Gite with on-site fishing lake in Charente - PC006379

Chirac (5km from Chabanais), Charente, Poitou Charentes Reference: PC006379 Advertiser since: 11 May 2018
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Acorn Lake Self Catering Saturday 2 6 1 Trundle bed that makes an additional 2 single beds

About this property

Gite with On-site Fishing Lake and Pool, Charente. This cottage/gite is in a village setting.

Set in 6 acres of beautiful French countryside, our peaceful gite with all amenities is the ideal base to explore the surrounding areas or fish in our own private spring fed 2 acre lake. The lake contains carp up to 30lb, roach, perch, sturgeon, a catfish, pike and sunfish. There is an enclosed children's play area with swings, slides, badminton net and rackets. There is also an above ground circular splash swimming pool. There is a small enclosed garden with patio furniture but you have full use of the grounds and woodland where you will see red squirrels, various birds and even deer. The owners property is on-site.

We are in a quiet and peaceful village and a 5 minute stroll will take you to the friendly bar/restaurant L'Azur.

The town of Chabanais with all amenities is approximately a 10 minute drive.

There is lots to do and see including, river canoeing, golfing, leisure lakes, amusement parks, chateaus and lots of photographic opportunities.

If you are into astronomy the night sky is pretty good here.



Kitchen and dining

The kitchen has an electric cooker, microwave, toaster, kettle, fridge-freezer, crockery, pans, cutlery, ironing board and iron.

There is a dining table seating 6 and also a patio set for outside dining.

Living rooms

The living room has comfy sofas, coffee-table, tv with English channels, dvd player and dvd's, PS2 with games, various books, radio/cd player and a log burner.


Bedroom 1
Double bed with bedside tables, chest of drawers, hanging rail, hairdryer and fan.

Bedroom 2
Three single beds (one of which is a trundle), chest of drawers, hanging rail and fan.


Bath with shower, sink, toilet and blow heater.


Electric heaters and wood burner.


PS2 & games, tv with English channels, dvd player and dvd's and books.

Above ground splash pool, play area with swings and slide and badminton. Free wi-fi. (please be aware our internet connection is typical of rural France, we do have a wi-fi hot-spot with picnic bench where the connection is better)

Garden and outside

Patio area with garden furniture, sun loungers and bbq.

Enclosed play area for children.

Above ground pool.

Two acre fishing lake, which contains carp up to 30lb, roach, perch, sturgeon, pike, a catfish and sunfish, which is about a 2 minute walk though our grounds and all exclusive for your use.

Picnic tables by lake, splash pool and play area.

The night sky is amazing, especially in August with the Perseid metor shower.

Parking and garages

Parking on-site.

Visitor suitability

Suitable for families, children, couples, groups of friends, anglers, walkers and cyclists.

Information about any additional facilities

Highchair and travelcot provided.

Landing nets and unhooking mats provided.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • Pets welcomed *

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Splash pool

* Vet details: Clinique Veterinaire Bonnat Celle Cremoux Place de la Gare 16150 Chabanais 05 45 89 05 25


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Confolens
Distance: 12.6 km


Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Carp, Perch, Roach, Pike, 1 Large Catfish, 2 x Sturgeon
Name of nearest fishing location: Fishing lake on-site

Fishing on-site


Name and address of nearest golf course: Golf de St Junien - Lieu Dit les Jouberties, 87200 Saint Junien Tel: +33 5 55 02 96 96
Distance: 20 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Centre Equestre des Lacs de Haute Charente Chez le Mineur, Pressignac
Distance: 14.3 km


Name/number of nearest marked trail: Many walking routes

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr Dean Daly

We are a family of 4 and decided to take the plunge and move to France. Our 2 girls are fully bilingual and love the countryside. We have experienced life which we could never do in the UK from taking on orphan lambs and bottle feeding them and having pet ducks and chickens.

Year property purchased 2009
Why this location? We are set in the beautiful countryside with lots of history and attractions. The Charente is situated on the borders of the Limousin and the Dordogne. Temperature wise it is reputed to be the second sunniest climate in France.
Unique benefits of property Guests will have sole use of the pool, grounds and lake. Take a picnic down to the lake whilst trying to catch carp, roach, perch sturgeon and catfish. We are in a quiet and peaceful village, a 5 minute stroll will take you to our friendly local bar/restaurant L'Azur. Only 10 minutes away is the town of Chabanais with all amenities. There is lots to do and see including, river canoeing, golfing, leisure lakes, amusement parks, chateaux and lots of photographic opportunities.

The Owner Recommends

Canoeing on the River Vienne

The canoeing centre is based at Exideuil and is just under a 10 minute drive from us. The session is approximately 2.5 hours and the organisers will pick you up at your finishing point at Manot and take you back to your vehicle at Exideuil. The owners also run the bar/restaurant there, so why not finish off the day with a refreshing drink and perhaps a bite to eat.


The medieval town of Confolens is approx 20 mins away and is famed for its folk festival in August where artists from around the world come to perform in the towns cobbled streets.

Oradour-sur-Glane War Memorial

For anyone with an interest in history, we recommend a visit to the war memorial at the town of Oradour sur Glane. On 10 June 1944, the idyllic French village of Oradour-sur-Glane was completely destroyed and 642 innocent men, women and children were massacred by soldiers in Hitler's elite Waffen-SS army. The ruins of the martyred village have been preserved exactly as it was left as a reminder of German barbarity.

Adventure Parc, Massignac

Aerial adventure park where children and adults walk, swing, zip wire and climb between trees. A great family day out.

La Vallée des Singes (Monkey Park)

Approx 1 hour away - a great day out, discover the largest concentration of chimpanzees in Europe. Meet 34 primate species in a place where the animals roam freely within 18 hectares of a natural wooded park area. Watch feeding-times throughout the day. Since it opened, Monkey Valley has seen over 700 births.
Discover what goes on behind the scenes at the Valley as various exhibits show you what happens when a new monkey arrives, teach you about their everyday routine, and discuss research conducted at this site. There is a mini-farm too, where the children can pet goats and sheep. Game and snack areas.

Leisure lake - Videix

A large leisure lake with a beach where you can swim or hire a pedalo. There are also walks and cycle tracks around the lake and various cafes.


Approx 1.5 hour drive but definitely worth it. Brantome is an idyllic village located to the north of Perigueux on the banks of the River Dronne. The town is known locally as the Venice of Perigord. Wooded cliffs loom up behind the beautiful Benedictine abbey and the river Dronne runs around the village in front of a Benedictine Abbey. There is a small weir and a lovely and unusual right-angled stone bridge to add to the beauty of the scene. During a walk around the rest of the small village of Brantome you can see various examples of medieval and renaissance architecture. The town also boasts a selection of good restaurants including the Michelin starred Moulin de l’Abbaye. Market day is Friday in Brantome


Calling all vintage and classic car lovers - The Circuit des Remparts is held in Angouleme (approx 50 mins away) in September where vintage and classic cars are shown then raced

Angouleme is also known as the The Comic Strip Capital - Located in three superb buildings in the town centre beside the Charente, the International Centre is one of the most important bases across the world for both comic strip and image technology, ensuring that comic strip is an important element of life in Angoulême throughout the year. (The International Comic Strip Festival is held here every year)

La Rochefoucauld

A picturesque Chateau town on the river Tardoire. An impressive sight from the outside, you enter the castle between two imposing round towers. Inside, particular highlights include a grand spiral staircase, the inner courtyard with three tiers of arcades, and various other decorative features and carefully furnished rooms. As a bit of fun you can also dress up in period costume.

2 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 9.5
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 9.5
  • Local Amenities: 9.5
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
9.7 / 10 Nik and Carrie 3 October, 2019

Lovely private lake with some big carp. Good sized gite with low ceiling upstairs ,but you get used to it! Dean and Veena our hosts were welcoming and very helpful. Nice little bar / restaurant a 5 minute walk away. Recommended.

Owner response

Dear Nik and Carrie

Thank you for your comments, we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay at Acorn Lake and that the fishing was good for you.

It was lovely meeting you both. Timmy & Diesel send their "woof woofs" to you :)

Kind regards
Veena & Dean

10 / 10 Paul Richardson 27 August, 2019

Well what can I say about Acorn Lake apart from how fantastic the place is and how fantastic the owners are. The gite is nice and very comfortable (just watch your head on the selling in the bedroom 🤣🤣) The fishing is great had carp to 26.6 , plenty to do out and about their is a lovely lake about 20 mins away with two beaches and loads of water sports .

would highly recommend Acorn lake this was our 3rd visit in 4 years
Perfect place to relax .

Thank Dean , Veena , Megan and Cara for being the perfect hosts ,

Owner response

Dear Paul, Jo, Louie & Mille
Thank you very much for your kind comments, as always it's lovely to see you all and great to catch up, especially down local bar/restaurant :). It's great that the kids (teens!) get on so well together and still keep in contact.
Hope to see you again.
Kind regards
Dean, Veena, Megan and Cara