Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday cottage in Montignac-le-Coq - No. 4 Les Fosses
A 3 bedroomed country cottage sleeping 6 people + baby, in southern Charente
Beautifully restored barn conversion cottage, one of 6, on an exclusive small development with gated pool, gardens, views & car parking. Private entrance & terrace area on 2 sides for sun or shade. The perfect place to unwind.
Presented in good order throughout, this lovely holiday cottage offers
Ground floor - open plan living area with comfy sofas, coffee table, Satellite TV, & DVD player, English books & some original water colours. Dining area with table & chairs for 6 people. Fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher, fridge (with freezer), gas stove, electric oven, microwave oven, double sink, washing machine, clothes horse & pegs, iron & ironing board. Also shower room with shower, basin & WC. Terracotta tiled floors & exposed beams throughout. Plus lovely country views. And electric heating.
First floor - light & airy with 3 good double bedrooms, 1 king size bed, 4 single beds + baby cot. Family bathroom with bath (shower), basin & WC. Electric radiators in each room.
ACTIVITIES & SIGHTSEEING - there is so much to see & do for all ages in the immediate area & further afield. Sports available include TENNIS, GOLF, BIKE HIRE, MINI-GOLF, CANOEING, HORSE-RIDING, YOGA, FISHING or a local game of BOULES in a village square. Young families like the RIVER BEACH & kiddies PLAYGROUND at Aubeterre (8kms). It's only 5 mins to the Dordogne border & from there it's an easy drive to Brantome, also known as the 'Venice of the Périgord' with historic sights & buildings, plus a vast choice of restaurants including the Michelin starred Moulin de l'Abbaye. Within a 10kms radius, there are many gorgeous villages, with ancient narrow streets, Romanesque churches, bags of history & interesting artisans, galleries & unique shops to discover. Then sip a cool drink on a shady terrace & watch the world go by at a leisurely pace. It's never too crowded, driving is usually a dream & there seems to be ample space for everyone in France. Going further afield, Bordeaux is a fabulous city to visit, as are smaller towns of Saintes with its Roman arena, La Rochelle, Rochefort (a naval town), world renowned Cognac, Bordeaux wine country with UNESCO world heritage sites like St. Emilion. Then there's Sarlat, Les Eyzies, Domme, Eymet, Monpazier. Local activities include golf & tennis at nearby Manoir de Longeveau (10 mins) which also has on-going events, concerts & barbecues. There's also nearby horse riding, canoeing on the river, bike hire and mini golf (ideal for children). Lac de la Jemaye (20 mins) is always a hit with families, with its lakeside beach, picnic areas, play areas and lovely walks.
Summer activities, festivals, art exhibitions & concerts are many & varied, not forgetting all the wine tasting opportunities - including the local Pineau & Cognac - and local markets bursting with colour & fresh farm produce.
Long sandy beaches of the Atlantic coast at Royan, St. George-de-Didonne, Saint-Palais & beyond are about 75 mins drive. There's also a zoo at Saint Palais.
After all that activity - or instead of - just chill out with a glass of wine & a good book in the garden, after a cooling dip in the on site pool.
Or have a SPA DAY (or half day) & BEAUTY TREATMENTS at Hostellerie du Perigord in Aubeterre (8kms)
It can be as relaxing or as active as you like.....................................
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
About Margarete Isherwood
Margarete & John Isherwood bought this old barn at Les Fosses in 2000 & converted it into 6 cottages, 5 of which were sold - to other Brits as it happens. Margarete & John retained No. 4 and enjoyed wonderful times there, renting it out in summer from 2003, whilst also starting their next development project about 5 minutes away. This was to be the last development, as sadly John died in 2005, leaving Margarete with the 2 French country houses & lots of precious memories. Both houses show some of John's watercolour paintings of scenes of France which he loved to paint. Margarete now rents out both houses and spends at least a month in Spring & again in Autumn in this glorious area of SW France. Ideally she'd live in France year round being a total francophile for over 40 years
Margarete Isherwood purchased this cottage in 2000
Why Margarete Isherwood chose Montignac-le-Coq
Margarete saw Les Fosses first nestling in its gentle valley as an original old stone barn, L-shaped with that gorgeous red tiled roof, in a small hamlet with fields all around. Stepping inside was magical with a warm smell of hay & old animal mangers & a sense of peace. Margarete was convinced she had found the next development project. John agreed when he saw it. And so it turned out to be......................
What makes this cottage unique
A rural French country lifestyle with lovely views from every window and from the wraparound terrace. There is total peace & quiet, no light pollution (fantastic stars at night!), no traffic noise & it's very safe for children. The pool always proves a great hit. In summer, there are usually neighbours if you feel chatty or wish to socialise, and other children for yours to play with. But you can keep to yourself if you prefer, there's plenty of space & privacy for all. Best endorsement is when a 2 week booking one year turns into a 4 week booking the following year.
Guestbook comments from the owner
"We had a super time at Les Fosses and are looking forward to going back hugely.…” Andrew P. (by email 15.10.13)
“My daughter really loved staying at Les Fosses and still now says how much she loved it there and made good friends with the neighbours & is now emailing and face timing them” Paula F. by email 9.10.13
“Thank you for your beautiful gite. It’s absolutely lovely here and the neighbours are really friendly” Paula F. (8.8.13 by text) “a super holiday” Andrew P. (by email 20.8.13)
“We have had a lovely visit in No. 4 Les Fosses. The neighbours are all very lovely & welcoming. We will return to Les Fosses” The P. family 27.7 - 3.1.13 (Visitors’ book
“We have had a lovely fortnight. The pool has been great for cooling down in this hot weather. The neighbours have been fantastic company & very considerate & easy to get on with. It’s a lovely area to be in & we would definitely like to return. Love the water colour paintings too. Very pleasing to look at. Many thanks for sharing your lovely gite with us” Paula F. & family 3.8 – 17.8.13 (Visitors’ book)