Le Ruisseau Perdu

Lorigné, Deux Sèvres
+33 (0)5 49 29 65 31
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€156 - €329
per night
€1090 - €2300
per week

A stylish, thoughtful and impressive place for a family holiday, in a dreamy Charentais landscape with the odd sheep to keep you company


5 beds


3 bedrooms


Sleeps 7

Children welcome
Babies welcome

€156 - €329 per night

€1090 - €2300 per week

The Experience

The name means ‘the lost stream’ and the wells are here still. Two centuries old, in three acres of peaceful meadow down a little lane, your charming gîte was once half cattle stall, half cottage – roofless when Alison and Francis took it on. Step into an interior of honey coloured stone and paint-washed floorboards, thick French linen draped at sweet windows and charming paint hues executed with perfection. Downstairs are the living areas and a cook’s dream of a kitchen with every mod con, upstairs are bedrooms with delicious rafters. For winter cosiness: heated floors and a toasty wood-burner in the beautiful Charentais fireplace. All feels fresh, rustic, spotless; an old armoire here, a chic basin there, country checks and elegant toile de Jouy, and art by the English owners. Sniff the scent of roses and lavender in the summer sun, cool off in the salt water pool that sits next to a sturdy oak hangar. Stray beyond these delights and you come to the sands at La Rochelle and the exciting Futuroscope at Poitiers. Francis and Alison, a lovely couple, live nearby. Shops and restaurants are a short drive.


  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming


Nightly price
from €156
Weekly price
from €1090
Damage deposit
Extra bed/sofabed available €50 per person per week.
1 Cottage for 7
From €1565 beds3 bedrooms


Booking information

Check in
From 6pm, please get in touch for early check in
Check out
Other details
Minimum stay: 7 nights. Long winter lets (min. 10 weeks) €400 per week.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.


We had a fantastic holiday in the most wonderful "Le Ruisseau Perdu" The gorgeous spotless house encapsulates the essence of French countryside living with no detail missed. It's tranquil setting allows for a relaxing and comfortable stay with wonderful facilities for all ages. The owners are warm and welcoming and offer lots of great advice on local attractions. We'd really recommend this beautiful house to anyone looking for the authentic French experience . Thank you both for all the attention you put into making holidays great . Richard & Niamh

Richard and Niamh

Le Ruisseau Perdu is a charming and very well equipped house in wonderfully peaceful surroundings full of beautiful birdsong. Alison and Francis are the perfect hosts, warm, welcoming and friendly, generously providing homemade jams, fresh eggs and walnut oil from their home. The garden is full of lavender , roses, pretty pots and a herb garden to meet all your cooking needs. The small pool is perfect to cool off in, and although we didn’t use them, bikes and a table tennis table are there for guests to use. A highlight is feeding the independently minded Ouessant black sheep. We loved it.

Richard and Penny, London

We had a lovely stay for two weeks! Didn’t want to leave. The house was tastefully renovated and decorated. Perfect for a young family of 4, with plenty of thoughtful amenities for children. We definitely hope to return!

Elizabeth, Paris

If you're looking for the definition of heaven -Le Ruisseau Perdu is it. From the moment you enter through wrought iron gates painted in the softest dove grey, you are struck by its beauty. The house in honey coloured stone, is cascaded in perfumed roses in shades of cerise pink to cream, framing the windows and doors. The interior is stylish and welcoming; white-washed beams, natural floors, hand painted antiques and art pieces throughout, curated by delightful hosts and talented artists, Alison and Francis. Set in a peaceful hamlet with uninterrupted views, to stay here is a dream come true.

Suzanne, Surrey

A beautiful open plan cottage set in a very relaxed, tranquil location. Very conscientious owners who are so lovely! The new pool was also a very big hit with our girls! We had a perfect holiday! Thank you!

Glen, Durham

Beautiful interior, lots of attention to detail. Loved the pool. Hosts welcoming and helpful with information.

J, Oxford

This was a beautiful relaxed location. The cottage was just as advertised... all very pleasing and easy going .... nothing to fault . Spacious and extremely well equipped ... but what made it even more special were the owners whose sheer niceness and genuine welcome topped it all... thank you !

Terry, Stowmarket

Beautiful cottage and location. You simply won't find any better cottage to stay in - everything you need, clean, comfortable and quiet. The most noise we heard all week was the crickets (oh and our young children of course who really enjoyed the swimming pool - a real bonus which and bath like thanks to the solar heating. Thank you for a lovely stay. We'll be back!

Andy, Bury St Edmunds

The location in this part of France is beautiful and very quiet. Close to lots of places to visit especially Angouleme and Poitier. The property is in a lovely spot and is superbly appointed. Everything you will need is there. The decor and quality of the rooms is second to none. In fact it's quite difficult to want to leave the gite to go out as its so relaxing. The pool, sun beds and table tennis are all great and we borrowed their bikes and there are some lovely rides all from the gite. Sauze Vaussais and Montjean both have boulangeries and the former has a supermarket and other shops.

Kelly, Cambridge

A wonderful rural retreat! So peaceful! Alison and Francis are so helpful and provide everything you could possibly need for a relaxing stress free holiday for all ages. Thank you!


If you want peace, go here. The location is beautiful and all you need is included. Perfect to chill out and let the world go away for a while. The owners are truly interested in you enjoying your time there. We have stayed in their other gites and have always been completely satisfied by their attention to detail. Nothing is too much trouble and I highly recommend a visit.


Le Ruisseau Perdu is a real gem hidden away in the midst of the beautiful Charente country side. However not too far away from the coast for a day trip. Francis and Alison have a wonderful eye for interiors and have collected a enviable range of shabby chic French furniture for the house. The rooms were really comfortable with enough room for four adults and four children. We loved the personal touches of homemade Pineau, and jams. The children loved the table tennis and games. They would have loved the pool too, only it was a little early in the season. All in all we had a wonderful stay.


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Francis & Alison Hudson

  • Guests with little ones really appreciate our baby kit. This includes a cot & bedding, high chair, buggy, baby bath, paddling pool & is supplied free of charge. Bikes with child seats, kids trailer and safety helmets are also available.
  • Fabulous countryside walks along limestone 'chemins blancs' bordering fields of sunflowers and sweet chestnut groves. Take one of our bikes out in the morning sunshine and bring back fresh bread and croissants from the local boulangerie.
  • There's a wealth of local 'brocantes' and 'vide greniers' to forage for wonderful gems of French bric a brac. Why not join the locals for a long lunch at the traditional 'mechoui' (spit roast) and discuss the origins of your found treasures !
  • For a cosmopolitan hit, café culture and a spot of shopping therapy, there’s the beautiful Medieval towns of Cognac, Angoulême, Poitiers and the chic port of La Rochelle all within easy reach.
  • Set in the heart of the 'Pays d'Art et d'Histoire' of the Pays Mellois. Peppered with delightful Romanesque churches which become the focus for 'Les Nuits Romanes' - a rich array of quality concerts and performances throughout the summer months.
  • We’ll tell you about small producers of Cognac and ‘Pineau des Charentes’ but we’ll leave the delight of discovering hidden gems of the little known but exceedingly good wines of the Poitou-Charentes to you!


Francis & Alison Hudson

Alison and Francis left behind careers in Art & Design and moved out here with their two young children over 20 years ago. As well as working hard to become as self-sufficient as possible – clearing land for veg growing, planting fruit trees, establishing a flock of hens – they have created a successful self-catering business with three gîtes onsite. They have a fabulous eye for detail and a real hands-on attitude doing most of the work themselves from re-roofing and digging out the beaten earth floors to the stencilling on the reclaimed linen curtains.