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What Oliver loves…
- You could spend all day by the open stone barn with its swimming pool, jacuzzi, sunbathing terrace and lovely wooden table and plancha
- Kids are thought of here with outdoor games and an X-Box for starters
- Whilst grown-ups will appreciate the fully-stocked wine rack if you stay at least one week
- There’s a great Monday morning market in Chalais, only 12km away
- You're so close to the Dordogne region; Aubeterre-sur-Dronne, one of France's prettiest villages, is only 25 minutes away
- Other great places for a day trip include Cognac, Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux and even the Atlantic coast
In the captivating countryside of the Charente, with surrounding landscapes of summer sunflowers, vineyards and pine forests, Les Vignes is a beautifully restored farmhouse which will amaze its guests in every way.
As soon as the owners arrived at this enchanting yet neglected home a few years ago, they fell in love with it. They had a strong vision of what it could become and worked hard with dedicated builders to renovate it into a spectacular farmhouse which offers luxury and comfort alongside original charm.
Les Vignes offers four stylish en suite bedrooms, one a master double with its own bath, another a delightful family bedroom. Downstairs the living space is serene with a pretty lounge with a log-burning fire and an elegant kitchen-diner featuring a range cooker and other high-end appliances including a Nespresso machine. Other modern features include high-speed Wi-Fi, Blue-tooth speakers, an X-Box for the kids and Satellite TV with British channels. For guests staying a week or more the owners will ensure the wine rack is full as you relax at the stylish dining table with a fine glass of local wine.
A pretty vineyard covered terrace just off the living area is a lovely spot for a tranquil coffee or quiet lunch and also features a 'Spacegrill' barbecue. Yet the real pièce de résistance of this incredible home is the open-top barn which has been stunningly converted into a social hub with a swimming pool, hot-tub, decked sunbathing terrace and a traditional farmhouse table for al-fresco dining at its very best. Long days can be spent relaxing in the barn, preparing lunch at the plancha as the kids splash around in the pool or play games. As the evening approaches, gather around the long wooden table with family and friends, enjoy feasts and great wine together as the barn is beautifully lit up at night.
Food-lovers should head to the Monday morning market in nearby Chalais, just a fifteen-minute drive away, where you will also find the local boulangerie, some lovely restaurants and shops. Other great villages and towns to explore include one of France’s ‘Plus Beaux Villages’, Aubeterre-sur-Dronne and Ribérac, in the Dordogne which is so close. Wine-lovers will appreciate being within striking distance to Cognac and Saint-Émilion, both within an hour, as well as Bordeaux and Bergerac for spectacular days out.
Closer to home you may just want to spend summer days exploring the nearby turquoise lakes at Guizengeard, discovering pretty nature trails, pony-trekking at Étang Vallier or hiring boats near Saint-Aulaye.
Whether exploring the wider region or enjoying relaxing days discovering local countryside and towns, Les Vignes is an impressive and striking holiday home where you can create wonderful memories in this delightful part of south-western France.
What you should know…
- The villa can sleep up to 12 guests; four in the two first-floor bedrooms and up to eight guests upstairs in the two family rooms in the attic which each feature a double sofa-bed
- There’s a characterfully low door leading to the master bedroom's en suite
- The glorious open stone barn with its pool, jacuzzi and sunbathing deck is on various terraced levels. For safety reasons you can also lock the beautiful barn doors
- Living room with satellite TV
- Kitchen-diner, well-equipped including dishwasher, range oven, American style fridge-freezer, Nespresso machine and Nutribullet
- Utility room
- Master double bedroom (sleeps two guests) and bathroom (low door) with bath and shower
- Double bedroom (sleeps two guests) and shower room
- Family bedroom with double bed and sofa-bed (sleeps up to four guests). Shower room
- Family bedroom with a twin bed and a sofa-bed (sleeps up to four guests). Shower room
- Kid’s area with TV, X-Box and games
- Swimming pool (6.5mx3m) open approximately mid-April to mid-September, access via barn doors which can be locked for safety
- Raised sunbathing wooden decked terrace
- Al-fresco dining patio (by house) and 'Spacegrill' BBQ
- Outdoor Jacuzzi
- Outdoor games
- Second al-fresco dining area with built-in BBQ/plancha
- Outdoor lighting
- Ample parking in courtyard
The pool, jacuzzi, sunbathing terrace, second al-fresco dining area and plancha are all part of an open-roofed stone barn, accessed via beautiful barn doors which can be locked
- Satellite TV (inc. UK channels)
- DVD player and DVDs
- CD player with bluetooth speakers
- Xbox and games
- Washing machine/dryer
Les Vignes has a beautiful rural setting in a small hamlet in the Charente department, near the border of Charente-Maritime. Enjoy summer fields of sunflowers as well as vineyards and pine forests in this picturesque location.
You’ll find the nearest bakery, shops and restaurants in Chalais (12km), around fifteen minutes away by car as well as a couple of supermarkets. An especially great time to visit Chalais is on a Monday morning when you can visit the lovely Farmer’s market followed by lunch in one of the pretty restaurants or cafes.
There is so much to do in the local region. Why not pack a picnic and head to the turquoise lakes at Guizengeard where you can admire the amazing scenery and relax on the man-made beaches. There are also some beautiful nature trails if you love walking or just exploring.
There is also a beautiful lake where you are permitted to swim at certain times of year near Montguyon (13km), a lovely day out for all the family. La Jemaye (40km) is another picturesque lake popular for walkers and swimmers.
For active guests, Étang Vallier, near the village of Brossac, is a great place for watersports and pony trekking in July and August or head east to Arbor Parc in the height of the summer, near Saint-Aulaye, where you will find boat hire as well as a tree-top adventure centre.
Another highlight of this area is Aubeterre-sur-Dronne (24km), on the border of Dordogne and Charente and classified as one of France’s ‘Plus Beaux Villages’. Set above the river Dronne, admire it’s pretty architecture and fascinating Monolithic Church carved into the rock.
Indeed, this is a great location for visiting the Dordogne region which is so close. Wonderful places to visit include Ribérac (40km) with its atmospheric weekly market and also the small and historic city of Périgueux (77km) which is especially famous for it’s fine local cuisine and markets. The historical sights and famous Maison des Vins of Bergerac (80km) also make a great day trip in just under ninety minutes by car.
Indeed, wine-lovers have a great choice of places to visit across this region. A little closer to home Cognac (62km) with its riverside restaurants, Cognac houses and beautiful historic town. Perhaps you could combine your day with a trip to Jarnac (58km) where you can enjoy brandy tastings and try yet more excellent restaurants.
Heading south, the hilltop wine town of Saint-Émilion (50km) is only an hour away whilst the vineyards and city of Bordeaux (80km) would be a spectacular day trip, especially when visiting Bordeaux’s Cité-du-Vin and surrounding wineries.
Blaye (60km) on the Gironde is also worth a visit with its great citadel and good Côtes de Blaye wine. If you are travelling during asparagus season, buy some from the Blaye market on a Wednesday or Saturday morning.
Coastal lovers can head to Royan (100km) or Saint-Georges-de-Didonne (95km) in around ninety minutes or a little further to Rochefort (130km) to learn about the fascinating maritime history of this region and admire the stunning landscapes.
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Golf Club De Montendre
Aquitaine’s reputation as a varied and enchanting destination is well-earned – whether you’re looking for relaxation or excitement, this beautiful part of south-western France is a feast for every one of the senses. To make sure you’re getting the very best of your holiday (and to clue you up if you’re thinking of going) check out our wonderful travel guide – it’s full of tips, info and the things you really shouldn’t miss when you visit unforgettable Aquitaine.
The turquoise lakes at Guizengeard are around a ten to twenty minute drive away. Explore the beautiful surroundings and relax on the man-made beaches. Étang Vallier offers watersports and pony-trekking in July and August. There are also some lovely nature trails to follow across this area.
There is also a beautiful lake where you are permitted to swim at certain times of year near Montguyon, a lovely day out for all the family. La Jemaye is another picturesque lake popular for walkers and swimmers.
Arbor Parc is a great place to go with the family in July and August. Near Saint-Aulaye, you’ll find a tree-top adventure centre for a good range of ages and boat hire.
Little ones may also enjoy La Ferme de la Thibauderie, about half an hour by car, where you can see the goats as well as buy amazing fresh goat’s cheese and honey. Do check the opening times before heading there though.
For a great day out to the coast, both Royan and the seaside resort of Saint-Georges-de-Didonne are around ninety minutes away.
Baby and Toddler Equipment
- High Chair(s)
Kids Activities Close-by
- Horse Riding
- Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
- Tourist Towns & Villages
- Historical Sites
- Child-Safe Pool
- Indoor Games
- Outdoor Games
At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:
- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Babysitting / childcare services
Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfil your requests!
Oliver's Travels Chef Service: A Gourmet Dining Experience
Make hosting a memorable dinner party at your villa an absolute breeze with our superb Chef Service. Our chefs will take care of everything for you from start to finish so you can just sit back and enjoy the gastronomic experience. They will bring all the necessary ingredients, cook and serve the food and even clean up afterwards. To find out more visit www.oliverstravels.com/chefs
Please note that any event rental may be subject to additional charges, venue hire fees and to a higher security deposit, which will be in addition to any published rental rates and fees.
All events are on request only and subject to prior agreement from the owner, who reserves the right to refuse all events without their prior authorisation.
These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.
|Security deposit||€1000 paid via bank transfer to the owner before arrival and refunded two weeks after departure, subject to full inspection.|
|Arrival time||4.00 p.m.|
|Departure time||10.00 a.m.|
|Energy costs included?||Yes.|
|Heating costs included?||Included from April to September. Outside of these months, the cost is €30 per day (paid locally).|
|Linen & towels included?||Yes and changed weekly for bookings of over a week.|
|End of stay cleaning included?||Yes. However, guests are required to leave the accommodation clean, tidy and in the same condition as on their arrival. Any extra cleaning, laundry, maintenance and/or rubbish disposal required will be charged against the security deposit.|
|Smoking Allowed?||Outside only.|
|Changeover day||Saturday during the Christmas period. Sunday for all other periods.|
|Minimum stay||7 nights.|
|Tax||French Visitors Tax payable locally in cash (typically costs €1-€3 per adult per night- please enquire if exact amount is required).|
|Other Ts and Cs||1 Cot and 1 High-Chair are included.|
|Other Ts and Cs||Weddings are on request only and subject to prior arrangement with the owner and additional charges. Stag/hen parties and other special events are not permitted.|
|Pool opening dates?||The pool is open from mid-April to mid-September, approximately. Please note that pool opening dates are subject to local weather conditions and pool maintenance requirements and that cooler months may not be suitable for swimming.|
Prices based on an occupancy of 12 people:
|Nov 15th 2019 - Dec 16th 2019||£1,882|
|Dec 16th 2019 - Dec 21st 2019||£2,486|
|Dec 21st 2019 - Jan 5th 2020||£2,486|
|Jan 5th 2020 - Apr 11th 2020||£1,882|
|Apr 18th 2020 - Apr 26th 2020||£1,882|
|Apr 26th 2020 - Jun 28th 2020||£2,352|
|Jun 28th 2020 - Jul 26th 2020||£2,688|
|Jul 26th 2020 - Aug 30th 2020||£3,494|
|Aug 30th 2020 - Sep 27th 2020||£2,957|
|Sep 27th 2020 - Nov 8th 2020||£2,016|
|Nov 8th 2020 - Dec 21st 2020||£1,882|
|* Christmas + New Year||£2,486|
|Jan 4th 2021 - Apr 3rd 2021||£1,882|
|Apr 10th 2021 - May 18th 2021||£1,882|
Prices based on an occupancy of 12 people:
|Nov 15th 2019 - Dec 16th 2019||€2,065|
|Dec 16th 2019 - Dec 21st 2019||€2,729|
|Dec 21st 2019 - Jan 5th 2020||€2,729|
|Jan 5th 2020 - Apr 11th 2020||€2,065|
|Apr 18th 2020 - Apr 26th 2020||€2,065|
|Apr 26th 2020 - Jun 28th 2020||€2,581|
|Jun 28th 2020 - Jul 26th 2020||€2,950|
|Jul 26th 2020 - Aug 30th 2020||€3,835|
|Aug 30th 2020 - Sep 27th 2020||€3,245|
|Sep 27th 2020 - Nov 8th 2020||€2,212|
|Nov 8th 2020 - Dec 21st 2020||€2,065|
|* Christmas + New Year||€2,729|
|Jan 4th 2021 - Apr 3rd 2021||€2,065|
|Apr 10th 2021 - May 18th 2021||€2,065|
Prices based on an occupancy of 12 people:
|Nov 15th 2019 - Dec 16th 2019||$2,277|
|Dec 16th 2019 - Dec 21st 2019||$3,008|
|Dec 21st 2019 - Jan 5th 2020||$3,008|
|Jan 5th 2020 - Apr 11th 2020||$2,277|
|Apr 18th 2020 - Apr 26th 2020||$2,277|
|Apr 26th 2020 - Jun 28th 2020||$2,846|
|Jun 28th 2020 - Jul 26th 2020||$3,252|
|Jul 26th 2020 - Aug 30th 2020||$4,228|
|Aug 30th 2020 - Sep 27th 2020||$3,577|
|Sep 27th 2020 - Nov 8th 2020||$2,439|
|Nov 8th 2020 - Dec 21st 2020||$2,277|
|* Christmas + New Year||$3,008|
|Jan 4th 2021 - Apr 3rd 2021||$2,277|
|Apr 10th 2021 - May 18th 2021||$2,277|
Please note that prices may not be 100% accurate for dates outside of the current calendar year. For an accurate quote, please enquire.
How long have you owned the property?
We brought the property in 2016.
What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?
It’s a perfect French farmhouse, symmetrical, solid and beautifully built with an amazing attic space with the large private courtyard. Great potential to create a beautiful home.
Are there any interesting stories in its history?
It was built and owned by the same local family through many generations until we bought it.
For anyone coming to stay is there anything in the surrounding area they should...
Visit the Monday market in Chalais, walk round the turquoise lakes of Guizengeard, spend a day wine tasting in St.Emillion, hire kayaks and paddle the Dronne river from Parcoul.
Delicious figs from our garden!
The subterranean church in Aubeterre-sur-Dronne, the ‘mirroir d’eau on the waterfront in Bordeaux, and close to home keep an eye out for wildlife; deer, hares, reptiles, birds of prey and even coypu in the lakes
What insider tip would you pass on about the property or the area?
- Take a drink on the patio in the late afternoon sunshine. The local drink ‘Pineau’ is rather good, as are the locally produced melons.
- Angoulême hosts an amazing classic motor racing event every September.
- Hunt out the swimming lakes close to Montguyon and La Jemaye.
Don’t be surprised if the summer weather is better than the South of France, we have an amazing microclimate in the Charente!
What a great stay!!
We spent a relaxing holiday in this charming renovated farmhouse in the rural village of Sauvignac. As soon as we walked in, we felt ‘at home’. It was beautifully furnished and well equipped providing everything we needed for our two week stay. In addition to excellent accommodation, the property provides optional bbq/eating areas. We particularly enjoyed breakfast/lunch al fresco or a quiet glass of wine in the evening just off the lounge. The swimming pool was well used during our stay as was the hot tub. These are located within a tiered area which also offers a large table, bbq and sun deck.
The sense of peace here is one of the great attributes about this place. The rooms are large a spacious yet very homely. There is plenty of room for at least 8-10 people without feeling on top of one another and loads of outdoor space for children and adults alike. The pool and hot tub are set within a very spacious outdoor barn setting which gives you a great area for sunbathing and eating. Again great area for families and groups alike. I would have no hesitation in recommending this place for anyone who wants to get away from it all and enjoy relaxed authentic French life in a quaint yet contemporary environment
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