Gite for 2/3 pool, stroll to bars/restaurants - PC003902

Ruffec, Charente, Poitou Charentes Reference: PC003902 Advertiser since: 8 July 2014
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
The French Cottages - Cottage 1 Self Catering Flexible 2 3 1

About this property

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

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Cottage 1 at The French cottages, is one of four charming, comfy well equipped holiday rental cottages. These self catering cottages in France are located in a private and peaceful town location. No need to drive everywhere, the French Cottages are a short walking distance to restaurants, cafes, bars, supermarkets, shops, bus and train station and a short drive to family tourist attractions.

Our French Holiday cottages were originally used as chateau cottages and have been beautifully updated to provide modern and charming comfort. At the French Cottages, we are a family run business and strive to make our holiday rental cottages high quality holiday rental cottages. Petit Plaisir holiday cottage gite is perfect for couples, can sleep up to 3 guests and is ideal to sample life the relaxed French way!

With your holiday stay at our self catering cottages in France we include a Complimentary Welcome Hamper with a bottle of wine. At the French cottages we also include an Essentials Starter Pack to get your holiday started.

The French cottages are situated in a quiet and peaceful area yet a few minutes from a lively market town and a quick drive to the Charente River with canoe rides. Within minutes of our holiday rental cottages you can hire a bicycle and explore the new marked cycle routes, nearby pretty villages, including Verteuil sur Charente and many different water adventures including swimming, kayaking, fishing and fun pedal-powered boats. Admire the large sunflower fields and chateaux, all within a short walk, drive or cycle of our holiday cottages in France.

Our holiday rental cottages are in the perfect market town location with a local bus or train station within a short walking distance. Our guests say that the French cottages are very charming, comfortable and well equipped self catering cottages in France. Our holiday rental cottages have everything you need for an enjoyable holiday stay. This self catering holiday gite sleeps 3 comfortably in 2 bedrooms, is compact and bijou while enjoying a large, peaceful private well maintained garden, an idyllic private forest and a walled garden. The French Cottages are described by our guests as "a beautiful and romantic retreat for couples and family holidays".

The French cottages are a short stroll to the farmers fresh produce and fish markets so perfect to enjoy a riverside barbecue anytime - it is light til 10pm in summer! Prepare and eat al fresco, whenever you want in our well equipped summer kitchen that is always fun to use at your holiday rental cottages. All the covered and open dining areas plus garden patios, are perfect to dine al fresco while enjoying the views of the village and the well maintained grounds.

The French cottages have perfectly located holiday rental cottages and gite accommodation for strolling down to the bakery for fresh croissants and bread every morning or enjoying a coffee in the village square. No need to drive everywhere so don't forget to enjoy a riverside breakfast with your fresh bakery finds!

In this lovely part of the Charente, these self catering cottages in France have many free music events in May - August. From these holiday rental cottages you can stroll to the Ruffec street markets, wine tastings and weekly brocantes to grab a bargain!



Kitchen and dining

Sunny, open plan dining/kitchen area with tiled floors.

Cottage 1 has a well equipped kitchen with separate pantry. Everything you need for your self catering French holiday. A glass hob, fitted oven, fridge with separate freezer (perfect for a weeks shop), eco dishwasher, filter coffee-machine, kettle, good selection of pots, pans, utensils and dishes.

Living rooms

Open plan living, with the lounge having a comfortable suite, coffee-table, floor lamp, tv, indoor dining table and chairs as well as outdoor furniture on the sunny patio with lovely views.


Bedroom one has a comfortable double bed. Bedroom two has a comfortable single bed suitable for an adult or child. Both sunny bedrooms have built in cupboards and original French furniture.

All rooms have large windows and delightful and picturesque garden views.


Bathroom has a large, double length, walk-in shower with a glass sliding door, a handbasin, storage cabinet, mirrors, toilet and original wooden floors.

This cottage has one bathroom and the convenience of 2 toilets. A very useful separate guest toilet with handbasin, cabinet storage and mirror.


All the rooms including the bathroom have a wall heating system.


Don't forget to pick up a bargain whilst browsing the popular Ruffec brocantes or the nearby village French street markets. Enjoy all the free music events May, June, July and August this part of the Charente has to offer. Stroll to the local tourist office which has all updated news and events.

Catch the local bus to nearby villages for a fun day out or stroll to town for shopping, great restaurants, bars and all amenities!

A short drive away are family tourist sites, chateau visits, horse riding, swimming and more! Futuroscope, a futuristic theme park is always a great day.

Don't forget the cognac tasting tours in nearby Cognac or take the scenic route for smaller producers or the Rouillac open air market held 27th of the month. La Rochelle, Bordeaux, always nice to visit by car or train.

In September, don't miss the the famous "Circuit des Ramparts", a car race with antique cars and Lamborghinis racing through the streets on a Monaco style circuit in Angouleme!

Garden and outside

In the extensive, very private well maintained grounds at the French cottages there are a number of dining areas, both open and covered plus garden patios, ideal for sun downers and romantic candle lit Charente dining with your locally purchased culinary finds.

Its light till 10pm in summer so any time of the day or evening is perfect to enjoy a barbecue on our river side patio. If you prefer, have a daytime picnic in the forest, or along the nearby Charente River, the choice is yours as with our micro climate the outdoors can be enjoyed for most of the year.

The covered summer outdoor kitchen at our holiday rental cottages can be used year round and, is popular for eating breakfast, preparing picnics, aperitifs or using any of the many different fun cooking choices available.

Parking and garages

Car parking is provided free of charge in our secure complex at our French Holiday Cottages.

Visitor suitability

The French cottages are perfectly placed gite holiday accommodation for exploring the beautiful Charente, Nouvelle Aquitaine region for couples, romantic getaways, families with children or teenagers, and property hunters.

Subject to availability we offer our holiday rental cottages for house hunting rentals, short and long holiday lets plus 10% off any 2 week booking. Prices quoted are per week.

Information about any additional facilities

Relax in the spacious sunny outdoors, peaceful surroundings and new spring water pool - perfect for those hot summer days! Try our new eco friendly solar shower for a great experience.

Enjoy a game of boules, petanique on the new bigger boules area with your kids or teenagers. Teenagers will have fun with the selection of outdoor activities while you relax and take it easy in the spacious well kept grounds.

Don't forget to enjoy a barbecue along the private river and watch the fish swim by while renting one of our French holiday cottages. Have a picnic (local deli can prepare your picnic) and enjoy in the private forest or take a picnic basket alongside the nearby calm Charente River.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • Linen

  • Meals

  • Shared pool


Antiques/Brocante Market

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


Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: various types small and medium fish including trout
Name of nearest fishing location: Les Trois Fontaines fishing
Distance: 9 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: Golf Club de l'Hirondelle: 18 hole course
Distance: 30 km

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: Charente and Cognac



Name/number of nearest marked trail: Marked Cycle Route - several options with varying ease within 3 mins.


Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Pineau and Wine Producers visit every Saturday at Farmers Market
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? The French Cottages are located in a fantastic market town location with an idyllic, peaceful setting within a short walk to boulangeries, restaurants, bars, shops and supermarkets.
We hope that you enjoy your holiday in this superb location in a lovely typically French historical market town.
Unique benefits of property The French Cottages can accommodate private holiday groups of up to 24 guests comfortably in our comfy self-catering chateau cottages. We are a family run business and offer quality holiday rental cottages.
Location, Location, Location - Pretty villages, chateaux, good restaurants, cognac and wine tasting, bars, swimming, fishing, cycling, canoeing in the Charente river are all within minutes of the French Cottages.

The Owner Recommends

Cognac Tasting Henessey

Take a relaxing river cruise and tour the famous Henessey Cognac tasting house only a 40 min drive from The French Cottages.

Poitiers visit the capital Poitou Charentes

Visit the Poitiers Museums, Notre-Dame La Grande Church, go shopping and enjoy outdoor cafes at only a 50 min drive or take local the train.

Swimming and Kayak Rides

Swimming in the Charente River - a unique expierence ! Enjoy a fun Kayak ride on the calm Charente River or hire a bicycle only 5 minutes drive or cycle from The French Cottages.

Visit nearby Angouleme

For a fun day out drive try the bus or train to Angouleme from the French Cottages. An old fortified city where you can visit museums, see the annual car racing, Cartoon Museum and enjoy fun peddle boat rides. It also has plenty of restaurants, shops and outdoor cafes to sample.

Voted one of the most Beautiful French Villages

Visit Aubeterre sur Dronne where you can take the English or French tour of a famous 12th century underground church approx. a 1 hour drive from The French Cottages. Enjoy a local lunch in the village or take a picnic.

Watersports and Canoe Rides to the Chateau

Our Guest Favourite and fun for all ages ! Hire a canoe, kayak, paddle board only 5 mins drive / cycle away from The French Cottages. Reasonably priced short and long adventures available, with or without cycle rides.

Wild Life Park

Our Guest Favourite ! Vallée des Singes - Wildlife Monkey Park with no cages or fences. A photo opportunity and fun day out for all ages only 25 min drive from The French Cottages.

Take a Day Off with Lazy stroll to Restaurants and Shopping

When staying at The French Cottages self catering holiday cottages you can take a break from driving and enjoy a lazy stroll to Ruffec restaurants, bars and interesting individual shops.
Always visit the tourist information, for updated daily events and things to do for all ages, in the local area as well as Nouvelle Aquitaine.
Don't miss delicious Pizza or Plat du Jour lunches at special prices prepared with fresh local ingredients and try lunch with inexpensive local wines in town, or along the river.

Marked Cycle Routes

NEW Marked cycle routes from easy to difficult only 2 mins from The French Cottages.


Fancy a game of Tennis ? Indoor and outdoor tennis courts just a few minutes walk from the French Cottages.

8 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 9.6
  • Condition: 9.8
  • Facilities: 9.1
  • Local Amenities: 9.4
  • Setting: 9.9
  • Value for Money: 9.5
9.8 / 10 David&Kathy 15 September, 2019

The cottage we stayed in most certainly exceeded our expectations as did the warm welcome from our host, together with the lovely welcome pack of local 'goodies'. The size of the property was perfect for the three of us and the outside dining area was sunny throughout the day.
The location was perfect, just a five minute walk into the town for breakfast pastries or evening dining, yet far enough away to feel as though you were in the secluded countryside.
Highlights were walking through the adjacent woods, watching the trout in the stream at the bottom of the garden or just relaxing by the small pool with an occasional dip to cool down.
We visited two restaurants in Ruffec, both within a ten minute walk from our cottage, Le Bistrot Central and L'Amalfi Trattoria di Napoli. Le Bistrot was certainly our favourite but the quality of the food and friendliness of the staff at both restaurants was exceptional. Another highly recommended eatery was Le Moulin which was just a five minute drive away in the hamlet of Condac.
One very minor point regarding my score of 9 for the facilities was that the advertised Wifi did not work inside the property, however, as we spent most of the time outside, it was only a very minor inconvenience.
Overall, we would have no hesitation in recommending the property to friends, family and colleagues especially if they are looking for a relaxing holiday in an authentic unspoilt area of France.

9.5 / 10 Sue C 6 August, 2019

Fabulous cosy gite. Due to the weather you are inside very little but the property was perfect and clean. Perfect for myself, husband and 12 year old daughter. So very peaceful yet within walking distance of the town. Played badminton most days in the grounds. There are washing facilities which I don't think were advertised. First load free and 3 euros after that. Kayaking was also good fun but 2 hours is probably enough. Pool is only shallow but very refreshing as we were there in 40+ degree heatwave. Not a lot in the town but plenty of places to buy bread, cashpoints and supermarkets within easy reach.

Abby and Joe were extremely helpful and are on site if you need anything. I would recommend if you have children to visit Lacs Du Charente (excuse my lack of French) where there is a huge, wipeout type inflatable for free use, but it is about an hours drive. We spent a couple of days there and if you're craving a bit of English beer and food there's a lovely bar on the opposite side of the lake to the beach.

We also had a fabulous meal in Angouleme after having an early start to catch the bus as a bit of an adventure.

All in all a fantastic, relaxing holiday which was needed to recharge the batteries I would definitely recommend.

Owner response

Thank you so much for your kind review of your relaxing 2 week stay at The French Cottages. It is always great to hear that our guests had an enjoyable time and made good use of the gardens, the pool ( in such hot weather ! ) and the on-site badminton. We are sorry that you did not get to explore more of the town with it's popular riverside restaurants, local bistros and restaurants, specialist beer bars, village brocantes, the many shops or the nearby "Lacs" - perhaps a good excuse to return ? We hope to welcome you back in the future.

10 / 10 Amazing September Holiday 16 October, 2018

If there was only one word to describe The French Cottages it would be “ Amazing “. Our well furnished, spotlessly clean cottage was better than we expected and we loved the large covered patio, gardens and refreshing pool. We cannot recommend the french cottages highly enough. Our cottage had more than everything we needed and the best location ! We walked to bars, restaurants and bakeries daily. The cottages are very well situated for visiting the Charente and Nouvelle Aquitaine regions and we liked Angouleme and the “Circuit des Remparts “ car race and visited Bordeaux and La Rochelle by train. Thank you to our hosts for 2 magnificent weeks and the nice welcome hamper.

Owner response

Thank you very much for your appreciation and kind review of The French Cottages. We were delighted to hear how much you enjoyed your 2 week holiday. It was a pleasure to have you stay. We hope to welcome you again to this beautiful region of France.

10 / 10 Bob and Imogen 9 June, 2018

Simply the Best Relaxing Holiday

We loved how well located our cottage was enabling us to walk everywhere including restaurants and bars. The cottage was sunny, comfortable and quiet. The well equipped kitchen with dishwasher was a bonus as we visited the well stocked supermarkets often.
We enjoyed staying in and enjoying the garden, barbecues and the mineral water pool as much as we enjoyed exploring the area. A short walk up to the village was a daily occurrence for fresh croissants but we also explored further afield with trips to Angouleme, Cognac, La Rochelle and Bordeaux. This part of the Charente has a lot to offer and Cottage 1, offers a great base with everything you need. Our hosts couldn’t have been more pleasant and helpful. We would highly recommend the French Cottages to other couples and families.

Owner response

Thank you for your fantastic review of The French Cottages. We were very happy to hear that you enjoyed such a relaxing 2 week stay and that you were able to see more, of this lovely part of France. We do love the short stroll to the tempting pastries at the boulangerie and glad that you did too ! A bientôt.