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Charming Detached Cottage - Rural Location with Stunning Countryside Views

People3
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking

Overview

About the property

Cottage near Aubeterre-sur-Dronne, Charente / Dordogne - Near Restaurants, River Beaches - Great for Walking and Biking

Welcome to Le Gatinaud Cottage, a stylish detached French holiday gite. Perfect for escaping the stresses and cares of a busy life or to use as a base for house-hunting in the beautiful Dordogne and Southern Charente.

The cottage is located in a peaceful hamlet of just five properties. It is decorated and furnished to provide all the comforts of home in a classic French country style. French doors open on to a South-facing, covered terrace that is the perfect place to enjoy the far-reaching views and a glass of wine on warm evenings. Tree-slung hammocks inside the fully enclosed garden are the perfect spot to relax in the shade or stargaze in the evenings.

We pride ourselves on offering not only a great location to explore the Charente, Dordogne and Maritime region, but also a peaceful, welcoming holiday home.

Please do not hesitate to call or email me to enquire about availability or anything else we can help you with.

More Details

Owner
Elaine Courtney
Member since: 2005
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
25 September, 2017

About Elaine Courtney

Hello, we are David & Elaine Courtney. We have a teenager daughter who will soon start University. We bought Le Gatinaud Cottage in 2008 after visiting friends in this area. We all value the times we've spent at the cottage and always leave feeling rested and relaxed.

Elaine Courtney purchased this cottage in 2008

Why Elaine Courtney chose Charente

We love visiting France and were captivated with the beautiful countryside views and found spending time in this region of France very relaxing. The rolling hills and sunflower fields really let you feel as though you're "getting away from it all", especially the daily commute! Upon arrival, we can almost feel the stress melting away when we first see the view from the garden.

The relaxation continues with a walk along the River Dronne, just 5 minutes away. River beaches, swimming, canoeing, tennis and golf are just a few of the activities available within a 10 minute drive.

Also ideally located for exploring the Dordogne, Charante and Maritime coast.

What makes this cottage unique

The cottage is located in a peaceful hamlet of just five properties. The tree-slung hammocks inside the fully enclosed garden are the perfect spot to relax in the shade or stargaze in the evenings.

We pride ourselves on offering not only a great location to explore the Charente, Dordogne and Maritime region, but a peaceful, welcoming holiday home.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Wonderful relaxing break. Cottage was perfect. French people charming. We wouldn't hesitate to come again or recommend the cottage to others."

V.F., Hertfordshire



"A perfect place to unwind, a tranquil setting and the privacy the garden provides is second to none. The cottage is very well equipped. Much care and thought has gone into ensuring a warm welcome, a rare find indeed."

S.R., Jersey



"Walking into the garden and cottage our impression was "perfect setting", our ideal French cottage with beautiful views. The Drone Valley from Aubeterre to St. Aulaye is stunning. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to our friends"

D.A., Kent



"Our stay was wonderful, the Gite fantastic, the situation & privacy was all top draw and I wouldn't have any hesitation in recommending it."

R.P., Wiltshire



Beautiful cottage with a huge garden in a very scenic French village - loved it!

C & S C, Aberdeenshire
Dec 2005
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Bonnes in Charente

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • There is an en-suite bathroom and WC to the main bedroom and an en-suite shower room and WC to the single bedroom. Electric towel heaters to both rooms.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 3
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 3 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: The cottage has two bedrooms, a double and a single.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Terrace
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
Attractions:
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Notes on accommodation: There is electric heating in all the rooms. Living Room: TV with Freesat Tuner for UK channels Only Outside: The cottage has a private drive with a large mature, enclosed private garden with lovely views across the Dronne valley. There is an eating area with chairs under the acacia trees in the garden and also a table and chairs on the terrace. A shed contains garden chairs, and barbecue equipment . Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bedlinen is supplied, towels can be made available at an additional cost. Please Note: Le Gatinaud Cottage is a NON SMOKING and NO PETS allowed property

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Charming Detached Cottage - Rural Location with Stunning Countryside Views
average rating of 4.714286 based on 15 reviews
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Cottage in Bonnes, Charente.

  • 4 of 5

Peaceful relaxing time in a quiet rural situation. The neighbours were pleasant and helpful and the village close by. Superb family run local Auberge with reasonably priced food and drinks. The surrounding area was scenic and other villages interesting. The listing description was accurate, clean and welcoming and would recommend this property to friends and/or relatives. We look forward to returning.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 25, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Lovely cottage in beautiful countryside

  • 5 of 5

,The cottage is very comfortable, great for two or three guests, although we spent nearly all our time outside enjoying the gorgeous view as the weather was perfect,. It was well situated for visiting local towns, where we always found a good restaurant, and for taking a stroll round the village and farms to stretch our legs. Canoeing and swimming were available 5 minutes away (yes, you can try new things in your 50s, never canoed down a river before!), and the friendliness of the neighbours, and their cats and dogs, topped our week off perfectly.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 9, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Calm and relaxing

  • 5 of 5

Lovely calm and relaxing stay at this lovely cottage

Great views across open rural landscape

The property is immaculately kept with all the requirements you need from a rental property

Will definitely stay there again

  • Review Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words, we are glad that found it as peaceful and relaxing as we do. We would be delighted to welcome you back in the future.
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4

Delightful and relaxing.

  • 4 of 5

The property is small but charming. It is in a beautiful location with a large garden overlooking beautiful countryside. It is well maintained and immaculately clean. The facilities are excellent. Elaine provides excellent customer service. Only small drawbacks are no WiFi and the kitchen is rather dark when the lights are off. This has been addressed by very well lit new kitchen units. There is a boulangerie and a pizza restaurant in the village but the other restaurant is now closed. Aubeterre and St Aulaye are nearby and provide many supermarkets, restaurants, interesting shops etc. The surrounding coutryside provides excellent walks and bike riding opportunities. I would definitely recommend this cottage to friends and relatives as an ideal peaceful getaway.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Tranquil cottage with outstanding views

  • 5 of 5

Very clean organised and pleasant stay

Friendly hamlet community

Straightforward organised booking and arrival

Excellent bakery 5 minute drive in attractive village of Bonnes

Friendly bike hire as recommended

Excellent kitchen facilities

Comfortable stay

Enjoyed hammock facilities

  • Review Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind comments. We are pleased you enjoyed the cottage as much as we do. We would be delighted to welcome you back should you wish to come in the future.
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Very relaxing and well located in a wonderful area

  • 4 of 5

Well located in an interesting area,Very well furnished, with wonderful views in a quiet hamlet.Well maintained property.Less than 10 minutes drive to Aubeterre where there are many good restaurants. Lots to see in the area.Very relaxing, would certainly stay again if we went back to this area.Terrace has sun most of the day,and also large garden with lots of shade in the trees.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
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Location

Nearest Airport
70 Kilometres
Bergerac
Nearest Barpub
7 Kilometres
Aubetere-sur-Dronne
Nearest Ferry
375 Kilometres
Caen
Nearest Golf
10.8 Kilometres
Manoir de Longveau
Nearest Train
10 Kilometres
Chalais
Nearest Restaurant
0.9 Kilometres
Bonnes
Nearest Beach
5 Kilometres
St Aulaye
Car: necessary

Coast/Beach:

1 hr 15 mins to the Charente Maritime coastline with beautiful sandy beaches, historic seaside villages and popular resorts.

River beach and high rope course at St Aulaye 10 mins

20 mins Lake beach, children's play area and activity trail at Lac Jemaye

Travel:

1 hour from Bergerac airport (Flights from Stansted, Southampton, Bristol).

1hr 15 mins from Bordeaux (Flights from Dublin, London, Birmingham, Manchester)

Poitiers and Limoges are approximately 2 hours drive.

Distances:

5 minutes to St Aulaye (restaurants, market, shops, beach and water park)

5 minutes to Aubeterre-sur Dronne, "une des plus beaux villages de France". (Restaurants, tourist shops, beach, historic underground church, market)

15 minutes to Ribérac (Restaurants, huge market, supermarkets, shops)

10 minutes to Chalais (Restaurants, shops, market)

40 Minutes to St.Emilion (historic village, home of the famous wine)

50 minutes to Périgueux, fabulous old town with boutique shops and restaurants.

Further Details:

About the climate: We're right down in the South-West of France where the sun is much higher in the sky all year round. We get lots of sunshine throughout the year and just enough rain to keep it green and pleasant. Spring comes early and temperatures can be in the 20's from March onwards. Summer is warm, with highs in the 30's, but as we are perched up on a hill we often get a breeze to keep things fresh. Autumn can stay warm in the day, but with cooler nights. Even in winter when the sun is out it's possible to sit outside in the middle of the day and enjoy a glass of St Emilion.

Bike hire available with free delivery to and collection from cottage, please ask for details

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Bonnes, Poitou-Charentes

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
GBP
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Autumn
7 Oct 2017 - 10 Nov 2017
7 night minimum stay
£245
for 7 nights
£245
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £250
Stay tax £0.23 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 18 years.

Booking Notes:
To secure the booking we ask for 25% of the rental cost as a deposit. The remaining balance, the £250 refundable damage deposit and the Taxe de Sejour would be due six weeks before the start of your holiday. The refundable damage deposit will be returned within 28 days of your departure subject to a satisfactory property inspection.

Changeover Day:
Saturday change-over.

Notes on prices:
All prices are per week Saturday to Saturday arriving at 4pm and departing at 10am. Prices include bed linen, (towels can be made available at an additional cost), gas and electricity (usage over a set amount will be charged). No smoking. No pets allowed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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