Renovated Gite in Rural Poitou Charentes - PS003688

Sainte-Soline (9km from Lezay), Deux Sèvres, Poitou Charentes Reference: PS003688 Advertiser since: 21 May 2014
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
Coup de Foudre Self Catering Flexible 2 4 1

About this property

Private, Renovated Gite in Rural Poitou Charentes . This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Private fully renovated gîte in the heart of the Poitou Charente’s countryside.  Decorated to a high modern standard this lovely house offers you the peace and tranquillity of a private rural setting but is situated in the centre of a triangle between Niort, Poitiers and Bordeaux. The west coast is just over an hour away from Coup de Foudre, offering beautiful unspoilt coastline and long sandy beaches. The glamorous port of La Rochelle is just over an hour’s drive away or take a trip to the Il de Ré.

Coup de Foudre has been turned into a light, modern living space on one level. It provides spacious accommodation for up to 4 guests. This property is completely independent and fully detached.

There is space for off-road parking in the driveway.
There are numerous attractions around our area, we will provide an up to date list of everything that is going on and things that we think might interest you, if you have any particular requests, please let us know and we will do our best to find out everything we can for you.



Kitchen and dining

Kitchen with everything you need for your holiday. Glass dining table and 4 chairs. Electric oven with rotisserie and gas hob.

Living rooms

The living room area has a leather sofa which opens out to a double size bed if required, logburner and Englsh and French television.

Views out into the garden.


Bedroom one has a king size bed, reading lights and storage for clothes.
We provide all bedding and towels for your duration of the holiday. Sheets are made from Egyptian cotton.
Bedroom 2 has 2 single beds, reading lights and storage for clothes.


One bathroom with double shower and washbasin, electric towel rail and separate toilet.


Logburner and electric heating in main bedroom for those cooler evenings.


Flat screen 32 inch colour tv with French and English channels, internet access available and a selection of boardgames.

Garden and outside

An extensive garden, laid to lawn with numerous trees for shade from the midday sun. An above ground pool will be installed in the next few weeks ready for your arrival. A patio area and decking with table, chairs, sun parasol and barbecue with outside lighting to add to the ambience of an evening.

Parking and garages

There is ample parking in the driveway for your cars. If you prefer to have your car stored in a garage, we can arrange this in our home just a few minutes walk away.

Visitor suitability

Ideal for all seasons, Coup de Foudre - Love at first sight - will have you entranced as soon as you enter. A romantic bolt hole with cosy fires in the winter or just lounging in the summer with family. It's an idyllic spot that we hope you will fall in love with as much as we have.


  • Cleaning

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Private pool

  • Splash pool



Family activities

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: La Loup Garrou Lezay
Distance: 12 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Linda Howe

Cliff and I have lived in France since 2005 with our 2 children

Year property purchased 2002
Why this location? We live in a micro climate, within close reach of Poitiers, Bordeaux and Angouleme. Beautiful unspoilt countryside for miles around but a short drive away from small towns or the bustling city life of Poitiers. What's not to love?
Unique benefits of property Coup de Foudre stands in its own grounds. You are completely private but have the benefit of us living in the same road should you need us. Nothing to share, no owners living on site, just peace and tranquility for your holiday

The Owner Recommends


It is relatively flat around these parts so ideal for bike rides around the countryside.


Fishing in the lake at Sainte Soline - 4km's (you will need to purchase a license).


There is a large weekly market held at Lezay every Tuesday, just 10 minutes drive from the property.

Monkey Park and Futuroscope

If you want to explore further there is the Monkey park - La Vallée des Singes, Futuroscope a theme park based upon multimedia, cinematographic futuroscope and audio-visual techniques. Opened in 1987 it has grown into France’s second-biggest visitor attraction (after Disneyland® Paris).

Wine Regions

You could take a drive down to the wine regions and stock up your cellars!

6 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 9.8
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 9.8
  • Facilities: 9.8
  • Local Amenities: 9.5
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 9.8
10 / 10 Jenny Wardell 24 August, 2017

We have had such a wonderfully relaxing week here in Coup de Foudre. We were made to feel so welcome by the Howes - thank you to Linda for the superb hamper which was really thoughtfully packed with essentials and treats!

We could not fault the gite for cleanliness, facilities both inside and out and location. The pool was lovely - so much more than a "splash pool" - you can have a decent swim in it - and the garden was well kept and private.

The gite is perfectly placed to visit a variety of places. In a week we fitted in trips to La Rochelle, Ile de Re, the beautiful Marais Poitevin area (a wonderful place to cycle according to my husband), Niort and Oradour but still came away feeling we'd had a really good rest. There are so many other places to visit that we didn't have time for but that gives us an excuse to come back!

Owner response

Thank you so much for your lovely review. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay at our gîte. We still can't thank your daughter enough for the beautiful painting of Coup de Foudre. It now hangs in pride of place.
We hope to see you again

Clifford & Linda

10 / 10 Linsey Turner 14 August, 2017

Wow what can I say we have just returned home from our amazing stay in Coup de forde and we had tears as we left. It was beyond perfect for our little family and the kids absolutely loved every minute. The owners are so lovely and left us an amazing welcome hamper! They are always there if we needed them which was great. We would definitely recommend this gite and would love to return. There is a town is 10 mins away with a supermarket, market and petrol station. The monkey park was superb but the highlight of our week was the kayaking at Ruffec, it was fantastic! Thank you for a great week of memories.

Owner response

Thank you so much for your great review.

We really hope to see you all again, it was so lovely to meet you all

9.3 / 10 Biker crew 20 September, 2016

We had a great holiday at this excellent gite. Ideal for us as we like to be in a quiet spot and this was ideal.
The pool was very welcome after a ride out (we're bikers) and we were very lucky with the weather.
Within easy reach of towns for essential food shopping and plenty of places to visit.
Very helpful owners who live about 5 minutes away and are on hand for any queries.
We were sorry to leave!

10 / 10 Dr. C 17 August, 2016

I stayed for a week with my two children ages 12 and 15 and had a wonderfully relaxing peaceful time. The gite is simply but beautifully furnished with care and thought. We had everything we needed and the garden is enormous with lovely little swimming pool (quite big enough for us all at the same time) shady trees and sunchairs. Linda and Clifford are incredibly helpful and friendly and will give you local information and ideas for sightseeing. There are lovely local markets nearby with everything you need - a car is essential - unless you want to spend the week simply relaxing and enjoying the tranquility...