|Property type||chateau / country house|
|Minimum Stay||3 - 30 nights|
The house will comfortably sleep sixteen people, configured to accommodate eight adults and older children (mid/late teens up), six children up to mid-teens, and at least two little ones in cots. It would be physically possible to fit in a couple more small children in cots, but only two cots will be provided at the property. There is plenty of suitable space in the garden for a tent, if extra visitors wanted to camp.
All you need to do is bring yourselves and your clothes and toothbrushes, and pretty much everything else you could need will be available at the house, including everything needed for babies and children. There is a wide selection of books, games, outdoor toys, and sports equipment, as well as two cots in the storeroom, sterilisers, nappy bins, changing mats, baby baths, toddler rails, etc., and all the various beakers, baby plates and cutlery for babies, similar for toddlers, and plenty of spare linen for the cots in case of accidents, as well as a first aid kit and basic medicines in a locked cabinet.
The house is set in approximately 2.5 acres of grounds, with fantastic views over the valley. There is a new, 10 x 5 metre saline system swimming pool with Roman steps - so suitable for small children - and a huge terrace surrounding it, fully fenced and alarmed for safety. Beside the pool is a lovely pool-house with a wet-room and summer kitchen. Surrounding two sides of the house is a large decked area with a gas barbeque and an outdoor dining table facing the pool. A pretty garden seat is positioned in the middle of the other elevation, to take advantage of the views. There is also a vast balcony accessed from double doors in each of the two upstairs bedrooms, with spectacular views over the valley, lovely for an aperitif in the evening. Between the pool-house and the house is a good-sized lawn, ideal for short tennis, or other games, the equipment for all of which are provided.
There will be a vegetable garden so you can pick whatever's ready to go with your dinner, and a well-stocked herb garden.
The kitchen is fully-fitted and equipped to an excellent standard, so if you enjoy cooking, you will be able to go wild!
In all, it is all designed to make travelling with your children as stress-free and fun as possible.
I fell in love with this area when I first came to visit friends who had moved here from the UK in 2003, and my children and I have visited every year at least once a year ever since. When I first saw this house, it was only partly-built, and the builder had run out of money, but the views were so spectacular, I couldn't resist it. It's been a real labour of love, and now it is finished needs to be enjoyed!
I stayed at Le Remard for 5 days in early August. The house is in a wonderfully peaceful, quiet area, with a quaint little village just 5 min walk up the road for fresh bakery and essentials. A larger town a short drive away has everything else you could possibly need, if its not already at the house.
The house is just like the photos. The rooms are as big & spacious as they appear in the pictures. The finishing is high quality with attention to details, and looks as gorgeous as the pictures portray. It’s a lovely home away from home, with a comfortable, homey feel. The pool is divine for a refreshing dip on a warm day. I sat out by the pool daily enjoying the morning sun. It was so tranquil. Just wonderful.
We spent a week at Le Ramard at the end of August. We were two families with children ranging from 11 to 1. We all had a wonderful time. The house is exceptionally well equipped - it is true that you don't need to pack anything apart from clothes, sunscreen and toothbrush/paste. There was everything there which we needed for our young children including a cot with bedding/highchair/sippy cups/cutlery/toys/books etc which made everything much less stressful and quicker to pack and unpack. The lake is only a 10 minute walk away and kept us and the children entertained all day. We took our own inflatable stand up paddle board and kayak and put them on the water with ease. The lake wasn't crowded but there were enough people to give it some holiday atmosphere. We also spent lazy afternoons at the pool. There is a pool house with inflatables/games etc and enough sun loungers and parasols for us all to unwind. The pool was also alarmed. Brossac is within walking distance and we walked to pick up our pastries in the mornings and had a lovely meal in the restaurant one evening. Overall we felt like we had had a 'real holiday' and came back relaxed. The house is beautifully renovated (and we only used half the rooms!) and we will definitely be back!!
Immaculately clean property, equipped with everything (and more) you will need for your holiday. Literally need to pack clothes and toothbrush. Beautiful salt water swimming pool with a fully stocked pool room containing plenty of loungers and parasols with inflatables and outdoor games for the children. Shower room and toilet by the pool. Fantastic attention to detail to make your stay perfect. Beautiful, peaceful location. 5 minute walk to Brossac swimming lake, clubhouse, restaurant and Brossac village. I would highly recommend this property, would love to go back.
What a great stay we had, was so happy to see that the house is actually even nicer than the photos, which is really unusual.
We didn't do very much as it was only a week's stay, but we didn't really need to, the house is set up so well and the pool is gorgeous, )and no chlorine smell, which was lovely)
The barbeque got a good workout, and the kitchen has almost everything you could think of.
The garden is obviously quite new, so the plants are all quite small, but there are roses and lavender, herbs and vegetables in the vegetable plot, which was a nice touch, so we could pick courgettes, lettuces, beans, tomatoes and peppers to go with supper. I gather they are planting more all the time, so I am sure next year the garden will be even better. The views are amazing from every angle.
It's lovely and quiet, and virtually no light pollution, so it was a really relaxing stay. I'm sure we'll be back again.
We stayed in this property for a month, while friends came and went. It's about an hour from Bordeaux, which is well worth several visits.
The property easily caters for larger groups or a family of 4. We had at least 6 and at the most 10.
The salt water pool was a hit with everyone and stays lovely and cool even on the hottest days. There is a large garden and a safety alarm on the pool.
The house is very well equipped and as we cooked most days I was very grateful for lots of crockery and cutlery so we could take advantage of the two dishwashers. The beds were comfortable and bedrooms airy and clean.
There a fantastic playroom for younger children, with a more adult sitting room, not that we used it much as we social end outside most evenings. The stars at night are amazing as there is very little light pollution.
Lots to do locally, we went kayaking on the rivers, played in the lakes, visited some lovely local restaurants and towns to visit (Aubettere was our favourite i think!) we ventured to Royan beach and had several trips into Bordeaux for walk around, excellent shopping and loads for fantastic restaurants.
As we arrived late at night the house manager met us with a lovely gift basket of wine, cheese, butter, bread, milk etc to ensure we had something to eat on arrival. It's in a wonderful rural location but most shops/ supermarkets are within a 15 mins drive. As a local told me everything in France is at least 15 mins away!!
There are plenty of towels and linen and even shower gels/ shampoos/ conditioners even extra sun cream and insect repellent on hand for your use. The medical cabinet was also packed full of emergency bits in case you get caught short. You could literally come with a small bag for the whole family!!
Overall this a fab place for a family or a few families to enjoy a lovely holiday.
We loved Le Lemard fab house lots of space beautiful views from the stunning pool . Great entertainment areas and the kitchen had everything you could possibly need. A must if your looking for that perfect large family / friends holiday will definately be back
The village is about five minutes’ walk and has a market and plenty of shops and other services: banking, pharmacy, post office, hairdressers, tabac, bakeries, convenience store, butcher, garage and petrol station and a very nice pizza restaurant.
The village centre also has 2 tennis courts that can be rented by popping into the Pharmacy. For more intense shopping, the town of Chalais is only about ten minute’s drive, and has a good Intermarché supermarket, and all the usual shops you’d expect in a small town, as well as a superb restaurant called le Relais du Chateau, perched high above the town, and a very friendly restaurant called la Bonne Humeur in the centre where Fernando does a mean steak on the outdoor grill and a fabulous creme brulee for pudding!
Ten minutes’ walk from the house in the other direction from the village, you'll also find the Etang Vallier lake complex, where there is a lovely man-made beach surrounding the lake; you can sunbathe, swim, fish or picnic, and for a very small fee can hire kayaks to use on the lake, play mini golf, table tennis or squash, swim in the indoor pool, little children can play on the equipment or you can have a drink, ice cream, meal or snack at the bar/restaurant. On Friday there is happy hour where all the activities are free so the children can play while you relax in the bar, and chat to the very friendly locals, French, British ex-pats and a few Dutch and other assorted nationalities.
There are biking and hiking trails all around through gorgeous countryside, and many of these also have little adventure trails with monkey bars, climbing frames etc., for children.
The Dordogne, Charente Maritime, and Aquitaine are each no more than 15 minutes away. It is a beautiful rural (or, by French standards, semi-rural) area, with woodland, farms, vines and sunflowers everywhere you look. Lovely towns like Bordeaux, Cognac, St Emilion, and Angoulème are all within very easy access by car, and there is a huge amount to do in the area, if you’ve had enough of relaxation; historical areas to visit, museums and galleries and a multitude of water-parks, sports facilities and children’s activities within a short drive. There are many excellent restaurants in the area, some incredibly good value for money. The weather in the area is amongst the best that can be found in France, with the second highest annual level of sunshine in the country.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||$743|
All cancellations must be written, I will confirm in writing for your insurance.
Cancellations will be charged as a % of the final booking cost as follows:
The security deposit will be returned and
More than 21 days notice: Admin charge of £100
14 days to 21 days notice: 25%
7 days to 13 days' notice: 50%
48 hours' to 6 days' notice: 75%
Less than 48 hours' notice: 100%
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.