Holiday Gite overlooking lake nr Massignac - PC004634

3km from Massignac, Charente, Poitou Charentes Reference: PC004634 Advertiser since: 23 February 2016
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Les Petites Cerises Self Catering Saturday 3 6 2 Cot available on request

About this property

Stunning Location Overlooking Haute Charente Lake. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

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.



Kitchen and dining

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.

Living rooms

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 bedrooms; a double and a twin bedded room 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 double-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.

Garden and outside

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.

Parking and garages

Ample private off road parking.

Visitor suitability

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 double 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 deposit. Please see T&Cs.

Taxe de Sejour - payable locally upon arrival is calculated at 0.80 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.

Information about any additional facilities

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 50€ when cleaning will be provided by Les Petites Cerises and this amount will be deducted from the damage/cleaning deposit.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Private pool



Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Freshwater Fishing
Name of nearest fishing location: Mas Chaban Lake


Name and address of nearest golf course: Golf International de La Preze (Golf course)
Distance: 17 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Lacs de Haute Charente
Distance: 8 km


Name/number of nearest marked trail: Massignac information from Maison de Lacs


About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Louise Richards

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.

The Owner Recommends

Charente - Something for Everyone; Adventures, Castles & Cognac

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.

9 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 9.9
  • Condition: 9.9
  • Facilities: 9.9
  • Local Amenities: 9.6
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 9.9
10 / 10 Cherylm 15 July, 2019

This Gite is a little piece of heaven. We had the most peaceful holiday. It is set in a tranquil garden, the pool and outdoor eating area’s were just fabulous. Inside the Gite is everything you need and more.Very tastefully decorated through out, with a very french feel about the furniture. We hardly saw any traffic in the surrounding villages, it really was a pleasure driving. A car is a must, to get to see the quaint towns and villages. Also, to stock up on essentials, the nearest large supermarket was about 20 minutes drive away.

Our hosts, Louise and Shaun were lovely, and very thoughtful. A huge welcome basket was left for us, along with bread, eggs , pastries and a bottle of wine. They were always on hand if we needed them, but very discreet if we wanted our privacy.

We cannot praise them highly enough, and thoroughly recommend this Gite for a holiday.

Thank you both.

Owner response

Thank you so much for your kind and informative review. You were lovely guests, whom we would welcome back at any time, and we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at Les Petites Cerises and this beautiful part of France.

10 / 10 Philip & Martine Lambert 1 July, 2019

A generous welcome pack included everything needed for a good start to our holiday - a chilled bottle of rose to enjoy on arrival and a selection of jam, brioche, croissants and pain au chocolat to start our holiday with a good breakfast. The garden is a delight, with plenty of places to relax either by the pool or in a shady nook. There is a great space for alfresco dining with the barbecue on hand. Louise and Shaun are excellent hosts - discreet, but on hand whenever needed for advice or just a chat.
This is 'La France Profonde' - rolling bucolic countryside ideal for walking & cycling, but still with plenty to see and do within a short drive. We had a great holiday.

Owner response

It was our pleasure! Thank you for you lovely and informative review, we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay. We would love to see you again.

10 / 10 BrockFamily 30 August, 2018

We stayed here for a week's holiday. Beautifully clean and extremely well provided with all the facilities you could possibly need! The pool was clean and refreshing, especially on the hottest of days. Very friendly hosts who are available if needed but otherwise leave you to your own devices to enjoy yourself. 2 minute drive to local bakery with supermarkets and places of interest not very far away. We had a great time and will definitely be back!

Owner response

Thank you for your kind review, we are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and the beautiful Haute Charente area. We would love to see you all again soon.

10 / 10 Albaeileanan 10 August, 2018

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.

Owner response

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 .