House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Les Cotes is a 3 bedroom house set within a private ¾ acre garden , planted with a wide variety of shrubs and trees, with private pool, in the rural area of Pillac.The house is surrounded by countryside planted with walnut trees. A short walk away are 2 lakes and a small shop selling local hazelnut oil and honey. Pillac is 9 kms north of Aubeterre- sur- Dronne, which is recognised as one of the prettiest villages in France.
The house has magnificent views from all rooms and has 3 large double bedrooms, suitable for 6 adults and 2 small children. A lounge with balcony, large kitchen, family size bathroom and separate W.C on the first floor. Downstairs is a large garage / games area, laundry room and further W.C.
The house benefits from a 9.5 mts x 4.5 mts swimming pool which is totally enclosed with self-closing gate for safety. (Pool open end of May - end September, depending on weather conditions) It has a large terrace with sun loungers, table & chairs with parasol and portable BBQ. There is plenty of space to sit and relax in the shade or sun.
A quiet and peaceful location but only 5 minutes away from the shops in St Severin and 20 minutes drive from the large town of Riberac.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Man made beach at Aubeterre 9 km|
|Nearest Amenities||6 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bergerac 65 km, Nearest railway: Montmoreau St. Cybard 13.5 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Games room, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (3), Cots (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Further details indoors|
The large kitchen has all round countryside views, a large table that can seat 6 persons comfortably. It has hob, electric oven, microwave oven, cooking utensils, crockery (with additional crockery for pool area) along with the items listed above there is a blender, food mixer, coffee maker, bottle warmer if required.
The lounge has french doors leading to a balcony where you can sit and enjoy the view. The lounge has all media requirements - Satellite TV with Freeview English channels and French TV channels. DVD player/recorder & VHS player. Music centre with CD player and iphone / ipod dock.
There is a log fire to enjoy in chilly weather.
The first bedroom has a super king-size bed and the second bedroom has a king-size bed both have views across the countryside. Bedroom 3 has a double bed and a single bed with a pull-out single bed below. There are also 2 cot/beds available to use, limited bedding available for these.
The family bathroom has a combined bath/shower with screen. The vanity unit has 2 basins and lighting with power point for shaver. There is a separate W.C. next to the bathroom. Towels provided.
The property heating and / hot water is provided via an oil boiler and radiators in all first floor rooms.
Downstairs there is a large laundry room with washing machine, tumble dryer and indoor clothes line. There is also an ironing board with a steam generator iron.
The large garage / games room has a darts board and numerous indoor and outdoor games and toys.
There are books, videos and DVDs in the cabinet.
There are 2 adult bikes (ladies / gents) and one child's bike for use while at the property.
|Further details outdoors|
Extensive gardens allowing for relaxation away from pool area if required.
Numerous garden games provided. There is also an additional clothes line at rear of house.
The swimming pool is situated at the rear of the property. High hedges around the pool ensure privacy
It is totally enclosed with self closing gate. This gate must be closed for security and children must not be allowed unsupervised access. It is surrounded by large terrace area. There is also a BBQ to dine alfresco by pool area if required. There is a table and chairs with large parasol for dining along with a number of sun-loungers.
The pool is normally available for swimming from late May to late September / October (depending on weather).
A welcome pack is provided on arrival.
The Poitou-Charentes/Vendee region
The region has a micro - climate and the second highest temperatures and most hours of sunshine according to the weather centre in Cognac. It enjoys almost as much sunshine as the south of France.
With easy access from the southern channel ports, or use of local airports, it is a popular destination for British holidaymakers seeking a sun / relaxing holiday.
However there is much more to this area than sunshine including fortified cities and vineyards. Angouleme, the capital is only 42 km to the north and is worth a visit for its Romanesque architecture,excellent restaurants and a good shopping centre. Each September Les Circuits des Ramparts,one of only 3 classic car races in the world, takes place through the streets of Angouleme.
Chalais which is approx 15 kms away holds its market day every Monday & also boasts an excellent restaurant in its old chateau.
Riberac approx 18km away in the Dordogne, has its market on Fridays, a good place to select your picnic items and head to Lake Jemaye. Here you will find large nature trails,water sports, horse riding and a sandy beach with shops and restaurants for a great day out.
Brantome approx 46 km away is very picturesque and well worth a visit.
There are also highly rated theme parks such as Puy du Fou and Futuroscope.
Aubeterre sur Dronne
Pillac is ideal for bike rides and walks or just to relax. It is surrounded by acres of sunflowers in the summer. Aubeterre is approx. 9 kms. from "Les Cotes" and is rated as one of the most beautiful towns in the region. It has a market which is held on Sunday mornings and features local arts, crafts and produce.
There is also puppet show for children and adults alike, but booking is essential. Much of the town is pre-Roman, in particular the Eglise Monolithe, an ancient place of worship in a gigantic cave. There are many restaurants and cafes, many of which are in a beautiful shady square - just the place to while away the afternoon with a coffee or aperitif! The town is situated on the river Dronne, which has an excellent safe river beach and is excellent for young children. Canoeing and tennis are also available.
As mentioned previously Lake Jemaye, a half hour's drive away has a lovely swimming and bathing lake which has recently been extensively developed with restaurants, children's play areas and a nature trail. This is an extremely good place to spend the day.
The nearest supermarket (Spar) is just 5 minutes drive away in the nearby town of St. Severin which has a bank, butcher, baker, newsagent and post office. You will also find "La Petite Etoile"a coffee shop with WIFI. Larger supermarkets are in Montmoreau saint Cybard (10 mins), Chalais (20 mins) and Riberac (20mins)
There are many pleasant walks in the surrounding area which are a haven to many varieties of birds and animals, including deer and wild boar.
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4 Sep 2013
"Wish we were back there!!!"
This is one of the easiest reviews I have had the pleasure to write! As a family (4 adults, 2 kids) we have stayed in many gites/barns/houses throughout southern and western France, and les cotes was far and away the best located for peace and quiet (which we go for) and facilities. The rooms were clean, tidy and a good size. The kitchen was so well stocked we didn't need anything. The games room was a nice touch, although the weather was so good we didn't use it at all. And as for the pool area it was perfect!! Enough seating, a bit of shade for everyone and a clean, refreshing pool. A trip in to aubeterre is a must, the market on Sundays is great. Some great bars and reataurants with live music most summer nights. As for les cotes, yes we were lucky with the weather, but even we couldn't have expected such peace, tranquility and a restful time. Len was the perfect host, replying quickly and answered all questions. We will definitely be back here!!
Thank you for your kind comments and review of property. Look forward to you staying again.
26 Aug 2013
"Everything we hoped for....and more"
Everything about this property was perfect: The house is VERY big and the description doesn't do it justice. The upstairs is clean, airy and tastefully decorated with lots of space. All downstair… More
Thank you for your feedback and kind comments. We look forward to seeing you when you stay again.
15 Aug 2013
"Idyllic, peaceful, relaxing, spacious, beautiful"
I think the title says it all. The property is on a quiet lane which is hardly used and there is only one other property within a half mile radius. In the evenings the location is dead quiet (apart from the odd cricket) with no light pollution so the stars are incredible. We made full use of the swimming pool and BBQ. There are several shops (small independent shops and large supermarkets) ten to twenty minutes drive away so you're not too isolated. The house is on two floors: the first floor has the living quarters (kitchen, living room, bedrooms, bathroom and toilet). The ground floor has a playroom, laundry room and another toilet. The photos don't do justice to the house.
Thank you for your comments and taking the time to carry out the review. we look forward to you staying at Les Cotes again in the future.
5 Sep 2012
"Fantastic peaceful vacation with a super swimming pool"
Enjoyed a great stay at Les Cotes. Very comfortable property that contained all we needed for our family vacation. Swimming pool was a very welcome addition given the hot weather and on most evenings we enjoyed the heat of the sun until 7.30PM. Closest village for morning croissants was a few miles drive away and drive a little further to see the very pretty town of Aubeterre. My only comment on this area of France is we tended to have to drive quite a distance to find other attractions. Visited Cognac and Remy Martin which was great and canoeing in Aubeterre is well worth doing.
Thank you for your kind comments and look forward to seeing you at Les Cotes again
28 Jul 2012
"Absolutley lovely peaceful retreat"
There were 5 in our group including my 2 children aged 6 and 9. The children made use of the spacious pool almost daily. On the days the weather was not so hot there was plenty to keep the children entertained inside. We had a few BBQs in the evenings which were lovely sat in the sunshine in the peace and quiet. You really can't believe how quiet it is in this pretty village.
We travelled into Aubetterre in the evenings and founds a couple of lovely restaurants where the staff were very friendly and spoke English.
The house was equipped with everything you would ever need and more. Very modern and clean property.
Hi Mrs Keel,
I am glad you and your family had a satisfactory and relaxing stay at Les Cotes.
Thank you for your feed back, and kook forward to you staying again
8 Jan 2012
"My Late weekend break"
This was my first visit to the Pilac area of France and would honestly say this is a beautiful part of the country. The accomodation I stayed in with friends for a long weekend was a comfortable one and a half hours drive from Bordeaux Airport through some stunning countryside.
On our arrival we were suprised on the size of the acommodation which would comfortably home Eight people with plenty of room.
With stunning views of the french countryside from every window . The acomodation comes complete with all the creature comforts you get when you are at home plus the added bonus of a private swimming pool.
All in all we thoroughly enjoyed our stay so much that we are returning in 2012 in Mayl for a long weekend and again in the summer for a two week stay.
Hi I am glad you enjoyed your short break so much that you booked a further two breaks with us. I look forward to seeing you again soon.
3 Jan 2012
"Idyllic isolated location yet within 10 minutes of pretty Aubterre sur Dronne"
Les Cotes stands alone and is surrounded by walnut tree orchards and sweetcorn fields which gives the location a feeling of quintessentially rural French life. It will suit you if, like us, you prefer to see as few people as possible on holiday. The house is spacious and very well equipped. It has a fabulous swimming pool within a fenced enclosure, although parents should be aware that there is no survellience of the pool from the house itself.
The house is only a 10 minutes drive from Aubterre-sur-Dronne a lovely village, voted prettiest in France on a number of occasions. This has a central square where there is a market and numerous good places to eat, although there did seem to be a lot of English people owning local businesses. The local river offers great (easy) canoeing and a man-made beach. The underground Church is definately worth a visit.
We had a lovely relaxing holiday with children aged 11, 8 and 6 and would thoroughly recommend Les Cotes which offers good value for money.
Hi, I would like to thank you for your feedback and we are glad that you enjoyed your time at Les Cotes. We look forward to you staying again
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