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

9.6/10
Ruffec, Charente, Poitou Charentes Reference: PC003902 Advertiser since: 8 July 2014
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
The French Cottages - Cottage 1 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.

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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. Petit Plaisir 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 till 10 pm 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 !

Type

Cottage/Gite

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.

Bedrooms

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.

Bathrooms

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.

Heating

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

Entertainment

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 to nearby villages for a fun day out or stroll to Ruffec 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.

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, 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 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 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.

Facilities

  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • Linen

  • Meals

  • Shared pool

Activities

Antiques/Brocante Market

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

Cycling

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

Golf

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

Sports

Walking

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

Watersports

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.

Tennis

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

5 Reviews
9.6/10
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 9.4
  • Condition: 9.8
  • Facilities: 9.2
  • Local Amenities: 9.6
  • Setting: 9.8
  • Value for Money: 9.2
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.

10 / 10 James and Mary 9 June, 2018

Fantastic Holiday
Comfortable, well equipped gite cottage in a fantastic town location with super views, well maintained grounds, a refreshing mineral water pool and very helpful owners. What more could you want ? Thank you for an amazing holiday stay. We have no hesitation in recommending the French Cottages.

Owner response

Thank you for your positive review and many kind comments. We were so pleased to hear that your family had enjoyed your holiday at The French Cottages, the location, the spacious grounds and the red squirrels !

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.

Owner response

Thank you very much for your kind review. It was great to hear about your appreciation of The French Cottages, our convenient location and what a fun time your son had ! We look forward very much to welcoming you back.

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.