Bedrooms 1, Sleeps 2, Ratings 4 10/10
|Le Petit Pible Luxury Couples Gite||Self Catering||Saturday||1||2||1|
Le Petit Pible was completed in 2019. The self-contained gite forms part of the former barn and is bright and airy, decorated with a fusion of modern and shabby French chic. The frenchdoors lead out to a private patio where you can relax in the tranquil rural setting taking in the stunning views of the garden, small lake and private swimming pool. Le Petit Pible is the lower part of the converted barn. The gite is located 1km down the valley from the village of Montignac-le-Coq. The road that leads you to the property is used only by a few local people and has virtually no traffic. There is plenty of private secure parking for cars or motorcycles. It is a one bedroom gite with en suite shower room and toilet. You have a lounge/dining room with a fully equipped kitchen. There is access to a washing machine. The gite has been renovated to the highest standard, with a mix of old and new whilst retaining that genuine French feel. There is private entrance with double frenchdoors.
Le Petit Pible is surrounded by a stunning landscape often adorned by sunflowers. It has a large private garden and small lake. You can enjoy fresh locally baked croissants for breakfast, taking in the view from the large south facing private patio. Relax with a glass of local wine in the summer sun on the comfortable rattan furniture or enjoy apéros at sunset on the outside dining area.
The 10m x 5m swimming pool has a large tiled surround with sunbeds, parasol and chill-out area. The pool has a stepped entrance, a sloping base and a diving board for any budding Olympic divers.
The kitchen has been hand built with local oak and has all the equipment that you will need to practice your culinary skills or try to emulate the local chefs. There is a coffee-maker, kettle and toaster along with a built in microwave and conventional fan oven, fridge with freezer compartment and access to a chest freezer should you require additional space. There is an induction hob. An additional unit has been hand made locally and gives ample worktop space, drawers made from old wooden wine boxes and the all important wine rack. There is a 1m round dining table, hand made from locally sourced oak and built on an old treble sowing machine.
The living room has 2 club style chairs which give you a view from the picture window towards the pool and lake. You have a small book collection, reading lamp and nest of tables for this chill out moments.There is a double USB charging point and a 32" Smart tv in case you want to chill and catch a movie.
The bedroom has a very comfortable king-size bed and has a restored chalk-painted mirrored wardrobe, which was originally purchased in Russia by a local resident using her first pay cheque in the 1930s. The chic French furniture and the stone wall gives the room a very cosy feel. Further french doors lead from the bedroom to your private patio where there are stunning views over the pool, lake, surrounding garden and countryside. There is a door from the bedroom to the en suite shower/bathroom.
The en suite shower/bathroom has been completed recently and has a 'douche Italiene' walk-in shower. It has a heated towel rail and a funky mirror with its own light. A luxury modern bathroom.
There is electric heating in the lounge/diner and bathroom. The gite has been insulated using the latest efficient insulation which keep it cool in summer and warm in winter.
St Severin is 4km from Le Petit Pible and has a cafe/restaurant, a cafe/bar and a Sicilian restaurant. Aubeterre-sur-Dronne is 10km and has a number of restaurants and bars with a very lively Friday happy hour between 6 & 7pm. There is a nice restaurant and bar in Salles la Valette approximately 12km from the gite. Just ask and we can advise regarding you on the best places to go.
You will have a 10m x 3m private terrace which looks over the large garden adorned with our favourite weeping willow. There is a 26m diameter lake full of amphibians and water lillies. There is a 10m x 5m swimming pool with a very large terrace surrounding it. There is a chill out area here and sunbeams. The wi-fi stretches to this area so you can listen to your favourite tunes whilst taking in the sunshine. Why not have a sundowner under the willows and take in nature....it is all possible here at Le Petit Pible.
There is ample off road parking. There is a secure garage for any motorcyclists or cyclists.
The gite is a luxury couples gite and not suitable for children. We have France's sweetest dog, Jilly. She is part Bernese Mountain Dog and Golden Retriever and therefore not suitable for any other pets.
Tom is a Round the World Motorcyclist and can advise on local routes. He is also a long-distance cyclist having cycled from Edinburgh to Paris twice. He can advise on cycle routes in the area and can arrange bike hire from a local company with some notice.
A self contained gîte at Le Petit Pible was completed in 2019. The apartment forms part of the former barn and is bright and airy, decorated with a fusion of modern and French chic. The frenchdoors lead out to a private patio where you can relax in this very tranquil rural setting taking in the stunning views of the garden, our small lake, the private swimming pool and and surrounding countryside. Situated 10 minutes from Aubeterre-sur-Dronne (voted one of France’s most beautiful villages).
|Year property purchased||2015|
|Why this location?||Le Petit Pible is set in a valley near to the village of Montignac-le-Coq. It is surrounded by a stunning landscapes often adorned by sunflowers. It has a large private garden and small lake. Imagine enjoying freshly baked croissants for breakfast, taking in the view from the large south facing private patio. Relax with a glass of local wine in the summer sun on the comfortable rattan furniture or enjoy apéros at sunset on the outside dining area.
The 10m x 5m private swimming pool has a large tiled surround with sunbeds, parasol and chill-out area. The pool has a stepped entrance, a sloping base and a diving board for any budding Olympic divers.
We are rural but only 5 min drive to St Severin with a bar, restaurant, cafe and a small supermarket and 10 min drive to the beautiful village of Aubeterre-sur-Dronne. The market town of Riberac is a 15 min drive and has a weekly market on Friday mornings. If it is a luxury gite with a private pool you are looking for then look no further.
|Unique benefits of property||Tranquility and peace to relax and use the private pool, terrace and gardens. Property completed in January 2019 and is new on the market. Its peaceful location and beautiful surroundings with a small lake and nature all around make it the ideal place to relax and recharge. When you are ready you are only a short drive from restaurants, bars and cafes. Prior to the gite development Le Petit Pible was a B&B for three years with great reviews.|
Aubeterre-sur-Drone, approximately 10 minutes drive from Le Petit Pible, is one of the 'most beautiful villages of France' and it has an amazing underground church of St Jean, hewn out from the rock which we would say is a ‘must visit’. It is also known as the Monolithic church, Eglise Monolithique, or the troglodyte church. The village has been built up the hillside above the river Dronne in a curve of the river - giving the village the feeling of being a large amphitheatre. At the centre of the village is a lovely square filled with shops, artists' workshops and bars and restaurants where you can sit out on a sunny day and savour the atmosphere of the village. You can walk down to the river beach and have a picnic or swim in the river Dronne. For the more energetic there are several canoeing stops where you can hire a canoe and take off down the river for an hour or 2.
We are approximately 4 kilometres from the village of St Severin where you can find a bar, restaurants, a boulangerie, cash machine and a very friendly Spar mini supermarket. Try the Upcycling Cafe with its popular pizzas and burgers or stroll along to La Trattoria for some amazing Sicilian fayre. The Bar de Commerce, a family run bar serves beer, wine and spirits and caters for lunches and dinner. If it is provisions you need then pop along to the Spar supermarket where you get the biggest 'Bonjour" in town, always accompanied by a smile. Great butchers department in the supermarket. There are often events going on during the summer so please ask.
Riberac (15 minutes away) is a pleasant market town which is ideal to explore, stop for lunch or a coffee or browse the shops along the high street. It is popular with the British especially on Friday morning where you have one of the biggest markets in the area. There is another market in Chalais (15 minutes) on Monday mornings.
Look out for the mairie of Riberac (town hall) which is housed in a beautiful building. The tourist office is housed in another imposing building - the ancient gendarmerie!
Bourdeilles (40 minutes) is a lovely village which sits on the edge of the river Dronne and boasts a chateau, a moulin (mill), a medieval centre and a panoramic viewpoint.
Its main feature is its chateau which is actually two castles. There is a fortress dating back to the 13th and 14th century and which has defensive walls and an octaganal donjon 35 meters tall. Within the walls there is also a second chateau built in the Renaissance style during the 16th century. There are some lovely café/restaurants here and some interesting walks.
Brantome is 5 minutes along the road from Bourdeilles. It is an attractive town near the northern edge of the Dordogne department, sometimes known as the Venice of the Dordogne - the town has a nice mix of medieval and renaissance architecture to admire. The town is classed as one of 'les Plus Beaux Detours' in France. The Benedictine Abbey on the river's edge is superb and this along, with the old stone bridge, weir and pretty mill now turned into a splendid hotel and restaurant, all make for a very photogenic scene.
Another 5 minutes along the road from Bratome is St Jean de Cole. It has been officially classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France (les plus beaux villages de France). A charming village with ochre coloured houses, including many half-timbered houses, and lovely tiled roofs. Indeed the roofs once won the ‘finest roofs in France’ competition. The river Cole runs along one edge of the river and you can stop and admire it from the lovely little humpbacked bridge or the small river beach below. This stretch of river is very green and tranquil.
The village square, the Place de Saint Jean, is flanked on one side by the 12th century Chateau de la Marthonie. The castle has a XVth century part made up of towers and a donjon and is quite austere and added to this is a XVIIth century wing in a much softer style, built over a series of arches. One of its most famous residents was Mondot de la Marthonie who was a counselor to the Queen Mother of Francois I. He also built the nearby Chateau de Puyguilhem.
45 minutes north is the historic town of Angouleme. Angouleme is full of large wide open boulevards which stand above the original. The ramparts that protected the town, of which there are more than two kilometres remaining, hang over the Charente River and the surrounding countryside.There are lofty bell towers dotted among pink tiled rooftops and a colourful town with a pleasant disposition. Don't miss the city's museums, which are best discovered on a walking tour of the town. Every September, Angouleme's roads become race tracks as vintage cars from far and wide come to take part in its famous 'Circuit des Remparts' classic car race.
45 minutes south is the ancient city of Perigueux has a Gallo-Roman villa crowned by a glass roof which stands on one side of the town in the medieval and Renaissance district. On the other side is the Cathédrale St-Front with its Byzantine feel. This neighbourhood is the hub of the action. Shops and cafés share doorsteps on narrow pedestrian streets that are interrupted by squares with views of the astonishing cathedral. Active yet peaceful, Périgueux is a most engaging city.
Why not take a day trip to the beautiful city of Bordeaux. Historic Bordeaux offers an exceptional architectural portrait, with some 5,000 buildings dating from the 18C. The extensive restoration programme has restored the glorious colour of the honey-coloured stone, extracted from local quarries. Admire the facades of the bourgeois homes adorned with mascarons. These keystone medallions are generally human heads, often grotesque, and also feature symbols related to wine (leaves, twines, barrels). A walk around the "village" of Les Chartrons, with its many shops, or the Bassin à flot and Bassin de la Bastide on the other side of the Garonne, reveal a city that is at once chic and bohemian, peaceful and festive. Bordeaux is well deserving of its place in any list of must-see cities.
Just half an hour away from the city of Bordeaux on the way back to the gite is Saint-Emilion. Saint-Emilion isn't much of a secret with wine lovers. It's known for its Grand Cru wine and it's actually one of Bordeaux's largest winemaking appellations. It is a charming medieval village located in the heart of the famous Bordeaux wine area. It is a very unique site where world-famous wineries, fine wine, beautiful architecture and great monuments are a perfect match. Why not sign up for a wine tasting that can be arranged by the Tourist Office.
A week of pure relaxing and quality living, the gite was a delight with all the necessary amenities and equipment, a walk in shower, and a very comfortable bed. The setting is idyllic, a large lawn leading down to a swimming pool with plenty of loungers and cushions. The quietness and tranquility is amazing. We were welcomed as long lost friends by our host, Tom and his delightful dog, Jilly. Many hours were passed in a friendly social atmosphere. We even managed to do some of the sights, the kayaking on La Dronne and Aubeterre-sur-Dronne were highlights as well as Brantôme. We had a great time and have secured another week next summer to continue our relaxation ;-)
We would recommend this property, hurry because it will book fast!!
Thank for the great review. It was great having you here at Le Petit Pible and look forward to your visit next year. Jilly is missing you!
The standard of accommodation provided by Tom & Pam at Le Petit Pible is what everyone in the holiday rental market should aspire to. Absolutely 10’s across the board, from the standard of the newly furnished self contained apartment to the little thoughtful extras they provide! From the daily ‘to do board’ to the provision of Bluetooth speakers for the pool. They have thought of everything that you could possibly need. The informal atmosphere and the fact that nothing is too much trouble. We had the most relaxing week ever and we’ve been travelling and staying in France for nearly 20 years.
Thank you both so much for the chance to experience your hospitality. Best wishes for the future
Thank you for the great review. It was a pleasure having you here at Le Petit Pible and look forward to your next visit. Pam and Tom
We spent a week there in late July when the heat wave was enveloping the country, even so the Gite remained cool due to the thick walled construction.
A great property and garden including an excellent swimming pool, with everything is in perfect condition.
The owners are very accommodating and sociable without being intrusive, definitely worth a re-visit.
Thank you both for the lovely review. It was great having you here at Le Petit Pible and we are so glad you enjoyed your holiday. Hope to see you back here in the future.
We had a fantastic 11 days at Le Petit Pible Gite. The gite itself if immaculately finished with everything you could need. Fantastic shower and extremely comfy bed! It’s so peaceful at Le Petit Pible which makes it the perfect place to relax, whether that’s during the day by the pool with a nice cold drink or in the evenings on the lovely patio watching the sunset over the sunflower fields. Tom and Pam go above and beyond to make sure you have everything you need and are very knowledgable about the surrounding areas if you fancy going out to explore or even taking a day trip to somewhere nearby. We have had fab visits to Bourdeilles, Brantome, Perigeux and St Emillion - all of which are under 2 hours away.
You could however just stay at the gite the whole time. Exclusive use of the large and well kept pool was fantastic and we love McTiki’s bar which runs as an honesty bar - well stocked and a great idea! There’s even a Bluetooth speaker in the gite so that you can enjoy your music whilst your there as well which we thought was a great touch. Overall, a relaxing holiday and we both felt really at home!
Thanks Tom and Pam, see you again soon!
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