Bedrooms 2, Sleeps 4, Ratings 7 9.7/10
This location has multiple holiday properties
|Old Garlands||Self Catering||Saturday||2||4||2|
Situated on the edge of the traditional French village of La Caillere Saint Hilaire amidst rolling countryside, we are located within easy reach of main attractions and larger towns.
Old Garlands is a delightful gite, renovated a few years ago to a high standard with plenty of character with stone walls and wonderful exposed beams throughout. All set in the two acre garden of the owner's home, where there is a 10m x 5m salt-water swimming pool, a hard tennis court and plenty of room for children to play - or perfect for you to lounge around on a comfy sunbed, catching up on all that reading! And of course, our two friendly labradors are always keen to visit you! They are very safe with children of all ages
For those wanting to immerse themselves in the French way of life a popular bar is located nearby.
Superbly equipped with everything needed for a memorable holiday including UK tv, free wi-fi and logburner.
The properties can be rented independently or together for larger groups or two families holidaying together.
Our 2 gites are available all year round with heating and woodburners for the more chilly nights. A perfect location for Christmas!
The kitchen is fully equipped with fridge/freezer, electric oven and hob, dishwasher, washing machine, microwave and the various bits and pieces you would hope to find. A true "Home from Home"
All linen and towels for indoor use are supplied by the owner (please bring your own towels for poolside use)
The property has 2 large salons with extremely generous sofas, free Wi-fi access, tv/dvd, dining table, well stocked bookcase and large wood burning stove.
There are two bedrooms.
The main bedroom is spacious, light and airy, with views over your outside private terrace and the landscaped garden.
It has plenty of storage space with a large wardrobe and chest of drawers.
Private access to bathroom with full facilities.
The second bedroom has two single beds.....this room has en-suite shower, washbasin and wc.
This room also overlooks the terrace and gardens.
The main bedroom benefits from a bathroom, with bath, toilet, sink.
The second bedroom enjoys an en suite shower room with toilet and sink.
There is a large woodburner in the main living room and for extra cold nights, radiator heating is available for a small fee.
Both "La Treille" & "Old Garlands" benefit from the large, well maintained and secluded gardens. There is a large patio in front of each gite for exclusive use, perfect for sitting and relaxing, al fresco eating, barbecue etc. (There are barbecues available for use).
The garden is 2.5 acres, mostly laid to lawn, with a pond and a wooded area.
There is a 10m x 5m salt-water based swimming pool [not heated], a hard tennis court and plenty of room for children to play.
We have 2 lovely labradors who are extremely friendly [Barney & Rubble], always a huge favourite with children of all ages (even the grown up ones!!). They are a little older now at 8 years, so are not as lively as they used to be, but they are great company and spend most of the summer wandering between the gites to check out the guests.
Free on site parking is available
The Gites are perfect for a family use. With the 2 gites available, we often receive bookings for 2 families together, so friends can spend time together, but also have a little privacy if required.
Regrettably, because the gites are old buildings, they are not suitable for wheelchair access.
Richard & Sue own La Treille and the two gites, La Treille & Old Garlands. Having lived in the South East of England all our lives, we were looking for a slower pace of life in a more rural setting. We looked at many properties over a number of years before we visited "La Treille" and we were blown away by the stunning setting. So many of our guests have come back to stay for 5 to 6 years in succession as they have found the setting to be so peaceful.
|Year property purchased||2011|
|Why this location?||La Caillere is located in the Southern area of the Vendee, an area of rolling countryside dotted with lakes and forests. Our home is at the edge of a village in a semi-rural location. Plenty of things to do and see for the more active, but peaceful and relaxing if that is what you prefer. We are lucky enough to own a fabulous period property (dating back to Napoleonic times) with huge character and a superb two and a half acre garden. A perfect place to relax and enjoy the sunshine! Access from the UK is easy, with regular flights from several UK airports to Nantes (1 hour from us), La Rochelle (1 hour from us) and Poitiers (90 minutes). Driving is easy too, (much easier than in the UK) with ferry crossings to Caen, Cherbourg, Le Harve, Dieppe, Calais and don't forget the Euro Tunnel.|
|Unique benefits of property||Whilst viewing potential properties to buy over a number of years, we were struck by the poor accommodation offered by many of the holiday cottages/gites.
We looked at providing holiday accommodation that we would be happy to stay in ourselves and this has resulted in 2 gites of a very high quality and standard.
We have had many guests returning year after year. Most tend to book within a week or 2 of leaving us! The record so far is 6 years with the seventh year already booked. Many of our guests have become more like friends and we look forward to seeing them each year.
Travel to us is pretty easy with a number of airports to choose from, plus the Eurotunnel and a number of ferry crossings to choose from.
There are many things to do here, all within a reasonable distance. The fabulous beach at La Tranche sur Mer is less than a hour's drive, the world famous Puy de Fou is within an hour and is an absolute must for families, huge forests, activity centres, water parks etc.
La Puy du Fou is a fabulous place to visit for families. Visit their website for details
The Mervant Forest............there are plenty of walks in the forest, around lakes, cycle trails, running trails, activity centre with boating hire, restaurants.
Vouvant.........voted among the 5 most beautiful villages in France. Both English and French owned restaurants and a number of privately owned shops to visit.
La Tranche sur Mer......fabulous sandy beaches for miles
Île de Ré.......beautiful harbour with quality shops and good restaurants
This was our first time staying at Old Garlands and we already looking as to when we can go back. Richard and Sue welcomed us after a long drive and were always on around for advice on where to go and what to see. The gite was very clean and very well looked after. You feel like you are in middle of nowhere, excellent to unwind and relax, however you are not far from anywhere. We visited La Rochelle, beaches, the Mervent forest and the truly astounding Puy Du Fou - a must see! The swimming pool was lovely to cool down and I managed to beat my son 4 sets to love on the tennis court :-). In short, Old Garlands was the perfect base for relaxation and days out and the work that Richard and Sue have put into making it a friendly and welcoming place is very evident, along with Barney and Rubble - nearly forgot them! I would recommend it in a heartbeat to all.
We had an absolutely fantastic week staying at Old Garlands. Sue and Richard are wonderfully welcoming hosts who made sure any questions were answered and that we had everything we needed. Old Garlands has been renovated to a five star standard. Everything was extremely comfortable, clean and in excellent order. The kitchen was very well equipped. We all enjoyed the swimming pool and tennis court, and our children loved the space to play in the grounds. The next door village can supply you with all your basic needs - excellent baker, butcher and small supermarket. We didn't venture too far as we enjoyed just relaxing by the pool and sitting out on the terrace enjoying the sights and smells of Sue's beautiful garden. However, there is lots to do in the area and we hope to back for a two week stay as one week just wasn't long enough.
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