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Spacious, renovated farm in the sunny Charente with heated pool and games room

Bedrooms 9
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Parking


About the property

4 cottages set in a gated property with large garden, heated pool and games room are perfect for group holidays

The property is situated in a quiet rural village in Poitou-Charente, the second sunniest region in France.

ROSE (sleeps 6) - Ground floor: living room, entrance/dining room, kitchen, 1 bedroom (double bed), shower room with toilet. Upstairs: 2 bedrooms (both with 2 single beds), shower room with toilet

LAVENDER (sleeps 7) - Ground floor: living room, dining room, kitchen, 1 bedroom (bunk bed for 2 people), shower room with toilet Upstairs: 1 bedroom (double bed), 1 bedroom (3 single beds)

DAHLIA (sleeps 4) - Ground floor: living room, kitchen/diner Upstairs: 1 bedroom (double bed), 1 bedroom (2 single beds), bathroom with shower and toilet

OLIVE (sleeps 2/4) - Ground floor: living room (option to put in sofa bed for 2 people), 1 bedroom (double bed), kitchen/diner, shower room with toilet

With over 2 acres of grounds, there is plenty of room for games or relaxing and enjoying the peace and quiet. Children can help with collecting eggs from the chickens and ducks and there are also rabbits, a dog and a cat.

The cottages are located in a gated property with fenced in swimming pool and pool alarm. The property is registered with the French Chamber of Commerce and the Brettes’ Town Hall as a holiday letting business and the cottages are regulated and inspected by the regional tourist board, Charente Tourisme.

More Details

Sarah and Mark
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, French, German, Spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
12 June, 2018

About Sarah and Mark

We moved from the UK to the tranquil, beautiful countryside of the Charente in 2013. We wanted to enjoy the slower pace of life, the quality of food and wine and the warm climate the region offers.

We are committed to providing a relaxing and enjoyable holiday for our guests by sharing our little part of France and helping them enjoy all that the region offers. We live on the property in a separate building and are as discreet or as hands on as you need us to be.

Sarah and Mark

Sarah and Mark purchased this house in 2013

Guestbook comments from the owner

"The surrounding countryside is true unspoilt rural France, with magnificent fields of sunflowers stretching as far as the eye can see."

"Firstly I have to say, this was the best family holiday I've had. We stayed in Lavender cottage during August and my parents stayed in La Forge, the properties were very spacious, clean, fully equipped and had everything you could wish for. They were certainly the largest gites we've stayed in and my parents even went as far to say they were the best gites they had stayed in during their 30 years of holidaying in France. Outside we had a nice patio area with table, chairs, sun umbrella and gas BBQ which was private due to being screened by fir trees."

"We loved this property so much we have recommended it to everyone"

"The gites are spacious, stylish and uncluttered. The food and drink that you left for us was a really welcoming touch." guest comment 2011
Nov 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Villefagnan in Charente

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 22
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 22 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Lavender shower room - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Olive shower room - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Rose upstairs shower room - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Dahlia bathroom - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Rose downstairs shower room - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 9 Bedrooms, Sleeps 22
  • Rose double - 1 Double Bed
    Rose twin - 2 Single Bed , Possibility to move single beds together
    Rose partitioned twin - 2 Single Bed , single beds eperated by a 3/4 length partition wall
    Lavender double - 1 Double Bed
    Lavender triple - 3 Single Bed , Possibility to move 2 single beds together
    Lavender bunkroom - 2 Single Bed
    Dahlia double - 1 Double Bed
    Dahlia twin - 2 Single Bed , Possibility to move the single beds together
    Olive double - 1 Double Bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Swimming pool The pool has a constant depth of 1.5m and is surrounded by a security fence making it safer for children. There are steps on two diagonal corners of the pool that help access for young, and are ideal for cooling off during long sunny days. Weather permitting, the swimming pool is open from May half term until the end of September. Essentials on arrival There will be a small supply of toilet rolls, bin bags, dish washer tablets, washing up liquid and hand wash to help you when you arrive.


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Merveilleux week-end entre amis

  • 5 of 5

Dans un cadre magnifique et très bien entretenue par les propriétaires, nous avons passé un superbe week-end entre amis.

Nous avions réservé l'ensemble des quatres gîtes pour 20 personnes , qui se sont révélés être , grand , confortable , bien équipés et très propre.

Les propriétaires nous ont très bien accueilli et on fait leur maximum pour que nous passions le meilleur week-end possible.

La piscine , la salle de jeu , les grands extérieurs , le coin barbecue sont autant d'atouts pour un week-end réussi entre amis ou en famille.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A great place for a family holiday

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a wonderful family holiday spent at Gites de Brettes. The gites were perfect for our family group of 18, which spanned 3 generations, ages ranging from 11 months to 67years! The gites were roomy giving everyone space for themselves but also places to get together. The outdoor dining for 18 was wonderful by the BBQ

The outdoor pool was lovely and enjoyed by all, with sun loungers and a grassy area. It was fenced in and safe and cleaned every day by Mark. The children loved the pool and the games room and there was space on the big field for rounders. The whole site was safe for the children as it was gated and they really enjoyed this freedom.

Mark and Sarah were helpful in every possible way and have worked hard to create a relaxing and delightful place to stay. The lavender and roses were abundant and everywhere was clean and well maintained.

We didn't venture out much the first week apart from to the supermarket as everyone was so relaxed and enjoying the sunshine and the pool.

The second week we went kayaking near Ruffec and also some had a trip to Cognac and local villages and markets.

We will definitely be returning!

  • Review Submitted: 20-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beringen, Belgie

We spent a very nice time at Gites de Brettes.

  • 4 of 5

Even with 17 people, you still find some privacy at the Gites de Brettes. Lovely place, nice swimming pool, and very nice hosts. Marc and Sarah will help you whenever you have a question. Very clean place and ideal for a group as ours, 17 people spending two weeks together in this lovely place. Thanks Marc and Sarah

  • Review Submitted: 26-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Excellent family-friendly cottages.

  • 5 of 5

We are a group of four families - in total 8 adults, 4 two year olds and 2 newborns. Two families shared Rose cottage and the other two families had Lavender and Dahlia. We used Rose cottage for communal cooking and dining - and there was plenty of kitchen equipment, tables and chairs for this. Sarah kindly provided plenty of baby equipment, including cots, bedding, high-chairs, potties. Communication with Sarah was really quick and easy via email prior to arrival. The properties were extremely clean and the grounds really well maintained. Set in a beautiful part of rural France. We made good use of the pool every day, which was warm enough for the toddlers to swim in. The toddlers also enjoyed visiting the horses and chickens. The hosts Sarah and Mark made us feel welcome. I would highly recommend this property.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely, peaceful location for large family gathering.

  • 4 of 5

We had a great family holiday at Gites de Brettes. Our family group consisted of 3 generations with 7 adults and 10 children(ranging from 5-13 yrs)! Sarah and Mark were very welcoming and available if needed. All the Gites were clean and comfortable and we were able to all eat together at the long table provided. The swimming pool was great and the children made good use of it as well as the games room. Villefagnan has some nice little shops and boulangerie etc, supermarkets in Ruffec. The Gites are in a peaceful location and we enjoyed walks and runs from the properties! We all thoroughly enjoyed our stay and wished that we could have stayed for another week. Thank you Sarah and Mark.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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totally brilliant, wonderful place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

Wow, just, wow!! One of the best holidays we have ever had. 23 of us travelled to this wonderful place and it really surpassed all our expectations. The photos do not do it justice. The four gites are perfect, the pool wonderful and the games room and outside dining area just made our holiday. Age ranges for us was between 3 and 85 with my 11 year old disabled son, who is very small and is not able to walk far. Every single person in our large group had a brilliant time. The owners are lovely and friendly and the layout of the gites, pool, games room and playing field made us feel like we were in paradise. The sun shone and we all had such a chilled, relaxing, holiday. Evenings were spent eating and drinking outside the games room, and the days were as lazy or busy as we wanted. Some of our group went touring around the beautiful towns and others read and soaked up the wonderful French sun. We are all so sad we are home! Can not recommend this place enough. The accommodation was clean and tidy, well maintained (pool cleaned daily!) Washing facilities on site and such lovely owners who made you feel nothing was too much trouble. Only downside was we had to come home!

  • Review Submitted: 15-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
2.5 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
451 Kilometres
Nearest Train
13 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
2.5 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
101 Kilometres
Car: necessary


Seaside towns of Royan and La Rochelle (both 90 mins) are within easy reach for a day trip. The lovely islands of Ile de Re and Ile de Oleron, historic Rochefort and Chatillion Plage offer additional opportunities to explore the French coast and enjoy the beautiful beaches and wonderful seafood!


By Ferry: we are easily reached in a day from all the main ferry ports including Le Havre, Caen, St Malo, Dieppe and Calais, with good motorway connections taking you close to the property (exit at Ruffec).

By Air: Poiters (55 mins), La Rochelle (90 mins), Limoges (90 mins), Bordeaux (2 hours), Paris (5 hours). You will need a hire car from the airport.


Villefagnan 2.5 km, Ruffec 15 km. Cognac and Angoulême (45 mins) are great for a day out. Poitiers 1 hour, La Rochelle and the coast (1 hour 30 minutes). Futuroscope theme park (60 minutes), Valley of the Monkeys (30 mins). Local lake for swimming (10 minutes by bike), River Charente kayaking (20 minutes), Verteuil Chateau, river and restaurants (20 minutes)

Further Details:

Ruffec is a short distance away and has supermarkets, shops, restaurants and bars. There are many lovely restaurants around the local area all serving very good value meals including the menu du jour which is always good value. There are local markets and fetes taking place throughout the year and we are on site to provide any local advice you might need.

Here are some of the activities available in the area:

Walking and cycling signed and unmarked routes. Swimming in the lake (with sandy beach, play area and seasonal lifeguard at Villefagnan; at the lovely river beach in Ruffec, also with seasonal lifeguard) and indoor pool in Ruffec. Further afield is the Nautilus Aquatic Park in Angouleme with water slides. Canoeing / kayaking is available on the river at Ruffec, Mansle and Jarnac. Horse-riding and fishing are also popular in the area. A number of golf courses are about an hour's drive away.

The modern Futuroscope theme park near Poitiers offers high-tech fun for all the family with many 3D and 4D simulator experiences and evening shows. The Valley of the Monkeys zoo-park at Romagne is great for children. The surrounding area has a variety of day trips, such as Parc de la Belle at Magne with its gardens and high rise tree houses, the Velo rail at Confolens (exploring the countryside by pedalling a converted rail cart on an old railway track), and the 'Green Venice' of Marais Poitevin near Niort with its colourful villages and waterways. Picturesque villages such as Verteuil and Nanteuil are nearby. Oradour sur Glane is a fascinating reminder of the history of World War II in the area.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Villefagnan, Poitou-Charentes

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
3 gites dawson rate
11 Jun 2018 - 1 Jul 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
peak season
21 Jul 2018 - 24 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
last week of hols
25 Aug 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
post pool rate
30 Sep 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £600
Stay tax £0.36 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 18 years.

Booking Notes:
Please email, phone or fill in the Owner's Direct enquiry form. For each cottage, we require a £100 non-refundable deposit for each week to secure your booking and the balance is payable 60 days before your arrival. There is a refundable breakages deposit of £150 per cottage. You can pay in pounds or euros directly into our bank account or by cheque and this method is free of charge. You may also pay online with Owners Direct. However, please note that as Owners Direct impose a 8% transaction fee for online bookings, this additional amount will be added to the rental cost.

The local tourist tax is 0.4 euros per adult per night. Under 18s are exempt and payment is due on arrival.

Changeover Day:
Changeover is on Saturday except out of season when different options may be available. Please do not arrive before 4pm except by prior arrangement because we need time to clean your cottage. Check out time is 10am.

For short stays out-of-season and large discounts for long winter lets, please contact the owner.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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