|La Grange||Self Catering||Saturday||3||6||2|
"One of the best 20 best gites and villas in France 2018" as recommended in the Sunday Times travel supplement. See Link: www.thetimes.co.uk/article/the-best-french-gites-and-villas-to-book-in-2018-fq0xqv2xj
La Grange is a stunning converted barn with large swimming pool consisting of 3 bedrooms, bathroom and separate shower room. The property is located in the beautiful village of La Forêt-de-Tessé in the Charente area of France. Features include a spacious lounge with galleried landing, large dining room and kitchen. It also boasts covered outdoor eating areas for barbecues and an amazing Moroccan garden with bar and seating area.
La Grange has been converted and furnished to an extremely high standard. The lounge has a fireplace with a logburner, sumptuous leather couches and cobbled floor. A feature spiral staircase leads to the gallery and bedrooms. The large master bedroom is beautifully furnished with antiques and silks. The quirky twin bedroom is dominated by the oak beams giving a medieval ambience. Bedroom 3 has a single day bed which converts to twin beds. The main bathroom has a Victorian bath with shower, bidet, loo and washbasin. The shower room includes a loo and handbasin.
The kitchen is fully-equipped and includes a washing machine, dishwasher, double oven and fridge-freezer. The dining room accommodates 6 diners comfortably and opens onto the stunning Moroccan garden. The illuminated garden and bar is an ideal place to sit and eat in the evening under the vines and olive trees. There is a gas barbecue and patio heater. Alternatively there is another relaxing eating area under cover overlooking the swimming pool. The main garden has numerous fruit trees and guests are welcome to help themselves to walnuts, apples, cherries and grapes if the birds haven't beaten them to it!
Fully-equipped separate kitchen adjacent to the dining room.
Huge high ceiling lounge with galleried landing. Comfortable sofas and large tv with UK Sky.
3 bedrooms - 1 double and 2 twins.
One full family bathroom and a separate shower room, basin and wc.
Log fires and electric heating as well.
Wi-Fi, games, videos and of course a huge swimming pool.
Extensive gardens with numerous fruit trees. Large seating areas around the swimming pool and a unique 'Moroccan Garden, well lit for use at night.
Barbecue and huge covered outside dining area to enjoy the evening air.
Plenty of parking area.
Guests will probably be families and be able to enjoy the beautiful walks that are a feature of the area. Guests also have the use of bikes.
La Grange is entirely private, all facilities including the swimming pool are for the exclusive use of our guests.
Susan & Graham Sensier are both English but live permanently in France. Their house is next door to La Grange and they will always be on hand to help out in case of any difficulties.
|Year property purchased||2015|
|Why this location?||Susan & Graham visited the area on holiday and fell in love with the village of La Forêt-de-Tessé and when the opportunity arose they decided to make it their home.|
|Unique benefits of property||La Grange offers both peace, tranquillity, privacy and the opportunity to explore a most beautiful part of France.|
The nearby town of Verteuil-sur-Charente is a must place to visit - it is a medieval town with a castle, riverbanks and wonderful restaurants.
The town of Cognac is nearby and definitely worth a visit.
The local markets are great fun and you can pick up some interesting bargains.
A fabulous property, and Graham and Susan could not have been more friendly and accommodating for us.
Everything about the property was as expected or better - clean, well maintained, beautifully decorated and lots of "stuff" made it feel like a home rather than a holiday property.
The pool and facilities were tremendous. We had great weather for most of the stay, and so were out in the sun, by the pool or in the shade outdoors for most of the time, but there were also great facilities for if the weather had been less good (sitting outside under cover during a late-night thunderstorm for instance).
I think the pool and pool area was the stand-out piece, this even allowed us to host our first family mini-Olympics as well as read a record number of books over the week!
Graham and Susan do not interfere at all, but were extremely accommodating to any requests we had, whether for information, or any small fixes needed. Bikes were also provided (although only barely used!).
We visited Futuroscope (about 1 hour drive), Angouleme and Verteuil, and some local restaurants, all very good. However, you do need to drive, albeit a relatively short distance for almost everything. Good supermarkets around, again a 10-15 minute drive.
I would highly recommend this property, especially if your aim is a relaxing, stay-around-the-pool type of holiday, and would also thoroughly recommend Graham and Susan as hosts. We had a fabulous time!!
Thankyou so much for your glowing review.
We're so pleased that you enjoyed your time here.
We very much enjoyed having you as guests, and hope to see you again at some future date.