'Le Manoir du Chateau' is a magnificent Napoleon III (Empire style) house, built in 1870 as the original stable &
carriage house to the nearby chateau.
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Now converted to a very high standard, it accommodates 8 in comfort, & benefits from:
THE LARGE HEATED INDOOR POOL,
PRIVATE FENCED TENNIS COURT, &
EXTENSIVE & VARIED GROUNDS OF 54 ACRES / 22 HECTARES WITH RIVER.
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Unusually for a period French property, the lounge/dining room is exceptionally bright due to the large windows & doors (all double glazed). As well as the verandah, there are patio areas front & rear, & your own private garden.
Apart from the spacious well-equipped kitchen, you have a choice of charcoal & gas barbecues, as well as a substantial rustic affair, for which plenty of wood can be found nearby!
Dogs, if well-behaved, are welcome, provided details agreed in advance. We have a friendly border collie.
Sorry, no smoking in the property.
The delight is the very rural location, yet at the same time, you can walk to the centre of Chalandray in less than 15 minutes. Our long tree-lined drive opens onto the N149 (actually the main road between the medieval market towns of Parthenay & Poitiers), so you have no worries about finding us, or indeed getting lost down country lanes (unless you want to!).
In the village there is a SPAR shop/post office, baker, library, and bar restaurant. The bar restaurant has recently re-opened following refurbishment, and provides very good & imaginative food at a very reasonable price. One of the reasons we left England to live in France is French cuisine, so we are pleased to have this so close. Nearby, in fact neighbouring, is another chateau, built in 1458 and restored in recent years by the current owners. It is open to the public at certain times. Our chateau was built around 1870 as the count who lived in that one wanted somewhere more comfortable!
Your home for your holiday has been renovated with quality & elegance as keynotes. Modern, but with all the character of days gone by. Whilst you admire the furniture, you will appreciate that the emphasis is on antique, not Ikea.
The choice is yours! You can dine formally under the chandelier and beautifully painted ceiling, at a 19th century Henri II table. Champagne ice bucket on stand for your convenience! Or enjoy the sun, or sunset, in the verandah, where another table and eight chairs await. There is a large table in the kitchen as well, perhaps for an intimate breakfast or chat amongst friends over coffee, whilst you plan your day's entertainment. Or why not eat outside? A new large teak table & chairs with parasol is ready for your use.
What to do afterwards? Laze by the pool, or nearby on the terrace? Lounger, garden chair, steamer...your choice. Anyone for tennis?! Swim? A different walk to the one you enjoyed yesterday? Use the gym equipment? Boules/petanque? Table tennis or table football? Traditional board game or jigsaw puzzle? Read a book, or go fishing? All this without leaving the property.
Heated indoor pool. The pool is U-shaped and VERY large, equivalent in area to a rectangular pool 15.5 x 6 metres! Around two thirds of the pool is 1.6 metres (5' 2') deep, with a sloping section to the other third, which is 1.2 metres (3' 11') deep. The pool has a jacuzzi facility. There is gym equipment provided, including a Tony Little Gazelle cross trainer. Also a bar...you supply the drinks!
The pool house roof is glazed and south facing so a lovely bright environment...and of course, no worries if it starts raining. Furthermore there are huge sliding windows on 3 of the 4 sides of the pool house. So you can enjoy the benefits of an outside pool without the wind, dust and other inconveniences. Roman steps one end, ladders the other. You have primary and exclusive use each day at times to be agreed. If you like, you can also swim in the evening, or even at night; the pool house has lighting, and there is submerged lighting in the pool itself.
The poolhouse has a fixed shower area, plus an enclosed toilet & washhand basin, complete with hair dryer. The pool house is equipped with substantial dehumidifiers which also operate as heaters. So the pool truly can be used, very comfortably, all year round.
Terrace/patio area, between the pool and the tennis court. Loungers and chairs etc provided.
Tennis court, fully fenced & marked out.
Table tennis also available, & boules. 'Babyfoot' football game, adult size, in the verandah.
Possibility of use of full-size French billiard (billard) table in the billiard room of the chateau.
Possibility of use of disco (yes, really!) in the cellar of the chateau. Subject to immediate closure if annoyance caused to ourselves or B&B guests.
Free wifi available, but please note this is rural France & internet speed is slow, & the connection can be intermittent.
Fishing (you will need a permit, now available online): the River Vendelogne is at the bottom of the hill, and is Category 1 for trout fishing. You will need your own equipment.
Birdwatching: there are a fantastic variety of birds here, and there is a hide in the woods for your use.
Mainly woodland but a good deal of pasture too. We have deer, rabbits & foxes. If you like horses you will be in for a treat as a neighbour grazes 30-40 endurance (lovely, mainly arab) horses on my land. If you like fishing, birdwatching, or just walking, you will enjoy it here.
There are several, and surprisingly varied, walks on our land alone (we have a different walk for every day of the week!). These are mainly rides that the count laid out to enjoy whilst riding his horse, doubtless accompanied by the countess and their children. We recently discovered another one, that has become overgrown; see if you can find it; or perhaps there's another we haven't found! You can have flat, hilly, wooded (various), open country and riverside. Walk in the sun, or in the shade, whichever you prefer.