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4 star Luxury Cottages, Family Friendly, Heated Pool, On Site Dining, licensed



Updated: 11-Oct-2016
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Luxury Cottages. Quietly sophisticated yet family friendly. In heart of the Charente Golden Triangle.

Jarnac 10 mins, Cognac 20 mins, Angouleme 25 mins, Coast 90 mins.

Beautifully renovated cottages in former Monastery kitchens and Logis.

3 Private Cottages set in lovely grounds each with private gardens / terraces / BBQ/parking

Shared heated 10 x 5m in ground pool in it's own area of grounds - Security Fenced open May-September

Fully equipped kitchen - DW / WM / heating / UK Sat TV / WIFI

Separate childrens play area. Surrounded by sunflowers and vineyards yet 3 mins all amenities.

Maison Cachee sleeps 2 adults plus 2 children - there is also a cot.

Perfect for: Relaxing, riding, canoeing, fishing, cycling, sailing, water skiing. Great to relax and discover the region. Beautiful Courtyard and grounds. Catering and B and B available.

Details for holiday cottage 4 Star Rated Chez Coco, 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, 2 Bathrooms

This beautiful and stylish luxury 4 star gite comfortably sleeps four adults and also has a childs bed and cot available. In two large bedrooms each with its' own en suite shower room. One king size bedroom and one with double and a single. The master bedroom has a Juliet balcony onto south views.

Downstairs there is open plan living with French doors onto own terrace and garden with outdoor seating BBQ and sun loungers.

There is a full kitchen with range oven, Tassimo machine, fridge freezer, microwave, coffee maker, toaster etc.

Two comfortable sofas and flat screen TV with UK freest and DVD, iPod docking and WIFI.

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

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About the Owner

We are Charlie, Steph and Finn (9 now) plus Lilah, Suzie the dogs and Jet the cat. We love this region and all it has to offer, particularly for those who love culture and the outdoor life.

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Speaks English, French, Spanish

14 Reviews

based on 14 holidaymaker reviews


More than your usual Gite holiday where hosts

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic family holiday at The Courtyard which started from the moment we arrived. Stephanie, Charlie and Finn are wonderful hosts and nothing is too much trouble. From the help with directions, to restaurant suggestions and bookings down to the amazing food. We had the best of both worlds with a beautifully appointed Gite and garden area (we stayed in Maison Cachee) with full kitchen facilities but also got to enjoy a number of evenings of Stephanie's food - a night "out" without leaving the premises. We all hope to return again to explore the area further and experience more of the superb ambience of this little gem.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect for young families!

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for a totally relaxing break with your young family, you don't need to look any further......The Courtyard at Saint Catherine is perfect for you!

I stayed recently for 2 weeks in Chez Aristade with my husband, my 6 year old daughter and 4 year old boy/girl twins.

We had an amazing 2 weeks and I cannot speak highly enough of the wonderful hosts, Steph and her husband Charlie. They have thought of everything so your gite truly is a home from home! You really only need to bring your passports, credit card and clothes!

For the parents; they are basic provisions to get your holiday off to a good start without having to rush out to the supermarket the minute you arrive! A few dishwasher tablets, washing up liquid, dish cloths, bin bags, foil, cling film, kitchen roll, fly spray, kitchen cleaners, hand soap, charcoal and firelighters for your first BBQ.......and pantry items such as olive oil, salt, pepper, sugar, tea, coffee, milk. The gites have a Tassimo coffee machine with a few capsules to get you started.......you can buy these in the local Supermarket or just bring your favourites from home! To make travelling with young children they have everything covered; high chair, cots, sterilisers, stair gates, step stools, night lights, kids cutlery, plates and cups, plug socket covers and even a bath mat and bath toys!

For the kids; a great selection of toys, books, dolls, dressing up clothes, colouring pens, dvds, games waiting in your gite. There was even a massive blackboard in our give for the kids to get creative!

I had ordered the welcome dinner knowing that we would arrive around 6pm after a long drive and not feel like heading to the shops. So if you have a long drive on your day of arrival definitely book the welcome meal and get your holiday off to a great start!

The gite was extremely well equipped with more than enough crockery, cutlery, pans, utensils and glassware. The pool is heated, so perfect for little children, it is gated and safe. There are plenty of sun loungers and giant beanbags and umbrellas for all to use. It never felt over crowded.

The 'gite cluster' concept works brilliantly enabling parents to socialise and children to play together. The courtyard is gated so the children can play outside without the worry of them getting out onto a road. Steph's dinner evenings are an absolute delight and I would highly recommend opting in for dinner.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely words and thank you for being such great guestsIt was a real pleasure to host you and your delightful family. I hope to do so again! I appreciate you taking the time to review. Thank you!
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Amazing Family Getaway

  • 5 of 5

The Courtyard is an amazing place to stay. Steph and her family made us feel so welcome. This was the first time we had taken our 18-month-old abroad so it was a welcome relief to stay somewhere with all the equipment you could possibly need on a daily basis (cot, highchair, toys, books, stairgate.... I could go on). It made travelling a lot more enjoyable and meant room for our stuff too!!

The accommodation was spacious, clean and tastefully decorated to complement the old building. We had our own private garden with a BBQ and plenty of seating. The swimming pool was clean and a great place to spend hot sunny days. There is also a small play area with a sandpit, trampoline, swing ball, swings & slides.

The on-site dining which Steph personally cooks and serves to you outside in the courtyard is fantastic. The food is so flavoursome and Steph goes above and beyond to make sure everyone is catered for (even the fussy ones). We ended up taking full advantage of this service when we stayed as it was handy with our little one and tasted great too.

The Courtyard is in a peaceful location and is very convenient for visiting the surrounding areas; it seems you are not too far away from everywhere. The Supermarket in Roulliac is very accessible and has a great mix of products.

We are planning on going back again next year and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend staying at the Courtyard to anyone. Steph and her family have done an amazing job restoring the old Priory and giving it a new lease of life.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a great pleasure to meet you all, and the grandparents too! Thank you for your kind words and I look forward to hosting you next year xxx
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A dream holiday!

  • 5 of 5

This place is a dream! Starting with the setting; it truly is idyllic, the image of beautiful France you conjure up when you dream of rolling hills, vineyards and poppies everywhere. The gites and grounds are like something out of an interior magazine; authentic, charming and luxuriously shabby chic. The pool is warm and the playground a huge hit with our 18 month old. Steph and her family are so lovely. They strike the right balance of leaving you to it, but being incredibly hospitable and helpful. Everything from pre arrival shopping, baby necessities and baby meals (3 x per week) are taken care of. And the cooking.. Wow Steph can cook! We ate top end restaurant standard meals with a sleeping toddler and the peace of mind of the monitor working to the courtyard.. Very relaxing. We don't normally go back to places twice, but we could be persuaded back here!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a real pleasure to host you. Thank you for you very kind words and I hope you do make it back again! Steph x
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Just sublime

  • 5 of 5

This was the first holiday I can recall that I was able to relax the moment my foot entered the courtyard. Steph the owner had everything under control and had the most divine arrival dinner ready for us. When you have been travelling so long it's just heaven to sit down to a hot meal and a nice glass or two of wine. We have stayed in many gites but this was on a different level. Nothing was too much trouble. The owners took the hard work out of holidays with kids by booking various trips and the cooking that is optional was very much what we wanted. Our kids were one of the older there - I'm just sorry we didn't find it when they were younger as it's perfect for small kids. Completely loved it.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Such a pleasure to host you all and very much looking forward to doing so in the future. Thank you for you kind words.
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Simply Perfect

  • 5 of 5

Well where do we start. The Courtyard is simply perfect.

We stayed recently (2 adults with 2 young children) and were blessed with lovely weather. From the moment you arrive the relaxed vibe is contagious. The Gite (we stayed in Aristide) is very well appointed and provides everything you need as a family. We mentioned we were had a young mobile toddler with us and a new stairgate appeared without bother or hassle.

The Courtyard is perfect to explore the wider Charente region with plenty to do in the area.

Steph and Charlie, the lovely owners make sure nothing is too much trouble and are able to provide superb evening meals if required. They can also organise local activities - plate painting, horse riding, chocolate making amongst other things.

The kids (as are we) are sad to be home - they loved playing in the sandpit / on the swings and swimming in the lovely heated pool everyday.

The website for the courtyard gives you more information and is worth a check.

If you are considering staying here - don't give it any further thought and book it as long as you don't book our Gite when we want to go back !!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely words. Cannot wait to welcome you all back again next year. Special times!
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From the Owner

These buildings were virtually ruins when we bought them but the location was so peaceful and the views so beautiful that we took them on. Despite our rural location we have everything we need on a day to day basis in Rouillac 3 minutes away and the wonderful towns of Cognac and Angouleme 20 minutes away for shopping, culture and fine dining. 10 minutes from Jarnac gives us the Charente River as a playground. This region is best for culture and outdoor activities, riding, biking, canoeing, water ski-ing, tree climbing and the Courtyard offers rural tranquility with "quiet sophistication" and wonderful food.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Bordeaux, Limoges, La Rochelle at 120 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Rouillac at 4 Kilometres Nearest Golf : St Brice Cognac at 20 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Rouillac at 4 Kilometres Car: necessary

Table D'hotes available. Group Bookings can be taken for Art, Writing, riding, Wine Tasting, Cognac Tasting, French Lessons, Canoeing, Chocolate Making


Beaches at Royan and La Rochelle 60-90 minutes away. Man made beach and lake at Plan D'Eau de La Grande Prairie 20 minutes away. River swimming at beautiful Jarnac 10 minutes away. Isle D'Oleron 90 minutes away.


Fly Drive? La Rochelle, Limoges, Poitiers and Bordeaux all under one hour 30 mins away. All with AVIS car Rental Pick up

Check our Air France, Flybe, Easy Jet, Ryanair

Ferry timings - car is essential

4 hours 20 St Malo

4 hours 35 Caen

5 hours 15 Le Havre

5 hours 30 Roscoff

5 hours 35 Dieppe

5 hours 43 Cherbourg

7 hours Calais


Nearest town with all amenities Rouillac - 2 minutes by car. Cognac - 20 minutes. Jarnac - 10 minutes. Angouleme - 25 minutes.

Tennis Rouillac 2 minutes

Riding Des Bouchauds 5 minutes

Water Skiing - Ste Meme 15 minutes

Sailing, Wind Surfing plan D'eau 20 minutes

Canoeing Vibrac or Jarnac 10 minutes

Further Details:

The Charente region has so much to offer:

Cognac - the town and the drink, golf, shopping, restaurants, bars, cognac tours.

Cognac 18 hole golf course at St Brice - 20 minutes.

Jarnac - 15 minutes outdoor swimming pool by the river, children's play area, river swimming, Kayaking - two Olympic medallists trained here! great fun take a kayak up the river, restaurants, cafes, shopping, small but perfectly formed.

Plan d'Eau de la Grande Prairie Angouleme - 25 minutes - kayaking, sailing, windsurfing, cycling, play areas, beach, cafe. Cycling - everywhere but there is a great cylce route around plan d'eau and from there you can cycle into Angouleme.

Nautilus centre, indoor and outdoor pools, aquabikes, sauna and ice rink 20 minutes away. Agouleme - 25 minutes shopping, restaurants, paper museum.

Race du Remparts -Angouleme 25 minutes - 18th 19th September 2011, classic car rally around the town ramparts. Roman Amphitheatre - 5 minutes away.

Horse / Pony Riding at la Bouchauds - 5 minutes away.

Le Vingt Sept - on the 27th of each market one of the biggest regional farmers markets takes over our entire local town of Rouillac from 7.30am, 5 minutes away, you can buy everything from a donkey to a piece of cheese, a tractor to a grandfather clock. A real experience, street food, wine, cognac, clothes everything you would expect in the countryside.

Wonderful beauty treatments 3 minutes away in Rouillac, amazing French rejuvenating facials, pedicures and manicures.

Paris - this may seem odd but Paris is only 2.5 hours away by direct TGV and Disneyland Paris 3 hours door to door from Angouleme.

Futuroscope 1.5 hours by car.

Paleosite 40 mins by car


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Low Season
17 Sep 2016 - 17 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
18 Dec 2016 - 7 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Low Season
8 Jan 2017 - 29 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Mid Season
30 Apr 2017 - 20 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
early summer
21 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £21
Refundable Damage Deposit £253

Booking Notes:
A 25% deposit is required upon reservation. The balance is due 4 weeks before arrival. Bookings less than 4 weeks before arrival are payable in full upon reservation. We take both sterling and euro bank transfers and cheques.

please note: the price remains the same whether paying by sterling or euro.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Saturday in High Season July and August. Check out by 10 and check in after 4pm but please contact us and we will be as flexible as we can. For shorter periods or long weekends contact us and we will accommodate wherever possible.

Notes on prices:
Please note that when we receive your enquiry, we will telephone you, to assure you that you are dealing directly with us the owners. Please ensure you put your phone number on the enquiry form.

Quality is assured with an official 4 star Tourist Board Rating

See our website www.thecourtyard.fr for latest availability and prices. Last minute deals. Late deals. Late availability. out of season longer lets. Or give Steph a call on 00 33 545602791 / 00 33 602339461.

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From the Owner

This is such a peaceful place, it's history as part of the Priory of Ste Catherine De La Champs and pilgrims lodgings probably helps with that! We are surrounded by sunflowers and vines and there are amazing views to the South and from the Pool, Chez Aristide and Chez Coco. Ideal for photographers or painters but nothing is so far away that we are completely isolated. It is amazing to look at the old walls and think they were built by monks in the 1700's. In summer the thick walls keep us cool and in winter they retain the heat from the wood burners and keep us warm. Many people who come here fall in love with just sitting outside watching the birds coming into nest, we have woodpeckers and red backed shrikes, we often see bats and owls and of course shooting stars.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


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


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


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool

Onsite Services

  • Concierge
  • Massage


  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo

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
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing

Floor Area

  • 100 m²


  • Shower room 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed, En suite Bathroom and Juliet Balcony onto views South
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed, 1 Single Bed, 1 Cot, En suite bathroom


  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles


  • Self-catering

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


  • Notes on accommodation: Flexible dates and minimum Stay 3 nights for May and June. Saturday change overs and minimum week bookings in July and August Maison Cachee has a low beam outside the bathroom. Concierge Service, I am happy to book riding, canoeing, cognac tours, wine tasting, restaurants, baby sitters. On site catering is available as is licensed sale of local produce, wines etc. All Gites have their own, parking, gardens, BBQs, terraces. Each has a different character and styling. All bed linens, bath towels, pool peshtemels, welcome drinks and end of stay cleaning included. Communal areas are the play area and separate pool area. The pool area has a 10 x 5 in ground heated pool, plenty of loungers and a shady area. Looking onto amazing views to the South. Childrens play area is separate with basket ball, trampoline, wooden climbing / sing / slide set and swing ball. There is also space to kick around a football Outside: Outside there are private south facing terraces and gardens for Coco and Aristide and Cachee has its garden tucked away by the Courtyard. All have outdoor dining, loungers and shade. There is a separate childrens play area with trampoline, swing ball, basket ball a wooden climbing frame with swings and slide. The security gated pool area has a 10 x5 heated in ground pool which is 1.5 metres deep and spectacular views over open country. It is open and heated between May and September. The courtyard is a car free area and there is a guest parking are

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