|Les Petites Cerises||Self Catering||Saturday||3||6||2||Cot available on request|
Les Petites Cerises is a delightful 18th century Charentaise stone farm cottage which has been sympathetically restored to provide the comforts of contemporary living whilst maintaining the rustic charm of rural France - ancient oak beams, exposed stonework and wooden floorboards await you. Overlooking the Mas Chaban Lake, one of the lakes of the Haute Charente and in an area of outstanding beauty, Les Petites Cerises is a perfect country retreat.
The cottage offers superb accommodation for up to 5/6 people, plus facilities for a baby if required, in the glorious tranquillity of the Charentaise countryside.
The cottage has been sympathetically furnished to a high standard.There is a well equipped kitchen with range cooker, washing machine, fridge with ice box, slim-line, slim-line dishwasher, coffee-maker and toaster.
The farmhouse dining table comfortably seats 6 people and there is a high chair available upon request.
There is a spacious lounge area with large leather sofa and a large screen LCD tv with UK Satellite tv, dvd player and wi-fI internet is also available to enable you, if you decide, to keep in touch with the outside world.
Climb the ancient curling wooden stairs and you will find a pleasant relaxation/reading area for moments of quiet reflection after a busy day.
Upstairs there are 2 sumptuous double bedrooms and although we are not able to cater to the needs of physically disabled people, for those whom are less able to use stairs, there is a beautifully decorated bijou twin-bedded room downstairs, as well as a toilet and shower room.
There is a large bathroom with bath and large walk-in shower and toilet. Whilst downstairs there is a shower room with toilet and wash hand basin.
All towels and linen are included in the cost of your stay - so one less thing to worry about and we will refresh your linen at the end of each week of your stay.
An imposing Charentaise fireplace is the centre piece of the main room with an Opti-myst wood burner for those chillier autumn and winter nights and to ensure that you are cosy even on the coldest of days the cottage offers full central heating.
Ideal location for walking, cycling, fishing, swimming, horse riding, watersports.
Many local tourist attractions, châteaus, vineyards, adventure park.
On site bbq, games, satellite tv, dvd player, wi-fi, books.
Bike Hire - Please note that, due to insurance and safety reasons, we are unable to provide bicycles. However if you would like to hire bicycles for your holiday we would recommend that you contact Bike Hire Direct (link in our website). They are able to provide fully serviced bikes, insurance and the appropriate equipment to meet individual needs during your stay. You can arrange for the bikes to be dropped off and collected from Les Petites Cerises for a period convenient to you. Please note that Bike Hire Direct will require you to arrange this service prior to your arrival.
Les Petites Cerises is situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty overlooking the Mas Chaban fishing lake, one of 2 Haute Charente Lakes. The other, Lake Lavaud, a favourite for watersports and swimming is just a few kilometres away.
The cottage has its own private enclosed patio area at the rear of the property, ideal for morning coffee and fresh croissants, purchased from the artisan Boulangerie just 2 minutes away in the local village of Massignac.
Why not take a dip in our swimming pool or relax in the decked pool area.
Alternatively explore the hidden nooks and crannies in the large garden and just sit and soak up the sun and tranquillity of this stunning location.
We strive to provide everything which we think that you will need to make your stay at Les Petites Cerises a memorable one and many little extras, such as picnic baskets and bike hire with a fully insured provider can be arranged on request.
Ample private off road parking.
The cottage is able to accommodate up to 5/6 people, a cot and highchair is available for a baby if required.
Although we are not able to cater for the needs of physically disabled people, there is a twin bedded room and shower room with wc on the ground floor for those less able to manage stairs.
Sorry no pets allowed - whilst we are great friends of animals, in order that we cater to the health and safety needs of all our guests, we do not accept animals of any kind.
A £200 damage/cleaning deposit is required with the balance of your holiday payment. The deposit will be returned to you, after the gite has been checked, should there be any breakages/cleaning this cost will be deducted from this depost. Please see T&Cs.
Taxe de Sejour - payable locally upon arrival is calculated at 0.60 Euros per person per day of your stay, this is the current charge for adults
18years+(loi no2014-1654) charged to visitors by the Charente tax office.
The cottage is semi-detached, with the proprietors next door so assistance is available if required.
Please note that bed linen and towels are provided and changed at the end of each week of your stay. Guests, however, will need to provide their own beach towels if required.
We anticipate that our guests will leave the cottage in the standard of cleanliness and tidiness to which they found it upon their arrival, and as such guests will opt to clean and tidy the property appropriately before the morning of their departure. Alternatively for those guests who chose not to clean and tidy the accommodation, prior to departure, there is the option of choosing to pay the additional end-of-stay cleaning fee of £40.00 when cleaning will be provided by Les Petites Cerises and this amount will be deducted from the damage/cleaning deposit.
After spending many years travelling all over France, my husband & I found our own piece of paradise in the tiny hamlet of Servolles & relocated from the UK permanently in March 2015. We are fortunate to have wonderful French neighbours & our son, who goes to the local primary school has quickly integrated, we enjoy being part of our local community. Drawing on our own experience of what we wanted from a gite, we firmly believe that visitors will love Les Petites Cerises as much as we do.
|Year property purchased||2015|
|Why this location?||Les Petites Cerises is located overlooking the beautiful Mas Chaban and has stunning views of the lake. Although we are able to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the glorious sunny Charente countryside, we are close to all amenities, the pretty village of Massignac has a baker, village store, chemist and post office, as well as a very helpful tourist information office. There is also a primary school and GP surgery. The town of Chabanais with banks and a large Supermarket is only 12km away. The area offers a wealth of many interesting historical attractions; Roman ruins, Templar churches and a little further afield the June 10th 1944 Martyr village at Oradour-sur-Glane. The are also plenty of opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities fishing, cycling, walking and horse riding.There are abundance of markets selling local produce and the brocante and brick a brac offering all kinds of treasure to the antique hunters. The Charente is also renowned for its fine wine and speciality food.|
|Unique benefits of property||Les Petites Cerises gite offers the comforts of contemporary living whilst maintaining the rustic charm of rural France; oak beams, wooden floorboards and exposed stonework.|
Just around the corner from Les Petites Cerises, the Adventure Parc at Massignac caters for the very young, with a bouncy castle type experience through to teenagers and adults.
Safety is paramount and you must use the TWO safety ropes that are attached to your harness at all times, Full instructions are given.
Nearby Rochechouart is a pretty walled town with an attractive castle.The Chateau de Rochechouart dates its origins to the 13th century and is now home to the interesting Museum of Modern Art. Although the town purports to be 'the countryside of the meteorite', because 214 million years ago an enormous six billion tonne meteorite smashed into this spot - probably one of the largest meteorites ever to hit the earth - there is little evidence remaining of this catastrophic event today. However Rochechouart does have the Espace Météorite, a small museum, offering an insight into the solar system, meteorites, effects and consequences of meteorite's fall and the impact crater of Rochechouart-Chassenon.
Every 7 years Rochechouart holds an event called The Osensions Rochechouart, which will occur again in 2023; consisting of services, concerts and processions in medieval costume around the walled streets of the town of Rochechouart.
A little further afield are the vineyards of Cognac which is regarded as the Brandy capital of the world. No visit to the Charente region would be complete without a tour of one of the big distilleries; Hennessy, Martell, Remy Martin, Courvoisier etc. Most run guided tours including explanations of the grape growing process, distillation and demonstrations of blending techniques often including free tasting, most charge admission and it is worth pre booking to ensure your tour is in the language of your choice.
Just a few of the many attractions we would recommend visiting whilst holidaying in the Charente.
This family-run Gite is set in beautiful grounds in lovely French countryside. The external area had 2 private areas for eating, including a large outside dining table next to the BBQ. The pool area was lovely and we enjoyed overlooking the whole well-kept garden. We were lucky enough to enjoy every day on the pool decking due to the fabulous weather.
Inside the Gite there was everything that you could possible need. The kitchen was well-equipped including the little things like a lemon squeezer and garlic press. Excellent if you decide to cook.
The rooms were beautifully decorated in a French Style and were extremely comfortable. Little bits like the lavender bags in the drawers were really a lovely touch!
The whole place was lovely and clean and we were met by Louise and Shaun when we arrived. They ran through everything with us and then left us to it. They were excellent hosts who were there if we required any advice but always respected our privacy. Their "Welcome Basket" and bottle of wine was greatly appreciated.
A really lovely place to stay in a beautiful part of France.
Thank you for your kind and informative review, we are so pleased that you and your family enjoyed your stay at Les Petites Cerises and we would love to welcome you back should you decide to return to the beautiful Haute Charente area .
A very comfortable and well equipped gite in a lovely unspoilt rural area. Hosts, who live next door, very helpful but not intrusive.
Thank you very much for your kind review and we are pleased that you had an enjoyable stay.
Great for cycling! We are a family with two older boys who all love road cycling. This was a great location with plenty of hills to challenge us and a very secure place to lock and store the bikes. Such a lovely peaceful place with all of the facilities we needed close by.
The property was well looked after, clean and spacious. It had the usual 'old property' characteristics' and was in walking distance of a great fishing lake. The owner had gone to great lengths to ensure our stay was comfortable and had provided all of the extra essentials that make a difference. The owners who live next door are obviously passionate about guests enjoying their retreat in France as much as they do!
I'd definitely recommend it to keen cyclists who are after long, straight and clear roads, and people wanting the peace and tranquility of the French countryside.
Thank you for you kind review, we are so pleased that you enjoyed your holiday with us and in particular you have appreciated the beautiful location and great cycling that the area offers. You have been great guests and we would love to see you again in the future. Kind regards Shaun and Louise
We had a fantastic stay here, the gite was amazing with so much attention to detail given, beautifully decorated, with a large farmhouse style kitchen
The hosts, Louise and Shaun were so friendly and helpful and had thought of everything to ensure a comfortable stay, absolutely everything was provided for us, alongside fabulous welcome baskets full of essential produce of eggs, milk, bread etc and another full,of family grown vegetables which we roasted with our BBQ's.
Location was quiet and peaceful and the house had a fabulous garden and outdoor area to BBQ and eat with the bonus of the pool.
The local bread shop, a mile away, bakes the most amazing bread, cakes and pastries which had every day! Also a local shop for basics. A large supermarket is available in nearby Chabanais, along side a few bars and shops etc, about 8-9 miles away.
The Gite sits near a lake which provides fishing for those who would enjoy this and was used by our party most days.
The gite is remote and a car would be needed, however, there is so much to visit and do within a 10-30 mile radious.
We had a fabulous time and would very much like to return again one day.
Thank you for your lovely review, we are pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Les Petites Cerises and the Haute Charente, it is a beautiful part of France and if you decide to return we would love to see you all again.