Lovely gite on the banks of the River Vienne - PV004943

La Rallerie (2km from Gouex), Vienne, Poitou Charentes Reference: PV004943 Advertiser since: 12 August 2016
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Riverside Self Catering Saturday 3 7 3 A travelcot can be provided

About this property

A Hidden Gem. This cottage/gite is in a village setting.

A hidden gem located in a peaceful location along the River Vienne, our recently renovated cottage offers a holiday that is sure to relax you.
Riverside is exclusively yours and offers 3 en suite bedrooms, sleeping 7, (2 of the beds in the third bedroom are only suitable for children), lounge, kitchen/diner, utility room, 3 terraces on different levels, with comfortable seating, an orb chair, bbq, and an above ground pool. The large garden leads down to your very own part of the River Vienne. A perfect place to unwind and enjoy yourself, or fish. There are many birds to look out for and is perfect for stargazing as there is no light pollution, perfect place for watching shooting stars, there is a telescope for your use.
If you like kayaking, your kayak can be launched from the garden. You can fish the river or there is a beautiful fishing lake less than a minutes walk or drive away.  Riverside is close to the towns of Gouex, Persac, Lussac Les Chateaux and Montmorillon where there are boulongeries, chemists, supermarkets, restaurants and bars. Poitiers is only 45 minutes away where you will find the amazing Futuroscope and plenty of shopping, restaurants and bars or there is Chauvigny, Valley of the Monkeys and Crocodile World which also has an indoor and outdoor pool, gym, spa and bowling alley all not very far away.  
The area is perfect for walking and cycling and there is a lovely outdoor pool and childrens' play areas in Gouex and Queaux.  Kayaking, Velo Rail, climbing adventure through the trees and zip wire, water skiing and bungee jumping are all available locally. New for 2018 is a catapult over the River Vienne.



Kitchen and dining

Gas cooker/oven
Washing machine

Living rooms

Table and chairs
Tv with English channels
Dvd player


Bedroom 1 has a double bed with an en suite shower, toilet and wash hand basin and window over looking the river.
Bedroom 2 has 3 single beds and an en suite shower, toilet and wash hand basin.
Bedroom 3 has a King size bed, door opening on to the terrace overlooking the river, en suite shower, toilet and wash hand basin.


3 en suite shower rooms with walk in showers, toilet and wash hand basin


Air conditioning
Electric radiators
Wood burner


Dvd player.
Swing ball.

Garden and outside

The very large sunny garden leads down to the river. There are 3 terraces on different levels all with beautiful views of the garden and river, ideal for your morning coffee, bbq and sunbathing by the pool. A comfortable garden swing seat is down by the river, a lovely place to just sit and watch the bird life, herons, and fish. We have Mirabelle, Fig, Apple, Cherry, Plum and Quince trees as well as grape vines for you to pick.
There is a utility room housing a washing machine a fridge-freezer, ideal for putting your cold drinks and food for your bbq.

Parking and garages

Parking is available.

Visitor suitability

Not suitable for persons with restricted mobility. Care must be taken with young children due to the proximity of the river.

Information about any additional facilities

Towels for indoor use and pool are provided.
Linen is provided.
We can arrange bike hire through Bike Hire Direct for all ages, the bikes can be dropped off and collected at Riverside.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Private pool


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Lussac Les Chateaux
Distance: 10 km


Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Catfish, Barbel, Carp, Chubb
Name of nearest fishing location: River at bottom of garden or La Rallerie Lake

Fishing on-site

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Le Haras de la Vienne
Distance: 3 km



Name/number of nearest marked trail: Various


About the Owner/Advertiser, Miss Tammy Mitchell

Until recently we ran a successful Chambres d'Hôtes near to Riverside and get a lot of enjoyment from being at Riverside when it is unoccupied. The views are amazing. We love the look of amazement on peoples faces when they walk out onto the terrace and see the river.

Year property purchased 2015
Why this location? Although the area is peaceful and tranquil with its own warm micro climate, there is so much to do but with none of the traffic and queues you get with other parts of France. The roads are lovely and quiet so ideal for cycling.
Unique benefits of property Set on the banks of the river Vienne with your own access

The Owner Recommends


You can hire kayaks and shoot the rapids or have a gentle paddle from Mousac.


Visit this beautiful medieval town - see the Eagles soar. It is a warm-hearted city of Art with five châteaux dominating the Vienne River from the same rocky cliff, a truly unique site in Europe. Chauvigny is also an important site for Roman architecture with the Saint Pierre Collegiate Church (12th C) famous for its sculptured chapels and painted columns, the Notre-Dame Church (12th C) and the Saint-Pierre-des-Eglises with its pre-Romanesque murals.

The Donjon de Gouzon(11th & 13th C ) provides a panoramic view and also houses examples of local industrial production through the ages (stone quarries, porcelain, mills and limestone ovens, a steam wheel, etc).

The Archaeological and Ethnological Museum retraces two thousand years of daily city life (Gallo-Roman artefacts, tools and head dresses).

In the upper part of the town, the high ruins of the Baronnial Château become the setting of The Giants of the Sky a flying bird show with birds from all over the world skimming over you at break neck speed.

Chauvigny is also the birth-place of the Poitou-Charentes porcelain industry which is world-renowned and found in many of the most prestigious restaurants. It is also known for its stone which can be found in many principal monuments such as: the Opéra Garnier in Paris, the Louvre and in the bridges spanning the Loire.

Nearby : discover the countryside around Chauvigny by taking a 9km return rail-bike ride on the abandoned railway track.

Guided tours of the Medieval town with a professional guide can be organised throughout the year. The horse-drawn taxis, which set off from the medieval centre, also allow you to visit the city from a different perpective.

Interesting local Saturday market and also on Tuesday and Thursday - Fair every second tuesday of the month.


The best amusements park in Europe - only 45 minutes away. In 2015, Futuroscope celebrated its 25th anniversary. It is an incredible line up of new attractions, shows, unexpected meetings and much more. Meet Futuroscope Little Princess, feast your eyes on the show Las Vegas magic illusion, laugh with future travel time people. Absorb fantastic, fun and fairy tale atmosphere Futuroscope with 25 original experiences awaiting you in breathtaking attraction theaters as heart beating adventures, shocking chills, hallucinating travel, entertainment fairytale evening fascinating attractions deliver delights for all tastes and all ages!


Just over 1km away is the small rural town of Gouex with a bar/restaurant, post office, boulangerie, and butchers, The local park runs alongside the River Vienne and has an outdoor swimming pool, children’s play area, tennis court and boules court.

Tickets for fishing the Vienne can be purchased from the bar, Marie or Post Office. Alternatively we can arrange these for you.

Lussac Les Chateaux is 8km away and has many restaurants, large and small supermarkets, boulangerie and butchers

La Rallerie Nature site and Fishing Lake

In 2010, a bird sanctuary was created in La Rallerie on the site of the former sand extraction works on the banks of the Vienne River. Part of the site is a fishing lake and the other part was landscaped and planted with trees and reeds to attract birds. This work was performed by the LPO, the largest bird charity in France There are already many interesting birds in the region, including barn owls, egrets, nightingales, hoopoes, honey buzzards, black kites, black-red tails, kingfishers and orioles. The bird sanctuary has created a particularly attractive habitat for bees, which nest from May to August. All these and many other birds can be seen and heard on the beautiful walks that extend in all directions along the river and up into the woods. There is also an abundance of butterflies, 2 variants of swallowtail butterfly. There are deer and wild boars in the woods (but rarely seen) and of course there are lizards on the walls, crickets in each meadow and frogs and dragonflies inhabit each pond.

l'Isle Jourdain

L’Isle Jourdain is considered one of the most beautiful places of the Vienne Valley. Here, activities are many and varied. Lake Charles, made by a dam has a water skiing center offering introductory courses and skiing, baby tip ski for children 5-10 years, speed boat racing and a playground for kids. The beautiful viaduct is used for walks and bungee jumping. It is 50 meters above the river Vienne. New in 2016 is the Zip Wire along the River Vienne.


There is a chemist, fishing Lake, boulangerie, bar.

Planet of the Crocodiles

See different species of Crocodiles and Turtles.


This little village is on the River and holds regular Friday evening music events in the summer.


As well as the pool at Riverside there is an outdoor lido at Gouex and Queaux. At Civaux there is an indoor and outdoor pool with flume and dive centre.

Valley of the Singe

Founded in 1998, the “Valley of the Monkeys” is a place of knowledge of both wildlife and environmental awareness. There are over 350 primates and 30 different species that roam freely over 15 territories. To implement its mission awareness to protect the Valley of the Monkeys developed a concept in which its originality lies in the absence of doors. Visitors walk among the territories of small monkeys and around the larger islands of monkeys housing. A first in France that marked the history of the park was the arrival of a group of bonobos.

Vienne Motor Circuit

The race course was accredited by the French Federation of Automobile Sport. This long running track 3757 meters is one of the best in the country. The track circuits, equipment and services are available for private use or shared . The training session are available for an hour, a weekend meeting or weekly meeting. Introduction to racing and courses for all levels and budgets


Limoges is a city in southwest-central France about an hours drive. It is known for its decorated porcelain, much of which is on display at the Musée National Adrien Dubouché. In the historic center, medieval timber-frame houses line Rue de la Boucherie. Set in the former Episcopal Palace, the Musée des Beaux-Arts showcases the history of the city's medieval enamel. The Gothic Cathédrale St-Étienne de Limoges took 6 centuries to complete. You are able to take a tourist train around the city to take in all the sites.


The heart of the picturesque district of Brossard Montmorillon, which is known as the Village of the Written Word, is the ideal place for book lovers; with a wide range of book shops, book, artisan binders, laminators, calligraphers and paper mills. The cities rich architectural heritage will also add to a pleasant visit. Places to visit include La Maison-Dieu, a hospital-monastery founded in the 11th century, the Tower Museum, the warming room, Grage des Dimes are all listed buildings. In the center of town, the Church of Our Lady (11th, 12th and 14th c) has a great “Lamentation” and the church itself is a listed building. Do not miss the almond and Macaroon Museum in the city center. Enjoy guided tours of the Montmorillonias sites in July and August. Group tours can be arranged the rest of the year. The market is on a Wednesday and a fair every 4th Wednesday of the month.

Discover the history of the macaroon by crossing several theme areas: the culture of the almond tree, the richness of the almond, the production of the macaroon.... In order to know everything about this almond biscuit which has made Montmorillon famous for centuries. A museum unlike others: it will enchant children with its numerous visual, sound, gustative and olfactory supports. The visit utilises all the senses for an interactive discovery.

2 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 6.5
  • Comfort: 9
  • Condition: 8
  • Facilities: 8.5
  • Local Amenities: 9
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 7.5
8 / 10 Happy family 28 August, 2017

Lovely gite in the perfect location. We only used two of the bedrooms but they were very comfortable with everything we needed (and we woke to the sound of the river and birdsong and NOTHING else) It was the outside space we chose this property for and that was perfect for us. Three seating areas, all with a view of the river and trees beyond with nothing to spoil the landscape.
The description of the property is pretty much bang on. A few, what appeared to us, as on going improvements were evident but did not spoil our experience.
Nice walk/cycle each morning for our baguette of approximately 3km. Same in evening to two pleasant nearby restaurants.
Plenty to do in the area, if you felt the need to leave the beautiful surroundings of the gite. We definitely recommend the tree climb and zip wires (one was over 500m long over the river). Plus the Velorail was a fun activity too.
The only slight downside for us was that the gite was not cleaned during our stay which was for three weeks.
The hosts were pleasant and left us to our own devices unless we had any concerns.

Owner response

Hi Keith

We are glad you had a lovely holiday and experienced some of the activities that are in our surrounding area and Riverside is a stunning location. Yes, we are improving the property all the time and next year there will be a large kitchen and lounge overlooking the river with a games room upstairs.

We are however disappointed with your score for cleanliness as Riverside was fully cleaned before your arrival, and your score is obviously reflective of the fact we did not clean whilst you were there. As it is Self Catering accommodation we, like other gite and holiday accommodation owners, do not clean whilst guests are there, we leave all cleaning materials and equipment and there is a washing machine for guests to use, although we did come in and change the sheets for you, most owners just leave the bedding for the guests to change which is what most guests prefer. We have found that guests like to be left alone. We could offer this service but It is extremely difficult to clean when guests are at the property as there are a lot of belongings etc lying around. We also, like all gite owners, request that guests leave the property in a clean and tidy condition and as they found it on arrival, and that includes the cleaning of the showers and cooker etc, normally a charge for extra cleaning after departure is taken out of the deposit, which we did not do.

We will take your points on board and ensure we clarify this with future guests upon their arrival.

8.5 / 10 atkinson 19 June, 2017

Superb riverside setting, great welcome pack and very warm welcome from Tammy. The pool was cooling in the June heat even pool towels provided. One small problem and Brian had it sorted straight away. Overall very enjoyable stay.

Owner response

Hi Lynda

Thank you very much for your review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay at Riverside, it was a pleasure to have you stay and thank you for leaving our Gite in a very clean condition. We hope you enjoy the rest of your holiday in France and the UK.
Brian and Tammy