As the views are magnificent, the barn has been arranged with the 3 double bedrooms on the ground floor and the living accommodation, kitchen and dining room upstairs. It has been developed in two halves with a shared foyer and utility room. Currently, the owners live on one side.
The 12 X 6M. swimming pool is totally enclosed and has a shallow end for children but a deep end of 2.5m. It is surrounded by a 3M wide terrace with a changing room,wc and hot shower. There is also a 'fridge for lovely cold drinks and a hi-fi for music while you swim.
There is underwater lighting for those midnight dips!! The garden room is designed for alfresco dining with barbecue and lighting and is shaded with many climbing plants, including a vine, wisteria and passionflower.
The property is in a quiet rural location with an area of 1 acre with plenty of grassy areas for games.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Aubetter-sur-Dronne - River Beach 6 km|
|Nearest Amenities||6 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Angouleme, Bergerac or Bordeaux, Nearest railway: Chalais 15 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool||Shared outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (2), Single beds (4), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Access||Parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
|Further details indoors|
The extremely large kitchen, dining room and lounge area upstairs are open plan with a cathedral ceiling which shows off the striking old oak beams. On this floor there is also a modern shower room with toilet.
The kitchen has an island unit with seating for 4 at a breakfast bar, double oven, gas hob, combination micro wave oven,cooking utensils, crockery ect. and apart from the items listed above, there is a food mixer with blender, a sandwich toaster and coffee maker.
Downstairs, the master bedroom, with double bed, has an en suite shower room, while the other 2 bedrooms share an en suite bathroom. There is a further shower room with toilet off the lounge. Full sized bunk beds are available to sleep children which can be erected in any bedroom. All bedrooms have access to the upper terrace. The arrangement of the bedroom furniture could be changed if required. The bedrooms are equipped with stand fans for those warm evenings and the salon and kitchen have ceiling fans.
|Further details outdoors|
High hedges ensure that the pool is not overlooked and gates, which must be closed for security, ensure that children cannot gain unsupervised access.
There is a hard wood dining table and chairs under a shady awning on the upper terrace and large table and chairs in the barbecue area.
The pool is shared with the owners, but most of the time you could find it unoccupied, although this cannot be guaranteed.
Shared utility room provides access to washing machine and tumble drier, although a dedicated washing rotary airer is also provided in the garden. Welcome pack containing wine, home made bread, cheese etc. is provided.
Owners could be available for help, advise and baby sitting. Depending on weather, swimming pool is usually available for swimming from June to late September.
A well stocked library of English language books is available to guests.
This region is blessed with a microclimate ensuring a high probability of hot sunny days during the summer. It enjoys almost as much sunshine as the south of France. With nearly 100 miles of excellent sandy beaches backed by pine forests within easy reach, plus easy access from the southern channel ports, it is a popular destination for British holidaymakers seeking a sun, sea and sand holiday.
However there is much more to this area than beaches including fortified cities, islands, wetlands and vineyards. Angouleme, the capital is only 42km to the north and is worth a visit for it's Romanesque architecture and excellent restaurants.
Chalais our local market town, which holds it's market day every Monday ,also boasts an excellent restaurant in it's old chateau.
It is worth travelling inland from the coast to see agricultural France at its best as well as some highly rated theme parks such as Puy du Fou and Futuroscope.
Aubeterre is approx. 6 kms. from "La Grange Maranol" and is rated as one of the most beautiful towns in the region - a haven for artists!! It's market is held on Sunday mornings and features local arts, crafts and produce. It also has a puppet show for children and adults alike, but booking is essential. Much of the town is pre-Roman, in particular the Eglise Monolithe, an ancient place of worship in a gigantic cave. There are many restuarant and cafes, many of which are in a beautiful shady square - just the place to while away the afternoon with a coffee or aperitif!! The town is situated on the river Dronne, which has an excellent safe river beach and is excellent for young children. Canoeing and tennis are also available.
Further afield at Lac Jemaye, a half hour's drive away lies another lovely swimming and bathing lake which has been extensively developed recently with restuarants, children's play area's and a nature trail. This is an extremely good place to spend the day, having a picnic under the pine trees.
We are lucky to be situated about 2kms from a nine hole British owned golf course, one of the few in the area. There is also tennis and a bar.
The nearest supermarket is in the nearby town of St. Severin which also has bars and restaurants. Larger supermarkets are in Montmoreau (10mins), Chalais (15mins) and Riberac (20mins)
There are many pleasant walks in the woods adjacent to the barn which are a haven to many varieties of birds and animals, including deer.
Some of the oldest caves with cave paintings in the world are situated about 90mins to the south, in the Dorgogne region close to the ancient town of Perigueux