Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday home in Raix - Stone cottage in Charente
3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathroom cottage sleeping 6 with spacious courtyard and orchard.
A restored village house in rural Charente with exposed beams and stonework. It has been transformed with a modern country kitchen, an adjacent lounge area, a further small lounge and 3 bedrooms and 2 renovated bathrooms. The third bedroom is an occasional bedroom with a double sofa bed. A substantial courtyard garden enclosed by a double story barn and a covered barbeque area can be found directly outside. The house is south facing so the courtyard is always in sun. Children are particularly welcome with many facilities provided - beds, toys etc including a plunge pool.
An orchard garden is directly across the road with swings, a slide and the plunge pool.
The surrounding area is characteristic rural France with beautiful scenery and an abundance of lanes and footpaths to walk and cycle. A very friendly cafe/ bar can be found 2Kms away in the village of Villfagnan where also you will find 2 Boulangeries and a Charcuterie.
Internet access is available so bring your laptop with wifi.
There are many local towns and villages where you can indulge your love of french culture with their markets, food, churches etc. The stunning local villages of Verteuil and Tusson with their attendant chateau and winding streets are particularly recommended.
The property is exactly 143 years old and was build during the Franco Prussian wars in 1869. An inscription on one of the window reveals confirms this.. The house comprises an open plan kitchen/dinner/lounge area with access to the courtyard, a further sitting room/office, 2 bedrooms and a third occasional bedroom. There is a bathroom, a shower room and a separate downstairs WC. All have been finished to a high standard. A mainly IKEA kitchen compliments the open plan area with its wood burning stove. The house is south facing and thus bathed in sunshine during the summer period.
If you are a wildlife lover then this is the place for you. Birds of prey. Buzzards , Hen Harriers and Owls are regularly seen.
A large gas barbeque adjacent to the house in the open barn ensures that weather will not prevent your daily al fresco meal.
- not suitable for elderly or infirm
- pets not allowed
- children welcome
- wheelchair inaccessible
- non smoking only
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- Events Allowed
I am 62 years old and retired. Originally from South London. I now divide my time between the Test Valley in England and the Charente. My 3 children and 5 grandchildren love my French property for its charm and facilities offered.
Whilst in France I spend my time enhancing the property and learning the language.
Richard purchased this house in 2011
Why Richard chose Raix
I spend probably 6 months each year in this property. It is a comfortable and inviting home as well as a holiday rental. I take pride in this property and feel sure tenants will appreciate its undoubted charms.
I discovered the area 6 years ago whilst visiting friends nearby Mansle. I decided to buy because I was charmed by the Charente and its people who really are most friendly, contrary to customary British thinking. The calm offered by the French countryside and its plethora of inviting villages means that I am committed to the Charente.
What makes this house unique
The house is stone built with many exposed beams. All internal and external walls are exposed stone or ' pierre apparente ' as is termed here.. This cosy village home underwent complete renovation with much attention to detail and consideration for authentic features in order to greet a family. The house is close to the village centre which contains a 12th century church and a small Chateau which served as the judicial administrative centre for the area during the middle ages.