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2-Bedroom Pet-Friendly Cottage

Region: Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Department: Charente
Dept No: 16
Location: 500m from Benest
Situation: Hamlet
Property Type: Gîte (70 m²)
Ref. No: 1332
Rent per month: From £800 pcm All inclusive
Long letting period: Available year round for long lets
Min. rental period: 7 days or 3 months
Bedrooms: 1 Double bedroom. 1 Twin bedroom. Each bedrooms has an en-suite shower
Sleeps: 4  (Suitable for maximum 2 couples)


Our longère

Our longère

Hazelnut cottage

Hazelnut cottage

Description of Property:   The cottage is part of our 'longère' - a farmhouse-style house divided into three. Our home is on one side of the cottage, and a barn is on the other. Check out the calendar (see the icon above) for availability. When you check out prices, you will see monthly rates can be surprisingly good, and includes all utility bills, final cleaning and local tourist taxes - there is nothing else to pay (although long-term tenants may have 'council tax' to pay). After October 16th 2024, minimum 3 months stay - we cater especially for house-hunters. (Not permanent long-term lets).
Completely re-built (with wall and roof insulation to UK standards) by expert craftsman, this 2-bed cottage provides a home-from-home all the year round.
A CHARACTER COTTAGE CATERING FOR HOUSE-HUNTERS
The cottage features original features retained by the master-builder. There is a Charentais fireplace, a Charentais window, and an original sink used by the farmhands dating from 1891. Heating, when you need it, is by an antique Godin wood-burner, probably dating from the 1920’s. We provide the wood for you, and help you to light it if you are a novice. (There are also an electric heater for an extra boost overnight).
The open-plan ground floor has a kitchen area, dining area and lounge area.
A beautiful 18th century oak staircase sweeps grandly (and gently) from the ground floor to the two carpeted double bedrooms upstairs.
THE BEDROOMS
Each bedroom has its own en-suite shower room. The first bedroom has a 5' double bed, the second bedroom has two 3' single beds (not side-by-side). Towels, cotton blankets, a wide selection of pillows, duvets and linen are all provided. Each bed is furnished with a layer of memory foam and a 'pillow top'. A feather topper completes this trio to provide the most comfy night's sleep. A hair dryer is provided. UK/European adaptor plugs are also provided.
THE KITCHEN AREA
The kitchen area has a gas oven, a dish-washer (ample crockery and cutlery will help you to fill it, a washing machine (new 2020), microwave and tall Miele fridge/freezer. A great selection of utensils and small appliances are here too, a liquidiser, small food processor, cafetière, baking tins etc. T-towels provided. A tumble-dryer is available in inclement weather in our own house, for extra-fluffy towels.
I provide a selection of cleaning products, sauces, spices and many small items so that you won’t need to make unnecessary purchases. If there are any other items you need, you can simply use ours! We are right next door.
WI_FI The superb wi-fi in the gîte will enable you to keep on-line, and there is a good mobile phone signal and yes, we have FIBRE INTERNET here too.
TV & SKY
The TV has a UK Sky Freeview card so you can giggle at the UK weather report, and keep up with your favourite programmes. You can bring your own Sky viewing card.
The MOBILE PHONE SIGNAL here is super-strong.
Bring your own music memory-stick or CD's for the Hi-fi in the gite.
If you are considering moving to France, I recommend these Facebook groups:- 'Expat Life in France' and 'A New Life in France'. Also, sign up for the free emails from 'Connexion' (a newspaper for English speakers in France).
You may have to apply for a long-term visa well in advance if you are moving to France. The rules on entry may change, so make enquiries to see exactly the right way to proceed. Check and double check!



The antique wood-burner

The antique wood-burner

The lounge area in the open-plan ground floor

The lounge area in the open-plan ground floor

Outside Amenities:  PARKING
There is ample parking space on our shared pebbled area in front of the longère for three or four cars, and there is more parking space in the garden.
OUTSIDE SPACE
A table and chairs is waiting out on the pavement patio in front of the gîte for your sole use.
A large pebbled area to the rear of the gîte provides another patio set for you to relax and enjoy the view of the large garden with mature trees, and the countryside beyond.
There are two outside terraces so that you can follow, or avoid, the sun. Sunshades are provided too.



The kitchen area

The kitchen area

Dining area

Dining area

Surrounding Area:  OUT & ABOUT
Take a look at this amazing website: https://www.france-voyage.com/travel-guide/benest-commune-2715.htm
Just 15 minute's walk away is the small village of Benest with a Post Office. The village of Alloue is 6km away, with a bar/restaurant serving set lunches. You can also buy bread here, and tobacco.
A ten-minute country walk also takes you down to the river Charente.
Champagne Mouton is about 30 minutes drive away, with a 24-hour cash point, petrol garages and a really nice Carrefour mini-supermarket. There is a farmer's market here twice weekly. There is a lovely cattery here too, and our garage where we have all the maintenance & repairs done to our car.
Confolens, just 20 minutes by car, is a beautiful town on the river Vienne. It is great to explore. This town offers a twice weekly market, a large supermarket with petrol and a variety of other shops. In August there is a week-long International Dance Festival here with many concerts and parades through the town. An agenda is available so that you can plan ahead to enjoy some of the events taking place during the whole week. There is an outdoor swimming pool here. Visit our chateaux - Verteuil, Rochefoucauld, and many others in this area.
Ruffec, 35-minutes drive away, is another large town offering some out-of town shops as well as a number of large supermarkets. On the A10, it is the gateway to adventures further afield, like the Valley of the Monkeys, Puy Du Fou, and Futurescope. See our website for many more days out.

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Heating system: Wood-burner - all wood provided. You can keep warm on very cold nights with an additional electric heater. With the cost of electricity so high, we ask that you light the wood-burner first thing every day and keep it going throughout the day. We are happy to keep it going for you while you are out.
Services / Facilities: Mains water. Septic tank. Electricity. WiFi Broadband Internet Access. Television. Satellite TV. DVD. Alarm.
Mobile phone signal is available here. Strong wi-fi too.
Kitchen Facilities: Conventional oven. Microwave. Combined Fridge/Freezer. Dishwasher. Washing Machine.
Aicook Air Fryer Oven mini-oven, Gas oven. Large Miele fridge/freezer. Liquidiser. Use of our tumble-dryer in the main house utility room, accessed via the back door.
Additional Info: Children welcome. We have no swings, I'm afraid! Please ask for details.
Smokers accepted. Please smoke outside.
Pets may be allowed by prior agreement. One (or two) dogs or cats are welcome. We have no pets, so there will be no conflict! The boundaries are not secure.

This gîte may not be suitable for adventurous children. There are some external steps to the old barn.
Property is suitable for more than one family. Off-road parking.

Distance to Nearest (in kms):

Village/Town: Confolens 20 kms
Supermarket: Champagne Mouton 7 kms
Shops: Benest 0.5km
Market: Champagne Mouton 7 kms
Airport: Limoges 70 kms
Train Station: Confolens 20 kms
Bus Station: N/A
Port: Caen 450 kms



Pricing Info:  Prices are inclusive of limitless firewood, all utilities and Tourism tax. Rent, £450-£600 per week, £800-£1200 per calendar month. (The final month ends on the 28th day).
The rent is payable 60 days (2 months) in advance. Cancellation policy: 100% full refund for cancellation 60 days before the arrival date.
Long-term lets (more than 3 months) – A refundable security deposit of £200 is required for breakages and final cleaning. Long-term lets may have to pay a set-up charge for diagnostics (about £160- £280) if applicable. Long-term contract available.

Availability: This property is available year round for longer lets.

Minimum stay 7 days. Refer to the availability calendar on this website. 3 month minimum stay after October 16th 2024.

This property is available for weekly summer holiday rentals.

Please check availability first before contacting the owner - Click for Availability -  Avilability calendar


For further information and to book please contact:
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Please quote ‘Rent a place in France.com’ when contacting the owner.
Name: Olivia & Andy Spracklen
Telephone: +33 (0)674 41 53 73
Website: https://www.facebook.com/HazelnutGite/
Languages spoken: English
Time to contact: Send text or phone anytime (mobile)




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