|Chez Fert Country Cottage||Self Catering||1||2||1||Additional person by arrangement - put me up|
Lovely, secluded holiday gite for two people.
The newly restored stone cottage stands in the grounds of Chez Fert, in a breathtaking rural setting, on the outskirts of the local villages of Ronsenac and Villebois Lavalette.
This beautiful cottage gives a warm, homely welcome. It has wooden floors, original oak beams and stone walls giving character to the property. The double glazed windows have curtains and shutters. The accommodation is of an excellent standard and is all on one level for easy access.
Sleeps 2 people comfortably with a possibility of accommodating a third person by arrangement only.
The property has been awarded 3 stars by the Charente Tourism Board.
The kitchen includes fridge and cooking facilities, double hot plates with extractor hood, microwave, kettle, toaster, stainless steel sink, teatowels and all the usual kitchen utensils.
An airing rack is provided plus iron and ironing board.
The double french doors open into a cosy living room, which includes real oak beams, a large open fireplace with woodburner, satellite tv, dvd player with an assortment of films and a selection of books. Coffee-tables and standard lamp, plus wi-fi.
A twin bedroom sleeps 2 people. Two brand new comfortable single beds with sunshine yellow bedding and curtains to match. Hanging and shelving facilities for your clothes. Wooden coat hangers provided. Bedside cabinet with table lamp and all bedding is included. Real wood flooring, oak beams and natural stone wall. Double glazed window overlooks the stunning view to the garden.
Newly built large luxury bathroom with power shower and non-slip tile flooring. Ceramic sink with ornate mirror and stylish strip lighting. Storage cupboard and a selection of ornate palms. Hairdryer and towels are included. There is constant hot water.
Excellent views to garden and surrounding countryside.
A woodburner is set in the living room. Wood is provided at an extra charge during the winter months. A paraffin heater is also available if required.
English satellite television, radio, selection of dvds and videos. A range of books plus a selection of games and jigsaws.
There is an assortment of seating in the 2 acre surrounding beautiful gardens where you can relax in the shade or bask in the sun.
Sunloungers are provided with luxury cushioning.
The Chez Fert house is close by but not intrusive. We have one french neighbouring property.
A guest parking area is provided.
The property is suitable, for guests with limited mobility, there are no stairs, and non-slip tiles are laid in the bathroom. A shower stool can be provided by request.
We retired early and love the space and relaxing way of life here in France.<br/>Never realised we would make so many friends and have such a great social life.
|Year property purchased||2006|
|Why this location?||The Charente is the 2nd best sunniest area of France and we just love the beautiful rolling countryside.|
|Unique benefits of property||Peace and Tranquility, yet close to amenities, the cottage has a warm welcoming atmosphere and is a real cosy, comfortable place to spend a holiday. Our location is perfect for visiting many tourist towns and villages, local Chateaux, museums and historical places.
There is also a Tourist Office in Villebois-Lavalette, where the staff are very helpful.
Half an hour away is Angouleme, a large town with an abundance of exciting shops and restaurants. There are several museums in the town, including a museum of fine arts. Large boulevards surround the town and stand above the original ramparts that protect it - more than 2km of the ramparts remain intact and an exciting exhibition and race of antique cars is held in the summer.
Visit one of the many beautiful Charantais villages, Auberterre sur Dronne is voted one of the prettiest in France. It has its own beach with a lifeguard, canoeing for all abilities, and even a safari park. The village square hosts some fine places to eat, inside or under a canopy of trees to provide shade. There are well- presented houses rising out of the chalk hillsides high above a bend in the River Dronne. At every turn in the steeply sloping cobbled streets and alleys a further vista opens up, offering endless opportunities to capture that one unique photographic angle that every other tourist has missed.
Brantome is an idyllic town located to the north of Perigueux on the banks of the river Dronne. The town is known locally as the Venice of Perigord. The river runs through the village in front of a Benedictine Abbey and there is a small weir and stone bridge that lead to the market place. Market day is Friday. During a walk around the village you can see examples of medieval and renaissance architecture. Canoeing through Brantome is also a popular way to discover the town. There is a selection of good restaurants.
Cognac is a prosperous town with medieval alleyways that fan out from a delightful riverside. This is the place to find cellars where fine brandy or Cognac is matured.There are many cognac houses to visit including Cognac Otard, Hennessy or Martell which keeps 180,000 barrels in stock. On the tour you will experience the amazing aroma and the world famous walls covered with a fungi that thrives on the alcohol fumes given off during the maturing process. You will also discover the fine art of cognac making and the secret of blending.
The nearby village of Villebois Lavalette has an excellent restaurant and a medieval market place that dates back to the 16th century. There is also a magnificent Chateau which has guided tours in the tourist season. Villebois amenities include a garage, supermarket, petrol station, butchers, chiropadist, doctors, hairdressers, antique shops and a local market on saturday mornings. The local Tourist Office has lots of information on all sort of sports and activities, which also include visits to local distileries or vineyards.
The property is in a beautiful location, straight out of a fairy tale. It is very homely, clean and comfortable. The location is very peaceful and yet within a very short drive there is the lovely village of Villebois Lavalette with its ancient wooden covered market place surrounded by shops and restaurants. Supermarkets are also nearby. Chris and Barbara were wonderful hosts and made us feel very welcome. Highly Recommended.