Hazelnut Cottage

Contact the owner Olivia Roberts for rates and availability.  

Weekly and monthly rents available. Minimum stay 7 days.

Tel France 0033 545300387 or

UK 0044 2081336353.

Or email Olivia@resolutionmagic.com

Sleeps up to: 4

Description of Property:

A newly renovated 18th century 2-bed/2 en-suite cottage, in a quiet countryside location. Within a 15-minute walk to a small village or the river Charente.

Hazel cottage is part of a longère (a French farmhouse) and shares a huge garden with an orchard. Set apart from the rest of a small hamlet, it is ideal for those who like to sit and relax in peace and quiet, or those who like to walk through country lanes.

The cottage is part of a ‘longère’ – a farmhouse-style house divided into three. The owner’s home is on one side of the cottage, and a barn is on the other.
Completely re-built (with wall and roof insulation) by expert craftsman, Hazelnut cottage provides a home from home all the year round. The cottage shares the solitude of the large garden with mature fruit and nut trees and far reaching countryside views. Collect blackberries from the hedgerows in August  (they ripen earlier here). Collect walnuts, hazelnuts, apples and pears from the garden in September and October.

The character cottage features original features retained by the master-builder. There is a Charentais fireplace, a Charentais window, and an original sink used by the farmhands probably dating from 1851.

The Godin wood-burner is an antique, probably dating from the 1920’s. We provide the wood for you, and help you to light it if you are a novice! You will soon get used to it. Electric heating is also provided so that you can keep warm 24/7.

A beautiful 18th century oak staircase sweeps grandly from the open-plan ground floor to the two carpeted double bedrooms upstairs. Each bedroom has its own en-suite shower room. The first bedroom has a double bed, the second bedroom has two single beds. Each bed has a layer of memory-foam in the mattress, and a thick feather-filled mattress topper. There is a variety  of pillows from which you can make your personal choice, as well as towels, cotton blankets, pillows, duvets and an abundance of linen. A hair dryer is provided plus UK/European adaptor plugs.

The newly refurbished kitchen area has a gas oven, a dish-washer (ample crockery and cutlery will help you to fill it up), a washing machine, microwave and tall Miele fridge/freezer. A great selection of small appliances are here too, a liquidiser, small food processor, baking tins etc. For weekly guests I provide a selection of washing products, sauces, spices and many small items so that you won’t need to make unnecessary purchases. If there is anything you are missing, you can simply borrow from us! We are right next door.

Welcome pack
As you arrive, there will be a selection of groceries in the fridge. Tea, coffee, butter, milk, eggs, bread, cheese and wine! If you have any special requests, just give me some notice. If you wish, at your own expense, you can have a whole Waitrose/Tesco  shop delivered here, but I do need a month’s notice from you to get it delivered here at the right time. Just discuss it with me and I will explain how we get UK shopping deliveries here.

There is a round, pine, extendable dining room table. You may find that most meals are eaten outside. Sun-shades are provided. A gas barbecue is also available for your exclusive use.

Plunge pool
We don’t have a pool, but we do have a large 12-foot plunge-pool which we erect for the scorching months. We maintain the water as if it were a large pool. A sunshade can be erected to cast a shadow over the pool.

Wi-Fi and TV
The superb wi-fi in the gîte will enable you to keep in touch with your Internet connections, and there is a good mobile phone signal here too. The TV has a UK Sky Freeview card so you can giggle at the UK weather back home, and keep up with your favourite programmes.

Outside Amenities:

There is ample parking space on the pebble drive in front of the front door of the gite.
A large rear pebble-patio area provides a place to relax on the patio furniture and enjoy the view of the large garden with mature trees and the countryside beyond.

Surrounding Area:

Just 15 minute’s walk away is the small village of Benest, with a boulangerie for freshly made French bread, and a few essential groceries. There is a Post Office, and a cafe/bar where you will find friendly English hosts. There are frequent karaoke musical evenings here if you would like some evening entertainment.
Champagne Mouton is about 30 minutes away, with a 24-hour cash point, petrol garages and a really nice Carrefour mini-supermarket. There is a farmer’s market here twice weekly.
Confolens, just 20 minutes by car, is a beautiful town on the river Vienne. It is great to explore. This town offers a twice weekly market, a large supermarket with petrol and a variety of other shops. In August there is a week-long International Dance Festival here with many concerts and parades through the town. An agenda is available so that you can plan ahead to enjoy some of the events taking place during the whole week.
Ruffec is another large town offering some out-of town shops as well as a number of large supermarkets. On the A10, it is the gateway to adventures further afield, like the Valley of the Monkeys, Puy Du Fou, and Futurescope.


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Hazelnut Cottage
Chez Vaslet
16350 Benest




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