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Violette can be booked with Marguerite for larger parties of up to twelve. See below...
This area is part of a sunny microclimate on the edge of Deux Sevres close to the Vendee border. Violette is a charming historic cottage that was part of the buildings on the estate of the Chateau de Fontenioux and is therefore built in the chateau style with slate roof and the windows framed in stone and brick. The many original features include an original fireplace, beams and an artisan crafted staircase with low-rise treads. The ceilings are higher than usually found in traditional cottages, although upstairs there are some quirky sloping areas with lower beams, all adding to the character. All modern amenities have been installed with sympathy for the historic nature of the building. The ground floor is open plan with a separate hallway where there is an extra sitting area, plus a further sitting area on the landing. There is a washing-machine in the hall cupboard.
Violette and Marguerite have a ground-floor connecting door and if booked together Violette can be used as a dining-room and Marguerite as a sitting-room. The combined weekly rental when booking both gites will be reduced by £30.
The fitted kitchen with dishwasher is to the rear of the open plan ground floor room. There is a bottled gas cooker with four burners and an oven, a fridge with freezer compartment and a microwave. A coffee machine, kettle and toaster are also supplied. There are ample supplies of crockery, cutlery and cooking equipment for six people. The dining table seats six can be adjusted in size to suit your requirements.
The living room is open plan with kitchen to the rear and a dining area. The very comfortable settee and chairs are in a traditional French style and there is also a window seat. A wood-burner is fitted in the traditional fireplace. Free logs 1 October to 1 May.
One double bedroom and two twin.
Two double bedrooms and one twin.
A single bed can be added to the double bedroom to accommodate 6 single people.
Please let us know what option you prefer.
All bedrooms have, a fan, oil-filled radiator, wardrobe, chest of drawers and a mirror with adjacent power point plus a hairdryer. All beds have a modern slatted base.
Two shower rooms.
There is a family shower room and an en suite shower-room for the double bedroom. They both have modern quadrant shower cubicles with choice of spray settings, hand held spray and adjustable body sprays. The family bathroom has a washbasin with pedestal and a WC. The en-suite has a vanity unit with inset washbasin and WC. Both have heated towel rails and UK shaver points to charge electric tooth-brushes.
There is an oil-filled electric radiator to each bedroom and for the colder months logs are supplied, 1 October to 1 May, for the wood-burner. Gas heaters are available on request.
There is a 32" tv with UK free-to-air UK satellite channels and there is a small tv/dvd player which can be used anywhere in the cottage. Ample books are provided plus a selection of dvds and board games.
Spacious sunny garden with attractive flower-beds.
The swimming pool with bespoke sun-deck, is heated from 1 May to 1 October. The pool is 9m x 4.5m and 1.2m deep throughout so suitable for all abilities and the approved security fencing with self-closing gate ensures safety for the little ones.
Barbecues, are available to guests with charcoal supplied.
The tree-stump play area has proved popular with all age-groups! There are swings for the children and small plastic play equipment for the younger ones. Wooden picnic tables plus a variety of sun-loungers and parasols, both in the garden and on the deck mean there is never any need for the dawn towel dash! There are also seating areas for a quiet read. A bistro set outside the cottage is ideal for an early coffee or a late glass of wine.
There is semi-shaded parking adjacent plus an extra parking area at the end of the drive. There is no restriction on the number of vehicles per property.
There are 2 secure clean, dry outhouse 'bike sheds' with canopy in front, that can also be used to store bike carriers, top-boxes etc.
All age groups have enjoyed their holiday here, including 3-generation family groups. Using both gites (connecting door on the ground floor) groups of up to 12 can get together. Violette is suitable for those who want a relaxing laid-back base for their holiday but there are many interesting, exciting, even strenuous activities and attractions within reach. The stairs have low rise treads and a substantial balustrade, so are easier for those with mobility problems.
This is an excellent area for cycling, walking, bird-watching, photography, painting and the local produce both food and drink. Parthenais steak is particularly recommended and in this apple-growing region there are many artisan ciders as well as wines to try.
Fans are supplied for each room.
A welcome pack of necessities (just let us know, red white or rose!) on arrival.
Washing machine in hall cupboard.
There is free secure storage for bicycles and top boxes etc.
Cots, highchairs, baby baths, stair-gates are available, please ask when booking.
We supply all linen: the usual bedding (king-size duvets for double) plus a flat sheet and throw for each bed.
We supply all towels: hand towels, tea towels, oven mitts and two generous towels plus pool towel per person - no more throwing the soggy towel in the car after that last swim!
Standard departure time is 11:00 am - just pop the breakfast pots in the dishwasher.
There is a covered outside area where smoking is permitted.
For the cooler months: logs are supplied for the wood-burner (1 Oct. - 1 May) plus gas heaters available if required. An oil filled radiator to each bedroom. Of course there are heated towel radiators to each shower-room.
Covered drying area.
We moved to France in autumn 2012, having "burnt our boats" in England. We had sold our house, wound up our loft conversion business and set off, homeless for a new adventure in a new country. We needed somewhere to use our skills rather than our fortune, but ended up somewhere that needed both! but we have never regretted our decision. We so enjoy meeting new guests and seeing them unwind and enjoy their holiday here.
|Year property purchased||2012|
|Why this location?||We fell in love with this property the first time we saw it, everything we wanted in such a lovely setting, but was it pie in the sky? Fate conspired to make it possible for us buy it and move in on Christmas Eve, so that we could wake up here Christmas morning, sentimental old fools that we are. It is quiet and secluded and yet only 5 minutes away from the village by car or 20 minutes walk. We see rabbits playing tag up and down our lane and an occasional deer. There are so many birds singing and butterflies we have never seen before. It is so easy to relax with the slower pace of life, who needs the rat race?|
|Unique benefits of property||Our property is a peaceful rural retreat in the lovely Gatine countryside for a relaxing holiday away from it all. However there are many attractions just a short ride away so your holiday can be as restful or exciting and energetic as you want. The buildings belonged to the Chateau de Fontenioux (now sadly no more) and built in the chateau style with beams and high ceilings (although some upstairs ceilings are a little quirky!) and original fireplaces. So you can live history with all modern conveniences installed in sympathy with the historic setting.
The village is only 20 minutes walk or 5 minutes drive away with an excellent boulangerie, where you will also find many corner shop items including wine. We can also particularly recommend La Petite Noisette bar restaurant a little further into the village.
Very picturesque town full of history. The tourist information centre provide walking maps to do your own tour and discover many interesting buildings and information. The aquarium is fantastic and has many interactive activities for the children.
A cycle route from Ouistreham in Normandy to La Rochelle via Saumur in the Loire Valley, through the Thouet valley and passing through the lovely historic town of Parthenay, only 23 km from us. There are various stages to pick and choose from if you are not feeling too energetic and there are well signposted local "loops". There are many historic towns, meandering rivers and spectacular countryside along the route. More details on: www.cycling.lavelofrancette.com
There are also many local routes to cycle in the picturesque countryside and pretty villages with plenty of places to stop off for a coffee or a spot of lunch.
Futuroscope at Poitiers is very popular for all ages, this futuristic theme park has something for everyone. In fact we are regularly informed the adults enjoy it just as much as the children. There are usually vouchers in the 'Deux Sevres' magazine (local news and information in English) provided in your gite.
This historic theme park was voted the world's best park in 2014. It is an experience not to be missed. Best to book tickets on their website (check for special offers) in advance of your holiday.
A lively town with restaurants, bars and a great atmosphere and there is often street theatre in the evenings. During the summer various festivals take place, notably jazz and comedy. The medieval part of town is well worth a wonder round the narrow streets with half-timbered buildings and ancient bridges. There are picture postcard views from the ramparts perched above the Thouet river.
Beach on a lake at Xanton-Chassenon with all the usual beach and water based activities. Sandy beach, swimming area, waterslide, playground and bouncy castle plus pedalos and electric boats to hire.
The "Green Venice" is the second largest wetland of western France with over 300km of cycle and walking paths. Take a boat ride on a tourist boat, hire a boat or canoe yourself. Coulon is a good place to start exploring, they have little road train tour. Marans is the capital of the Marais Poitevin - and you may have heard that name before, apparently James Bond is a fan of the dark brown eggs from Marans hens!
The forest area has many marked footpaths and picnic areas plus 14 cycle routes. The Vendee and Mere rivers meander through the forest and a number of dams have resulted in spectacular stretches of lake. There is Natur'Zoo with watersports and tree top trails and there is also the Parc de Pierre Brune adventure park. Vouvant is one of the "Plus Beaux Villages de France" and also home to the legend of the fairy Melusine who is said to have built many castles and fortresses, each in only one night. After checking out the Tour Melusine pop in to the Cafe Cour du Miracle for a coffee and some yummy cake.
For the second year running our cycling group enjoyed the ample facilities on offer at Le Fontenioux. I used to live in the region so know it well and we had no second thoughts about coming back and staying at Trevor and Barbara's twin gites. The adjoining properties, by opening up and sharing the communal areas, allowed us to comfortably accommodate our large party around a single large dining table and a single warm and cosy lounge. Trevor and Barbara are always available to provide even the smallest of little extra items needed, including Barbara's own herbs and spices for our barbecue (all equipment provided)! I would have no hesitation to recommend these gites to larger groups like ours requiring extra space.
Opening most days of the week, the local boulangerie in Vernoux served us well. Good supermarket facilities are just up the road in Secondigny, and local minimarket shops also in L'Absie.
There are lots of lunch and dinner options in the surrounding area, including Parthenay, Le Tallud, L'Absie, Vernoux, and Le Beugnon, as well as places further afield which we enjoyed at the lake restaurant at Mervent and on the Breche square in Niort. I would also recommend a visit to La Chagnee at St Aubin Le Cloud.
Thank you Jim for your lovely review of our accommodation and the area. We so enjoyed having your cycling group here and look forward to seeing you all again next year. It is our aim for all our guests to have a good holiday and it is so rewarding when we see everybody enjoying themselves.