Bedrooms 3, Sleeps 6, Ratings 3 9.6/10
|Bois, La Grue Gites||Self Catering||Flexible||1||2||1|
‘Bois’, a former wood store for the old farm, has one upstairs bedroom with an en suite, modern shower room and is perfect for couples.
As you enter the open plan living area which flows onto the kitchen, you will see it has been tastefully decorated in the Charentais style with oak beams and stone walls. The spiral staircase sweeps up to the double bedroom with en suite shower room. There is also an additional downstairs toilet.
‘Bois’ has a television with English free-view channels. The kitchen is well equipped with a cooker, a fridge, a dishwasher, a microwave and plenty of cooking utensils, tableware and glasses.
The ground floor has an open-plan living and kitchen-dining area. There is a separate downstairs toilet.
The living room has a sofa and a chair with plenty of room to relax. There is a television with FreeSat.
The bedroom is located off the dining area up a spiral staircase and has a modern, en suite shower room.
Modern, en suite shower room with an additional toilet downstairs.
There are wall heaters.
In peak season, we offer pizza nights using our traditional bread oven on-site. It's a great opportunity to get 'hands-on' and meet our other guests.
Local wine tours are available.
We have a traditional Charentais Snail farm 2.5m away and a Snail museum in Aigre.
Our gite, 'Bois' has its own private patio courtyard area with a stone built barbecue and small herb garden.
There is a 12x6m heated swimming pool which is shared by all our guests and the owners own 2 children in peak season.
There is a shared laundry area with washing machine, tourist information, field and board games. We have an open barn with table tennis and table football for some shade.
Off-road parking is available right near the property.
Couples for a romantic break.
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.
Swift, friendly service in a convivial, French atmosphere. Reasonably priced home-cooked food with exceptionally good pizzas to eat in or take away.
13km away from us in Tusson, is this little gem of a restaurant. Ideal as a special treat for a romantic meal out - fabulous entrecote steak.
Should you wish to buy some Cognac, our friendly neighbours in Mons (Laval-Aubinaud) make their own Cognac and Pineau. The family will welcome you and encourage you to taste their Pineau (red and white) and their range of Cognacs.
Impressive and beautiful Chateau to explore nearby.
We recommend Bike Hire Direct or Dispovelo who will deliver bikes to your gite, here. The lanes are generally quiet with good visibility and pretty flat. Aigre has the French cycling route 33 with three different circuits and levels of difficulty to explore.
There's a viewing point near to Mons too.
Just down the road is the best boulangerie I've discovered. Amazing pattiserie and fabulous 'Framboise' croissants.
I thought this was a really lovely & very special place to stay. The owners were very helpful, kind & wanted me to enjoy my break. Actually, I loved it here & would have liked to have stayed much longer as there was much more to explore in the surrounding area but, I will definitely be returning as it all has a particular charm about it.
I received a really warm welcome from the owners who showed me around my clean, beautifully decorated & very well equipped gite. They advised about what there was to do in the area & made sure that I had enough for breakfast - the best croissants I have ever tasted!
It was a really pretty stone built place set in lovely surroundings with plant pots & a fragrant raised flower bed in a private courtyard that had its own BBQ facilities. There was a large swimming pool in pleasant gardens with sun loungers & a trellised shaded area.
Inside it was very spacious with comfortable & modern furniture that was in keeping. The kitchen was impressive & very clean, having everything I needed & more.
The bedroom was lovely too. It was quaint in a modern sort of way with a very comfortable mattress & nice bedding. The shower room was very clean & more than ample in size.
I explored the local villages & small towns by bicycle & bought my groceries in gorgeous little shops & had coffees in lovely cafes. I went by car to some delightful towns & explored parks, shops & museums.
This was money very well spent, I'd say!
Wow! Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a comprehensive review. We are thrilled you were so pleased with your stay here at La Grue.
We look forward to welcoming you again in 2019!
Carol and Martin.
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