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Stunning 18th Century House Set in South Facing Gardens with Private Pool

Bedrooms 5
Space 4,305 sq. ft.
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

House Near Cognac, Charente, France - Rural Location, 3 Or 4 Mins To Nearest Bakery. 10mins To Town With All Commerces And Weekly Market.

Beautiful, luxuriously appointed, south facing 18th century house with large private heated pool. 5 large bedrooms plus further occasional 2nd floor mezzanine with double bed, sleeps 12/14. 4 bathrooms/shower rooms (2 en-suite). Huge 50m2 reception room with comfortable sofas/chairs, cd music system and a grand piano. Big 36m2 TV room with woodburner. 50'' flat screen tv and Bose cinema surround sound system. Several hundred varied dvds freely available. Wi fi access. Extremely well appointed kitchen with 2 full size ovens and separate 5 burner hob, dishwasher, fridgefreezer and large stainless steel topped workstation. Adjoining dining room with fireplace, sofa and woodburner. Utility room with washing machine. Ground floor cloakroom. The gardens and heated pool to the front are fully enclosed, private and south facing. There is plenty of space for sun bathing and a choice of areas for alfresco dining, including a lovely covered shady area with it's own seating and fireplace.

Registration Number : FR11339

Robert Barrow
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 14, 2018

About Robert Barrow

Hi, my name is Robert ( Rob ). After years of renovating houses and interior designing in Britain, my partner and I, bought and renovated this beautiful charentaise " Maison de Maitre" [ Masters house]

Being one of six children, we have always had plenty of family and friends staying here with us, and so knowing how well this house accommodates everyones needs, whether old or young, we have decided to rent out the house.

I hope you love it as much as we do.

Robert Barrow purchased this chateau / country house in 2004

Why Robert Barrow chose Criteuil-la-Magdeleine

The area is stunning. The house is surrounded by fields of vines and sunflowers.

The area boasts the second highest amount of sunshine hours in France, second only to the south coast.

This is a rural setting, with quick and easy access to towns, shops, bistro's and activities, and only an hour from the great beaches of the Atlantic coast and Bordeaux

What makes this chateau / country house unique

The house is very private with enclosed gardens and separate, enclosed and secure pool area.

The rooms are huge, and because there are lots of different seating areas both inside and out, there is room for everyone to have a little time and space to themselves.

The Covered BBQ area with its large fireplace and seating area is very popular for relaxed evenings.

You can just step outside the gate to enjoy the beautiful countryside either on foot or by bike. We have Six bikes (free of charge) and also are registered with bike hire direct for any extras or accessories.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Please see guests reviews.
Feb 2012
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Criteuil-la-Magdeleine Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 4305 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • bathroom 1 en-suite - toilet , shower
    Second main Bathroom - toilet , tub , shower
    1st Main bathroom - toilet , shower
    Shower room en-suite - toilet , shower
  • En-suite to bedroom 1 with walk-in shower, basin and wc. Bathroom with large shower enclosure, wc and basin. En suite to bedroom 5 with large shower enclosure, wc and basin. Bathroom with bath, large shower enclosure, wc and basin. Groundfloor WC.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 12 max (5 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: First floor : Bedroom 1 with super kingsize bed. Bedroom 2 with super kingsize bed. Bedroom 3 with Twin beds. Bedroom 4 with Twin beds. Bedroom 5 with super kingsize bed 2nd floor: Mezzanine with double bed. Sofa-bed on ground floor Single bed in second hall and a "z bed" which can be put in bedrooms if you wish. Cot available. One of the king size beds is a "zip and link" bed which can, on request be made up as twin beds.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 5 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: The house is enormous but still very welcoming. The vast ground floor rooms have been sympathetically decorated using Farrow and Ball colours and flow effortlessy from one to another.It is south facing and all of the windows look out over the beautiful gardens and pool area. The kitchen window overlooks a pretty mill and stream which runs behind the house. The gardens are private and secure. The only available access to the rear grounds is through the kitchen door. Therefore, the stream should not be an issue for families with very young children. Parking is available either at the front of the house, or the rear, which people tend to find more convenient when carrying shopping, luggage etc. There is Wi fi access. The house sleeps a maximum 12 people Discounts: We are able to offer discounts for smaller groups (Not during high season),who wish to enjoy the luxury and space the house provides. Please contact us to discuss options. Outside: Large private and enclosed garden, with several seating and dining areas. Seperate, private and enclosed pool area. Heated Pool 10x5m with sun loungers and chairs. Beautiful enclosed roofed bbq area with fireplace, seating and dining table and very large gas bbq. Perfect area for an afternoon snooze in the shade. Logs are available for the fire, so dining on cooler evenings out of season can become very cosy and inviting. Private parking for several cars at the front gates or within the grounds at the rear of the house. Utility Room: Washing machine and microwave. Plenty of storage space and worksurface, shelving Second fridge for drinks and food for large groups. Towels / Linen / All towels and linen provided.. Supply of pool/beach towels available. All bed linen is superior quality white Eygptian cotton. Cleaning/maid service can be requested at extra cost.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 17 reviews

Perfect setting for a glorious sunny, summer holiday with the family. Beyond all expectations!

  • 5 of 5

The owners were the perfect hosts, with lots of thoughtful touches which absolutely made our visit! The place was spotlessly clean and provided everything we could possibly need. The beds were comfy, the rooms beautifully furnished and all situated in a quiet peaceful setting. The outdoor areas; pool, various dining spaces, games room and fireside den meant that there was little or no reason to leave. All agreed it was our best family holiday to date!

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
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Excellent location and amenities.

  • 5 of 5

Lots of character and well designed rooms.

Party of 7 with 4 dogs and we all thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

Robert and Philip were great hosts, available if needed but otherwise unobtrusive.

Would definitely recommend this to others and we hope to come again sometime.

Also, good value for money.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
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5 star venue for a family reunion - with on-site service to boot!

  • 5 of 5

We had visited here on a recce last September, preparing for a family reunion this year and were most impressed. The property is in terrific condition, all as described in the listing. What tops this compared to other properties is the presence of the owners Phil and Rob in their adjoining but discrete property next door.

We were arriving from all points of the globe and utilised Rob and Phil's offer on arrival of preparing a meal for us saving either risking delays or us having to cook on the first evening. A fabulous feast at a reasonable price was delivered saving much stress.

Their attention to every detail and daily maintenance of the pool was most appreciated, removing the worry of other establishments that if anything goes wrong it will not be immediately rectified. Their helpful, yet unobtrusive presence and tips meant a most enjoyable week.

Highly recommended, this is a terrific place to enjoy a good get together, with fully equipped kitchen for home catering, wonderful reception rooms with real character and tastefully furnished. Complete with grand piano as well as plenty of restaurants, supermarkets and boulangeries within short travel times.

The Charente valley is an undiscovered haven for culture and water sports, un-touristy, certainly for the Brits who tend to congregate further south in the Dordogne. We loved Angouleme, Cognac, Jonzac, Saintes and the sea at Royan - don't miss it!

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Excellent and Relaxing

  • 5 of 5

Excellent property that catered for our large family including two dogs. The facilities are extensive. The outdoor area is cleverly designed into three areas: secure pool and games area, BBQ, and main garden. Indoor facilities are large and extensive. The owner was very accommodating and flexible to our requirements. The house is totally private to ensure a very relaxing holiday and location excellent to explore this part of France.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A wonderful way to spend Summer in France...

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic stay. It is always a challenge to find a house to suit 10 family members across 3 generations but this was perfect. Lots of space, places to relax and areas for play.

Inside, the house feels like a real home (which it is during the winter), the garden was big enough for the children to play various sports and everyone loved to relax by the pool. It is always a treat to eat outside and there was lots of different spots to do this - we were particular fans of the local farm shop which we used to stock up for our daily barbecues.

Robert and Philip were great and it was really helpful to have them nearby to ask for local advice. The house is located in a attractive and quiet area of the Charente, but there are enough local restaurants and places to visit if you can drag yourselves away from the pool. We especially enjoyed a morning kayaking at Jarnac.

We are all looking forward to returning for another family holiday.

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beyond all expectations!

  • 5 of 5

Where do I start, well we had two glorious weeks at this property and have nothing but praise for Robert and Phil. Everything about our

stay was fantastic, the beautiful house and grounds, the glorious weather, the fantastic pool and not forgetting the lovely chickens!

I would return in a heartbeat and if I win the lottery this weekend I might just move to Cognac as it is such a lovely area. Thank you,

Thank you, Thank you! You were the perfect hosts and I am so very glad we got to stay at your amazing home.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
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Nearest Airport
113 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Aux Délices du terroir
Nearest Ferry
470 Kilometres
St Malo
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
Cognac or Angouleme
Nearest Train
20 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Aux Délices du terroir.
Nearest Beach
70 Kilometres
Car: necessary


The Atlantic coast is less than an hours drive away with the Côte Sauvage offering some of the most stunning coastline in the South-West. La Rochelle is around 1hr15mins away and from here you can also explore the beautiful islands of Ré and Oleron just off the coast.


Bordeaux airport is the most convenient, and is one hours drive; car hire is necessary, and very easy to arrange at the airport. Other airports within easy driving distance include Poitiers, Limoges and La Rochelle. The channel port of Calais is around 625km away with Caen and St Malo being 411km and 383km respectively.

Several groups have come by train and then hired a car at Angoulême


The nearest town is 9km and has a choice of several supermarkets,bars and restaurants, a weekly street market and pharmacies, banks and doctors. The pretty town of Cognac is a 20min drive.

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CHRISTMAS/NEW YEAR ....Why not spend the festive period with friends and family ensconced in our lovely home. The house, although huge, is incredibly warm and cosy during the winter months, thanks to the modern oil fired heating system and woodburners.Seasoned oak logs are supplied for the logburners.Beautifully interlined drapes and gorgeous throws on sofas and beds complete the picture.

The kitchen is an amazingly well equiped/appointed space...even the keenest of cooks would be happy to cater for very large groups.

Many local fetes/festivals.

Cognac Blues Passion July 2012...headliners, including Sting and Tom Jones...the biggest Blues festival outside of the USA. 4 days of fabulous music held at various venues (Outdoor and indoor) around the beautiful town of Cognac.

Circuit des Remparts, Sept .....A weekend of classic car rallies culminating on Sunday with an thrilling day of racing around the streets of Angouleme. This event is not to be missed and attracts entrants from all over Europe.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $0

Changeover Day:
Saturday is our changeover day. We ask you to arrive at 4 o'clock or after.
Departure is before 10 am.

We can be flexible on this out of season.

Notes on prices:
From £1200 to £2800 per week.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.