Holiday let in Aquitaine with heated pool

Saint-Paul-Lizonne (14km from Riberac), Dordogne, Aquitaine Reference: AD004391 Advertiser since: 10 November 2015
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LeRaphael Cottage Self Catering Saturday 2 4 1 Clic-Clac bed-settee for an extra 2 possible

About this property

Beautiful Farmhouse Cottage With Character. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Le Raphael cottage is a converted farm building. No ordinary gite, It is light, full of character with original features and authentic charm. It is comfortable, spacious and well equipped. Many guests on arrival are impressed and say that the photo's although good do not do it justice. This year there have been many upgrades to furnishings and fittings and all the paintwork has been refreshed giving a true home from home feel
We have many excellent reviews from 6 years of operation, but unfortunately these are from another lettings agency and so we are unable to post the links here though we have been able to add some reviews in the text below.
If booked alongside our studio, L'Oceana, (separate accommodation for x2 with additional privacy) we could accommodate up to x6 persons. Ideal for families or groups of friends travelling together.
The garden is of a significant size with excellent views over fields towards a river. The terrace is shaded by a pergola covered with perfumed honeysuckle.
 
The main door from the terrace, leads into a superb original farmhouse kitchen/diner, which is bright and spacious with a large dining table & chairs. Fully equipped with cooker, fridge freezer, microwave, washing machine/dish washer. Also for your convenience a gas bbq and general household items such as iron, laundry basket etc. The lounge has 3 very good quality 3 seater settees, is tastfeully decorated and has been freshly painted for the start of this new season
We also provide a highchair, travel cot and baby bath if required.
There is a television with typical Freeview UK stations a dvd player and Ipod dock.
Easy to connect Wi-fi is readily accessible.
Bathroom, pool towels, dressing gowns and all linen are included in the rental price and are changed once a week.
We provide a welcome pack of fresh produce on arrival to get you started, comprising Juice/water and basic essentials, such as tea, coffee, butter, jam, eggs, bread etc, (enough for at least a breakfast) including a complimentary bottle of wine. We can also should you wish provide a freshly prepared hot meal on arrival or Le Plank,a platter with meats, cheeses etc and often some of Marie's home made surprise specialities.
 
The cottage is all on one level so easy to move around for children and the less able.
The heated pool is reached through a gate and is fitted with a safety alarm to ensure child safety.
 
Bars and restaurants are close by at St Paul Lizonne or just 2km away at St Severin where there is also a Spar, bank, pharmacy and coffee shop/cafe. Notably also an award winning boulangerie with sumptuous cakes. We have a list of excellent local restaurants, very reasonably priced and excellent cuisine. They have all be tested by ourselves so we know where to recommend based on your requirements. The information folder has a comprehensive list and also pinpoints a great many other activities and places to visit.
 
Riberac with its famous market and supermarkets is a 10 minute drive away. As is Aubeterre, a very picturesque village with many bars and restaurants and a beautiful square to sit and while the hours away.
The local area has many delightful canal/lake walks and the region has many attractions within easy reach for days out.
  
At Le Raphael it is the attention to detail that we feel sets us apart and why we have been so successful. Guest feedback has been excellent and many have said that they have never had such a relaxing holiday in such beautiful surroundings. Below are some guest reviews.

August 2016 - Perfect Holiday: Such a wonderful holiday retreat! LeRaphael Cottage is beautiful, very comfortable and so well appointed. Perfect for a family. Our boys loved every second! We felt thoroughly spoilt from the moment we arrived. Neil and Marie are fantastic hosts. The lovely welcome pack was a great start and Marie's cooking was just amazing! A wonderful environment to really relax, lots of fun things to do with children too! Thoroughly recommended. - Sarah Daniels & Family.

August 2016 - Another great holiday: This was not our first return to LeRaphael but as in prior years we were not disappointed. The usual warm welcome from our attentive yet unobtrusive hosts set the tone for a great 2 weeks in this really peaceful rural location. Our 10 and 7 year olds loved the pool space again and garden looking over the fields and the nature walks and we all found new and exciting days out close to this great location. Neil and Marie are excellent hosts and provided really good tips for new things to do. Jonathan, Gerarda, Harry & Dearhbla.

July 2016 - Holiday Heaven: We spent a fabulous week at Le Raphael and were looked after beautifully by Neil and Marie. The cottage had everything we could have wanted and things we hadn't even thought about! From the welcome pack to information on local events, from Marie's fabulous cooking to Neil supplying my husband his own bike to keep up his training - they are at the very top for hospitality. We were made to feel very welcome and wouldn't hesitate to recommend both Le Raphael and L'Oceana to others. Paula, Craig and Alfie

August 2015 - You have a very special place here in a beautiful area with lots to see and do; all enhanced by a warm welcome. The freshly prepared food was delicious, a real treat. Karen, Duncan, Miles & Bella.

August 2015 - Our third year at LeRapahel and again we had a wonderful relaxing time and a great holiday with some great memories, see you in 2016
Johnny, Gerada, Dearbhla and Harry.

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

A spacious area in traditional farmhouse style complete with new gas cooker, fridge/freezer, microwave,dishwasher,dining table, toaster, grill and kettle. Dining for 4 in the kitchen and with oak benches for al fresco dining on the terrace

Living rooms

A lovely space to relax with comfortable furnishings, a 3 seater leather settee and x2 more fabric type comfortable 3 seaters, coffee table, UK freeview satellite TV. Bright airy and comfortable.

Bedrooms

The master bedroom has lovely character and looks out onto the gardens and the river just some 50 metres away through its patio doors leading to the terrace.
The second bedroom can be set up as a twin or a double as required. Both are very comfortably furnished & well appointed.

Bathrooms

There is a bright, fresh shower room with wash basin & wc.

Heating

Log burner if required in the kitchen and either electric or oil filled radiators in each area.

Entertainment

Tv, Ipod dock, boules, traditional board games and cards.

Garden and outside

Private, spacious garden with a washing line and sun-loungers/bench to catch the sun at all times of the day.

Parking and garages

Private parking adjacent the property.

Visitor suitability

Suitable for most visitors including ambulant persons as all on one level and just two steps up into the property or one via the master bedroom.

Information about any additional facilities

Lemarielle next door also offers you the opportunity to 'refresh your soul' and indulge in some highly beneficial treatments, such as Aromatherapy and Reiki, perfect for holiday relaxation.

There is a welcome pack provided of basic food products, a bottle of wine, some milk, breakfast items etc to get you started.

Facilities

  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Meals

  • Private pool

Activities

Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Verteillac and Riberac
Distance: 9 km

Beauty treatments

Cycling

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Carp
Name of nearest fishing location: In the Hamlet - 500m
Distance: 1 km

Mountain biking

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: Various listed walks

About the Owner, Mr Neil Poyner

We aim to provide a warm welcome and a memorable experience. Together we began a new lifestyle providing 'holidays with a difference' where all can be welcomed. Marie from Edinburgh, was a professional dancer and went on to become a teacher. She then taught physiology and nutrition. Marie is also trained as a holistic therapist & fitness trainer. Neil was employed as a research scientist for 27 years & led a successful business as Managing Director. Personable & with diverse artistic interests.

Year property purchased 2010
Why this location? The area is very tranquil and possesses so much natural beauty, yet the location in a hamlet is not isolated and larger towns are readily accessible. We are close to a picturesque canal and river and you can readily go out for a walk or cycle ride. Marie goes out on long walks in the area, some for up to 5 hours and rarely sees anyone whilst out. There are super opportunities to eat out in traditionally French rustic style or for more formal dining and we have many recommendations to offer having personally sampled those we consider to be the best.
We will be on hand to offer advice or answer questions, but will remain discreet unless called upon.
Unique benefits of property You can choose from a range of delicious freshly cooked meals and a range of classic home baking that can be delivered direct to the cottage at a time of your choice.
Le Raphael provides exclusivity and private accommodation in a characterful cottage with everything you might need. We have upgraded the furnishings so your experience will have a home from home feeling. .
L'Oceana is a delightful space with an en suite and is packed with features and character & enables us to offer lower cost accommodation and flexibility regards length of stay, predominantly for couples or x2 friends. We can set up as a double or x2 singles.

Lemarielle next door also offers you the opportunity to 'refresh your soul' and indulge in some highly beneficial treatments; perfect for holiday relaxation. Typically Aromatherapy massage, Reiki, Pilates instruction & aquafit.

There is a welcome pack provided of basic food products, a bottle of wine, some milk, breakfast items etc to get you started.

The Owner Recommends

Cassofiel Treatments Log Cabin

Launched in 2015 is Cassofiel, Maries Log cabin, a real added advantage of a stay at Lemarielle. It is a well-being and treatments centre providing our guests with the option to partake of Aromatherapy, Reiki and Personal Training. Our web-site provides more information and images at www.lemarielle.com

Days out and things to see and Do

There are numerous opportunities for days out, almost too many to list. We have an information folder here that can help you decide. To mention some, Lac Jemaye, 25 minute drive, Bordeaux, under 2 hours as is the coast at Royan. Brantome a most beautiful town with the river running through it; popular for canoeing and Bourdeilles chateau etc. Riberac Friday market or Chalais on Mondays. Aubeterre, 10 mins drive, one of Frances most beautiful villages, eat and drink in the square and browse the shops.

The area, Walking and Eating out

The area is very tranquil and possesses so much natural beauty, yet the location in a hamlet is not isolated and larger towns are readily accessible. We are close to a picturesque canal and river and you can readily go out for a walk or cycle ride. Marie goes out on long walks in the area, some for up to 5 hours and rarely sees anyone whilst out. There are super opportunities to eat out in traditionally French rustic style or for more formal dining and we have many recommendations to offer having personally sampled those we consider to be the best. We will be on hand to offer advice or answer questions, but will remain discreet unless called upon.