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Detached Charentais Cottage with Private Heated Pool for the sole use of cottage

Overview

Property

Updated: 16-Oct-2016
Cottage near Confolens and Champagne Mouton, Poitou Charentes, France - In A Peaceful Rural Location Set In Large Gardens

Renovated stone cottage offered for rent to singles or couples wishing for peace and quiet and/or to explore the region. Tastefully restored and retaining oak beams and stone walls, this cottage is open plan. It has its own fully enclosed and wooden-decked sun terrace leading to a private, guest only, above-ground heated pool.

La Bertonnerie is just beyond the village of Turgon which is about 25 mins drive from the main "North / South" N10 road at Ruffec. Blue skies by day and star-studded dark nights that let you gaze deeply into the Milky Way to the sounds of owls hooting and crickets chirruping. Other sound effects by arrangement!

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

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We are a family of 5 who bought both the main house as well as the little cottage in 2005. We were looking for a peaceful rural location that was close enough to roads and airports to make it convenient for use as a simple place to “get away from it all” as well as having a pleasant climate. Although we are not always at the property we have spent many enjoyable periods in the region.

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9 Reviews

4.7
based on 9 holidaymaker reviews

3

Lovely place to stay. All you need to get away from all.

  • 3 of 5

On arriving, after a long drive, it would be nice to arrive to a house that had been aired. We found the house was abit stuffy. All the home comforts to speak of, except the fridge/freezer needed to be larger, as you are out in the country. Staying the length of time we did, you do need extra space in the freezer. You need to have more info on how to use the mirco-oven, also a info on how to use the washing machine. We did figure it out. Regarding the TV. either mention to bring your own DVD's, plus a radio would be nice as well. Other wise all went well. The pool was lovely and warm, as we had a couple of cool days. The bike's do need some maintenance, as we had to buy some oil for the chains, also they are on the small side for grown up's. The info left to guest's regarding the area, need's to be up dated We did have a couple of the furry locals visiting on a couple of occasions, which of the first was a small field mouse, that was fine, moved food box off floor, followed by one of the endangered species, called the Loir. Which lives in the roof with his/her family. Squirrel type rodent. We did mention this to the caretaker. It came down the stair wall one evening, to our surprise, our legs did go up on to the chairs, plus the sleep did not come that night until early morning, not knowing what it was or it's behaviour during the night. We only found out once we got home to the UK what it was. The sign to the house needs to be either, painted or made brighter, as we did go passed. We visited quite a few places in the area, as we had looked up most before arriving. To go out to a restaurant in the evening would not be a good idea, if you both wanted to have a drink or two. So stock up and enjoy the Oh! so quite, to quite sometimes. I would recommend this house to a person/persons who want to get away from all and everything. It was a wee bit isolated for us.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for this review. The cottage is fully aired as practicably possible but we do need to close windows and doors in order to prevent nature from entering and taking up residence! The cottage does not offer enough space for a larger fridge freezer. The size details of the freezer compartment are clearly stated on the website. We do print some user instructions for the microwave which have proved enough in the past. We shall look into extending these. Regarding DVDs, we supply a collection at the cottage and again the website clearly states to bring your own if you wish. I think nowadays, travellers do bring their own audio equipment with them as units are so small to pack. Bikes. We used these in June and July as did all our guests this summer with no complaint. They were used by our own family who are 5 feet 9 inches tall. They are adult bikes. We shall leave some oil next year though and appreciate you applying some oil. The cottage is is the heart of the country and the website states this. Expect to see nature at its best, insects and small mammals. Consider this if peace & quiet is not for you. The cottage had a new roof this year and the creature in question could have entered via other means...it always surprises us how small a gap is enough for them! We love the bats, birds and nature. We will not be painting up the cottage sign...it's good enough for the country. There is a local taxi service and the number is in the cottage. We encourage our guests to ask questions before booking. This is our home and we continue each year to enjoy the space and Star gazing. The owners.
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5

Amazing little getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We had such a lovely time at Le Petit Bijou. The Gite is perfect for two, private and quiet and just what we needed to wind down and relax.

The space at the Petit Bijou is great, it had everything we needed for a week away.The heated pool was amazing!! We had scorching weather the whole week that we were there (35 plus!) so the pool was a god send and a real treat.

The local area had loads to do and there are two bikes available for use at the gite. There are local amenities close to the cottage, like 10 mins drive and the local village (Champagne Mouton) has a few bakeries.

Thank you for an amazing week, would highly recommend the Gite!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sadly the local alimenation in Beaulieu has closed down during 2016 so Champagne Mouton is the nearest village, a short drive away.
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5

Secluded little hideaway, ideal for those wishing peace and quiet and an escape from the Internet

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is in a delightfully peaceful spot which is only disrupted by church bells, the sounds of buzzards, woodpeckers, blackbirds, house martins and swallows (with whom you share the pool!), so it is ideal for those who are not reliant on the Internet and do not need to watch TV. The garden is a lovely place to sit and chill and the pool is vital to cool down in (we experienced temperatures in the late 80s and even the 90s during our stay) and was just the right depth and size for my wife, who is quite nervous in the water.

The cottage has everything you need to make your stay comfortable - remember to take salt and pepper - and even at 6ft 4ins tall, I was able to "limbo" under the beam in the bedroom, which holds the roof up.

Within an hour's drive or less from the cottage are places well worth a visit: we went to Cognac (you must visit the Otard distillery in the Chateau de Cognac), Angouleme (where we walked around the old part of the town), Brantome (the Venice of the Dordogne), Oradour-sur-Glane (site of a WWII massacre), La Rochefoucauld (with its imposing chateau) and Nanteuil-en-Vallee (a delightful little village).

There are large supermarkets in Angouleme, Rivieres and Ruffec and a more than handy Carrefour Contact in Champagne Mouton about 5 miles away. We never did find the little shop in Beaulieu sur Sonnette - the day we went there, it was absolutely deserted, so I could not ask anyone where the shop was.

We lunched in unpretentious cafe-restaurants in Brantome, Oradour and Saint Claud, paying around £12 for a 3-course "formule" - the food each time was typically French and of good quality, although, if you choose to eat at Les Platanes in Saint Claud, and wish to eat outside, you are right next to the road that goes through the village.

All in all our two weeks gave us exactly what we were after: peace and quiet, time to read, soak up some sun, eat well and drink some wine and visit some interesting places.

Our thanks also go to Jude and Paul, who made us feel welcome and were contactable, yet unobtrusive.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Cannot guarantee the weather unfortunately but we do like hearing when the weather has been hot and the pool used. We will add salt and pepper next year. The alimenation in Beaulieu has closed...what a shame...it was lovely to walk there to shop.
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July 23rd 2016 Lesley and Terry Melton Mowbray

  • 4 of 5

What can we say about the cottage, the comfortable living area the little covered area for breakfast and dinner, the pool, the gardens, having lunch in the shade of the oak tree in the garden. All we can think to say is............

ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC!!!!!

We will be back

  • Review Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay at the cottage. We love being able to share it with others.
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5

Beautiful getaway

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing week here. The house is beautifully cept as is the huge garden (lots of room for frisbee). It is in a lovely quite area and is a grat place to go for walks, it even has a heated pool to take a dip in when you get back!

Champagne Mouton is only a short car ride away and has a great little super market, so it is easy to get all your essentials from there.

I would highly recommend this property a definite 10 out of 10!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review. Glad you had an enjoyable stay.
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5

A wonderful cute house in a lovely area !

  • 5 of 5

My stay in Turgon was lovely, it was a very quiet and beautiful area and the village was perfect for a peaceful getaway. The house was perfect and the private pool and big garden was great for summer ! THe owners are lovely and the house was well kept, I would highly recommend Le petit bijou ! :)

  • Review Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your comments
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Location

From the Owner

As we were not planning to live there immediately, we were looking for a fully restored traditional Charentaise farmhouse with thick stone walls and oak beams. In spring 2005 “the perfect property” was found by one of the agents. We were pleasantly surprised to find that not only was Le Bijou Rouillé - the main house - restored in keeping with the regional style, but there was a second property on the land which we call "Le Petit Bijou". It had been restored externally but not internally and was also a stone farmhouse complete with original oak beams, however it was a shell. Since 2007 it has been fully renovated inside and we have added a pool in the courtyard. Our neighbours are friendly and private. The local roads and farm tracks are quiet and great for walking and cycling.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Limoges-Bellegarde at 75 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Confolens or Ruffec have several bars/cafes at 22 Kilometres Nearest Train : ANGOULEME Gare SNCF at 55 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : N10 at Ruffec at 22 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Confolens or Ruffec have several bars/cafes at 22 Kilometres Nearest Beach : La Rochelle at 150 Kilometres Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

For car enthusiasts there is the Circuit Des Remparts in Angouleme each September - so if you have your own Classic Car or are simply a fan then you would be within easy reach of the action. (http://www.circuit-des-remparts.com/index-id_page-1-lang-uk.html)

Coast/Beach/Rivers:

Visit 'La Cote Sauvage' where you will find the popular seaside resorts of Royan, Ile de Rey and La Rochelle, with beaches, shops, bars and restaurants. Although about 2 hours away by car, the coast is well worth the trip. And there is go-karting on the outskirts of Royan (http://www.karting-royan.com).

The Lacs de Haute Charante (http://www.lacs-de-haute-charente.com/fr/) are leisure lakes within an hour's drive. St Martin-l'Ars, a small town to the north, has a restaurant on a lake and there are nice walks, a restaurant and also canoes for rental.

Travel:

There are a variety of ways to access our cottage and the French roads are not only in excellent condition but are usually quiet, allowing for stress-free motoring for much of the year (weekends can be busy in July/August). Limoges airport and Poitiers airport are a 1 hour drive. La Rochelle airport is 2 hours drive. Bordeaux airport and Bergerac airport are 3+ hours drive. Angouleme train station is a 1 hour drive (TGV train to Paris is 3 hours). Ruffec train station (also TGV) is 25 mins drive.

Distances:

Our nearest town of Champagne Mouton has a bar, supermarket, doctors, petrol, post office and bakers and is about 10 mins drive away. Ruffec or Confolens are both about 30mins or less away and have large supermarkets, shops and restaurants.

Further Details:

The best place for canoeing we have found over the past 10 years is near Ruffec / Condac, about 25mins drive away from the cottage, called "aire de rejallant" on the Charente river where they have all the equipment and a variety of packages to suit your needs - from a short paddle around the area to a 3 hour canoe down the river. And they'll come and pick you up down river in their van. Wonderful way to spend an afternoon in dappled shade, cool water and warm sunshine.

Confolens is a very picturesque town on the Vienne river with a 13th century bridge and surrounded by rolling pastoral countryside. It is about 25 mins away by car. Pedalo hire is available from late spring. On the way to Confolens are large supermarkets.

The walled town of Angouleme is situated on a hill, and is an hour away to the south. The town looks down on to the river Charente. The centre of town has a magnificent town hall along with many restaurants, bars and shops, and many narrow streets to explore. There is a Circuit Des Remparts vintage car motor race every September through the cobbled streets. Angouleme has ‘murs peints’, which are street-art cartoon style paintings on walls around the town. From May to September you can often wakeboard or water-ski on the Charente at Saint Cybard, under the ancient stone walls of the town, where there is a water sport centre/school (not always open - check on the website and call them http://www.angouleme-tourisme.com/1282-cams-club-ski-nautique).

Cognac and Jarnac, with mile after mile of brandy vineyards, are to the west of La Bertonnerie, and, about 2 hours or less from the cottage, is the seaside town of Royan on Le Cote Sauvage. Near Royan is the Zoo at La Palmyre in 14+ hectares of landscaped gardens. The zoo is very popular and tries to improve the quality of the animals' lives and plays an important role in reintroducing animals into their natural habitats.

If you are interested in animals then the Vallee des Singes to the north of La Bertonnerie is a must-to-visit to see many varieties of monkeys and apes in an open environment.

The Charente and Vienne rivers wind their way through the region and there are many picturesque villages and towns to visit for lunch or simply pause for a coffee and a pastry as you pass through. These include Nanteuil-en-Vallee, with its 11th Century Abbey and gardens, and Rochefoucauld and Verteuil, both with stunning chateaux.

Prices and Availability

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Booking Notes:
Book by email with us, the owners or online through the website. We can help with directions including those tricky ones to help navigate the smaller lanes which will enable you to reach La Bertonnerie with ease.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Saturday. We ask that you arrive after 4pm and depart before 10am, thank you.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in GBP (British Pounds). Please note that we currently cannot accept payment in other currencies.

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Facilities

From the Owner

What do we love about our house and land? No urban light and regular crystal-clear skies! Fantastic for star gazing. No WiFi and cable internet access and thus complete peace!. Plenty of empty roads, pretty towns and simple restaurants all within an hour in all directions. In general the region seems to be about 2-5 degrees warmer than southern England, although we have had some lovely snow storms in mid winter... Summer can be hot, but the clear skies mean the evenings are usually very pleasant for outdoor dining followed by a game of boules and a glass of wine or Pineau (local firewater).

Property Type

  • cottage

General

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

Kitchen

  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster ...

Dining

  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...

Suitability

  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • groceries
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • swimming

Bathrooms

  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • There is a downstairs shower/WC, with basin and walk-in powerful shower/wet room with plenty of hot water. Heated towel rail and tiled floor. We have retained the original stone sink area and typical Charantais circular window.

Bedrooms

  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom), upstairs. Notes on bedrooms: There is an open plan 40sq.m bedroom upstairs which has a large double bed, 2 bedside tables, a dressing table and plenty of hanging space with clothes racks. There's a fan too, in case a dip in the pool doesn't cool you enough. Beware of the low beam!

Outside

  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 2 bicycles

Meals

  • Self-catering

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation: The lounge is heated with electric wall heaters that have individual thermostats. The cottage is a wonderful 'get away from it all' for couples. Sorry, we do not accept pets. This is a non-smoking property. Outside: The garden is about 1/4 hectare and consists of fruit trees and flowering shrubs. A walk around the grounds is a wonderful way to start the day with that first coffee. The enclosed, fully decked courtyard is accessed from the cottage's back door and provides a secluded spot for relaxing in the sun or shade around the 4m above-ground, private heated pool. Note that the pool is not at all child safe and thus the cottage is suitable for adults only - ie those who will respect the pool and take responsibility for their own safety. Chairs, tables and sun loungers are provided for your comfort. The terraced area of the courtyard provides shade during the day. By night the terrace has lighting so would be perfect for alfresco dinners or simply sitting outside and reading. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels, bed linen and pool towels are included. The cottage is fully cleaned prior to your visit and should be left in a similar manner on your departure please. Towels and linen are changed after the first week of stay. Other: A small collection of books and DVDs/CDs are available but of course you are welcome to bring your own. 2 adult bicycles are available for your use. There are plenty of farm tracks for long countryside walks or rides in the fresh air. Off-street parking.

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