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Peaceful Location, Large Private Pool with Views, 4 Large En-suite Bedrooms

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms4
Half Baths1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 - 8 nights

Overview

About the property

4 double bedroom, 5 bathroom, Renovated Spacious Gite, Private Pool with Views

Charentais farmhouse enjoying generous room sizes and high ceilings; fully refurbished with design led décor yet retaining many original features - ancient fireplaces, stone walls and oak beams.

Contemporary kitchen complete with range cooker is ideal for creating feasts to be enjoyed at the large dining table or out on the terrace. There is also a large utility room with extra fridge and all the usual amenities of a family home.

Spacious lounge with choice of comfy chairs to enjoy a book from the library or watch one of the hundreds of DVDs on large flat-screen TV.

Large games room, complete with snooker, table football, giant beanbag, a second DVD player and Wiii console to keep the kids entertained!

4 bright and spacious bedrooms with luxury Egyptian cotton sheets; one of them downstairs with its own entrance and garden ideal for avoiding the stairs or extra privacy!

There 5 bathrooms, 3 with large showers, and a luxury free-standing bath in the master bedroom.

Take advantage of the sunny climate in the tranquil gardens with private 10m swimming pool and stunning views over peaceful countryside

Breakfast on the terrace, laze in the hammock; or enjoy a game of Pétanque in the courtyard while the BBQ sizzles.

Picturesque local towns and villages provide all you need, with lakes, vineyards, and Atlantic Ocean to explore

More Details

Owner
Chris Barton
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
September 18, 2017

About Chris Barton

My husband and I work in London and have just had our first child having married at the property in 2013. We are both in our 30's and whilst we enjoy the fast paced life of such a vibrant city, we crave the peace, sunshine and laid back lifestyle of rural France. So, 4 years ago we found ourselves signing a contract for our own slice of French paradise....

Chris Barton purchased this farmhouse in 2011

Why Chris Barton chose Charente

It all began on a rainy autumn afternoon in England .... a few days later we were booked on a flight to visit Poitou Charente, we trawled this sunny region from rugged coastline, pretty villages to rolling fields of sunflowers and vines. We had fallen in love with the unpretentious and welcoming nature of those who call the area home and enjoyed the abundance of great, local produce in beautiful scenery.

Our property is in a small hamlet, within 2km of the local village restaurant and 5km of a town with full amenities and close enough for the fresh croissant run in the morning. It enjoys tranquillity and open space;

however, 30 minutes away are the handsome historic towns of Cognac and Angouleme.

What makes this farmhouse unique

For us it was the gardens that initially won us over. We've built a large pool to take advantage of the uninterrupted views of the rolling hills in the mature one acre plot. There's a sunny terrace next to the house and large courtyard, great for a game of Petanque.

The house is typical of the region and is several hundred years old, it's now fully renovated and refurbished with a little extra luxury that we look for on holiday. It feels like a bit of home from home for us and we look forward to you enjoying all it offers

Guestbook comments from the owner

Just a quick note to say thank you for the lovely week we spent at Chez Foucherie. The house and gardens are beautiful (even better than the photos!) and we loved the swimming pool - perfectly positioned to admire the view! David and Vanessa Warwick
Nov 2012
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Amenities

Nonac Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
General:
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub
    Shower room 1 - toilet , shower
    Shower room 3 - toilet , shower
    Toilet 1 - toilet , downstairs
    Shower room 2 - toilet , shower , downstairs
  • Downstairs wc + basin. Family walk-in shower room with wc + basin. En-suite bathroom to bedroom 1 with luxury free-standing bath in the room and separate wc + basin. En-suite walk-in shower rooms to bedrooms 2 and 4 with wc + basins.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 baby crib , freestanding bath and en-suite toilet
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , large en-suite with shower
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , bathroom next door with shower
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , private entrance and terrace, large en-suite with shower
  • Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1: super-king, en-suite, free-standing bath, iPod dock Bedroom 2: super-king, en-suite shower, iPod dock Bedroom 3: double + single beds, separate shower Bedroom 4: private entrance, super-king, en-suite shower, sofa bed
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Games ...
  • Pool Table
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Notes on accommodation: We have equipped the house to the standard we want to enjoy when on holiday; so whilst we've been careful to ensure the farmhouse retains a wealth of character (stone fireplaces, ancient oak beams, etc), we have installed a modern kitchen, each of the four comfortable bedrooms has it's own shower or bath, and the lounge has large flat screen TV (DVD only, no channels) and underfloor heating, to make your stay as enjoyable and relaxing as possible. There is plenty of room for 8-10 adults/children to find their own peace and quiet, or all join together and gather to eat, drink or play! Being a traditional house with thick stone walls it is pleasantly cool in the summer so there is no need for air conditioning; and with roaring log fires and under floor heating its cosy and warm in the cooler months. We welcome children, however this is an old farmhouse with historic outbuildings, old stone steps and a large swimming pool, so inquisitive toddlers will need to be supervised. Outside: The large swimming pool (10x5m) is situated to take maximum advantage of the Charente sunshine and views - the Charente benefits from a micro climate on a par with the Mediterranean coast. Soak up the sun on one of the loungers. The house is set in one acre mature sloping gardens with expansive views over unspoilt French farmland. It is planted with numerous fruit trees, including figs, cherry, walnut, peach, plum, nectarine, apples, pear, quince and several vines - help yourself to fresh fruit! A hammock is slung in dappled shade to enjoy the tranquillity, perfect for enjoying a glass of local wine. A sheltered courtyard is the perfect setting for a game of Petanque in the evening sun. Whilst a raised terrace immediately in front of the house is the perfect spot for breakfast in the sunshine at the large teak table, which seats 8 comfortably. A separate seating area, with large rustic table and charcoal BBQ is situated next to a huge weeping willow tree, providing shade. Utility Room: Separate large utility room with sink and additional fridge, table, wine storage, washing machine, iron and ironing board, and 2 hair-dryers. There is a cot and highchair, please let us know if they are needed and where. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Fresh towels and linen are provided weekly. There is a welcome pack on arrival. Logs/heating are provided for colder months. Other: Separate Games Room with huge bean-bag and open access to the garden. Well stocked with TV + DVD players (x2), Wii console and games Snooker table, table football, board games, outdoor games

Reviews

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Peaceful Location, Large Private Pool with Views, 4 Large En-suite Bedrooms
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5

Absolutely loved it !

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for a week in aug17 , 2 families with 4 adults and 6 kids . Loads of space , very peaceful location with a great swimming pool area. The brossac lake which is about 20 mins away is well worth a few visits , kept the kids entertained for hours. Also the aquaparc lol in libourne was great fun . Didn't have the best experience in he nonac restaurant , food was ok but on a busy Friday night felt like the locals were looked after and not us . La Gourmandise restaurant in Montmoreau was great , very friendly and really nice food . Would definitely stay again :) for all those that have previously mentioned the wifi , it works fine , I for one don't want to be on the internet the whole time I'm on holiday anyway but when needed it did the job.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

A place worth visiting

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful property - the photographs do not do it justice. Peacefully located, it has large grounds, plenty of space and secluded pool with views across the fields. The house is well proportioned, extremely clean and 'tidy' and very well equipped - I have never been to a holiday property with a kitchen is so well provided for (including decent sharp knives for food preparation).

If you have young children there are lots of toys and books in a dedicated playroom and shelves full of DVDs. There is an extensive collection of books, many interior design, giving an insight into the ideas behind the simple but effective decor. The rooms are spacious, the beds comfortable. There are plenty of bathroom/toilet facilities.

Outside the lavender almost surrounds the house and wafts perfume on the breeze throughout the day. The number of bees and hummingbird moths which visit the flowers are incredible and a delight to watch. The sunrise through the upstairs bedroom windows is worth an early morning peek.

The outside eating area is sited in amongst the lavender and catches the sun throughout the day. If you become tired of eating al fresco, (why would you?) or the sun becomes too much, there is a large table in the kitchen instead.

The local area is green and undulating with big skies and stunning views. There are some little towns within 30-45 minute drive which are well worth a visit and don't miss the ice-cream shop, with view from the balcony, in Aubeterre-sur-Dronne.

All in all a lovely spot which I would highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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4

A beautiful, peaceful retreat

  • 4 of 5

Thank you so much to both of you for letting out your wonderful home. Presented perfectly and everything you require is at hand. We spent the majority time at the house as there was no reason to leave the tranquil setting. We did however have a trip to Aubterre for the day and would recommend this to all. The only downside was (and I know what people will say) the Internet (wifi) connection. I do know that you are looking to upgrade the setup but with 3 teenage kids it was sometimes a challenge.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your review. We're so pleased you liked the property and had an enjoyable holiday. As you mentioned we are upgrading the WiFi connection because given the rural location it isnt as strong as we would like for our guests. This year we will have a proper broadband connection which should be much quicker. Hopefully we will be welcoming you back to Chez Foucherie soon. Best wishes, Chris and Rebecca
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5

Relaxing stay in stylish accommodation

  • 5 of 5

The first thing we noticed when we pulled up to Chez Foucherie was the delightful smell of lavender. The grounds are just fantastic - full of fruit trees, vines, herbs... We enjoyed lunch on the terrace even in October and, although it was a bit too cold to take a dip, the pool looked lovely and would be a really treat in the summer months.

The house has been extremely tastefully refurbished - combining many original features with modern. It would be really interesting to know a bit of the history! The kitchen is huge and well equipped. Each of the four bedrooms has enormous beds which were extremely comfortable. There are a few other houses in this small hamlet, yet it really felt like you were in the middle of nowhere - totally peaceful and relaxing.

We obviously enjoyed staying at home, but also made a few day trips - to the beach just north of Royan, to St Emilion and to Brantome, which were particularly enjoyable.

We would thoroughly recommend this property. It really is a lovely place. We are extremely grateful to Chris & Rebecca for sharing it and look forward to staying again in the future.

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Classic car base…..fabulous

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed here for the last two annual Circuits des Remparts, a three day classic car and race event held each September. The owners kindly facilitated our request to extend our stay so that we could pull in Race Day.

A great place, superb facilities in the kitchen, with four separate bedrooms all with their own bathrooms ensures real home comforts.

The courtyard is wonderful during sunset and the garden and pool offer complete privacy.

Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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East Anglia
5

Beautiful property in lovely location

  • 5 of 5

This is a lovely old property in beautiful surroundings which has been done up really nicely.

We enjoyed sitting and playing in the large garden which was perfect for our three generatons as had lots of space and different areas to relax in.

One particular point we liked was the separate entrance and garden available for the downstairs bedrooms so we could find our own rhythm through the day away from the kids!

The pool was nicely positioned with a view down the valley, a bit cold for us really but the younger ones spent most of their time splashing about in it.

Contrary to what another reviewer said we found everything to be in good order, and the owners and also the neighbours were very helpful and friendly.

We have already recommended the place to a couple of friends as really enjoyed our stay.

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
59 Miles
Bordeaux
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nonac
Nearest Ferry
299 Miles
St Malo
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Nr. Angouleme
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Montmoreau-Saint-Cybard
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
N10, Salles-de-Barbezieux
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nonac
Nearest Beach
49 Miles
Royan

The beauty of the location with gently rolling hills covered in vineyards and sunflower fields offer endless opportunities on your doorstep for walking, morning runs, or ambling around on bikes (available, ask for details)

French food and drink is a big draw, we can recommend visits to local wine, food and foie gras producers; and of course, a 30 minute drive through vineyards to beautiful Cognac is a must to sample the famous brandy.

If you enjoy visiting pretty villages, grand Chateau or old churches you are spoilt for choice. There are weekly markets throughout the region along with many antique fairs .

Aubeterre-sur-Drone (30 mins drive) is one of the 9 most beautiful villages in France and is home to Europe’s largest underground monolithic Church.

Angouleme (30 min drive) is a handsome town high above the river Charente. It hosts the famous annual comic festival and Circuit des Remparts for classic car lovers.

Brossac Lakes are a scenic 30 minute drive away and offer extensive water sports, cycling, mini golf and horse riding. With restaurants on site it makes a great family day out.

The sweeping Atlantic coastline is around a 1hr 30 drive where and you can enjoy many beaches - the nearest are are at the family friendly Royan.

Fashionable Ile de Re and the stunning harbour of La Rochelle complete this area of coastline. Great restaurants are plentiful, the local speciality is Oysters.

Travel:

Travel by train (Eurostar) to Paris or Lille and take the TGV in under 3 hours to Angouleme where there are plenty of car hire places for the 35 minute drive through vineyards to the house.

Regular flights with BA, Ryanair and EasyJet to Bordeaux (60 miles) or Limoges (75 miles). Flights are also available to La Rochelle or Bergerac during the summer months.

If driving from the UK the best ports are Caen or St Malo.

Local amenities:

Our local restaurant in Nonac (1.5 miles) is very friendly and offers a tasty and great value Plat de Jour. Lunch is the perfect time to observe the locals in their element!

Blanzac-Porcheresse at 3 miles offers a selection of local shops, including several Boulangerie, Patisserie, Butchers, bank, several small local bars and cafes, and if needed a supermarket. It holds a weekly market.

Montmoreau-St-Cybard at 5 miles has a number of restaurants and bars alongside a large supermarket, local shops, bank, pharmacy, hair salon and florist. There is daily car/motorbike rental available from the supermarket. Just behind the shop you will find the train stop for Angouleme.

If you would like a celebratory meal in the house or garden we can book an excellent caterer, with notice of course.

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Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
We require a 25 per cent deposit at time of booking. This will secure your booking and additionally act as a security deposit, which will be refunded at the end of your stay.

Full payment is taken 8 weeks prior to your stay.

We are happy for payment to be made by cheque or with debit/credit card through Paypal.


Changeover Day:
Saturday - normal arrival is 4pm onwards, departure by 11am. However please contact us to discuss arrangements.

Notes on prices:
Our normal rental is Saturday to Saturday, but please contact us to discuss longer/shorter stays particularly outside the summer months

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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