4* cottage and pool in lively Charente town - PC006153

Ruffec, Charente, Poitou Charentes Reference: PC006153 Advertiser since: 8 July 2014
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The French Cottages - Cottage 2 Self Catering Flexible 2 5 1

About this property

In Village, Pool, Stroll To Bars, Restaurants . This cottage/gite is in a village setting.

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Cottage 2 at The French Cottages is one of four charming, comfy well equipped holiday rental cottages. These self catering cottages in France are located in a private and peaceful town location. No need to drive everywhere, the French Cottages are a short walking distance to restaurants, cafes, bars, supermarkets, shops, bus and train station and a short drive to family tourist attractions. Enjoy marked cycle routes, canoeing, tennis, swimming all within a short walk of the French Cottages.

The French cottages were originally used as chateau cottages and have been beautifully updated to provide modern and charming comfort. At the French Cottages, we are a family run business and strive to make our holiday rental cottages high quality holiday rental cottages. The French cottages, Cottage 2 is perfect for couples or families and can sleep up to 5 guests and is ideal to sample life the relaxed French way! We can also provide, free of charge, a travel cot and high chair for babies.

With your holiday stay at our self catering cottages in France we include a Complimentary Welcome Hamper with a bottle of wine. At the French cottages we also include an Essentials Starter Pack to get your holiday started.

Our holiday rental cottages, Cottage 2 is situated in a quiet and peaceful area yet a few minutes from a lively market town and a quick drive to the Charente River with canoe rides, picnic spots and a childrens' play area. Within minutes of our holiday rental cottages you can hire a bicycle and explore the new marked cycle routes, nearby pretty villages, including Verteuil sur Charente and many different water adventures including swimming, kayaking, fishing and fun pedal-powered boats. Admire the large sunflower fields and chateaux, all within a short walk, drive or cycle of our holiday cottages in France.

Our holiday rental cottages are in the perfect market town location with a local bus or train station within a short walking distance. Our guests say that the French cottages are very charming, comfortable and well equipped self catering cottages in France. Our holiday rental cottages have everything you need for an enjoyable holiday stay. The French Cottages, Cottage 2 sleeps 5 comfortably in 2 bedrooms. Our French holiday cottages are typically french, compact and bijou while Cottage 2 also has a large sunny patio and upstairs balcony with fantastic views.

Relax and enjoy the large, peaceful private well maintained grounds. The French Cottages are described by our guests as "a beautiful and romantic retreat for couples and fantastic family holidays".

The French cottages are a short stroll to the farmers fresh produce and fish markets so perfect to enjoy a riverside barbecue anytime - it is light till 10 pm in summer! Prepare and eat al fresco, whenever you want in our well equipped summer kitchen that is always fun to use at your holiday rental cottages. All the covered and open dining areas plus garden patios, are perfect to dine al fresco while enjoying the views of the village.

The French Cottages have perfectly located holiday rental cottages and gite accommodation for strolling down to the bakery for fresh croissants and bread every morning or enjoying a coffee in the village square. No need to drive everywhere so don't forget to enjoy a riverside breakfast with your fresh bakery finds!

In this lovely part of the Charente, these self catering cottages in France are nearby to many free music events in May - August in Ruffec and nearby villages including Verteuil. From these holiday rental cottages you can stroll to the Ruffec street markets, weekly wine tastings and village brocantes to grab a French bargain!



Kitchen and dining

Cottage 2 has a well equipped kitchen with gas hob, eye level oven, microwave, fridge/large freezer, dishwasher. There are plenty of dishes, plates, cutlery, glassware etc to enjoy your French holiday in our holiday rental cottages.

There is a large oak dining table and chairs at the fireside for all the family to enjoy. The sunny patio off the kitchen is also well furnished with outdoor furniture for both al fresco dining and relaxing.

Living rooms

The Living room has a tv with all your favourite English channels incl BBC, ITV, More 4, Sky etc. and is comfortably furnished. There is also a wood burning stove for winter use.


Bedroom 1 has two single top quality beds and beautiful views to the private forest. Bedroom 2 has a king size luxury bed. Off the main bedroom there is another room with a balcony with stunning village and garden views.


Cottage 2 has 1 and a half bathrooms. There is a delightful French bathroom with shower, toilet etc on the ground floor and conveniently a toilet with hand basin on the first floor.


Heating is provided with word burning stoves and a wall heating system


Get the local bus to nearby villages incl. Mansle and the walled city of Angouleme for a great day out. Drive or cycle to nearby Verteuil with its impressive chateau or stroll to Ruffec for shopping, great restaurants and the bustling Saturday morning Market. Take the train to the city of Poitiers for a full day out.

A short drive away are family tourist sites, including a monkey park with no fences, chateau visits, horse and donkey riding, swimming and Nautilus Water Park, boat rides, canoeing, tennis and more! Futuroscope, a futuristic Disney like theme park is always a great day out.

Don't forget to get updates on current events at the Ruffec tourist office.

Garden and outside

In the extensive, very private well maintained grounds at The French Cottages there are a number of dining areas, both open and covered plus garden patios, ideal for sun downers and romantic candle lit Charente dining with your locally purchased culinary finds.

Its light til 10pm in summer so any time of the day or evening is perfect to enjoy a barbecue on our river side patio. If you prefer, have a daytime picnic in the forest, or along the nearby Charente River, the choice is yours as with our micro climate the outdoors can be enjoyed for most of the year.

The covered summer outdoor kitchen at our holiday rental cottages can be used year round and, is popular for eating breakfast, preparing picnics, aperitifs or using any of the many different fun cooking choices available.

Parking and garages

Car parking is provided free of charge in our secure complex at The French Cottages.

Visitor suitability

The French Cottages are perfectly placed gite holiday accommodation for exploring the beautiful Charente, Nouvelle Aquitaine region for couples, romantic getaways, families with children or teenagers, property hunters.

Subject to availability we offer our holiday rental cottages for house hunting rentals, short lets and longer holiday rentals - plus 10% off a 2 week booking. Prices quoted are per week.

Information about any additional facilities

Stroll to the nearby tennis courts, take the kids to the tree climbing adventure morning or relax in the French cottages spacious sunny outdoors, or cool off in the spring water pool - perfect for those hot summer days! Try our new outdoor eco friendly solar shower for a great experience or the new bigger Badminton for all the family.

Enjoy a game of boules, petanique on the new bigger boules area with your kids or teenagers. Teenagers will have fun with the selection of outdoor activities while you relax and take it easy in the spacious well kept grounds.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • Linen

  • Shared pool

  • Splash pool


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Ruffec Brocante Street Market


Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Trout, carp etc
Name of nearest fishing location: Les Trois Fontaines
Distance: 8 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: Les Hirondelles
Distance: 30 km



Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Wine Tastings
Distance: 1 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Susan Du Bois

I have enjoyed many happy and successful years in the hotel and timeshare sectors of business before having the fantastic opportunity of moving to France.

Year property purchased 2008
Why this location? The French Cottages have a fantastic market town location with an idyllic, peaceful setting within a short walk to boulangeries, restaurants, bars, shops and supermarkets.
We hope that you enjoy your holiday in this superb location in a lovely typically French historical market town.
Unique benefits of property The French Cottages can accommodate private holiday groups of up to 24 guests comfortably by combining our comfy self-catering chateau cottages. We are a family run business and offer quality holiday rental cottages.
Location, Location, Location - Pretty villages, chateau visits, good restaurants, cognac and wine tasting, bars, swimming, fishing, marked cycling routes, tennis, canoeing in the Charente river are all within minutes of our French holiday rental cottages.

The Owner Recommends

Canoe and Kayak Rides

Just minutes from our holiday rental cottages is the calm Charente river with water activities incl. Canoe, stand up paddling and kayak rides, for all the family to enjoy. Take a picnic basket to enjoy along the river.

Riverside Restaurants

A few minutes drive from The French Cottages are superb riverside restaurants.

Angouleme by bus, train or car

A nice day out visiting the Cathedral St. Pierre, a variety of Museums including the Comic Museum, interesting for all ages.. The annual “Circuit des Remparts’ car event and race every September. Vintage Cars, Lamborghinis, Porsches etc race on a Monaco style street circuit through the streets. Relax on a day out and take the train or bus from Ruffec or a pleasant less than 30 minute drive from The French Cottages.

Charente River

All our guests love the all age swimming in the Charente River, the canoe, kayak and water adventures just a few minutes from The French Cottages. A bicycle rental and younger children's play area nearby our self catering cottages in Ruffec.

Marked Cycle Routes

New Marked cycle routes in varying degrees of ease or difficulty just minutes from The French Cottages.

La Rochelle by Train or Car

La Rochelle

Visit La Rochelle a lively, Port city by car or train when staying at The French Cottages. Wander and enjoy the delicious seafood dishes at the many restaurants along the harbour. Explore the beautiful beaches, Ile de Re and drive along the coast. Visit the impressive, state of the art Aquarium. Less than 80 minutes drive from The French Cottages.

35 Acre wildlife park

Very popular day of Fun for all ages. Vallée des Singes a 35 Acre wildlife park with no cages or fences. Take photos and see many species of monkeys roaming free. A must do day out ! Only a 25 minute drive from the french cottages.

Poitiers, Futurscope, Notre Dame La Grande Church, Museums

In a 45 minute drive, from the french cottages, you can visit Notre-Dame La Grande Church, enjoy lots of architectural heritage with old streets, museums, shopping and restaurants. Prefer a theme park ? Visit Futuroscope a Futuristic Theme Park with rides, live shows, fantastic fireworks display for a full day out.


Enjoy a game of golf just 30 mins drive from The French Cottages

Stroll to shops, bars, restaurants

A short stroll from The French Cottages are bars, restaurants, shops, boulangeries and a casual Pizza restaurant.

4 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 9.8
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 The Days 3 September, 2019

Big thanks to Abby & Joe for being fabulous hosts. They are fonts of local knowledge and nothing was too much trouble - even booking a restaurant for us on our first night.

Cottage quaint and with all facilities needed for our stay. Lovely big quiet garden with BBQ areas and splash pool.

Close to town centre for access to bakeries and restaurants. Supermarkets 5 minutes away by car.

Variety of child freindly activities locally - kayaking, horse riding, tree top trails to name a few - but cognac winery & tasting and a range of museums and historical attractions within easy reach. La Rochelle and Rocheforte are great places for a day out.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would have no hesitation to recommend the property.

10 / 10 miss.p 1 September, 2019

We had a beautiful stay in Ruffec in this delightful property.
Abby and joe made us so welcome nothing was a problem for them they couldn't have done anything more to make our stay so wonderful ,they really are so kind!
The property its self has a lovely little stream running through it ,woods and garden to run around in for our little 4 year old and the dip pool was lovely ,we couldn't recommended this place more!Walking distance to the town with the market ,cafes ,bars ,bakerys.
Short drives to local villages and rivers to swim in which my little boy loved!
We cannot wait to return!!

Owner response

Thank you very much for your kind review of your stay at The French Cottages. You are a very friendly family and it was a pleasure having you stay. We were pleased that you managed to explore nearby villages, experience what the area has to offer and enjoy the Fireworks.
We look forward to welcoming you again and of course a bigger Welcome Hamper !

10 / 10 Isobel19 29 August, 2019

We were given a warm welcome by our hosts and the property was exactly as described - well maintained, in beautiful grounds and in a very quiet location. The pool is small but was fine for a quick cooling dip after a day out in the sun.

We stayed for a week with our two children (13 and 11) and hired bikes locally for the week which were delivered to the cottage (Bike Hire Direct). We cycled almost every day, going to the river where we then hired kayaks from the local canoe centre (Canoe Ruffec), which offers a one-way trip with minibus return included in the price,

Cycling in the area is easy, we found off-road tracks to avoid the traffic (not that there is much!).
The town was only a few minutes walk from the cottage and offered everything we needed - a choice of boulangeries and some nice restaurants - you just need to check the opening times as some are closed on certain days. There is a choice of supermarkets within a few minutes walk of the cottage, and a large market in the town twice a week. We didn't need to get in the car to drive anywhere for the whole week.

All in all, a very relaxing and pleasant stay!

Owner response

Thank you for a great review and all the information that will help our guests. We are pleased to hear that you had a relaxing week at The French Cottages and enjoyed the gardens, pool, local area, restaurants, canoe rides and the cycle routes. We hope to welcome you back in the future.

10 / 10 Dr Mills 14 May, 2019

Lovely Return Stay

Stayed here a few times, each visit has been lovely. The place is quiet, immaculately clean, well maintained, and the hosts are really helpful. There are a few nice restaurants, bars nearby, patisseries with the best croissants and pain au chocolate and a delightful Saturday market. We love how well located the holiday cottage is enabling us to walk almost everywhere. We enjoyed the pool, the barbecue, relaxing in the garden and using the outdoor kitchen. The marked cycle routes were an interesting afternoon activity. We highly recommend The French Cottages to other travellers and have booked again.

Owner response

Thank you very much for your kind review. It was a pleasure to meet your friends and to hear about their appreciation of The French Cottages and our convenient location. We look forward to welcoming you back for your family holiday later this year.