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Villa charming with Private Pool, Sauna and SPA

Bedrooms 13
Space 8,611 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Beautiful Holidayhome with superb view, comfort and privacy

This beautiful house is a place to relax. It is cosy and comfortably furnished. Insanely views. Nice pitoresque places and golf in the area. Cooking service on request. Private swimming pool and sauna. Private Spa during your stay at command. The climate of the Poitou Charente is, due to the warm Gulf Stream, one of the sunniest regions of Western Europe.

Le Maine Menot is particularly suitable for several families. The sleeping quarters with bathrooms are distributed over 5 separate parts of the house offering every family privacy for your daily needs. Prices are based to 18 people. With 20 people you hire the Master Bedroom. For an additional cost you rent this exclusive spacious bedroom with private bathroom and private entrance to the garden. Nowadays we can accommodate upto 23 persons. Ask the owner for all possibilities.

Le Maine Menot is in everything luxurious and well equipped. Besides its own swimming pool and sauna it offers you 12 bedrooms with lovely Hotel Box spring beds, 6 bathrooms, 6 toilets, a semi-professional kitchen with 5 fridges, 2 freezers and all necessary equipment. You also have all your linens, lots of toys and a private outdoor swing, table tennis, pool table, foot ball, a playroom full of games and a lot of books and DVDs. During your stay a private SPA at home can be arranged.

What makes our house so unique? Because it is possible to stay and sleep with so many people under one roof and yet have the feeling of privacy. In total there are 23 sleeping places. The rooms are spread across 5 spots. This makes it for friends, also with children, so convenient to involve each its own part. Outside you will find several terraces, its own private swimming pool and sauna. The Abri is ideal for indoor food and enjoying the magnificent view. Because Le Maine Menot, outside the rental, is inhabited by us it’s cosy and comfortable.

Around the house there is so much to do. You can think of Canoeing or Kayaking, Play tennis, Horseback, Swimming, Mini golf, Peat bog, Beach at Aubeterre with swimming in the Dronne, Hiking/Walking, Mountain Biking.

The area of our House is beautiful. In spring and autumn the delicious ' late-summer days ', the tranquillity of nature and pure air. The House is located on the border of the Charente with sweeping views of the Dordogne region; So you can make the most of them. There are many local markets in the area. Local restaurants where you still eat a ' next to nothing ' delicious 4-course menu. In summer picnics are weekly organized in the surrounding villages: long tables in the outdoors, many stalls with locale-and bio-products and large barbecues. Angoulême is a fine big city 30 minutes away. Le Maine Menot is located near St. Emilion, Bordeaux and Bergerac. The many chateaus make the charm of the region. Furthermore, there are various golf courses in the nearby area. This location is extra suitable for golfers.

During the stay of our guests we live less than 5 minutes away. If there is a disaster, we are there right around action. We also take care of the cleaning on Saturday and in addition on request the On request we deliver Home Cooking service and other services. We like to make you (our customers) feel at home as much as possible.

More Details

Property Manager
Frans van den Hombergh
Member since: 2008
Speaks English, French, German, Dutch
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
18 August, 2018

About Frans van den Hombergh

I love this place and I will be personally ensuring your stay is as comfortable as possible. From 2012 we have expanded the services on offer even further. We can ensure all your plans go off without a hitch. How about a delicious local wine already cooled, or food for the first evening and breakfast the following day? We would be happy to arrange this for you. Just tell us what you would like to do and where you need support.

Frans van den Hombergh purchased this villa in 1999

Why Frans van den Hombergh chose Salles-Lavalette

In the summer of 1999 I bought this old grange. I was exploring the Charente on my motorbike. I immediately fall in love with this old shed and its amazing view. The biggest part of the renovation went on until July 2002. Particular attention was paid to preserving the original details and the original unique style. Since then we have always been busy with several small projects and has Le Maine Menot been used all year round as a wonderful Holiday home and Conference Centre.

What makes this villa unique

The location offers total peace, superb view and beautiful night skies.

The area is a wonderful mix of rolling hills & extensive countryside views. It is a great spot to explore the many varied historic & cultural sites including a range of vineyards, chateaux, caves and picturesque villages. Our property is in the countryside which provides a haven of tranquillity ideal for relaxation and yet is close to many towns such as Riberac with it's shops, cafes, bars & restaurants including the famous Friday market. During the off and middle season Le Maine Menot can already be booked for merely 6 people since the mansion is equally ideal for small and large groups.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Dear Frans,

The one word that can describe our stay is ‘SUPER.’ Everyone enjoyed the house, the facilities, the scenery, the view and the food from the delicious kitchen. The weather was, however, a bit bleak the last week but we luckily still had some days with sun in the end. It could have been much worse so you did not hear us complaining. Canoeing at Aubeterre was a lot of fun and the food on the little square by the Hotel Le France was delicious and had a great atmosphere.

Thanks for all the good care and communication during the past period. I hope to return to Le Maine Menot, perhaps till then!

We did not have to think long about in what country we wanted to celebrate our golden wedding with children and grandchildren. France was a fast decision and Google showed us to a very comfortable house big enough for 16 people. We never regretted selecting Le Maine Menot, young and old had no problem enjoying this wonderful setup.
Aug 2012
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Salles-Lavalette in Charente

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 8611 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 09:00
  • Max. occupancy: 23
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 20 people
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Master Bedroom bathroom. There is also a lavabo.
    Bathroom 2 - Shower Enclosure , This bathroom has a shower and a lavabo
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , this bathroom has also a lavabo
    Bathroom 5 - Bath with Shower , This bathroom has als a lavabo
    Bathroom 6 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , This bathroom has also a lavabo
    Shower room 4 - Shower Enclosure , Shower is on the bedroom
  • There are 5 bathrooms, all with shower and two has a bath. All bathrooms are fully tiled and have excellent sanitary necessities and a variety of storage. One room has iets own shower.
  • 13 Bedrooms, Sleeps 23
  • Vendoir - 1 Double Bed , 1.60 x 2.00
    Leroq - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot , 1.60 x 2.00
    Gurat - 1 Single Bed , 0.80 x 2.00 this room has door to terrace
    Marsden - 1 Large Double Bed , 1.80 x 2.00 most silent room
    Baynard - 2 Single Bed , 1e floor left
    Verteillac - 2 Single Bed , First floor left
    Aubeterre - 1 Single Bed , first floor left 080 x 2.00
    Montmoreau - 2 Single Bed , 1e floor straight ahead
    Monsec - 1 Single Bed , This bedr has an extra large matras 1.40 x 2.00 and showee
    Riberac - 2 Single Bed , 1e floor staight ahead
    La Ville - 2 Single Bed , 1e floor straight ahead
    Bedroom 13 familyroom - 1 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , Extra possibility for 3extra beds.
    Master Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Cot , Extra possibility to rent the Masterbedroom for 2 persons
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 20 (12 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Prices are based on 18 persons. If your group is 20 persons or you want to have the extra luxury you can rent the Master Bedroom.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Table Football
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • Sauna ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: Please check all our details on Everything is translated in English too. Outside: Private swimming pool covered by an electric deck. Outdoor shower, fridge. Sauna next to the swimming pool. 500 m2 of tiled terrace. The Abri with outside kitchen and barbecue. A petanque field. A jungle gym fitted with a swing and slide for the little ones. Utility Room: Washing machine, dryer, 2 extra fridges, extra freezer. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen and towels are not included. Costs are 17,50 p.p.p.p. Take only beach towels! Cleaning is every Saturday for which 220 Euros is charged. For the Master Bedroom an extra 30 Euros will be charged for cleaning costs. Other: A spacious living room with sitting area by one of our two fireplaces and a royal dining table with space for 18 people in the heart of Le Maine Menot. A game room of 66m2 with a ping-pong, fuzz ball and pool table as well as an extra TV and DVD.


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Villa charming with Private Pool, Sauna and SPA
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews

Beautiful property in a fabulous setting

  • 5 of 5

This is a stunning, large property in a fairytale setting. Beautiful old stone property on the outside but with every modern comfort inside and all the space we could need. The gardens are lovely and extensive so we could find a quiet spot inside or out, no matter how large a group. The pool is set in a lovely spot - large and heated with superb views. Such a relaxing holiday. We stayed and had all our meals provided by the owners. Fresh, home cooked produce each day. The house is beautifully presented and spotlessly clean and the terraces look out over a fabulous landscape. The idyllic French retreat we have been looking for. Couldn’t believe the size and space of the property and obvious it is well maintained by the owners who were on hand to provide suggestions of places to visit. Can’t wait to stay again. We’ve stayed in many French places but this is close to perfection.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Salles Lavalette, France

Picture perfect

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 23 stayed here for a week in August. The farmhouse was perfect to accommodate all ages of the family from 2 - 68.

It had everything we needed for a lovely holiday, most importantly plenty of fridge space to of course cool the wine down!! Loads of outside space for dining and the children to play and explore and the wonderful pool to cool down in!

Everyone had a wonderful time at the farmhouse and in France

Thank you Carole & Family

  • Review Submitted: 13-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Cheshunt, Herts

You will not be disappointed.

  • 5 of 5

What a fantastic house for a family holiday. The bedrooms gave us just the flexibility that we needed with such a wide range of ages. Frans and Suse were available whenever we needed them, but also allowing us privacy to get on with our holiday.

To see the photos of what this building was when Frans took it over compared to what it is now, is just amazing. The view from the terrace is great, and to hear a Nightingale singing in the valley below was the icing on the cake.

Loads to do in the area. We did the canoeing, which was great fun and drove up to Angouleme for the shopping.

I cannot praise the Le Pitaud restaurant enough. Just 10 mins drive away, we went there twice, but I wish we had found it earlier so we could have gone again. They speak English and boy do they know how to make you feel welcome.

I can't wait to go back to Le Maine Menot in the not too distant future.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jan-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fabulous house in beautiful setting.

  • 5 of 5

We had a truly fantastic two weeks at Le Maine Menot with a mixed group of family and friends with ages ranging from 1 to 80. Twenty four people in all with a change over mid-fortnight and everyone had the best time. The house is fabulous, very well equipped and perfect for a large group or, we would think, a small one too. It is in a beautiful setting with lovely outdoor terraces, barbecue area, pool, sauna and children’s play area. There are some interesting towns and villages nearby and plenty of things to do. Frans and Suse were the best hosts, paying great attention to detail and always ready to help. We had two brilliant meals catered for by Suse and 9 of the party had massages…bliss!! Many thanks to Frans and Suse and we cannot recommend this house highly enough!

  • Review Submitted: 15-Aug-2014
  • Date of Stay: July 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were very happy to have you all during two weeks on Le Maine Menot. You are such a nice group! You treated our house as if it was your own! We really enjoyed having you with us this summer and really hope to meet you all again!
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Nearest Airport
70 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
11 Kilometres
Aubeterre sur Dronne
Nearest Train
11 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
6 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
20 Kilometres
Aubeterre sur Dronne
Car: necessary


There's a nice little beach at Aubeterre with swimming in the Dronne.

The closest beach (Atlantic Ocean) is Royan, 1.5 hour drive.


By train (TGV):

Travel to Angoulême via Lille or Paris. From there to le Maine Menot is half an hour. Bergerac and Bordeaux are the nearest airports.


Tourist Sites and Activities within 10 to 20 km:

•Canoeing or Kayaking at Ribérac,

•Tennis at Ribérac,

•Horseback riding at Ribérac, Villetoureix, Bourdeilles, Verteillac,

•Swimming pool at Verteillac and Ribérac,

•Mini golf at Saint Paul de Lizonne,

•Peat bog site at Vendoire,

•Beach at Aubeterre with swimming in the Dronne,


•Mountain Biking at Montagrier

Further Details:

For additional information please visit our site or send us an email to


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Salles-Lavalette, Poitou-Charentes

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Very high season
14 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High season
1 Sep 2018 - 8 Sep 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Low season
29 Sep 2018 - 12 Oct 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid season
13 Oct 2018 - 26 Oct 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Low Season
27 Oct 2018 - 21 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Very high season
22 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Low season
5 Jan 2019 - 15 Feb 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Mid season
16 Feb 2019 - 1 Mar 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
low season
2 Mar 2019 - 29 Mar 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
mid season
30 Mar 2019 - 21 Jun 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
High season
22 Jun 2019 - 28 Jun 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
very high season
29 Jun 2019 - 30 Aug 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High season
31 Aug 2019 - 6 Sep 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid season
7 Sep 2019 - 27 Sep 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Low season
28 Sep 2019 - 11 Oct 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Mid season
12 Oct 2019 - 25 Oct 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Low season
26 Oct 2019 - 20 Dec 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Very high season
21 Dec 2019 - 3 Jan 2020
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Opt.Making beds bef ariv £22.43
Refundable Damage Deposit £1,121.6
Opt. Wifi per week £22.43
Pet Fee £26.92
Opt. 20p MB obliged £448.64
Cleaning costs £201.89
Opt. 19th or 21th p. £134.59

Booking Notes:
Please contact owner Frans van den Hombergh by email, for all information and exact price
Changeover Day: Saterday is the changeover day. Arrival on saterday from 4.00 pm and departure time at 9.00 am.

Notes on prices:
The pricing table is based on 18 persons!
With 20 people you need to rent the Master Bedroom (MB) for extra € 500 per week. This is a large bedroom with a double bed and a private bathroom. (+ 30 € cleaning costs )

Are you with 19 or 21 persons we charge € 150 extra per person per week (upto 23 persons)
Towels and kitchen- and bedlinnen are obliged to rent for € 17.50 per person per week.
Pets are allowed (30 €)
Wifi 25 €
Making all beds on arrival day 25€
End cleaning 225 €
Tourist tax 0,75 per day per person

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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