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



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 cottage Gite de Rimbard , 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, 2 Bathrooms, 1 Separate WC

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.

  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • 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

1 Reviews

based on 1 holidaymaker 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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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
Refundable Damage Deposit £150
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.

25% deposit on booking, balance 6 weeks before stay.

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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

  • cottage

Accommodation Type

  • Guest House


  • 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


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Games
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool


  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Location Type

  • rural


  • 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


  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • 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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