|Les Romains||Self Catering||Saturday||5||14||3||one huge room with 4 beds, mezzanine with futons|
Les Romains Charente is a 200 year old Charentaise farmhouse within easy reach of larger towns and villages. It is set in approximately half an acre of private garden surrounded by a secure wall and lockable wrought iron gates, thus is very safe for small children. Traffic through the hamlet is minimal and consists mostly of tractors!
The house easily sleeps 10-14 guests and is ideal for 1, 2 or 3 families. It has many original features; stonework, exposed oak beams and Charentaise fireplaces, together with some quirky new ones! The thick stone walls and tiled floors ensure the house is cool in the summer months but with electric heating and woodburners, it is ideal for cosy winter holidays too.
The hamlet of Petit Malveau is surrounded by fields of sunflowers, vines, maize and many impressive vegetable plots. The country lanes around the local villages are very quiet and are ideal for family bike rides. The birdlife is exceptional, with daily sightings of birds of prey, herons and hoopoes. The neighbouring villages provide a boulangerie, a convenience store and a Post Office.
A free tennis court is a short bike ride away. The village of Migre (also within cycling distance) has easy stocked trout fishing, a bar and good restaurant.
Ten minutes drive away is the small town of Loulay which has a bar which is popular with British tourists, a pharmacy, grocers, Post Office, 3 boulangeries and a very pleasant outdoor public swimming pool.
Our house is a fifteen minute drive from the town of St Jean d'Angely which has a vibrant Saturday market and many shops and cafes. Similar distances away are the popular and pretty market towns of Surgeres and Aulnay. Slightly further afield are Cognac, Saintes and La Rochelle, all about 45 minutes from Petit Malveau. The fabulous island of Ile de Re is about one hour away by car and reached via a toll bridge.
There is an ever expanding information folder in the house outlining all the local attractions.
The nearest tourist beaches are found at the coastal town of Fouras, which is about a 40 minute drive. Fouras is home to Fort Boyard and is the starting point for day trips to both Fort Boyard and Ile d'Aix. Fouras has 3 beaches, plenty of free parking, seafront restaurants and cafes. Fort Vauban beach is the most popular in Fouras with families as it has a man made pool which fills with sea water and provides a relatively safer swimming environment than the open sea.
The kitchen is a light airy room. It has a large electric cooker with a 5-ring gas hob, double sink, dishwasher, fridge, small freezer, kettle, toaster, microwave and large trestle table which can seat up to 10 people. There are additional tables and chairs for larger parties - meals can also be enjoyed around a table in one of the living rooms. French windows open onto the garden.
There is a separate scullery, with washing machine, clothes airer, sink and shower cubicle.
There are 3 further large living areas:
1. A large playroom with 2 sofas, woodburner, many toys and games, tv with free to view UK satellite television, wi-fi and a large selection of dvds.
2. Large 'quiet room' with chairs and sofa and French doors leading to garden. This room could very easily be used as an extra sleeping area.
3. Spacious formal lounge with an impressive stone fireplace furnished with a woodburner, exposed stone walls, wooden beams and door leading to garden.
Any of the downstairs rooms could easily accommodate a sofa bed for extra guests.
The upstairs comprises 5 good sized bedrooms and a large landing area ideal for a travel cot or a futon for extra guests.
Bedrooms 1 and 2 are large doubles, with queen size beds in both and ample storage in drawers and wardrobes.
Bedroom 3 is a room with a single bed and an optional pullout bed and storage.
Bedroom 4 is a very large room with 4 single beds plus storage. This is ideal for children who all want to sleep together. It has children's books and games suitable for all ages.
Bedroom 5 has twin single beds and storage.
All the bedrooms have thermostatically controlled electric radiators.
The house has three bathrooms, one downstairs and two upstairs.
1. Bathroom 1: Downstairs, with a washbasin, bidet and shower, heated towel rail and a separate wc.
2. Bathroom 2: Upstairs, with a shower, washbasin and wc.
3. Bathroom 3: Upstairs, with a large bath, washbasin, wc and heated towel rail.
The house is very warm in winter and the thick walls and shutters ensure it is cool in summer.
Downstairs heating comprises storage heaters and two excellent wood burners in the 2 biggest living rooms. A supply of wood is provided during cooler months.
All bedrooms have thermostatically controlled electric radiators.
The house is equipped with free-to-view UK television and free wi-fi. In addition, we have a dvd player with a good selection of dvds.
Furthermore, we provide many children's games, books and toys for a wide age range. We also have a selection of adult novels which guests are encouraged to swap with one of their own when they leave.
Soak up the sun in our pretty garden. Relax on either of the 2 terraces which are furnished with tables, chairs, parasol, loungers & brick built barbecue. The gardens are ideal for families with children. There are large areas of lawn suitable for ball games & a huge barn, which contains a sand pit for younger children, table tennis and table football. We also have a selection of cricket bats, tennis rackets, boules, a basketball hoop, air hockey and a swing for younger children.
The swimming pool is 11 x 5m with a surrounding terrace. It has a removable glass dome cover which an adult can open and close easily and is also lockable. Not only does this comply with french safety laws regarding pool security, but offers peace of mind for families with small children. The glass cover is extremely efficient at heating the pool to comfortable temperatures. The pool is available from 1st April or the beginning of the Easter holidays.
There is car parking for several cars within the garden gates, and plenty of space outside too.
Our property is ideal for families with children of all ages, including babies. We provide travel cots and high chairs suitable for babies and toddlers. We also welcome groups of adults too, such as golfing parties and family reunions.
All within one hours' drive