Bedrooms 2, Sleeps 4, Ratings 3 10/10
This location has multiple holiday properties
|Bambou Grove||Self Catering||Saturday||2||4||2|
We have 3 beautifully appointed cottages which are extremely comfortable and have been renovated to a high standard with electric central heating. Each cottage is for 4 persons comprising 2 double en suite bedrooms (1 double, 1 twin).
All linen, towels (beach available on request) and cleaning materials, including toilet rolls, black sacks, dishwasher, washing machine products, and toilet cleaner are provided.
Each cottage has its own private terrace, garden with garden furniture, barbecue facilities and secure parking. Two cottages can be joined together for bigger groups. The other cottage has a bedroom situated on the ground floor for ease of access.
There is a large enclosed tranquil garden which is ideal for small children. The walled heated pool has large terrace, housing Jacuzzi, shaded bar and barbecue area. Bicycles are available for hire.
We are open all year and also do B&B and short breaks out of season, including Christmas and New Year. If you do not fancy cooking we can provide dinner (by arrangement) for all guests using fruit and vegetables from our garden and local produce. Please note we take credit cards.
Set amongst vineyards and fields of sunflowers, we are ideally situated for visits to Cognac, Saintes, Angouleme, Royan and the airports of La Rochelle, Poitiers and Angouleme, as well as many charming French market towns, churches, gardens and historic sites.
We also offer Cognac Discovery Tours of local distilleries and wineries. This provides the opportunity to taste local cognacs, after dinner with us and appreciate the different flavours of individual cognacs, which go into making the blended cognacs from the major international houses. You can then decide which distilleries you would like to visit. It also provides the opportunity to take home a few bottles of your favourites at very reasonable prices to help in these tough economic times!
30% deposit (non-refundable) at time of booking with balance 6 weeks before arrival date.
150€ breakages (or £100 cheque) deposit paid on arrival, returned after one week.
Property to be left in same state and level of cleanliness as found on arrival
The well equipped kitchen has oven, hob, fridge-freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, kettle, toaster, coffee-maker plus a very extensive range of crockery and utensils.
All cleaning products, black sacs, toilet rolls, dishwasher and washing machine tablets and liquids, plus wide range of general cleaning products are provided.
The spacious open plan living area is furnished to a superior standard consisting of sofas, chairs, dining area and kitchen
Each cottage has 2 double en suite bedrooms (1 double, 1 twin), excellent mattresses, bedside lamps, clock-radio and hair dryer. Fans and anti-mosquito plug-ins are provided in the summer
Each bedroom has an en suite shower room wih shower basin and wc.
Electric central heating in the cooler and winter months is included in the price. The seemingly higher winter prices reflect the heating provided
There is satellite tv (French and English) with dvd player, radio cassette/dvd player, selection of dvds for all ages, books and board games.
There is a large fully enclosed and secured terrace which houses the heated pool, Jacuzzi, shaded bar and bbq area.
The fully enclosed, large garden provides badminton and space for youngsters to run around or kick a football about.
Bikes are available for cycling on the hundreds of kilometres of country and wide roads through the vineyards.
There is secure, off-road parking provided for each cottage and B&B guest
Suitable for all ages.
We are open all year, including Christmas and New Year, and are ideal for short breaks. We can house groups of up to 16, fully catered if preferred, B&B, table d'hote dinners using fruit and vegetables from the garden and local produce.
We have wi-fi connection and take credit cards.
Peter and Sally have lived in the Far East, UK and Europe before settling in France in 2004. With a background in the Armed Services, finance and client services they moved to France to create a small business welcoming guests, visitors and friends from all over the world.<br/>We are well established in the area and can also help others seeking an escape from the pressured environment of UK.
|Year property purchased||2004|
|Why this location?||Wanted a country location amidst vines and small villages but with good access to autoroutes (A10 J34), TGV rail links (Angouleme) and airports La Rochelle, Bordeaux, Poitiers and Limoges.
Whilst in the countryside nearest town (Matha) 5 mins and Cognac 20 mins, Angouleme 35 mins, Saintes 35 mins, La Rochelle 70 mins and Bordeaux 90 mins.
Beaches, golf courses, children attractions, historic sites, wine and cognac tasting - all an easy drive for visits and days out.
|Unique benefits of property||We offer peace and tranquility, in beautiful gardens for all ages with excellent accredited accommodation, heated pool (April-October) and jacuzzi (all year). There is also the possibility of catered holidays or dinners/bbq by arrangement using local produce and fruit and vegetables from the garden. You just have to ask.
The property is ideal for couples, families or groups (up to 16 people) and we try to provide a home from home holiday.
Two ancient cities full of history found on the River Charente.
Only 90 minutes away this World Heritage Site is a must if you have the time. International shops, wonderful buildings, culture, restaurants, wine and pavement cafes.
The homes of the international cognac houses - Hennessy, Remy Martin, Martell Otard and Courvoisier, plus many other less well known brands.
Hundreds (literally) of cognac and pineau producers to choose from in the area. Tasting is free and you can choose your favourite to take home. Pineau is grape juice with eau de vie added and then matured in barrels for no less than 18 months.
Beaches are 50-70 minutes drive away and provide a wonderful day out.
A visit is not to be missed for history, the aquarium, excellent restaurants, boat trips to Fort Boyard and Ile d'Aix
A choice of local family run restaurants within 2km to Michelin starred restaurants 20 mins drive away. Also see our website for independent reviews of our table d'hote dining.
Marennes and Ile d'Oleron - the centre of the oyster and mussel culture. Best seafood found at Fouras - go to the fish market, armed with a tray from the bar opposite the market and order your oysters to be opened from one of the stalls, buy your shrimps, prawns, whelks, winkles, crab and langoustines ready to eat and the bar will provide the lemon, butter bread and your drinks - all at a fraction of the cost at a restaurant.
The first Monday in the month is the enormous street market in Saintes.
The 27th of each month is the very large market in Rouillac, including livestock
The first Friday in the months sees the market/fair in Matha.
La Rochelle Saturday Market is an experience not to be missed.
The hosts, Sally and Peter, make you feel very welcome from the moment you arrive, and remain on hand for advice and assistance whenever needed (which isn't much, since the gites are extremely well equipped).
Our kids loved the pool, and we made use of the communal barbecue area on a few occasions, plus took advantage of the bikes that are available to take out among the gentle undulations of the surrounding countryside.
Our children were 10 and 12 at the time of travel, and we found plenty to do in the area. In particular, we'd recommend Chateau des Enigmes, a themed quiz trail in the grounds of a chateau, and the high ropes course at Abbaye de le Fontdouce. Of the local towns, we enjoyed Saintes - the walk up to the amphitheatre is worth it. We also stopped off for a night at Futuroscope, at Poitiers, which was excellent and helped break the journey on the way back to Caen.
There's no bakery or bar/restaurant in the village, so it's a car trip for morning croissants or an evening meal, and the two neighbouring gites don't have particularly private patio areas, but these are very minor issues with a holiday that all four of us thoroughly enjoyed. We have no hesitation in recommending this to others.
Our fourth year at Bamboo Grove and as always a great holiday was had by all.
If you want a "chill out holiday" with many amenities within a short drive we would highly recommend this venue.
Our first visit to this area of France and we were not disappointed. Bamboo Grove was the ideal base from which to explore the area, returning every afternoon to sit beside the swimming pool and to relax in the lovely warm water.
The proprietors Sally & Peter were perfect hosts, always in the background but there if needed. We joined them twice in their house for an evening meal of good food, wine and company.
The gite was well equipped and clean and with UK TV.
We enjoyed our visits to COGNAC, ANGOULEME and the markets ( Sally will tell you when) at AULNAY and St-JEAN-d'ANGLEY
Had a great time.....gite very clean and comfortable, poole and hot tub great too.
Very friendly people and will certainly stay there again!
Thank you very much. Look forward to your next visit. Breakages cheque in two in the post!!!!!!! Hope you had a great time in the Loire and enjoyed the Normandy beaches.