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Richard

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Speaks English, French
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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STONE BUILT COTTAGE IN CHARENTE.

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

Overview

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.

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Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Richard (Owner)
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Speaks English, French

About Richard

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.

Why HomeAway

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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Reviews

Reviews

4.8
based on 5 holidaymaker reviews

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Stone built cottage in Charente.
average rating of 4.8 based on 5 reviews
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Stone built cottage in Charente.
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p1056596
+44 -7792 184559
Raix Charente
5

Can't wait to go back !

Can't wait to go back !
  • 5 out of 5
The cottage didn't disappoint in any way. Historic, yet has all the modern conveniences we've grown to rely on. The location was perfect with small towns a stones throw away which had everything one needs in the shopping, eating and sightseeing department.
The courtyard was a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the weather, while the cottage itself was cool and comfortable.

I won't hesitate to recommend this lovely place to anyone and hope I can return.
  • Review Submitted: 16-Oct-2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Stone built cottage in Charente.
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p1056596
+44 -7792 184559
Raix Charente
Suffolk, UK
5

Great location for a quiet, relaxing holiday.

  • 5 out of 5
We really enjoyed our stay in Raix. The property was very simply and tastefully renovated, with everything you could possibly want whilst on holiday. It was very clean and well maintained, and the local (English) lady was really welcoming and helpful, leaving some much needed provisions upon our arrival. The customer service and communication from the owner was second to none and he had kindly left some information leaflets specifically geared to our stay along with the usual local area and regional information/maps etc. The facilities were great and it was just a short car ride to the local Boulangerie and supermarket for provisions, and we found it to be a really good base for exploring the region.
I would have no hesitation in recommending this property to those who want a quiet rural location that is within easy driving distance of plenty of busier, larger towns and attractions.
  • Review Submitted: 01-Oct-2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Amanda for your response. I am delighted you enjoyed your stay in Raix. Much effort is devoted to ensure the house and garden is maintained at a high level. As well as a rental property it is my home in France so renters can expect to find the property well maintained and property equipped.
I hope to see you and your family on another occasion.
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Stone built cottage in Charente.
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p1056596
+44 -7792 184559
Raix Charente
Brighton
5

Beautiful, ancient, stone cottage.

  • 5 out of 5
This really was a fantastic place to relax as a family.
Secluded orchard, swimming pool, private courtyard, character stone cottage, good bathroom facilities, beautiful bedrooms , great for kids with swings and slide.
We ate outside every evening using the large barbeque under cover of the ancient barn.
Lovely area , great cycling with bikes provided.
Fantastic lake for fresh water swimming in next village 1
  • Review Submitted: 19-Sep-2013
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for these glowing words. I make every effort to ensure the house is as comfortable ( and clean ) as possible. As you say there are many facilities for the children even the very young. You treated the place as if it were your own, and that is much appreciated. You are most welcome to return
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Stone built cottage in Charente.
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p1056596
+44 -7792 184559
Raix Charente
4

Charming French cottage in Charente

  • 4 out of 5
We very much enjoyed our stay in Raix - the cottage is very well stocked with all amenities making it very comfortable. We enjoyed exploring the local area as well as Cognac and La Rochelle which are easy day trips by car. One downside is that there isn't any local shops in Raix everything is a drive away.
Overall a great place for a holiday and to relax!
  • Review Submitted: 09-Sep-2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your comments John. The house is located within a pretty village and as with many villages in France the local shops have closed due to the power of the large supermarkets. However the natural charm and tranquillity of the village overcomes the lack of a local shop. The mobile boulangerie calls at the village each morning so this compensates I believe.
I hope to see you again
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Stone built cottage in Charente.
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p1056596
+44 -7792 184559
Raix Charente
5

Charming stone cottage - spacious & homely

Charming stone cottage - spacious & homely
  • 5 out of 5
I have stayed at this delightful house twice. Once at Christmas time which was wonderful as we had two wood burners, so were very cosy! We then recently returned in August with our young daughter and some friends who also have children. Another wonderful stay in the gorgeous sun. Wonderful facilities for children in the orchard (swings, slides) - they were kept busy for hours. Lots of barbecues in our private courtyard, after days relaxing in the orchard and dipping in and out of the pool. The house has a well designed layout. Spacious, yet homely. Some lovely touches around the house. Great bathroom facilities. Located in a lovely village and only minutes from some great spots - lake swimming, river paddling, lovely lunches.
All in all a lovely house for families & couples looking for a break away in a great spot. We will return!
  • Review Submitted: 09-Sep-2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your kind words Lucy. Thank you for looking after the house so well and I'm so pleased you enjoyed its undoubted benefits. I do hope to see you again with your delightful family.
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Location

Location

Nearest Airport
70 Kilometres
Poitier
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Courcome or Villefagnan
Nearest Ferry
150 Kilometres
La Rochelle
Nearest Golf
40 Kilometres
Angouleme
Nearest Train
8 Kilometres
Ruffec
Nearest Motorway
7 Kilometres
N10
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Courcome or Villefagnan
Nearest Ski
400 Kilometres
Alps
Nearest Beach
150 Kilometres
La Rochelle

The house is situated in a village named Raix in rural Charente. The village has about 50 houses and a population of circa 200. It contains a 12th century church and also a chateau that served as a judicial centre in the middle ages. The chateau faces the champ de foire - where all village activities are held, including brocants and vide-greniers. Also adjacent is a feature of the village called La Mare which is a natural pond that fills up during the winter. The village it is surrounded by countryside which is ideal for walking or cycling using a network of roads and pathways.

There really are things for all tastes. An absolute must for the kids is Vallee des Singes (Monkey valley) a delight for children and adults alike - about 45 minutes drive. Also crocodile world which you might have guessed features a number of crocs - lovely!

For the more serious minded there is the national memorial for the resistance to be found in Chassenieul.

Nearer are the picturesque villages of Verteuil and Tusson which you can explore at leisure including the local cafés.

If you have a scientific leaning, Futuroscope at Poitier is superb. Many exibits for the kids and adults. You would need 2 days to do the whole place but highly recommended.

Also if you want somewhere to really reflect then go to Orador sur Glane, a national memorial. Its a perfectly preserved village the scene of a massacre during the final stages of WW2. Deeply moving - about 1 hours drive.

The Medieval old town of Angouleme is beautiful with its winding streets and restaurants is about 30minutes drive.. Also Cognac is about 45 minutes drive.

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Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates

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Rental rates for this holiday house in Raix, Charente

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Rental Period Minimum Rate Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Rate
 
Mid
12 Oct 2014 - 31 May 2015
7 night minimum stay
€600
for 7 nights
€600
€2,000
 
 
High
1 Jun 2015 - 30 Sep 2015
7 night minimum stay
€850
for 7 nights
€850
€2,700
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
€600
for 7 nights
€600
€2,000
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit €150
Pet Fee €25

Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Raix in Charente

Property Type:
  • house (semi-detached)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 120 m²
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Backpack
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Free Local Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Shower Enclosure , Bidet , Also wash hand basin.
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Essentially the utility room with washing sink and toilet
  • The bathrooms are as with the rest of the property exposed wood beams with stone walls. They are tastefully decorated in subtle colours to really enhance the wood and stone features.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Master bedroom occasional quality futon.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot , 4 Poster bed.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Occasional bedroom
  • There are 2 bedrooms and one occasional bedroom. This being a curtained off area with a comfortable sofa bed. There are 2 traveller cots available. Also available is a separate mattress to accommodate an extra person.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Bicycles ...
  • Child's Swing
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Veranda
  • Yard
  • 8 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • mountain biking
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