Step back to a slower pace of life this summer, surrounded by fields of sunflowers and maize. Sunset Cottage, one of two of our lovingly restored holiday homes, next to our own converted farmhouse, near the lovely village of Verteuil-sur-Charente. In an ideal location for walking or cycling to discover the rare varieties of wildflowers, wildlife and birds on our doorstep.
The cottage sleeps 5 in 3 bedrooms. Relax in the pool area and cool off in the 10m a 5m pool. Enjoy eating al fresco on one of your 2 terraces, experience a slice of life in rural France, relax outside with a glass of wine on a warm summer evening and enjoy the spectacular night skies.
Just two and a half kilometres, from the cottage, is the lovely village of Verteuil sur Charente. In the village are all amenities including a baker, post office, butcher/charcuterie, village shop, hairdresser and bars/restaurants and of course the beautiful chateau.
Outside the front of the cottage is a patio and a terrace to the side. There is garden furniture, parasols and a barbecue. Surrounding the property is an acre of land, which is mainly grass. The whole outside area is fenced and has double gates for access. There are no immediate neighbours, the nearest being 500m away. The property has plenty of parking space.
Champ Giraud is surrounded by fields of maize, sunflowers and woods with tracks and paths ideal for walking and cycling. There is plenty of wildlife to spot including, deer, foxes, hare and buzzards. The clear night skies are spectacular, because of no light pollution, ideal for star gazing.
Ruffec (5km) has large supermarkets, various shops, bars and restaurants, indoor and outdoor pool, 2 screen cinema, train station and a weekly market. Canoes can be hired from here and you can meander down to Verteuil.
Within easy driving distance for a day out are the towns of Poitiers (Futuroscope), Limoges (porcelain), Angouleme (home of the Comic Book and Ramparts Race) and Cognac (visit a distiling house or experience the Blues Festival in early July). Kids will enjoy Monkey Valley 30 minutes away. The coastal town of La Rochelle and west coast sandy beaches are about one and a half hours drive, visit the Marais Poitevin (Green Venice) on the way.
The medieval town of Confolens is 45 minutes away. It is particularly famous for its international folklore festival of song and dance in August.
Oradour-sur-Glane is a village that was brutally destroyed by the Nazis in WWII and now preserved as a memorial. It stands today exactly as it was left on 10th June 1944. A very moving and worthwhile experience.
The area has a lot to offer for interesting days out and we can advise on day trips in different directions.
Dogs welcome on request, we have a 17 year old Breton Spaniel and two cats.
A taxe de sejour (tourist tax) is payable per adult per night. As from January 2019 this must be worked out by the nightly rate and number of adults staying and must be paid separately to the owners prior to leaving. You will receive a receipt on payment and the fees paid are sent to the local tourist office.
This property can be rented with property PC006618 Sunrise Cottage if you would like to share your holiday with family or friends.
The kitchen is well equipped with a gas hob, electric oven, microwave, toaster, washing machine, kettle, fridge and freezer. All the crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils that you should need are available. The dining area has a large farmhouse table which seats 5 and a sideboard with all the crockery, cutlery, glasses and dishes that you will need. There is high chair for a baby/toddler.
The cottage is comfortably furnished. In the lounge area is a woodburner, 2 x 3 seater settees and a matching armchair. There is a flat screenTV showing all French and English free to view channels, dvd player and a selection of books and dvds. We offer unlimited WiFi broadband access and many games that can be borrowed.
The large double bedroom has a chest of drawers, hanging space and bedside cabinets. The twin bedroom has a chest of drawers, bedside tables and a fitted cupboard for hanging clothes and storage. Both bedrooms have the traditional little floor level windows, exposed beams and roof windows. The third bedroom is a single with bedside cabinet and chest of drawers. A travel cot is available on request.
Bathroom with corner bath/shower, basin and toilet with electric fan heater.
Main heating via wood burner with electric wall heaters in the bedrooms.
Flat screen tv showing all French and English free to view channels, dvd player with a selection of dvds, stereo system and a collection of books. There is also unlimited wi-fi connection and games are available to borrow.
Above ground 10m x 5m pool, with decking at pool hight for summer 2019
Table tennis, snooker, boules
Immediately outside, the cottage has 2 terraces, one to the side and the other at the front, making the most of the sun or shade, if you prefer, throughout the day. Have your breakfast, of freshly baked croissants from the village boulanger or enjoy an aperitif and a bbq in the evening looking out over the garden to the fields beyond.
Ample on site parking
I have spent 30+ years in working in engineering in the UK and the last 10 years in the building trade in France, its time to slow down and enjoy life more. Liz my partner worked as a nurse and teacher before coming to France 14 years ago and has decided its time to do the same. So gites it is!
|Year property purchased||2018|
|Why this location?||Moved to the Haute Vienne when I came to France then moved to the Charente 4 years ago, Liz has been in the Charente since she moved here.. Of all the places we have lived in France Verteuil sur Charente is unquestionably the nicest most picturesque village with commerces in quite a large surrounding area.|
|Unique benefits of property||Close proximity to local commerces but in a rural location..The best of both worlds!|
Tours every afternoon in the summer by a French guide but in English as well as French...perhaps followed by a drink in wine cave
Working watermill that can be seen working for free and making "The best brioche in France" according to James Martin
Rental of canoes available from the nearby town of Ruffec (5kms) or further afield in Mansle (15kms)
Excellent English run restaurant with good priced "plat du jour"
Visit Cognac, perhaps do some tasting tours of the distilleries or a trip on the river on one of the riverboat tours
Take a picnic for a day trip and see the large selection of monkeys and apes at the Vallee des Singes.. great with the kids or just as a couple.
Visit the historic port of La Rochelle, only 1.5hrs away. Have a romantic stroll and a plat du jour around the harbor and maybe visit the various museums or the large aquarium
Only an hour away at Poitiers