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Chateau Gite Nr. Angouleme, Poitou-Charentes, France

People4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Chateau Gite in Charras, Nr. Angouleme, Charente, Poitou-Charentes, France - Peaceful Location In The Walled Grounds Of A Chateau Estate In Unspoilt Rolling Countryside

Set within the walled grounds of the 1748 Chateau de Charras, L’Orangerie was originally used for fruit ripening. It has been sympathetically renovated with many of the original features retained and is now divided in two: 'La Grande' and 'La Petite'. Offering spacious open-plan living with fantastic panoramic views across the Charente/Dordogne countryside, La Petite has 2 bedrooms and sleeps 4 guests. The spectacular 13-acre grounds of the Château are yours to explore, with sweeping views, spacious lawns, tree-lined avenues, stone staircases, balustrades and orchards, providing a genuinely unique setting and sense of history. Within the grounds there is a heated swimming pool with terrace and sun loungers, as well as two tennis courts.

This delightful region, renowned for its fields of sunflowers, boasts beautiful, unspoilt countryside, while the small village of Charras offers a friendly general store/post office and boulangerie selling freshly baked bread and pastries.

More Details

Owner
Milly Goddard
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, French, My French isn't brilliant, but adequate!
Calendar last updated:
10 June, 2017

About Milly Goddard

I live in Wiltshire, UK.

Milly Goddard purchased this house in 2013

Why Milly Goddard chose Charente

I was very taken with the peace and quiet of the Charente region south of Angouleme, and stumbled upon the Chateau de Charras. La Petite Orangerie is tucked away in the gardens, and though it shares the grounds with 20 other gites it never feels too busy.

What makes this house unique

The grounds are really lovely, and maintained to a very good standard. The pool is heated - a rarity in the area. And it's all looked after in my absence too. The views are stunning and the surrounding Foret d'Horte is great for walking or mountain-biking. There is a social side to staying at Chateau de Charras, with many other outbuildings also being converted into delightful gites, so if you want company, there's always someone around.

Guestbook comments from the owner

" The stay in the orangery of the castle of Charras is exeptional ! Here you can joyfully enjoy nature and the beautiful view from the castle grounds . The garden and orchard around the castle is accessible and you can use freely . The pool has been renewed this year and is very just . Charras is located on the border between the Charente and Perigord Vert. Within an hour drive you can visit the most special places in both regions such as Brantôme , Bourdeilles, Aubeterre-sur-Dronne . An absolute must! "

Original in Dutch:

“Het verblijf in de orangerie van het Kasteel van Charras is exeptioneel ! Hier kun je vollop genieten van de natuur en het prachtige uitzicht vanop het kasteeldomein. De tuin en boomgaard rondom het kasteel is toegankelijk en mag je vrij gebruiken. Het zwembad is dit jaar vernieuwd en is heel net. Charras ligt op de grens tussen de Charente en Perigord vert. Binnen het uur rijden kun je de bijzonderste plekken van beide streken bezoeken zoals Brantôme, Bourdeilles, Aubeterre-sur-Dronne. Een absolute aanrader !”
Jul 2016
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Charras in Poitou-Charentes

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure
  • Decorated and new fittings added in May 2017. One bathroom with wc, basin and bath with shower over the bath.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1: a double room with standard double bed, wardrobe, electric fan and hair-drier. Bedroom 2: a twin room with twin beds, wardrobe and electric fan. A travel cot is available on request. An inflatable single air mattress with electric pump is also available.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
Leisure Activities:
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Notes on accommodation: La Petite Orangerie is situated in a very quiet part of the Chateau estate. It has exposed stonework with wooden floors and beams. Bedrooms are equipped with high-quality French wooden furniture and fans for hot nights in the summer months. A high chair is provided and a cot is available on request. The Château offers a great environment for families but it's also an excellent base for couples looking to explore traditional rural France in the beautiful Charente region. Upon arrival you will be met by our local (English) host who will introduce you to La Petite Orangerie and answer any questions you may have. A welcome pack of fresh bread, butter, cheese and wine will await you so you can begin enjoying French life without delay! Those wishing to holiday with other families and friends might like to consider renting an additional property on the Chateau estate - La Grande Orangerie next door would be especially convenient (See Owners Direct Property Ref. FR19419). Outside: French doors open to a private patio area and lawn, with patio furniture and a charcoal barbecue. The extensive Château grounds provide space for children to play and explore in a safe enclosed environment, while adults will appreciate the tranquillity of the lovely gardens. There is a large heated swimming pool in a secure walled area, with sun loungers and sun terrace, in addition to a tennis court (not Wimbledon standard!) a table tennis table, and a mature orchard. The 13-hectare grounds and facilities are shared with other guests and owners at the Château. The Chateau is the starting point for several circular walking routes, within the lovely Foret d'Horte, with its mapped walks and trails - ideal for ramblers and off-road cyclists. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Cleaning, electricity, water, linen and towels (except swimming towels) are included. A mid-stay clean is offered for two week stays.

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(10 traveller reviews)

5

fantastic location quiet, easy access to sights

  • 5 of 5

The property was very comfortable with good facilities including beautiful grounds and a good swimming pool (heated). Great walking in the surrounding area with plenty of wildlife. Also easy access to some great places to visit. Really good location for a relaxing break with a real mix of things to do and see to suit different people's tastes.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 23, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay. I hope you'll visit again.
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5

Wonderful place!

  • 5 of 5

What a lovely gite in beautiful grounds (shared), in a lovely part of rural France. Everything you need is provided from a welcome bottle of wine to a new tennis court. The pool was extremely well used in the scorching heatwave!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Perfect relaxing break!

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful tranquil location in the Charente region of France.

The accommodation in the grounds of a chateau is delightful and very comfortable. There is a recently modernised kitchen and good shower, comfortable beds and plenty of space for a family of 4 or two couples.

Each day we swam in the large pool, played tennis on the new court, wandered around the beautiful grounds, picked cherries, and read quietly in the shade of the beautiful tall fir trees.

There are also many place of interest nearby, including Bergerac, Brantome and Angouleme.

We enjoyed a fabulous holiday and look forward to a return visit next year.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 16, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay. Just let me know when you want a return visit.
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5

A perfect stay in a lovely surroundings

  • 5 of 5

We have been lovely welcomed by Kitty and she has been kindly flexible for our leaving.

We enjoyed lot of kindness (wine, cheese,fan...) and the Orangerie has bee, so perfect for our familly (of which 2 kids + 1 baby).

Pool, tennis court, and park/gardens provide a perfect mix of luxe and simplicity within a Perigordian touch.

English people will appreciate UK TV whereas it may be less attractive for french people like us. But definitively it was not purpose of our stay :)

We will come back without any hesitation and we are looking forward for this next time !

  • Review Submitted: May 31, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much, Frederic, for your positive comments. I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit to La Petite Orangerie and the chateau de Charras. I would be delighted if you chose to come again in the future. Milly
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5

Beautiful, tranquil place steeped in history

  • 5 of 5

Charras is a really special place, with spectacular grounds. The historic landscaped gardens remain in intact with lovely tree lined avenues which are a joy to walk around. There are endless things to do, with a lovely swimming pool, tennis courts, table tennis and picturesque orchards. It would suit someone who either wanted a relaxing retreat or to use as a base to see many nearby beautiful towns and sites. Lorraine and Mark, who maintain the grounds could not be more helpful or knowledgeable and really helped make sure everything ran smoothly with our stay.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

perfectly well equiped, clean and sapcious

  • 5 of 5

My wife, six year old daughter and I had a wonderful time at la petite orangerie in Charras. We found everything to be just as described with the gite and its surroundings, the gite itself was clean and comfortable, the grounds were sprawling and the pool was perfect.

We spent one week at la petite orangerie but could quite have easily spent more time there, as it's hard to balance staying in and relaxing at the chateaux or going out to explore the beautiful countryside. When we did stay in we really appreciated the peace and quiet of the location and the village. You could walk around the grounds and enjoy the setting without being disturbed, although there were people around if you wanted some company, all of which (when we stayed) were fantastically friendly. When we were at the chateaux, around the pool in the afternoons was the sociable time when most people would be at the pool after a hot day out and about. This was great for us as it gave our girl the time to play with other children and us some time to relax (we would often cut short our day trip to get back for the afternoons). The people staying and living in the other gites of the chateaux were very welcoming and helpful, it’s great to get some local knowledge of where to visit and dine out (thank you Kate for organising our night out at Lavallette).

We were also very impressed with Angouleme which has some great architecture, some nice bars and restaurants; and a brilliant waterpark (which is a mixture of leisure centre and waterpark and although not as big as some waterparks it was a good fun day out).

All in all we loved our time in la petite orangerie and would love to return, we would also thoroughly recommend it to others. 

W, P & I

  • Review Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Early Summer
27 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
£216
for 3 nights
From
£72
£500
 
 
Summer
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£650
for 7 nights
£650
 
 
Late Summer
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
£216
for 3 nights
From
£72
£500
 
 
Autumn
30 Sep 2017 - 30 Nov 2017
3 night minimum stay
£180
for 3 nights
From
£60
£400
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
£400
for 7 nights
£400
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

PLEASE NOTE THAT OWNERS DIRECT / HOMEAWAY WILL CHARGE A SERVICE FEE EVEN THOUGH PAYMENT FOR THE HOLIDAY ITSELF IS MADE PRIVATELY TO THE OWNER. Their fee covers cancellation insurance.

If you are interested in staying for a few days rather than a full week, please contact the owner for a customised price.

For bookings of more than one week, a mid-stay clean is offered. Your local host will be available during your stay to deal with unexpected issues. There is also an on-site concierge.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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