Medieval Manor House Holiday Rental, Charente, France
6 Beds, Sleeps 12
Step back in time in this beautifully restored medieval manor house. The house is a traditional Charantaise house 20 minutes from Angouleme town centre, and bordering on the Dordogne. It dates from the 14th Century and is full of character; a unique property sympathetically restored offering all the comforts of the 21st century.
The area is perfect for soaking up the traditional French life. The rivers Tardoire and Charente are both within easy reach for a variety of water sports, The Tardoine at Montbron particularly good for canoeing and fly fishing. There are numerous lakes in the area where sailing and swimming can be enjoyed.
A large country style kitchen, fully equipped for cooking, eating and making drinks including a coffee maker. The kitchen is through a wide arch from the hall and is very large with space to cook and seat 12 at a monastery style table.
The hall is large with a dresser, a bench, a coat rack and plenty of room for shoes/boots and outdoor wear with a downstairs lavatory.
The Lounge leads off the hall, two large leather sofa’s with reclining feet rests, and other chairs to comfortable sit 12 people. The main feature is the 13th century fireplace which you can almost walk in to. A great room to sit and relax, read or play games together. The large double windows let natural light in and looks out on to the Veranda.
The Dining room leads off the lounge through a large arch. The furniture is in keeping and there is a delightful dresser. A doorway leads on to the terrace that surrounds the house to either access outdoor eating or the grounds.
The four double bedrooms in the main house are furnished with French antique furniture and comfortably sleep 11 people.
Three rooms are enormous and one smaller room. The master bedroom has a King bed and the other three double beds, one room has an additional single bed and the family room additional bunk beds. One of the rooms features a grand open fireplace.
The stone walls keep the rooms cool in summer and retain the heat in winter. Each room benefits from the views across the countryside and across the 1 acre of gardens.
The rooms have wooden shutters that can be closed to shut out the light, for morning lie in’s and children’s naps. Stone window seats are a perfect place to sit to enjoy the sunshine and views. The river that borders the property has a weir which can be quietly heard rushing in the background.
In addition, there are 2 double beds in the Gite and Atelier.
Beautiful, spacious gardens
There are superb views of the surrounding countryside and the river Bandiat meanders along the two sides of the property.
The courtyard’s by the house and gite has parking for 6 cars. . A grassed raised area gives depth to the property, and as you walk down to the grounds you pass the Cave and can access the laundry room. This outside area may be secured by closing wooden gates for dogs or small children.
The Terrace surrounding the Manor House or the BBQ building are a calm oasis in the heat of the summer, ideal to sit in the shade. A raised walled garden outside the games room and at the bottom of steps descending from the kitchen provides an ideal place for small children to play and a stone, tiled table for alfresco dining.. The walled garden may be secured by closing the gates. The 1 acre grounds are home to established trees, fruit trees and shrubs. The field is ideal for sport, there is a trampoline and in the games room games equipment. By the river at the top of the grounds is a small stone, tiled table for picnics, close to the weir that bubbles close by.
The exterior of the house is unusual and interesting and creates a lovely backdrop while enjoying the outdoor life.
” We had a fantastic time at Rochepine and will be going back again next year. We hired it and ran a yoga retreat using the outdoor barbecue area as a yoga studio which was so amazing, especially with the fire going in the early mornings. Breakfast served after on the veranda and a swim in the pool. The guests all had a lovely time. The communal areas comfortably seated us all and there are plenty of spaces to escape for a bit of privacy if required. Lovely to hear the sound of the small river running around the garden of Rochepine. A perfect place to relax.”
Features of Rochepine Manoir
Lounge & Dining Room
WiFi & Satellite
Sitting Out Rooms
The Local Area
From historic towns and cities; to wine & cognac tasting; to sun, sand and swimming to active outward bound activities the area around Rochepine Manoir has it all.
The area surrounding Rochepine Manoir is perfect for getting a taste of quintessential French way of life. This is the heartland of French gastronomy, Wine, Cognac, of local fresh produce bought at the many markets, of rolling fields of Sunflower ripening in the sun, of vineyards, of forests and lakes.
The rivers Charente, Tardoire and Bandiat all feed the area with their life blood and also provide for a great leisure resource for Sailing, Canoeing , Fishing, Swimming or just simply messing about in the water.
Historical Cities – Angouleme, Brantome, Periguex close by
Perfect Manoir to rent for the Circuit des Remparts (plenty parking classic cars)
Famous Cognac and Bordeaux for tours & wine tasting
Periguex, capital of Dordogne
Chateaux Experience – Leonardo da Vinci Staircase in La Rochefoucauld
Rivers Tardoire and Charente
Numerous lakes with Sandy beaches and water sports
Beautiful coastal beaches within 2 hours
Outdoor Activities, from cycling, canoeing and golf
Wine & Cognac
Bucket & Spade
OR closer to home within 30 minutes of the Manoir is St Estephe with its lake and manmade sandy beach, little cafés and restaurants by the lake to relax by while kids swim and play
Or combine with a Waterpark with shoots with The Grande Prairie lake near Angouleme with its’ water sports and manmade sandy beach.
20 minutes away maybe enjoy Canoeing or Kayaking spending a half day or day (with a picnic) sculling the Tardoire river in the sun.
15 minutes away there is a Championship Level Go Karting Circuit. Or how about swinging the clubs at the 18 hole courses close by and you rent clubs too.
For Availability please contact Kathleen & Simon Home or fill in the form.