Charming cottage to let in the Charente - PC006477

Pillac (7km from Aubeterre-sur-Dronne), Charente, Poitou Charentes Reference: PC006477 Advertiser since: 28 June 2018
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La Forge Self Catering Saturday 2 4 2 Cots for babies can be provided

About this property

Charming Cottage in a Beautiful Area of the Charente. This cottage/gite is in a village setting.

This charming cottage is converted from an old stone Forge building. Pillac is a small hamlet which is on the borders of the Charente and the Dordogne separated by the river Dronne. It overlooks beautiful countryside ideal for walking and cycling etc. The village of Saint-Severin is 10 minutes’ drive away and has a Spar Supermarket, Post Office, Restaurants and Bar/Cafes. There is a 9 hole Golf Course locally and just an easy stroll takes you to the village of Bors with a lovely Pub/Microbrewery.

This region is known for its great climate with sun drenched summers, rolling green hills and valleys as far as you can see, and all the history you could ever need. The food and drink is superb and the people are welcoming. The area is a paradise for wine lovers who may wish to visit the numerous chateaux and wine caves on the Bordeaux wine trail.

Pillac is located on the Charente / Dordogne border in a beautiful valley in rural South West France. Nearby villages are full of activity, with places to visit, dine and drink. The picturesque old Roman town of Aubeterre Sur Dronne, which was recently listed as one of the prettiest villages in France is only a bike ride away. Wander up through the winding streets to the 12th century subterranean church carved out of the rock or enjoy a drink on the village square with its variety of shops, eateries and museums, all overlooked by a 1000 year old Chateau. Alternatively walk down to the river beach for a swim, relax or a bite to eat.

Slightly further are the market towns of Chalais and Riberac (with one of the biggest markets in France!). Further still, about a 45 minute drive, are the capital towns of Angouleme and Perigeux which offer a wider and more sophisticated range of shops in a typically French setting. Brantome, nicknamed the ‘Venice of Perigord’ is well worth a visit at a similar distance.

Also within easy reach are towns such as St. Emilion, Bergerac, Cognac and Bordeaux, all famous for their wines and spirits and equally beautiful places to visit. Beyond Bordeaux are the unspoilt beaches of the Atlantic coast with several superb resorts all within a reasonable drive.

Local activities range from walking, sightseeing, tree climbing, canoeing, cycling, fishing, or even jet–skiing and quad biking to name but a few. Wine tasting and degustation are of course a staple part of the French experience!

There are a variety of local festivals, fetes and firework displays that take place throughout the summer in the local villages and towns. These are aimed at all ages and generally take place between the months of June and September.

Children will find plenty to occupy themselves and their families with activities ranging from crazy golf, horse riding and tree top adventure's to daytrip’s to the popular attractions of Aqualand Water Park, La Palmyre Zoo and Futuroscope.
Longeveau Golf Resort is ten minutes’ drive away which has pretty nine hole course and tennis



Kitchen and dining

The property is centred around an open plan kitchen/dining room/living room. Double doors lead out into the lawned garden with an above ground swimming pool. It is south facing and so benefits from a sunny aspect all day.

Living rooms

Open Plan with 3 seater sofa and 2 armchairs.
A desk and chair.
Music System
Dvd Player
Stone floors with 2 rugs.
Table and chairs for 4 can extend to 6/8


A step up from the lounge leads to the entrance of 2 bedrooms both with vaulted ceilings, timber beams and oak floors. One double with en suite bathroom and walk in shower with double doors that open out onto the terrace and garden.


The other with twin beds side cabinet and a stand alone wardrobe. An en suite bathroom with roll top bath, also with doors leading out onto the lawned garden.


There is a substantial wood burning stove with a log store just outside the main living room door.
There are electric heaters in both bedrooms and electric towel rails in both bathrooms.
There are also remote controlled fans in both bedrooms.


Music nights locally.
Theatre & Cinema Locally
One hour to Bordeaux by car many attractions and wine tours available.
One hour and fifteen minutes by car to the west coast of France and a little further to the loverly seaside resort of La Rochelle.
Leisure Activities:-
Bird watching, horse riding, scenic drives,
Sightseeing, walking, cycling, equestrian events, fishing, fly fishing,
Golf, hiking, mountain biking, swimming, tennis.

Garden and outside

Outside is a loverly floral garden with a table and chairs for 4 with a parasol.
There is a further waught iron table and 3 chairs.
There is an above ground swimming pool 4.5 mtrs round with good depth.
Here are 2 sunbeds with covers.
There is a charcoal bbq
A shaded area is just outside the blue bedroom which has a tiled roof and cane seating for 2 people.

Parking and garages

There is ample space for 2 cars on the driveway behind double lockable gates.

Visitor suitability

Suitable for families 2 Adults & 2 Children.
OR 4 Adults looking for a peacefull location.
Not wheelchair friendly due to a step up to the bedrooms (sorry)
Small pets are allowed but not allowed in the bedrooms.
This is a no smoking permitted in the property.

Information about any additional facilities


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Pets welcomed *

  • Linen

  • Private pool

* Vet details: In Riberac


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Aubeterre
Distance: 7 km


Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Carp, Barbell, Perch, Carp
Name of nearest fishing location: River Dronne Aubeterre
Distance: 7 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: Longeveau Golf, Pillac.
Distance: 3 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Blanzac Porcheresse
Distance: 28 km

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: St Emilion



Name/number of nearest marked trail: Pillac


Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Local
Distance: 5 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr Robert Banton

Kath and I live between Spain and France, we love the opportunity to explore both cultures. I have over 35 years in the wine trade and Kath has been involved in property management in Spain for 15 years. We bought La Forge this year and are presently renovating the cottage next door.

Year property purchased 2018
Why this location? We just love the peace and quiet in this tranquil setting and so close to Aubeterre sur Dronne voted one of the prettiest villages in France.
Unique benefits of property Very well presented to a high standard of finish. Clean and full of French property charm. It has everything you will need for a comfortable holiday, change of top quality bedding and towels each week. Pool towels also provided.I have left some golf clubs and tennis rackets for your use if you so wish.

The Owner Recommends

Riberac Market

A must on a Friday


Explore the quaint village

3 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 9.3
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 Julie bodle 16 September, 2019

Le Forge is a wonderful holiday home.
Clean , comfortable and has everything you could possibly need whilst staying.
A welcome pack was left for us when we arrived,and it far exceeded the norm.
Our names were on the plaque at the front door to greet us..super.
Venturing inside we were greeted with a french feeling home so welcoming.
Set in the pretty and quiet hamlet of Pillac where the only pleasant disturbance is the church bells, which I looked forward to everyday.
A perfect setting for visiting the most amazing countryside and sights.
Highly recommended and we shall return
Thank you

10 / 10 The Cooks 12 August, 2019

We wanted peace and quiet and that’s what we got! La Forge is lovely! Well equipped, and very comfortable. The nearest bar, restaurant etc is about 5kms away. The local people are extremely friendly and helpful. Many thanks to Ed and Carolyn who are on hand to give assistance if required. A very pretty setting and a fantastic place to unwind. Thank you.

10 / 10 Philip C 22 July, 2019

La Forge is simply stunning!!

When we made the booking for La Forge at Pillac we hoped that at the very least there would be a comfortable bed to sleep in. That maybe some of the kitchen utensils would be usable for actually making a meal. I am sure you get the picture.
Upon arrival at Pillac, from the moment that we opened the door to the property we realised that we had arrived at somewhere very special. The place was spotlessly clean, with everything that you could possibly need to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Everything in the place is quality from the bed linen, bath & pool towels, Kitchen appliances and utensils. There are fans in each bedroom that work a treat. This is a very well cared for property.
The garden along with plunge pool is more than enough for a couple to have a most enjoyable stay. There are plenty of shaded areas for when the sun is at it height.
The local area around Pillac is rural France at it's best. With all amenities required within a short distance. There are some great places to eat in Aubeterre Sur Dronne which is within a short drive,
In short, if like me you always hope that your hard earned money will not be wasted on another Gite full of second hand poor quality furnishings, fear not. From the moment of making the booking, contact from the owner more than enough with plenty of helpful advice.

La Forge is the real deal, get it booked. You will not be dissapointed.

Owner response

We really can't thank you enough for your kind words and we are so glad you found La Forge so comfortable. We are very lucky to be in such a accessible location.
We have received many nice comments left in our visitors book but it is so good of you to have taken the time to leave your review on the sight. Much appreciated.
We hope you will one day be able to return again when you need a break from the grind.
Thanks again.
Kind regards Rob & Kath