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|Les Ribaudieres - Jasmine||Self Catering||Saturday||3||7||1||We do have another gite. Sunset sleeps six people!|
Jasmine, our most recently renovated stone barn, has spectacular views of rolling countryside from its private terrace, complete with climbing vines and the heady scent of jasmine. It has its own large 11m pool. The cool, stone built gite has a large open plan ground floor with lounge area with 2 comfortable settees, a coffee-table, tv (including Freeview box) and dvd player.
The kitchen is well equipped with cooker, dishwasher, large fridge-freezer and microwave oven. The dining table seats 8 comfortably.
There are 3 bedrooms - double, twin and triple and a downstairs shower room with wc and hand basin. The private terrace has a large vine covered pergola, with garden furniture and bbq.
The woodburner gives a cosy feel - and is brilliant for autumn or winter use!
Jasmine has its own private parking area.
Bed linen, towels (other than beach towels) and suchlike are provided free- there is no cleaning fee on departure!
Inflatables, bikes, table tennis, baby gear- free.
The ground floor is open-planned. It is 90 square metres in area. 200 years old with original beams and stone walls.
The kitchen is well equipped with a dual-fuel cooker, dishwasher, large fridge-freezer and microwave oven. There is plenty of cookware, crockery, glasses and so on: enough to satisfy the needs of specialist cooks, foodies and drinkers!
The stone walls and beams give a cool, cottage feel. It's difficult to remember as I write this in February, that the cool interior is so important in summer.
The work tops and kitchen units are modern and the kitchen is very well equipped for families of all ages!
The dining table seats 8 comfortably. Of course, the outside table is well used during the summer months - again, seating 8 people under the vine shaded pergola. The local baker delivers bread five times a week. Fresh French bread, coffee and croissants for breakfast indoors or out?
There is your own bbq awaiting in the courtyard, of course.
The living area has 2 large sofas, flat screen television, dvd player, occasional tables and well-stocked bookshelves. There is a wood burner in the traditional Charentaise fireplace - hopefully, it won't be needed in July or August. The beams and stone walls continue throughout, softened, we hope, by our selection of rugs and pictures.
The external door leads to your private terrace.
There are 3 bedrooms - double, twin and triple and a downstairs shower room with wc and hand basin.
The double room is large and comfortable. Our bedding is cotton, pillows feather free and our location is very quiet. There is no traffic noise here- apart from farm vehicles going about their business, the post van and the baker! We look up if a car does go by - who is that on our road?
The twin room, too, is a good size. Drawers, hangers, bedside tables, reading lamps are taken for granted. The best thing may be to look at the phots as my descriptive powers are not very good.
The three bedded room is the largest. Younger children are normally taken with the notion of three beds. Is it a Harry Potter thing? All of the rooms have total blackout blinds. I like to see clear starry nights but you have the choice.
The floors are polished wood. Stairgate available if needed.
The bathroom is downstairs in this gite. It has a large, walk-in shower (with lots of jets and nozzles!) and a vanity unit with a large mirror and plenty of storage.
We provide each guest with a bath sheet and hand towel every week - though guests should feel free to use the washing machine for these if they feel the need.
There is a large wood burner downstairs. All of the bedrooms have electric radiators.
Jasmine is used primarily as a summer gite. The need for heating is minimal in normal circumstances. There are fans available for all of the bedrooms if it gets too hot, however.
We have a selection of bikes for all ages and abilities, and enough safe and quiet (and flat!) country roads to make cycling a pleasure. These come free of charge. there are about a dozen bikes of various sizes. The cycling enthusiasts can, of course, bring their own machines.
There is a good sized play area for children, with swings, slide, trampoline, swing ball etc. and for older kids and adults we have a full sized table tennis table.
Last but not least, and for the most important entertainment facility is the swimming pool! We have an impressive collection of inflatables - including a large dinghy!
Inflatables, bikes, table tennis, baby gear - free.
The garden surrounds us. It is probably at its best in the spring with daffodils, tulips and crocuses. There are roses and country flowers, hanging baskets to add to a rambling cottage feel. It certainly isn't in the formal French tradition- we make no claims to be a chateau.
There is, also, the wendy house!
We have ample parking for several cars. Our barn is handy for storing such things as roof boxes.
The workshop, too, is full of all sorts of interesting tools and general stuff! We store most of the bikes there. Best not to let the children go in unaccompanied!
We are especially suitable for families who are looking for a relaxing time in a stress free rural setting. A car is essential- shops, supermarkets and so on are easily accessible but they are not within walking distance. St Jean d'Angely is 7 miles, Surgeres is 10 miles.
Charente Maritime is very much a holiday destination. It is the second sunniest region of France - La Rochelle and the coast, Cognac, Saintes, Royan, Ile de Re etc are obvious recommendations.
The region is your oyster - which reminds of the food on offer. It doesn't have to be seafood but that is a speciality. The wine, too, is still a good buy.
We cater for all ages - parents tend to like grandparents who are good with kids: I've often wondered why that is! We sleep an additional 7 guests in Sunset.......!
For guests with very young children, we can provide the following facilities (courtesy of our own grandchildren!)
2 traditional cots
A number of outdoor toys eg trike, sit-on tractor and trailer (old but loved) small rocking horse.
The above allow more boot space coming here..... and, perhaps, some room to take essentials back home.
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!