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Chez Dornat - Stunning restored farmhouse with 6 bedrooms and large private pool

Sleeps14
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms1
Space 3,013 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Perfect holiday for stargazing and sunsets

"Chez Dornat" is a large traditionally restored luxurious farmhouse, furnished and equipped to a high standard, whilst maintaining the traditional French charm and character of the Charentaise region. The property has 6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a large lounge containing a wood burner, library, and TV with Freest and DVD player.

The fabulous country kitchen, is fully equipped, and was hand build and custom made, with a dining area that seats 14 people.

Downstairs there are 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Upstairs there are a further 3 bedrooms and a bathroom. All bedrooms have a fabulous outlook over the private pool and pretty front garden.

Outside there are large private gardens, a meadow, a BBQ and a lovely enclosed private 12 x 5 meter swimming pool that is not shared and is fully alarmed. There is also a games barn to keep the youngsters amused with Ping-Pong, pool table, air hockey, baby football table, and there is a fitness area for adults containing fitness books and cross trainers.

A short walk takes you into the ancient village of Fontaine Chalendray, which has a beautiful ancient church.

There is the forest of Aulnay nearby to explore and to cycle through. About 10 km away, there is a family friendly lake which has a sandy beach safe swimming area, set in a park for picnics. Nearby there are other lakes as well as this one for fishing.

It is an easy drive to bars and restaurants, shops and Châteaux and a whole host of tourist attractions in the area, and stunning towns like La Rochelle, Saint and Cognac to explore.

A beautiful house in a fantastic calm setting with a superb private swimming pool that can be heated at additional cost and by prior arrangement.........what more could you ask for!

On arrival you will find fresh linen, a regular patisserie delivery, books, games, satellite TV, Wi-Fi and a baby sitting service.

Electricity and gas are included in the rental charge, as is the bed linen.

For full details please visit www.chezdornat.com.

More Details

Owner
Karen Turner
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french
Calendar last updated:
October 17, 2017

About Karen Turner

For many years we holidayed in France before we decided to settle here in 2003.

As a family we knew what we wanted when we rented a property.... a private pool, a quality property with all amenities, set in stunning countryside... so this is what we have set out to archive for our guests. From all the many clients' comments we have had and the reaction to the property on arrival we feel we have archived our goal.

Now our sons have left home, Karen my wife and i live on the farm and are here to help you with any inquiries and questions about were to go and what to do. We have tried most of the restaurants, bistro's and attractions in the region just to give our guests an insight into the best and worst!

We respect your privacy, but if and when you need advice we are here.

Karen Turner purchased this farmhouse in 2000

Why Karen Turner chose Charente-Maritime

We settled for this area, after touring much of France because of the natural beauty of the region, from the long sandy beaches at La Rochelle to the west, to fine Cognac houses to the south, Futurescope and many lovely towns to the north and the chateaux to the east.

What makes this farmhouse unique

we do not live where there are streetlights so the stars really shine.

we have made sure that you have everything you could need to enjoy your holiday

Guestbook comments from the owner

‘Leaves nothing to be desired, spacious, delightful property and wonderful pool’ Mr Booth.



‘Wonderful relaxing holiday house and pool everything you could wish for’ Mrs Gamon.



‘Best property we have ever stayed in just perfect’ Mr & Mrs Hayward
Mar 2010
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Map

Nearest Airport
55 Miles
La Rochelle
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Nere
Nearest Train
25 Miles
St Jean d'Angley
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nere or Romaziere
Nearest Beach
50 Miles
La Rochelle
Car: necessary

Regular street markets and supermarkets are to be found in nearby villages. The nearest shop, cafe and bars and restaurants are to be found in the next village of Néré, which is about 1.5 miles away. Other nearby towns are Matha (15mins), Aulnay (15 mins), Cognac (30mins), Angoulême (45mins) and La Rochelle (1hr).

The west coast of France is famous for its Mediterranean climate, long sandy beaches, glorious islands and stunning coastlines, from La Rochelle and Rochefort (50mins away) down to Talmont (the village of flowers) approximately 1 hour away.

There is a lovely lake, Le Gours, approx 10mins drive, perfect for a picnic, in which you can fish and it has a designated area for swimming. Thought the summer they open a small refreshment area offering food and drinks

There is a local bakery delivery service 3-4 days per week.

The Charente Maritime region is famous for its beautiful scenery, stunning countryside, riverside villages and sun drenched sandy beaches.

The forest of Fontaine Chalendray and Aulnay are 5min drive 10 mins by bike away - an ideal place to ride and walk. Bikes are available to hire, delivered to your door.

Local towns

Cognac - Famous for its drink, has tours of the cognac houses, boat trips, festivals, markets, lovely shops, many bars and restaurants to relax and enjoy superb cuisine and fine wines.

Saintes - Another lovely town set on the banks of the Charentaise River with a real French feel, boat hire, street markets, shops and lots of restaurants, festival and lots more - well worth a visit.

La Rochelle - A fantastic seaside city, boasting night markets, street entertainment, a huge choice of restaurants and attractions, in this lovely old historic port.

Markets and Brocantes

There are numerous markets and brocantes local to the area, taking place throughout the year. Cognac, St Jean d'Angely, Ruffec, Aigre, Mansle, Jarnac, Chatelaillon, Pons, Saintes, Pont l'Abbe, and our nearest town Aulnay have markets selling local produce and general goods regularly every week.

La Rochelle have a daily market in the town center, offering fresh fish and produce.

Nearby Matha offers on the 1st Friday of every month a very large market taking up most of the town.

Macqueville have one of the few night markets open between 6pm - 11pm.

Surgeres hold a vast outdoor market for fresh grown produce and livestock every third Tuesday of every month.

Rouillac have one of the biggest markets in the region on the 27th of every month, closing many of the roads though out the town, selling everything from local produce to tractors!

Attractions

Maison du Cognac: There are a number of big-name Cognac houses in both Cognac and Angoulême. You can arrange to visit Hennessy, Courvoisier and Remy Martin to name only a few. There they can give you a tour of the houses that produce the famous Cognacs they are known for, take a train ride around the vineyards, and have tasting sessions demonstrating how their Cognacs compliment a range of canapés prepared by specially trained chefs.

Les Antilles Water Park in Jonzac is an indoor aquatic center in Jonzac, one of the largest in Europe, offering swimming, slides, toboggans, indoor beaches, a spa and a great restaurant.

Futuroscope theme park is approximately 1 hour away offering a range of activities, including rides, 3D films, 4D effects taking you everywhere from surfing gigantic waves to whizzing into outer space, and more.

Paléosite in Saint-Césaire is the site of a 1979 archaeological dig where you can dig and enjoy exhibits, which tell of how the Neanderthals lived.

There are many museums nearby, ranging from the Comic Book museum in Angoulême, to the Musée Napoléon on the island of Île-d'Aix, where the man himself lived. There is a working lighthouse in La Rochelle boasting stunning views… if you can manage the 257 steps!

There are several zoos in the area, including La Vallée des Singes (The Valley of Monkeys) where you can enjoy gorillas, chimpanzee, bonobos and squirrel monkeys.

La Rochelle has an aquarium consisting of 12,000 marine animals.

The Zoo de la Palmyre near Royan has flamingos, cheetahs, elephants, the rare white rhino, penguins and polar bears to name but a few.

If you fancy something smaller, Dampierre sur Boutonne have a sanctuary for the 'du baudet du Poitou', a type of donkey found only in this region of France.

Aubeterre-sur-Dronne has a beautiful underground church, hand carved out of the cliff face in the 12th century, throughout which you can take a tour. The town itself is officially named as one of the most beautiful in France.

So lots to do and see in the region for all the family.

Amenities

Fontaine-Chalendray Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3013 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Shower room 1 - shower
    Shower room 2 - shower
  • En-suites to bedrooms 1 and 2. Large family bathroom.
Bedrooms:
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 baby crib
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 14 + cots (6 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed and en-suite. Bedroom 2 with double bed and en-suite. Bedroom 3 with two beds.(full size bunk beds). Bedroom 4 with four x single beds. Bedroom 5 with double bed bedroom 6 with twin beds.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
Suitability:
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Notes:
Notes on accommodation: We can offer additional cots if required. Outside: The fantastic 12x5m pool is set in its own walled garden. In the same area there is a large cabin for shade for those hot lazy days by the pool. There is a BBQ area with a large table and chairs and sun loungers. Cleaning / Towels / Linen: One set of linen is provided for all beds or the duration of your stay. Towels are available to hire. Tea towels and bath mats are included. Beautician can be hired with notice, providing a selection of service including massage, manicures, pedicures, facials, reflexology and hair styling and make up.

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Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $527.63
Stay tax $1.12 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 18 years.

Booking Notes:
Please contact owner for booking details.

Changeover Day:
Saturday changeover day.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK pounds.
Rental price does NOT include electricity usage.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.