Gite to let + pool in Poitou Charente - PC004451_A

Verteuil-sur-Charente (9km from Ruffec), Charente, Poitou Charentes Reference: PC004451_A Advertiser since: 17 December 2015

This location has multiple holiday properties

Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
Le Grand Moulin 1 Self Catering Saturday 2 4 2

About this property

Gite Plus Pool In Glorious Gardens with Lake. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

We came to stay here and loved it so much that we bought the whole place!
This elegant and comfortably furnished gite is set in the mature and beautiful gardens of an 18th century water mill. A river borders the garden and feeds the mill stream. Ornamental trees and shrubs provide shade around the lake and offer quiet places to read, paint, relax and fall asleep in.
The swimming pool is surrounded by aromatic plants and roses. Patio furniture and pool loungers are provided along with a barbeque. There are several eating areas under the trees so that you can make the most of the weather.
The garden is perfect for wildlife and we have now spotted 50 different bird species including kingfisher, golden oriel, cirl bunting and black woodpecker. Red squirrels are often seen too.
We are surrounded by quiet country lanes for safe cycling and sleepy country villages to explore. The picturesque town of Verteuil-sur-Charente with its 12th century chateau, good restaurants and wine bar is only 3km away.
Our sunsets are spectacular and the stars are incredible.
You're going to love it!
There are 2 gites here which may be hired together for larger family groups.

The garden is large and you will find plenty of private space to enjoy even if another family is on site.

Tax de sejour is payable locally at 0.40 cents per adult per night.



Kitchen and dining

Fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher, fridge freezer, microwave and electric oven and hob.

Living rooms

Good quality comfortable sofas, freeview English tv and dvd player. Free wi-fi.


One double bedroom with en suite shower room.
One twin bedded room with en suite shower room.
Quality bedlinen and towels provided


2 bathrooms, both en suite.


Electric heaters.


Swimming pool (towels provided). Open May to September
Garden games, boules, croquet, badminton.
English tv.
Books and puzzles.
Bicycles and helmets.
Information on local sites and attractions.

Garden and outside

Beautiful gardens with wildlife areas.
Lake, river and millstream.
Swimming pool with safety alarm.
Garden furniture, pool loungers and parasols.
Peace and quiet apart from birdsong!

Parking and garages

Ample parking for guests.

Visitor suitability

Not suitable for very small children due to open water in several locations.
Older children welcome but must be supervised near the river, millstream and lake.
Not suitable for wheelchair users as bathrooms on first floor.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Meals

  • Shared pool


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Ruffec
Distance: 8 km


Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Carp
Name of nearest fishing location: La Charente
Distance: 3 km

Organic produce/dining


Name/number of nearest marked trail: Trois Vallees


About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Sarah Thorne

We were brought here by 'Escape to the Continent' to look for a holiday home, but while staying here we fell in love with the property and were offered it by the owners. We sold our business in the UK and returned to live here full time with our labradors and enjoy the relaxed lifestyle, friendly bars and restaurants and the superb sunny weather. With a background in hospitality and a fabulous setting we are confident we can offer you a genuinely enjoyable escape.

Owner's website
Year property purchased 2015
Why this location? We are surrounded by fields of sunflowers and wheat, oak woods and country lanes. Our garden has a river at the bottom and our lake is home to kingfishers, herons and several fish. The nearest town has an imposing chateau, good restaurants and two lovely wine bars, one right on the river, perfect for summer evenings.
The Charente is one of the sunniest areas of France and even in December we have been able to eat lunch outside.
We are close to local cycling networks and the area is perfect for walkers and kayakers.
Unique benefits of property Everyone who comes here loves the outside space. A tranquil and beautiful garden, space to play and a pool surrounded by roses.
For wildlife lovers the garden is perfect. We have red squirrels scampering through the trees and many species of birds including spotted flycatchers, golden oriels, kingfishers and nesting ducks. There are large specimen trees and unusual scented shrubs to wander among.
We are close to markets, supermarkets and visitor attractions but tucked away at the end of a quiet country lane.
The area has lots to do if you can tear yourself away from the pool but nothing beats lying in the shade with a good book and a glass of chilled white wine, always at a good price here!

The Owner Recommends

Cycle network

Close to national cycling network route


Hire a kayak to explore the local waterways, available about 3km away with a choice of routes. Suitable for children too.

La Regie

Local wine bar and gift shop selling authentic Charentaise produce

Porte Bleue Restaurant, Verteuil

Good food in the nearby village. English spoken,

Le Plan d'Eau

Large lake with man made beach, leisure area of 70 hectares with woodland and picnic areas.
Sailing, swimming and canoeing. 5km from Angouleme (about 30 minutes from us by car)

Vivonne Water Jump

New water park with variety of water slides and leisure area. About an hour away from us

La Palmyre Zoo

Lovely zoo with large selection of animals set in parkland. Snow leopards, lions, polar bears etc with close up viewing but plenty of natural space for the animals. About 2 hours away by car but worth the trip. And rhinos and hippos -

Hermione Frigate at Rochefort

An exact replica of an 18th century sailing ship. It is the largest and most authentically built tall ship in the last 150 years. The construction methods are displayed in the workshop next to the ship.

Vintage Cafe and Bar

La Demeure des Roses is a comfortable café bar right next to the river in Verteuil. A beautiful setting to enjoy a drink. Sports events are shown on tv and some live music is also available. Open all day in summer.

3 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 10
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 Roger & Huw 20 September, 2018

We have stayed in excess of 30 gites over the years and are finding it difficult to think of one that was better. The booking process with Sarah and Bill was easy They are a most friendly, hospitable and helpful couple. The site is very well maintained, comfortable and comes with everything one could need for a self catering holiday. Needless to say, the gite is spotless.

The extensive, interesting and very beautiful garden is a delight, and provides many areas to sit, relax and to enjoy a peaceful meal. Another delightful feature of the garden is the secluded and well maintained swimming pool.

There are many and varied walks to be enjoyed from the gite`s doorstop along paths,tracks and lanes, and the latter are virtually traffic free. It is a gite which is surrounded by beautiful countryside and the peace and tranquility is almost palpable.

There is no local shop or baker, but the delightful village of Verteuil is very near, or for more shops it is not far to Ruffec.

We would commend Le Grand Moulin 1 without hesitation, but please don`t book the the dates of our next visit!

Owner response

Thank you so much for your kind words, it was a pleasure to meet you both and we look forward to next time!

10 / 10 Jane Guernsey 20 September, 2017

Myself and my husband and two daughters aged 11 and 15 enjoyed another wonderful holiday at Le Grand Moulin in August 2017. Sarah and Bill cannot do enough and are excellent hosts. We especially enjoyed the fresh eggs and the home grown tomatoes and home made raspberry jam. The Gite is 5*, very comfortable and clean and everything is catered for. The grounds and pool are impeccably kept and delightful. This is a little gem and we will definitely be back for a third visit.

10 / 10 STUJAC 28 June, 2016

My husband and I had a wonderful week in a beautiful part of France. The Gite was so comfortable with all the amenties to cook a healthy meal. The garden area was so tranquil and maintained to a high standard and the pool was clean and inviting. The villagers were very friendly as too our hosts.

The surrounding villages had places to eat and interesting sights to see. We shopped in the nearest supermarket that sold all the things we needed and more and the staff were very helpful and polite.

We will be staying there again and have already suggested to some of our friends to book there for a very relaxing and comfortable holiday.

Owner response

Thank you for such lovely comments. We are so pleased you enjoyed your holiday and hope to see you again soon, Sarah

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