Lovely 4* self catering holiday cottage, pool

Ruffec, Charente, Poitou Charentes Reference: PC003756 Advertiser since: 8 July 2014
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
The French Cottages - Cottage 4 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.

BANK HOLIDAY SPECIAL BOOK NOW for MAY and JUNE - Get 20 % discount valid 26th May to 29th June 2018. Must book by 31st May.

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 2018 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% 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.

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. 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.

Cottage Grand Plaisir 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 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

Holiday cottage Grand Plaisir 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.

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 swim by.

Parking and garages

There are numerous secure car parking spaces.

Visitor suitability

Grand Plaisir self catering holiday cottage is the perfect location for enjoying and exploring the Poitou Charente - Nouvelle Aquitaine - New Aquitaine region for romantic getaways, couples, families with teenagers, families with children and friends.

Grand Plaisir gite cottage can now be combined with a new cottage to sleep up to 9 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 (2 h 30).

Restaurants, bars, shopping, street markets are within a short stroll from the french cottages incl. 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 with idyllic surroundings. Sunbathe at the spacious plunge 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 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.


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  • 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 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 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.

6 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 9.7
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 9.7
  • Local Amenities: 9.8
  • Setting: 9.8
  • Value for Money: 9.5
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.

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 the French Cottages cottage 4.

We look so forward to welcoming you back.