Lovely cottage in Poitou Charentes to let

Vernoux-en-Gatine (26km from Parthenay), Deux Sèvres, Poitou Charentes Reference: PS004178_B Advertiser since: 1 June 2015

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Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
Marguerite Self Catering 3 6 2

About this property

Historic cottage set in beautiful Gatine countryside. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Marguerite can be booked with Violette for larger parties of up to twelve, please see below...

This area is part of a sunny microclimate on the edge of Deux Sevres, close to the border with the Vendée. Set in the beautiful Gatine countryside, Marguerite is a charming cottage with beamed ceilings and many original features from its days as part of the estate of the Chateau de Fontenioux, which was unfortunately taken down in 1952. All modern amenities have been installed in a sympathetic manner in order to keep the infinite character of the cottage. The open plan ground floor features a spiral staircase up to the quirky first floor with 3 bedrooms. There are 2 shower rooms. one on the ground floor (handy when dashing from the pool) and another on the first floor.

Both Gites
Marguerite and Violette have a ground-floor connecting door, so if the properties are booked together then Marguerite can be used as a sitting-room and Violette as a dining-room. When booking both gites the combined weekly price will be reduced by £20. Any other offers can then be applied.



Kitchen and dining

The fitted kitchen with dishwasher is to the rear of the open plan ground-floor. Bottled gas cooker, fridge with freezer compartment and microwave are provided. There is also a coffee machine, kettle and toaster. Ample utensils, ovenware, crockery and cutlery are provided for six people and the dining table seats six.

Living rooms

The open plan living room has a traditional fire-place with wood-burner for the winter months (logs supplied 1 October - 1 May). There is a very comfortable settee and chairs plus a 'cosy corner' L-shaped seat. The feature spiral staircase rises from the living room to the first floor.


There are three bedrooms, two twin and one double. All bedrooms have a wardrobe and chest of drawers plus a mirror with power point adjacent and a hairdryer. All beds have slatted bases. There is a fan and oil-filled radiator to each bedroom.


Two shower-rooms
There is one shower-room on the ground-floor and one on the first-floor. Both have a modern quadrant shower cubicle with choice of sprays, hand-held spray and body sprays. The ground-floor shower-room has a vanity unit with inset washbasin and WC. The first-floor shower-room has a washbasin over a bathroom cupboard and WC. Both shower-rooms have electric towel radiators and UK shaver-points to charge electric tooth-brushes.

There is a washing machine in the ground-floor shower-room.


Electric oil-filled radiators in each bedroom and logs are supplied for the wood-burner in the winter months (1 October - 1 May). Gas heaters are available on request.


A 32" tv is wall mounted in the living-room, with UK free-to-air satellite channels and a smaller TV style DVD player can be used anywhere in the property. Ample books are supplied plus a selection of DVDs and board games.

Garden and outside

The garden covers a large area with plenty of room for letting off steam, but also seating areas and flower beds. The swimming pool is heated from 1 May to 1 October. The oval pool is 9m x 4.5m and is 1.2m deep throughout so suitable to all ages and abilities. It is surrounded by a bespoke timber sun-deck and the approved security fencing with self-closing gate ensures safety for our younger guests. There are picnic tables and plenty of loungers and parasols, both in the garden and on the deck, plus a bistro set outside each of the two gites. For the young (and not-so-young) there is the tree stump play area, swings and small plastic play equipment for the little ones. Barbecues are provided with free charcoal.

Parking and garages

There is semi-shaded parking adjacent plus extra parking at the bottom of the drive. There no restrictions 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 for storage of bike carriers, top-boxes etc.

Visitor suitability

All age-groups including three-generation family groups have had happy holidays in Marguerite. Groups of up to 12 can meet up when booking both gites, there is a ground-floor connecting door. It is a quiet rural location suitable for a relaxing, get-away-from-it-all holiday base but there are interesting, exciting and adventurous attractions, all within easy reach. There is an attractive spiral staircase, accessible to most people it may not be best for those with reduced mobility (our other gite Violette has a very gentle rise traditional staircase) Assistance with baggage will be offered.

Information about any additional facilities

All rooms have a fan.
A welcome pack of necessities (just let us know, red, white or rose!) on arrival.
Washing machine in ground-floor shower-room.
FREE wi-fi
All linen provided: all the usual for beds (king-size duvet for double) plus flat sheet and throw for each bed.
All towels provided: including hand towels, tea towels, oven mitts, two generous towels and pool towels per person. Have a last swim and leave the soggy towel behind!
Standard departure time is 11:00 am - just pop the breakfast pots go 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 October - 1 May), gas heaters on request, plus an filled radiator to each bedroom. Of course there is a heated towel radiator in each shower-room.
Covered drying area.


  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Shared pool



Fishing nearby

Species of fish: carp
Name of nearest fishing location: Pescalis nature reserve and fishing centre
Distance: 18 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Les Ecuries du Saumort, Saumort, 79160 La Chapelle Thireuil
Distance: 12 km


Name/number of nearest marked trail: Mervent-Vouvent Forest with miles of marked trails and picnic areas. On the other hand its a very nice 20 min walk to the boulangerie


About the Owner, Mr Trevor Robson

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.

The Owner Recommends

La Rochelle

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.

Cycle "La Velo Francette"

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:

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.

Puy du Fou

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.

Lac de Chassenon

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.

Marais Poitevin

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 Mervent-Vouvant Forest: walking, cycling, adventure

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.

1 Review
  • Cleanliness: 9
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 9
  • Local Amenities: 10
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
9.7 / 10 Readers 21 August, 2017

Situated in the rural area of Vernoux-en-Gatine away from the hustle of everyday life sits the ‘les gites de Fonenioux’, two lovely self catering gites that offer both peace and tranquillity. For the second year running our family & friends chose to stay in both and again received a warm welcome from both Barbara and Trevor. The gites are a great base to either chill in the spacious gardens or by the pool, or for exploring the local villages, markets and chateaus. Of which there are plenty. As a keen road cyclist the local roads are very good and it’s easy to plan your own great rides, depending how adventurous you’re feeling. With also the Vendee region not far away there are several good family routes using the ‘Green’ Vendee Velo cycle way.
As a family we all look forward to returning again.

Owner response

Thank you for your lovely review. We so enjoyed having you all here, enjoying yourselves in the pool and playing games on the 'playing field'. We look forward to seeing you again next year.

Trevor and Barbara

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