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Detached cottage, private terrace, exclusive use of pool. Owners nearby.

Bedrooms 2
Space 807 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Cottage in Le Lindois, Montemboeuf, Charente, France - Rural local action. Ample parking. Five minute drive to shops. Lake and beach under 10 minute drive.

Comfort and character feature in this once humble dwelling.

The open plan ground floor is light and airy. The lounge area has a log burner and an electric wall heater. A new kitchen was installed in 2016 along with a dining area. Wooden stairs lead to a shower room and two double bedrooms with garden views. One bedroom also contains an additional single bed. Both bedrooms have electric wall heaters and fans. The roof windows provide a chance for stargazing.

Beside the cottage is a terrace with comfortable seating and a BBQ. It's a good spot to watch the sun set.

By the front door is a table and chairs to take breakfast with the rising sun.

The one depth swimming pool at 1.3 metres deep sits in a Mediterranean style garden. Wide terraces have loungers and sunshades. A small pool kitchen has a fridge, kettle and shatter proof crockery.

We strive to provide a calm, restful retreat set among lawns, flower beds, shrubs and trees. Guests can vary their days by relaxing in the pool, taking a chair to any spot in the garden or go on long or short trips to take in the varied scenery, lakes, sports, sights, local events and shopping.

There are historic monuments, chateaux, towns, distilleries, restaurants, markets, pottery and vintage wares outlets all within reach via uncluttered scenic routes.

Skies are vast, wildlife varied and the air unpolluted.

Ipomeoa cottage is a quiet rural haven best suited to those needing to rest in soothing, green surroundings, sit back and slow down. Children are not catered for.

Guests keen on fitness bring running shoes and bicycles to take advantage of the quiet paths and uncluttered roads in the cooler early morning air and later take a refreshing dip in the pool, sometimes floating to watch buzzards and kites soar in cloudless blue skies.

More Details
Registration Number : 8157604

Denis and Wendy Rowell
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 27, 2018

About Denis and Wendy Rowell

Colchester couple, Denis and Wendy Rowell, knew Le Roule was for them the moment they saw it. Submerged in the comfort of its overgrown neglect it cried out to be resurrected. A challenge. Wendy and Den are keen gardeners and Den's skills as an Agricultural Contractor/Engineer and troubleshooter meant that all the known and unknown problems were surmountable.

Over the past decade all four old stone buildings have been reroofed, the one and a half acres of gardens re shaped and the swimming pool rebuilt. Old, dead trees have gone and interesting species planted. Stone walls were made good and mountains of ivy and brambles cleared to reveal a cottage worth turning into a gite. Some guests have returned more than once to enjoy the clean country air and relaxed way of life. Several have bought into the lifestyle and found their own French hideaway.

Denis and Wendy Rowell purchased this cottage in 2004

Why Denis and Wendy Rowell chose World

Le Roule is a small hamlet. The stone cottages have stood for centuries. It is on high ground and surrounded by rivers, lakes, trees, wildlife and has good fertile soil, ideal for gardening. Bakers, general stores, pharmacies and doctors are not far away. Small towns are a short drive. The airport of Limoges is well under an hour away. The historic capital of Angouleme is a 25 minute drive. There are water sports, horse riding, golf, a variety of restaurants and miles of leafy lanes and pretty villages to explore.

What makes this cottage unique

The dream was a comfortable home and gite set among lawns with unusual and well known trees and shrubs with brimming, colourful flowerbeds. The jewel was to be a one depth pool surrounded by a terrace large enough for sun beds, table and chairs and big sunshades. The surrounding borders were to be Mediterranean style. The idyll was to float with blue sky above and muse on the wildlife. Trees and the distant scent of flowers were to complete the soothing experience. There would be a little pool kitchen for cool refreshments and a loo nearby

It has been achieved. Refinements are ongoing.

A second cottage in the garden remains rustic, a reminder of a time long gone. The area is peaceful and brimming with wildlife. It is a short drive away from amenities and shopping.

Just over 70 years ago members of the Resistance movement hid in nearby woods, retrieving supplies from the UK dropped from planes on dark nights.

There is a quaint museum to the Resistance movement in a nearby town. A large local village has been as a memorial after villagers were slaughtered and their homes and businesses burnt by invaders towards the end of WW 11.

Guestbook comments from the owner

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World Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 807 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • pool available between 10am and 7pm unless by prior agreement.
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Elevator
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with a double bed plus an extra single Bedroom 2 with a double bed. Both bedrooms have wardrobes and chests of drawers, wall and ceiling lights, mirrors and hair driers, fans, wall heaters and towel rails.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: The cottage is ideal for couples or small families seeking tranquility in a rural location. Many past guests have described it as a, "home from home" with extras of a private swimming pool and easy availability of local foods and wines. The cottage provides a cosy, airy retreat. Explore on foot or by car to study scenery, wildlife, history, pottery, buildings, monuments, restaurants, distilleries, lakes, mountains, golf, water sports, horse riding, cycling, kayaking, sailing, go karting, adventure park, various festivals, markets. Outside: There are two sets of double gates onto the property for easy access and private parking. The cottage terrace has furniture and chimney style BBQ. A rotary clothes line is nearby. The terrace is surrounded by flowering plants and overlooks an orchard and veg plot. There is a choice of two short routes to the pool: one leads to a slope and the pool's broad terrace. The other passes the laundry room to curved steps. The pool is one depth of 1.3 metres and has a solar heated shower. Amenities include a pool kitchen with sink, kettle, fridge, safe crockery. A WC is nearby. Sunshades, tables, chairs, loungers are all there. Mature trees provide welcome shade after sunbathing. Guests are invited to place chairs under a tree surrounded by flower beds to watch the sun set over the neighbouring field. Utility Room: Utility area is in a separate building housing washing machine, wash basin and toilet. Towels / Linen Guests are offered fresh sheets and pillowcases weekly. Varying weight duvets are available according to the season and individual preference. A bedroom cupboard contains a plentiful supply of towels, shower mats and pool towels.


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Detached cottage, private terrace, exclusive use of pool. Owners nearby.
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 8 reviews

Beautiful gite in a wonderful setting with private pool!

  • 5 of 5

This gite is full of character, well equipped and very comfortable. The gardens have seating areas for outdoor dining and a variety of shrubs, fruit trees and flowering plants. The pool is fantastic! Great size, very clean with a solar powered poolside shower. There is seating for lunching al fresco and a handy kitchen area for hot and cold drinks. Den and Wendy are the perfect hosts - unobtrusive but on hand for anything you need.

The surrounding area is very pretty. Villages like Villebois de Lavalette, Brantome en Perigord and Aubeterre sur Drone are all worth visiting. Plus the lovely town of La Rochefoucauld with its fairytale castle is a must. Bakers in next village and supermarket about 15 minutes away.

Love this gite!

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is so pleasing when people enjoy their stay here, find the cottage, pool and garden to their liking and love the variety of peaceful pastimes this area has to offer.
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Lovely cottage, lovely location

  • 5 of 5

We throughly enjoyed our week here, the cottage is clean, comfortable and extremely well equipped with everything you need and more (we took along the usual items such as kitchen towels and cooking oil etc. but the only thing we needed was our food). Great location for exploring the local area and there is lots to explore. There are no shops or facilities in the hamlet itself but there are small towns with shops within a few km. The cottage is lovely and the gardens very peaceful. A great 'get away from it all' location. Denis and Wendy were wonderful hosts, always available for advice and recommendations but in their own words, 'they disappear into the background unless needed' which was perfect for us. Thanks for a lovely stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're always delighted when guests have enjoyed their stay. It's gratifying when holiday hunters study the honest descriptons of our cottage and surroundings. That way they know if their unique needs will be met. Additional questions before booking are readily answered so a well informed choice can be made. For example, the nearest McDonalds is miles away but within a few minutes drive a delicious array of breads and pastries are sold at the local bakery while the nearby friendly pharmacy has remedies and advice if medical problems arise. Just love it when others find it relaxing yet interesting here.
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lovely comfortable cottage in a beautiful setting

  • 4 of 5

We planned for a restful week and found that this was just the place. Den & Wendy are lovely hosts - unobtrusive but there when needed. The cottage is well equipped, clean and comfortable. The pool was a most welcome relief from the heat. A lovely week in a tranquil setting.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's great when guests find they have made the right choice in our place: to escape the pressures of everyday life and relax in rural unpretentious surroundings with a pool and enough mod cons to be comfortable. Our fairly large garden provides a chance for strolls to see an array of plants which can attract a variety of wildlife.
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Beautiful cottage, beautiful place!

  • 5 of 5

Had a fantastic stay here. The cottage was immaculate when we arrived and really is fully equipped with everything you need to feel like a home, not just a rental. The weather didn't let us down and the pool was certainly a welcome addition to the lovely grounds of the cottage. Our hosts Wendy and Den were always on hand to help out and the pride they take in their 'slice of France' really shows. Our whole experience of booking this holiday from start to finish was great and we wouldn't hesitate to return. Loved it xx

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your very nice words Jo. We are always delighted when our guests enjoy their stay as we know how important it is for them to enjoy their family holiday. We can't take credit for the wonderful weather but are pleased that you enjoyed the cottage and garden. France awaits your return. Wendy and Den
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All there for the having.

  • 5 of 5

Having so enjoyed our holiday last year at Ipomoea Cottage, we returned this year to further immerse ourselves in the pleasures of rural France and this delightful gite. It's the first time in over forty years of visiting France that we have stayed in the same gite twice, such is its appeal. We knew it would be fully equipped and perfectly presented, all we had to do was turn up and carry on where we left off last year. Perhaps a dip in the private pool and a few cold beers in the pool house fridge first, then cook ourselves a light dinner (we had already enjoyed an exquisite lunch on the way down) to eat 'al fresco' while we watch the sunset across the quiet farming landscape. There is true peace here.

It's 'real' France. We queued in the street for bread early in the morning outside the boulangerie at nearby Montemboeuf, where we tortured the friendly locals with our broken French. We drank the occasional glass of wine at a tiny bar in the same village, run by a delightful and equally tiny French lady who must be in her nineties, and where locals still come in and greet everyone, including us, with a welcoming handshake. There are some staggeringly good restaurants within an easy drive along beautiful and nearly deserted roads. There is history, including a small but fascinating museum of the French Resistance which was particularly active in the local area, on the border between occupied and 'free' France. There are several chateaux to visit, picturesque villages and towns to explore, and wildlife packed rivers to canoe down. Ipomoea Cottage is set within striking distance of all this, yet if you just want to get away from it all and 'chill' in idyllic surroundings, it can provide that too.

Wendy and Den are great hosts who are never intrusive, but always willing to assist, or share their considerable local knowledge. If French cuisine is on your list of interests, every one of their recommendations was spot on; which makes us feel even worse about the most appalling meal we cooked for Wendy, Den and two other friends one evening after we had misidentified the main ingredient at the supermarche, and had not discovered our mistake until it was too late. Fortunately for us, even our sad offering couldn't spoil sitting outside on a warm summer's evening with a glass of wine while enjoying the highly humorous company of friends, which is how we have come to think of Wendy and Den. That's just the way it is at Ipomoea Cottage.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We so looked forward to your return visit Chris and Mandy. We love how you turn all the quirkiness of France and your experiences here into amusing anecdotes. From being candid with a chef who rewarded you with a second steak when you commented that the first was over cooked to the french farce like situation of losing your parked car in a small town and not being surprised when the gift shop assistant shrugged and was unable to help you. You rolled up your trouser legs and laughed when you got drenched in a kayak. You enjoyed a local fete and bought bling and pottered about the countryside unearthing fresh adventures though ever mindful of the history and hard lives of previous inhabitants. Thank you for enriching our lives. You are always welcome here. Wendy and Den And really your cooking wasn't that bad. After all the new oven was a teething experience for us all.
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Perfect family holiday in peaceful surroundings

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our fortnight's stay. The cottage was very well-equipped and the pool was perfect for the 35 degree days. The tranquil surroundings meant that we really did manage to get away from everything, although if we needed anything, this was available locally. Denis and Wendy were on hand if we needed anything which was great. Local attractions such as the plage and zip wire centre were great fun as well as Brantôme a little further afield. We will definitely be back as this ticked all the boxes for us.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's always very pleasing when guests have a good holiday and prove to be great company too. Exchanges of information about this part of France is mutually benificial and next time you come we can tell you about a British police horse rescue centre which can be visited.
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Nearest Airport
37 Miles
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Ferry
450 Miles
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Golf de la Preze
Nearest Train
25 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Beach
7 Miles
La Guerlie lake beach
Car: necessary

Velo rail: Family fun on a multi seat bike along a disused railway line.

Adventure park: Includes a zip wire through tree tops and bungee jumping.

Coast: One and a half hours drive away.

Lakeside beach: 10minutes drive: swimming, boats, pony rides, snack bar, two restaurants.

River: Canoeing, kayaking, 10 minutes drive.

Local winery. One hour drive from Cognac distilleries.

Supermarkets: 10 mins drive.

Shops: Angouleme 20 mins drive. Limoges 45mins drive.

Groceries, 2 and 10 mins drive.

Beautiful, historic Brantome 30 mins drive. Known as little Venice: river sports, abbey, boutique shops, good weekly market.

Best street market: Piegut Pluviers 30 mins drive Wednesday mornings.

Casual and fine dining: Great selection 2 mins drive and beyond.


Limoges airport is 40 minutes away

Channel tunnel is 450 miles and takes around 7hrs drive

Angouleme,capital of the Charente, is 25 minutes drive. Mainline TGV trains stop here from Paris and onto Bordeaux.


Nearest village is 5 minutes by car

Further Details:

Nearest bank is 5 minutes. Supermarkets are 10 and 15 minutes drive.

Local restaurant is 5 minutes. The Charente lakes are 10 minutes drive with boating, fishing, man made beach with snack bar.

For the gourmet there is a choice of fine dining, plus restaurants catering for most needs and pockets.

Pretty chateaux provide photo opportunities. One is home to the local council office and modern art displays while the other has tours describing life as it used to be and a chance to dress in period costume.

Several distilleries in Cognac give interesting tours and tastings.

Limoges boast many outlets of fine porcelain.

Angouleme hosts an annual vintage car rally in September.

The neighbouring village of Massignac has an adventure park for those above a certain height. Thrills include a zip wire across a lake and cycling on a platform in the treetops. Strict safety is observed. Back in time in Massignac centre is a beautifully maintained ancient open air clothes washing facility.

About 20 mins drive away a Velo rail.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
£100 deposit per week at time of booking with the balance 6 weeks before arrival.
Arrivals not before 4.00pm and departures by 10.00am.
Rentals are from Saturday to Saturday during peak season but can be flexible other times.
We recommend that you take out travel insurance.

Changeover Day:
Saturday during peak season. Flexible other times. Please contact the owner.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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