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



Updated: 10-Jul-2016
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.

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

About the Owner


My husband Keith and I bought our Charentaise farmhouse in 2000 and moved over full time in 2006.

We love the laid back life in the Charente, its micro climate and rolling countryside. When not looking after our Gite and our large garden, I restore oil paintings, gilt frames and watercolours - I was a restorer for over 30years in the UK, working for galleries, museums and private collectors. We converted one of our outbuildings into a studio -fondly called 'The Goat Pens' which is a wonderful environment to work in - I have beautiful views across the valley towards Cognac to give me inspiration! We have two very friendly Black Labradors called Mac & Zac, six chickens and a cockerel - their eggs are fabulous!

As you will find out when you come and stay with us.

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Speaks English

Guestbook comments from the owner

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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From the Owner

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!

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Poitiers at 70 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Mansle at 5 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : St Malo at 400 Kilometres Nearest Train : Ruffec at 15 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : N10 at 4 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Mansle at 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.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
1 Oct 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Christmas/New Year
17 Dec 2016 - 7 Jan 2017
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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Updated: 10-Jul-2016
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From the Owner

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!

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All


  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool

Location Type

  • rural
  • town
  • village


  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • 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
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting


  • 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.


  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 2 bicycles


  • Self-catering

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


  • 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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