• 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)    

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

  • St-Sornin (1km) – bakers and a small grocers
  • Montbron (5km) – all shops and services
  • La Rochefoucauld (13km) – all shops and services

Places to see

  • La Rochefoucauld – the castle, a 'must-see', children and parents can dress up while they visit the castle
  • La Rochefoucauld – Couvent des Carmes, gothic Church
  • Montbron – a stunning walk along the river Tardoire to the castle of Ferriere, Charbrot, Menet and to the Mills of Menet and Chabrot. Small museum of Prehisotry for children in Montbron (with activities in July and August)
  • Many mills in the area are opened to visits – paper mills, stone mills, flour mills, visit Moulin de la Forge and Moulin de Vouthon to buy local oils

Activities

  • Tennis in Montbron (5km)
  • Bike hire in Montbron (5km)
  • Canoeing – 5min drive from the house (highly recommended), very well organised, frequent departures on the Tardoire River
  • Shopping in Piegut Market in nearby Dordogne (Wednesdays)
  • 18-hole golf course at Ecuras (Golf de la Prèze – 10km) and Angoulême (25km)
  • Sailing on the lake in Angoulême (25km)
  • Riding at Pranzac (8.5km) – horses and donkeys
  • Go-karting 15min drive
  • Fishing on the grounds of the property
  • Many walks starting from the house

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


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 27 May – 16 Sep
London Stansted Ryanair Sat/Sun All season
Leeds Bradford Ryanair Sunday 1 Apr – 21 Oct
Leeds Bradford Ryanair Sunday 1 Apr – 21 Oct
Manchester Ryanair Sunday 1 Apr – 21 Oct
East Midlands Ryanair Saturday All season

Bordeaux 155km/1hr 40min drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Gatwick British Airways Sat/Sun All season
London Gatwick easyJet Sat/Sun All season
London Luton easyJet Sat/Sun All season
Bristol easyJet Sat/Sun All season
Liverpool easyJet Sat/Sun 12 May – 1 Sep (Sat)
1 Jul – 2 Sep (Sun)
Belfast easyJet Saturday 12 May – 1 Sep
Edinburgh Ryanair Saturday 31 Mar – 27 Oct
Southampton Flybe Saturday 26 May – 25 Aug
Birmingham Flybe Sat/Sun 31 Mar – 2 Sep

Customer feedback

After returning from Le Petit Mas, our wonderful 15th century farmhouse nestled in the French countryside, I wouldn't hesitate in recommending Simpson Travel. From my first phone call with initial enquiries, to a well-wishing e-mail after our holiday – all staff have been friendly, helpful and professional. I found the service received to be of a very high standard and we thoroughly enjoyed our holiday. Many thanks.
Laura – August 2018

Dear Vero – thank you for the most wonderful two weeks at Le Petit Mas. From the beautiful house with huge comfortable beds to the fabulous swimming pool, where Alfie finally learnt to swim, we have all been totally spoilt. Your ever-present smile and constant helpfulness made our visit extra special. You have a very special place and we will cherish our memories.
Mike, Ceri, Lisa, Martyn, James, Jamie and all the children – August 2018

What a wonderful house – it’s so special. We had such an amazing week and such perfect weather too. The children loved the swimming pool and we spent most of our week playing there. The top floor children’s dormitory is also perfect. You were personally helpful to us with booking restaurants, answering all our questions instantly and generally there for us all week. Thank you.
The McMullens – July 2018

Thank you to Véronique for a wonderful week in her lovely house. We had a great time and thought the countryside around was very beautiful. We enjoyed walking to the Roman bridge and visiting the castle. The grandchildren all loved being in the swimming pool and their parents have all had a really good rest. Thank you so much for making our stay so wonderful, we loved every minute.
The Macfadyen Family – July 2018

We had the most idyllic stay in this wonderful home that Véronique, the owner, has built and filled with warmth and love. She was the most generous host, erudite and thoughtful, with an astonishing resolve of spirit. As soon as we drove through the gates at Le Petit Mas our welcome set the tone for the rest of the week – full of smiles and wonder. The restaurants recommended to us provided the most delicious food and in correspondingly beautiful surroundings. We hope to go back again one day.
Raza, Beth, Toufique, Faisal, Faaiqa, Farah, Jasia, Ava, Siena, Tobias & Taylan – July 2018

 

 

We all just loved Le Petit Mas – we had an absolutely perfect week. The sun shone and the wine flowed. Cooking in the amazing kitchen was an absolute delight. Veronique is the perfect hostess – always on hand when needed. We have all thoroughly enjoyed exploring the area, and if in doubt about what to do, Veronique is an expert adviser. We could stay forever!
The Rivers Family – June 2017

Thank you so much. We had the most wonderful time here and I’m not sure I’ve ever stayed in a more beautiful house, so tastefully equipped and decorated. We were saying this morning that it’s even more homely than home! With many thanks, and we hope to come again…
Ian, Debbie, Alice, Matthew & Emily – September 2017

We have absolutely loved our stay. This has been the best holiday home we have ever stayed in (and we’ve been to lots!). Thank you, Veronique, so much for being such an amazing host and for all your attention to detail. The children’s playroom is beyond wonderful with the toys of dreams. The kids have spent hours upon hours up there. The house is cool and beautiful – so comfortable with the best beds. Thank you so much. We will be back! 
Joanna, Josh & The Family – August 2017

We were delighted when we arrived at Le Petit Mas. The house is beautiful. Traditional and comfortable and has everything eight adults and six children could need. The pool was glorious with plenty of comfortable sunbeds 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 café 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.
Mr 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.
Mrs Johnson – Aug 2016

We would like to thank Veronique for her kindness and hospitality! The house was enjoyed by all, including my 3-year-old daughter! A beautiful home in such a wonderful location. We were never short of things to do, there was something for everyone. Otherwise, the rest of the holiday was enjoyed by the poolside. We would recommend!  Thanks again!
The Hurdle & Lansbury Families – July 2017

We were thrilled to be spending a week at Le Petit Mas. We have had a wonderful stay and enjoyed Veronique cooking for us – that is not to be missed! We explored as far as Cognac and that it is a great day trip. Thank you, Veronique, for being a kind and generous host – we loved your house!
The Nebhrajani Family – June 2017

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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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