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Beautiful 18th C mansion/chateau set in secure grounds, 72m2 pool near Cognac

Bedrooms 7
Space 4,800 sq ft
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

7 Bedrooms sleeping 14, 2 bathrooms, shower room 2 kitchens,Free WiFi

Set in a small tranquil village in the midst of beautiful vineyards, sunflower fields and woodlands, this ex-residence of a French ambassador is only 5 minutes from supermarkets, restaurants, cafes and boulangeries. The village lies between Cognac the home of the famous brandy and Angouleme the region's capital. It is also only 5 minutes from Jarnac with its' bars restaurants and kayaking on the river Charente as well as being near to the wonderful west coast with its stunning beaches and famous seafood restaurants.

The main house covers three floors and has 7 double bedrooms four of which have twin beds and all of which are decorated in individual styles.

On the ground floor is a fully fitted kitchen, a breakfast room with antique tiled floor and a study and lavatory on one side of the hallway, whilst on the other side is a double sitting room with an original fireplace and TV and DVD.

Above the kitchen is a fully equipped utility room with washing machine, sink and drying facilities.

One wing of the house is a large dining area containing the original alembic used to distil cognac until recently. This also has its’ own kitchen with up to date fixtures and appliances including American fridge with ice maker dishwasher and two ovens and hobs.

The grounds are totally walled, providing total security for your children and complete privacy, comprising of a large cobbled courtyard entered by electronic gates, with a centrepiece fountain and covered parking. 2 hectares of parkland and a large pool which is 12 metres x 6 metres with an electronic cover.

Additional activities: Activities abound in the area. From golf and kayaking to walks on the numerous paths through the vineyards and the towpaths along the Charente river. Why not visit the Museum of the Gabarriers to see the life of a Charente bargee.

Close by is the market town of Rouillac which has a monthly market with reputedly the biggest livestock market in France. Outside Rouillac is a museum of the Roman occupation and the remains of a 5,000 seater roman theatre.

For the more adventurous a visit to the Gironde peninsula is well worthwhile. Here you can visit the great winemaking Chateaus like Margaux and St Emilion or go sand yachting on the miles of beaches. Here among the dunes and pine forests, you can also see the old Second World War German fortifications, or if you prefer watching the world go by, there are plenty of small towns with cafes and restaurants serving fresh seafood.

The Surrounding Area: The pretty town of Jarnac, the birthplace of Francois Mitterand 10 minutes away, sits on the banks of the River Charente where kayaks can be hired to explore the river and also enjoy the fishing. Jarnac is also home to the famous brandy house ‘Courvoisier’. The ancient town of Cognac, home of ‘Hennessy’, ‘Martell’, and ‘Remy Martin’, is a 15-minute drive away. Most of the distilleries offer free tastings and tours. The beginning of March sees the 'Coup de Chauffe' festival, where street entertainers fill the streets with fun, and the beginning of July sees the streets taken over with Blues, Soul Music and Jazz bands with jam sessions between amateur and professional musicians. If you are here in September, there is the Rallye des Remparts in Angouleme where vintage cars race around the town.

Additional services: While you are staying at Bois de Vaux, we offer some add-ons that may make your stay more exciting and enjoyable. Prices are available on application

If you are tired of doing your own cooking, we can arrange meals in the house cooked for your group with of course accompanying wine.

More Details

Property Manager
Justin Verderber
Member since: 2003
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
16 August, 2018

Guestbook comments from the manager

We travelled as a party of 14, 3 grandparents, 4 parents and 7 children ages ranging from 4 to 12 years old, the property and its grounds are very large and easily accommodated our group.

The beautiful walled garden, very clean swimming pool and large courtyard with its good quality table tennis table kept as all entertained. When the weather stopped play outside the children played games of sardines inside, with the large property offering plenty of various hiding places.

The property was ideal for our group with adults generally taking the main bedrooms on the 1st floor, all three of which are large and the children in the 4 bedrooms on the 2nd floor. Meals were taken in the very large old Cognac distillery or outside in the garden, which the good quality BBQ supported well. In the evening the adults retreated to the ‘white room’ which was ideal for a relaxing night cap.

We happily recommend this excellent property to other family groups, which was enjoyed by all members of our holiday young and old. We hardly left the property other than for shopping trips to the excellent supermarket in Rouillac.

Hugh and Patty offered a warm welcome and waved us of at the end of our stay.
Jul 2017
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house in Vaux-Rouillac in Charente

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 4800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Activities Guide
  • Garage ...
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet , Double basin
    Bathroom - Shower Enclosure , Wash basin
    Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Wash basin
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom - 2 Double Bed
    Bedroom 5 - 2 Double Bed , 2 Cot , Cots can be moved
    Bedroom 6 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 7 - 2 Single Bed
  • 3 doubles,4 twins, 2 cots. Bedlinen is provided but NOT towels.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Player
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Child's Swing
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • 13 garden chairs
  • 10 deck chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Check-in time after 17.00 hrs and before 19.30 hours. Check out time before 10.00hrs. Numbers confined to 14 people including children over the age of 18 months. Any people over this number will be turned away.


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Beautiful 18th C mansion/chateau set in secure grounds, 72m2 pool near Cognac
average rating of 4.785714 based on 17 reviews
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

The best holiday ever!

  • 5 of 5

13 of us stayed at Hugh and Hattie’s wonderful chateau. It was the most amazing week, the house is fantastic, incredibly spacious, clean and with everything we needed. We had an amazing time in the pool and garden having lovely dinners outside as well as in the large dining room.

The chateau is extremely private in its own grounds. There are wonderful towns nearby with canoing and supermarkets.

I would recommend this place to anyone. We will be definitely come back!

Thanks so much Hugh and Hattie!

  • Review Submitted: 23-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the glowing review. It was lovely to meet you all and a pleasure to have you here. Thanks again for sending those amazing photo's of the house. It would be lovely to have you all here again. Have a wonderful rest of the year.
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A fantastic house with large garden and fabulous pool.

  • 5 of 5

We had a superb holiday in this delightful property. We were a party of 14 and needed 7 bedrooms which it offered. The pool was great and a real treat to enjoy everyday especially for the two children. The large garden and good sized rooms meant we all had space when we needed it. Hugh was a lovely host. Close enough to speak to when we needed to but never intrusive. We would certainly return.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review it was a pleasure having you here. You were a delight and left the house In immaculate condition. It would be lovely to have you come again.
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Marvellous house and garden for a family holiday

  • 5 of 5

Three generations - 13 of us, aged 11 to 77 - spent two weeks in this lovely property. We had every meal in the garden, taking full advantage of the extensive garden (with red squirrels), the BBQ and the sunshine. The large pool was a great plus. Fast Wi-fi to keep us happy when we weren't exploring or swimming. Fresh croissants and chocalatines from the boulangeries in nearby Rouillac started each day.

We hardly needed to eat away from the house, but the nearby restaurants in Rouillac and Aigre were excellent value for money and catered for us all very well. Angoulême, Cognac and Santes all within easy reach.

Plenty of opportunities for sampling Pineau de Charente (a real local bargain) and Cognac.

The owner, Hugh, who lives on the site, was unobtrusive but always willing to provide help and advice.

A real treat for us all. Highly recommended for an extended family.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Lovely guests it was a pleasure to meet them
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Holiday with teenagers in the Charente

  • 4 of 5

We were a party of 14 - 3 families mostly with teenage children. We had a great time. The pool is large and secluded, but we did have to fight for loungers as there aren't enough for all of us. The house was great as all the children stayed on the top floor - plenty of room for them all- and the adults on the first floor in lovely big rooms.

The house has a calm feel to it and we barely left other than to buy a bit of food. If you want a chilled relaxed holiday in beautiful countryside with good local food, this is the place for you.

Hugh made us feel very welcome.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much. It was a pleasure having you. Sorry about the delay i've been ill since last year but now recovered, Kind regards Hugh
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Perfect relaxing week

  • 5 of 5

My family and I stayed here at the end of July and had a fabulous holiday. There were 7 adults and 6 children and we all thoroughly enjoyed the week. The house is spacious and the kitchen is massive. The beautiful garden is perfect for the children since it is self contained. We spent a lot of time at the property, playing hide and seek in the garden, table tennis, badminton, swimming, BBQs etc. The house is clean and there are 2 dishwashers which is a bonus with a big crowd. The owner is on site in a little house at the front which was handy for questions (e.g. when I needed a high chair). At the end of the week we really felt we had got away.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Oct-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely relaxing holiday

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic week at this house. I stayed here at the end of July with my husband, 3 small children, my sister's family, parents and in-laws. We all thoroughly enjoyed the holiday. The garden is beautiful and perfect for entertaining the little ones since it is self-contained. The owner, Hugh, was on site which was handy for questions (e.g. when I needed a high chair). Clean house and nice big kitchen. We really felt we had got away.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Oct-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you it was a pleasure meeting you all. I enjoyed having you here.
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Nearest Airport
110 Kilometres
La Rochelle
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Rouillac / Jarnac
Nearest Ferry
530 Kilometres
St Malo
Nearest Golf
9 Kilometres
St Brice
Nearest Train
7 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
35 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Rouillac / Jarnac
Nearest Beach
70 Kilometres
St Georges de Didonne
Car: necessary

Bois de Vaux is situated in the Cognac area of France close to the river Charente, 15 minutes from Cognac itself and under an hour from the beach. It is close to the A10 motorway and also within an hours drive of airports at Bordeaux, La Rochelle and Poitiers all of which have cheap flights and car rental facilities.


Prices & Availability

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

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
High season 2018
30 Jun 2018 - 8 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Low season 2018 -19
9 Sep 2018 - 31 May 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid Season 2019
1 Jun 2019 - 28 Jun 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High season 2019
29 Jun 2019 - 7 Sep 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Low Season 2019/20
8 Sep 2019 - 29 May 2020
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £535.71


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