Le Four at Le Temple
House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Le Four at Le temple is a delightful renovated old stone house for those who wish to enjoy the best of rural France in a French hideaway with lots of pretty old towns, restaurants and places to visit. There are river and lake beaches nearby and the coast is an easy drive.
Generous gardens and courtyard offer a secluded setting and lots of play space with pretty views across the surrounding countryside.
Le Four is generous and stylish so that everyone can find their own quiet corner to relax. There are 2 large reception rooms plus separate farmhouse kitchen.
Tasteful separate large lounge with exposed stonework, lots of relaxation space, a large original charentais fireplace, DVD, games console and music centre. It opens onto a sheltered sunny courtyard, ideal for al fresco breakfasts and aperitifs
Spacious and chic dining room for eight
Generous, separate large farmhouse kitchen so everyone can chill or help to cook! Of course you have dishwasher, cooker, microwave, family sized fridge-freezer with ice and cooled water on tap.
Three double bedrooms, 2 with king-size beds and 1 room has twin beds. Bedlinen, towels and pool towels provided.
Two bathrooms with large showers, wc & washbasin
A mezzanine library with day bed for quiet reading. This bed can also be used for a 7th guest.
Outside there is a private, large dining terrace and garden with barbecue for eating, drinking and watching the sun go down. The garden is generous and has sunloungers.
There is also a separate covered area with the original bread oven, which leads through to the covered courtyard.
Through the garden there is a pretty, gated 10m.by 5m. pool with sunbathing and shaded area, parasols and sunloungers. The pool is exclusively yours during the day with shared use in the evening.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Brossac 12 km|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Poitiers or Bordeaux 110 km, Nearest railway: Angouleme|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||TV, CD player, Table tennis, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Swing set|
|Further details indoors|
The house is spacious with lots of room for everyone to find their own corner. The lounge is a generous, comfortable and stylish area, opening onto the sunny courtyard. There are comfy settees, chairs, the original charantais fireplace and a snug / media corner with television, DVD player, selection of books and CDs, a games console and music centre.
The separate dining room is tasteful and roomy, although our preferred option is eating in the garden, glass of wine in hand as the sun goes down!
The large, separate sunny kitchen has room to hang out and chill or help cook. It is fully equipped with dishwasher, microwave, oven and hob, coffee machine and family size fridge-freezer with ice and cooled water on tap. There is a separate utility room in the courtyard with washer, iron and board. Just off the kitchen there is a study / work area with small table. We have free wi-fi in the pool area if you need to connect.
There are three pretty bedrooms, tastefully decorated and two family bathrooms with large showers, wc and washbasin. We provide quality beds, doubles are king-size and memory foam. Bedroom two has two single beds with memory foam matresses. The mezzanine library has a selection of books and a day bed if you want to just hide away. This can also be used as a sleeping area for a 7th adult.
We do have available on request a cot and a high chair, a pushchair and there is a range of garden toys. Also available on request are fans (it can get hot here in the Summer!) and wood for the large open fire for cooler Spring and Autumn evenings.
Fresh bed linen and towels are provided for your stay, including both bathroom and pool towels. If your stay with us is longer than one week, a change of linen and towels is available on request at the end of the first week. A light 'mid clean' service is also available on request.
A welcome hamper will be waiting for you on your arrival, to help you relax after your journey. Do also help yourselves to herbs and garden produce from our 'potager' when available.
|Further details outdoors|
The house is ideal for outdoor living with a large terrace and barbecue for eating, drinking and watching the sun go down, a covered courtyard with original bread oven and large garden with walnut and plum trees, lots of sunbathing space and sun loungers. Through the garden there is a very pretty, gated 10m. by 5m. pool with wooden sun loungers, shanghai parasols and a shaded area.
The pool is exclusively yours during the day and shared with our guests from 17.30.
As well as the beautiful poolside area, we have a full size ping pong table, badminton net and rackets, boules and a range of children's outdoor toys. In the gardens we have fruit trees, a walnut tree, plums and figs. You are welcome to try our own grown herbs or tomatoes, delicious warm from the sun for your salads or barbecues.
The surrounding countryside is just beautiful for walks and there is tennis, football pitch and a running track close by in our local village as well as lots of pretty and interesting places to explore.
Nearby are river and lake beaches, with canoeing
A welcome pack will be waiting for you on arrival
You have your own generous private garden and the pool area is private for you all day.
English speakers on hand to answer any questions and let you know of local events
Change over day is normally Saturday and in High season minimum letting is for 1 week but do please ask as we may be able to be flexible
The house will be ready for you from 4.30pm and we ask that you leave at the end of your stay by 10.00am.
When you arrive the house will have been cleaned for you, towels provided and beds made up.
We provide an inclusive end of stay cleaning service.
The number of people occupying the property may not exceed 7. We have a no smoking policy and, sorry, no pets allowed.
A non-refundable deposit of 25% is payable on booking to secure your reservation and we will hold your dates for 7 days after initial booking, pending receipt of this deposit.
The balance is payable together with a security deposit of £100 / 150 euros 8 weeks prior to the start of your holiday with us. The security deposit will be returned to you within 14 days after the end of your holiday with us.
Payments can be made in pounds sterling or euros at the current exchange rate.
Detailed instructions of how to reach the property will be sent on receipt of the final balance.
If the booking is made within 8 weeks of the letting period, the whole of the rental payment is to be forwarded with your initial booking form, together with the security deposit.
Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
The Poitou-Charentes/Vendee region
- Ideally situated, tucked away but near to river and lake beaches, excellent restaurants, bars and the coast is within easy reach
- The towns and villages of the South Charente may look sleepy but we can point you to evening markets, delicious restaurants, concerts, enchanting walks and memorable visits.
- One of the most beautiful villages in France, Aubeterre-sur-Dronne is a short car ride away. Visit the village for its monolithic church, have lunch in the square and then sunbathe on the beach by the river Dronne.
- Or visit Chateauneuf and take a boat ride on the river Charente, where the local council often sponsors open- air live concerts on Summer evenings.
- Go to the wonderful music festival of Cognac with bars, live music and dinner at the quayside.
- You can pretty much find a market every day in the area. Monday is Aubeterre and Chalais, Wednesday is Montmoreau, Friday it is Riberac ( a must for first time visitors, sprawling, busy but rather English), Saturday is either the little local market in Blanzac or St Aulaye. Or you could visit the great houses of the Medoc, St Emilion, Castillon and Cognac.
- From May through to the Summer almost every village has its own local market, night market of local produce, or brocante.
- Roadside signs advertise Pineau des Charentes, a sweet blend of grape juice and cognac, best drunk on a warm evening as an aperitif with friends. The locals also like it with oysters and moules and love cooking with it!
- Why not try your chicken or fish with pineau rosé, shallots, garlic with tomatoes, thyme and bay leaves from the garden ...... or we can arrange to cook it for you! Jean was a restaurateur in a former life and will cook dinner for you, using local ingredients, by prior arrangement.
- Le Temple is ideally located in the heart of this heady mix of tranquility and culture.
Le Temple is ideally located in the South Charente in the heart of France's wine and cognac producing area. It is close to the small market town of Blanzac (2 to 3 minutes by car) with shops, supermarket, bank, health centre, chemist, running track and tennis.
There are beautiful walks and sleepy, historic villages to visit. Nearby is Brossac fresh water lake (approx. 15 minutes by car) with sandy beach, jet-skiing and a restaurant that overlooks the lake.
There are several local restaurants, serving regional produce and Barbezieux (approx. 20 minutes) has a market, chic shops, relaxed restaurants and bars.
Chateauneuf often has a Summer live music concert on the riverside and historic Angouleme, our 'main' town is known as the balcony of the Charente. It has restaurants spilling out into cobbled streets, night life, stunning architecture, very chic shopping areas, museums and river cruises on the beautiful Charente.
Further afield at the coast, Talmont and Meschers, pretty and historic fishing villages are a pleasant 50 minutes drive or a little nearer (approx 30 minutes)in Jonzac there is an indoor tropical pool complex.
Cognac is a beautiful town, with lots of interesting visits and is a great centre of music, with its renowned Cognac Festival in the Summer.
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7 Aug 2014
"Peace and privacy, home from home with a pool."
We arrived 2 hours early (due to Jean's excellent directions) but were made very welcome by Mike and Jean. The house is bright and very clean (and spacious...not obvious from the online photos). … More
Thank you very much for your detailed review and we were so happy that you loved what has been our own holiday home for years! You are absolutely right that it is all so very peaceful and yet with so many places of interest easily accessible. We loved the way you totally embraced the whole French lifestyle and we do hope we'll see you again.
4 Aug 2014
"Quiet homely hidden little gem!"
Firstly thank you to Jean & Mike! You's have this place just perfect and it was an absolute joy to stay for the week. The house is beautifully decorated with 3 large comfortable bedrooms, two sho… More
Thank you so much for your great review and we are really pleased that you loved the house and area as much as we do. We agree that the house is perfect for children, as our own spent many happy Summers there too. Cognac has a wonderful riverside park for families with pools and lots of amenities, including all the distilleries of course! We are so pleased you enjoyed all your visits.
15 Sep 2013
"Everything you could want from a holiday in France"
We stayed here as a family of 2 adults and 2 teenagers and had an amazing holiday. Mike and Jean were there to greet us after our very long drive down to show us around. Lovely welcome basket, which… More
Thank you for your lovely feedback. We were so pleased that we were able to help make your first French holiday such a success and you certainly embraced the whole experience. We look forward to seeing you again in 2015.
4 Aug 2013
"Everything we needed to make our week so relaxing and enjoyable"
We stayed for a week at Le Four at Le Temple in July 2013. Our journey had a bit of a wobbly start with our hire car but as soon as we arrived at Le Four and were welcomed so warmly by Jean and Mike that wobble was soon forgotten! They had also left the best ever 'welcome pack' that we have received in our many years of visiting France and offered to phone the local Duck restaurant to see if they could fit us in. The house and pool were fantastic and everything was spotless. Poor Jean was kept busy clearing up the pool on a couple of occasions following pretty heavy thunderstorms but she did it before we even noticed what mess had been left! We would certainly recommend the house to anyone who is looking to visit this area of France as we were very well looked after and as I say, everything was spotlessly clean and well maintained
Thank you Jean and Mike for making our stay so good.
Thank you so much for your lovely feedback. it is true that we certainly had at least one fairly dramatic storm whist you were with us, still it made a good story when Mike got back, didn't it! I have said before that i believe cleanliness and a welcome are so important, especially at the end of a journey and thank you for noticing that. We do hope to see you again at Le Temple. Jean.
17 Jul 2013
"Didn't want to leave"
This holiday was arranged almost a year ago and I must admit it didn't disappoint. This was a holiday with my husband and friends that we regularly travel with and we all really enjoyed the hous… More
Thank you so much for this helpful review. We really enjoyed having you there, especially the little chats at the pool and we are so pleased that you enjoyed the beautiful area. The peeler will be installed in the kitchen this weekend - thanks so much for mentioning it!
23 Aug 2012
"Everything You Could Want"
We had a great time with my husband's parents in this gorgeous spot. The location is stunning, from the drive up narrow windy roads, to the view from the garden looking out over sunflower fields.… More
Thank you for your great review! We've had many wonderful evenings watching the sun go down and we were so pleased you loved the area as much as we do. We do hope you'll stay in touch and visit us again - we'll have more food, music and chats.
1 Aug 2012
We regrettably only stayed for one week here, it came to an end all too soon. The house is fabulous and the owners Jean and Mike were fantastic and very helpful. The pool and gardens are a joy to be in, we found it difficult to tear ourselves away to explore the area. The house was immaculate and very welcoming.
Thank you so much. We were sorry to see you go and do hope you will visit us and the area again. Thank you for mentioning the cleanliness, this is something very important to us and we are pleased you and the children enjoyed the house and gardens as much as we have always done.
8 Jul 2012
"Beautiful, spacious house with everything you could need for a perfect holiday."
We have just got back from a 2 week stay with our 6 month old daughter and and my parents and can't wait to go back.
As soon as we arrived we were made to feel so welcome by the owners, Mike and Jean, who were an invaluable source of knowledge on the local area and gave us loads of great ideas on places to visit that were just a short drive away, including markets, lakes, shopping, beaches, old churches etc.
The house itself is extremely spacious with lovely views across the countryside. The pictures just don't do it justice. It is equipped with everything you could need and want. Just down the road in Blanzac there are a couple of shops, a boulangerie and a couple of restaurants, just don't get caught out like we did as nothing is open on a Sunday afternoon. Luckily Jean was on hand with some pork fillets from her freezer, a bag of potatoes and lettuce from their veg plot which she insisted we have.
This has been probably the best holiday we've had and we would definitely recommend it for a great place to stay and explore some beautiful parts of France.
Thank you for such a lovely review. We were so pleased you enjoyed your holiday at Le Four and do look forward to seeing you all again. It is not easy to show the house and gardens adequately in the advert and our guests have always been very pleasantly surprised on arrival. We do like to be around to help and you are always most welcome to call round for advice, an aperitif or simply to have some salads, tomatoes or herbs from the garden.
1 Nov 2011
We stayed at this property in July this year. The house is absolutely beautiful set in peaceful surroundings. My children were able to play safely and the property owners who live close by could not do enough to ensure that our holiday was nothing short of perfect. We had an amazing holdiay spending time sunbathing around the house, playing in the pool and exploring the nearby area. I would highly recommend this property, we have already booked to return next year
Thank you so much for your review. It was lovely to welcome you again this Summer, 2012. We were happy to see that the children felt at home in the pool and gardens, playing with the games and we do look forward to seeing you yet again next year, when we will hopefully visit another night market with you!
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