Luxury 4* self catering holiday cottage, pool - PC003756

Ruffec, Charente, Poitou Charentes Reference: PC003756 Advertiser since: 8 July 2014
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The French Cottages - Cottage 4 Self Catering Flexible 2 4 1

About this property

Chateau Cottage, Pool, Stroll to Ruffec Shops/Bars. This cottage/gite is in a town setting.

The French Cottages BOOK NOW for 2020.

The French cottages Cottage 4, is one of four well equipped holiday rental cottages. These self catering cottages in France are located in a private and peaceful town location. The French Cottages are a short walking distance to restaurants, cafes, bars, supermarkets, shops, bus and train station.

The French cottages can easily be combined with another private cottage and accommodate up to 9 guests - perfect for larger family or group of friends! This would provide private separate entry top quality accommodation.

No need to drive everywhere from our holiday rental cottages! Stroll to our well kept market town or take a local bus or train to Angouleme, Poitiers, La Rochelle, Bordeaux or Paris! At the French cottages you can spoil yourself daily with a short stroll to our lively market town for freshly baked croissants and pastries from a selection of boulangeries.

Our holiday rental cottages are well located in a gated self catering complex with several holiday cottages set within a magnificent property with a peaceful, private forest and mature gardens. We offer our guests a complimentary welcome hamper that includes a bottle of wine, a useful essentials starter pack, free wi-fi, English television and secure car parking.

Explore the new 2019 marked cycle routes minutes from the French cottages or hire bicycles, have a refreshing swim in the calm Charente river or the Ruffec heated indoor pools. Minutes from the French cottages, the family can enjoy a fun canoe or kayak ride along the peaceful Charente River, during May to September.

Enquire about our LAST MINUTE holiday rental cottages, short breaks and longer stay self catering cottages in France. Email and let us know your requirements.

The French cottages - Cottage 4, is one of our top rated self catering cottages in France. Try our rental cottages today they are charming, comfortable and well equipped with everything you need for an enjoyable French holiday stay. Originally used as Chateau cottages and apartments it is ideal to sample life the relaxed French way.

Staying at our French holiday cottages including, Grand Plaisir you'll have the perfect solution - its comfortable accommodation, its serene and quiet, but within walking distance to local bakeries, street markets, bars, fresh Atlantic seafood markets, produce markets, interesting individual shops, restaurants, supermarkets, cinema and theatre, train station and close to family tourist sites.
Sunbathe in the idyllic grounds or at the plunge pool - perfect for a dip or a swim, either way the water is fantastic! The bigger boules area is great to enjoy a game of petanique with the family. For 2018 we have added more riverside barbecues where you can watch the fish swim by and more relaxing areas throughout the garden to relax while the teenagers explore the beautiful grounds.

The French cottages Cottage 4, self catering cottage is set within a larger property with a peaceful garden, a private forest and a smaller walled garden. This tranquil setting is amazing for relaxing outside or sitting at the original historical Chateau Lavoir. Enjoy our self catering cottages in France while our resident ducks wander freely throughout the property.
In the extensive grounds there are a number of covered and open dining areas and garden patios, ideal for sundowners and romantic candle lit Charente al fresco dining at our holiday rental cottages! Any time of the day or evening is perfect for enjoying a meal at the riverside barbecue area, while the ducks swim by slowly and entertain. If you prefer, have a daytime picnic in the private forest, the choice is yours! The outdoors at the French cottages can be enjoyed for most of the year and in summer time its light until 10pm.
Our self catering cottages in France have a covered summer kitchen which is popular for eating breakfast, preparing picnics or aperitifs or using any of the different cooking choices available. The covered dining area at the French Cottages, can be enjoyed day or night and has seating at a long table for up to 14 people with lovely views.
A washing machine, washing lines and clothes air driers are available during your stay at our holiday rental cottages. The utility room has an iron, ironing board, hangers, pegs and washing powders.

At our self catering cottages in France we remain a family run business and strive to make our holiday rental cottages a high quality holiday rental. There is always someone helpful on-site at the French Cottages to make your stay an enjoyable one!
Reservations require a completed booking form together with a 25% deposit. The balance of 75% due 8 weeks prior to arrival. A refundable security damage deposit of £250 to cover breakages is due on arrival and returned after satisfactory inspection.

LAST MINUTE DEALS for holiday rental cottages, longer holiday stays and house hunting stays.

Don't miss the September Angouleme "Circuit des Remparts" Car Race weekend just 30 mins from our holiday rental cottages. Circuit des Remparts was a circuit race for Grand Prix cars and Formula Two cars, held every September in Angoulême, France. The circuit had a length of 1,287 m, which was driven 80 laps. Angoulême, capital of the Charente, is a short drive, bus or train ride from the French cottages.

We offer a 10% discount off a 2nd week booked, subject to availability. Prices quoted are per week Saturday to Saturday, some flexibility may be possible. Property and house hunting holidays and longer holiday cottage stays are offered at a discount rate - let us know your requirements.



Kitchen and dining

Well equipped new open plan kitchen in Cottage 4 at the French cottages has everything you need for your self catering French holiday. A glass cooking hob with extractor fan, built-in oven, fridge with separate freezer (perfect for a weeks shop) Indesit large size dishwasher, coffee-maker, kettle, orange juicer, good selection of dishes, glassware, ovenware, pots, pans, cutlery, utensils, etc.

The French Cottages original dining room has a typical Charentais wooden dining table with seating for 6. Perfect to plan your day trips or enjoy a lazy breakfast with your local bakery croissants and pain au chocolat.

There is a woodburner for romantic and cosy fireside winter dining.

Living rooms

Lounge is cosy and nicely decorated with a sofa and armchairs, coffee-table, floor lamp, and rug. Enjoy some quiet time reading and relaxing at The French Cottage's living room with original tiled floors that keep it lovely and cool in the hot summer months.

There is also a useful single clic-clac bed which can be used for an additional guest with prior booking.

We offer free wi-fi, English television, a dvd player and a good selection of dvd's (for all ages), some books and magazines.


The French Cottages, cottage 4 is light and bright with typical French village and garden views.

Both bedrooms have beautiful French furniture and comfortable top quality beds. The first bedroom has a king size bed with headboard, built in cupboards and a chest of drawers. The second bedroom has 2 single beds, suitable for adults or children, a chest of drawers and a small cupboard.

All the beds are Simmons top quality. Beds are made up with fresh linen and down or anti allergy duvets.


Upstairs a lovely light bathroom with a luxury freestanding oval shaped bath. A modern hand basin, storage cabinet, mirrors, toilet and the original wooden floors.

This French Cottage gite has 2 toilets. The very useful guest toilet on the ground floor has a hand basin, storage cabinet, mirror and a toilet.

Towels are provided and changed weekly with house cleaning. No beach towels are provided, please bring your own.


There is a nice woodburner in the living room that heats the house well. The rest of the cottage has an efficient wall mounted electric heating system.


The French Cottages, Cottage 4 is well located between the cities of Angouleme and Poitiers where you can enjoy the year round cultural and leisure activities as well as the festivals and local street markets. Free live music concerts are during June, July and August.

The French Cottages Ruffec are well situated to visit the exciting "Circuit de Remparts" held every September in Angouleme. This car racing event is a very popular race through Angouleme on a Monaco style circuit! Vintage cars as well as Porsches and Lamborginis take part. Don't miss it!

Ruffec Tourist Bureau with English speaking staff within a 3 minute stroll of our holiday cottages and can provide helpful current entertainment info.

Countryside walks are close by and magnificent chateau's within minutes, including Verteuil sur Charente and its impressive chateau.

Garden and outside

The French cottages Charente, have a large, peaceful garden with outside tables and chairs. The private forest is perfect to enjoy a picnic, relax or enjoy a daily walk.

The walled garden has a beautiful riverside barbecue area, and several relaxed seating areas, both sunny or shady, some with vine views.

A bigger petanque area to play boules and more fun activities for children and teenagers.

The garden has a variety of fruit trees including apples, cherries, mirabelles, nectarines, peaches, plums and a nice display of flowers including peonies, tulips, daffodils, lavender and many plants, birds and butterflies.

The French cottages have an attractive, well equipped summer kitchen and outdoor covered dining and seating areas. Fun to try the different cooking options or prepare your picnic. Simply fabulous for day or night time use.

The riverside barbecues are an enjoyable, relaxing and unique experience while the fish and ducks swim by.

Parking and garages

There are numerous secure car parking spaces.

Visitor suitability

Our self catering holiday cottages are in the perfect location for enjoying and exploring the Poitou Charentes - Nouvelle Aquitaine - New Aquitaine region for romantic getaways, couples, families with teenagers, families with children and friends.

The French Cottages and gites can now be combined with a new cottage to sleep up to 15 guests with a private, exclusive entry- perfect for larger family groups or get togethers with friends, colleagues.

Within a short stroll there is a bus to other villages. Ruffec train station is nearby which makes Eurostar car free travel possible from St Pancras to Ruffec and/or Paris to Ruffec. Paris is a pleasant 4h30 drive away and Spain 4h00 so possible to explore other areas.

Restaurants, bars, shopping, street markets are within a short stroll from the french cottages self catering holiday cottages.

We offer a discounted rate for property house hunting holidays and holiday cottage holidays for a month or more.

Information about any additional facilities

Relax in the sunny outdoors with idyllic surroundings. Sunbathe at the spacious pool and enjoy an eco solar shower!

Read, walk and relax in the beautiful private forest and well kept grounds while the teenagers explore outdoor activities including badminton.

Enjoy an early evening game of boules on the bigger petanique area with your kids or teenagers, its light til 10pm in summer!

Shop the local Ruffec farmers markets and enjoy our riverside barbecues with your local produce. Don't forget to enjoy a day off and stroll to restaurants, bars, bakeries and shops.

For the children and teenagers there are always games and activities within the grounds as well as many others within a 5 minute drive including stand up paddle boarding, supervised tall tree climbing, water sports, fishing, rugby, tennis and more.

Spoil yourself with a daily stroll to the bakery and visit the local tourist info, next door, for updated fun local and music events for all ages.


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Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Ruffec Bargain Brocantes
Distance: 1 km


Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: trout, carp and other species
Name of nearest fishing location: Les Trois Fontaines
Distance: 9 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: Golf Club de l’Hirondelle
Distance: 30 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Select one of 3 options nearby
Distance: 15 km

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: Many nearby wine, pineau and cognac tastings to choose from !



Name/number of nearest marked trail: Verteuil Sur Charente a nice walk through the village


Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Wine Tasting and Local Pineau Tasting
Distance: 1 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Susan Du Bois

I have enjoyed many happy and successful years in the hotel and timeshare sectors of business before having the fantastic opportunity of moving to France.

Year property purchased 2008
Why this location? Unique location in that its so idyllic, peaceful and picturesque yet you can walk to everything including shops, bars, supermarkets and twice weekly fresh food markets and bric a brac sales etc.

The easy access from ferry ports, Eurostar travel possible from St Pancras London and close by to several airports incl. Bordeaux, La Rochelle, Limoges, Poitiers.
Unique benefits of property Charming property with top quality accommodation and well kept grounds in a superb location that's a short stroll to restaurants, bars, bakeries and a historical market town with all amenities. Ruffec train station with trains to Paris, Bordeaux etc. is within walking distance.

The Owner Recommends


Visit the Cathedral St. Pierre, Museums including the Comic Museum, interesting for all ages.. The annual “Circuit des Remparts’ car event and race every September. Vintage Cars, Lamborghinis, Porsches etc race on a Monaco style street circuit through the streets. Relax on a day out and take the train or bus from Ruffec..or a pleasant less than 30 minute drive from The French Cottages.

Chateau Visit & Countryside Walks 2 - 8 minutes

Visit the nearby Chateau in Verteuil sur Charente or enjoy countryside walks 2 mins from The French Cottages.

La Rochelle

Visit this lively, Port city by car or train from Ruffec. Wander and enjoy the delicious seafood dishes at the many restaurants by the harbour. Explore the beautiful beaches along the coast and visit the large, state of the art Aquarium.
Less than 80 minutes drive from The French Cottages.

Le Rejallant - 5 mins

All our guests love the all age swimming in the Charente River, the canoe, kayak and water adventures just a few minutes from The French Cottages. A Bicycle rental and nice children's play area nearby our self catering cottages in Ruffec.

Markets and Shopping - 3 mins

Vist the Morning Farmers and Atlantic Seafood Local Market with Fresh, Seasonal,Regional Produce. Wine Tastings on Saturdays with local producers or visit wine route within 20 min drive. For gift and clothes shopping Ruffec has a nice selection of small, individual shops.

Poitiers - 45 mins by train

Visit Notre-Dame La Grande Church, enjoy lots of architectural heritage with old streets, museums, shopping and restaurants.

For a full day out visit Futuroscope a Futuristic Theme Park with rides, live shows, fantastic fireworks display. A pleasant 50 minute drive and fun for all ages.

Ruffec Train Station - 6 min walk

Ruffec conveniently has a Train Station with daily trains to Paris only a 2 h 30 mins ride.
Relax and visit the cities of Bordeaux, Poitiers, La Rochelle and Angouleme for enjoyable day trips by train.

Street Markets 3 - 5 mins

Year round pick up a bargain at local street markets, brocantes and bric a brac markets.

Vallee de Singes - 30 mins

Very popular day of Fun for all ages. Vallée des Singes a 35 Acre wildlife park with no cages or fences. Take photos and see many species of monkeys roaming free. A must do day out ! Only a 25 minute drive from the french cottages.

Water Sports

Exciting Water Sports incl. Windsurfing, sailing, fishing and the fantastic Nautilus water park with water slides a pleasant 30 minute drive. Also try local fishing lakes and beaches near the french cottages.

Aubeterre Underground Church

For a day out visit Aubeterre sur Dronne and tour the 12th Century under ground church (tours now available in English). Also known as one of the "most beautiful villages In France.


Tour the Famous Name Cognac Houses and Distilleries and perhaps enjoy lunch in the village aprox. 40 minutes drive from The French Cottages.

Stroll to Restaurants and Shopping

At The French Cottages you can take a break from driving and enjoy a lazy stroll to Ruffec restaurants, bars and interesting individual shops. Visit tourist office for updated daily events and things to do for all ages, in the local area.
Don't miss the "Plat du Jour" lunches in town and along the river at special prices, prepared with fresh local ingredients and local Vin de Pays wines

Tennis - 5 minute walk

Enjoy a game of Tennis ! Within a 5 minute walk from the french cottages there are both indoor and outdoor tennis courts.

Marked Cycle Routes - 2 mins

Marked Cycle routes for all the family to enjoy or explore more difficult marked cycle routes, only 2 mins from The French Cottages.

8 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 9.8
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 9.8
  • Local Amenities: 9.9
  • Setting: 9.9
  • Value for Money: 9.6
10 / 10 Imogen, James and Heather 10 June, 2019

Friends Celebrate

We had a fabulous time to celebrate a friend's 40th birthday. The layout of accommodation worked incredibly well for us as we were three families with 5 kids in total. Each family had a self-contained cottage facing onto a courtyard - this was great for both the children during the day and adults in the evening. 

What struck us the most was the sheer beauty and tranquility of the location. The French Cottages is perfectly set up for family holidays and we intend to return next year for another 40th !

Owner response

Thank you for your kind review. We were so happy that the 40th birthday was such a success. Also, really pleased you enjoyed your stay and look forward to welcoming you back.

10 / 10 Bradley MC 26 June, 2018

We stayed for 7 nights with our 6 and 8 year old. We liked everything about the holiday cottage and the property. It is extremely comfortable, immaculately clean and very well equipped. The location was superb and we walked to boulangeries, restaurants and shops.This area is great for kids and adults ! Played golf near Angouleme, had lunch and visited the comic museum nearby. The adventurous tree climbing course, canoeing afternoon and a fun day the Monkey Valley Park were great days out.The mineral water pool, without harsh chemicals was our fantastic daily treat with the solar shower, highly recommended !! Hope to come back to the French Cottages soon.

Owner response

Thank you for leaving such a lovely review for your enjoyable stay at The French Cottages. Terrific that you got to appreciate and enjoy the local area as well. We hope to welcome you back again in the near future.

10 / 10 Jo Franklin 21 August, 2017

It really felt like being at home when we returned here this summer. We were made to feel really welcome and throughout our stay Abby and Joe ensured that we had everything that we needed. Our children throughly enjoyed themselves, my husband managed to get in some great bike rides and I actually read a whole book without much interruption!! Another great week with Abby and Joe- thank you!

Owner response

Thank you for your kind review. It was a great that you spent another summer holiday at the French cottages cottage 4. Lovely to hear that Neill enjoyed the new marked bike routes and that it was an enjoyable Charente family holiday. We hope you will return and enjoy all the new sport's activities. You are always most welcome.

10 / 10 NaomiD 13 August, 2017

We have just returned from a lovely week with our 12 and 13 year old children, staying in the Grand Plaisir. The grounds are pretty and we enjoyed playing badminton, boules and relaxing by the plunge pool when the sun shone. The plunge pool is perfectly kept and the kids enjoyed playing in it. The accommodation was very clean and the bedrooms very comfortable. The cooking and laundry facilities were very good. The gite hosts were so friendly and made sure we had lots of recommendations to visit. Ruffec is quite quiet, but there are lots of nearby tourist attractions and we enjoyed tree climbing, canoeing, visiting Angouleme and other pretty villages on the river. We were lucky that a huge brocante market came to Ruffec during our week and I especially enjoyed walking around looking for treasures! The kids enjoyed having wifi when the weather wasn't as good and it worked very well. There are bakeries within walking distance so perfect to pick up morning pastries. There are supermarkets closeby too. The outside BBQ was brilliant and easy to use.We had a lovely holiday and have made fond memories sitting outside the gite of an evening, playing cards by candlelight and enjoying the peaceful surroundings.

Owner response

Thank you so much for your great feedback. It is always gratifying to hear that we have helped guests have a good holiday and a relaxing break.

We enjoyed having you stay and now that you know where the French Cottages are and what we offer, do not be a stranger, and maybe visit us again and again as many of our regular guests do.