One of 3 gites holiday let Deux Sevres - PS002968_B

Ardin (5km from Coulonges-sur-l'Autize), Deux Sèvres, Poitou Charentes Reference: PS002968_B Advertiser since: 7 March 2012

This location has multiple holiday properties

Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
Le Chene Self Catering Saturday 3 6 1

About this property

Girardiere 3 Gite's for Holiday Rental. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

La Girardiere is a 19th century stone built farmhouse, which has been tastefully renovated and converted into 3 spacious gites, offering you charm, tradition and comfort. Set in its own 5 acres of land and surrounded by beautiful countryside with tracks and trails for walking and cycling accessible from your gite door. It has its own swimming pool, which is fenced and alarmed, a children's play area and boules pitch.

Le Chene is one of 3 gites, well equipped and has its own terrace and barbecue. The barn is a good place to meet up for a glass of wine and watch the sun go down or make use of the gas barbecue, hotplate and chip fryer or play table tennis or table football.

La Girardiere's gites are nestled in the Valley of the l'Autize river. It is within easy reach of many historic sites as well as restaurants, shops, markets, golf, tennis, fishing, horse riding, and only one hour away from the coast.

We are close by The Marais Poitevin, or Venice Vert is a network of canals, and home to many wild flowers and marshland birds. There are places to rent punts with or without guides and bikes, or just walk along the edge of the canals on the numerous marked routes. The landscape changes as you get to Mervent, as it is heavily forested where you can walk, cycle on the VTT trails (mountain bike tracks), hire canoes, pedalos or sailboats for use on the lake. There is forest climbing park, and "Parc de Pierre Brun" which is another activity park for children up to the age of about 10 years. Mervent also has a Zoo.

About an hour away are the theme parks Futuroscope and the Puy du Fou the historic port of la Rochelle, Ile de Re.

The owners are on site to assist you when required and there is access to wi-fi for your convenience.



Kitchen and dining

Le Chene has a fully equipped kitchen in an open plan living and dining area. It has its own patio area outside.


Le Chene sleeps 6 in 1 double and 2 twin bedrooms.


Le Chene has family bathroom with shower, bath, handbasin and separate wc.


Electric heaters and logburner.


Boules pitch, table tennis, table football, swings and climbing frame, badminton net and a 2 acre field are all on-site. Over 100 dvds, boardgames and quiz sheets are available.

Garden and outside

There is a swimming pool for use by guests plus a large barn with enough seating for up to 20 people with bbq, hot plate and fryer for communal use.

Visitor suitability

Ideal for families with toddlers and older children. For friends to holiday together but still have the privacy of their own space.

Information about any additional facilities

There is a communal laundry room.


  • Internet

  • Linen

  • Shared pool

  • Splash pool


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Niort
Distance: 18 km


Distance: 10 km


Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: all
Name of nearest fishing location: Pescalis
Distance: 15 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: Golf du Petit Chene
Distance: 18 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: L'ecole du Chavel Serzais
Distance: 8 km

Mountain biking

Distance: 10 km



Name/number of nearest marked trail: GR36, which starts in Ouistreham


Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Mercier Fontenay Le Comte
Distance: 20 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr Dirk Lewis

We are on site to assist you if needed

Owner's website
Year property purchased 2004
Why this location? Peaceful countryside yet close to shops / town
Unique benefits of property All three gîtes have fully-equipped kitchens and living/dining areas. They have their own outside patio areas separate from each other and are all self catering. A cot is available, please ask at the time of booking.
All the gîtes have internal stairs to the bedrooms.
There is a swimming pool for use by everybody.

There is a communal laundry room.

The Owner Recommends

Nearest Market

Coulonges Sur l'Autize 5km.

Nearest Restaurant

2 Restaurants 5km Coulonges Sur l'Autize

3 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 9.7
  • Comfort: 9.7
  • Condition: 9.7
  • Facilities: 9.7
  • Local Amenities: 10
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 Storeys 15 August, 2017

Excellent set of 3 gites, quiet location, superb pool, 1.5hr from beach at Ile de Re. Lots to do for the children on site including a large field, trampoline, boules pit, table tennis, badminton. We felt very safe letting our kids (6,8 and 9) run freely whilst we relaxed by the pool. Recommend the 8E inflatable dolphins from superU. Proprietors are very warm, helpful but inobtrusive. Planning to return next year. Make sure you ask for a pin as we got very lost on the way there.

9.8 / 10 Familyof6 8 August, 2017

Really beautiful spotlessly clean gite with very friendly & helpful owners. Would have no hesitation in recommending it to family or friends.

9.5 / 10 Beany 3 September, 2012

Dirk & Alison and their girls were the perfect hosts and made for a fantastic holiday. Our daughter loved the freedom of the paddock and the animals in it (guinea pigs) and feeding the donkeys. The heated pool was perfect on the warm afternoons and socialising in the barn each evening with the other guests was great. I cannot fault our Gite and I am sure that any snags would have been dealt with promptly had we needed them to be.
The area has plenty to do within a 30 minute drive and if you expand further you can go to Ile de Re, which is well worth a visit.
We have already said we will be back next year. Thanks to you both for a great holiday experience!

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