About the property
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- Minimum Stay2 - 7 nights
4 cottages set in a gated property with large garden, heated pool and games room are perfect for group holidays
The property is situated in a quiet rural village in Poitou-Charente, the second sunniest region in France.
ROSE (sleeps 6) - Ground floor: living room, entrance/dining room, kitchen, 1 bedroom (double bed), shower room with toilet. Upstairs: 2 bedrooms (both with 2 single beds), shower room with toilet
LAVENDER (sleeps 7) - Ground floor: living room, dining room, kitchen, 1 bedroom (bunk bed for 2 people), shower room with toilet Upstairs: 1 bedroom (double bed), 1 bedroom (3 single beds)
DAHLIA (sleeps 4) - Ground floor: living room, kitchen/diner Upstairs: 1 bedroom (double bed), 1 bedroom (2 single beds), bathroom with shower and toilet
OLIVE (sleeps 2/4) - Ground floor: living room (option to put in sofa bed for 2 people), 1 bedroom (double bed), kitchen/diner, shower room with toilet
With over 2 acres of grounds, there is plenty of room for games or relaxing and enjoying the peace and quiet. Children can help with collecting eggs from the chickens and ducks and there are also rabbits, a dog and a cat.
The cottages are located in a gated property with fenced in swimming pool and pool alarm. The property is registered with the French Chamber of Commerce and the Brettes’ Town Hall as a holiday letting business and the cottages are regulated and inspected by the regional tourist board, Charente Tourisme.
Sarah and Mark
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- within a few days
- english, french, german, spanish
- Calendar last updated:
- May 3, 2018
About Sarah and Mark
We moved from the UK to the tranquil, beautiful countryside of the Charente in 2013. We wanted to enjoy the slower pace of life, the quality of food and wine and the warm climate the region offers. We are committed to providing a relaxing and enjoyable holiday for our guests by sharing our little part of France and helping them enjoy all that the region offers. We live on the property in a separate building and are as discreet or as hands on as you need us to be. Sarah and Mark
Sarah and Mark purchased this Cottage in 2013
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
A great place for a family holiday
We have just returned from a wonderful family holiday spent at Gites de Brettes. The gites were perfect for our family group of 18, which spanned 3 generations, ages ranging from 11 months to 67years! The gites were roomy giving everyone space for themselves but also places to get together. The outdoor dining for 18 was wonderful by the BBQ
The outdoor pool was lovely and enjoyed by all, with sun loungers and a grassy area. It was fenced in and safe and cleaned every day by Mark. The children loved the pool and the games room and there was space on the big field for rounders. The whole site was safe for the children as it was gated and they really enjoyed this freedom.
Mark and Sarah were helpful in every possible way and have worked hard to create a relaxing and delightful place to stay. The lavender and roses were abundant and everywhere was clean and well maintained.
We didn't venture out much the first week apart from to the supermarket as everyone was so relaxed and enjoying the sunshine and the pool.
The second week we went kayaking near Ruffec and also some had a trip to Cognac and local villages and markets.
We will definitely be returning!
We spent a very nice time at Gites de Brettes.
Even with 17 people, you still find some privacy at the Gites de Brettes. Lovely place, nice swimming pool, and very nice hosts. Marc and Sarah will help you whenever you have a question. Very clean place and ideal for a group as ours, 17 people spending two weeks together in this lovely place. Thanks Marc and Sarah
Excellent family-friendly cottages.
We are a group of four families - in total 8 adults, 4 two year olds and 2 newborns. Two families shared Rose cottage and the other two families had Lavender and Dahlia. We used Rose cottage for communal cooking and dining - and there was plenty of kitchen equipment, tables and chairs for this. Sarah kindly provided plenty of baby equipment, including cots, bedding, high-chairs, potties. Communication with Sarah was really quick and easy via email prior to arrival. The properties were extremely clean and the grounds really well maintained. Set in a beautiful part of rural France. We made good use of the pool every day, which was warm enough for the toddlers to swim in. The toddlers also enjoyed visiting the horses and chickens. The hosts Sarah and Mark made us feel welcome. I would highly recommend this property.
Lovely, peaceful location for large family gathering.
We had a great family holiday at Gites de Brettes. Our family group consisted of 3 generations with 7 adults and 10 children(ranging from 5-13 yrs)! Sarah and Mark were very welcoming and available if needed. All the Gites were clean and comfortable and we were able to all eat together at the long table provided. The swimming pool was great and the children made good use of it as well as the games room. Villefagnan has some nice little shops and boulangerie etc, supermarkets in Ruffec. The Gites are in a peaceful location and we enjoyed walks and runs from the properties! We all thoroughly enjoyed our stay and wished that we could have stayed for another week. Thank you Sarah and Mark.
totally brilliant, wonderful place to stay!
Wow, just, wow!! One of the best holidays we have ever had. 23 of us travelled to this wonderful place and it really surpassed all our expectations. The photos do not do it justice. The four gites are perfect, the pool wonderful and the games room and outside dining area just made our holiday. Age ranges for us was between 3 and 85 with my 11 year old disabled son, who is very small and is not able to walk far. Every single person in our large group had a brilliant time. The owners are lovely and friendly and the layout of the gites, pool, games room and playing field made us feel like we were in paradise. The sun shone and we all had such a chilled, relaxing, holiday. Evenings were spent eating and drinking outside the games room, and the days were as lazy or busy as we wanted. Some of our group went touring around the beautiful towns and others read and soaked up the wonderful French sun. We are all so sad we are home! Can not recommend this place enough. The accommodation was clean and tidy, well maintained (pool cleaned daily!) Washing facilities on site and such lovely owners who made you feel nothing was too much trouble. Only downside was we had to come home!
Beautiful gites, fantastic holiday!
As a large group of 20, we have just returned from a fantastic holiday staying at Gites de Brettes!
Mark and Sarah were the most welcoming and helpful hosts and were always available to answer any questions and offer tips on where to go and visit! The gites themselves were very quaint and extremely clean and tidy and really helped to make our holiday!
This accommodation is perfect for a large group like us, as well as smaller individual groups. Each gite has its own outside area as well as there being areas where all 20 of us could get together and more importantly, sit and eat and drink together! The pool area was fantastic for the children and also for the ‘bigger kids’ amongst our group! There are sun loungers available which the adults took full advantage of on sunny days!
The area of Brettes and the surrounding areas are very quiet and rural. The local supermarket is about 10 minutes drive away in the town of Ruffec. The supermarket is great and has everything you could need. There is also a pharmacy in the same location, should you need anything from there.
As a group we visited the Monkey Sanctuary (about 40 minutes away) Poitiers (about 1hr away) Ruffec (10 minutes away) and the river beach (5 minutes away) all were very enjoyable and worth a visit if you have time. Just to make you aware, most places close on a Monday and many shops, pubs and restaurants close in the afternoon and re-open around 2-3pm, so don’t plan a shopping trip around those times, like we did!
I would highly recommend this location and accommodation for all family holidays! We had the best time and will most certainly be returning! Thank you Mark and Sarah :)
Seaside towns of Royan and La Rochelle (both 90 mins) are within easy reach for a day trip. The lovely islands of Ile de Re and Ile de Oleron, historic Rochefort and Chatillion Plage offer additional opportunities to explore the French coast and enjoy the beautiful beaches and wonderful seafood!
By Ferry: we are easily reached in a day from all the main ferry ports including Le Havre, Caen, St Malo, Dieppe and Calais, with good motorway connections taking you close to the property (exit at Ruffec).
By Air: Poiters (55 mins), La Rochelle (90 mins), Limoges (90 mins), Bordeaux (2 hours), Paris (5 hours). You will need a hire car from the airport.
Villefagnan 2.5 km, Ruffec 15 km. Cognac and Angoulême (45 mins) are great for a day out. Poitiers 1 hour, La Rochelle and the coast (1 hour 30 minutes). Futuroscope theme park (60 minutes), Valley of the Monkeys (30 mins). Local lake for swimming (10 minutes by bike), River Charente kayaking (20 minutes), Verteuil Chateau, river and restaurants (20 minutes)
Ruffec is a short distance away and has supermarkets, shops, restaurants and bars. There are many lovely restaurants around the local area all serving very good value meals including the menu du jour which is always good value. There are local markets and fetes taking place throughout the year and we are on site to provide any local advice you might need.
Here are some of the activities available in the area:
Walking and cycling signed and unmarked routes. Swimming in the lake (with sandy beach, play area and seasonal lifeguard at Villefagnan; at the lovely river beach in Ruffec, also with seasonal lifeguard) and indoor pool in Ruffec. Further afield is the Nautilus Aquatic Park in Angouleme with water slides. Canoeing / kayaking is available on the river at Ruffec, Mansle and Jarnac. Horse-riding and fishing are also popular in the area. A number of golf courses are about an hour's drive away.
The modern Futuroscope theme park near Poitiers offers high-tech fun for all the family with many 3D and 4D simulator experiences and evening shows. The Valley of the Monkeys zoo-park at Romagne is great for children. The surrounding area has a variety of day trips, such as Parc de la Belle at Magne with its gardens and high rise tree houses, the Velo rail at Confolens (exploring the countryside by pedalling a converted rail cart on an old railway track), and the 'Green Venice' of Marais Poitevin near Niort with its colourful villages and waterways. Picturesque villages such as Verteuil and Nanteuil are nearby. Oradour sur Glane is a fascinating reminder of the history of World War II in the area.
Additional information about rental rates
Booking Notes: Please email, phone or fill in the Owner's Direct enquiry form. For each cottage, we require a £100 non-refundable deposit for each week to secure your booking and the balance is payable 60 days before your arrival. There is a refundable breakages deposit of £150 per cottage. You can pay in pounds or euros directly into our bank account or by cheque and this method is free of charge. You may also pay online with Owners Direct. However, please note that as Owners Direct impose a 8% transaction fee for online bookings, this additional amount will be added to the rental cost. The local tourist tax is 0.4 euros per adult per night. Under 18s are exempt and payment is due on arrival. Changeover Day: Changeover is on Saturday except out of season when different options may be available. Please do not arrive before 4pm except by prior arrangement because we need time to clean your cottage. Check out time is 10am. For short stays out-of-season and large discounts for long winter lets, please contact the owner.