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



Updated: 06-Oct-2016
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

Details for holiday cottage x 4, 9 Bedrooms, Sleeps 22, 5 Bathrooms

Our cottages are ideal for groups of family and friends who can enjoy time together whilst retaining private space. Each cottage is fully equipped and has a garden or patio. Additional outdoor tables and chairs are available outside the games room to seat large groups with BBQ facilities and indoor group dining is provided for in the large entrance hall in Rose cottage. Combined, the cottages provide beds for 19 people. Foldaway beds and/or travel cots can be added in most of the bedrooms to cater for up to 22 people. Beds in twins and triples can also be moved together for couples. Reduced tariffs are available for the rental of 1, 2 and 3 cottages.

  • Sleeps 22
  • 9 Bedrooms
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

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

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Speaks English, French, German, Spanish

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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7 Reviews

based on 7 holidaymaker reviews


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: Aug 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 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: Aug 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful gites, fantastic holiday!

  • 5 of 5

As a large group of 20, we have just returned from a fantastic holiday staying at Gites de Brettes!

Mark and Sarah were the most welcoming and helpful hosts and were always available to answer any questions and offer tips on where to go and visit! The gites themselves were very quaint and extremely clean and tidy and really helped to make our holiday!

This accommodation is perfect for a large group like us, as well as smaller individual groups. Each gite has its own outside area as well as there being areas where all 20 of us could get together and more importantly, sit and eat and drink together! The pool area was fantastic for the children and also for the ‘bigger kids’ amongst our group! There are sun loungers available which the adults took full advantage of on sunny days!

The area of Brettes and the surrounding areas are very quiet and rural. The local supermarket is about 10 minutes drive away in the town of Ruffec. The supermarket is great and has everything you could need. There is also a pharmacy in the same location, should you need anything from there.

As a group we visited the Monkey Sanctuary (about 40 minutes away) Poitiers (about 1hr away) Ruffec (10 minutes away) and the river beach (5 minutes away) all were very enjoyable and worth a visit if you have time. Just to make you aware, most places close on a Monday and many shops, pubs and restaurants close in the afternoon and re-open around 2-3pm, so don’t plan a shopping trip around those times, like we did!

I would highly recommend this location and accommodation for all family holidays! We had the best time and will most certainly be returning! Thank you Mark and Sarah :)

  • Review Submitted: Sep 4, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A great place to stay

  • 5 of 5

Like many others, we were slightly apprehensive about booking direct with Gite owners rather than through a "recognised" booking agent, but our concerns soon proved to be totally unfounded.

As soon as we booked Sarah and Mark were answering all our questions via email - location, pool, lay-out, local attractions, how to get there etc. No question was too silly.

We were a family group and the lay-out was perfect for our family holiday - parents in the one bed house The Forge, my husband, 2 kids (8 & 6) and me in The Stables, in-laws and their 4 kids (20, 18, 14, 12) in Lavender and the brothers-in-law x 3 plus partners in the main house (Lily). This meant we all had our own (very precious) space but could still socialise whenever.

The pool is, quite literally, the cleanest pool we have ever used. Mark is out there every morning before anyone else is up, making sure it is perfect.

The place is lovely and clean. Every house was useable in its own right, and we cooked for 17 in each kitchen apart from the little house.

The grounds were great for family rounders and the kids loved the pool table and table tennis.

E Leclerc supermarket in Ruffec is 10 minute drive and stocks everything (my husband was in desperate need of a mini 15A fuse for the car.....they had it). We tended to cook each evening (including a number of BBQs) rather than eat out - much more fun.

We do the big family thing every two years, and would not hesitate in booking again.

Gites de Brettes is a great place to base yourselves with many places to visit in the surrounding area.

Mark and Sarah are such great hosts. Never imposing but always there when you wanted to ask something or needed a new bulb, etc.

Handy hint - the kayaking/canoeing at Jarnac is so much better than Taize Aize.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 25, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Excellent family friendly accommodation!

  • 5 of 5

We've just returned from a fabulous holiday at the Lily Cottage. The gite was very clean and had everything we needed for an enjoyable stay.

We were staying as a group of 17 people, using three of the gites. Each of the gites were very spacious and easily accommodated us all. There is an outside area available to enable large groups to eat together, and on a couple of days of cooler weather, Lily Cottage was large enough to fit 17 people around the tables.

Brettes is a very tranquil and peaceful little village. Ruffec has several supermarkets and usual town facilites which is about 10-15 minutes drive away.

Mark and Sarah are the perfect hosts. Nothing was too much trouble for them, and as they were British, there were no language barriers when we asked for their assistance and recommendations for restaurants, pharmacies and days out.

The grounds and the swimming pool are kept in fantastic order, and we used the pool and the table tennis facilities daily. The whole of the property is gated which means that younger children can roam safely, and the pool has a child-proof lock to avoid accidents, all of which allow you to relax even more.

I would not hesitate to recommend this accommodation to larger groups, or those using one gite, we came home completely relaxed and longing to return!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 10, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Group Booking

  • 4 of 5

We have just returned from a fantastic holiday with friends - four families sharing 3 gites - Lavender, Lily & The Stables. Mark & Sarah are really friendly & accommodating hosts - booking activities & a meal out – always on hand to answer any questions. As there were 16 of us this meant that any potential stress was avoided & we could relax & enjoy our holiday. The gites are in a rural & picturesque area. We spent a lot of time at the pool & enjoying the games facilities. The weather was a little changeable, but on the whole very warm. The children enjoyed feeding the chickens, teenagers hooking up on the WiFi (although this was not available throughout the properties) and the adults enjoyed their evening glass of wine (or two). The area was safe & secluded. Overall a peaceful & relaxing holiday, enjoyed by all.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 5, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Barpub : Villefagnan at 2.5 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Caen at 451 Kilometres Nearest Train : Ruffec at 13 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Villefagnan at 2.5 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Fouras at 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.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Mid season 2017
26 May 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Peak season 2017
15 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid season - Sept 2017
2 Sep 2017 - 1 Oct 2017
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 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. You may also pay online with Owners Direct and a transaction fee will apply.

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

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 06-Oct-2016
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Property Type

  • cottage


  • 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
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool


  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • 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


  • 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


  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...


  • Self-catering


  • 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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