Ref: CT26, Charente, Poitou-Charentes, France, £1935 to £4193 pw
Located 1km from the picturesque village of Vouthon (no shops) on the borders of the Dordogne and the Limousin, this beautiful 15th century property nestles below the St-Sornin vineyards and enjoys panoramic views of the village of Vouthon and the River Tardoire.
Living/dining room, kitchen, 1 bathroom, 2 bathrooms with wc, 1 shower room with wc, 1 separate wc, 3 double bedrooms (can be made up as twins), 1 bedroom with 1 double bed and 1 single bed, 1 bedroom with 6 children's beds (or 4 children's beds and 1 double bed)
Washing machine, dishwasher, dryer, 3 cots (linen supplied), 3 highchairs, telephone, variable mobile reception, WiFi (ground floor only), TV, video, DVD, CD, fans, barbecue, table tennis, babyfoot, piano, swings, sandpit, croquet, badminton, gym, lots of toys available
Bed linen, bathroom towels and pool towels are provided, as well as a weekly change for bookings of more than one week. Cleaning 3 hours weekly included, additional cleaning 12 € per hour. Cook 15 € per hour. Services are payable locally.
Prices quoted are subject to change.
The house rests on a hill and enjoys a secluded and tranquil setting, with beautiful views. The grounds of the property extend to over 12 hectares and clients have access to the surrounding farmland, woods and meadows. There are various terraces: one by the pool, a north-facing terrace by the kitchen ideal for lunch, and a south-facing terrace for dinner to watch the sun set over panoramic views.
A maximum charge of 250 € per week is payable to heat the pool above 25°C, weather permitting; this is payable locally.
The accommodation is set out on three levels. The interior is decorated to a high standard combining antique and rustic furnishings together with modern paintings to enhance the exposed beams and stonework, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere. The entrance hall gives onto a comfortable and airy living room with a large open fireplace and a baby grand piano, and French doors lead onto terraces on the north and south sides of the house as well as onto the garden. The kitchen is very well equipped with modern appliances and has a dining table; additional dining facilities are provided on both terraces.
On the first floor are a master double bedroom (200cm bed) with an integrated bath and washbasin, two further double bedrooms (200cm beds) and a shower room with a wc. In the converted attic space on the second floor are a very large bedroom that can also serve as a playroom with six children's beds (90cm beds - two of which can be made up as a double bed), as well as a bedroom with a double bed (200cm) and a single bed (90cm); each bedroom has an en suite bathroom (one with a half-bath) and a wc. In the second double bedroom on the first floor there is a steep loft ladder leading to the children's bedroom in the loft to be used in emergencies only. All the bedrooms have glorious views to the south.
Changeover day: Saturday
Can be heated
Open Jun to mid-Sept
18 hole 10km
This floor plan was prepared in good faith and may not be exactly to scale.
Le Petit Mas is very well located on the borders of the Dordogne, Limousin and Charente, allowing you to explore the beautiful villages of the northern Dordogne such as Piégut and the varying landscapes of these very different areas. The Charente is cognac country, for many the very epitome of French life, where the great houses of Courvoisier, Hennessy, Martell and Rémy Martin distil their magnificent brandies. Cognac itself has far more to offer, grand houses and narrow winding streets; and more festivals than there are months in the calendar.
To the east stands Angoulême, its very name a sign of sophistication, a prodigious cathedral the strongest hint of its affluent past. The Charente River gathers momentum near Saintes but it is never much more than a quiet waterway for those who delight in messing about in boats. Sleepy little towns like Jarnac seem to float by, followed by proud Romanesque abbeys and priories, silhouetted against the lush undulating countryside. Make sure you visit the churches at St Amand-de-Boixe, Bassac and Conzac.
St-Sornin (1km) bakers and a small grocers
Montbron (5km) and La Rochefoucauld at (13km) all shops and services
La Rochefoucauld (13km)
Montbron (5km): small market on Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday morning.
La Rochefoucauld (13km): nice to stroll here on a Saturday morning.
Piégut (22km): a must on Wednesday mornings.
Montbron (5km): The pizzeria la TOSCANE is good for children, there is a garden with tables in the summer. Low price.
Moulin de la Tardoire (7km): highly recommended - booking essential.
La Rochefoucauld (13km): Chez Stefan. Medium price.
Saint-Adjutory (15km): le Bellone – good for children and parents – medium price
Soyaux (24km): La Sigogne – more expensive
Angoulême (25km): La Ruelle – more expensive, La Tour des Valois – more expensive
In the old Angoulême: many restaurants from all over the world, nice atmosphere during summer evenings.
These restaurants have been recommended by our owners and this list is updated by us as often as possible. Their ownership and quality may have changed since the list was last updated.
The area is rich in history and culture, with an abundance of Romanesque churches and castles within easy driving distance
La Rochefoucauld: castle –a must! Children and parents can fancy dress up while they visit the castle. Couvent des Carmes, gothic Church.
Saint-Sornin: has a bar.
Montbron: a stunning walk takes you along the river Tardoire to the castle of Ferriere, Charbrot, Menet and to the Mills of Menet and Chabrot.
There are a lot of mills in the area opened to visits - paper mills, stone, flour mills (see Moulin de la Forge and Moulin de Vouthon where you can buy oils).
Angoulême: Cathedral, City walls, the old Angoulême, the food hall, Museum of Cartoons, Paper mill, chocolate factory
Chalus-Chabrol: the route of Richard the Lion Heart and where he was deadly wounded
Tusson, Nanteuil, Verteuil: in Tusson gardens and Museum of popular dwellings
Confolens: the village and its surroundings
Cognac, with a stunning drive along the River Charente
Aubeterre: monolithic church (a must)
Brantôme: the city and its surroundings
Rochechouart: museum of Meteorite, castle. Next to it Chassenon: roman baths
La Rochefoucauld (13km): Free concerts in July and August
Beef, black chicken, duck, goose, foie gras.
Good butter and cheeses.
Les Cornuelles (aniseed biscuits to celebrate Palm Sunday).
Local wine: Cave de St-Sornin and vineyards, within walking distance from the house.
Highly recommended: Outstanding Chardonnay - Henri Jammet Guimbelot (15 minute walk through the vineyards from the house http://guimbelot.com/
Cognac (favourite after-dinner drink of the area)
Pineau-des-Charentes (fortified wine made from adding grape juice to cognac, served as an apéritif)
Wine: Bordeaux 45 minutes / 1 hour from Angoulême by train
Tennis courts: Montbron (5km), Angoulême (25km)
Cycling: bikes for hire in Montbron (5km).
Canoeing: 5 minute drive from the house (highly recommended) very well organised, frequent departures on the Tardoire River. http://tardoireck.fr/tourisme/
Golf: 18-hole golf: Ecuras (golf de la Prèze – 10km), 18-hole golf: Angoulême (25km)
Sailing: lake in Angoulême (25km)
Riding: Pranzac: (8.5km) – horses and donkeys
Go-karting: (15 minutes' drive)
Canoeing: (15 minutes' drive) highly recommended
Fishing: on the grounds of the property
Lots of walks starting from the house.
The 'road' named 'Petit Mas' that passes through the property on the map is not accessible from outsiders and is private to the property.
The villa had plenty of space and adequate cooking facilities, pool was beautifully maintained. The villa is located in a quiet wooded area but within easy reach of Montbron and shops. We also found a lovely walk.
We were delighted when we arrived at Le Petit Mas. The house is beautiful. Traditional and comfortable and has everything 8 adults and 6 children could need. The pool was glorious with plenty of comfortable loungers and toys for the children. The kitchen was very well equipped. We were so happy with the house we didn't bother going out to dinner. However the town nearby had a lovely supermarket and a little cafe for our morning coffee and croissants. Veronique the owner is lovely and was very helpful booking us canoeing and giving us any advice we wanted. A fabulous holiday and we will definitely consider going again.
We had six children with us and they all slept in the kid's room at the top of the stairs which was like a kid's dream! So many toys. The house in itself was incredible and we felt lucky to stay somewhere with such history! There was lots of seating outside and we had everything we needed for a great holiday. Vero was so welcoming and helpful and left us delicious bottles of wine. The pool was amazing and the children spent the whole time in the pool. They especially loved it at night all lit up. We were a party of ten and the pool was the perfect size.
The house had a lot of character and gave us a truly French experience of a villa in the heart of the countryside. Many happy hours were spent around the pool or eating on the outside terrace. The rooms were all quite querky with cobbled floors downstairs and a kitchen brimming with charming French crockery. There was an excellent vineyard and winery close by which kept us supplied with excellent wine throughout the week. We took some bicycles and rented some and every day we went for lovely rides in the surrounding countryside.
Excellent property especially for families. Fantastic pool and great host who was very welcoming and helpful.
Good 3 generation extended family holiday villa tested to full with unusually inclement weather for August week.
The farmhouse is in a lovely location and is beautifully restored. The swimming pool is brilliant and the owner is a wonderful cook and took great care of us.
This year's holiday was just as wonderful as the last one we had with your company. The villa itself was incredibly well equipped. Future clients could be told there are endless baby supplies including bibs, monitors and dishes - would save dragging their own out. And the playroom and toys were a real bonus given the weather. Mme Chauvin is a wonderful hostess - friendly and welcoming. I would recommend her villa to anyone. Mrs Julie Johnson: The Petit Mas is a beautiful house with a larger than average pool. The location is superb in quiet countryside with long lanes to stroll on or cycle down and a river at the bottom of the hill if you want to try a bit of fishing. The owner, Véronique, is very friendly and helpful, and is always willing to import her local knowledge to help you enjoy your stay. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay - that's why we have been twice! Mr Nicholas Tanner: A very enjoyable holiday, catering for everyone - from 6 months old to 75 years old! Véronique was charming, very helpful (booking restaurants, drawing maps and suggesting days out). Lovely family property, ideal for children, very homely.
Le Petit Mas was wonderful. It suited us perfectly and there was tons for all of us to do.
What a fantastic holiday!! Your house is absolutely beautiful and in such a beautiful setting! We loved the roll-top bath in our bedroom.
Thanks so much for a fabulous holiday. Petit Mas is the most beautiful place which you have restored so lovingly. A gorgeous area as well.
What a lovely welcome when we arrived, it was greatly appreciated. A beautiful house, lovely surroundings.
We have had a wonderful relaxing time in this beautiful house, perfect for adults but also perfect for our little ones.
A gorgeous house in a lovely location. Everyone loved the pool table, football table and especially the swimming pool. A brilliant and relaxing holiday.
A return trip for my wife and myself, this time with some friend, 13 of us in total and once again the house didn’t disappoint anyone, we all loved it!
A lovely friendly house which has generated many good memories.
Second time here – just as good as the first – if not better.
What a beautiful house and garden. A place to remember and come back to.
We have enjoyed our second year at Petit Mas just as much – a splendid house, garden, pool. The area is so pretty and we look forward to exploring it again soon.
Fantastique! What more can I say?
Please note that the comments given above were taken from letters and holiday questionnaires from our clients over the years. We cannot acccept responsibility for any misleading information but the comments are given by us in good faith.
We have not always been able to obtain written comments from clients so the number of comments does not necessarily reflect the quality or the popularity of the villa.
One of my favourites. The house has been restored with much taste and the huge proportions of the rooms have been respected. Very well equipped for children. This area of France is a well-kept secret offering beautiful countryside and fabulous Romanesque architecture.