Luxury 4* cottage rental in Charente - PC004030

Echallat (6km from Rouillac), Charente, Poitou Charentes Reference: PC004030 Advertiser since: 2 March 2015
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
The Courtyard Self Catering Flexible 3 6 2

About this property

Luxury 4 Star Cottage in Cognac Country - heated pool. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Chez Aristide at the Courtyard at Ste Catherine is a large, 4* luxury family friendly gite is set in the grounds of the former priory of Ste Catherine de La Champs with private parking, free wi-fi and its own terrace and garden.

This property is inspected, registered and insured. Awarded 4 Stars by the Chambre De Tourisme.
This fabulous gite sleeps up to 6 plus a baby in 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and all bed linens, fluffy towels and hairdryers supplied.
Outside the grounds are shared with 2 other gites, has an in-ground 10 x 5 heated swimming pool in its own secure area and a children’s playground.
The private southerly garden, with views over open country side, has a cherry tree, terrace, bbq, outdoor seating and shade sail.



Kitchen and dining

There is a fully equipped kitchen with range oven, fridge-freezer, microwave, kettle, coffee-maker, Tassimo machine, dishwasher and washing machine. Cleaning products are supplied.

There is a highchair, hand blender, step up, potty, stair gate and bathmat for children.

Living rooms

The living room has 2 large comfy sofas and frenchdoors leading onto the garden plus a wood burning stove. Flat screen tv plus dvd. UK and French freesat tv. Free wi-fi is available.


All linens and bath towels are supplied.

The master bedroom has a king size bed with frenchdoors, Juliet balcony and southerly views over open country south.

The children's room has a proper cot and bunk beds.

The second bedroom had a king size double, which can be twins, and a quiet view onto the main courtyard and roses.


Upstairs there is a family bathroom with full bath, overhead shower, basin, toilet and heated towel rail.

Downstairs there is a walk in shower, basin, toilet and heated towel rail.


Upstairs there are electric radiators in each room, heated towel rails in the bathrooms and downstairs there is a wood burning stove.


There is a flat screen tv with UK and French Freesat, dvd player, iPod docking station.

We have loads of dvds you can borrow, lots of books and toys for children.

From the 26th May there is a weekly itinerary of activities including pony riding, canoeing, chocolate making, pizza workshops, and arty crafty.

Garden and outside

Frenchdoors lead to private garden with cherry tree, terrace, sunloungers, and outside dining with bbq.

A path leads to the children's play and pool area.

There is a communal dining area in the centre of the courtyard where table' d'hotes can be reserved from the 26th May.

Parking and garages

There is a private parking space for each cottage just outside the main electric gates and those with vintage or classic cars can book at no cost, a covered space within the courtyard.

Visitor suitability

This cottage is perfect for a larger family or extended family holidaying together. Outside the school holidays is perfect for 2 couples or a couple who just want more space and a touch of luxury.

Information about any additional facilities

Canoeing, horse riding, wine tasting, chocolate making, cookery courses and Cognac tours can easily be arranged.

We have a table d'hote and alcohol licence and specialise in vegetarian and Greek cuisine. Table D'hote is availble from the 26th May through to the end of August


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Pets welcomed *

  • Special needs

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Meals

  • Shared pool

* Vet details: Beau Lefevre Rouillac 6k


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Angouleme
Distance: 20 km

Creative arts


Fishing nearby

Species of fish: river
Name of nearest fishing location: Charente
Distance: 10 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: Cognac and Angouleme both have great Golf Courses
Distance: 20 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Le Bercail
Distance: 18 km

Organic produce/dining


Name/number of nearest marked trail: Vaux Rouillac

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Chai 27
Distance: 4 km

Wine tasting and cookery

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Stephanie May

We are Steph, Charlie and Finn May

Year property purchased 2007
Why this location? The Charente is a region full of things to do and see
Unique benefits of property Official 4 star rating, private parking, wi-fi, heated pool May-Sep, Great location to discover the Charente. We are very child friendly. No need to bring the kitchen sink just check with us that we have what you need. From the 26th May there is a weekly itinerary of activities we can book for you from pony riding to chocolate making. Outside of the school holidays we offer great discounts for under occupancy and are always available to help you make the most of the region.

The Owner Recommends

Cognac - tasting

Cognac Tours – Most of the major Cognac houses give a tour of their cellars and châteaux and you can have a tour in English if you book a short time in advance.


Cycling tours – As the national sport of France, cycling is taken very seriously. A large peloton darting down the road is a daily occurrence here.

Eating out

Dining – plenty of restaurants in the area, most of them very good, some exceptional! We will be happy to make recommendations or even reservations for you when you arrive.


At St. Yrieux there is a large lake right next to the river where you will find sailing lessons, windsurfing, boating and canoe hire. There is a childrens play area, a small sandy beach and a great track around the lake for walking, jogging or cycling.


As well as the usual high street shops, there are many markets in the area. Le Vingt Sept (27th) is a large regional market held every 27th of the month. You can buy everything from a donkey to a tractor to a melon to a cheese. You name it Rouillac has it. The whole town becomes an open air market. Get there early to avoid the crowds. Open from 7.00am.

The Nautilus Centre

The Nautilus Centre is also next to the lake. It has large indoor and outdoor pool, an ice rink and other leisure facilities. Bring your Speedos though as swimming shorts are not aloud.


Of course you can do this anywhere you like! A particular favourite is a trip to the Roman amphitheater nearby. Glorious views and interesting architecture.

Water Skiing

Only 10 minutes away is an old quarry lake, not as dull as it sounds, where skiiers can book to have lessons, from beginners to experts. They even have a ramp if you fancy your chances.

Chocolate Making

Book a chocolate making workshop with Artisan Chocolatiers - just 15 mnins away