Holiday gite on the Dordogne border, Charente - PC003220

9.8/10
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.

Type

Cottage/Gite

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.

Bedrooms

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.

Bathrooms

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

Heating

Gas central heating for winter.

Entertainment

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.

Facilities

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Shared pool

Activities

Antiques/Brocante Market

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

Cycling

Fishing nearby

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

Golf

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

Sports

Walking

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

Watersports

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!

8 Reviews
9.8/10
  • Cleanliness: 9.9
  • Comfort: 9.8
  • Condition: 9.8
  • Facilities: 9.9
  • Local Amenities: 9.1
  • Setting: 9.8
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 Alam Ireland 3 November, 2018

A very comfortable, well maintained gite in a superb position overlooking open farmland. Local amenities are limited, but that was not a problem and in many ways was an advantage. Tony and Pene are the perfect hosts and are on hand if you need them but don't interfere. I amsure we will be back in the future.

Owner response

Thankyou for your review. So pleased you had a chilled week and were happy with the gite, enjoyed your time with us and had warm sunny days. We are rural and quiet, but there is lots nearby... it just means a journey to find it. Look forward to seeing you again!

10 / 10 PPBMW 22 October, 2018

Superb gite and lovely hosts. The gite is fully equipped everything you require. Beautiful location and superb weather even in October. Highly recommended. The gite is excellent and very comfortable a home from home. Thank you for a fantastic place to stay.
Lots of places to visit Brantôme is a beautiful place to visit with the Abbey and many restaurants.

Owner response

Thank you. So glad you had a good time. Hope you find that forever home soon.

10 / 10 GBrook1 13 August, 2018

Beautiful gite set in beautiful gardens. A real home from home. Central to many places to visit. 10 out of 10!

Owner response

Thank you Gemma. You were great guests... good to hear the children laughing and having a good time.

10 / 10 Jane Barney 5 August, 2018

We arrived at the gite quite late on the Saturday evening and had a huge welcome from Pene (one of the owners). We travelled on Bastille day which was great for traffic but not so for picking up supplies on the drive in. Pene and Tony supplied bread, butter, ham tomatoes and a lovely apple tart which we had for a very late supper. The gite was exactly as advertised and had everything catered for, including games, book and videos, scrabble seemed to be the game of choice for late evening shenanigans. It was lovely, clean and fresh.
It was a beautiful gite in a stunning setting and we didn't want to leave. Pene and Tony were amazing hosts, supplying lots of information on local events. Plenty of fantastic places to visit, Brantome is a must visit and further afield Bergerac too.
The pool was lovely and well maintained by Tony. Nothing was too much trouble for Pene and Tony without being obtrusive. They booked us a fabulous meal at a local restaurant for my husband's special birthday and even catered with no notice for a vegetarian dish for my son's girlfriend.
We had a fantastic time and hope to return in the near future. I would recommend this holiday to anyone who wants to relax in a beautiful property in a beautiful part of Charente.

Thanks again Pene and Tony for a fantastic holiday, see you again soon.

Owner response

Thank you Jane & Tony for your lovely review. Glad you had a great holiday and we hope to see you again.