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Rural Gite in quiet surroundings

Bedrooms 2
Space 24 m²
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

2 bedroom property with modern facilities

Charming modern GITE with 2 bedrooms, bathroom with over bath shower and screen, spacious and well equipped Kitchen with electric cooker, fridge, microwave and washing machine. Opens to pretty courtyard garden with outside seating and barbecue available. Double bedroom, children's room with bunk beds, and sofa bed in lounge. TV and DVD player in lounge. Property also has the use of adjoining gardens associated with the owners house.

Irene Beeby
Member since: 2015
Speaks english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 18, 2018

About Irene Beeby

We have our own house on site and welcome you to our GITE. We celebrate 20 years for having our wonderful peaceful idyll in rural France in 2017

Irene Beeby purchased this cottage in 1997

Why Irene Beeby chose Benest

We have loved the Charente for years with its climate, quiet countryside and beautiful woods and rolling landscape. We chose to live on a hill but near to the river so that we have extensive views of the valley. We love the local river which are within easy walking distance.

We wanted tranquillity but easy access to local amenities and towns such as Ruffec, Angouleme, Confolens and Poitiers as these larger towns have wonderful architecture, fantastic restaurants, café culture and additional leisure and shopping facilities. Our grandchildren enjoy the visits to Futuroscope,the lakes and children's parks which are all accessible by car.

Charente enjoys a 'micro' climate and is reported to be the second sunniest place in France, next to the Cote d'Azur. From April through to September are considered the best months, however sometimes the warm weather lingers through to November.

We have recently renovated and restored the GITE so that it is comfortable modern and cosy with space for a family of four to relax in comfort.

What makes this cottage unique

We are in a rural location with access to local amenities including supermarkets, bars, restaurants, within the property you will find a peaceful relaxing location to really unwind.

We have an extensive garden within our property with playing field, rose gardens and ornamental grass gardens which provide an extra interest in our gardens as they attract unusual local wildlife.

We have a selection of cycles which can be used by agreement.

From May through to September, we can provide an above the ground swimming pool which is located in the owners gardens.


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation cottage rental in Benest, France

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 24 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Bath with shower overhead and screen
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Bunk beds
    Bedroom 1 - 1 double , wardrobes and clothes drawers
  • One double (master) and one child's room with bunk beds
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 4 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • forests
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • tennis


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(4 traveler reviews)

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Rural Gite in quiet surroundings
average rating of 4.75 based on 4 reviews

Lovely setting in rural france

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful setting not far from benest. Irene greeted us on our arrival and provided as many details of local and not so local amenities as you could need. She was always available if needed but never imposed herself upon us. The gite still appears recently renovated and to a good spec. Loads of activities on site and having bikes to go to the local rivers, bar, shop, tennis court etc was brilliant. It is clearly advertised as for young or small families and we took a slight risk taking 14 year olds who are quite large. Theyfelt their room was a little small but it was still more than adequate for them and didn't detract from the stay at all, particularly as there is so much space elsewhere in the gite and on site. I wasn't aware that if we needed an internet connection it would cost more as it is satellite based but to be honest it was a pleasure to go offline for a while although there is mobile phone reception. We would visit again and thoroughly enjoyed staying with Irene and meeting her grandson. Thanks again for making our time with you so pleasant.

  • Submitted: 14-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Peace, relaxation and sunshine

  • 5 of 5

This property is an absolute gem in a scenic rural location. We were welcomed by Irene with a glass of wine and a full tour of the property and the outdoor amenities. When enquiring I asked about fishing, and Irene had sourced information and much to our surprise there was fishing equipment we could use as well as bicycles to get to fishing locations if we did not wish to drive.

The gite is as described but the extras in the kitchen are a marvel, with much more storage space than we expected. The bedrooms have plenty of storage space too. There is a powerful shower in the bathroom and lots of fluffy towels are available. The lounge is very comfortable and in the evening once the sun had set we were able to sit and watch a DVD. As it was late April when we visited we did need to use the electric radiators, and these soon took the chill off.

The outside courtyard is ideal for al fresco dining and there is seating placed in sun spots all around the property.

We had visited the area before but there was a great deal of information on places to visit. Irene is your personal Tourist Information officer as her 20 years knowledge is very useful. We visited recommended restaurants where we found the food and service to be of a great quality. We also visited the Irish Tea rooms in Confolens and walked on the very ancient bridge in this lovely old town.

There are several supermarkets nearby and anything you specifically need Irene can advise you on where to go, she will also advise you on which wines are to your taste and budget.

We will definitely use this property again, maybe bring the grandchildren next time to take advantage of the pool and the various games and activities supplied.

We left this property feeling very relaxed and also sporting spring sun tans, which was great considering it was snowing in England at the time.

Thank you Irene hope to see you again soon.

  • Submitted: 24-May-2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Linda So glad that you enjoyed your holiday and we look forward to see you again soon. We hope that your sun tan is lasting for you to show your friends, Irene
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Peace, tranquility and sunshine heaven

  • 5 of 5

Upon arrival greeted by Irene and a welcome glass of wine. Explicit tour of this gite given, it has so many extras above my expectations. I mentioned in my initial enquiry that we were interested in fishing, Irene had all the relevant information and also had fishing equipment and bicycles for us to use. The provision of Al Fresco dining and strategically placed seating to catch all the best sun rays in the pretty courtyard area which is secure.

Inside the kitchen is a revelation with lots of storage and a full sized cooker. The lounge area is very comfortable with lots of books to read and DVDs to watch once the sun has set. Upstairs the bedrooms are also very comfortable and spacious, with lots of storage areas, the bathroom has a full size bath and a powerful shower.

We had visited this area before, but there was great deal of information available on where to go and what to do, and Irene's 20 years knowledge of the area means we had our own Tourist information officer on site. We visited the restaurants

  • Submitted: 16-May-2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Spa holiday benefits without the price tag

  • 4 of 5

My wife and I decided at quite a late stage that it would be nice to take our twin daughters away for a holiday for the first time without their older 3 siblings - but where to go?

Having surfed for hours we finally found this gem and as this was only our second visit to France we only had the site information to go on and that was enough to entice us to the Charente.

We arrived at around 9pm to a warm welcome, and the offer of a cold beer, from our host Irene who gave us a brief but full run down of all the accommodation essentials. Before she disappeared to allow us to settle in Irene offered the opportunity of a drive into Champagne-Mouton in the morning as an orientation and shopping run - which was greatly appreciated.

The property was exactly as advertised, was fresh and clean with a vase of fresh flowers to welcome us.

There were a number of local holiday guide magazines provided which allowed us to plan visits etc, this in conjunction with Irene's 20 years of local knowledge meant we were able to make the most of our stay although to be perfectly honest this holiday was more about completely unwinding rather than a full on 2 weeks of "up and at them".

The gite is in a very rural area and without wifi (although available at the local pub - about 2km) or mobile phone provided the perfect opportunity to completely recharge the batteries. The gite was in an exceptionally quiet and peaceful location and with the provision of a range of bicycles the local area could be explored at leisure. That said there are a wide range of activities, excursions and places of interest to pique everybody's attention. One place I would certainly recommend for anybody visiting this region is to visit Oradour-sur-Glane and the velo-rail at Confolens.

We would most certainly return again and with a range of accommodation sizes we may even bring the older kids !

  • Submitted: 31-Aug-2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
75 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
40 Kilometres
Saint Junien
Nearest Train
25 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
8 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
50 Kilometres
Lacs de Haute Charente
Car: necessary

Located on the border of the Vienne and Charente regions near to the River Charente. Ruffec, Poitiers, Confolens and Charroux are picturesque towns with interesting architecture and many summer activities including an international dance festival. Swimming opportunities are available at a lake resort near Confolens. We are near the Cognac region and further afield are the Bordeaux vineyards.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation cottage rental in Benest, France

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer 2018
Jul 21 2018 - Aug 11 2018
7 night minimum stay
short break 2018 special
Aug 22 2018 - Aug 25 2018
3 night minimum stay
Autumn 2018
Sep 22 2018 - Dec 22 2018
7 night minimum stay
Spring 2019
Apr 20 2019 - Jun 30 2019
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit C$172.65

The property is strictly no smoking.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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