Farmhouse | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 9
Set in 5 acres with spectacular views of the surrounding countryside, Les Avelines is a large renovated stone farmhouse providing holiday accommodation of the highest standard. With access to the house via the impressive entrance gates and drive, the house is well set back from the lane affording privacy and peace. The fabulous grounds with plenty of fruit trees provide a safe environment for children to play. The large, heated, saline swimming pool enjoys stunning views.
The house has four large double bedrooms, three of which have balconies with beautiful views. The quality beds are extremely comfortable and the rooms are well furnished with several antique pieces. There is a large family bathroom on the first floor and an additional w.c. with hand basin. The fourth bedroom is on the ground floor. It has high ceilings and exposed beams and is exceedingly large with plenty of space for an additional bed or cot. There is a large adjacent shower room with w.c. and hand basin.
The sitting room with its stone fireplace and antique furniture has a large TV with satellite, DVD player etc. and there is a good supply of DVDs to watch. The large but cosy eat in family kitchen with a traditional log fire, has a double oven, a large double fridge which dispenses cold water and ice, dishwasher, microwave and other mod cons. Adjacent to it is the formal dining room with its antique furniture. There is a guest loo off the entrance hall and a well equipped utility room with washer and drier as well as a spare fridge for bottles. There is a large games room on the ground floor with a table tennis table and there is a good supply of family games in the hall dresser.
The village of Brossac is within easy walking distance. Its numerous amenities include restaurants, banking, a pharmacy, post office, hair dresser, convenience store, bakery, SPAR supermarket, butcher, garage and petrol station. There are 2 all weather tennis courts which can be booked by popping into the pharmacy. The holiday resort of Etang Vallier with its lakefront sandy beach is also within easy walking distance. Here there is a restaurant with large terrace and sweeping views of the lake. Amenities include mini golf, a new sports club with squash court,indoor pool, spa, games room and snack bar, bike and moto-quad rentals. Further information can be found on the Etang Vallier web site.
There are 18 hole golf courses 40 minutes away at Cognac and Angouleme. Closer by is the 9 hole Auberterre golf course in Pillac. The course is short but good for all levels of golf.
|Size||Sleeps up to 9, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Royan 65 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||500 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bordeaux and Angouleme 85 km, Nearest railway: Chalais 10 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Private outdoor pool (heated), Log fire, DVD player|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (heated)|
|General||TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Fax machine, Table tennis, Games room, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (heated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Further details indoors||
This is a traditional stone Charantaise farmhouse but renovated to raise the upstairs ceiling heights and to add balconies to each of the 3 front facing bedrooms which overlook the valley.
Downstairs there is a front entrance leading on the left to the kitchen, to the right to the sitting room and then on to a guest lavatory and then through to the rear where there is a rear hallway leading to a utility room and a wet room and a fourth bedroom.
The kitchen has a large range (gas and electricity) a large American style fridge (with iced water and ice on tap) a large pine table, a wood burning stove and all usual kitchen furniture and accoutrements. There is a separate dining room off the kitchen.
The sitting room has comfortable furniture, an upright piano, television and other facilities and a stone fireplace. The downstairs bedroom is the largest ( 8 metres x 5 metres) with a high ceiling and exposed rafters with a stone floor.
There are 2 high quality single beds which if required can be zipped together to form a large double. This room is serviced by a large wet room with basin wc and shower - which also services anybody wishing to shower before or after using the swimming pool. The other 3 bedrooms are upstairs and are all of good size. They are carpeted. 2 have double beds and the other 2 singles.
|Further details outdoors||
The pool is 10x5 metres plus steps and is heated. It is surrounded on 3 sides by walls and has stunning views over the valley. There is a small lake/large pond surrounded by trees. There is a small orchard of walnut, apple and pear trees.
There is a very large sloping field and separately a smaller (top) field suitable for games. In front of the house there is an extensive terrace ideal for al fresco eating which leads to a lawn with a large shady tree.
There is plenty of outdoor furniture. There is a table tennis table in one of the rear downstairs rooms which can be brought outside (or played indoors).
Approval given on request for well trained dogs
The Poitou-Charentes/Vendee region
This part of the Charente is highly agricultural with the famous charentaise cattle, fois gras, sunflowers, walnuts, melons, asparagus, and a vast array of local produce.
There are some vines which produce the local Pinot, a delicious aperitif, but the real wine country is nearby - down to St Emilion and the other Bordeaux estates, and across to the Medoc. Here it is possible to visit some of the famous wine estates and sample the latest harvest. Cognac is also nearby and is home to the famous producers such as Hennessey, Courvoisier and Remy Martin. There are frequent guided tours of the distilleries, and boat excursions along the Charante.
The region boasts its own micro climate claiming the most hours of sunshine outside the Mediterranean area. It is steeped in medieval history with a wealth of 11th and 12 th century churches and chateaux. The Atlantic beaches are an hour away and day excursions to the Arcachon basin, the famous zoo at Royan and fortifications at La Rochelle are well worth the time.
Brossac amenities include a new holiday lakeside facility with an indoor pool, squash court, gym, and spa as well as mini golf and a lakeside beach. The village has a SPAR mini-supermarket, a butcher, a baker and a pharmacy, bank. post office, hair dresser, convenience store garage and petrol station. There is a small Saturday market with fish and local produce. Shops close on Mondays when there is a large colourful market in Chalais (10 k) where you will find all sorts of local produce, fish, wines, clothing, plants, crafts etc. There is a large supermarket in Chalais and a particularly good Leclerc in Barbezieux (15k). There are 'mega' supermarkets in Cognac and Angouleme.
The St Bernard restaurant in Brossac (next to the Roman church) is recommended. It also has an excellent pizza oven and provides takeaways. The lakeside restaurant at the Etang Vallier Resort on the edge of the village is well worth visiting especially on sunny days where you can eat on the large terrace with its views of the lake. The resort offers many summer activities such as archery, trampoline, kayak and boat rentals, hiking, riding etc . All of these ameneties can be viewed on their web site. In addition there is a new squash court and games room.
The 2 all weather tennis court in Brossac can be booked through the pharmacy.
Other excellent restaurants in the area include Le Chateau in the near by village of Chalais, and La Ribaudiere in Cognac. The small, traditional, farm restaurant in the adjacent village of Bardenac is well known locally for its home grown food which is presented without menu on a first come first served basis.
The nearby village of Aubeterre has a vast underground Monolith, a lake and many restaurants. Angouleme is the capital city of the region and hosts many shops and restaurants. It is a beautiful medieval City.