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Relaxing secluded cottage with private pool and large garden

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Updated: 11-Jan-2017
  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

About the property

Countryside cottage 2 minutes from Aubeterre sur Dronne

Enjoy a peaceful walk around the garden with seating or on the surrounding country roads to the river Dronne .Relax and watch the beutiful sunsets that we have . The property set in 2 acres of land, looks onto rolling grassed fields and tree's hence the name Chez Vista. Dating back to the 1760's , The character still remains with open beams and stoned walls throughout. Pool with decking great for sunbathing. Also area with picnic table for BBQ's. A pergoda with grapes close to the pool perfect for those long summer nights watching the sun go down. We have a large trampoline for the little children.

We have one double room + a double bunk room ' we also can supply a fold up single bed that can fit into the double room . We have a cot 'but you need to supply your own bedding for this .

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About the Owner

Member since: 2009
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
11 January, 2017

11 Reviews

Excellent! 4.5/5 -
(11 traveller reviews)


Beautiful cottage in idyllic setting

  • 5 of 5

We loved everything about our stay at Laprade. The beautiful cottage is in an idyllic setting, peaceful yet close enough to the award winning picturesque town of Aubeterre. Pictures do not do this place justice, the town is small but beautiful, full of friendly restaurants and a lovely market square.

Vince & Emma were welcoming, friendly hosts who made us feel at home as soon as we arrived. The cottage was equipped with everything we needed to enjoy our stay and Vince & Emma were on hand to help with any questions. Vince's home grown veggies were delicious!

The weather was lovely and hot so the pool was great for a dip to cool off and we spent most afternoons lying out in the sun.

There is plenty to do and explore nearby including a lovely secluded river beach just up the road. We spent a fun afternoon canoeing along the river with canoes hired in Aubeterre (very reasonably priced!),

We fell in love with the cottage and the local area and can't wait to come back again in 2017 - thanks Vince & Emma

  • Review Submitted: Nov 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great holiday

  • 4 of 5

We had a fantastic holiday at Chez Vista.

The cottage is well equipped and has everything you need for a great holiday.

Vince & Emma were great hosts and close by if you needed anything.

We spent half the week exploring the area and the rest of time we spent lounging around the pool.

The garden is great and the views especially early morning and evening are lovely.

We had a fantastic day in Bordeaux which is an hour away and definitely worth a visit.

We hope to stay there again soon

Aubeterre is relatively small but has some nice shops and restaurants. We had a great meal at The Garage which is just off the main square.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 26, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful family holiday

  • 5 of 5

We have just come back from our first family holiday (our baby is 3.5 months old) it was wonderful. Vince (owner) is such a lovely man so friendly and a laugh:) he bought us fresh eggs, tomatoes, chillis and peppers. What a treat the eggs are so good my husband had 6 in one day lol The accommodation is great everything u need in a house, we did a lot of cooking at home as easier with our little one and we had everything we needed. Pool area is great, big garden 2 walk around and take a book and just have pure bliss of peace and quite:) I will definitely return when my son is older:) small town is 5 minutes away, if u arrive on Sunday all the shops close at 12pm so maybe ask Vince 2 pick u up some things get get you going as literally nothing open. English tv for nights you can't be bothered 2 venture out or just feel like lazy. If your planning 2 stay in this area book it's a Lovely place xxxx

  • Review Submitted: Sep 18, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Vacances tranquille dans une belle maison

  • 5 of 5

Très belle gîte dans la paysage. On à reste une semaine ici, La maison avait beaucoup de caractère. C'etait propre et equipe avec tout on à besoin. C'etait bien mis a cote de la Dordogne donc plusiers chose a faire et voir avec les enfants. Grand jardin, des legumes et oeufs frais chaque jour. Nous recommandons ce gîte et peut être retournerais l'année prochaine.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 1, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A little gem of a Gite

  • 4 of 5

Traditional gite in a great location with everything you need for a family holiday. Good road links to main attractions in the Dordogne. Made to feel very welcome by Vince and Emma. One of the most relaxing holidays we have been on as a family. We will definately be back.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 31, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
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A beautiful stay with fabulous hosts

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 4 (2 daughters aged 8 & 5 ) spent 17 days here in June/July and it did not disappoint us in any level. Very quiet location but easy driving distance to lots of great sightseeing. The owners (Vince and his daughter Emma) were really helpful in advance and during our stay with almost everything. The gite was very well equipped,spotless and homely with a lovely huge garden, pool, patio and the trampoline which our daughters enjoyed more than anything. If we were in this area of France again, we would definetely stay here again and would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone else who is looking for a relaxing stay with wonderful surroundings.

Thank you very much for everything Vince & Emma.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 19, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Bergerac at 75 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Aubeterre, Various at 3 Kilometres Nearest Train : Chalais Train Station at 16 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : at 3 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Aubeterre River Beach at 3 Kilometres Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

Kayaking & Canoë in Aubeterre! You will be supplied your kayaks-Cänoës, Life jackets and Waterproof containers to keep your things safe and dry. You can choose how far you want to go, They will drop you off at the destination so you can have a peaceful afternoon down the river Dronne. Recommended for a family day out.

Aubeterre also has a river beach, They have activities from time to time. In the main square of aubeterre there is a variety of Bars and Restaurants.

There is a painting class down the road in Nabinaud.


Aubeterre beach on the river Dronne - 2.9 km (about 2 mins in the car and 20 mins walking). St Aulaye beach on the river Dronne - 11 km. Parcoul beach (Le paradu) and Brossac beach (L'Etang Vallier) - both only 30min drive. Royan beach on the coast - Just over an hour in the car. La Rochelle - Just over 2 hours.


Angouleme-Cognac and Bergerac airports are at an equal distance (about an hour in the car). Bordeaux is about an hour and a half drive and Limoges about 2 and a half hours. Car hire is essential as the taxi prices in this region are very expensive.


We are only 15 minute drive from Riberac where there is an international market every Friday morning and only 10 minutes from Chalais where there is again another large market on Monday mornings. Chalais has a link to the TGV railway and a laundrette. Aubeterre however is just down the road where their is a small market is a Sunday morning and have lots of tourist attractions - it was the most beautiful village in France in 1993 and is still in the top 100 today. Aubeterre has a river beach.

Further Details:

We are located between the village on Saint Antoine de Cumond (Dordogne) and the small hamlet of Ragot which is part of the village of Laprade (Charente) - the sister village of Aubeterre-sur-dronne. The property is located in a rural area with lots of quiet country roads that are ideal for runners, cyclists or those who enjoy peaceful walks! Aubeterre-sur-dronne has many attractions including a beach, canoe/ kayaking rentals and lessons, tennis,horse riding, football, golf, restaurants and bars, chateaux, and churches. Its a great place for a holiday especially for Brits as most people in this village speak good English. The are many good restaurants under a 10 minute drive. There's no need to even leave the gîte to make it your holiday - why not relax in the pool in the evening whilst the kids are in bed.

Prices and Availability

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
June 2017
3 Jun 2017 - 23 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Summer 2017
24 Jun 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

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Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Our policy is that we require a 20% deposit (non-refundable) made through an electronic transfer to my UK bank account to secure your booking , with the remainder paid within 3/4 weeks before arrival.

Changeover Day:
Our changeover days are on Saturdays. We ask for guests to leave by 10H30 on the change over day and New guest to arrive after 16H00.

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Property Type

  • farmhouse


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


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


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool


  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Location Type

  • river
  • rural
  • village


  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • Downstairs Loo - Toilet
  • The bathroom is situated between the two bedrooms with a Bath/Shower, WC and vanity unit with mirror and shaving point. There is also a downstairs toilet.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Main Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed, Double full size bunk bed room ,
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 to 5 people Notes on bedrooms: We have an extra single bed if needed for a 5th guest, Also a cot.


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


  • Self-catering

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


  • Notes on accommodation: We are not far if you need help or have any questions and my daughter speaks fluent French if you need help translating. Outside: South facing patio with a table and chairs that look onto the pool and picturesque countryside - Perfect for meals and watching the sunsets & stars. Around the decked in ground swimming pool we have lounge chairs, a large pic-nick table with shade for Barbecue's. Also the pagoda by the pool with table and four chairs. We sell fresh eggs & salad daily. Vegetables later on in the summer. We do not permit smoking indoors. Utility Room: Iron Board & Iron, Sweeping Brush, Mop & Bucket. Highchair, Baby Bath and Pram. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen and towels are supplied. Pool towels are however not. Whilst guests are staying in the Gîte clean bedding will be provided each Saturday on request and cleaning service for an extra cost if needed. We clean the gîte thoroughly between guests.

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