Holiday gite on the Dordogne border, Charente - PC003220

Combiers (13km from Villebois-Lavalette), Charente, Poitou Charentes Reference: PC003220 Advertiser since: 2 April 2013
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
Le Tilleuil Self Catering Saturday 2 5 2

About this property

Pretty Cottage on the Charente/Dordogne Border. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Awarded 3 stars by the Charente Tourist Board, Le Tilleuil is a pretty well appointed gite. It is one half of our 18th century farmhouse set in a small hamlet on the Charente/Dordogne border. The gite has 2 large en suite bedrooms - one with a double bed and the other a double and single bed, plus a large lounge/kitchen, pool and private terrace.
We are in the heart of beautiful forested countryside with gentle rolling hillsides on the edge of the Perigord Vert. It is a peaceful rural area with rivers and lakes for canoeing, boating and fishing. Visit the weekly markets in nearby Brantome, Piegut or Riberac where you can meander and buy fresh produce and local specialities and then rest in a bar or café to sit and watch the world go by. For walkers, there are numerous quiet lanes, a nearby arboretum and woodlands with tracks. The local Tourist Offices have maps of the many signed walks and rambles through the lovely countryside and we keep a few at the house. There are concerts, fetes and brocantes all summer.
Short breaks available outside of mid-June to mid-September. Also certified by the local tourist office for chambres d'hotes - just enquire. If you are house-hunting we are two minutes from the largest estate agent at La Rochebeaucourt.



Kitchen and dining

The kitchen has gas cooker and everything you need for your holiday. Washing machine, iron/ironing board, picnic box, etc are stored in the utility room. The dining table seats 5 comfortably. Highchair for babies.

Living rooms

Two large comfy sofas, chair, coffee and side tables, tv, dvd/cd player, dvds, books and games.


One bedroom has a double and single bed, the other a double bed, bedside tables, wardrobe and dressing table. One cot available free of charge. Bed linen is provided.


Each bedroom has en suite shower room with toilet. Bath towels are provided.


Gas central heating for winter.


Tv, dvd and cd players. Good selection of dvds, cds, books and games, some outside games stored in the utility room.

Garden and outside

The gite has its own private terrace with bbq, table, chairs and loungers in the garden. There is decking round the above ground pool so that parents can keep an eye on the children or sit and take the last rays as the sun goes down. The owners use the pool occasionally late evenings.

Parking and garages

The gite has its own parking area for 2 cars.

Visitor suitability

There are steps into the gite and the bedrooms are upstairs so not suitable for anyone with mobility problems. There is a low beam in the back bedroom.

Information about any additional facilities

The gite has a separate entrance on the opposite side of the farmhouse from the owners, your own terrace, parking so you are quite separate and private.
Mid week bookings can be taken outside of mid-June to mid-September.
Cleaning - please ask if you require a cleaning service for which there will be a charge. Le Tilleuil is checked between each let to ensure it has been left clean and tidy for the next occupants.


  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Shared pool


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: All the surrounding villages in summer


Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Coarse
Name of nearest fishing location: Local river
Distance: 1 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: Aubeterre, Perigeux
Distance: 30 km



Name/number of nearest marked trail: 3 routes round our commune plus others


Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Bergerac, Cognac, Saint Emilion,
Distance: 50 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Penelope Dean

We are from Somerset and settled in France in 2005. We love the countryside, gardening, walking, travelling and meeting people. We hope you will like our home and our corner of France.

Year property purchased 2002
Why this location? It is set in quiet countryside on the Charente Dordogne border giving easy access to both departments and all they have to offer.
Unique benefits of property It is roomy, well equipped and comfortable... a home from home.

The Owner Recommends

Caves, Canoeing, Chateaux, Exhibitions, Music

There are caves in North Dordogne, canoes for hire on the river at Brantome and the lake at St Estephe, cognac houses at Cognac and Jarnac, vineyards, art exhibitions, sports, open air concerts in summer.... lots of markets, brocantes/vide greniers. There are lots of activities which take place from July to mid-August and are open to visitors to the area, all at an affordable price eg canoeing, pottery, sub-aqua, painting, as well as historical tours of the chateau and town of Villebois-Lavalette. We can send you a copy of the programme when it is available.

Circuit des Ramparts, Angouleme - Classic Car Race

Circuit des Ramparts, Angouleme 14th-16th September - a chance to see old classic cars race around the boundary walls of Angouleme. They also do a tour of the villages on the Saturday, where you can get up close at various stops during that day.

Festival Cognac Blues Passion

Festival Cognac Blues Passion - July 3rd to 7th - Much of it held outdoors at various venues in the town... past big names include Joan Baez, Tom Jones, Sting and Jamie Cullen. This year Carlos Santana will be there!

4 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 9.8
  • Comfort: 9.5
  • Condition: 9.5
  • Facilities: 9.8
  • Local Amenities: 9.5
  • Setting: 9.5
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 Tony J 14 September, 2017

A perfectly located and peaceful hideaway! All amenities and services available with onsite owners Penne and Tony very happy to assist with all manner if things - including ensuring we got to see all of the local sights and enjoy the many great restaurants in the region. We had a family wedding nearby and could not have been happier with our choice of accommodation. Not sure when but we would love to return and spend a little more time exploring the region. Highly recommended - all the way from 'Down Under'.

Owner response


Thank you for your kind review. It was a pleasure to have you as our guests and we look forward to seeing you again should you visit our lovely part of France.

Pene & Tony

10 / 10 J & C Cowie 7 September, 2017

Lovely well equipped gite Ina a great location for walks and local attractions. Pene and Tony were helpful with good recommendations for places to visit and eat. Enjoyed a thoroughly relaxing week and hope to visit again.

Owner response

Thank you. Glad you had a great holiday and enjoyed the beautiful countryside that surrounds us. We look forward to seeing you again.

10 / 10 Stewart S 5 July, 2017

A beautiful location, a sympathetic restoration has been carried out on the Gite .
Clean and well maintained property.
Great facilities, everything you could need and more, comfortable, 2 good bathrooms and a good kitchen.
The owners Pene and Tony are fantastic hosts, their knowledge of the area is good, on hand for any difficulty or requirement, but will also leave you in complete peace if required. They make the difference between a good break and a fabulous holiday.
Good restaurant a 10 minute walk or real fine dining (Michelin star rated) in Brantome only 20 minutes away.
A great base if you want to just relax or tour the whole of Charente/Dordogne and Bordeaux.
This is our second time here in 2 years and we are already looking to return later this year.

Owner response

Thank you for your kind comments. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

8.7 / 10 Eric 21 June, 2013

Good points
Comfortable, welcoming, well equipped, good location.

Bad points
Not really a bad point as such but it would have been good to have a bar in the nearest village (Combiers) for an early eveing walk and a beer. But for a week's stay I managed to survive!