|Le Jardin du Chene Vert||Self Catering||Saturday||2||5||1|
'Le Jardin du Chene Vert' is a well appointed country gite with the luxury of a heated pool and lockable abri cover.
The gite is situated in the small residential hamlet of Les Eduts, a tranquil, unspoiled setting in the Charente Maritime.The area is absolutely perfect for French country holidays. 'Le Jardin du Chene Vert' has been sympathetically converted from an original byre located in the grounds of a Charentais farmhouse. It features exposed stone walls and oak beams alongside a modern kitchen and shower room. The double glazed windows give views over the gardens and swimming pool. Upstairs there are views over fields to the neighbouring village of le Paradis.
Nearby Nere (2kms) has facilities including a bakery, butcher's, and 2 bars, one serving food at lunchtimes and evenings, a pharmacy, hairdresser's and bank with cashpoint. On Sunday mornings there is a stall selling oysters outside the bakery.
The light and airy open plan kitchen is in a characterful beamed room.This newly fitted kitchen is equipped with a fridge-freezer, gas oven and grill, microwave and dishwasher. There are plentiful cupboards and work surfaces. A washing machine is available in the barn opposite.
The dining area is also open plan and is just off the main lounge area. It has a cottage pine table and chairs.
The living area is part of the open plan main beamed area. This is furnished with sofa, chairs and a coffee-table. There is a tv/dvd player for your entertainment, which receives French and English channels.
French doors to the front of the gite open out towards the landscaped pool area and the al fresco dining/living space.
There are 2 large bedrooms with original features, 1 downstairs and 1 occupying the whole of the upstairs. Both have wardrobes,a dressing table and a chest of drawers.
Both bedrooms are versatile to be twin rooms or double bedded rooms. Double bed sizes are king and super king.
The gite benefits from an upgraded downstairs shower room. This includes washbasin, toilet and 90cm cabin corner shower.
Heating is not usually required, but electric heaters are available on request and at a supplement.
There is a tv/dvd player and wi-fi throughout the gite. There is also a selection of boardgames and puzzles for all ages.
The heated pool has a telescopic and lockable pool cover which conforms to current French safety standards. A solar-heated shower is located next to the pool.
The boules court is shaded by the chene vert (Holly Oak) and there is also equipment for table tennis and garden badminton.
The gite, located in the grounds of a Charentaise farmhouse, has it's own private garden which includes a 9m by 4.5m pool complete with sun terraces and parasols. A fixed stone abri equipped with table and chairs for covered outdoor eating is attached to the gite. These are all for the exclusive use of the gite guests.
There is ample outside parking.
The gite would suit a couple/couples or family with 2-3 children.
Maximum occupancy would be 5.
There is a facility for an additional single bed or travel cot in the upstairs bedroom.
Quality bed linen and bathroom towels are supplied but please bring your own pool/beach towels.
Retired school teacher
|Year property purchased||2013|
|Why this location?||Peaceful countryside, easy cycling and walking. Interesting towns, cities and coast around an hours drive. Less traffic on roads for easy driving. Easy access from Brittany ferry ports|
|Unique benefits of property||Multiple cycling and walking routes from the gite. Covered pool for a comfortable swim, regardless of the weather condition.
Peaceful self contained corner of typical French countryside in a characterful dwelling.
There are opportunities for cycling,walking,birdwatching and photography near the gite with plenty of locations for picnicking. During July and August, there is a programme of free cultural events in the Poitou Charente which include international performers. Close by is the town of Aulnay, on the pilgrim route to Santiago de Compostela.It is 12km away and has a popular Sunday market. Beyond Aulnay is the pretty Chateau of Dampierre sur Boutonne with a popular donkey sanctuary nearby. The beautiful market town of St.Jean D'Angely is within 25 minutes drive and has many shops,bars and restaurants offering a diversity of cuisine.There is an indoor leisure pool,skate park,mini golf,river activities and go-karting.Wednesday and Saturday mornings are market days, the latter being very popular in the region. Marais Poitevin -The Green Venice of France.A most peaceful and beautiful marsh area,where you can hire a boat to discover the watery maze or cycle the many paths and quiet roads. The cities of Saintes, Poitiers, Angouleme, Niort,and Cognac, all within an hour's drive, offer interesting landmarks ,museums,shopping and historical buildings with fabulous restaurants and markets.Just north of Poitiers is the famous Futuroscope park and attractions. Coastal towns around an hour's drive- Royan has beautiful beaches and wonderful seafood restaurants. Nearby is the fabulous La Palmyre zoo hosting over 800 animals in a pine forest setting. La Rochelle is the historic port offering boat trips to nearby islands. You can find good shopping,fantastic restaurants and a spectacular aquarium here. Rochefort is the home of the frigate Hermione and the Royal Rope museum. Fouras is a small seaside town with lovely beach,ferry to Ile d'Aix,oyster farming and wonderful seafood. Ile de Re is an island of vines,beaches,cycle tracks and oyster beds and Ile d'Oleron is similar with the addition of long sandy beaches.
A beautiful well kept gite in a peaceful rural setting that was exactly as described and matched the photographs on the website. The kitchen was very well equipped and everything was spotlessly clean; we loved the labels for the cupboards so we knew where to find everything! The outdoor space for the gite was fantastic and we made very good use of the pool which was one of the best we have ever had use of! We all had great fun enjoying the table tennis and being able to use the gardens for shade in the heat of the day or to enjoy the evening sun. The games in the wooden trunk in the gite provided much entertainment (and competitiveness!) in the evenings.
David and Annie were perfect hosts being friendly and welcoming but also respecting our space and privacy too - lovely couple to chat with if we bumped into them at any point during the day or evening. They provided good information of places to visit in the gite itself but gave us a good top tip about an outdoor concert on the beach at Royan one evening which was a great night out for us as a family.
Definitely one of the best gites that we have stayed in in France and certainly the best owners that we have encountered. Thank you for a wonderful week in your gorgeous gite.
I was overwhelmed by your review and delighted you had such a good time here. Thank you so much for taking the time to write your lovely comments on the return from your holiday. It's good news to hear you made full use of all the facilities here during your stay and it's always a pleasure to chat with our guests. Best wishes and hope you enjoy the rest of your summer holidays.
We had a lovely time and made full use of wonderful outside facilities. The pool was lovely well maintained and clean. Pool cover was great for protection against the sun no burnt shoulders. Table tennis table was a nice touch and well used. Also had badminton net and a boules court.
Indoors is well decorated very clean and comfortable and has a well equipped kitchen. Nearby village Néré is 3 minute drive or a 30 minute walk with bakery, butcher, greengrocer, chemist, couple of bars and restaurant. Nearest supermarket 15-20 minute drive.
Anne and David were great hostess gave plenty of information of local area.
We was after a quiet and relaxing holiday and that’s exactly what we got. We rent Gites every year in France and this has been best so far. Would highly recommend.
We had a fantastic stay and can confidently recommend this gite !
It felt like we were the first people to stay at this spotlessly clean giite, especially with the owners going out of their way to make us feel special.
It was great to have the owners nearby as they were very welcoming and attentive, but not at all intrusive.
Having a private heated pool was perfect and meant that we could relax and not have to worry about getting bored. The pool was excellent, well maintained, practical for our young family and large enough to give them a chance to improve their swimming ! The flexibility of the pool cover meant that they were also able to be protected from the sun (as the weather was great !).
It was also nice to have the option of English TV for the evenings.
The location means that days out were fun too. La Rochelle, La Palmyre and Vallee des Singes were all great days out.
We had a lovely time at this great gite and would be happy to go back again !
Thank you Annie & David
We have just enjoyed a great week at Le Jardin du Chene Vert. The only difficulty was trying to entice our two boys away from the pool to visit some of the many attractions in the area. The owners Richard and Anne are very friendly and couldn't be more helpful, the gite is very well equipped and decorated and was spotlessly clean. The village of Les Eduts is sleepy with lovely walks to be had in and around it and good access to the shops at Nere and Aulnay.
In addition to the pool there is table tennis, boules, badminton...loads of things to do.
In short we cannot recommend a stay here highly enough - 10 out of 10!!