Three gites for holiday rental in Souvigne - PS001609_B

Souvigne (9km from Saint-Maixent-l'Ecole), Deux Sèvres, Poitou Charentes Reference: PS001609_B Advertiser since: 30 June 2004

This location has multiple holiday properties

Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms Additional info
Petits Chaumes Self Catering Saturday 2 6 1 Additional bed on a low mezzanine

About this property

One of 3 Gites in Beautiful Tranquil Setting. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Run by Alan and Dorothy Peel, the resident owners for the last 8 years, Saule des Bois consists of 3 gites, offering a range of accommodation of 2 and 3 bedrooms. Two of the gites are situated around a floodlit swimming pool and a third separate gite adjacent to the pool and overlooking the carp ponds and gardens.

Set in some 2 acres of landscaped gardens which attract an abundance of wildlife and birds including kingfishers, woodpeckers, hoopoes and even the occasional golden oriel. The grounds offer a tranquil setting for a relaxing holiday and as a base for exploring this interesting and historic area.

The National Forest, (L’Hermitan) is easily accessible to walkers and cyclists on peaceful roads, whilst horse riding is available at a nearby riding centre.

The pond, which is stocked with carp, is at the disposal of guests. For the more enthusiastic fisherman, there is a choice of fishing lakes nearby, one of which has leisure facilities and a sandy beach. On-site, we have table tennis, badminton, table football, volleyball and boules and of course our 10 x 5m floodlit swimming pool, which is fitted with a alarm which complies with current French safety legislation.

Wi-fi access available by arrangement.

Each gite has its own portable bbq but there is a larger communal bbq in the grounds with outdoor dining area which can seat up to15 people.

As well as the tranquility of the countryside, Saule des Bois is an ideal centre for touring and sightseeing with La Rochelle and the Atlantic coast, Cognac, the Loire Valley and Futuroscope at Poitiers all within easy day trip distance. The Marais Poitevin, an area of rivers, canals and wetlands, offers a superb day out and is only 40 minutes drive away.

Easily accessible from the N10, we are approximately 3½ hours from St. Malo and 5½ hours from Cherbourg, Caen and Le Havre. Local airports are at La Rochelle and Poitiers connecting with a large number of UK airports. See details under Location Menu on our website. 

We are always pleased to help you plan your visits and introduce you to the real French way of life. We speak French and are involved in the local community and are therefore in a position to keep you informed of local events and points of interest. See the events under Community Menu.

Over the years we have welcomed many families to Saule des Bois, a good number of whom have chosen to return, often several times, some even every year we have been here. We hope you choose to spend your holidays here and look forward to welcoming you.
This pretty cottage with wisteria and rose covered walls has been recently converted from an old stable. Set adjacent to the pool area, its outlook is across lawns towards the ponds.



Kitchen and dining

Fitted kitchen equipped with cooker, fridge and microwave, coffee machine and all the usual kitchen utensils.

Living rooms

The lounge/dining area has exposed stone walls and beamed ceilings with double doors leading out onto a patio and garden with bbq and patio furniture. Radio and cd player.


One double bedroom, a twin bedroom and a further bed on a mezzanine floor above.


Shower room with vanity unit, wc and shower.


  • Internet

  • Shared pool



Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Carp and coarse
Name of nearest fishing location: La Pergellerie, Lac du Lambon 6km
Distance: 3 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: La Forge
Distance: 20 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Le Relais Equestre l'Hermitain, Bois Pineau 79800 Souvigne



Name/number of nearest marked trail: Souvigne walk, passes our gate 79800


About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr Alan Peel

Alan and Dorothy have enjoyed welcoming visitors here at Saule des Bois for the past 15 years. Many of our guests have become friends over the years, some having visited every year since we started. We really enjoy seeing old friends and look forward to making new ones.

Owner's website
Year property purchased 2001
Why this location? Lovely countryside, a favourable micro-climate and a feel of real France and good air and road communication with UK
Unique benefits of property Beautiful site, lots of local walks calm rural setting

The Owner Recommends

Childrens Dance and Music Festival

During the second week of July every year St Maixent hosts an international festival of childrens traditional music and dance with groups from all over the world. The week also includes Bastille day with a super firework display.

Lezay market on Tuesdays

The biggest and most varied market in the area with all the usual things plus livestock and even sometimes grilled eels!

Menigoute festival

End of October/Beginning November. Internationally acclaimed festival of bird and wildlife films.

Nearest market

St Maixent l'Ecole 8km. Best market in the area is at Lezay, about 15km

Nearest restaurant

Nagdalena 8km

St Maixent l'Ecole

Super Saturday market with clothes, local produce - goats cheeses a local speciality. Great ambiance in the square where you can sit and enjoy a drink and watch the world go by, the bar owner is even happy for you to enjoy fresh oysters bought at the market as long as you buy a drink!

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