Bedrooms 5, Sleeps 8
|Verre, La Grue Gites||Self Catering||Flexible||2||4||1||Travelcot, toddler bed|
‘Verre’ (a former Cognac bottle store for La Maison Bleue) has 2 spacious upstairs bedrooms - a double and a twin room which has the flexibility of having separate beds and an extra child's bed should you need more! It has a modern shower-room and is perfect for families as there is also a separate downstairs toilet.
The ground floor has an open-plan living, kitchen-dining area with plenty of room to spread out. There is a private patio area with barbecue facilities.
‘Verre’ has a television with English free-view channels.
On site, there is a laundry area with a washing machine, tourist information, library and games for children and families.
The kitchen is well equipped with a gas cooker, a fridge, a microwave, a dishwasher and plenty of cooking utensils, tableware and glasses for up to 6 people.
It is an open-plan kitchen, dining and lounge area. The dining table seats 6.
There is an outdoor stone barbecue and seating for 4.
We provide cool boxes, beach parasols and picnic rugs.
We also have a range of baby and child equipment from sterilisers to stairgates - and a stroller.
The living room area has a comfortable settee, two lounge chairs and a television with Freesat.
There are 2 spacious, light bedrooms. One is a double with a large hanging rail and a chest of drawers for your clothes. The Velux windows have blinds included.
The other is a twin bedroom with a wardrobe and space for an additional, smaller child's bed should you wish.
There is an upstairs shower room with shower, wash basin and toilet. Verre also has a separate downstairs toilet which is very handy with a family!
There is a large games field for children to run off some steam.
Verre has a private, courtyard patio area which has a stone barbecue.
At La Grue gites there is an open barn with table tennis and table football with seating for some shade as well as the swimming pool terrace for sunbathing and the 1500 metre square playing field - there's plenty of room to socialise or to be alone and relax.
There is off-street parking near to your gite enough for 2 cars.
Families with up to three children (one aged 8 and under).
This gite is great for a couple who wish to have a little bit more space or for friends holidaying together.
We offer an optional daily bread and croissant delivery to your patio service - please ask for details.
We can provide bath and pool towels at a small additional cost.
We provide bed-linen, basic gite cleaning products, washing up liquid, milk, tea, coffee on arrival as part of your welcome pack.
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 3 gites sleeping up to 12 in total. We're ideally situated being close to 3 airports and the TGV is only 40 mins away too!
|Year property purchased||2017|
|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.
We recommend 'Le Square' in Aigre. Really friendly staff and usually quick service which can be important with young, hungry tummies. There is a reasonably priced children's menu and the pizzas are fantastic. You can also order pizza to collect.
For amazing patisserie and the best croissants we've tasted, we recommend B-Sweet in Verdille. It's only 5 minutes away and well within cycling distance. The staff are always really kind with the children and the Danish owners are English speaking.
Bikes delivered to your gite during your stay. There are pull-alongs and children's bikes too at reasonable rates. Perfect!
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.
In less than 40 minutes, you can be at Angouleme with its 'Zone de Montagne' for those who might like to grab a bargain at Decathlon and the large 'out-of-town' shops; or stroll in the city taking in the impressive architecture and eating at one of its amazing restaurants.
For the children, there's the impressive 'Plan d'eau' which is an inland beach with play areas, cafes and activities. There's 'Nautilis' with its outdoor slides and swimming pool, ice rink and cafe. There is a tramplone and laser quest centre in Angouleme too. Not to mention the race circuit and all the festivals that take place there. Did you know that it's the home of the Comic? There really is something for everyone and it's right on our doorstep.
In under an hour, this is well worth the travel for a full, family day out. We pack a picnic and there is plenty of shade for eating plus a little kiosk for drinks, ice-creams and light snacks.
Follow the clues to crack the code and solve the pirate mystery. It's fun and interactive. The trail takes you around the grounds and inside the Chateau. Our children loved it and so did the adults. Clues and maps are available in English as well as French.
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