gentle shores at Chatellaillon Plage and for surfers there is the Cote Sauvage. There is a wealth of golden beaches many uncrowded even in high season. Our favourites include Chatelaillon- Plage and Fouras, famous for its oyster beds. Royan has a spectacular beach stretching 2 km where you can sail and windsurf.
Medieval market town full of character with leafy squares, timber houses and cobbled streets. The 15th Century clock tower and abbey towers impose on the skyline and the colourful twice-weekly market selling superb regional produce is an assault on your senses. Enjoy a fresh coffee at one of the pavement cafés and soak up the atmosphere.
You will find abundance of restaurants and bars catering for all tastes. Swim indoors at the Atlantis aqua centre with 50m amazing waterslide. There are more water sports to be had at the lake by paddling a canoe or kayak. For the less energetic, a round of crazy golf might prove a better alternative. For children with a need for speed, Go Karting offers fast track fun. Afternoons 3– 8pm.
Château de Dampierre - Our local château! A 16th century Renaissance treasure surrounded by running water in a wooded setting. Wander through the tranquil, green gardens or lose yourself in the small maze. Chizé forest - A nature reserve where you can safely see roe deer, wild boar, wolves and many other animals in their natural habitat in the cool forest. Surgères - Unassuming market town with a beautiful Chèteau nestled in green parkland. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays stall holders set up their wares at the crack of dawn, and Surgères comes to vibrant and very French life. Try the superb locally produced butter on your crusty baguette washed down with some good inexpensive vin! Antezant - A little known spot on the river Boutonne, shaded by tall trees and perfect for children. Ideal setting for picnics. The snack bar provides light lunches and ices. There is also a boule pitch and children’s play area. La Rochelle - Not to be missed! Head here for serious retail therapy, credit cards at the ready (husbands optional!) Discover the chicest boutiques amongst arcaded streets in this cosmopolitan, bustling city. Enjoy the finest fresh seafood overlooking the historic old port or take a boat trip to one of the islands. When the heat is on head to The Aquarium to cool off. This water wonderland is a deservedly very popular attraction. Magical, mystical and ultra modern, but go early! When you’ve exhausted the shops and the children, take time out to relax at the small beach. . The park and mini zoo with black swans and peacocks are just a stone’s throw away. Sip a coffee or chilled beer at ‘ La Brasserie de la Plage’ whilst overlooking the sea. Parfait!
The Islands - Beautiful yet unpretentious. Brimming with charm, Ile de Ré is picture postcard where the beaches are sandy soft and the island’s salt marshes deliver the ‘Fleur de Sel’ or ‘white gold‘ as it is known locally. A culinary find for any discerning cook. St. Martin, the largest town is a lively hub for food, nightlife and shopping. Artisanal ice creams are hard to resist. Ile d’Oleron also offers exceptional beaches on the ‘Cote Sauvage’ where you can picnic amongst the pine forests and sand dunes or just browse the shops in the narrow lanes. Both islands are accessible by car or boat but we never tire of the journey across the 3km bridge despite the toll. Cycling is also an excellent way to explore these self-contained islands. From Fouras you can visit the Ile d'Aix where Napoleon considered his future. Lovely beaches here as well has history.
Masses of space, a brilliant location, lovely grounds and a huge pool: a superb setting for gathering family and friends
From a quiet country road in gently rolling countryside, pass through wrought iron gates up a driveway into five acres of woodland, lawns and sunflowers.
We stayed in this gorgeous Maison de Maître which has masses of space inside but also outside.
Petit Champagné is perfect for spending sultry days in sun and shade, lazing on a lounger with a book while the little ones play in the huge pool.
The house (also called Chateau) has enormous high-ceilinged rooms, a large kitchen, ideal for big family meals, and a flexible range of bedrooms.
Bathrooms are a mix of modern and more traditional. Décor is neutral throughout with touches of period character: cornices, exposed beams and stone fireplaces.
Rise early and watch hares and deer from the south-facing rooms before breakfasting on the terrace.
Historic St Jean D’Angely, riding, cycling, fishing and good walking are all nearby, so too are the exquisite Île de Ré and the beaches of the dazzling Atlantic coast. Shops and restaurants are just ten minutes’ drive.
Thank you Sandra, we are so appreciative of nice reviews, you should be an author! See you later this year
This is an excellent, very well furnished and very well maintained property in delightful grounds and in the interesting area of Poitou Charente.
The Chateau at Petit Champagne is a truly beautiful home.
It is very large and ideal for big groups.
It was spotlessly clean throughout, beautiful white bed linens and towels, the beds are very comfortable, quiet secluded environment.
The swimming pool is huge and was well looked after every day before we even got up.
The settings are gorgeous and so peaceful, it is perfect.
The area nearby is full of lovely French villages and the beaches are close by if you feel like it, although we found that the house was so lovely, that we didn't really want to go out!
I would highly recommend this lovely home and our family is planning to come back in the near future.