Nestling beside our private lake is this charming country cottage, located in a small hamlet at the Southern tip of the Charente. The cottage has three bedrooms, two on the first floor and one ground floor bedroom with French windows opening onto a small terrace. There is a cloakroom, spacious living room, a dining hall and a well equipped kitchen/breakfast room. The cottage is located less than ten minutes drive from the market town of Chalais, dominated by the Chateau des Tallyrand ,with its drawbridge leading to the Restaurant Relais du Chateau . In Chalais there are bars, restaurants ,supermarkets, banks,and for leisure ,an open-air swimming pool, and tennis courts.The cottage is also within ten minutes of Brossac where there is a swimming lake, water-sports,mini golf, volley ball, restaurant and bar. Only a little further is the village of Aubeterre which is officially listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France. Famous for its monolithic underground church and Aubeterre also boasts a lively square full of artisan boutiques , a pottery, antique shops, cafes and restaurants. Further afield but still within easy driving distance are Bordeaux, St. Emilion, Cognac and the seaside towns of La Rochelle, Royan Arcachon and Cap Ferret.
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House in Chalais, (Bardenac). Nr. Aubeterre-sur-Dronne, Charente, Poitou-Charentes, France - In small hamlet in the Southern Charente with private lake.
- Calendar last updated:
- Aug 23, 2018
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
A little piece of heaven
We arrived after a long drive to be greeted by Rod and Kay who took the time to show us their lovely cottage, and tell us about the forthcoming events locally. Rod and Kay have spent many years creating this home from home. Every little detail has been thought of to make your stay as comfortable from the time you arrive. A welcome hamper in the kitchen, cupboard with all the essentials for cooking, sun loungers, table and chairs for outside eating, bbq and all of the necessary coals and fire lighters, buckets and spades for the near by lakes with beaches, garden games, indoor games and DVD's. All bathrooms had toiletry s and fresh towels. There really was not anything that had been overlooked for your stay. The garden was just a little piece of heaven, with large lawns fanning the lake, a small rowing boat and many fish jumping in the water. There are walnut trees, blackberry bushes and a whole host of wild life. Just outside the front door there are many walks and cycle paths,and fields full of sunflowers. The cottage is well placed for a short drive away there are swimming lakes, supermarkets, local markets, restaurants and beautiful villages. We had the most wonderful week and we will be returning.
Generous hosts and beautiful property
We had a highly enjoyable family holiday at Masperier: the cottage and its extensive grounds are beautiful, and the area is full of pleasures, including lovely landscapes, lively markets, excellent restaurants, and fascinating tours of wineries and distilleries. One of the things that made it stand out was the exceptional warmth and generosity of our hosts, Rod and Kay Donaldson, who respected our privacy but were ready to help at a moment's notice. Even our dog was made to feel welcome! We would especially recommend the cottage for up to four people, as the downstairs bedroom is the main route to the garden and the lake, and was sometimes a bit musty during our stay.
Tranquil Beauty and a Garden of Paradise
Quiet, Relaxing, Private and Very Beautiful. The French Countryside, at it's very best. This is a lovely cottage with exposed beams of old oak and a renovated interior. The encompassing garden is world class and highly maintained by an expert, while at the same time offering the natural feel of the best of French Botanicals. A lake teaming with large, pet carp, with a quiet water fall sound - and surrounded by a perfect garden. The local French markets nearby with all you need and fun to wander through: Cheese, Veg, Sausage, Bread, tourist items. Lots of beauty in the near by towns and villages to visit. Cognac and Wine all over. Fantastic local restaurants. Host were Perfect: English/French Speaking. Very Friendly, Generous & Offering all the help we could ever want.
A straight: 10/10.
Lovely cottage for those seeking respite
We had a lovely time at the cottage and really enjoyed our stay. Rod and Kay were great hosts and did their best to make sure we had a delightful stay. The cottage is a lot bigger than the images portray and we made great use of the inside and outside spaces. A great space, good people and a welcoming environment.
Thank you for your feedback , we are glad you found some great places to cycle , kayak and swim , and your family enjoyed relaxing by the lake .
Fabulous First Family Holiday
We had a fabulous first family holiday with our 8 week old baby boy. The pictures do not lie, it is an idyllic cottage with enormous grounds which we were free to roam. We created some very special memories of long balmy summer days and nights spent by the lake. Kay and Rod were wonderful hosts giving us the right level of privacy as well as being incredibly helpful. Being vegetarians in France isn't easy, however, Kay was extremely helpful and managed to sort out some great restaurants for us. Would totally recommend this cottage.
FAB U LOUS!
Had a fantastic week at this beautiful cottage in the heart of the Charente countryside but just 10 mins from the little town of Chalais with its weekly market, individual shops, and supermarkets. Rod and Kay are the best hosts you could wish for with their extensive knowledge of the best places to visit and to eat and drink. The cottage is so lovely, with absolutely everything you could possibly need for a self catering holiday. Having said that, eating out is so reasonable it can be cheaper to do that rather than cook for yourself but everything is there if you wanted to. The garden is beautiful and you can relax and unwind there in the peace and quiet. We are regular visitors and can't wait to go back - wouldn't stay anywhere else.
River and lake beaches are available just a short drive away at Brossac St Aulaye and Aubeterre. The coastal resorts of La Rochelle, Royan, Archachon and Cap Ferret may all be visited on a day trip.
Bordeaux and Bergerac airports are easily accessible being just an hour or an hour and a half away. The Channel Ports of Caen and St Malo are an easy drive of five to six hours away.
Chalais is a market town(Mondays) and is less than 10 minutes away. Brossac with bars restaurants and a swimming lake is also less than 10 minutes away. Aubeterre with its monolithic church and beautiful square is about 20 minutes drive. Further afield is Bordeaux which is a little over an hour away and Angouleme( famous for its Ramparts race ) is about 50 minutes drive. St Emillion, Cognac and Brantome are three locations that should not be missed and are less than an hour away.
Chalais hosts a number of major annual events including International horse show jumping and the International Festival of Chamber Music. For leisure there are tennis courts, and an open air pool. Brossac - swim in the lake which has a sandy beach, plus there are bicycles for hire, plus fishing and horse riding and water sports. The Lakeside restaurant -Quai Sud, is an excellent viewpoint to watch the annual firework display on the lake, to celebrate"Bastille Day "14 th July. Aubeterre has a sandy man made beach by the river and you can hire canoes here, similarly St Aulaye has a man-made beach by the river, plus tennis courts, outdoor swimming pool, bar and restaurant serving pizzas from their oven, or their Speciality " Moules-frites " .
Booking Notes: Booking is on line at this site. To reserve the property a non-refundable deposit of 30% is required together with a £150.00 security deposit. Following receipt of the booking and payment of the deposit, the owner will confirm the booking and issue a receipt in respect of the deposit. The balance of the payment becomes due six weeks prior to the commencement of the rental. Changeover Day: Arrival and departure will generally be on a Saturday – Depart before 10.00am and arrive after 4.00pm and before 9.00pm. Sometimes it is possible to be flexible with day of arrival and departure, but please check before booking Notes on prices: A deposit of 30% of the total rental is required with the booking and the balance becomes due 6 weeks before your arrival date. The deposit is not refundable and guests are advised to take out insurance to protect them against the need to cancel.