|L'Hibou at Le Domaine Du Sourire||Self Catering||Flexible||4||8||2||Cots and put up beds available|
Domaine du Sourire is a small run holiday complex which caters for the needs of all guests, including children and adults with disability. There are four newly renovated gites, 3 of which are adapted for wheelchair users. Onsite facilities include an adapted indoor playroom, soft play room, new for 2018 heated (up 28 degrees)swimming pool, sensory garden and sensory room and many other activities available to ensure our guests have a fun and relaxing stay.
The Domaine du Sourire started life as a derelict farm and through raw passion and four years of non stop work, a complex with four wonderful Gites, swimming pool and play areas was formed. The doors were formally opened to the public in 2013 with the first guests traveling from the UK, Holland and Belgium. The Domaine du Sourire is fully wheelchair-accessible and this is by purposeful design; they do not discriminate and welcome everyone.
Jackie speaks kind and honest words about her father Sandy. He was a life long friend of the Camillis family for many years and spent much of his retirement living at Domaine du Sourire. He was responsible for helping transform it from a building site into the wonderful facility it is today. We are all indebted to him for his hard work and enthusiasm on this project which would not have come to fruition without him.
L’Hibou has a large personal kitchen which is well equipped with breakfast bar, cooker, fridge freezer, microwave, washing machine, dishwasher & ironing facilities.
L'Hibou: The lounge is spacious enough for the entire family to gather around the wood-burner and make full use of the dvd player or English/French satellite tv.
L'Hibou Bedroom one is also fully wheelchair adapted and has three single beds,
Bedroom two comes with a luxurious king size bed
Bedroom three has a double bed and a secret wardrobe door which leads to the:
Narnia themed bedroom, containing one single bed.
L'Hibou One Bathroom, wheelchair friendly with a bath, shower and toilet
an en-suite and wet room
L'Hibou centrally heated and woodburner in lounge
various activities for guest at different days in the season
communal barbeque area for all to get together and chat and laugh
Sensory garden on site.
Help with the veggie growing.
Different fruit trees, pick your own.
Large green areas to chill, play ball and the kids can run off their excess energy.
Trampolines, swings and wheelchair swings.
Private parking on site.
Park at the back of your gite.
Suitable for visitors of all ages.
Suitable for wheelchair uses as is specifically adapted to cater.
Beautiful rural area with lovely walks.
Enclosed site and heated swimming pool.
Information packs available.
Can hire in specialist equipment if required.
Bikes for trips out and a tandem is also available.
Two years ago Terry and I decided to go and live somewhere warmer in the beautiful French countryside. This was when an exciting opportunity for some hard and rewarding work presented itself, in the form of a Gite holiday complex. After much research and planning, we discussed with the friends Dawn and Mark Camilli about buying into this unique gite complex. Domainedusourire is fully wheelchair-accessible and this is by purposeful design, we do not discriminate and welcome everyone
|Year property purchased||2018|
|Why this location?||The area has lots to offer and we enjoyed our time exploring Villebois Lavalette as well as the local villiage. Easy short drive to big supermarket and local markets in Verteillac and further on to Riberac.
Poised on a steep hill above the Dronne River, Aubeterre is a very pretty village. The houses are in the local white stone, some with traditional first floor galleries, others with multi-levelled galleries, and many with attractive roofs. A large number of the houses have been carefully renovated.
The rural location and the tranquility of the surroundings and the beauty was so breathtaking that we knew that is where we wanted to be and spend our time enjoying the views
|Unique benefits of property||The Domaine du Sourire started life as a derelict farm and through raw passion and four years of non stop work, a complex with four wonderful Gites, swimming pool and play areas was formed. The doors were formally opened to the public in 2013 with the first guests traveling from the UK, Holland and Belgium. The Domaine du Sourire is fully wheelchair-accessible and this is by purposeful design; they do not discriminate and welcome everyone.
We have sensory room and sensory garden to offer for autistic children.
The village of Villebois-Lavalette is dominated by its chateau sitting above the village along with a few houses and a church. The rest of the village extends below where the streets are lined with typical Chaentais houses with lots to appreciate as you wander round and enjoy the pretty architectural details.
The village is best known for the imposing Chateau de Villebois that stands on a raised promontory above the village. The extensive defensive walls and six incorporated towers, in the attractive white stone of the region, were built in the 12th-13th century* and wind around the hilltop, giving access to the inner castle through a gateway between two substantial round towers.
The Chateau de la Mercerie is in the commune of Magnac-lavalette-Villars in the Charente department, in the countryside around 25 kilomètres to the south of Angoulême.
Aubeterre-sur-Dronne is in the south-east of the Charente department, and 20 kilometres west of Riberac (in the Dordogne department), on a meander in the Dronne river. The village is listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France.
Wheelchair access now for all guests
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5 minutes from verteillac
Our nearest commercial centre, with pedestrian shopping zone and shopping mall, variety of restaurants, golf course and National Comic-Book Museum; The Nautilus Leisure Centre has several swimming pools, with outdoor slides and wave pool during the summer months. It also houses a large ice-skating rink; A huge lake affords swimming and sailing, with adjacent crazy golf, swing park and go-karting for kids; Many festivals are held throughout the year and a vintage car rally is held annually in mid-September; Paris can be reached in 2hrs 30mins from the TGV train station.
A busy Monday market is held, selling a variety of crafts and regional food/drink; The Chateau, with dungeon restaurant, is an ideal venue for a special evening meal; There is an annual international show-jumping competition.
World famous for wine and architecture. Visit medieval churches, cathedrals and museums or enjoy shopping in town center boutiques. Seasonal activities include the wine festival and river festival.
Brantome is an attractive town near the northern edge of the Dordogne department, sometimes known as the Venice of the Dordogne (slight exaggeration strictly speaking) - the town has a nice mix of medieval and renaissance architecture to admire. The town is classed as one of 'les Plux Beaux Detours' in France.
The Benedictine Abbey on the river's edge is superb and this along with the old stone bridge, weir and pretty mill now turned into a splendid hotel and restaurant all make for a very photogenic scene.
Look inside the abbey as well (built by Charlemagne in 769 and the main historical highlight of the town) and at the troglodyte section behind the abbey including the famous cave of the 'Last Judgement'. These are the remains of the original abbey and during the summer you can do a night-time visit of the troglodyte section - very atmospheric.