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'Alouette' charming rural Cottage, Sleeps 5, Set Amidst Sunflowers And Vines

Overview

Property

Updated: 11-Nov-2016
Self catering cottage, sleeping 5 in 2 bedrooms, located on the edge of a small peaceful hamlet, yet only 20 mins away from the bustling city of Angoulême, capital of the Department

ALOUETTE is a modestly renovated farmhouse, set in a private gated courtyard for your exclusive use with ample space for parking your car. The property is fully equipped with utensils, washing machine, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave etc., and the summer kitchen with it's garden furniture, BBQ and oven, is available for you to enjoy those 'al fresco' meals. The property has satellite HD TV/DVD, availability of our DVD library and free WiFi internet access, together with books and games. In the corner of the courtyard is a gate leading you to our 1.5 acre garden with shared illuminated swimming pool, Boules court, table tennis table and a variety of games. The pool has a uniform depth of 1.25m, making it ideal for non-swimmers who merely wish to cool down. Ample sun loungers surround the pool for those wishing to merely relax and soak up the sun.

  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

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About the Owner

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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Nov 2013
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2 Reviews

4.5
based on 2 holidaymaker reviews

5

Wonderful relaxing holiday in lovely countryside

  • 5 of 5

Our small family of three have just returned from a fantastic holiday at Alouette, which was everything we hoped it would be. The courtyard cottage had the French 'rustic' feel we craved and the weather was fantasticly hot too, thus enabling us to make full use of the lovely pool and its open views across the adjacent sunflower fields. The cottage had everything we needed and we especially loved the outside eating area where we would sit every night listening to music with a drink in hand after a BBQ'd dinner of lovely local produce. At night the sky was so clear that stargazing became a late night habit in order to spot the many shooting stars - amazing! Steve & Rosemary were lovely friendly owners who offered us tips and advice on great places to go and we took full advantage, always knowing that we had the cool of the shady cottage to come back to or a dip in the pool to cool off in. We visited Brantome for a great family kayaking trip, navigating the river (and infamous weir) around the beautiful town centre. We went to nearby Angouleme which was a lovely city with bars and shops and lovely views from the Cathedral. We also had great fun & a picnic on the velo-rail (family pedal cycle through shady woods along the old railway line) from Roumazieres to Manot. Aubeterre-sur-Drone with it's lovely village square was also well worth a visit. We also went along to the Thursday night market at the nearby village of Mouthiers-sur-Boeme where we sat amongst the local community and enjoyed food and drink bought from the local vendors whilst soaking up the friendly ambience. All in all a fantastic holiday and I would have no hesitation in returning to or recommending Alouette.

Thank you Steve & Rosemary for some great memories.

Karl B (Luton, England)

  • Review Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow.....thank you for this thorough review. We were delighted to have you stay with us and we are pleased that you enjoyed the many attractions that can be found in our area. We are also pleased that the amenities and help we provided helped you to have memories of a fantastic holiday. We will pencil you in for a return next year!! Kind regards....Steve & Rosemary Andrews 24/8/2016
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4

Lovely cottage in rural France

  • 4 of 5

Small, well equipped cottage with a shared swimming pool, which was a perfect base to explore this part of France. Our hosts were on site, and very helpful with suggestions of days out & places to visit. (Check their very informative website first). We were also offered very helpful directions from our first stop in the Loire valley. A very relaxing break, and we'd definitely love to come back. The two gites are also fantastic if you're looking for accommodation for a larger group!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for this informative review. We are pleased that Alouette was satisfactoryin meeting your needs and we are happy that you have enjoyed a relaxing week and that you would love to return here one day. Steve & Rosemary Andrews
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Location

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Bordeaux (Merignac) at 120 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Mouthiers-sur-Boëme at 4.5 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : St Malo at 478 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Angoulême at 17 Kilometres Nearest Train : Angoulême (TGV) at 18 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A10 at 80 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Mouthiers-sur-Boëme at 4.5 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Saint George de Didonne at 100 Kilometres Car: necessary

Coast/Beach:

St George de Didonne (1h30) is our closest beach and is well worth visiting, so it's a good idea to take a picnic.

A short distance further from St George de Didonne will take you to Rotyan, which has 3 separate beaches, numerous boutiques and restaurants.

Travel:

We are easily reached by air, road and sea.

AIR : Low cost airline fly to Bordeaux (1h15), Poitiers (1h30), Limoges (1h20), Bergerac (1h40), whilst La Rochelle is further afield (2h10).

RAIL : Angouleme TGV station is 20 mins away by car which connects to Paris (2h40) or Lille for onward travel to London via Eurostar.

ROAD/FERRY : St Malo ferry port is approx. 4h from Tillac, Cherbourg 5h50, Caen 4h45, Le Harve 5h30 and Calais 7h15

Further Details:

Mouthiers-sur Boëme, our picturesque local village is a mere 5 mins away by car and can cater for all your immediate needs, having bar/tabac/restaurant, post office, bank, doctor, dentist, 2 hairdressers, high-class charcuterie, mini market, boulangerie, pharmacy, shoe shop. Large supermarkets by car are 15 mins away at Villebois Lavalette, La Couronne and Chateauneuf.

For putting on your "Places to Visit " list are : Cognac, Angouleme the Department's capital, Brantome (the Venice of the Dordogne), Aubeterre, large markets at Riberac, Chalais and Brantome, and the famous vineyards at Bordeaux, St Emilion for example.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Low Season
1 Oct 2016 - 31 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
£120
for 3 nights
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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

Booking Notes:
Reserving the cottage requires a completed Booking Form, which can be downloaded from our private website or sent to you by email, together with a 20% non-refundable deposit. The balance, plus a refundable* Damage Deposit of 200€ will be required 6 weeks prior to commencement of the rental period.
WE REQUIRE A MINIMUM STAY OF 3 NIGHTS OUT OF SEASON.

*subject to satisfactory inspection of the property and inventory.

Changeover Day:
During the high season (July and August), changeover day is Saturday, all other periods can be flexible on request.
Guests are requested not to arrive before 5 p.m. and to depart by 10 a.m., as changeover is a very busy time for us.

Payment preferably by bank (internet) transfer direct to our UK account or French account if paying in euros. We require a 20% non-refundable deposit to reserve the accommodation, the remaining balance (plus the refundable Damage Deposit of 200€) to be paid 6 weeks prior to commencement of the rental period.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Facilities

Property Type

  • cottage

Theme

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

General

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

Kitchen

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

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool
  • Heated Pool

Suitability

  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural

Attractions

  • caves
  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

Bathrooms

  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • The bathroom has washbasin, WC and shower.

Bedrooms

  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Alouette has two bedrooms, one with a double bed, wardrobe, chest of drawers and bedside table and the other with three single beds, chest of drawers, bedside tables and wardrobe.

Outside

  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis

Meals

  • Self-catering

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

Notes:

  • Outside: The property has access to the 1.5 acres of garden which has several flower beds, a boules court, shared illuminated swimming pool which has a uniform depth of 1.25m and measures 11m x 7m. The courtyard has its' own private 'summer kitchen' with garden furniture, parasol and BBQ for that 'al fresco' dining. Utility Room: The utility room contains the washing machine, cleaning materials, ironing board, iron, vacuum cleaner, washing basket and clothes airer. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The tariff includes all utilities, bed linen, bath towels and pool towels, together with local French taxes. If your stay is longer than one week, a change of bed linen, bath towels and kitchen towels will be provided at the end of your first week.

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