Bedrooms 3, Sleeps 6, Ratings 3 9.6/10
|Chez Fert Country Cottage||Self Catering||Flexible||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 2 acre grounds of Chez Fert, in a breathtaking part of the south west Charente. The local villages of Ronsenac and Villebois Lavalette are only 5 mins away with all amenities available.
This beautiful cottage gives a warm, homely welcome. It has wooden floors, original oak beams and stone walls giving character to the property.
The accommodation is of an excellent standard and is all on one level for easy access.
The property has been awarded 3 stars by the Charente Tourism Board.
Sleeps 2 people comfortably with a possibility of accommodating a third person by arrangement only. A baby cot is also available by request.
Friendly, well behaved dogs are 'Welcome By Arrangement'
The kitchen includes fridge (with freezer compartment) and cooking facilities, double hot plates with extractor hood, microwave, kettle, toaster, grill, stainless steel sink, tea-towels and all the usual kitchen utensils.
An airing rack is provided plus iron and ironing board.
Table and chairs are available inside and outside of the property.
The double frenchdoors open into a cosy living room, which includes a comfortable conservatory suite: 2 seater setee and 2 arm chairs. wooden coffee-tables and standard lamp. The living room has real oak beams, a large open fireplace with woodburner, satellite tv, dvd player with an assortment of films and a selection of English books. Wi-fi is available.
A twin bedroom sleeps 2 people. Two very comfortable single beds with sunshine yellow bedding and curtains to match. All bedding is included with pillow and mattress protectors.
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 with insect screen, overlooks the stunning view to the garden.
Large, spacious bathroom with shower, porcelain sink and non-slip tile flooring.
Large storage cupboard under sink with hairdryer. A selection of cotton towels are included.
There is constant hot water.
Excellent views to garden and surrounding countryside.
A wood-burner is set in the living room. Wood is provided at an extra charge during the winter months.
Gas Fire heater is also available for bathroom use if required.
Water cistern provides constant hot water.
English satellite television, radio, and a selection of 40 Films.
A range of books plus a selection of games and jigsaws.
There is a multi-screen cinema 20 mins away.
Ronsenac village has public Tennis courts and an area where the ball game petang is played.
Cycle and walking routes close by.
There is a French Restaurant and a Pizza Cafe in the Village of Villebois Lavalette.- less than 10 mins away.
Also a visit to the local Tourist Office in Villebois Lavalette can advise on a large range of local amenities, such as local Chateaux, Mercerie, Vineyards, Architecture and local Festivals and Events.
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.
There are a selection of fruit trees where you can help yourself to some fruit, depending on what time of year you visit.
Sunloungers are provided with luxury cushioning.
The Chez Fert house is close by but not intrusive.
Owners are available for help or assistance when requested.
We have one French neighbouring property at the end of the lane.
Sunflower fields and cognac grape vines are in the fields nearby..
A guest parking area is provided right next to the cottage.
The property is suitable for 2 persons.
It is a very relaxing, peaceful location if you just wish to chill out.
Would also suit people who wish to look around the area - whether you are house hunting or taking in the French experience, with many tourist areas only 30 mins away.
There could be room for an additional guest by arrangement only.
A baby cot is available.
Well behaved and controllable dogs are welcome by arrangement.
Would also suit 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.
This is an excellent base for visiting lots of tourist attractions, such as Chateaux, Architectural buildings and Museums. There are Local Markets, Bracontes and Farmers produce markets taking place - where your purchase can be cooked on the barbecue and you join other visitors and the locals dining together on long communal tables. .
The local Village fetes have annual celebrations such as Chase dinners with Wild Boar -definitely an experience not to miss, or you could visit the vineyards where the Charente local wines and 'Pineau' tastings are available.
We retired early and visited many departments in France, eventually settling here in the South West Charente region. We love the open space, and the easy going, relaxing way of life here in breathtaking countryside..<br/>We never realized we would make so many friends and have such a great social life here in paradise. <br/>Being keen gardeners we are kept busy looking after the 2 acres of land, adding new plants and shrubs every season.<br/>We have 2 adorable little westies and a few rescued cats.
|Year property purchased||2006|
|Why this location?||The Charente is the second most sunniest area of France and we just love the beautiful open rolling countryside. This is an ideal base for having the tourist holiday, property hunting, or just relaxing in one of the many pretty villages with a delightful setting for lunch or evening meal and a glass of wine or two.
Our location is also perfect for visiting many local chateaux, museums and historical places.
There is a Tourist Office in Villebois-Lavalette, which is definitely worth a visit, for the options available, the staff are very helpful.There are so many places to visit, Bracontes and Markets to experience and of course the food to enjoy in fantastic surroundings.
Our welcome book gives you some really good restaurants in the local area.
|Unique benefits of property||The cottage has a warm welcoming atmosphere and is a very cosy, comfortable place to spend a holiday in the peaceful and Tranquil surroundings, yet close to local amenities.
The property is all on one level, so easy access with parking next to the building.
The owners are close by and available for any help or advise when required.
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.
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