Robins Nest, Gite with Pool, Deux Sevres - PS002904_C

Melle (8km from Chef-Boutonne), Deux Sèvres, Poitou Charentes Reference: PS002904_C Advertiser since: 12 October 2011

This location has multiple holiday properties

Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms Additional info
Robins Nest Self Catering Flexible 1 4 1 Cot. Cottage can be booked as an independent unit

About this property

Robins Nest, one of 3 Gites, Heated Pool, Play Barn. This cottage/gite is in a village setting.

Robins Nest is a large one bedroom cottage (part of our ancient Longere Farmhouse) set in a peaceful rural hamlet. This pretty ground floor accommodation is great for couples or families looking for a well equipped, characterful holiday home without stairs.

Robins Nest has an open plan lounge/diner with kitchen corner.
Two sofas (one of which is a comfy sofa bed).
English tv and Blu Ray player.
Spacious bathroom with bath and separate shower cubicle, toilet and washbasin.
Large bedroom with king size bedstead and 3' single divan. Space for extra bed.
Cot on wheels which makes moving a sleeping baby into the lounge simple.

The gardens and parking areas are on level ground with few steps.
The grounds are completely enclosed and parking is on one of our drives, separate from child play areas.

This versatile ground floor cottage can be rented as a single property (sleeping 3/4) or joined to Lark Rise Farmhouse (via an internal, lockable, soundproofed hallway ). This makes it ideal for families and friends wishing to holiday in one big house together (sleeping 15 plus cots).

We pride ourselves on meeting the needs of all our guests, particularly the little ones. Happy kids tend to mean happy parents so to that end we provide:-
*full size drop side cots
* highchairs
* stairgates
*night lights
*kiddies toilet seats and step ups
*factor 50 uv sun tent
*baby bouncer chair
* changing mats
*electric socket protectors
*games and toys.

Our 3 holiday properties share:-
A beautiful HEATED POOL set in ‘child safe’ walled/gated garden.
ADULT BIKES with child seat, bellelli bike taxi, tag along bike.
KIDS BIKES trikes, scuttlebugs, scooters.

PLAY BARN with Cool Toddler Corner, soft play mats and lots of Duplo, Play Kitchen, table football, darts, games, toys.
GARDEN amenities include Little Tikes Car, Playhouse, Huge 'New Sand Pit' with Pirate Ship bow and Factor 50 SunSail, Seesaw, Toddler Slide, Table Tennis Table.

Extensive information regarding sites of tourist interest is provided in each gite and many of our guests complain they run out of time to visit them all!
Being centrally situated in the Poitou Charentes means that day trips are possible to the Southern Loire, Atlantic coast, Northern Dordogne and Limousin.
Some of our suggestions include:

*Futoroscope, Puy du Fou, Las Vallee des Singes (Monkey World).
*Visit markets/brocantes and salvage yards.
*Go to open air concerts.
*Enjoy a meal with musical entertainment or English quiz night in nearby restaurant.
*Play a very reasonable priced round of golf.
*See superbike, modern/historic car racing.
*Experience the Tour de France.
*Visit chateaux. Admire beautiful architecture in La Rochelle, Poitiers and Cognac.
*Visit distilleries.
*Spend a day on upmarket Ile de Re and play ‘spot the celebrity’.
*Make sandcastles on the beach (coast, lake, river).
*Go canoeing.
*Learn how to make Chocolates.

The nearest market towns are Chef Boutonne, Melle, Lezay and Sauze Vaussais. The closest is an easy seven minute drive (or cycle) down quiet country lanes and has a colourful Saturday market, Chateau with lake, choice of 2 supermarkets and traditional small shops, bars, restaurants, cinema, chemists/doctors/dentist/district nurse.
If however you just want to ‘potter around’ locally we can recommend many lovely river or lakeside villages, play areas for the children, quiet cycling routes (flat or hilly) or perhaps just relaxing round the pool!
Staying In our peaceful hamlet you will be pleasantly surprised to see no more than a handful of cars each day. The locals are very welcoming and happy to help you practice your French skills.

SEE OUR WEBSITE at for further details and LOTS OF REVIEWS or visit our new Facebook page :-



Kitchen and dining

The kitchen area has recently been improved and now provides ample wall and floor cabinets (with child locks). Cooker, fridge-freezer and microwave. The pretty butler sink is set into a country pine cabinet.

French style dining table and 4 chairs.

Highchair for 'little ones'.

Washing machines in laundry room.

Living rooms

The lounge area has two sofas (one is a new comfy double sofa bed).
Coffee-table, standard lamp, wi-fi.

Flat screen TV, Blu-Ray player.


The bedroom is very large with a 5' king size bedstead plus 3' single divan (bed guard available for toddlers).

A cot or an extra 'put you up' style bed can be provided for use in this room.

The cot is 'English style ' drop side cot with very useful wheels which enable parents to move baby from bedroom into lounge without waking him/her.

See our website for full details, Reviews and Photos of each of our holiday properties.


The bathroom is spacious with full size bath (with shower mixer taps), separate large shower cubicle, toilet and wash hand basin.


Electric radiators/towel rails.


Free firework displays in local towns and villages on bank holidays.

Free live entertainment in restaurants/bars and outdoor concerts in many villages throughout the summer season.

Night markets often with free entertainment and 'restaurant' stalls.

Brocantes and vide greniers most weekends.

Laser light shows with evening meal at the amazing Futuroscope.

Quirky local restaurant (run by friendly bilingual french couple) offering lovely meals with wines paired to each course. Perfect for a special meal.

Garden and outside

The gardens and parking areas are on level ground with few steps. The HEATED swimming POOL is walled and security gated. The grounds surrounding the property are completely enclosed.

Our play barn has a toddler corner with soft playmats, duplo and play kitchen. It is also equipped with table football, darts, table tennis table, toys, boardgames to keep the older ones amused.

Play house and huge sandpit. Bikes with child seats/bellelli bike taxi/tag along bike available. Kids bikes and scooters.

Parking and garages

Parking is provided on one of our drives, safely away from children at play.

Visitor suitability

Family friendly accommodation.

Not suitable for guests with pets due to close proximity of farm livestock.

Smoking not permitted in houses or outbuildings.

Information about any additional facilities

Full range of baby/toddler equipment. If you have any queries or requests please do not hesitate to email.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Special needs

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Meals

  • Shared pool


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Maire Levescault
Distance: 5 km


Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Black bass, pike, salmon, pike perch and catfish
Name of nearest fishing location: Chef Boutonne, Chateau Javarzay lake or l'Heronniere for course fishing. Centre Pescalis in Moncoutant game/fly/ground bait fishing. Ruffec tributaries for pike, eel, trout when in season.
Distance: 15 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: Club de Niort in Niort. Formule Golf le petit Chene in Maziere-en-Gatine. Golf Club Cahteau des Forges. Le Golf de l'Hirondelle in Angouleme.
Distance: 43 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Sauze Vaussais
Distance: 22 km

Mountain biking

Distance: 0.3 km

Organic produce/dining

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: Many small producers nearby. Acclaimed Saint-Sornin is about 75km south near Angouleme.



Name/number of nearest marked trail: Melle and Celle sur Belle


Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: St Sornin near Angouleme is one of the larger producers. Vineyards can also be found throughout the Poitou Charentes region
Distance: 75 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Elizabeth Marriott

Having lived, worked and raised our family in this lovely part of France we know all the special places to visit. Our favourite places include the beautifully landscaped Monkey World with its 'cage free' habitat, fantastic local markets , beautiful chateaux, fun on the water at nearby lakes & rivers, days out to the coast and islands, La Rochelle town and its superb Aquarium, Futuroscope, Cognac etc

Owner's website
Year property purchased 2002
Why this location? La Grande Tranchee is ideally situated in the centre of the sunny Poitou Charentes.
We are blessed with a microclimate meaning we have sunshine hours second only to Provence!
Our peaceful, rural, farming hamlet provides a welcome base for relaxation and exploration with your young family.
Easily accessible by air into Nantes, Bordeaux, Tours, La Rochelle and Limoges. Alternatively, by sea via all English Channel ferry ports, remember we offer 20% off all your Brittany Ferries crossings.
Unique benefits of property Our property and gardens are perfect for families. The play barn with its toddler area is loved by parents and children (a cool place to have fun when its too hot in the garden).
The heated swimming pool provides hours of fun and many happy holiday memories (security gated for parents' peace of mind).
The gardens have areas of sun and shade with play equipment, ie. playhouse, huge new sandpit, see-saw, toddler slide, ride in car, scuttlebugs and table tennis for the older ones. The grounds are fully enclosed, walled and gated.
Adult bikes, kiddies bikes, tag along bike and child seats provided 'free of charge'. On-site puncture repair service. :)
Full range of baby/toddler equipment is available, including cots, highchairs, pushchairs, baby baths, black out blinds, stair gates, night lights etc.

The Owner Recommends

Nearest port

Easy Access by FERRY- the majority of channel ferry ports are around 4 to 6 hours drive from our holiday properties.
Departing Portsmouth (or Poole) to St Malo, Caen, Le Havre, Cherbourg, Roscoff.
Also worth considering Newhaven to Dieppe.

Its useful to remember that High Speed Ferry from Portsmouth to Cherbourg has a rapid crossing time of 3 hours.

Eurotunnel (perfect for those wishing to avoid a sea voyage) and Dover /Calais Ferries. Under 7 hours drive from us.
Dover to Zeebrugge/Dunkirk around 7 hours drive.

Inexpensive FLIGHTS into our local airports: Poitiers, Tours, Limoges, La Rochelle (60 to 90 mins drive).
Larger airports at Bordeaux and Nantes (two hours drive).

We suggest contacting individual ferry/airline operators for the date when Summer schedules and prices are going to be released. We can offer flexible start dates (subject to availability) so you can secure best possible travel prices.

Tour de France 7th 8th and 9th July

One for cycling enthusiasts.
7th July Île d'Oléron Le Château-d'Oléron > Île de Ré Saint-Martin-de-Ré .
8th July Châtelaillon-Plage > Poitiers
9th July Chauvigny > Sarran Corrèze

The above stages are between 55 mins and 90 mins easy drive from our property. See Tour de France website for more info.

La Vallee des Singes

La Vallee des Singes (monkey world) observe the monkeys roaming free in this beautiful cage free habitat.
Exceptional welfare standards. Many babies , including gorillas and bonobos during summer months.
Delightful for animal lovers of all ages.
On site restaurants


Futuroscope high tech theme park, extreme thrills, images in giant-screen format, breathtaking shows, interactive adventures that will delight your senses, and more.
NEW Kids' Town of Futuropolis, the city of the future where children can play at being grown-ups !
Highly Recommended

Water Parks

Ogliss Waterpark , Moutiers les Mauxfaits
Nautilus Angouleme
Atlantys St Jean dAngely
Les Antilles de Jonzac
Gliss Up Water Jump Parc Vivonne


Golf at Niort and Maziers en Gatine.

Marais Poitevin

Marais Poitevin 'Green Venice' miles of navigable canals and pretty marshland villages, hire a boat or cycle to explore this tranquil region.

La Rochelle and Ile de Re

La Rochelle with its beautiful architecture is not to be missed; its Aquarium is one of the best.
Cross the stunning bridge to Ile de Re and visit this unique and rather special 'upmarket' holiday island.

Cognac Area

Visit Cognac and its distilleries, wander around the old town, take a distillery tour at Remy Martin is fun for all the family, take lunch on a river boat excursion. Cognac hosts a Blues Festival - in July.


Visit restaurants and bars recommended by ourselves and past guests.
Enjoy free concerts whilst you eat.

Aire de Rejallent , St Macoux and Lac Lambon

Just some of the many river and lakeside locations /family oriented venues for fun and relaxation :-
Kayaking and Canoeing, Rambling , BBQ and Picnic sites, playgrounds for youngsters etc.


Circuit des Ramparts - Every year in September, Angouleme fills with racing enthusiasts for the Circuit des Ramparts, the annual gathering of classic and vintage cars.


Only 90 mins on the high speed train from Poitiers to Paris.
For cheapest fares book 'on line' in advance of your holiday .


Val de Vienne Racetrack . Modern and historic car racing. Superbike.

Blues Festival

Cognac Blues Festival in July each year.


Held each weekend during the summer. Arrive early and bag yourself a bargain!

Free entertainment and fireworks

Villages hold many events with live music, food stalls, farmers markets and firework displays during the summer months.

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