Bedrooms 3, Sleeps 6, Ratings 3 9.6/10
|Le Figuier||Self Catering||Flexible||2||4||1|
Le Figuier (The Fig Tree) is one of the 3 cottages or gites as they are known in France at our wonderful old farmhouse logis between Cognac and the coast in the Charente, SW France.
The Logis dates from the 17th Century and is set in 2 acres of gardens, meadow and orchard and surrounded by vines and sunflowers.
The other 2 holiday cottages are La Libellule (The Dragonfly) Ref 006408 and La Sorciere (The Sorceress) Ref 005362. They are both also advertised here on the Holiday France Direct site.
Each house has 2 bedrooms and has been specially designed to have everything you need for a relaxing family holiday with 2 or 3 children.
The 3 houses are very well spaced on different sides of an enormous courtyard so that you can be very private if you want to but at the same time it is easy to make friends with other families staying here at the same time.
Living in the main house we are available if you should need us. We are situated on the border of the Charente Maritime (17) and Charente (16) departments, and only 4 to 5 hours drive from the Channel ports, just over an hour from the La Rochelle airport and an hour and a half from Bordeaux.
Only 10 minutes from historic Cognac with it's cobbled streets, pavement cafes, shops gardens, cognac houses to visit and numerous festivals throughout the year. We are also close to wonderful La Rochelle, the beautiful Romanesque small city of Saintes, medieval St Jean D'Angely, Angouleme, Royan, La Palmyre and much much more. Amazing sandy Atlantic beaches are under an hour away and then there is also the Lazy River Charente and nearby lakes for canoeing, fishing and windsurfing.
Children are well catered for with a 10 x 5 metre heated pool, a big sandpit and a large selection of toys including lots of ride-ons for toddlers. We also have a huge safety netted trampoline, table tennis, badminton and basket ball, football goals in the meadow, lots of climbing frames, swings and slides plus bikes to borrow free of charge.
For those who really can't or don't wish to escape the buzz of everyday life completely, we do have a free, accessible wi-fi connection in the courtyard.
Le Figuier is situated at the end of the immense courtyard and has windows looking over the courtyard and pool and also frenchdoors opening onto a superb private barbecue/outside dining area in the meadow.
It is an especially good choice if you want to sit and relax with a glass of wine while being able to see your children enjoying the climbing frames, football area etc.
There is a newly renovated large combined kitchen/dining/living room with everything you need for a comfortable holiday including full sized cooker, fridge-freezer, microwave, coffee maker, dishwasher and washing machine.
Plenty of seating for eating at the table or relaxing.
Upstairs there are 2 bedrooms, one with a 5' bed and the other with full sized bunks and another small bed. Both rooms have plenty of space to add a cot.
The shower and wc are upstairs
There is a tv/dvd/cd with iPod dock.
We've added a selection of books and games and we have lots of dvds that you can watch if you happen to have a rainy day.
Le Figuier has a private shaded eating area with a built in barbecue plenty of space to sit and relax overlooking the meadow under the fairy lights.
The children's room has a window overlooking the pool.
Philip keeps the heated pool sparkling clean. It is fenced, securely gated and also has an alarm. With a safe 1metre 20 depth it is great for fun and games as well as getting a few lengths in and lots of children have learned to swim here on their holidays. They really enjoy playing with the inflatable toys along with their new friends and parents can relax as there are plenty of cushioned sunbeams, parasols and even a little grassy area. The pool is surrounded by beautiful gardens and on hot days the fig leaves smell wonderful.
There is plenty of secure covered parking in the courtyard.
The house is perfect for young families and we have safety features like stair gates top and bottom, cool oven door, smoke alarms and Co2 detectors to keep everyone safe.
Cots and highchairs are provided free of charge.
We always try to put a selection of toys in the house suitable for the age of your child.
We came to live in this area of South West France 25 years ago, partly for the sense of adventure and partly for the weather! We settled happily in to the French way of life in a nearby village, bringing up our young family and working and then had the chance to move to this amazing place, close to Cognac.
|Year property purchased||1999|
|Why this location?||Situated where we are between Cognac and the coast, we have the benefit of being in the glorious French countryside (vines, sunflowers...) but we're not far from lots of interesting towns, villages and holiday activities|
|Unique benefits of property||Our 3 holiday gites are exceptionally baby, toddler and child friendly with absolutely everything that you could need for a holiday that will be idyllic for Mum and Dad as well as the kids.|
A lot of families find it really hard to drag themselves away from the pool, gardens, and play things here plus the all the lovely cycle tracks around the hamlet, but there are so many great things to see and do in the area that it would be a shame not to try one or 2 of them at least!
We have a regularly updated notice board and we're always happy to get more info for you, make reservations for restaurants etc.
Firstly of course there are numerous traditional Cognac Houses to visit...Henessey, Martell, etc plus smaller producers , like Le Cep Enchanté where the whole family can learn about the production of grape juice, wine and Cognac in a fun way.
Cognac town has lots of history, old cobbled streets and a wide selection of cafés and restaurants, bars and shops.
There are parks for children ranging from the carved wooden climbing frames in the Jardin Publique to the Base de Plein Air down by the river where as well as the usual swings etc there is an enclosure with huge inflatables accessed for a very small charge, mini golf, canoe and kayak rental and very pleasant woodland trails for walks. The Blues Passion Festival and La fete du Cognac are in July.
Within a 20 min drive there is a Prehistoric Theme Centre ( Paleosite) especially good for ages 6 to 16 and the Parc Aventure de Fontdouce much the same as 'Go Ape' with tree climbing runs for all ages from around 4 yrs to adult.
Small children will love steering their own boat at the Port Miniature in St Savinien where adults are only allowed to 'sail' if they are accompanied by a child!
Lots of wildlife at Zoo in La Palmyre and Zoodyssée in Chizé.
With easy access to the coast from here (under an hour) and a huge choice of wide sandy beaches backed by pine forests to small seaside resorts, you can combine a day out with a visit to the very pretty Talmont sur Gironde, the caves at Meschers, famous La Rochelle and Rochefort or even pop over to the islands of Ré and Oléron or Aix for the day.
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