|Petit Bijou||Self Catering||Flexible||3||7||2||Single bed can be added to any bedroom if required|
Alison and Jason Cook warmly invite you to holiday in the beautiful village of Saint Fraigne in the Charente region of France.
Petit Bijou is a traditional Charentaise house estimated to be over 250 years old with many original features, decorated by blending traditional style with modern conveniences. The house is situated on an acre plot of which is 1/2 acre is mainly laid to lawn, edged by a small river. The heated 10 x 5m swimming pool is equipped with sun loungers, umbrellas and inflatables. Please note -we offer B&B in our house (next door) occasionally guests ask to use the pool after they have checked in which is 5pm. During the day the gite guests have sole use of the pool.
Located in the centre of the beautiful farming village of St Fraigne, the property is in easy walking distance of all local amenities which include a bakery, bar/tabac, Post Office, football pitch, tennis court, amphitheatre, river walks, school museum and show gardens. There is fishing and horse riding available within 10km and 2 lakes with beach/play area, canoeing and restaurants Les Gours and Villefagnan
The great beaches and popular port of La Rochelle on the west coast are less than 2 hours away.
No smoking inside the property, pool area or games barn.
A fully-fitted well equipped kitchen/diner with dishwasher, oven, hob, microwave and a large fridge. Large pine table seats up to 8 people. Door leading to private shaded patio area with outside dining table and garden.
Laundry room with washing machine, drying area, clothes airer and shower. We supply FREE washing tablets for the machine.
Separate large lounge with double doors leading to the front of the property, tv (English channels), dvd player, video player, 2 comfortable sofas and a bookcase with a selection of books and dvds.
Two double bedrooms and one twin or triple room bedroom are situated on the first floor. All are large rooms with double windows opening to the front of the property. An extra single bed can be added to any room, if required. Bed linen is included in the price (changeover Saturdays). If you choose to stay with us for 2 weeks bed linen and towels with be replaced on the middle weekend.
Upstairs bathroom with shower and separate wc.
Downstairs separate wc.
Shower in laundry room.
One bath and hand towel per person, provided per week.
Heating included as required.
Tv with Engilsh Freeview channels, dvd player, boardgames and books. Games barn with full size pool table, table tennis table, darts, table football and keep fit equipment. Free Wi-fi available.
Private barbecue/patio area and a 10 x 5m heated swimming pool with sunloungers, umbrellas and inflatables.
Large garden rolling down to a small river with orchard and pond. 4m diameter trampoline, badminton, tennis equipment, connect 4, giant jenga, hula hoops and many other outside games!
Our Games barn has table tennis, full size pool table, darts, table football and fitness equipment.
We also have a hot tub that takes 4-6 persons for extra relaxation
Parking to the front with a large covered parking area to the side.
This property has proved suitable for all ages, however, if you do have young children you need to be aware of the pond and stream. Complimentary cot, highchair, stairgate and buggy are available on request.
We have 2 friendly dogs that live with us.
Heating is available during out of season lets. Guests are expected to leave the property as found.
If required, cleaning service is available for £45.
Alison and I look forward to welcoming you to the beautiful village of Saint Fraigne and Petit Bijou. We arrived in France in October 2015 after leaving the hustle and bustle of our busy jobs as a Mortgage Adviser and Early Years Practitioner in UK .
|Year property purchased||2015|
|Why this location?||Beautiful, quiet location enjoying the rural French way of life|
|Unique benefits of property||Our holiday home is a purpose built Charente style gite with beautiful garden, set in a lovely village. The gite has a fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher, fridge, freezer, laundry room with washing machine and central heating for out of season lets, bed linen, towels and Welcome Pack.
Guests have use of garden, pool and hot tub. Our games barn includes table tennis, pool table, table football and fitness equipment. Our hot tub has capacity for 6 people. Why not borrow one of our free bikes and explore the beautiful Charente countryside, the sunflowers are fantastic in the summer months.There is fishing close by and 'beaches' at lakes at Les Gours and Villefagnan.
The village of St Fraigne has a bakery, bar/tabac Post Office, football pitch and tennis court.
Local market town caters for all your basic needs including petrol station, supermarket, bank with cash machine, chemist, restaurants, garage, off licence, tabac, bakery, play park and regular weekly markets
Angouleme, the capital city of Poitou Charente, lies 45km south. Angouleme old town is based around the chapel and has some interesting medieval houses (some rather grand) along the pedestrianised cobbled streets. Within the town there are 2 main features - the cathedral and the town hall. The Roman style Cathedral of Saint Peter dates back 900 years, but has been altered a great deal since. It is the ornately decorated facade that holds the most interest, with 70 carvings depicting the story of the Ascension. The town hall was built on the site of an earlier chateau, of which just 2 towers now remain. There are also several museums in the town, including a museum of fine arts, a museum of paper (the prosperity of the town was originally founded on the production of paper) and an archaeology museum.
Try the Remy Martin Cognac tour. Founded in 1724, Remy Martin derives its name from 2 families, who shared the same vision and determination to produce the exceptional quality Cognac we know today. Learn how Cognac is made on a tour that includes a ride on the Fine Champagne Train through the facility, a miniature vineyard, several cellars and finishing up with a tasting.
A theme park situated in Poitiers in the Poitou-Charente - Western France. It is one of France's most visited attractions.
A vast leisure complex, which includes a swimming lagoon with slides, cascades, geysers and wave-pool. There are artificial indoor and outdoor beaches, tropical gardens, a fitness suite, beauty salon, restaurant and more. The complex is open 7 days a week, in particular the roof slides open in the summer months to let the sun shine in. Next door to Les Antilles is a casino which hosts various spectacular shows and boasts a superb restaurant. Jonzac itself has many attractions, ample bars, restaurants, shops a medieval chateau and an outdoor leisure park with a man-made beach, boating lake, aerial runways, a climbing wall and lots of other activities for young and old alike. You can also visit the thermal spas for beauty treatments and total rejuvenation.
The market town of Aigre is 8km and is held every Thursday. Mansle- Tuesday and Friday Ruffec- Wednesday & Saturday Chef Boutonne- Saturday Markets in France are a regular part of life in many towns and villages and are popular with locals and visitors. The market stalls are colourful and the atmosphere is always friendly. Stalls sell a huge variety of local products and produce which you can taste and browse the displays.
The following ferry ports are between 4.5 and 7 hours drive - St Malo, Caen/Ouistreham, Cherbourg and Roscoff. The following Airports are within 2 hours - Angouleme, Poitier, La Rochelle, Limoges and Bordeaux. Trains - TGV to Poitiers/Angouleme connect with Eurostar services from London (via Lille or Paris). Car hire available from Poitiers, Limoges or Angouleme
This was a village totally destroyed by the Nazis in the Second World War, 642 men, woman and children massacred by a German Panzer Division. Walking around the centre is a unique and humbling experience. In 1999 the Oradour memorial centre was opened by the French President Jacques Chirac and the French minister of culture Catherine Trautmann. The village has been left exactly as it was on the day of the massacre down to a rusting car in the street. Distance 81km
A beautiful, peace full village set in the Charente countryside is set between two tributaries of the River Charente, the Osme and the Couture.. The murals in the village church have been listed as historic monuments and are a must to see. The ephemeral gardens(just across the road) are original works created by artists using plants to illustrate themes that are changed every year. The river Osme forms tiny islands used to grow traditional crops such as hemp, linen and peat. It is these crops which have given the village its history, economy and identity. Hedges, mazes and wickerwork tepees are available to children in the natural play area. The village is also home to the 'Musee de l'Ecole Publique en Charente' in the original school building from the days of purple ink, black overalls and clogs! There is a permanent exhibition of a classroom circa 1900 fully equipped with documents, text books, wall charts and period clothing. The museum is open Monday- Friday from 2-5pm. Just a few minutes walk from the property is an amphitheatre, tennis court and football 'stadium' where St Fraigne FC play their matches.
A typical Charentais village developed in early medieval times built around the abbey that once stood there. The village includes many houses from the renaissance period. The medieval gardens there are created by local enthusiasts.
One of Europe’s largest animal parks set in the forest of Chize. Vegetation appropriate to the habitat of the animals has been planted to give them as close to a natural environment as possible. Located at Villiers-en-Bois near Chize. More than 600 animals can be seen, including otters, vultures, wolves, cicadas, tree frogs and wildcats. You can explore the forest on foot or in a horse drawn carriage. There is also a mini farm and an adventure playground for children.
See an amazing array of monkeys and gorillas
The property was ideal for our party size. It was clean and comfortable and had everything we needed as a family. The garden and pool were superb and we spent most of our stay outside enjoying the sunshine. The hosts were extremely friendly and welcoming and provided excellent customer service. Nothing was too much trouble. There are some lovely places to visit nearby. We enjoyed a couple of the nearby towns and lakes. There is a supermarket nearby which is handy. We would most certainly recommend this property to a friend.
Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed your stay, hope you had a smooth journey back and the lads made the party.
Gorgeous setting for this lovely gate with a very large garden and pool enjoyed by all three generations of our family. Jason and Alison were very welcoming and friendly.. It is the perfect place for a relaxing holiday and we need to visit again to fully explore the area. The give gave us everything we needed plus equipment for a toddler (cot, stairgate and highchair were used). Our 17 month old granddaughter loved being able to feed the chickens and the fish and, as dog lovers, we all enjoyed the company of Buster and Poppy. The garden has plenty of space and play equipment to be enjoyed as does the pool. The only thing we didn't do justice to was the well equipped games barn - the weather was far too good to need it, although two members of the family did use the bikes. There are plenty of picturesque towns and villages to visit both near and further afield plus two lakes with beaches. Another bonus of the holiday was the very friendly village with it's lovely boulangerie, providing fantastic bread and croissant, and friendly cava for wine and cognac purchases.
Thank you for taking the time to write this review. It was lovely to meet you all and we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay at Petit Bijou. We look forward to seeing some (or all) of you again in the future!
Des vacances fantastiques!
We had a lovely holiday at Petit Bijou. The accommodation was spacious, clean and had everything you could possible need including a great BBQ. The pool was brilliant and the games barn kept the children entertained throughout our stay. Alison and Jason were both warm and welcoming and couldn’t have worked any harder to make our stay enjoyable; nothing was too much trouble for them. Poppy and Buster (the dogs) were friendly, great fun to be around and adopted us as part of their family.
Thank you , we really enjoyed your company. i hope the car was ok for your return trip. We had to replace the chickens, thanks for your help and advice. poppy and buster say a big hello to all.
Whilst the house was clean in general, there were some issues. To be fair to Jason and Alison they are only in their first season, the bathroom does need a refurb (which I believe is planned) as it is a little dated. The kitchen is functional, although watch your head on the extractor fan hood.
The pool is a good size and clean, it made a refreshing change to have toys/equipment to play with. The hot tub was also clean and easy to use. The games room does need more light and just a bit of a clean to remove dust etc.
There is lots to do in the area, local shops are very good. What the description does not mention is that there are two dogs which belong to the owner, and that these have free access to the gardens during the late afternoon. Sometimes unsupervised, but whilst one does appear tame, I would suggest that you watch your step in the garden(!) If you are allergic to dogs you will need to make this clear before booking. If you leave the door to the garden open, the dog(s) is quite happy to walk into the house.
Overall though the house is a good place to stay, when I asked for another mattress it was provided. We did buy a grill for the barbeque because the one there was covered in rust, and we left the kettle which we bought, because of the state of the one provided.
I am perhaps picking at straws though, the owners have done a great job to provide a gite. There is still work to do, but I would recommend this.
Thank you for your comments. We are sorry you didn't really enjoy your stay- maybe the weather was a factor! If you had read the Information Folder you would have seen we ask guests to let us know if you re not happy with anything- we cant put things right if you don't tell us.