La Roche Chalais holiday gite rental with beach/lake nearby and log fire and rural retreat

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Gite / 4 bedrooms / sleeps 8 Home 227199

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Gite / 4 bedrooms / sleeps 8

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 100 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

We are offering you the chance to immerse yourself in a truly rural environment with onsite lakes (3 in all), woodland and pastures. You can ,if you wish, visit Chateaux, caves, vinyards and colourful bustling local markets, or you can rest "sur place" and enjoy Le Vignaud, or both. We have been welcoming holiday makers to Le Vignaud for 20 years and a large proportion of our bookings each year are people returning. We enjoy meeting you and hope you will feel the same about us.

It is a great place for a family holiday, but retired folk also seem to enjoy what we have to offer. we have raised our 5 children here and they still come back for holidays ecery year.

Size Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms
Rooms 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites
Nearest beach Royan 100 km
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 3 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Bergerac or Bordeaux 65 km, Nearest railway: St Aigulin 6 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Boat available
General Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Furniture Double beds (1), Single beds (6), Cots (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Private fishing lake or river
Access Parking, Suitable for people with restricted mobility, Not suitable for wheelchair users
Further details indoors

All of the rooms bar one bedroom are on the ground floor making it suitable for aged or disabled visitors. The kitchen has a log burning stove as does the lounge. There is a good sized, toddler proof garden and we provide garden furniture and barbeque

Further details

We a require a 20% deposit at the time of booking and the balance 1 month before the start of the holiday together with a £100 refundable breakages deposit

The Dordogne region

The Dordogne is the most northerly of the Departments making up Aquitaine. It is diverse and essentially rural. The east of the Dept. is known for its "villages perches" often fortified as this region was fought over by the French and the English for 100 years. There are dozens of chateaux varying from the grand to the humble, the famous pre history sites of Lascaux and many lovely riverside towns. Here in the west of the dept., the countryside is a mix of wood and pastureland, a comfortable landscape with lovely rivers (The Dronne, The Lisle) and a myriad of small lakes or Etangs as the French call them. Small local towns abound and their market days are a favourite with locals and visitors alike.

Further afield in Aquitaine are the world renowned vineyards of Bordeaux and many of the chateaux welcome visitors and sell their wines direct to the public.

The Atlantic coast is about 1 hour 40 minutes away. It has miles of sandy beaches at good surf. The Dune de Pilat, close to the bay of Arcachon, is reckoned to be the largest sand dune in Europe.

La Roche Chalais

La Roche Chalais has the advantage of being a working town. It has two small but successful local industries providing employment for 600 people which means the town is alive all the year round, unlike some of the more picturesque towns and villages of the east of the dept., where massive influx of outsiders buying properties but not being resident means that many towns and villages become "ghost towns" outside the summer holiday season and have lost their essentially French character. Like the "native" locals, we live here all the year round and are part of a vital community. In, or very close to La Roche Chalais are a cinema, tennis courts, swimming pool, canoeing and horse riding. The town has two good supermarkets as well as a butchers, 3 bakers and two restaurants. Several other restaurants are within 10KM.

There are waymarked walks and bike trails allowing access to the forests and lakes.

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Review 1-6 of 6

25 Nov 2012


"A perfect place for a family holiday."

This is our fifth time at Le Vignaud...we have not looked anywhere else since we first came here! The Handley family are natural hosts, while the area is beautiful and the houses are well maintained. Porcherat was renovated last winter and now provides even better facilities including a lovely open plan kitchen/living area. The lake can provide a lively centre for families to meet; with a diving board, boats, canoes and a pedalo - or just space to quietly sit and read a book. Sometimes we have taken a couple of houses and had a fabulous holiday with extended family or friends - other times we have just enjoyed each others company and those who happen to be down at the lake at the same time as us.

26 Oct 2012


"It`s France,Jim, as we love it......."

Every picture tells a story but couldn't do justice to Le Vignaud.Tranquil countryside,good,traditional but individualistic accommodation ....and lakes to offer safe activity for all.Relax down on the farm or explore the wider area,things of interest abound within easy range...including the big-city fix of Bordeaux if you need it. Roger , Sally and family offer a warm welcome, in their inimitable way...another plus! Beware, though.Stay here and you may need to return,often.We have.

16 Sep 2012


"Wonderful,relaxing and funfilled French holiday with load for kids and adults alike."

We were lucky enough to travel to Le Vignaud with friends who were staying in one of the other houses,as they do most years. We stayed at the Doll's House which was perfect for our family of 4. All beautifully kept with everything we could need and a very relaxed feel. The lake is a huge attraction as it provides a beautiful area for swimming,boating,canooing and fishing. The property and surrounding area is perfect for cycling and we also managed to do some very reasonable horse riding very close by which was a new experience for our children. The farm itself was also great for the kids as they were able to feed the sheep and go on a tractor ride and the owners were incredibly friendly,helpful and relaxed. The propery is well situated in a quiet area but is close to the local vilage making shopping easy and also to many beautiful villages which were interesting to visit. We thouroughly enjoyed our stay and feel is offered everything we could have asked for!

12 Sep 2012


"This is a wonderful, peaceful, beautiful place for a family holiday"

This was our third visit and as usual we had a great time. There is something for every age group and if the 'outdoors' is your thing then you will love it. There is good fishing, lovely walks through the woods, cycling in the nearby lanes and swimming in the lake. Roger and Sally are great hosts with lots of good ideas for days when you cant decide what to do. Further afield there are plenty of towns and villages to visit and a market everyday within 20 miles if that is what you want. The Gites are comfortable and well modernised, and if you are adventurous enough then you can camp a night out on the island. We would recommend this holiday whole heartedly.

12 Sep 2012


"La France Profonde at its best!"

We have returned to Le Vignaud many times over the years, and have stayed in all the holiday properties on the farm which we have always found to be clean, comfortable and well-equipped. It is a delightfully peaceful spot with easy access to a wide range of attractions in the area for days out, with the tempting prospect of a swim in the lake on your return. Roger and Sally are the perfect hosts - always on hand when needed but respectful of guests' privacy.

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      • 3 Years listed

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      Calendar last updated:17 Apr 2014

      Based in France

      Languages spoken
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