|Chez Sibert||Self Catering||Saturday||4||8||4||1 cot, 1 extra single bed|
Even though the house is a traditional design, the property has been equipped for modern living including 4 fully modernised bathrooms, heating and double glazing. There is wi-fii, Sky television, French television, and charging sockets for mobile devices.
We wanted our house to be a home away from home, we enjoy cooking and being comfortable, so the house is equipped to a higher standard than normal gites.
In the kitchen you will find plenty of equipment, china and pans, as well as a range of recipe books. The kitchen is designed for ease of use with a large larder fridge, freezer, dishwasher, wine cooler, induction hob, extractor hood, as well as other small appliances.
The indoor dining table extends to comfortably seat the whole party although you will probably eat outside most of the time. If requested a highchair can be provided. The living room has enough comfortable seating for the whole party. There are family dvds, indoor games for children and adults, novels, a piano, and a hi-fi with iPod connections.
Upstairs the flexible bed arrangements use hotel quality zip link mattresses. You are provided with king sized or single duvets according to your booking details and accommodation configuration. Quality linen, with a mid-stay change for fortnight rentals, is provided. There is a discount if you provide your own linen and towels. A travelcot can be provided on request.
Outside there are plenty of table and dining chairs, as well as enough sunbeds for the whole group and a range of parasols. There are outdoor and pool games. There is a large kettle barbecue with the necessary cooking equipment.
The pool and garden are maintained on a regular basis.
Spacious modern well equipped kitchen with dining area. There is seating and full place settings for 10. This "garden room" opens onto a terrace via sliding doors, where there is an outside eating are that seats 10. There is also a Weber kettle barbecue for al fresco dining.
Downstairs the spacious open plan living room easily accommodates everyone, with a large fire for cooler seasons, as well as a piano. Next to the living room is a separate snug with further seating. The cloakroom is off this room and has an extra shower as well as housing the washing machine. There is a television with British Sky television as well as French television. There is also a dvd player with a supply of dvds suitable for adults and children. There is also a cd player with iPhone adapter.
Downstairs, there is an easily accessible double en suite bedroom with a private external door. The beds can be arranged as one super king (180cms) or two singles (90cms).
There are 3 bedrooms upstairs. The first bedroom has a modern en suite. The beds can be arranged as one super king (180cms) or 2 singles (90cms). In addition there is a large day bed (80cms) that can be used as an additional bed. The middle bedroom can be arranged as one super king (180cms) or 2 singles (90cms). It can also accommodate an additional small single bed (75cms) or a cot. The corner bedroom has a dual aspect. There is one king sized bed and the room could accommodate a cot if necessary.
Two of the bedrooms are en suite. The corner bedroom is adjacent to the family bathroom with has bath and separate shower. This can be closed off so the room becomes en suite. There is also a separate cloakroom/wc upstairs. Downstairs there is a shower room/wc off the snug.
Electric heating in all rooms, with storage heaters in the kitchen diner and in the downstairs bedroom. There is also a wood burning stove in the living room.
Television in the living room with access to sky and French television.
Dvd player with dvds suitable for adults and children
Flat garden on 3 sides of the house, mainly laid to grass and with shrubs, trees and borders. Fenced all round, and secure for children and pets. The property has vineyards on all sides, in which deer can often be seen roaming. The Via Agrippa, Roman road from Saintes to Lyons, is a few metres from the house in the forest, it is good for walking on as well as biking
The property has a 8x4 metre heated pool, constant 1.5 metre depth, which is fenced and secure to AFNOR standards.
There is parking for up to 3 cars within the property. There is a carport, though that is currently used to shade the table tennis table.
This is an excellent property for families, multi-generational groups, groups of friends or even for 2 to enjoy a relaxing holiday. The ground floor has been designed for those less able to manage easily.
Having retired from working in the NHS as a GP, university teacher and management consultant, we have finally been able to find our own holiday home in France.This extraordinary area is wonderful, friendly and easy to get to - we in the family are so glad to be able to enjoy this perfect house.
|Year property purchased||2014|
|Why this location?||Poitou Charentes is a beautiful part of France, full of history and with amazing scenery. It has a good climate, with plenty of sun. We fell in love with Charente Maritime with its vineyards, friendly locals and vibrant atmosphere. Chez Sibert felt perfect, a typical Charentaise house, with plenty of room, a lovely flat garden and amazing pool, set in perfect surroundings.|
|Unique benefits of property||Chez Sibert was professionally modernised in 2015 to provide a comfortable, all year round holiday home. The traditional 150 year old house is designed to be cool in summer and warm in the winter, and well equipped for you to enjoy your stay. There is so much to do and see whatever the season.
The Charente-Maritime is renowned for its micro-climate. This provides long periods of sunshine, second only to the French Riviera. This usually lasts from March to October, with warm days at both ends of the season, and even the winters can be mild.
Situated on a small hill above the Charente valley in the ancient province of Saintonge, the property is surrounded by vineyards planted to get the maximum sun possible – these produce the grapes for the famous cognac and delicious local fortified wine called pineau.
The vines are edged by small woods which attract a variety of wildlife. For example from the garden you can see deer walking through vines in the morning. Altogether peaceful
Saintes is a beautiful town, lovely to walk around, good shops to look at. The history of Saintes goes back to Celtic times. It is the site of many Gallo-Romanic remains, in particular the amphitheatre in the centre of Saintes, and the Roman arch on the banks of the River Charente. There is also small interesting museum of Roman relics. The town also featured in Plantagenet times, Taillebourg being the site of a battle between Henry III and Simon de Montfort, won by de Montfort, out of which sprang the first English Parliament. The river Charente is beautiful - it is worth taking a trip up the river to see some of the local sites (including the chateau of Taillebourg
Cognac is an historic old town, its main claim to fame being the cognac industry. There are many distilleries in the town, most can be visited, and the cognac they make also being sampled. The vineyards around the area (and those around Chez Sibert) are all used to grow the grapes that produce Cognac. A particularly favourite local drink is Pineau des Charentes, a sherry like drink made from a mixture of cognac and Charentaise white wine. It can be bought from many local distilleries well signed by roadsides
Chez Sibert is the complete solution to a relaxing, comfortable home from home surrounded by glorious countryside. The house is the best equipped rental we have ever stayed in, with the most comprehensive instruction manual I have ever seen.
The pool is wonderful and the gardens have areas throughout the day to sit in the shade or sunbathe in the wonderful surroundings.
Cannot find a fault with any of the facilities that this idilic property offers. 5*++