Bedrooms 3, Sleeps 7, Ratings 1 8.5/10
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|Les Ribaudieres - Sunset||Self Catering||Saturday||3||6||1|
Rural gite, offering calm, away from it all tranquillity.
90 square metre- open planned kitchen-diner.
Living room/ dining area 90 square metres
Three bedrooms. Double- twin- bunk.
Bathroom/ toilet. Shower etc
Radiators in bedrooms. Wall heater in shower room. Radiators downstairs. The gite is for summer rental only.
Tv/dvd player. Freesat- French programmes. Cd/ radio.
Large garden. Children's play area with slide , swings etc. Table tennis. Private shaded patio area and bbq.
There are bikes for all ages. Baby seats, stailisers etc. At least, a dozen bikes of varying size. Bikes are free.
Parking for several cars.
Not really wheel chairfriendly-gravelled paths. Flat- easy access. Secure and virtually traffic free.
There is wi-fi on the site- though NOT within the gite. The walls are 2ft thick and we are in the heart of the countryside. The recent changes over mobile phones and roaming charges have been helpful in 2017.
Dorothy and I were secondary school teachers on Tyneside until moving to Charente Maritime in 2005. Our children were by then independent(-ish!)....so we decided to desert them for a new life in a rural paradise.<br/><br/>It wasn't quite like that, but we did sell up to go on an adventure. We've now been here for 12 years, time flies! <br/><br/>I say to guests as they leave: "It's all right for you...going back God's country. Think of us stuck here..Strangers in a foreign land." I get no sympathy!
|Year property purchased||2005|
|Why this location?||Charente Maritime has many things going for it as a place to live, and as a tourist destination. It is second only to the Cote d' Azur for sunshine and is a totally unspoiled region with acres of sunflowers- and tranquillity. Having said that, there is plenty to do. We are just 40 minutes from the coast- sandy beaches with proper waves if you are looking for surfy. There is sophistication, too, La Rochelle, the Ile de Re offer quality gastronomy, shops and a faster pace. If you feel the need to venture out and spend a few euros, Cognac, Royan, Poitiers, Saintes and Niort are within easy reach. The canals of the Marais Poitevin (the Green Venice) are well worth a visit. The aquarium in La Rochelle and the zoo at La Palmyre-are excellent.
We do have private pools- you don't have to go out in the car everyday. The are miles or kilometres of marked walking/ cycling routes.They are picturesque and the terrain is flat and generally traffic free. Our bikes are free to use,too.
|Unique benefits of property||Unique may be putting things a bit strong...but there things to recommend Les Ribaudieres!
Whether you are looking for a holiday in which you can relax and unwind in beautiful surroundings, something a little more energetic, or a combination in which you choose for yourself, then this is the place for you. You will have your own private, shaded pergola and patio/ bbq area for the lazy lunch. Your own private swimming pool (safely fenced) with loungers, parasols and inflatables will still be there when you have eaten!
We are determined to make the holiday experience with us as enjoyable as possible. Therefore, we appreciate that our guests are individuals with different needs and expectations. We are on site and ready to advise, assist and so on- we are happy to leave our guests to be as independent as they wish to be, too. The rubric is: Don't sit and worry/ wonder/ suffer- just ask! Occasionally, we do happen to know something which useful- even obvious- to us!
We are in the heart of the French countryside: criss-crossed by quiet lanes which are ideal for peaceful walks or bike rides. We have had a number of young children who have graduated to two wheels while staying with us. After a day or two parents do accept that there really is very little local traffic!
St Savinien and the miniature boats is popular with the under 10's in July and August. Only 15 mins away!
The boating lake in St Jean d'Angely- similar age group and distance,
Everyone should go to La Rochelle- the Old Port and harbour are must visits.
The beach- Fouras, Chatelaillon are closest. Worth checking tide times. Around high tide is best!
La Palmyre: the zoo is excellent. Allow plenty of time- it is worth it.
Aquarium at La Rochelle.
Ile de Re- to see and be seen. St Martin and the beaches. You do have to pay to cross the bridge by car. Free if you park up and bike across!
Cognac and distillery tour(s).
Paleosite- near Saintes. Prehisory- our grand children (and parents) loved it.
Golf- various courses. 9 and 18 holes.
Wine: St Emillion, Blaye, Boudeaux region. A bit of a hike but doable if you are not the driver!
Royan a genuine seaside resort. Interesting recent recent history. Magnificent statement of a cathedral- if you like concrete!
Ile d'Oleron. Free to get onto the island. La Cotiniere is aproper working fishing port. Oysters, shellfish in abundance. Not as posh as Ile de Re but bigger island, lovely beaches etc. You might take Brouage and the flatlands on your way there. You can't miss the storks' nests on the pylons as you get close to Brouage.
The Marais Poitevin with its canals is towards Niort. Hire a boat and, if you as as bad as us, you can lose yourself in the twisting waterways. Lovely setting- plenty of eating places.
Futuroscope is just north of Poitiers- people have done the visit. Too far in my opinion- but there are horses and courses!
You can read a book and top up the tan by the pool if you wish!