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Beautiful Charentaise barn with fabulous heated pool in several acres of garden - Alouette - Rustic 2 bed courtyard cottage with heated pool

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights



Alouette - Rustic 2 bed courtyard cottage with heated pool

Alouette is part of the original farm building infrastructure sandwiched between two barns in the country courtyard. The cottage is all on one level with access up a small number of steps. The floor plan has as an open plan lounge/kitchen/diner, two courtyard facing bedrooms and a separate shower/WC room along the hall beyond the master bedroom. The courtyard is exclusively for Alouette guests and adjacent to the cottage is an open barn which is an Al Fresco dining area. The cottage contains all the modern day appliances that one would need. Just bring yourselves and your luggage for an enjoyable stay.

About the property

Beautiful gite in rural France

With a sleeping capacity of 19, Tillac is the perfect place to holiday with extended family and friends. We have capacity for grandparents, parents and the grand children. We offer a choice of 2 beautiful Gites (Fauvette sleeps up to 8) and (Souris sleeps 6) in a converted Charentaise barn and a courtyard cottage (Alouette sleeps 5). The Gites are set in a couple of acres of gardens with flowers beds, shrubs, fruit trees and extensive lawn. The centre of the garden has an large secure pool area that has a fabulous pear shaped heated 11m x 7m pool. Fauvette has an expansive lounge and dining area with double height ceiling with a rap around mezzanine leading to the three very large bedrooms. Souris sleeps 6 in three bedrooms (double and 2 twins). Fauvette and Souris can be let as one complete unit via an internal inter-connecting door, making it ideal for large parties of friends and family up to 14 people. Fauvette and Souris have upstairs and downstairs shower/WC facilities and a downstairs utility room. Alouette sleeps 5 in two bedrooms in a separate building in the secluded courtyard. The secure pool area is set in the centre of the garden with a beautiful large pear shaped heated pool with roman steps for easy access. The pool has a uniform depth of 1.25m making it ideal for non-swimmers who merely wish to cool off, and has ample sun loungers, parasols and small tables. There is ample private parking in the grounds for all guests. The properties are equipped with free WIFI internet access, satellite HD TV/DVD and use of our collection of DVD's, books and games.

Whilst being in a rural hamlet location, local amenities are within driving distance.The town of Mouthe-sur-Boeme is a 5 minute drive away, with Blanzac and Villebois-Lavalette about 15 minutes drive. The fortified hilltop town of Angouleme is a 20 minute drive, Cognac about 30 minutes and the Atlantic coastal sand beaches, about an hour.

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Property Manager
Stephen and Catherine
Member since: 2005
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
21 July, 2018

About Stephen and Catherine

We spent over 2 years, countless hours of internet browsing and several visits to find Tillac in beautiful Charente. We have the opportunity to share the property and surrounding's with family, friends and future guests who we are sure will enjoy it as much as we do.

Stephen and Catherine purchased this cottage in 2017

Why Stephen and Catherine chose Plassac-Rouffiac

The heated pool allows us to operate an extended summer season with temperatures in the mid 20c to the end of September. With little or no light, noise and air pollution, Tillac is a place of peace and tranquility in which to relax and unwind during your holiday vacation. Whilst being located in a small hamlet in a countryside location, the village of Mouthe-sur-Boeme is a short 4 km drive away. Villebois Lavalette with it's chateau is within a 15 minute country lane drive.

What makes this cottage unique

Tillac consists of two Gites, a cottage and owners accommodation. Families who have a dream to holiday together can rent the 2 Gites (capacity 14) which have a connecting door or extend that to include the cottage making the capacity 19. Holidaying together will create a truly fabulous family holiday experience and everlasting memories.

We fell in love with this property because of the peace and tranquility, the clean air and country location that make Tillac a great place to relax in a stress free environment. Clear night skies, Crain and Swallow bird migrations and a varied garden are ideal for photographers, nature lovers and painters alike.

The surrounding country lanes and pretty villages provide mile upon mile of opportunity for walkers/hikers and cyclists

Guestbook comments from the manager

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Accommodation and facilities for Alouette - Rustic 2 bed courtyard cottage with heated poolin Plassac-Rouffiac in Charente

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Max. adults: 5
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Smoking allowed ...
  • Smoking is not allowed inside the rented premises
  • Only the number of guests in the booking are allowed to use the facilities and stay in the rented premises.
  • Children under the age of 12 are not allowed in the pool area unsupervised
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room with basin and WC.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 3 Single Bed
  • Master bedroom with double bed and courtyard views
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
A Welcome pack is provided for stays of 5 nights or more


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Alouette - Rustic 2 bed courtyard cottage with heated pool
average rating of 4.75 based on 5 reviews

The most relaxing family holiday we've had in years.

  • 5 of 5

The owners, Steve and Rosemary made this holiday for us! They are a perfectly charming couple, who were friendly, helpful, always there when you had a question, but not intrusive. We stayed in Alouette, which is quite dated internally, although the beds were comfortable and the bedding modern and clean. The cottage was well equipped and the TV had English TV channels. We really enjoyed the use of the "outdoor kitchen", with a large table, BBQ and oven. We ate all of our meals in there. It was also a great place to be outdoors but dry, on the one wet morning we had. The grounds, shared with the owners and the two other holiday gites (Tillac), were beautiful and had stunning views. There was plenty of space for everyone, again the outdoor eating area with Alouette was a great, private space.. The pool was well-kept and warm. We were quite happy to stock up the fridge/freezer and stay at Alouette most of the time, knowing we had a hectic few days in Disneyland Paris to follow (would do it the other way around next time!!) We did have a trip to nearby Angouleme, to see the famous comic strip murals on the buildings, walk around the city walls and visit the museum. I loved Brantome! Walking along the river, boat trip, lovely places to eat, stunning architecture, beautiful gardens, interesting Abbey, play areas and "crazy golf" for the kids. We could have stayed there forever.....

We would like to wish Rosemary and Steve all the best for their return to family life in the UK and the new owners the best of luck with their new venture!

  • Review Submitted: 03-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Sergio, We thank you for the valuable and positive feedback. We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us at Tillac and we perhaps look forward to welcoming you on your next visit to the Charente. Alouette is going to receive a refresh over the winter season, but for sure, the peace, ambiance and tranquility will remain the same. Thanks Again Stephen and Catherine
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Excellent getaway

  • 5 of 5

Lovely place to stay. Clean and spacious accommodation. Well equipped, everything you need is there. Nice views and a peaceful location.

Owners are very welcoming and friendly and also have a good knowledge of things to do and see.

Would happily stay there again.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Phil, thanks for your review. We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Tillac and we look forward to welcoming you in the future. Stephen and Catherine
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Wonderful relaxing holiday in lovely countryside

  • 5 of 5

Our small family of three have just returned from a fantastic holiday at Alouette, which was everything we hoped it would be. The courtyard cottage had the French 'rustic' feel we craved and the weather was fantasticly hot too, thus enabling us to make full use of the lovely pool and its open views across the adjacent sunflower fields. The cottage had everything we needed and we especially loved the outside eating area where we would sit every night listening to music with a drink in hand after a BBQ'd dinner of lovely local produce. At night the sky was so clear that stargazing became a late night habit in order to spot the many shooting stars - amazing! Steve & Rosemary were lovely friendly owners who offered us tips and advice on great places to go and we took full advantage, always knowing that we had the cool of the shady cottage to come back to or a dip in the pool to cool off in. We visited Brantome for a great family kayaking trip, navigating the river (and infamous weir) around the beautiful town centre. We went to nearby Angouleme which was a lovely city with bars and shops and lovely views from the Cathedral. We also had great fun & a picnic on the velo-rail (family pedal cycle through shady woods along the old railway line) from Roumazieres to Manot. Aubeterre-sur-Drone with it's lovely village square was also well worth a visit. We also went along to the Thursday night market at the nearby village of Mouthiers-sur-Boeme where we sat amongst the local community and enjoyed food and drink bought from the local vendors whilst soaking up the friendly ambience. All in all a fantastic holiday and I would have no hesitation in returning to or recommending Alouette.

Thank you Steve & Rosemary for some great memories.

Karl B (Luton, England)

  • Review Submitted: 23-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow.....thank you for this thorough review. We were delighted to have you stay with us and we are pleased that you enjoyed the many attractions that can be found in our area. We are also pleased that the amenities and help we provided helped you to have memories of a fantastic holiday. We will pencil you in for a return next year!! Kind regards....Steve & Rosemary Andrews 24/8/2016
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Lovely cottage in rural France

  • 4 of 5

Small, well equipped cottage with a shared swimming pool, which was a perfect base to explore this part of France. Our hosts were on site, and very helpful with suggestions of days out & places to visit. (Check their very informative website first). We were also offered very helpful directions from our first stop in the Loire valley. A very relaxing break, and we'd definitely love to come back. The two gites are also fantastic if you're looking for accommodation for a larger group!

  • Review Submitted: 19-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for this informative review. We are pleased that Alouette was satisfactoryin meeting your needs and we are happy that you have enjoyed a relaxing week and that you would love to return here one day. Steve & Rosemary Andrews
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Nearest Airport
120 Kilometres
Bordeaux, Merignac
Nearest Barpub
4.5 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
478 Kilometres
St Malo
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
Nearest Train
20 Kilometres
Angoulême TGV
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
4.5 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
100 Kilometres
Saint George de Didonne
Car: necessary


St George de Didonne (1h30) is our closest beach and is well worth the journey, so take a picnic. A short distance further on will take you to Royan, which has 3 separate beaches, numerous boutiques and a multitude of restaurants.


AIR: We are well placed for airports and low cost airlines fly to Bordeaux (1h15), Poitiers (1h30), Limoges (1h15), Bergerac (1h40), whilst La Rochelle is further afield (2h10).

TRAIN : Angouleme TGV station is 20 mins drive away, which connects to Paris (2h40) or Lille for onward travel on Eurostar to the UK.

By Road/Ferry: St.Malo ferry port is approx 4-5 hours drive from the property.

Via Channel Tunnel: Tillac-Gîtes is about 7 hours from the Calais terminal.

Use of car essential.

Further Details:

Mouthiers-sur Boëme, our picturesque local village is a mere 5 mins away by car and can cater for all your immediate needs, having bar/tabac/restaurant, post office, bank, doctor, dentist, 2 hairdressers, high-class charcuterie, mini market, boulangerie, pharmacy, shoe shop. Large supermarkets (by car) are 15 mins away at Villebois Lavalette, La Couronne and Chateauneuf.

Further afield can be found Brantome-sur-Dronne (known as the Venice of the Dordogne), a picturesque village brimming with bars/restaurants, boutiques with canoeing available for all the family.

Aubeterre is also worth a visit, with its' hilltop position, winding narrow streets, a square with bar/restaurants, antique shops etc. Canoeing/swimming is also avai

lable at the man-made beach on the R.Dronne located at the base of the village.

Angouleme, the capital of the Department, is a must if you are after bars/restaurants, boutiques, river cruises, museums


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