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

Bedrooms 2
Separate WC's1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Minimum Stay
7 nights


Gite de Rimbard

The gite began life 200 years ago as a milking parlour, and has now been completely renovated to a high standard. Le Gite de Rimbard can accommodate up to 5 guests, and has extensive grounds for recreation and general relaxing.

The Ground floor has a large luxury double bedroom with king size bed , TV and 4 piece en-suite bathroom with large double shower enclosure. French doors open to a private terrace.

The ground floor has a large luxury equipped fully fitted farmhouse dinning kitchen with centre island and solid oak worktops. The kitchen has a gas / electric range cooker, dishwasher, microwave, fridge and dinning table for 6.

A separate utility room houses a washing machine, large fridge freezer and sink.

The lounge has a cosy log burner, leather sofas, satelite TV, CD and DVD player.

First floor bedroom has a double bed, a single bed, and satellite TV.

The large first floor bathroom has a jacuzzi bath & separate shower.

All sheets and pillow cases are cotton.

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About the property


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.

John & Laura Henderson
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
15 February, 2017

About John & Laura Henderson

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.

John & Laura Henderson purchased this cottage in 2003

Why John & Laura Henderson chose Vienne

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.

What makes this cottage unique

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

Available Rentals

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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.


5/5 -
(1 traveller reviews)


Idyllic holiday gite

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at the Gite de Rimbard was one lovliest and most relaxing holidays we have ever had and I cannot recommend John and Laura and their lovely gite and chambre d'hote highly enough. We stayed in the gite, but John and Laura were also kind enough to show us a couple of the spectacular rooms in the chambre d'hote. The gite was spotlessly clean, comfortable and very well equipped. It is an old barn (or similar) converted into a beautiful home, set in the lovely grounds of the ancient Manoir (the chambre d'hote) with a covered terrace overlooking the swimming pool. The pool, ah the pool! Perfectly heated so as to be refreshing but not too cold, and immaculately maintained by John and Laura. We and our children spent many happy hours in that pool. And last, but by no means least, there are John and Laura themselves - the most welcoming and helpful of hosts imaginable. Upon arrival we were ushered into their kitchen for a welcome drink, chat and sort of friendly and useful orientation, before being shown our accommodation. And John and Laura were available all week for advice, help or just a quick chat (I think we were particularly lucky that the rooms were not busy the week we were there, so they were around doing little jobs here and there a lot of the time and we were able to pass the time of day!) We did have a minor medical 'situation' while we were staying at the gite and John and Laura and their son Zack were tremendously helpful and we couldn't have resolved our situation half as easily or quickly without their assistance. There is plenty to do in the area if you are prepared to do a little driving, and the particular highlight of our stay was going to Puy du Fou, which was actually about a 90 minute drive away, but worth every mile. Utterly amazing, take a look at their website and go if you can! (You normally have to book months in advance for the summer performances. There are headsets you can hire with an English commentary for all the big shows.) Overall, fabulous, 11/10 for Gite de Rimbard and Laura and John Henderson.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 19, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Accommodation and facilities for Gite de Rimbard in Lavausseau in Poitou-Charentes

Property Type:
  • cottage
Accommodation Type:
  • Guest House
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Ground floor en-suite - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Toilet - Toilet
    1st floor bathroom - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Jacuzzi , Bidet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Ground floor bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
    1st floor bedroom - 1 Double Bed , 2 Single Bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
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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