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18th Century Stone Farmhouse With Large Private Pool



Updated: 18-Jun-2016
Farmhouse in Amberac, Charente, France - Large Charming Character Gite Situated Close To River Charente, Nr. Angouleme

This privately owned large spacious Charantaise stone farmhouse has been sympathetically restored keeping its traditional character. Experience a comfortable authentic French lifestyle offering extensive modern facilities. The village of Amberac is surrounded by fields and the River Charente is ideal for walking along, running and cycling. In nearby Mansle are facilities to hire canoes and kayaks to explore more of the river. The city of Angouleme is just over 30 minutes drive away.

  • Sleeps 12
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards

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About the Owner

Chris lives in Hampshire and has worked in all aspects of residential property and development for some 32 years.

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Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the owner

'Thank you for a wonderful holiday, the farmhouse is beautiful in a tranquil setting. Enjoyed many lazy days by the pool.' Ann and Fred from Devizes.

'Amazing time as usual. Lots of fun, food and wine. Looking forward to next year's visit already!' The Watt family and friends.

'Great times had by all. Children loved the pool and rowing on the River.' The Morrisseys and Jones from Oxford.
Jun 2014
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2 Reviews

2 holidaymaker reviews


Very spacious, very peaceful , great for multiple families.

  • 4 of 5

Very big authentic French farm house. Eleven of us fitted in with ease with 5 beds still unoccupied. Large swimming pool which was kept lovely and clean by the friendly English pool man. Fresh batons of bread came to the village every morning in a little white van that tooted its arrival. The river Charente was just a cross a little lane and easy to launch the little rowing boat kept in the barn. All the bedrooms were large some very large and plenty of bathrooms for everyone. Would definitely go again if I had a large family party or two different families.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great, peaceful place

  • 5 of 5

A superb gite in a beautiful part of France. Stayed here with family for two weeks and could barely fault the place.

Well spread out rooms with good facilities and enough space for all. We were a collection of six adults and six children in all and had no issues.

The pool was one of the highlights. Away from the house and gated and a great size for all to swim or sit round.

Although it is in the middle of nowhere, this is a plus and not a negative. Located in a small village you genuinely feel like you have had a break from it all but a car is needed. There are some great towns near by and do get out on the bike. Some gorgeous scenery and do please get the boat out and go for a row. Superb fun.

All in all, a great gite in a great location. We have had some fab memories in France and when we look to our next large family holiday, we will think of this place again.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 18, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words, but we must point out that a car is essential for your stay in Amberac
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From the Owner

20 years ago he came across this Farmhouse in the Charente and fell in love with it and its surroundings. The house was in it's original state and 3 years was spent restoring it with modern additions.

Activity and Interests

Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

The beautiful River Charente is situated some 50 metres from the house. A small rowing boat is provided for your use and entertainment. Fishing is available with the appropriate permits from the local post office.


Coastal sandy beaches of La Rochelle and Royan are approx 90 mins drive.


Nearest airports are Angouleme (35 mins), Poitiers (1hr), La Rochelle (90 mins), Bordeaux (2hrs).

Eurostar/TGV - St Pancras to Angouleme via Lille or Paris (approx 7hrs).

Car - St Malo (4.5 hrs), Caen (5hrs), Calais (7.5hrs).

Distance from house to Aigre (5km), Mansle (7km), Angouleme (30km), Cognac (35km).

For directions from the nearest main road (N10) to the house see under Distances heading.


Directions:- Poitiers N10 Angouleme. Junction D18 Mansle. Exit Mansle, over bridge. Traffic lights-right D739 Luxe. ½ mile left D69 Cellettes. Through village, sharp left & right. Follow road to Villognon. Junction-left D32 sign Amberac 4km. Through village, Holy cross, turn right D69 Amberac 3km. Les Granges sharp right. Follow road into Amberac. Over bridge left & left. Pass church-left round corner. Blue gates on right for rear courtyard, main house take gravel driveway on right.

Further Details:

The farmhouse is located in the heart of the picturesque village of Amberac, close to its 12th Century stone church. A bread van visits daily plus a meat and fish van weekly. The larger town of Aigre (5km) has two supermarkets, bank, chemist, boulangerie, restaurants, cafe, tourist information office and weekly market. There is an excellent Michelin rated restaurant, Cheval Blanc Tel 0033 545399475 which is highly recommended for both lunch and dinner (5km). The lively and chic town of Angouleme offers good range of bars, cafes, restaurants, boutiques and a classic french daily market.


Rental rates

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

Booking Notes:
A deposit of 25% will confirm your booking. The deposit is non refundable unless we can relet the property. The remaining balance is due 8 weeks prior to the rental period at which time a security deposit of £200 is also required. This will be returned after departure inspection and not withstanding any damage.

Changeover Day:
Saturday - arrival after 1600 hrs - departure 1000 hrs.

25% deposit to secure booking then balance and £200 security deposit 8 weeks before departure

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 90 days before check-in date.
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From the Owner

The farmhouse is a wonderful place to escape and enjoy your summer holiday with the family.

Property Type

  • farmhouse


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic


  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo
  • Toys ...

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool ...


  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Location Type

  • river
  • village


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 3 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 4 - Shower Enclosure
  • We have a total of 4 bathrooms: 2 x family bathrooms with shower. 2 x en-suite with shower. Plus roll-top bath in master bedroom with washbasin.


  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Master Bedroom - 1 Double Bed, Lovely roll top bath in room and hand basin
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed, Vaulted ceiling and en suite shower room
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed, En suite shower room and large balcony with table and chairs
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 5 - 3 Single Bed, 1 Sofa bed/Futon, Large family room
  • Bedroom 6 - 4 Single Bed, Family room
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10/12 (6 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Large master bedroom with roll-top bath, washbasin and beautiful views. Second large master bedroom split level with en-suite and French doors to balcony. (photo) 2 double bedrooms - one with en-suite. 2 family rooms - 1 x 4 beds, 1 x 3 beds and futon.


  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: The property is a very spacious well equipped private home ideal for groups, families and friends. We kindly ask for our guests to leave it clean and tidy on departure. Sorry no smoking or pets. Outside: 10m x 5m private pool with split level sun terrace with views across the surrounding fields, ample sun loungers, parasols, garden table and chairs. Outside covered dining area with barbecue, table and chairs. Badminton court (with equipment). Pentanque. The house is gated, the pool is fenced and lockable. Utility Room: Laundry room with washing machine, sink, iron/ironing board and clothes airer. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are included (not pool/beach towels). The property will be cleaned for your arrival. If you require fresh towels and bedlinen on a weekly basis please advise prior to your arrival. Other: Separate games room situated in barn with 3 bicycles, table tennis and darts.

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