Bedrooms 2, Sleeps 3, Ratings 2 10/10
|The Farmhouse||Self Catering||Flexible||3||6||2|
A traditional farmhouse located in a gorgeous village, Dampierre sur Boutonne, with a bar/cafe, shop and Renaissance Chateau all within 400 metres. A 2 minute walk to pick up your fresh bread in the morning or have a drink in the bar in the evening, watching the sun go down behind the chateau.
The Farmhouse was once the heart of a working farm, in the beautiful village of Dampierre-sur-Boutonne. It dates back to the early 1800s. It is the largest of the three gites at La Petite Ferme Gites.
The Farmhouse has its own private courtyard with table, chairs, parasol and bbq. There are 3 double bedrooms, including one downstairs with en suite, a cosy living room and fully equipped kitchen.
There is a beautiful and newly refurbished 10 x 5 m heated pool, with ample sunbeds and parasols. The pool area is in the sun the for the whole day. There is a large patio and pebbled area surrounding the pool. The property also has a large games barn & shared lawn area.
Dampierre offers a village setting in a rural area.
The living area opens into a large and fully equipped kitchen containing all the equipment and utensils you should need during your stay including oven, hob, dishwasher, microwave, fridge-freezer, toaster, kettle and coffee-machine. There is a working fireplace in the kitchen, that can be used in the cooler months.
The front door enters into a cosy living room with sofa, chairs, tv, coffee-tables and a small dining table with chairs.
Off the kitchen is the downstairs double bedroom with an en suite shower room. The stairs leads up from the kitchen to the first floor where there are 2 further bedrooms. The largest one having a king size bed, a single bed and a cot. The other has 2 single beds. All 3 bedrooms have wardrobes and drawer space, bedside tables and bedside lights. The second shower room is off the upstairs corridor.
There are 2 bathrooms. An en suite shower room, off the downstairs bedroom and an upstairs shower room, off the hallway.
English tv (Freeview) and wi-fi
There is also a large games barn to amuse both the children and the adults. It is equipped with a pool table, table tennis, table football, darts and a number of boardgames. We also provide equipment that can be used on the lawn area such as badminton, football, boules, frisbee.
We have a number of bikes (and helmets) for you to borrow, but can also arrange for bike hire if the sizes are not correct. We can also arrange canoe hire or fishing trips.
Directly outside the front door is a lovely large, private, gravelled courtyard with a bbq, table, chairs and parasol. A great location for eating, relaxing and socialising with plenty of room for sunloungers.
There is ample space for parking on site and the property has gates which can be closed during the day and are locked at night.
There is a beautiful and newly refurbished 10 x 5 m heated pool, with ample sunbeds and parasols. The pool area is in the sun the for the whole day. There is a large patio and pebbled area surrounding the pool.
Bath towels and bedding provided, but we ask guests to provide their own pool/beach towels. There are laundry facilities are on site, including a washing machine, clothes driers, iron and ironing board.
We have a friendly cat who lives with us on site.
We have had many lovely holidays in France, but after a spending a glorious 10 days in the Charente Maritime in 2016, we decided to pack in the day jobs (working with young offenders and project management in construction) and relocate from the our busy lives in London to the French countryside. <br/>Sam is a keen runner, Stuart likes fishing and riding motor bikes. We both enjoy cycling. We would be really happy to share our local knowledge, so you can enjoy these or other activities in the area.
|Year property purchased||2018|
|Why this location?||We fell in love with the area around Saint Jean D'Angely and decided that would be the centre of our house search. After viewing La Petite Ferme Gites & walking around the delightful village of Dampierre sur Boutonne, our minds were set.
Dampierre is a lovely village, with a village shop that is open 7 days a week and sells fresh bread, pastries, freshly baked pizza and all the day to day necessities you may need.
The village cafe/bar, "Garage a Papi", is a quirky, chilled out place where you can sit and enjoy views of the sun setting behind the Chateau De Dampierre. The bar has indoor seating, but also has outdoor seating in it's large orchard, next to the river. Often musicians play on Sunday afternoons.
The shop, bar and Chateau are all less then 400m from the gites. We are rural but not isolated
We love the beautiful countryside, the tranquillity, the sunshine, the sunflowers, the birds singing in the evening, the cheese and wine and everything about life in rural France
|Unique benefits of property||La Petite Ferme Gites are in the heart of a village, but not overlooked.
There is a beautiful and newly refurbished 10 x 5 m heated pool, with ample sunbeds and parasols. The pool area is in the sun the for the whole day. There is a large patio and pebbled area surrounding the pool. There is also a large games barn to amuse both the children and the adults. It is equipped with a pool table, table tennis, table football, darts and a number of board games. We also provide equipment that can be used on the lawn area such as badminton, football, boules, frisbee.
The Farmhouse is one of 3 gites at La Petite Ferme Gites, the other 2 being The Barn (sleeps 2/4) and Fig Tree Cottage (sleeps 2). Each gite has it's own private terrace/eating area and bbq and do not overlook each other, so you can feel secluded. The guests do share the heated pool, games barn, sun terraces, lawn, laundry and parking. All three gites can be rented together should you require.
Aulnay, a charming little market town, with it's bar, restaurants, shops, twice weekly market and large supermarket (Intermache) is an 8 minute drive, while the larger, lovely market town of Saint Jean D'Angely is a 15 minute drive. Here you will find a number of supermarkets, bars, restaurants, twice weekly market, Abbey and a cinema as well as a range of leisure activities such as karting, boating, canoeing and swimming. Both towns are on the Santiago De Compostela pilgrimage trail and have stunning churches and other historic buildings to visit. There are very helpful tourist information offices in both towns.
On your doorstep! Five minutes drive from the gites is a charming farm that exists to preserve the local breed of donkey known as the Baudet du Poitou. Enjoy walks, a quiz, rides and a tour. The donkeys are beautifully cared for and your entrance fee goes towards their exemplary care! A very enjoyable afternoon in a lovely location.
A range of water based activities including kayaking, paddle boarding, rowing boats, and water skiing. Miniature electric boats for small children at St Mung a 25 minute drive away.
The world famous beaches and marinas of La Rochelle, Royan and Rochefort as well as a number of equally gorgeous, but lesser known beaches such as Fouras and Chatelaillon Plage are all less then a hour away. Just a bit further is the beautiful Ile de Re, dubbed the Cote d'Azur of the Atlantic Coast.
Dampierre and the surrounding area is excellent for cycling, walking and running. There are a number of cycle and walking paths nearby. We provide each gite with a large pack of information on the local area and have range of maps including cycle and walking routes that we can share with you.The local roads are virtually traffic-free routes through fields, woodland and villages. There are a number of local chateaux, churches and museums to explore. In the summer the local villages have a number of fetes and brocantes (antique markets) that are also worth visiting
Stunning Charente towns worth a visit include Cognac, home of the world famous cognac houses of Martell, Hennessy and Reme Martin and an 18 hole golf course and Jarnac, a beautiful riverside town, home of Courvoisier. Saintes, Niort, and Angouleme are great towns for culture, sights and shopping.
The Marais Poitevin is alsoknown as as The Green Venice. It is a large area north of Niort which is a matrix of waterways through natural countryside. The Marais Poitevin is the largest of the three areas of Marais (marshlands) in the Vendée. During the early medieval period Benedictine monks began draining the Marais by building a series of canals and waterways. The Dutch continued the drainage work and built the Drogues (dykes) to keep the sea at bay. Coulon is a pretty little village to explore from and is 22 miles away. The area is great for hiring boats & bikes to explore, or just walking around.
An iconic and beautiful city. It is a stunning and vibrant coastal city with so much to offer. A beautiful harbour, large Aquarium, great shopping, bars and restaurants. Lots of street entertainment in the summer season, day and evening. It really has a lovely feel to it. 45 mins drive away
We had a lovely week at The Farmhouse. Sam and Stuart were excellent hosts. The swimming pool area was immaculate and provided plenty of entertainment for the kids along with the games barn which they loved. Day trips to La Rochelle and Ile de Re were easy and all the amenities we needed locally were within a short drive. We would definitely recommend for a relaxing break.
Many thanks for your lovely review. We are so glad you and your family enjoyed your stay here. It was great to meet you all & you are welcome back anytime
Sam and Stuart
This was our second visit to The Farmhouse; our first being last summer. The property is well equipped, clean, has very comfy beds and is well maintained. Our private outdoor area was large with a BBQ and table and chairs, we enjoyed many relaxed evenings out there. There is a great shared pool which all four of us loved, big enough for “proper swimming” and heated! Although it is shared, we had it to ourselves most of the time, but there are sun beds and comfy sofas around so there is plenty of space for all. The games room has moved and is massively improved from last year, it’s now a stylish well-equipped space with table tennis, pool, table football and a host of other games to use/borrow - a really nice place to spend time. We all made good use of it, especially our teenage boys! The owners are very friendly and incredibly helpful. We highly recommend this wonderful property.
Thanks for your lovely review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay. It was great to see you all again.
Hope to see you over here again sometime
Sam and Stuart
We stayed a week at La Petite Ferme Gites and had a wonderful time. There are 3 gites of varying size on site with a shared heated pool but even when all 3 families were around the pool there was plenty of space and loungers/parasols. There is also a fantastic games barn with a pool table, ping pong, table football and plenty of board games There is little to do in the immediate vicinity (apart from relax in the lovely surroundings!!) but lots of places and activities within easy striking distance. Sam and Stuart live on site which was great as they were always on hand to make suggestions and recommendations but never intruded on our holiday. In fact, Sam and Stuart were the perfect hosts and I got the feeling they genuinely care about their guests having the best time they possibly can. The fresh bread and croissants delivered to our door each morning by Sam was a lovely treat!! We vistied as a family of four with our daughters aged 13 and 10 and we'd love to return.
The farmhouse was well equipped, clean and comfortable, there was a fantastic swimming pool with sunbathing and seating facilities; a games barn to amuse the whole family, including a pool table, table tennis table and a variety of other games and activities.
Set in an idyllic quiet village, with a beautiful chateau and a very charming local bar, which is a must visit while you are there.
Plenty of interesting places to visit locally, within easy driving distance.
Sam and Stuart very very accommodating and helpful hosts.
We will be going back again soon.
Thanks for your lovely review. We are glad you had a good holiday & would welcome you back here anytime.
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