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Self Catering Gites & Bed and Breakfast at The Courtyard at Sainte Catherine, Angouleme, Charente Maritime, South West France (click here for map)

Holiday Gite Accommodation Summary (FR244)

Special Offer: September availability
  • Week of the 1st Chez Coco, 650 euros
  • Week of the 7th Chez Aristide, 750 euros
  • Week of the 14th Chez Aristide, 750 euros
  • Week of the 21st Cachee, Coco and Aristide. Aristide 750, Coco, 650, Cachee 500.
  • Pool will remain heated until the end of September.
  • Prices includes all linens and towels and end of stay cleaning.
  • Welcome pack of tea, coffee, sugar milk, bread, butter and jam.

The Courtyard at Sainte Catherine has three family friendly gites and Bed and Breakfast in the Charente region of South West France. We are not just about a "nice gite", however, we do strive to make you comfortable. The Courtyard is about great food, beautiful and peaceful surroundings and wonderful experiences. Located near Jarnac, Cognac and Angouleme, surrounded by sunflowers and vineyards, yet still within easy access to all of the family friendly facilities and attractions you expect for your perfect family holiday. We also have a 3m x 5m above ground splash pool & Freesat TV in the gites.

The town of Rouillac with all amenities and swimming pools 2 mins away including an outdoor swimming pool with 4 pools, diving board, lap pool, childrens pool, baby pool, picnic area, swings 2 minutes away by car. We do have our own above ground splash pool that is ideal for children. Horse riding, swimming, canoeing, golf, fishing, cycling, skating, water skiing and other sports nearby. River & Jarnac 10mins. 20 mins to historic town of Cognac. 25mins to Angouleme for shopping and TGV and airport. Beaches at Royan and La Rochelle 60-90 minutes away. Man made beach and lake at Plan D'Eau de La Grande Prairie 20 minutes away. River swimming at beautiful Jarnac 10 minutes away.
Outside at The Courtyard there is a sunny gravelled area and garden surrounded by roses and hollyhocks with tables, chairs, umbrellas, loungers and BBQ. Small children are welcome to use the wooden climbing frame, sandpit and trampoline in the main garden. There is also a 3.5 metre, filtered above ground childrens splash pool in the main garden. There is gated parking in the courtyard. Bicycles and a canoe can be made available by prior arrangement. There are also quiet places in the main garden to sit and guests benefit from the fruit and veg from our organic potager - we offer a full catering service if required, not just for our Bed and Breakfast guests but also evening meals for our self catering guests.

Holiday accommodation at The Courtyard at Sainte Catherine - self catering gites or Bed and Breakfast en suite rooms:

La Maison Cachée Gite (sleeps 4); formerly the buttery & kitchens serving the Priory of Saint Catherine of the Field. Tucked away at the far end of the main house, Maison Cachée is a two bedroomed gîte that will comfortably accommodate up to four people. Upstairs there are the bedrooms and shower room with large corner shower, wc and hand basin. Downstairs you can take advantage of a fully fitted kitchen with all the appliances that you will need, a half gas and half induction ceramic hob, a fridge freezer, a dishwasher and washing machine. The kitchen doubles as a family room as there is a comfortable sofa where you can spend lazy winter days in front of the wood burning stove or perhaps sit around the dining table and take time to plan a summer outing along the river.
Aristides Gite (3 beds, sleeps 6, 100mtrs sq) features a double bedroom with king-sized bed and Romeo and Juliet balcony onto south views to the forest, a twin room again with south views and a third bedroom with bunk beds above the peaceful courtyard. Great for a holiday with grandparents or a family with older and younger children. There is a family bathroom with bath and shower over upstairs and a second shower room and toilet downstairs. The two south facing bedrooms have wonderful views across sunflowers and vineyards, south towards Echallat. Downstairs, the open plan layout gives plenty of room to spread out and relax. The kitchen has every modern convenience whilst maintaining a country feel and French doors open from the comfortable living room onto your own private terrace and garden where you can relax in the peace and tranquillity of the countryside. Winter days spent in front of the wood burning stove and a family film on the LCD TV and DVD player are a pleasure. Free wifi internet access is also provided.  TV is Freesat UK viewing.
Coco Gite (2 beds, sleeps 4, 84mtrs sq) is a slightly smaller with double bedroom with king size bed and a second double bedroom and a family bathroom. Again there is a lovely Romeo and Juliet balcony with south views to the forest and the second bedroom looks over the quiet courtyard. Downstairs is open plan with views to the south, fully fitted kitchen and wood burning stove. A large feature window gives view across the courtyard towards the main house and gardens and French doors open south onto your private terrace and garden.
Chambre d’hote (or bed and breakfast) offers you a light and airy room with a spacious en-suite shower room. Both of our rooms have lovely views over the gardens or courtyard and over vineyards and sunflower fields. You will be assured of a peaceful night’s sleep as the windows are double glazed and the shutters block out all light if you like it nice a dark! We are in the countryside so there is virtually no traffic noise. Occasionally a nightingale or a barn owl will call if you are lucky too!
Family Friendly Holiday Accommodation
Being family friendly is more than about providing a few toys, it’s about understanding and addressing the needs and concerns of families travelling with pre-school children. Having taken our son to Greece for six months at the grand old age of 10 weeks we do understand! Our accommodation has the following extras to try and make your stay as luggage, stress free and comfortable as possible;
"Proper" cot with bumpers, bedding and mosquito nets; Hand blender; Steriliser; Bottle warmer; Slip mat for the shower; Changing mat; Plenty of sun umbrellas; Maclaren quest buggy with sun and rain shade; 4 car seats inc. Maxi Cosi Priori; Hop up/Step up; Childs loo seat; Potty; Rug for garden; Climbing frame; 2 Swings; Covered sand pit with lots of sand toys.
The garden in front of the house and Maison Cachée is enclosed by a fence separating it from the courtyard. Parking is away from the gardens. In the main gardens which are fenced there is a 3.5 metre splash pool. It is above ground and has a pump and filter system. It is really quite good for kids, our son has learned to swim in it this year. We hope these things will make your stay with little ones a little easier so that you can relax and enjoy your holiday too!

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6 family holiday recommendations, average rating 4.8 out of 5
Best rating: 5 out of 5
Worst rating: 4 out of 5
My Family had a wonderful time at this apartment, there is plenty to do in the area, but you do need a car. The welcome we got from Stephanie, Charlie and Finn was second to none and they are a lovely couple. Food is excellent if you have a meal at the B and B. They looked after us when we needed looking after and left us alone when we wanted family time, perfect. I would defiantly recommend this place for a holiday especially if you would like to relax! Rating 5 out of 5, Keith, Aug 2012
The accommodation is spacious, airy and well furnished with a high quality finish, including feather duvets, pillows and very comfy beds to guarantee a superb nights sleep. The kitchen has all the mod cons that you have at home and is fantastic for self catering, with options to dine inside or outside. We received a really warm welcome from Steph and Charlie, and every effort was made to ensure we had a super holiday, so much so, it felt like we were visiting old friends. There is lots to keep young children entertained, with play equipment, safe enclosed gardens and friendly pets to play with. The surrounding area has lots to offer, whatever you wish to do and there is lots of choice of activities or beatifual places to visit within a short driving distance. We would highly recommend this gite for families, couples and for anyone who wants to relax and get a taste of France, with the familiar comforts of home. We will definitely return! Rating 5 out of 5, Kit, Aug 2012.
My husband and I stayed with Steph, Charlie, Finn & the animals at the Courtyard in May 2011 – we were actually on our honeymoon together with our then 7 month old daughter.  Waiting for us was a warm smile from Charlie, a cold beer and a hand with our luggage.  We immediately knew we’d made the right decision! The area is beautiful and we loved the views from the gardens and the peace and quiet.  We found the cottage to be superbly stocked with all manor of items you would need of an overseas holiday and if we ever needed something in addition, Steph and Charlie would go out of their way to try to get it.  The beds were amazingly comfortable and the entire cottage was so clean and comfortable.  It really did feel like a home from home. It is suitable for everyone and we felt so relaxed and so well looked after the entire time.  Steph is also an amazing cook and we enjoyed several evenings of her home cooked food with a glass of wine under the stars in the garden. We would give The Courtyard a resounding rating of 5 and have already booked to go back next year.  We can’t wait! Rating 5 out of 5, Louise, received Oct 2011
The Courtyard is in a stunning setting and has all the mod cons you could possibly need. Steph and Charlie were fabulous hosts and the food was scrumptious. We loved staying there with our two small children and hope to go back soon. Rating 5 out of 5, Emma, received Oct 2011.
My husband and I have just returned from a long weekend break at The Courtyard at Ste Catherine where we had the most fabulous time â€" Romantic, Rural & Relaxing!! We were looking forward to a short break without the kids, primarily to relax and unwind. We stayed in the “maison de cache” gite which was not only immaculately clean, but beautifully furnished. The gite itself has all the charm of typical French accommodation with a fantastic log burner in the kitchen which heats the entire gite. (don’t worry if you have toddlers â€" there is a big fire guard which can be used if necessary). Despite the rustic feel the kitchen has all the mod con’s you could need including filter coffee maker, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine ample kitchen ware & cutlery as well as high chair and plastic plates, cups & cutlery for kids. The tap water is also perfectly drinkable. There is also a very well stocked magazine box with plenty of brochures and information on what to do in the local area. Rating 5 out of 5, Julie, Oct 2011.
Beautiful and peaceful rural setting, surrounded by vineyards and fields of sunflowers. Extremely comfortable and attractive self contained accomodation with interesting links to the past. There is the option too of delicious meals 'en famille'. Steph and Charlie are knowledgeable about the local area and can advise on trips to markets, local walks and towns, eg Cognac with its tours of different cognac houses. A thoroughly relaxing and enjoyable holiday. Rating 4 out of 5, Liz, Oct 2010

Holiday Reviews from the Owners' site

We had a lovely holiday as a family. The gite was beautiful and perfect for us as it has such a warm, homely feel yet has all the space needed for two young children to be entertained. We took advantage of the wonderful service, offered by Steph and Charlie, of a beautiful home cooked evening meal. This really made the experience for us as it is so hard to dine out of an evening when you have a young family and it was lovely to enjoy fine dining in such a beautiful setting.
What a wonderful place, and it has been restored to a high standard. The facilities are perfect for a family with children or without. Canoeing, pony riding, outdoor swimming pools, shopping and markets all on your doorstep. Charlie and Steph are great hosts and their passion to create a true french Gite experience is apparent. We will return and look forward to seeing the progress of the new Gites in 2012.
We had a lovely stay! Thanks so much for the bread, the cake, the chats and all your help. You’ve worked really hard, we do hope to see you again.
Thank you both for a lovely long weekend – wonderful company, fabulous food and superb location. Lovely to see you again.
So happy to have been able to return once more to your wonderful hospitality and kindness. Just this one further week here has quite refreshed us and confirmed it as our nicest retreat. To come back after a busy day to such exquisite food every night beats anything the more telling could convey. I hope those who have enjoyed their stay with you will spread the word; to see you acknowledged as such remarkable hosts.
Many thanks for a wonderful time. We really enjoyed our time in your beautiful home. Our only regret is that we should have stayed longer! You are very privileged to live in such a lovely part of the world, hopefully we will see you again.
You are the best we’ve ever met, selfless care and kindness, we count ourselves most blessed to have found you and this great gîte. When so much is put in to all you do for strangers, how fortunate are then your friends. We see that all your lucky guests are in for a treat. Maybe too the quite unbelievably superb cuisine! Our fondest best wishes and grateful thanks.
We simply  cannot find the words to express to you what a truely wonderful honeymoon/holiday we have had staying with you. We truly feel that we have made and met some wonderful friends in you both. From the moment we arrived you have made us feel so welcome. Steph; out heartfelt thanks for the way you took care of Lyla on day one, the utterly fabulous cooking and your friendly and warm generosity and amaxing attention to details. We sincerely hope to come and stay again and will follow with eagerness the developmemnts to The Courtyard. We have never felt so relaxed and at ease on holiday so from the bottom of our hearts THANK YOU!

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