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Laurence

Member since: 2012
Speaks English, French, French, but not fluent

Stunning chateau villa near Poitiers, indoor pool; tennis court; SPECIAL OFFERS!

8 Reviews
People8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Separate WC's2
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

Overview

Photos and Description of this 4 bedroom holiday chateau / country house in Vienne - Le Manoir du Chateau

4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms ( 1 ensuite) 2 separate wcs, sleeps 8, d/glazed, veranda

Outstanding facilities for perfect rest and relaxation on our ideally located 54 acre (22hectare) country estate.

'Le Manoir du Chateau' is a magnificent and spacious Napoleon III (Empire style) house, built in 1870 as the original stable &

carriage house to the nearby chateau.

SPECIAL OFFER! Prices just reduced by up to €500!

For any special offers, go to "Prices & Availability, click on 'View all prices', then scroll down to "Additional pricing information" .

Now converted to a very high standard, it accommodates 8 in comfort, & benefits from:

THE LARGE HEATED INDOOR POOL,

PRIVATE FENCED TENNIS COURT, &

EXTENSIVE & VARIED GROUNDS OF 54 ACRES / 22 HECTARES WITH RIVER.

So, have you dreamt of a

COUNTRY HOUSE HOLIDAY?!

BOOK IT TODAY AND LIVE THAT DREAM!

Unusually for a period French property, the lounge/dining room is exceptionally bright due to the large windows & doors (all double glazed). As well as the verandah, there are patio areas front & rear, & your own private garden.

Apart from the spacious well-equipped kitchen, you have a choice of charcoal & gas barbecues, as well as a substantial rustic affair, for which plenty of wood can be found nearby!

Dogs, if well-behaved, are welcome, provided details agreed in advance. We have a friendly border collie.

Sorry, no smoking in the property.

LOCATION

The delight is the very rural location, yet at the same time, you can walk to the centre of Chalandray in less than 15 minutes. Our long tree-lined drive opens onto the N149 (actually the main road between the medieval market towns of Parthenay & Poitiers), so you have no worries about finding us, or indeed getting lost down country lanes (unless you want to!).

VILLAGE

In the village there is a SPAR shop/post office, baker, haidresser, library, and two bar-restaurants. The bar-restaurants have recently re-opened following refurbishment, and provide very good & imaginative food at a very reasonable price. One of the reasons we left England to live in France is French cuisine, so we are pleased to have these so close. Nearby, in fact neighbouring, is another chateau, built in 1458 and restored in recent years by the current owners. It is open to the public at certain times. Our chateau was built around 1870 as the count who lived in that one wanted somewhere more comfortable!

HOME

Your home for your holiday has been renovated with quality & elegance as keynotes. Modern, but with all the character of days gone by. Whilst you admire the furniture, you will appreciate that the emphasis is on antique, not Ikea. We have a new Samsung 47" TV with satellite for UK (and other countries!) channels reception, plus Blu-Ray dvd player.

DINING

The choice is yours! You can dine formally under the chandelier and beautifully painted ceiling, at a 19th century Henri II table. Champagne ice bucket on stand for your convenience! Or enjoy the sun, or sunset, in the verandah, where another table and eight chairs await. There is a large table in the kitchen as well, perhaps for an intimate breakfast or chat amongst friends over coffee, whilst you plan your day's entertainment. Or why not eat outside? A new large teak table & chairs with parasol is ready for your use.

TO DO

What to do afterwards? Laze by the pool, or nearby on the terrace? Lounger, garden chair, steamer...your choice. Anyone for tennis?! Swim? A different walk to the one you enjoyed yesterday? Use the gym equipment? Boules/petanque? Table tennis or table football? Traditional board game or jigsaw puzzle? Read a book, or go fishing? All this without leaving the property.

FACILITIES

Heated indoor pool. The pool is U-shaped and VERY large, equivalent in area to a rectangular pool 15.5 x 6 metres! Around two thirds of the pool is 1.6 metres (5' 2') deep, with a sloping section to the other third, which is 1.2 metres (3' 11') deep. There is gym equipment provided, including a Tony Little Gazelle cross trainer. Also a bar...you supply the drinks!

The pool house roof is glazed and south facing so a lovely bright environment...and of course, no worries if it starts raining. Furthermore there are huge sliding windows on 3 of the 4 sides of the pool house. So you can enjoy the benefits of an outside pool without the wind, dust and other inconveniences. Roman steps one end, ladders the other. You have primary and exclusive use each day at times to be agreed. Most guests will have sole use of the pool at all times. It is private, which means there is no public access (yes, we have had enquiries!), however occasionally we have guests staying at the chateau. You can reserve exclusive use of the pool for a supplementary charge. If you like, you can also swim in the evening, or even at night; the pool house has lighting, and there is submerged lighting in the pool itself.

The poolhouse has a fixed shower area, plus an enclosed toilet & washhand basin, complete with hair dryer. The pool house is equipped with substantial dehumidifiers which also operate as heaters. So the pool truly can be used, very comfortably, all year round.

Terrace/patio area, between the pool and the tennis court. Loungers and chairs etc provided.

Tennis court, fully fenced & marked out.

Table tennis also available, & boules. 'Babyfoot' football game, adult size, in the verandah.

Possibility of use of full-size French billiard (billard) table in the billiard room of the chateau.

Possibility of use of disco (yes, really!) in the cellar of the chateau. Subject to immediate closure if annoyance caused to ourselves or B&B guests.

Free wifi available, but please note this is rural France & internet speed is slow, & the connection can be intermittent.

Fishing (you will need a permit, now available online): the River Vendelogne is at the bottom of the hill, and is Category 1 for trout fishing. You will need your own equipment.

Birdwatching: there are a fantastic variety of birds here, and there is a hide in the woods for your use.

GROUNDS

Mainly woodland but a good deal of pasture too. We have deer, rabbits & foxes. If you like fishing, birdwatching, or just walking, you will enjoy it here.

There are several, and surprisingly varied, walks on our land alone (we have a different walk for every day of the week!). These are mainly rides that the count laid out to enjoy whilst riding his horse, doubtless accompanied by the countess and their children. We recently discovered another one, that has become overgrown; see if you can find it; or perhaps there's another we haven't found! You can have flat, hilly, wooded (various), open country and riverside. Walk in the sun, or in the shade, whichever you prefer.

More Details
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Laurence (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, French, French, but not fluent

Reviews

3.9
based on 8 holidaymaker reviews

Stunning chateau villa near Poitiers, indoor pool; tennis court; SPECIAL OFFERS!
average rating of 3.875 based on 8 reviews
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5

Good Holiday with private pool and tennis court

  • 5 of 5

We have recently returned from a 11 night stay at Treguel. We were a group of 7 adults plus 2 doggies!

The living accommodation on the ground floor was large and spacious. There was a large smart TV in the lounge, but sadly not English satellite channels, that did not stop us watching French TV and DVDs. The kitchen was big and had washing machine, dishwasher and microwave. The fridge had a small freezer at the top and was adequate for our needs. We ate most of our meals in the conservatory area which again was large. The house was clean and a bit mix and match with furnishings but this added to the appeal of the house. Maybe a few more kitchen items such as a grater, cooking dishes, wine glasses, mugs and extra cutlery would have been useful but we still managed.

Upstairs were 4 bedrooms (1 en suite) and a shower room and a bathroom with shower head. There was always plenty of hot water.

The swimming pool was bigger than I expected with one end deep enough to dive in if you wanted. The tennis court was a bit slippy on the edges the first couple of days as there was moss grown on that we needed to spend time clearing off the court. After that we played tennis every day, sometimes more. We played table tennis a few time too and had plenty of space to throw Frisbees and balls.

There was plenty to do around Treguel, the dogs had plenty of nice walks and the 2 Chalandray restaurants had good food and wine at very reasonable prices. We used the local spar and patisserie a lot and did most of our supermarket shopping in Parthenay which was only a 20 minute drive away.

Wifi was available but it was very hit and miss, I found that the only way I could get a good signal was to sit on the steps of the Chateau. Be warned if you want a good connection, be prepared to sit outside!

All in all a lovely holiday and I would recommend and may return again in the future.

Merci beaucoup

Thank you Laurence and Joan.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 4, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Very pleased to hear these guests enjoyed their holiday at Le Manoir du Chateau. Unfortunately (and unusually) we had to be in the UK during their stay, otherwise we would have been here to supply anything they needed. We have additional glasses, mugs and a huge assortment of kitchen utensils in the main property; we prefer guests ask for anything not in the villa rather than make the kitchen too cluttered. Sorry! We did treat the moss around the tennis court edges, but clearly that was ineffective, and we will use another agent to treat it if it recurs. Unfortunately we understand that the satellite that provided UK TV has been moved following pressure from the BBC, concerned at all us ex-pats not paying a licence fee! There is a Blu Ray DVD player for the TV, and we can supply DVDs, or guests can bring their own. The internet connection we get in the chateau itself is fairly poor (but typical for rural France). Reception at the villa can be good, but seems to depend on the weather and time of year. Guests are welcome to sit outside the chateau, or come inside, for internet access. Apparently France Telecom has a committment to improve internet coverage throughout France, and we understand that that programme has recently been accelerated. Meanwhile, our maire (mayor) continues to harrass France Telecom for an improved service.
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4

Long week-end November

  • 4 of 5

We stayed in this really big property for 4 days. Very kind and really helpful owners. The Manor is vast, the castle really impressive and the park around it massive, with plenty trees and flowers, roes and rabbits. It didn't stop raining for the 4 days but we managed to keep the kids happy with the huge pool kept warm enough for us as well as several mushroom picking sessions (plenty ceps and coulemelles) that we cooked ourselves. The big flat screen TV helped a bit too.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 19, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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4

France with teenagers and dogs

  • 4 of 5

The property was well suited to what we were looking for with something for teenagers, adults and 4 dogs to chill out for a week.

This was our first trip with the dogs to France and the owners were very helpful in assisting with local vet for all the paperwork for the return trip.

The manor house is in a lovely quiet setting in the grounds of the chateau, which gave lots of space for dogs and teenagers to explore. The swimming pool was used everyday as was the tennis court.

We were blessed with good weather throughout our short stay.

Facilities in the house were good and the owners set up English satellite TV which kept teenagers happy in the evening.

The local town was well served with supermarkets

The owners were very friendly and provided information about the area and their plans for the chateau.

Internet access was not good in the manor house and this helped to make this a nice relaxing break in France.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 1, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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4

great place, great time nearby the Chateau

  • 4 of 5

We had a great time there.

Great for children with large veranda, garden, lounge, 1st floor, with a great U swimming pool.

Great for teenagers with, again, the large swimming pool, the tennis court, and the big TV Set.

You can eat outside, in the veranda, in the kitche, in the dinning room.

Bedrooms are large, as corridors. it's a nice house.

The towns of Parthenay and Poitier are realy nice, calm , withj old (some medieval) bulldings.... to visit, rivers ...

We've also visited the Futuroscope, nice with chldren and teens.

We plan to go back there next summer, so, of course, we would recommend it to friends.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 19, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Exploring a new bit of France

  • 5 of 5

The listing description was completely accurate and it was great to be in such an historic setting. The view of the 160 year old chateau was a tremendous sight as we came to the end of the drive.

The property we actually stayed in, the newly beautifully and tastefully converted stables, were light filled and clean.and were well appointed, as were the kitchen and untility room.The beds were very comfortable and there was a lot of room to find your own space. The magnificent indoor heated swimming pool, was a welcome warming experience, especially on the colder days we were there.

The owner was friendlly though not intrusive. We took up his kind offer to have a look in the chateau (not always available we understand) and it was quite an insight into the way people used to live.

There was a lot more to do in the area than I expected and the owner provided a good list of activities and good restaurants. The eateries with buffets were surpisingly good value. Why can't we have the same in the UK? The countryside around is amazingly varied and we were suprised by the historicity of the surrounding towns. Quite fascinating.

The grounds of the chateau provided quite a few good walks and it was good to hear from the owner that one of the reason he had bought this chateau was that most of the grounds (50 acres apparently) were still intact.

Altogether it was a very good stay and we enjoyed the location, the hoilday home and found the surrounding area far more interesting than we first expected. We would definitely reccommend it and are thinking of bringing back an international group for Easter next year. There is still a lot more to see in the area.

  • Review Submitted: May 25, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Beau séjour

  • 5 of 5

Description tout à fait conforme à la location. Excellent accueil du propriétaire.

Le choix de la résidence était parfait selon nos critères familiaux calme et tranquillité (4 adultes et 3 enfants en bas âge).

Très beau lieu, la demeure est magnifique; belle décoration et rénovation de qualité. Beaucoup de charme et de style avec de belles associations de meubles anciens et contemporains. Les volumes sont très agréables et spacieux. Elle est située dans un cadre enchanteur arboré. Un endroit calme, plein de charme et parfait pour un séjour en famille. Nous le recommandons aux amis. Merci à au propriétaire Laurence pour toute sa gentillesse et sa disponibilité. On a eu du mal à en partir ... !

  • Review Submitted: Mar 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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Location

Nearest Airport
25 Kilometres
Poitiers Biard
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Kilometres
Chalandray
Nearest Ferry
325 Kilometres
St Malo
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
les Forges
Nearest Train
30 Kilometres
Gare de Poitiers (& TGV)
Nearest Motorway
30 Kilometres
A10 J29 (Poitiers) & A10 J31 (St Maixent l'Ecole)
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Kilometres
Chalandray
Nearest Beach
7 Kilometres
Ayron
Car: recommended

We are ideally & quietly situated just off the main road between the medieval market towns of Parthenay & Poitiers. Our location is very rural, yet at the same time we are just a short walk to the village and well positioned on the road network for getting to and from places of interest. An oasis of calm; but certainly not in the middle of nowhere! We have holidayed in France for many years and so often found the places we stayed at were difficult to find, and involved long drives down narrow country roads, often poorly signposted. Three years of house viewing led us to buying this property; very few we saw came close to our location requirements, but this place had it all.

Futuroscope itself is in Poitiers, and Puy du Fou (we were told recently that Puy de Fou is the second most visited theme park in the world) is not far. La Rochelle & Sables d'Olonne are the nearest seaside resorts, very different, less than 90 minutes & 2 hours drive respectively. The countryside around is pleasantly varied, some is hilly, some is flat; if you enjoy cycling, choose your route! The roads are great for driving as well, well signposted & very little traffic.

The world renowned angling lakes of Pescalis are a short drive. and a popular one at Ayron is even closer.

There are several good golf courses in the vicinty. Les Forges is closest, a pleasant 15 minute drive. It has a highly regarded 27 hole course, and an English pro. They also run 'kiddy clinics' in the summer, so your children can learn the sport as you play.

There is a 'poney club' just outside Chalandray. The vineyards of Haut Poitou are nearby; we particularly like the rose. Most of the vineyards offer tastings.

Chalandray is in the Vienne, a department of Poitou Charentes, which is the second sunniest region of France after the Cote d'Azur. Incidentally, Chalandray itself is actually on the Greenwich meridian. Despite this, France is one hour ahead of England timewise, so we enjoy an extra hour of daylight at the end of the day!

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday chateau / country house in Chalandray, Vienne

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
EUR
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Peak 2 weeks €3995
23 Jul 2016 - 19 Aug 2016
7 night minimum stay
£1,757
for 7 nights
£1,757
 
 
August / Aout OFFER
20 Aug 2016 - 2 Sep 2016
7 night minimum stay
£1,506
for 7 nights
£1,506
 
 
September 2016
3 Sep 2016 - 24 Sep 2016
4 night minimum stay
£674
for 4 nights
£1,179
 
 
Autumn
8 Oct 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
4 night minimum stay
£645
for 4 nights
£1,129
 
 
Xmas/Noel
17 Dec 2016 - 31 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
£1,669
for 7 nights
£1,669
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £209
Stay tax €0 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 18 years.

PLEASE NOTE

SPECIAL OFFER: 23/7 - 19/8/16 Two week booking reduced from €4200 to only €3995!


9 guests? We can supply an extra single bed for a supplementary charge.

Please IGNORE any rate stated above for periods of less than 7 nights. The clowns who designed the advertising rate matrix stupidly assume shorter term rentals will be pro rata! Why would I charge one seventh of a week's rental for a one night stay, when our fixed costs are hardly less for that than for a week, and the work for us almost as much!

It works the other way too...so we offer discounts for stays of more than 7 nights.

If booking 8 weeks or more before your holiday, the deposit and 25% of the rental is paid at the time of booking, with the balance due 8 weeks before commencement.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house in Vienne in Poitou-Charentes

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house (detached)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 300 m²
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 2 Separate WC's
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , ensuite
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet
  • The seperate wcs are on the ground floor, & have a separate washhand basin. Please note that we do not supply towels.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , en suite
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , dual aspect
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , velux window
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed , velux window
  • All rooms renovated displaying original oak beams. All windows double glazed, walls insulated. Bedrooms 1 & 2 have dual aspect windows, 3 & 4 have velux windows with blinds, both electrically operated by remote handsets.
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Terrace
  • Gated Community
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Veranda
  • Tennis
  • Tennis Court
  • veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • 16 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Indoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
No smoking in the property. We are proud of our litter-free environment & trust you will respect as well as enjoy that. Well-behaved dogs are welcome, provided details are supplied and agreed in advance. The TV is a new 46'/116cm Samsung with 3D option, and the DVD is also new, Blu-Ray by Samsung. There is a Tony Little 'Gazelle' cross trainer, also a rowing machine in the pool house. The pool house has a separate shower, plus wc room with washhand basin & hair dryer. Boules/petanque also available. There is a table-top billiard table in the veranda, plus table tennis in the summer kitchen. 'Pool table' is actually a full size 19th century billiard (actually French billard; no pockets & played with 3 large balls) table, which MAY be made available to guests, situated in the chateau itself.

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