Comfort and character feature in this detached stone cottage set in the owners' 1.5 acre garden. The ground floor is airy and open plan with a log burner for cooler times. Upstairs sleeps four in two double bedrooms divided by a shower room with WC. One room has an extra single bed. The kitchen has a gas stove plus most essential items and space to store your provisions.
The cottage's private terrace has dining furniture, sun awning and a chimney BBQ. A few steps through the garden take you to the one depth, naturally heated, 8x4 metre swimming pool. Its spacious sunbathing terrace, with loungers, has a solar heated shower. The poolside kitchenette is handy for keeping drinks cool and making a reviving cuppa. The tableware is shatterproof for your safety. Mature trees provide shady spots.
Ample parking is close to the cottage. A vehicle is necessary for the five minutes rural drive for breakfast bread and to explore the Charente and neighbouring Dordogne. The locality is renown for the commercial growing of trees, shrubs and sunflowers.
From the guest book:
James, Diane and Isobel stayed in 2009 and vowed to return. Three years on they said, "True to our word, we returned here for a second time which can only be testament to Wendy and Den's wonderful home and their effort to ensure that we had a fab and relaxing break."
Brenda, John and Neil also stayed twice and said, "We've been to France many times in a variety of locations and can honestly say this has been one of the best. Could not ask for more. Wendy and Den have been fantastic hosts."
Hamish and Keith from London escaped to France to avoid the 2012 Olympic games. They said, "We have had a wonderful week. Leaving feeling very chilled and relaxed." They are due to return this year.
Other comments include:
"We've had a wonderful time - the shortest fortnight in history! The gite is lovely, the setting just beautiful," Carol, Toby, Hannah and Rachel.
"A lovely, relaxing holiday in beautiful surroundings. Thank you to Wendy and Denis for making us so welcome. Loved the pool and the beach at the lake. Highly recommend kayaking down the Tardoire from Montbron,10 mins away. Suitable for beginners, it was the highlight of the holiday, floating down the most beautiful river past mills and chateau only seen from the river. Perfect holiday! "- Charlotte, Ian and Alexandra.
"What a lovely cottage, what a beauiful location, what brillant hosts. We've thoroughly enjoyed our stay" - Linda and Will.
"Shame to go home, everything's been great. Keep up the good work." - The Shirleys
"What a lovely place, peaceful and so quiet - wonderful for relaxing, beautiful cottage." - Chris and Helen.
"Lovely gite, lovely area, lovely weather and lovely hosts, Wendy and Denis. Perfect." - Derek and Jo.
"We've thoroughly enjoyed our very relaxing stay at your fabulous cottage." Phil and Gillian
"We've had the most wonderful holiday - great cottage, lovely hosts and fabulous weather. Aubeterre and Confolens worth a visit. The chateau at La Rochefoucauld is a must. Thank you, Wendy and Denis - we could not have asked for more. The pool was the girls' favourite." - Nick, Jayne, Isabella and Imogen.
"Had a great time. Very nice area, lots to see. Very hospitable people. Recommend Confolens and Jarnac, but ask Denis. He is better than satnav or a Michelin guide."
- Mike and Judith, Gerald and Lorraine.
"Home from home, particularly all those lovely towels," Nick, and Jude, Maggie and John
"Thanks for a lovely week. The warmth of the sun only rivalled by the warmth of your welcome." - Jane, Tony and Louise.
"Ipomoea Cottage is a truly beautiful and tranquil place to relax and unwind". Paul, Helen, Keith, Valerie.
"We have thoroughly enjoyed staying at this cottage. It felt like home away from home. Everything around this area is beautiful. This holiday has exceeded our expectations." Kerps, Jas and Karam.
"We have had a wonderful two weeks holiday in this beautiful part of France. Ipomoea Cottage had everything we wanted and more - so cosy!! We loved your garden, pool and not forgetting Monsieur Scruffy!! (Resident cat). Den and Wendy - its been great to meet you - we thank you both for all your help, info on the area. You are a lovely, friendly, happy couple and we've had lots of laughs with you!! WE WILL BE BACK." Carol and Ian.
"Wendy and Den, WOW! Thank you for being the perfect hosts. We have had an amazing week exploring, canoeing in Perigeux, Adventure Park, Brantome Little Venice, Lac Lavaud, Grand Roc caves(Perigeux) and enjoyed the relaxation of the pool and beautiul gardens. The cottage is perfect and has everything you need," Hannah, Keith and Oliver, August 2013.
"We loved being here. We will recommend your cottage to everyone who wants a peaceful, nice holiday in France," Meinte, Titia, Mathijs and Mark, Netherlands. July 2013
"A lovely relaxing holiday in such a peaceful and picturesque area. Lots of lie ins and lazing by the pool (while hubby biked miles). Many thanks to Denis and Wendy for their hospitality and Scruffy (cat) and chickens for occasional amusement." Richard, Andre and Olly. August 2013
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Lac de Charente (man made) 10 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Limoges 35 miles, Nearest railway: Angouleme 29 miles|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (1), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
Spacious open plan living area. Electric wall heaters in bedrooms and lounge.
|Further details outdoors|
A south west facing terrace to one side of the cottage has furniture and a BBQ ideal for taking meals accompanied by sunsets and birdsong. The peace is rarely broken with the sounds of sirens but rather the occasional tractor, lowing cow, hoopoo and cuckoo in spring. Buzzards are to be seen all year round. Red squirrels and deer sometimes visit. There are many species of birds to interest the twitcher. Artists will be inspired.
In front of the cottage is a private lawn with arbour seat surrounded by fragrant plants. A low hedge divides this lawn from guests' double parking space. To make unloading luggage and shopping easy there is space for guests to draw up in front of the cottage door.
A swing garden seat is conveniently placed to admire sunsets beyond the neighbouring field.
For three years in succession the front garden was awarded a French Tourist Board prize for attractively enhancing the hamlet.
The enticing swimming pool is available 10.00am to 7.00pm from May to September. The pool steps are the perfect place to sit and read while keeping your legs cool in the water. A small poolside kitchen has a sink, kettle, fridge, crockery and cutlery.
A collection of dainty Japanese acers can be admired from the pool and its terrace. A large spreading beech tree provides welcome shade not far from the pool.
Arrivals not before 4.00pm and departures by 10.00 am.
£100.00 deposit per week at time of booking with the balance 6 weeks before arrival.
We recommend that you take out holiday insurance.
Rentals are from Saturday to Saturday during Peak Season but flexible whenever possible.
A security deposit of £100.00 against any damages incurred is required with the bulk of the rental. This deposit will be refunded a few days after departure if nothing is damaged.
The Charente, in SW France, is rivalled only by the Provence for sunshine. It is a region famed for its Charentaise blue skies, cattle, sunflowers, slippers, Limoges porcelain and Cognac. Trips out can be made to picturesque villages, Resistance Movement monuments, pottery outlets, and conveniently placed distilleries.
The capital, Angouleme, is renowned for its annual vintage car race around the streets during the third weekend in September.The city is also home to comic strip and paper making. Every August the pretty town of Confolens hosts a week of international music and dancing.
To the south of the region is the picturesque hilltop village of Aubeterre which has won the title as one of the most beautiful villages in France
Leave your stresses at the airport or motorway and join the peaceful narrow roads taking you through gently undulating countryside to reach our haven at the hamlet of Le Roule. Ipomoea cottage is ideally placed for short drives to a choice of lakes and rivers some hosting a variety of sports and boat rides..
Chateaux, shops, bakeries, water sports, fishing, golf, horse riding, an adventure park for all ages and a fun Velo (five seater bike) route along a disused railway line are within a 10km radius. Exploring the locality will take you along tree lined roads with neatly trimmed verges. Rustic gardens, some brimming with flowers and others with neat veg patches are to be admired. And you can play spot the odd buzzard, bat or owl.