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Le Tournesol - 17th Century Farmhouse.

Farm house with 7 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms and swimming pool in Brossac, France

From £261 per week

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Farm house to rent in Brossac, France

  • Farm house
  • Sleeps 14
  • 7 Bedrooms
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • Private pool
  • WiFi
  • Parking
  • Private garden
  • BBQ
  • Washing machine

Farm house overview - owner's description

Farmhouse with private pool in rural hamlet, great for large groups or multiple families. ONLY 1 WEEK LEFT IN AUGUST.

This beautifully renovated spacious house, which is full of character, has many stone walls and beamed ceilings.

It is uniquely situated opposite a night-lit 12th Century church (only used for an occasional funeral these days) and 13th Century turreted Chateau (not open to the public).

Set in a quiet rural hamlet, amidst the beautiful rolling sunflower fields and vineyards of the Charente, you are well positioned for touring this lovely region (Angouleme, Cognac and the wine regions of Bordeaux, and St Emilion are a short drive away). Of course you may choose to just relax the days away having a dip or soaking up the sun in the loungers by the pool, while the children also enjoy the pool, garden and swing set.

7 well appointed bedrooms and 5 bathrooms make this property an ideal option for a large family gathering, a group of friends getting together, or two or three families sharing a holiday, or perhaps one family that wants to have plenty of individual space. Although we have beds for more than 14 we generally do not let the house to groups larger than that, but if you wish to use the house for a larger group then let us know your numbers and the split of adults and children and we will consider the request.

The house has two kitchens, both fully equipped (one with a large fireplace and wood burning stove) both have tables that will seat 6/8 people. The kitchens both lead out to the large back garden, which has paved terraces, a stone barbecue and 8mX4m swimming pool. There is a lot of outdoor seating including two large dining tables and loungers and sunchairs around the pool.

The 500 square foot lounge, has a large fireplace reaching up to the cathedral ceiling some 30 feet above, and has exposed stone walls adding extra character. It is a great place to sit and enjoy the peace and quiet of the village, especially at night with the views of the illuminated Church and Chateau opposite.

The lounge also has a minstrels gallery which is a lovely area to sit quietly and read or just take a nap and provides a lovely comfortable area to relax in while the children of all ages enjoy the games and TV room.

A large formal dining room seats 14 and gives the option of having all of your group sitting down at one time to make dinners a special event, although you may wish to have less formal dinners and snacks either around the large table on the outside terrace or at the smaller tables in one of the kitchens.

There are two upstairs areas and these both have three bedrooms and two bathrooms, one has two double rooms (one en suite) and a twin bedded room. In the other upstairs area there is a family room which has an en suite and has a double bed and two singles, as well as a seating area, and another double bedroom and a twin bedded room.

There is another additional bedroom (with two double beds) and a large family bathroom on the ground floor, although not wheelchair accessible this is a good room for people with limited mobility who can manage a couple of steps.

Visit our website to see lots of pictures of the house and its facilities, enter keywords Chillac, Farmhouse, Tournesol in google we are at the top!

Out and About

The loisir at Brossac is 10 minutes away. This is a leisure site set around a man made lake which, in addition to playing on or in the water, offers horse riding, walking and other outdoor activities. There is also a good restaurant on site.

There is an activity park at nearby Guizengard, featuring ATV's, water slides and other adventurous fun. This facility is quite new and seems to be adding new attractions every year.

Another popular family venue is the old town of Aubeterre, which has a number of good shops and restaurants on a river setting. There is a beach alongside the river and other guests have mentioned that they enjoyed renting Kayaks here to paddle on the river.

For a taste of the seaside the Atlantic beaches are about an hours drive away. It is possible to rent a boat at Royan if you wish to go cruising one day - you will need to be able to show that you are qualified to operate the craft.

For shopping there are supermarkets in both Chalais and Barbezieux, both towns also have internet cafes.

There are basic shops in Brossac, consisting of a Spar convenience store, 2 boulangerie and a butcher.

There are also traditional markets held in many of the local towns every week, see our website for full details.

Visiting the towns of Cognac and Jarnac gives an introduction to Brandy making, the drive through Segonzac takes you through some of the most beautiful vine growing areas of the region and provides the chance to sample or purchase the locally produced Pineau for which the region is well known.

The medieval town of Angouleme is another lovely place to spend a day.

Bordeaux is about 50 miles away and is a large city with an interesting and lively centre, it is an enjoyable and interesting place to shop and tour.

The wine regions of the Northern Dordogne, notably St Emilion and Pomerol make another good day or half day trip, St Emilion is a lovely old town and has many "degustations" to sample the local wine.

The Lascaux Cave paintings, one of the major sites of European civilization, can be found about an hour and a half from the house. These incredible caves were discovered some 70 years ago and house some of the most extraordinary paleolithic paintings in the world.

Further afield the Futuroscope theme park at Poitiers is about 2 hours drive and provides a great day out at one of the premier theme parks in Europe.



Eating Out
Eating out is one of the joys in France, be prepared to spend many hours at a single meal, especially at lunchtime.

Most towns have many good places to eat, with a fixed price menu generally offering the best deal and they are usually made using the freshest produce. These are a few of our favourites, but food is so important to the French that you would be unlucky to have a bad meal anywhere and dont be afraid to try anything that catches your eye.

The best place in our view is the Chateau at Chalais, where you can enjoy excellent food in marvelous surroundings at a reasonable price - the fixed menu is always a reasonably priced option with a good choice. We like to sit on the terrace and enjoy the summer evenings, but eating inside is also a good experience.

Booking is essential to eat at the Chateau, they do have two good sized dining rooms and a large terrace but the place is very busy, especially in the summer. The phone number is 0545 98 2358

An unusual and interesting experience for lunchtime is to try the Elf service station near the N10 in Barbezieux. It must sound strange to suggest eating at what is essentially a motorway service area, but the food is good and inexpensive, you pour wine from a tap in the wall and the atmosphere is really good. It is open every day, but we think the best day to go is Sunday as local French people take their families there then and so the atmosphere is more family orientated, especially as there are virtually no truckers then either (most trucks are barred from the roads on Sunday in France)

Our favourite lunch place is in the village of Bardenac, about 10 km away between Brossac and Chalais. It has a limited menu concept, basically lunch is 15 Euro (which includes as much wine as you want - amazing value!) and you are fed 5 or 6 courses of whatever the proprietor thought was good that morning. This is a popular place with the locals and it can get busy and so it is worth calling ahead to reserve a table, especially if you are going as a big group, the number is 0545 98 1431.

The restaurant at the loisir in Brossac is well recommended (as is the loisir itself as a fun place to spend the day), with well prepared food served in a nice atmosphere, available both at lunchtime and in the evening

Reviews

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6 out of 6 people recommend staying here

Family from Hayling Island, United Kingdom Aug 2015

A marvelous house in a lovely setting that made this a great family holiday.

Family from Cramlington, United Kingdom Jun 2015

We had a great trip and loved the property

From Wallington, United Kingdom Aug 2009

fantastic layout,conversion has kept all its charm rooms were all spacious and quirky.very safe for the children and in a great location.

From Lytham, United Kingdom Jul 2008

Theapartment was in a good location for the beach, shops, restaurants and station. The apartment was well equipped with everything anyone should need. It was clean and airy. The bed was very comfortable. Will definitely being going back and would recommend the apartment and Nice.

John

From Claygate

A spacious,comfortable and well equipped house which we found very suitable for a large family party with ages from 11 to 80.

Simon

From Canterbury

Fantastic property, great location in a very quiet village. The property had everything we needed from kitchen appliances, lots of space, nice BBQ area, good sized rooms. Steve, the caretaker, got some food and drink in already for us when we arrived which was great because we had travelled down on motorbikes.

There are lots to see and do. The restauarant at Bardenac is a must.


17 other reviews

From Nic. stayed July 2012 "Fabulously authentic and spacious French home" We had a fantastic holiday in this massive and beautifully appointed farmhouse. We were a group of four families 8 adults and 6 children (under 5 years old) and had more than enough space to prevent any tension that might otherwise have occured with living together for the first time! Nothing is small at this place and the kids loved running around finding new places to play inside. The weather was amazing (as usual for this area) and we explored a few of the recommended sites nearby Brossac lake recreation area - lovely beach and facilities, Aubeterre-sur-Dronne - fantastic river beach and playground and the village is very picturesque with lovely cafes and the underground chapel worth a visit. St Emillion - beautiful village with steep cobbled windy roads and interesting shops as well as the lovely wine of course! Guissengard - random recreation area at a disused quarry turned into jetski lake and quad bike area. It also had a cafe and some great waterslides (free) and sandy beach. Back to the house - the pool is great and we enjoyed lovely evenings eating outside on the patio in the enclosed garden very tranquil and typically French. The two kitchens, large seperate dining room and spacious, comfortable living room were superb and helped to create the perfect holiday. So many superlatives but it really was an amazing holiday and the house exceeded expectation.We loved it all and can highly recommend a visit to this house. Enjoy!

Review Submitted: September 15, 2010Date of Stay: June 2008 Review Number 5 Review submitted by non-Villarenters customer* (Submitted: 06/01/2008 ) Review for: Le Tournesol - 17th Century Farmhouse (28819) "July 04 - The Jackson family A fantastic holiday in a great house, we loved the pool and the space. Visit the Total garage by the N10 for a culinary bargain - honest! The tour at Remy Martin is well worth a visit and we had good day trips to Perigeux and Royan " Review Number 6 Review submitted by non-Villarenters customer* (Submitted: 06/01/2008 ) Review for: Le Tournesol - 17th Century Farmhouse (28819) "August 04 - The Price Family A brilliant house for an "en masse" holiday - must go to Aubeterre, cute village, beach a definite! Canoeing, Diving Board etc. " Review Number 7 Review submitted by non-Villarenters customer* (Submitted: 06/01/2008 ) Review for: Le Tournesol - 17th Century Farmhouse (28819) "August 05 - The Allen family We all had a fantastic holiday. Would definitely recommend the velorail (cycle train) at Confolens. St Emilion is a very pretty town with lots of history. Local lakes enjoyed by all at Brossac and Aubeterre " Review Number 8 Review submitted by non-Villarenters customer* (Submitted: 06/01/2008 ) Review for: Le Tournesol - 17th Century Farmhouse (28819) "July 06 - The Godden family Lovely house and garden in a tranquil setting. Enjoyed visit to Aubeterre and kayaking down river. Beaches at coast an ideal day out. Brossac lake, Coganc worth visiting. Enjoyed watching resident Barn Owls at church opposite. All in all a relaxing holiday. " Review Number 9 Review submitted by non-Villarenters customer* (Submitted: 06/01/2008 ) Review for: Le Tournesol - 17th Century Farmhouse (28819) "July 06 - The Taylor family What a fabulous place. Beautiful house, garden and especially pool for children. Happy times Chez Tournesol! " Villarenters comment: Review Number 10 Review submitted by non-Villarenters customer* (Submitted: 06/01/2008 ) Review for: Le Tournesol - 17th Century Farmhouse (28819) "July 06 - The Jocelyn family We have all loved this house and its beautiful location. Very much hope to be returning to see more of the Charente area. Did you find this review helpful?YesNo Owner Submitted Review Comments from other site that house can be found Review Submitted: September 15, 2010Date of Stay: August 2010 Review Number 1 Review submitted by John from Claygate (Submitted: 25/08/2010 ) Review for: Le Tournesol - 17th Century Farmhouse (28819) "A spacious,comfortable and well equipped house which we found very suitable for a large family party with ages from 11 to 80." Value: Good , Met expectations: Yes - satisfied , Recommend: Definitely , Overall: Good Review Number 2 Review submitted by kevin from wallington (Submitted: 03/09/2009 ) Review for: Le Tournesol - 17th Century Farmhouse (28819) "fantastic layout,conversion has kept all its charm rooms were all spacious and quirky.very safe for the children and in a great location." Value: Excellent , Met expectations: Exceeded them , Recommend: Yes , Overall: Good Review Number 3 Review submitted by Simon from Canterbury (Submitted: 01/06/2008 ) Review for: Le Tournesol - 17th Century Farmhouse (28819) "Fantastic property, great location in a very quiet village. The property had everything we needed from kitchen appliances, lots of space, nice BBQ area, good sized rooms. Steve, the caretaker, got some food and drink in already for us when we arrived which was great because we had traveled down on motorbikes. There are lots to see and do. The restaurant at Bardenac is a must." Value: Excellent , Met expectations: Exceeded them , Recommend: Definitely , Overall: Excellent Review Number 4 Review submitted by non-Villarenters customer* (Submitted: 06/01/2008 ) Review for: Le Tournesol - 17th Century Farmhouse (28819) "July 04 - The Lewington family We had a great time at a very nice house. Fantastic part of France with highlights being St Emilion and Bordeaux. Make sure you visit the lake and beach at Brossac, very good for kids on a nice sunny day

July 04 - The Lewington familyWe had a great time at a very nice house. Fantastic part of France with highlights being St Emilion and Bordeaux. Make sure you visit the lake and beach at Brossac, very good for kids on a nice sunny day

July 04 - The Jackson familyA fantastic holiday in a great house, we loved the pool and the space. Visit the Total garage by the N10 for a culinary bargain - honest! The tour at Remy Martin is well worth a visit and we had good day trips to Perigeux and Royan

August 04 - The Price FamilyA brilliant house for an "en masse" holiday - must go to Aubeterre, cute village, beach a definite! Canoeing, Diving Board etc.

August 05 - The Allen familyWe all had a fantastic holiday. Would definitely recommend the velorail (cycle train) at Confolens. St Emilion is a very pretty town with lots of history. Local lakes enjoyed by all at Brossac and Aubeterre

July 06 - The Godden familyLovely house and garden in a tranquil setting. Enjoyed visit to Aubeterre and kayaking down river. Beaches at coast an ideal day out. Brossac lake, Coganc worth visiting. Enjoyed watching resident Barn Owls at church opposite. All in all a relaxing holiday.

July 06 - The Taylor familyWhat a fabulous place. Beautiful house, garden and especially pool for children. Happy times Chez Tournesol!

July 06 - The Jocelyn familyWe have all loved this house and its beautiful location. Very much hope to be returning to see more of the Charente area.

July 06 - The Malcom familyBeautiful house - perfect "holiday home". Pool a big hit with the children - no need to go anywhere but we did! Royan worth the trip for the beach, Montguyon, Brossac lake, Aubeterre and lots more, ENJOY!

August 06 - The Boston familyThank you! We had a wonderful week here! We enjoyed exploring along the Charente river following a visit to Angouleme. Also visiting Talmont sur Gironde on our way to Royan, a great day out.

August 06- The Rodrigues, Lammin and Callender familiesEnjoyed our stay although the weather not as expected. Highlights Aubeterre, zoo at Royan, Beauvallon near Montguyon (lovely lake and beach). Lovely indoor pool near Jonzac if weather poor. Food at restaurant in Brossac near lake very good.

September 06 - The Getley FamilyMost enjoyable stay, first half rainy but enjoyed Cognac tour at Martell. Kids enjoyed pool and didn't want to go anywhere else once the sun came out. A huge thanks to Steve who was most helpful.

June/July 07 - Walsh & Williamson familiesHouse was perfect in every way. Kids loved the pool and the play frame. Steve deserves a mention for his warm, friendly personality and helpfulness.

July/August 07 - The Northy familyExcellent time, especially the wine. Lovely sunflowers and Troglodyte church (church of St Jean in Aubeterre).

August 07 - Lawson Johnston FamiliesGreat time, enjoyed hiring a boat at Royan. Great for children - loved the garden and pool. Adults loved wine tasting and sight seeing, especially St Emilion.

August 07 - Williamson & Rogers familiesHouse is lovely - very comfortable. Steve is very helpful and has an excellent knowledge of the area. Enjoyed La Rochelle/ Ile de Re/ Arachon. Recommend lakes at Brossac & Aubeterre, very pretty walks around village

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Location

This farm house is:

45km from the nearest beach 6km from the nearest bar 6km from the nearest restaurant 6km from the nearest supermarket 80.5km from Bordeaux airport 50km from Bergerac Airport 130km from La Rochelle Airport 64.4km from St Emilion 48.3km from Angouleme 128.7km from La Rochelle 48.3km from Cognac

Local activities

Boat hire 45km Golf 45km Horse riding 15km Sailling 45km Tennis 15km

Sights and attractions

Historic site 15km Local food market 10km Shopping 15km Theatre 15km Theme park 100km Cinema 15km

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Outside this farm house in Brossac, France
This farm house is in the countryside and in a quiet area. It has a pool, a barbecue, outside lighting and a garden. Car hire is necessary as the renter will need a car to get about for shopping, eating out and the beach; however parking is available if required.

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Facilities

Bedrooms

7 bedrooms, Sleeps 14:

  • 1 double bed and en suite
  • 1 double bed and en suite
  • 1 double bed
  • 1 double bed
  • 1 double bed
  • 2 single beds
  • 2 single beds

There is also 2 cots

Bathrooms

5 bathrooms, 2 en suite bathrooms, 5 Separate WC's

Swimming pool

Private pool

Entertainment

CD player, DVD/Blu-ray player, Internet / WI-FI, Radio, TV Languages in English, Local, Satellite / cable

General

Living area seats 15, Dining area seats 14, Open fire, Clothes drier, Hair dryer, Iron / board, Towels / linen, Washing machine, Car hire essential

Kitchen

Cooker, Crockery, Cutlery, Dishwasher, Fridge, Freezer, Glassware, Kettle, Microwave, Oven, Pots / pans, Toaster

Outside

Barbecue, Outside lighting, Parking, Private garden

Suitable for

Infants, Restricted mobility , Pets

Extra information

House is situated opposite a night lit 12th Century Church and Chateau, these are not open to the public, but provide a lovely aspect when viewed from the lounge.

Stephen

Average rating from 6 reviews

Private Owner From Sylva, USA Member since Oct 2006

Past bookings: 14 bookings

Last logged in: 3 months ago

Number of properties: 1

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