Le cottage has 2 bedrooms and sleeps 4 comfortably. There is a double sofa bed in the sitting room to accommodate an extra 2 people although we only advertise the property as sleeping 4. The gite is in a tranquil setting with glorious views. It is decorated in a classic french country style and has a wealth of period features. Fully equipped and very homely. The gite is detached from the main house allowing for ample privacy.
Gite near Aubeterre-sur-Dronne, Charente, France - Peaceful Location Surrounded by Lakes, Beautiful Walks and Mountain Bike Tracks
- english, french
- Calendar last updated:
- 19 Jan 2019
We are a family of five, my husband, myself and our three children, 24, 21and 16. We live quietly on site, and not adjoining the cottage. We look forward to welcoming you to this beautiful part of France!
Tracy purchased this Cottage in 2006
Why Tracy chose Saint-Romain
We decided to change our somewhat busy lives in South East England, for a more sedate, warmer life in South West France! We chose this particular area because of it's beautiful scenery-gentle rolling hills, sunflower fields and forests. The wildlife is amazing, the wine is pretty good and the locals very friendly! It's proximity to swimming lakes and rivers, as well as nearby Aubeterre clinched the deal! We are on a no through road, so there are no passing cars, yet within a few minutes you could be enjoying a bustling market, or quiet drink in a shady town square.
Pool / Spa
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
Lovely. Clean. Spacious. Very French.
Lovely property. Lovely owners. Lovely part of France. Enjoyed evenings sat outside looking at the stars and mars! And enjoying wine. Very relaxing.
.....and we lived having you-the perfect guests! So glad you enjoyed your stay. Would love to welcome you back sometime :-)
What a beautiful place
Upon arrival we were greeted by Tracy who showed us around the premises. The property has been well thought through with good use of the space. There is plenty of parking to the front which you share access to with the owners. From the kitchen at the rear of the property you can access a gravel patio area with pretty lighting and garden furniture, a great spot to enjoy a drink in the evening. A small grass area leads to a fence and we often were greeted by the friendly sheep. The pool is located through a small gate slightly away from house, but within view. There is also a bbq that we made use of along with some outdoor games (boules, badminton) with plenty of grassy areas to play these on.
We had a fabulous time over our two weeks and Aubeterre-sue-Dronne is a beautiful place with plenty of restaurants/cafes to eat and keep the kids entertained (there is a river-beach at the campsite and canoes for hire). We travelled to a number of beautiful towns and villages and attended some of the local festivals that were on.
The pool is wonderful to cool off in, and feels a little like an infinity pool when you are in it as you look across the valley, there are two minor downsides, 1) the decking is looking tired and 2) it is one uniformed depth which may not be suitable for younger children.
Any negative is by far outweighed by the positives of this rental. We hardly saw the owners, but they were on hand if ever we needed them, and always very prompt with any queries or questions we had - thank you Tracy and Dave!
I have no hesitation in giving it a five star rating.
Thank you so much for your comments. You really were the perfect guests! So glad you enjoyed your stay. Thank you Ben, Lucy, Ollie and Jake!
Ideal for a quiet holiday
We were after a complete getaway from the hustle and bustle of life and we definitely found it here.
A beautiful gite which was very much bigger than we expected.
Everything was spotlessly clean and there was a good selection of games and books. The scrabble and snakes and ladders were particular favourites to play during the evening after enjoying a bbq on the patio.
The friendly sheep and cats kept us entertained.
We even saw deer roaming in the fields around us. It really is a magical spot.
The kids enjoyed the pool everyday and it was most welcome on the very hot days we had.
There is a lovely butchers and bakers in Aubeterre and whilst we didn't go out too much we did enjoy a drink in the square in Aubeterre after a wander around. It is a lovely village.
The supermarket in Montmoreau is very good and the duck breasts were a firm favourite (6 mins each side on the bbq!)
A word of caution when arriving if you are using sat nav do not go up the chalky track if coming from Montmoreau as it will rip the bottom of your car off. Go to the next turning and use a proper road (our satnav tried to take us up this track everytime)
Tracy is a lovely hostess and gave us complete privacy although we knew she was willing to give any help should we have needed it.
The only small thing I would have liked to have is cushions for the sunbeds and seats on the patio but this is no way detracted from our holiday. We certainly didn't want to leave! Wonderful!
Rural relaxation at its best
If you need to get out of the way but stay in touch with everybody, this should suit English T.V. and Wifi, situated in a rural location easy to find when you get there.
Clean tidy with everything you could want, eat in or out has a small BBQ and splash pool, plenty of animals to keep you company from very friendly cats to sheep and a lovely horse. a smashing holiday and would return.
An interesting and peaceful rural cottage
Whilst looking for a quiet cottage to stay for a few days on our road trip south we decided on this charming property, Tracy and Dave the laid back owners who live in a separate property on site close by, were friendly and helpful when required. The flexibility of renting for part of a week to fit with our travel plans was particularly helpful.
The cottage is spacious, modern and comfortable. Set at the end of a long lane amongst a few farming properties in a small hamlet and large forested area. A good nights sleep was very welcome and guaranteed every night. With the warm weather most evenings were spent at the rear of the property with a glass of wine and the barbecue lit enjoying some fine dining on local produce and taking in the beautiful views across the valley.
The herd of cattle in the distance, sheep, pony and the cheeky cat keeping us amused as we considered how lucky we were.
Nearby Aubeterre is an attractive place, set on a steep hill side. Small enough to walk around but large enough to keep one entertained with a hand full of restaurants, shops and bars. The Monolith church carved out of the cliff just around the corner from the main square is a must see, quite remarkable.
back at the cottage on a really hot afternoon it was also a relief to take a dip in the above ground pool to cool off.
This property is a little gem in a beautiful region of France and i would highly recommend a stay here. We enjoyed our time so much we have booked another longer visit for this year.
Richard and Jane
The lovely sandy river beach at Aubeterre is great for a relaxing swim. There is a bar/restaurant, toilets, diving board and raft to swim to. Here you can also hire canoes and kayaks. The nearest coastal beach is located at St George de Didonne, about 1hr 10 mins away. It's huge expanse of glorious sandy beach with long walk ways and cycle paths is our firm favourite! Royan and beaches of Bordeaux are a little further at 1hr 30 mins.
We are approximately 35 mins to Angoulême. Bergerac, Bordeaux and Limoges are between 1hr and 1hr 45 mins drive.
As we have a rural location, use of a car would be essential for exploring what the area has to offer. If you prefer not to drive whilst on holiday, we can arrange transfers to and from the airport.
We are on the borders of the Charente, and Dordogne, so ideally located to reach many places of interest. Aubeterre with beautiful central square, monolithic church, butchers, bakery, small supermarket, Sunday market, river beach is approx 5kms away. Perigueaux with cobbled streets, lovely market square and interesting shops is 40 mins drive, Riberac has a Friday market, shops, restaurants and supermarkets and is 20 mins away. Popular and stylish, Brantôme is approx 40 mins drive and is a must.
As well as nearby Aubeterre, our other local village offers mini supermarket/tabac, two restaurants and a bar and is approx 5kms. Meals in can be arranged for you, taking the worry out of cooking, washing up and driving home! Bikes can be hired locally; there are miles of well signposted tracks to explore!
Babysitting is easily arranged with an NNEB qualified, English speaking lady.
Booking Notes: A deposit of 25% is payable upon confirmation of your booking. The balance is payable 8 weeks prior to your arrival date. Changeover Day: Changeovers are sometimes flexible but usually a Thursday. Check-out time is 10am in order for us to clean the gite ready for the next guests. Earliest check-in time is 4pm, unless by prior arrangement. Out of season or for short stays this may be flexible. Notes on prices: Prices are for the properties per week in pounds sterling and include bed linen and bath towels. Please contact us for prices for rentals outside of these dates. Short stay or long-term rents may be possible. Flexible arrangements for house hunters.