|La Ferme, La Grue Gites||Self Catering||Flexible||3||6||2||Toddler beds 2, travelcots 2.|
Welcome to La Grue Gites in the sunny South-West of France. We offer family-friendly self-catering holidays.
If you like to get out and about with the children or simply relax by our pool with a novel, you've chosen the right place!
Our heated 12m by 6m pool is in its own secure, courtyard area with a spacious patio for our pool loungers. There's also a pergola with table and chairs - plenty of space for families to spread out.
All our gites have private, courtyard gardens with stone-built barbecues and dining areas.
There is a communal area with a washing machine, a small library and field games. If you’d like a break from the sun, there’s our open barn with table tennis, table football and darts.
'La Ferme' (once a farmhouse) is our largest gite with 3 bedrooms, sleeping 6. There is a spacious courtyard with an outside dining table for 6, its own stone barbecue and a small herb garden.
La Ferme has a fully equipped dining-kitchen with seating for 6, as well as a dishwasher and fridge-freezer.
'La Ferme' has a large lounge with a beautiful open fireplace and 2 settees. Double doors open onto the courtyard area from the lounge.
‘La Ferme’ (once a farmhouse) is our largest gite and sleeps 6 with its 3 bedrooms. There are 2 double bedrooms and a twin bedroom all with countryside views.
There is a downstairs toilet in the hallway and an upstairs family bathroom with a shower, toilet and washbasin.
This property has oil-fired central heating so it is ideal for off-peak breaks.
There is plenty of space at La Grue - whether you wish to socialise or have some time to yourself. Our guests can enjoy the large patio and pergola area by the pool, take some shade in the open barn, run off some steam on the games field or have a quiet moment in your own patio garden area.
There is off-road parking for La Ferme beside the property.
Families and friends.
Long sunny days, fabulous food and the French family lifestyle tempted us to begin our adventure in France, running La Grue Gites. Welcome!<br/>Having young children, we found self-catering gite holidays with a heated pool bliss. There's something for everyone here at La Grue Gites and the grown-ups get to relax too while the children play in our garden area. We have three gites sleeping up to 12 in total. We're ideally situated being close to three airports and the TGV is only 40 mins away too!
|Year property purchased||2018|
|Why this location?||The sunny Charente in SW France is famous for its semi-Mediterranean climate - it's the second sunniest region in the whole of France!
La Grue is a tranquil hamlet set amongst rolling fields of stunning sunflowers and vines in the gorgeous French countryside – perfect for cycling and walking.
Five minutes away, Aigre (home to the world-famous Gautier Cognac) has weekly markets, restaurants, a supermarket, cafes, pharmacy, a play park, antiques dealer, bakeries and all the amenities you need.
Rouillac (15 mins drive) hosts the largest market in South-West France and also has an outdoor pool with slides and larger supermarkets.
Angouleme is only 35 minutes away and has a magnificent inland beach (Plan d'eau) with play areas and cafes. There is also 'Nautilis' with its oudoor waterslides and indoor ice rink.
Visit Cognac (40mins away) and take a distillery tour with a boat ride along the Charente.
A little further, visit Zoodysee, Monkey Valley, Chateau des Enigma.
|Unique benefits of property||Our 12m x 6m heated pool is in its own secure and spacious courtyard with large patio area.
Each of our 3 characterful gites, sleeping 2, 4 and 6, renovated in the Charentais style, have their own private courtyard patios with barbecue facilities.
Each gite has a downstairs as well as an upstairs toilet.
We have child-friendly equipment for you to use - just let us know in advance and we'll do our best to meet your needs.
We have an open games barn/area for socialising as well as a field with children's equipment.
We offer an optional continental breakfast service on your patio - just ask for details.
We recommend Rhino Car Hire and have a discount code - please ask for more details.
We work with Bike Hire Direct and Dispovelo so that you can arrange for bikes to be delivered to your gite.
Friendly and welcoming. Le Square do amazing pizzas and offer a very reasonably priced children's menu. The service is usually quick which can be important when you've got hungry little ones.
Five minutes drive away - fabulous patisserie, bread and croissants. Very friendly staff - some of whom speak English. They provide desserts to our children's school and it's always a huge hit!
We're surrounded by quiet lanes, ideal for cycling either with the family, in a group or alone.
We pack a picnic and make a full day of it. (We can provide all your picnic plastics, cool box, etc etc) There are shady picnic tables near the car park.
There's lots of shade as you go around and it's very child-friendly. There are reptiles, birds and animals (including wolves) in plenty of space, well-kept and as they say - 'rencontres a l'etat pur'. There's also a cafe for ice-creams, drinks and snacks. English speaking staff. Check out the website for more information. Our kids loved it.
At Saint Savinien, we were amazed - beautiful riverside location with plenty of picnic opportunities. This leads to a play-park area with cafe/restaurants and then to Les Petits Bateaux. Think miniature motorised cross-channel ferries or fishing boats that you drive around a man-made canal first (to get your bearings) before you're let loose on the lake. Our children were allowed to drive with our assistance and life-jackets are provided. (It's not very deep).
There's also a very quaint fairground area with a small go-kart circuit, merry-go-round, inflatables and boat swings.
15 minutes from us is the Plan d'eau at Les Gours. There is a small play park with swings and see-saw, a beach, swimming area of the lake and fishing area of the lake. There's also a restaurant serving food and drinks every day in high season.
Outdoor play area with playpark, table tennis, basket ball and climbing frames. Circuit around the lake ideal for cycling or jogging. Cafe, toilets, beach changing areas. Lane swimming in the lake plus watersports.
Only 35 minutes from La Grue.
Cognac, at roughly 30 minutes' drive, has most of the major Cognac Houses if you would like to book a visit. World renowned Hennessy, Martell, Baron Otard, Martell, Camus etc etc all await.
We had a great week at La Grue Gites. The facilities are first class and modern while retaining the traditional French character. Our hosts Martin and Carol were great and nothing was too much trouble for them. The weather was hot and so we made full use of the lovely swimming pool. The location is quiet but great for exploring the Charente region being within easy driving of Cognac, Saintes and Angouleme with the coast around la Rochelle only a little further. Nearby villages supply all the necessities with a superb patisserie in Aigues only 4km away. There is a variety of things to see and do in the area and lovely quiet countryside for walking.
Overall the friendliness of our hosts and their family, the superb facilities and value for money make this hard to beat for a relaxing holiday.
Thank you for your lovely review, Nigel. It was a pleasure to have you all stay here and we are thrilled you all had such a great time.
We hope to see you all again soon.
Very best wishes for 2019.
Carol, Martin, Daisy, Toby and Carol
We visited La Grue Gites with our sons (10,8, 6) in May and absolutely loved it. We stayed in the beautiful 3 bedroom gite and it was perfect for our family, 3 large bedrooms, a kitchen diner, living room and private outdoor space. It is a mix of period farm house features with a clean, modern finish and equipped with everything you need to just move in for the week and just buy your food and wine, I could not have asked for more from the gite.
The gite is well located for days out if you have a car. We had a different day trip out every day; zoo, castle, French tow, Paleo settlement, French market. There are a lot of things on our list for visiting next time too.
There was also plenty to do at the gite if you want a relaxing day. My boys especially loved the pool, trampoline, table tennis and table football in the shared areas. We always felt very safe letting our children play independently (except the pool) so we could have a quiet relaxing sit nearby too without worrying about them.
I would like to give the owners a very special thank you. They were very welcoming and no request was too much trouble for them. They are very knowledgeable about great places to visit, shop, eat out and happy to help.
We are hoping to visit again very soon
Thanks for taking the time to write a review - we really appreciate it.
We are so pleased your family had a great time here and that our recommendations for days out with the children were such a hit. We chose this location because there is SO much to do for families.
We look forward to welcoming you back very soon!
Best wishes for 2019.
Carol, Martin, Daisy, Toby and Carol x
The Gites were exactly as described in the advert, just beautiful, clean, comfortable, very well equipped. The swimming pool area is exceptional. The owners, Martin and Carol are just the best hosts we could have wished for, nothing was too much trouble. We will definitely be returning in 2019 and have already recommended the gites to friends and family.
There are plenty of large supermarkets a short drive away so a car is adviseable and some very pretty villages close by with lovely bars and restaurants.
Thank you, Barbara, for your lovely comments; we're thrilled to know we are making our guests happy.
We very much look forward to welcoming you all again in 2019.
Best wishes from Carol and Martin.