Maison Trocadero

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Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2

Overview

Wedding Venue Pool Walk to Village

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There’s an air of French elegance across this stunning Maison de Maitre, set in a quiet farming village in sunny Charente, half an hour from the chic city of Angoulême.

Maison Trocadero has been exquisitely restored with no expense spared by its caring owners who bought the house over ten years ago. With high ceilings and characterful features throughout, only the finest furnishings have been used throughout the four inviting bedrooms and handsome living space. Expect antique beds, superior mattresses and high-quality bed linen alongside the two beautiful bathrooms with roll top baths. Feast by the open fire in the dining room then relax on the sumptuous sofas in the lounge – this house is all about comfort as well as luxury.

The walled gardens are just as gorgeous with its plum trees and ancient roses. Enjoy a breakfast of pastries and coffee in the morning light on the al-fresco terrace, spend time in the high-tech gym in the old stables or just relax on a sun-lounger, listening to the sounds of nesting doves in the barn before cooling off from the Charentais sun in the glorious swimming pool.

In a peaceful village setting, there are walks from your doorstep through surrounding farmland and as far as the Charente river, perfect for picnics whilst observing the wildlife around you. Drive a little further for riverside canoeing and explore some of the delightful villages close by such as medieval Tusson or Verteuil-sur-Charente on the banks on the river. Discover local markets, nearby wine-sellers, historic châteaux and the magnificent landscapes of the protected Charente valley.

The unspoilt city of Angoulême is also close by with its ancient citadel, historic architecture, atmospheric cafes and yearly classic car race, Circuit des Remparts, in September. Cognac and Jarnac can also be visited for the day, both towns with excellent cuisine and fine distilleries or head further west to the Atlantic coast to spend time at the seaside in Royan.

Return to your home and watch the sun set from your pretty terrace, you may even hear the owl that occasionally visits as the stars shine brightly in the clear skies above you. Maison Trocadero allows you to get away from it all and truly experience the tranquillity of the enchanting Charente.

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What you should know…

  • Maison Trocadero is not suitable for children under the age of 12.
  • The caretaker lives in an annexe to the house, completely separate with their own driveway and garden – you’ll only see them tending to the maison's pool and gardens first thing in the morning or if you arrange any of the concierge services (fresh bread, laundry service etc). 

Property Features

Private Pool Child-Safe Pool Wi-Fi/Internet BBQ Satellite TV Bicycles Provided Gym/Fitness Room Indoor Games Outdoor Games Table Tennis DVD Working Fireplace Heating Caretaker/Owner on Site

Maison Interiors

Ground Floor

-    Lounge with fireplace
-    Dining room with fireplace
-    Kitchen (50m2), well-equipped including electric oven, fridge-freezer with ice-maker, coffee machine, kettle and two dishwashers. Aga also available (on request)

First Floor (via main staircase or spiral stairs from kitchen)

-    Bedroom with double bed and partially open bathroom with roll top bath, double hand basin and WC
-    2 x bedrooms with double bed
-    1 x bedroom with twin beds
-    Bathroom with roll top bath, walk-in shower, double hand basin and WC
-    Doors from landing lead to small balcony

Outside Grounds

-    Swimming pool (10x5m, depth: 1-2m) with safety electric shutter. Open approximately May to September
-    Poolside terrace with sun loungers and exterior lighting
-    Al-fresco dining area
-    BBQ
-    Badminton net
-    Gym (in stables) with weights, bench, spin bike, rowing machine, yoga mats etc
-    Walled gardens with trees

Facilities

-    Wi-Fi
-    Satellite TV (including English speaking channels)
-    DVD player
-    Gym
-    Board games
-    Badminton net
-    Table tennis

Location

About the surrounding area of Maison Trocadero
Walk to Village Canoeing/Kayaking Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Wine Tasting Golf Nearby Tennis Nearby Cycling Fishing Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites Romantic
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Maison Trocadero lies in the heart of a quiet farm village in the Charente department, around half an hour stroll to the banks of the river. It’s also just a 30-minute drive to the vibrant city of Angoulême (with its TGV to Paris in just over two hours). 

There are some wonderful walks straight from your doorstep, through rural farmland in the surrounding area and along the Charente river, a peaceful spot to watch wildlife in incredibly tranquil surroundings. Visit nearby châteaux to sample and purchase local wine and discover local markets selling all sorts of fresh produce and regional delights.

Hire canoes or kayaks along the Charente river in the nearby town of Mansle, around 11km away. Mansle itself is a picturesque town with restaurants and shops – head to town for the twice-weekly morning market and look out for festivities taking place in the summer. There are many marked trails around the town and beyond through the glorious Charente valley which is classified as one of the EU’s Natura 2000 nature protection areas.

Pretty villages and impressive historic sights can also be discovered across this beautiful region. Visit the interesting medieval gardens in Tusson or spend time admiring the château in the village of Bayers. Verteuil-sur-Charente is a delightful riverside village with an ancient moulin and picturesque castle which could perhaps be combined with a visit to charming Nanteuil-en-Vallee, a classified ‘village of character’. A visit to the typically French town of Ruffec is a must on market day, on the banks of Le Lien.

Heading towards the Périgord-Limousin Natural Regional Park, the spectacular Château de La Rochefoucauld is another great day out for all ages.

Angoulême is a handsome city full of history and art in a lovely setting above the Charente river. Enjoy its ancient citadel, traditional markets and atmospheric places to eat – this beautiful place is both chic and unspoilt. There’s also the fantastic National Comic Strip and Image Centre and of course the famous Le Circuit des Remparts, an international classic car race each September. You can drive to Angoulême in around half an hour or catch a regional train, taking around 15 minutes, from a local train station about 8km away.

Jarnac and Cognac are also fine places to visit for the day where you will find excellent restaurants, historic architecture and fine Cognac and brandy tastings.

You can even spend the day at the seaside in Royan, just over a 90-minute drive away.

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Poitiers-Biard Airport,

(97km)

Nearest Airport 2 Limoges Airport

(97km)

Nearest Airport 3 Bordeaux Airport

(155km)

Nearest Ferry Port St Malo/Caen

(430km/470km)

Nearest Train Station Gare de Luxé

(8km)

Nearest Village In a rural village

(0km)

Nearest Supermarket

(7km)

Nearest Restaurant

(10-12km)

Nearest Town Mansle

(11km)

Nearest City Angoulême

(28km)

Nearest Golf Nr Angoulême

(30km)

Region

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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Kids

Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Teens

This is a lovely area for family walks through farmland, admiring the nature along the Charente river or spending time exploring the local scenery by hiring canoes or kayaks nearby.

Another place for river watersports is the summer Base de Loisir at Taizé-Aizie, around half an hour away. Here you can hire canoes, kayaks, try stand-up paddle boarding or try one of their tree-top adventure courses.

Angoulême is a great place to explore for all ages – especially the brilliant National Comic Strip and Image Centre, a must for comic-lovers.

Kids will love visiting the amazing Château de La Rochefoucauld – take a guided tour, visit the Roman dungeon and dress up in period costumes before exploring the beautiful gardens.

If you feel like a day out by the sea then Royan and Rochefort are both around 90 minutes away – the Zoo La Palmyre may also appeal!

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Walk to Village
  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Tennis Nearby
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages
  • Historical Sites

Onsite Facilities

  • Badminton
  • Board games
  • Child-Safe Pool
  • Bicycles Provided
  • Indoor Games
  • Outdoor Games
  • Table Tennis
  • DVD
  • Fenced Grounds

Extras

Oliver's Extras

  • Transfers Available
  • Morning Bread Delivery Available
  • Bike-Hire Available
  • Laundry Service Available

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 (payable locally):

- Morning bread delivery
- Laundry service
- Bike hire
- Transfers
- Car 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

Event information

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.



Terms & Conditions

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

Security deposit £1000 paid via bank transfer to the owner one month 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? Yes.
Linen & towels included? Yes and changed mid-stay for stays of more than 7 nights.
End of stay cleaning included? Yes and mid-stay clean for stays of more than 7 nights. Please note 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.
Changeover day Saturday. All other changeover days on request
Minimum stay 7 nights. All other durations on request.
Pets welcome? Not allowed.
Smoking Allowed? Outside only.
Pool towels included? Yes.
Pool opening dates? The pool is open approximately May to September. 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.
Other Ts and Cs Weddings, stag/hen parties and any special events are on request only and subject to prior arrangement with the owner and additional charges as well as an increased security deposit of £2000.
Other Ts and Cs Maison Trocadero is not suitable for children under the age of 12.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period Weekly
Jul 3rd 2020 - Jul 11th 2020 £2,306
Jul 11th 2020 - Aug 22nd 2020 £2,414
Aug 22nd 2020 - Aug 29th 2020 £2,306
Aug 29th 2020 - Oct 31st 2020 £1,876
Oct 31st 2020 - Dec 12th 2020 £2,091
Dec 12th 2020 - Jan 2nd 2021 £2,634
Jan 2nd 2021 - Feb 5th 2021 £1,876
Feb 5th 2021 - Jun 26th 2021 £1,876
Jun 26th 2021 - Jul 10th 2021 £2,306
Jul 10th 2021 - Aug 21st 2021 £2,414
Aug 21st 2021 - Aug 28th 2021 £2,306
Aug 28th 2021 - Oct 30th 2021 £1,876
Oct 30th 2021 - Dec 11th 2021 £2,091
Dec 11th 2021 - Jan 1st 2022 £2,634
Jan 1st 2022 - Jan 4th 2022 £1,876

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period Weekly
Jul 3rd 2020 - Jul 11th 2020 €2,401
Jul 11th 2020 - Aug 22nd 2020 €2,513
Aug 22nd 2020 - Aug 29th 2020 €2,401
Aug 29th 2020 - Oct 31st 2020 €1,954
Oct 31st 2020 - Dec 12th 2020 €2,177
Dec 12th 2020 - Jan 2nd 2021 €2,743
Jan 2nd 2021 - Feb 5th 2021 €1,954
Feb 5th 2021 - Jun 26th 2021 €1,954
Jun 26th 2021 - Jul 10th 2021 €2,401
Jul 10th 2021 - Aug 21st 2021 €2,513
Aug 21st 2021 - Aug 28th 2021 €2,401
Aug 28th 2021 - Oct 30th 2021 €1,954
Oct 30th 2021 - Dec 11th 2021 €2,177
Dec 11th 2021 - Jan 1st 2022 €2,743
Jan 1st 2022 - Jan 4th 2022 €1,954

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period Weekly
Jul 3rd 2020 - Jul 11th 2020 $2,699
Jul 11th 2020 - Aug 22nd 2020 $2,825
Aug 22nd 2020 - Aug 29th 2020 $2,699
Aug 29th 2020 - Oct 31st 2020 $2,196
Oct 31st 2020 - Dec 12th 2020 $2,447
Dec 12th 2020 - Jan 2nd 2021 $3,083
Jan 2nd 2021 - Feb 5th 2021 $2,196
Feb 5th 2021 - Jun 26th 2021 $2,196
Jun 26th 2021 - Jul 10th 2021 $2,699
Jul 10th 2021 - Aug 21st 2021 $2,825
Aug 21st 2021 - Aug 28th 2021 $2,699
Aug 28th 2021 - Oct 30th 2021 $2,196
Oct 30th 2021 - Dec 11th 2021 $2,447
Dec 11th 2021 - Jan 1st 2022 $3,083
Jan 1st 2022 - Jan 4th 2022 $2,196

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?

11 years.

What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?

Loved the quiet setting, the counter-lever staircase in the hallway is one of the best we have seen and compliments the elegance of the hallway and the landing. The pool area is a very social aspect to the property. There are walls surrounding the property, offering full privacy. There are no limits to finding a quiet place within the grounds to read a book.

Are there any interesting stories in its history?

This is the Maison de Maître of the village. Originally owned by the Pougnaud family from the 16th Century for five generations, members of the Pougnaud family were horse racers, artists and scientists – all contributing to extensions of the Maison that exists today. The largest extension (the main house on the west side) was contributed in the 19th Century. 

For anyone coming to stay, is there anything you suggest that they really...

Must do? Angouleme - city with many restaurants, shops and museums; Gallo Saint-Romain - a short drive away, beautiful walk around an ancient Roman amphitheatre; Parc Naturel Regional du Marais Potevin - known as the Green Venice, picturesque landscape featuring grassy marshlands, row along the canals; Aubeterre-sur-Drone - one of the prettiest villages in France; Royan Beach.

Must eat? L'Auberge du Cheval Blanc - Michelin-starred restaurant, part of the Maitres Restaurateurs (closed on Sunday evening, Monday and Tuesday); L'Auberge de L'Abbaye - casual local french restaurant with pretty terrace to eat out on a summer evening (closed on Sundays); Le Guez't - quaint little restaurant a short drive away, serves Tapas, burger night on Wednesdays.

Must see? Chateau de Verteuil - originally owned by Family Rochefoucauld, this beautiful chateau overlooks the town of Verteuil (see below for tour dates); Chateau de la Rochefoucauld - The Rochefoucauld Family were one of the wealthiest in France, built in the 11th century and then modified many times during the following centuries. Of Renaissance style, this remarkable building magnificently overhangs the River Tardoire; Musee d'Angouleme - important archaeological, ethnographic and artistic collections; Musee de la Bande Dessinee; Musee du Papier 

What insider tip would you pass on about the property or the area?

If you’re going to a restaurant for lunch, aim to arrive at 12 to avoid disappointment. The French eat between the hours of 12 and 2. Shops generally close between 12 and 2 for lunch, in the afternoon they’re normally open until 7pm. Public holidays occur throughout the year, concierge will notify the guests if any of the holidays are to occur during their stay.

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Reviews

  • Magical for the whole family

    Posted by Hannah Penn on 17/02/2020

    Maison Trocadero is a beautiful, grand house set in a quiet village. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, including relaxing by the pool and exploring the lively nearby City Angouleme. The house is exquisitely decorated and furnished, a classic French house with a warm homely feel. A magical break for the whole family, we will be returning!

  • Immaculate house in a peaceful position

    Posted by Natalie Burke on 17/02/2020

    We have had a wonderful stay here! Could not fault anything- the house was immaculate and clean, gardens beautiful and well looked after and the pool was fantastic! The house is in a really peaceful position with great walks around... but only a short drive to local amenities. Visited Angouleme which is a lovely town/city only 15 mins drive away which has an abundance of great restaurants and shopping. All in all we had a wonderful stay and hope to visit again soon.

  • I highly recommend

    Posted by Matthew Hodge on 17/02/2020

    My friends and I spent a week at Maison Trocadero. Truly amazing location with lots to do, and the best household facilities: pool, huge kitchen, comfortable beds and many communal areas kept at a great standard. Highly likely to recommend to others.

  • Lovely stay in a beautiful spot!

    Posted by Helen Wigand on 02/02/2020

    Absolutely brilliant stay – highly recommend! My boyfriend and I had a lovely week at this beautiful spot. Friendly staff, very clean and quiet countryside vibes will definitely be worth exploring again!

  • The best place I've stayed

    Posted by Raymond Bates on 01/02/2020

    I visit Angouleme almost every year to watch the Classic car race. By far, this is the best place I’ve stayed at.

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