Set within 5000 metres of landscaped gardens with its 14 x 6 metre floodlit swimming pool, shared with the owners but no other holidaymakers. For guests this is an idyllic location in which to unwind and relax in comfort, lounge by pool or explore this captivating region of South West France. Saint Séverin is located in the south of Charente where it borders the green Perigord region of France. The region is renowned for its gentle undulating countryside interspersed with picturesque rivers, lakes and sleepy villages. It is also well known for its gastronomy, wines and sunny climate. The bright and airy ground-floor centrally-heated accommodation, newly decorated in 2008, has been stylishly and tastefully furnished throughout. From a private patio with its garden furniture and barbecue, the front door of the gite opens to a spacious open-plan lounge and dining area with rustic terracotta tiles throughout.
- Apartment538 sq. ft.
- Separate WCs0
- Min. Stay7 nights
Gîte in Saint Severin, Nr Aubeterre sur Dronne, Charente - Peaceful Location with Stunning Views, Yet Within Walking Distance of Local Village Amenities
Mitze van Rixtel
- english, french
- Calendar last updated:
- 31 Aug 2018
About Mitze van Rixtel
Mitze and Rawdon van Rixtel decided to retire to France in 2006. 'We wanted somewhere hot and sunny, within 7 hours of the channel ports, rural but not isolated - preferably next to a village and within striking distance of the coast.' Furthermore, they were looking for a large house, an acre of land and a swimming pool. A tall order but they found it in January 2007 - a former doctor's house on the outskirts of Saint Severin - and by April they had moved in. 'It had the added bonus of an immense ground floor surgery, independent of the house which was perfect for renting out as holiday accommodation.' The two-bedroom gite was completed in 2008 and the first guests arrived that Summer. 'We have given guests every comfort for a hassle-free holiday - truly home from home.'
Mitze van Rixtel purchased this Apartment in 2007
Why Mitze van Rixtel chose Saint-Séverin
Charente lives up to its reputation as the second sunniest region in France, after Provence. Where Saint Severin is; down at the southernmost tip where it meets the Dordogne, you can expect long hot summers with temperatures reaching 30C in May. They gradually soar to 40C or more from July to early September and drop to 26C by mid-October. The utter tranquility of the region and friendliness of the local people will appeal to anyone looking for a stress-free holiday with nothing to do but relax and enjoy the gentle pace of living. Uncrowded roads make motoring here a pleasure and there are numerous places to visit. We love it here and so do our guests, judging by their comments and testimonials. So much so, that some have booked to return the following year!
What makes this Apartment unique
Saint Severin is an ideal location for holidaymakers from the UK. Travelling from the Channel Ports takes about 8 hours by car using the fast toll motorways. Some of the top tourist attractions are within easy reach of Saint Séverin. The village is well placed for exploring the Charente and Perigord regions.
Pool / Spa
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Beautiful setting and very welcoming owners
Located in a lovely authentic french village the property was clean tidy and perfectly equipped for our families needs during our 10 day stay.
The large private pool kept my two young children entertained daily and lovely poolside patio area is perfect for relaxing.
Mitze and her husband were perfect hosts and clearly take great pride in their property.
We enjoyed a very relaxing break and would recommend to friends and family without hesitation
Thanks for the memories
Ash, Jem Millie & Poppie
Thank you so much. We are delighted you all enjoyed yourselves and hope to see you again some day.
lovely pooland friendly hosts
lovely property with fantastic pool, shops and restaurants within 5 minute walk.
hosts very helpful and friendly, enjoyed our stay .
Quiet house on the edge of typical French village
Great location on the edge of the village, looking out over open fields from the large swimming pool. Nice and clean and comfy property. Very welcoming hosts always available to assist (especially when I needed to get my car to a garage!!)
Lovely gite, 2nd visit
Well presented and fully equipped Gite. Great location on edge of village with large and sunny patios.
Nice to have owners next door who are unobtrusive.
Would highly Recommend
Many thanks indeed. We are so pleased you enjoyed your holiday and look forward to seeing you again soon.
Had a lovely stay at this gite, Saint Severin was a traditional French town.
Mitze and Rawden were fantastic and very welcoming. The pool was a very good size and was perfect for some of the hot days we had.
Would definitely recommend this gite.
Week's holiday in June
This was our 4th time at this lovely gite which says it all really. The accommodation is spotless and well presented with everything you need. The pool and gardens are wonderful and it's very close to the supermarket which is very handy. The village of Aubeterre is 15 minutes away with a great selection of places to eat and drink. The owners Mitze and Rawdon are always available if you need an information or assistance with anything. For a relaxing holiday this is the perfect location.
Thank you so much. We love having families return to us over the years.
For family days out, within a few minutes by car there is the Poltrot Adventure Park and Nature Reserve at Nabinaud where you can enjoy supervised tree climbing, swinging over the treetops and abseiling across the river. If you have no head for heights then you can have a go at kayaking, take a swim in the river, go fishing or relax with a picnic in the BBQ area where there is a adventure playground for young children. Another place to visit is Aubeterre-sur-Dronne, a medieval town perched on a hill with a unique history and many attractions. For a quiet day in the forest the beauty of Lake Jemaye is hard to beat. Families have two adventure playgrounds and a riverside beach plus long trails to stroll around the lake.
If you prefer gentler pastimes there are many painting, pottery or cookery courses for visitors from professional teachers living locally. For others wanting to improve their language skills, private or group lessons can be arranged by contacting the owner.
There are also courses on wine appreciation including visits to local vineyards. For amateur photographers and birdwatchers we offer an amazing mix of landscape and birds of prey. The best season is in the Autumn and Winter.
Southern Charente is famous for its river beaches and lakes. The nearest sandy beaches can be found at Aubeterre sur Dronne, Brossac, Lake Jemaye. All these are within a few minutes drive away. The nearest coast is at Royan which is about 90 minutes drive away. Information on local fetes, cultural events in the region, conducted tours and walks can be found at the Tourist Information Centre in Aubeterre.
By Air - Bergerac airport is less than an hour away. Other local airports are Limoges and La Rochelle. Bordeaux airport is just under 2 hours away. A car is essential and can be hired at any of the airports. By Rail - There are regular fast trains from Paris to Angouleme in about 2 hours calling at Montmoreau which is our nearest railway station and just 15 minutes away by car. From here you can be in Bordeaux in less than an hour. By Road - From Le Havre the journey by car is less than 7 hours.
Located on the outskirts of Saint Séverin and a few minutes’ walk to the village centre, guests have every convenience right on their doorstep. There is a supermarket, bakery, bank, butchers, newsagents/tobacconist, pharmacy, doctor, dentist and hairdressers. The property faces public tennis courts. Within the local area there is a golf club open to visitors and riding stables. The region abounds with rivers, lakes and quiet lanes for cycling and walking.
Just 7kms away, the medieval hillside village, Aubeterre-sur-Dronne is ranked by the French Tourist Authority as one of the most beautiful villages in France and well-worth a visit for its famous monolithic underground church, craft shops, riverside bathing beach, boating, bicycle hire, restaurants and pavement cafés. About the same distance away, just across the border with Dordogne, there is the small bustling town of Ribérac with its famous Friday open-air market.
The surrounding area has many interesting places to enjoy: the old quarter of both Perigueux and Angouleme, the caves of Lascaux and Villars with their prehistoric paintings, the picturesque towns of St. Emilion and Brantôme, the Bordeaux wine region, Dordogne Valley and Cognac Distilleries are all within easy reach. Atlantic beaches of Royan are about 90 minutes away, Arcachon and La Rochelle, just 2 hours.
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