Charming Manor House with Large Private Pool Located in a Delightful Walled Garden, Secure Parking, Yet a Short Walk to Town Centre; Further 9 Acres Of Private Woodland Leads to Charente River. 5 Bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 6 wc's. Sleeps 12/13; Discount for Low Occupancy. This impressive recently renovated house is situated in the attractive town of Mansle. Located within a large private well kept garden, entry via substantial locking gates ensures total privacy and security for 5+ cars. The property has been completely renovated with the sole aim of providing a comfortable and attractive living environment, and has mains gas central heating. The fifth bedroom is in an attached studio, with its own shower room and kitchen.
The house has level entrance from the street and the car parking area at the rear. Free wifi is provided.
The tiled, in-ground swimming pool measures 10 x 5 metres (depth to 1.4 metres) is entered by solid, tiled steps in one corner and is for the sole use of guests and is completely private to the property. On the approach to the pool is the pool house, great for showering before and after using the pool, changing, and keeping towels and sun creams handy. It comprises a new shower, wc and wash handbasin with mirror, and hooks for hanging clothes and towels. The well maintained walled private garden is mostly lawn and shrubs and surrounded by trees. Garden croquet and badminton is provided. Sun loungers and parasols, tables and chairs are provided. A permanent charcoal barbecue enables outside cooking. Meals can be enjoyed in the shade of the cherry and walnut trees while watching the antics of the resident red squirrels and many wild birds including blue tits, great tits, goldfinches, chaffinches, thrushes, woodpeckers, nuthatches, and hoopoes - and some as yet unidentified! The land extends to 10 acres and includes woodland and riverside walks leading to the banks of the Charente, where guests may fish. Guests typically spend most of their time in the garden entertained by the resident red squirrels and numerous birds. Beyond the garden paths lead down through private woodland to the banks of the Charente.
The Local Area
Within 5 minutes walk you will find Supermarkets x 2, restaurants x 4, hair and beauty salons, banks, bakers, butchers, delicatessen, pharmacies, photocopying.
The surrounding countryside is bright with sunflowers in Summer. The user-powered ferry at Licheres (3 miles) is a local attraction for children and adults, and leads to a woodland walk. Further afield are the beaches of the charming resort of Royan are approximately 1 hour 30 minutes drive, La Rochelle another half an hour. A large water park at Angouleme provides sailing, water skiing and other water sports. A one hour drive takes you to the historic town of Cognac, Futuroscope, Valley of the Monkeys, Crocodile Planet and Oradour sur Glane, a small town retained in its war time condition after being sacked and burnt by the Germans, who also shot almost all the residents including women and children.
The Tourist Office and the popular canoe club are between 3 and 5 minutes' walk. Canoes, kayaks and bicycles are available to hire, and supervised canoe sessions for children with a range of abilities are provided through the summer holiday. Horse riding is 5 minutes drive away.
On market days - Tuesday, Friday and Saturday - stalls sell fresh fish and greengrocery. Local cheese producers sell a range of speciality cheeses, and is season local honey producers have a stall. The Saturday market tends to provide organic produce.