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Villefagnan Gites With Pool And Country Views - Forsythia Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms)



Updated: 20-Oct-2016
Cottages in Villefagnan, Nr. Ruffec, Poitou-Charentes, France - Peaceful Hamlet, Walking Distance To Local Village

The property comprises of; the main house, two gites, a barn, an old piggery and woodshed, a garden, small orchard, vegetable patch, hen house and swimming pool with patio area. There are also several open walled areas, which are used for socialising, barbecues or burning logs in the fire pit. Wisteria Gite is attached to the main house and has a double and twin bedroom, a shower room with toilet and open plan lounge, kitchen and dining area. Forsythia gite is detached from the main house and has a stone fireplace with log burner, open plan lounge, kitchen and dining area. This gite has a double and twin bedroom and shower room with toilet. The pool has a large patio surround with sun beds , chairs and sun shades. There is a toilet, pool shower, washing machine and a well stocked fridge and freezer with refreshments near the pool. The pool is secured with an alarm when not in use.

Details for holiday cottage Forsythia Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms), 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, 1 Bathroom

Forsythia is an attractive detached cottage which was fully renovated in 2010, retaining many original features which adds to the rustic French charm of the property. Accessed directly from the garden area, guests enter a spacious open plan lounge, well equipped kitchen and dining area which is tastefully decorated and furnished. Well insulated and double glazed, Forsythia is cool in summer and warm in winter. An efficient log burner makes this gite an ideal winter holiday let. An attractive open plan pine staircase leads to the first floor which has the main guest bedrooms. The double and twin bedrooms are attractively furnished and retain original stone walls and features. A large modern shower room and toilet provide ample facilities for all the family.

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Hi, my name's Alison and my partner is Rob. I have 3 grown up children and now they have fled the nest we have decided to give up the "rat race" and live our dream! We met in 2010 having both pursued very different careers. For the last 3 years I've been an Inclusion Manager and school counsellor in a Catholic High School working with 11 to 16 year old. Prior to this I have worked for social care and I was a Registered General Nurse. Rob has worked as a Forest and Woodland manager and served for 9 years as an Army officer before more recently, working as Head of learning and Development for a children's charity. Our interests include motorcycle touring, keeping fit and outdoor pursuit, and now of course, "living the dream!"

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8 Reviews

based on 8 holidaymaker reviews


Perfect Holiday

  • 5 of 5

We have just had the most wonderful week in this lovely gite. Alison and Rob are great hosts - and so is Charlie the dog! The house is very clean and the welcome pack is a nice extra, as is the provision of pool towels.The garden is beautiful, perfect for sitting in for a sunny breakfast or an evening drink. There are lots of things to do in the area, our 10 year old son particularly enjoyed our tour of the local windmill, but it's also lovely just spending time relaxing in the garden and pool.

We would love to come again next year!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for this review. We are really pleased you had such a wonderful time! We are missing our early morning pool helper! It will be lovely to see you again next year. There's 10% discount for returning guests and we now have a code for a 10% discount on Brittany Ferries too! Warm regards Alison & Rob ( & Charley)
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  • 5 of 5

We are a family of four with 7yr & 5yr old children. We stayed for a week in Forsythia gite and had a fabulous holiday. The gite itself was immaculate. Very clean, all the amenities you need and with just the right balance of modern features & rustic charm. It far exceeded our expectations. The grounds are fab and provided a great area for the kids to let off steam. The pool is great and the kids thoroughly enjoyed it...even in the rain!!!! Alison & Rob were perfect hosts and made us feel very welcome. They are a wealth of information on the local area & things to see & do. Their personal touch made it feel a real home from home. The area itself is great and there is an abundance of things to do. We barely scratched the surface in our week there. Canoeing on the Charente is a must and the best way to see the chateau at Verteuil has to be by canoe on the river! We hired bikes for the week so were able to see lots of lovely rural French villages. The roads were very quiet & great for cycling with the kids. We were lucky enough to have both a deer & pine marten cross our path..amazing!. I have to mention Charlie the dog. He was a big hit, especially with the kids who loved playing with him. Villefagnan itself has a great butchers, bakery & convenience store so ample amenities close by with Ruffec and its larger shops not much farther away. All in all, this is the perfect base to explore the area and thankyou to Alison & Rob for making us feel so welcome. We would definitely stay here again and would highly recommend it. We hope to return soon!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 5, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for this amazing review! We thoroughly enjoyed getting to know you and your family and having you all to stay. ( That includes Charley! ) We hope you return soon too! Warm regards Alison & Rob
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Perfect in every way

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a wonderful holiday staying at Alison & Rob's idyllic retreat. We are a family of four and have a 5 & 7yr old. We stayed in Forsythia gite and can honestly say that the accommodation was perfect. It was exceptionally clean, comfortable & well furnished with the perfect combination of modern amenities & rustic charm. The kids loved playing in the garden / orchard and thoroughly enjoyed the swimming pool even in the rain!!!!. Alison & Rob were perfect hosts and were both very friendly making it a real home from home. They were able to give great recommendations on the local area & places to visit etc. Charlie ( Alison & Rob's dog) was a great hit too....very friendly & the kids loved playing with him. With regards to the area itself, there is so much to see & do...we barely scratched the surface in our week there. Villefagnan is a lovely village with a great butchers, bakery & convenience store. We hired bikes for the week & the country roads were exceptionally quiet & a great way to see the rural villages. We also went canoeing from Rejellant to Verteuil..absolutely amazing. Sadly, our week passed far too quickly but we hope to return soon....Eric, Lisa, Jack & Erin.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 4, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review, it really helps potential guests to get a feel of what the Charente and our accommodation have to offer! We thoroughly enjoyed getting to know you and your family and having you all to stay. We hope you return soon too! Warm regards Alison & Rob ( & Charley the dog & Timmy the cat.)
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Peaceful retreat in the Charente

  • 5 of 5

We have just spent a lovely relaxing fortnight in this clean and comfortable gite. From the moment we arrived we were made to feel very welcome, with a thoughtful welcome pack and so many other little extras which made it easy to feel at home. Ali and Rob were friendly and helpful hosts who were ready to help or to give advice when it was requested. The pool was beautifully clean and just the right temperature, the gardens were roomy, colourful and full of wildlife and the little hamlet of Le Pouyaud was charming. We enjoyed exploring the surrounding countryside, finding lots to do and see. Le Rochefoucauld, Vertueil and Tusson were all well worth visiting (with nice restaurants) and not too far away. An ideal spot for being as active or as lazy as you wish.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 22, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for this review, we really appreciate you taking the time to write it. It was a pleasure to have you staying and we very much hope to see you and your family in the future. Warm regards Ali & Rob
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Little gem

  • 5 of 5

Alison and Rob's gîte was perfect for our short stay in the area to attend Angie Weston's mosaic course in nearby Bouligné. The village is very quiet so that we slept well and could admire starlit skies without interference from other lights. The rooms are very comfortable, and the atmosphere extremely friendly, with a delightful dog Charlie to welcome guests. The weather was hot and the swimming pool and beautiful garden were a real boon to unwind in after a day's work cutting mosaic tiles!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 25, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for this great review. We had a really fun time having you here and are looking forward to seeing you again. Your mosaics were stunning! Warm regards Alison & Rob
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Relaxing & Rural

  • 5 of 5

We've just enjoyed a peaceful and relaxing week based at Aly & Rob's beautiful property. We have an 8 & 15 year old, and based ourselves there for trips on the river, walking and cycling locally in quiet and rural surroundings. The Gite was excellent, the hosts were friendly but unobtrusive, and we left feeling chilled and happy. La Rochelle was a long day trip, but easy driving and a great day out at the beach. We would highly recommend this location for families.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 24, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for this great review. We look forward to seeing you and your family in the future!
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From the Owner

After 18 months of searching in France, we finally decided that the Charente area was for us. We love the rolling countryside the peace and quiet, the incredibly welcoming French people, the sunflowers and amazing variety of wildlife. We wanted an up and running business and when this one came on the market we both fell in love with it. We decided the place we bought would have to be our dream holiday location and accommodation. This met all of our criteria and more! A lovely pool, amazing gardens and holiday gites that we would happily live in!!

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Poitier 50mins at 75 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Villefagnan at 2.5 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Caen 4hrs 15 mins at 451 Kilometres Nearest Train : Ruffec at 10 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : N10 Ruffec at 10 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Villefagnan at 2.5 Kilometres Nearest Beach : La Rochelle 1hr 30mins at 100 Kilometres Car: recommended


The nearest beach resort is La Rochelle approximately 1 hour 30 minutes by car. La Rochelle is a very beautiful old coastal town with cobbled streets and many sandy beaches. On Wednesdays and Saturdays, extensive outside markets spill onto the streets with a wealth of cheeses, wines and sea foods for sale.


By air - Poitiers 50 minutes, Limoges 1 hour 30 minutes, Rochelle 1 hour 30 minutes, Bordeaux 2 hours.

By Train - Eurostar to Poitiers changing at lille or Paris.

By sea - From Normandy seaports 4.5 -5.5 hours by car.

Use of a car is recommended.


The quaint village of Villefagnan is 2.5km.

The historic market town of Ruffec is 10km.

The capital of the Charente, Angouleme is 50km.

Historic La Rochefoucald is 60km.

The famous town of Cognac is 64km.

The beautiful Aubeterre with its famous underground church is 98km.

The coastal town of La Rochelle is 125km

Further Details:

Villefagnan has a butcher, bakers, two small supermarkets, a bank with cash machines and a hairdressers, cafe and restaurant. Please note, most shops close between 12 noon and 2pm.

Ruffec is a small market town which has most facilities required including cafes, restaurants, shops, banks, leisure centre and large supermarkets. It also has a small cinema located near the river.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Mid Season
3 Sep 2016 - 28 Oct 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Low Season
29 Oct 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Winter Season
17 Dec 2016 - 13 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Booking Notes:
Your booking is confirmed on receipt of your booking deposit & £100 security deposit. Your non-refundable booking deposit secures the booking (25% of the total cost) and can be paid in sterling either online or at any appropriate bank. The remaining 75%, is to be paid on arrival, in Euros, please. Your security deposit will be refunded to your account within 10 days of your departure provided that there have been no breakages or damage to the property.

Changeover Day:
Bookings are generally Saturday to Saturday but please do contact us if you require something different. Departures are by 10am please and arrivals are after 4pm, but please contact us if these timings present any problems.

Notes on prices:
Unit 1
Forsythia Cottage (gite)
Jan, Feb & March please enquire for prices and availability

Unit 2
If only one room is required there is a 10% discount

There is a 10% discount on total weekly cost if a party books both gites/cottages together.

There is also a 10% discount on total booking price for returning customers!

25% deposit & £100 refundable security deposit is paid at time of booking in sterling into a UK account. The balance is paid in Euros on arrival.

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Updated: 20-Oct-2016
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From the Owner

Our home and holiday gites lie in the small hamlet of Le Pouyaud. The hamlet has a quiet rustic charm that is sleepy but not isolated. Our home is a 17th century farm house with outbuildings that have been lovingly converted to the attractive holiday destination it is today. Le Pouyaud is only 10 Km from the lively market town of Ruffec and a 30 minute walk from the quaint village of Villefagnan. A special feature worthy of mention is the lovely swimming pool and sun terrace, surrounded by landscaped gardens and several secluded and sheltered sun traps. There is also a fire pit, ideal for relaxing in the evening by an open log fire while enjoying a glass of wine… or two!

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove


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


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


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

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

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

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • One double room and one twin room.


  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering

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


  • Notes on accommodation: Forsythia and Wisteria are in close proximity to each other and are an ideal family rental for up to 8 people. Both gites come equipped with a fridge, electric cooker, microwave, kitchen crockery, utensils, dining room table and chairs, sofa, free to view TV, DVD's, games and books. Forsythia also has a dishwasher and there is a washing machine for both gites to use at the pool area. A travel cot with bedding, a highchair and baby bath are available at no extra cost and can be reserved at time of booking. Outside: The main property comprises of, the main house, two gites, a barn, an old piggery, a woodshed, garden, orchard, vegetable patch , hen house, large swimming pool and patio area. There is parking for up to two cars at the front of the property with the gites being accessed from the garden. Just outside the gites you will find the patio area with table and chairs and adjoining enclosed courtyard for secluded sunbathing and reading, and relaxing in the fire pit area. There is a 5 x 10 metre shared heated pool and sun terraces which are set in the extensive landscaped gardens, amounting to approximately 1 acre. There are sun loungers, an outside shower and toilet, tables, chairs and umbrellas for those days in the sun. Pool side snacks,ice creams and drinks can be kept cool in the fridge & freezer provided.There is also a washing machine and rotary washing line for your convenience.

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