Imagine a place that was "brilliantly designed" and "a real gem." Sounds pretty intriguing, right? Well, you'll find that those are the exact words used to describe this vacation rental in France by previous guests who just loved it! Bordering the Dronne River, this self-catering accommodation near Chenaud has a peaceful and pleasant setting in the beautiful countryside. Incredible, stunning, and lovingly restored, this is just the place to spend the holidays in France!
2.6 hectares (6.4 acres): The chateau was built in the 17th century, with the foundation dating back to 1090. In the 18th and 19th century the chateau was enlarged with... 2 more parts. All sections are attached to each other with 3-foot thick walls. The different styles of the various constructions are visible, which lends an attractive rambling aspect to the building. For example, in the 17th century the cellar, now used for wine storage, was the kitchen. The original details are still visible. The property is accessed via a quiet little road that connects two small villages. The graveled courtyard leads to the house, barn and garden. The backyard overlooks the winding Dronne River where there is a dock (4m x 7m) where guests can sit and to enjoy the riverside and the canoes passing by. The large garden is completely private; the north, south and west sides consist of typical large French walls; the river Dronne is on the east side of the property. The south of the property has a splendid view of the 12th century Roman church of Chenaud. There is garden furniture in both sunny and shaded areas of the garden. There are huge 100-year old oak and line trees, as well as apple, peach, cherry, prune and chestnut trees. New plantain trees have been planted. At the far end of the garden is a little pond.
This apartment is located in the part of the chateau built in the 18th century. This section has been tastefully decorated with antiques and exquisite fabrics, combined with pieces of modern European art. All bedrooms still have the original fireplaces, but due to safety reasons they are not useable.
Ground Floor: One enters the entrance hall with floor tiles and wooden beams from the 17th century. From this hall one can access the living area, a bedroom, and a bathroom with a washing machine and dryer. The living area includes a large fireplace (wood is available for an extra cost), a fully equipped kitchen with a blender, mixer, roaster and other appliances, dining table and comfortable seating close to the fireplace. The decor is a combination of antique and modern art. The bedroom has a king-size bed (or twin-beds, depending upon the preference), 300-year old oak floors, built-in electronic safe, and a small wash basin. The bathroom, separate from the bedroom, has a WC, shower, sink, washing machine and dryer, and radiant floor heating.
First Floor: From the hall there is access to the 300-year old staircase to the first floor. From the landing there is a wonderful view over the Dronne River. From here there are three spacious bedrooms. The first bedroom, with a safari theme, has a king-size bed, and an ensuite bathroom with a WC, circle-shaped shower, sink and floor heating. This bedroom also has a built-in electronic safe. The second bedroom, decorated in red, has twin-beds which can be made into a king-size bed upon request, and an ensuite bathroom with WC, shower and sink. There is a built-in electronic safe. The third bedroom has twin-beds which can be made into a king-size bed upon request, and an ensuite bathroom with WC, shower, sink and radiant floor heating. The bedroom has a built-in electronic safe. There is central heating and each radiator can be individually adjusted. Because of the 3-foot wide walls, there is no need for air conditioning, as the walls keep the house quite cool in summer.
Arrive & Relax: Stocked with enough food to get your group through Saturday night and Sunday, this property allows you to show up, drop your bags, and settle in without a hassle. No searching for a grocery store after that long flight, and no worrying about Sunday store closures. You can deal with the details later… after a meal and a good nights' sleep! Arrive & Relax provisions include:
* Dinner: Tomato sauce, olive oil, and pasta
* Breakfast: Fresh fruit, eggs, and corn flakes
* Lunch: Various cheeses and local bread
* Beverages: Mineral water, orange juice, coke, milk, coffee, tea, and wine (red and white)
* Extras: sugar, salt, butter, jam, napkins, dishwasher tablets, and toilet paper
Extra Services: The following are listed as an aid for trip planning; the services and prices are approximate and cannot be guaranteed by Rentvillas. All extra services are payable locally in cash.
* Child's bed: Upon request
* Wood for the fireplace is extra and paid locally.
* The property is not well suited for handicapped people.
* Because of the river, children must be watched closely.
Additional amenities include: welcome basket, ipod dock, iron and board, outside area - shared, housekeeping available - extra cost, semi-detached house, firewood available - extra cost, cd, hair dryer, cook service available - extra cost, near the sea, fireplace - indoor, electric tea kettle, free parking on premises, portable baby crib/play pen - upon request, outside dining, american coffee maker.
Michael's review of La Ferme de la Dronne - Silver Truffle
Left on 10/20/2012 for a stay in October 2012 | Michael
We are enchanted with this property. It is beautifully decorated with a mix of country French antiques and modern amenities. The living area is spacious and welcoming. The bedrooms are beautiful. The owners were there during our visit and were so warm, welcoming and delightful. The owners made us feel like this was home during our stay. We were there for two weeks.
Without a doubt the beauty of the interiors and the exterior property are like something out of a movie. It is peaceful, quiet and charming.
If you are interested in French wine country this property is ideally situated. We visited wine Chateaux in Castillon, St. Emillion and Bordeaux. The owners also had a wonderful book outlining the best restaurants and towns to visit. Hiring a guide is highly recommended. They can be found online. We were lucky to have a referral for a guide from some friends who had been to the region previously.
Robert's review of La Ferme de la Dronne - Silver Truffle
Left on 06/23/2012 for a stay in June 2012 | Robert
This is a beautiful property in the beautiful French countryside. The grounds are very spacious and there is access to the river. The house is situated on a quiet country road. The owners went out of their way to make our stay comfortable and to ensure that we had everything we needed.
Vera, the owner, is an interior decorator and you can see her creative touch throughout the house. Each room is beautifully decorated, with many original ideas. We liked the themes of each bedroom and found the living room to be an excellent family gathering place. Unlike many rentals, the kitchen here had all the implements one would need to do some serious cooking. Obviously the owners like good food!
Beautiful countryside, quiet roads, a slow pace.
Cheryl's review of La Ferme de la Dronne - Silver Truffle
Left on 07/09/2011 for a stay in June 2011 | Cheryl
It was fantastic we enjoyed it very much.
It was in a great location and well appointed.
No instructions for the washing machine,dryer and oven. Frustrating.
Peace and tranquility with lots of wonderful walks and drives.
Dennis's review of La Ferme de la Dronne - Silver Truffle
Left on 01/08/2011 for a stay in December 2010 | Dennis
We had a great time! Everyone was in awe of the property.
Spaciousness, contemporary furnishings, kitchen.
Nothing not to like. In December the weather is COLD!
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