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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!
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.
The Owner purchased this cottage in 2005
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.
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).
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.
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!
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.
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............
We will be back
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!
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 ! :)
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7 night minimum stay
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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 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.