Holiday gite for 6 with pool in Charente - PC007261

Brie-sous-Chalais (5km from Chalais), Charente, Poitou Charentes Reference: PC007261 Advertiser since: 16 September 2019
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Maison du Bonheur Self Catering Saturday 3 6 2

About this property

Peace, Tranquility and a Little Bit of Heaven. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Maison du Bonheur our little bit of heaven with a Pool!!
A self contained cottage sharing the 1 acre grounds with the owners house.

A beautiful 8x4 metre swimming pool looks out over the adjoining fields. We are set at the end of a lane in peace and tranquility.

The large, eat-in kitchen leads into a beautiful lounge with wood burning fireplace and plenty of seating. Two spacious double bedrooms, 1 en suite and 1 main bathroom can be found on the main floor. Upstairs, you'll find the third bedroom with panoramic country views.

The grounds have many fruit trees including, apples, pears, plums, peaches, figs, pomegranates and kiwis! There is plenty of room to kick a football, play badminton or boules.

A perfect getaway with friends & family, not only for the summer months but also available throughout the year including Christmas & New Year. A roaring log fire, good wine & food and lots of places to walk off the turkey & mince pies :-)

Very private, but the owners are at hand to answer any questions or help. The hosts would like to think when guests are not on the property they would be kind enough to allow the hosts to use the pool.



Kitchen and dining

The newly refurbished well equipped kitchen and dining room includes a dishwasher, cooker with grill, microwave and fridge-freezer. A large kitchen table with ample of room for all to share a meal.

To make sure you enjoy your long lazy French breakfasts, we supply a coffee filter machine and of course a kettle for the tea lovers. The kitchen will always have the essential first morning coffee, tea, sugar and milk so no need to worry about that. If you would also like us to supply the croissants just let us know!

Living rooms

The living room offers a spacious, homely and cosy area with logburner set in a beautiful Charentaise fireplace.

There is plenty of comfortable seating and a flat screen tv with English channels and a dvd player just in case you get tired of sitting around the pool! The windows & frenchdoors look out over the large courtyard area and the garden. In the garden you will find the bbq and outdoor eating area.


Bedroom 1 - The butterfly room is newly decorated to compliment the Charentaise fireplace which is the main feature of this double bedroom. There is plenty of space for a cot if needed. Just 6 steps to the main bathroom.

Bedroom 2 - is the en suite double bedroom. Newly renovated from an old store room with barn doors. These doors are now the shutters and frame the amazing view from the window seat looking across to Bardenac and its church spire. The furniture is a lovely dark wood in original french style which compliments the crisp white paintwork.

Bedroom 3 - leading from the stairs in the living room, has also been newly renovated. This is a twin room, which is great for the children or adults alike. We supply a stairgate at the top and bottom of the stairs.


We have 2 bathrooms both on the ground floor. The main bathroom also has a cupboard that houses the washing machine for your convenience.

The other is the new en suite shower room.

These both have showers not baths.


We have electric heaters in all rooms except the living room.

The woodburner in the living room will keep you nice and warm on those early spring and autumnal evenings.


We have a tv with English channels, dvd player and wi-fi.

A variety of dvd's including children's' and plenty of books of many different genre.

Boardgames, cards and children's toys are also available.

Garden and outside

The garden has many fruit trees, apples, pears, plums, peaches, figs, pomegranates and kiwis. If you do decide to come and visit in late October you will be able to try the first pick of walnuts.

There is plenty of room to kick a football, play badminton or boules, or quiet spots to sneak away with a glass of wine and a good book.

For those warm evenings enjoy the bbq and outdoor eating area.

The new 8x4 metre swimming pool, has a very large terrace with sunloungers and seats to relax on. If you are into yoga or meditation it is the best place to see the sun rising in the morning and going down in the evening. It has the sun all day long but there is plenty of shade under the umbrellas supplied. The pool is not fenced but does have a conforming alarm.

We have a chicken run where the chickens will entertain you especially if they know you have their favourite treats. Eggs available if they are happy hens.

Plenty of outdoor games and toys for all of the family.

Parking and garages

There is plenty of private parking in the courtyard outside of the cottage.

Visitor suitability

The cottage is suitable for all ages. Even though the bedrooms and bathrooms are on the ground floor the doors are not wide enough for a wheelchair.

There is plenty of childrens equipment available including, highchairs (2), travel cot (1), child toilet seat, potty.

Information about any additional facilities

There is a welcome pack which includes, homemade yogurt and jam.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Private pool


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Aubeterre
Distance: 8 km

Beauty treatments


Family activities


Name and address of nearest golf course: Aubeterre 9 hole golf course
Distance: 8 km

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: There are many wine routes around the area. Information packs in cottage


Name/number of nearest marked trail: Walking maps, routes & information are supplied in the cottage.


Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: St Emillion
Distance: 45 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Lorraine Crosse

We arrived here in 2018 after many years of never being the right time. They say all things happen for a reason & Maison du Bonheur is that reason. <br/>We both love being in the country with sky and land as our view. <br/>I am a qualified Aromatherapist & can offer this service during your stay. My dream has always been to have a retreat where anybody can come and step out of the world.<br/>Nick, my better half loves to cycle and watch rugby. He is the one who keeps my feet on the ground.

Year property purchased 2018
Why this location? We love the rolling hills reminding us of the best of the UK. Near to airports. Not too far from the coast and ports.So many things to do and see.
The peace & quite is a wonderful way to step out of the hussle & bussle of every day life, but close enough to some major cities, Bordeaux & Angouleme to enjoy some culture & shopping too.
Unique benefits of property At the end of a winding lane with no passing traffic apart from the odd tractor. We are surrounded by open fields, full of sunflowers. The views are spectacular. The one acre garden has many fruit trees, including apples, pears, figs, peaches, plums, pomegranates and kiwis!
We have a new 8x4 meter swimming pool with a large terrace overlooking the fields.
Peace, tranquility and our little bit of heaven.

The Owner Recommends

Chalais Market

This market is held every Monday morning. In this busy, bustling market you will find local produce, plenty of gift ideas and a choice of local cafes to sit and watch the world go by.


Classified as the prettiest village in The Charente. It is very pretty, with steep winding roads. Many original shops and many restaurants. It has one, of only 2 churches that were built into the rocks in Europe,well worth seeing & enjoying the guided tour.

From the village you can walk down the river where you will find a sandy beach, canoes and safe water to swim in. There is also a good snack bar.

Windmill at Condeon

The windmill produces local flour. You can have a tour of the windmill and take a picnic overlooking the beautiful countryside and vineyards.


An hour away, an attractive town near the northern edge of the Dordogne department, sometimes known as the Venice of the Dordogne (slight exaggeration strictly speaking) - the town has a nice mix of medieval and renaissance architecture to admire. The town is classed as one of 'les Plux Beaux Detours' in France.

Many good restaurants to eat at too.

Samtho Restaurant, Brossac

Lovely restaurant, food & owners. You will find it next to the church, with seating outside as well as in. Food is wonderful and they also do Pizza to take away.

Le Bistrot des Halles, Montboyer

About 15 mins drive this restaurant does great food. Need to book as gets very busy in the summer. Has a great terrace. Very child friendly & good prices.