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House/Villa With Private Pool And An Amazing View



Updated: 16-Oct-2016
House/villa in Salles Lavalette, Poitou-Charentes, Charente , France - A Peaceful Location To Relax, Away From The Hustle And Bustle And Tourists

This beautiful house is a place to relax. It is cosy and comfortably furnished. Also ideal for small groups. Insanely views. Nice pitoresque places and golf in the area. Cooking service on request. Private swimming pool and sauna. The climate of the Poitou Charente is, due to the warm Gulf Stream, one of the sunniest regions of Western Europe.

Le Maine Menot is particularly suitable for several families. The sleeping quarters with bathrooms are distributed over 5 separate parts of the house offering every family privacy for your daily needs. Prices are based to 18 people. Nowadays you can go up to 20 people. Then you have the Master Bedroom for 2 persons hired there. For an additional cost you rent this exclusive spacious bedroom with private bathroom and private entrance to the garden.

Le Maine Menot is everything luxurious and well equipped. Besides its own swimming pool and sauna it offers you 12 bedrooms with lovely Hotel Box spring beds, 6 bathrooms, 6 toilets, a semi-professional kitchen with 5 fridges, 2 freezers and all necessary equipment. You also have all your linens, lots of toys and a private outdoor swing, table tennis, pool table, football, a playroom full of games and a lot of books and DVDs.

What makes our house so unique? Because it is possible to stay and sleep with so many people under one roof and yet have the feeling of privacy. In total there are 21 sleeping places. There are 9 double and 3 single rooms and they are spread across 5 spots. This makes it for friends, also with children, so convenient to involve each its own part. Also in the colder periods it’s a great place to be. In both large living spaces is a fireplace. The house feels like a warm blanket. Outside you will find several terraces, its own private swimming pool and sauna. The Abri is ideal for indoor food and enjoying the magnificent view. Because Le Maine Menot, outside the rental, is inhabited by us it’s cosy and comfortable.

Around the house there is so much to do. You can think of Canoeing or Kayaking, Play tennis, Horseback, Swimming, Mini golf, Peat bog, Beach at Aubeterre with swimming in the Dronne, Hiking/Walking, Mountain Biking.

The area of our House is beautiful. In spring and autumn the delicious ' late-summer days ', the tranquillity of nature and pure air. The House is located on the border of the Charente with sweeping views of the Dordogne region; So you can make the most of them. There are many local markets in the area. Local restaurants where you still eat a ' next to nothing ' delicious 4-course menu. In summer picnics are weekly organized in the surrounding villages: long tables in the outdoors, many stalls with locale-and bio-products and large barbecues. Angoulême is a fine big city 30 minutes away. Le Maine Menot is located near St. Emilion, Bordeaux and Bergerac. The many chateaus make the charm of the region. Furthermore, there are various golf courses in the nearby area. This location is extra suitable for golfers.

Celebrations and parties at Le Maine Menot

At Le Maine Menot we make your party a success.

And recently we have proven ourselves again.

A large family with members from all over the world came together to celebrate the 80th birthday of grandma. 40 people spent a week at Le Maine Menot, of whom 20 people were staying just around the corner. They spent the days together at Le Maine Menot.

Le Maine Menot also arranged lovely dinners on 4 evenings.

It was a big success. The pleasant location, the logistics and meals we arranged, the fun company and, last but not least, the beautiful weather collaborated to make this week an unforgettable experience.

An added challenge of cooking for this group was their high culinary level. One of them even wrote a cookbook, “Koken voor 10”.

Le Maine Menot easily passed this “stress test”.

References can be requested.

In addition to being a holiday home for large groups, Le Maine Menot has also proven to be able to organise big parties and celebrations. The catering we arrange allows you to really enjoy each other, the swimming pool and the wonderful area.

We would like to give you all information and quotations so that you can make a decision.

A response to this week:

With great gratitude we look back on an unforgettable, fantastic week.

You have really made a huge contribution to our experience.

Sue was on a true tour-de-force with her amazing cooking skills, flexibility and creativity.

And Frans, thanks again for always thinking along with us and always being there for us.

We have great respect for how you do it, with all the maintenance in that huge house.

I will always remember those long dinner tables and the view. We miss the swimming pool, the terrace and the garden.

More Details
  • Sleeps 20
  • 12 Bedrooms
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

I love this place and I will be personally ensuring your stay is as comfortable as possible. From 2012 we have expanded the services on offer even further. We can ensure all your plans go off without a hitch. How about a delicious local wine already cooled, or food for the first evening and breakfast the following day? We would be happy to arrange this for you. Just tell us what you would like to do and where you need support.

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Speaks English, French, German, Dutch

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dear Frans,

The one word that can describe our stay is ‘SUPER.’ Everyone enjoyed the house, the facilities, the scenery, the view and the food from the delicious kitchen. The weather was, however, a bit bleak the last week but we luckily still had some days with sun in the end. It could have been much worse so you did not hear us complaining. Canoeing at Aubeterre was a lot of fun and the food on the little square by the Hotel Le France was delicious and had a great atmosphere.

Thanks for all the good care and communication during the past period. I hope to return to Le Maine Menot, perhaps till then!

We did not have to think long about in what country we wanted to celebrate our golden wedding with children and grandchildren. France was a fast decision and Google showed us to a very comfortable house big enough for 16 people. We never regretted selecting Le Maine Menot, young and old had no problem enjoying this wonderful setup.
Aug 2012
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You will not be disappointed.

  • 5 of 5

What a fantastic house for a family holiday. The bedrooms gave us just the flexibility that we needed with such a wide range of ages. Frans and Suse were available whenever we needed them, but also allowing us privacy to get on with our holiday.

To see the photos of what this building was when Frans took it over compared to what it is now, is just amazing. The view from the terrace is great, and to hear a Nightingale singing in the valley below was the icing on the cake.

Loads to do in the area. We did the canoeing, which was great fun and drove up to Angouleme for the shopping.

I cannot praise the Le Pitaud restaurant enough. Just 10 mins drive away, we went there twice, but I wish we had found it earlier so we could have gone again. They speak English and boy do they know how to make you feel welcome.

I can't wait to go back to Le Maine Menot in the not too distant future.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fabulous house in beautiful setting.

  • 5 of 5

We had a truly fantastic two weeks at Le Maine Menot with a mixed group of family and friends with ages ranging from 1 to 80. Twenty four people in all with a change over mid-fortnight and everyone had the best time. The house is fabulous, very well equipped and perfect for a large group or, we would think, a small one too. It is in a beautiful setting with lovely outdoor terraces, barbecue area, pool, sauna and children’s play area. There are some interesting towns and villages nearby and plenty of things to do. Frans and Suse were the best hosts, paying great attention to detail and always ready to help. We had two brilliant meals catered for by Suse and 9 of the party had massages…bliss!! Many thanks to Frans and Suse and we cannot recommend this house highly enough!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 15, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were very happy to have you all during two weeks on Le Maine Menot. You are such a nice group! You treated our house as if it was your own! We really enjoyed having you with us this summer and really hope to meet you all again!
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From the Owner

In the summer of 1999 I bought this old grange. I was exploring the Charente on my motorbike. I immediately fall in love with this old shed and its amazing view. The biggest part of the renovation went on until July 2002. Particular attention was paid to preserving the original details and the original unique style. Since then we have always been busy with several small projects and has Le Maine Menot been used all year round as a wonderful Holiday home and Conference Centre.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Bergerac at 70 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Aubeterre sur Dronne at 11 Kilometres Nearest Train : Montmoreau at 11 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Pallaud at 6 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Aubeterre sur Dronne at 20 Kilometres Car: necessary


There's a nice little beach at Aubeterre with swimming in the Dronne.

The closest beach (Atlantic Ocean) is Royan, 1.5 hour drive.


By train (TGV):

Travel to Angoulême via Lille or Paris. From there to le Maine Menot is half an hour. Bergerac and Bordeaux are the nearest airports.


Tourist Sites and Activities within 10 to 20 km:

•Canoeing or Kayaking at Ribérac,

•Tennis at Ribérac,

•Horseback riding at Ribérac, Villetoureix, Bourdeilles, Verteillac,

•Swimming pool at Verteillac and Ribérac,

•Mini golf at Saint Paul de Lizonne,

•Peat bog site at Vendoire,

•Beach at Aubeterre with swimming in the Dronne,


•Mountain Biking at Montagrier

Further Details:

For additional information please visit our site www.lemainemenot.com or send us an email to info@lemainemenot.com


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Mid season
15 Oct 2016 - 28 Oct 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Very low season
29 Oct 2016 - 23 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
very high season
24 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
very low season
7 Jan 2017 - 10 Feb 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
mid season
11 Feb 2017 - 24 Feb 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Very low season
25 Feb 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid season
1 Apr 2017 - 23 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High season
24 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Very high season
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High season
2 Sep 2017 - 8 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Low season
9 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Very low season
30 Sep 2017 - 13 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid season
14 Oct 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Very low season
28 Oct 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Very high season
23 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Wifi per week £22
Cleaning costs £174
Refundable Damage Deposit £892
Making up beds bef ariv £22
Pet Fee £27

Booking Notes:
Please contact owner Frans van den Hombergh by email, info@lemainemenot.com

Changeover Day:
Saterday is the changeover day. Arrival on saterday from 4.00 pm and departure time at 9.00 am.

Notes on prices:
The pricing table is based on 11 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms (18 persons)
There is an extra (Master) bedroom available with a double bed and a private bathroom. For this bedroom extra costs will be added on the pricing table.
You can also rent the master bedroom with a small group. Please contact the owner for a special price.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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From the Owner

The location offers total peace, superb view and beautiful night skies. The area is a wonderful mix of rolling hills & extensive countryside views. It is a great spot to explore the many varied historic & cultural sites including a range of vineyards, chateaux, caves and picturesque villages. Our property is in the countryside which provides a haven of tranquillity ideal for relaxation and yet is close to many towns such as Riberac with it's shops, cafes, bars & restaurants including the famous Friday market. During the off and middle season Le Maine Menot can already be booked for merely 6 people since the mansion is equally ideal for small and large groups.

Property Type

  • villa


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...


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


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


  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • Sauna

Onsite Services

  • Massage


  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...

Location Type

  • river
  • rural
  • waterfront


  • churches
  • cinemas
  • playground
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis

Floor Area

  • 800 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 3 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 4 - Shower Enclosure
  • There are 6 bathrooms, 6 with a shower and 2 with a bath. All bathrooms are fully tiled and have excellent sanitary necessities and a variety of storage.


  • 12 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Bedroom 5
  • Bedroom 6
  • Bedroom 7
  • Bedroom 8
  • Bedroom 9
  • Bedroom 10
  • Bedroom 11
  • Bedroom 12
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 20 (12 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: 1 bedroom with double bed, 7 Bedrooms with twin beds, 3 bedrooms with single bed. This is based on 18 persons. If your group is 20 persons or you want to have the extra luxury you can rent the Master Bedroom.


  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering

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


  • Notes on accommodation: Please check all our details on www.lemainemenot.com. Everything is translated in English too. Outside: Private swimming pool covered by an electric deck. Outdoor shower, fridge. Sauna next to the swimming pool. 500 m2 of tiled terrace. The Abri with outside kitchen and barbecue. A petanque field. A jungle gym fitted with a swing and slide for the little ones. Utility Room: Washing machine, dryer, 2 extra fridges, extra freezer. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen and towels are not included. Costs are 17,50 p.p.p.p. Take only beach towels! Cleaning is every Saturday for which 195 Euros is charged. For the Master Bedroom an extra 30 Euros will be charged for cleaning costs. Other: A spacious living room with sitting area by one of our two fireplaces and a royal dining table with space for 18 people in the heart of Le Maine Menot. A game room of 66m2 with a ping-pong, fuzz ball and pool table as well as an extra TV and DVD.

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