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Lovely country house, private pool & great views. Bread 1km. Golf 3km

Overview

Property

Updated: 05-Dec-2016
Spacious, light, 4 bedrooms, sleeps 8 + baby. Sat TV. Free wifi. Private pool.

GUEST COMMENTS 2016

"We are loving our stay here, the most beautiful place. I think the sunflowers may come out while we are here." Stephen & Charlotte A.

(by email 11.7.16)

"Very spacious and well equipped for a very comfortable holiday. Lovely open views all round. The village had very good facilities and we were well positioned to explore the Charente & Dordogne regions. Margarete provided excellent service (and even opened up the pool in April for us). It would certainly be somewhere we would like to stay again." Diane A. 23.5.16

DESCRIPTION

A beautifully restored, peaceful, spacious, light & airy farmhouse with white walls, exposed beams, lots of character, with all mod cons including unlimited broadband internet use.

GROUND FLOOR - open plan with cool terracotta floors, large living area with comfy sofas, coffee table, satellite TV & wood burner, dining area with table & chairs for 8, spacious modern kitchen with dishwasher, tall fridge (with freezer part), microwave, utility room with washing machine, shower room/WC. Private rear terrace with garden furniture & BBQ for alfresco dining & watching sunsets & truly amazing star gazing. It's awesome free entertainment just watching the heavens at night, or perhaps taking a midnight dip in the floodlit pool.

FIRST FLOOR - 4 attractively presented double bedrooms, one with en-suite shower room & WC, and a family bathroom & WC. All bedrooms have exposed beams, a chest of drawers with mirror, and either a wardrobe or hanging space. Bedroom 4 also doubles as the study with a desk if required. All bedrooms enjoy wonderful countryside views too. In fact you can watch the sunset from the double bed in the master bedroom.

OUTSIDE - there are panoramic countryside views all around the 0.5 acres of lawned flat gardens - ideal for a game of boules - plus private parking area, also shrubs & some trees for shade. The private pool measures 10m x 5m with a safety alarm & sun loungers.

ACTIVITIES/SPORTS/SIGHTSEEING - there is so much to discover, something for everybody. People say a fortnight is not enough!

NEW! - BIKE HIRE now available, delivered to your gite door, no need to bring your own

NEW! - THEMED HOLIDAYS arranged for you. Walking, cycling, birdwatching, photography, painting, tennis, golf, riding, wine tasting, cooking, learning French, spa days, yoga. Others by arrangement. Please ask.

GOLF - from the terrace at Les Etangs you can see the red roofs of Le Manoir de Longeveau across the fields. It's about a 5 minute drive. This is an English run country club with a 9 hole Golf course with regular competitions, 3 hard TENNIS courts (coaching available), and a lively social calendar of barbecues, concerts & events throughout the year, open to non-members, at their delightful outdoor terrace & newly refurbished stylish bar/restaurant with panoramic views. Definitely worth a visit or two!

There are 18 hole golf courses at Angouleme (45kms) and Périgueux (50kms) and further afield at Cognac, Royan & Bordeaux.

For kiddies there is MINI GOLF at St. Severin, just 1km from the house.

Nearest TENNIS court is at St. Séverin (1km) & there are 3 tennis courts at Le Manoir de Longeveau (3kms) & more at Aubeterre (6kms) in a riverside setting.

There is a safe & sandy RIVER BEACH at Aubeterre with kids' PLAYGROUND. In summer there is JOUSTING on the river. Or you can take a lazy CANOE trip downriver, be collected & brought back to your car.

MOULIN DE POLTROT (3kms) nature reserve, with riverside activity areas, including rope bridges, treetop climbing adventure (a real hit!), a maze, children's playground (fenced), snackbar in summer, picnic and bbq areas

HORSE RIDING is available in Bors (6kms) & just outside Aubeterre & at Bonnes (about 8kms).

At Les Etangs, you're on the borders of the DORDOGNE department, so it's an easy drive to all the sites & attractions of this famous area of France - CHATEAUX, caves, bastide towns & medieval villages in the area from Bergerac to Sarlat.

In the other direction are the great VINEYARDS of Bordeaux & Cognac, with ample opportunity for WINE & Pineau TASTINGS. St. Emilion (a UNESCO world heritage site) is another must see.

Local FARMS are often also open to visitors with tastings of local produce, foie gras, walnut oils etc.

The sandy BEACHES of the Atlantic COAST (around Royan) are about 90 min. drive - another great day out.

Locally, there's AUBETERRE (6kms) a superb listed medieval hillside village, with a RIVER BEACH & kiddies playground. Plus FISHING (permits available). There are winding streets with small craft shops & galleries & a gorgeous shady square in which to idle over a few drinks or a lazy lunch or dinner, or browse at the Sunday market. It's one of my favourite places to linger........There is a great choice of restaurants too catering for all tastes. In summer, spot the many posters for MUSIC evenings, concerts & EVENTS in the square or down by the river, including river jousting! CANOEING is available on the river in Aubeterre & HORSE RIDING is about 1km outside Aubeterre. There are also many historic buildings including the 11th century monolithic church & Romanesque Eglise St. Jacques.

SPA days (or half days) & BEAUTY TREATMENTS are available at Hostellerie du Périgord in Aubeterre.

There's YOGA available too at Juignac (about 6kms).

Aubeterre has a wonderful character all of its own. It's a MUST SEE.

After all that activity - or instead of - just chill out by the pool with a smooth glass of wine & a great book.

And after sunset (if you're still there on the terrace) try a little STAR GAZING. Just watch the stars come out to create a jewelled canopy above you. Truly magnificent. There is little light pollution so it is all the more spectacular.

GUEST COMMENTS

2016

"We are loving our stay here, the most beautiful place. I think the sunflowers may come out while we are here." Stephen & Charlotte A.

(by email 11.7.16)

"Very spacious and well equipped for a very comfortable holiday. Lovely open views all round. The village had very good facilities and we were well positioned to explore the Charente & Dordogne regions. Margarete provided excellent service (and even opened up the pool in April for us). It would certainly be somewhere we would like to stay again." Diane A. 23.5.16

2015

“Love the house. It is fabulous and weather lovely” Dympna M. (by text 29.6.15)

“We have had a fantastic holiday, thanks” Dympna M. (by text 9.7.15)

“Everything is fab here. What a lovely place it is. Thank you for letting us stay here. We are all having a lovely time” Leanne B. (by email 25.5.15)

VISITORS' BOOK COMMENTS

"We especially loved the sunsets and stars" Rebecca T. (11-18.7.15)

"Beautiful house - like a home rather than a holiday house" Dympna M. (28.6 - 9.7.15)

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More Details
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Margarete & her (sadly) late husband, John Isherwood, purchased Les Etangs in 2002 as an original old stone barn of just four walls and a roof. John was a construction engineer and (amateur but talented) watercolour artist who had been developing old barns in SW France since 1990 until his untimely death in 2005 at the age of 54 (RIP). As it turned out L'Etang was his last hurrah, and Margarete keeps it going as a tribute to John, but also because she loves it there too. It's such a peaceful, restful place.

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Speaks English, French, German

Guestbook comments from the owner

"“Thank you! The house is amazing & the views fantastic. A real pleasure.” Chris, Kandy, Simon & H. (27.7.07 from visitors’ book)



Note - no comments in 2006 as we did not rent out that year due to a bereavement.



“Beautiful! A great place to stay. It's worth it. Sunsets are gorgeous and landscape amazing!” HB (Visitors' book 27.8.2005)



“Just a quick note to say that we all had a wonderful time at L'Etang and I will email you about next year. Best wishes, David & Family” (by email 18.8.05)



“We have all fallen in love with this beautiful house. We have had a fantastic holiday with beautiful weather and breathtaking sunsets from the patio. Once again, we really do not want to leave! Thank you for a wonderful holiday” J.D. M. B. E and G (Visitors' book 12.8.05).
Jul 2007
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13 Reviews

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based on 13 holidaymaker reviews

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1st 2 weeks of Sep

  • 4 of 5

A very good and well appointed holiday home for those who want complete quiet and relaxation. Not too deep a pool either for those of us less confident swimmers !

  • Review Submitted: Oct 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Wonderful peaceful holiday

  • 5 of 5

Les Etangs is a wonderful property set in quiet and peaceful spot in lovely part of France. The property was spotless and the pool was cleaned regularly throughout our two week stay. It is perfect for family's who just want to chill out or use as a base to explore the surrounding towns and villages - on this visit we didn't do much exploring as the pool and surrounding views tempted us to just to stay and relax. We did spend some time kayaking in Auberterre and visiting the market in Riberac. Margarete is a very attentive owner who promptly responded to emails before, during and after our stay. I would certainly recommend this property to family and friends.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A reat place to stay for young and old alike

  • 4 of 5

A converted barn set in beautiful countryside, off the beaten track yet close to good amenities in St Severin. A well maintained pool and in addition great swimming in local river and lakes. Tennis and golf 3km and wonderful cycling country. The house was surrounded by fields of sunflowers and we loved sitting on the terrace with a glass in hand watching the sun go down.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic location for family holiday.

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week in this stunning location. Our four girls aged 10 to 19 (plus a friend) loved the garden and pool and there is plenty to do locally. The house is beautifully renovated and equipped with everything we needed. We enjoyed the most beautiful sunsets from the terrace as well as the abundant local wildlife. This is a great market region for those who like browsing stalls and buying local food products. We went canoeing, walking and the local village offers a lovely variety of small shops for those days when it is hard to leave the pool. I would highly recommend Les Etangs and we hope to return. Adele P, Oxford

  • Review Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks Adele. Look forward to welcoming you again in future years. Margarete
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5

Superb spacious property with lovely open views

  • 5 of 5

The property was very spacious and well equipped for a very comfortable holiday. There were lovely open views all round. The village had very good facilities and we were well positioned to explore the Charente & Dordogne regions. Margarete provided excellent service (and even opened up the pool in April for us).

It would certainly be somewhere we would like to stay again.

  • Review Submitted: May 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A beautiful holiday property!

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at L'Etang - such a beautiful property in the most tranquil location. The owner was a great assistance from the offset, the property was much more than what we had hoped for...great facilities, spacious and really suitable for the two toddlers that accompanied us. We would absolutely recommend paying this property a visit!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 17, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks. Always good to hear L'Etang exceeds expectations. Hope that doesn't set the bar too high! We always strive to make it as good as we can, and welcome feedback to help us improve where possible.
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Location

From the Owner

Location, location, location with its unbeatable panoramic views over gentle rolling countryside, fantastic if it's a year for sunflowers all around. Also for the TOTAL peace and quiet, which is so hard to find these days, so it's the perfect place to relax and unwind fully, whilst being only 1km from the nearest small town of St. Séverin which has all basic amenities. Plus, there's so much to see and do within easy reach.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Bergerac at 50 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : St. Séverin at 1 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : St. Malo at 350 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Manoir de Longeveau, 16390 Pillac at 3 Kilometres Nearest Train : Angouleme at 45 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Pons A10 at 50 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Hotel de la Paix, St. Séverin at 1 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Royan at 70 Kilometres Car: necessary

Located about 1hr from airports at Bergerac, Bordeaux or Angouleme, in peaceful countryside, just 1km from the small town of St. Séverin (on the edge of the Dordogne) with all amenities, bakery, bank (ATM), tennis, mini golf etc. 5kms from Aubeterre (listed medieval hillside village) with river beach, kiddies playground, craft shops & cafés. Sit in the leafy square with a cool drink & watch the world go by or amble round the small Sunday morning market. Don't miss the puppet theatre! Nearby Longeveau golf & country club is a delight & Friday's Ribérac market is a must. Beautiful Brantome, known as the Venice of the Périgord (Dordogne), Bergerac & Périgueux are others. Further afield are the famous châteaux & sites of the Dordogne. And the great vineyards around Bordeaux. Great restaurants abound in this area, famous for foie gras, truffles & walnuts. The stunning scenery makes it an artist's paradise too with many small galleries. So much to enjoy, a fortnight may not be long enough!

Other Activities: Aubeterre (listed village), river beach, craft shops, markets, country club, golf, tennis, horse riding, canoeing, cinema, concerts, good restaurants

Golf: Manoir de Longeveau (9 holes) about 5 min. drive

Périgueux(18 Holes) about 45 min.

Angouleme (18 holes) about 45 min.

Chateau de Vigiers (18 holes) about 60 min.

Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
Early Winter
5 Nov 2016 - 23 Dec 2016
4 night minimum stay
£320
for 4 nights
From
£80
£390
£490
 
 
Christmas/New Year
24 Dec 2016 - 2 Jan 2017
4 night minimum stay
£520
for 4 nights
From
£130
£590
 
 
Winter into Spring
3 Jan 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
4 night minimum stay
£320
for 4 nights
From
£80
£390
£490
 
 
Easter Holidays
1 Apr 2017 - 21 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
£590
for 7 nights
£590
 
 
Spring
22 Apr 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
4 night minimum stay
£337
for 4 nights
£590
 
 
Early Summer
3 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
£790
for 7 nights
£790
 
 
Hooray for Summer
1 Jul 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,150
for 7 nights
£1,150
 
 
High season
15 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,450
for 7 nights
£1,450
 
 
Late Summer
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£790
for 7 nights
£790
 
 
Autumn/Fall
30 Sep 2017 - 3 Nov 2017
4 night minimum stay
£360
for 4 nights
From
£90
£490
£590
 
 
Early Winter
4 Nov 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
4 night minimum stay
£320
for 4 nights
From
£80
£390
£490
 
 
Christmas/New Year
23 Dec 2017 - 2 Jan 2018
4 night minimum stay
£520
for 4 nights
From
£130
£590
 
 
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
£360
for 4 nights
From
£90
£490
£690
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

Rates and minimum stay are flexible, (out of high season) according to availability and number or people in your party. Please contact us with your requirements.
Payment schedule (ignore above as we do our own in 3 payments)
25% with booking to secure your dates. Booking is confirmed when 25% deposit is received by bank transfer or cleared cheque.
25% payable 12 weeks in advance of arrival
50% payable 8 weeks before arrival
Breakage deposit £150 payable 8 weeks before arrival.
OPTIONAL end of stay cleaning service £60 payable 8 weeks in advance of arrival - leave without doing any cleaning!
Security deposit - £150 per booking, from which any damage or breakages or telephone charges are deducted before return to you.
INCLUDED - full use of the house, grounds & pool as described, free wi-fi, bed linen & bath/hand/tea towels, pool & garden maintenance, gas & electricity in high & mid season, car parking & rubbish collection. Plus, welcome bottle of wine.
EXCLUDED - pool towels, travel, insurance, electric heating & wood in low/mid season. Arrival grocery basket. Please contact us with your requirements.

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Facilities

From the Owner

Location (as above). Panoramic countryside views from all windows, and of course from the terrace and pool areas. Total peace and quiet. Spectacular sunsets. No light pollution so fantastic night skies. Friendly local community. So much to see and do in the area. Original water colours by John Isherwood (1950 - 2005)

Property Type

  • farmhouse

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

General

  • Activities Guide
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone ...
  • Tiled Stove
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...

Kitchen

  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Player

Pool / Spa

  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...

Suitability

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Location Type

  • rural

Attractions

  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • tennis

Floor Area

  • 180 m²

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, spacious, with white suite
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, with white suite
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, with white suite
  • 3 sparkling bath/shower rooms Upstairs - family bathroom with white bathroom suite, with full size bath with shower over, basin & WC. Nice views over countryside. Master bedroom has an en-suite shower room with white suite, shower, basin & WC. Downstairs - shower room with white suite, shower, basin & WC, handy for coming in from the pool. Adjacent is the utility area with washing machine, washing basket, pegs, iron & ironing board.

Bedrooms

  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, en-suite shower room & WC
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed, country views
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed, country views
  • Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed, country views
  • In good decorative order, there is a light & airy upstairs with landing & 4 separate double bedrooms each sleeping 2 people in comfort. The master bedroom has a king size bed, & an en-suite shower room, with white shower, basin & WC. The other 3 bedrooms each have 2 single beds. There is also a spacious family bathroom with white bath/shower, basin & WC. Each bedroom has hanging space or a wardrobe with coat hangers. The king size bed in the master bedroom has a light duvet & pillows, whilst the other single beds have blankets, pillows & bedspreads. Each bed has a bedside table & reading lamp. There are panoramic countryside views from each bedroom & you can even go to bed early in the master bedroom & watch the sunset from there! Sleep is so restful at Les Etangs as there is total silence & no light pollution. The stars at night are magnificent. And it's glorious to throw open the shutters in the morning & be greeted by that view. I never tire of it.

Outside

  • Deck Chairs
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • 1 bicycles
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 8 deck chairs

Meals

  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website

Notes:

  • Bed LINEN & bathroom TOWELS - are provided, but please bring your own pool/beach towels. Baby friendly, as we can provide a cot at no extra charge if required. please ask. Let us know if you do have any special requests & we'll try our best to accommodate them. FREE WI-FI broadband is available at L'Etang. Please ask for details. Satellite TV includes British Freeview channels. Plus a selection of movies on DVD/ video to choose from. Do ask if there is anything else you require. Our aim is for you to have a wonderful holiday at Les Etangs, to enjoy its peace & quiet, to sit out & admire the stars after sunset, to de-stress totally & return home feeling so relaxed. “We have had a fantastic holiday, thanks” Dympna M. (by text 9.7.15) “Brilliant time, sorry to leave! Perfectly magical and relaxing for us! Thank you!” BH (by email 8.6.12) “Sensational property & surroundings. A holiday like this is once in a blue moon. We return home enriched. Sincere & lasting thanks' Sue A. (1.9.12)

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