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