Bedrooms 3, Sleeps 6, Ratings 3 9.6/10
Delightful detached cottage in a rural setting with undisturbed views across open fields. It has been renovated leaving the old beams intact and using eco materials, like breathing plaster and paint but at the same time bringing it into the 21st century with modern appliances like dishwasher, microwave and washing machine.
My philosophy in decorating and getting the cottage ready for holiday guests is that it has to be near perfect.
Having holidayed in France for many years I was very often disappointed at the standard of the gites and cottages we stayed in. Having to buy your own washing up liquid or toilet paper on holiday is a nuisance and spoils the feeling of actually being on holiday. Like having to bring your own bed linen and towels. They take up an awful lot of space in suitcases and car.
Therefore all those things are provided, even washing powder and kitchen paper etc. We don't want people to go home with spares of anything unless they are happy memories!
The cottage is set in a separate part of a large mature garden and very private. Swimming pool heated to 28C with easy and secure access and large decking area for loungers. Landscaping is well on its way and looking good.
Tranquil and peaceful surroundings will make you relax and enjoy your well deserved holiday.
We feel however that we need to let you know that we have 2 dogs. They are very friendly and love having people making a fuss off them. Don't worry they hate water so won't go swimming! We have also made severals gates so you can be without dogs should you prefer that!
Fully-equipped kitchen with ceramic induction hob, extractor, Miele dishwasher, state of the art combination-microwave, and since 2017 the choice between a Senseo coffee-machine or a bean-to-cup machine. You can either bring your own beans or buy them from us or in all the shops.
Dining area for 4.
Kitchen towels, etc provided as are cleaning materials like dishwasher tablets, washing powder.
On request we can organise your basic shopping for the first day or supply you with a meal for the first evening so you won't have to worry about feeding the kids immediately after arrival.
Seating area with bookcase, woodburner, Bose cd and dvd player. Books, maps and cd's provided. Dvd's on request from owner.
Two bedrooms with exposed old oak beams.
Master or parents bedroom with original paintings, reading lights, heating and automatic Velux roof window with black-out blind.
Second bedroom with 2 single beds with reading lights, blinds , shutter and large wardrobe space.
Luxurious bed linen and bedspreads provided. Weekly change included. Feather and/or anti-allergy pillows available.
Downstairs, modern big shower. Basin with modern HansGrohe tap, toilet and washing machine.
Luxurious towels and bath mats provided and changed weekly.
Wood burning stove in living area with additional electric radiator. Towel radiator in bathroom and additional radiator in double bedroom.
Gite is well equipped and heated even for the winter!
Dvd player, Bose cd player and free wi-fi. Games, books etc.
Private garden with free views across fields.
Garden furniture and loungers provided as well as big parasol. Also provided are plastic drinking glasses for use in swimming pool area.
Swimming pool is heated to 28C from May till end of season, equipped with security cover!
Landscaping is largely finished and the decking is ready for sun loungers.
Fully-equipped with garden furniture for breakfast, lunch and dinner al fresco.
Electric or charcoal bbq available. Charcoal and utensils provided.
Free and safe private parking for two cars available.
Unless the cottage is fully occupied, visitors are welcome.
On request there is a possibility for visitor accommodation in the main house.
In the cottage are also available:
Steam iron with ironing board. Vacuum cleaner.
Cleaning materials like dishwasher tablets, washing powder, toilet paper, kitchen paper etc.
Baby cot with bed linen available on request as are a highchair and buggy.
Tumbledryer on request.
Owners on-site for any additional questions or requests.
I am of Dutch origin. Moved to the UK in 2000 and married my husband Tony in 2004.<br/>After Tony retired we decided to move to France and started looking for properties. We stuck with the Charente because it is a very easy trip from the UK and excellent road and rail connections to Paris where my sister lives. The weather is similar but with more sun and higher temperatures. We love the soft yellow/beige stone they used to build their houses.
|Year property purchased||2012|
|Why this location?||Most of it I already explained earlier but while looking at houses this one really caught our eye. After the first viewing we were sold. We have been very lucky. We have the best location in our little hamlet and the best neighbours we could have wished for. All of our close neighbours are French and very helpful and friendly. We buy most of our meat from our local farmer with everything else she is willing to supply.
We also feel that our property has something to offer for everybody. A heated pool, great possibilities for walks or bicycle rides/tours, enough culture at close hand, including a famous Roman excavation site, Cassinomagus and the coast at 1,5 hours drive. If wine is your thing, Bordeaux is just over an hour away and Cognac 45 minutes.
|Unique benefits of property||Even though we live on site our guests can have complete privacy if they wish. No people overlooking the property. A free view across the fields. Although we hope our guests always have great weather the odd shower might happen and the gite is big enough not to get crowded. There is quite a big garden for kids to enjoy themselves.
You have a private access to the property so can live independent from the main house.
We lived in the gite for three months during the works on our house so we have equipped it to our own standards and we hope that shows.
Canoeing on the Charente river. http://canoemansle.fr/
Chateaux constructed over several centuries and open for the public. Tours are available. www.chateau-la-rochefoucauld.com
Annual gathering of classical cars over three days at the end of September which culminates in a classicall car rally through the old part of Angouleme town. Definitely worth a visit! www.circuit-des-remparts.com
For bicycle hire and routes see http://www.bikehiredirect.com/
Busy little town surrounded by woods with an interesting historie. Supermarket, several bakers, butchers, pharmacy and a few restaurants. www.chassenieul.fr
For the gourmets among us there are several gems around, Guide Michelin provided.
But there are a few goods places nearby which won't break the bank and provide goods home cooked food for both adults and children.
Please ask if you are looking in a particular area, we have several recommendations.
There is a lot of information provided in the gite.
Check out this web site if you fancy taking up sailing, fishing, mountain biking, swimming etc. www.lacs-de-haute-charente.com/en/
There are lots of walking routes in and surround this area for which we have provided several very detailed maps. However for the serious walkers there is the GR4 which comes through this area. For more information have a look at www.gr-infos.com
Another brilliant website which gives you a lot of information on our area.
Official site for the Tourism board of the Charente. And don't forget we are only 1,2 hours away from Bordeaux and therefor the Atlantic Coast, so absolutely perfect for a day at the seaside!
This is a postcard perfect Gite in a quiet location, with exceptional hosts and two gorgeous (and very child friendly) dogs. The cottage was very clean, well maintained and had everything we needed for a relaxing and stress-free holiday; a beautiful pool, plenty of space to relax, garden games, and a well equipped kitchen. Trude and Tony are wonderful hosts and were on hand to make sure we had everything we needed for a great holiday. I truly hope we will return next year, as it's been the highlight of our summer!
Thanks for a glowing review Emma. It was entirely our pleasure. We enjoyed meeting you, Michael, Parker and Stanton! Very pleased you enjoyed the gite as we aim to make your hard earned holiday as unforgettable as possible. It would be great to see you all again next year!
Looking forward to hearing from you again!
Trude and Tony
This is a beautiful gite in a very unspoiled part of France. Set in a lovely garden, with a good sized swimming pool, it is well equipped and very comfortable. Trude and Tony, are excellent hosts, always happy to help but respectful of your privacy. The local shops are a short drive away and there are many lovely villages nearby. Easy access to the N10 means that it is possible to access places such as Angouleme and Poitiers in less than an hour. However we were happy just to relax and enjoy the peace and quiet. We would definitely recommend L'Escargot and are hoping to return ourselves at some time in the future.
Thank you very much for your review. It was great meeting the three of you and are very pleased that you had a good time.
You are always welcome!
After 3 years we returned to L'Escargot and another great relaxing break in the heart of rural France. The kids again loved the pool and this time we probably spent more time in and around the Gite, not travelling quite as far afield for day trips as we did the last time we were here. Tony and Trude were as welcoming as ever and their hospitality as we remembered from before. Dougie (again) and Lauren also welcomed us into the fold! Another wonderful week in a lovely location!
We had an amazing two week stay at L'Escargot. The Gite was wonderfully presented in an idyllic location. Trude and Tony were the perfect hosts and nothing was too much trouble. It really was home from home. Our girls will miss the company of Dougie and Lauren, all of whom became great friends. We were very sad to leave and look forward to returning next year. What a little treasure this place and it's hosts are.
Thanks Claire, it was great meeting you and your family and we are looking forward to seeing you again next year!
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