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Stunning 18th Century House Set in South Facing Gardens with Private Pool

Bedrooms 5
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

House Near Cognac, Charente, France - Rural Location, 3 Or 4 Mins To Nearest Bakery. 10mins To Town With All Commerces And Weekly Market.

Beautiful, luxuriously appointed, south facing 18th century house with large private heated pool. 5 large bedrooms plus further occasional 2nd floor mezzanine with double bed, sleeps 12/14. 4 bathrooms/shower rooms (2 en-suite). Huge 50m2 reception room with comfortable sofas/chairs, cd music system and a grand piano. Big 36m2 TV room with woodburner. 50'' flat screen tv and Bose cinema surround sound system. Several hundred varied dvds freely available. Wi fi access. Extremely well appointed kitchen with 2 full size ovens and separate 5 burner hob, dishwasher, fridgefreezer and large stainless steel topped workstation. Adjoining dining room with fireplace, sofa and woodburner. Utility room with washing machine. Ground floor cloakroom. The gardens and heated pool to the front are fully enclosed, private and south facing. There is plenty of space for sun bathing and a choice of areas for alfresco dining, including a lovely covered shady area with it's own seating and fireplace.

Robert Barrow
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
22 May, 2017

About Robert Barrow

Hi, my name is Robert ( Rob ). After years of renovating houses and interior designing in Britain, my partner and I, bought and renovated this beautiful charentaise " Maison de Maitre" [ Masters house]

Being one of six children, we have always had plenty of family and friends staying here with us, and so knowing how well this house accommodates everyones needs, whether old or young, we have decided to rent out the house.

I hope you love it as much as we do.

Robert Barrow purchased this chateau / country house in 2004

Why Robert Barrow chose Charente

The area is stunning. The house is surrounded by fields of vines and sunflowers.

The area boasts the second highest amount of sunshine hours in France, second only to the south coast.

This is a rural setting, with quick and easy access to towns, shops, bistro's and activities, and only an hour from the great beaches of the Atlantic coast and Bordeaux

What makes this chateau / country house unique

The house is very private with enclosed gardens and separate, enclosed and secure pool area.

The rooms are huge, and because there are lots of different seating areas both inside and out, there is room for everyone to have a little time and space to themselves.

The Covered BBQ area with its large fireplace and seating area is very popular for relaxed evenings.

You can just step outside the gate to enjoy the beautiful countryside either on foot or by bike. We have Six bikes (free of charge) and also are registered with bike hire direct for any extras or accessories. www.bikehiredirect.com

Guestbook comments from the owner

Please see guests reviews.
Feb 2012
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house in Criteuil-la-Magdeleine in Poitou-Charentes

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • bathroom 1 en-suite - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Second main Bathroom - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    1st Main bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room en-suite - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • En-suite to bedroom 1 with walk-in shower, basin and wc. Bathroom with large shower enclosure, wc and basin. En suite to bedroom 5 with large shower enclosure, wc and basin. Bathroom with bath, large shower enclosure, wc and basin. Groundfloor WC.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 14 max (5 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: First floor : Bedroom 1 with super kingsize bed. Bedroom 2 with super kingsize bed. Bedroom 3 with Twin beds. Bedroom 4 with Twin beds. Bedroom 5 with super kingsize bed 2nd floor: Mezzanine with double bed. Sofa-bed on ground floor Single bed in second hall and a "z bed" which can be put in bedrooms if you wish. Cot available. One of the king size beds is a "zip and link" bed which can, on request be made up as twin beds.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 5 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theatre
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: The house is enormous but still very welcoming. The vast ground floor rooms have been sympathetically decorated using Farrow and Ball colours and flow effortlessy from one to another.It is south facing and all of the windows look out over the beautiful gardens and pool area. The kitchen window overlooks a pretty mill and stream which runs behind the house. The gardens are private and secure. The only available access to the rear grounds is through the kitchen door. Therefore, the stream should not be an issue for families with very young children. Parking is available either at the front of the house, or the rear, which people tend to find more convenient when carrying shopping, luggage etc. There is Wi fi access. The house sleeps a maximum 14 people (Including use of a sofa-bed on the ground floor). Discounts: We are able to offer discounts for smaller groups (Not during high season),who wish to enjoy the luxury and space the house provides. Please contact us to discuss options. Outside: Large private and enclosed garden, with several seating and dining areas. Seperate, private and enclosed pool area. Heated Pool 10x5m with sun loungers and chairs. Beautiful enclosed roofed bbq area with fireplace, seating and dining table and very large gas bbq. Perfect area for an afternoon snooze in the shade. Logs are available for the fire, so dining on cooler evenings out of season can become very cosy and inviting. Private parking for several cars at the front gates or within the grounds at the rear of the house. Utility Room: Washing machine and microwave. Plenty of storage space and worksurface, shelving Second fridge for drinks and food for large groups. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All towels and linen provided.. Supply of pool/beach towels available. All bed linen is superior quality white Eygptian cotton. Cleaning/maid service can be requested at extra cost.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(12 traveller reviews)


A wonderful way to spend Summer in France...

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic stay. It is always a challenge to find a house to suit 10 family members across 3 generations but this was perfect. Lots of space, places to relax and areas for play.

Inside, the house feels like a real home (which it is during the winter), the garden was big enough for the children to play various sports and everyone loved to relax by the pool. It is always a treat to eat outside and there was lots of different spots to do this - we were particular fans of the local farm shop which we used to stock up for our daily barbecues.

Robert and Philip were great and it was really helpful to have them nearby to ask for local advice. The house is located in a attractive and quiet area of the Charente, but there are enough local restaurants and places to visit if you can drag yourselves away from the pool. We especially enjoyed a morning kayaking at Jarnac.

We are all looking forward to returning for another family holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beyond all expectations!

  • 5 of 5

Where do I start, well we had two glorious weeks at this property and have nothing but praise for Robert and Phil. Everything about our

stay was fantastic, the beautiful house and grounds, the glorious weather, the fantastic pool and not forgetting the lovely chickens!

I would return in a heartbeat and if I win the lottery this weekend I might just move to Cognac as it is such a lovely area. Thank you,

Thank you, Thank you! You were the perfect hosts and I am so very glad we got to stay at your amazing home.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A comfortable and grand house

  • 5 of 5

This stunning property offered a lot from the listing and delivered even more in reality. The house was comfortable, beautifully furnished and well appointed. Clearly very well maintained and run by the owners Rob & Phil who were on hand if you needed anything. Lots of recreational facilities at the house and plenty to explore in the area. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 31, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
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Excellent Family Holiday

  • 5 of 5

The house was well well furnished and superbly equipped. In addition Robert and Philip provided high quality meals on several occassions. The gardens and pool area were separate and safe for children. We had an excellent family holiday and hope to return this very attractive part of France.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 21, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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2 weeks in Shangri-La, Charente-Poitou!!

  • 5 of 5

We celebrated a wonderful 50th wedding anniversary with family and friends in this superb house and garden. Our original intention was to visit the region, but we rarely left the property, except for cycling and walking expeditions. The accommodation and facilities were excellent; all the rooms were spacious, clean and well equipped.. The swimming pool is a good size, safe for children and very well maintained. We really enjoyed eating outside in the covered BBQ area in the evenings. A very enjoyable meal was provided for our arrival and we were made most welcome. The owners were exceptionally helpful, both prior to and during our holiday. The local village restaurant was very obliging and among other visits, we had our anniversary meal there; an excellent restaurant with a lovely, friendly ambiance. We have had many holidays over the years and this one was in the top 10. Thank you, Robert and Philip, for making our stay very special and for all your help.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 8, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantastic house

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic holiday in this beautiful house. The pictures were great but it's actually even more impressive in reality. The weather was mixed so on the sunny days we relaxed by the lovely, private pool while the kids played in the pool or in the nearby well equipped games area. The house is so comfortable and big that even on the rainy days we were all very content to be inside the house (Which doesn't happen often with 2 boys under 5!) The bbq area is perfect for evening dining and we were very impressed with the meals prepared by Philip.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 7, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 2
18 Jun 2017 - 15 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 3
16 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £500

Changeover Day:
Saturday is our changeover day. We ask you to arrive at 4 o'clock or after.
Departure is before 10 am.

We can be flexible on this out of season.

Notes on prices:
From £1200 to £2800 per week.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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