Gite near Mansle, Charente, France - Peace and tranquility in the heart of rural Charente
Harry & Diane Ivey
About Harry & Diane Ivey
We are relatively new to France, having moved here in 2017. We have grown up children and also grandchildren in England. We last lived in Cornwall but find this to be quite busy now compared to where we now live in France. I, Harry, am a registered social worker and Diane is a registered nurse.
Harry & Diane Ivey purchased this Cottage in 2017
Why Harry & Diane Ivey chose Fontenille
We wanted a house in France that was far enough away from the UK to be 'typically' French and offered a good climate, good food and wine. The Charente is a beautiful area - we just never get tired of the views we are so lucky to have. The night skies are staggering -with no light pollution, its an astronomer's dream. It was important that there were good communication links -we are close to the N10 which is the main route down to Spain and Portugal, we are served by two airports - Poitiers and Limoge with Ryanair offering cheap flights to and from the UK. Of course we also have the TGV - Paris is only 2+ hours away. Our house is in a very rural area but only a few miles from the nearest town (Mansle). It's just perfect - hopefully you will find out for yourself!
What makes this Cottage unique
As we live here full time we get the benefits of seeing the seasons change the landscape -this year the farmer planted sunflowers in the field opposite our house -they were beautiful. Guests staying in our gite are able to use the heated swimming pool, use our bikes (at own risk so a disclaimer must be signed) - it's perfect cycling country or just chill out in their own private garden -it's all about relaxing. The gite has it's own parking to, so no security worries - not that crime is ever an issue in the Charente! Above all, we want to offer guests a memorable holiday experience -judging by the comments left in our guest book, we think we have just about got it right!
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Excellent cycle routes. Reccommend La compostelle restaurant in Tusson.
Also canoeing at Mansle.
Superb for wildlife. We saw hares, golden oriole, deer, red squirrel, harriers and heard nightjars.
Licheres and the Chemin de barque delightful.
Not As Advertised, a shadow of it's former self.
The gite was not as advertised, the photos on the website it would appear are at least 3 years old & are from when the property was in the possession of the previous owners. The current owners have had the property for two years.
The gardens were overgrown, the raised seating area would only have been accessible if you took a machete with you to cut through the vegetation. We were unable to use the pool for the duration of our stay, it was full of algae & was a fetching green colour. The owners kept asking why we weren't using the pool, even though I had pointed out it was dirty. The safety railings around the pool were also overgrown with vegetation. The pool man only attended the day before we left for home!
The outside eating area by the pool was covered in empty bottles, half deflated lilos & chairs stacked up and was covered in dust, it did not looked loved or cared for. There was a broken glass plate left on a path for the duration of our stay, and the sunbeds outside the gite were ripped.
The whole placed had the look of neglect about it, this is a shame as the area was beautiful & as we had seen on the website was once a well loved holiday property.
We would not stay again.
Peaceful location with good access to various destinations across the Charente region.
Fantastic hosts who really cared about our stay being as good as it could be. Very well equipped gite with everything you need for any length of stay. The swimming pool was fab, no need to worry about it being cold..!! Bikes are available to use which is a great way of exploring the local countryside.
Good location to access the surrounding region with many places of interest within reach via the N10. Mansle is the nearest place for supplies/fuel and has a great restaurant/pizzeria that is worth a visit.
Peace and tranquility in this lovely Gite.
We stayed for 9 nights from 26th July to 4th August 2018 having driven from the busy resort of Lake Garda in Italy. The Gite was all that we hoped for as it was very well equipped and in a lovely location. Harry & Dianne Ivey were very welcoming and greeted us with a welcome pack which included a bottle of wine. The swimming pool was a nice bonus as the weather, at the time, was very hot. We recommend this for a couple looking for a relaxing holiday in the beautiful Charente region of France.
Pam & Dave
A very relaxing time in Fontenille
For a week we had the most relaxing time thanks to our lovely helpful hosts.The gite was spacious and the vast bedroom, the king size bed and the peace and quiet allowed us to totally switch off and recharge our batteries after a long year. Susan and Keith did everything to make our stay memorable with their bikes,lovely tomatoes and of course the swimming pool.The only shame : that our stay was not much longer !
Great hosts. Beautiful gite for two. Loved it all.
Weather superb and great sky's at night. Mac and Zac the dogs are lovely and friendly. Gite in good location to travel various places .
The Atlantic coast with its truly magnificent beaches is about 2hours drive away with La Rochelle perhaps being the most well known town.
The nearest airports are at Poitiers and Limoges. Ryanair fly there from Stansted, East Midlands and Edinburgh plus other UK locations during the holiday season including Newcastle.FlyBe also fly into Limoges. Poitiers is about 55 mins drive to the Gite and Limoges just on the hour. .The nearest ferry port is St. Malo -about 4 hours drive. A car is essential. Car Hire is available at local airports.
For the adventurous there is canoeing at Mansle, (approx 3 miles).
Angouleme with its beautiful architecture, famous annual comic strip festival and vintage car race is only 25 mins drive.
Cognac with its historic distillery houses and Blues Festival (held in July) is about 40 mins drive.
Ruffec is about 20 mins drive.
There are supermarkets, boulangeries, banks and daily markets selling wonderful produce at Mansle, Ruffec and Angouleme.
There are some superb restaurants to cater for all tastes and budgets - all within an easy drive. Canoeing on the Charente is available at Mansle.
There is a velorail near Confolens which is great fun. Lots of historic villages and some wonderful churches.