4 bedroom 2 bathroom House Nr Sauze-Vaussais restaurants 2km walk 4 acre garden
- english, french
About melanie grainge
We have fully renovated this property and hopefully, this shows in the workmanship..It has been a labour of love, with lots of sweat, laughter and tears !!We live here in sunny west France all year and there is no going back. The house and surrounding countryside teams with wildlife, and every day is a complete pleasure, a stark contrast to the North east of Engalnd where we both grew up.
melanie grainge purchased this Farmhouse in 2005
Why melanie grainge chose Limalonges
The friendly people, and the sheer fact it is still rural France at its best Visited the area a lot over the years and fell in love with the laid back lifestyle,beautiful scenery,Sunflowers, quiet roads! ,respect the young have for everyone and their polite bonjours in the morning, are a great way to start the day, fresh bread,croissants,fields of red poppies,cheap wine,cheese, being able to eat al-fresco all year round ,,,need i go on
What makes this Farmhouse unique
Healthier lifestyle, leaving the stress of self-employment and staff and paperwork and health and safety regs behind, not being in a traffic jams each morning, being able to see the doctor the same day, and you choosing the time to see a specialist, being able to ski , as only 3 hours away, likewise nip to Spain 5 hours away, oh and we loved the house, as the French like to say we have brought it back to life..
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 4:30 p.m.
Check-out: 9:30 a.m.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Get away from it all, enjoy quality time in lovely countryside
Chatelet is beautifully situated in lovely countryside--surrounded by fields of sunflowers in full bloom, and hay being harvested. Waking up to birds singing, quiet sunshine streaming in the window, was truly refreshing. The house has been lovingly renovated, with attention paid to modern conveniences, and is very comfortable. The pool is super--large and sparkling clean. Our favorite thing about the house was the abundance of fun family activities that were available: croquet and other lawn games, tetherball, hammocks, swimming, board games, DVDs, relaxing on the many lounge chairs, and admiring the guinea pigs. Melanie was helpful before our arrival in suggesting possible activities, and was extremely prompt in replies to questions we had. She was welcoming and informative during check-in, but though she lives nearby we never felt that we were being watched as we enjoyed the property. It was a refreshing, marvelously relaxing week for our group (5 adults and 3 children).
The only two slight imperfections that marred our time there were these: We had not noticed upon booking that the property description lists no clothes dryer. There is a clothes drying rack provided, but it is sometimes awkward in mixed groups to have clothing hanging out to dry in plain view. This wasn't a huge problem, just an unexpected one (due solely to our lack of noticing this in the property description).
A more significant drawback was the lack of fast internet. When it was available, it was slow. This was frustrating, because we wanted to plan daily excursions and book tickets for later in our vacation, but because of the slow internet it was almost impossible to map locations or find out information about potential destinations. Again, if other guests come into their trips to Chatelet with this knowledge, they will be able to plan and work around this drawback.
We have great memories of our trip here, and will without hesitation recommend it to friends of ours who might want a tranquil stay in the French countryside, within driving distance of many interesting sites to visit. We'd love to come back someday!
We've been home for 3 days and are already planning our next visit. Home from Home, the villa was beautiful. Lovely touches such as DVDs, CDs, garden games which added to our experience when the weather got too hot.
We made full use of the BBQ, had the pool to our selves, which we made full use of.
Melanie and Richard were brilliant hosts and gave us good tips for the area.
Highly enjoyable holiday experience
What fantastic property and such lovely owners
We had a fantastic time here for the week in August 2018. The children loved every minute of the holiday.
The swimming pool is a fantastic size and provided wonderful entertainment.
The grounds are massive and the hammocks are very relaxing indeed.
The farmhouse itself is gorgeous and the two sets of stairs allowed my older daughters their own part of the house which they really enjoyed.
An extensive stock of DVDs provided some lovely family films in the evening and we even squeezed in a bit of free view watching too.
I can not recommend this place highly enough it’s such a lovely place.
What made it even better were Melanie and Richard who were on hand to offer advice and some excellent suggestions of places to visit as we were new to the area.
A truly lovely holiday 😊 thank you
Carolyn, Holly, Becky Thomas and Lily
A wonderful, well equiped property, with a fabulous garden.
The house was everything we could have wished for, and the owners were very friendly and helpful. The garden was spectacular with plenty of room for cricket, and the pool was great.
Perfect guests, even though the weather was not kind to them, they made the most of it.a pleasure to have...and they helped us out with our plum crop !!
he most beautiful gite we have stayed in! Run by the nicest people you could ever wish to meet! This was our first family holiday abroad with our children and we didn't want for anything! When we arrived late at night the inside of the gite was just 'wow', clean, spacious and has all the mod cons while still being a cute farmhouse. In the morning we woke up to discover huge gardens, crystal clear pool, trampoline, swings, hammocks, table tennis, free range guinea pigs and much much more! The owners were so welcoming and helpful and make the most delicious food...if you book in to eat with them you will not want to eat anywhere else again! This place is simply perfect, for families, couples or with friends! We will definitely be returning! Thank you so much for a fantastic holiday!!!!
What a shame!
Without doubt, a lovely house and garden, and well equipped. However, watch out for your disappearing deposit! Ours was withheld by the owners to cover a subsequent TV engineer's visit (to switch the TV channel from DVD back to DTV!) and a few other petty (and arguably invented) charges. In addition, if you like your own space on holiday, then this set up won't work for you because the owners are in the adjoined farmhouse and behave in an unboundaried way.
This review is way out of line, i have been running this gite for over 6 years now, and this is only the 2nd time we have witheld any of the deposit
It is amazing when things go wrong, how the clients always want to blame the owners of the properties. Truth is these are our properties and we like them to be used and enjoyed, and not abused. How can we act in an unboundaried way ! we own the property it is in 3 acres, we are very discreet, cleaning the pool and cutting the grass, tending to our animals, and chatting to guests if they want us too.
The gite was left damaged and unclean, and this is a very unfair review, and 2 tvs had actually lost their channels, and been swapped from satellite to airiel, nothing to do with dvd players at all
The nearest beaches are at La Rochelle, Chatillion la plage approximately 1 and quarter hours drive. There are lots of lakes within half an hour of the house, with lots of water sports.
Valle des Singes a very good Monkeypark is near here, its nothing like a zoo, monkeys in their own habitat, people come from all over Europe just to see this place.its superb
Futurescope at Poitiers is world famous.
Cognac is well worth a visist, not just for brandy, for good wine tasting and spirits in this area, with boat trips on the Charente.
Ruffec is only 14kms from the house, here there are some good restaurants and you can go Kayaking/Canoing on the river Charente, also good for fishing and cycle rides
The nearest airports are: Poitiers (45kms), La Rochelle, Angouleme, Limoges, Bordeaux. It is 5 hours drive from Le Havre, Caen, st Malo, and 7/8 from Calais, trains run to Poitiers, and Ruffec (8 miles). Hire car is recommended, however we do airport pick ups.
Sauze Vaussais is 1km away. Ruffec 10kms. Poitiers 45kms (futurescope is here). Valley de singe (monkey sanctuary)highly recommended savigne 20kms. Angouleme 50kms(large waterpark). Lake lambon all watersports 20kms. Melle (silver mines)lots of history here 15kms.
All banks, supermarket, garage, bakery, bars, pizzeria, hotel restaurant, spar, hairdressers can all be found in sauze vaussais, 2 minute drive, half hour easy walk, through lovely countryside.there are lots of lovely restaurants in the area, which we can recommend, all information on the area is left in the house, and you can pick our brains as much as you like! Depending on your interests their are lots of day trips, again tell us what you like, and we can point you in the right direction. The large towns of poitiers, niort and angouleme are an easy drive less than an our away, and there are some lovely places on the Atlantic coast, just over an hours drive away, ile de re is spectacular, and ile de oleron, on the road to here the European storks nest on the telegraph poles, it is truly a sight to be seen, these areas are national parks and team with bird life and wildlife.