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|Le Chataignier||Self Catering||3||4||1||2 bunks available|
Le Chataignier is a charming former farm cottage among a group of 4 gites in a pretty rural location, in the south of Charente on the Dordogne border.
Large kitchen/diner with fan oven and gas hob, dishwasher, fridge-freezer, washing machine etc.
Cosy lounge with woodburner and flatscreen tv (UK Freesat)
Three bedrooms, one double, one twin and one box room with a pair of bunks
One bathroom with over bath shower
Woodburners in both the lounge and kitchen
UK Freesat tv and free wi-fi
Access to large grounds and 2 patio areas with bbq
Ample on-site parking
Open tread staircase may not suit visitors with limited mobility. Some of the ceilings upstairs have low beams
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
What a gem we have found in Le Chataignier! Group of 4 connected gites up a small lane, ranging from 6 bed (where we stayed) to 12 bed, with large garden out the back and plenty of parking in the shade.
Our gite had a huge kitchen, with hob, oven, washing machine & dishwasher, and was well stocked with crockery & cutlery. Sitting room was comfortable with satellite TV. Bedrooms were spacious, clean and comfortable, and the bathroom had fab power shower. A hairdryer was provided for us ladies! Bed linen and towels were changed after 1 week, and pool towels were also provided.
Each gite has its own terrace with BBQ, table & chairs, sun loungers and washing line. There are swings for the kids and plenty of space to kick a ball around. There is a large pool and a small one for toddlers, both behind a gate for safety. There are plenty of sun loungers, a BBQ, outdoor fridge,and a speaker to plug your i-phone into for some sounds at the pool. There is a large bamboo canopy for shade, plus plenty of parasols.
Tim (owner) lives adjacent, and is available for queries, and he has 2 lovely Sheepdogs, Rowan & Looping, who like to pop into your gite to check all is in order! Tim is very friendly, helpful and welcoming. We arrived to basic provisions and a bottle of Rose in our fridge. Very nice personal touch.
Boulangerie and supermarket 10 minute drive away. Sporadic phone signal and limited Wi-fi (hoorah! get away from life!). We are already planning our return trip next summer.
We had a wonderfull two week stay at Giteadore-Le Chataigner. We were a party of two adults and two children 11 an 16 years old. Tim Baldwin, the owner, makes you really feel at home. You immediatly feel welcome. Not only his charming character and two dogs, but also because of his welcoming package, containing, wine, softdrinks, bread, butter, cheese, jam, etc.
The gite is very complete. It has a dishwasher, washing machine and even an ironing board. It's also very large with a large kitchen, sitting area, two palaces to sit comfortably outside with bbq's and three bedrooms. The only problem is that in some parts, the first floor is rather low, so mind your head.
It's not fancy, but everything is just fine.
The pool is very nice. It has one large pool area, completed with two smaller baths for children.
In the morning you drive 5-10 minutes to St.Severin to go to buy your croissants and whatever small shoppings you need.
Nearby is Aubeterre, for some nice restaurants.
We certainly want to go back there.
Thanks for the review, Harry. I really enjoyed having you here as my guests and the dogs are missing you already!