|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Pres Des Geais is set in a peaceful location with the beautiful River Charente flowing gently by at the bottom of the half-acre garden. Relax and unwind in the hammock with a cool drink while you watch the river flow by. Or if you are feeling more energetic, have a row in your own boat down to the old water-mills with lily-ponds.
The house sleeps five: one double bedroom, one twin bedroom and one single bedroom (the double sofa-bed can sleep 2 more). French doors lead onto sun-terrace which overlooks the garden and river. Comfortable large lounge with stone Charentaise fireplace, beamed ceilings, CD Hi-Fi, wood-burning stove, sofa & double sofa-bed.
The large dining room with has a long oak table seating ten or more. The kitchen is recently fitted with a five-ring hob, new fridge-freezer, dishwasher, built-in oven and washing machine. There are two bathrooms, one with bath the other with a shower.
Nearby attractions:: Within easy driving distance of Angouleme, the coast at La Rochelle, Futuroscope at Poitiers, Cognac, Limoges, and the Dordogne. The nearest Chateau is at Bayers, 1 mile away. 3 miles from the lovely village of Verteuil-sur-Charente with its magnificent chateau.
The River, Fishing and rowing boat: The slow-moving stretch of the wide river is perfect for fishing, guests often catch several types of fish - barbel, roach, trout etc.
The river is also safe to swim in straight from the garden.
The rowing boat is moored in an inlet to the river in the garden and is freely available throughout your stay.
Horse riding: There is a riding school and stables 2 minutes away by car which can be booked for horse-riding.
My husband and I came to stay at my Secret River for two weeks during September 2013 after being recommended to come and stay by some friends. Well it certainly lived up to expectations, the villa itself was spacious and really comfortable and well equipped, it also felt really homely I think because the owners use it a lot themselves. We had a couple of chilly damp days to start and the comfort of the villa meant it was nice to stay 'home' and the wood burning stove was great. The weather then improved and for the rest of our stay we were blessed with warm sunny weather, it was so lovely to sit out on the terrace, especially for meals and barbeques and the huge garden was brilliant as was the river at the bottom of the garden. You could sit and watch the wildlife (fish, ducks, herons and otters) or row up and down the very quiet and peaceful river - I had never rowed a boat before but loved it! We also used the bikes to cycle leisurely round the local villages, it was great to have them there to use when you wanted.
Three further members of our family flew over to France to stay with us for a week and there was plenty of room for the 5 of us, we also went out and about and visited some of the local attractions. There are Chateaus to visit at Rochefoucauld and Poitiers, pretty villages such as Nanteuil and Verteuil, the poignant village of Oradour and of course the numerous distilleries of Cognac.
It really was a lovely relaxing and peaceful holiday and because the villa is so nice there really is no pressure to go out if you don't want to and that really helped us to unwind during our stay.
Pres Des Geais is on the edge of the ancient hamlet of Chenon, a few km from the village of Verteuil with its magnificent Chateau and close to the market town of Ruffec. Verteuil has a small but friendly bar, Dixieland, with English-speaking owners and Jazz on Saturdays.
Aunac is only 5 minutes by car and is the nearest if you fancy getting your Baguettes & croissants. You can also find a butcher, grocery shop, pharmacy, hairdresser, Bar & Restaurant.
This is a perfect base for exploring the pretty region with its sunflower-fields, Chàteaux and vineyards, villages and local restaurants where you may sample superb wines and Pineau for which this sunny region is renowned.
Nearby airports are Poitiers, 50 minutes away, Limoges at just over an hour and La Rochelle 1 and a half hours. BA flies to Bordeaux which is just over two hours drive.
Other Activities: rowing boat, private fishing
|Rental Period||Minimum Rate||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Rate|
1 Oct 2014 - 31 Dec 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£300|
|Final Cleaning Charge||£40|
We require a 30% booking deposit, to be paid either by cheque or internet transfer.
For non UK renters, cheque or Internet transfer in EURO will be acceptable.
For long term rental, minimum stay is 3 months. Please enquire for rates.
For 2 weeks stay or more, a case of wine (12 bottles) will be offered with our compliments.
Please Note: The owner of this property accepts payment in the original currency specified (GBP), before use of conversion tool. The conversion tool is provided for your convenience only. The owner may accept other currencies if specifically agreed in advance.
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