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Totally Secluded Modernised Traditional Farmhouse With Private Pool and Gardens.

Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
7 nights

About the property

Farmhouse in Condeon, Nr. Barbezieux St Hilaire, Charente, Poitou-Charentes, France - Set in beautiful French countryside

The fully furnished property sleeps up to 6 people and has an outdoor pool, a garden and a large games barn for use of the guests. Chez Colin Maçon is situated a little over 2 miles from the little commune of Condéon off the D731 Barbezieux to Chalais Road, about 40 km south of Angouleme and some 80km North East of Bordeaux. Chez Colin Maçon has been used as the owner's holiday house for many years and is therefore well equipped and comfortable for guests. The fully furnished accommodation (all on ground floor) comprises 3 Double Bedrooms – one with double bed and en suite shower room, the other two have twin beds.

Vicky Saumarez
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
6 February, 2017

About Vicky Saumarez

The house has been owned by Richard and his family for many years and they spend many weeks at the property every year.

Because the farmhouse has been used as a second home, it is well equipped and comfortable for all the guests.

Vicky Saumarez purchased this farmhouse in 1980

Why Vicky Saumarez chose Charente

The house is wonderfully peaceful and remote. Silent apart from the crickets and cattle. A great place to relax with the family and forget the worries of the world.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Blown away by the beautiful setting, a fascinating rustic house..."

September 2013 Peter and Sally

"We have all enjoyed being here. James especially enjoyed cooking in the well equipped kitchen as he is a chef!"

July 2014 R&S Churchill and family, East Sussex

“Everything exceeded my expectations – such a big house! This is our first Gites – after years of Chambres d’Hotes – and I don’t think we could have had a better intro…” Mr H from Alton

"Our 3rd year running - a safe haven for the children........our visits here will stay evermore in our memories of happy holidays...."

Mr and Mrs L

What can we say? The house is a little home from home – very cosy! Everything we could have wished for & more. It was a pleasure to look after it for a week……………….thank you for sharing your home with us.”

Mr & Mrs B.
Apr 2014
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4.3/5 -
(3 traveller reviews)


A lovely property with a few minor issues

  • 4 of 5

We very much liked the location and privacy of the property. The pool was a very positive feature, although we had some issues with 'George' who caused an injury to someone's foot. The inside is reasonably well-equipped, although there is no dishwasher as advertised on the website.

The website also makes no mention of the charge for linen and towels, €50 for us, €150 for 6 people staying for two weeks. This should be included in the rental.

The property is advertised as having good disabled access and in general this is true. There is a very steep step to the pool area which could easily be dealt with by adding another step. There is also a lack of comfortable outdoor seating. One of the two picnic benches could be replaced by a table and chairs. One of our party cut their finger badly on a piece of glass trapped in one of the tables.

The paperwork at the property is minimal and outdated. It implies that departing guests should clean the property to an extent that most would consider unreasonable. There are no instructions about the location of the spare gas bottle, although one is provided. However the couple who care for the property are pleasant and helpful. A good level of conversational French is needed to communicate with them.

These comments are made to help the owner. We enjoyed our stay and the points made were irritating rather than major issues.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're glad you and your family enjoyed your stay and in answer to your points: We believe our lovely caretaker Serge managed the repair with 'George' very quickly despite the language barrier (We do warn everyone that Serge speaks not a word of English and Anne-Marie is enthusiastic but her vocabulary is of course a bit limited.) It is regrettable that one of your group received a cut. We specifically ask that no glass is taken to the pool area just for that reason. The website description does not state there is a dishwasher, and it does state that we charge for linens but it obviously is not marked clearly enough on the Owners Direct system. We will try to make it more visible. Thanks for pointing that out. Although wheelchair users have comfortably used the house in the past, your comments about the step is a good one and we will consider a putting in a ramp for future use. We are somewhat dismayed that you thought outdoor seating was inadequate as there are bags of chairs and loungers and this has never been an issue with previous guests. We will certainly check them over. Paperwork in the house will be updated. Thank you for your comments and we hope to see you again!
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  • 5 of 5

A wonderful place for a relaxing holiday - highly recommended. All in good working order - house, barn, pool & barbeque(s). Closer to shops than imagined; with a local bakery in Condeon village, and Barbezieux shops/hypermarkets etc are but 10 mins by car. Bordeaux about 1 hour on rapid A10. Extensive twice a week markets such as one does not see in Britain any more. A relaxing time had by all and a welcome change of pace. Three good sized double bedrooms, one en suite. Lovely sitting room with beams etc. Very cosy indeed. All overlooked by a herd of sweet Charolais cattle in the surrounding fields. Heaven on Earth or as likely as one can get to it! Highly recommended for parents and children alike.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great tranquil setting

  • 4 of 5

Very well located property.Very relaxing and peaceful in great surroundings.

The House is well laid out with all amenities. It was very well looked after clean and comfortable. Gardens and surround well appointed with beautiful pool.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • 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
Mid Season 2017
20 May 2017 - 15 Jul 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Peak Season 2017
16 Jul 2017 - 9 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

Booking Notes:
Chez Colin Maçon is available for weekly bookings from as little £475 per week (low season) to £1,100 (peak season). Short break holidays and longer lets are subject to availability. Please contact the owner with your requirements for all rates and availability.

Changeover Day: Saturday

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Condéon in Poitou-Charentes

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Toilet 1 - Toilet
    Bathroom 3 (En suite to bedroom 1) - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • En suite bathroom from the master bedroom has a shower, wc, bidet etc. Separate family bathroom has a tiled floor, and walls, bath with shower, wash basin and bidet. Also one separate wc. Please do not put anything other than loo paper in the wcs. Anything else will block the toilet and cost a good deal to unblock. Repair will be at your charge.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , 1 Cot , No linen for the cot
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , With en suite shower room with a wash basin, wc and bidet.
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
  • Sufficient wardrobes and storage for clothes throughout.
  • Books
  • Game Room ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Chez Colin Maçon has been used as the owner's holiday house for many years and is therefore well equipped and comfortable for guests.

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

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