Rural location on the beautiful Charente/Dordogne border in rolling countryside
About Charlotte Patricio
I live and work in England with my husband and two children. We have fallen in love with this beautiful region of France and spend all our holidays at La Grande Orangerie.
Charlotte Patricio purchased this House in 2010
Why Charlotte Patricio chose Charras
We purchased La Grande Orangerie in 2010 after spending our holiday at the Chateau the previous two years. We instantly fell in love with the beauty and tranquillity of the Chateau grounds and the stunning fields of sunflowers and rolling countryside which the area has to offer. Each time we stay at the La Grande Orangerie we find new places to explore, whether it is another Chateau to visit, caves to explore or new cycle path to conquer, and that is the beauty of the area in that there is so much to see and do. Our two children (now ages 12 and 10) both learnt to ride their bikes during our holidays at the Chateau and enjoy swimming in the pool and having the freedom of the grounds to play.
What makes this House unique
The great benefit of La Grande Orangerie is the magnificent 5 acres of grounds and the fabulous views from the property across the Charente/Dordogne border. The village of Charras has a boulongerie for those freshly baked morning croissants, and a grocery store, all within a two minutes walk of the Chateau.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Relaxing, gorgeous oasis!!
This place is so enchanting and away from the craziness & noise of the cities. I could see the nobles riding on horses down the path of arched trees in my head! The hosts provided fresh baguettes, cheese and local wine upon our arrival. The chateau had everything we could possibly need and was located within an hour of many fun, interesting places to tour. This is the place for you if you want to experience low key charm, serene beauty and peace. Even though it was a major heat wave, the building was cool and fans were provided to help. The roses and other flowers and trees on the grounds were amazing and breathtaking! And there was a local friendly dog and cat to ease the homesick feeling my kiddos had, missing their pets! The pool was clean and refreshing. Thank you for a beautiful, relaxing vacation!!
Rural relaxation in a well equipped and spacious property.
We were blown away by the beauty of the location within the grounds of a pretty chateau. The property was generously proportioned and equipped for the nine adults and teens in our group. It was a great place to bring a (fairly) grown up family for a relaxing, away from it all holiday. No bored teenagers - tennis, swimming, ping-pong and WiFi!
Perfect French Getaway
The Orangerie has everything you need for a great holiday with friends & family - spacious accommodation, fantastic master bedroom, plenty of toys (indoor & out) and UK TV. The Chateau grounds are a lovely setting - green, peaceful & private and very well looked after. Swimming pool, table tennis, a local shop, the obligatory Boulangerie - everything you need! Charras is well located for visiting nearby villages & towns plus bigger trips if you're staying a while!
Fantastic House and Gounds
Lovely property, very spacious and decorated and furnished very tastefully. Massive lounge with several very comfy sofas and comfy chairs to chill out in the evening. A good selection of books and games for the children.
Views out of the windows were exceptional and the countryside amazing.
Bedrooms were also very spacious with good quality bedding and everything spotlessly clean.
We made good use of the bicycles, tennis rackets, and bowls set. Nice area at the back where we had several barbeques.
Grounds were beautiful and although the swimming pool was close until 1st May, it looked very nice and well maintained.
We walked around the village a couple of times and this was very pleasant.
People living in various properties on the Chataeux were very helpful and friendly.
Using the car we visited Angouleme and Brantome which we loved.
We would definately come back again
The beautiful lakes of the Upper Charente are 45 minutes drive which offer canoeing, rowing or peddling on the lake, 18 holes of crazy golf, a small play area, beach volley ball net and beach side restaurant. There is also the picturesque town of Aubeterre which is 45 minutes away with a river and small beach. Further a field is the coastal town of Royan (2 hours); the beautiful port town of La Rochelle (2.5 hours) with an old harbour, beach and fabulous seafood restaurants; and Lacanau Ocean with beautiful sandy beaches and beach side restaurants.
By air: Limoges 1 hour 20 minutes; Bergerac 1 hour and 30 minutes; Bordeaux 2 hours; La Rochelle 2 hours and 30 minutes; and Tours 3 hours.
By ferry/road: St Malo and Caen 5 hours drive; Calais 8 hours drive.
Rail: Eurostar to Paris 3 hours and TGV Paris to Angouleme 4 hours.
Brantome is a beautiful riverside town with a mill and weir - 32km away; Boudeilles is a picturesque village with its own Chateau - 40km; Grottes de Villas are spectacular caves - 47km; Angouleme with its abundance of restaurants,shops and cafes - 28km; Riberac has a fabulous Friday morning market - 39km;
Grand Etang de la Jemaye is a beautiful lake and beach resort 55km- (16km from Riberac);
Lakes of Upper Charente and Adventure Parc - 38km; Marthon 10km of flat cycle path through woodland - 9km
The region has a micro-climate and benefits from 2,400 sunshine hours a year and is the hottest and sunniest place of the whole Atlantic coast. Wake up early in the morning to see the most beautiful sunrise from your window and look up at night to see an amazing star filled sky. There is something for everyone close at hand with lots of interesting places to visit. For children, there are lakes and beaches with pedalows and canoeing; Nautilius, a large leisure centre, has an Olympic size pool, lazy river, water sides (in door and out) wave pool and rapids for a great day out; Adventure Parc with tree top adventures such as rope bridges, rope ladders and monkey bridges. For adults, there are endless Chateaus, museums, cognac distilleries, churches and an abundance of pretty French towns to visit, not forgetting the great food and wine to be sampled. Local markets can be found every day which offer local produce and tasty gastronomic delights. For all ages, there are ample opportunities for cycling, either off road or on the quiet country roads, and rambling in the Foret d’Horte and surrounding area. After a day of sightseeing or activities, you can return to the tranquillity of the Chateau for a dip in the pool, game of tennis, or unwind with a chilled glass of wine in one hand and a good book in the other. Bliss!! We hope you enjoy the fine cuisine and wines of the region and the places of interest in this beautiful part of France.