Gite to let in Poitou Charente countryside

Verteuil-sur-Charente (9km from Ruffec), Charente, Poitou Charentes Reference: PC004451_B Advertiser since: 17 December 2015

This location has multiple holiday properties

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

About this property

Charming Countryside Gite. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Cosy gite set in beautiful landscaped gardens of 18th century water mill. We stayed here and fell in love with the property - so we bought it!
The gite is well equipped with comfortable furniture and set at the end of a quiet country lane. You can spend time relaxing by the swimming pool or watching wildlife by the lake and amongst the wild flowers.
There are extensive gardens to enjoy with secluded areas for reading, painting and dozing. 
Cook outside on the barbecue and eat in the shade of the trees next to the millstream.
The pool is surrounded by aromatic plants and roses and is fully alarmed.
An idyllic setting for your well earned holiday. We look forward to welcoming you.
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

Modern kitchen with dishwasher, fridge freezer, microwave, electric oven and hob. All crockery and utensils.

Living rooms

Comfortable sofa and armchairs, freeview tv and dvd player. Wi-fi.
Spiral staircase.


One double room.
One twin room.


Shower room and separate toilet.


Swimming pool (towels provided). Open May to September
Large garden with garden games, croquet, boules, badminton.
Bicycles and helmets.
Books and puzzles.

Garden and outside

Truly lovely garden with sun and shade. Mature specimen trees and shrubs.
Flowing millstream and river.
Picturesque lake.
Swimming pool with alarm.
Barbecue and patio furniture.

Parking and garages

Ample parking.

Visitor suitability

Not suitable for very small children due to open water on site.
Older children welcome but must be supervised near river, millstream and lake.
Spiral staircase in this property.
First floor bathroom.


  • 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.

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.

5 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 9.8
  • Local Amenities: 9.8
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 H loffman 7 October, 2017

We absolutely loved our holiday at Le Grand Moulin and can't wait to go back.
Myself and my two children rented the smaller of the two properties. Our friends rented the larger of the two houses. Everything in the property was clean, the bedrooms and shower room were great sizes. The kitchen was well stocked with equipment.

The best thing though, has got to be the beautiful outdoor space available. The gardens and pool were just stunning and allowed us to relax and have fun together every day. The owners Bill and Sarah were delightful and did everything they could to make our stay enjoyable. The kids loved using the bikes around the garden.

We enjoyed visiting local attractions and towns aswell as going a bit further afield to La Rochelle one day.

Owner response

Thank you Hannah, we are so glad you enjoyed your time here and we look forward to seeing you all again, Sarah

10 / 10 Ozmen 1 August, 2017

Fabulous place to stay. Stunning gardens and area. Bill and Sarah could not have been more welcoming and accommodating. Highly recommend.

Owner response

Thank you Eloise, we are so glad you enjoyed your stay here.

10 / 10 JML 3 July, 2017

The gite is in an ideal location for a relaxing break, with easy access to Ruffec for self catering supplies (there is a large supermarket) and it is set in beautiful countryside by a mill stream and lake where visitors are able to sit and enjoy watching and listening to the wildlife. The nearby village of Verteuil with its chateau is quaint and interesting; there are restaurants there as well others further afield. We were very comfortable in our home from home, which was supplied with very good quality linen; it was beautifully clean and well maintained. The grounds around the gites are extensive and include a swimming pool and various seating areas allowing for privacy even when the other gite is occupied. The owners were perfect hosts (we even had the occasional egg from their chickens!) and nothing was too much trouble.

10 / 10 JJ 26 April, 2017

Thanks so much for our stay at Le Grand Moulin which we really enjoyed.

We have just finished a weeks stay at le Grand Moulin in Poursac, Charente. The weather was lovely and sunny , a little chilly at times but that's the time of year. Still had a bit of a healthy glow from the sun.

Bill and Sarah along with their two Labradors were great hosts. They were there when we needed them, but also allowed us to enjoy our privacy. They were also helpful and informative in our quest to buy a house there ourselves.

The gite was ideal and had pretty much everything and was nicely decorated and maintained. The bed was comfortable, the shower spacious and powerful.

The grounds are simply the best we have come across. Lovely landscaped gardens with trees, shrubs a lovely pond and the Charente river at the bottom of the garden. There were lots of seating areas to choose from and a great hammock to relax in. This is what's sets this gite apart if you are looking for a peaceful setting.

We made use of the bikes to tour the local lanes. We even had some eggs from Bill and Sarah's chickens.

Visited the La Vallee des Singes which was really good, had nice meals out at Verteuil-sur-Charente ,Nanteuil-en-Vallée and lots of lovely villages to discover.

Great location, great gate, lovely hosts.

Thank you so much. may see you again soon.

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