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Charming holiday Cottages, Pool, WiFi, stroll to Ruffec Restaurants, Bars, Shops - Petit Plaisir Chateau Holiday Gite



Updated: 07-Nov-2016
LATE DEALS Comfy, quality chateau holiday cottages, idyllic riverside, plunge pool & in lively historical town.

Fontaine gites LAST MINUTE DEALS with FREE CHAMPAGNE WELCOME PACK. Don't miss the 2016 Angouleme Circuit des Remparts Car Race 16th - 18th September.

Circuit des Remparts was a circuit race for Grand Prix cars and Formula Two cars, held every September in Angoulême, France. The circuit had a length of 1,287 m, which was driven 80 laps. Angoulême, is a short drive, bus or train ride from Fontaine Gites.

Grand Plaisir, self catering holiday cottages are in a private gated well kept complex with secure car parking. A short walk to the lively historical, market town with all amenities.

Grab a Late Deal and last minute bargain now, remaining weeks for Grand Plaisir holiday cottage gite (sleeps 4) and Petit Plaisir Holday cottage gite (sleeps 3) and Charmante Holiday cottage gite (sleeps 4) in September have been reduced. Email your dates.

Grand Plaisir holiday cottage , Charmante self catering holiday cottage gite (sleeps 4 - has a new luxury rain shower ) and Petit Plaisir Holiday cottage gites are located within a 5 minute drive or cycle to the Charente River for all your canoe, kayak rental and fun water adventures for all ages incl. swimming and fishing.

La Fontaine Ruffec perfectly placed holiday gite accomodation for attending the exciting September Angouleme "Circuit Des Remparts" Classic Car Racing Circuit as well as the many Charente Festival fun activities and musical events, the region has to offer.

New Plunge Pool, perfect for a swim ! A bigger Boules Area to enjoy a game of petanique !

These quality self catering holiday cottage gites are charming, comfortable and well equipped with everything you need for an enjoyable holiday stay. As we have had many requests we can now offer a B & B option with a 4 night stay at Petit Plaisir or Charmante self catering holiday cottage gite.

Ruffec holiday gites, were originally used as Chateau cottages and apartments in this lively, typical French Historical Market Town. La Fontaine holiday cottages are self catering gites being an ideal holiday to sample life the relaxed French way.

Many guests fall in love with simply sitting outside relaxing and watching the amusing ducks and beautiful historical grounds.

Visit the lively nearby towns like Ruffec, Angouleme, Poitiers with its museums, shopping, cafes or Cognac for wine and cognac tastings. Drive or cycle to the close by Charente River with its fun canoe, kayak and water adventures for all ages.


La Fontaine and Grand Plaisir holiday gite cottages sleep 3, 4, 5 and 6 guests comfortably. These self catering cottages can be combined as a private group booking of friends or family to accomodate up to 24 people, with B & B option.

A Eurostar or Car Free Holiday is possible with direct travel from St Pancreas station to this superb French Market Town location with a short walk to both Bus and Train.

Ruffec Road Travel has good links to the A10, N10 and all highways.

In 2012 Lonely Planet’s best in travel voted "Poitou Charente as one of the top ten regions in France".

La Fontaine is situated in a quiet and peaceful area yet minutes from the lively town centre and the Charente River. The best thing is the variety of this area of the Charente and the many pretty villages, chateau's, kayak & swimming options, sunflower fields all within a short walk, drive or cycle.

Staying at La Fontaine's Charmante self catering holiday cottage gite, Petit Plaisir holiday cottage gite or Grand Plaisir holiday cottage are the perfect solution - its comfortable accommodation, the beautiful setting and views, its peaceful and quiet riverside location yet within a short walking distance to the historical town. Here you will find a good choice of local artisan bakeries, bars, cinemas, the fabulous fresh Atlantic Seafood Market, charming and interesting individual shops, a variety of local, popular restaurants, supermarkets, a theatre, banks. train station and much more.

These fully equipped, comfortable, self catering cottage gites and apartments are set within a beautiful, peaceful, relaxing, riverside property with a large garden, a private natural forest and a smaller walled garden. This tranquil setting is amazing for relaxing outside or sitting at the property’s original and historical Chateau Lavoir. Sit and watch the resident ducks wander freely throughout the property while you dine alfresco in any of the shaded or sunny seating or dining areas.

In the extensive, very private grounds there are a number of covered and open dining areas and garden patios, ideal for sun downers and romantic candle lit Charente dining with your locally purchased culinary finds. Any time of the day or evening is perfect for enjoying a barbecue at the Riverside Barbecue Area, while the ducks swim by slowly and entertain ! If you prefer, have a daytime picnic in the forest, the choice is yours !

The outdoors can be enjoyed for most of the year for picnics in our private forest, playing a game of boules in the bigger boules area, outdoor activities for kids and teenagers, and barbecues along the river. The Plunge Pool is perfect for a swim !

The Covered Summer Outdoor Kitchen at La Fontaine Ruffec is popular for eating breakfast, preparing picnics, aperitifs or using any of the different cooking choices available.

After a quiet and comfortable night's sleep in your self catering holiday gite cottage take a short stroll to the nearby French historical market town. Here you will find a selection of bars, wine shops, delis, cafes, restaurants where you can enjoy the local Charente pineau, cognac and wines together with the many culinary delights, there is something special here for all tastes and most pockets.

Don't forget to pick up a bargain whilst browsing the popular Saturday Ruffec brocantes or the local tempting French Street Markets and vide greniers. For more info visit our website www.fontainegites.com

More Details

Details for holiday cottage Petit Plaisir Chateau Holiday Gite, 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 3, 1 Bathroom, 2 Separate WC's

Petit Plaisir Gite has 2 sunny Bedrooms one with a comfortable double bed and one with comfy single bed, suited to an adult or child and original french furniture. All rooms have delightful views.

Grab a bargain - let us know your dates !

Bathroom has luxury, large walk in shower with glass sliding door. Handbasin, storage cabinet, mirrors, toilet and original wooden floors. Gite has 2 Toilets. Well equipped kitchen with pantry & everything you need for your self catering French holiday. A hob, fitted oven, fridge with separate freezer (perfect for a weeks shop), microwave, dishwasher, filter coffee machine, kettle, lots of pots, pans, dishes, etc.

Sunny, open plan living, dining and kitchen area with tiled floors. Lounge has comfy lounge suite, coffee table, lamp, Sky TV. Indoor dining table & chairs as well as outdoor furniture on sunny patio with lovely views. Described by guests as " a beautiful retreat " for more info visit our website www.fontainegites.com

  • Sleeps 3
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom, 2 Separate Toilets
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Fontaine Gites are a Family Run Business and we Strive to Make Our Properties a High Quality Holiday Rental Accommodation.

We fell in love with the Charente several years ago after spending many wonderful holidays with family and friends. We searched for a long time to for a place that had sunshine most of the year and could offer all the wonderful amenities this part of the Charente has to offer.

We continue to enjoy the sunshine, great restaurants and year round Charente festivals and outdoor street markets.

We hope that you enjoy your holiday in this lovely historical french town. At Grand Plaisir Holiday Cottage and Petit Plaisir Holiday Cottage there is Always Someone Helpful On Site to Make Your Holiday Stay a Very Enjoyable One !

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Guestbook comments from the owner

Well situated, close to supermarket, shops, bus and train. Cottage layout was great for our party of four ( 2 teenage boys) and good value.

The grounds were well maintained and the cottage was first class and tastefully arranged.

March wasn't the best weather but we always found something interesting to do as the property is close to most places of interest. The bus to Angouleme was a nice day out without driving, enjoyable all round.

I would recommend this property to anyone.
Feb 2015
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6 Reviews

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Petit Plaisir Chateau gite

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a 2 week holiday in this wonderful gite. It was very difficult to leave as our stay was very relaxing and the hosts, Abby and Joe made us very welcome and Abby was very attentive to our needs. By the end of the holiday we were relaxed and had made two lovely friends in Abby and Joe. We thank you both for looking after us and for the extra hospitality of local knowledge and assistance. The gite was very comfortable and ample space for two of us to spread out. We also enjoyed our twice daily visits from the local ducks, resident red squirrels and lizards. The plunge pool was cooling after our lounging in the sun all day and the grounds were immaculately kept. The morning stroll to the local bakery became a regular treat and the large supermarket and Lidl was a short drive (5 mins). Ruffec is central to local attractions and all-in-all it was a wonderful holiday leaving us relaxed and stress free. Thank you so much Abby and Joe.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 21, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Tranquil country break

  • 4 of 5

A holiday in French countryside with easy walkable access to the pretty town of Ruffec, with its charming amenities.

Helpful and accommodating owners live in one of the onsite gites. Feeding the ducks a.m and p.m very relaxing.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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very relaxing comfortable stay.

  • 5 of 5

We had a very enjoyable 2 weeks in Petit Plaiser. We were made very welcome by Abby and Joe.

The gite has a very comfortable bed and 2 piece suite as well as everything else we needed including a walk in luxury shower.

It is a lovely area to visit with Chateaux and Old Towns and the fields of sunflowers were amazing.

The plunge pool was just right to cool off in at the end of the day.

We will certainly recommend Petit Plaiser to our family and friends.

Mary and Jim. Brighton UK.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 30, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your positive review of Fontaine Gites. Wonderful to hear that you had a comfortable and enjoyable stay at Petit Plaisir Chateau gite and found time to make good use of the new pool. Many thanks for your recommendations to friends and family, we look forward to welcoming you or them, to Fontaine Gites in the future for a relaxing and enjoyable stay.
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Perfect French Holiday

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was just perfect for the two of us. Good shower, comfortable bed, well equipped kitchen & beautiful grounds to sit & relax in. The resident ducks are quite entertaining. It was an easy short walk into Ruffec with bars, restaurants & shops. The big hypermarket was just 3 minute drive. Joe & Abby are great hosts and always on hand with tips & recommendations for days out or restaurants. I think we had a drink in each of the bars and ate twice at Aux Choeurs de Bacchus - great food, good price, friendly owners.

The pool is not yet finished but you can always dip your feet in the river that runs through!

The only thing I would have liked is an information folder with maybe a train timetable, map of local services etc. Although Abby was always on hand, sometimes its just nice to sit & read through the possibilities for days out etc.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 8, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was fabulous to meet you and we were so happy to read how much you enjoyed your stay at Petit Plaisir. Although train journeys in France are generally very good, the train time table is probably the most complicated one to understand, even for the French ! The local train station however, has a helpful person in attendance, who patiently sells tickets and offers advice. You are welcome to return any time and enjoy reading the new information folder at the plunge pool ! Thanks again for your lovely comments.
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Having the best of both worlds

  • 5 of 5

Really enjoyed our stay here. Had the unique benefit of a country setting within the town. The house was spotless and fresh. Attention to detail was obvious, and nothing was too much trouble.

Abby and Joe were great hosts and made us all feel extremely welcome. They were always helpful and provided us with the latest things to do and see.

I wouldn't hesitate to return again, and highly recommend this wonderful and beautiful setting.


  • Review Submitted: Aug 28, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Delighted to hear you had an enjoyable stay at " Petit Plaisir " It was lovely to meet you and your family and thank you all for your kind, helpful comments.
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  • 5 of 5

The location of this recently opened gite is ideal, with a only a quick walk to an excellent bakery for croissants in the morning. The garden and wood are charming with a little river on the border and a water channel with ducks and trout going through the garden. The ducks and ducklings are an endless source of entertainment. The barbecue and outside kitchen areas are very well-equipped and convenient and we made good use of them. The region has many attractions, such as the city of Saintes with its Roman ruins and medieval architecture. There is also the very pretty village of Verteuil just a few kms down the road with its magnificent castle.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 24, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the surprise review and the very kind comments about our superb town location, comfortable and charming accomodation you left in our visitor's book. We are pleased to hear how much you and your family enjoyed their stay.
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From the Owner

The first item on our wish list was an Easy Drive from the UK and a much needed peaceful retreat from London life. We were delighted to find this charming Charentais property with its fantastic town location. A short stroll to Ruffec shops, restaurants, bars, supermarkets and all amenities make a car free Eurostar holiday possible. You know what they say - Location, Location, Location ! The Charente climate is one of the mildest in France, and this Region is the sunniest part of France outside the Mediterranean. Beautiful villages, Chateau's, beaches, big name Cognac Houses, famous monuments, churches are all within a comfortable drive for a superb day out. While staying at Grand Plaisir holiday cottage have fun Exploring, House or Property Hunting or seeking a taste of the Charente region Angouleme, Cognac, Poitiers, Limoges, La Rochelle, Rochefort, Niort are all nearby and waiting to be enjoyed.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Poitiers, Limoges, Bordeaux, La Rochelle at 60 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Bars, Pubs at 0.3 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Caen at 414 Kilometres Nearest Train : Ruffec with train to Paris 2.5 hr at 1 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : RN10 and A10 at 1 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Restaurants, snack bars, outdoor cafes at 0.3 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Charente River Beach at 0.4 Kilometres Car: recommended

Walk to the Bustling Twice Weekly Ruffec Fresh Farmers Market with Local Produce and Ruffec Fresh Atlantic Seafood Market, perfect for your barbecues, picnics, alfresco dining ! Try the local, free wine and pineau tasting every Saturday.

Stroll to Ruffec bars, restaurants, shops, supermarkets and bakeries. Visit nearby chateau's, gardens, historical towns, museums, shopping.

Don't forget to enjoy a canoe ride and picnic along the riverside or swim in the Charente River minutes from La Fontaine Ruffec.

For a half day activity join a Chalk Painting techniques class, tea incl.

Visit the nearby local Vineyard, Wine Maker for tastings and purchases. If you prefer local Cognac, Pineau Producer visits with tasting, and buying, can be organised - just ask !

Ideas for Coast, Beach Outings By Car from La Fontaine Ruffec.

Les Trois Fontaines swimming lake with fishing 10 minutes

River Beach enjoy a fun swim in the Charente river ! 5 mins

Nautilis large indoor, outdoor water park for all ages 30 mins

Canoe-kayaking, small riverside beach, swimming 8 mins

Exciting paddle boarding, water adventures 10 mins

Royan, Palais sur Mer and a nice selection of smaller beaches 1 h 30 mins

Ile de Ré small island, beaches 1 h 40

Unique, Clear, blue water beach with a village surrounded by vineyards, forest 2 h 10

Ideas for Days Out By Car

Angouleme Fortified City, museums, car events, boat rides, Circuit Des Ramparts Car Race (check dates- September only) 30 min

Cognac river cruises, tour famous Cognac tasting houses 40 min

Futurscope Exciting futuristic, Leisure Park with new rides, all ages 50 min

Poitiers Museums, Notre-Dame La Grande Church 50 min

Vallier Resort an indoor pool, spa, sports, sailing, fishing 1 h

Marais Poitevin "Green Venice" Guided boat tours 1 hr 15 min

Aubeterre sur Dronne A Famous 12th Century underground church 1 h 15 min

La Rochelle a Lively worth visiting Port City & large Aquarium 1 h 30

Less than 8 minutes to Canoe, Kayaking Fun days out.

Walk to Ruffec, supermarkets, shops, street markets

Train station for daily trains to and from Paris, Bordeaux

Local Taxi Service, 2 Cinemas, Tourist Bureau, Banks, Car Hire , Indoor Swimming Pool, Hospital and Emergency nearby.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Low Season 2017
25 Mar 2017 - 21 Apr 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid Season 2017
22 Apr 2017 - 23 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £250

Subject to availability we offer discounted house hunting stays. Short or long holiday accommodation rentals available. We offer 10% off a 2 week booking. Prices quoted per week, Saturday to Saturday.
Reservations require a completed booking form together with a 25% non-refundable deposit. The balance of 75% is due 8 weeks prior to arrival.

A Complimentary Welcome Pack and a Starter Pack are included with all our holiday gite stays. We are a Family Run Business and Strive to Make Our Properties a High Quality Holiday Rental Accommodation - visit our website www.fontainegites.com for more info.

A high chair & travel cot are available at no extra charge, but require advance reservation, with your booking.

Arrival times are from 3 pm Saturday and departure by 10 am, the following Saturday to allow for the cleaning and preparation of the accommodation. Some flexibility may be possible, please let us know your requirements and we'll try & help.

We include a Complimentary Welcome Pack and Essentials Pack with your stay at Petit Plaisir holiday gite , Grand Plaisir holiday gite and Charmante holiday gite.

Refundable security damage deposit of £250 to cover breakages, is due on arrival & returned after satisfactory inspection. Cancellation pro rata refunds given only if we can re-let the unit.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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From the Owner

No need to drive everywhere ! Stroll to the good choice of excellent restaurants where all the best pineau, wines and champagnes are available. The many local types of pineau, cognac and wine are of a good quality and certainly fun to try at the Ruffec bars, cafes and restaurants. At Fontaine Holiday Cottages and Gites, Enjoy Petit Plaisir, our Perfect Romantic, relaxing holiday cottage hideaway, beautiful peaceful riverside location, large well kept grounds and garden. La Fontaine Ruffec holiday cottages are comfortable, very well equipped self catering quality holiday accommodation and gites. Don't forget to shop the Ruffec twice weekly Fresh Atlantic Seafood Market and Fresh Farmers Market. Their prices are good and nothing beats Barbecuing or cooking these fabulous quality, fresh local ingredients. Enjoy a riverside barbecue or even cook outdoors in the well equipped Summer Kitchen, it all Tastes so Delicious !! The convenience of this superb stroll to Ruffec Bars, Restaurants, Bakeries (for morning croissants and pain au chocolate !) and Shops - Location is the added benefit of staying at La Fontaine.Ruffec.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Holiday Complex
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...


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


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...

Onsite Services

  • Concierge


  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • resort
  • river
  • town
  • village


  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • swimming


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Luxury, double length shower with sliding, glass door
  • Tolit 1 - Toilet
  • Toliet 2 - Toilet
  • Has a luxury, double length shower with glass sliding door and 2 toilets, fitted cabinets and a mirror. One toilet in bathroom and a very useful separate guest toilet with handbasin.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Cot


  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles


  • Self-catering

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


  • Fontaine Gites quality Holiday Cottages & Apartments are set within a small gated resort style private complex. These authentic chateau cottages have been sympathetically restored while retaining their original layout and design. The holiday accommodation has been updated to provide our guests with both a comfortable and an enjoyable stay. Grand Plaisir holiday cottage, Petit Plaisir holiday cottage and la Charmante holiday cottage, you will find everything you need & more ! New Plunge Pool, perfect for a swim ! A bigger Boules Area ! We offer charming well equipped self catering gite holiday cottages that sleep 3, 4, 5 and 6 guests comfortably or can be combined as a private group booking to accomodate up to 24 people. Fontaine gites are delightful self catering gite holiday cottages with pretty views, are comfortably furnished and nicely decorated with a relaxed French Charentaise ambience. In the large grounds there are several barbecues along the river with casual eating tables on a very picturesque patio. Our well equipped summer kitchen is always fun to use and eat outside on the covered or open garden terraces while enjoying the views of the village. The walled section of the garden is lovely to wander about especially when the flowers are in bloom and the fruit is ripening in the sunshine. If you prefer relax, eat alfresco in the outdoors while the amusing ducks wander around freely. Fontaine gites is a Family Run Business and we Strive to Make Our Properties a High Quality Holiday Rental Accommodation.

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