Gite in Ruffec walk to restaurants/shops/bars - PC003815

Ruffec, Charente, Poitou Charentes Reference: PC003815 Advertiser since: 8 July 2014
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
The French Cottages - Cottage 3 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 2019 BOOKING OFFER. Get 15% OFF SECOND WEEK of a fortnight holiday.

Cottage 3 at The French Cottages are one of four top quality holiday rental cottages. These self catering cottages in France are situated within a well-located gated complex. While in a peaceful setting, the market town of Ruffec is just a 3 minute stroll for your morning baguette or croissants available at a choice of bakeries or coffee at several outside cafes. There are lovely restaurants, bars, as well as supermarkets, shops, banks all within a few minutes, plus a cinema with French and English films, a fresh Atlantic seafood market, a Saturday and Wednesday Farmers Market. If you prefer swimming, canoeing or fishing the river Charente while staying at these holiday rental cottages simply enjoy a 5 minute cycle or drive ! Bring your own bike or hire nearby.

Our self catering cottages in France offer house hunters LAST MINUTE DEALS. 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.

All our holiday rental cottages offer complimentary welcome hampers with a bottle of wine plus a handy essentials starter pack.

The French cottages have on site car parking, free Wi-Fi, English tv and a dvd library for all ages. Our self catering cottages in France are charming, comfortable and well equipped with everything you need for an enjoyable self catering holiday stay. These rental cottages were originally used as Chateau cottages and apartments. The French Cottages are a quality rental that is ideal to sample life the relaxed French way !  Enjoy the new solar shower, the plunge pool, perfect for a swim ! Have fun with the activities for children / teenagers and a bigger boules, petanque area.
The French Cottages, Cottage 3, is one of five holiday rental cottages and has been sympathetically restored to a high standard to provide our guests with modern bijou comfort within a historical property. This self catering holiday cottage is within a larger property, set in 4 acres of natural private park and a smaller walled garden with fruit trees, flowers, plants and some vines.

This unique location, tranquil setting is amazing for relaxing outside in any one of the many seating areas and patios or sitting at the original historical Chateau Lavoir. Don’t be surprised to see the resident ducks wandering about in the peaceful garden or on the patios while you relax or dine al fresco in any of our shaded or sunny seating areas.

Within 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 barbecue at the riverside barbecue area, while the ducks swim by slowly and entertain. If you prefer, have a daytime picnic in the forest after a game of boules, the choice is yours ! At the French Cottages the outdoors can be enjoyed for most of the year in this charming part of the Charente. 

The covered summer kitchen at the French cottages is popular for eating breakfast, preparing picnics or aperitifs or using any of the different cooking choices available. The covered dining area with its exposed stone walls can be enjoyed day or night. There is seating at a long table for up to 14 people with lovely vine and garden views. Come relax at our French holiday rental cottages and enjoy this beautiful property and its idyllic surroundings, even if you have to use the free wi-fi!

At these self catering cottages in France we have washing machines to use during your stay. The French cottages offer use of the utility room with an iron, ironing board, hangers, pegs, washing powders etc. These holiday rental cottages have a portable clothes airer and there are also outside washing lines.

A Complimentary Welcome Hamper and a bottle of wine are included with your stay at the French cottages. Our guests sometimes arrive late at our holiday rental cottages, so we also provide a complimentary Essentials Starter Pack to get your holiday going. 

We are a family run business at the French cottages and strive to make our properties high quality holiday rental cottages. There is always someone helpful on site to make your home-from-home stay an enjoyable one at our French holiday cottages.

Reservations at the French cottages require a completed booking form together with a 25% non-refundable deposit. The balance of 75% is due 8 weeks prior to arrival. A refundable security damage deposit of £250 to cover breakages is due and returned after satisfactory inspection. Prices payable in £ or Euro equivalent.  There is an end of stay deep cleaning charge. 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, just ask. These self catering cottages in France offer House hunting holidays and short term rentals at a discount rate - please let us know your requirements.



Kitchen and dining

The new kitchen has a glass cooking hob, built-in oven, extractor fan and dishwasher. Plently of quality crockery, dishes, cutlery, cookware, utensils, kettle, juicer, coffee-machine and everything you need for a wonderful self catering stay.

The kitchen leads to the dining area where you will find a table with 4 chairs plus a storage and display unit.

Living rooms

The living room is a good size and has a comfy 3 seater sofa and arm chairs next to a cosy fireplace.


Bedroom 1 has a comfortable, quality French double bed, pedestal, a beautiful original French chest of drawers and a hanging cupboard.

The second bedroom has 2 quality French single beds suitable for both adults or children. Nicely furnished with an original French Armoire, chest of drawers and bedside pedestals.

Both bedrooms are light, bright with typical French village and garden views.


The French cottages has one and a half bathrooms

The bathroom has original wooden floors and a new double length, luxurious walk-in rain shower. After a great day out, experience a fabulous shower with a targeted jet spray system !

There is a modern basin, mirror with low wattage lighting and a very useful power point for shaving and a small cupboard for storage.

For our guests staying longer than a week we offer a fresh change of towels weekly at no extra charge.


There is a fireplace in the lounge and wall heater system throughout the cottage.


The French Cottages are conveniently located between the city of Angouleme (capital of the Charente) and Poitiers, (capital of Poitou Charentes).

A short drive away are family tourist attractions, water parks, boat rides,. A short walk away are canoe rides, Kayaking, tennis, marked cycle routes, street markets.

" Circuit des Ramparts" a classic car annual race, is held every September through the streets of Angouleme.

Within a short stroll or cycle, of the French Cottages is the market town of Ruffec with a helpful Tourist Office.

Garden and outside

These holiday rental cottages have a large garden, private forest, walled garden, riverside barbecue facilities with tables and chairs - perfect for al fresco dining, it is light till 10 pm in Summer ! There are also picnic spots, several relaxed shaded or sunny seating areas and covered dining areas that can seat up to 22 guests.

The summer kitchen at the holiday rental cottages are very popular for day or night time. Relax in the grounds at the French cottages, while watching the resident ducks wander by while enjoying your fresh croissants and pastries from the nearby Ruffec boulangeries.

Parking and garages

Gated on-site car parking provided at no extra charge with your holiday cottage rental.

Visitor suitability

The French Cottages are a perfectly placed holiday base for enjoying and exploring the Charente area for couples, romantic holidays, families with teenagers, families with children and friends. These holiday rental cottages always offer a discounted rate for house hunting holidays and short term self catering holiday rentals.

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

Information about any additional facilities

New for 2019 - Try the new solar shower ! Enjoy a swim or refreshing dip in the new spring water plunge pool.

Play boules in the bigger boules area, enjoy outdoor games, activities for children and teenagers. Picnic in the private forest, or along the calm Charente River, barbecue along the river, eat al fresco in the covered or open summer dining areas, at the French Cottages, the choice is yours !


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • Linen

  • Shared pool


Antiques/Brocante Market

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


Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Many different small to medium size fish incl. trout
Name of nearest fishing location: Les Trois Fontaines
Distance: 8 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: Golf Hirondelles
Distance: 30 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: La Petit Trail Balzatois
Distance: 14 km



Name/number of nearest marked trail: Verteuil Sur Charente 5 km


Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Saturday Ruffec
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? These holiday rental cottages are a short stroll from a lively market town and within easy reach Ferry ports, highways and major airports (Bordeaux, Paris, La Rochelle, Poitiers, Limoges).
Unique benefits of property The French Cottages have a tranquil, picturesque river side location with a short drive to family touristic attractions. These holiday rental cottages have a superb location with an easy stroll to a market town with shops, bars, restaurants, train station, banks, boulangeries and more.

The Owner Recommends

A Day Out on a Train

Ruffec conveniently has a Train Station. Take a pleasant French train ride to Angouleme, Poitiers, La Rochelle, Paris or wherever you fancy, for a fun day out !


Lively city Cathedral St. Pierre. Museums including the Famous Comic Museum, very interesting for all ages. “Circuit des Remparts’ car event and race every September. Vintage Cars, Lamborghinis, Porsches etc. race on a Monaco style street circuit. Less than 30 minute drive from The French Cottages.

Chateau Visits & Countryside Walks 3 - 8 minutes

Ruffec has 2 lived in chateaux that are not open to the public but can be admired. Nearby, the Chateau at Verteuil is open to the public. Countryside walks are steps away in either direction and are mostly flat while nearby forest walks offering more challenging adventure.

Fresh Produce and Seafood Market

Don't miss the Fresh Produce and Regional Products, Wine tasting and the Fresh Atlantic Seafood Market every Wednesday and Saturday. A 3 minute stroll from The French Cottages.

La Rochelle - Train or Car

Fun day out - wander this lively Port City. Enjoy the delicious seafood dishes at the many restaurants by the harbour. Explore the beautiful beaches along the coast and don't forget to visit the Aquarium. A pleasant drive less than 80 minutes or catch the local train

Le Rejallant Swimming, Fun Canoe Rides and Bike Rental

A 5 Minute cycle or drive to Swimming, fishing (smaller fish), canoe, kayak and velo rental. Good sized outdoor Childrens play area. Choose a Riverside picnic spot or riverside restaurants with "plat de Jours" with stunning views ! Bike rental 5 minutes or less from The French Cottages.

Nautilus water park and water sports

Less than 30 minutes Ruffec and The French Cottages are Indoor and outdoor pools, exciting water sports including windsurfing, sailing and fishing ! The fantastic Nautilus water park with water slides is a fun day out for all ages.

Poitiers Futurscope, Notre Dame La Grande Church, Museums

Drive or take the train to Poitiers to visit Notre-Dame La Grande Church. Lots of architectural heritage with old streets, museums, shopping and restaurants. Exciting, fun outing by car is a visit to Futuroscope, a theme park with fun rides, live shows, fireworks; for all ages. Less than 50 minute drive from Ruffec

Royan and Coastal Beaches, Palais sur Mer

Visit any one or all of the many beautiful beaches along this Atlantic coastline including Royan, Palais sur Mer etc. for a full days outing. Approx. 80 minutes drive from The French Cottages

Tree Climbing Adventures - 8 minutes

A guest favourite ! Supervised high tree climing adventures - inexpensive fun for all ages. Try a 1 hour Tree Climbing Adventure. Less than 8 minute drive from The French Cottages.

Vallée des Singes a 35 Acre wildlife park

A 35 acre wildlife park with no cages or fences, just many species of monkeys roaming free. An exciting day out for all the family and great photos to be had. Less than 30 minute drive from The French Cottages, Charente, Nouvelle Aquitaine.

Wine, Pineau, Cognac Tasting and Restaurants 3 minutes

Three minutes to nearby restaurants and wine tasting. Pineau tasting Ruffec market on Saturdays or by rendezvous at the local producer. Take a 20 minute drive from The French Cottages, for a day out to tour the famous distilleries nearby and in Cognac.

Stroll to Restaurants and Shopping

Take a break from driving and stroll to Ruffec restaurants, bars and interesting individual shops just minutes from The French Cottages.
Visit tourist office daily for updated events and things to do for all ages, in the local area as well as Nouvelle Aquitaine.
Don't miss the "Plat du Jour" lunches in town and along the river, at special prices well prepared with fresh local ingredients and local wines.

Tennis - 5 minute walk

Enjoy a game of Tennis ! Indoor and outdoor tennis courts are within a 5 minute walk from The French Cottages..


Cycling, marked routes for all the family to enjoy only 2 minutes from The French Cottages.

8 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 9.5
  • Comfort: 9
  • Condition: 9.1
  • Facilities: 9.1
  • Local Amenities: 8.9
  • Setting: 9.5
  • Value for Money: 9
10 / 10 Pat and Sharon 9 June, 2019


Liked the quietness and location of our cottage.  Enjoyed local restaurants and the cultural and leisure activities in the cities of Angouleme and La Rochelle.  Shopped the bustling Saturday morning Farmers Market for delicious finds.

The cottage was well furnished, clean, comfortable.  Thank you to our hosts who made us feel at home.  Highly recommended! !

Owner response

It was a pleasure to meet you both. So glad you enjoyed your stay and thank you for your lovely review.

10 / 10 Michelle and Igor 10 July, 2018

Our family had a very enjoyable and well needed relaxing holiday in this lovely cottage with excellent shower. The outside terraces were amazing. We took great advantage of these in the mornings with our coffee and evenings with our cocktails just sitting and taking in the amazing views.
A patisserie, restaurants and wine shop were less then a block away and we liked the short walk, stopping most days for lunch. Thank you to our hosts for your charming hospitality, we will book again !

Owner response

Thank you for your lovely review of your perfect holiday. We are so happy that you had a relaxing and enjoyable stay at The French Cottages. We hope to welcome you back in the future.

10 / 10 Rob, Julie 9 June, 2018

Lovely Holiday !

Our family returned to this comfy hideaway “our home from home” and its fantastic market town location. We had a great week at the French Cottages in the Charente, shopped the fresh market and enjoyed a local street brocante. We loved exploring more of the Charente area. Our son was entertained by canoeing, the Vallee des singes monkey park, horse riding and our daily walk to the boulangerie for croissants. We enjoyed the comfy beds, the walk in luxury shower, local restaurants and our time spent in the mineral water pool. Thank you to our welcoming hosts, for another lovely holiday ! We would highly recommend The French Cottages to other families.

Owner response

Thank you for your return visit and positive review. Wonderful to hear that you had a comfortable and enjoyable stay. Canoeing is always pleasant fun along the nearby calm, Charente river and a picnic along the way, a fabulous way to enjoy lunch riverside. Many thanks for your recommendations to other families. We look forward to welcoming you or them to the French Cottages, in the future.

10 / 10 Rob, Julie 5 December, 2016

Welcoming hosts in an absolutely wonderful, comfy hideaway tucked away in this interesting part of the Charente ! Loved the typically french cottage, the bed was very comfortable and the walk in shower fantastic. A great location for many things, chateau visits, street markets and close to the cities of Angouleme and Poitiers. There is loads to see and do around and about, our favourites were the relaxing canoe / kayak journeys with our son on the Charente River, local cycling routes, cognac tasting, loved strolling to restaurants and enjoyed a day at the La Rochelle Aquarium.
Our daily treat was the short walk to the boulangerie and enjoying our breakfast croissants in the spacious grounds and what a wonderful way to begin each day ! We have no hesitation in recommendiing Fontaine gites Ruffec and Charmante holiday cottage.

Owner response

Thank you for your lovely review of Charmante Holiday Cottage in Ruffec . We are always happy to help our guests. Glad to hear that you and the family enjoyed your holiday stay. Thank you for your new booking. We look forward to your return visit.