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Holidays La Vacherie


Excellent 5/5 Score from 2 reviews

Private heated swimming pool for your sole use

Farmhouse | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 5

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Situated in a rural hamlet sample the unhurried French pace of life, the property is a restored stone farmhouse with a sole use heated private swimming pool, very safe with electric security safety cover, just a turn of a key and the swimming pool is safety covered or opened ready for your enjoyment.

There are extensive sunny terraces for sunbathing and relaxing and a shady outdoor covered dining room for your dining al fresco, or lazy warm evenings watching the swallows dip in the pool and evening bird song fill your senses with tranquility. For Autumn to Spring breaks the property benefits from central heating and a wood burning stove for cosy evenings in enjoying a glass or two of regional wine.

There are deliveries of bread to the hamlet and the local restaurant is only minutes away by car, other restaurants, bars, supermarkets are available at Ruffec about 20 mins away by car.

Although rurally situated amenities are within easy reach by car at Ruffec or Civray where there are restaurants, supermarkets, banks, pharmacy. There are also local markets in both towns.

Size Sleeps up to 5, 3 bedrooms
Nearest beach San Marco River beach 10 mins drive or La Rochelle
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car essential
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Angouleme or Poitiers, Nearest railway: Ruffec
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture Single beds (3), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 5
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking
Further details indoors

The house is fully restored and in excellent condition. There are ceramic floor tiles to the ground floor and exposed oak floors to the first floor. The house is well equipped, has central heating for off season breaks and furnished to a high standard. To the ground floor is an open plan kitchen, living room, dining room that is spacious and features a stone fireplace with a wood burning stove, exposed stone walls and exposed beams. The bathrom with seperate cloakroom are also located on the ground floor. The kitchen is modern and well equipped, with new dishwasher. The master bedroom has a king size mahogany sleigh bed, with antique bedside tables and lamps, with adequate space for a child's bed or cot, not supplied, the second bedroom contains two single sleigh beds, the third bedroom is a small single with a short single bed. The house is cool in the hot summer months, (if you remember to keep the doors and windows shut and close the shutters) if you do the British thing and open the windows and doors, it wont be cool it will be boiling!!

Further details outdoors

There is a salt water heated private swimming pool, this is 6m x 4m in size and has Roman steps at the shallow end for easy and safe access. The salt water chlorination system avoids the use of chemical chlorine. The pool has environmentally friendly heating by an air source heat pump taking the heat from the air to heat the water in the pool. The pool heating is included in the rental cost. The pool has an electric security safety cover that both retains the water temperature overnight and is a complying safety cover when closed, the pool is also fenced and gated with a lock. The pool is surrounded by attractive paved terraces. A particular feature is the attractive lighting of the pool and terrace after dark, there is underwater lighting to the pool and subtle lighting incorporated into the terrace for your enjoyment of sundowner drinks. Small lawn area. The property has its own grass field, let the kids go mad, enjoy a game of football, frisbee, or walk your grounds accompanied by a glass of something in the evening. There are two parking spaces on private gravel drive to the front of the property. NEW! The summer dining room now has a wine cooler to chill your wine, beers and soft drinks ready for your enjoyment of pool side drinks and save you the trip to the kitchen fridge, with the added benefit of freeing more room in the kitchen fridge, this will alternatively bring red wine up to temperature if you prefer.

Further details

£100.00 discount per week discount of the above rates for late bookers.

This is a no smoking property. No smoking inside or outside please.

Sorry no pets.

This is a quiet rural hamlet.

Rentals are Saturday to Saturday, unless agreed.

Please vacate before 10.30am, no arrival before 3.00pm please to enable us to prepare your accommodation for you.

A compulsory cleaning charge is payable £55.00 one week / £85.00 two weeks includes house pre and post cleaning and pool pre clean and post clean and pool clean during stay if two weeks or longer.

Local English speaking property management contact available.

Logs for the wood burning stove are supplied.

You need bed linen at this property, not supplied.

PLEASE NOTE - The Swimming pool is closed from November to April.


The Poitou-Charentes/Vendee region

The house is situated in the Poitou-Charentes area said to have its own micro climate and the second sunniest climate in France behind the South Coast. The area has many fields of sun flowers (early summer) and has gently rolling countryside with uncrowded roads and towns with a gentle less hurried pace of life. Not too far away is the fascinating town of Poitiers and Futuroscope theme park, also in the area is Le Vallee Des Singes (monkey park), the walled city of Angouleme with its ancient streets and National Comics and Images Centre or the Chateau de la Rochefoucauld (with its nearby chocolaterie) are in this region.

Go east to discover the porcelain centre in Limoges and the International Folk Music Festival of Confolens. Go west to the beaches of La Rochelle. Go north-west to the 'Green venice' of Marais Poitevin or the Pescalis Fishing Cantre. Go south-west to Cognac for the tours and brandy tasting or the amazing Roman Ampitheatre and town of Saintes. Adventure further by taking the TGV (fast train) from Ruffec to Bordeaux or Paris (just 2hrs) for the day.


A short drive or bike ride takes you to indoor and outdoor pools, river bathing, horse riding, canoes, kayaks, picnic area, a bathing lake with beach, a variety of interesting cafes, bars and excellent restaurants.

A favourite place to visit is the Rejellant, a free entry leisure park by the beautiful Charente river. Based around an old restored water mill. Fish, swimming, swans and ducks, picnic and barbecue, small beach, canoes, kayaks, evening concerts, children's play area.

Also at Villefagnan there is 'Les trois Fontaines' a large fishing and bathing lake, with a beach, set in beautiful natural surroundings of parkland and flowers.

Take a look at the Chateau of Verteuil, the panoramic views at Barro, the medieval church of Ruffec, the silver mines of Melle, the 12th century abbey at St Amant de Boixe, the protected medeival village of Tusson with spectacular gardens and a museum of rural life, the aquatic labyrinth at St Fraigne, restored mills at Condac and Villefagnan, the frescoes in the chapel of Courcome, the International Dance Festival at Mansle (don't miss the Fuchsia gardens), the restored chateau or Bayer, the beautiful Nanteeuil village with arboretum-or just explore: You will find beautiful places, local fetes and festivals and real French life

Ruffec town has three large supermarkets, a family cinema, twice weekly fresh food markets selling organic produce, clubs, interesting old bars, fabulous restaurants, friendly pavement cafes, internet access, indoor swimming pool and tourist information office.

In the house is further information regarding what to do locally.

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Review 1-2 of 2

24 Apr 2013


"Amazing pool!"

We had a wonderful holiday at this cottage. The swimming pool and surrounding areas were spotlessly clean and the lady even came to clean it mid-week. The property was easy to find and we enjoyed leisurely cycle rides around the area every day. We spent most evenings by the well-lit pool, savouring the peace and quiet of the rural surroundings. It was a really relaxing holiday and we would love to return again another year.

21 Sep 2012


"Lovely holiday home"

This holiday home was really lovely. It was clean with comfortable seating and beautifully decorated. The kitchen was well equipped. We spent most of our time in or around the beautiful pool which was a perfect size for us. We found it easily from the directions given to us by the owners (who were very friendly and helpful) and had provided a comprehensive guide on all we needed to know. It is a rural area and we enjoyed the beautiful scenery. We will definitely be going again!

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Calendar last updated:04 Aug 2014

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