Photos and Description of this 4 bedroom holiday barn in Chalais - Le Petit Roc
Le Petit Roc combines Les Marronniers and Le Cerisier, ideal for large groups
At one end shallow enough for toddlers, at the other deep enough for adults to dive, this exceptionally large and attractively landscaped pool is suitable for all ages. The two larger properties can be connected, perfect for extended families. Les Marronniers profits from patio doors opening out onto a private, south facing, but shaded, terrace, oak beams, and a large balcony on the west gable end. The farm house, Le Cerisier, has a traditional Charentaise fireplace, with a Jotul wood burner, in its kitchen which opens out onto its own large, south facing terrace. The separate cottage, Le Pommier, is ideal for romantic couples of all ages, even those with young children! It has separate terraces for sunny breakfasts and shaded soirées, with a private, apple tree lawn. All three gites have access to a large terrace overlooking the pool, a tennis court, football goal,boules and volley ball courts, landscaped gardens, table tennis, children's play area, sports field, and a two acre wood.
Tennis Breaks: If you are interested in some coaching or a short tennis break built around coaching and playing, contact the owner, a CCA coach.
Places to Visit & Activities: Visit Chalais' 13th century château, cloisters and 12th century church - midnight tours every Wednesday. Further afield (between 15 minutes and 1 hour) you can visit the Monolithic church at Aubeterre, be in the heart of the St. Emilion wine region, or visit the famous brandy producers in Cognac. Alternatively, head east toward the fabulous Dordogne and the famous towns of Brantôme (the Venice of South West France) and Périgueux, the 'Walnut Capital'.
The coast is an hour's drive away. For unspoilt fishing villages or seaside resorts take your pick, although the Arcachon Basin and both the Dune of Pyla or Cap Ferret are worth a special mention.
For the more adventurous there is horse riding, canoeing, both lake and river swimming, as well as cycling, fishing, tennis and golf all within 15 minutes drive. Many of the river and lakeside beaches ( 'baignades' ) offer bars, restaurants, beach volley ball, playground activities and water slides.
Sport and Fitness: Bruce Evans is a very experienced P.E. teacher and sports coach: if you want your children to improve their skills and game knowledge, get some exercise, and enjoy a break yourselves, please contact me in advance on 00 33 5 45 78 55 38 to discuss possible activities and times. Alternatively he is keen to work with adults, individually or in groups, on health and fitness.
Details for holiday barn Les Marronniers, 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, 3 Bathrooms, 1 Separate WC
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- children welcome
- pets not allowed
- suitable for elderly or infirm
- wheelchair accessible
About Bruce & Christine Evans
Bruce grew up in Pembrokeshire, west Wales, Christine in Poissy, west of Paris. We spent 14 years together in Pembrokeshire before moving out to the Charente. Our children go to school in Chalais, Christine is on the PTA, and Bruce is vice President of the tennis club.
Bruce & Christine Evans purchased this barn in 2006
Why Bruce & Christine Evans chose Chalais
We looked at properties throughout Poitou Charente over Easter 2006, but Le Petit Roc was our favourite before we set out and even though we first saw it on a rainy day, we didn't change our minds.