Fully equipped 3 bedroom house of character in tranquil Charente countryside
- English, French
About Hilary Turnbull
Barrie and Hilary Turnbull - we live in Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland. Barrie is an architect and Hilary is originally an interpreter, but has owned an international science publishing business for many years. We love France and have many friends in different parts of the country, whom we love to visit, as well as having our friends and family visit us in France (our kids all live in London now they are grown up). We have a fun 2 year old Nova Scotia Retriever called Finn - who is hoping to make his first journey out to our house in France very soon. We are very happy to have families, groups of friends, and their canine companions share the lovely little corner of France we have found - to enjoy long, lovely summer days of sunshine in a quiet spot, so perfect for relaxing.
Hilary Turnbull purchased this House in 2010
Why Hilary Turnbull chose Courlac
We originally came out to see another house for sale, after our initial research, but when we saw Le Pressoir, we fell in love with it at first sight - it's so full of character... from the large, double-height central dining hall where 12 or more can sit down for dinner together, with its beams and exposed stone, to the barn-owl boxes high up on the back wall, where you can sit and watch the parents go off to hunt for the owlets in late Spring and early Summer. We are not sure quite how old the house is, as it is made up of an old cottage and part barn, but it's got some wonderful antique furniture that goes well with the style and dates from around the end of the 18th century
What makes this House unique
peace and relaxation on the one hand - with lots of places to sit in or out of the sun and read. Or play games and swim in the pool. And at the end of the day, eating al fresco with a barbecue and some of the best local wine in the world, listening to the birds and little frogs and star-gazing / owl watching as the light fades - is the perfect antidote to our normal busy lives
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
Perfect peaceful place
Lovely old house with a great swimming pool! We Highly recommend!
hi Ruth - glad you had a good time - and hope you had a safe and smooth journey home. best wishes Hilary & Barrie
Fantastic beautiful home with a large private pool. Perfect place for a holiday!
We stayed at Le Pressoir for a week with our 4 children ages 11 - 18 and we had the most amazing time. The house is beautiful and there are so many places outside to choose to eat. We were spoilt for choice! We loved having the pool which was such a good size and really needed for the hot weather. We enjoyed Aubeterre a lot and kept popping back to sit on the main square for a drink! The area is so wonderfully quiet that it makes the perfect place for a holiday. We thoroughly recommend this place to anyone thinking of staying there!
Wonderful location. Unique accommodation. Loved it.
Charming and peaceful. Truly rural. Swimming pool fantastic. Really enjoyed our stay.
Charming and tranquil. Thoroughly enjoyable, relaxing stay in a beautiful country house in a picturesque area.
A wonderful stay in a wonderful home
We feel very privileged to have spent a week staying in this lovely home. The location is so peaceful, with some of the most gorgeous dog walks right from the front door. The Moroccan style courtyard was a delightfully cool place all day and the back walled garden a real sun trap. Every day was special, wish we were still here.
hi Daniel - so glad you and your family had a lovely time and wishing you a wonderful rest of summer. Hilary & Barrie
Fantastic rural property in Courlac, a must see!
This was our second stay at Le Pressior and we had a fantastic time. If you want a quiet hideaway in rural France this is perfect for you. 90 minutes from the airport this charming house is like home from home, well equipped and comfortable with three generous double bedrooms and massive main bathroom with claw footed bath for a relaxing soak.
You will be spoilt for choice on where to sit and enjoy the sunshine and mealtimes at this property. It boasts a charming side garden which is nice and cool in the evenings and a beautiful back garden with BBQ and dining table for 6. Ample space to sunbath, eat and relax at the property or you can go poolside to the private pool set in a well established garden with sun loungers, table and chairs and a fantastic hammock in a cool shaded spot.
Local village and supermarket are only short drive from the house through stunning scenery, especially the fields of sunflowers in July - spectacular.
Although the local area is very quiet there are many fantastic locations within a 30 minute/60 minute drive including Angloueme, Aubeterre sur Dronne and if you want to go further afield Saint Emillion, Bordeaux itself and Lascaux.
It was a great getaway spot and we would definitely visit again. Thanks!
Our hamlet lies within the tiny commune of Courlac, from which you can explore our beautiful countryside, through the many lanes and footpaths which radiate from the village. Ideal for a leisurely stroll.... or something more vigorous.
Close by are the market towns of Chalais, with a classic market on Monday mornings, and where you'll find all the boulangeries, supermarket, banks, shops and post office. And Riberac with a very big market on a Friday morning. The historic village of Aubeterre -sur-Dronne is just delightful to visit - with its monolithic church hewn centuries ago out of the limestone cliff, and with a nave higher than Notre Dame's in Paris. Or just sit in the beautiful square and sip a Pineau des Charentes (the local aperitif) before strolling around the narrow streets of one of the 100 prettiest villages in France, finishing up with a lovely dinner in one of the restaurants or creperies. Look out for the village pottery, too!
Lovely river beaches are located close by in Aubeterre, as well as Brossac (which has a firework display to music overlooking the lake, every 14th July), La Jemaye and St. Aulaye. All have small restaurants, bar, ice creams etc. Beaches are kept clean and dogs are not permitted through the summer. You can fish on the Dronne (get a permit from the Vival shop in Aubeterre), or hire kayaks.
Or take a day out and explore a little further afield and visit the famous wine region of Bordeaux, the medieval village of St Emilion, and the equally famous distilleries of Cognac. All are within easy reach. You can also easily drive into the Dordogne and discover the cathedral city of Perigueux or the caves at Brantome.
Beyond Bordeaux are the unspoilt beaches of the Atlantic coast. Lovely sandy beaches at St Georges-de-Didonne right up to Royan, the popular St-Palais-sur-Mer beach, with its pine trees behind are 1.5 hrs drive. Lacanau and Bassin Arcachon are approx 2 hours distance - try and climb the tallest sand dune in Europe at Arcachon, but see who can run down it! Also The Nautilus Centre at Angoulême has water sports and a leisure swimming pool. And a cartoon museum, as well as the famous Circuit des Remparts (vintage cars racing around the old walled city) in September.
Golf: There is a short but challenging FFG golf course (a par 32 (x2)) with an enthusiastic and multinational club running throughout the year at Longeveau (Aubeterre). And here are a number of other courses within a comfortable driving distance, including Angouleme and Perigueux (both 45 mins), plus courses in Cognac, La Preze, Vigiers, Royan and Bordeaux. Horse-riding at Condeon and various other places - and if you want an inspiring afternoon and great afternoon tea, head to St. Pancrace in the Dordogne to meet some of the London Met Police horses who've retired there.
There's a folder at the house with lots more info on things to do and see, and places to go - or you can just relax by the pool - it's up to you!