Cottages in Villier Le Roux, Nr. Ruffec, Poitou-Charentes, France - Rural Countryside Retreat Perfect For Cycling And Walking
The gîtes at Le Bois de l'Eglise are contained within a tastefully renovated typical Charentais farmhouse complex. There is a private courtyard for three of the gîtes and a private garden for one the gîtes. In addition there is access to the owners 1 acre garden with its various seating and eating areas. Le Bois de l'Eglise is a tiny hamlet close to village of Villiers le Roux in the commune of Villefagnan in south West France. It is close to the town of Ruffec with its supermarkets, with fresh seeafood stall, biweekly market, shops, cafés and public amenities. The location is rural countryside retreat perfect for cycling and walking. The region has its own micro-climate and has some of the sunniest weather in France, second only to the French Riviera. The area is primarily agricultural, with abundant sunflowers in the summer, and the surrounding woods and copses provide for a large variety of animal and bird life.
Poitou-Charente is on the western coast of France, facing the Atlantic Ocean and the Bay of Biscay. It is made up of 4 department regions, Deux-Sèvres to the north, Charente to the south, Vienne to the east and Charente-Maritime to the west. Poitou-Charente has so much to offer the visitor with so much to see, do and enjoy.
The Charente, where the Le Bois de l'Eglise is situated, has a reputation of being a quiet area where you can explore the rural area far from the crowds. Close by are the picturesque and historic villages of Verteuil-sur-Charente and Nanteuil-en-Vallée with their excellent restaurants and cafes. There are other great places to visit such as Angoulême with its ramparts and its captivating city centre with a mix of old and new and the unexpected, Cognac, with its focus on the famous brandy, Confolens which is home to the Festival de Folklore and Aubeterre-sur-Drone with its fascinating underground church.
Vienne is where the regional capital Poitiers is situated. The centre of the city with its historic buildings, street cafés and boulevards is a great place to explore and shop. If you are into action rides, time machine and dancing robots then a trip to Futuroscope is a must for children of all ages. Other recommended places to visit are the medieval market town of Chauvigny, with its five ruined castles and Anglles-sur-l'Anglin set on the river overlooked by a ruined castle and officially one of the most beautiful villages in France.
Deux-Sevres department is to the north east of Poitou-Charentes and is best known for the Marais-Poitevin, a large area of canals and marshes. The most important town in the department is the former medieval port of Niort on the Sevre-Niortaise river. The town boasts a huge 12th-century castle built by Henry II and Richard the Lionheart. Niort is a good base from which to explore the Marais-Poitevin. The region is perfect for exploring on foot, by bicycle or on horseback with hundreds of kilometers of tracks. At Coulon you can hire a traditional “pigouille” (punt) with a boatman to explore the canals and marshes who will tell you about the marches and its plants and animals. Moving on, the medieval centre of Parthenay is worth visiting, with its cobbled streets leading to 13th century ramparts and a drawbridge with twin towers.
Charente-Maritime is very popular with both French and overseas visitors for it attractions such as ile-de-Ré and the port of La Rochelle. The island of ile-de-Ré attract many visitors with its beaches and family friendly atmosphere. In La Rochelle the Vieux Port with its many places to eat and it's chic boutiques and vibrant atmosphere is a great place to visit. South of La Rochelle is the sea side resort Châtelaillon-Plage which boasts a 2.5 km of fine sandy beach, esplanade, casino, water park, and thalassotherapy centre. Continuing down the coast there are numerous interesting places such as the 17th century new town of Rochefort built around the port and naval buildings.
Le Bois de l'Église is perfectly placed to visit the attractions of Poitou-Charente. All the tourist sights and places to visits described are between 40minutes and 2 hours of easy driving from Le Bois de l'Église.
Details for holiday cottage Gite 3 "The Stables", 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3, 1 Bathroom
Gîte 3 "The Stables" is an independent unit, con-temporarily furnished beamed cottage at the end of the farmhouse. There is one large double bedroom with open plan en suite shower. The bedroom is equipped with wardrobe, valet stand, chest of drawers and luggage stand. Downstairs there is a open plan room which comprise the living, dining room and fully equipped kitchen. The kitchen is fully equipped with gas cooker and oven, kettle, coffee machine, microwave oven, toaster, rice cooker, fridge/freezer, glassware, crockery cutlery and utensils. The dining area has dining table to seat 4 people. The living area has one sofa bed. There is a wood-burner in the lounge which can heat the entire house when necessary and the house is very cool in the summer months. There is a hotel style mini safe for your valuables.
Bathrooms: 1 open plan en-suite
Living room/dining room/kitchen: open plan
Top Traveller Review
Superb Gite for a holiday
About the Owner
Beverley & Anthony
We would like to like to introduce ourselves. My wife Beverley is an English teacher and I am a civil engineer. For the past 25 years we have worked in the Far East, Singapore, Hong Kong and Vietnam, the Middle East, Qatar, Kuwait and Sudi Arabia and Europe, Romania and Bulgaria.
2 holidaymaker reviews
Superb Gite for a holiday
Beverley & Tony are wonderful hosts. They have converted these farm buildings into comfortable accommodation supplying just about everything anyone could need for a stay: there was even a rice cooker! We loved the calm and peace of this corner of France and the wonderful fresh air. It was also a good stopping off point for trips to La Rochelle, Cognac, Marais Poitevin, The Dordogne and off course all the wonderful small towns and villages in the region. As cyclists we managed circa 2000km during our nearly 4-week stay. The roads are perfect for the cyclist as what little traffic there is is well behaved. A plus for this area are the waymarked routes provided by the North Charente Tourism folk. These take you off the beaten track to places you may otherwise have missed. All in all we highly recommend staying with Beverley & Tony. You couldn't meet a nicer couple.
Wow... Awesome place for a brilliant price
We stayed here for a week 1st-8th Aug 2015. The gite has everything you could wish for from Corkscrew to Garlic Crusher... honestly they have everything here you can imagine. We loved our stay so much we were lucky enough to stay a couple extra days !! Tony & Bev are wonderful hosts, and really have an eye for detail. The Gite is nice and cool, and there is a seating area outside for meals or to relax after a day exploring.... Ruffec is 3m up the road and has bars/supermarket chemist etc,. The gites are in a small village just off the main drag, and are easily accessible for trips to Bordeaux, La Rochelle the beautiful town of Poitiers are with an hour or two away. .. ok it is remote but peace and tranquillity is plentiful here. We may even pay a return visit next year, and i don't visit the same place twice, but this changed our minds... Excellent!! Thankyou Tony & Bev for your wonderful information, and ideas for us to visit, we loved it... can you tell ?? :0) 10/10
From the Owner
“We had looked at properties in different regions in France and decided that the Poitou Charente was the area that most appealed to us. We were shown a few properties in the area but we just fell in love with Le Bois de L'Eglise.”
Activity and Interests
Special interest holidays:
We hold a series of short course for beginners on the following subjects:-
Basic yoga exercise
Please enquire at the time of booking regarding cost and duration of each course.
Le Bois de l'Église is perfectly placed to visit the attractions of Poitou-Charente. All the tourist sights and places to visits described are between 40minutes and 2 hours of easy driving from Le Bois de l'Église. Charente-Maritime is very popular visitors for it attractions such as ile-de-Ré and the port of La Rochelle. South of La Rochelle is the sea side resort Châtelaillon-Plage which boasts a 2.5 km of fine sandy beach, esplanade, casino, water park, and thalassotherapy centre.
Getting to Le Bois de l'Église-
By Train. Ruffec Station, 15 minutes away by car, is on the TGV mainline linking Paris to Bordeaux. Car hire and taxis are available in Ruffec.
By Plane:- Poitiers (40 minutes drive), Angouleme (35 minutes drive), Limoges (1.5 hours). Car hire is available at the airports.
By Car:- 6¼ hours from Calais, 4 hours from Le Havre, 7 hours for Zeebrugge.
Close by are the the picturesque villages of Verteuil-sur-Charente and Nanteuil-en-Vallée with their excellent restaurants are around 15km and 28km drive respectively. Visit Cognac, 60km drive, to learn about the “angels share“and sample your share as well. Historic Angouleme, 58km drive, with its spires and ramparts and vantage points overlooking the city.
Ruffec has one hypermarket E. Leclerc, 9.0km drive and an Intermarche supermarket which is open sunday mornings at a similar distance. The Leclerc hyperrmarket has an excellent fresh fish stall. The town has traditional bakers and butchers and cafes and restaurants and hosts a twice weekly market.
Villefagnan, 4.5km drive has traditional bakers and butchers.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
20 May 2017 - 7 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
8 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
2 Sep 2017 - 6 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Additional pricing information
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|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.|
Please contact owner
Please contact owner
Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week for up to the number of persons stated for each gite and are quoted in Euro.
linen and towels changed weekly,
hot water and electricity
bottled gas for cooking.
welcome pack of basic foodstuffs and other items is supplied.
starter pack of logs
A 25% deposit (non returnable) is required on booking.
A €150 refundable breakage deposit is required on arrival.
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
- 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
- Available arrival
From the Owner
“The gites at Le Bois de l'Eglise are contained within a tastefully renovated typical Charentais farmhouse and can be reserved as either two individual gites or a single property. Both gites can be rented and interconnected to sleep 8 guests. There is a private courtyard outside the gites and there is access to the owners 1 acre garden with its various seating and eating areas. Getting to Le Bois de l'Église- By Train. Ruffec Station, 15 minutes away by car, is on the TGV mainline linking Paris to Bordeaux. Car hire and taxis are available in Ruffec. By Plane:- Poitiers (40 minutes drive), Angouleme (35 minutes drive), Limoges (1.5 hours). Car hire is available at the airport.Ferries By Car:- 6¼ hours from Calais, 4 hours from Le Havre, 7 hours for Zeebrugge.”
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Hair Dryer
- Heating ...
- Internet ...
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided ...
- Living Room
- Parking ...
- Towels Provided ...
- Tumble Dryer ...
- Washing Machine
- Wood Stove
- Coffee Maker ...
- Dishes & Utensils ...
- Pantry Items ...
- Dining Area
- Books ...
- DVD Player
- Games ...
- Satellite / Cable
- Stereo ...
- Television ...
- Video Library ...
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- non smoking only
- autumn foliage
- bird watching
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- laundrette - serviced
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- freshwater fishing
- Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
- 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
- Bedroom 1
- Bicycles ...
- Golf ...
- Kayak / Canoe ...
- Barbecue ...
- 4 bicycles
Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website
- Notes on accommodation: Duvets, bed-linen and house towels per person are provided, but guests are requested to bring their own pool/beach towels. Bathrobes and slippers are provided. The gîtes are cleaned and fresh bed-linen and towels renewed before each occupancy. Single beds can be swapped for a double bed but should be reserved at the time of booking. For cold weather, a starter pack of logs is provided, more wood can be provided at cost. A basic welcome pack of coffee, tea, milk, French bread and condiments is provided free of charge. For your safety a smoke alarm, fire extinguisher, fire blanket and first aid are in each gîte. There are some low beams and quirky doors in the properties which guests need to be aware of and these will be pointed out on arrival. The property is situated on a quiet lane with very little passing traffic. The main garden is on the opposite side of lane where barbecue/eating/lounging areas have been laid out. Outside: There is a private courtyard outside the gîtes 1 to 3 with tables and chairs. Gîte 4 has a private garden. There is also access to the owners 1 acre garden with its various seating and eating areas, with barbecues available.