|Laurel Cottage||Self Catering||Thursday||2||4||1||Travel cot or child's bed can be added|
Laurel Cottage is a cosy and characterful little converted barn, probably my favourite of our 3 gites as it has a lovely double-height ceiling to the lounge which makes it feel light and bright. With a through lounge with feature exposed brick fireplace and beams, to a kitchen equipped with a fridge, cooker, microwave and dishwasher, and a table and chairs for dining. The staircase leads up to the 2 bedrooms and shower room via a mezzanine landing with beautiful crossbeams, looking down over the lounge. The bedrooms are arranged as one double and one twin, each with a velux window in the sloping ceiling with its original beams. The master bedroom also has the original pigionniere turned into a feature window.
There are shared laundry and freezer facilities downstairs.
Laurel Cottage has outdoor furniture and bbq and pretty climbing roses and vines. Guests also have access to the 3/4 acre grounds including enclosed garden with play equipment and of course the gorgeous pool which also has a picnic area and a pool pavilion/bar area.
We pride ourselves on being family-friendly. Stairgate, highchair, travel cots and booster seats are available on request. The whole site is enclosed and set well back from the rural road. The recreation and pool areas are also separately gated. Bikes are provided for you to explore the area on 2 wheels if you wish, and there is plenty to entertain the whole family on site.
We are in the heart of the Southern Deux-Sèvres countryside, between Lezay and Sauzé-Vaussais in central Poitou-Charentes. Close to Poitiers, Limoges and La Rochelle, there's plenty to do in this beautiful part of France.
Via Brittany Ferries, approx. drive times are: St. Malo 3hrs 49min; Caen 3hrs 55 min; Le Havre 4hrs 25min; Cherbourg 4hrs 58min; Roscoff 5hrs 6 mins; or if you fancy a leisurely crossing or a twin-centre trip with Spain, Bilbao is approx. 5hrs 7mins, or Santander 5hrs 49mins. Airports nearby include Poitiers, La Rochelle or Limoges (up to 1 1/2 hrs), or Bordeaux a little further.
Small but well equipped kitchen, open plan to the rest of the living/dining area. Contains fridge, microwave, kettle and toaster, as well as cooker, dishwasher and all the equipment needed for light meals and snacks throughout your stay. Table and chairs for 4 in the dining area, and outdoor table and chairs plus barbecue outside.
Living area with tv including uk satellite, and dvd player. Open plan to the dining and kitchen area, and open staircase to the upstairs bedrooms. Feature stone fireplace (ornamental) with pretty fairy lights.
Sloping ceilings, beams and Velux windows add an abundance of character, including a feature pigionniere window in the master bedroom, and beautiful antique furniture. One bedroom is a double, the other a twin. Cots and stairgates can be provided on request.
Spacious bathroom with sloping ceilings, containing shower, wc and sink.
Heating is not usually required during the summer months, in fact fans are what are normally needed, and these are provided in the bedrooms. Plug in heaters are available, however, if the weather happens to turn cooler.
The pool and gardens with goalpost, badminton net and basketball hoop provide most entertainment on-site, as well as the barbecue. However, tv's, dvd players and satellite tv are also provided. We also have an abundance of toys and games, and bikes are available for the whole family to borrow if you wish. Free wi-fi is also provided.
Set in 3/4 acres of safe and secure grounds, there is a gated garden with swings, and also a goal, badminton net and basketball hoop. The 11.5 x 5.5m pool is the main attraction, and within this area also are picnic tables in the shade, and a covered pavilion/bar area with fridge to keep the drinks cool! Patio area with outdoor table and 4 chairs outside the cottage.
Private on-site parking at the end of the drive for several vehicles beyond the gates.
Ideal for couples, families or groups, as several of the gites can be rented together at one time to accommodate extended family or friends. Having children ourselves, we know how difficult it can be travelling with all the things a family can need, so we strive to provide as much as possible for you, including cots, high chairs, stairgates etc.
Many attractions nearby for families, couples or single travellers seeking the beauty and relaxation of the real France..
La Rochelle (90 mins) A lively and vibrant port with plenty of shops to wander around, the wonderful harbour to explore and plenty of bars and restaurants serving excellent seafood. A great aquarium, especially if you like sharks!
Cognac (60 mins). The name Cognac is synonymous the world over with the finest French spirit. Take a guided tour of Hennessy and the town's other major Cognac houses; visit the fascinating Musée des Arts du Cognac and the adjacent Cognac Country Discovery centre. You'll find more big name producers in nearby Jarnac. Follow the five themed Cognac Trails.
(45 mins) Near Poitiers. France's answer to the Epcot Centre and Europe's premier image theme park. films in giant format, thrill-filled attractions, 3D rides with 4D effects, games, live shows, open-air activities, and more. Major attraction for all the family.
Angouleme (30 mins) with many fine 17th and 18th century streets and houses to wander. Walk around the ramparts of the city and see some spectacular views. Visit the wonderful morning market (open every day but Sundays are best) or taste chocolate at Chocolaterie Letuffe. Poitiers (35mins) A university town. Great shopping and sightseeing. Culture, restaurants, vibrant place. Markets daily.
Animal magic abounds in this area! Vallee des Singes – (25 mins) Valley of the monkeys is well worth a visit. Stroll through the park and get really close to many varieties of monkeys! Many different species here. You could also try Zoodyssée at Chizé which houses 600 animals from Europe in relative freedom; The zoo at La Palmyre near Royan is one of the most-visited attractions in Poitou-Charentes since it opened