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. The house is set to ensure it stays cool on the hottest of days while the outdoor space follows the sun all day long.
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.The historic villages of Tusson and Aigre are a short distance away and part of the ancient Camino routes. Tusson can also be reached by a 6km walk across the fields behind the house.
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 7 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, Dieppe 5.5 hrs 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.