Spacious holiday cottage nr Melle - PS002722

Sompt (8km from Melle), Deux Sèvres, Poitou Charentes Reference: PS002722 Advertiser since: 8 June 2010
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L'Ecurie Self Catering Flexible 2 4 1 plus 2 on sofabed

About this property

Spacious Detached Holiday Cottage in Quiet Village. This cottage/gite is in a village setting.

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.



Kitchen and dining

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.

Living rooms

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.

Garden and outside

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.

Parking and garages

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.)

Visitor suitability

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.

Information about any additional facilities

Shops, supermarkets, restaurants etc 8 km. Owners live on-site. No smoking in the house.


  • Cleaning

  • No smoking

  • Child facilities



Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Freshwater
Name of nearest fishing location: Javarzay (lake)
Distance: 6 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: Niort
Distance: 40 km


Name/number of nearest marked trail: Chemin de Decouverte

The Owner Recommends


Treat yourself to new experiences if you dare at the theme park of the moving image with interactive adventures on giant screens.

La Vallee des Singes.

Apes and monkeys roam in natural surroundings and you wander through the park to enjoy their company. Children love it.

Lezay Market.

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.

Nearest Market

Melle 8km.

Nearest Restaurant

La Cote du Boeuf 8km.

The Marais Poitevin.

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.

12 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 9.9
  • Comfort: 9.8
  • Condition: 9.9
  • Facilities: 9.7
  • Local Amenities: 9.1
  • Setting: 9.8
  • Value for Money: 9.7
10 / 10 Clive Paxton 28 August, 2019

We enjoyed our week at L'Ecurie. The house, located on the edge of the village, was clean, well equipped and comfortable. The owners, John & Sheelagh, gave us a warm welcome when we arrived. They know a lot about the area and can advise on where to go and what to see. Clearly they want guests to enjoy their stay.
What struck us most about the property, though, was the peace and quiet - so relaxing!
Would we stay there again? Definitely!

9.8 / 10 Lawrence 4 May, 2019

Gorgeous gite with the best hosts one could wish for. Nothing ever too much trouble for John and Sheelagh who are a generous and engaging couple. Gite is well placed to main roads, but with plenty of space outside and inside the gite. We had a fab time and we would recommend a stay here for couples or families looking to explore a very chilled out region/s of France.

10 / 10 G & J wine and bun consumers 25 September, 2018

Back again after staying in June, excellent, well equipped and clean.
Wonderful hosts, there if you need them.
Hope to return next year.

Owner response

We enjoyed seeing you and Jane again Gordon. Looking forward to your next visit, thanks for the reviews.

Best wishes, Sheelagh and John.

10 / 10 G & J wine and bun consumers 27 June, 2018

Perfect place to stay, everything as it should be. A very well equipped clean and well maintained gite. Very quiet ideal for us old codgers to sit about and do nothing, apart from drink wine and eat buns. The hosts are very welcoming but only there if you need them. ( Thank you for helping when the air-con in my car decided to stop working ) Thank you for the wine and other goodies left for us on our arrival. Will happily return.