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Lovely country house, private pool & great views. Bread 1km. Golf 3km. Free WiFi

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,937 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

Spacious, light, 4 bedrooms, sleeps 8 + baby. Sat TV. Free wifi. Private pool.


"We've arrived and it's heaven!" (from Kelli F. by email 22.7.17)

"what a wonderful holiday we had at Les Etangs. House and views were beautiful.............we would recommend to friends." (from Fern B. by email 18.7.17)


"We are loving our stay here, the most beautiful place. I think the sunflowers may come out while we are here." Stephen & Charlotte A.

(by email 11.7.16)

"Very spacious and well equipped for a very comfortable holiday. Lovely open views all round. The village had very good facilities and we were well positioned to explore the Charente & Dordogne regions. Margarete provided excellent service (and even opened up the pool in April for us). It would certainly be somewhere we would like to stay again." Diane A. 23.5.16


A beautifully restored, peaceful, spacious, light & airy farmhouse with white walls, exposed beams, lots of character, with all mod cons including unlimited broadband internet use (Free WiFi).

GROUND FLOOR - open plan with cool terracotta floors, large living area with comfy sofas, coffee table, satellite TV & wood burner, dining area with table & chairs for 8, spacious modern kitchen with dishwasher, tall fridge (with freezer part), microwave, utility room with washing machine, shower room/WC. Private rear terrace with garden furniture & BBQ for alfresco dining & watching sunsets & truly amazing star gazing. It's awesome free entertainment just watching the heavens at night, or perhaps taking a midnight dip in the floodlit pool.

FIRST FLOOR - 4 attractively presented double bedrooms, one with en-suite shower room & WC, and a family bathroom & WC. All bedrooms have exposed beams, a chest of drawers with mirror, and either a wardrobe or hanging space. Bedroom 4 also doubles as the study with a desk if required. All bedrooms enjoy wonderful countryside views too. In fact you can watch the sunset from the double bed in the master bedroom.

OUTSIDE - there are panoramic countryside views all around the 0.5 acres of lawned flat gardens - ideal for a game of boules - plus private parking area, also shrubs & some trees for shade. The private pool measures 10m x 5m with a safety alarm & sun loungers.

ACTIVITIES/SPORTS/SIGHTSEEING - there is so much to discover, something for everybody. People say a fortnight is not enough!

NEW! - BIKE HIRE now available, delivered to your gite door, no need to bring your own

NEW! - THEMED HOLIDAYS arranged for you. Walking, cycling, birdwatching, photography, painting, tennis, golf, riding, wine tasting, cooking, learning French, spa days, yoga. Others by arrangement. Please ask.

GOLF - from the terrace at Les Etangs you can see the red roofs of Le Manoir de Longeveau across the fields. It's about a 5 minute drive. This is an English run country club with a 9 hole Golf course with regular competitions, 3 hard TENNIS courts (coaching available), and a lively social calendar of barbecues, concerts & events throughout the year, open to non-members, at their delightful outdoor terrace & newly refurbished stylish bar/restaurant with panoramic views. Definitely worth a visit or two!

There are 18 hole golf courses at Angouleme (45kms) and Périgueux (50kms) and further afield at Cognac, Royan & Bordeaux.

For kiddies there is MINI GOLF at St. Severin, just 1km from the house.

Nearest TENNIS court is at St. Séverin (1km) & there are 3 tennis courts at Le Manoir de Longeveau (3kms) & more at Aubeterre (6kms) in a riverside setting.

There is a safe & sandy RIVER BEACH at Aubeterre with kids' PLAYGROUND. In summer there is JOUSTING on the river. Or you can take a lazy CANOE trip downriver, be collected & brought back to your car.

MOULIN DE POLTROT (3kms) nature reserve, with riverside activity areas, including rope bridges, TREETOP CLIMBING ADVENTURE (a real hit!), a maze, children's playground (fenced), snackbar in summer, picnic and bbq areas.

HORSE RIDING is available in Bors (6kms) & just outside Aubeterre & at Bonnes (about 8kms).

At Les Etangs, you're on the borders of the DORDOGNE department, so it's an easy drive to all the sites & attractions of this famous area of France - magnificent CHATEAUX, prehistoric caves, bastide towns & medieval villages in the area from Bergerac to Sarlat.

In the other direction are the great VINEYARDS of Bordeaux & Cognac, with ample opportunity for WINE & Pineau TASTINGS.

St. Emilion (a UNESCO world heritage site) is another must see - one of my favourite places. Love it!

Local FARMS are often also open to visitors with tastings of local produce, foie gras, walnut oils etc.

The sandy BEACHES of the Atlantic COAST (around Royan) are about 90 min. drive - another great day out.

Locally, there's AUBETERRE (6kms) a superb listed medieval hillside village, with a RIVER BEACH & kiddies playground. Plus FISHING (permits available). There are winding streets with small craft shops & galleries & a gorgeous shady square in which to idle over a few drinks or a lazy lunch or dinner, or browse at the Sunday market. It's one of my favourite places to linger........There is a great choice of restaurants too catering for all tastes. In summer, spot the many posters for MUSIC evenings, concerts & EVENTS in the square or down by the river, including river jousting! CANOEING is available on the river in Aubeterre & HORSE RIDING is about 1km outside Aubeterre. There are also many historic buildings including the 11th century monolithic church & Romanesque Eglise St. Jacques.

SPA days (or half days) & BEAUTY TREATMENTS are available at Hostellerie du Périgord in Aubeterre.

There's YOGA available too at Juignac (about 6kms).

Aubeterre has a wonderful character all of its own. It's a MUST SEE.

After all that activity - or instead of - just chill out by the pool with a smooth glass of wine & a great book.

And after sunset (if you're still there on the terrace) try a little STAR GAZING. Just watch the stars come out to create a jewelled canopy above you. Truly magnificent. There is little light pollution so it is all the more spectacular.



"We are loving our stay here, the most beautiful place. I think the sunflowers may come out while we are here." Stephen & Charlotte A.

(by email 11.7.16)

"Very spacious and well equipped for a very comfortable holiday. Lovely open views all round. The village had very good facilities and we were well positioned to explore the Charente & Dordogne regions. Margarete provided excellent service (and even opened up the pool in April for us). It would certainly be somewhere we would like to stay again." Diane A. 23.5.16


“Love the house. It is fabulous and weather lovely” Dympna M. (by text 29.6.15)

“We have had a fantastic holiday, thanks” Dympna M. (by text 9.7.15)

“Everything is fab here. What a lovely place it is. Thank you for letting us stay here. We are all having a lovely time” Leanne B. (by email 25.5.15)


"We especially loved the sunsets and stars" Rebecca T. (11-18.7.15)

"Beautiful house - like a home rather than a holiday house" Dympna M. (28.6 - 9.7.15)

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Margarete Isherwood
Member since: 2008
Speaks English, French, German
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
20 July, 2018

About Margarete Isherwood

Margarete and (late husband) John Isherwood, purchased Les Etangs in 2002 as an original old stone barn of just four walls and a roof. John was a construction engineer and (amateur but talented) watercolour artist who had been developing old barns in SW France since 1990 until his untimely death in 2005 at the age of 54 (RIP). As it turned out L'Etang was his last hurrah, and Margarete keeps it going as a tribute to John, but also because she loves it there too. It's such a peaceful, restful place.

Margarete Isherwood purchased this farmhouse in 2002

Why Margarete Isherwood chose Saint-Séverin

Location, location, location with its unbeatable panoramic views over gentle rolling countryside, fantastic if it's a year for sunflowers all around. Also for the TOTAL peace and quiet, which is so hard to find these days, so it's the perfect place to relax and unwind fully, whilst being only 1km from the nearest small town of St. Séverin which has all basic amenities. Plus, there's so much to see and do within easy reach.

What makes this farmhouse unique

Location (as above). Panoramic countryside views from all windows, and of course from the terrace and pool areas. Total peace and quiet. Spectacular sunsets. No light pollution so fantastic night skies. Friendly local community. So much to see and do in the area. Original water colours by John Isherwood (1950 - 2005)

Guestbook comments from the owner

"“Thank you! The house is amazing & the views fantastic. A real pleasure.” Chris, Kandy, Simon & H. (27.7.07 from visitors’ book)

Note - no comments in 2006 as we did not rent out that year due to a bereavement.

“Beautiful! A great place to stay. It's worth it. Sunsets are gorgeous and landscape amazing!” HB (Visitors' book 27.8.2005)

“Just a quick note to say that we all had a wonderful time at L'Etang and I will email you about next year. Best wishes, David & Family” (by email 18.8.05)

“We have all fallen in love with this beautiful house. We have had a fantastic holiday with beautiful weather and breathtaking sunsets from the patio. Once again, we really do not want to leave! Thank you for a wonderful holiday” J.D. M. B. E and G (Visitors' book 12.8.05).
Jul 2007
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Saint-Séverin in Charente

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (semi-detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1937 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • No hen parties or stag parties. Please put things back in place at the end of your stay. Please put all rubbish out as per instructions in house.
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone ...
  • Tiled Stove
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , spacious, with white suite
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , with white suite
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , with white suite
  • 3 sparkling bath/shower rooms Upstairs - family bathroom with white bathroom suite, with full size bath with shower over, basin & WC. Nice views over countryside. Master bedroom has an en-suite shower room with white suite, shower, basin & WC. Downstairs - shower room with white suite, shower, basin & WC, handy for coming in from the pool. Adjacent is the utility area with washing machine, washing basket, pegs, iron & ironing board.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , en-suite shower room & WC
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , country views
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , country views
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed , country views
  • In good decorative order, there is a light & airy upstairs with landing & 4 separate double bedrooms each sleeping 2 people in comfort. The master bedroom has a king size bed, & an en-suite shower room, with white shower, basin & WC. The other 3 bedrooms each have 2 single beds. There is also a spacious family bathroom with white bath/shower, basin & WC. Each bedroom has hanging space or a wardrobe with coat hangers. The king size bed in the master bedroom has a light duvet & pillows, whilst the other single beds have blankets, pillows & bedspreads. Each bed has a bedside table & reading lamp. There are panoramic countryside views from each bedroom & you can even go to bed early in the master bedroom & watch the sunset from there! Sleep is so restful at Les Etangs as there is total silence & no light pollution. The stars at night are magnificent. And it's glorious to throw open the shutters in the morning & be greeted by that view. I never tire of it.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Player
  • Deck Chairs
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • 1 bicycles
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 8 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Bed LINEN & bathroom TOWELS - are provided, but please bring your own pool/beach towels. Baby friendly, as we can provide a cot at no extra charge if required. please ask. Let us know if you do have any special requests & we'll try our best to accommodate them. FREE WI-FI broadband is available at L'Etang. Please ask for details. Satellite TV includes British Freeview channels. Plus a selection of movies on DVD/ video to choose from. Do ask if there is anything else you require. Our aim is for you to have a wonderful holiday at Les Etangs, to enjoy its peace & quiet, to sit out & admire the stars after sunset, to de-stress totally & return home feeling so relaxed. “We have had a fantastic holiday, thanks” Dympna M. (by text 9.7.15) “Brilliant time, sorry to leave! Perfectly magical and relaxing for us! Thank you!” BH (by email 8.6.12) “Sensational property & surroundings. A holiday like this is once in a blue moon. We return home enriched. Sincere & lasting thanks' Sue A. (1.9.12)


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Lovely country house, private pool & great views. Bread 1km. Golf 3km. Free WiFi
average rating of 4.7647057 based on 20 reviews

Lovely house in gorgeous part of France

  • 5 of 5

House was very clean, comfortable and exactly as described, with everything we needed for a great holiday. The location is in beautiful countryside, and was perfect as a base for discovering the many beautiful towns of the Charente and Dordogne regions - we had wonderful day trips to Saint Emilion, Bergerac, Angouleme and Brantôme, and Aubeterre (officially classed as one of the most beautiful villages of France) is right on the doorstep. We had a wonderful week at Les Etangs, and I would thoroughly recommend this property.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks. Glad you enjoyed your stay at Les Etangs!
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Low key comfortable.

  • 4 of 5

Loved our stay as extended family. House large, welcoming and clean.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Idyllic Location with wonderful views

  • 5 of 5

The property is located just outside St Severin but close enough to nip to the shops. 5 mins up the road is Aubeterre which is beautiful. We recommend the market on a Sunday and also the underground church is intetesting. The river beach is a wonderful location to swim and play all sorts of recreations such volleyball, bowls etc. One tip is take your own drinks as they are expensive at the cafe. The house is clean and has everything you need for a large group. Three showers was very helpful. The kitchen has all the utensils and the bar b que is large enough for a big group. The property comes into its own from 4 o'clock where the sun shines on the back of the house, the children had plenty of space to run around and the adults can sit out and watch the sun go down. The pool is nice and clean and alarmed which is good for families. The weather does get windy so make sure your lilo's are weighted down. I was seen rescuing a unicorn from 2 fields away !!

  • Review Submitted: 01-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for very useful feedback. Just to say there's plenty of sunshine on the garden throughout the day, with different areas in shade as the sun moves round.
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Beautiful gite and grounds with stunning views.

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at Les Etangs to the point where we didnt want to come home!. It is in a beautiful setting and anyone wanting a totally relaxing holiday this is the place to come. It is a 20 min walk to the village of St Severin where you have all the amenities that you require. The property was spotless and well maintained. Margarete, the owner was amazing - organising a surprise birthday cake for my husband and bottles of fizz. Having the pool was an added bonus. I would recommend this gite for anyone wanting a relaxing holiday in beautiful and peaceful surroundings.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks. Always good to hear a holiday at Les Etangs lived up to expectations. The local boulangerie/patisserie is well renowned for making great cakes, so any more birthdays coming up at Les Etangs just let us know and we can arrange it for you.
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1st 2 weeks of Sep

  • 4 of 5

A very good and well appointed holiday home for those who want complete quiet and relaxation. Not too deep a pool either for those of us less confident swimmers !

  • Review Submitted: 02-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful peaceful holiday

  • 5 of 5

Les Etangs is a wonderful property set in quiet and peaceful spot in lovely part of France. The property was spotless and the pool was cleaned regularly throughout our two week stay. It is perfect for family's who just want to chill out or use as a base to explore the surrounding towns and villages - on this visit we didn't do much exploring as the pool and surrounding views tempted us to just to stay and relax. We did spend some time kayaking in Auberterre and visiting the market in Riberac. Margarete is a very attentive owner who promptly responded to emails before, during and after our stay. I would certainly recommend this property to family and friends.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
St. Séverin
Nearest Ferry
350 Kilometres
St. Malo
Nearest Golf
3 Kilometres
Manoir de Longeveau, 16390 Pillac
Nearest Train
45 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
50 Kilometres
Pons A10
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Hotel de la Paix, St. Séverin
Nearest Beach
70 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Located about 1hr from airports at Bergerac, Bordeaux or Angouleme, in peaceful countryside, just 1km from the small town of St. Séverin (on the edge of the Dordogne) with all amenities, bakery, small supermarket, bar, restaurant, bank (ATM), doctor, dentist, tennis, mini golf etc. 5kms from Aubeter re (listed medieval hillside village) with river beach, canoeing, playground, craft shops, restaurants & cafés. Sit in the leafy square with a cool drink & watch the world go by or amble round the small Sunday morning market. Don't miss the puppet theatre! Nearby Longeveau golf & country club is a delight & Friday's Ribérac market is a must. Beautiful Brantome, known as the Venice of the Périgord (Dordogne), Bergerac & Périgueux are others. Further afield are the famous châteaux & sites of the Dordogne. And the great vineyards around Bordeaux. Great restaurants abound in this area, famous for foie gras, truffles & walnuts. The stunning scenery makes it an artist's paradise too with many small galleries. So much to enjoy, a fortnight may not be long enough!

Other Activities: Poltrot treetop climbing adventure and riverside nature park (3 mins)

GOLF: Manoir de Longeveau (9 holes) about 5 min. drive

Périgueux(18 Holes) about 45 min.

Angouleme (18 holes) about 45 min.

Chateau de Vigiers (18 holes) about 60 min.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

From Sept. to April/May, rental rates and minimum stay are flexible according to availability and number or people in your party. Please contact us with your requirements.
Payment schedule is
25% with booking to secure your dates. Booking is confirmed when 25% deposit is received by bank transfer or cleared cheque.
25% payable 12 weeks in advance of arrival
50% payable 8 weeks before arrival
Breakage deposit £150 payable 8 weeks before arrival.
OPTIONAL end of stay cleaning service £60 payable 8 weeks in advance of arrival - leave without doing any cleaning!
Security deposit - £150 per booking, from which any damage or breakages or telephone charges are deducted before return to you.
INCLUDED - full use of the house, grounds & pool as described, FREE WI-FI, bed linen & bath/hand/tea towels, pool & garden maintenance, gas & electricity in high & mid season, car parking & rubbish collection. Plus, welcome bottle of wine.
EXCLUDED - pool towels, travel, insurance, electric heating & wood in low/mid season.
EXTRAS - please contact us with your requirements
a) arrival groceries/provisions, 20Euros + cost of provisions
b) celebration/birthday cakes, 20Euros + cost of home made cake from local bakery at St. Séverin (1km) - they are good!
c) champagne and chocolates, 20Euros + cost of items
d) flowers, 20Euros + cost of flowers
e) baby cot, £10 per stay (we have 1 available)
e) high chair, £10 per stay (we have 2 available)
d) bike hire can be arranged

Please contact us with your requirements.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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