The Gatehouse is a picturesque detached house which stands close to the lake which abounds with fish and wildlife. Upstairs it has 4 substantial bedrooms (3 double and 1 twin) and 3 bathrooms (2 en-suite). Downstairs is a living area with comfortable seating and TV at one end by a large open fireplace and a dining area at the other. There is also a large kitchen kitted out with modern appliances. The living room has doors leading to an outside eating area and barbeque, adjacent to a 6.4m private octagonal swimming pool with solar heating.
- Cottage2045 sq. ft.
- Separate WCs0
- Min. Stay1 - 7 nights
Domaine de Villechaise
Two luxurious cottages with superb facilities for swimming, tennis and carp fishing at Domaine de Villechaise - a magnificently restored small French chateau in one of the prettiest parts of the Charente, close to the famous village of Confolens. Both cottages are very large, cool and airy. They have modern facilities but have been carefully renovated to keep the French style and feel. The gardens and grounds of the chateau extend to 25 acres with hundreds of magnificent trees, shrubs and flowering plants, and support an amazing variety of birds and wildlife. There are excellent facilities for adults and children alike. Each cottage has a swimming pool, and there is a tennis court and large lake, the latter being well-stocked with coarse fish including some large carp. Badminton, table tennis, croquet and boules are also available within the grounds and golf courses are nearby. The famous cities of Poitiers, Limoges and Angouleme (with their airports) are all within a 1 hour drive.
- english, portuguese
- Calendar last updated:
- 31 Oct 2018
Pool / Spa
Fantastic holiday , restful family time away from the crowds and close with nature .
We had a great welcome from the owners, John and Philippa , were shown around the house and were very thankful for the lovely bottle of chilled white wine ! The house was clean, comfortable and well equipped, sumptuous bedding and towels . The pool was a hit for the children , the gardens were fantastic and the two acre lake was amazing, we all enjoyed the wild life and saw creatures we have never seen before ( the children found the coypus fascinating ,we know they are rodents but the kids thought they were baby otters! )we saw two tiger owls stroll past us on the lawns ,we saw two kingfishers regularly and the bull frog chorus in the evenings were highly entertaining.Confelons is a very pretty little town on the river vienne , we also visited one of the lakes in haute Charente a few minutes drive , lovely sandy beach there which the kids loved , they caught little fish in their buckets and they had the time of their lives, OVerall this was a different experience for us and we loved it , it brought to our attention that families are missing out on this quality time together , doing simple things like making paper boats and sailing them in the pool, playing memory games with objects from the table ,hours of fun and I can honestly say it will be in those kids memory for ever ! THank you John and PHillippa ! We would love to return !
Many thanks for your kind comments! It was great to share Domaine de Villechaise with you and it would be lovely to see you again sometime soon.
Peace and relaxation
Had a wonderful week at the Gatehouse. Idyllic surroundings and so much room for everyone. The house was very well equipped and big enough to accommodate all 3 families although nearly the majority of our time was spent outside thanks to the wonderful weather we had. The swimming pool and decked area were enjoyed by all and made a perfect party area for a family celebration whilst we were there. The tennis courts and other sports equipment kept the little ones busy and the lake proved challenging fishing but a tranquil and beautiful backdrop in the evenings.
John was always around and a very good host. It's a good base to explore further afield although we ended up enjoying doing nothing more than anything.We would definitely recommend the Gatehouse to anyone especially if you want to relax and unwind on holiday.
Fantastic property in superb surroundings.
Thank you John & Phillipa for providing such an amazing holiday experience. The Gatehouse is a roomy, typically French character property, comfortably furnished with a large well equipped kitchen and large, light and airy bedrooms all with great views. The pool is just a few steps across the terrace from the house, ideal for kids and adults alike. The grounds are a delight with a large lake fully stocked with a variety of fresh water fish, suitable for the serious carp angler or enthusiastic novices like ourselves. A tennis court and games room complement the beautiful grounds ideal for children to play and run safely all day. Only a short drive to Confolens, a lovely old town straddling the River Vienne. The owner, John, ensured our stay was trouble free, on hand with local knowledge and advice when required and he was very helpful and accommodating throughout the booking process and the whole holiday. I would not hesitate to recommend this holiday rental to any discerning family who value relaxation, freedom and a bit of old fashioned luxury in beautiful surroundings. We'll be back! Thanks again, Gary, Julie, Vic, Emma, Connor, Felix and Isaac. x
Thank you for those kind words. Your family were a delight to have stay with us!
We had a fantastic holiday on the domain Villechaise.
Domaine de Villechaise is in the hamlet named after it - Villechaise - on the D59 just 3 km south of Confolens in the Charente region. It is convenient for the shops and restaurants of Confolens and within easy reach of the famous cities and airports of Poitiers, Limoges and Angouleme.
The Charente is an unspoilt and uncrowded region, criss-crossed by the wide clear waters of the Charente and Vienne rivers. There are rolling hills with pastures dotted with woodland - ideal terrain for rambling, following history-studded paths and deserted river banks. The wildlife is abundant - nightingales sing with nightjars in the evenings, red squirrels run across lawns and buzzards fly overhead.
There are plenty of sites to see and activities in the area - for both adults and children alike - including adventure parks, zoos, white water canoeing, museums and the famous Confolens music festival in August. There are also a number of courses in the area for the avid golfer.
Other Activities: Badminton, tennis, swimming pools, table tennis, croquet, boules, carp fishing
Golf: The two nearest golf courses are at St Junien (20 min drive) and Mortemart (40 min drive). There are many more courses a little further away.