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Combiers, on the Charente Dordogne border, near La Rochebeaucourt - Sleeps 2-5



Updated: 03-Dec-2016
Large 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom gite, with pool, great views, a real home from home

'Le Tilleuil, is one half of an 18th century farmhouse with its own terrace and parking and set in a large garden in the hamlet of Les Monneries. There is a pool with decking where you can relax, read or watch the sun go down. We are in the heart of beautiful forested countryside with gentle rolling hillsides on the edge of the Perigord Vert. It is a peaceful rural area with rivers and lakes for canoeing, boating and fishing. Visit the weekly markets in nearby towns and villages where you can meander and buy fresh produce and local specialities and then rest in a bar or café to sit and watch the world go by. For walkers, there are numerous quiet lanes, a nearby arboretum and woodlands with tracks. The local tourist offices have maps of the many signed walks and rambles through the lovely countryside. There is also a programme of activities for adults and children locally which are available to visitors.

  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We lived in Somerset before moving to France but have both moved about a lot with work and family. I think France is almost the longest we have lived in one house, over 11 years now. We both love the countryside, travelling, meeting people and days out at vide greniers/brocantes or local gardens.

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Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the owner

Pene & Tony were so welcoming. The gite is comfortable and feels like home. Lots of good places to eat. Brantome market is worth a visit and the caves at Villar.
Aug 2015
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4 Reviews

based on 4 holidaymaker reviews


A home away from home...simply a perfect gem !

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful week here in this beautiful,peaceful area with so much to see and do within an hours drive, it was perfect!!!

This beautiful gite is like a second home, everything here to make your stay relaxing,warm and very memorable. All the rooms are decorated wonderfully, the bedrooms with ensuite bathroom and the open plan kitchen/dining/living room is very comfortable and roomy.

We had our young son with us and there are plenty of places to visit and fun we all had near by; waterpark,canoeing,manmade beach at St Esteph,Cognac or take the bikes out around the roads locally. When it is warmer there is a pool next to the patio.........ideal for a hot day!

Shops are close by should you wish to buy food to cook, aswell as an oven and a microwave here, there is a bbq outside on the patio; but we ate out a fair bit as there are wonderful local restaurants in Brantome,Mareuil,Villebois-Lavalette and in various villages inbetween.

The hosts,Pene & Tony are warm and friendly with a great knowledge of the area and are available to assist in any way to ensure your stay is as relaxing as possible.

So.......this beautiful little country gite is ideal for small families or couples young and old.

We will highly recommend Le Tilleuil to anyone interested in visiting this area. We'll definitely be back again as we absolutely loved our visit, a great price too!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind comments. It was a pleasure to have such lovely guests who like our part of France as much we do. Come back in summer and you will love it even more.... and the pool will be open.
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Beautiful B&B, shame it was only for a one-nighter

  • 5 of 5

Lovely warm welcome at the gorgeous little gite, I also had the use of the lounge and kitchen which were very clean and well designed. Room was really comfortable and clean too. I would highly recommend a stay here.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. It was a pleasure to have you stay. You are most welcome to stop over again if you are working in the area.
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A little gem

  • 5 of 5

We were so impressed by this lovely gite. It was spotlessly clean, well equipped, comfortable and beautifully decorated and in a peaceful location. The owners, Pene and Tony were so friendly....but not at all intrusive and were willing to share their local knowledge which was very helpful as we had not visited this area before. There are some lovely places to visit and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay there. Do visit the lovely little town of Brantome which has a market on Friday. Make sure you take your camera as there are many 'photographic opportunities'. We would not hesitate to recommend this gite to friends and family and hope to return there ourselves one day.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 26, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for you kind comments. We are pleased when our guests leave happy and relaxed, having had a great holiday in our little corner of France. Hope to see you again some time.
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Aug 2013

  • 5 of 5

Pene and Tony were lovely hosts who were happy to answer our questions and inform us of the local sites. The cottage is well equipped, clean, with en suite bathrooms and a lovely pool set in wonderful countryside. Pene and Tony go out of their way to make sure that your stay is home from home.

We would definitely recommend this gite to others.

Thanks again

Sarah, Phil, Molly and Megan, Cornwall, August 2013.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 17, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, it was a pleasure to have you stay in our cottage. We love it when guests have a great holiday and return home relaxed and happy.
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From the Owner

2016 is our ninth year renting our Gite. We bought our house in Spring 2002, did all the things they said you shouldn't and fell in love with the first house we saw, mainly because of the views and surrounding countryside. Here on the border of the Dordogne we have rolling hills, woods and mixed farmland, quaint villages and the best of both departments on our doorstep. We came here to live permanently three years later and have just finished renovating as much of the property as we intend to, now we are going to enjoy life and explore France a bit more. We both enjoy having a chat and a laugh over a glass of wine or good meal with friends old and new and in the summer months greeting our visitors from all over the world. We hope you will enjoy your time with us too in this lovely part of France.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Limoges at 100 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Mareuil at 6 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Caen at 500 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Angouleme at 30 Kilometres Nearest Train : Angouleme at 30 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Combiers at 1 Kilometres Nearest Beach : St Estephe at 25 Kilometres Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

What's On 2016

Festival Cognac Blues Passion 5-9 July 2016.... much of it held outdoors at various venues in the town... past big names include Robert Plant, Joan Baez, Tom Jones, Sting and Jamie Cullen and Lenny Kravitzr! Other music nights are held in village squares during the summer.

The Circuit Des Ramparts at Angouleme takes place from 16th-15th September 2016 - a chance to see old classic cars race around the boundary walls of Angouleme. There is a tour of the countryside on the Saturday with several stop offs in villages where you can get up close and talk to the owners of the cars.

There are lots of activities which take place from July to mid-August and are open to visitors to the area, all at an affordable price, e.g, canoeing, pottery, sub-aqua, painting, as well as historical tours of the chateau and town of Villebois-Lavalette. We can send you a copy of the programme when it is available.


Royan and the Atlantic coast are just under 2 hours away. There is a beach and lake with water sports and indoor/outdoor pools in Angouleme. There are two other lakes, which are very popular with our guests, at St Estephe and La Jimaye. Both have canoes, woodland walks, picnic area and cafe. There is also an outdoor pool at Pontaroux, ten minutes drive from us.


AIRPORTS - Limoges & Bergerac 1.5 hours, Bordeaux & La Rochelle 2 hours.

DRIVING - Calais 8 hours, other channel ports 6-6.5 hours

PARIS is a 5 hour drive or you can take a fast train for a day trip from Angouleme.


The picturesque river town of Brantome (the Venice of the Perigord) is about 20 kilometres distance, Angouleme 30k, Cognac, Perigeux, St Emilion, Bordeaux, Poitiers, Limoges, Bergerac all 1-2 hours away. If you are house hunting our gite is near one of the largest estate agents, Leggett Immobilier, at La Rochebeaucourt.

Further Details:

Also near is the small market town of Villebois-Lavalette which is one of the oldest covered markets in the country under which a small local market is held every Saturday morning, filled with fresh produce of every description and when the market has gone you can sit and have a drink or dinner served by the nearby restaurant 'Le Lavalette'. Villebois is dominated by a beautiful medieval chateau, with its turrets and a thousand years of history. The tourist office provide regular guided tours of the village.

Our nearest village is Mareuil where there is a good restaurant L'Olive Noire serving a la carte and pizzas. Le Rochefocauld has a beautiful chateau on the Charente river, Nontron and the villages in between are all worth a visit.

Angouleme is the capital of the Charente and the old town centre is built on a plateau which overlooks the Charente river. Narrow cobbled streets wind around the 19th century market and are full of atmosphere including the Mairie, old churches and the Cathedral. There are good restaurants including Italian, Indian and Chinese.

The renowned classic/vintage car rally the 'Circuits des Ramparts' is held in September each year in Angoulême. The racing of these old vehicles, as they scream around the ancient streets, reminds you of Monaco 50 years ago! Cognac where there are several brandy houses to visit is 1/2 hour East of Angoulême. Visit Bordeaux where Medieval and modern architecture sit side by side; the wonderful Bordeaux Law Courts designed by the British Architect Richard Rogers are located in the heart of the historic core of Bordeaux, near the medieval cathedral and form a backdrop to the imposing Neo-Classical Palais de Justice facing the Place de la République. The city has great restaurants and you can shop til you drop.

What variety we have, beautiful countryside, ancient towns, chateaux, history, sports, relaxation, good food, fine wine, a cosy farmhouse, so much to see and do.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
29 Oct 2016 - 23 Dec 2016
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Winter 2017
14 Jan 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Spring 2017
1 Apr 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Early Summer 2017
3 Jun 2017 - 7 Jul 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Summer 2017
8 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
September 2017
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Autumn 2017
4 Nov 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200
Stay tax £0 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 18 years.

Notes on prices:
* One couple only June or September £50 off
* Flexible arrival/departure dates, before mid June and after mid September.
* Chambres d'hotes 60 euros per double room per night inclusive of breakfast
* Charente & local Tourist Board registered - 3*
* Tax de sejour (stay tax) of 0.50€ pppn for over 18s payable on arrival not
* There is a cleaning charge of £60 should you require this service. Please advise before departure.

If you wish to discuss any aspect of your holiday please telephone me following your enquiry and I can return your call.

A 20% deposit is required to make a firm booking. The balance is due 8 weeks before commencement of vacation. A £200 returnable deposit is to be made against damage/excessive cleaning if you do not leave the property as received. Cancellations less than eight weeks from arrival may incur a charge if we are unable to fill the booking at full price.

Changeover Day:
Changeover is Saturday, arrival should not be before 4pm and vacation must be before 10am on the day of departure. Outside of mid June to mid September we are happy to take mid-week bookings so that you can make use of cheaper ferries/flights.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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From the Owner

Our gite is set in tranquil countryside. The type of holiday you want depends on you: make it quiet and laze round the pool; active - walk and cycle the lanes and tracks or play golf nearby, or swim at nearby lakes; explore further afield the towns, villages and historical gems in Charente and Dordogne, or visit the distilleries and domaines to sample the cognac and wines on offer. The small towns of Mareuil and Villebois-Lavalette are only a short drive away for shopping, with supermarkets, butchers, bakers and weekly markets. We are only 20 minutes from Brantome the Venice of the Perigord a must place to visit, as are Aubeterre and St. Emilion. You will find lots of info in the gite for you to plan your holiday. Why go to Calais when Caen or Le Havre is a shorter drive. Contact us to get a 20% ferry discount.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


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


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


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool ...


  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural


  • arboretum
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • swimming

Floor Area

  • 100 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Both bedrooms have en-suite shower room with toilet.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed, 1 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed, 1 Single Bed, 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2-5 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 - 1 double bed, 1 single bed, en-suite shower room. Bedroom 2 - 1 double bed, 1 single bed, en-suite shower room. A cot, highchair and baby bath can be provided free of charge.


  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...


  • Self-catering

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


  • Accommodation: There is gas central heating for the autumn/winter - £50 week. Highchair/cot on request. Linen/towels provided but not beach/pool towels - please bring your own towels for the pool. For those arriving by air we can supply pool towels if needed. TV/DVD/Wifi. Utility room: Washing machine, dishwasher, iron/board, hoover, cleaning tools/materials for your use. Picnic basket, cold bag, picnic chairs and some outdoor games. Outside: There are tables, chairs and BBQ on your own patio which gets the morning and evening sun, so ideal for breakfast and dinner in the evening; sun loungers in the garden and in summer a gazebo for extra shade. There is an 6m x 4m above ground pool, with decking, shared with the owners who use it occasionally in the evenings, so that you have sole use during the day. The garden has lovely uninterrupted views over the countryside, with a mixture of mature and new trees and shrubs and a cottage garden next to the terrace. The gite has its own parking area and entrance away from the owners entrance so you are quite private. Cleaning: As is the norm in France you are expected to leave the gite in the condition as received. If you wish we can clean for you - £60. Le Tilleuil is checked to ensure it has been left clean and tidy for the next occupant

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