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12th Century Manor House with B&B accommodation and holiday cottage - Rimbard Manor B&B



Updated: 15-Jun-2016
B & B and Gite in Lavausseau, Vienne, Poitou-Charentes, France - Situated In The Heart Of Rural France, And Set In 10 Acres Of Garden Meadow And Woodland

Our 12th century manor house and Holiday cottage are situated in a tranquil and rural setting close to the river la Boivre. The south wing of the manor has 4 luxury en-suite bedrooms for bed and breakfast, with open views of the private grounds, and separate guest access from the graveled courtyard. The cottage, with a separate private driveway, private terraces, and sheltered outdoor eating area with BBQ, is within the grounds of the manor, and retains an independent feel. It is luxury appointed and well equipped and has 2 bedrooms, log burner and under floor heating. Both the Manor and the cottage have free WIFI internet, and UK satellite TV. In addition the new games rooms in the Manor are available for all guests, and include a pool/snooker room and table tennis room. Only 2 km from the centre of Lavausseau, (Cite des Tanneurs) a picturesque traditional French village with a restaurant/bar, bakery and pharmacy. The village boasts one of the last working tanneries in France with regular guided tours and ancient commanderie. Within easy drive of the cultural city of Poitiers and the famous Futuroscope theme park.

Details for holiday chateau / country house Rimbard Manor B&B, 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, 4 Bathrooms

B&B accommodation at Rimbard Manor.

4 en-suite bedrooms. (For room rates and details click on the facilities tab above)

The Breakfast lounge and terrace is available 24 hours a day with tea and coffee making facilities, large sofa & TV.

Bottled water is supplied daily in every room.

Games room available.

  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Internet
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

John and Myself are both in our 50's and have been married for 35 years with 3 children. We have 2 grown up daughters who live in the UK, and our son Zachary who lives with us here at the Manor.

We have been French residents since July 2008 and love our life here, where family is everything, politeness is a way of life, and kindness and gentleness are seen in everyone you meet. John has dedicated 10 years to faithfully restore and renovate the 800 year old Manor and Gite to a high standard, and I have been able to full fill a life long ambition to be creative with interior design.

We love meeting new guests, and take a real pleasure from the knowledge that they are enjoying their stay with us.

Many of our guests have said that they appreciate having John and myself close by.

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Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the owner

Many, many thanks for your welcome and your kindness. We spent an unforgettable weekend. Jacky and Christian Fraudeau. France.

What a wonderful stay in this magnificent establishment which has been kept in an authentic character. M. Valor France.

Tres tres agreable lieu de rejour! Acccueil, confort, charme et decoration -- tout est bien! Mme Claudine Auliard , (Maire de Lavausseau, et Professeur des Universite.)

We have loved staying in your beautiful home. It has been so relaxing and tranquil. Your attention to detail is second to none, ans you have worked so hard to make the Manor a wonderful place to be. Many thanks. The Brewin Family.

We cannot fault our stay - the Gite was very comfortable and really well equipped, a home from home!. We will certainly recommend Rimbard to friends and family at home and look forward to returning to enjoy more of your lovely new pool. Tracey, Andy and Ethan.

-- We feel as though we have met life-long friends! Nick and Sarah
Apr 2011
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2 Reviews

2 holidaymaker reviews


Holiday 2014

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at the Chamber d"Hote at Le Manor de Rimbard was perfect.

Our host John and Laura were so friendly and welcoming. Nothing was too much trouble , your every need was met and we had a most wonderful time. Thank you both so much and may you have continued success with this venture.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 25, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A little corner of paradise

  • 5 of 5

My first sight of Rimbard was breathtaking. We were driving along a country lane watching the ducks in the village pond and there, at the end of the road was Rimbard, an old manor house which had obviously been lovingly restored by its owners John & Laura. As we drove into the courtyard, John & Laura came out to greet us, and after the introductions John took our cases and showed us to our ground floor room while Laura offered to make us a welcome cup of tea. Over tea we chatted about the renovations they had done and their plans for the future of the property. Laura gave us the names of several local restaurants where we might like to have our evening meal. Our room was large and airy with beautiful views across the extensive grounds. It was furnished in traditional English style and Laura, who is a talented needlewoman had put the finishing touches to the décor with her hand- made scatter cushions and drapes. The TV received both English and French channels which was a bonus for us, and the en-suite bathroom was both spacious and luxurious with lovely large soft towels.Her attention to detail is such that she knows how to make a room welcoming and provides nice little touches such as bottled water in the room. Our breakfast was ample with plenty of choice and variety. John's croissants are delicious as is Laura's home-made jam .John gave us a key to the separate guest entrance to the property so that we could come and go as we wished and as the room is equipped with a fridge, a sink, a kettle, a coffee machine etc John told us we could make tea or coffee at any time. On one occasion when we didn't want to go out, Laura provided me with a sun lounger so that I could relax in the garden. It was not warm enough to swim in May, but the open air swimming pool is beautifully maintained and looked most inviting! There is a games room with a snooker table and also a table-tennis room for evenings and rainy days, but we are golfers and took every opportunity to use the local 27 hole golf course and sample the excellent restaurant there. John & Laura were always on hand to advise about local markets, shopping, restaurants and sightseeing. In fact nothing is too much trouble for them. I have also stayed in the twin room on the top floor which is equally delightful but not for those who find stairs difficult. The location, facilities, comfort and above all the warm hospitality of John & Laura make a stay at Rimbard Manor an experience you will want to repeat.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

In 2003 we fell in love with le Manoir de Rimbard because of its history and could see its potential. Although in a semi derelict state we were lucky that many of the classic French Manoir features were still standing. For example: the chapel, the bead oven, dove cote, stables and gatehouse. These are arranged around a central courtyard. During the renovation process, we were delighted to discover two intact and original fireplaces. The 500-year-old oak and ash spiral staircase (now fully restored) is one of many outstanding features of the Manor.

Activity and Interests

Car: recommended


For the beach loving guests, La Rochelle, with its famous harbour and shopping is a perfect day out. Only an hour and 20 mins drive.

Also the Marais Poitevin ( known as the "Green Venice") is within easy reach.

This wetland is one of the strangest areas in France, and the most enchanting.

The ancient Poitou Gulf was reclaimed from the sea around the 11th century, creating a maze of fields and meadows between green creeks and channels lined with poplars, ash trees, elders and willows.


Poitiers airport is only 20 mins drive, and is serviced by Ryanair from London Stansted. (airport pickup available on request).

Other airports include La Rochelle, and Limoges. (1 and 2 hours respectively).

We recommend you hire a car, as we are located in a rural part of France.

Driving distance from the channel port of Le Havre or Caen is around 5 hours.

Poitiers centre (30 mins by car) has the TGV train station, with direct links to Paris and the eurostar.


Lavausseau (village centre) 2km, Vouille (nearest large supermarket, restaurants and traditional Saturday market) 15km, Saxay (Roman ruins) 12km, Vasles (cinema, bar and spar shop) 10km. Poitiers (Exciting cultural city with delightful shopping) 25km, Parthenay (ancient walled city with medieval quarter) 31km. Chasseneuil-du-Poitou (Futuroscope theme park) 24km

Further Details:

WINNER of ITV's "May the Best House Win" -- Vive la France. October 2012. Futuroscope 30 minutes away by car. Futuroscope offers a different type of theme park with more than 25 original multimedia and audio-visual experiences including 3D IMAX and computer simulator rides. Admission to the spectacular nightly evening show is included in the price of the entry ticket. Sanxay – one of the best-preserved and most interesting Gallo-Roman sanctuaries of the world, including the remains of a temple, amphitheatre (where opera’s are held in the summer) and baths. The village of Vasles has a cinema, bar/restaurant, bakery and Spar shop. Vasles is most famous for the tourist park called the Mouton Village – Sheep Village.


Rental rates

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Stay tax £0 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 12 years.

Booking Notes:
Upon request a booking form will be emailed to you. This should be returned with your 25% deposit. (details for methods of payment are shown on the booking form) The Balance of 75% is due 6 weeks before arrival. Note a 150 euro refundable security deposit will be due on arrival.

Gas and electricity are included in the price. (Based on 4 adults and 2 children max.) An additional extra usage charge may be added should the Gite be used to entertain additional guests.

Changeover Day:
The Gite changover day is normally Saturday, but we are flexable on this in low season. Arrival time after 3.00pm, Departure time before 11.00am.

Notes on prices:
CHAMBRE D'HOTE room prices - 2014

Queen Elizabeth Suite £90 per room per night.

Queen Marie-Antoinette suite £80 per room per night.

Princess Grace room £70 per room per night.

Rappunzel room £60 per room per night.

Comprehensive continental Breakfast is included.

Holiday tax is 20 Cents per person per night.

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From the Owner

We offer you a warm welcome to our home, and hope you will enjoy this tranquil location as much as we do. we look forward to meeting you here. John and Laura

Property Type

  • chateau / country house

Accommodation Type

  • Bed & Breakfast


  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator


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


  • Books
  • Table Football
  • Game Room
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool


  • Events Allowed
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Location Type

  • rural


  • Elizabeth en-suite bathroom - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Marie-Antoinette en-suite bathroom - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Grace en-suite bathroom - Shower Enclosure
  • Rapunzel en-suite bathroom - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • All bathrooms are en-suite.


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen Elizabeth suite - 1 Large Double Bed, £90 per night including breakfast
  • Marie- Antoinette suite - 1 Double Bed, £80 per night including breakfast
  • Princess Grace - 1 Double Bed, £70 per night including breakfast
  • Rapunzel - 2 Single Bed, £60 per night including breakfast
  • Queen Elizabeth suite: Furnished and decorated in traditional old English style with king size oak 4 poster bed, sofa, and 4 piece en-suite bathroom including a claw foot slipper bath. This large room with sunny aspect and open views of the grounds is situated on the 1st floor. Queen Marie-Antoinette suite: Furnished and decorated in a traditional French style, this large bedroom is situated on the ground floor, and is ideal for guests who find stairs difficult. 4 piece en-suite bathroom, double bed and sunny open views of the grounds. Princess Grace room 1st first floor, this room has a double bed and a 3 piece en-suite bathroom. Rapunzel room: This twin bedded room is situated on the second floor of the tower and has a small 3 piece en-suite bathroom. All rooms have flat screen satellite TV.


  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden


  • Self-catering

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


  • Notes on accommodation: All rooms have free wi-fi internet access and french and uk satelite TV. we also have a varied selection of books cd's, dvd's, games and maps that are available to borrow for a small refundable deposit. The games rooms in the Manor, and the heated outdoor swimming pool, are open for Gite guests also. a welcome pack for gite quests will include a bottle of wine, milk, bread, butter, cheese, tomatoes (when in season) and fruit. please note all accommodation is strictly non smoking and sorry no pets. Outside: Gardens and grounds, including a meadow and woodland of around 10 acres surround the Manor. Sunloungers, chairs and tables are available for any of the private terraces. The gite also has a BBQ, and a covered outdoor eating area and swing. A large heated outdoor swimming pool is situated in the grounds of the Manor, available for all guests to use.

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