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Anam Cara Cottage with Pool

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Phone: +44(0)1915192257

Anam Cara(Celtic "soul friend") is a beautiful Charente holiday cottage with private pool & large grounds - a perfect place for couples or families with children. Cheap budget flights & cheap ferries

  • Price from 175 GBP / Week
  • Capacity up to 6 people
  • 2 bedrooms & 1 bathroom
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Last updated: 10/15/2009

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New! Speedferries Supertickets at £27 per crossing. New! Ryanair flights to Angouleme from London Stanstead. Lovely cottage of honey-coloured Charente stone, in walled grounds, offering complete peace, privacy and relaxation as well as safe, spacious play areas for children. Private pool. Child friendly. Situated near to an ancient church in a delightfully pretty village. Bar and restaurant in the village. (English and French-speaking.) bold}
Excellent Air, Rail and road links for easy access by discounted ferry or cheap flights with budget airlines. Ask for our travel information sheet. Ideally situated for enjoying the sun & warmth, the beautiful scenery, lively activities and cultural heritage of Ruffecois, as well as trips to Futuroscope theme park, nature and wildlife parks, medieval towns, Poitiers, Confolens, La Rochelle, "Green Venice" the Marais Poitevin, Limoges and Cognac country. Just ask and we'll email you a full photogallery and feedback from previous guests.
Anam Cara is something special -a Charente holiday cottage offering accommodation of ancient character and modern comforts, at an affordable rental price in idyllic surroundings. Child friendly. Safe private pool. Perfect for couples and for families with children.
WALK to a friendly bar and restaurant in the village.
5 Mins to shops, supermarkets, cafes, bars and restaurants.
5 Mins to the Charente river and the Rejallant - a free leisure base/bar/restaurant/swimming/beach/picnic area at a restored water mill.

Just email us for a 100 photo Photogallery and further information

Situated near the ancient pilgrim's route of St Jaques de Compostelle (also known as Santiago de Compostela, or the route of St James)
Anam Cara (meaning "soul friend") is a place to restore and refresh the spirit. A chance for a real change of pace. Walk in at the start of your holiday - float out at the end! Whether you want to be active in town, or in stunning countryside, or whether you prefer peace and relaxation at home, Anam Cara and the Ruffecois area offers you a warm welcome and everything you could need for a memorable and rejuvenating holiday in one of the sunniest parts of France.
There's plenty to do at home. Children have space to explore and play safely and there is a covered sandpit for younger children. You have a very large lawned garden with a grapevined suntrap patio dining area, as well as areas of shade under fig, beech, cherry, magnolia and medlar trees. You can play badminton and other games, laze in the hammock listening to birdsong , or cool off in the private above-ground pool. Anam Cara is not part of a gite complex: you have private and exclusive use of all facilities.

In the evening, help yourself to some of the parsley, rosemary, basil, thyme, chives, garlic, onions or tomatoes to add to your evening meal, turn on the garden lights and relax in the warmth as you dine outdoors under the sunset. Or, if you don't want to cook, just walk up the road to the village bar and restaurant.
A very short walktakes you to the friendly village bar-restaurant, tennis courts, the village vineyard or glorious sunny woods, fields and country lanes.
Well-equipped and well-furnished accommodation combines ancient character with modern comforts. There are two attractive, light and airy double bedrooms, both with clothes storage, bedside tables and reading lights. All household linen is provided and your bed is made up before you arrive.
A large, chandeliered living room, with exposed Charente stone walls, beamed alcoves and fireplace with woodburning stove, looks via French windows onto a restful balcony overlooking grapevines and mature gated gardens.
Easy access to sunflower fields and vineyards, Futurescope theme park, lively towns, unmatched chateaux, bathing lakes, mills, boating, swimming, superb restaurants, friendly bars, picturesque and interesting villages and a region of rich cultural heritage.

In a nutshell
Property Type: Cottage
Nearest Airport: Poitiers - 60 kms or Angouleme

Location Type: Fishing Nearby, Horse Riding, Near the sea, Quiet, Riverside, Rural/Village, Town, Watersports
Bedrooms: 2 Double Bedrooms. Comfortable, airy bedrooms, both with sitting space and views of the orchard and an ancient church. Additional double sofabed in the lounge. Cot available on request.
Bathrooms: 1 Shower, 1 Separate WC. The bathroom adjoins the main bedroom and has shower and sink, with a separate WC.
Kitchen: New gas Cooker, Hob, Microwave, New Fridge-Freezer, Iron. Well-equipped kitchen (including toaster, coffee maker, etc) overlooks the patio dining area. The kitchen receives morning to early evening sunshine.
General: House Linen. Rental includes all utilities, heating, bed linen, towels and a welcome pack which gives you all you need to know about about where to go, what to see and how to get there.
Dining: Seating for 6. The house is equipped for indoor and outdoor dining. The dining area (to seat 6) looks out through French windows onto grapevines, lawn and beautiful trees.
Entertainment: TV for DVDs,Radio, CD System, Board Games, Tennis Court. Lots of interesting books in French and English(including "Anam Cara" by John O'Donohue) , children's games, radio, tape and CD player, and music are available.
Outside: Private Pool, Terrace, Garden, BBQ, Parking, Balcony, Garden Furniture. Above-ground pool . Parking and drive space.Beautiful garden (floodlit for evening dining)and patio area with vines, honeysuckle. (Use the fresh herbs and vegetables if they are ready! )
Suitability: Children Welcome.

Let us know what you like to do and we will email you information sheets to help you plan your holiday. The area has a wealth of attractions for both adults and children.A very short drive or bike ride takes you to indoor and outdoor pools, river bathing, horse-riding, canoes, kayaks, picnic areas, a bathing lake with beach, a variety of interesting cafes, bars and excellent restaurants. or you can go: fishing, explore the forests of Ruffec, buy fresh farm produce at local markets, visit the cinema, clubs, outdoor concerts, artists' workshops, taste the incomparable food and wine at "Gourmet Days". or take a look at: the Chateau of Verteuil, the panoramic views at Barro, the medieval church of Ruffec, the silver mines of Melle, the 12th century abbey at St Amant de Boixe, the protected medieval village of Tusson with spectacular gardens and a museum of rural life, the aquatic labyrinth at St Fraigne, restored mills at Condac and Villefagnan, the frescoes in the Chapel of Courcome, the International Dance Festival at Mansle (don't miss the fuchsia gardens), the restored chateau of Bayer - or just explore: you will find beautiful places, local fetes and festivals, and real French life. As you are 5 minutes from the N10, (and the main Paris to Bordeaux fast train route) access further afield is quick and easy to : the fascinating town of Poitiers and the Futuroscope theme park, The Vallee des singes (monkey park), Angouleme with its ancient streets and National Comics and Images Centre or the Chateau de la Rochefoucauld (with its nearby chocolaterie.) Or go east to the porcelain centre in Limoges and the International Folk Music Festival of Confolens; west to the excellent port of La Rochelle; north-west to the "Green Venice" of Marais Poitevin; ; south-west to Cognac(for tours and brandy tasting in the town or vineyards) or the superb Roman amphithatre and town of Saintes. Or take the TGV (fast train) from Ruffec to Bordeaux or Paris for the day.

Prices & deals

Lowest Weekly Price:
175 GBP
Highest Weekly Price:
515 GBP
Cleaning fee:
Charging Method:
Payment Types:
  • No Cash
  • No Credit Card
  • No Cheque
  • No Travellers cheque
  • No Paypal
  • No Wire Transfer

Location & area

An area full of rich cultural heritage, romanesque buildings, chateaux, beautiful rivers and scenery. Close to nature and wildlife parks, lakes and boating, Futuroscope theme park, beaches at La Rochelle, brandy tours at Cognac, Roman town of Saintes, Angouleme, Confolens, Poitiers.

Futuroscope Theme Park
Futuristic, multimedia, high-tech theme park which attracts visitors from all over Europe. Just outside Poitiers

Charente Tourist Information
Official Tourist Information site for the Charente with lots of good descriptions of outdoor activities, the Cognac area, roman archirecture, churches, picturesque villages, places to visit.

Parc Animalier de la Colline Enchantee
11 hectare animal park with wallabies, llamas, ostriches, emus, stags, deer, yak, antelopes, bison, dromedaries, and farm animals.

Confolens World Music & Dance Festival
In August every year Confolens hosts this international festival - ten day event with troupes of musicians and dancers from all corners of the globe. After the organised stage shows, small groups of artistes can be found on the terraces and bars of the town until the small hours

La Vallee des Singes
in a 15 hectare park, 350 monkeys, chimpanzees, apes, gorillas roam (almost) freely. Children can mix with the animals and join in feeding sessions.

La Toque Blanche
Excellent Hotel restaurant in Ruffec with lovely food and atmosphere at reasonable prices.

Wonderful animal park set in a beatiful natural environment in the Forest of Chize, with over 500 animals to see.

Oradour sur glane
The famous "martyr Village" subject to a terrible Nazi massacre in Worl War Two. Rebuilt village with museum, artefacts, memories, exhibitions.

A world in miniature: a Lilliput land containing hundreds of miniature models; Caesar's army approaching a medieval village; the Wild West; a Gaelic Village; the Renaissance in miniature; animated scale models. At Veyrac, ten minutes from Limoges, near Oradour sur Glane.

Ruffec town hall & information
Guidede tour of the town, tourist information, photos and events calendar.

Le petit fute
Descriptions of major towns, tourist information, interesting sites and places to visit.

Charente Guide
Tourist guide to Charente events, festivals, carnivals, concerts, exhibitions and guided tours.

Snake Island
L'ile aux Serpents is a fascinating world of snakes, iguanas, varans, alligators, lizards, turtles and mangees living in a natural environment including caves, water and flora. The vivarium is open all year and you can have close contact if you wish. At La Trimouille, east of Montmorillon and not too far from Les Geants du Ciel at Chauvigny.

Giants of the Sky
Les Geants du Ciel is at the stunning medieval city of Chauvigny. Eagles and other birds of prey, white storks, African marabous, Australian kookaburras, parrots and other birds from all over the globe perform spectacular and colourful demonstrations of their skills in flight.
Charente Museum Guide
Information and virtual guides to museums in Poitou-Charentes. Includes: archaeology, ethnology, Arts and Natural History museums throughout the region. Events calendar showing exhibitions.
Puy du fou
Medieval theme and adventure park near the Marais Poitevin

rte de Courcome, Villegats, 16700, Ruffec, France
Accommodation located in:
countryside, leisure area, near cultural interest, near fishing area, near futuroscope theme park, near historical interest, near horse riding, near restaurants & bars, near shopping area, near tennis courts, near the beach, near the charente river, near water sports, rural, village!

Amenities & services

Rental Notes:Accommodation is all one one level, but there are steps up to the house.We can send you information sheets on:Travel Information (How to get here inexpensively by air, sea, road and rail), Nearby cafes and bars, Nearby Chateaux, Places to visit, Boats & Boat Trips, Boulangeries & Patisseries, Restaurants, Wine, Cognac & Pineau, Lakes, Nature & Wildlife Parks, Supermarkets, Activities for Children, Villages to visit,Ruffec town, Days out to Angouleme, Cognac, Saintes, Poitiers, Confolens, Jarnac - and anything else you would like to know.10% of the booking fee will be sent to our chosen charity of the year, Medecins sans Frontieres.

# of Units: 1... and each unit includes:

  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Single beds: 0
  • Double beds: 2
  • Baby cots: 0
  • Single sofa beds: 0
  • Double sofa beds: 1


  • No Bath:
  • Yes Hair Drier:
  • Yes Shower:
  • Yes Towels:


  • Yes Washing Machine:
  • No Work Desk:
  • Yes Bed Sheets:
  • Yes Bikes:
  • No Cable/Satelite TV:
  • No Internet Broadband:
  • No Internet Dial Up:
  • Yes Ironing Board:
  • Yes Stereo/Radio System:
  • No Library:
  • No Telephone:
  • Yes DVD Player:
  • No Fax:


  • No Butler Service:
  • No House Chef:
  • No Local Guides:
  • No Local Transportation:
  • No 24h Concierge:
  • No Tours & Excursions:


  • Yes Fridge & Freezer:
  • Yes Crockery & Utensils:
  • No Dish Washer:
  • Yes Microwave:
  • Yes Oven:
  • No American Kitchen:

Living room

  • Yes Fireplace:
  • Yes Sofa Bed:
  • Yes Table & Chairs:


  • No Private Beach:
  • Yes Barbecue:
  • No Sauna:
  • Yes Garden:
  • No Shared Bathroom:
  • No Spa / Jacuzzi:
  • Yes Swimming Pool:
  • No Lift / Elevator:
  • No Disabled Facilities:
  • Yes Tennis Court:
  • Yes Terrace:
  • Yes Parking:
  • No Pets Welcome:


  • No Safe:
  • No Sea View:
  • No Central Heating:
  • No City View:
  • No Daily Cleaning:
  • No Air Conditioning:
  • Yes DVD/Music Collection:
  • No Ensuite Bathroom:
  • Yes Balcony:

Additional information

Board Basis:
Accommodation Only
Welcome pack:
You'll find an initial welcome pack of wine, fruit juice, bottled water, chocolate and all the information you need on where to go, what to see and how to get there.

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