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Beautiful House with Private Pool in Charming Walled Garden, 5 min Walk to shops

Overview

Property

Updated: 12-Nov-2016
Manor House in Mansle, Charente; Fantastic Pool in Delightful Walled Garden, 5 mins to restaurants - Completely renovated house provides a comfortable attractive living environment

Charming Manor House with Large Private Pool Located in a Delightful Walled Garden, Secure Parking, Yet a Short Walk to Town Centre; Further 9 Acres Of Private Woodland Leads to Charente River. 5 Bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 6 wc's. Sleeps 12/13; Discount for Low Occupancy. This impressive recently renovated house is situated in the attractive town of Mansle. Located within a large private well kept garden, entry via substantial locking gates ensures total privacy and security for 5+ cars. The property has been completely renovated with the sole aim of providing a comfortable and attractive living environment, and has mains gas central heating. The fifth bedroom is in an attached studio, with its own shower room and kitchen.

The house has level entrance from the street and the car parking area at the rear. Free wifi is provided.

Outside

The tiled, in-ground swimming pool measures 10 x 5 metres (depth to 1.4 metres) is entered by solid, tiled steps in one corner and is for the sole use of guests and is completely private to the property. On the approach to the pool is the pool house, great for showering before and after using the pool, changing, and keeping towels and sun creams handy. It comprises a new shower, wc and wash handbasin with mirror, and hooks for hanging clothes and towels. The well maintained walled private garden is mostly lawn and shrubs and surrounded by trees. Garden croquet and badminton is provided. Sun loungers and parasols, tables and chairs are provided. A permanent charcoal barbecue enables outside cooking. Meals can be enjoyed in the shade of the cherry and walnut trees while watching the antics of the resident red squirrels and many wild birds including blue tits, great tits, goldfinches, chaffinches, thrushes, woodpeckers, nuthatches, and hoopoes - and some as yet unidentified! The land extends to 10 acres and includes woodland and riverside walks leading to the banks of the Charente, where guests may fish. Guests typically spend most of their time in the garden entertained by the resident red squirrels and numerous birds. Beyond the garden paths lead down through private woodland to the banks of the Charente.

The Local Area

Within 5 minutes walk you will find Supermarkets x 2, restaurants x 4, hair and beauty salons, banks, bakers, butchers, delicatessen, pharmacies, photocopying.

The surrounding countryside is bright with sunflowers in Summer. The user-powered ferry at Licheres (3 miles) is a local attraction for children and adults, and leads to a woodland walk. Further afield are the beaches of the charming resort of Royan are approximately 1 hour 30 minutes drive, La Rochelle another half an hour. A large water park at Angouleme provides sailing, water skiing and other water sports. A one hour drive takes you to the historic town of Cognac, Futuroscope, Valley of the Monkeys, Crocodile Planet and Oradour sur Glane, a small town retained in its war time condition after being sacked and burnt by the Germans, who also shot almost all the residents including women and children.

Activities

The Tourist Office and the popular canoe club are between 3 and 5 minutes' walk. Canoes, kayaks and bicycles are available to hire, and supervised canoe sessions for children with a range of abilities are provided through the summer holiday. Horse riding is 5 minutes drive away.

Markets

On market days - Tuesday, Friday and Saturday - stalls sell fresh fish and greengrocery. Local cheese producers sell a range of speciality cheeses, and is season local honey producers have a stall. The Saturday market tends to provide organic produce.

More Details
  • Sleeps 13
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

I am a retired researcher and now enjoy spending several months a year at my lovely home in France. This delightful house and garden took me 10 months to find and, although much too large, it was the only property to fulfil my two main criteria: 1 - in a town, a short walk to shops and 2 - with a large private garden (essential for my cat!) It also happens to have a lovely pool. Even so, a total compromise. I wanted somewhere not too far from the Atlantic, far enough south to be warm and have longer winter daylight, near enough to Calais to be able to drive from Yorkshire, and not too far from mountains. It was a 6-year project to renovate, with the main aim of providing an easy to maintain and comfortable home.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

Fantastic House, fantastic weather, lovely pool...We had a great week, thank you! We recommend the high ropes course at 'Parc l'aventure' for a fun day out!
Aug 2015
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4 Reviews

5
based on 4 holidaymaker reviews

5

Lovely house set in a beautiful private garden

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic stay at Jane’s beautiful house and studio. We were a family of 10 made up of 2 young children, 2 (nearly) teenage boys and 6 adults and the set up worked perfectly with the grandparents staying in the studio. The property is in the relatively quiet town of Mansle, but is not at all overlooked, so you feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere when you’re swimming in the private pool/relaxing in the garden. The house itself is immaculate with loads of character and everything you need for an enjoyable and easy stay. The town is small but that’s part of the charm. There is kayaking in the river which some of our party took part in and loved. We walked to the shop daily for our fresh croissants and bread and took a couple of day trips out to nearby Ruffec and Orodour sur Glane. Overall a wonderful stay and we would highly recommend this property.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for this lovely review. I am so pleased that you and your family enjoyed staying at my lovely house.
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1 0
East Anglia
5

Another relaxing holiday

  • 5 of 5

We had such a relaxing time when we stayed here in 2013 that we booked another two weeks in 2014. Thanks for another great holiday!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 10, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you - we are very happy to know that you enjoyed your stay here so much.
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East Anglia
5

Relaxing family holiday

  • 5 of 5

We spent two weeks at the apartment in August 2013 and had a wonderful holiday. As mentioned in a previous review, the studio is large and spacious with an open plan kitchen, lounge and large shower. The garden is a wonderful haven to relax in with a good sized swimming pool and BBQ. We enjoyed a couple of evening BBQs with the owner and her friend who happened to be staying in the house while we were there - they were great company and happy to help with any requests we had. There is a supermarket within a five minute walk from the apartment which proved to be very handy. We enjoyed walks to nearby villages and hired a canoe in Mansle for a wonderful trip along the Charente, as well as spending time relaxing around the pool. We would go back again.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 10, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Mark for this lovely review, and we are just so pleased that you and your family enjoyed your holiday here.
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United Kingdom
5

Lovely

  • 5 of 5

A great place for a relaxing holiday in the large garden with pool or down on the cool river bank. Everything we needed was within easy, flat walking distance of the house and bike hire near by. We particularly enjoyed the canoe trip followed by dinner one evening and there are some wonderful walks too. The property was beautifully presented and we would definitely stay again.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 12, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. I am so pleased that you and your family enjoyed the holiday, and it was good to see the pool and garden being highly appreciated.
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Location

From the Owner

Mansle is an attractive town with a range of shops which is built around the magnificent River Charente. The surrounding rolling countryside is bright with sunflowers in Summer. What are the unique benefits of the property? Shops and restaurants etc are a very short walk, yet the large garden is a haven of privacy and peace. The apartment is quite unique, being a single large room that I could not section because of the features which can only be appreciated in its current state, notably the amazing stone palette in the end wall

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Poitiers/Limoges at 50 Miles Nearest Barpub : Mansle at 0.1 Miles Nearest Ferry : Caen at 300 Miles Nearest Golf : Cognac at 25 Miles Nearest Train : Angouleme at 18 Miles Nearest Motorway : N10 at 1 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Mansle at 0.1 Miles Nearest Beach : Royan or Rochefort at 70 Miles

Coast/Beach:

The beaches of the charming resort of Royan are approximately 1 hour 30 minutes drive, La Rochelle another half an hour. A water park at Angouleme provides sailing, water skiing and other water sports.

A one hour drive takes you to the historic town of Cognac, Futuroscope, Valley of the Monkeys, Crocodile Planet and Oradour sur Glane, a small town retained in its war time condition after being sacked and burnt by the Germans, who also shot almost all the residents including women and children

Travel:

Nearest airports are Poitiers and Limoges, each a one hour drive. La Rochelle and Bordeaux are around 2 hours away. The property is 420 miles from Calais, and the road is virtually all dual carriageway, so very easy driving. The local supermarket hires out small cars at 5 euros per day

Distances:

The surrounding countryside is bright with sunflowers in Summer.

The user-powered ferry at Licheres (3 miles) is a local attraction for children and adults, and leads to a woodland walk.

Further Details:

The property is situated in the town. Supermarkets x 2, restaurants x 4, hair and beauty salons, banks, bakers, butchers, delicatessen, pharmacies, photocopying, the Tourist Office and the popular canoe club are between 3 and 5 minutes' walk. Canoes, kayaks and bicycles are available to hire, and supervised canoe sessions for children with a range of abilities are provided through the summer holiday. Horse riding is 5 minutes drive away.

On market days - Tuesday, Friday and Saturday - stalls sell fresh fish and greengrocery. Local cheese producers sell a range of speciality cheeses, and in season local honey producers have a stall. The Saturday market tends to provide organic produce.

The surrounding countryside is bright with sunflowers in Summer.

The user-powered ferry at Licheres (3 miles) is a local attraction for children and adults, and leads to a woodland walk.

Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
Spring
1 Apr 2017 - 19 May 2017
6 night minimum stay
£1,560
for 6 nights
From
£260
£1,800
£7,200
 
 
Summer season
20 May 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
6 night minimum stay
£1,740
for 6 nights
From
£290
£1,950
£7,800
 
 
Autumn
1 Oct 2017 - 18 Nov 2017
6 night minimum stay
£960
for 6 nights
From
£160
£1,000
£3,800
 
 
My Standard Rate
6 night minimum stay
£900
for 6 nights
From
£150
£1,000
£4,000
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £400

Booking Notes:
A booking deposit (non-refundable) of £400 is payable to confirm your booking. The balance is due 8 weeks prior to the start of the rental. £400 damage deposit is payable 2 weeks prior to arrival. The property should be left clean as found, otherwise cleaning charges of £100 apply.
A discount is applied for low occupancy - details on request.

Changeover Day:
Changeover is usually flexible, but is generally Saturday through July and August. Departure is normally expected by 10 am and arrival from 3 pm, but may be varied on request. A maid service is available on request.

Notes on prices:
Discount for low occupancy. The studio is available for rent when the main house is not booked.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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Facilities

From the Owner

I especially appreciate a short 5 minute walk to the local supermarket, as I frequently forget essential items, and do not want to use the car every day. This convenience extends to the hairdressers, banks, markets and - of course - restaurants, so drink driving is not a problem! All this, yet the garden is completely private and I generally all day and (almost) every day pottering or relaxing just enjoying the flowers, trees and wildlife.

Property Type

  • chateau / country house

Theme

  • Family

General

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

Kitchen

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

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room

Entertainment

  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Games
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool ...

Suitability

  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • river
  • town

Attractions

  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis

Bathrooms

  • Shower room 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Wash hand basin, radiator
  • Shower room 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Wash hand basin, radiator
  • Shower room 4 - Toilet, Wash hand basin, wc, shower (pool house)
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Wash hand basin, radiator, bath, wc, shower attachment
  • Shower room 3 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Walk-in Italian shower, whbasin, wc, radiator
  • En suite bathrooms to double bedrooms 1, 2, & 5 with shower, wc and wash basin; Italian en suite walk-in shower to double bedroom 5; Vanity unit to twin bedroom 3; house bathroom with bath, wc, wash hand basin in vanity unit. Downstairs wc with handbasin

Bedrooms

  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed, 1 Cot, en suite
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed, en suite
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed, Large vanity unit
  • Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 5 - 1 Double Bed, 1 Child Bed, 1 Sofa bed/Futon, en suite, sofa, dining table seats 3, tv, Summer kitchen
  • Bedroom 5 - 1 Double Bed, 1 Child Bed, 1 Sofa bed/Futon, In the studio, up a flight of steps
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 12 (5 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: 3 en suite rooms with double bed, fitted wardrobe and lockers, 2 rooms with 2 single beds, fitted wardrobe and lockers; one with large vanity unit Bedroom 5 is in the adjoining studio, double bed, sofa-bed, and put-u-up; wardrobes and en suite Italian shower

Outside

  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 11 bicycles

Meals

  • Self-catering

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation: The interior of the property is no smoking, but sand pots are provided outside, where guests may smoke. Changeover is usually flexible, but is generally on a Saturday through July and August. Departure is normally expected by 10 am and arrival from 3 pm, but may be varied on request. Outside: Entry to the tiled, in-ground pool (10 x 5; max depth 1.4 metres) is by tiled steps and is for the sole use of guests. On the approach to the pool is the pool house, great for showering before and after using the pool, changing, keeping towels and sun cream handy. It comprises a new shower, wc and wash handbasin with mirror, hooks for hanging clothes and towels. The well maintained walled private garden is lawn and shrubs and surrounded by trees. Garden croquet and badminton is provided. Sun loungers, parasols, tables and chairs are provided. A permanent charcoal barbecue enables outside cooking. Meals can be enjoyed in the shade of the cherry and walnut trees while watching the antics of the resident red squirrels and birds including blue tits, great tits, goldfinches, chaffinches, thrushes, woodpeckers, nuthatches, and hoopoes - and others unidentified! The land extends to 10 acres and includes woodland and riverside walks leading to the banks of the Charente, where guests may fish Utility Room: Adjoining utility room with double sink, dishwasher, washing machine, fridge, gas boiler, access to terrace. Exra fridge for keeping drinks cold outside in cool house Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bedlinen and towels (not pool towels) are provided; pool towels available on request Clean linen each week of your stay. The property should be left clean as found, otherwise cleaning charges of £100 apply A maid service is available on request. Other: Studio: Large space with 3-seater settee, 2-seater chesterfield, dining chairs and table for 3, UK freest TV, stone fireplace, for which a stack of logs is provided. Dining Room: table seats upto ten; full length mirror; wc/wh/basin; access to terrace

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