Lovely cottage to let in Charente countryside - PC006300

1km from Laprade, Charente, Poitou Charentes Reference: PC006300 Advertiser since: 12 April 2018
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Charbonnaud Gite Self Catering Flexible 2 4 1 Sofabed and cot for baby

About this property

Peaceful Cottage in Pretty French Countryside . This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

The Charbonnaud gite, originally built in 1868, was used as a working wine cave, complete with wine vats and wine press. In 2017 the cave under went a complete renovation and is now a beautiful 2-bedroom fully self contained cottage tastefully decorated with modern and retained rustic features.:
It is located on a 6 hectare farm full of pretty flowers, gardens and stunning countryside. It also has a large 10 x 5 metre salt water pool and pool house, for those long hot summer days.
Views from the pool look onto paddock’s where sheep and chickens roam freely.

The gite's frenchdoors lead directly to a comfortable, relaxing private bbq and patio area which is an ideal spot to forget the rest of the world, relax and soak up the sunshine.
The spacious kitchen, living and dining room areas are all open plan with plenty of space. The living room is furnished with 2 armchairs and a large comfortable corner sofa that can conveniently convert into a double bed if needed. The dining area has a large table suitable for seating 6 people and a high chair for an infant.
The gite (cottage) is fully equipped with a wood burning fire box for those cooler times of year, two radiators to take the chill off, freeview satellite, a flat screen tv, a dvd player, a bluetooth speaker and independent wi-fi to complete the entertainment section.
The light airy kitchen is fully equipped and has a dishwasher, a full size electric cooker, a large fridge-freezer, microwave and range of coffee making facilities including cafeteria for freshly brewed morning coffee. Tea - both herbal and English breakfast, are provided for your convenience.

The gite is single storey for ease of access and both the bedrooms and the bathroom lead off the main living area. The gite has tiled floors throughout except for the master bedroom which has a wooden oak floor.
The clean, fresh decor flows into the master bedroom which has a sumptuous king size bed (2.04 long x 1.90 wide) , an armoire (wardrobe), a large window overlooking farm paddocks and its own french doors that lead directly into the outside entertainment area.
The twin bedroom has two single beds, a french armoire and a large window also overlooking farm paddocks.
Both bedrooms have two standard pillows per person but more are available on request. All pillows and duvets are hollow fibre and hypo allergenic.

A 7kg washing machine is located in the bathroom area. The bathroom is tiled throughout and has good sized shower, toilet and a heated towel rail. There is also a hair dryer for your use.
There is a vacuum cleaner, general cleaning equipment, an ironing board and iron for your use along with an airer and a full sized clothes line for your exclusive use.
Freshly laundered linen is supplied for all the beds along with bath and hand towels. Pool towels are also supplied for your convenience.

Adult and kids bikes are available for your use. Helmets are supplied for 2 adults and 2 children. Please note it is compulsory for children under the age of 12 to wear helmets when riding on French roads.
A cot and high chair are available on request.

A complementary welcome hamper will be provided on arrival . Fresh homegrown seasonal vegetables, produce such as jams and chutneys, and eggs are available to purchase on request.

Local markets
There are markets virtually every day of the week in this area, selling wonderful local produce, including foie gras, wines, cheeses and lovely fruit and vegetables. Ribérac’s renowned market a 15 minute drive away and is held on Fridays. It is full of local quality produce and friendly faces and definitely worth a visit.

It is worth noting that most markets are over by lunchtime, so you need to be up early!

Here is a list of other markets in the area but it is not exhaustive:
Monday – Tocane St Apre (on the road to Perigueux) and Chalais
Tuesday – Brantôme (July & August), Nontron, La Roche Chalais
Wednesday – Perigueux, Bergerac, Montpon, La Tour Blanche
Thursday – St Astier
Friday – Bergerac, Brantôme, Ribérac
Saturday – Bergerac, Lalinde, Nontron, St Aulaye, Verteillac
Sunday –the local Aubeterre market, Brantôme (July & August) and Verteillac with its Antique market on the 1st Sunday of every month during the year.

There are also numerous outdoor activities within easy walking/driving distance such as the Aubeterre river beach complete with a bistro bar and activities for all the family, the Poltrot adventure play area within 2 kms, canoe hire on the Dronne river 2kms away and the Aubeterre 9 hole golf club for those wishing to play golf or at least try their hand at it. Clubs can be hired direct from the golf course.
Aubeterre Sur Dronne known as one of the best 'Beau Villages' (Beautiful Villages) in France has several outstanding restaurants, a beautiful village square hosting a Sunday food market, a bank with an ATM and numerous shops and cafes for those precious holiday momentous
The market towns of Riberac and Chalais, for all your grocery needs located within an easy 15 minute drive. If you wish to venture further afield the Beau Village of Brantôme is a 45 minute drive east , the city of Angolueme a 45 minute drive north, the capital of cognac making, the city of Cognac, is 45 minutes west and the wine making region St Emillon and Bordeaux are just over an hour away.

Hope to see you soon



Kitchen and dining

The gite has a fully equipped kitchen with a full size, fridge, electric cookery and a dishwasher . There is also a fire extinguisher, fire blanket, smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detectors in place incase of emergencies.

Living rooms

The living room has comfortable sitting for 6 one of which is a sofa bed that can convert to a bed to accommodate 2 people. The smart TV, DVD player, Freesat with English speaking tv, a Bluetooth speaker and wi-fi are available for your use.


There are 2 good sized bedrooms with wardrobes, one which has a king sized bed (2.4 long x 1.90 wide) and the other bedroom has 2 single beds. A cot and highchair are available on request.


The bathroom has a shower and toilet in it along with a 7kg washing machine for your use. A hair dryer is also supplied for your use.
There is also a small first aid kit for any mishaps, scratches or grazers.


The gite is heated by a wood fire and two radiators for those cool spring, autumn and winter nights.


The gite is equiped with a Freesat tv box which gives you access to over 150 channels for all your viewing needs, wi-fi and a Bluetooth speaker for your music.

Garden and outside

The gite has its own private outside space complete with table and chairs, a sun umbrella and a coal fired barbecue. The entertainment area overlooks our farm land and surrounding countryside.
There is a badminton set, Pétanque set and several games for inside and outside entertainment time. There is also a 10m x 5m salt water swimming pool for your use.

Parking and garages

Parking space is available within sight of the gite and can accommodate 2 cars

Visitor suitability

The gite is suitable for a couple, friends travelling together on holiday or a family as a sofa bed in the living area enables the gite to sleep 6 comfortably

Information about any additional facilities

There are 2 children and 2 adult bikes available upon request. If you want a break from cooking to enjoy one of our barmy summer pizza nights, we are happy to cook for you. Food and wine is offered at a cost per person of 15 euros for adults and 5 euro per child - please contact me if you wish to pursue this option further.


  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Meals

  • Shared pool


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Aubeterre sur Dronne
Distance: 3 km


Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Various
Name of nearest fishing location: Dronne river
Distance: 2 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: Aubeterre Golf Club
Distance: 3 km

Organic produce/dining


Name/number of nearest marked trail: Poltrot

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Cognac
Distance: 20 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Ronda Dickie

Hi we are Andrew & Ronda Dickie. We are born & bred kiwis (New Zealanders) who lived in Australia for 27 years before retiring & moving to the beautiful countryside of France. We brought an old home in serious need of a renovation, with 3 barns on 6 hectares of land. The last 2 years we devoted our time to the completion of our home renovation, creating an orchard, fencing off paddocks for sheep & chickens & establishing large veggie and flower gardens.Its now time to welcome guests to our home.

Year property purchased 2015
Why this location? Our gite is within easy driving distance of numerous beautiful and lively towns but maintains the peace and relaxation of country living which is just what you need when on holiday.
Aubeterre sur Dronne, known as one of the most beautiful villages in France is 3 km away and has several excellent restaurants, a beautiful village square, a bar, numerous village shops, a butcher, boulangerie (bakery), brocantes and a lovely river beach with a bar/bisto where you can hire canoes to cruise on the Dronne river.
Unique benefits of property Charbonnaud gite is a fully self contained cottage with 2 lovely light and airy bedrooms and a spacious open plan living/dining/ kitchen area. It has its own private outside space complete with a lovely entertainment area accessed by frenchdoors from both the living area and master bedroom. There is also a 10m x 5m salt water pool and pool house to enable you to relax and enjoy the long hot summer days. If you feel like more acitivity you can take a walk on one of the numerous walking trails, hire a canoe on the Dronne river, or take a bike ride around the area, enjoy adventure activities at the local park or try your hand at golf at the local course. If you want to explore further there are several villages within a 20 minute drive that hold weekly markets perfect for all your culinary needs. A welcome pack is provided to all guests on arrival and you can also purchase fresh homegrown veggies, relishes, chutneys and free range eggs produced on our farm.

The Owner Recommends

Local restaurants, markets and churches

The village square has several restaurants and eateries available for that long relaxing lunch or summer evening dining, two of which are Sucre and Sel and Hotel de France. For more upmarket dining we highly recommend the Au Cochon Prieur on the main road from Aubeterre to Laprade. If you want to venture further we recommend ‘a Table’ run by Jo and Alice ( as seen on a New Life in the Sun) at Cheval a 20 minute drive away.
Aubeterre holds a market every Sunday in the village square which is well worth a good look. It also has 3 permanent Brocantes for those special French antique purchases.
There are two churches to explore in Aubeterre as well as the ancient monolithic church. The ancient church itself, and its crypt, were hidden for centuries by a rock fall, and only rediscovered in the 1950’s. The sheer scale of this edifice with its nave 20 metres in height, its surrounding gallery, and the hundreds of stone tombs (“sarcophagi”) in the necropolis, bear witness to its importance as a sacred, religious destination.

2 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 10
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 Lesley and family 29 July, 2019

A wonderful give in a beautiful country setting. Well equipped, very clean and comfortable. Fabulous pool and great hosts.

10 / 10 Ed and Steph 22 June, 2018

We had an excellent week's stay. The welcome hamper was really great, especially Ronda's pickle! Everything you could wish for was provided and the cottage was very clean and comfortable. Ronda and Andrew were excellent hosts and made us very welcome. The visiting deer and rabbits were a highlight. We especially recommend a visit to Aubeterre-sur Dronne for it's historic sights and restaurants. We definitely hope to revisit soon.

Owner response

Thanks Stephanie for the review. It was lovely to have you both stay, we couldn’t have asked for better guests - you are welcome back anytime.