Cottage for holiday let Deux Sevres - PS003844_A

Vanzay (11km from Lezay), Deux Sèvres, Poitou Charentes Reference: PS003844_A Advertiser since: 17 October 2014

This location has multiple holiday properties

Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms Additional info
La Petite Maison Self Catering Saturday 2 6 1 Option of 3rd bedroom at additional cost

About this property

17th Century Cottage with Large Gardens and Pool. This cottage/gite is in a village setting.

Located in the village of Vanzay, a charming 17th century 2 double bedroom Charentaise stone cottage in a peaceful location, with secluded private courtyard and spacious gardens. Original flagstone floors and a wealth of exposed beams. Ideal base for classic car enthusiasts - fantastic countryside for driving, also for walking and cycling. 40 minutes drive from Poitiers airport.  Installed in 2011 a 9 x 4.5m saltwater, heated, shared swimming pool. For a totally French experience we have 2 classic Citroen DS' available for hire.
The cottage is attached to the main farmhouse where the owners live, and are available for any needs you may have. The accommodation consists of living/dining room with an antique Godin stove, kitchen, 2 double bedrooms and bathroom. Renovated recently but retaining exposed beams and stone walls. There is a private garden at the rear that is walled in from the rest of the grounds. The property is in the heart of a small village, but benefits from being surrounded by large gardens and having a long drive with private courtyard, providing a peaceful and private location. There is plenty of secure parking in the courtyard.

For families and friends, both of our gites - La Petite Maison and La Grange, booked together, make an ideal location for a group holiday.
Saturday is our preferred changeover day, however, we can be flexible with arrival dates outisde of July and August. Please don't hesitate to ask us.



Kitchen and dining

Kitchen has a breakfast table and 4 chairs. Electric oven, gas hob, fridge with freezer compartment, dishwasher, coffee-machine, toaster, kettle. No washing machine but we can provide use of one if required along with iron and ironing board. Cutlery, crockery, glasses etc.

Living rooms

Has a dining area with table and 6 chairs. Two 2 seater sofas, one is a double sofa bed, armchair, coffee-table. Flat screen tv with UK FreeSat tv and dvd use, dvd also connected to hi-fi unit for playing cds. Large fireplace with Godin stove and 2 radiators.


Bedroom 1 with king size bed and private balcony terrace.
Bedroom 2 with double bed.
Stripped wooden floors throughout, each bedroom has a wardrobe and a chest of drawers. There is an option of a 3rd double bedroom (at an additional cost) interconnecting from main house.


Bathroom with full size bath and shower over bath, wc and sink. Wall mounted radiator.


Wall mounted electric radiators in bedrooms, radiators in kitchen and living room, along with a working antique Godin stove in living room.


Flat screen tv with UK FreeSat tv and dvd use, dvd also connected to hi-fi unit for playing cds. A selection of dvds, extensive collection of books and a few boardgames. Comprehensive collection of regional magazines and information on local attractions and places of interest.

Garden and outside

The cottage has a private walled garden, with a covered seating area and bbq, as well as a swing set. This private garden leads into the remaining extensive garden area where there is a new 9 x 4.5 m saltwater-filtration, heated swimming pool, surrounded by a large terrace with sun loungers, tables and chairs and plenty of umbrellas. The pool is open from April to October.

Guests also have the use of our poolside bar, where there is cold beer, wine and soft drinks available, funded via an honesty box in the bar. Conceived just as a piece of fun, it has turned out to be a very useful facility in the heat of summer.

Guests are welcome to take their own drinks to keep in the bar fridge, but any glassware in the pool area is regrettably forbidden for safety reasons. The bar is stocked with a range of elegant plastic drinksware which should be used.

Parking and garages

Ample parking in private courtyard, with covered parking available if required.

Visitor suitability

Unfortunately this property is not suitable for wheelchair users.

Information about any additional facilities

Range of guest services available including classic car hire, bicycle hire and provision of welcome pack. On arrival you’ll find your gîte spotlessly clean and we ask all guests to leave the gîte as clean as they found it. Some guests prefer to leave the cleaning to someone else, in which case we will look after this for you. The fee for this service is €55. Please visit our website for more details.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Shared pool


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Christians
Distance: 10 km


Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Carp, bream, chubb
Name of nearest fishing location: River Charente
Distance: 15 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: Haut-Poitou Golf Club, 86130 Saint-Cyr
Distance: 70 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Le Loup Garou, La Mauvaitière, 79120 Lezay
Distance: 15 km



Name/number of nearest marked trail: There are a number of set walks near here from 7km to 40km in distance

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Abigail Wilkin

My husband and I moved here having got to know the region, when coming down for the Circuit des Remparts classic car racing in Angouleme. Having travelled to various parts of France in our old VW Camper, we fell in love with this area.

Owner's website
Year property purchased 2007
Why this location? Our house and the gites are in the centre of the village, but having large gardens surrounded by trees and large hedges, it is a very tranquil and peaceful spot. The swimming pool area is a real sun trap, and watching the sunset from there is beautiful! In the summer months we are surrounded by fields of sunflowers, spring brings up wild orchids in the hedgerows. Autumn and Winter bring wonderful colour and crisps blue skies. We are centrally placed between Poitiers and Angouleme, both lovely cathedral cities, with many restaurants, places to visit and shopping. The coast is about an hour and a half, perfect for visiting La Rochelle, Ile de Re and Ile d'Oleron. Going east, Limoges is a good day out, there are many towns and villages to visit in this region, not forgetting the daily food markets.
Unique benefits of property A private courtyard with secure parking. We are classic car fans, and love to welcome visitors with their own classic cars. Each gite has it's own private garden, seating space and bbq. The swimming pool is shared, and has a large sun terrace with pool furniture, and a little bar for guests to use.

The Owner Recommends

La Vallee des Singes

La Vallée des Singes (Monkey Valley) is about 20 minutes drive from Vanzay at Romagne, Vienne. Started 10 years ago, there are now over 350 primates living here made up of 30 species, it’s described as a unique animal park with no cages or barriers, the primates live in the woodland and on islands. It has been beautifully and thoughtfully landscaped with canals running throughout. You pass through gates into each section, where the smaller primates run free and amongst the visitors. There’s a children’s farm onsite with many breeds of chicken, ducks and pygmy goats. There’s also a restaurant and a play area.

Les Geants du Ciel

The Giants of the Sky is an impressive aerial display of birds from every continent that takes place daily throughout the summer over the mediaeval old town of Chauvigny in the Vienne. As well as the flying display, there is a velorail – a 5 person rail car that relies on pedal power – that takes in the mediaeval city along its 17km circuit.


The two closest markets at Lezay and Melle are on Tuesday and Friday mornings. Both have a wide range of stalls and are great for browsing around.

Parc du Futuroscope

Situated on the outskirts of Poitiers, Futuroscope is 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) with a staggering 40 million visitor entries, and counting. Every year Futuroscope opens new and exciting features on the 131 acre site, attractions that include Sea Monsters (3D, in collaboration with National Geographic), 3D and 4D IMAX domes, The Future is Wild (an augmented-reality adventure looking at where evolution could be leading us millions of years from now), Dynamic Vienne (a 4D race through the area at the wheel of a Formula 3 racing car), the Blue Note Mystery (a musical fairytale evening show featuring lasers and other special effects) and more besides.


Zoodyssée, situated in the forest of Chizé, Deux-Sèvres, is one of the largest wild animal parks in Europe dedicated to European species. The park is split into two areas, le Petit Parc which houses the smaller animals, a farm area (petting zoo) and a number of buildings where you can see various reptiles and behind-the-scenes work going on. Le Grand Parc has a large European plain where you can find the large grazers: European Bison, various breeds of deer, Polish ponies. In the surrounding woodlands around the Grand Parc, there are wild boar, Poitou mules and donkeys, Pyrenean Chamois to name but a few. La Forêt de Chizé is one of the few remaining areas of ancient forest that once covered much of France and Zoodyssée continues to work hard to preserve this environment and its native flora and fauna.

1 Review
  • Cleanliness: 9
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 9
  • Facilities: 9
  • Local Amenities: 7
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
9.5 / 10 Rich Broadley 7 August, 2017

John and Abi were fantastic hosts. They made us feel immediately welcome were always on hand throughout our stay. We enjoyed our stay in their rustic gite in this rural part of France immensely and would highly recommend to couple, groups of friends or families. We may very well return again next year!

Owner response

Many thanks for your kind comments, it was a pleasure to meet you and to have you stay here.

We hope to see you out here again in the future!

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