• 14
  • 5
  • 4
  • Charming 15th-century farmhouse
  • Glorious hilltop location
  • Set in 30 acres
  • Private heated and gated swimming pool

In a glorious hilltop setting, with miles of countryside spread out before you and vineyards above, you share a corner of France with a privileged few. This tranquil spot is something of a well-kept secret, although Le Petit Mas, surrounded by farmland, woods and meadows, is just a kilometre from the picturesque (shop-free) village of Vouthon and in an area known for fabulous Romanesque architecture, historic priories, castles and churches.

As well as four double bedrooms, there’s a converted attic room with six single beds – a dream for children who want a den, bedroom and pyjama party all in one – and every floor of this three-level building is an attractive combination of antique furnishings, rustic homely touches and contemporary art, all offset by exposed beams and solid stonework. An airy living room complete with baby grand piano and a traditional well-equipped farmhouse kitchen help make this an ideal base for extended families, who may have brought grandparents along.

On the south-facing terrace, an evening meal is a sunset-lit affair and with two other terraces and over 30 acres to explore, this 15th-century farmhouse gives everyone room to roam, whether that’s around the property or out into the countryside. The Tardoire River for canoeing is just five minutes away and a number of walking trails start nearby.

The local area

The castle at La Rochefoucauld is a must-see and there are summer concerts in town during July and August. You’ll find shops here too and a Saturday market, although for bread and groceries, your nearest ports of call are the villages of St-Sornin (1km) and Montbron (2km). From Montbron, you can also hire bikes and a riverside walk from here takes in the castles of Ferriere, Chabrot, Menet and the mills of Menet and Chabrot: paper mills, stone, flour mills being a feature of the region. Sophisticated Angoulême lies 25km to the east with its two places of worship: a magnificent cathedral and a chocolate factory. There’s also a Museum of Cartoons, sailing, squash courts and an 18-hole golf course if neither history nor confectionary are calling.

Le Petit Mas is very well located on the borders of the Dordogne, Limousin and Charente, allowing you to explore the beautiful villages of the northern Dordogne such as Piégut and the diverse landscapes of these very different areas.

The Charente is cognac country, for many the very epitome of French life, where the great houses of Courvoisier, Hennessy, Martell and Rémy Martin distil their magnificent brandies. Cognac itself has far more to offer, grand houses and narrow winding streets; and more festivals than there are months in the calendar. To the east stands Angoulême, its very name a sign of sophistication, a prodigious cathedral the strongest hint of its affluent past. The Charente River gathers momentum near Saintes but it is never much more than a quiet waterway for those who delight in messing about in boats. Sleepy little towns like Jarnac seem to float by, followed by proud Romanesque abbeys and priories, silhouetted against the lush undulating countryside. Make sure you visit the churches at St Amand-de-Boixe, Bassac and Conzac.


Accommodation

Layout

  • 5 bedroom house (sleeps 14)    
  • Changeover day – Saturday

Ground floor

  • Entrance hall
  • Living room with fireplace and baby grand piano, French doors lead to terraces
  • Kitchen with oven, hob, toaster, kettle, coffee machine, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and dining table

First floor

  • Master double bedroom with integrated bath and washbasin
  • Double bedroom
  • Double bedroom with ladder to children’s dormitory (for emergency use only)
  • Shower room with WC
  • All doubles can be made into twin beds on request

Second floor

  • Large bedroom/playroom with 6 children’s beds
  • Double bedroom with additional single bed with en-suite bathroom and WC

General

  • Complimentary WiFi (Ground floor only)
  • Simpson Travel telephone representative
  • Washing machine and dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • 3 cots (linen supplied) and 3 highchairs
  • Fans
  • Telephone
  • Piano
  • TV, video, DVD and CD players
  • Large DVD and book library (English and French) for adults and children
  • Extensive collection of children’s toys 
  • Table tennis and table football
  • Bar billiards
  • Swings and large sandpit 
  • Croquet and badminton
  • Gym
  • Gas plancha barbecue
  • Private swimming pool 15m x 6m (depth 0.7m – 2m), fenced, Roman steps, open June to mid-September, pool can be heated to 25°C weather permitting (€250/week minimum)
  • Security deposit £500

WiFi

  • All properties with WiFi are able to support basic functionality such as web browsing and checking emails*

* We aim to offer an uninterrupted service but sometimes due to factors beyond our control reliability can be affected.

Services

  • Bed linen, bath and pool towels are provided
  • Weekly linen change for bookings of one week or more
  • Cleaning 3 hours per week included
  • Adiditonal cleaning (on request) €12 per hour
  • Cook (on request) €15 per hour
  • All services payable locally
  • Prices quoted are subject to change

Access times

  • Check-in time – 4.00-7.00pm
  • Check-out time – 10.00am

Getting there

  • Airports
    Limoges 76km
    Poitiers 130km
    Bordeaux 155km
    La Rochelle 165km
  • Ferry ports
    St-Malo 467km
    Caen-Ouistreham 485km
    Le Havre 566km
    Cherbourg 610km
    Calais 750km
  • TGV stations
    Angoulême 26km
    Libourne 118km
    Surgères 122km
    Bordeaux 148km

Location

Key Information

  • Charente region
  • Restaurants (Montbron) 10min drive
  • Shops (Montbron) 10min drive
  • Château de la Rochefoucauld 20min drive
  • Angoulême 40min drive
  • Limoges airport 1hr 15min drive

Villages

  • Allemans-du-Dropt (4km) nearest food shops
  • Duras (11km) larger selection of shops and services including supermarkets

Towns

  • Miramont-de-Guyenne (11km)
  • Eymet (15km)
  • Marmande (19km)
  • Bergerac (40km)
  • Nérac (70km)
  • Agen (75km)

Market Days

  • Montbron (5km): small market on Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday mornings
  • La Rochefoucauld (13km): Saturday mornings
  • Piégut (22km): a 'must visit' on Wednesday morning

Recommended Restaurants

  • Montbron (5km): Pizzeria 'La Toscane' (good for children, garden with tables in the summer, low price)
  • Moulin de la Tardoire near Montbron (7km): highly recommended, booking essential
  • La Rochefoucauld (13km): Chez Stefan (medium price)
  • Saint-Adjutory (15km): La Bellone (good for children and parents, medium price)
  • Soyaux (24km): La Sigogne (more expensive)
  • Angoulême (25km): La Ruelle and La Tour des Valois (both more expensive)
  • Many restaurants from all over the world with a nice atmosphere during summer evenings in the old Angoulême

These restaurants have been recommended by our owners and this list is updated by us as often as possible. Their ownership and quality may have changed since the list was last updated

Places to See

  • Duras (11km), famous for its castle and good wines, and has extensive sports facilities
  • Miramont (11km) has a lovely main square and church
  • Eymet (15km) is a beautiful 13th century medieval fortified town

Regional Food and Wine

  • The area is famous for Pruneaux d'Agen, foie gras, duck and truffles
  • The Bergerac Appellation produces some excellent red and white wines and wines are also available from the Bordeaux, Duras and Cahors wine growing areas

Activities

  • Tennis court: Duras (11km)
  • Bicycle hire: Duras (11km)
  • Horse riding: Duras (11km)
  • 9 hole golf courses: La Sauvetat (5km), Boissec (8km), Marmande (22km)
  • 18 hole golf courses: Tombeboeuf (24km), Golf des Vigiers at Monestier (27km)
  • Numerous cycling tracks including a disused railway line running between Sauveterre-de-Guyenne (40km) and Bordeaux (102km)
  • Hot air ballooning at Saint-Jean-de-Duras (11km)

Flights

Although this property is booked on an accommodation-only basis, we can arrange your flights for an extra charge of £25 per person, plus the cost of the flights themselves.

Below are the flight options available, including the most convenient airports in France to help you reach your destination as quickly and easily as possible.

Limoges 76km/1hr 5min drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Gatwick British Airways Sunday 28 May - 17 Sep
London Stansted Ryanair Sat/Sun All season
Birmingham Flybe Saturday 27 May - 30 Sep
Leeds Bradford Ryanair Sunday 2 Apr - 22 Oct
Manchester Ryanair Sunday 2 Apr - 22 Oct
East Midlands Ryanair Saturday All season
Southampton Flybe Sat/Sun 3 Jun - 9 Sep (Sat)
4 Jun - 3 Sep (Sun)

 

Poitiers 130km/1hr 25min drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Stansted Ryanair Sunday All season
Edinburgh Ryanair Saturday 1 Jul - 30 Sep

 

Bordeaux 155km/1hr 40min drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Gatwick British Airways Sat/Sun From 22 Apr (Sat)
All season (Sun)
London Gatwick easyJet Sat/Sun All season
London Luton easyJet Sat/Sun All season
Bristol easyJet Sat/Sun All season (Sat)
23 Apr - 22 Oct (Sun)
Liverpool easyJet Saturday 13 May - 7 Oct
Belfast easyJet Saturday 13 May - 23 Sep
Edinburgh Ryanair Saturday All season
Southampton Flybe Saturday 27 May - 2 Sep
Birmingham Flybe Sat/Sun 26 Mar - 9 Sep

 

La Rochelle 165km/2hr drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Gatwick easyJet Sat/Sun 20 May - 23 Sep (Sat)
28 May - 17 Sep (Sun)
Bristol easyJet Saturday 17 Jun - 9 Sep
Southampton Flybe Sat/Sun 6 May - 9 Sep (Sat)
7 May - 3 Sep (Sun)
Birmingham Flybe Sunday 28 May - 24 Sep
Manchester Flybe Saturday 27 May - 2 Sep
London Stansted Ryanair Sat/Sun All season

Car hire

Although this villa is booked on an accommodation-only basis, we can arrange car hire for you at an additional cost. 

Chose from the car options below:

Car hire prices vary depending on the time of year. The first price shown covers 1 April – 30 June and 26 August – 31 October; the second covers the peak season of 1 July – 25 August.

Choose from the options below:

  • Group B: Opel Corsa 3dr or similar – £189/£231
  • Group C: Citroën C3 or similar – £203/£238
  • Group CA: Peugeot 208 or similar – £378/£406
  • Group D: Opel Astra or similar – £266/£336
  • Group DA: Citroën C4 e-HDi or similar – £469/£533
  • Group E: Lancia Delta or similar – £322/£385
  • Group EA: Citroën C5 e-HDi or similar – £476/£511
  • Group F: Opel Insignia or similar – £259/£329
  • Group FA: Peugeot 508 e-HDi or similar – £469/£553
  • Group CMPV: Nissan Note or similar – £287/£357
  • Group MMPV: Citroën C4 Picasso or similar – £308/£399
  • Group SSUV: Peugeot 3008 or similar – £364/£518
  • Group SSUVA: Peugeot 3008 or similar – £497/£574

All our cars include comprehensive insurance with zero excess. For this particular destination, the undercarriage, tyres and windscreen are not included in the cover.

Car specifications

Group B – 1.1 litre engine, 1 large and 2 small suitcases

Group C – 1.2 litre engine, 2 large and 1 small suitcase

Group CA – 1.2 litre engine, 2 large and 1 small suitcase

Group D – 1.4 litre engine, 2 large and 1 small suitcase

Group DA – 1.4 litre engine, 2 large and 1 small suitcase

Group E – 1.8 litre engine, 2 large and 2 small suitcases

Group EA – 1.8 litre engine, 2 large and 2 small suitcases

Group F – 2 litre engine, 2 large and 2 small suitcases

Group FA – 2 litre engine, 2 large and 2 small suitcases

Group CMPV – 1.4 litre engine, 2 large and 1 small suitcase

Group MMPV – 1.6 litre engine, 2 large and 1 small suitcase

Group SSUV – 1.6 litre engine, 2 large and 2 small suitcases

Group SSUVA – 1.6 litre engine, 2 large and 2 small suitcases

Customer feedback

We had a lovely time and Le Petit Mas (and its owner Véronique) is a gem!
Miss Nebhrajani – May 2017

We were delighted when we arrived at Le Petit Mas. The house is beautiful. Traditional and comfortable and has everything 8 adults and 6 children could need. The pool was glorious with plenty of comfortable loungers and toys for the children. The kitchen was very well equipped. We were so happy with the house we didn't bother going out to dinner. However the town nearby had a lovely supermarket and a little cafe for our morning coffee and croissants. Veronique the owner is lovely and was very helpful booking us canoeing and giving us any advice we wanted. A fabulous holiday and we will definitely consider going again.
Wallinger – July/Aug 2016

 

The villa had plenty of space and adequate cooking facilities, pool was beautifully maintained. The villa is located in a quiet wooded area but within easy reach of Montbron and shops. We also found a lovely walk.
Johnson – Aug 2016

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From the Dordogne’s forest-covered hillsides to the undulating countryside of Lot-et-Garonne, these fertile landscapes have long played their part in human history – the famous Lascaux cave paintings testify to that. For a taste of spectacular coastline on your holiday, head to Charente-Maritime or find a lakeside beach that’s perfect for a picnic – this region is known for its abundant food and excellent wines. Choose a restaurant in an ancient village square and enjoy the sense of history repeated.

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