Mas Des Fleurs

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Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4

Overview

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Great Value
Laptop Friendly Workspace Not for little ones

You’ll be given a warm welcome at Mas Des Fleurs, a 200-year old Charente farmhouse set in three acres of meadows. Whether lounging by the heated swimming pool, enjoying nature walks through the neighbouring woodland or canoeing along the Charente river, this idyllic location allows you to truly relax in a glorious part of western France.

Mas Des Fleurs was still a working farm only 60 years ago and so many traditional features remain such as the flagstone flooring, original wood beams and characterful exposed stone work. Nowadays, the cosy lounge offers the perfect place to kick back whilst the sociable kitchen-diner perfectly blends contemporary touches with a true sense of history.

Let the original staircase take you upstairs where two king-size doubles and a twin can be found beneath the beams, alongside three bright and modern bathrooms, two of them being en suite shower rooms. Peep through the tiny windows to catch a glimpse of the courtyard, meadows or woodland of this special and wonderfully restored holiday home. On the ground floor there is a further double bedroom with en suite bathroom. 

The 13m long swimming pool is simply superb, as is the decked poolside terrace, all south facing and making the most of the beautiful meadow views. Enjoy quality time with loved ones as you dine al-fresco in the courtyard, followed by a game of badminton, boules or table tennis. Go for nature walks through the three acres of grounds and beyond to the nearby woodland, looking out for the local barn owl, bats, cuckoos, deer and more, with the background sound of the chirping crickets – Mas Des Fleurs is a true natural paradise !

It's not far to yet more serene surroundings whether you seek out the pony club in the nearby village, or spend time by a picturesque lake, just a 5-minute drive away, with fishing, walks as well as supervised swimming and a waterslide in the summer months. A little further, experience the twice-weekly market in historic Ruffec, only 10km away, and find the perfect picnic spot by the Charente river to enjoy local delicacies from goats cheese to foie gras.

Then there’s canoeing, kayaking and paddle-boarding along the river, more gorgeous villages such as Verteuil-sur-Charente, Mansle and Nanteuil-en-Vallée as well as the great cities of Poitiers and Angoulême, allowing many fine days out across the Vienne and Charente regions.

Oliver Approved

What you should know…

  • Only children aged 12 and over are allowed to stay at this property. 
  • The discreet yet welcoming owners live on site with their two small dogs – their cottage is on the other side of the courtyard, not overlooking the pool. 
  • While there are 4 bedrooms, please note that the maximum capacity is 6 guests. 

This home is a part of our Great Value Collection!

Our great value homes:

  • may be traditionally styled for a laid back feeling
  • may have some simple amenities and features
  • mean that you can enjoy top holiday destinations for less!

Property Features

Private Pool Child-Safe Pool Heated Pool Wi-Fi/Internet Laptop Friendly Workspace BBQ TV Outdoor Games Table Tennis DVD Heating Caretaker/Owner on Site Not for little ones

Mas Interiors

Ground Floor

-    Lounge with wood burner and doors leading to garden
-    Open-plan kitchen and dining room with dining table (for 6) and original large fireplace. Kitchen well equipped including dishwasher, oven, electric hob, micowave, fridge-freezer, coffee machine, kettle, toaster, cafetiere, slow cooker and stone sink
-    Bedroom with king-size bed and en suite bathroom with bath
-    WC and sink
-    Laundry room including large fridge

First Floor (featuring low ceilings/beams)

-    Bedroom with king-size double bed and en suite shower room
-    Bedroom with king-size double bed and en suite shower room
-    Bedroom with twin beds
-    Bathroom with bath
-    Office with desk and printer/scanner

Outside Grounds (3 acres)

-    Heated salt-water swimming pool (13x3m, depth: up to 1.4m) with safety alarm and hard cover. Open approximately beginning-June to mid-October
-    Poolside loungers (x6), parasols and cool box
-    Gated courtyard with al-fresco dining area
-    Second al-fresco dining area (near the pool)
-    Barbecue and pizza oven
-    Boules
-    Badminton
-    Giant Jenga
-    Large garden/wildflower meadow (open)
-    Parking (2 cars)

Facilities

-    Wi-Fi
-    Heating
-    Fans
-    TV and DVD player
-    Table tennis
-    Boules
-    Badminton
-    Outdoor giant Jenga
-    Board games
-    Ironing facilities
-    Washing machine and dryer

Location

About the surrounding area of Mas Des Fleurs
Easy By Train <1hr to Airport Canoeing/Kayaking Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Cycling Horse Riding Fishing Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites
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In the Vienne department, close to the border with Charente and Deux-Sèvres, Mas des Fleurs is located between Poitiers and Angoulême, only a 10-minute drive from the picturesque village of Ruffec. Guests wishing to arrive by train should take the 2-hour TGV from Paris to Angoulême, then connect to a local service to Ruffec.
 
Set in a hamlet of houses, there’s a small pretty village around a 5-minute drive away (or leisurely walk crossing the Charente river) which has its own pony club (suitable for beginners as well as more experienced riders) and a pizzeria on summer weekend evenings. 

Even closer to home, enjoy long walks beyond the 3-acre grounds to appreciate the surrounding woodland – look out for birds, deer and other wildlife including bats and a local barn owl. A 7km hiking trail also starts close to the Charente river where you may come across wild orchids and rare birds. Cycling is also popular across this region - bikes can be hired and delivered to your villa.

Around a 5-minute drive away, a tranquil lake is another beautiful spot for nature walks, picnics, carp and roach fishing as well as supervised swimming in the height of the summer. From June to September there is also a waterslide as well as somewhere to buy snacks and a playground.

With close access to the N10 Route Nationale, you can easily reach Ruffec in about ten minutes by car, home to a number of restaurants and other amenities including a large supermarket. It’s a very pretty small town on the banks of the Lien river with a twice-weekly market and other events throughout the year. In the summer you can hire kayaks, canoes or stand-up paddle boards for excursions along the Charente river just on the edge of the town.

The gorgeous village of Verteuil-sur-Charente is also close by, around a 15-minute drive away. As well as pottering around its charming lanes and admiring its chateau, enjoy lunch on the river’s edge at the old moulin which specialises in home-made brioche. Mansle (27km) is another attractive riverside village, especially worthy of a visit on market day (specialities in this area include goats cheese, duck, foie gras and Atlantic seafood) whilst the medieval gardens in Tusson (25km) are very picturesque. Nanteuil-en-Vallée (20km) is another historic highlight of this area, a classified ‘village of character’ well known for its impressive abbey.

Angoulême is a 45-minute drive away, so wonderfully positioned on the Charente river. Spend time wandering around its historic quarter, admiring its beautiful architecture or visit one of the city’s bustling markets. The fantastic National Comic Strip and Image Centre is a must for graphic-novel enthusiasts and you may also be able to glance at comic murals on huge walls as you explore the town. Angoulême is also famous for its stylish Le Circuit des Remparts in September when classic cars race around the old cobbled lanes of the city, a contest dating back to the 1930s, also known as ‘Monaco Sans La Mer’!

Both Cognac and Jarnac are around an hour away or head north to Poitiers, home to the second oldest university in France. As well as soaking up the student and cultural vibe, visit some of the many listed monuments including the impressive Cathédrale Saint-Pierre and spend time relaxing in the pleasant Parc de Blossac. Just north of the city, Futuroscope is a popular theme park with a great range of attractions and activities for all ages.

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Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Aéroport de Poitiers-Biard

(60km)

Nearest Airport 2 Limoges Airport

(100km)

Nearest Train Station Ruffec/Angoulême TGV

(10km/55km)

Nearest Village Small local commune with summer cafe

(3km)

Nearest Restaurant Surrounding countryside and villages/towns

(Around a 10-minute drive )

Nearest Supermarket Intermarché Super

(10km)

Nearest Town Ruffec/Civray

(10km/13km)

Nearest City Angoulême

(58km)

Nearest Golf Swallow Golf Club, Angoulême

(60km)

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: Teens
Ideal for Teens

Only children aged 12 and over are allowed at Mas des Fleurs.

Mas Des Fleurs is set in three acres of grounds bordered by woodland, perfect for long nature walks looking out for rare birds, deer, the local barn owl and other fascinating wildlife. There are ample cycling opportunities in the region and bikes can be hired and delivered to the villa. A pony club only a 5-minute drive away offers lessons, hacks or themed activities for beginners as well as more experienced riders.

Enjoy yet more nature walks around a beautiful lake, again just a 5-minute drive away, also the perfect spot for picnics and fishing. In the summer months look out for supervised lake swimming, a waterslide, a play area and a snack bar.

Near the historic town of Ruffac, there is canoeing, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding along the Charente river. Nearby Taizé-Aizie also has a Base de Loisir featuring tree-top adventure trails as well as canoe and kayak hire.

Meanwhile, comic lovers must spend the day in Angoulême admiring large murals on city walls and visiting the National Comic Strip and Image Centre. Another great day can be spent at Futuroscope, one of France’s most popular theme parks just north of Poitiers.

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Easy By Train
  • <1hr to Airport
  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Cycling
  • Horse Riding
  • Fishing
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages
  • Historical Sites

Onsite Facilities

  • Badminton
  • Boules/Petanque
  • Board games
  • Child-Safe Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Games
  • Table Tennis
  • DVD

Services Available

  • Chef/Cook Available

Extras

Oliver's Extras

  • Pre-Stocked Fridge Available
  • Chef/Cook 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):

- Evening meal on arrival (a hot supper which can be heated up)
- Pre-stocked fridge
- Private chef

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

Terms & Conditions

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

Security deposit £500 charged to client's credit card as a pre-authorisation at least 2 weeks prior to 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. In colder months, logs are also provided free of charge.
Linen & towels included? Yes (changed once for stays of over 7 nights).
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.
Pool heating charge? Included. Please note that like all heated pools, pool heating and water temperature are reliant on weather and outside temperatures.
Pool towels included? Yes (changed once for stays of over 7 nights).
Pool opening dates? The pool is open approximately beginning-June to mid-October. 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.
Pets welcome? Not allowed.
Smoking Allowed? No.
Tax French Visitors Tax payable locally in cash on arrival (typically costs €1-10 per adult per night- please enquire if exact amount is required).
Changeover day Saturday. All other changeover days on request.
Minimum stay 7 nights. All other durations on request.
Other Ts and Cs Weddings, stag/hen parties and any special events are not allowed.
Other Ts and Cs Only children aged 12 and over are allowed to stay at this property.
Other Ts and Cs The discreet yet welcoming owners live on site with their two small dogs – their cottage is on the other side of the courtyard, not overlooking the pool.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 6 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Apr 12th 2024 - May 1st 2024 £679 £815 £951 £1,087 £1,358
May 1st 2024 - Jun 1st 2024 - - - - £1,472
Jun 1st 2024 - Jul 1st 2024 - - - - £1,811
Jul 1st 2024 - Sep 1st 2024 - - - - £2,688
Sep 1st 2024 - Oct 1st 2024 - - - - £1,811
Oct 1st 2024 - Apr 1st 2025 £722 £866 £1,010 £1,155 £1,443
Apr 1st 2025 - May 1st 2025 £722 £866 £1,010 £1,155 £1,443
May 1st 2025 - Jun 1st 2025 - - - - £1,579
Jun 1st 2025 - Jul 1st 2025 - - - - £1,924
Jul 1st 2025 - Sep 1st 2025 - - - - £2,824
Sep 1st 2025 - Oct 1st 2025 - - - - £1,924
Oct 1st 2025 - Oct 14th 2025 £722 £866 £1,010 £1,155 £1,443

Prices based on an occupancy of 6 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Apr 12th 2024 - May 1st 2024 €740 €888 €1,035 €1,183 €1,479
May 1st 2024 - Jun 1st 2024 - - - - €1,602
Jun 1st 2024 - Jul 1st 2024 - - - - €1,972
Jul 1st 2024 - Sep 1st 2024 - - - - €2,927
Sep 1st 2024 - Oct 1st 2024 - - - - €1,972
Oct 1st 2024 - Apr 1st 2025 €786 €943 €1,100 €1,257 €1,571
Apr 1st 2025 - May 1st 2025 €786 €943 €1,100 €1,257 €1,571
May 1st 2025 - Jun 1st 2025 - - - - €1,719
Jun 1st 2025 - Jul 1st 2025 - - - - €2,095
Jul 1st 2025 - Sep 1st 2025 - - - - €3,075
Sep 1st 2025 - Oct 1st 2025 - - - - €2,095
Oct 1st 2025 - Oct 14th 2025 €786 €943 €1,100 €1,257 €1,571

Prices based on an occupancy of 6 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Apr 12th 2024 - May 1st 2024 $793 $952 $1,111 $1,269 $1,586
May 1st 2024 - Jun 1st 2024 - - - - $1,719
Jun 1st 2024 - Jul 1st 2024 - - - - $2,115
Jul 1st 2024 - Sep 1st 2024 - - - - $3,139
Sep 1st 2024 - Oct 1st 2024 - - - - $2,115
Oct 1st 2024 - Apr 1st 2025 $843 $1,012 $1,180 $1,349 $1,686
Apr 1st 2025 - May 1st 2025 $843 $1,012 $1,180 $1,349 $1,686
May 1st 2025 - Jun 1st 2025 - - - - $1,844
Jun 1st 2025 - Jul 1st 2025 - - - - $2,247
Jul 1st 2025 - Sep 1st 2025 - - - - $3,298
Sep 1st 2025 - Oct 1st 2025 - - - - $2,247
Oct 1st 2025 - Oct 14th 2025 $843 $1,012 $1,180 $1,349 $1,686

Please note that these prices/rates are a guide only and may not be correct at the current date. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

Owner Profile

● When did you become the owner?

We became the owners in March 2022 having owned property in the Charente and Charente Maritime for a number of years.

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

The location is perfect as it’s on the borders of the Vienne and Charente. The farm is also situated on the edge of a forest so great for dog walking, hiking and cycling. 

● Are there any interesting stories in its history?

This place had been in the hands of the same family for many years and was a working farm up until about 50 years ago. The family eventually sold it 10 years ago to the architect we bought it from.  It was he who completed the renovation of the farmhouse and guest cottage, making sure he retained all the original character and features you would expect in a house this age, including stone floors, beams, the original kitchen stone sink and slow cooker built into the wall to take hot coals so super would be ready when workers returned from the fields. 

● Have you ever had any famous guests staying?

Not unless you count Barny the owl and the local feral cat! 

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

- Must do?

Have lunch beside the leisure lake at St Macaux or paddle with the dog in the shallows at Rejallant. 

- Must eat?

Gateaux in Tusson- A stunning tea shop serving an incredible array of homemade cakes. Try the lemon meringue or Guinness cake - divine!

-Must see?

La Rochelle is gorgeous but Ile de Re is amazing! Both around 2 hours drive but worth it.

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

Our property is around 200 years old so there are some low beams upstairs and the occasional squeaky floorboard - but this all adds to its charm. 

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Reviews

  • What Can I Say?

    on 04/09/2023

    Well. Where to begin. From the start of our holiday until the end. The owners were fabulous hosts! We were treated to some woodfired pizzas - they were great. Fantastic place to stay, house absolutely beautiful. Leaving is the only negative! Would recommend to anyone. Have to visit to see it for its beauty.

  • Stunning

    on 16/07/2023

    Smooth Journey, great communication with Oliver's Travels and the owners. Stunning and very comfortable property. Thank you.

  • The Perfect Break

    on 05/06/2023

    Our stay at the farmhouse in the French countryside was the perfect break for us to unwind, switch off and the location was so beautiful, and the property was amazingly designed to accommodate all our needs including our dog. The owners were very helpful, supportive and we had the best time.

  • Lovely home

    on 30/09/2022

    You have been perfect hosts. Attentive, without being overbearing. And thanks for the logs. You have a lovely home, exquisite decoration and the layout worked well for us. For future guests, a couple of restaurant recommendations - Bistro de Claude: Cognac, Jeux de Pots: Verteuil. Until next time.

  • Gorgeous

    on 24/09/2022

    Everything we had hoped for! Gorgeous, spacious house. Super pool - perfect weather. Lots of lovely little cafés and restaurants for lunch - pretty much heaven!

  • Most wonderful time

    on 10/09/2022

    Thank you so much for being the loveliest hosts and looking after us so well. We have truly had the most wonderful time. Our daughter has loved playing in the meadow and exploring the woods. We are already looking forward to returning.

  • Beautiful

    on 30/07/2022

    Such a beautiful place and such lovely hosts - we will come back asap! Thank you for a gorgeous week and for your concern for our little Pablo.

  • Wonderful week

    on 23/07/2022

    Thank you so much for a wonderful, relaxing week in this beautiful home. You have made us feel so welcome. We couldn't have asked for a more comfortable and enjoyable stay, and the weather was perfect.

  • Lovely home

    on 02/07/2022

    Thank you so much for sharing your lovely home with us. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and your hospitality was terrific. Look forward to a return visit.

  • Most wonderful trip

    on 11/07/2020

    Thank you for the most wonderful trip. We loved our time here and will be sure to come back. Thanks for going above and beyond to ensure we had the best stay.

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