|La Vieille Grange||Self Catering||Flexible||1||2||1||2nd (mezzanine) double bedroom available|
La Vieille Grange is different in many ways, we offer the best of both worlds, all year round in its facilities, its location and in the atmosphere the owners strive to create.
Gite accommodation with a difference - ideal for couples and year round holidays - with pool, log fires, an acre of garden, views across the valley and a unique “weatherproof” garden room/terrace. Quality assured : up to 50% returning guests !
A quality conversion of an old wine producing barn, the gite offers privacy, relaxation, views, a large 4 x 6 metre all weather and all year garden room/terrace, with full width, high quality sliding glass patio doors. We have an acre of garden, a 11 x 5m swimming pool (usually for sole use by yourselves!) and internally, all modern conveniences have been installed, but at a value for money price.
Located in the rolling Charente Maritime countryside, surrounded by vineyards, La Vieille Grange is within 10 minutes of the Gironde estuary (with nature reserve and new bird sanctuary) and quiet marinas. We are within 30 minutes of a nice beach, lots of lovely local places to visit and with easy access to the life of Bordeaux, La Rochelle or even onwards to Biarritz and Spain.
The gite is specifically designed around the needs of couples, or 2 friends. The owners, Martin and Christopher, take pride in welcoming and respecting the diversity of their guests, regardless of background.
One small well-behaved dog is welcome, but the gite is not suitable for children under 13.
Renovated in 2002 and updated every year since, the gite consists of:
On ground floor:
Kitchen/dining room: modern and fully equipped incl full size oven and ceramic hob, breakfast bar, dishwasher, washing machine, fridge/freezer, microwave, dining table/chairs and direct dial telephone/answering machine
Living room : with Godin logburner, tv/video with English (BBC, ITV, Film4 etc) & French channels, dvd player, cd/radio/cassette player & sofa
Bathroom : bath with wall mounted shower attachment
Entrance hall, with spiral staircase up to :
On 1st floor, in the converted grenier/loft, 2 large bedrooms (each approx 6mx3m / 18ftx9ft into the eaves - although with some low beams) :
Main double bedroom for 2 people, incl sitting area with sofa and aircon and French windows with views across countryside towards the estuary (and the sunsets!)
Mezzanine double bedroom for additional 2 people, leading to main bedroom
and outside :
An enormous (6x4 metre) all weather & all year round garden room/terrace with triple sliding patio doors, opening onto pool area and stunning views across garden and valley beyond.
If/when you need heating in the garden room, there is a logburner if you just want a quick bit of added warmth there is a stylish infrared gas radiator.
If it's a bit drizzly you can still relax and enjoy a good book (or an even better bottle of wine!) whilst enjoying the "being in the garden" feeling and gazing at the views across garden and valley to the village beyond!
And when it stops drizzling and warms up - just open up as much or as little of the patio doors as you want - opening up as much as 2/3rds of the room to the garden.
With a choice of furniture : easy chairs; wood steamer-style chairs or deckchairs. Plus dining table and chairs, coffee table and side tables.
Plenty of choice of garden furniture (wood or pvc sun-loungers, chairs, tables & parasols), plus bbq and 2 bikes
Use of 11m x 5m swimming pool - May to October incl. The pool is approx 1m in the shallow end and approx 2m at the deep end, with a diving board *
Use of garden - approx 1 acre - incl boules pit and picnic area with 2nd bbq
With pool and garden shared only with the owners and from time to time their guests. Yours is the only gite, and normally you will have the pool entirely to yourselves!
The ever popular "finishing touches" :
With your confirmation letter, you'll get our colour information booklet - with everything from our favourite places to eat and drink, to the all important opening times of local supermarkets - and of course maps and directions for getting to us!
And waiting for you when you arrive :
Fresh flowers to gladden the eye
Our complimentary "Post Travelling Recovery Kit" otherwise known as our "Welcome Pack", including a bottle of wine (for you to celebrate the start of your holiday!) and provisions for an evening snack and morning breakfast - so you don't need to go to a supermarket after travelling! (Pack includes : bottle of wine, olives, bread, croissants, milk, cheese, orange juice, tea, coffee, sugar, margarine, pasta & pesto sauce)
An abundance of up to date tourist maps, guides and leaflets - carefully organised to make it easy to find just what you want (yes, Chris IS that sad!)
Availability of an extensive dvd & video library (to accompany that late night bottle of wine perhaps?)
Wi-fi coverage is provided on request (subject to availability**) if you bring a wi-fi enabled laptop.
The gite information folder with details of everything from the latest weather forecast, times of local markets, list of dvds/videos available to borrow and information about how to use all the gites facilities - from the dishwasher to the underwater swimming pool floodlights!
Whilst the gite is attached to Chris and Martin's house, it is completely self contained and the terrace is divided to provide privacy. Your privacy is assured, in the words of previous guests: "Chris and Martin manage that delicate task (so easily!) of being unobtrusive and yet so friendly. We shall return"
The gite is well equipped with heating for the cooler months, with a Godin logburner in the living room and wall mounted electric radiators and convector heaters in all other rooms - including modern "chaleur douce" radiators for gentle and controllable background warmth.
We're ashamed to say that some of the internal doors, even on the ground floor, are too narrow for wheelchairs to get through. Otherwise, the ground floor facilities are quite accessible for people with mobility difficulties and we can provide a sofabed in the living room for people who cannot manage the stairs (subject to request at time of booking and availability).
For people with hearing disabilities, subtitles can be provided on the tv (dependent on specific programmes) upon request, and many dvds in the library have subtitles available.
A booking deposit of 25% of the rental is due upon booking, less £29 Brittany Ferries booking fee. The remaining payment is due 8 weeks before the start of your holiday or on booking if within 8 weeks, including: full payment of rental due (less any booking deposit already paid) plus £100 (€145) per booking breakages/excess cleaning deposit ("dépôt de garantie" under French law). This will be returned to you within 7 days after the end of your holiday, less any deductions for: breakages; excessive cleaning that is needed or gite telephone charges incurred. If you pay by credit card, we simply collect this with your final payment, and return it directly to your card within 7 days.
Preferred payment method is by credit or debit card, via the secure global payment systems of WorldPay, with whom we have a verified merchant's account.
Please do not "Book Now" until you have checked your requirements with us (use the "Contact the Owner" button below).
The kitchen/dining room is modern and fully equipped with full sized oven, ceramic hob, breakfast bar, dishwasher, washing machine, fridge-freezer, microwave, dining table and chairs. There is also a direct dial telephone.
The living room has a Godin logburner, flat screen tv with English (BBC, ITV, Film4 etc) tv channels, dvd player, sofa and easy chair.
Main double bedroom for 2 people, with french windows looking out across the countryside towards the estuary and the sunsets. The room has air conditioning.
The mezzanine can be used as an additional bedroom for 2 people and leads to the main bedroom.
The gite has been designed principally to provide year-round, spacious and well equipped accommodation for 2 people. However, the additional mezzanine double bedroom is also available if you want to invite friends to join you.
Bathroom with bath and shower over. Seperate wc.
The gite is well equipped with heating for the cooler months by the Godin logburner in the living room. All the other rooms have wall mounted electric radiators and convector heaters - including modern "chaleur douce" radiators for gentle and controllable background warmth.
A second logburner is in the garden/terrace room if needed.
Satellite tv, dvd player, cd player, telephone and wi-fi available.
Outside we have a large 4 x 6 metre private garden room/terrace with triple, full width sliding patio doors (double glazed), equipped with choice of furniture: sofa, easy chair, teak steamer-style chairs and teak deckchairs plus dining table and chairs There is a woodburner and stylish gas radiator when needed all for the exclusive use of our guests.
Use of 11m x 5m swimming pool, depth approximately 1m x 4m at deep end. The pool is open from May to September and as far into October as the weather permits. There is under pool illumination at night for those nocturnal cocktails and star gazing on the terrace.
There is a garden of approximately 1 acre which includes a boules pit. The owners will share the facilities with the guests from time to time, but you will usually have the pool and pool garden to yourselves! There is also a bbq and 2 bikes.
Outdoor parking for 1 or 2 cars.
The gite has been designed principally to provide year-round, spacious and well equipped accommodation for 2 people. However, the additional mezzanine double bedroom is also available if you want to invite friends to join you. The accommodation is not suitable for children under 13.
The ground floor facilities are quite accessible for people with less mobility, a sofabed can be provided in the living room.
A complimentary welcome pack will be waiting for you - with provisions and refreshments - including a bottle of wine for you to celebrate the start of your holiday!
Wi-fi coverage is provided, subject to availability, if you bring a wi-fi enabled laptop.
Whilst the gite is attached to the owners house, it is completely self contained as is the terrace/garden room.
Chris and Martin bought this house initially as a holiday home in 1998. We have been letting properties for over 20 years, initially in the UK then also in France for the last 14 years - so you can be assured of a professional and reliable service! We take pride in welcoming and respecting the diversity of our guests, regardless of background. The best proof being that up to 50% of our guests are returning guests, many 5 or 6 times!
|Year property purchased||1998|
|Why this location?||Situated in the beautiful Charente Maritime (land and sea the elements of success), but in the south of it (where the countryside is more interesting/undulating) and within easy striking distance of the Aquitaine/Gironde, including the Medoc. In the middle of the countryside (surrounded by vines and sunflowers) but within 10 mins of the Gironde Estuary (with nature reserve and new bird sanctuary) and within 30 minutes of the nearest beach.|
|Unique benefits of property||La Vieille Grange is different in many ways, in offering the best of all worlds in its facilities, its location and in the atmosphere the owners strive to create.
A quality conversion of an old wine producing barn the gite offers privacy, relaxation, views, a large 4x6m all-weather and all-year heated garden room/terrace, an acre of garden, an 11x5m swimming pool (with diving board at deep end) and all mod cons internally.
There are loads of interesting places to visit and things to do as well as lying around La Vieille Grange’s pool. You can visit sleepy villages, lively towns, beaches, chateaux with wine tasting, nature reserves and a new bird sanctuary. For those who prefer outside activities, you can try your hand at fishing, horse riding, walking and bird watching - or just sitting outside bars watching the world go by. Within easy striking distance are: Chatelallion Plage, La Rochelle, Ile de Ré, Ile d'Oléron, St. Jean d'Angély, Angoulême, Royan, Rochefort, Cognac, Blaye, Saintes, Niort and even Bordeaux.
A perfect holiday retreat cared for by Chris and Martin. The spiral staircase was a bit of a challenge at first but on reaching the loft bedroom the air conditioning was such a bonus to aid peaceful relaxing sleep. Everything was perfect in the garden and around the pool with a large indoor/outdoor sitting area, lots of shady or sunny areas equipped with chairs, tables, loungers and parasols. The pool is enormous and kept, as is everything, in first class condition. We arrived hot and tired but the sight of the sparkling pool and the very comprehensive welcome pack, including a bottle of wine, soon revived us. A nice touch is the cosy lounge with English TV satellite channels, perfect to curl up on the comfy sofas when dusk falls and the garden is busy with ‘mossies’. The villages within walking distance of the gite don’t have shops but Mirambeau 10 minutes by car has a selection of shops and a good supermarket. Lots of other places to visit if you can prise yourself away from this wonderful gite. We experienced some of the hottest temperatures in June but were never uncomfortable and it was always delightful to slip into the pool then dry in the sun. Martin and Chris were around but never intrusive. Excellent hosts with plenty of ideas for things to do and places to eat. Thank you so much for sharing your “home” with us
Many thanks for such a kind review ! We're pleased you enjoyed yourselves - and survived the heatwave thanks to the aircon and pool !
We hope to be able to welcome you back - and maybe learn the "can-can" from 2 professionals !
Thanks again. Chris and Martin
Even better in reality than in the photographs. Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, has been thought of and provided by Martin and Chris in this wonderfully located gite. The pool is to die for, the gardens are pretty with a lovely large space for exercising a dog. The views are lovely and it is such a relaxing environment that you will struggle to tear yourselves away. Chris and Martin are very welcoming, helpful and professional, providing lots of little extras above and beyond what they need to e.g. fresh flowers, a superb welcome pack including basics that often are not provided in self-catering properties.
A trip to the Cote Sauvage and Royan are well worth making - if you can tear yourselves away from THAT POOL!!!!!!!
Sue - Many thanks for your very kind review. we're really pleased you had such a good time - it's always a pleasure to welcome guests who so clearly are enjoying everything the gite, pool and surrounding area have to offer ! Thanks again ! Chris and Martin