Pretty holiday gite in Poitou Charente, pool

Ecuras (10km from Montbron), Charente, Poitou Charentes Reference: PC004496_A Advertiser since: 8 January 2016

This location has multiple holiday properties

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

About this property

Beautiful Gite in Rural Setting with Pool. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

In the south of the beautiful Poitou-Charente region of France we offer 2 gites with a range of facilities, activities and local attractions to help you have a fantastic holiday in superb countryside. With spectacular views, supreme tranquillity, and a few unique opportunities both gites offer holidays with special memories.
Le Sorbier is a 2 bedroom ( 4 berth) gite refurbished to a high standard. The gite has a double and twin bedroom on the first floor with bath/shower room with feature beam. Downstairs is a spacious kitchen/diner/living room. Patio doors open onto the large garden offering sweeping spectacular and ever changing views and giving access to the shared salt water pool. Lighting and heating is included. Le Sorbier also benefits from a newly fitted kitchen and a downstairs toilet. Linen and house towels are provided. Please bring own pool/beach towels.
Within an hours drive we have the spectacular chateau at La Rochefoucauld; the market town of Montbron; the city of Angouleme famous for its Rampart Racing, National Cartoon Centre, fine arts, restaurants; Cognac  with its famous distilleries and Oradour-sur-Glane the site of the infamous massacre on 1th June 1944; Brantome with its cathedral built into rockface for Charlemagne in AD769 and  St Sornin winery and cave to name but a few.
From the front door we have walking or cycling along the greenlanes of France. Bikes are for hire and maps are available. Nearby too we have the sandy beach and swimming lake at St Estephe and Lac de haute Charente
The salt water pool with its stunning views is for guest use. We also provide a table tennis table, boules etc
The local bakery delivers 3 times per week in season with fresh bread and other tempting delights.
A 1980 MGB is available for day hire. Enjoy top down motoring, take a picnic and see the glorious French countryside and local market towns.
We hire bikes - range of teenage and adult multipurpose bikes and also golf clubs for use at the local Golf de la Preze



Kitchen and dining

A newly fitted, well equipped kitchen with oven, hob, fridge-freezer, dishwasher, microwave, kettle, toaster, cafetiere plus full complement of crockery and utensils.

A starter pack of cleaning and household essentials are provided.

Living rooms

Open plan living with the kitchen dining area is furnished with sofa and easy chairs, in addition to the dining table and chairs for 4 persons.


The king size double room is furnished to a high standard, with an excellent mattress, bedside tables, lights, wardrobe and hair drier

The twin room is similarly equipped.

Fans are provided on request in the summer months.


The upstairs family bathroom has a unique feature beam. The modern suite comprises a bath with shower over, wc and sink. Towel rails etc.


Partially centrally heated with electric heater support for the winter.


Tv with English and French channels. Typical rural French wi-fi is available.
Books, board games, table tennis, boules can also be found around the properties.

Garden and outside

To the front there is ample parking and a lovely ancient oak tree. To the rear is a 2 acre lawned area with the shared salt water pool, fenced for safety. The pool has loungers, chairs and parasols. Each gite has its own patio, bbq, table and chairs.

Parking and garages

Plenty of parking on site. You will be guided on arrival

Visitor suitability

Suitable for all ages, families, couples etc

Information about any additional facilities

Our 1980 MGB is available for hire on a daily or weekly basis as are bikes and golf clubs.


  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Shared pool


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Piegut Pluviers
Distance: 10 km


Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Carp
Name of nearest fishing location: Moulin de La Planchas
Distance: 10 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: Golf de la Preze
Distance: 5 km

Mountain biking

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: St Sornin



Name/number of nearest marked trail: from the front door!

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: St Sornin
Distance: 10 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr Paul Broom

Living a dream in France, enjoying our new lifestyle and looking forward to sharing that tranquility and experience with you

Year property purchased 2015
Why this location? Stunning rural location, all the amenities we ever needed for fantastic holidays
Unique benefits of property The view from the pool is just stunning. The access to green lanes for cycling, walking etc are unrivalled

The Owner Recommends

Amenity Lakes

The beaches and facilities at the various lakes are amazing. Laze on the sandy beach, hire canoes, pedalos etc. Use the exercise equipment. Eat in the restaurants.

Brantome, Aubeterre and Villebois Lavalette

Three very different but stunning French villages with abbeys, castles, and much more

Visit La rochefoucauld

The small town offers a magnificent chateau, excellent restaurants, and lovely cafes to take in the ambience

Walking and cycling

Use the greenlanes (chemin blancs in French) right from the front door, Maps provided for easy to difficult, short to long, lazy strolls to brisk marches.
We have bikes to hire. Our labrador Maizie loves to join you for walks!!!

3 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 9.7
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 AZ 17 July, 2017

A lovely gite, well appointed. Beautiful scenery and countryside for good walks and bike rides.Owners very helpful and extremely friendly. I'd certainly recommend it to others.

10 / 10 C Cole 1 September, 2016

We are a family of 4 (2 daughters aged 21 and 16) and we stayed at Le Sorbier at the end of July/beginning of August. The gite is cosy, clean, the beds are very comfortable with lovely finishing touches throughout. The pool is delightful. The view from the gite is stunning and it is ideally located for walking and cycling. Paul and Amanda are fantastic hosts and although they have only moved permanently to France recently they are very knowledgeable of the area. We visited a number of villages including La Rochefoucauld (and its chateau), Nontron, Piegut Pluviers (the local market is amazing) and spent a (wet!) day in Cognac (we toured the distillery of Baron Otard which includes a look at the castle home of French King, Francois). The local supermarket is 5 mins away in Montbron, which is another pretty village. We hope to return again for another visit and would definitely recommend the gite to others.

10 / 10 Louisa K 29 August, 2016

The property looks and sounds good in the advert, but that description does not do Le Sorbier justice. Everything you could want is in the gite and the owners are available if you need them. Otherwise the tranquility and scenary are all yours to enjoy without interruption. The views across the valley from the house and its patio are excellent. The mature woodlands all around provide a wealth of wildlife. We spotted black redstarts, spotted flycatchers and a hoopoe without any effort at all. Bring your walking shoes and there is a different walk from the house to explore every day. Sharing the pool with the other gite was fine. We came to a very English understanding about who would use it when without a word being spoken on the subject. The gardens for the two gites and the owners' house are all very private.
The ground floor is spacious and well equipped, the two bedrooms are rustic and tastefully furnished and there is a large bathroom with shower. The ground floor washroom with toilet would be very useful for a family.
We will certainly be back to explore more of the nearby towns and villages.

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