Renovated Gite with shared pool near Riberac

9.6/10
Pillac (22km from Riberac), Charente, Poitou Charentes Reference: PC004846_C Advertiser since: 2 June 2016

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Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
La Vieille Forge Self Catering 3 6 2

About this property

Charming Period Farm Cottage. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Very pretty gite in former farm cottage. Upstairs rooms have been built into the eves and headroom is limited so the property is not suited to anyone with mobility problems. Two doubles and a twin-bedded room provide comfortable accommodation, with plenty of space a lovely kitchen/breakfast room and comfortable lounge with UK Freesat tv and free wi-fi.

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

Large kitchen/breakfast room with electric fan oven and gas hob, large fridge, dishwasher, microwave etc.

Living rooms

Comfortable, separate living room with flatscreen tv (Freesat)

Bedrooms

Large double, second, small double and a twin-bedded room. There is a "secret" hatch" between the twin-bedded room and the large double which generally amuses smaller children. Headroom is limited in all of the bedrooms.

Bathrooms

Large downstairs bathroom (the washing machine is in here) with large shower. Small upstairs bathroom (with a low door). The small bathroom has a "saniflow" style macerator. An over bath shower is installed in the small bathroom but the ceiling is low so it wouldn't suit anyone who is tall.

Heating

Two woodburners downstairs can be used to heat the gite.

Entertainment

UK Freesat and free wi-fi, although the satellite broadband service doesn't really support streaming or very large downloads.

Garden and outside

Large grounds and an individual patio with bbq.

Parking and garages

Ample parking on the property.

Visitor suitability

The open tread stairs and limited headroom upstairs make the property less suitable for those with poor mobility.

Facilities

  • Linen

  • Shared pool

  • Splash pool

Activities

Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Brocante de Bors
Distance: 5 km

Cycling

Golf

Name and address of nearest golf course: Golf d'Aubeterre
Distance: 5 km

Watersports

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Chateau de Plassons, Bors (Cognac, Pineau)
Distance: 5 km

The Owner Recommends

Aubterre-sur-Dronne

Very pretty village with a choice of places to eat and an impressive church carved out of the chalk cliffs. Aubeterre also has a small river beach from where canoes can be rented

2 Reviews
9.6/10
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 9
  • Condition: 9
  • Facilities: 9.5
  • Local Amenities: 8.5
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
9.2 / 10 Fiona H 23 August, 2017

One of four gites set in a small hamlet. We were welcomed by the owner - Tim - and given a tour of our gite and the pool,The kitchen was well equipped for basic holiday cooking and bbq's and a lovely welcome pack of wine, cheese, bread, tapenade and milk, plus coissants and pain au chocalat in the freezer were waiting for us. This gite has low ceilings upstairs and even at 5' 3" i had to keep well bent over going in and out of the bedroom. Not a problem but something to bear in mind if you are really tall. The shower was excellent and a washing machine useful to keep on top of the washing! Outside is a patio area with bbq, loungers (very comfy) and table and chairs, plus a lovely grassy are -ideal for families to play on. The pool and surrounding area were well maintained and included fridge to keep your drinks cold! Bonus. Tim is happy to arrange a visit to the local chateau for cognac and pineau (the local aperitif) tasting and a tour of their distillery. There is an artisan bar about 30mins walk, along paths and very quiet roads. limited opening hours but worth a visit. The nearest supermarket is 10-15mins away. If you want to eat out this is best done at lunchtime when you are out exploring as there were not any restaurnats in the local vicinity. There is also english TV for those who like to keep up with their favourite programmes.
If you want a quiet relaxing holiday with excellent markets, old hillside villages and walking this is the place for you!

10 / 10 Joanne Hendy 2 August, 2017

We were lucky enough to spend the whole of July at La Vieille Forge and we had the most amazing time. Our host Tim couldn't have been more accommodating, always on hand with an endless supply of towels, bed linen and local sightseeing advice. We loved spending time with Tim, his sister Christine and the two lovely dogs that further add to the charm of this beautiful place! The Gite oozes traditional rustic charm with contemporary bathroom suites and a charming yet functional kitchen with spacious dining area. Tim had thought of everything, we have a two and a one year old and he provided us with a travel cot, high chair, plastic crockery, inflatables for the pool & even gave us an additional mattress and bed linen for our teenage nephew who wanted to make a 'den' to sleep in! He kindly booked the vets appointment for our dog & even bought him a toy to play with. Having him onsite inhanced our stay no end! Our young children thoroughly enjoyed having access to such a brilliant swimming pool and our Labrador made the most of the well maintained grounds, surrounding sunflower fields and woodland walks. The setting is so peaceful and the atmosphere is super relaxed, my family and I couldn't have hoped for a better place to spend an unusually long holiday!

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