Beautiful Gite in very quiet area with very Private Pool and no Neighbours
Monique or Danny
About Monique or Danny
Danny and I met in london in 1987, after living in various locations we settled in Blackheath South East London.I am a qualified beauty therapy trainer and I trained for Clarins UK for 25 years. Danny worked for Net-A-Porter the worlds leading online fashion company.Danny and I had always discussed the possibilites of running a small holiday business. We decided to leave the UK and look for a more relaxed way of life in rural France.
Monique or Danny purchased this Cottage in 2016
Why Monique or Danny chose Ronsenac
Danny and I with our two dogs Hannah (Bichon) and Louie (Korthals griffon) viewed and fell in love with La faurie straight away. We bought the house in November 2016 knowing that this rural quiet area would be an ideal place to run a small Gite from. We started work to put in the pool straight away,its totally private and includes a fully equipped pool house which has a fridge freezer, bbq, plastic utensils (safety reasons) table and chairs plus a sofa for relaxing. The Pool will be heated between May - October. We also have private pond which has Tench and Carp surrounded by wildflowers as well as a stunning weeping willow. there is a very generous garden surrounding the Gite which leads up to the pool. The land surrounding our house is a mini orchard that includes walnuts, Cherries, Apples, pears, peaches, Quince, Hazelnuts and 2 stunning very large Fig trees. We also have 2 Acres of forrest to the north of the property.
What makes this Cottage unique
This area is totally unspoilt and very rural with Farmers going about there daily business,we just love being here. The area is an official dark sky area meaning no street or town lights to interrupt the stunning clear sky at night where the stars are simply amazing.The property enjoys no close neighbours making it extremely quiet.The beautiful bread barn(gite)is in a courtyard with the main house and old wine barn, wine was produced from vines on the land many years ago.The property retains a unique Charente character found within this area and dates back to 1881.
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Fantastic gite in a beautiful rural location - perfect for families
We have just spent 2 weeks in this stunning gite and would highly recommend it!
Monique and Danny were fantastic hosts, very welcoming and always on hand if we needed anything, but discrete at the same time. We were very grateful for the delicious welcome pack (along with the fresh fruit and vegetables during our stay) and the gite was the perfect home from home. The beds were comfy and it was spotless when we arrived.
We loved the pool area, which was also kept very clean throughout our stay, and the outdoor kitchen was a real benefit for us. There are also lots of alternative seating areas around the property, plus table football and bikes if you want them.
The gite is very rural so you will need a car, but there are several towns close by with supermarkets, restaurants etc. There is lots to see and do within the region, so this is a great base if you can tear yourself away from the pool!
Thank you for a wonderful stay in your beautiful property, we are missing it already!
Just book it now!
What a fantastic gite! The location is very rural, but the drive to shops and more is fine. The remoteness means absolute peace and quiet. Even the road is rarely used. The gite itself is a delight with lots of room for the 4 of us. The kitchen is small but fine for creating your own meals (perhaps using some of the home grown vegetables Monique and Danny left outside our door on occasions). Living space is good and the large sliding windows offer lots of light and the barn door shutter make you feel secure at night. The gardens are vast and lovely with so many places to sit and relax as the sun moves round through and behind different trees. A BBQ ( with charcoal already loaded - a typically thoughtful touch) is available). The pool is probably the star attraction and having a pool of that size to yourselves, with a pool house, fridge, inflatable toys, loungers, tables, chairs and more is simply outstanding. We planned a week of relaxation and this property delivered in every way possible. We did have a few trips out to some great local sites (the Charente has more to offer than I knew about certainly) but mostly we unwound in glorious surroundings. The pond nearby offered some sport with plenty of crucian carp to be caught up to a pound or so, great fun on light fishing gear. Last but not least, Danny and Monique are excellent hosts. Keen to help in any way and check all is well but hugely respectful of the privacy of visitors. The welcome was warm, the arrival package astounding (wine, cheese, meats, bread, breakfast stuff and more) and there was a sense that they really cared about you and would respond to any problems,....not that we had any. For the peace, the space, the pool and the attention to detail by excellent hosts this place is hard if not impossible to beat.
Hi Michael, it was lovely meeting you all. Really pleased that you enjoyed the place. Look forward too meeting you all again.
Dan, Monique Louie and Hannah
Beautiful gite, lovely hosts
What can I say? We had a fabulous 2 weeks. The gite was very comfortable and lovely and cool when the temperature topped 39 degrees. Beautiful pool and Monique and Danny were lovely hosts. We couldn’t have asked for more! Thank you
This place is an absolute gem! Set in a stunning part of the world, the gite itself is spacious, exceptionally well furnished & equipped, and full of character. Certainly the nicest gite we have ever stayed in. The large exclusive gardens provided us with loads of space to relax. We ate almost every meal outside during our 2 weeks (using the BBQ most evenings), and the kids (2 and 5) loved roaming around and exploring.The pool was perfect & private, with beautiful views over the rolling countryside surrounding the gite. The pool house & kitchen were a real bonus, meaning we often had drinks and snacks poolside whilst the kids played in the water. The fence & gate meant it felt very safe too.
Danny & Monique were absolutely fantastic hosts. Our gite, pool & gardens were very private and exclusive and not overlooked at all, but if we ever needed anything they were delighted to help. They got the balance absolutely spot on.
Although we could quite happily have spent the entire 2 weeks without leaving, we made quite a few trips around the area. Swimming at the river beach in St. Aulaye and at Lac Jemay were real highlights for us. We also borrowed some bikes from Danny, and really enjoyed exploring the countryside. Although not a massive fisherman, I also managed a couple of hours on the pond catching some of the tench & carp!
We can't speak highly enough of this place. If you've read this far, book now!
Thank you very much for those kind words Rob thoroughly enjoyed having you Helen and the Children here, Look forward to you all coming back very soon.
Rural peace and quiet, with a great swimming pool
What a wonderful break! We spent a week here in August 2018 as our family summer holiday, two adults and two kids, 8 and 5, and enjoyed every minute of it. Danny and Monique were excellent hosts, always on hand to help and advise, but very conscious of giving us the space and privacy to enjoy this beautiful spot. The gite was clean, very well decorated, well appointed and very comfortable. Even in the heat of the summer it was very cool in there. The garden was a good size to have a run around in with the kids and had plenty of seating, loungers and a bbq. The highlight, and one of the reasons we booked here, was the private pool, which we had exclusive use of. It has a security fence around it for peace of mind and is set up so well with tables, chairs, loungers, fridge, sink and cutlery/ crockery that you can easily spend all day lazing around there...and we did! Danny kept the pool and surround spotlessly clean, meaning all we had to do was enjoy it.
We kept sight-seeing to a minimum but enjoyed trips into Angouleme and the beautiful, nearby Villebois-Lavalette, where there is a chateau, supermarket, boulangerie, a Saturday market and various restaurants. We particularly enjoyed the pizza place, which served enormous, tasty portions and where we were made to feel very welcome. There was plenty more in the area which we could have done, but were determined to just chill out.
All in all an excellent break and one which we do not hesitate to recommend. We came away tanned, relaxed and with some great memories.
Thank you Simon
It was lovely having you all here, glad you enjoyed your stay with us we would look forward to welcoming you all back.
Dan & Monique
Beautiful property with outstanding garden & pool!
We have used HomeAway for several years very happily and this was the best property, garden & pool we have ever had! We loved it. Beautifully presented accommodation perfect for our family of four (two kids 9 & 12), and the private garden and pool were amazing. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our week and the kids were happy for hours in the pool. Danny & Monique were wonderful hosts and I would thoroughly recommend this property to others. We enjoyed short day trips to Aubeterre (beautiful village) & Angouleme, and enjoyed canoeing and nearby Castle Villebois. Lovely week for the whole family!
Thank you for those kind words Emma we loved having you here and would look forward to seeing you again in the future. Dan & Monique
Our local town Villebois-Lavalette is a commune in the Charente department in southwestern France. It was the seat of the former Canton of Villebois-Lavalette, and is located on a prominent hill which has a château dating back to Roman times.In the centre of the old town, there is an old wooden covered market that dates back to the 16th century. It was restored in the 19th century and is now a historic monument. There is a small, but lively market every Saturday morning. A 17th-century sundial can be seen on a house that overlooks the market hall.The town is a reasonably small one with banks, cash machines, newsagent, 2 chemists, 2 boulangeries, a tourism office, garages, a large supermarket, doctors/dentists, builder's supply store, cafe, hotel and restaurant. Bordeaux 1.25 minutes away by car is the world's major wine industry capital it is home to the world's main wine fair, Vinexpo and the wine economy in the metro area takes in 14.5 billion euros each year. Bordeaux wine has been produced in the region since the 8th century. The historic part of the city is on the UNESCO World Heritage List as "an outstanding urban and architectural ensemble" of the 18th century. After Paris, Bordeaux has the highest number of preserved historical buildings of any city in France.
Bergerac 1 hour 30 minutes by car sits on the northern bank of the Dordogne river. The old town has an extensive medieval centre, the main square " The place Pelissiere" is where you can find the wonderful Saint Jacques church which forms part of the Saint Jacques de Compostella pilgrimage which has four different starts, Paris, Vezelay, Le Puy and Arles and finishes at Santiago de Compostella.
Cognac 1 hour by car. The first thing that comes to mind is the world famous Cognac Brandy which is produced in this area you can sample by visiting one of the famous distilleries.The old town is medieval and has narrow cobbled streets, castles and other historic monuments to visit.
The town of St Emilion 1 hour 30 minutes away is a Unesco world heritage site as well as being famous for the Wine thats produced in the area. The medieval town is situated on a rocky outcrop, it has unique Architectural heritage. St Emilion has numerous listed buildings and over 200 kilometres of underground galleries which criss cross the basement of the town.There is an abundance of Wine and gift shops to be found here.River Beaches
This area of the south west France offers some beautiful river beaches for a fun day out they all offer picnic areas but many also have a Restaurant and toilet facalities Saint Aulaye 33 mins drive Aubettere sur Dronne 26 mins drive was officially listed as one of the prettiest villages in France.
Lac Jemaye 40 min drive also has a beautiful woodland park for walkers and cyclists a great place to unwind.
Walking and cycling.We have complimentary bicycles at the house for you're use.This area is extremely quiet and the roads are ideal for walking or cycling.Information on the local routes are available from the tourist office, Marie at Villebois and the Marie at Ronsenac
Manoir de Longeveau 19 min drive, is a wonderful 9 hole course.
Angouleme Hirondelle 25 min drive, is a stunning course with Panoramic views of the City. Markets near Ronsenac
Mareuil: market Tuesday (16km)
La Couronne: market Saturday (19km)
Angouleme: market every day except Monday (21km)
Ruelle-sur-Touvre: market Thursday & Sunday & (22km)
Riberac: market Tuesday & Friday (26km)
Chalais: market Monday (28km)
La Rochefoucauld: market Wednesday & Saturday (31km)
Tocane-Saint-Apre: market Monday & (31km)
Barbezieux-Saint-Hilaire: market Tuesday & Saturday & Friday (32km)
Lisle: market Tuesday (32km)
You will find a wonderful traditional French market every day of the week selling a variation of all local produce as well as antiques and hand crafted gifts. Brocantes (flea market) and Vide Greniers (empty attic) are markets with local people selling household goods and wonderful unusual things as well as great food. we love attending these events and strolling around with the dogs looking for unusual things.
One of the most amazing places that we like to visit is Dune Du Pilat 2.5 hour drive learn more about Europe's tallest sand dune nestled between the Atlantic Ocean, an enormous pine forest, the Arcachon Bay, a sandbank and a peninsula! All these ingredients make it a unique landscape in Europe and probably throughout the world. It is sometimes described as a "menacing sand wall" or even called a "sand monster" swallowing up "parts of France".