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Traditional Cottage in 3 acres; big, shared, solar-heated Pool - quiet hamlet



Updated: 15-Oct-2016
Pretty Stone Cottage between Aubeterre & Chalais, Poitou-Charente - Peaceful Location On Hilltop In Vineyard Countryside, Ideal For Couples, 6kms From Lively Village

Our 2 houses are between historic and lovely Aubeterre and the busy market town of Chalais. Set in gently sloping gardens and meadow, with fruit, nut and lime trees for shade, Sac faces south down the valley, looking over sunflowers and meadows towards a small lake, distant woods and fields. This is Cognac, vineyard and Pineau country with specialities of foie gras, melon and chestnut dishes. The site is private and very quiet, bounded by our outbuildings and hedges. The large, fenced pool is not overlooked. Floodlit Petanque piste, Badminton/croquet lawn, games room, table tennis/football, bikes etc. The owners live in UK. We also have a farmhouse (sleeps 12) reference 8062415, and studio flat (sleeps 2/3), which is let only with one or both of the houses as extra accommodation.

  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Washing machine
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

John and Joyce Curtis-Rouse are the owners of the holiday houses at Sac. John is a retired college vice-principal. Joyce is a retired nursery teacher. We live in Cornwall, which is lovely but often grey & frequently wet and cool. Thus, a holiday base in the sunny, colourful Southwest of France seemed attractive. We love travel and France, and the Charente/Dordogne region offers wonderful weather, varied and tranquil scenery, good, affordable food and very friendly people. We also love the heritage of thousands of years of settlement, invasion and architecture. We let our homes to many people in our local area and to many more from our own schools, as well as to friends and relatives. Our elder daughter was married at Sac in 2009.

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Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the owner

A superb facility, not lacking anything! It kept the teenagers busy while the 'older ones' basked in the sun….particularly enjoyed visits to Brantome and Cognac Blues Festival which was excellent. Les Essards restaurant, an establishment even Gordon Ramsay would struggle to find fault with! Lots of Cognac distilleries, vineyards for tasting and Blaye and Bordeaux. As first-timers to area we will definitely visit again and cannot think of a better place to stay….a very good holiday…many thanks.

...we had a smashing time, the weather was great, the house was lovely and we all thoroughly enjoyed it.

I think the mark of a good holiday is a) would you go back and b) would you recommend it to your friends and the answer to both is a categorical yes. It would be presumptuous of me to say how to improve anything because, for us, it was just right.

Superb holiday – Pool never below 27 degrees….but the bottles of Rose d’Issy were always cool. We'll be back!
Jan 2011
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4 Reviews

based on 4 holidaymaker reviews


Another lovely week in Sac

  • 5 of 5

Once again another relaxing and enjoyable stay. We love the tranquillity, but also the space to accommodate our ever expanding extended family and plenty to keep everyone entertained. The house is well equipped but not 'just so' so we don't have to feel overly worried bout the children damaging anything. John and the care takers are always very thoughtful and accommodating.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for taking the time to write this review. Glad you had a good time!
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Full of character, beautiful surroundings & homely

  • 5 of 5

This is the third time we have stayed at in this lovely homely cottage and we will be coming back. It really is perfect for two. Easy to keep warm up on those chilly nights, good cooking facilities, a washing machine that is great for longer stays with enough room to have guests with its open plan style. Everything works but if you need help the local caretakers will take care of you.

We have also stayed at the big house, which is amazing. Too big for us, it fits I guess three families with a great French kitchen, wonderful communal lounge area with a pool table, darts and TV - all great fun.

Outside games for all, we really enjoyed burning off a few calories. And off course the swimming pool.

John sends you all the recommended tourist information and ensures before, during and after your stay he is accessible to answer questions, help and listen to any feedback.

We know the area well and would recommend the lovely village of Aubeterre with its Sunday market and a range of lovely eateries. This now includes an afternoon cupcake tearoom!

There is lots to do, lovely walks, canoeing and horse riding. The local river resorts where you can swim, enjoy the beach experience in the countryside with climbing frames for the kids and you can hire a small boat. Take a picnic or eat on site. Within easy reach there is one at Aubeterre that includes tennis courts and another at Saint AulayeAulaye.

Nearby larger towns are Reberac where you should check out the wonderful Friday morning market. If you really want a day by the sea, then Bordeaux is in easy reach. There are so many great places to visit but at this point I hope you are getting a feel for this lovely part of France.

We would definitely recommend staying here. It's great value for money and a jewel find in the warm climate of the beautiful south west French countryside.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for this warm review; we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at Sac and that the cottage came up to your expectations. Hope to welcome you again!
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great stay at Sac

  • 5 of 5

great location, excellent facilities - would recommend to anyone looking to stay in the Charente..

  • Review Submitted: Oct 19, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A perfect extended family holiday destination

  • 5 of 5

We arrived mid afternoon to find a welcome hamper of goodies to sustain us whilst we found our local shops. The property exceeded our expectations in so many ways so much space, so much provided for all of us enjoy and that in our case meant ages ranging from 6yrs to 65, outdoor games galore and if the weather had confined us indoors plenty for us there as well. If we needed inspiration as to were to visit John had provided so very much info we were never stuck for ideas a lot of which he had e-mailed prior to our visit which was a great help in familiarizing us with what we could expect when we arrived. We found some great places to eat in Aubertere, paticularly the Brasserie, and we found travelling the local area a joy with the absence of traffic the children loved getting out on the cycles provided by the owners (and yes there was one to fit all in our party of nine) Our visit was to mark my 65th birthday and now we are looking for any excuse to go back for another visit. We would certainly recommend this property to friends and family

  • Review Submitted: Jul 19, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
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From the Owner

We have 4 children who have all, with many of their friends, helped us with the renovation and development of Sac. We spent 3 years working before first letting the houses (and using them ourselves with our family and friends) in 2005. One of our sons (a Major in the army) became an expert with the sandblaster, scouring centuries of dirt off beams and stone walls. One daughter (teaching at a major independent school now) moved, with Joyce, 20 tons of boulders tipped in the wrong place due to John's inaccurate French. Our other son, now a scenic carpenter working at Pinewood, built the floor in the Pressoir. Our younger daughter, now a barrister, took charge of the regular bonfires and planted the herb garden. We get on very well with our French neighbours, and hope you will, too!

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Bergerac at 55 Miles Nearest Barpub : St Romain at 1 Miles Nearest Ferry : St Malo at 330 Miles Nearest Golf : Aubeterre at 6 Miles Nearest Train : Angouleme at 30 Miles Nearest Motorway : A10 - Pons at 50 Miles Nearest Restaurant : St Romain at 1 Miles Nearest Beach : Royan at 60 Miles Car: necessary


Excellent, safe, maintained river ("Dronne") beaches at Aubeterre (7kms) Parcoul and St Aulaye (12kms). Diving raft, beach bistro, toilets, tennis courts, lifeguard in high season. 30 minutes drive to the swimming lake at La Jemaye in the Foret de la Double, Brossac (16 kms) has swimming, cafe and pedalos for hire. The beaches and dunes of the Atlantic Coast (eg St George, Royan) are a 75 minute drive. Canoe hire and expeditions from Aubeterre on River Dronne.


Detailed travel guide and details of how to get 10% discount on Brittany Ferries available. Airports: Bergerac and Bordeaux – about 75 mins driving; La Rochelle - 2 hours; Poitiers 2.5 hours; Limoges 2 hours. Car hire at all airports.

Rail: TGV Paris-Angouleme (Bordeaux line). Car hire available at Angouleme and Bordeaux. Ferry: about 6.5 hours' drive from Roscoff and 5 hours from St Malo. 7.5 hours from Cherbourg. 9 hours from Calais. Use of car essential.


Chalais (good shopping, weekly market, all services) 7kms. Aubeterre (famous, historic village and classified as one of France's 100 most beautiful - lots of bars and restaurants) 7kms. Angouleme (regional capital - cathedral, ramparts, TGV station, chic shops, art galleries and comic museum) 45kms, Riberac (weekly regional food market) 25kms, Bordeaux (major cultural centre, port, art, shops etc) 60 kms, Cognac (brandy distillery tours) 45 kms, Grands crus vineyards (eg St Emilion) 40kms.

Further Details:

Tennis - good communal court at St Romain (4kms) which guests may use - floodlit courts at Aubeterre, near the river beach and canoe base. Walking and cycling - there is very little traffic on the lanes. Sac is within a network of graded cycle routes centred on Aubeterre. There about 8 serviceable bikes at the property, plus small bikes/scooters for children. Le Chemin de Compostelle (the famed pre-medieval pilgrim route to Santiago) passes within 2kms of our houses, and there is an excellent network of waymarked footpaths. Fishing - the River Dronne (5kms) is rich in zander, carp and trout, with large pike. Permits available. Riding - equestrian centres at Aubeterre and Bonnes (each 15 mins drive). Markets - weekly markets in Chalais, Riberac and Barbezieux, and many others of varying size, covering every day of the week, within 25kms. Shopping - Chalais is the main regional shopping centre, with a large supermarket (open Sunday mornings) as well as a full range of traditional shops. Large farmers' market open daily, and several stalls (especially oysters) which open at various times. On Mondays there is a large street market selling food, clothes, furnitire, flowers and plants etc. In July and August look out for well-advertised night markets (partly to avoid the heat of the middle of the day, partly just for fun). Chalais has a chateau with France’s only working drawbridge (and superb restaurant in the dungeon!), 13th century Romanesque church and cloisters. Balconied medieval houses line the narrow streets of Aubeterre (7 kms), famed for its awesome monolithic church, hewn out of caves beneath the cliffs. Traditional French music in the main square in the evenings. Location for The English Wife, (Zoe Wannamaker). Puppet theatre for children. Bergerac (65kms) - classic regional centre on the Dordogne river – wonderful medieval and Romanesque houses and churches - excellent river tours. Many restaurants within 15 mins of Sac, in Aubeterre, Bonnes, Chalais.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
4 Sep 2016 - 29 Oct 2016
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
30 Oct 2016 - 17 Dec 2016
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
We will hold a provisional booking for a week. Then a deposit of 20% secures your holiday, with the balance payable eight weeks before your rental starts.
We recommend holiday insurance, which would refund your non-returnable deposit should you be unable to complete the booking.
The studio flat (La Quatrieme Porcherie), sleeping 2/3 (double bed and folding single) is only let with cottage or farmhouse. Please enquire about prices for this.
Payment by cheque, bank transfer or PayPal.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is usually Saturday - arrival from 4pm, departure by 11am, please. We can accommodate later arrival times, given notice. If bookings permit, we can agree to other changeover days.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 15-Oct-2016
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From the Owner

Our decison to buy south of the Loire (red, Roman-tiled roofs, wine and warmth) took us away from the grey of Brittany (like Cornwall with garlic!) and we have not regretted it. We enjoy the drive down from Roscoff, sensing the rising warmth and aromas of the South. Our houses are not furnished with antiques but with sturdy and comfortable items that are child-resistant. The site is great for children with many nooks and corners to explore and play in. The pool is safely fenced. There is lots of sports and play equipment (including a juggling set!). Most of our guests spend the majority of their time on site, and many return again and again. In 2009 our elder daughter got married at Sac - 20 guests sitting down to dinner - and next year (2016) we are now hope to welcome our 3rd grandchild to Sac.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


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


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


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool


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

Location Type

  • river
  • rural


  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis

Floor Area

  • 39 m²


  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Upstairs (steep, quarter-turn stairs) – shower room with washbasin; separate WC.


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2+2 (1 Bedroom + Folding Beds/sofa bed) Notes on bedrooms: Ideal for couples (we have welcomed several honeymooners!) but can sleep up to 4. There is a new (2015) double sofa bed downstairs or we can supply 2 folding single beds and/or a cot and high chair. Upstairs - large double bedroom with view over grounds. 24 sq m downstairs, bedroom upstairs is 15 sq m.


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


  • Self-catering

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


  • Notes on accommodation: Welcome basket of food and drink on arrival. All beds have duvets and UK pillows – singles are 3ft, doubles 4ft 6ins. Bed linen, towels and tea towels may be hired (£10 per person). No smoking inside, please. Cots, high chairs, play pen, baby swing, baby baths and inflatable paddling pool available – no charge. Stair gates fitted at top and foot of stairs. The wood burner is always available, with free firewood, but is unguarded and could cause injury to toddlers. Electric heating (included in rental). Electric towel rail. The farmhouse, cottage and flat are all about 70 metres from each other and from the large pool. Each unit has its own BBQ area and outdoor furniture. Outside: Pool (solar-heated, fenced ) - 12 x 6 metres with Roman steps, from 1 to 2 metres deep. Solar shower. Terraced and floodlit, with loungers and other furniture. Large honeysuckle/clematis pergola, fig and apricot trees for shade alongside. Shared by the two houses. Available all year: temperature not guaranteed. 3 acres meadow, flower beds and orchard, sloping to south with open views. Plenty of room for privacy. Separate BBQ areas (free charcoal) for each house. Shaded parking. Swings, basket and netball rings. Floodlit Petanque piste, croquet/Badminton/games area (equipment provided). Swing ball, garden quoits, giant Jenga, skittles, table tennis/football, kites, juggling gear, water pistols, tug o' war rope, cricket set, etc. Free adult and child bikes/scooters with child seats available. Tiny lizards, frogs, swallows, swifts, house martins, barn owls, golden orioles, hares, peace! Utility Room: Upstairs (steep, quarter-turn stairs) – large bedroom (double bed) with view across grounds, shower room, WC. Stair gates top and bottom. Baby/toddler equipment available. Separate BBQ area and outside furniture in shaded area under lime tree. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The house will be clean on your arrival and we ask you to leave it reasonably clean and tidy when you leave. We do not ask for a security deposit. Bed linen and towels may be hired for £10 per person; there is a washing machine.

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