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Manoir With Private Pool, Walled Garden And Views Over The Countryside



Updated: 04-Mar-2017
  • Sleeps 12
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

About the property

Manoir in Chadurie, Angouleme, Poitou-Charentes, France - Rural Location In Small Hamlet 10 Minutes Drive To Local Amenities

This charming historic manoir is set in a lovely rural position in the small hamlet of Chadurie and has been renovated to a high standard with all modern facilities having kept many of the original features, with spacious and light rooms for large and combined groups for all year round breaks.

The ground floor area is spacious consisting of the entrance hall, Bibloteque/study reading room, large light sitting room and kitchen diner opening out onto the patio with covered outside eating area, with a large games room also overlooking the garden.

Outdoor facilities comprise of a 10m x 5m covered pool for both retaining warmth and security, either swimming under the cover when cooler and can also be opened up for the warmer days.

The patio has a covered eating area with a table that can seat a large number with a GAS BBQ for those lovely summer evenings.

The manoir is a 3 storey house is on the edge of the church square set in grounds of 1 acre with the walled courtyard, entrance to the front of the house and private walled garden with beautiful valley views to the rear.

There is a communal tennis court and play area for football and basket ball and a boule court in the hamlet just outside the house.

Conveniently near to the picturesque villages of Villebois Lavalette, Mouthiers sur Dronne and Blanzac, all of these villages approximately 12km away.

A little further on to Brantome with a lot of attractions, galleries, quaint shops with the river flowing through the centre past the Abbey and restaurants making it very charming.

You are not far travelling on the doorstep of the Cognac region to experience tasting of the different Cognac's at the large distilleries situated around the lovely town itself, to learn about the history of how it is made and a tasting at the end of an organised tour.

Angouleme is our main Town only a short drive and well known for its yearly comic art festivals, there is a comic cartoon museum near to the river where the paper mills used to be in production, also the food festivals and the yearly tradition of 'Racing the Ramparts' around the walled part of the town.

It was started in 1927 with the main attraction of the beautiful old Bugatti racing cars and other varieties keen to have a race.

It is a 3 day event with a road trip around Angouleme where anyone can enter with old vintage or new racing cars on the first day being Friday.

On Saturday viewing of the cars parked all in the centre of the Town free to be viewed as well as evening events.

Then the main race day on Sunday, which can be organised ahead of the date for seating in the stands, roughly around the third week of September each year.

One of two places that offer street racing in France and fun can be had by all the family cheering from the stands and viewing in the pit lanes seeing the cars up close, which can be paid on the day.

As with most of France you have a many Chateau's in the regions that need to be seen and many villages have events going on throughout the summer, with a must try of an evening market to buy local produce, having it cooked on traditional BBQ's and join in with locals, having an evening picnic enjoying the charm of eating outside.

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About the Owner

Fee and Tom Plumley
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
4 March, 2017

About Fee and Tom Plumley

We moved to the Charente in 2008 because of its connection to Agriculture and the warmer climate.

Tom and I retired from farming wishing to still be connected to agriculture being reminded of the lifestyle by viewing the changing seasons through the crops in the surrounding fields and enjoyment of the summer warmth.

Le Manoir was our home for 7 years and now we hope to let others experience the property and its charming rural lifestyle set in the Charente landscape in a relaxed and picturesque setting.

It was a place for us to get away from the hustle and bustle of a busy life we left behind and it fitted the criteria without being to far away from civilisation.

Fee and Tom Plumley purchased this chateau / country house in 2008

Why Fee and Tom Plumley chose Charente

We love the peaceful lifestyle and laid back attitude of the local French families that feel life is for living, working for necessity, but also enjoying the fruits of their labour quite literally surrounded by their families.

Many people have said of the charente country villages, its like going back in time to the 1950's of the UK, community spirit and celebration of Art and Culture, many traditions.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

The French people love their local produce of food and wine, which the Charente can supply being an agricultural region with fresh produce in abundance at the local markets and supermarkets.

The area being well known for the Bordeaux Saint Emillion wines, Pineau, Cognac and Charentaise melons, Foire Gras, Duck, Walnuts and many cheese's as well as the lovely baguettes to name a few.

11 Reviews

Excellent! 4.3/5 -
(11 traveller reviews)

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  • 5 of 5

We have recently returned from a fabulous weeks holiday in this beautiful house. We were three families, each with two children and the house is set out so that we took one floor each. We all had plenty of space to live in and the rooms were all done to a very high standard.

The house in general was very clean and well equipped with English TV, a large selection of DVD's, games room, Wi Fi, gas BBQ, indoor and outdoor dining areas. The kitchen was well stocked with everything we needed.

The garden is surrounded by a wall and is secured by a large gate which gives the house a very secure feel. At one end of the garden is the pool which is relatively shallow with steps into it, sunbathing area with shade if required and a cover for the pool which prevents access by children when closed and locked.

Overall, this holiday home gave us everything that we could possibly want and I cannot give enough praise for the effort that goes into its presentation and maintenance.

The owners of this property live in a house which is adjacent to the holiday home and they share the front courtyard and rear garden. We occasionally saw Fee early in the morning cleaning the pool or tending to the garden but did not feel that this intruded on our privacy at all. However, on the numerous occasions that we went to Fee for information about the area, shops, house, bike storage etc etc, we found her very friendly and helpful. Nothing was too much trouble if it helped our stay.

The Manoir is in rural France and a car is an absolute must in order to get there and see the surrounding sights. The surrounding countryside is beautiful so it would be no real hardship to stay in one place for a week, but if you want to visit any of the surrounding towns and markets, you will have to look to at least 30 minutes driving to get anywhere. The nearest major supermarket is 7.5 miles away. The owners provide a wealth of tourist information but there's no harm in a bit of homework before setting off. Google maps knows exactly where Chadurie is!

Overall, a fantastic place in a stunning location kept to a very high standard. We would definitely visit again.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely relaxing stay

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a fantastic week's holiday. We were a party of 3 couples with 6 young children from 3 - 8 years old. It was a perfect setting for us. The house is beautiful and enormous, allowing everyone to have privacy as well as plenty of communal areas. We all had a floor to ourselves with our own bathrooms. My daughter has special needs and I was anxious about how she would cope in a new environment. Fee was very kind- she fitted a stair gate for security , checked she was ok and even asked us if there were particular colours my daughter would like in her bedroom to make her feel comfortable. There is a selection of board games, a comprehensive DVD library, books, outdoor games, inflateables for the pool , a massive garden to play in and a tennis and a football pitch 2 a minute walk away so we had plenty to occupy us. The property is safe, has window and shutter locks, a lockable pool cover and large secure gates which made it suitable for wandering children and meant they could explore and we could relax. The pool was warm and clean with a shallow area and steps. There's an outdoor shower and plenty of sun beds and umbrellas and there are quiet shady areas to sit too. The table tennis / pool room was brilliant and the kitchen is huge and really well equipped with everything we needed. Fee had also left us bread, milk and supplies when we arrived, as well as giving us produce from her allotment. Fee was lovely, considerate and helpful.

The property is very rural. You definitely need a car to access sights, restaurants and the supermarket but it really suited us. The internet signal is a bit patchy but ok. We had lovely weather so spent most of the week at the property with some day excursions. I didn't want to leave. Thanks very much for a fantastic week. X

  • Review Submitted: Aug 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure having these families here and so glad the couple who organised the stay, one of their daughter's with special needs felt happy and safe in the property. It is what we hope to achieve helping people have an enjoyable holiday being able to relax in a nice environment. We are in a small hamlet in the charente countryside and this is what families like getting away from the busy lifestyle with the hustle and bustle. We hope they will consider us sometime in the future.
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Nice home, but plan accordingly!

  • 2 of 5

Overall I found the house to be lovely, and certainly very beautiful. However, I would advise any prospective renters to be sure they plan accordingly.

The location is extremely rural, to the point where I struggled to find it on Google maps! This of course has its perks, the scenery is great. However, I was very glad I'd decided on a car rental (despite the extra cost this entailed) as I'm not sure how I would've reached it otherwise. Furthermore, getting food supplies would've been impossible without a car.

The place itself is great, really spotless. However, visiting with my young nieces and nephews this did mean I felt I could never really relax. This was a feeling made quite a bit worse when it felt as if we were being monitored a tad by the owner, who was staying next door. Rather than the feeling I'd hoped of a home from home, it felt a bit like going to a posh mates house where you daren't even sit down at times. For the money paid this wasn't ideal.

Overall I'd say not great for younger families.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: All I can say is the family obviously didn't read the advertising page about where we were situated in Rural Charente or looked on google earth. The information also tells them to have a car as we are not near to shops/restaurants driving distance of 12km, except a short drive of 3km to our local Boulangerie/Restaurant that opened last year. I hope they find what is more suitable for the family next time perhaps a hotel complex with everything on the doorstep.
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a cautionary tale

  • 3 of 5

Recently stayed in this lovely house for a large family holiday. The location was very rural and the absence of public transport meant limited access to shops and amenities. A car is a must for this venue. We were happy with the facilities and it was sufficient to keep a big family occupied for a week.

  On departure, unlike a hotel room that you can walk away from, there is an expectation that the house will be left in the exact high standard it was found prior to the 10am departure time.

To be helpful on our departure day we stripped most of the beds, emptied all bathroom bins, left each room as it was found, returned all sun beds to their position, swept the patio, cleaned the kitchen .

Throughout the week we followed the daily rules around the use of the pool, window shutters and gates to the property. We were extremely careful to use the recommended ( by the owner) special suncream for the pool, which is only available from a few online retailers. 


The owner visited us every day to check on these things and shared the laundry facilities with us. It was useful to have the local knowledge at hand, and she helped us with some of our transport arrangements, which we were happy to pay her for. Some of our party expressed surprise at the daily visits from the owner and the lack of privacy.


On arrival day access to the house is on or after 1700 hrs, so be prepared to hang around if you get an early flight. Taxis are very difficult to order and trains can be cancelled without warning to this remote location (this happened to us). 


Having enjoyed a great family time at this beautiful house we were surprised and disappointed to discover that the owner had retained half of our deposit due to dirty sheets and a mark on the mattress. 


Lovely remote spot with lots of facilities and even more rules. 

Mike and Kate Forrester

  • Review Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sadly it is a shame when it comes to the end of a clients stay and there are problems, Tom and I take great pride in Le Manoir and want the property to be special and homely for the guests, so they can enjoy the charente lifestyle and all the facilities available in and around the house. The house is large and on changeover days we need those hours to get the house, pool and garden ready to a high standard for the next guests and sometimes it takes longer when we have to do a more thorough clean. There are some guidelines we advise towards security and general information for the property and the pool to protect all concerned. We have had many guests who have enjoyed their stay at Le Manoir and hopefully others in the future All we ask of the guests is to respect and leave the property as close to how they found it on arrival.
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Beautiful home but adhere to the rules

  • 3 of 5

The home is stunning and so beautifully presented - once you arrive (car hire is a must as the location is very rural). Do read the small print, however, and be advised about the rules you must adhere to in order for all of your deposit to be returned - it's very easy to lose half of it as we did. The owner is lovely but lives an internal door away and will pop in, on a daily basis, through the garden gate to use the shared laundry facilities, to inform you about certain shutters that need to be shut at certain times and any other rules that are not being adhered to. This may leave you somewhat 'on edge'.

We always clean the homes we've rented, as a family, over the past decade, as a courtesy (here, we cleaned the pool every evening and bought and used only the specific sun lotion the owner requests you must use in order to use the pool (£10/bottle), swept the patio, cleaned the kitchen and bathrooms, emptied all the bins, took recycling out, stripped the beds etc.) but have never been informed that it's a 'minimum requirement to clean the bathrooms' etc. (Again, read the small print) and apparently our cleaning of all fours floors (that we started the day before we left due to the check-out time being 10am - yet you can't check-in until 5pm) wasn't up to standard.

So, if you don't mind the owner popping in and enjoy cleaning for two days of your holiday (or all 12 of you are able to remain in a cryogenic state for a week) then it's ideal. But having rented homes every year for a decade and never losing a deposit until now, it's disappointing and not really what we've come to expect from other high-end rental houses.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sadly it is a shame when it comes to the end of the guests stay and there are problems, Tom and I take pride in Le Manoir and want the property to be homely and special for our guests to be able to enjoy all the facilities available in and around the house. All we ask is that the guests respect and leave the property as close to how they found it on arrival, unfortunately this wasn't the case of this particular week. The top floor was our main concern, with furniture and bed throws which had been moved onto different floors, and the throws and cushions used on the floor to play on, when we stripped the beds 2 of the mattresses and bed linen were soiled and needed replacing, rugs and floors messed with chocolate and juice on cushions generally taking us longer to clean just in time for the next guests. The website does mention the situation of the property and as much information as we can give. There is some written information that we leave out for the guests on arrival as guide lines to save them having to ask and allowing them to relax. I haven't entered the property without asking and always knocking on the door first, we are separate from the house next door and have our own entrance. I always try to be discreet when using the laundry room away from the house early in the morning, also with cleaning of the pool and watering of the flower beds. I did pop in to arrange a meeting with the gentlemen as he wished to ask our advice about buying a property in France which we gladly gave him a few hours of our time and on the morning of departure helping him out of a problem using friends to transport part of his family to an airport for which they duly paid, but could have cost him dearly. The shutters are a concern as they are large and made from heavy wood, if they are not clipped back or locked then they can catch in the wind and do some damage to the property and the shutters themselves which costs a lot to put right. We have had many guests that have enjoyed our home and we hope that others will in the future.
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Beautifully renovated,spotlessly clean and very comfortable

  • 5 of 5

We visited the house as a group of three families with children ranging from 7-10yrs.We all had a great time relaxing,reading,eating and drinking in the peaceful garden which has a lovely outlook over the valley.The pool has a uniform depth which was safe for all the kids.Just across the road is a basketball and tennis court,both of which were used frequently by the children.The house itself is spacious and beautifully renovated with everything which you could need.Tom and Fee are lovely people who live in the completely self contained annexe to the main house and are always on hand for advice and help but are never intrusive.Nearby the high ropes experience was a very successful day excursion for the kids.Brantome and Aubeterre(which has a river beach) are also worth a visit.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Its always a pleasure to meet new people and this group thoroughly enjoyed themselves and fortunately the weather was with them. Having a positive response means we are helping guests have a break from their everyday life to be able to relax without any worries in an easy atmosphere. We hope that we will see them again in the Charente.
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From the Owner

We love the peaceful lifestyle and laid back attitude of the local French families that feel life is for living, working for necessity, but also enjoying the fruits of their labour quite literally surrounded by their families. Many people have said of the charente country villages, its like going back in time to the 1950's of the UK, community spirit and celebration of Art and Culture, many traditions.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Golf : Angouleme at 15 Kilometres Nearest Train : Angouleme at 15 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : N10 at 12 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Chez Francois at 3 Kilometres Car: necessary


The river and lake beaches found at Angouleme 20mins drive, next door to Nautilus waterpark, they have a selection of water sports, small children's play area, restaurant, well kept beach and a 3km walkway around the lake for walkers and cyclists, fun for all the family on wet and dry days.

The river beaches of Aubeterre and St Aulaye are 25mins drive with a selection of outdoor activities, Atlantic coastal beaches under 2hrs drive.


Bordeaux, Poitiers, Limoges, and Bergerac airports all between 1hr 15min and 1hr 45min. Angouleme TGV Rail station is about 20 mins.

We are in a rural location and a car is recommended.


Blanzac is 10km, Villebois Lavalette is 13km for everyday shopping, larger markets at Chalais 28km, Riberac 40km and Angouleme 18km which also has a larger shopping experience for everyone who likes to shop until they drop, with ample choice of fine dining.

Bordeaux is about 1hr 25min with a wealth of chic boutiques and fine cuisine.

All towns have several museums and other places of interest.

Further Details:

The manoir has lovely qualities that give you a step back in time with its charentaise style, the area is mainly arable and well known for its agriculture connection, for walnuts, foie gras, chestnuts and of course the wine, Bordeaux and Bergerac, and cognac and Pineau on the doorstep.

There are many festivals during the year around the area, connected with Art, Music and Food, most villages and towns are celebrating fun activities throughout the year, markets day and night, the evening markets are good fun for all the family buying your produce then enjoying the evening cooking on the communial BBQ and eating with local people in a big celebration, also the Racing weekend at Angouleme in September, for the fun of watching cars from all era's racing around the town, especially the Bugatti's.

Plenty of Brocantes (2nd hand market) where you might pick up a bargain or a little gem.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 1
10 Jun 2017 - 7 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 2
8 Jul 2017 - 8 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 3
9 Sep 2017 - 27 Oct 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

Booking Notes:
A deposit of 20% is required to secure the booking. The balance is payable six weeks prior to the stay. A refundable 20% security deposit is payable just prior to the commencement of the stay. This will be returned in full to the client within seven days of the end of their stay in the absence of excess cleaning or damage. We request that the client treats the property with respect.

Changeover Day:
High season July to September changeover days will be on a Saturday.
At other times there can be some flexibility when discussed with the owners.
We ask that the clients vacate the property by 10:00 and don't check in before 17:00.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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Updated: 04-Mar-2017


From the Owner

The French people love their local produce of food and wine, which the Charente can supply being an agricultural region with fresh produce in abundance at the local markets and supermarkets. The area being well known for the Bordeaux Saint Emillion wines, Pineau, Cognac and Charentaise melons, Foire Gras, Duck, Walnuts and many cheese's as well as the lovely baguettes to name a few.

Property Type

  • chateau / country house


  • Away From It All
  • Family


  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...


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


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool ...


  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • churches
  • playground
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • tennis


  • 2nd Floor - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Master bathroom shared with front bedroom
  • Top floor - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bathroom shared between both bedrooms.
  • First floor - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Shared between Blue room and Cream room.


  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom Blue Room 1st floor - 1 Large Double Bed, With fitted double wardrobes, shelves and vanity unit.
  • Cream bedroom 1st floor - 2 Single Bed, With fitted double wardrobe, shelves and vanity unit.
  • Bedroom Master Room 2nd floor - 1 Large Double Bed, With fitted double wardrobes and shelves.
  • Front bedroom 2nd floor - 2 Single Bed, With free standing wardrobe.
  • Top floor bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed, With fitted wardrobes, shelves and vanity unit.
  • Top floor bedroom. - 2 Single Bed, With fitted wardrobes, shelves and vanity unit.


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


  • Self-catering

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome ...


  • Notes on accommodation: Fresh bed linen and towels will be supplied if the clients are staying more than a week. We do not supply a maid service, but we will have to attend to the swimming pool during the clients stay in the mornings before use. Within walking distance there is a baguette/vending machine supplied with fresh bread each morning. No smoking inside the manoir, allowed in outside area's. Outside: The garden has a selection of shrubs and tree's without totally blocking a lovely view, giving area's to sit in the shade for a comfortable read or doze. The pool is not heated, but stays at a comfortable temperature during the summer months, it has sun loungers on the tiled area for drying off after a dip and a lockable cover which we request for children's safety be locked when unattended by adults. Utility Room: Butler sink, washing machine, tumble drier, iron, ironing board and airing lines for wet clothes, washing basket and washing line outside. Cleaning / Towels / Linen. Cotton bed linen and towels are provided, with a weekly change for stays of more than a week. Towels for the pool will be supplied on request. Other: Bibloteque/study connected to the sitting room, leather sofa and 2 high back chairs, lots of books to read and a selection of board games. There is also a games room with pool table and table tennis.

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