Rural holiday cottage for let in Charente - PC005026

7km from Nanteuil-en-Vallee, Charente, Poitou Charentes Reference: PC005026 Advertiser since: 31 October 2016
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms Additional info
Le Tournesol Self Catering Saturday 3 6 1 Fold out bed sleeps 1 (6 total)

About this property

Quiet Rural Property in a Pretty Part of France. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Converted farm building on 2 levels. Downstairs has a large kitchen dining room with woodburner, additional room with sofa and a large lounge with wood burning stove, tv, dvd player. The bathroom is on the ground floor.
Narrow staircase and beams upstairs so this property is not suitable for disabled.
Three bedrooms (2 double, 1 single with additional fold out if required).
Parking for 2 cars.
On front of house a cafe style table and chairs - ideal for morning tea.
To side there is a seating area and bbq.
Up to the garden there is a table, chairs and umbrella, ideal for outdoor dining, plus an additional umbrella and sunloungers next to the out of ground pool.
Reasonable sized garden.



Kitchen and dining

Well equipped kitchen: microwave, gas range cooker and hob, dishwasher, washing machine, full sized fridge and freezer, wood burning stove.
Round table with 4 chairs that can be extended to seat 6.

Living rooms

Good size lounge with 2 settees and a pouffe.
Tv, dvd player and a selection of family friendly films.

Additional seating area with a settee, book case with swap library - information folder.


Two doubles with bed side tables and wardrobes. Bedroom one has a hairdryer.

Good sized single bedroom with a pouffe that can fold out as an additional bed - very good quality with memory foam mattress.


One bathroom downstairs: toilet, shower, bath and sink.


There is a wood burning stove in both the kitchen and lounge (fuel not included).
There is also a paraffin heater in the kitchen (this is left full but top ups at guest expense).
No heating will be required in the summer months - fans are provided.


The gite is in a very rural area so is quiet. However, Nanteuil en Valley and Verteuil en Charente are close by and have a selection of restaurants and bars.
Ruffec is a good sized town with bars and restaurants.
Lizant (7km away) has a bar and fish and chip shop.
Champagne Mouton has a bar popular with British expats.

Garden and outside

Nice sized garden which is up some stairs from the house. Eating area with umbrellas, sunloungers and an above ground pool.

Parking and garages

Parking for 2 cars.

Visitor suitability

This is an old house so not suitable for disabled people.
Suitable for supervised children - the pool is not fenced.
Ideal for families, groups of friends.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Private pool


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Ruffec has a regular market on Wednesdays and Saturdays
Distance: 10 km


Family activities


Name and address of nearest golf course: Golf de l'Hirondelle, Angouleme
Distance: 52 km


Name/number of nearest marked trail: Numerous marked trails around the area - maps and routes available from tourist office in Ruffec

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: The area is famous for Pineau and Brandy. Numerous distilleries around Cognac and information available in the gite.
Distance: 20 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr Alfie Chrascina

We have always loved France, and with family living in the Charente, it made sense to buy a holiday home here. We are based in England but visit this lovely area regularly. We hope to move to France permanently sometime.

Year property purchased 2015
Why this location? Easy to get to from the UK. My sister and her partner live nearby. It is a peaceful part of France which we love. Plenty to do for families. Lovely weather. Good food.
Unique benefits of property Our Gite is very private in a peaceful rural location but within a few kilometres to local restaurants, bars and shops with plenty to do in the area. We are on a cycle route if you like something a little more energetic. There are 2 bikes at the house and 2 sets of golf clubs. Well equipped house with English and French Freeview tv, wi-fi, dvd player and a selection of books. The house has 3 bedrooms: 2 double and 1 single with an extra good quality fold out bed if needed. One bathroom with shower and bath which is located downstairs. We also have 3 outside eating areas and a Webber Kettle bbq. The house has an above ground pool which is welcome in the hot summer months.

The Owner Recommends


Futuristic them park near Poitiers - very popular attraction in the area.

Auberge de l Argentor, Nanteuil en Vallee

Popular restaurant bar for lunch and dinner. Outdoor seating area in the summer.

Auberge Le Saint Jean

Popular restaurant in Nantueil en Vallée. Outdoor seating area in the summer.

Aire de Rejallant

Lovely picnic area on the river at Condac. Free parking, children play area, canoe hire, small river beach with life guard duty in the summer at weekends, snack bar, restaurant, public toilets.

Le Rejallant Restaurant

Based at Condac right on the river. Booking essential in the summer at lunchtime. Elegant with superb service and food.

Chateau de Verteuil

Lovely chateau in the heart of Verteuil. Tour tickets available from the wine shop. Tour takes around 1.25 hrs and are usually in the afternoons.


This is a railway track where you cycle specially adapted trolleys along old railway tracks through the Vienne countryside. You can cycle various distances, return to Manot or through to Roumazieres and back.
The main terminus are in Confolens or Roumazieres. A different adventure if you are reasonably fit! Great fun for the family.
Each trolley takes up to 5 people - take a picnic and enjoy it at the stop in Manot.

1 Review
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 9
  • Local Amenities: 7
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
9.8 / 10 Westie 20 August, 2018

A lovely gite in a beautiful setting, out in the Charente countryside. The house is comfortable and peaceful - and the pool in the back garden was very welcome on hot afternoons. Within easy reach of some lovely small towns (Nanteuil en Vallee was my favourite) and a big Leclercs at Ruffec about 10 kms away.
If you’re looking for a quiet rural retreat and the chance to see how the French live then look no further..

Owner response

Hi Jonathon,
Thanks very much for your kind review, it sounds like you had a lovely week.
Best wishes
Alf & Nicky