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

Ruffec, Charente, Poitou Charentes Reference: PC003902 Advertiser since: 8 July 2014
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
Gite Petit Plaisir Self Catering Saturday 2 3 1

About this property

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

Enjoy a self catering holiday in our quality, comfy self catering holiday let with a stroll to Ruffec bakeries, restaurants, bars, shops, fresh food markets and more ! Gite Petit Plaisir holiday cottage is in a private gated complex, offering a selection of quality gites in a unique peaceful location.

Our French Holiday cottages were originally used as chateau cottages and have been beautifully updated to provide modern and charming comfort. We are a family run business and strive to make our properties a high quality holiday rental. 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 Petit Plaisir chateau cottage we include a Complimentary Welcome Pack with a bottle of wine, cheese and a fresh bakery baguette to get your holiday started. We also include a very useful Essentials Starter Pack with some tea, coffee, toilet rolls etc.

Petit Plaisir self catering holiday cottage is situated in a quiet and peaceful area yet a few minutes from town and a quick drive to the Charente River. Within minutes you can hire a bicycle and explore the new marked cycle routes, nearby pretty villages, including Verteuil sur Charente, several chateaux, and many different water adventures including swimming, kayaking, fishing and fun pedal-powered boats. Admire the large sunflower fields all within a short walk, drive or cycle.

Our self catering holiday cottages are in the perfect town location with a local bus and train station within a short walking distance. Our guests say our chateau holiday cottages are charming, comfortable and well equipped self catering french holiday cottages, with everything you need for an enjoyable holiday stay. Petit Plaisir self catering holiday gite sleeps 3 comfortably in 2 bedrooms, is compact and bijou while enjoying a large, peaceful private well maintained Charentaise garden, an idyllic private forest and a walled garden. For lazy days enjoy the nice display of garden flowers, plants, birds, butterflies and resident ducks that wander freely. Described by our guests as "a beautiful and romantic retreat ".

After shopping the farmers fresh produce and fish markets, enjoy a riverside barbecue with casual eating tables. Prepare and eat al fresco, whenever you want in our well equipped summer kitchen that is always fun to use. 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 vines. The walled section of the garden is lovely to wander about especially when the flowers are blooming and the fruit is ripening in the sunshine.

Petit Plaisir holiday cottage has perfectly located gite accommodation for strolling down to the bakery for fresh croissants and bread every morning or enjoying a coffee in the village square. Don't forget to enjoy a riverside breakfast with your fresh bakery finds !

June, July and August have many free music events in this lovely part of Charente. From Petit Plaisir Holiday Cottages you can stroll to the Ruffec street markets, wine tastings and weekly brocantes to grab a bargain!

Don't miss the annual exciting Angouleme Circuit des Remparts Car Race in September. Circuit des Remparts is a circuit race for Grand Prix cars and Formula Two cars, held every September in Angoulême, France. The circuit has a length of 1,287 m, which is driven 80 laps. Angoulême, is a short drive, bus or train ride from Petit Plaisir.



Kitchen and dining

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

Petit Plaisir holiday chateau cottage 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. Petit Plaisir Holiday Gite is described by our guests as " a well-kept beautiful and romantic retreat ".


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.


Petit Plaisir holiday cottage's 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 local tempting 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 or train to nearby villages or stroll to Ruffec for fun shopping, restaurants, 2 cinemas and a theatre !

A short drive away is the well known Rouillac open air market is on the 27th of each month, come rain or shine and worth a visit!

Don't forget the cognac tasting tours in nearby Cognac or take the scenic route for smaller producers.

Less than an hours drive is Futuroscope, a futuristic theme park fun for all ages and always a great day out.

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 !

Garden and outside

In the extensive, very private well maintained grounds at Fontaine holiday gites 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.

Any time of the day or evening is perfect to enjoy a barbecue on the Riverside patio. If you prefer, have a daytime picnic in the forest, the choice is yours as with our micro climate the outdoors can be enjoyed for most of the year.

The covered summer outdoor kitchen 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.

Visitor suitability

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

We now offer inexpensive monthly self catering holiday rentals and short breaks.

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

Information about any additional facilities

Relax in the spacious sunny outdoors, peaceful surroundings and new spring water plunge pool - perfect for a swim or dip ! 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. Have a picnic (local deli can prepare your picnic) in Ruffec and enjoy in the private forest or take a picnic basket alongside the nearby Charente River.


  • 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 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? La Fontaine Ruffec has 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 Fontaine holiday cottage gites we 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 al within minutes of our self catering holiday gites at La Fontaine Ruffec.

The Owner Recommends

Cognac Tasting Henessey

Take a relaxing river cruise and tour the famous Henessey Cognac tasting house only a 40 min drive

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 Petit Plaisir holiday cottage

Visit nearby Angouleme

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

Voted one of the most Beautiful French Villages

Aubeterre sur Dronne where you can visit a famous 12th century underground church approx. an 1 hour drive away. Enjoy a local lunch in the village or take a picnic.

Watersports and Canoe Rides to the Chateau

Fun for all ages ! Hire a canoe, kayak, paddle board only 5 mins drive / cycle away from Petit Plaisir Holiday cottage. Reasonably priced short and long adventures available.

Wild Life Park

Vallée des Singes - Wildlife Monkey Park with no cages or fences. Fun day out for all ages only 25 min drive

Take a Day Off with Lazy stroll to Restaurants and Shopping

When staying at Petit Plaisir self catering holiday cottage 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.
Don't miss delicious "Plat du Jour" lunches at special prices prepared with fresh local ingredients and local pineau and Vin de Pays wines

3 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 9
  • Condition: 9.7
  • Facilities: 8.7
  • Local Amenities: 9.3
  • Setting: 9.7
  • Value for Money: 8.7
10 / 10 Dr Mills 23 July, 2017

We have stayed in a number of French holiday cottages and gites over the years and this was simply the best ! The cottage had amazing views, was sunny, fresh and immaculately clean with plenty of space for our family. Our hosts were welcoming and what a treat to arrive hot and tired to chilled champagne, as part of the welcome pack !
We enjoyed soaking up the sun, a game of tennis, and the easy cycle route all from this beautiful location, without having to drive. The spring water pool was fantastic on the many hot days, and we loved every minute of it ! Our son enjoyed the tree climbing, spider net, canoe rides and of course a full day at Futuroscope.
We enjoyed excellent restaurants, and made frequent visits to the well stocked supermarkets, within walking distance, A daily morning stroll included delicious pain au chocolat, at local patisseries. Highly recommended for couples and families. Thank you for a lovely stay, we can’t wait to return.

8.3 / 10 Ever hopeful 25 September, 2016

We arrived using the SatNav,; it took us through the industrial estate, not the best.The town does grow on you. The weather was superb during our stay.
Once we arrived we were met by Abby and Jo who looked after us very well. We were the only visitors during our stay and thus able to enjoy the privacy of the location.
The town of Ruffec is very pleasant with good facilities. We visited Mle Matisse more than once, one of the best restaurants we have visited.

Owner response

So happy you had a nice holiday stay at Fontaine Gites and were able to enjoy the privacy of our great location with fabulous restaurants, a short stroll away. We look forward to you seeing you both again.

9.5 / 10 buddam 22 August, 2016

Excellent accommodation, lovely and spacious grounds, welcoming hosts who keep the place very neat, tidy and clean. One or 2 small issues - the bed could be a little larger and the pool (larger than we thought it would be) could be a foot deeper (although it is described accurately as a plunge pool if I remember correctly).

We really enjoyed our stay and would recommend this lovely gite to others.

Owner response

Thank you for your positive review about Fontaine Gites and its excellent accommodation.

Our holiday cottages offer different bed choices incl. double, queen and kingsize and can be requested when booking.

The plunge pool has been designed with the benefit of spring water and we are happy you made such good use of it, during your stay. We look forward to your return visit.