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Gite With Private Garden And Lovely Views In Tranquil Setting

Bedrooms 1
Space 645 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Logis Sainte-Terre, Benest, Nr. Ruffec, Poitou-Charentes, France - Peaceful Location Within Easy Reach Of Nearby Market Towns

The property is situated in south west France in an area renowned for being one of the sunniest parts of the country. Set amidst rolling farmlands, which are ablaze with sunflowers in summer, Logis Sainte­-Terre offers a haven of peace and tranquillity. The village of Benest with local post office and boulangerie/grocer is three kilometres away, while the larger village of Champagne Mouton with its twice weekly market is seven kilometres away. Here you will find all your daily needs from doctors surgery, supermarket with 24 hour petrol station, pharmacy, bank and cafe/bar.

Ideally situated for exploring the treasures of this area known as Poitou Charente, with its medieval buildings and chateaux etc, La Rochelle and the beautiful coast of Royan, Futurescope (Poitiers), La Vallėe des Singes (Poitiers), Cognac and Limoges Angoulême and Poitier are all within easy reach. The area is perfect for walking (well marked trails leave from the property), cycling, fishing, and other activities such as golf, boating and swimming are also available nearby.

Inside the gite it is well appointed and comfortable. Downstairs is the kitchen and the sitting area with flat screen television and wifi. There is a small table for dining with three chairs and a three seater sofa and armchair. Upstairs is a bedroom with a large double bed and a single bed. Space is provided for hanging clothes and there is a chest of drawers. There is an en-suite bathroom with a shower wash hand basin and wc. and a heated towel rail. Outside is a lovely private and sunny garden with loungers and a table and chairs. There is Weber BBQ. There is ample parking. For more information go to www.logischarente.com and click on “out and about in the Charente”

More Details

Property Manager
Vicki Burton
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
13 April, 2018

About Vicki Burton

I moved to France with my husband in 2012 and rented for a while until we were sure this was the right thing to do. The kids had left home and the dog died so as they say, nothing to stop you from starting a new adventure - and here we are.

Vicki Burton purchased this cottage in 2013

Why Vicki Burton chose Benest

We explored different areas and viewed trillions of properties until we decided on this place. Accessible by car from the uk ports and well served by budget airlines and its a very lovely part of the world. I feel blessed to live in such a lovely place.

What makes this cottage unique

Very quiet and peaceful apart from the sound of the occasional tractor and the local bird population. Owls are my favorite and of course the cranes make their bi-annual crossing overhead signalling the start and end of summer. Really amazing. Woodpeckers and hoopoes are frequent visitors and red squirrels are also resident which make me ridiculously happy.

At night, the stars are wonderfully bright as there is no light pollution.

A true rural idyll away from the hustle and bustle should you need to recharge your batteries and just chill whilst remaining close enough to the nearby towns for necessities and local markets.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Le Logis is a fantastic retreat in an ideal location. We stayed there while house hunting in the area. If we find a house as lovely as this then my dreams of living in rural France will have come true.

A lovely rustic but modern Gite with everything you would wish for. Having free wifi available also helped with our house searching.

Kenny & Jackie Winton

Loved Le Logis. Stayed there in January this year. Was cosy, comfortable and a wonderful hideaway in the beautiful French countryside.

Nigel West

I stayed at Le Logis over the New Year period and I thought it was just fantastic. This gite has everything I wanted. It's own entrance leads into a beautiful room with wood burner and lovely brand new fully equipped kitchen - I loved cooking in it - it had everything I could possibly have needed.The bedroom was spacious - comfortable bed and en suite bathroom with fantastic shower. This is the perfect Gite for a quiet getaway in rural France - I have already rebooked! ROBERT SCOTT
Dec 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Benest in Charente

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 645 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Children welcome
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Newly fitted en- suite shower with wash hand basin and wc. Plus heated towel rail. With a door that locks.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Spacious bedroom with double bed plus single bed Notes on bedrooms: Large double bedroom with additional single bed in alcove. Crisp Egyptian cotton bed linen, mattress topper and silk duvet guarantees a luxuriously comfortable bed. For warmer temperatures fans are available. It boasts magnificent views of the 15th century house to the rear and the garden and fields to the front.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
Notes on accommodation: With many original features and painted floorboards this is a delightful and individual gite offering space and comfort. A charming slice of French rural life in an historic setting with all the comforts of modern day living. Outside: The Gite has its own private garden area, with outdoor table and chairs provided. There are also two loungers. / Towels / Linen / Towels and linen are included and changed weekly.


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Our best ever holiday!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Le Logis for three weeks in August 2017 with our Chocolate Loabrador, Elsa. The gite was fantastic with everything we could ever wish for; all mod cons, with superbly appointed living area, bedroom and shower room. The outside living area was lovely with plenty of space with several seating areas and lawns, sun loungers and a barbecue. The views from the gite both inside and out were lovely with good access to suitable walks. It was so peaceful, a wonderful place to relax and chill out. Our hosts, Vicki and Gregor, were so welcoming, there if we needed them but not intrusive. There was always a welcome and regular supply of fresh vegetables from Gregor and Vicki's marmalade was delicious! Le Logis is an ideal spot for exploring the Charente area of France. We definitely hope to be back very soon.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Another fantastic week in a superb gite!

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from another really enjoyable week staying at Le Logis. The gite has absolutely everything you would ever need (and more). Vicky and Gregor were great hosts and were able to help us when we had a problem with the car, in recommending a local garage. The garden is beautiful, along with the views, and there was another wonderful addition this time of a "romantic" shelter / hut at the end of the garden with plenty of candles - perfect to end the evening with a glass or two of Pineau de Charente (or gin)! The facilities available in the gite are just perfect and the attention to detail and little touches really do make for a great holiday. The location is fantastic too, and you are not too far to venture out to various towns and cities - we visited Poitiers, Angouleme, Ruffec, Civray, Piegut Pluviers and many other small towns and villages, and enjoyed plenty of time people watching in the local market squares and enjoying a strong coffee. There is so much beauty on your doorstep and a walk into the local village of Benest will take approx. 30 minutes, where you can stop at the bar for a drink or pick up an essential baguette for breakfast. Thank you again for a lovely, relaxing week and for your hospitality - we are sure to return. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Superb gite in a wonderful location

  • 5 of 5

This is an extremely well-appointed gite with great facilities inside and out. The garden is private and has a number of lovely areas for sitting in the sun or in the shade. Inside, the accommodation is exceptionally comfortable with a very well-equipped modern kitchen. The setting is very rural and peaceful - ideal for a relaxing week in France. The proprietor, Vicki, is nearby and is both helpful and discreet.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The only downside to staying here is that you have to leave. Vicki is a wonderful host, attentive yet discreet.

The gite is fitted out to a very high standard with every need catered for. If you enjoy cooking, you won't want for anything in the kitchen. There is an ample supply of crockery so you can take advantage of the dishwasher without running out of plates etc.

The garden is beautiful and there are seating areas dotted around the garden so, should you wish, you can follow the sun from dawn 'til dusk.

From reading the description, looking at the photos and reading the comments left by other guests, I expected Le Logis to be good but it was more than that, it was first class.

And, even though we are planning to buy a house in the area, I would still go to Vicki's place for a holiday! I only wish we could have stayed longer. Thank you Vicki, you've got it just right.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Another relaxing break

  • 5 of 5

The fact that we went back to Sainte-Terre says a lot in itself - we'd loved it so much two years ago. But if anything we enjoyed ourselves even more this time. It's a very comfortable and well-equipped place for two people who love to take it easy, cook themselves good meals and generally enjoy the tranquil side of France. Vicki and Gregor are the perfect hosts - and also welcomed our ever-inquisitive spaniel! Nothing is too much trouble and they manage the ideal combination of discretion and helpfulness. If you enjoy wine excursions both the Loire and the Gironde are only a couple of hours or so away, the local countryside is lovely to explore, all in all we can't recommend a stay too highly.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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perfect in every way

  • 5 of 5

having just returned to the UK after a weeks stay at this lovely gite we are compelled to write a review.

not much more to add that hasn't already been said in previous reviews.

the gite is beautiful the photos on the website is exactly what it is .

clean,warm, cosy and welcoming a true home from home (actually we wish it was our home) the gite comes complete with just about every essentials that you will need a fully equipped kitchen including a washing machine which is very handy if your travelling light (ie) hand luggage only? plenty of parking space, a lovely lounge/kitchen diner, a lovely bedroom with a big cosy bed, and a single bed also.

a shower and toilet all spotless..the owners obviously take pride and our very welcoming we arrived too a lovely vase of flowers,tomatoes,and marmalade all home made and a couple of bottles of wine (a lovely touch).

we have been house hunting in the area and it made a nice place to come home too each evening.

we didn't want to leave.

many thanks to the owners who helped making our week away fantastic ,,we hope to return ASAP

  • Review Submitted: 10-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
44 Miles
Limoges or Poitier
Nearest Ferry
276 Miles
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Nearest Motorway
20 Miles
Nearest Beach
98 Miles
La Rochelle
Car: necessary


The beaches at La Rochelle and Royan are worth a visit but it's a good hour and half drive.

It is a french tradition to create artificial beaches by rivers and lakes, both natural and man made. One of the largest is found in an area known as Les Lacs de Haute Charente about 45 mins drive.

Airport Limoges 45 mins

Airport Poitiers 55 mins

Airport Bordeaux 120 mins

Beach La Rochelle 100 mins

Ferry port Caen 400 kms

Motorway junction N10 25 mins

Railway station Ruffec 25 mins

Car essential

Further Details:

The local village Benest is 3 km with bakery, small grocer, and postoffice

Champagne Mouton with twice weekly market, bank, supermarket, pharmacy and all daily needs is 7km.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Benest, Poitou-Charentes

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Winter 2018
6 Jan 2018 - 4 May 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Spring 2018
5 May 2018 - 1 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer 2018
2 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn 2018
1 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Winter 2018
29 Sep 2018 - 15 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

Dogs are welcome with prior agreement with the owner. They are respectfully requested not to be left unattended either in the house or in the grounds, and are strictly not allowed on the furniture ie sofa armchairs or upstairs on the bed. We respectfully ask owners to pick up after them in the garden.
Booking Notes:
Please contact owner. 25% of the total is required as a non refundable deposit.
The rest is due 5 weeks before the start date of the holiday.
Payment can be made by bank transfer only.
200 Pounds extra security deposit, will be taken with the final payment, which will be returned via internet banking, if no damage, breakages etc have been found, and the house is left as clean as it was found. There is a Pack and Go option charged at £50 if you prefer.

Changeover Day:
Departure times 11.00
Arrival times 15.00

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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