Welcome to the information pages for our wee house in Vibrac, France. We are reluctantly selling our holiday house after eleven lovely years of getting to know the village and its people. We’ve spent many, many happy days there. We were the first owners of the house when we purchased it from the builder in 2008 and the house has been used for our private holiday use only.
The house is in Vibrac, a small village on the banks of the river Charente which dates back many centuries. The village even has its own ruined chateau! Vibrac is in the centre of cognac country, the surrounding vineyards grow the grapes which are the source of the eau de vie that is used in creating one of France’s main exports, cognac. Vibrac lies just a few kilometres south of the N141 which runs between Jarnac and Angoulême, where you can join up with the N10 and ultimately the A10 motorway between Bordeaux and Paris. The main SNCF railway station for TGV services run from Angoulême and the local railway station of Chateauneuf sur Charente (6 kms away) has a regular train service to and from the city.
When we bought our house in Vibrac in 2008, it had a mezzanine bedroom above the living room. As we are now in our early sixties, we find the staircase to the mezzanine inconvenient and now use the mezzanine space for storage. Four years ago, we had a local company build an extension for a bedroom using part of our courtyard and we have enjoyed that extra space very much. Our courtyard is still large enough to sit out and enjoy the sunshine or eat al fresco. Shortly after we bought the house, we installed an Orange France (France Telecom) main phone line and we have an Orange France wifi broadband internet connection, giving a good connection speed. Although we no longer use a TV in our house, there is an antenna connection wired down in to the house from an aerial point high on the wall outside, suitable for a satellite dish or television aerial, it’s wired for both. Our satellite dish is still stored in the loft space of the house and can be used to receive a signal if it is reconnected.
A few years back, the village Mairie (the Town Hall) issued information that the entire village was changing over to a mains sewerage system and construction began on a purification plant to service our village of Vibrac and our neighbouring village, St Simon. Two years ago, we carried out the final plumbing parts of the installation in our house of the “tout-à-l’égout” (mains sewerage) therefore our fosse étanche (septic tank) is no longer required, nor is the annual emptying out ritual necessary! Our house now has the certificate from SAUR to verify it conforms with the new regulations.
The village has no shop but a Co-op van comes around twice a week and there is a Boulangerie (Bakers) van every morning. If you place an order with the Boulangerie in Bassac, they will come along the lane with their little van and leave your baguette or pain in your cotton bread bag which you hang on the gate. Yes, it’s that easy to get fresh French bread every breakfast time! A recent development is that a bread dispenser has been installed in the church square around the corner from us, and the bread is actually very good. It is filled every morning around 7.30am by the local baker from Chateauneuf.
The nearest supermarkets are in Chateauneuf sur Charente which is 6 kms along the road – a small Intermarché next to railway station including petrol and a huge Super U supermarket on the outskirts of Chateauneuf sur Charente also including petrol and car wash and this is around 7 kms from Vibrac. Vibrac is about a fifteen minute drive from Jarnac which is home to the headquarters of Courvoisier Cognac. There are three good restaurants within 5 kms of Vibrac.
one full size bedroom – 3.8m x 2.72m
living room with small mezzanine above –
living room: 3.33m x 3.52m
mezzanine: 2.52m x 1.90m
large kitchen – 3.25m x 2.88m
bathroom with shower – 3.4m x 1.3m
paved courtyard – 4m x 3.2m
phone line already installed
wired for satellite and tv
lock up and leave
perfect holiday home
If you purchase our house through the Agency, the price of €49,900 includes agency fees but not Notaires fees. If it’s a private sale, the price is €46,000 not including Notaires fees. “