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A beautifully restored stone property overlooking the stunning Charente river.

Luxé, France
  • House1700 sqft
  • Bedrooms4
  • Sleeps8
  • Bathrooms3
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay1 - 7 nights

3 bedroom and 3 bathroom house, large garden and amazing views across the valley

Hill House ( La Maison Colline ) is set in a traditional small hamlet overlooking the picturesque Charente river and the village of Luxe. The configuration of the living space makes it perfect for couples and small parties as well as larger groups. Children and pets will enjoy a safe and spacious environment

This is a recently renovated detached old house (circa 1850) with stone outbuildings and much character. The light and airy downstairs living space is built on several levels so features a few steps between rooms.

Hill House offers a home from home experience. The large kitchen / diner is fully equipped including dishwasher, fridge, freezer and microwave plus dual fuel oven. A separate laundry / cloakroom room includes tumble dryer as well as a washing machine.

Two of the bedrooms have ensuite facilities, the third has access to landing shower and toilet. All three bedrooms are upstairs although a second day room with a sofa bed can act as a third bedroom if needed. The master bedroom, with balcony, is situated in the original part of the house and accessed via a staircase off the main living room. The other two bedrooms are accessed via the newer part of the house.

The two courtyards around the house provide different options for alfresco dining. The large enclosed south facing garden has great views across the river. Amidst the fruit trees there is space for the patio furniture, sun loungers and suitable setups for BBQ's.

Situated between the Bordeaux wine areas and those of Cognac, it is an ideal base for exploring the beauty and heritage of the Charente region and the many nearby ancient villages and market towns.

La Haute Terne is a quiet, friendly, safe and welcoming community of 26 houses. Luxe is a pretty, traditional village sat on the river. It has a highly rated restaurant; train connections to Paris and Bordeaux; a private fishing lake with lakeside cafe and children's play area, Pharmacie and petrol station with tabac and shop - all within easy walking distance. The Hippodrome race course in Luxe is the venue for many local festive activities all year round along with the horse racing.

Riverside Mansle is the nearest town under 10 kilometres away with two large supermarkets, a range of restaurants and traditional shops plus kayaking.

The nearby market town of Ruffec has a lovely river beach where you can enjoy swimming as well as kayaking / canoeing. Thirty minutes away in region capital Angouleme these leisure opportunities also exist; along with the Nautilus water park which has a range of waterslides, Olympic size pool and is on the same site as a free, large, child-safe swimming lake.

An hour's drive also gives you access to other must see attractions including Futuroscope theme park near Poitiers which offers high-tech fun for all the family with many 3D and 4D simulator experiences and evening shows.

Limoges, Poitiers and Bordeaux and La Rochelle airports service the area. Limoges and Poitiers are the closest and can be reached in just over 1 hour. The other two in under 2 hours. Good rail and road connections make moving around the area very easy. In particular travelling to Angouleme by train or road. The local station, Luxe Gare, is about a 15 minute walk away. From Anguoleme there are frequent TGV fast connections to and from Paris and Bordeaux. Taxis are available from Mansle and there are buses. However to make the best of your stay a car is essential. The port of Caen is approximately 4.5 hours drive and Calais is about 7 hours depending on traffic. It takes 15 minutes from the house to the major N10 route which feeds into the A10 a main auto route from Paris to Bordeaux.


Lin Glover

Member Since 2017
Response time:
within a few days
english, french
Calendar last updated:
Jan 14, 2018
About Lin Glover

The photo above was taken this summer (2017) with me and my two Grandchildren picking fruit from my third of an acre orchard garden.We picked pears, apples, plums and greengages. The dogs are mine too on their first trip to France and loving the freedom!

Lin Glover purchased this House in 2017

Why Lin Glover chose Luxé

I have loved France for many years but mostly knew the South particularly around Grasse and the south coast. I had been looking for the right property for me to buy for over 12 months. I started in the north Dordogne but just couldn't find the house that matched my dream. I started to look in the Charente and was fascinated by the river and all the villages along it. I was delighted with Ruffec a beautiful classic French market town. I was enthralled by Verteuil sur Charente and needed to be close. I saw 6 different houses in two days, two in Luxe, but fell in love with this one ... The Maison Colline. Actually it was the garden and the view from it - the Charente river and surrounding countryside - that thrilled me at first sight. When I finally pulled myself away to go into the house I was enchanted. It's hard to put into words why this house is so special. It's old - circa 1850's - but beautifully renovated. It is light and spacious without loosing its character and original features. It embraces our micro-climate sun all day long yet stays cool and comfortable. The neighbourhood is also delightful, picturesque, inviting and friendly, Circumstances don't allow me to live here all year round. Although I would happily do so. Everything you need is in easy reach. Room enough to lose yourself but close enough to busy places should you chose to join in. I am pleased to be able to share my house with you. You'll see why I love it. It's the house that just keeps giving. I look forward to getting your feedback Enjoy !!

What makes this House unique

From a comfort point of view all three bedrooms have access to their own bathroom facilities ... two bedrooms have ensuites. So no fights in the morning. The kitchen provides everything you need including plenty of space to cook and eat together. The outside space is also highly versatile with various locations allowing for eating in the shade or under the stars.Parking is not a problem but you wont need your car to enjoy some of the beautiful photo opportunities on the doorstep.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
      • Bedroom 1
        1 double, with ensuite
      • Bedroom 1
        1 double, with ensuite
      • Bedroom 1
        2 twin/ single, with access to own shower and wc
      • Bedroom 4
        1 sleep sofa /futon, Sleeps two in second day room
      • All bedrooms are furnished to a high standard with charming fixtures and fittings. All have shuttered windows which open either onto the fabulous view across the countryside or the picturesque courtyards surrounding the property.


      • 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, combination tub/shower, shower, ensuite first double bedroom
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower, ensuite second double bedroom
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower, on landing
      • Bathroom 4
      • Both the bedroom ensuites and landing facilities are fully tiled and fitted to a very high specification.

      Location Type

        • Rural
        • Village
        • Waterfront


            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Historic
            • Romantic
            • Sports & Activities
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Living Room
                      Two rooms - lounge and day room with combined seating for 8 people. The configuration can be adjusted according to needs. The day room contains double sofa bed.
                    • Fireplace
                      Fireplace houses large wood burner. Logs can be provided when required.
                    • Heating
                      electric radiators and wood burner
                    • Internet
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Parking
                      Parking for 3 - 4 cars .... includes one on private parking space opposite entrance to house
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Tumble Dryer
                      Housed in laundry area
                    • Washing Machine
                      Housed in laundry area
                    • Wood Stove
                      Wood burner in fireplace of main lounge.


                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          More than adequately provided for. Includes garlic crushers and several wine bottle openers!. Hard to get screw tops in France!
                        • Dishwasher
                          Brand new ... must have rinse aid to operate
                        • Kitchen
                          Kitchen is fully equipped with everything you will need including food processor! It is very much home from home with ample dining for 6-8 people, There is plenty of crockery, cutlery and glassware.
                        • Microwave
                          An ample size for most purposes
                        • Oven
                          Cooker is dual fuelled .... electric and bottled gas. The oven part is electric. See house manual for operating guidelines
                        • Pantry Items
                          There will be basic stocks provided ... tea, sugar, coffee, salt, pepper etc. We can provide a a basket of provisions for arrival on request
                        • Refrigerator
                          Fridge freezer
                        • Stove
                          hop is part of free standing cooker with both electric and gas fuelled hot plates
                        • Toaster
                          Basic but does the job


                            • Dining
                              Room for eight places in open plan dining area, complemented by 8 places alfresco with garden table and chairs and 6 at kitchen table
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 8 people


                                • Books
                                  Quite a selection
                                • DVD Player
                                  see above
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  Sky box connected to UK Freesat service.
                                • Television
                                  New Bush 32 inch with integrated DVD palyer


                                    • Balcony
                                      Balcony attached to first double bedroom with seating for two overlooks garden and the Charente countryside
                                    • Boat
                                      Not at the house but boat hire to cruise the Charente is available many of the local towns. Ruffec at 15 kilometres is the nearest.
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      Patio / terrace area in main orchard garden is a great place to eat and take in the beautiful surroundings. There are also various outdoor eating options in courtyards surrounding house.
                                    • Golf
                                      There is a top class 18 hole course in Anguoleme which welcomes non-members around 30 minutes drive away. http://www.golf-angouleme.com/?q=node/296
                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                      Kayak and Canoe hire available in nearby riverside towns Mansle, Ruffec and Anguoleme
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      large garden with many fruit trees and fabulous views across the Charente river
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      Traditional mobile roll top barbecue with cooking range for up to 12 people
                                    • Tennis
                                      Not at the house but public facilities available in nearest town Mansle. Mansle is under 15 minutes away in a car.


                                        • wheelchair inaccessible
                                          The old stone house is charmingly built on several levels which involves a few steps between rooms. This makes it difficult for someone with severe walking difficulties. There is a downstairs toilet and hand basin but shower and bath facilities are upstairs


                                            • autumn foliage
                                            • botanical garden
                                            • churches
                                            • library
                                            • playground
                                            • recreation center
                                            • restaurants
                                            • ruins
                                            • water parks
                                            • waterfalls

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • horseback riding
                                                • outlet shopping
                                                • paddle boating
                                                • scenic drives
                                                • sight seeing
                                                • walking

                                                  Local Services & Businesses

                                                    • ATM/bank
                                                    • groceries
                                                    • hospital
                                                    • medical services

                                                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                        • hiking
                                                        • cycling
                                                        • fishing
                                                        • fly fishing
                                                        • freshwater fishing
                                                        • golf
                                                        • equestrian events
                                                        • hunting
                                                        • sailing
                                                        • swimming
                                                        • tennis
                                                        • water skiing
                                                        • wind-surfing


                                                            • A stunning detached stone property with outbuildings situated in the beautiful Charente countryside. Private and both child and pet friendly, it is a great place to stay, offering quiet calm and a base for exploring the many nearby ancient villages and market towns. The house is fully equipped and close to a range of amenities. Four airports are within a two hour drive along with excellent train connections from Bordeaux and Paris. La Haute Terne is a quiet, friendly, safe and welcoming community of 26 houses. Luxe is a pretty, traditional village sat on the beautiful Charente River. It has a highly regarded restaurant; train connections to Paris and Bordeaux; a private fishing lake with lakeside cafe and children's play area; Pharmacie and petrol station with tabac and shop. All within walking distance. The Hippodrome race course in Luxe is the venue for many local festive activities all year round along with the horse racing.

                                                              House Rules

                                                              Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                              Check-out: 10:30 AM

                                                              Cancellation Policy

                                                              100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                              2 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              Charante hideaway- wow! -what a find

                                                              Chris S.

                                                              Perfect base to explore the Charante area, we had a wonderful time catching up with family and friends. The house was warm, clean and very comfortable, typically French, with lovely outside spaces. The verandah off the main bedroom has an amazing view of the river.

                                                              Cognac and Angoleme are an easy drive away, beautiful walks can be taken around the river and local area.

                                                              Lin was a great host who gave us full information on the house and location prior to arrival.

                                                              Can’t recommend it highly enough.

                                                              Hideaway in Luxe - lovely village house + garden

                                                              Fiona E.

                                                              Lovely place to stay with friend or family. Kitchen is well equipped, nice dining room, great location for exploring the area. Doggie friendly. Garden is opposite across a very quiet road. Highly recommended.


                                                              Luxé, France


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