|Le Raphael Cottage||Self Catering||Saturday||2||4||1||Clic-Clac bed-settee for an extra 2 possible|
Great for families, couples and anyone seeking specialist holistic therapies, massage aromatherapy & Reiki.
We offer excellent comfortable accommodation, a friendly welcome and optional services such as private dining and on-site holistic therapies, both of which many guests have found to be amazing and have commented to this effect. This combination is what makes us so successful winning repeat business over 8 years and making friends of our guests.
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 including a fully refitted bathroom giving a true home from home feel. We have many excellent reviews from 8 years of operation, but unfortunately these are from another lettings agency 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 2 with additional privacy) we could accommodate up to 6 persons. Ideal for families or groups of friends travelling together. If you really would like the pool to yourselves, let us know at the time of enquiry, (L'Oceana will probably not be booked as we tend to sell the accommodation as extended facilities with LeRaphael). The garden is of a significant size with excellent views over fields towards a river. The terrace is shaded and 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/dishwasher. Also for your convenience a gas bbq and general household items such as iron, laundry basket etc. The lounge has 3 good quality 3 seater settees, is tastefully 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 tv with Netflix, Sky Freeview, Amazon Prime and a conventional DVD player. Easy to connect wi-fi, (no access code) is readily accessible.
Bathroom, pool towels, dressing gowns and all linen are included in the rental price and are changed once a week. The bathroom was refitted to a high standard with walk-in shower in March 2018.
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 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. In most cases it is private to you.
Restaurants are close by at St Paul Lizonne or just 2km away at St Severin where there is also a Spar, bank, pharmacy & coffee shop/café & Italian Trattoria. Notably also an award winning boulangerie with sumptuous cakes. We have a list of excellent local restaurants, very reasonably priced. They have all been tested by ourselves so we know where to recommend based on your requirements. The information folder has a comprehensive list and also pinpoints 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. Here are some guest reviews.
May - The cottage is lovely and the grounds beautiful. Incredible memories to take home with us. Nicola, James, Joseph & Jack
June - The cottage, gardens & pool are so lovely, we can't wait to return. Sarah, Matt, Seb & Josh
July - Many thanks for amazing hospitality, we enjoyed our stay and had a lovely holiday, Mandy, Ed, Sophie & Hazel
August - Year 6 for us, another fantastic holiday, filled with many special memories, made in a place close to our hearts. Johnny, Gerarda, Harry & Dearhbla.
September 2017 - Thank you for a lovely week, the gorgeous cottage has surpassed all our expectations, we are all rested now and hope to one day return. Aurora, Nick, Alicia and Chris from London.
August 2017 - We had the most relaxing 2 week break for as long as we can remember, LeRaphael is a beautiful cottage with superb hosts. Marie's food and treatments are exceptional, we will return. Iain and Debbie - Norfolk
August 2017 - The cottage is absolutely gorgeous and the gardens/pool is a beautiful place to relax and unwind. John and Emma
July 2017 – Thank you for letting us stay in your beautiful idyllic place and with warm and friendly hospitality. Derek and Jill, Isle of Wight
July 2017 – 5 years on, and another wonderful holiday, totally relaxed. Johnny, Gerarda, Harry and Dearbhla from Ireland
August 2017 – Thank you so much for a wonderful holiday, the gite is absolutely gorgeous, a beautiful place to unwind. Best wishes, John, Emma, Hanna & Owen.
August 2017 - We have had he most relaxing 2 week break for as long as we can remember, a beautiful gite we will be sure to return. Neil and Marie are superb hosts. Iain and Debbie – Thetford.
September 2017 – Thank you for a lovely week which surpassed all our expectations. Aurora, Nick, Alicia & Chris.
October 2017 – Thank you once again Neil and Marie for your wonderful hospitality. Our third visit now; we have as always had a great time, truly contented, all good wishes, Liz and Brian.
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 & 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 Le Raphael and L'Oceana to others. Paula, Craig & Alfie
August 2015 - You have a very special place here in a beautiful area with lots to see and do; enhanced by a warm welcome.
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
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.
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.
There is a bright, fresh shower room( walk-in shower) with wash basin & wc. Completely refitted in March 2018.
Log burner if required in the kitchen and either electric or oil filled radiators in each area.
Tv, Ipod dock, boules, traditional board games and cards.
Private, spacious garden with a washing line and sun-loungers/bench to catch the sun at all times of the day.
Private parking adjacent the property.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 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.
We really liked this quirky country cottage and appreciated the rural setting. The cottage was comfortable with good outside space - the only trouble for us was that it was unusual weather for the area and time of year. Unfortunately it rained and it was cool.
The hosts were very welcoming and extremely helpful when we needed some urgent help. We also appreciated the warm welcome to their garden bar for farewell drinks and their cheery wave on the daily walk with their dogs.
It was essential to have a car and there were some nice local places to visit - Aubeterre was lovely
We wouldn't recommend the local restaurant at St Paul Lizonne, our meal was poor and expensive but this may change - take local recomendations when you go.
Thanks to Neil and Marie!