Spacious, light, 4 bedrooms, sleeps 8 + baby. Sat TV. Free wifi. Private pool.
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About Margarete Isherwood
Margarete and (late husband) John Isherwood, purchased Les Etangs in 2002 as an original old stone barn of just four walls and a roof. John was a construction engineer and (amateur but talented) watercolour artist who had been developing old barns in SW France since 1990 until his untimely death in 2005 at the age of 54 (RIP). As it turned out Les Etangs was his last hurrah, and Margarete keeps it going as a tribute to John, but also because she loves it there too. It's such a peaceful, restful place.
Margarete Isherwood purchased this Farmhouse in 2002
Why Margarete Isherwood chose Saint-Séverin
Location, location, location with its unbeatable panoramic views over gentle rolling countryside, fantastic if it's a year for sunflowers all around. Also for the TOTAL peace and quiet, which is so hard to find these days, so it's the perfect place to relax and unwind fully, whilst being only 1km from the nearest small town of St. Séverin which has all basic amenities. Plus, there's so much to see and do within easy reach.
What makes this Farmhouse unique
Location (as above). Panoramic countryside views from all windows, and of course from the terrace and pool areas. Total peace and quiet. Spectacular sunsets. No light pollution so fantastic night skies. Friendly local community. So much to see and do in the area. Original water colours by John Isherwood (1950 - 2005)
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Spacious, well-equipped property in a lovely setting
We had stayed in the local area over many years, but never in this particular part. It was lovely to be so close to Aubeterre which we visited a couple of times in our trip. The house is clean and modern and very well equipped. It is deceptively spacious too. We were there in September, after the sunflowers had gone, so it would have probably been even nicer when they are out. We did find it rather windy (again the sunflowers may have shielded this). The weather was pleasant though not really warm enough to spend a lot of time in the pool! The house is located about a 20 minute walk from the nearest village, which is probably our only real criticism - it would have been nice to be able to wander in more frequently. The house is semi-detached and we had neighbours for part of our stay, but there isn't any noise transfer between the houses, so it feels fairly private.
Low key comfortable.
Loved our stay as extended family. House large, welcoming and clean.
Lovely house in gorgeous part of France
House was very clean, comfortable and exactly as described, with everything we needed for a great holiday. The location is in beautiful countryside, and was perfect as a base for discovering the many beautiful towns of the Charente and Dordogne regions - we had wonderful day trips to Saint Emilion, Bergerac, Angouleme and Brantôme, and Aubeterre (officially classed as one of the most beautiful villages of France) is right on the doorstep. We had a wonderful week at Les Etangs, and I would thoroughly recommend this property.
Many thanks. Glad you enjoyed your stay at Les Etangs!
Idyllic Location with wonderful views
The property is located just outside St Severin but close enough to nip to the shops. 5 mins up the road is Aubeterre which is beautiful. We recommend the market on a Sunday and also the underground church is intetesting. The river beach is a wonderful location to swim and play all sorts of recreations such volleyball, bowls etc. One tip is take your own drinks as they are expensive at the cafe. The house is clean and has everything you need for a large group. Three showers was very helpful. The kitchen has all the utensils and the bar b que is large enough for a big group. The property comes into its own from 4 o'clock where the sun shines on the back of the house, the children had plenty of space to run around and the adults can sit out and watch the sun go down. The pool is nice and clean and alarmed which is good for families. The weather does get windy so make sure your lilo's are weighted down. I was seen rescuing a unicorn from 2 fields away !!
Thanks for very useful feedback. Just to say there's plenty of sunshine on the garden throughout the day, with different areas in shade as the sun moves round.
Beautiful gite and grounds with stunning views.
We loved our stay at Les Etangs to the point where we didnt want to come home!. It is in a beautiful setting and anyone wanting a totally relaxing holiday this is the place to come. It is a 20 min walk to the village of St Severin where you have all the amenities that you require. The property was spotless and well maintained. Margarete, the owner was amazing - organising a surprise birthday cake for my husband and bottles of fizz. Having the pool was an added bonus. I would recommend this gite for anyone wanting a relaxing holiday in beautiful and peaceful surroundings.
Many thanks. Always good to hear a holiday at Les Etangs lived up to expectations. The local boulangerie/patisserie is well renowned for making great cakes, so any more birthdays coming up at Les Etangs just let us know and we can arrange it for you.
1st 2 weeks of Sep
A very good and well appointed holiday home for those who want complete quiet and relaxation. Not too deep a pool either for those of us less confident swimmers !
Located about 1hr from airports at Bergerac, Bordeaux or Angouleme, in peaceful countryside, just 1km from the small town of St. Séverin (on the edge of the Dordogne) with all amenities, bakery, small Spar supermarket, bar, restaurant, bank (ATM), doctor, dentist, tennis, mini golf etc. 5kms from Aubeterre (listed medieval hillside village) with river beach, canoeing, playground, craft shops, restaurants & cafés. Sit in the leafy square with a cool drink & watch the world go by or amble round the small Sunday morning market. Don't miss the summer puppet theatre! Nearby Longeveau golf & country club is a delight, while Friday's Ribérac market is a must. Beautiful Brantome, known as the Venice of the Périgord (Dordogne), Bergerac & Périgueux are others. Further afield are the famous châteaux & sites of the Dordogne. And the great vineyards around Bordeaux. Great restaurants abound in this area, famous for foie gras, truffles & walnuts. The stunning scenery makes it an artist's paradise too with many small galleries. So much to enjoy, a fortnight may not be long enough!
Other Activities: Poltrot treetop climbing adventure and riverside nature park (3 mins), a huge hit with kids on holiday at my house.
GOLF: Manoir de Longeveau (9 holes) about 5 min. drive
Périgueux(18 Holes) about 45 min.
Angouleme (18 holes) about 45 min.
Chateau de Vigiers (18 holes) about 60 min.