Bienvenue à La Tourterie

Experience the beauty and tranquility of rural France in our beautifully restored farmhouse
 'La Maison Seronera' in the Charente. – Sleeps 2 - 11

July Weeks Still Avaiable!

We look forward to welcoming you to our privately owned 5 bedroomed gite/holiday home 'La Maison Seronera', which sleeps up to 11 people. We are situated in the Charente region of France close to the border of the Dordogne and Haute Vienne.  Surrounded by gently rolling hills, maize and sunflower fields the quiet hamlet of La Tourterie makes an ideal base for walking, mountain biking, go-karting, horse riding, wine tasting, golfing, canoeing, fishing, bird watching, sight seeing or simply relaxing in the sun by the pool with a good book and a glass of wine.

The area has a wealth of charm and tranquility, from the South Charente with its echoes (but fewer tourists) of the next door Dordogne to the gently sloping vineyards of the wealthy Cognac producing West Charente.  With its sleepy riverside villages, fine displays of Romanesque art, chateaux, the stunning and bustling town of Angouleme and the Lakes of Haute Charente on your doorstep, we think that La Tourterie will provide a comfortable base from which to explore the surrounding area.

La Tourterie is a tiny hamlet 15 minutes walk from the quiet village of Montemboeuf.  Here you will find 2 small bars, a Spar store, boulangerie, charcuterie, post office and bank. It is only 15 minutes drive from the pretty town of La Rochfaucauld with its imposing chateau and full range of shops, supermarkets, bars and restaurants. The nearby large leisure lake at Lavaud  provides scenic picnic sites, sandy beaches, swimming, sailing and many other nautical and outdoor activities, along with a fantastic adventure park for the children. It is also here that the keen mountain bikers will find some well established routes around the lakes and surrounding countryside. There are tracks for all levels, from short 6km routes through to over 50km routes.  For keen golfers there is a superb golf club nearby at Golf de la Preze which offers an 18 hole championship course, an 18 hole pitch and putt course, a driving range and practice facilities plus full equipment rental options if you don't want to bring all your gear with you, all just 10 minutes away near Rouzede. There are further courses around, one at St Junien around 30 minutes drive, another course in Angouleme, two more at Limoges and a beautiful course in the stunning region of Cognac, around 1 hours drive away.

For more information on some of the great activities in the area please take a look at our 'Activites for Children' page. 

Also don't miss the Montemboeuf 'Imprevu' music and arts festival in early September, when crowds of people descend on the village to listen to a variety of bands playing music from folk right through to punk. ( http://imprevumontemboeuf.free.fr/ )

La Maison Seronera is a large and beautifully renovated French farmhouse, which includes all modern facilities, yet still retains the character features. Set in its own grounds with a huge garden with nectarine, apricot and cherry trees, and bordered by oaks and ash trees, providing the ultimate natural boundary for privacy.

House Front

Lounge

Dining Area

 The spacious property includes the following features;

·        Large comfortable lounge and dining area with exposed Charente stone walls, huge oak beams, wood/tiled floor, double doors leading to spacious private patio and wood burner for cosy winter evenings. The extendable 10 seater dining table is perfect for those wishing to show off their gastronomic talents.

·        Spacious and well equipped dining kitchen (oven, dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, fridge freezer) with oak beamed ceiling, wood burner and door leading to patio. 

.    Satellite TV with all UK Freesat channels, plus DVD player and video with a selection of films.

.    Wifi Internet access.

·        2  tastefully decorated double bedrooms.

·        2 bedrooms with twin single beds (which can be pushed together as required) and one with three single beds. Two of the rooms feature the huge original oak roofing beams and exposed Charente stone walls.

·        2 bathrooms, one with bath.

·        2 further toilets, one downstairs.

·        Private, alarmed 10m x 5m pool in a large garden.

Kitchen

Bedroom

Pool

Prices and Availability.

Prices are per week for renting the whole property regardless of how many people. The week runs from Saturday (after 4pm) to Saturday (10am) although out of peak season it is possible other arrangements can be made.  

Low Season:  October 2013 to May 24th 2014 £500 per week 600 per week
High Season:  May 24th -  June 28th & September 2014 £600 per week 725 per week
Pre-Peak Season: June 28th - July 19th, 2014 £1195 £1095 per week 1395 1295 per week

Peak Season:  July 19th - August 30th, 2014

£1595  per week 1895 per week

Out of peak season, lower per week prices can be negotiated for small parties. Please contact us for details.

Long term winter lets are available from 31/10 to 1/3. Prices are negotiable depending on the length of time required. All rooms have heating and there is a wood burner in the lounge and kitchen.  Long weekends are also available out of season. Prices negotiable.

To check availability of the weeks you require follow the link or for this or any other information please contact Isabel and Steve at maisonseronera@latourterie.com,  or telephone  +33 (0)545 236235

A booking form will be sent out to you and a non-refundable deposit of 30% is required at the time of booking. Full payment is due 8 weeks prior to your arrival together with a breakage deposit of £150.  This is refundable within 7 days of your departure after a full inspection of the property has taken place. 

There will be a welcome pack on your arrival, full information and maps and guides to the area.  We will also supply a map of how to get here. Obviously we are happy to share our knowledge of the area with you and can suggest day trips and places of interest to visit to suit your requirements. 

Duvets, blankets, pillows and linen are provided. There is an additional charge of £4.00 (5) per person if towels are required.

Pool towels are £4.00 (5) per person.

The gite will be clean upon your arrival and we would request that it be left clean and in the same state that you found it for the arrival of our next guests.  If required a cleaning service can be provided at an additional charge.

There are two mountain bikes available for clients use (good for the morning bread run!) and others can be easily rented from the nearby tourist office at Massignac.

We operate a no smoking policy inside the gite and request that parties staying in the gite do not smoke whilst inside the property.

A baby sitting service is available.

We regret that we cannot accept pets.

Arrival and departure day is Saturday. Arrival after 4pm and departure before 10am. Rental periods are 7 nights.

Children.

There is a cot and high chair available at no extra cost.  There is a large and spacious garden for the children to play in. The swimming pool is fitted with an alarm.

Location

La Tourterie is situated  approximately 30 km North East of Angouleme and 40 km West of Limoges.

For more information click the map button to open a multimap.com window at the correct location:     

Getting Here

Flights:

There are Ryanair flights to Angouleme and Limoges from Stanstead, Liverpool, East Midlands and Southampton. Angouleme airport is about 30 minutes drive and Limoges airport is approximately 45 minutes drive away.

BMI Baby fly from Manchester and East Midlands to Bordeaux. Bordeaux Airport is about 13/4 hours drive away. Various other major airlines also fly to Bordeaux.

Poitiers Airport is about 11/2 hours away and Bergerac is a 2 hour drive.

 

Car Hire:

Car Hire is available at Angouleme, Limoges and all other airports. 

 

Ferries:

St Malo is about 5-6 hours drive on the toll motorways. Calais is an 8 hour drive.

 

Rail:

There is a TGV station in Angouleme which is about 40 mins drive away. The train takes  21/2 hours from Paris.

Further Information on the area.

The Charente is one of four departments making up the region of Poitou-Charentes with Charente-Maritime, Deux-Sevres and Vienne. Each area has distinctive features but all have a generous share of  river.  The French traditionally consider the Charentais as somewhat laid back, and a bit zany! With its well preserved yet domesticated countryside and virtually every food product available fresh from the woods, fields, rivers and nearby ocean, the Charentais is generally quite happy with his peaceful lot.

The bustling and historic walled city of Angouleme is well worth a visit with its unmissable cathedral to Saint Pierre.  After strolling around the ramparts, you can sit and enjoy one of the ‘Plat du Jours’ the many restaurants have on offer in the square or one of its winding mediaeval streets. Held in the third weekend in September is the spectacular Circuit des Ramparts, which is the only vintage car rally held inside a French town. Alternatively visit the Nautilus waterpark in Angouleme, an ideal place to "cool off" and have fun. Spend a day wandering around Cognac with it's ancient streets and mansions of the brandy merchants and take a tour around one of the major cognac producers such as Hennessy, Martell or Remy Martin. Here you will encounter cellars full of aging cognacs some over a century old, and taste some of the exceptional matured amber that is Cognac, described by Victor Hugo as “The Liquor of the gods”.

The Charente has one of the richest displays of Romanesque art with all variations represented, more than its fair share of stunning chateaux, activity lakes, not to mention its packed programme of top quality summer festivals and markets. Alternatively just take it easy and mosey around some of the traditional market towns and picturesque villages immersing yourself in French culture and taste some of the local food and wine along the way. 

These are but a few of the activities on offer in the spectacular region of the Charente. Explore to your hearts content, and we hope to welcome you soon to both the Charente and La Tourterie.

 Contact Details

For bookings or any other information at all please contact Isabel and Steve at maisonseronera@latourterie.com,  or telephone  +33 (0)545 236235