Poolside gite for holidays in Charente - PC006588

9km from Mallaville, Charente, Poitou Charentes Reference: PC006588 Advertiser since: 19 September 2018
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Apartement Ruisseau Self Catering Saturday 2 4 1 Crib

About this property

Apartement Ruisseau 2, 3 or 4 Guests Next to Pool. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Apartement Ruisseau with its 2 bedrooms is the ideal accommodation for a family or 2 couples. It is situated adjacent to the main residence of the complex. It retains complete privacy from the main building with its own private entrance to the rear of the property, overlooking the swimming pool and terrace area. It has its own large private terrace ideal for "al fresco" dining either for lunch or a relaxing dinner in the evening facing the glorious sunsets of the western sky. The Apartement Ruisseau is perfectly situated to visit the coast of Royan or to amble slowly around the towns of Angouleme and Cognac.

Chateauneuf sur Charente is our closest town built in the plains and hills bordering the Charente with 3500 inhabitants. On market days Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays it is a place where people gather to sit and catch up in the local bars and cafes whilst leisurely shopping. There are 2 large supermarkets, 3 banks, chemists, bars, restaurants, doctors and a hospital. In the opposite direction is the town of Barbezieux St Hilaire which is larger than Chateauneuf with more restaurants a larger market and a hospital with an emergency department. Jonzac is just 15 minutes drive away where there is a large leisure complex with indoor and outdoor swimming, gym, solarium and spa. This pretty village has a market on Fridays and there are plenty of bars and restaurants to explore.

Bordeaux Airport 1 hour, Limoges Airport 1 hour 30 mins. Poitiers Airport 1 hr 20 mins. Bergerac Airport 2 hours. La Rochelle Airport 2 hours.
Car hire is available from Bordeaux, Limoges and Poitiers Airports and also from Angouleme rail station. Hertz, Europcar and Avis are all recommended companies.The channel ports are also very accessible. A car is essential for getting around.

The Charente is a beautiful unspoilt area of France. Set in the heart of the Cognac vineyard region it is an excellent location to access many of the local towns and surrounding areas. The landscape is rich and varied with acres of sunflowers and vines. The climate is temperate and comfortable with an average temperature of around 25 degrees but often reaching over 30 degrees. We are ideally situated for visiting many of the regional activities of the area. Cognac is a 30 minute drive where you can visit many world famous distilleries. Or if you prefer, the picturesque vineyards of St Emillion are a pleasant hours drive away. Our nearest city is Angouleme inhabited from the year 600 and is the capital of the Charente. It is known as the City of Festivals set high above the old city walls with views for miles around. The festivals begin in January with the cartoon/comic strip event, the “Musique Metisses” in May, the classic car race and rallye, “Circuit des Remparts” in September and the piano festival, “Piano en Valois” in October just to mention a few. It is a lively and still very much a French town with an abundance of excellent bars and restaurants for your pleasure.



Kitchen and dining

The recently fitted kitchen includes dishwasher, electric cooker/hob, microwave, fridge-freezer and washing machine. It has been fitted to highest standard for your comfort and convenience.
An open plan lounge dining area is slightly separated by a small wall from the lounge, and outside is a large terrace/patio area that is set back for privacy and 'al fresco' dining for morning, lunch or dinner.

Living rooms

Apartment Ruisseau has been carefully planned to make our clients feel relaxed and stress free whilst accommodating the needs of all 4 people to the highest of standards. The downstairs of the property has an open plan living/eating area (27sqm) fitted with Sky freeview television, a dvd and cd player. It has been fitted for your comfort and convenience. The property is generously equipped to make your holiday as stress free as we possibly can.


The 2 double bedrooms are airy and cool and light. The main bedroom (17 sqm) contains a double bed, plenty of storage space and individual balcony. The second bedroom (10.5 sqm) is equipped with twin beds.

Both bedrooms are light and airy with beautifully finished wooden beams, and have drawers, wardrobe, bedside tables and lamps, while the master also has a dressing table. Original features such as the mini Charentaise windows give both rooms a lovely cottage feel. The rooms are centrally heated and lead out onto the open landing that takes you out onto it's own private balcony that looks over the pool.


Large, light and airy because it benefits also from a Charentaise window and velux roof window. The bathroom also benefits from a lower and higher sink, so that the little members of your family can easily reach.

There is a large walk-in shower cubicle and a toilet just outside the bathroom door on the landing at the top of the stairs.


The rooms are centrally heated with radiators upstairs and underfloor heating throughout the living area downstairs.
A coal effect free standing electric fan heater is also in the lounge.


Local restaurants within the area, play parks with river/lake beaches, rivers, lakes towns of interests, Cognac tours, wine tours, beautiful countryside for picnics. Cycling, kayaking, go- ape zip wire/zipwire parks. Futurescope, the coast of Royan. etc etc…
Bikes are available with table tennis and badmington, with an area for ball games.

Garden and outside

Apartement Ruisseau is adjacent to the main residence of the complex. It retains complete privacy from the main building with its own private entrance to the rear of the property, overlooking the swimming pool and terrace area. The swimming pool is 9m x 5m complete with security alarm. The property is not suitable for those with wheelchairs.
The property is provided with patio tables and chairs for all the gites; they are located on the terrace and in the garden to ensure sun all day and early evening, it is ideal for eating breakfast, lunch and dinner outside. Sun loungers and umbrellas are also provided for the garden and the pool area. Each of the gites is equipped with a barbecue and tools for al fresco dining. The gites have their own parking area.
Bikes are available with table tennis, darts with an area for ball games, such as football, frizbee and badminton.

Parking and garages

Free parking outside on grassed lawns.

Information about any additional facilities

Our gite is family friendly where you can be sure of first class hospitality and a warm welcome from the owners who strive to make your holiday as enjoyable as possible. A welcome pack is included on arrival. All towels, bed linen and pool towels are provided. Access to Internet is provided through site-wide wi-fi. Should you wish to have a mid-stay clean please let us know and we can provide further details. Bikes are available with table tennis and badminton, with an area for ball games. Our gite is fully central heated and is strictly non-smoking. There is room for a childs cot (which we can provide) and we can also provide a highchair if necessary.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Shared pool


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Barbezieux
Distance: 12 km


Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Varied
Name of nearest fishing location: Charente River
Distance: 9 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: Hirondelle Golf Course, Angouleme
Distance: 26 km

Mountain biking

Distance: 2 km


Name/number of nearest marked trail: Locally


Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: G et C Raby, Segonzac
Distance: 13 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr Ian John Shufflebotham

Ian and Val both met in the South of France 25 years ago and after living back in the UK and having 2 young girls, decided to leave the corporate life behind them for a less stressful, peaceful rural lifestyle, in search for a better quality of life.

Year property purchased 2015
Why this location? It is ideal for walks, cycling, mountain biking, photography, art, fishing, history, Cognac tours etc.
It is also in a beautiful area of the Charente, the first region of the Grande Champagne with miles of vineyards and sunflower fields.
Maison Ruisseau is a beautiful restored Charentaise house dating back to 1838 with a beautifully matured open courtyard garden of wild flowers, lavender, wisteria, jasmine, honeysuckle and a beautiful fig tree.
We took over this business of 3 gites, each with it's quality, charentaise style and individuality, and to increase it's popularity as a home away from home in one of the most beautiful regions of France.
Unique benefits of property Rural for peace and tranquility while not being too far from local amenities, such as supermarkets etc. Maison Ruisseau has a private pool but shared between our 3 gites, it is an in ground 9 x 5 metre swimming pool with a large surrounding terrace area. It gives our guests plenty of room, even with full occupancy of max 10-12 people. Note, we normally only have 6 people in 2 gites. We also find with all gites occupied most people go out to explore the area and region. All of our gites are well furnished to a high standard and each of them light and airy. We have a beautiful walled tiered courtyard garden with a fig tree and numerous lovely flowers.
It is ideal for Walks, Cycling, Mountain biking, Photography, Art, Fishing, History, Cognac Tours etc.

The Owner Recommends

La Doci

Local French restaurant approximately 3km away

Le Mas Charentais

Local French restaurant 10km away

La Boule D'Or

Local French restaurant 10km away

1 Review
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 10
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 John Jones 28 July, 2019

The gite and facilities were first rate and our hosts Ian and Val were very helpful with local information on day trips and also places to eat out.The pool complex was always kept clean and tidy.