|L'Ecurie||Self Catering||2||4||1||plus 2 on sofabed|
Spacious 2 double bedroomed detached cottage with wi-fi, village location. Minimum stay 4 days from any day of the week.
Professionally converted from a stable block in quiet village about half way between the market towns of Melle and Chef-Boutonne.
Set in ideal walking or cycling country, which is undulating rather than hilly, less than 1 hour by car from many differing attractions. 7km from an excellent outdoor swimming pool suitable for all ages and 8km from an indoor/outdoor sliding roof complex with toddlers pool and 2 other pools. Please be aware that public pools have regulations about swim-wear. Loose fitting shorts are not allowed which means that men and boys need to have "Speedo" style high leg or short boxer trunks which are close fitting.
The south facing covered terrace is ideal for outdoor eating and watching the sunset with a glass of 'rouge'. Or sit at the picnic table under the trees quietly watching redstarts, woodpeckers, hoopoes and jays foraging for their family dinner.
Ten minutes from a choice of shops bars restaurants and supermarkets this is ideal for either small groups or families. (Travelcot, highchair, babybath and baby sitting etc can be provided). Holiday or longer term lets considered all year round. Owners live on-site and are there to offer help should you need it.
Spacious fitted kitchen with fridge-freezer, gas cooker with 4 ring hob, washing machine, microwave, range of storage cupboards, iron and ironing board and equipped with a full range of matching cutlery, crockery and cooking utensils etc.
Large living area with high beamed ceiling, stone walls and wood burning stove. Dining table and 6 chairs, 3 seater sofa, 3 seater sofabed, Tv/dvd and radio/cd player. Mezzanine playroom with sofa, play table and dvd player.
Two double bedrooms, 1 with double bed, 1 with twin beds, each has a combination wardrobe, full length mirror, bedside tables, bedside lights and two chairs. Double sofa bed in living area. All towels and bed linen are provided.
Comprises walk in shower, wc and wash basin.
Electric oil filled radiators in bedrooms and wood burning inset fireplace which heats the rest of the house. Logs provided as required in cooler months.
32" flat screen hd tv, which receives British terrestrial programmes via satellite, dvd player, mini hi-fi /radio/cd player. Selection of books and games in living area. Dvd player in playroom.
Covered south facing terrace with table and benches.. Grass area for ball games etc. Shaded picnic table and 2 swings for younger children. Table tennis table with bats and balls.
Off-road parking for 2 cars. In addition covered parking and locked garage parking is available by arrangement on-site for specialist vehicles. (Vintage, motorcycles etc.)
Ideal house for holiday or longer term lets for groups or families. There is 1 step up from driveway and 2 steps up to bedrooms so may not be suitable for some wheelchair users.
Shops, supermarkets, restaurants etc 8 km. Owners live on-site. No smoking in the house.
Treat yourself to new experiences if you dare at the theme park of the moving image with interactive adventures on giant screens.
Apes and monkeys roam in natural surroundings and you wander through the park to enjoy their company. Children love it.
Every Tuesday the biggest street market in the area selling everything from live animals to delicious local goat's cheese and 'Farci Poitevin', a regional speciality.
La Cote du Boeuf 8km.
Known as La Venise Vert or Green Venice this is an extensive reclaimed marshland. Take a guided tour on the water and marvel at the history.
L'Ecurie is truly the best equipped, and most comfortable property we've stayed in, and there have been quite a few! Add to this, the tranquility of the setting, yet with easy access to the Marais Poitevin- great for cycling days- , La Rochelle, Poitiers, Niort, and lots more places of interest, and our 10/10 ratings are explained.
John and Sheelagh made us feel very welcome, and were very helpful and informative, without ever being intrusive. It was a joy to watch the red squirrels and woodpeckers in the garden in the mornings, and a treat to hear the owls making their presence known in the evenings, while we sat on the verandah, having dinner, and a few glasses of wine!
We had great weather during our 2 week stay,and didn't spend much time indoors,the lovely verandah being a perfect outdoor seating area, but we would quite happily have spent time inside in cooler weather.Very comfortable seating, and interestiing local magazines were available to browse, -as well as the most comprehensive, and well-organised collection of leaflets and information ever-almost rendering local Tourist Information offices unnecessary.
We very much hope to return, some day!
Cottage exactly, or better than, as described. One would normally be wary of gites where the owners are in the same location (some people seem desperate for company) but no worries on that score with L'Ecurie. The owners are totally discreet and only to be seen in the distance deadheading roses and maintaining ancient Austins. (Mind you, when the corkscrew broke on the first night there, it was a great relief to have someone riding to the rescue.)
We knew the area from a visit many years before, so spent a lot of time finding old haunts, but, of places new to us, Chef-Boutonne was a star. A classic French small town with a square surrounded by a brasserie, two boulangeries, a boucherie -traiteur, mini-market (U-express - little general stores seem to have disappeared everywhere) and you can actually park there!
We got exactly what we wanted from our week at L'Ecurie, with the added bonus of the occasional hoopoe digging around in the lawn right under our noses. We would recommend the place to anyone looking to spend time doing not very much, very enjoyably.
Even better than it looked in the pictures. Gite is very spacious and clean with all you need to cater for yourself. Ground and gardens are fantastic, morning coffee sitting on the garden table below the plum trees was a rare treat ! John and Sheelagh were perfect hosts, very helpful without being intrusive. Highly recommend staying here. Great location for Cognac, Rocherfort, Ile de Rey and La Rochelle.
very good quality finish very well equipped