Maison Marchand

Barbezieres, Charente

A decanter of Pineau, a bottle of red, croissants, bread, cheeses, jams… enjoy a generous welcome pack, a vast garden, a fabulous pool


5 bedrooms


Sleeps 10


A leisure lake for families, La Rochelle for dreamers, chateaux by the hatful and Aigre market a joy. A few of the reasons why this big old merchant’s house, awash with light and perfectly restored, is a marvellous place for an extended family. It sits in a quiet hamlet back from the road surrounded by safe gardens, with a playground in wide lawns and a pool between the barns. Mellow-stoned and pale-shuttered without, bright and modern within, Maison Marchand has space galore, and bedrooms to suit all ages. Upstairs: a master en suite, a family bathroom and two pretty twins; downstairs: bunk beds and a sofa, a king-size double and a walk-in shower. Walls and beams are painted white; dark wood and pale stone gleam; there are two sitting rooms, both with great sofas, and two super dining spaces, one in the whizzy kitchen, the other in the rustic, atmospheric, vaulted ‘indoor/outdoor’ room, lit by candles and near the barbecue. In summer, this space is where you’ll linger. The pool is gorgeous and outdoorsy pursuits abound: hiking, biking, canoeing, fishing, riding… the Charente has it all.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 7 nights. Parking on-site.
1 November - 1 May.
Restaurants 7 miles.


Nightly price
from €214
Weekly price
from €1500
1 House for 10
From €2145 bedrooms


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from James Wignall

  • 40 minutes from world famous Cognac distilleries such as Hennessy (with boat ride) and Courvoisier (with train ride).
  • The vibrant and golden sandy beaches of La Rochelle and Royan are about 80 minutes away.
  • Surrounded by a patchwork of sunflowers and vineyards all connected via a network of quiet farm lanes make the gentle rolling countryside idyllic for family cycle rides and walks. Cycle to swim lake at Les Gours lake for cheap but excellent steak frites!
  • Kayak and swim at Le Rejallant, on a quiet stretch of the Charente, with play park and snack bar. 40 mins drive, just outside Ruffec.
  • Children are always thrilled by a close encounter with monkeys at Valle des Singes (Monkey Valley) just 40 minutes away. A perfect family day out.
  • Step back in time with a visit to the Roman ruins at Saintes and Rouillac.