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Cottage with private garden in the beautiful Charente countryside

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Updated: 23-Sep-2016
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

About the property

Cottage in Parzac, Nr. Champagne-Mouton, Charente, Poitou-Charentes, France - Peaceful Location

Set in a tiny hamlet of only 3 residence's just outside the village of Parzac. The stone cottage constructed circa 1770 retaining many original features.. This house was constructed as a home not a converted barn. The cottage sleeps 4 (plus a baby) there is a separate bedroom (ground floor), lounge, kitchen diner and shower wet room bathroom. The second bedroom is a double on a mezzanine. This is quite a large cottage with stone walls, exposed beams and tiled floors with an original stone/marble sink left as a feature. The kitchen has recently been refurbished and has dinning for 4. The land is flat with ample parking, outside there is a large brick built BBQ within your own private secure garden of approximately 250m2. The land is fully secure which is safe for children. The cottage is set in a rural but not isolated location with local shops 5.5km away in Champagne Mouton. We can also provide a cot upon request for your infants comfort, a high chair and stair gate.

We believe your holiday is all about you and your family so we also provide the following services at a small charge: Why not have your shopping done for you so when you arrive your larder and fridge will be fully stocked which enables you to relax from the start of your holiday. We also provide airport transfers with a baby or toddler seat if required. We can also provide a taxi service. We can also provide a baby sitting service, Alternatively if you are looking to buy a property in France we will try and help you by advising you of our own experience and can put you in touch with trusted people to help you achieve your very own dream of owning a property in France. Sorry no pets.

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About the Owner

mark clarke
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
23 September, 2016

About mark clarke

Myself (Mark), Tracy and our two year old son purchased the cottages in April 2015 after falling in love with the property and surrounding views. After having stayed in many gites ourselves which were often not very clean and filled with any old furniture we thought who better to provide accommodation than ourselves as we have learnt what not to do and our aim is to provide our guests with a unique relaxing holiday.

If you have any queries about the cottage and you have a landline let us know your phone number by text or e-mail and we will call you and answer any questions you may have.

mark clarke purchased this cottage in 2015

Why mark clarke chose Charente

The views are breath taking in a quiet rural location in a relaxing atmosphere with lots of beautiful places to visit. This is also an ideal location to explore from.

5 Reviews

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(5 traveller reviews)


Lovely property

  • 5 of 5

Very friendly couple who made us feel very welcome - nothing too much trouble but were not invasive at all. Lovely property - immaculately clean, and a good size. Very quiet location - fantastically clear nights with more stars than I've ever seen! Everything was perfect. Would definitely go back, and will be recommending to friends.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Charming, peaceful, and relaxing

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I enjoyed a lovely, relaxing stay at this charming gite set in the countryside above Parzac in the Charente. Mark and Tracy couldn't have been more welcoming and during our stay provided any information whenever we requested it. The location was great, not only for local walks but also for visiting heritage sites such as Confelons, Rochechoart and Oradour-sur-glane. The gite has been sensitively renovated, its traditional features enhanced but at the same time has kept in mind the expectations of guests with a modern shower facility, access to a barbecue and its own private patio and garden in which to relax. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and look forward to booking the gite again in the near future.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Charming and Peaceful Countryside Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Upon arrival at this lovely holiday cottage, we received a really warm welcome from the owners, who we’d previously communicated with online and by telephone. The cottage is delightful, full of charm and character and in a lovely spot in the middle of the countryside. More importantly for me, the house was clean, tidy, comfortable and really well accommodated for our stay. The garden and BBQ were (VERY) well utilised and my children had a fabulous time looking out for the local wildlife in the pretty country lanes surrounding the property. Tracy and Mark were very helpful in advising us of local attractions and places to visit and, of course, where to eat! I would recommend this holiday retreat to anybody seeking a tranquil place to recharge their batteries and break away from the rat-race for a short while. Thank you Tracy and Mark – we hope to see you again soon :)

  • Review Submitted: Jun 2, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Charming holiday home in a special location

  • 5 of 5

Received a very warm welcome from the owners after communicating with them online and by telephone (for directions and advice!). Delighted with the cottage, clean, tidy and very well stocked for our stay. The garden and its BBQ were well utilised and my children had a great time exploring the local countryside, especially searching for wildlife along the local lanes. Tracy and Mark were helpful and very accommodating, advising us of local attractions and places to visit and eat. All in all, this was a great place to stay for a peaceful and much needed break from the rat-race. We will very likely be back!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 2, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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perfect little retreat in beutiful countryside

  • 5 of 5

As a family of four we enjoyed our stay very much! Mark and tracey were perfect hosts, our children were allowed to play at their private little playground. As it gets very hot at this time of the year, we were glad to also be allowed to build up a little baby pool in the garden.

The cottage is wonderful: clean and tidy, beautifully decorated, cool when its hot outside, comfy beds, enough storage for clothes and other belongings, kitchen with everything you would possibly need, nice garden.

We highly recommand it!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

The views are breath taking in a quiet rural location in a relaxing atmosphere with lots of beautiful places to visit. This is also an ideal location to explore from.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Poiters 75 mins, Limoges 45 mins at 75 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Champagne Mouton at 5.5 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Caen or Le Havre (approx 5 hours drive) at 285 Miles Nearest Train : Champagne Mouton at 5.5 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : N10 at 20 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : St Claud (2no) at 7 Kilometres Nearest Beach : St-Georges-de-Didonne at 102 Kilometres Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

Ideal location for walking, cycling and painting or just relaxing

There are forests, rivers, meadows, wildlife, and numerous picturesque villages.

Watersports in France - Lacs de Haute Charente, sailing ...The Lacs de Haute Charente are the largest inland lakes in the region and were formed to manage the water-flow into the Charente River from the surrounding Lacs de Haute Charente | Aventure Parc - Parc de loisirs et d ...http://www.aventure-parc.fr/lacs-de-haute-charenteCharente all these place are a accessible by car plenty of walks/ bike riding (if you bring bikes some people do ) if you are interested in history/war we are on the demarcation line where this was occupied and 1.5km's distance was not so there are places to visted eg Oradour-sur-Glane.


The beach is just over an hours drive by car but is easy accessed as it is only one motorway drive with no toll charges.


The property is easy accessed from either Caen or Le Havre ports approx. 5Hrs driving using tolls costing about euros 33.00. From Calais via car approx. 7Hr drive. For those wishing to fly Poitiers and Limoges airports approx. 75/45 minutes and Bordeaux airport 1.5 hours.


The closest town is Champagne-Mouton 5.5 kms which has supermarket, fuel, bank and post office etc. and market day on a Friday.

We are only 30 minutes from Cognac with its brandy distillery's and 45 minutes from Saintes the famous Roman town which still has many fine Roman features remaining.

Further Details:

The closest bank is Champagne-Mouton 5.5kms and has a 24 hour cash machine. St Claud town also has two nice restaurants catering for most tastes at very affordable prices (aprox 11.00 euro's for a set menu).

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Refundable Damage Deposit £50

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Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


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


  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television


  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis

Floor Area

  • 65 m²


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Large bathroom with wet room arrangement, W/C and basin


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed, Second double bedroom situated on mezzanine
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed, ground floor bedroom
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 plus a baby (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms Bedroom 1 (ground floor) with double bed and cherry wood furniture. Bedroom 2 double bed on mezzanine.


  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering


  • Outside: Within secure grounds there is a large brick constructed BBQ and large patio area with large dining table, parasol and chairs all accessed via the rear kitchen stable door. There is also an outside light. The patio area leads directly onto the large private garden with beautiful plants trees and shrubs. Cleaning / Towels / Linen: Towels and bed linen are included. The cottage is cleaned prior to arrival however we would expect the cottage to be kept in a clean and tidy condition. Unreasonable amount of cleaning would incur an additional charge and breakages must be paid for.

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