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8 ensuite bedroom Manor house in 7 acres with river access, 2km from Aubeterre

Bedrooms 8
Space 1,948 sq. ft.
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


About the property

5 double beds,1 twin, 1 single, 1 with 3 beds, all en-suite Large kitchen/lounge

Beautiful 150 year old manor house located on the Charente, Dordogne border. Situated less than a mile from the stunning village of Aubeterre-Sur-Dronne, famous for its subterranean church dating back to the 7th century. The village has numerous restaurants and bars, a river beach with snack bar, river swimming, and canoe hire.

St Antoine Cumond is a typically French village approximately half a mile away. There is one restaurant and bar which serves excellent food and hospitality.

The house is 45 minutes from Bergerac airport and just over 1 hour from Bordeaux airport.

All 8 bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms and the additional ground floor bathroom has a bath, very useful for children. The bedrooms have removable screens for the windows and each room has a fan and UK styles sockets available as well as the traditional French sockets.

The house has a large lounge able to accommodate everyone, with English satellite TV, DVD player, CD player and amplifier.

With a very large fully equipped kitchen including American style Fridge freezer with ice making facilities, range cooker, microwave and dishwasher.

Large dining table.

Wifi and a sonos music system is available in the house.

The ground floor of the house has a total floor area of approximately 100sq metres

The first floor and top floor have a space of approximately 63sq metres

Facilities include:

Laundry facilities


Table tennis

5.5 metre swimming pool

Several canoes with life jackets

Several bicycles

Trampoline with safety net

Dart board

Fully enclosed front garden

Travel cot and high chair

All linen, towels and beach towels provided

Outdoor seating for eating and relaxing

Local facilities include:

A 9 hole golf course within 5km

Small local supermarket and 3 Boulangeries within walking/cycling distance.

Larger supermarkets at Riberac and Chalais approximately 10kms away, both towns also have great weekly markets.

Jemaye fresh water lakes with beaches, cycling and walking trails within 20 minutes drive.

Go Ape type facility at a river beach with swimming pool with water slide at St Aulaye 10 minutes away

The lovely local river beach at Aubeterre, 1.5km, which has river swimming and diving, with lifeguards during the summer months, a good snack bar and ample picnicking spots and children's playground to enjoy.

Within an hours drive are many attractions including Caves, the lovely village of Brantome, plus Cognac and St Emilion with tours and sampling. The coast and many other attractions slightly further afield.

More Details

Ian or Moira Kitchin
Member since: 2016
Speaks English
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Calendar last updated:
9 July, 2018

About Ian or Moira Kitchin

Hello we are Moira, Ian and Isi. We currently live in the U.K. but plan to move to France on a more permanent basis in the future, but still renting out the main house. We originally bought the house with a plan to move immediately but work prevented us from doing this at that point.

Ian or Moira Kitchin purchased this chateau / country house in 2011

Why Ian or Moira Kitchin chose Laprade

The house is a lovely old manor house which has now been fully renovated and provides excellent accommodation for large families or groups wishing to enjoy a wonderfully holiday together. All the bedrooms have en-suite facilities and we have installed a ground floor bathroom which has bath, perfect for smaller children or for aching bones after a long walk, bike ride or canoe trip.

There is lots of space for families to enjoy all types of activities within the 7.5 acre grounds and it close enough to walk to and or from the local villages of St Antoine Cumond and Aubeterre-Sur-Dronne which have restaurants and bars.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

The rear garden borders the river Dronne, providing access for river swimming, canoeing or fishing, (although a local fishing licence is necessary and can be purchased in the village). The front garden is fully enclosed, perfect for smaller children or pets. There is ample outside dining space both in the front garden or the rear overlooking the river. We have had wonderful evenings dining outside under the trees overlooking the river with lanterns to provide lovely ambient lighting. There is very little, if any, light pollution at night and so sitting outside gazing at the night sky, seeing the shooting stars and milky way, on a clear night with a glass of local wine is an excellent way to end the evening.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house in Laprade in Charente

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1948 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 10:30
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • beach
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 16 people
  • 9 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Ensuite for bedroom 2
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Ensuite for bedroom 3
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , ensuite for bedroom 1
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Ensuite for bedroom 4
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Ensuite for bedroom 5
    Bathroom 6 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Ensuite for bedroom 6
    Bathroom 7 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Ensuite for bedroom 7
    Bathroom 8 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Ensuite for bedroom 8
    Bathroom 9 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Ground floor bathroom
  • All the bedrooms have ensuite facilities consisting of washbasin, toilet and shower. There is an additional bathroom on the ground floor which has a bath.
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , Includes ensuite, wardrobe and bed side tables, river views
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , ensuite & wardrobe, larger room can accommodate a cot/putuup
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , ensuite & wardrobe + dresser larger room room for cot/putuup
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed , ensuite & wardrobe, rear view over the river
    Bedroom 5 - 3 Single Bed , On top floor 1 single + 1 bunk bed - ensuite
    Bedroom 7 - 2 Single Bed , On the top floor with ensuite. facing the front garden
    Bedroom 8 - 1 Single Bed , Top floor with ensuite facing the rear garden and river
    Bedroom 6 - 1 Double Bed , Top floor, 1 double bed with ensuite facing the front garden
  • All of the bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms with shower, toilet and sink. A wardrobe and bedside tables or storage for clothes. There is a fan and a UK plug multiblock for your convenience. The windows have a retractable/detachable screens for your comfort. There is a travel cot and put you up bed available if necessary.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 6 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • caves
  • churches
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
The house and grounds are large to accommodate larger groups but any size will enjoy the location which is close enough to local villages to walk but far enough away to be quite. The local villages have restaurants and bars, including a river beach and bar at Aubeterre. There are bikes, canoes, table tennis, badminton etc as explained above together with lots of nice walks. All facilities are undertaken at the clients own risk.


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8 ensuite bedroom Manor house in 7 acres with river access, 2km from Aubeterre
average rating of 4.857143 based on 7 reviews

Perfect for our family of 16 holiday!

  • 5 of 5

We booked this holiday to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary with all the family so there were 16 of us aged between 4 and 79!

The house is not only beautiful but incredibly well equipped with everything you could think of and perfect for us to have all the rooms en-suite.

Aubeterre sur Dronne is so picturesque and the perfect distance away to explore on foot or by bike or car. I have to admit we were all pretty lazy and didn't go much further afield but what with canoeing and trampolining, swimming, sunbathing and shopping we were kept busy in and around the house.

We were lucky with fabulous weather but there are plenty of lovely shady spots for those that didn't want to sit in the sun and lunch and dinner under the trees was a treat almost every day. We met with more family who live fairly nearby at the local hotel in town where the food was fantastic and the service impeccable so definitely worth a visit if you want something a bit special. Set menu at 35euros each which bumps up considerably when you add copious amounts of wine!

Ian could not have been more helpful and was on hand straight away if needed.

None of us could find fault with anything and the whole family had an absolutely fantastic week. We would definitely think about going back again! Thank you Ian and Moira for sharing your beautiful home x

  • Review Submitted: 02-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nice mix of a French holiday with UK hospitality

  • 5 of 5

Very nice property with a large, sunny garden in front and the river behind the house. Clearly not just for holiday rentals; personal touches make this an excellent place to stay. Example: not just a pool for the kids, but also enough floating toys to fool around for days. The home owners make sure that all functions well and that your stay is nice.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A fabulous family & friends week!

  • 5 of 5

We were a party of 13 adults and 3 babies and there was plenty of room to accommodate us all very comfortably. The house was extremely well equipped, with a large garden, a small but adequate pool with a very nice sun terrace. We also made lots of use of the barbeque, canoes, kayaks and bikes that were made available. There are some lovely cycling routes in the area from flat and easy to challenging and all on very quiet roads through some pretty villages and countryside. A leisurely 45 minute paddle in the canoes takes you to the beautiful man made beach in Aubeterre, which you can also walk to within 15 mins. The town of Aubeterre is just a few minutes further on from the beach where there are some lovely restaurants. All in all a superb house in a great location!

  • Review Submitted: 31-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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great location, well equipped

  • 4 of 5

Lovely house, well situated with lots of land around to enjoy. House very well equipped and lots of toys and kit in barns including canoes, bikes and swimming pool /sun deck.

Local town of Aubeterre full of interest and colourful town, lots of places to visit within an hours drive.

Electricity supply tripped out several times and en suite facilities occasionally disappointing with water flow, but overall we had a wonderful family holiday

  • Review Submitted: 22-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello, Many thanks for the review, we are pleased you had such a good holiday. Your points noted with regard to the electricity tripping out occasionally and poor water flow in one of the bathroom basin taps, we will certainly look into both issues. Best wishes Ian & Moira
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Holiday at Chez Brun

  • 5 of 5

What a fantastic house! We have had a great time staying in Chez Brun and will certainly be returning. The house is wonderfully well kept with bits of antique furniture combined with all the mod cons and everything you could ever need. The owners we're so friendly and welcoming and helped us find the local supermarkets and recommended things to do in the area. The grounds are beautiful with an idyllic river running behind the house - the older kids enjoyed kayaking down to the river beach in the village. Many an afternoon was spent playing table tennis and swimming in the pool and many more evenings were spent drinking wine and looking at the stars. The village itself was stunning - it was like something out of a film. Most of the restaurants spoke English or tolerated our French and sometimes we walked and sometimes took the car. There's a fantastic selection of restaurants to suit every palette and there's plenty to do around the area such as St Emillion - which was a fantastic day out with the bonus of wine tasting. I would certainly recommend this house to friends and I have done! We are really looking forward to coming back next year. Thanks to Moira and Ian for making us feel so welcome and making such a gem available to stay in.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Nov-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The property was fabulous there were four of us and 10 Bedrooms so plenty of space and choice of beds. Everything you would need for your self catering holiday. Large kitchen, spacious lounge with free view TV a real home from home only in our case much bigger.

Plenty of outside space including a river view to the back. Outdoor entertainment with canoes, table tennis, a variety of golf clubs and many more outdoor games to keep you amused. Outside seating modern and plentiful for us. We were also advised that a swimming pool is in the process of being constructed.

Just a short way down the road towards the town there is a man made beach along side a wide part of the river where a roped of swimming section has been arranged. There is a pleasant cafe along side the river for snacks,soft, drinks and alcohol. There are many picnic tables in the same area.

We visited the town (Aubeterre Sur Dronne.) where there are several restaurants and bars set in a pleasant town square. The town also has a small supermarket for basic supplies. There are larger supermarkets close by in Riberac.

We had a wonderful time despite our inability to get very far in the canoes although we had a great time trying. Life jackets advised as the river current is quite strong. A car is recommended as this property is in the countryside, although for the able bodied you can walk to the beach and town.

Would highly recommend this property.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks and we are really pleased you enjoyed your stay so much. Just one correction the house only has eight bedrooms and not ten. You'll be pleased to note that the pool construction was completed and is as described on the website. Again many thanks, Moira, Ian & Isi
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Nearest Airport
68 Kilometres
Bergerac or Bordeaux
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Kilometres
St Antoine Cumond - Aubeterre is 2.5km
Nearest Ferry
530 Kilometres
Caen is one of several convenient
Nearest Golf
6.5 Kilometres
Lovely 9 hole course with bar and restaurant
Nearest Train
50 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Kilometres
St Antoine Cumond Aubeterre with several is 2.5km
Nearest Beach
1.5 Kilometres
Aubeterre river beach
Car: recommended


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday chateau / country house in Laprade, Poitou-Charentes

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
High Summer
30 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
Late Summer
1 Sep 2018 - 29 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
Early Summer
18 May 2019 - 29 Jun 2019
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
High Summer
30 Jun 2019 - 31 Aug 2019
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
Late Summer
1 Sep 2019 - 28 Sep 2019
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
Standard Rate
29 Sep 2019 - 14 Dec 2019
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
15 Dec 2019 - 11 Jan 2020
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add £25 per night, per additional guest
Standard Rate 2020
7 Mar 2020 - 16 May 2020
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £500

Rates are subject to change until the booking is confirmed.
A document detailing many more benefits and aspects of the house, grounds and local activities, including restaurants etc. is available in the house.

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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