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Spacious Gite in a Peaceful Hamlet between Angouleme and Jarnac

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
5 - 7 nights

About the property

Gite near Angouleme, Poitou-Charentes / Charente, France - Surrounded by Vineyards, Close to the River Charente and 3 Golf Courses

L'Abeille gite is a light-filled 2 bedroom cottage with full central heating and available all year round for short or long lets. It is suitable for couples, families with children and those travelling alone.

With thick stone walls,the gite is cool in the summer and warm in the winter. It is fully equipped, spacious and comfortable.

Both double bedrooms have king size beds, full wardrobes with lots of good quality hangers, chest of drawers and bedside cabinets and lights. The kitchen is well equipped too. There's a washing machine should you need it too.

It is just a two minute drive to the village of Hiersac (baker, two butchers, general store, pharmacy, bank, oyster seller at weekends) and a 20 minute drive from the wonderful rampart city of Angouleme or the attractive riverside town of Jarnac both of which offer riverside walks, fishing, kayaking, restaurants and markets. Ideally situated for easy access to 3 golf courses (max 1 hours drive) just over 1 hour from the Atlantic coast and only 20 minutes from Cognac.

I do hope you enjoy the photos of local places of interest. Most of the photos were kindly supplied by Charles York Miller, who lives locally and has a passion for the local towns and countryside and Mark Unsworth, who lives on the Isle of Islay in the north east of Scotland and stayed with us firstly on holiday and has since visited us several times whilst working professionally. Both are professional photographers.

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June Scott-Brining
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
10 February, 2017

About June Scott-Brining

After nearly 30 years working in the Middle East, we decided we still wanted another adventure - to renovate a property in France. Anthony rented a cottage and toured for two months before deciding that the Jarnac/Angouleme area was the most appealing with the most attractive countryside to offer. After 10 years of hard work, we have finally finished the renovation and Anthony can now concentrate on playing the piano and researching new vineyards for us to visit. We lived in the gite ourselves for nearly two years so we know it is comfortable!

June Scott-Brining purchased this cottage in 2003

Why June Scott-Brining chose Charente

Why did we chose this house - well. We were looking for a property which we could share with Anthony's father (who then decided to stay in Spain....) so ended up with a spare cottage!

We have lived in Tarsac since 2003. We have long sunny summers and relatively mild winters. We knew little of the area when we arrived but have fallen in love with its wide open skies, quiet roads and friendly people.

What we didn't expect was that there would be so much to do nor so many places to explore. We love the Circuit des Ramparts in September, the Cognac Blues Festival in July, Le Coup de Chauffe in September (street art and music), mid summer music night, the Hot Air Balloon races and we have a passion for finding great restaurants - a list of our favourites is available in the Gite!

What makes this cottage unique

We are in a tiny, quiet hamlet but just two minutes drive from the main road. No-one drives through the village unless they live here - we are on a loop which goes no-where else. Whichever direction you drive in (or walk or cycle) you will find beautiful countryside, vineyards, cognac producers and an interesting town.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We spent a really comfortable week at Tarsac. There was plenty of space to accommodate our three boys, and the gite was equipped with everything we could possibly want. All was spotless when we arrived. Anthony and June are excellent hosts, not intrusive but there when you need them to be, with a fund of information and local knowledge that is beyond value. For a restful stay in a beautiful part of France I would thoroughly recommend L’abeille

Family G, Bedford

Superb clean Gite easy drive to most places in beautiful Countryside.

Owners are charming and exceedingly helpful along with very welcoming.

We thorougly enjoyed our 10 day stay. Mr & Mrs G. November 2011
May 2011
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Excellent! 4.5/5 -
(15 traveller reviews)


A wonderfully calm and relaxing retreat

  • 5 of 5

Staying in June's cottage was an absolute delight, we can't give enough praise to the cottage or indeed to June and Anthony.

They are the perfect hosts; we didn't arrive until late but they greeted us at the gate and helped us in with all of our gear; our 2 year old was desperate to go see the tractors and June merrily obliged with a 10pm tractor tour on the neighbours farm. June had offered to pop to the local store before our arrival; we were delighted to find a selection of local cheeses, ham, milk, bread and fruit - plenty to get us through breakfast the next day whilst we poured over the binder provided full of local information, directions to facilities, opening hours and more... a perfect way to start our trip.

The gite is clean, light and airy, it's peaceful and private; we had a real glimpse of what life in rural France is like.

We couldn't have felt more comfortable during our stay and would thoroughly recommend anyone looking for a rural break in the French countryside a stay here.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 7, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely place for a family holiday

  • 5 of 5

We spent a fortnight in this pretty, peaceful place with our two young children (aged 7 and 3) and we all loved it. The setting is quiet and rural but is only a short drive to Angouleme and a good base for exploring the area; the house itself had everything we needed and it was great to have the garden for the kids to play in and to be able to eat outside (which we did almost every day, and relaxed in the garden every evening).

June and Anthony were lovely - they live next door so are often around but never intrusive, only super helpful and friendly, and we ended up chatting like old friends with June most days. I'd recommend l'Abeille highly and hope we'll be back again one day!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 8, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted to hear that you remember your stay with such pleasure. We enjoyed seeing you relax and settle in to a holiday mode. It doesn't take long here does it? We would be delighted to see you again - any time.
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A peaceful retreat! A true gem.

  • 4 of 5

A lovely quiet setting, where the only thing to disturb your peace, is watching the white fluffy clouds float by, whilst sipping the local Pineau!

Very helpful and hospitable hosts, that made our stay even more pleasant.

Thanks again for everything!

We shall return,........

  • Review Submitted: Oct 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. We were delighted to meet you too and pleased that the gite provided the peaceful location you wanted. We look forward to seeing you again.
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Everything you need and very welcoming

  • 4 of 5

This was our second stay in Tarsac, and June and Anthony were most welcoming. Our visit was centred around the Circuit des Ramparts in Angouleme, the gite is ideally situated for this. June is a terrific source of all manner of things to see and do around the area and helped with information we were trying to find out, she even made a restraunt reservation for us. We would have no hesitation in making another return visit. There are plenty of places to explore in the region travelling around the countryside is delightful. Angouleme has lots of super places to eat, it is a lovely city to wander round if you can tear youself away from your meal.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A wonderful place and has everything you may want.

  • 5 of 5

The owners have made this gite a lovely place to stay in and made us feel very welcome, and they went out of their way to advise on places to see It is spotlessly clean and fully equipped with all you might need. It is a very relaxing, comfortable place and has lots of space and cupboards for clothes etc. There is the use of the garden with loungers and a big table to eat at outside. There are lots of things to explore in the area but also a perfect place to relax and do nothing in a very relaxing and peaceful environment.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for choosing to stay in our gite and for reviewing your stay. We are glad you found it spacious, well equipped, comfortable and relaxing. We are always delighted to share our love of this area with our guests and hope they will find it as enchanting as we do so it is great to hear that you enjoyed your stay.
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Hiersac stay

  • 4 of 5

A lovely 2 bedroomed gite in an enclosed/walled garden in a quiet hameau not far from Angouleme.

Two huge bedrooms with lovely beds and plenty of wardrobe space. A simple kitchen/diner/living space with TV/DVD and comfortable sitting area.

Every amenity is supplied here, including a washing machine, shampoo etc.

Our hosts could not have been kinder and constantly supplied us with ideas for outings and restaurants etc.

The whole area is surrounded by vineyards, sunflowers fields and plenty of sunshine and the Pineau is a must!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Low late 2016
29 Oct 2016 - 28 Apr 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Low rate 2017
29 Apr 2017 - 23 Jun 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Mid rate 2017
24 Jun 2017 - 8 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late mid rate
9 Sep 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Low 2017 - 2018
28 Oct 2017 - 23 Mar 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Booking Notes:
Book by email. Non refundable deposit: 25% payable on booking, with the rental balance payable 60 days before your holiday. A security deposit of 100 Euros (against charges, breakages or damage) is payable on arrival. The security deposit (minus any charges) will be refunded within 7 days of your departure. We ask that the property is left clean. If you prefer, we offer a cleaning service at a charge of 40 euros.if the property is not clean then 40 euros will be deducted from your security deposit. There is gas central heating and this is charged during appropriate months - at cost. The meters will be read on arrival and departure and a bill provided.

The maximum number of occupants is 4 adults. Note: There are two king size beds (150 cm).

Changeover Day:
Normally Saturday, arriving at 4pm departing at 10am. However, we are flexible on changeover day if we have no other booking which clashes with your travel arrangements.

Notes on prices:
Rates are quoted in Sterling but may be paid in Euros at the exchange rate applicable at the time of payment.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Saint-Saturnin in Poitou-Charentes

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Washing machine located in bathroom
  • The bathroom has a bath (and shower above), wash basin, WC and washing machine.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Travel cot available and also a child's fold out single bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Large Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 overlooks the courtyard amd has a king size bed (150 cm wide), two bedside cabinets, dressing table, chest of drawers, large wardrobe and a storage cupboard built into the wall. Bedroom 2 overlooks the lane and has a king size bed (150 cm wide), two bedside cabinets, large wardrobe, chest of drawers two full bookcases and a piano!
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: Bed linen and towels provided and a cleaning service is available at the end of your stay if required. We are happy to shop for groceries before you arrive (no charge or mark up). Outside: The Gite is self contained with its own front door opening onto a traditional Charentais courtyard shared with our own house. Guests can enjoy outdoor aperitifs, barbecues (gas barbecue and tools provided) and meals in the courtyard at a choice of tables and sun loungers are available. We also offer a separate enclosed garden (on the other side of the house) for private use if preferred. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All bed linens, bath and hand towels are provided and freshly laundered replacements are provided weekly for longer stays. A cleaning service is available mid rental and at the end of your rental if you wish (charge of 40 euros). Other: Entrance hall with a large cupboard for outdoor clothes hanging and shoe storage.

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