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 Wisteria, 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, 1 Bathroom
Wisteria is an attractive cottage attached to the main 18th century farm house and was fully renovated in 2006. This Gite retains many original features which adds to the character of the property. Accessed directly from the garden area, guests enter an open plan lounge, well equipped kitchen and dining area that are tastefully decorated and furnished. Double glazed, Wisteria remains cool in the summer and is an ideal let in the warmer months. There is a charming open plan pine staircase that leads to the first floor to the main guest sleeping areas. The double room has a unique open plan concept that leads to both the twin bedroom and a modern shower room and toilet providing ample facilities for all the family. If the twin bedroom is not required, the property can be rented as a beautiful double bedroomed gite for two.
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!"
2 holidaymaker reviews
The four of us (all adults) recently spent a lovely week here, staying in 'Wisteria'. We thoroughly recommend this Gite and its ideal location, not to mention our lovely hosts, Alison and Rob. We enjoyed the facilities of a heated swimming pool to 'cool off' at the end of a day, having explored the surrounding area by car and on foot, taking in the lovely scenery, in particular, the stunning sunflower fields. The Gite's open plan living space downstairs with kitchenette had everything you would need for a self-catering holiday with barbecue facilities too, in a lovely outdoor setting. Upstairs the bedrooms were very spacious, airy and comfortable with a lovely hot shower. There is lots to do in the area and we would certainly like to revisit in the future to explore further. An added bonus for us was taking part in a afternoon's Mosaic class which Alison was kind enough to take us along to. With the help of our teacher Angie's creative "eye", we managed to complete our pot stands in one afternoon, with some yummy home-made cake to keep us focused! A relaxed holiday was had by all.
We stayed for a week in Wisteria gite and a week in Forsythia gite over the summer holidays. The accommodation in both gites is stylish, comfortable and exceptionally clean.
There is a fixed stair gate in Wisteria gite - and a comfortable twin bedded room - and there is a travel cot available too. Alison and Rob (the wonderful owners) can provide lots of good toys, books and games to suit young children and older ones too. The master bedroom is really special - a very idyllic room. The shower room is small but perfectly formed with a good powerful hot shower. The kitchen is well equipped including a couple of good sharp knives which I rate highly in a let!
This is a slightly bigger gite with 2 separate rooms upstairs with doors opening onto a small landing. There is no fixed stairgate here but the corridor from the bedrooms to the bathroom does not go near the stairs, so this didn't cause us a problem. Very young children might struggle with the open tread of the staircase though - we were fine with ours (aged 6 and 3). Shower hot, kitchen we'll equipped.
The pool is brilliant - we weren't blessed with the hottest weather but even so we used the pool every day and it remained a steady 22/24degC in the water. (Typically the weather for August is more like late 20s/early 30s btw). There are plenty of swimming aids for kids and pool toys which was brilliant.
The grounds are lovely - a beautiful garden with lots of flowers and wildlife interest - plus a hammock in the orchard for lazing around.
Fire pit is fantastic for star gazing.
Loads to do in the area - friendly locals too.
Rob and Alison - thank you for being fantastic, helpful hosts x
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
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
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 Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
3 Sep 2016 - 28 Oct 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
29 Oct 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
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|
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.
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:
Forsythia Cottage (gite)
Jan, Feb & March please enquire for prices and availability
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!
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.
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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!”
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Hair Dryer
- Heating ...
- Internet ...
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided ...
- Living Room ...
- Parking ...
- Towels Provided ...
- Washing Machine ...
- Coffee Maker ...
- Dishes & Utensils
- Kitchen ...
- Oven ...
- Pantry Items ...
- Refrigerator ...
- Hob ...
- Child's Highchair
- Dining ...
- Dining Area
- Books ...
- DVD Player
- Games ...
- Satellite / Cable ...
- Stereo ...
- 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
- autumn foliage
- recreation centre
- water parks
- bird watching
- horse riding
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- fitness centre
- laundrette - serviced
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- freshwater fishing
- mountain biking
- Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
- 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
- Bedroom 1
- Bedroom 2
- One double bedroom & One twin room
- Bicycles ...
- Terrace ...
- Golf ...
- Kayak / Canoe ...
- Garden ...
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.