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Beautiful Gite just for two with free Wi-Fi, heated 8mx4m 'pool and garden.

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Heated Pool
  • Parking


About the property

Gite near Mansle, Charente, France - Peace and tranquility in the heart of rural Charente

Le Coucher du Soleil is a former barn within the grounds of an English owned Charentais Farmhouse now beautifully restored to provide a superb Gite for couples. Featuring a beamed lounge with wood burner, English TV, well equipped kitchen/diner and a king sized bed upstairs with ensuite shower room, the Gite has its own dedicated Wi-Fi, private parking and enclosed garden and patio with bbq, table & chairs and sun loungers. Bikes,boule and of course the heated 8x4 swimming pool are available for guests to use.

Mansle which has shops, markets and restaurants is about 4 miles away. The area is perfect country for cycling, walking, bird spotting exploring or simply relaxing with a glass of wine in the garden.

Please note that the rental prices shown in the 'Rates' section are inclusive of a 'Tourist Tax' of 0.60 cents per person,per night.

More Details

Property Manager
Harry & Dianne Ivey
Member since: 2004
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
17 April, 2018

Why Harry & Dianne Ivey chose Fontenille

We wanted a house in France that was far enough away from the UK to be 'typically' French and offered a good climate, good food and wine. The Charente is a beautiful area - we just never get tired of the views we are so lucky to have. The night skies are staggering -with no light pollution, its an astronomer's dream.

It was important that there were good communication links -we are close to the N10 which is the main route down to Spain and Portugal, we are served by two airports - Poitiers and Limoge with Ryanair offering cheap flights to and from the UK.

Of course we also have the TGV - Paris is only 2+ hours away.

Our house is in a very rural area but only a few miles from the nearest town (Mansle). It's just perfect - hopefully you will find out for yourself!

What makes this cottage unique

As we live here full time we get the benefits of seeing the seasons change the landscape -this year the farmer planted sunflowers in the field opposite our house -they were beautiful. Guests staying in our gite are able to use the heated swimming pool, use our bikes - it's perfect cycling country or just chill out in their own private garden -it's all about relaxing.

The gite has it's own parking to, so no security worries - not that crime is ever an issue in the Charente!

Above all, we want to offer guests a memorable holiday experience -judging by the comments left in our guest book, we think we have just about got it right!

Guestbook comments from the manager

We have a guest book in the gite which contains many comments about the gite, area and guests experiences. Our two black labs Mac & Zac get more mentions than we do! -it's well worth reading!
Feb 2004
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Fontenille in Charente

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • rural
  • town
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • En-suite shower room with shower, washhand basin and toilet.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: An open-tread staircase leads to a large, heavily beamed bedroom with king-size bed and an en-suite shower room.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 2 bicycles
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
Notes on accommodation: The Gite is not suitable for children, babies only-sorry. Outside: Outside you'll find a patio table and chairs, barbeque and sun loungers. There is also a heated 8x4m swimming pool with Roman steps and security fence which guests are welcome to use. There are also ladies and gents bikes available (foc) and table tennis. Please note: the swimming pool is open from May until the end of September or longer depending upon weather. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels including 'pool, linen and service costs eg. electric, water etc are included in the weekly rental. A basket of logs is provided foc, further logs can be purchased for 10 euro a basket. Other: The theme in the bedroom is French with just a hint of the Orient. The King sized bed lies under an impressive original oak beamed ceiling.


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Beautiful Gite just for two with free Wi-Fi, heated 8mx4m 'pool and garden.
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews

A very relaxing time in Fontenille

  • 5 of 5

For a week we had the most relaxing time thanks to our lovely helpful hosts.The gite was spacious and the vast bedroom, the king size bed and the peace and quiet allowed us to totally switch off and recharge our batteries after a long year. Susan and Keith did everything to make our stay memorable with their bikes,lovely tomatoes and of course the swimming pool.The only shame : that our stay was not much longer !

  • Review Submitted: 23-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great gite

  • 5 of 5

Great hosts. Beautiful gite for two. Loved it all.

Weather superb and great sky's at night. Mac and Zac the dogs are lovely and friendly. Gite in good location to travel various places .

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
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Nearest Airport
70 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
400 Kilometres
St Malo
Nearest Train
15 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
4 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Car: necessary


The Atlantic coast with its truly magnificent beaches is about 2hours drive away with La Rochelle perhaps being the most well known town.


The nearest airports are at Poitiers and Limoges. Ryanair fly there from Stansted, East Midlands and Edinburgh plus other UK locations during the holiday season including Newcastle.FlyBe also fly into Limoges. Poitiers is about 55 mins drive to the Gite and Limoges just on the hour. .The nearest ferry port is St. Malo -about 4 hours drive. A car is essential. Car Hire is available at local airports.


For the adventurous there is canoeing at Mansle, (approx 3 miles).

Angouleme with its beautiful architecture, famous annual comic strip festival and vintage car race is only 25 mins drive.

Cognac with its historic distillery houses and Blues Festival (held in July) is about 40 mins drive.

Ruffec is about 20 mins drive.

Further Details:

There are supermarkets, boulangeries, banks and daily markets selling wonderful produce at Mansle, Ruffec and Angouleme.

There are some superb restaurants to cater for all tastes and budgets - all within an easy drive. Canoeing on the Charente is available at Mansle.

There is a velorail near Confolens which is great fun. Lots of historic villages and some wonderful churches.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Fontenille, Poitou-Charentes

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Mid Season
31 Mar 2018 - 23 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Season
30 Jun 2018 - 1 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2 Sep 2018 - 6 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
In the first instance contact the owner. You will be sent a booking form via e-mail, complete and return the form together with a 10% deposit. The balance is payable 8 weeks prior to rental period. Payments are accepted electronicaly in Sterling.

Changeover Day:
Rental periods are normally from Saturday to Saturday unless by prior arrangement. Arrive 4.00pm, leave by 10am on day of departure.

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