Lovely 4* self catering holiday cottage, pool

Ruffec, Charente, Poitou Charentes Reference: PC003756 Advertiser since: 8 July 2014
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
Grand Plaisir Self Catering Saturday 2 4 1

About this property

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

Grand Plaisir, a self catering holiday cottage, located in a private and peaceful location yet within a 3 minute walking distance to Ruffec restaurants, cafes, bars and shops.

Fontaine gites is a well kept gated self catering complex with several holiday cottages set within a magnificent property with a peaceful, private forest and mature gardens.  We offer a complimentary welcome pack that includes a bottle of wine, a very useful essentials starter pack, free wi-fi, English tv and secure car parking. Spoil yourself with a fantastic stroll to our lively market town for freshly baked croissants and pastries.

Within a 5 minute drive from gite Grand Plaisir holiday cottage, you can hire a bicycle, have a refreshing swim in the Charente and the family can enjoy a fun canoe or kayak ride along the peaceful Charente River. LAST MINUTE Short Breaks Available email and let us know your requirements.

Grand Plaisir self-catering holiday cottage is charming, comfortable and well equipped with everything you need for an enjoyable stay. Originally used as Chateau cottages and apartments it is ideal to sample life the relaxed French way. Staying at La Fontaine Ruffec is a perfect solution - its comfortable accommodation, its serene and quiet, but within walking distance to local bakeries, street markets, bars, the fresh Atlantic seafood market, produce markets, individual shops, restaurants, supermarkets, theatre, train station and much more.  
Sunbathe in the idyllic grounds or at the plunge pool - perfect for a dip or a swim!  The bigger boules area is great to enjoy a game of petanque with the family. 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.

Grand Plaisir 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 propertys original historical Chateau Lavoir. The resident ducks wander freely throughout the property while you relax or dine al fresco in any of our shaded or sunny seating areas. 
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! 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 forest, the choice is yours! The outdoors can be enjoyed for most of the year.
The covered summer kitchen at La Fontaine Ruffec is popular for eating breakfast, preparing picnics or aperitifs or using any of the different cooking choices available. The covered dining area which can be enjoyed day or night has seating at a long table for up to 14 people with lovely vine views.
A washing machine and drying facilities are available during your stay. The utility room has an iron, ironing board, hangers, pegs and washing powders.

We are a family run business and strive to make our properties a high quality holiday rental accommodation. There is always someone helpful on-site to make your stay an enjoyable one.
Reservations require a completed booking form together with a 25% non-refundable 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.

Fontaine gites LAST MINUTE DEALS September- email dates LIMITED AVAILABILITY. Don't miss the September 2017 Angouleme Circuit des Remparts Car Race.
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, is a short drive, bus or train ride from Fontaine Gites.

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. Grand Plaisir holiday cottage has everything you need for your self catering French holiday. A glass cooking hob with extractor fan, built-in oven, fridge with seperate 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.

Grand Plaisir Holiday Cottage's original dining room has a Charentaise wooden dining table with seating for 6. Perfect to plan your day trips or enjoy a lazy breakfast with your local bakery croissants.

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, rug. Enjoy some quiet time reading and relaxing in Grand Plaisir'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 dvds (for all ages), some books and magazines.


Grand Plaisir holiday cottage 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 an adult or child, a chest of drawers and a small cupboard.

All the beds in Grand Plaisir 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.

Grand Plaisir holiday 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.


Grand Plaisir holiday gite 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.

La Fontaine Ruffec is 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 walk and helpful entertainment info.

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

Garden and outside

La Fontaine Ruffec has 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 petanique 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.

La Fontaine Ruffec has 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 swim by.

Parking and garages

There are numerous secure car parking spaces.

Visitor suitability

Grand Plaisir holiday cottage is the perfect location for enjoying and exploring the Poitou Charente area for romantic getaways, couples, families with teenagers, families with children and friends.

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 (2 h 30).

Restaurants, bars, shopping, street markets are within a short stroll from La Fontaine Ruffec and Grand Plaisir self catering holiday cottage.

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

Not suitable for the less mobile as the cottage is on 2 floors.

Information about any additional facilities

Relax in the sunny outdoors and idyllic surroundings. Sunbathe at the spacious plunge pool - perfect for a swim or dip !

Read, walk and relax in the beautiful private forest and well kept grounds at La Fontaine Ruffec while the teenagers explore outdoor activities.

Enjoy an early evening game of boules on the bigger petanique area with your kids or teenagers, its light till 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 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.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • Linen

  • Shared pool


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

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: Many nearby wine, pineau and cognac tastings



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, Mrs Susan Du Bois

I have enjoyed many happy 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 and close by to several airports.
Unique benefits of property Charming property and well kept grounds in a superb location that's a short stroll to restaurants, bakeries and Ruffec historical town with all amenities.

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 gite Grand Plaisir holiday cottage.

Chateau Visit & Countryside Walks 2 - 8 minutes

Visit the nearby Chateau in Verteuil sur Charente or enjoy countryside walks 2 mins from La Fontaine Ruffec.

La Rochelle

Visit this lively, Port city by car or train. 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 1 h 30 from La Fontaine Ruffec

Le Rejallant - 5 mins

All our guests love the all age swimming in the Charente River, the canoe, kayak and water adventures just mins from Fontaine gites. Ruffec Velo bicycle rental and nice children's play area nearby Charmante self catering holiday rental 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.


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 Theme Park with rides, live shows, fantastic fireworks display. A pleasant 50 minute drive.

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 Poitiers and Angouleme for enjoyable day trips by train.

Street Markets 3 - 5 mins

Pick up a bargain at local street markets and brocantes

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 !

Water Sports

Exciting Water Sports incl. Windsurfing, sailing, fishing and the fantastic Nautilus water park with water slides a pleasant 30 minute drive.

Aubeterre Underground Church

Visit Aubeterre sur Dronne and tour the 12th Century under ground church. Also known as one of the "most beautiful villages In France.


Tour the Famous Name Cognac Houses and Distilleries and enjoy lunch in the village aprox. 40 minutes from Grand Plaisir Holiday cottage

Stroll to Restaurants and Shopping

At Gite Grand Plaisir 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 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 there are indoor tennis courts and outdoor tennis courts.

4 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 9.5
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 9.5
  • Local Amenities: 9.8
  • Setting: 9.8
  • Value for Money: 9.3
10 / 10 Jo Franklin 17 August, 2016

We had a fantastic week. Our 2 children (8yrs and 6yrs) had so much fun exploring the garden and playing in the plunge pool. They loved the freedom that they had. Abby and Joe were great hosts and were so helpful when we had a problem. The property was clean and had everything that we needed, but it was the outside space that was wonderful especially the outdoor kitchen.
We all didn't want to leave!

Owner response

Thank you for your kind comments. We were so happy to hear you had an enjoyable holiday stay at Fontaine Gites.

We look forward to welcoming you and the children back soon.

9.8 / 10 Srabani 7 August, 2016

We enjoyed our stay at Fontaine Gites . Jo and Abby our hosts were very very helpful and welcoming. The property was comfortable and included everything we needed. The garden, plunge pool and outdoor area were perfect for relaxing.

Owner response

Thank you for your kind comments. We were happy to hear you had a comfortable and relaxing holiday at Fontaine Gites.

We look so forward to welcoming you back.

8.8 / 10 Edinburgh Family 21 July, 2016

The owners are constantly on hand and those who are new to France may find this helpful. The garden and grounds of this gite cluster (several apartments within one building) are lovely and provide plenty to do but there is also a communal wi-fi hot spot and TV space available for when the weather is too hot. Ruffec is a good base for touring whether interests run to chateaux or brocantes, and the gite cluster is the perfect set up for those who aren't happy with their own company.

Owner response

Glad you enjoyed your holiday stay at Fontaine Gites during a very hot, sunny July and that you liked the local restaurants, family activities and fireworks. Happy that you were able to make good use of the facilities we offer and the spring water pool. Luckily we were able to provide you the privacy required by occupying a large private section at Fontaine Gites. Hope to see you back next year.

10 / 10 Vcshe 10 September, 2014

Grand Plaisir is one of several gites on a multi-gite property, a short walk from the centre of the small town of Ruffec. The gites are newly refurbished and Grand Plaisir was very spacious with a kitchen, dining and living rooms downstairs, plus a WC, and a bathroom and 2 bedrooms on the first floor. The gite was comfortably and stylishly furnished throughout, well equipped and spotlessly clean. The dining and living rooms, being at the back of the house, don't have a sunny aspect, but are comfortable and attractively furnished.

The gites are set in gated grounds with a stream and resident ducks, three outdoor bbqs, an outdoor kitchen and an outdoor dining room, all for the use of guests. A pizza oven is promised next year and would be a great addition to family dining!

Our children were fascinated by the twice-daily arrival of the ducks for feeding. The grounds are a good size, with plenty of space for children to play in, but you will need to bring your own toys and games. For parents of smaller children, it's worth noting that the TV room is shared among the gites and looks out over the shared courtyard, however, we felt it was a little too far from our gite for us to be entirely comfortable with our 4 and 6yo being there unsupervised.

The gites are a short stroll from the centre of Ruffec, and most mornings saw us walking into town with our children, stopping to choose our breakfast at the local boulangerie, and taking it to eat with a cafe creme in the town square. A very nice start to the day.

Ruffec is not a tourist town, but has a handful of attractive shops, a large Leclerc, and a twice weekly market, which is bustling on Saturdays. And although the Charente is not teeming with tourist hotspots, we had several enjoyable days out to the Vallee des Singes, to lakeside and river 'beaches', and on a family velo-rail trip. Having visited the region before, we know also that Angouleme, the chateau at La Rochefoucauld and Cognac are also within reasonably easy reach.

This is Abbi's first year as a gite host, and she could not have been more helpful in trying to ensure we had an enjoyable and relaxing holiday.

Owner response

As we try hard to make our guests accomodation comfortable and enjoyable we were very pleased to hear how much you enjoyed your stay at Grand Plaisir. It was lovely to meet you all and a pleasure to have you stay. Many thanks for the great review.