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Anne Buckingham

Member since: 2014
Speaks English
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Lovely, large house, rural setting with fabulous views. Private pool

3 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 6 - 7 nights

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Photos and Description of this 5 bedroom holiday chateau / country house in Charente - Le Ramard

5/6 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 16

The house will comfortably sleep sixteen people, configured to accommodate eight adults and older children (mid/late teens up), six children up to mid-teens, and at least two little ones in cots. It would be physically possible to fit in a couple more small children in cots, but only two cots will be provided at the property. There is plenty of suitable space in the garden for a tent, if extra visitors wanted to camp.

All you need to do is bring yourselves and your clothes and toothbrushes, and pretty much everything else you could need will be available at the house, including everything needed for babies and children. There is a wide selection of books, games, outdoor toys, and sports equipment, as well as two cots in the storeroom, sterilisers, nappy bins, changing mats, baby baths, toddler rails, etc., and all the various beakers, baby plates and cutlery for babies, similar for toddlers, and plenty of spare linen for the cots in case of accidents, as well as a first aid kit and basic medicines in a locked cabinet.

The house is set in approximately 2.5 acres of grounds, with fantastic views over the valley. There is a new, 10 x 5 metre saline system swimming pool with Roman steps - so suitable for small children - and a huge terrace surrounding it, fully fenced and alarmed for safety. Beside the pool is a lovely pool-house with a wet-room and summer kitchen. Surrounding two sides of the house is a large decked area with a gas barbeque and an outdoor dining table facing the pool. A pretty garden seat is positioned in the middle of the other elevation, to take advantage of the views. There is also a vast balcony accessed from double doors in each of the two upstairs bedrooms, with spectacular views over the valley, lovely for an aperitif in the evening. Between the pool-house and the house is a good-sized lawn, ideal for short tennis, or other games, the equipment for all of which are provided.

There will be a vegetable garden so you can pick whatever's ready to go with your dinner, and a well-stocked herb garden.

The kitchen is fully-fitted and equipped to an excellent standard, so if you enjoy cooking, you will be able to go wild!

In all, it is all designed to make travelling with your children as stress-free and fun as possible.

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  • Events Allowed
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Anne Buckingham (Owner)
Member since: 2014
Speaks English

Why Anne Buckingham chose Charente

I fell in love with this area when I first came to visit friends who had moved here from the UK in 2003, and my children and I have visited every year at least once a year ever since. When I first saw this house, it was only partly-built, and the builder had run out of money, but the views were so spectacular, I couldn't resist it. It's been a real labour of love, and now it is finished needs to be enjoyed!


based on 3 holidaymaker reviews

Lovely, large house, rural setting with fabulous views. Private pool
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews

Wonderful large property perfect for large group

  • 5 of 5

We loved Le Lemard fab house lots of space beautiful views from the stunning pool . Great entertainment areas and the kitchen had everything you could possibly need. A must if your looking for that perfect large family / friends holiday will definately be back

  • Review Submitted: Jan 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
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Gorgeous house, lovely countryside, tons to do

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay here. The house is great, plenty of room and the bathrooms are fantastic!!

The pool is one of the nicest I've ever come across in a holiday let, and there's a great wet room beside it.

Lots to do, beautiful countryside and several waterparks in easy reach.

We'll be back, for sure. Thanks for a wonderful stay.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 29, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
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Owner's Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay, and hope to welcome you back to le Ramard soon.
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  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a great break at this house. The property is furnished to a high standard and the fabulous kitchen is huge - ideal for a few families congregating. We spent most of our time in there playing board games etc. The views are stunning and there are some lovely restaurants in nearby Brossac and Chalais. Would definitely recommend this property. We'll certainly be returning.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 22, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
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Owner's Response: Thanks so much, am delighted to hear you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to welcoming you back!
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Nearest Airport
69 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Quai Sud Bar Restaurant
Nearest Ferry
377 Kilometres
St Malo
Nearest Golf
35 Kilometres
Nearest Train
8 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Restaurant le Saint Bernard
Nearest Beach
1 Kilometres
Etang Vallier
Car: recommended

The village is about five minutes’ walk and has a market and plenty of shops and other services: banking, pharmacy, post office, hairdressers, tabac, bakeries, convenience store, butcher, garage and petrol station and a very nice pizza restaurant.

The village centre also has 2 tennis courts that can be rented by popping into the Pharmacy. For more intense shopping, the town of Chalais is only about ten minute’s drive, and has a good Intermarché supermarket, and all the usual shops you’d expect in a small town, as well as a superb restaurant called le Relais du Chateau, perched high above the town, and a very friendly restaurant called la Bonne Humeur in the centre where Fernando does a mean steak on the outdoor grill and a fabulous creme brulee for pudding!

Ten minutes’ walk from the house in the other direction from the village, you'll also find the Etang Vallier lake complex, where there is a lovely man-made beach surrounding the lake; you can sunbathe, swim, fish or picnic, and for a very small fee can hire kayaks to use on the lake, play mini golf, table tennis or squash, swim in the indoor pool, little children can play on the equipment or you can have a drink, ice cream, meal or snack at the bar/restaurant. On Friday there is happy hour where all the activities are free so the children can play while you relax in the bar, and chat to the very friendly locals, French, British ex-pats and a few Dutch and other assorted nationalities.

There are biking and hiking trails all around through gorgeous countryside, and many of these also have little adventure trails with monkey bars, climbing frames etc., for children.

The Dordogne, Charente Maritime, and Aquitaine are each no more than 15 minutes away. It is a beautiful rural (or, by French standards, semi-rural) area, with woodland, farms, vines and sunflowers everywhere you look. Lovely towns like Bordeaux, Cognac, St Emilion, and Angoulème are all within very easy access by car, and there is a huge amount to do in the area, if you’ve had enough of relaxation; historical areas to visit, museums and galleries and a multitude of water-parks, sports facilities and children’s activities within a short drive. There are many excellent restaurants in the area, some incredibly good value for money. The weather in the area is amongst the best that can be found in France, with the second highest annual level of sunshine in the country.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday chateau / country house in Brossac, Charente

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Summer 2016
9 Jul 2016 - 10 Sep 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Half Term Autumn
18 Nov 2016 - 4 Dec 2016
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £600

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be written, I will confirm in writing for your insurance.

Cancellations will be charged as a % of the final booking cost as follows:
The security deposit will be returned and
More than 21 days notice: Admin charge of £100
14 days to 21 days notice: 25%
7 days to 13 days' notice: 50%
48 hours' to 6 days' notice: 75%
Less than 48 hours' notice: 100%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house in Charente in Poitou-Charentes

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 310 m²
Location Type:
  • beach
  • rural
  • village
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Free Local Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , Freestanding bath with shower mixer head.
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Lovely shower room, en-suite to bedroom 2
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , En-suite shower room to bedroom 3
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , Huge family bathroom with large freestanding bath
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Wet room in the pool house for use if by pool or camping
  • All high quality fittings, rainhead showers. There are three hot water tanks, one for the pool house, one for the family bathroom and the other for the rest of the house
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot , Cot will be placed in room on request
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , Twin beds, can be reconfigured as superking on request
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , Twin beds can be reconfigured to make superking on request
    Bedroom 4 - 3 Single Bed , Bunk beds with full truckle underneath, sleeps three
    Bedroom 5 - 3 Single Bed , Bunk beds with full truckle underneath, sleeps three
    Bedroom 6 - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Large, fully-sprung sofa bed in the play room, sleeps 2
  • All are large rooms, decorated and furnished in lovely shabby chic style, with plenty of drawer and hanging space. All have chests of drawers, mirrors, hairdryers etc., and most have a dressing table. Bedroom 2 and 3 have double doors leading onto a huge (9.3m x 3m) balcony with fabulous views. All the beds and mattresses are good quality. Bedroom 2 and 3 can be configured either as twin beds in each or a superking in each as required. 2 cots and a moses basket available if required.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • MP3 Dock
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
  • Porch Furniture
  • Events Allowed
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Very close to an inland beach, at the Etang Vallier complex where you can kayak, swim, fish and picnic. There is a sports complex there with an indoor pool and squash courts etc., If you might be interested in cookery classes run at the house, please contact the owner.

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