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Spacious Luxury Holiday-Cottage with Private Pool in Large Private Gardens



Updated: 26-Aug-2016
Lovely Charentaise Cottage located in Nanteuil en Vallee, Poitou-Charentes, a picturesque medieval village with all amenities

Attractively designed Holiday-Cottage with spacious, generously proportioned accommodation offering style, relaxation, and comfort throughout. The Cottage has a light and airy living-space of approximately 110sqm which is above-average Gite size and easily caters for upto 4 people really comfortably. There are 2 double bedrooms upstairs. The master bedroom has a huge super-king size bed and a wall Television; the 2nd bedroom has 2 single beds which can also be pushed together if required. Additionally there is a nice Office-area leading off the other 2 bedrooms that could also be used for a small child to sleep in with a put-up bed or cot available plus a huge stylish bathroom with both bath and large walk-in Shower cabin. Downstairs is a very spacious 60sqm living-space with large flat-screen TV, gorgeous fireplace, sofas and large dining -table. There is also a music system. The fully-equipped Kitchen also has a Nespresso coffee-machine, fridge, freezer, and dish-washer. There is also a separate area with a washing machine and drying facilities also serving as a pool changing room with shower, sink and WC. This lovely Cottage offers full and exclusive use of the huge Gardens and facilities which also include a large outdoor games-room with table-tennis as.well as a pool table and table-football. The exterior Grounds of the Cottage resemble a Park and are beautifully thought out with an abundance of flowers and trees as well as several outside dining/seating-areas and barbecue facilities. There is a large, discretely separate 6x4m above-ground oval swimming pool with a sun-deck terrace plus an additional lawned play-area on the other side of the gardens with a splash-pool, see-saw and slide. There are also large lawned areas for playing Badminton or Volley-Ball and an area to play French Bowls. The outside Games Room is ideal for all of the family either for daytime or evening entertainement. It has plenty of indoor space offering a Pool/Billiards table as well Table Tennis, Table Football and a good selection of games and music. There is also an exercise bike. The Cottage is located on a small hill-top situated just a 2 minute drive from the centre of the very pretty village of Nanteuil-en-Vallee, documented as one of the most picturesque villages in the Charente region. This "Village Fleurie" is also rich in architecture, drawing visitors throughout the year and featured in many guide books. One of its main attractions is the 12th century Benedictine Abbey built on a site originally founded by Charlemagne, but this lovely Medieval Village also provides all amenities and has 2 fabulous restaurants with attractive outside dining-areas in Summer as well as a traditional Pizzeria take-away restaurant. One of the restaurants also has a Bar and offers Live Music on certain dates throughout the year. The Abbey also caters for a spectacular outside musical event usually held in August and a wonderful medieval spectacle in June, especially nice for children. The immediate countryside all around the Cottage displays miles of open rolling countryside, with hill-top views and is also a great location for family bike-rides as well as cycling enthusiasts as the small hill-top provides great cycling opportunities plus lots of flat routes all around. There are plenty of country walks to be enjoyed and in the evenings you can witness some wonderful sunsets and night skies of amazing clarity from the hill-top views, as well as often spotting wild roe-deer in the distance. At a very short distance from the Cottage there are lots of activities for both children and adults, including horse-riding and tennis as well as canoeing/kayak trips, fishing and swimming. There is also a fabulous English-run Beauty Salon very close by with a good choice of facial treatments, massages etc. available. Having previously taught both French and English in International schools in Geneva and France, at the Cottage I can also offer French lessons free of charge and/or help with school-work revision to young people and/or adults. Andy also offers introduction music lessons free of charge. The tranquil location of the Cottage guarantees a relaxing holiday, yet our pretty village is full of atmosphere and less than an hours drive to the 2 popular cities of Angouleme and Poitiers. Poitiers in particulier offers fabulous days out to its world-famous Futoroscope 3-D Cinematic Theme Park, a great day-out for families . There is also some stunning architecture in Poitiers as well as good shopping and restaurants. Close to the Cottage you can also enjoy the local leisure-beaches and picturesque river picnic-spots where you can take canoeing trips on the Charente river or perhaps visit the nearby open-air Monkey Park where for younger children it's good fun to feed and observe the Monkeys in their natural habitat. Alternatively, there is a good and varied choice of beach days out to choose from, in particular the coastal towns of La Rochelle and Royan which both have fabulous beaches and lots of activities for the whole family One hours drive also takes you to the well known City of Cognac with its "Musée des Arts du Cognac", boat-trips and distilleries. There are also some truly stunning Châteaux available to visit in the surrounding towns and villages as well as several good French Markets + a weekly Farmers market offering plentiful local produce. This is an idyllic location where you can truly relax at home with a good meal or a glass of something special, or easily venture out to the pretty local villages and surrounding areas. Both Poitiers and Limoges Airports are an easy 1 hour drive away. Bordeaux International Airport is 2 hours.

Details for holiday cottage The Cottage, 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, 1 Bathroom

Very attractively decorated throughout with 2 double bedrooms upstairs, the master bedroom has a fabulous super-king-size double bed, good closet space & a wall TV with UK Channels. Bedroom 2 has 2 very comfortable single beds which can be pushed together if required + plenty of closet space. Also upstairs there is a nice open-plan Office area with a desk and good WIFI. This area, can also double as a childs sleeping area with put-up single bed/cot available. There is a huge spacious family bathroom with wash-basin, wc, and both bath and large separate shower-cabin. Downstairs is a lovely oak-beamed 50sqm open-plan lounge/dining room and kitchen.There is a 4-5 seater dining table as well as a Breakfast Bar. The well-equipped kitchen provides a cooker, fridge, freezer, washing machine,dish-washer, microwave, toaster, kettle and Nespresso coffee machine. The spacious lounge -dining area has comfortable sofas, a fireplace and a large flat-screen TV with UK satelllite TV system & DVD.

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 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

Having radically altered our former professional lives to wind down and savour this wonderful area of France, we have no regrets. Previously, I worked for the World Health Organization, an International Agency in Geneva but also taught French & English in an International Junior School for 3 years. Over the years we have acquired a lot of knowledge regarding property in the area and I now currently work independantly with a local Estate Agency. Andy is in the Music Industry. For us, living in this truly picturesque village of Nanteuil-en-Vallee and surrounding area has never once disappointed, on the contrary, every day here displays time and time again the authentic beauty of this fabulous Charente region and the quality of life here.

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15 Reviews

based on 15 holidaymaker reviews


Lovely tranquil get away

  • 5 of 5

Thank you Sarah & Andy for letting us stay at your lovely farmhouse. We all...including Bolly had a wonderful relaxing time. You will not be surprised to know that it was raining when we got home!

Best wishes

Tracey, Jaimie & Bolly 🐾

  • Review Submitted: Oct 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Tracey and Jaimie, and Bolly! Thank you for staying at the Cottage and taking the time to write your review. We are so glad you had a relaxing time and enjoyed the lovely late September weather, All the very best, Sarah and Andy
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Lovely hosts and fabulous location

  • 5 of 5

I spent the month of August at this gorgeous Gite - and would highly recommend it.

On arrival Sarah and Andrew welcomed us warmly! A guided tour of the property was conducted professionally and it was clear that if I had any further questions they would be on hand to answer them.

The description of the house and facilities was accurate and it was exactly as I expected. The photos clearly detail the property and the house was clean and well appointed.

The walk in to the village is down (and up) a steep hill - my husband walked it most days with our dogs and loved walking around the village and arboretum!

The master bedroom has a good sized bed - it is comfortable and when we commented how hot it was at night Sarah provided a fan!

A lovely gite in a very good location - we drove to La Rochelle and Cognac. Villages close by are pretty and there is a good variety of restaurants to chose from! if you really want a treat try 'La Range aux oies' - not cheap but what a place! The village of Nanteuill en Vallee has two good restaurants and a pizzeria (we used all of them)!

We had extremely hot weather and made good use of the BBQ! and the pool so did not do as much sight seeing as others may do but there is a lot of choice without travelling too far.

Would I recommend this piece of heaven to others - YES - but please let me book first!!!!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Stephanie and Nigel, Thank you very much for the lovely comments. It was really lovely to meet you both, and we are so glad you enjoyed your holiday and that it was the real break that you had hoped it would be. Look forward to seeing you again, Andy and Sarah
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The perfect rural retreat

  • 5 of 5

On arrival we was greeted by Sarah & Andy who were the perfect hosts throughout. Never intrusive but always on hand.

The property itself is as good if not better than the pictures. A truly charming cottage with glorious grounds surrounding, all perfectly maintained & spotlessly clean. Set at the top of a winding round, just a few minutes from the picturesque village which has a couple of well stocked small shops & 2 very nice restaurants.

Further afield, a 10-15 min drive takes you into Ruffec which has larger supermarkets, all the shops & bars which you could wish for, & even a drive through MacDonalds!

This was truly the perfect holiday for us, spending most of our working time in the hustle & bustle of London, this was calm, peaceful, relaxing, & the ideal opportunity to unwind & just relax. Saying that our 14 year old son & his friend were never bored throughout the stay, spending most of the holiday either in the lovely pool, or in the barn playing pool & table tennis, or with a football in the extensive grounds the property has to offer.

We are already looking at booking again for next year, as once you find your piece of paradise there is no reason to look elsewhere.

Thanks again to Sarah & Andy who made our holiday the perfect rural retreat for us.

Jeff, Nikki, Jack, & Ollie

  • Review Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Jeff, Nikki, Jack and Ollie, Thank you so much for your comments. It was lovely to meet you all and we are so pleased that you all enjoyed a great holiday. We hope to see you again another time and thank you once again for being such lovely guests at the Cottage. Andy and Sarah
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Proud to be able to live in this Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed this lovely clean and well presented cottage

Everything you would wish for in a stay in France. Easy accessible from the ferries.

Beautiful restful gardens with a plunge pool (a highlight of the early morning wake up dip)

The restaurants in the village well worth a visit.

We would highly recommend a holiday with Sarah & Andrew.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Norman and Barbara Thank you so much for your kind comments. For us it was a real pleasure to meet you both and we are very happy that you enjoyed your holiday and the Cottage. Our very best wishes, Sarah and Andy ,
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Lovely property, lovely people. Perfect.

  • 5 of 5

We have had a truly relaxing week and were made to feel most welcome by Sarah and Andy. The cottage was perfect for us and we particularly appreciated the attention to detail throughout and the special touches added to make us feel comfortable and 'at home'. We didn't get a chance to enjoy the fabulous garden and outdoor eating areas so much due to wet November weather but anyone lucky enough to stay here in the more typical Charente sunshine is in for a treat. One bonus of a November stay was being thoroughly spoilt by having a roaring log fire lit for us each evening by Andy, thank you again, what a special treat.

Sarah gave us great recommendations for places to visit locally and the best places to eat or have coffee and pastries. The village is the prettiest around and well worth a visit. I recommend this cottage wholeheartedly and look forward to returning soon.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 22, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Vivienne and Justin, Thank you so much for such a lovely review and we are very happy that you enjoyed your stay at the Cottage. We look forward to seeing you again the next time you are in the area, it was a pleasure to have met you both. Very best wishes, Sarah and Andy
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A lovely, comfortable stay

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay here. Sarah and Andy were welcoming on arrival and made sure we were comfortable! Each day, Andy came in to make a fire so that we were warm enough as the sun went down. They were also very helpful in terms of pointing out places to visit and things to do. The kids loved the games in the barn and playing in the garden. Our dog was made to feel very welcome too! It was lovely break!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 6, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Emma for taking the time to write your comments and it was lovely to see you all enjoy yourselves at the Cottage. Dish-washer coming soon! and happy to know you will be back!. Best wishes, Sarah and Andy
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From the Owner

We bought this lovely property after having lived for many years in another area of France and chose it for its traditional Charentaise style and the truly gorgeous tranquil setting. Only 2 minutes drive or a 15 minute walk down takes you to the picturesque village of Nanteuil en Vallee which has all local amenities, 2 great restaurants and lots of atmosphere. Nanteuil displays a truly picture-postcard ambience and has a 12th century Abbey with a small Art gallery as well as 2 wonderful restaurants one with a Bar and occasional live music outside during the Summer, plus a small traditional local Pizzeria for fabulous take-away Pizza's. Having carefully explored the area for ourselves we found Nanteuil to be one of the most authentic and welcoming French villages in this wonderfully sunny region.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Poitiers at 60 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Nanteuil en Vallee at 1 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Caen/St Malo at 430 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Angouleme at 50 Kilometres Nearest Train : Ruffec at 15 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A10/10 at 10 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Nanteuil en Vallee at 1 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Royan/La Rochelle at 130 Kilometres Car: recommended


Rental rates

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2 Sep 2016 - 10 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
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1 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
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1 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
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3 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
2 night minimum stay
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Updated: 26-Aug-2016
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From the Owner

The beautiful spacious Gardens and grounds add to the real tranquility of the Cottage. Surrounded by open-fields of sunflowers and hill-top views over open Charente countryside we are lucky enough to occasionally see Deer roaming in the distance or on the many walks just outside our door. The night skies are wonderful as are the spectacular sunsets and our guests have all commented on how well they sleep in the peacefulness of this very special relaxing location. Should you like to learn/improve on your French language skills, have help for the children with French school revision work, or even have an initiation to playing the guitar, piano and music in general, we can offer these events once or twice weekly free of charge when and if you have spare time!

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...


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


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area


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

Pool / Spa

  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...


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

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting

Floor Area

  • 110 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Very spacious, attractively decorated Bathroom with both bath and large separate Shower-cabin.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Cot, Open-plan area leading off from the other 2 bedrooms.
  • Bedroom 1 has an extremely comfortable super-king-size double bed, large wardrobe space and armchair. It also has a wall TV with UK channels and nice views over the gardens. Bedroom 2 has 2 very comfortable single beds, a dressing table and wardrobe space. There are nice surrounding views of the fields. Open-plan area leading off from the master bedroom. Space for a large Cot with brand-new mattress.


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


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: The Cottage is attractively furnished throughout offering quality and spacious accommodation of above-average Gite size. It has a very comfortable interieur and a relaxing ambiance both inside and out. In the Grounds, the main pool area is discretely separate. Additionally, on the other side of the garden, there is a splash-pool with a play-area for younger children. The Cottage is fully equipped with quality Duvets, bed-linen & house towels per person. We also provide a hair-dryer+ iron/& board & a clothes airer. Cots, high-chairs and baby bath can also be provided. There is excellent Wi-Fi internet access and a UK Satellite TV system + DVD Player. The Cottage is cleaned on a weekly basis with fresh bed-linen and towels renewed systematically or as required. There is secure parking provided. There is a non-smoking policy inside. Outside: This idyllic location is situated just a 2 minute drive to the centre of the Village. Set in huge spacious Gardens very nicely apportioned to cater for different activities, the Cottage is surrounded by extensive open countryside & views where Deer can occasionally be spotted. The lovely Gardens resemble a Park with an abundance of flowers and trees and there are several sun-bathing areas where you can read a book and relax + separate lawned areas to play badminton, volley-ball or French bowles. The oval-shaped pool of 6mx4m size is discretely separated and has a pretty sun-deck terrace with plenty of sun-loungers. On the other side of the garden, the splash-pool for smaller children also has a slide, see-saw and play-area plus table/sun-loungers. There are several outside dining areas, a stone barbecue and good size tables/seating to enjoy your meals or a drink in a lovely tranquil open-air setting.

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