Gite to let with fishing lakes in Charente - PS003434

3km from Secondigny, Deux Sèvres, Poitou Charentes Reference: PS003434 Advertiser since: 21 March 2013
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Gite de la Prairie Self Catering Saturday 1 2 1 Sofabed situated on mezzanine lounge

About this property

Peaceful Gite with Free Fishing in Private Lakes. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

(Not open in low season, but see property reference PS003202)
Part of an ancient barn, our two gîtes are traditionally rustic, yet furnished and equipped with all you need for your self-catering holiday. Exposed beams, tiled floors throughout, woodburning stoves and restful outdoor areas make La Germondière an ideal location for your holiday.

We are pet-friendly too.... so you don't have to leave your faithful friend behind. We are mostly a child-free environment too, children by exception. 

Gite de la Prairie offers 1 bedroomed accommodation with a mezzanine lounge, and accommodates 2 people. With a woodburning fire in the lounge, the gite is warm whatever time of the year. Free wi-fi access. The gite is not suitable for disabled guests. The gite overlooks the nearby apple orchard for which the town of Secondigny is famous.

The gîte has a well equipped kitchen dining area with a mezzanine level lounge area (with a sofabed), a spacious double bedroom, walk in shower room and separate wc. The gîte accommodates 2 people.

The gîte has a gas cooker, fridge-freezer, washing machine, microwave, kettle, toaster and coffee-machine, wok, electric grill/plancha, iron and ironing board, clothes airer and even a hairdryer is provided. Patio furniture, parasol, sunbeds and a bbq. Electric radiators in most rooms, woodburner for those cooler evenings, a table top electric fan for the hot summers. UK tv and free wi-fi are also provided.

We also supply a picnic blanket, we hope you will use it by our lakes. What could be better than going for a picnic without having to get in the car?

With 2 private fishing lakes at La Germondiere, set in mature gardens of 2.5 hectares, there is plenty of opportunity for a relaxing time fishing, or just enjoying the beautiful surroundings. Our lakes are stocked with carp, tench, bream, roach, pike, zander.
Self-catering accommodation in the Gatine countryside, yet only 1.5 miles from the town.
Despite its peaceful, rural ambience, Secondigny has all the amenities you may require without having to stray too far. A supermarket, butcher, bakers, newsagent, chemist, and hairdresser can all be found in Secondigny, and of course 2 or 3 bars and restaurants.
The gite is well equipped, located in a peaceful tranquil environment, pet-friendly. Our grounds provide you with ample space to enjoy the wildlife, and relax in sun or shade.
NOTE: different arrival and departure dates may be available, particularly outside of high season, please enquire.

IMPORTANT INFO: Our prices are shown in Sterling but we ask for payment via Paypal in Euros (exactly the same amount but in Euros). The £34 booking fee paid to HFD will be converted to Euros at the exchange rate on the date of your payment to HFD, and deducted from your overall holiday amount.



Kitchen and dining

Lounge/kitchenette/dining area. Fully equipped gas cooker, fridge-freezer, washing machine, microwave, kettle, toaster and coffee-machine, wok, electric grill/plancha. All necessary utensils, crockery, glassware and cutlery sufficient for 4 people.

Dining table with chairs for 4 people.

Washing machine, ironing board, iron, clothes airer all provided.

Living rooms

Two lounge chairs located in kitchen/diner area.
Three seater sofabed situated in the mezzanine above.
Logburner for those cooler evenings. Portable fan.
Flat screen tv. (UK & French tv)
Free wi-fi.


One double bedroom with wardrobes and dressing table.


Walk in large shower - separate wc.
Hair straighteners


Logburner in main lounge area.
Electric radiators in most rooms.


Free wi-fi.
Flat screen tv.
Books and boardgames.

Garden and outside

Fenced garden and patio with furniture for 4 people, parasol, sunbeds and a bbq.

Parking and garages

Ample shaded parking in a large open fronted barn.

Visitor suitability

Pet friendly.
Mezzanine steps are steep, so not suitable for people with walking difficulties
Primarily child free venue - the environment is not child friendly, children by exception only.

Information about any additional facilities

Two spring fed lakes for free fishing.
Campervans and caravans also accepted (no facilities)

IMPORTANT INFO : Our prices are shown in Sterling but we ask for payment via Paypal in Euros (exactly the same amount but in Euros). The £34 booking fee paid to HFD will be converted to Euros at the exchange rate on the date of your payment to HFD, and deducted from your overall holiday amount.

Not open in low season, but see property reference PS003202


  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Pets welcomed *

  • Linen

* Vet details: Centre Vétérinaire des Charmilles 47 rue Poitou 79130 Secondigny France Phone number +33 5 49 95 67 37


Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Carp, tench, bream, pike, roach
Name of nearest fishing location: On Site

Fishing on-site


Name and address of nearest golf course: Bressuire
Distance: 28 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Julie Tee

Year property purchased 2012
Why this location? Rural, yet close to shops and other amenities.
Unique benefits of property Peace and tranquility in an abundance.
Two gites available, so twice as much chance of us accommodating your booking, or you being able to share your holiday with other friends or family members.
See PS003232.

The Owner Recommends

Puy de Fou

A famous historical theme park, the Puy du Fou Park is a whirlwind of extraordinary shows and a great experience for ages 8 to 80! Visitors embark on journeys through time to enjoy lavish historical enactements in this 50 acre park with 25 restaurants ! One day just may not be enough.

Marais Poitevin

A marsh area, made up of natural water channels and man-made canals, which stretches for miles. The area is often referred to as the ‘Venise Verte’ (Green Venice). The largest area of marshland on France’s Atlantic coastline and the second largest anywhere in the Country is full of wildlife. You can explore the canals and waterways by traditional flat-bottomed boats which can be hired from various areas in the Marais Potevin. Head to any of the ‘embarcaderes’ (piers/wharfs) to hire a boat for an hour or two, or half or whole day and with or without a guide. Or you can explore on foot or by bike (plenty of bike hire places). Some of France’s most beautiful villages are in the Marais Poitevin area – head to Coulon or Arçais to see the traditional architecture of the area, along the edge of the waterways.

La Rochelle

With its four ports, La Rochelle is one of the most important French harbour towns, particularly for tourism. It has a unique atmosphere, with its historic port (Le Vieux Port), a quayside bustling with boats of all sizes, and a seafront packed with cafes, bars and restaurants. Pedestrianised streets are surrounded with 17th and 18th century buildings housing boutique shops selling everything from fashion to food. The town has a daily market which takes over the streets around Place du Marché and a stunning seafood market at Rue Marche. You can cycle around La Rochelle, using the yellow bikes that are free. You can collect your bike at Place Verdun between 9am-6pm. You will need to take identification. The first two hours are free, then it’s 1 Euro per hour. La Rochelle also has one of Europe’s best aquariums with more than 10,000 sea creatures on display – an evening visit in July and August is a great end to a full day in La Rochelle, as the aquarium remains open until 11pm. And there are Museum’s galore…. covering maritime, national history, perfume bottles, antique moving figurines, model transport vehicles and porcelain and paintings – you’re bound to find something of interest to you.


The top attraction in the Poitou-Charentes and the second in France – a holiday in the Poitou-Charentes isn’t complete without a day out at Futuroscope. A 60-hectare park, with landscaped gardens and fountains and futuristic-looking pavilions which house thrilling rides and jaw-dropping 3D films.


YOGA - We have teamed up with an English Yoga teacher who will happily come to you for a one to one yoga session. Contact us for further details, prices and booking information.

GOLF – There are three golf clubs within an hour drive of Secondigny; Mazières-en-Gatine, Niort and Les Forges. There is also a new golf course recently finished at Bressuire, just 20-25 minutes away.
MINI-GOLF, TENNIS and PEDALO hire are available at our local campsite in Secondigny.
SWIMMING – Parthenay’s Gatinéo aquatic centre has 4 pools tailored to different activities and a giant toboggan – something for everyone. There is a campsite in the town of Secondigny, and the outdoor swimming pool is open to the public during July & August (afternoons only, excluding Monday).
CANOEING / KAYAKING / WIND-SURFING – are pursuits on offer at Parthenay’s Base de Loisirs.
MARKETS - local produce markets and vide-greniers (car boot sales) give you the opportunity to mingle with the locals in nearby villages. If you come in December there are sure to be some Christmas markets to attract you.
WALKING & CYCLING - routes in every direction! And with picnics being so popular with the french there are no shortages of places to sit and enjoy your lunch - bon appétit!
HORSE RIDING – Less than 20 minutes drive away, Les Ecuries at Saumort offers horse riding lessons, day courses, picnic rides and various other equestrian activities.

Centre Régional "Résistance & Liberté" - Thouars

Explore the history of the Resistance movements through the Second World War.

Journey to the past to get a better understanding of our current world through this interactive and unique exhibition with original photographs, clandestine newspapers, letters and videos.

With audioguides in English.

(Thouars market is held on Tuesdays and Fridays, why not make a full day out and return with some local produce?)

Animal Parks

Animal Parks

The Poitou-Charentes is packed full of animal parks and zoos, offering great days out for all the family.

Zoodyssee – a 25 hectare animal park and an ideal place for a forest walk.

Zoo de la Palmyre – one of the best zoos in Europe set in 14 hectares in a pine forest. More than 1600 types of animal from all 5 continents.

Les Oiseaux du Marais Potevin - more than 70 species of birds in the beautiful Green Venice.

Planete des Crocodiles – boasting more than 200 crocodiles.

Le Vallee des Singes – Mountain gorillas and 30 species of ape and monkey.

Mouton Village – 23 breeds of sheep from around the world.

5 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 9.6
  • Condition: 9.6
  • Facilities: 9.6
  • Local Amenities: 9.4
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 Valerie and Trevor Chapman 10 June, 2019

The owners, Julie and Simon, were very welcoming and did everything to make our stay really enjoyable. They were respectful of our privacy while always willing to give helpful advice when needed. Our gite was very comfortable with a lovely private garden with country views. The two lakes provided a serene backdrop with plenty of wildlife to enjoy. Trevor thoroughly enjoyed his fishing in the spacious larger lake where there are some good sized carp. The chickens supplied us with some delicious eggs. There are bar restaurants nearby where you can enjoy a delicious 4course lunch with wine for around 12 euros. The supermarket is only 5 minutes drive away selling everything you might need. A very relaxing and enjoyable stay.

Owner response

Ah, thank you so much for taking the time to give us a review.... and for such a positive review. It was our pleasure to have you here again, and we hope it won't be your last visit. Happy travelling :-)

10 / 10 Norman &Janet Cook 10 August, 2017

As usual it was absolutely brilliant, the gite was spotless,nice welcome pack,Simon & Julie always make us so welcome,lovely place,lovely couple &super fishing

Owner response

Thanks so much for your extremely positive review. You taking the time to do a review is very much appreciated, as are your comments. Until the next time........ (and maybe we'll meet Bertie x)

10 / 10 Norman &Janet Cook 5 July, 2015

This is the best holiday fishing in France we have ever had (and we have had a lot over the years !) the gite was perfect , spotlessly clean and extremely well equipped , our hosts Julie and Simon couldn't have been more helpful friendly and accommodating . The fishing was excellent with carp up to 30lbs, in a delightful setting, there were two well stocked lakes to choose from , deep in the heart of the French countryside , yet only a 5minute ride to local shops and amenities.
We would recommend La Germondiiere to everyone
Norman and Janet Cook Devon

Owner response

Thank you so much for the review.
So glad that we ticked all the boxes for you both. It's our pleasure to have you here, and we really really really look forward to seeing you again next year.

9.5 / 10 JOHN & TERRY 24 August, 2014

We have to say that Simon&Julie were incredibly helpful to us.They gave us the best route to travel on the best place to stop overnight.On arrival they had put a welcome pack together for us that we had asked for which meant we could relax and not worry about going for provisions straight away.The facilities are clean and comfortable and they make you feel very welcome.Should you be going there to fish,I urge you to get some advise from simon on which baits to use or even take for that matter.Tight lines like we had and enjoy.