Rural gite & heated pool in Poitou Charentes - PV006150

8km from Civray, Vienne, Poitou Charentes Reference: PV006150 Advertiser since: 12 February 2018
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Rose Cottage Self Catering Flexible 1 4 1 Sofabed sleeping 2

About this property

Stunning Rural Gite with Private Heated Pool. This cottage/gite is in a village setting.

Rose Cottage is on the edge of St Romain-en-Charroux, 86250 within 2 minutes walking distance of the centre of the village where there is a square, bar/restaurant and typical French country church. There are tennis courts within the village boundary near the Salle de Fete. Civary 10 minutes away for all your needs.

Recently renovated to a very high standard, this converted barn has been tastefully decorated and has a fully-fitted kitchen and shower room with wc. The cottage has full use of the private heated swimming pool, 8m x 5m (open from end May to end September) and secluded garden, including a full sized petanque court.

Sleeps up to 4, 2 adults two young children (one king size bed and pull out double sofabed). Parking is available on the gravel driveway.

Accommodation includes bikes (2 adult), sunloungers and cushions, barbecue, petanque balls, pool inflatables and a large rear dining table on the terrace in the garden. Linen and towels are provided.

There is a large private garden adjoining the property which contains the heated swimming pool where much fun can be had and leisurely days can be spent. We do not rent the main cottage so the use of the pool will be for the exclusive use of the guests in Rose Cottage.

Rose Cottage offers you a comfortable, fully furnished home whether you are on holiday, house hunting or visiting family/friends or are looking for a romantic, peaceful getaway.

Poitou Charentes, the second sunniest region in France, has one of the best climates in Europe with long summer evenings and the weather from May to October is excellent. It really does have its own little micro climate. Temperatures in the summer can reach 35 degrees.

Rose Cottage is within easy reach of Civray (10 minutes by car) and about 40 minutes by car from Poitiers airport and one hour from Limoges airport (hire cars available at the airports) which service Ryanair and British Airways. There is an extremely good local restaurant/bar in the village, Le Bouton d'Or, within easy walking distance and where bread is also available. Other restaurants/bars are only a short drive or cycle away. The main supermarkets are in Civray, which also has an excellent market on Tuesdays and Fridays. A little to the south are the vineyards of Cognac region and one of the most famous wine growing regions in the world - Bordeaux.



Kitchen and dining

There is a large modern fitted kitchen oak work top with electric hob and cooker, washing machine, fridge, toaster, kettle, plenty of utensils, crockery and ovenware. There is a radiator for comfort during the winter months, although the cottage is very well insulated.

On your arrival you will find a selection of washing products, jams, coffee, tea, sugar, bottled water, butter, milk, cooking oils, condiments, baguette, a selection of local French cheese and a bottle of wine or two !!!

Living rooms

The cottage is open plan and contains a dining table and chairs, sofa and coffee-table. There is beautiful oak floors/beams and natural stone walls throughout the interior.


There is one king size bed and a pull out double sofabed. All linens will be provided. There is a hairdryer, iron and ironing board. There is a wardrobe and 2 bedside cabinets with drawers providing plenty of storage. Floors/beams are in beautiful oak .


There is a modern shower and wc, plus a heated towel rail. The bathroom cabinet provides generous room for toiletries and has a mirror. Bath towels and pool towels, plus an initial supply of toilet rolls, handwash and shower gel will be provided. Bathroom floor is beautiful french limestone and oak beams throughout.


There is a wall mounted electric radiator and a heated towel rail in the bathroom.


Private heated swimming pool, 2 adult-sized bikes, petanque, barbecue outside dining and wine !

Garden and outside

The garden is large - approx 1800 square metres - with beautiful views of the countryside. The heated pool is 8 metres x 5 metres and of a graduated depth between 0.5 and 1.5 meters at the deepest, so deep enough for swimming but older children can safely stand up. There is a large patio area surrounded by a flower bed with lavenders, attracting bees and butterflies. Red squirrels, deer, many types of birds (lots of owls) can be seen/heard throughout the garden. Very now and again wild boar!

Parking and garages

There is off road parking behind the gate at the front of the property, on the gravel driveway.

Visitor suitability

Ideal for couples and family with one small child. Children welcome. No pets please.


  • Cleaning

  • Linen

  • Private pool


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Civray. There are various other markets in nearby villages depending on their schedule
Distance: 8 km


Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Carp, Pike, Roach, Bream, Trout, Rudd, Catfish, Zander (pike/perch)
Name of nearest fishing location: Chateau Garnier lake, River Clain River Charente
Distance: 4 km

Organic produce/dining


Name/number of nearest marked trail: Public footpaths marked throughout area

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr Colin Belton

I purchased the original property as a holiday home in 2004 and since then have renovated this and the adjoining barn, which forms the holiday gite. 2018 is our first season in letting the gite and we look forward to welcoming our new visitors! I am a keen fisherman and have fished the various lakes and rivers nearby the property.

Year property purchased 2004
Why this location? It is peaceful yet there are many activities and fantastic restaurants on your doorstep.
Unique benefits of property There is a private heated swimming pool, petanque court within the private garden and within easy walking distance an excellent restaurant.

The Owner Recommends

Overview of places to visit nearby

Places to visit within easy reach include: Futuroscope (4D cinematic theme park), La Vallee des Singes (one of the best monkey sanctuaries in Europe), rivers and lakes hidden away and many picturesque little villages and chateaux all worth a vist. Poitiers, Limoges, Angouleme and Charroux are towns close by and all of particular interest with market days in Civray held on Tuesdays and Fridays

Restaurant recommendations

Le Bouton d'Or has a Trip Advisor 5-star rating and is within 2 minutes walking distance in the village itself. Within a short drive is the Auberge du Clain in Sommieres, Relais de Pays Civraisien near Civray, Hotel du Commerce in Civray, Hostellerie Charlemagne in Charroux, Aux Petits Oignons in Champagne St Hilaire, L'Argentor and St Jean in Nanteuil en Vallee. A little further afield are the variety of restaurants and cuisine in Poitiers including an excellent Chinese buffet (Wok 86) on the outskirts on the way to the airport.

Visit to Poitiers

Poitiers is about 40 minutes drive away. Its Romanesque church of Église Notre-Dame la Grande is known for its intricately carved facade, which illustrates episodes from the Bible. At Christmas and on summer evenings, the church features a colourful light show. Eglise St-Hilaire le Grand, consecrated in 1049, is a grandiose Romanesque church which appears on Unesco's list of World Heritage sites as a stop on the Chemin de St-Jacques de Compostelle. Cathédrale St-Pierre, the town's grand Gothic cathedral safeguards beautiful 13th-century oak-carved choir stalls, an 18th-century organ with more than 3000 pipes and exceptional stained glass: the 12th-century window (1160–70) illustrating the Crucifixion and the Ascension at the far end of the choir is one of the oldest in France. It was given to the cathedral by Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henry II Plantagenet, King of England, who wed here in 1152.

The pedestrian centre is peppered with cafe pavement terraces and places to eat; a handful of decent brasseries and bistros are on rue Sadi Carnot. Shopping is very good with a selection of local and international shops with chocolate, clothes and shoe shops in abundance.

Visit to Civray

The little market town of Civray is the nearest town and sits on the banks of the lovely Charente River. Tranquil and unspoiled, the town is dominated by an impressive Romanesque church. This can be glimpsed from the far banks of the river through the trees, or seen in all its splendour from the main square of the town where it looks down onto pavement cafés and a twice weekly market.

Civray is typically Charantaise in style, with soft grey stone houses and pale blue shutters. Although Civray is an old and peaceful place, the town has kept up with the demands of 21st century life. There are all the facilities you will need for everyday life here in the town, with supermarkets, doctors, dentists, banks and schools. There are also a variety of cafés, bars and restaurants for your enjoyment.

Romanesque church
The church of Saint Nicholas, which is such an impressive feature of the town, is known as one of the earliest and finest examples of Romanesque architecture in the region. The building, which dates back to the twelfth century, stands tall, overlooking the pavement cafés in the main square to one side, and the River Charente to the other. Twice a week, the church gazes down onto the hustle and bustle of the market, as the stallholders come to sell their wares and the townsfolk turn out to buy and to chat.

The French love their antiques, and Civray is a magnet for collectors as the town hosts no less than three yearly antiques fairs. Collectors come from all over the region to seek their treasures here, and experienced dealers jostle shoulders with enthusiastic amateurs.

Riverside walks
The town, being set on the River Charente, is a joy for walkers, and there are some lovely riverside paths easily accessible from Civray. The area is also great for cycling and horse-riding, as the gentle countryside lends itself well to most outdoor pursuits.

Visit to Futuroscope

This futuristic theme park takes you whizzing through space, diving into the deep-blue ocean depths, and racing around city streets and on a close encounter with creatures of the future, among many other space-age cinematic experiences. To keep things cutting edge, one-third of the attractions change annually. Many are motion-seat set-ups requiring a minimum height of 120cm, but there's a play area for younger children with miniature cars and so on. Allow at least five hours to see the major attractions; two days to see everything. Futuroscope is 10km north of Poitiers in Jaunay-Clan (take exit 28 off the A10)

Visit to Monkey Park

Those looking to spend an enjoyable and unusual day out won't have to travel far. We are close to the fabulous Vallée des Singes, where you can wander through the extensive grounds and see hundreds of monkeys, gorillas and chimpanzees playing free in a natural habitat. The screeches fill the air as you walk around (becoming deafening at feeding time!), and if you look up, the chances are you will catch sight of monkeys swinging from tree to tree right above your head!

Visit to Local Markets

Distances shown are from Civray
Civray: market Tuesday & Friday (8km)
Chaunay: market Monday (12km)
Sauze-Vaussais: market Thursday (15km)
Ruffec: market Wednesday & Saturday (15km)
Lezay: market Tuesday (27km)
Chef-Boutonne: market Saturday (28km)
Vivonne: market Saturday (31km)
Melle: market Friday (35km)
Rouille: market Friday (36km)
La Mothe-Saint-Heray: market Thursday (39km)

5 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 9.4
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 9.4
  • Local Amenities: 9.2
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 9
10 / 10 DP&Elle 25 August, 2018

We have recently returned from a fabulous week's break at Rose cottage and wanted to share our experience. Our time there surpassed our expectations as the accommodation was very well presented and ideal for us and our young family; the setting was enchanting and idyllically French.

The whole experience was stress free, from the initial booking, the support from Colin and his local team, who's knowledge was invaluable, the easy access from Poitier's Airport and time spent relaxing in the well presented garden with its beautiful heated pool, which was fun and safe for the children. Entertaining the children was easy and a visit to the local Monkey World and Fururoscope are both a must.

We enjoyed authentic French cuisine at the local restaurants both in the village and surrounding towns, this was great quality and excellent value. Cooking at home was also very easy with excellent facilities in the cottage, a large supermarket only a short 15 minute drive away. Eating outside on the terrace during the day and under the stars was a wonderfully memorable family time for us all.

Colin the owner has created a marvelous French experience and a perfect place to stay which we are looking forward to repeating very soon; we will definitely be recommending Rose Cottage to our family and friends.

Owner response


Thanks so much for lovely review .
See you next year

cheers colin

10 / 10 City Girl 23 August, 2018

I had a wonderful holiday at Rose Cottage. The cottage is beautifully renovated with all mod-cons. The setting is out of this world, with fields of sunflowers and the stars are amazing - you can see the milky way! Bike rides were fun and safe as there is not much traffic and the countryside is pretty flat. The local restaurant is traditional French with excellent food and very good value. We also went to the restaurant in the next village - Sommieres - which has a beautiful terrace and also serves very good food and accommodates childrens' menus. The pool at the property is heated and very private and we spend some lazy days lounging around it. The money park is a must visit. We learnt how to play petanque on the court in the garden which was great fun, albeit very competitive! This place for me is the best of both worlds -- relaxing but with activities and excellent restaurants nearby. I wish I were back there siting on the terrace, sipping a glass of wine, looking at the stars and listening to the owls hooting and the crickets. Just wonderful!

10 / 10 Tailz 22 August, 2018

The gite is a short drive from Poitier airport leaving more time for enjoying oneself rather than spending hours driving to a destination many hours away.
Excellent place to visit for quick breaks.
I found the property to be clean and in good order - I believe it was a barn that was recently refurbished.
Everything provided for self-catering, including luxuries eg soap, wine, dressing gown and slippers.
The gite is compact but everything was there except a TV! Not that I missed it as I was out most of the time.
It was hot when I visited but fans were provided.
Good sized private garden with smart garden furniture.
I enjoyed the swimming pool which was refreshing on hot summer days. The pool is heated.
Situated in a quiet location in the village, and within walking distance to restaurant and boulangerie.
Supermarkets a short drive away ie 15 minutes
The restaurant in the village serves the best fruit de mer I have ever had. It's popular and very good value. On Sundays there is live music eg a Jazz band.
There was a list of restaurants and activities to visit. I found the restaurants were well recommended.
I visited a chateau and ate in its Michelin star restaurant. The food was beautifully presented and the service excellent.
I found communication with the agent/owner to be responsive and their connections to people in the village ensured everything ran smoothly.
Very happy with my visit and will visit again

10 / 10 Clareheap 21 August, 2018

We have just returned from a 10 night stay at rose cottage and I can honestly say it was the best holiday we have ever had!
We booked the cottage on a bit of a whim late one night and thank goodness we did. The pictures on the website are great but don’t fully capture the real beauty of this place!
After a long but surprisingly stress free drive we received a lovely welcome from Sharron and her husband who along with Colin the owner couldn’t have been more helpful with our questions about the area etc. during out stay. The cottage has been restored to a very high standard and is beautiful! It was as we expected, petite but with the high ceilings it felt spacious and very light, and to be honest we spent most of our time outside anyway! In our group there were 2 adults and a 7 and 10 year old and it was plenty big enough for us. The sofa bed for the children was really good quality and very comfortable. All of it was spotlessly clean and there was a lovely welcome pack of bread, butter, cheese, jam and wine waiting for us which felt like a feast on the Sunday night when we arrived! The setting is stunning ... proper rural France! So peaceful you couldn’t help but feel relaxed from the minute we arrived. The pool was amazing and the garden was beautiful, full of lavender! Visit the restaurant in the village it is fantastic! I could go on and on but I’ve run out of space! Thank you so much it really was absolute perfection and we are definitely coming back next summer!

Owner response

Clare and family,
It's fantastic you enjoyed your holiday. Thanks so much for your wonderful comments!
If you wish to book can you let us know asap, we are getting many enquiries already.
Thanks once again.
Colin + Babs