A Charming Holiday House in Verteuil sur Charente
What could be more restful than spending a week or two in a traditional French holiday house at the foot of an impressive chateau? Christine and Jean Claude Faure are delighted to offer their traditional French house for holiday rentals in the pretty Chateau village of Verteuil sur Charente.
Situated in the former region of Poitou Charentes, now called Nouvelle Aquitaine – about 35km from the famous town of Cognac and 1hr30 minutes inland from La Rochelle. The village of Verteuil is low key, a boulangerie just two minutes from the front door and beautifully undulating countryside nearby , perfect for a tour on vélo to take in the sights and sunshine.
This house is really special, once a grain store merchant’s property at the heart of a chateau village in a leafy place, it’s now fallen into the safe hands of the current owners, having been passed down through generations. It’s old school, in that heavy wooden, rich tapestry French way, teaming with vintage armoires but light and spacious at the same time with ultra modern bathrooms.
The light is beautiful, streaming into every room through enormous windows. So too are the family heirlooms that take pride of place in the living room and bedrooms, from beautiful door cornices to a stunning antique radio on the landing.
Everything that Jean Claude and Christine have done to improve the house has been done so thoughtfully, using local tradespeople with the knowledge and skills to create stunning oak balconies and picture windows. They’ve not tried to be overly modern but offer comfort and elegance while bringing their family home back to life.
Although a luxuriously modern take on the traditional French style, the house has several little reminders of the village as it once was: from the sepia photos in the hallway of ancestors to the little back gate that leads on to a quiet lane and the chateau behind – bursting with hollyhocks in the summer months. The smell of freshly cooked bread from the bakery down the road combined with the polished wooden floors are a gentle reminder of the lovely, old fashioned way of life this region offers.
This beautiful village house has a remarkably close view of the Chateau de Verteuil behind and is just a minute’s walk in flip flops to the banks of the Charente river where you can explore several pretty Charentais villages by boat. With four large bedrooms and modern bathrooms, the house offers a truly comfortable stay. Downstairs there’s a ground floor bedroom, a huge living room and kitchen plus laundry, a separate dining room and a stylish sun terrace at the rear with a raised balcony, perfect for afternoon tea in the shade.
Recently featured on James Martin on his tour around France, Verteuil sur Charente is home to our lovely restaurant, www.cafeportebleue.com and our infamous three course plat du jour for just 14e75 including a glass of vin.
The village also has a fabulous ancient mill where you can buy THE BEST brioche around!There’s also a superb wine bar where you can taste, drink and buy gorgeous local and not so local wines and you can visit the chateau kitchen and gardens during the summer months too. This is a really lovely holiday home in an unspoilt pretty French village, with a Chateau and a river! What more could you want?!
For bookings you can call direct on 00 33 (0) 6.07.72.82.17 or email firstname.lastname@example.org price on enquiry.