Maison Laroche

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Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4
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Exclusive Recommended Pool Ideal for Kids All Bedrooms En-Suite

Maison Laroche is the ideal family holiday villa in the Vendée et Charente, just North West of the Dordogne and tucked away in a lovely and tranquil countryside setting surrounded by a patchwork of sunflower fields and close to a gentle stream. The idyllic setting only gets better as it is also only a 15-minute drive away from one of France’s recently listed 'Small Towns of Character,' Nanteuil-en-Vallée as well as the picturesque village of Verteuil-sur-Charente, dominated by the Château de Verteuil.

This restored farmhouse with attached barns has been a lovely and immaculate family home for several years and recently  received the personal touch of its new owners who have added their own style and taste, whilst still providing guests with a real home away from home. Exposed brickwork and wooden beams create local character and warmth, whilst the modern furnishings keep the villa elegant and attractive.

Comfort and relaxation being the key, the spacious villa has en-suite shower rooms for all bedrooms, good quality, homely furniture, cozy wood-burners and special touches like mosquito nets on windows and ceiling or floor fans. Outside, the heated swimming pool in the lovely gardens is fabulous and there are outdoor games for the kids, as well as hammocks for relaxing and a barbecue for outdoor feasts.

The village of Aunac is only a 5-minute drive away and guests will find most amenities there, whilst Mansle offers good shops and services as well as an annual dance festival. There is plenty to do locally in this part of France, as well as a little further afield - exciting Futuroscope in Poitiers is less than an hour away and fabulous Bordeaux is just an hour and 45 minutes away.

Maison Laroche is a real family home in an ideal location and will provide a comfortable and memorable base for holidays in this very beautiful region.

Oliver Approved

What you should know…

  • One double and the twin room are in the roof of the barn and therefore they have low ceilings – watch your head!
  • Pool will be closed from end of September to end of May

Property Features

Private Pool Heated Pool Internet BBQ All Bedrooms En-Suite Cable TV Indoor Games Outdoor Games Table Tennis DVD Working Fireplace Heating Ceiling Fans

Villa Interior

Ground Floor

- Traditional open-plan kitchen and dining room with original beams. Fully equipped with large gas hob and electric ovens, microwave, dishwasher, fridge-freezer, coffee machine and seating for 8. Access to covered pergola.
- Bedroom 1 with king-size bed, ceiling fan, mosquito net, en-suite shower room with toilet and washbasin
- Bedroom 2 with double bed and en-suite shower room with multi-jet shower, toilet and washbasin
- Cloakroom/Utility Room with washing machine (tumble dryer not available for guest use).
- 2 sitting rooms with wood burners, sofas and armchairs, Satellite TV with English channels, DVD player, Sky Box.

First Floor

- Bedroom 3 with king-size bed, portable fan, en-suite shower room with toilet and washbasin
- Bedroom 4 with twin beds, portable fan and en-suite shower room

Outside Grounds

- Heated Pool (shape: rectangular / size: 11x5m/ depth:1-2m) with hard cover
- Poolside terrace
- Outdoor dining area
- Garden chairs, tables and sun loungers with cushions
- Barbecue
- Barn
- Hammock
- Grounds extend to an acre with assorted flowerbeds and specimen trees
- Secure parking for 2 vehicles


- Satellite TV with English channels
- Badminton (racquets provided)
- Croquet
- Giant dominoes
- Board games
- Table Tennis


About the surrounding area of Maison Laroche
Watersports Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Wine Tasting Golf Nearby Horse Riding Fishing Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites
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Maison Laroche is bordered by a patchwork of sunflower fields and close to a gentle stream where you can enjoy all that the beautiful French countryside has to offer.

It is located a few minutes drive from the town of Mansle. Here you can find a large supermarket which sells literally everything, from vintage cheeses and wine to hoover bags. There is also kayaking, camping, and fishing as well as several places to eat.

The area is surrounded by beautiful and historic places to visit with Verteuil-sur-Charente, one of France's prettiest villages just a 15 minute drive away.

The strategic central location also means that you can reach the beach, the airport and wonderful cities such as Bordeaux in just over an hour.

The city of Angouleme is approximately 30 minutes away and has many historic sights as well as extensive shopping facilities and the usual fast food eateries and restaurants.

Moreover, the famous Cognac region is half an hour's drive away whereas the Spanish border can be reached in about 4 hours.

Local Amenities
Nearest Town/City Angouleme

(30km (30'))

Nearest Airport Limoges / Poitiers / Bordeaux

(85km (1h) / 88km (1h 5') / 152km (1h 50'))

Nearest Train Station Angouleme TGV Station

(30km (30'))

Nearest Village Aunac

(5km )

Nearest Bar/Pub Mansle


Nearest Supermarket Mansle


Nearest Golf Golf de l’Hirondelle Angouleme

(30km (30'))

Nearest Beach Chatelaillon-Plage

(130km (1h 15'))

Nearest Tennis Angouleme

(30km (30'))

Nearest Restaurant Mansle



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. 

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Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Babies & Toddlers Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Stair gates
  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Watersports
  • Horse Riding
  • Fishing
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages
  • Historical Sites

Onsite Facilities

  • Board games
  • Badminton
  • Pool inflatables
  • Heated Pool
  • Indoor Games
  • Outdoor Games
  • Table Tennis
  • DVD
  • Fenced Grounds


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!

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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

Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Changeover day Saturday.
Minimum stay 7 nights
Linen & towels included? Yes, including large pool towels.
Energy costs included? Yes.
Arrival time 4.00 p.m.
Departure time 10.00 a.m.
Smoking Allowed? No.
Security deposit £500 charged to clients' credit card prior to arrival.
Pool heating charge? No. Please note the pool is available between Easter and end of October. Like all heated pools, pool heating and water temperature are reliant on weather and outside temperatures.
Pets welcome? Well-behaved dogs are welcome on request and with prior agreement with the owner.
Other Ts and Cs A travel cot and high chair are available on request.
Other Ts and Cs The pool will be closed from the end of September to end of May.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period Weekly
Nov 18th 2019 - Dec 21st 2019 £1,044
Dec 21st 2019 - Jan 4th 2020 £1,217
Jan 4th 2020 - Mar 28th 2020 £1,099
Mar 28th 2020 - Apr 25th 2020 £1,183
Apr 25th 2020 - May 23rd 2020 £1,267
May 23rd 2020 - Jun 27th 2020 £1,478
Jun 27th 2020 - Jul 11th 2020 £1,859
Jul 11th 2020 - Aug 22nd 2020 £1,943
Aug 22nd 2020 - Aug 29th 2020 £1,859
Aug 29th 2020 - Sep 26th 2020 £1,478
Sep 26th 2020 - Dec 19th 2020 £1,267
Dec 19th 2020 - Jan 2nd 2021 £1,478
Jan 2nd 2021 - Mar 27th 2021 £1,099
Mar 27th 2021 - Apr 24th 2021 £1,183
Apr 24th 2021 - May 21st 2021 £1,267

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period Weekly
Nov 18th 2019 - Dec 21st 2019 €1,145
Dec 21st 2019 - Jan 4th 2020 €1,335
Jan 4th 2020 - Mar 28th 2020 €1,205
Mar 28th 2020 - Apr 25th 2020 €1,298
Apr 25th 2020 - May 23rd 2020 €1,390
May 23rd 2020 - Jun 27th 2020 €1,621
Jun 27th 2020 - Jul 11th 2020 €2,039
Jul 11th 2020 - Aug 22nd 2020 €2,132
Aug 22nd 2020 - Aug 29th 2020 €2,039
Aug 29th 2020 - Sep 26th 2020 €1,621
Sep 26th 2020 - Dec 19th 2020 €1,390
Dec 19th 2020 - Jan 2nd 2021 €1,621
Jan 2nd 2021 - Mar 27th 2021 €1,205
Mar 27th 2021 - Apr 24th 2021 €1,298
Apr 24th 2021 - May 21st 2021 €1,390

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period Weekly
Nov 18th 2019 - Dec 21st 2019 $1,266
Dec 21st 2019 - Jan 4th 2020 $1,476
Jan 4th 2020 - Mar 28th 2020 $1,332
Mar 28th 2020 - Apr 25th 2020 $1,435
Apr 25th 2020 - May 23rd 2020 $1,537
May 23rd 2020 - Jun 27th 2020 $1,792
Jun 27th 2020 - Jul 11th 2020 $2,254
Jul 11th 2020 - Aug 22nd 2020 $2,357
Aug 22nd 2020 - Aug 29th 2020 $2,254
Aug 29th 2020 - Sep 26th 2020 $1,792
Sep 26th 2020 - Dec 19th 2020 $1,537
Dec 19th 2020 - Jan 2nd 2021 $1,792
Jan 2nd 2021 - Mar 27th 2021 $1,332
Mar 27th 2021 - Apr 24th 2021 $1,435
Apr 24th 2021 - May 21st 2021 $1,537

Please note that prices may not be 100% accurate for dates outside of the current calendar year. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

Owner Profile

How long have you owned the property?
Since December 2016

What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?
The barn conversion - I loved the bedrooms in the eaves.

Are there any interesting stories in its history?
Not really. The house was a small holding originally and the previous owners converted the cattle barn into a sitting room.

Have you ever had any famous guests staying?
Yes if you count a neighbour's cat who we named 'bitcoin', She thought she was royalty...

For anyone coming to stay is there anything in the surrounding area they should...

Really do?
Visit one of the small distilleries in Cognac.
Really eat?
Have your morning coffee with the brioche from the Mill Restaurant beside the beautiful Chateaux in Verteuil.
Really see?
The Cartoon Museum in Angouleme.

What insider tip would you pass on about the property or the area
Find time to take a walk in the fields behind the property and along the river. There is so much wildlife to see.



  • Couldn't have been better!

    Posted by Terry and family on 14/09/2019

    We had a wonderfully relaxing time and were very lucky to have beautiful weather which wasn’t too hot .
    I think we used the pool every day ...and what a lovely pool it was too. We enjoyed many coffee and cakes/ brioche at the little villages that were
    recommended by you. We very much appreciated all the little personal touches around the grounds, some evenings my son would water the plants , again so relaxing ! Thank you Nigel for the champagne, wine and tasty food in the hamper thoughtful and we appreciated the gesture.

  • So enjoyable!

    Posted by The Sutherland Family on 31/08/2019

    The best French holiday ever! Great pool, great bedrooms, great everything.

  • A great house!

    Posted by The Cwichseek Family on 26/08/2019

    A great holiday during a super hot week, 40°+! Thank you!

  • Such great holidays!

    Posted by Lucille on 27/07/2019

    We had a wonderful holiday at Maison Laroche and were looked after by Oliver's Travels from before we had even left the UK until we arrived back home afterwards.

  • Lovely family time!

    Posted by James.B on 25/06/2019

    I just wanted to thank you for sharing your wonderful house with us and making us feel so welcome. The house is just beautiful and all that it came with, was so well thought about to ensure we had everything we needed. We especially enjoyed all the seating areas and made use of each one during different times of the day, my favourite being the white seating area on the lawn where I enjoyed a quiet cup of coffee each morning and just soaked up all the peacefulness!
    We had the most fantastic week. The weather at the beginning enabled us enjoy the house and the family games etc and we really appreciated you making the fire for us, as well as leaving us the coffee! Once the sun came out at the end of the week, well, we were just in heaven, enjoying the garden, table tennis and the pool. The children said it was their best holiday ever!
    Also thanks to your recommendations, we had a lovely meal at the restaurant and the children had a fantastic experience at the pony riding centre.

  • Just amazing!

    Posted by Bolton + Thorn Families on 16/06/2019

    The perfect French retreat! Thank you

  • 100% recommended

    Posted by Hellen family on 22/10/2018

    Charming and well-equipped house. We found useful to have a well-stocked fridge as the restaurants were sporadically open and we had some wonderful BBQs in the beautiful garden. Thanks to Heidi for all her help!

  • Perfect

    Posted by Vallance family on 08/10/2018

    Brilliant family holiday in an amazing house. The children loved the pool! Many thanks.

  • 5*

    Posted by Boothroyd family on 08/09/2018

    Lovely week in a lovely villa. Everything we needed and more

  • Superb location

    Posted by Kent family on 19/08/2018

    We have had a great time at Maison Laroche! The house was fabulous, and it is in a great location to explore the area.

  • Very Relaxing

    Posted by Jean on 10/11/2017

    A beautiful house in a beautiful area. All one could wish for, in terms of a relaxing and lovely holiday.

  • Memorable

    Posted by T. on 31/10/2017

    Had a lovely week and a memorable family holiday. Gorgeous house in a lovely area. a really relaxing holiday. We’ll be back again!!

  • Home Away From Home

    Posted by Lucie on 17/10/2017

    We are really going to miss our home away from home in the French countryside .We loved it here and hope to come back.

  • Lovely Stay!

    Posted by Kent Family on 19/08/2017

    We have had a great family holiday. The house and pool are fabulous, and it is in a great spot for exploring the area.

  • Great Holiday

    Posted by Scott on 12/08/2017

    We had a great week there. It is a lovely house and you have clearly gone to a lot of trouble to make it so comfortable.

  • Happy Memories

    Posted by Hellen Family on 12/08/2017

    Charming and well-equipped house. Had some wonderful BBQ’s in the beautiful garden.

  • Wonderful Stay!

    Posted by May family on 22/07/2017

    We had a lovely holiday in your fabulous house. Really relaxing and so well equipped!

  • Amazing Stay!

    Posted by Fiona R. and family on 17/07/2017

    Very relaxing time in this beautiful house. Everything you could need. Thank you!

  • Nice Holiday!

    Posted by Meynell P. and Trigge Family on 01/07/2017

    Had a wonderful fortnight in this beautiful house. Really enjoyed the garden, pool and surroundings. Thank you!

  • We loved it!

    Posted by Joyce and John H. and Amanda H. on 26/06/2017

    We are really going to miss our home away from home in the French Countryside. We loved it here and hope to come back!

  • We’ll be back again!!

    Posted by Elain and Willian B. on 16/06/2017

    Had a lovely week and a memorable family holiday. Gorgeous house in a lovely area. A really lovely relaxing holiday.

  • Perfect!

    Posted by Paul and Jenny H on 04/04/2017

    Beautiful house in a beautiful area. All one could wish for. A lovely relaxing holiday.

  • Most relaxing holiday in years!

    Posted by Sandie T-B on 09/03/2017

    Thank you for our wonderful stay at Maison Laroche. It was the perfect getaway for my husband and I; the most relaxing holiday we've had in years. From sleeping in a room full of French charm and character with luxury bedding, to eating the most delicious pastries from Mansle’s boulangerie, we had such a great start to each day. I also thoroughly enjoyed the cheese and wine left for us when we arrived – a wonderful start to our holiday.
    We hadn’t cycled in years but decided to take the bikes for a short ride locally which was fun. The Chateaux at Verteuil-Sur-Charente is absolutely beautiful and we enjoyed a gorgeous afternoon beside the river. Maison Laroche was a comfortable retreat and perfect base for our holiday. We'll definitely return in the Summer!

  • Beautiful & Peaceful

    Posted by Tina R on 18/07/2016

    The photos of Maison Laroche do not do it justice. From the moment we entered the garden we knew we were in for a treat. Inside the house it is a mixture of traditional and modern with just the right note of French charm. The upstairs bedrooms were quirky and our boys loved their rooms. On our arrival we were greeted by a lovely bottle of local wine which we thought was a nice touch.
    The local supermarket is a short drive away & has the most amazing meat and deli counter and I enjoyed the best fresh steak I’ve had for years.
    We were surrounded by beautiful countryside and took the opportunity to explore the local area by following the small river which is about a hundred yards away. The sunsets were spectacular and the night sky perfect for star gazing.
    A week really isn’t enough to visit all the places we wanted to – it all went far too quickly! Maison Laroche was the perfect place to spend quality time with my family in beautiful and peaceful surroundings and we can’t wait to come back.

  • Quality & Beauty

    Posted by Paul H on 02/05/2016

    Stunning !! I have just come back from a spring break from 'Maison Laroche' and we really didn't want to leave. The host was so helpful and showed us how everything worked (including the SKY TVs in both sitting rooms) also gave us fantastic tips about the area. The House and gardens are beautiful, the owner obviously spared no expense on the furnishings, its like something out of House and Gardens! The beds are wonderful and the linen is better than we have at home! This is really the place to come for some peace and quiet, but only seven minutes away from shops bars and restaurants in Mansle. We have already booked to come back in August when the pool will be open and the fields around filled with sunflowers.

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