About the property
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- Minimum Stay7 - 8 nights
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
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- Calendar last updated:
- Jan 30, 2018
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 Nonac
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
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Absolutely loved it !
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.
A place worth visiting
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.
A beautiful, peaceful retreat
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.
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
Relaxing stay in stylish accommodation
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.
Classic car base…..fabulous
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.
Beautiful property in lovely location
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.
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.
Rates & Availability
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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