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Large Maison de Maitre with private pool, games room, gym, near riverside beach



Updated: 17-Sep-2016
4 bedrooms, en suite bathrooms, max 10 people, games room

Beautiful manor house with 4 bedrooms - 4 elegant spacious double bedrooms on the first floor all with en suite shower rooms. One bedroom with additional freestanding antique style bath.

Fully equipped oak kitchen, laundry room, games room and fitness suite, billiards room, comfortable salon with satellite TV, wood burner, dining room with large table and grand piano, enclosed private heated swimming pool area with views across valley, garden with barbecue and outside seating.

Golf Courses and Tennis in the area: There are two nine hole golf courses within a short drive of Le Mas. One of these golf courses has tennis courts and the other Longeveau, hires clubs, has a pool, restaurant and a creche. Our town of Chalais also has tennis courts. Angouleme, Cognac and Libourne all have 18 hole golf courses - a 45 minute drive away.

Local Lakes and Rivers.: There are plenty of rivers and lakes around the area for canoeing, kayaking and fishing. Several lakes and rivers have beach areas, for swimming, and some have slides / volleyball nets and children's playgrounds and cafes. The River Dronne close by offers lots of fun for all the family with boats and canoes which are available for hire.

More Details
  • Sleeps 14
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We decided to move to France in 2011 to search for the perfect place to live and at the same time run a small business for visitors to stay. Sally had been a teacher for many years and having a degree in French helped with the transition to France and certainly being able to speak the language has made things easier! Mark used to work in IT for many years. All our children have flown the nest but they often come and visit. There is certainly enough space here for them to stay. We adore living in France and the area where we live has so much to offer our visitors.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

Over the past ten years my family including my grandchidren have rented holiday homes in France of a high standard.

Le Mas at Orival, near Chalais, has been by far the one that has offered us the most complete weeks holiday. This spacious and attractive house

has everything to offer a large family group. We were 12 but there are enough beds for 16. Sally and Mark are excellent hosts unobtrusive yet always ready to help if indeed help is needed.

The house is magnificent, everything you would need for an excellent holiday is at hand. This all adds up to a place to return to.

This would get a 5* rating from us!
Aug 2014
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8 Reviews

based on 8 holidaymaker reviews


Kench , Holley and Newman celebration holiday

  • 4 of 5

A lovely house, well equipped in the house with a games room and gym and outside with swimming pool and hot tub.

Lovely views. We were a group of 8 adults and 4 children' all of which had a wonderful holiday at Le Mas.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 2, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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A real taste of France

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for 2 Glories weeks, I would highly recommend Le Mas for anyone wanting a taste of life in France whether a large family or a couple looking for a romantic getaway. Well equipped from kitchen to leisure everything you need is provided making your holiday full of fun and relaxation. The location is tranquil with stunning views from every direction. The pool with it's own rustic charm for lazing around to the large garden and games room for when you are feeling a little more energetic is a must as there is something to suit a the family of all ages. Although the house is situated above the Sun Flowers overlooking the Charente it is still only walking distance to the village of Chalais . We will defiantly be returning again next year ourselves. Thank You to Sally and Mark for your warm welcome .

  • Review Submitted: Oct 5, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect holiday!

  • 5 of 5

We arrived in Le Mas having just got engaged in Paris, and the house (or should I say mansion!!) was the perfect retreat for us.

The pool area is a great sun trap and there's so many other facilities around the house, from pool to table tennis, to a whole gym room!!

I was very impressed with the hospitality of Mark and Sally who did all they could to make us feel welcome, even offering to have dinner waiting for us on arrival. Who could ask for more!

The surrounding area is great with tons to do too - we enjoyed plenty of trips out to local events and a fantastic meal in the nearby chateau.

We will most certainly be visiting again!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 23, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your positive feedback and we are really delighted you enjoyed your stay with us! We look forward to welcoming you back here again at Le Mas when you can have another fun kayak trip down the river, taste some more delicious wines and pineau, and enjoy a superb meal at the restaurant at the Chateau at Chalais or of course just laze about by the pool! A bientôt! Good luck with the wedding plans!
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  • 5 of 5

14 adults & 1 child stayed in this wonderful house during July 2010. The description of the house is understated and the photos do not do it justice. The house is spectacular, immaculate, roomy, so well equipped, it is simply perfect. Everything about is was amazing. We could not fault it. It exceeded all our expectations. It spoilt us. We stayed here for 1 week and moved on to another large house for the 2nd week. We wish we had have stayed in this house for the 2 weeks. We would love to go back. Surrounding area was also lovely. Heavenly. Thank you Roland. It really was perfect!!!!!!!!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 7, 2010
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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september in chantre

  • 4 of 5

The house whilst a little difficult to find initially is set in a pleasant setting overlooking the ChalaIs valley.

The owner is pleasant and helpful nothing seems to be too much trouble. He has thought of everything from games room to a well equiped gym to a pool. There was virtually every cooks need in the kitchen to ensure a fine dinning experience.The house was clean and tidy on arrival with some there to show us around and explain every thing.

Little touches for example herbs salt&pepper were provided there was even baby milk on arrival just in case we had run out.

The pool and surrounding area is excellent a good size pool makes it ideal for both young families and teenagers.

The area is a joy to explore St Emillion and Cognac both within easy driving distance.The little gem of Aubeterre is just down the rd. Market on Monday in Chalis is worth a visit. Word of warning a week is not long enough to fully appreciate this wonderful house and area.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 1, 2010
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fabulous house, great location

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here with my in-laws (15 of us, including 2 teenagers, 1 6-year old and two 1-year olds). The house, which has been really well refurbished, worked perfectly for that number of people, though a small quibble was that the top floor double bedroom for one of the couples was a bit poor in comparison with the palatial suites on the first floor. Was really impressed by the owner and the lovely lady who did the housekeeping. Stunning views, quiet location but still only 15 mins walk into the town. The weather wasn't great for the whole 14 days but the huge size of the house meant that none of us got on top of each other and there were plenty of places to creep off for some quiet time or to play games etc. My in-laws said it was the best house they'd stayed at in over 20 years of annual family holidays in France - no mean feat!!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 27, 2010
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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From the Owner

It was not long before we found Le Mas and the moment we saw the house we knew it was the perfect place for us. We have enjoyed updating facilities and improving the furniture and decor throughout the house. Le Mas has more to offer than a usual house and our guests have all said that the photos do not do it justice. Come and stay with us here to experience the perfect holiday! We offer the whole house for your exclusive use or out of peak season we offer chambre d'hotes where you can stay in one of the spacious elegant rooms.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Bordeaux or Bergerac at 60 Miles Nearest Barpub : Chalais at 1.3 Miles Nearest Ferry : St. Malo at 310 Miles Nearest Train : Chalais at 1.3 Miles Nearest Motorway : N10 Jonzac at 21 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Chalais at 1.3 Miles Nearest Beach : Aubeterre-sur-Dronne at 6 Miles Car: recommended

The house is situated in a little hamlet in south Charente, close to the market town of Chalais (15 mins walk) overlooking the chateau of Chalais and with splendid views of the beautiful rolling countryside with vines and sunflowers. It is within easy reach of Cognac, Angouleme and Bordeaux at the same time the Dordogne area is close by. Food and wine is central to the way of life in this region and this is a perfect base for exploring the vineyards (St.Emilion, Pomerol etc) and producers of Cognac and pineau. There are numerous small towns and villages to explore to sample local cuisine or visit ancient castles, churches, museums and markets. The beautiful village of Aubeterre-sur-Dronne is just 15 minutes away and boasts an underground monolithic church and a riverside beach perfect for bathing and kayaking and canoeing. There are other resorts close by to try more adventurous activities such as jet skiing and quad biking. Other activites on offer are tennis, golf, cycling, fishing, horse riding, walking and hiking.

Nearest station Chalais. (Links with Bordeaux and Angouleme)

Airports: Bordeaux - 1hr 20 mins away

Bergerac - 1hr 30 mins away

Limoges - 2 hours 20 mins

La Rochelle - 2hrs 30 mins away

Sea coast - eg Royan - 2 hours away

Other Activities: Horse riding, wine tasting, riverside beach

Golf: Golf course at the Manoir de Longeveau - see http://www.longeveau.com/


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Mid Season
20 May 2017 - 7 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
High Season
8 Jul 2017 - 26 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £600
Stay tax £0 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 13 years.

End of stay cleaning charge of 50€. This is waived in the high season rental period.
From January 2012 there is a small daily supplementary charge called 'taxes de sejour' which applies to the number of adults (aged over 13) staying at the property.

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From the Owner

Situated close to vineyards (producing Cognac, Pineau and wine) and in an area of rolling hills, Orival certainly lives up to its name - the golden valley. We have ensured the house offers the best facilities to enable families,groups and couples the perfect holiday. The proximity to one of the most beautiful villages in France, Aubeterre sur Dronne is an added bonus - a visit here is a must!

Property Type

  • chateau / country house

Accommodation Type

  • Bed & Breakfast


  • Away From It All
  • Family


  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Piano
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • churches
  • restaurants
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis

Floor Area

  • 500 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, ENSUITE
  • Bathroom 4 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, ENSUITE
  • Bathroom 5 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Shower Enclosure, On second floor
  • Bathroom 6 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, On second floor
  • Master bedrooms have basin, shower and WC. On the ground floor there is a cloakroom with basin &WC.


  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed, En suite
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed, 1 Cot, En suite
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed, En suite
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed, En suite
  • Bedroom 5 - 3 Single Bed, Bunk beds and a single
  • Le Mas has four 'Master En-Suite Rooms', one has a Victorian bath alongside the fireplace. There are 3 further bedrooms on the second floor


  • Child's Swing
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 10 garden chairs


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • If heating or wood for fire is required there is a supplement

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