|Les Volets Blancs||Self Catering||Saturday||5||11||3|
Les Volets Blancs with its attached cottage Les Rosiers, accommodating up to 11 people, is an ideal property for large gathering of family or friends who want a well appointed country house for a memorable relaxing holiday with complete privacy. The two can be rented together at all times ; couples, friends or families who wish to have a quiet French country holiday can rent either the of the 2 houses separately, apart from during July and August, and have exclusive use of the pool and garden - the house and the gite are never let to different groups of people at the same time. The rates displayed here refer to the 2 houses combined. Please enquire for separate rates.
At one time the property was the site of the boulangerie. The main house, "Les Volets Blancs", displays some features that the proprietors may have added as trade prospered, such as marble and stone fireplaces, steps up to the front door and a discreet Art Deco frieze painted around the base of the exterior."Les Rosiers", the gite, still retains the original cast iron bread oven, set into the living room wall (no longer in use, unfortunately, aspiring artisan baker please note-there is a more recent gas oven for everyday catering!). Les Volets Blancs is a family house and the furnishing and decoration reflect a more personal taste than is sometimes found in holiday properties. We have tried to retain and enhance character and style whilst making the properties comfortable and easy for our guests. There is a library of cookery books which might be useful to guests who have been inspired by the wonderful produce found locally. The living room of the main house opens onto the terrace and gazebo for outside dining. The front door, under a glass veranda opens into the hall. The tiled kitchen/dining room with stone fireplace is to the right, at the end of the hall is the downstairs shower room and the living room is to the left. A wooden staircase in the corner of the living room leads up to the landing with access to the Pink Room which has a double and a single bed; next to it is the main bedroom with king sized double bed and at the end of the landing is a twin room and the bathroom. All rooms look out onto the garden.
"Les Rosiers", (the former bakery) is a 2 bedroomed cottage attached to the main house. The cottage was renovated in 2006 and now has 2 bedrooms with connecting bathroom with shower, living/dining room and a fully equipped kitchen area. The gite still retains an air of rusticity with its tiled floors, beams and polished floorboards. The back door from the kitchen area leads out to a secluded west facing private patio and garden with bbq, table and chairs, quite hidden from the main garden. There is also space outside the front to eat and relax within sight of the pool and main garden.
We live in a nearby village and we or a trusted caretaker is always on hand to welcome and help our guests. Please ask about pre- arrival grocery shopping and discounts on ferry crossings.
The kitchen/dining room in Les Volets Blancs is equipped with cooker, fridge-freezer, dishwasher, microwave and cookery books; the kitchen area of Les Rosiers has fridge, cooker and dishwasher and microwave. Both have access to a large freezer and washing machine in the games room opposite the main house. There is the usual array of pots, pans, casseroles, cutlery, glasses and tablecloths. We also provide a variety of cleaning products and equipment.
Large comfortably furnished living room in the main house with stone fireplace and inset log burner, glazed doors leading out to the garden dining area. The tiled living area in the cottage, formerly the village bakery, still retains an antique bread oven. Both living areas have tv with independent access to UK Freeview satellite channels, dvd and cd players.
Les Volets Blancs has a twin room, one bedroom with king sized bed and one bedroom with a double and a single bed. Les Rosiers has a twin and a king sized bedroom with a connecting shower room. All rooms look out onto the gardens.
There is a family bathroom upstairs in the main house with bath, washbasin and wc; downstairs at the end of the hall is a shower room with shower, wash basin and the gite has a shower room upstairs with shower, washbasin and wc, with access from both bedrooms.
Log burners and electric heaters provided for rentals in the colder months.
The pebbled drive and garden are planted with pine trees, mature shrubs and bamboo. To the left of the gates is the "Stone Garden" suitable for playing boules. There is a games room with table tennis, games cupboard, washing machine and freezer, a terrace with gazebo for outdoor dining and entertaining; lawn and pool with decking and sunloungers . The main bbq area is outside the large open barn and there is a smaller bbq on the quiet patio behind the gite.
There is room to park 3 vehicles in and outside the open barn.
The pool does have a security alarm but small children should always be supervised. Due to the stairs and stone steps the property is not very suitable for people with reduced mobility.
We have another cottage in a nearby village and are always available to meet guests and help them during their stay.
|Year property purchased||2005|
|Why this location?||Poitou Charentes is fortunate enough to enjoy a microclimate, with long warm summers, pleasant autumns and mild winters. Average daily temperatures during mid-winter can be a mild 9 to10 °C, whilst July and August temperatures often exceed 25 °c. Poitou Charentes is second only to the Cote D’Azur in terms of the annual amount of sunshine it receives (2250 sunshine hours).
The architecture of the area really marks the difference between between Northern and Southern Europe. The Romanesque churches and the limestone Charentaise village houses, all roofed with terracotta pantiles all convey a sense of the warm South. Our area is not too long a drive from the Western Channel ports, 5-6 1/2 hours and is 8 hours from Calais.. not more than one would want to drive in a day. We are also within easy reach of 3 airports, La Rochelle, Poitiers and Bordeaux, all with flights from South East England ; Bordeaux and La Rochelle are also accessible from Bristol, the Midlands and the North.
|Unique benefits of property||Les Volets Blancs is divided into a 3 bedroomed house and a 2 bedroomed cottage each with their own facilities. Families or groups of friends can share the whole property whilst retaining some independence and privacy if required. The house and gite are never let to different groups of guests at the same time but either can be rented separately with exclusive use of the garden, pool and facilities. Please enquire for details and prices.|
Markets: all the local produce markets are a feast for the eye and a temptation for the palate. There is a small market in the square in Aulnay on Thursday morning and a larger one on Sunday mornings until 1.00 p.m. The adjacent bars are handy for a café noir, cognac and croissant. You could have a similar morning out in St.Jean where the market is held in and around a large market hall on Wednesday and Saturday mornings.There is a small market in Matha every Friday and a larger street market on the first Friday of every month – it might be possible to breakfast on fresh eels , cooked in garlic,butter and parsley .
The town of Cognac is well worth visiting for its daily produce market alone; apart from Monday it is open every morning until 1.00p.m., leaving the afternoon free to explore the Cognac houses of Hennessy, Martell etc and wandering around the streets of the old town.
Melle , on the road to Poitiers has a splendid wrought iron market hall in and which is a lively market every Friday. The town itself is worth a visit ; interesting walks around the old streets in the centre ; a great pizzeria just across from the market ( small is adequate ,medium is large and large is huge ) and a good cafe bar on the main street ,a hangout for local hipsters .
Local Bars and Restaurants: the nearest bar is in Paille , mentioned above. On weekdays they serve a prix fixe lunch, vin compris , for c.12 euros; there may be no choice and service is at 12.30 but you could ,for example just have the starter and cheese or pudding and skip the main course. There is a very pleasant bar in Nere, Bistro St.Pierre ,(05 46 33 08 39) ,which also does a prix fixe lunch and dinner from a menu including salads, steaks and some fish.It is located on the corner of the village green opposite the church and is decorated in a gallic `shabby chic ` style. Russell who owns it has made it popular amongst both the French and English locals.Both are closed on Tuesdays.
La Palmyre Zoo near Royan.
Electric Boats at St. Savinien.
Atlantys Indoor AquaPark at St.Jean D`Angely.
Moules et Frites near the beach at Chatelaillon Plage or Fouras.
Zoodysee Animal Park in Foret de Chizes.
Punting and Picnics in the `Venise Vert` around Marans or Coulon
`Beach `and Boats at Thors camping park.
Donkey Sanctuary near Dampierre sur Boutonne.
Chateau at Dampierre sur Boutonne
Distillery tours in Cognac and also at Neuvicq on the road to Angouleme from Matha .
Local Vine walks and wine tastings.
Aulnay, Saintes, St. Jean and Cognac markets.
Market at Rouillac on 27th of each month.
Roman amphitheatre at Saintes.
Chateau des Enigmes
La Rochelle for shopping and sightseeing in the Old Town and a harbour side lunch.
The Aquarium at La Rochelle.
Romanesque sculpture park at Lozay.