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What Oliver loves…
- A large, newly restored Maison de Maître with a comfortable blend of historic character and modern finishes
- The setting is rural and beautiful, with privacy and a tranquil outlook, yet it's within easy reach of all that the region has to offer.
- Child and baby friendly touches; highchair, cots, baby monitor, buggy, baby bouncer, as well as a playroom full of toys for ages 0-10, DVDs and an outdoor play area.
- The charming owners are passionate about the region and provide their guests with a comprehensive guide to help them take full advantage.
- The owners provide a welcome hamper of goodies on arrival and can also arrange bike hire, babysitting and in-house beauty treatments
- Le Rejallant (3km away) is a must with kids of any age. A beautiful riverside spot with waterfall and restaurant where you can swim, sunbathe and while away a few hours.
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Rural Charente doesn’t get much better than this. A sleepy stone hamlet, just three kilometres from the Charente River at Condac and only five kilometres from the historic market town of Ruffec.
Set off on foot or by bike and explore beautiful villages and châteaux nearby or discover Angoulême, Cognac or Poitiers only 45 – 60 minutes away. Exciting day trips to Bordeaux and Saint Emilion, to sample world-famous wines are also possible from this countryside idyll.
Guests will not feel isolated, with the classically French town of Ruffec nearby, bursting with character and offering plenty of amenities, including restaurants and a twice weekly market. The region is brimming with things to do; zoos, river boat trips, monuments, WW2 and Roman sites and lots of outdoor sports, Summer music and film festivals and even a vintage car race.
Just as the region offers a feast for the senses, so too does Maison Charente, which is an impressive, grand Maison de Mâitre full of character and original features in a rustic farm setting surrounded by hilly fields. The restoration has created an uplifting mix of old and new, offering guests the best of both worlds. Large, light-filled rooms modern, colourful furniture as well as vintage pieces. Outdoors there are formal gardens, an ornate grapevine arbor for dining under, a stone barbecue, roses, lavender and sunny terraces for sipping apéritifs. There is also a children’s play area with sand pit, table tennis, football nets, badminton net and boules set.
Maison Charente will delight guests with its charm and beauty in a region bursting with culture, nature and fun adventure for all ages.
What you should know…
- The swimming pool is available for use from the 1st of June to end-September and comes equipped with a handy evening cover, which helps keep it warm
- Please note that music outside is not permitted
- It is not possible to install stair gates due to the width and curve of the original staircase.
- Access to the house and front and rear has stairs
- Main living room, with 48’ flat screen TV, DVD library, UK Free Sat TV, free UK landline calls and a mix of antique and modern designer furniture. The room is great for relaxing and socializing
- Children’s playroom (located next to living room) with toys for all ages, kids DVD library, TV (DVD use only), board games, jigsaws and books
- Dining room with bar area, scrubbed oak table seating 8 and reading nook
- Well equipped kitchen with seating for 6, convection oven, 4 ring electric hob, dishwasher, microwave, blender, food processor, steam sterilizer, large fridge/freezer, kettle, toaster, plenty of glassware, tableware and linens. Perfect for children’s meals
- Pantry area with storage
- Utility room/cloakroom with toilet, sink and washing machine
- Under-stairs storage for buggies/coats/shoes
- Cellar (not accessible to guests)
First Floor (accessed via original double width, curved staircase)
- Bedrooms 1 with king-size bed
- Bedroom 2 with double bed
- Bedroom 3 with double bed, wooden cot, baby monitor and changing table – ideal for parents with a young child
- Bedroom 4 with twin beds, nightlight, plug covers, bed bumpers, bedtime stories and child’s desk
- Master bathroom with freestanding claw-footed bath, oversized walk-through shower and double sinks
- Bathroom 2 with large bath, shower over, toilet and large vanity unit
The second floor will be locked to guests as it is yet to be renovated.
- Private swimming pool (size: 6x9m/depth: 0.5-1.5m/shape: rectangular) with safety gate, thermal cover and alarm system
- Poolside terrace with loungers
- Fruit orchard
- Parking space for 6 cars
- Central heating
- Electric fans in all bedrooms
- Boules set
- Children’s garden toys
- Wireless speaker
- UK TV
- Nespresso coffee machine
- Stone-built barbecue
- Iron and ironing board
- Sun loungers
- There is a well in the front garden that is securely chained, covered with a grill and padlocked.
- There are horses kept on the estate during summer months but are enclosed with electric fences.
- Although gated from the house, the pool can be accessed from the gardens and BBQ terrace so parents must remain vigilant at all times. There is a pool alarm for additional peace of mind.
-The swimming is not available for use before the 1st of June.
Maison Charente is set in a gorgeous sleepy hamlet just 5km from Ruffec, a popular, characterful, classically French market town with a not-to-be-missed historic covered market every Wednesday and Saturday.
The town itself offers a wide range of amenities such as three supermarkets, pharmacy, bakery, butcher, deli, patisserie, wine merchants, post office, banks, restaurants, bars and even a well-regarded hospital.
The riverside village of Condac is just 3km away, an excellent base to admire the Charente river. An absolute must is Le Rejallant at Condac which is a part of the river setup for swimming and sunbathing, complete with waterfall and restaurant. Great fun for the kids and a good local spot to spend a few hours.
The Licheres la Salle is a tourist centre for outdoor pursuits, there are also many hiking and rambling paths through the woodlands or along the Charente river. For those who like to be a bit more active, the Roc de Rosny has been adapted for rock climbing (Mansle – 22km/23mins).
Throughout the summer, there are music and film festivals taking place in the region, including the International music festival in Confolens (25 mins away), and the vintage car race in Angôuleme – the ‘circuits des remparts’ around the old walls of the city.
Angôuleme is a marvellous historical town sitting on a rocky promontory just above the Charente river and enjoying breath-taking views over the Charente Valley. Characterized by wide boulevards, ramparts, ancient churches and several museums, it is an interesting place to discover.
Just 5km east of Angôuleme, you can visit the Charente Grotte de Vilhonneur which host the world famous wall paintings of Lascaux. All along these beautiful caves dating back to over 27,000 years ago, there are also many places where one can practice kayaking.
Cognac is also within easy reach: explore its gorgeous old town and visit the big Cognac houses both in the city and in Jarnac (20 mins) where you can enjoy fabulous brandy tastings.
Poitiers is a further attractive city with over 100 church towers including “Notre-Dame-La-Grande”, good local shops, bars and restaurants and definitely worth a visit for its famous 'Futuroscope', France’s largest educational theme park.
The house is also superbly positioned, offering easy access to routes to discover the World Heritage site of St Emilion and the cosmopolitan and elegant city of Bordeaux.
Moulin de Condac
Moulin de Condac
|Nearest Train Station||
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.
One wooden cot and a travel cot are provided. The house is perfectly set up for entertaining young kids with a playroom (with loads of toys!), a kids twin room (with more toys and books) and a great selection of family films.
Baby and Toddler Equipment
- Booster seat
- Night lights
- Plastic crockery
- High Chair(s)
Kids Activities Close-by
- <1hr to Airport
- Horse Riding
- Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
- Tourist Towns & Villages
- Historical Sites
- Board games
- Children's books
- Children's videos/DVDs
- Child-Safe Pool
- Indoor Games
- Outdoor Games
- Table Tennis
- Fenced Grounds
- Babysitting Available
- Babysitting Available
- Bike hire
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
Extras available at this property:
- Nanny/babysitting service
- Bike hire
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
It is possible to host small weddings at Maison Charente with up to 20 guests inside or up to 30 guests seated in an outdoor reception.
The owners can assist with wedding planning, catering and any extra accommodation that may be needed (there are gites available within 100m for up to 10 extra guests).
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||£500 charged to clients’ credit card prior to arrival.|
|Arrival time||4.00 p.m.|
|Departure time||10.00 a.m.|
|Energy costs included?||yes|
|Linen & towels included?||yes, including pool towels|
|Minimum stay||7 nights|
|Heating costs included?||Yes, plus wood-burner (first basket of wood included)|
|Smoking Allowed?||Outside only|
|Pets welcome?||Well-behaved dogs may be accepted on request only and only on ground floor. Supplement may apply (please enquire). Dog beds are provided.|
|Other Ts and Cs||Weddings, stag/hen parties and other celebrations are allowed and subject to a higher security deposit – please enquire.|
|Other Ts and Cs||Please note that music outside is not permitted|
|Other Ts and Cs||The pool is open 01/06 – 29/09 as the cooler months may not be suitable for swimming. However, there is a thermal cover which helps maintaining the water temperature at night-time.|
Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:
|Feb 16th 2019 - Jun 29th 2019||£1,475|
|Jun 29th 2019 - Jul 13th 2019||£1,920|
|Jul 13th 2019 - Aug 24th 2019||£1,997|
|Aug 24th 2019 - Aug 31st 2019||£1,920|
|Aug 31st 2019 - Dec 14th 2019||£1,475|
|Dec 14th 2019 - Jan 4th 2020||£1,843|
|Jan 4th 2020 - Jun 27th 2020||£1,475|
|Jun 27th 2020 - Jul 11th 2020||£1,920|
|Jul 11th 2020 - Aug 19th 2020||£1,997|
Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:
|Feb 16th 2019 - Jun 29th 2019||€1,611|
|Jun 29th 2019 - Jul 13th 2019||€2,097|
|Jul 13th 2019 - Aug 24th 2019||€2,181|
|Aug 24th 2019 - Aug 31st 2019||€2,097|
|Aug 31st 2019 - Dec 14th 2019||€1,611|
|Dec 14th 2019 - Jan 4th 2020||€2,013|
|Jan 4th 2020 - Jun 27th 2020||€1,611|
|Jun 27th 2020 - Jul 11th 2020||€2,097|
|Jul 11th 2020 - Aug 19th 2020||€2,181|
Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:
|Feb 16th 2019 - Jun 29th 2019||$1,819|
|Jun 29th 2019 - Jul 13th 2019||$2,369|
|Jul 13th 2019 - Aug 24th 2019||$2,464|
|Aug 24th 2019 - Aug 31st 2019||$2,369|
|Aug 31st 2019 - Dec 14th 2019||$1,819|
|Dec 14th 2019 - Jan 4th 2020||$2,274|
|Jan 4th 2020 - Jun 27th 2020||$1,819|
|Jun 27th 2020 - Jul 11th 2020||$2,369|
|Jul 11th 2020 - Aug 19th 2020||$2,464|
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 moved in on a dark February day in 2015. We didn’t have hot water or heating for a week and not a stick of furniture! We bought the property after approx. 4 mins in the house (the staircase swung it for us), it was the most spur of the moment, unpractical decision we have ever made – but also the best!
What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?
Every time we come down the lane to the house and see it for the first time we still have to pinch ourselves. Quite simply, she’s an absolute looker. Besides her beauty, the location feels like a proper retreat from day to day life. It is so tranquil and private and cossetting, but we love that all the amenities of Ruffec are 5 mins away and we have amazing cities under an hour away. It’s the perfect combination.
Are there any interesting stories in its history?
The estate was originally owned by the local aristocratic family, whose descendants still live at the Abregement chateau in Bioussac. The Logis just above our house on the hill in Oyer was their hunting lodge and our house was their ‘métairie’ or ‘small holding’ where the horses and hounds would have been kept – it was tenanted as a ‘dairy farm’ from the 1700s and the original barns and cobbled yard can still be seen (the rough cobbles in the back yard were designed to clean the cows feet as they came through before they entered the barn!). There is a pigeonnier as you come in the drive on the left, the original bread oven next door, the forge and hayloft. As the farm prospered the original farmhouse was knocked down and replaced in the 1900s by the grand ‘Maison de Maitre’, or ‘Master’s House’ that you see today. Giving a unique blend of historic French farm and elegant home.
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For anyone coming to stay is there anything in the surrounding area they should...
Make use of the maps at the house and discover the local woods and country walks – Bike Hire Charente are a great service and can have bikes here at the house ready for your arrival. We have bike routes around the Charente that pass the front door!
Keep your eyes peeled for ‘brocante’ or ‘Vide Greniers’ signs on the side of the road, they are everywhere throughout the summer – think antiques market/flea market/car boot sale combo!
Get out on the river – you can kayak from the river beach at Condac and it’s an amazing way to see the local scenery and wildlife. We took our 5 year old, its very sedate and tranquil!
Get a city hit – Angouleme and Poitiers are both worth a visit for their historic charm, fantastic restaurants and shopping! Both are around 40 mins, so easy to pop in just for a morning.
Seafood from the West Coast is incredible here, the twice-weekly covered market in the centre of Ruffec has fantastic fish stalls.
The Charente is famous for its butter – so you can’t miss out on the pastries! The market is laden with sweet, perfumed Charente melons come July and the neighbouring Limousin beef is world-renowned.
A word of warning: the ‘andouillette’ sausage is made with tripe and pig’s colon and is a local delicacy found on many authentic menus – one for the strong of stomach!
The shooting stars from the terrace in August; the big, wild sandy Atlantic beaches around Royan (approx. 90 mins but worth a full day out); the classic car race, ‘circuit des Remparts’ in Angouleme where vintage cars race around the city’s ancient ramparts (September); the Christmas decorations and market in Poitiers (throughout December).
What insider tip would you pass on about the property or the area?
Don’t miss the amazing sculpture garden at the ‘Abregement Chateau’ behind Bioussac (2kms from the house) – after the big storm of the late 90s the owners commissioned artists including Goldsworthy, Gormley, Lapie and Shapiro to create unique sculptures for the gardens and parkland – open 11am-7pm during summer months.
We had an absolutely wonderful time staying at your beautiful chateau! We knew from the moment we walked in the door to your spectacular hallway that we were going to have a fantastic holiday. We had a magical evening looking up at the stars in your garden - thank you for letting us stay in your beautiful home and for allowing us to make wonderful family memories together!
Amazing maison for the whole family!
Lovely, grand house that has been very tastefully decorated. Amazing for kids with a playroom full of toys and kids DVDs, large pool, table tennis, games etc. Highly recommended!
Thank you so much for a lovely week’s stay in your beautiful house - you have been very helpful for information!
We really enjoyed staying at your beautiful maison for three weeks as one of your first guests! The house and wonderful garden felt all our own home. The house and the Charente region will always have a very special place in our hearts since this was our first holiday with our baby son.
We love your house - everything about it! It was very special having all our children together, visits to the river, markets and cooking family meals each night - we want to come back next year
Thank you for having us, you have renovated the chateau beautifully. We love the style, the furniture, everything! And we very much appreciated the children’s toys, DVDs, etc. We had a lovely stay in gorgeous surroundings - so relaxing!
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