Lovely gite on complex in Charente Maritime - PM006680

10/10
Dampierre-sur-Boutonne, Charente Maritime, Poitou Charentes Reference: PM006680 Advertiser since: 9 November 2018
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The Barn Self Catering Flexible 1 3 1 Double sofabed, can sleep 2

About this property

In Village, with Heated Pool & Games Barn Sleeps 2/4. This cottage/gite is in a village setting.

Converted stone barn, in the heart of a lovely village with shop, bar, cafe and Renaissance chateau within 400 meters. A 2 minute walk to pick up your fresh bread or croissant in the morning or have a drink in the bar in the evening.

The Barn is one of 3 gites at La Petite Ferme Gites, Dampierre-sur-Boutonne, which was originally a working farm in the heart of the village. The Barn has been lovingly restored keeping it's original stone walls, exposed beams and even the rings where the animals used to be tethered.

A lovely romantic getaway for 2, but can sleep 4 if required. With a spacious living/kitchen/dining area with a double sofa bed, large bedroom with a double & single bed and exposed beams. Outside is your large covered private terrace area with your own bbq..

The property has a heated pool (10 x 5m) , games barn with pool table & table tennis, sun deck and lawn area.

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 boardgames. We also provide equipment that can be used on the lawn area such as badminton, football, boules, frisbee.

Excellent wi-fi and English tv (Freeview) are available in the gite.

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

You enter the Barn from the large, private terrace. The front door opens into a large, airy (and cool in the summer) kitchen/living area. The kitchen is fully equipped and contains all the equipment and utensils you should need during your stay including oven, hob, microwave, fridge, toaster, kettle and coffee-machine.

Living rooms

The lounge area has a double sofabed, arm chair, coffee-table and tv, with a dining table and 4 dining chairs.

Bedrooms

Upstairs is a large bedroom with stone walls and exposed beams. There is with a double bed and single bed. The single bed is in the eaves, with restricted headroom, so is more ideally suited to a child. There is room for a cot or additional mattress if required. There is hanging space and drawers, bedside tables and bedside lights.

Bathrooms

The shower room is upstairs and leads off from the bedroom.

Entertainment

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.

Garden and outside

The outside private terrace is large and airy, with a table, chairs and bbq. Plenty of room for sunbeds should you wish to relax. The back half of the terrace remains in the shade all day long, so is the perfect place to keep cool and chill out. It is a lovely spot to relax and eat in the evenings.

There is a shared lawn area, where you can relax on one of the gravelled sun terraces, or enjoy activities such as badminton, football, boules or frisbee on the lawn.

Parking and garages

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.

Information about any additional facilities

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. There is also a freezer available

We have a friendly cat who lives with us on site.

Facilities

  • Internet

  • Child facilities

  • Shared pool

Activities

Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Various in local villages during the summer. Permanent in St Jean D'Angely.
Distance: 15 km

Cycling

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Various
Name of nearest fishing location: Within the village
Distance: 1 km

Golf

Name and address of nearest golf course: Cognac, Saintes, Niort golf courses
Distance: 30 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Borderie Equitation, Villemorin
Distance: 15 km

Sports

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: Various walking trails

Watersports

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Domaine du Grand Lopin, St Mande
Distance: 10 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Ms Sam Allan

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 boardgames. We also provide equipment that can be used on the lawn area such as badminton, football, boules, frisbee.

The Barn is one of 3 gites at La Petite Ferme Gites, the other 2 being The Farmhouse (sleeps 6) 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 3 gites can be rented together should you require.

The Owner Recommends

Aulnay and St Jean D'Angely

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.

Asinerie du Baudet du Poitou (Poitou Donkey Farm)

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.

Port D'Envaux, Saint-Savinien and Taillebourg

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.

Beautiful Beaches

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.

Explore the countryside

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.

The local towns - Cognac, Jarnac, Saintes, Niort

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.

2 Reviews
10/10
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 10
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 Viv and Co 16 August, 2019

Spent two nights at The Barn at the beginning of August. Stuart and Sam were excellant hosts and made us feel very welcome and nothing was too much trouble, the morning pastry delivery was a real treat.
Accomodation was really clean and the beds were very comfortable. We made good use of the swimming pool which is great for both swimmers or sun worshippers.
The games barn has plenty in there to keep adults, children and even teenagers entertained.
Can't wait to go back!
Thanks Stuart and Sam for a lovely stay.

Owner response

Thanks for your great review. So glad you had a lovely holiday. You were perfect guests & we would welcome you back here anytime
love Sam and Stuart

10 / 10 Nikki 9 August, 2019

I would highly recommend this property to my friends and family.
The Barn was comfortable and clean with good facilities.

The owners were very welcoming and looked after all our needs.

The surroundings were great, especially the pool area. Which had
plenty of sun loungers and sofas.

We all really enjoyed the games barn, our teenage boys had a lot of
fun playing table tennis and pool.

We will definitely book this property again as we all had a fantastic holiday.

Owner response

We are so glad that you and your family enjoyed your holiday. Thank you for taking the time to write a lovely review & we look forward to seeing you at La Petite Ferme Gites again
best wishes
Stuart and Sam