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Two Luxury Gites with a Swimming Pool set in 3 acres central Poitou-Charentes - The Walnut Cottage

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking



The Walnut Cottage

Double bed en suite on one level, no stairs or steps.

Large en suite with deluxe corner shower wash basin, WC and hair dryer. Kitchen with fitted units, gas cooker, fridge/freezer, microwave, coffee machine, kettle and toaster.

Utility room with washing machine and ironing facility.

Light and airy lounge, TV with satellite, DVD player (some English DVDs available) Sofas, dining table and chairs. Lovely wood burner for the cooler evenings. French doors lead out onto the patio with table and chairs. BBQ provided. Fantastic garden and country views.

Bed linen and towels are provided as well as a generous welcome pack.(Please bring your own pool towels).

Basket of logs 5 euros, first basket free.

Available for Winter lets - contact us for prices.

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About the property


"A hidden gem in the Vienne" A romantic place for couples, safe for families and truly stress free. The cottages have been finished to a very high standard whilst retaining attractive original features. Stunning crystal clear, fully fenced 10m x 5m pool. 2.5m Roman steps for easy access, and solar shower. 3 Acres of garden for playing and relaxing. Situated in a little hamlet with almost no traffic its ideal for walking & cycling. Superbly positioned in beautiful open countryside. Despite its peaceful rural setting it is a short drive to both Charroux and Civray. Civray is a lively town with a twice weekly market, bars and restaurants and supermarkets. If you are looking for relaxing holiday away from all the hustle and bustle of everyday life this is where you need to come. Rural France at its best.

Mr. and Mrs. Lowkis
Member since: 2011
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
27 June, 2017

About Mr. and Mrs. Lowkis


Guestbook comments from the owner

Claire, Allen & Family, August 2013

Heavenly gite and grounds in tranquil, rural France.

The kids have loved the pool and garden – which are of such high quality.

We have seen lots of wildlife: deer, buzzards, herons and when kayaking a kingfisher and otter. The best place for kayaking was at Taize Aize as the river was so calm.

We also enjoyed the sandy beach at La Guerlie, Lac de Lavard.

Julie & Steve have been brilliant host. They have a wonderful place here and they have been incredibly helpful and accommodating.

Thank you for a truly magical holiday!

Matt, Gill, Family & Friends July 2013

Many thanks again for our wonderful holiday. The kids have been very sad to leave Les Saules and we’ll keep you in mind for future holidays.

Trevor Claire & Family, July 2013

A great fortnights holiday, Excellent weather.

Fantastic accommodation & pool.

We really enjoyed a visit to Vallee d’ singes and the fish & chip shop in Lizant.

Thank you Steve & Julie for everything.
Jul 2011
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Booking Notes:
Please contact us for a booking form and payment details.
Signed booking form to be returned with a non-refundable deposit of 25% of the cost of the holiday. Balance is payable 8 weeks before holiday start date. The balance to include a damage deposit of £150.00 (1bed),£250.00 (3 bed) which will be refunded within 7 days after your holiday providing no damage or breakages have occurred.

Changeover Day:
Changeover Saturday-Saturday. Flexible out of season. Arrivals not before 4pm departures 10am. Prices include utilities. Bed linen, bathroom towels and kitchen linen are provided per week.

Notes on prices:
We offer a shopping service give us a list and it will be waiting for you. This is a free service, just your shopping to pay for!
Stair gate, high chair and travel cot are available free


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Chatain in Vienne

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • river
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: For more information and special offers please check out our website. Bed linen and towels are provided as well as a generous welcome pack.(Please bring your own pool towels). Book both gites together and enjoy exclusive use of the pool and garden. All accommodation is non smoking. Bike hire available for the whole family. Please note we are in rural France and although we offer WIFI internet this is not at a particularly speedy rate but email access good. Outside: Stunning crystal clear 10 x 5m fenced swimming pool. Gently sloping to deep end with large Roman steps providing easy access. Solar heated shower. Sun loungers placed around the pool for soaking up the sun, also parasols. Extra table and chairs under the trees for shaded dining. The 3 acre garden consists of a wide variety of fruit trees and flowering shrubs. A walk around the grounds is a wonderful way to start the day with that first coffee. Each gite has it own terrace BBQ, Chairs, tables, sun loungers and parasols are provided. The garden is alive with birdlife, many different and fantastic species. Resident red squirrel (Roger) Spot the deer in the nearby field.


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The Walnut Cottage
average rating of 4.875 based on 9 reviews

Lovely relaxing holiday

  • 5 of 5

Walnut Cottage is a very pleasant place to spend a week or two. It is very spacious for a couple, nicely furnished, very well equipped and spotlessly clean on arrival.

We arrived late so the welcome pack was indeed very welcome. The eggs from the owner's own hens made a very tasty omelette. The owners, Andy and Vic, are a lovely couple who went out of their way to make our stay enjoyable.

The extensive gardens and pool area were a pleasant place to just chill out or read a book. We had brought bikes and an inflatable canoe and the area is very good for cycling with quiet roads, and unpaved 'field roads' leading to several towns and villages with inexpensive good quality restaurants. Canoeing on the river Charente was an unexpected bonus, lazily paddling downstream watching kingfishers, herons and coypu.

In summary, we had absolutely no complaints and can thoroughly recommend this gite.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 9, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Simply stunning!

  • 5 of 5

Immaculate gite, all the comforts of home in a stunning location and close to many lovely attractions. Thank you Vicky and Andy. I'm definitely coming back. Liz Concannon

  • Review Submitted: Sep 28, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
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Peace and tranquility in a lovely rural setting

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was very well appointed, with everything we needed. The welcome pack was the best we have ever seen; no need to go shopping before arrival - go the next day! Make sure you go and say hello to the "girls" (the hens) to thank them for the yummy eggs.

The furniture & decoration were of a good standard and in good order - a comfortable bed and sofas. A nice large fridge to get all that cheese & wine in.

The pool was good and cleaned every day (although we only got minimal use due to the poor weather). In saying that, sitting inside on the comfy seats was no hassle, the peace and quiet made relaxing easy.

The garden was lovely with a lot of trees and flowers to look at whilst relaxing.

We particularly enjoyed watching Roger the red squirrel pinching the walnuts, bounding around the garden and burying them. He seemed to love the rain.

Andy & Vicky were great hosts, didn't pester us but were always around when you needed help.

We can't really recommend many local eateries as we were content to stay at the cottage and take it easy. The countryside around is just nice to take a leisurely drive around and you can walk over the Roman bridge to have a look at the river or through the woods looking for the wildlife. Lots of birds (the loudest sound at night was the hooting of the owls). A visit to Charroux & Civray are a must. Large supermarkets at Rouffec.

If you want a quiet & peaceful holiday, we cannot recommend Walnut Cottage strongly enough.

We WILL be back! Thanks Andy & Vic for a memorable stay.

Kath & Graham Pickwell, Broseley, Shropshire, England

  • Review Submitted: Sep 24, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was nice to have such quiet guests! Thanks for leaving the gite so very clean and tidy. We look forward to your return visit and hopefully make sure we get the sun to shine all week for you.
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home away from home

  • 5 of 5

Les Saules is extremely well presented. The whole package of gites, garden, pool and hosts are impeccable. From the welcome pack (very welcome! Especially the wine!), the extremely well stocked gite, the loan of the airbed for the pool and the English tv channels this was heaven. Nothing was too much trouble for Vic and Andy. The gites are surrounded by fields and trees and very private. Close to the beautiful town of Charroux and plenty of other Beaux Villages! There's enough to do if you so wish or just read a book and relax by the fab pool. We will definitely be back!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Most welcome to return anytime!
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A Tranquil Retreat

  • 5 of 5

We have recently returned from a 1 week stay at Les Saules Gites (Walnut Cottage). And it goes without saying that we did not want to leave!

The gites itself was immaculate, well equipped and thoughtfully decorated. The gardens are beautiful and the pool was beautifully clean and so lovely to have at our full disposal for the entire week.

Hosts, Vicky and Andy are super friendly, extremely helpful, but completely unobtrusive. The welcome pack provided upon arrival was very generous and we loved the personal touch of eggs from the resident hens.

The Gites location is ideal for a family break or a quiet retreat. Sat in idyllic countryside, it's perfect for quiet strolls, but also for little ones to run free. For those with young children, the pool is completely enclosed and the gate is locked when not in use so there is no chance of entry without adult supervision.

We would highly recommend a visit to the Monkey Valley (www.la-vallee-des-singes.fr) - it's fabulous fun for young and old, we loved the range of monkeys and how close you could get. Oradour-sur-Glane is also well worth a visit, although a somber one. Bonnezac is also close to a number of picturesque villages, whilst Cognac and the coast are not too far away.

We would absolutely recommend Les Saule Gites to friends and family and we certainly intend on returning in the near future.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 6, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay here at Les Saules. We look forward to your return visit. Andy and Vicky
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Walnut Gite

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely 1 week stay in the one bedroom gite. The gite was clean and well equipped. The grounds were beautiful with the extra bonus of the pool, all set in peaceful spectacular surroundings. The owners we extremely helpful and did their best to ensure our stay was as good as it could be. I will certainly recommend the property to friends and family and hope to return in the future.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 20, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
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Nearest Airport
75 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
6 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
424 Kilometres
St Malo
Nearest Train
27 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
33 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
10 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
145 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

Bike hire available for the whole family for exploring the beautiful countryside. www.bikehiredirect.com

"During one week in September I managed to cycle most days and never had to follow the same route twice. There is a wonderful network of minor, almost traffic free, roads meandering between fields of sunflowers and maize.

The towns of Civray, Charroux, Ruffec, Confolens and Availles-Limouzine are all within easy riding distance of Les SAULES.

A particularly pleasant way to begin the day is to ride the short distance into Chatain to the boulangerie over the Roman Bridge and the Charente.

For those who prefer off road cycling there are several trails which are described in leaflets available from local tourist offices".





La Rochelle is the closest beach approx. one and half hours by car. La Rochelle is a beautiful fortified city with shops and fantastic fish restaurants. Sandy beaches.


Easy journey from the UK by car or plane

Ferry ports

Caen 4 hours, 425km.

Dieppe 5 hours 30mins, 431km.

St malo 4 hours 50mins, 340km.

Le havre 5 hours, 373km.

Calais and the channel tunnel a longer drive at 7 hours 700km


Just an hour away from Angouleme brie champniers 52km, Limoges bellegarde 73km, Poitiers biard 65km.


Situated in a little hamlet called Bonnezac. Ideal area for walking or cycling with designated routes to explore the countryside. 1km from Chatain with an Ancient Roman Bridge that crosses the Charente river. Charroux 10mins boast a very impressive historic covered market and ancient abbey tower. Also bars, restaurants, boulangeries, pharmacy, bank, tourist office, small weekly market. Small narrow streets take you back in time.

Further Details:

Plenty to do out and about.

Civray 15mins is a lively town with a market twice a week. 12th Century Romanesque church. Restaurants, bars, boulangeries, banks, tourist office, many supermarkets. Fete du Grand Pont in August.

Confolens 20mins Medieval town situated at the confluence of the Vienne and Goire rivers. Le Festival Confolens 12th-17th August.

Spend a day fishing at a nearby lake, rod hire available & bacon butties.

Vallée des Singes: a 15 hectare monkey and ape park near Civray in the Vienne where many of the 350 primates, from gorillas to chimpanzees and squirrel monkeys, travel freely through the trees and along ropes strung between them, or are enclosed on large islands which allows them to move as they please.

Planète des Crocodiles: at Civaux in the Vienne has a collection of around 200 reptiles from eight different species of crocodile and alligator.

The Chateau of Eagles: An encounter with exotic birds, the Chateau of Eagles offers a show of beauty and boldness in a unique and exceptional setting.

Futuroscope: the theme park near Poitiers that’s a mix of thrills and education with rides and 3D and now 4D films.

Poitiers offers a lot to see in terms of art and architecture as well as impressive Notre Dame. The busy centre is full of narrow, winding pedestrian streets for shopping and exploring.

Aquarium: at La Rochelle in the Charente-Maritime, 12,000 marine animals, with 70 different aquaria within the complex, including a shark tank over three levels.

Maison du Cognac: visit one of the big names cognac houses in and around the town of Cognac in the Charente.

Oradour sur Glane: village of Martyrs preserved since the massacre of the Germans.

Limoges famous for wonderful pottery with cobbled streets.

Vivonne Canoeing and kayaking.

Isle of payre with boating, golfing, fishing and hiking.

Melle Silver mines and historic village.

Chef Boutonne Renaissance chateau at Jarvasay.

Verteuil with a wonderful fairytale Charentes chateau.