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Gorgeous traditional country house, Aubeterre-sur-Dronne, nr Dordogne

Sleeps15
Bedrooms 9
Bathrooms6
Half Baths2
Space 800 m²
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 6 nights

Overview

About the property

Self-catering, heated private pool, 9 bedrooms, grounds

La Sauzade is a beautiful country house, built in the 18th century, within walking distance of the historic village Aubeterre-sur-Dronne. The house is intended to be my home rather than just a holiday let and every detail has been chosen with that approach in mind.

The rooms are spacious and comfortable. Nearly all of the rooms look over the front lawn and swimming pool.

The ground floor consists of a large kitchen with substantial (2 m diameter) table, sitting room or family room, entrance hall, dining room, library. Behind the dining room and library is a down stairs bedroom with dressing room, stone fireplace, and its own bathroom. (Bedrooms are described below).

The house is furnished with antique furniture, as well as a wide screen Sony TV, separate TV, two play stations, DVD player, impressive DVD collection, table tennis, etc.

I am now taking bookings for weeks in 2017. If you are interested in booking during the summer holidays (or half term) in 2017 I strongly recommend that you book now.

PLEASE NOTE THAT CHANGEOVER DURING THE SEASON IS ON A FRIDAY UNLESS AGREED OTHERWISE

More Details

Owner
Justin
Member since: 2011
Speaks english, french
Response time
Within 12 hours
Response rate
100%
Calendar last updated:
24 July, 2017

About Justin

Please contact me with any questions or comments before booking: I will endeavour to respond immediately.

Justin purchased this house in 2007

Why Justin chose Charente

Please see the reviews written by previous guests. The house has a lovely feel - it swallows people up and makes a great venue for a party of 15 adults and children. The pool is a total suntrap.

Amenities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Saint-Romain, France

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 15
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
General:
  • soap
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • local restaurant guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 15 people
Bathrooms:
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower , en suite
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , bath with shower , en suite
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower enclosure , en suite
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , bath with shower , en suite
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , bath with shower
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , bath with shower
    Bathroom 7 - toilet
    Bathroom 8 - toilet
  • There are 6 bathrooms and in addition a couple of separate stalls. The main bathrooms (i.e. bathroom 1, 2, 4 and the ground floor bathroom) were all refurbished in 2010. We used a number of suppliers. The hand painted tiles are from Marlborough Tiles (bathroom 4 and ground floor bathroom) and (bathroom 1) Douglas Watson. The stone (bathrooms 2 and 4) is from Stonells. Towels are provided (these are from Peter Jones): each adult should get a bath sheet and a hand towel, and also a towel for the pool. Each child gets the same but a bath towel rather than a bath sheet.
Bedrooms:
  • 9 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 extra lg. double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 extra lg. double bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 single bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 large double bed , 1 single bed
    Bedroom 5 - 1 extra lg. double bed
    Bedroom 6 - 2 single bed
    Bedroom 7 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 8 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 9 - 2 single bed
  • There are 9 bedrooms: 7 in the house and 2 in the adjacent cottage. Of these 9 bedrooms there are 5 with double beds (i.e. suitable for an adult couple), 3 with pairs of single beds (i.e. suitable for a couple of children or single adults), and on bedroom (bedroom 4) which has both a double bed and a single bed in it. The beds and mattresses (save 2) are from Litvinoff and Fawcett and were purchased recently. The bed linen on the adult beds is from lindolino, i.e. pure linen. The children's beds have cotton. Duvets, mattress covers, and pillows are from Peter Jones (some of the children's duvets are from Ikea). The larger bedrooms all have somewhere to sit and read or write post cards. There are numerous chests of drawers, wardrobes etc. There are also 2 cots.
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • books - fiction/non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • patio
  • Veranda / Loggia
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • 15 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • caves
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
The house is let for parties of up to 15 so the facilities are intended to cater for approximately that number. This assumes a typical family group of say 6-8 adults, and the remainder children of various ages. The dining room is intended to sit say 8 adults whereas the kitchen can sit a much larger group. Daily cleaning, etc, can be provided at cost.

Reviews

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Gorgeous traditional country house, Aubeterre-sur-Dronne, nr Dordogne
average rating of 4.72 based on 25 reviews
5

Magical Holiday

  • 5 of 5

While the photos of the house are stunning, they do not do justice to the house in real life which is just gorgeous. Grand but comfortable and with so much space. We were five families with children from 1 to 7 and all had the most wonderful time. The house has everything you could need and all the bedrooms are large and airy with the most comfortable beds. The grounds are huge and the kids were off for hours exploring and picking fruit from the trees. The pool is a godsend and always warm. The area itself is beautiful and we spent almost every day the river beach with wonderful swimming and a lovely little cafe. We have decided to come back every two years and make it a tradition as the children grow up. Cant thank you enough for letting us stay in your home. Best holiday!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Charli, thank you for you kind comments and for taking the trouble to write a review. I am so glad that you enjoyed your holiday. Justin
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4

Comfortable, happy, home from home holiday in beautiful area of France

  • 4 of 5

La Souzade has a very friendly atmosphere and ambience and represents good value for money.

The furnishings are tasteful and very much in keeping with the property and the fact that they are well worn in places makes it less worrying for parents of young children.

We had a very happy family holiday and loved going into beautiful Aubeterre each day ( many of the family walking) and going to the well- kept river beach the other side of the small town.

We are certainly planning to come again as a family party although we will be glad if the safety features mentioned in the Visitors Book have been put into place by next year ( the caretakers seem to think that is likely) as that would make it a genuinely idyllic family destination to which I would certainly give the full 5 stars. Justin makes it clear in his literature that parents must at all times keep a close eye on their children, which is fair, but appropriate fencing would take the stress off.

The caretakers were very friendly and helpful and a great bonus was some prearranged ( by Tracy) catering by a local expat : excellent food , beautifully presented and at a reasonable price.

Altogether an excellent holiday in a lovely setting. Thank you Justin and Laura for providing such a great venue.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Amazing house, elegant and stylish but also relaxed

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful house that very much feels like a home. In spite of terrible weather we had a lovely time in here. All the rooms are huge and it's the perfect place for a group of friends as we were.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 14, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Beautiful and relaxing stay

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful holiday with three other families at La Sauzade, and our 3 year old and one year old sons.

The house is a beautiful historic Manor House set in a lush garden. I loved the style of the place - it is rustic but extremely chic.

It's very spacious - plenty big enough to have time to yourselves and then come together for meals or a swim in the pool.

The owner had arranged a cook for us, which I would highly recommend for a super relaxing stay.

I cannot recommend this place enough!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 3, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: many thanks for your comments Lucy!
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5

A great family holiday

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at La Sauzade in June with two other couples with pre-school children. The house was perfect for us: plenty of space indoors and out, especially for the children. The weather was hot and sunny, but the heated pool was still a real bonus for the infants, who splashed happily all week. A valuable holiday and we hope to return.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 22, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Charming, beautiful, better than we imagined

  • 5 of 5

Lovely house - very pretty, a very well equipped kitchen, characterful spacious and beautiful bedrooms, a lovely sunny garden with pool. We were a group of 8 adults and 6 toddlers and we were happy all week playing in the house, garden, pool, or exploring the local area. The house is a short walk to Aubeterre: with several restaurants, shops, a boulangerie, historic buildings, small river beach and more. There was so much to do during our week's stay including trips to swim in lakes nearby, the monolithic church. A great holiday! Thank you.

  • Review Submitted: May 26, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
72 Kilometres
Bergerac
Nearest Barpub
800 Metres
Hotel de France, Aubeterre
Nearest Ferry
514 Kilometres
St Malo
Nearest Golf
6 Kilometres
Longeveau
Nearest Train
12.5 Kilometres
Chalais
Nearest Motorway
38 Kilometres
N10 is 38km; A10 slightly further
Nearest Restaurant
800 Metres
Passe Simple, Aubeterre
Nearest Beach
1800 Metres
Aubeterre: river beach
Car: recommended

La Sauzade is within walking distance of Aubeterre, one of Les plus beaux villages de France (this is, apparently, an official recognition rather than my own assessment).

The village has everything you might need for a relaxing French holiday including a range of restaurants and bars, post office, bakers, weekly market, bank, hairdresser, etc, as well as various craft shops celling local ceramics and jewellery.

Aubeterre is mostly built of stone and reflects the popular perception of an idyllic French village; there are 2 medieval churches, including one built from a single piece of stone which is the largest monolithic church in Europe.

During the summer there is a river beach in the village, with canoes, bicycles for hire and horse riding.

The house is also within easy driving distance of numerous famous towns and sights such as Bergerac, Surat, Cognac, and countless pretty villages.

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Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in Saint-Romain, France

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
GBP
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
summer 2017
16 Jun 2017 - 27 Jul 2017
5 night minimum stay
A$3,287
A$9,861
 
 
summer holidays 2017
28 Jul 2017 - 18 Aug 2017
6 night minimum stay
A$5,259
 
 
low season 2017-2018
1 Sep 2017 - 24 May 2018
5 night minimum stay
A$2,465
A$5,753
 
 
half term 2018
25 May 2018 - 2 Jun 2018
6 night minimum stay
A$5,259
 
 
summer 2018
3 Jun 2018 - 19 Jul 2018
5 night minimum stay
A$3,616
 
 
summer holidays 2018
20 Jul 2018 - 23 Aug 2018
5 night minimum stay
A$5,259
 
 
end Aug 2018
25 Aug 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
6 night minimum stay
A$4,109
 
 
xmas 2018
21 Dec 2018 - 28 Dec 2018
4 night minimum stay
A$4,109
 
 
new year 18/19
29 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
4 night minimum stay
A$4,109
 
 
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
A$2,465
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit A$821.79

Refundable security deposit is 30% of the rent to be paid at the time of booking. The rent is to be paid 12 weeks before the start of your holiday (unless your booking is within that period in which case the whole sum is due at the time of booking).

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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