|Le Beau Fief||Self Catering||Friday||3||5||2|
Le Beau Fief is a totally independent stone cottage enjoying a tranquil setting in the midst of parades of sunflowers and lush green vineyards just a 10 minute drive from the market town of Aulnay. Brimming with character, this nineteenth century gite is set within the confines of a 600 sq m walled courtyard, adorned with trailing vines and kiwis, providing a safe and relaxing haven for families and couples alike. A 500 sq m fruit tree orchard can also be enjoyed by guests - perfect for a picnic or a glass of wine at sundown. The property benefits from a private heated swimming pool (via heat pump, so does not rely on sunny weather to be warm). The pool, as well as the whole property and gardens, is not shared with owners or other renters, so guests have full exclusive use of all it has to offer.
The gite has been newly decorated and furnished, retaining oodles of rustic charm with its exposed beams and quirky features. The property is comprehensively equipped with all mod cons as well as many other extras we feel will make your holiday that little more special. Our guests have full exclusive use of the property and all it has to offer during their stay.
The property opens out onto acres of raw farmland where there's not much to be heard other than the tweeting of birds and the tooting of the local boulanger who delivers fresh baguettes to the hamlet several times a week. However, hop in a car and you can be amidst the hustle and bustle of a busy market town within 10 minutes. St. Jean d'Angely, Cognac, Saintes and La Rochelle are also all within easy reach. The nearest beaches are less than an hour away.
The kitchen is decorated in traditional French country style with washing machine, electric oven, gas hob, extracter fan, kettle, microwave, fridge, separate freezer, iron and ironing board. It is fully equipped with plenty of pots, pans, loads of appliances. We are sure it will please the keenest of chefs. There is a dining area with a table to seat 6.
The lounge area has two comfortable sofas, log burning stove, tv, dvd player with a selection of films, and radio.
Three pretty bedrooms - 1 double, 1 twin and 1 single.
Upstairs shower room with sink and wc.
Downstairs toilet with sink and wc.
Electric radiators are in all rooms for rentals during the cooler months except for the lounge area which has a log burner.
Tv, dvd player, radio, a selection of dvds and books. Indoor and outdoor games. Free wi-fi.
The high-walled garden provides a secure and private area with ample seating spots dotted around. The swimming pool is fenced with child-proof gates and plenty of sun-loungers and parasols. There are two barbecues with cooking equipment that guests can make use of as well as mountain bikes and a selection of outdoor games. An additional 500 sq m plot sits opposite facing out to the open countryside, and is shaded by various fruit trees.
Parking in abundance.
Ideal for families and couples alike in search of a peaceful break.
Highchair and travel cot available on request. Baby monitor supplied as well as booster steps for the little ones.
All towels and linen are included with a free weekly change, together with a starter pack of cleaning materials. We also supply 1 pool towel per guest free of charge.
Barbecue available for guests' use.
Make sure you arrive early Sunday morning to catch some of the best fresh local produce at Aulnay's weekly market. After doing a bit of shopping, we recommend going for a glass of wine at 'Le Colombier', where its tables and chairs take over the street for all the thirsty market-goers. Be sure not to miss the 'roast chicken man'! He has a stall on the market, selling delicious roast chickens and herby chips. Grab yourself a bag before heading home for a relaxed Sunday afternoon.
We have supplied mountain bikes at the gite which are free of charge for you to use. The lanes surrounding the gite have very little traffic and will lead you past fields of sunflowers, maize, and vineyards, through rustic little hamlets, basically the very best of the French countryside.
Do not miss La Rochelle. It's under an hour away from the gite and is a simply gorgeous city with fabulous shops, bars and restaurants. We normally have lunch in one of the restaurants by the harbour where they offer really good fish dishes, but there are also plenty others in the town centre for non-seafood-lovers which are equally as good. In high-season, there are usually many street entertainers which include some really talented artists. La Rochelle also has an aquarium and a watch tower, although we are yet to look round these.
The mediaval town of Saint Jean d'Angely is approx.15 minutes by car, and is well worth a visit. It has some charming little shops as well as good cafes and restaurants where you can dine under the leafy shade of the trees. Saturday is market day, be sure to go and grab yourself something for that night's supper. Make sure you plan an afternoon by the lake where there is a large picnic area (picnic rug & cooler box supplied at the gite) with plenty of shade. You can hire out pedaloes and canoes on the lake, and there is a small park for the children. A wonderful lazy afternoon!
Saintes hosts a 'foire' on the first Monday of every month, which is basically a huge market that dominates the town centre for a day. You'll find pretty much anything there from fresh local produce to clothes to chickens and ducks to shoes to leather goods to kitchen equipment.
Just returned from a lovely relaxing week here, beautiful gite which was very well equipped, plenty of space and gorgeous location. Couldn't have wanted more, very good communication from owner and helpful during holiday. Looking forward to returning, thank you so much
We had a really enjoyable and relaxing holiday in Le Beau Fief. Peace and quiet is almost guaranteed and the owners have equipped the Gite to a very high standard with many imaginative touches which help make Le Beau Fife a real home from home. We were blessed with very warm and sunny weather so we were able to use the pool most days and we also made good use of the bikes which were a pleasure to ride on the quiet French roads. There are plenty of interesting towns and villages to visit within a relatively short distance and a little further afield we had a really nice day in La Rochelle. The Gite would be ideal for couples looking for relaxation or families who would have a great time making use of the pool and barbecue :)
Wow – such an amazing find! We loved our time at Le Beau Fief and will definitely be going back! The gite was truly beautiful, full of charm and equipped with everything you could ever need - along with lots of really special touches and added extras. The owners, Tori and Rich, have really thought of everything.
The gite is set in beautiful grounds within a gorgeous little hamlet in the middle of the French countryside, surrounded by sunflowers as far as the eye could see. It was so peaceful – we really felt like we had found our very own piece of the world and we loved relaxing by the pool, sitting in the orchard and eating our meals under the stars.
The location was perfect and gave us a great base for exploring the area, with lots to do and see we were spoiled for choice.
We spent a lovely day in La Rochelle; gorgeous food, window-shopping and watching street entertainers in the harbour and we would especially recommend checking out the local market on a Sunday; after shopping there we spent a lovely afternoon sipping beer watching the world go by.
We would definitely recommend a stay at Le Beau Fief and we would like to say a massive thank you to Tori and Rich for creating such a fabulous holiday retreat – magnifique!
We had a lovely holiday at Le Beau Fief. The accommodation is clean and comfortable and in a beautiful and very quiet area. The caretakers are extremely helpful and always available should we need anything.
The gite had all the home comforts we needed including all the equipment we required for our young child. We particularly enjoyed using the child seat for the back of the bikes, which were all provided.
We would be happy to recommend Le Beau Fief to family and friends