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2-Bedroom Pet-Friendly, Newly Re-built Cottage

Region: Poitou-Charentes
Department: Charente
Dept No: 16
Location: 500m from Benest
Situation: Hamlet
Property Type: Gîte (70 m²)
Ref. No: 1332
Rent per month: From £750 to £950 pm All inclusive
Long letting period: Available year round for long lets
Min. rental period: 1 week - rates available
Bedrooms: 1 Double bedroom. 1 Twin bedroom. Each bedrooms has an en-suite shower
Sleeps: 4  (Travel cot available)


2-Bedroom Pet-Friendly, Newly Re-built Cottage

The antique wood-burner

The antique wood-burner

Description of Property:   The cottage is part of a 'longère' - a farmhouse-style house divided into three. The owner’s home is on one side of the cottage, and a barn is on the other. Check out the calendar (see the icon) for availability. When you check out prices, you will see monthly rates can be surprisingly good!
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.
The character 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 electric heaters and a Godin wood-burner, an antique, probably dating from the 1920’s. We provide the wood for you, and help you to light it if you are a novice.
The open-plan ground floor has a new kitchen with all appliances, inc dishwasher, large Miele fridge-feezer, Seimens washing machine, microwave, toaster and kettle. Cafetiere and coffee machine if required, jug liquidizer. food processor, and a huge assortment of quality bakeware, saucepans and crockery.
A beautiful 18th century oak staircase sweeps grandly (and rises gently) from the open-plan ground floor to the two carpeted double bedrooms upstairs. 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. 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 newly refurbished kitchen has a gas oven, a dish-washer (ample crockery and cutlery will help you to fill it up), a Seimens washing machine, microwave and tall Miele fridge/freezer. A great selection of small appliances are here too, a liquidiser, small food processor, baking tins etc. T-towels provided. For weekly guests I provide a selection of washing 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.
You can arrange to have a UK supermarket delivery here - with 1-month's notice.
The superb wi-fi in the gîte will enable you to keep in touch with your Skype and email, and there is a good mobile phone signal here too. The TV has a UK Sky Freeview card so you can giggle at the UK weather report, and keep up with your favourite programmes.



Hazelnut cottage

Hazelnut cottage

The lounge area in the open-plan ground floor

The lounge area in the open-plan ground floor

Outside Amenities:  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.
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 place for you to relax and enjoy the view of the large garden with mature trees, and the countryside beyond.
A gas barbecue is provided and a choice of two outside terraces so that you can follow, or avoid, the sun. Sunshades are provided too.
We don't have a pool, but we do put up a 12-foot round plunge pool ( 1metre deep) when it's scorching hot here. We can place a sun shade right over it - ideal if you want to avoid sunburn.



The kitchen area

The kitchen area

Bedroom 1 - a 5' double bed

Bedroom 1 - a 5' double bed

Surrounding Area:  Just 15 minute's walk away is the small village of Benest, with a boulangerie for freshly made French bread, and a few essential groceries. There is a Post Office, and a café/bar where you will find friendly English hosts. There are frequent karaoke musical evenings here if you would like some evening entertainment.
A ten-minute country walk also takes you 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.
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.
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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  • En-suite shower
  • Dining area
  • Seating area
  • Twin bedroom - 3' beds
  • Countryside location
  • Second en-suite 'bijou' shower


Heating system: Wood-burner. Additional electric heaters are supplied so that you can keep warm 24/7.
Services / Facilities: Mains water. Septic tank. Electricity. WiFi Broadband Internet Access. Television. Satellite TV. DVD. Hi-fi. Alarm.
Mobile phone signal is available here. Strong wi-fi too.
Kitchen Facilities: Conventional oven. Microwave. Combined Fridge/Freezer. Dishwasher. Washing Machine.
Gas oven. Large Miele fridge/freezer. Slow cooker. Liquidiser.
Additional Info: Children welcome. No swings, I'm afraid!
Smokers accepted. Please smoke outside.
Pets may be allowed by prior agreement. One dog is welcome. We have no pets, so there is no conflict!
BBQ.
Cot is available.
As there is some unfinished building work on the outside of the barn, so this gîte may not be suitable for adventurous children.
Property is suitable for more than one family.

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:  Weekly rents, 350-450 per week. Monthly rents - £750 for all months except:- July £850 August £950 September £850. Wood and utilities are INCLUDED all the year round. Please ask for 'odd dates' - they may be available. Cleaning days for Monthly stays - the last day of the calendar month is not included in your contract - it is reserved for cleaning. 2 days cleaning are reserved at the end of a two months stay. 3 days cleaning are reserved at the end of a stay of three months or more.

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

Please ask for 'odd dates' - they may be available.

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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Name: Olivia & Andy Spracklen
Telephone No 1: +33 (0)5 45 30 03 87
Telephone No 2: +44 (0)208 1336353
Website: https://www.facebook.com/HazelnutGite/
Languages spoken: English
Time to contact: Anytime
Time to contact: Anytime




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