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1 Impasse des Tranchis
Le Pouyaud
16240 Empure
Tel: 0033 (0)5 4531 6983







Villefagnan Charente Gites Owners

Villefagnan Charente Gites Owners



Owners Alison Cottrell and Rob McDougall took over ownership of the Forsythia and Wisteria gites in 2014 and run it themselves as a couple. Alison has three grown up children who have now all flown the nest, leaving her to pursue her dream of living in one of the most attractive parts of France.

Alison and Rob met in 2010 having had diversely different careers. Alison spent the three previous years working as an Inclusion Manager and school counsellor in a High School in the 11 to 16 years age group. Prior to this she worked for social care and is a Registered General Nurse. Rob spent nine years as an officer in the British Army and is a Chartered Forester, having worked as a Forest and Woodland Manager for the Ministry of Defence and other landowners. Prior to his move to France he worked as Head of Learning and Development for a children’s charity. Both Alison and Rob have a number of shared interests, including outdoor pursuits, motorcycle touring and keeping fit .


Alison Cottrell and Rob McDougall

Alison and Rob


Alison and Rob spent 18 months researching in France for their dream location before finally discovering the wonderful Charente region with its abundance of natural beauty and placid tranquility. The area is characterised by rolling countryside, lots of peace and quiet, the friendliness of the local people, the abundance and variety of wildlife and flora. Sunflower and vines tend to be the dominant agricultural crops.

They decided that they would not want to let out to other people a property that they didn’t love themselves, and so jumped at the chance of buying this Charente property when it came on the market. “We decided that the place we bought would have to be our own dream location and environment”, says Alison. “This met all our criteria and more: a lovely swimming pool, amazing gardens and gite accommodation that we would happily live in ourselves!”

Alison and Rob bought the property in February 2014.


Charente Gite Holidays Walking Map

Above: a Walking Map of the Poitou-Charentes area

There are several unique benefits of this holiday location. The Le Pouyaud hamlet is sleepy but not isolated; it has a placid rustic charm in keeping with much of the surrounding countryside. Alison and Rob live in what was originally a farmhouse dating from the eighteenth century, which has been restored lovingly to make it the ideal family home that it is today. Le Pouyaud is just 10 Km from the nearby market town of Ruffec with its lively and bustling market. The property is only a leisurely thirty minute walk through roads and hedgerows to Villefagnan, one of the lovely quaint villages which characterise the area.

The property comprises several notable features, which have been installed to enhance your holiday experience and some original features, which have been carefully preserved and restored. Of special note is the swimming pool with its sun terrace and sun loungers. There are also landscaped gardens, which incorporate sheltered and secluded suntraps. But perhaps the quaintest feature is the fire pit, which is ideal for relaxing by in the evening while the log fire burns and the sun goes down over the gently rolling countryside.





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