On the threshold of the Dordogne and Vienne, Les Chevilloux is ideally placed for day trips to the coast, as well as the caves and grottoes of the Dordogne. Les Chevilloux is nestles in 3 acres of gardens and boasts mature walnut and other large ornamental trees. The 10 x 5 swimming pool allows secure secluded bathing and lazing in the sun.
The pace here is gentle and it is not too far to get to from the Channel - just 5 hours from Caen, yet far enough to feel "abroad" and enjoys a much better climate - the second sunniest region in France. Gastronomy is very important to the Charentais. This is home to the grape, melon, mussels, paté de foie gras and other duck and goose products, snails, and of course, Cognac.
Kitchen and dining
Inside is a fully fitted modern kitchen including washing machine, fridge and separate 3 drawer freezer. There is a gas hob, electric oven and microwave.
A very large and comfortable sitting room also has the dining area. It benefits from its own dedicated internet connection, which also provides Wi-Fi connection for smartphones etc. There is satellite television providing UK Free to Air programmes and radio, and also a decoder to provide French television.
There is a very large double bedroom with wash basin and a comfortable and sunny second twin bedded room.
The shower room has a lavatory and basin unit.
In the cooler months, heating is from full gas central heating, which also provides constant and unlimited hot water.
The cottage receives both UK satellite television and French television.
Garden and outside
Outside guests enjoy their own sitting and dining area with large parasol, and barbecue. The garden of 3 acres is a haven for wildlife and Paula's domain for planting. Nestling amongst the flowering shrubs is the 10 x 5 metre swimming pool, to which guests have unlimited and sole use. Here you can recline and relax under the Charente sunshine.
Parking and garages
Les Chevilloux is totally enclosed and provides ample secure parking.
Les Chevilloux has a wildlife and fish pond, and flower gardens which could make it unsuitable for very young children.
Also available is a table tennis table, boules, badminton kit and bicycles. Our chickens will attempt to provide you with fresh eggs too!
Agris is a small village, typical of the Charente farming tradition. The village, just a 2 minute stroll up the lane, has a small post office, church and bar restaurant - 'Le Relais d'Agris' Here you can enjoy an excellent Menu du Jour; an inexpensive lunch of 3 courses including wine. La Rochefoucauld; our local town is 7 minutes away and has all you may need for shopping, with new Leclerc supermarket, and little shops in town. There is a Saturday market there too. The imposing château is a must to visit. Angoulême, about 15 minutes drive, is a buzzing city with all types of restaurants.
Mansle: Canoeing on the Charente river
Lacs de Haute Charente - Guerlie: Man-made lake for watersports
Angoulême: Departmental capital city within ramparts. Famous for the classic car race each September and the comic strip. Also, the railway station is here which connects with Eurostar.
Chassenon: Roman villa remains.
Oradour sur Glâne: National monument of martyred village, destroyed and its inhabitants murdered by SS troops in June 1944.
La Rochelle and coast: A day out by the sea - La Rochelle , Rochefort , Royan all provide all the delights of the seaside. Just a couple of hours away.
Futuroscope at Poitiers: Fun and adventure theme park for all the family just an hour and 30 minutes drive north.
"We had the most lovely relaxing holiday at Les Chevilloux. Many others have commented on how great Chris and Paula were - and we would totally concur. The grounds were great - super swimming pool (with a deep end), fun going cycling, playing boules, table tennis etc - so easy to find a peaceful Cookson Family
"A place to chill out and relax in a beautiful garden surrounding a refreshing swimming pool.
The cottage is very comfortable with every amenity you wish for and beautifully clean and well Paula and Chris were perfect hosts - nothing was too much for them and they go one step further to make your holiday an enjoyable Maureen and Steve W
"... finding somewhere to stay that perfectly match our needs was always going to be a challenge.
However, Chris and Paula's gite was absolutely I must mention the care and attention which was put into our arrival: absolutely nothing was too much trouble to cater for our needs. Even prior to our arrival and booking, Chris and Paula were always available (via ) to answer any questions about the And that kind of care and attention completely sums up the fantastic way in which Chris and Paula's accommodation is run when you're there: if you want someone to make recommendations or help their door is open but, likewise, if you just want a peaceful time relaxing and enjoying their fabulous gardens you will be completely at free to do so with no interference. In short, you couldn't wish for a more helpful, kind and professional couple. I just wish more places were run with these values, care and attention!" Martin A and Family
"You have made 2 Kiwis very happy, all the previous superlatives are Maxwells, New Zealand
"Fantastic time, beautiful cottage, great we will be Mahews, Cornwall
"You run out of superlatives; this is our 4th time and not our last; it is like staying with The Grants, Scotland
"To chill out was the plan. Over 2 weeks at this "jewel", we achieved all our goals...
Your kindness, Paula and Chris, enshrined with gardens, flora and general ambiance
completed a superb Grattan-Bellew, Ireland
"La Forge has been our winter house hunting home; warm and comfortable,
and with Chris and Paula providing help, support and advice, with much kindness..." The Greys, Verdille
"To our hosts Chris and Paula, thanks for a relaxing holiday, enjoyed the area very see you Saunders family, The Wirral.
"The most relaxing holiday we can remember. This is due to Chris and Paula's hospitality and knowing that they are there should you need Kelly family, Witney.
"Wonderful hospitality - we really would have liked to have stayed longer..." Clements family, Brigg.
"A lovely Gite in a lovely setting with hosts who cannot do enough to ensure that you enjoy your Bonsall family, Penryn.
"Once again, a wonderful stay at Les Chevilloux - thanks so much for your generous The Ralphs, Marchwood.
"3 weeks of fun, wine, good food, wonderful hosts and glorious weather. What else could you possibly want? Thank you so much Chris and Paula for our third super The Farquharsons, Ruskington.
"We have had the most enjoyable and relaxing week in an idyllic setting.
Many thanks Chris and Paula for everything..." The Robinson family, Jordanstown NI.
"Very enjoyable week. Very good accommodation- so much space and good facilities.
Many thanks for your The Shadrake family, Hornchurch.
"We have had a wonderful restful holiday. We enjoyed exploring the area, but most of all loved Les Chevilloux - the gardens & the pool are great. Chris and Paula have been perfect hosts, never intrusive, but always there if you need them..." The Williams family, Blackwood
A day's drive from the Channel ports. Limoges and Bordeaux airports are less than 2 hours drive. Angoulême station is where the TGV arrives that connects with Eurostar. We send you detailed directions.
Chris and Paula retired to the Charente from Dorset, England in 2000. We loved Les Chevilloux immediately. In summer the fields around us are filled with sunflowers and maize, and the Braconne forest, just an amble or cycle up the lane, is a delight to explore.
Our 18th century stone cottage or "gîte" makes a very comfortable holiday retreat and we have, over the years, ensured that it is fully equipped with everything you need for a relaxing holiday. The 10 x 5 metre swimming pool is yours whenever you want it and is lit for those swims on balmy summer evenings. You also have free use of the village tennis courts.
Why here? It is simple. The pace here is as gentle as it was in rural Dorset. It is not too far to get to from the Channel - just 5 hours from Caen, yet far enough to feel "abroad" and enjoys a much better climate - the second sunniest region in France. Gastronomy is very important to the Charentais. This is home to the grape, melon, mussels, paté de foie gras and other duck and goose products, snails, and of course, Cognac.
On the threshold of the Dordogne and Vienne, Les Chevilloux is ideally placed for day trips to the coast, as well as the caves and grottoes of the Dordogne. However, there is plenty to see on the doorstep without going far. La Rochefoucauld; our local town is 7 minutes away and has all you may need for shopping, with LECLERC hypermarket, and little shops in town. There is a Saturday market there too. The imposing château is a must to visit. Angoulême, about 15 minutes drive, is a buzzing city with all types of restaurants. Built on ramparts, it hosts a famous classic car race every September when the city is normally filled with British enthusiasts who have driven their classic cars down for the weekend.
We love sharing Les Chevilloux with our guests, many of whom return again and again and we have become "their friends in France", as one couple put it. Whenever you come, we are here to ensure your complete satisfaction, whatever it takes. We want you to want to come again too! Paula is an enthusiastic and talented gardener and she has spent the last 19 years developing what was an "empty canvas". We share the gardens with woodpeckers, red squirrel and all types of other birds.
So, all you have to do is choose when you want to come - easy!