Maison Marchand

Barbezieres, Charente
Self-catering


A decanter of Pineau, a bottle of red, croissants, bread, cheeses, jams… enjoy a generous welcome pack, a vast garden, a fabulous pool

Bedroom

5 bedrooms

Sleeps

Sleeps 10

The
Experience

A leisure lake for families, La Rochelle for dreamers, chateaux by the hatful and Aigre market a joy. A few of the reasons why this big old merchant’s house, awash with light and perfectly restored, is a marvellous place for an extended family. It sits in a quiet hamlet back from the road surrounded by safe gardens, with a playground in wide lawns and a pool between the barns. Mellow-stoned and pale-shuttered without, bright and modern within, Maison Marchand has space galore, and bedrooms to suit all ages. Upstairs: a master en suite, a family bathroom and two pretty twins; downstairs: bunk beds and a sofa, a king-size double and a walk-in shower. Walls and beams are painted white; dark wood and pale stone gleam; there are two sitting rooms, both with great sofas, and two super dining spaces, one in the whizzy kitchen, the other in the rustic, atmospheric, vaulted ‘indoor/outdoor’ room, lit by candles and near the barbecue. In summer, this space is where you’ll linger. The pool is gorgeous and outdoorsy pursuits abound: hiking, biking, canoeing, fishing, riding… the Charente has it all.

Essentials

  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Credit cards
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair

Nearby

  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles

Activities

  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 7 nights. Parking on-site.
Closed
1 November - 1 May.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Meals
Restaurants 7 miles.

Pricing

Nightly price
from €214
Weekly price
from €1500
1 House for 10
From €2145 bedrooms

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Location

The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from James Wignall

  • 40 minutes from world famous Cognac distilleries such as Hennessy (with boat ride) and Courvoisier (with train ride).
  • The vibrant and golden sandy beaches of La Rochelle and Royan are about 80 minutes away.
  • Surrounded by a patchwork of sunflowers and vineyards all connected via a network of quiet farm lanes make the gentle rolling countryside idyllic for family cycle rides and walks. Cycle to swim lake at Les Gours lake for cheap but excellent steak frites!
  • Kayak and swim at Le Rejallant, on a quiet stretch of the Charente, with play park and snack bar. 40 mins drive, just outside Ruffec.
  • Children are always thrilled by a close encounter with monkeys at Valle des Singes (Monkey Valley) just 40 minutes away. A perfect family day out.
  • Step back in time with a visit to the Roman ruins at Saintes and Rouillac.