2 bedroom holiday gite in Poitou Charentes

Massais (11km from Thouars), Deux Sèvres, Poitou Charentes Reference: PS004453 Advertiser since: 21 December 2015
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La Maison Lierre Gite Self Catering Saturday 2 6 1 Single beds can be added to each bedroom

About this property

Beautiful Self Catering Gite Set in 1 Acre Grounds. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

The gite is accessed from the longère driveway, the front door leads into a fully equipped kitchen area containing all modern conveniences, and a family sized dining table.
In the lounge, sink into our comfortable corner sofa and relax with the 32” television, UK Sky free to air channels, 19 French channels and built in dvd player, a separate cd/radio and usb charging points are also provided.
The first double bedroom has 1 Queen bed and 1 Single bed and benefits from excellent natural light, with a private doorway leading to the front of the property.
The second double bedroom has 1 Double bed and 1 Single bed, it retains its fantastic oak beams and natural stone walls. The room was historically used for wine making and the original wine press and collection tank have been lovingly restored and are still in place. This room also benefits from its own private doorway that leads into the front garden of the property.
A fully renovated toilet and shower room provides everything you need.
A small gym completes the gite equipped with a cross trainer, weights bench and multi-gym and is accessed from the hallway ensuring you will have everything you need for a relaxing and enjoyable stay.
All rooms are individually heated and thermostatically controlled so even in the winter you can cosy up and enjoy longère living.

Arrival can be on any day, we offer two night stays upwards. Please ask if you dont see what you are looking for and we will do our best to accommodate you.



Kitchen and dining

Kitchen/diner area, fully equipped kitchen.

Living rooms

Comfortable lounge area with corner seating providing free to air UK Sky tv and a selection of TNT French tv channels


The Gite has 2 large bedrooms,

Bedroom 1 has a Queen bed and Single bed.

Bedroom 2 has a Double bed and a Single bed, both rooms are supplied with quality linen.

The second bedroom has fantastic exposed oak beams and the original wine press has been restored and retained as a feature of the room.

Although there is space for you to add your own baby cot if required there is no facility for extra beds to be added to either room.


Completely renovated for the 2016 season with all new fittings including a large walk in shower.

Towels are supplied for the duration of your stay, complimentary shower gel and hand soap also supplied


Each room has independent thermostatically controlled heating so you can set each room to your preference.


Free to air UK Sky tv, TNT French channels, dvd player, cd and radio, usb charging points.

Garden and outside

The Gite is set in the 1 acre grounds of the owners Longere, guests have access to all of the grounds.

There is a large pond with 200 plus goldfish, this area is fenced and the gate has two bolts so it is safe for children, fish feeding is around 7pm in summer, great fun for the kids if they wish to have a go. We also have chickens in this area.

There are terrace and patio areas with seating and barbecue facilities are provided, we encourage guests to utilise all of the garden areas.

Home grown seasonal fresh vegetables and eggs available for guests to purchase.

Parking and garages

Secure parking within the grounds, undercover parking also available for your classic car or bike.

Visitor suitability

Suitable for couples, families with children

Information about any additional facilities

We offer a selection of 5 set three course dinner menus for guests to choose from, meals and drinks can be served in the Gite or on the rear covered terrace during fine weather.

Please refer to the menus located in the Gite and make arrangements directly with Clare on a daily basis.


  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Meals


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Thouars
Distance: 11 km


Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Black bass, carp, trout
Name of nearest fishing location: Pescalis
Distance: 52 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: Golf Club du Bocage Bressuirais
Distance: 28 km


Organic produce/dining

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: Route Des Vinobles en val de Loire


Name/number of nearest marked trail: Massais Trail

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Domaine Des Trahan
Distance: 5 km

About the Owner, Mr Steven Grimstead

We left the UK in 2008, emigrating to Australia, working there for 7 years and gaining our Australian Citizenships. Life in Australia was excellent but after seven years we felt we needed a new adventure. We decided to quit our jobs, sell up, take a huge risk and go looking for somewhere special in France where we could live 'the good life'. <br/>We spent several months looking for properties online whilst in Australia and then three weeks in Deux-Sevres before finding our beautiful home.

Year property purchased 2015
Why this location? With at least 2,600 hours of sunshine a year, the department of Deux Sevres is second only to the South of France as the sunniest area of France.<br/>This warm and gentle micro-climate in a rural setting of fields and forests, lakes and rivers makes Deux Sevres an ideal holiday destination for those who enjoy all kinds of outside pursuits such as walking, cycling, fishing and horse riding, and offers amazing experiences no matter the season. We are ideally situated for anyone wanting to sample and enjoy the 'degustation de vin', the local wines from the nearby vineyards of Domain Des Trahan, Bouvet Ladubay and Saumur, travel along the wine trail or visit the fabulous chateaux including Saumur, Chinon, Azay-le-Rideau and many more. The market town of Thouars is located just 8 kms away and boasts the best Friday market in the department.<br/>For those wanting a little more action there are many attractions nearby including Chateaux, Zoos, Go Karting, Puy De Fou, Futurescope and lots more.
Unique benefits of property La Maison Lierre is located on the outskirts of the village providing views over rolling fields and woodland, nestled within a quiet hamlet, and only a 10 minute walk to the village of Massais. The village offers a shop, a café, a bar, a grocery store and post office all under one roof.<br/>Recently refurbished to a high standard the self-contained Gite is separately situated within the grounds of the owner’s longère and can comfortably sleep 4-6 people. <br/>La Maison Lierre has a wonderful garden area with outdoor furniture, and a barbecue for our guests to use. Set in 1 acre of land and adjacent to open countryside, the property is ideal for those who enjoy walking and cycling, or just relaxing with a good book.<br/>Our free range chickens provide fresh eggs and we grow seasonal fruit and vegetables in our plot, both are available for visitors to purchase. This combined with food from the local shop or market means staying in is a real treat. <br/>

The Owner Recommends

Chateaux and Other Places of Interest

Saumur Chinon Azay-le-Rideau Rivau Fortevraud-l Abbaye (Abbey) Breze Montreuil-Bellay Brissac Angers Oiron Richelieu Parc Oriental Gardens


Futuristic theme park with 3D & 4D cinemas, motion simulators & high-tech, multimedia attractions. Futuroscopes attractions are all based around the senses and in particular, our sense of vision. Very few of them operate height restrictions, so young and old can share the experiences. The attraction offers unlimited parking for motorists and only closes in January. It is located in the department of Vienne, 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) north of Poitiers, on the territory of the communes of Chasseneuil-du-Poitou and Jaunay-Clan. The park had 1.826 million visitors in 2010. In total, 40 million visitors have been to the park since it opened in 1987.

International Karting Circuit of Val d'Argenton

The outdoor track 1284 meters long and 8 meters wide is very fast and technical. It is considered the best in Europe. Open all year. From Wednesday to Friday from 10am to 12pm and from 14h to 18h; 9am weekend to 12pm and 14pm to 18pm. July and August open non stop 7/7 from 10h to 19h. €15 for 10 minutes, €75 for 1 hour


Moncontour village is a gem hidden amongst a sea of sunflowers and melon fields. A pretty, historical village on the border of Vienne and Deux Sevres - said to be the second sunniest area in France - Moncontour offers nature, culture, history and all the activities you could wish for. Watched over protectively by its 11th century donjon, Moncontour has a water sports lake and is surrounded by branches of the River Dive and beautiful forest and riverside walks. Some of the sights and activities Moncontour dungeon Lake of Moncontour Brasserie de Le Gare de Moncontour Teleski Nautique Moncontour

Parc de la Vallée

Family park from 2 years old. More than 25 attractions for the whole family. Water area - picnic - shaded area - Entertainment cowboy (July-August).

Parc Zoologique de Doue-la-Fontaine

Zoo based in a prehistoric sedimentary rock quarry, focused on natural habitats for the animals. Deeply involved in the conservation of endangered species, Bioparc is the initiator of nature projects aimed at protecting the natural environment and the species that live there. The park covers an area of fourteen hectares and is home to almost 1000 animals (nearly 500 birds) belonging to 100 species

Puy du Fou

Puy du Fou is a historical theme park in Les Epesses in the heart of the Vendee region of Western France. The park brings in some 1.5 million visitors every year, making it the fourth most popular attraction in France after Disneyland Paris. It started in 1978 as an open-air amateur dramatics night where volunteers in the grounds of a ruined castle re-enacted the bloody history of the Vendee in western France. It has become one of the countrys biggest success stories. Its trademark is spectacular history extravaganza shows, where thousands of actors and animals recreate high drama, from Roman gladiators to King Arthur, with mind-blowing special effects.


The historic town is located between the Loire and Thouet rivers, and is surrounded by the vineyards of Saumur itself, Chinon, Bourgueil, Coteaux du Layon, etc. Which produce some of France's finest wines. Visit the towns imposing chateau overlooking the Loire, stop at a vineyard, or just wander the medieval streets for a perfect break. Some of the sights and activities Musee des Blindes Cadre Noir Kayaking and Canoeing Pierre et Lumiere Wine Tours and Tastings

Thouars Friday Market

Reported as the best market in the department, fresh produce, clothes, household items as well as indoor market specialising in fish, meats and cheeses. Thouars is one of those pretty French towns that few people have ever heard of... It has many beautiful old houses and streets, a wonderful chateau, a lovely river, Thouars is just off the tourist track - and that is part of its charm. Visitors do come into town during the summer months from more popular areas for the renowned Friday Market but otherwise the place is almost a tourist-free zone. However, it is a really good place to use as a base. Situated between the larger towns of Saumur and Poitiers, Thouars is a perfect setting-off point for visiting the Loire Valley, the Limousin, The Poitou Maritime region and the Vendee, the roads are comparatively quiet, parking is plentiful (and free) and you get a sense that you are seeing the real France. Very few people speak English but are very friendly and welcoming. Some of the sights and activities The castle of the Dukes of La Tremoille Church of Saint-Laone (12th century) Church of St. Medard (15th century) The Neo-Gothic Chapel of Joan of Arc Henri-Barre museum