Large property with pool near hamlet of Lage - PS004564

Messe (8km from Couhe), Deux Sèvres, Poitou Charentes Reference: PS004564 Advertiser since: 2 February 2016
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Les Canards Self Catering Saturday 4 9 4 Cot provided

About this property

Charming Rural Holiday Rental with Heated Pool. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

The dog-friendly accommodation consists of 2 houses, 5 metres apart, rented as a single property (both houses are included in the price), in a secluded garden with a heated pool. They are situated near the small hamlet of Lage, close to Vanzay, Lezay and Couhé, which provide a good selection of shops, bars and restaurants.

Over half of our bookings come from guests who have stayed with us previously. Many tell us that they return because the property is, quite simply, the best equipped of any they have stayed in ever. We provide a range of bicycles, table tennis, beach games etc.; there are 2 bbqs in different areas. The large (9x5) alarmed pool has Roman steps at the shallow end, to facilitate safe entry by children and the elderly and it is heated by an ecologically friendly air-sourced heat pump. Summers in this region are typically very warm, but of course it can rain. For those days we provide indoor games, internet, tv, satellite (tuned to UK stations), dvds and - books!

Because the area is so unspoiled, there are many wild animals that you will enjoy seeing. You are almost certain to come across deer, hare, loir (edible dormice) and birds of prey, but you may also see beech marten, little owl and the occasional stone curlew!

In summary, we offer:

Heated swimming pool (heated from 1st June to 30th September).

Pool-house comprising shower, wc and kitchen area adjacent to pool

Vast sitting and dining area beside pool

Separate dining areas also in the open air.

Free Broadband internet access and free phone calls to fixed phone lines in UK, France and other countries.

Bed linen, hand and bath towels provided. (Beach towels also available upon request).


2 bbqs

Some recent comments from the Les Canards guestbook in 2018:

June 2018: "Thanks as ever Clive and Beryl for providing such an excellent holiday home from home!"
June 2018: "Magnifique. Que du bonheur. Merci".
July 2018: "Our 2nd visit here and just as delightful as last year......Thank you again for your wonderful holiday home".
August 2018: "Merci pour cet agréable sejour aux Canards…..La maison, ainsi que tous les services proposés ont été très apprécié - la piscine et le jardin sont également très agréables. En définitive, nous sommes très contents de notre séjour dans votre maison, nous y reviendrons avec plaisir".
August 2018: "Wonderful stay. Boys loved the pool. Had everything we needed. Amazing star gazing at night. We hope to return. Merci!"
Sept 2018: "Wonderful holiday-home & pool made a perfect break! Hope to come back soon!".




Kitchen and dining

One very well equipped kitchen, plus additional kitchen with gas-fired cooker in annexe, plus a further kitchenette in the "pool house" for outdoor eating

Living rooms

Large lounge with 4 sofas, satellite tv, dvd. Additional large dining room seating capacity at table for 10 people plus baby seat. supplementary lounge/dining area with capacity for 4 people at dining table in annexe.


4 bedrooms: Large main bedroom with large double bed, additional single bed. Second bedroom with twin beds, mezzanine area with double bed. Large twin bedroom in annexe.


Shower/ bathroom on first floor of main house. Separate wc.
Large shower room / wc on ground floor.
Shower room in annexe with separate wc. Further wc en suite in annexe
Shower / wc in pool house beside pool.


Large wood burner in main dining room, further wood burner in annexe.
Open log fire in main lounge.


Satellite tv, dvd broadband internet, various music players, free telephone calls to fixed lines

Garden and outside

Large area of secluded grass, with shady area for outdoor eating, metal country table and chairs for 9 people. "Hangar" covered outdoor area with BBQ, bench seats and table sufficient for 10 people.
Heated pool in separate fenced area
Covered pergola with hard wood table, outdoor chairs for 9 people. Bbq.
Pool side furniture, with 4 reclining beds
Separate "pool house", with kitchen, shower and wc
Games room with table tennis.
Selection of bicycles offered at no charge at renter's own risk.

Parking and garages

Ample parking space for 4 cars

Visitor suitability

Ideally suited to extended families, e.g grandparents who want to share a holiday but retain a degree of independence
Not suitable for disabled

Information about any additional facilities

Free telephone calls to fixed line numbers in UK, France, and many other European and other countries


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Pets welcomed *

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Private pool

* Vet details: +33 549 592040 3 Place Pierre et Marie Curie, Couhe –



Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Various
Name of nearest fishing location: Couhe
Distance: 8 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr Clive Jecks

We live in Surrey, occasionally with our grown-up children when they return home.<br/><br/>We spend most of our holidays in France, where we have made many friends and really enjoy the peace and tranquility of the area. We take a great deal of pride in the positive feedback we receive - and in fact over 50% of our reservations are repeat bookings from guests who have stayed with us before, in some cases many times over, and loved the experience.

Year property purchased 2000
Why this location? This is the undiscovered jewel of France, boasting sunshine hours second only to the Mediterranean and with flat, peaceful countryside that lends itself perfectly to cycling. (We supply bicycles). Even in the rush hour, you rarely see any vehicles.
Unique benefits of property The property benefits from a truly secluded position. We are surrounded by fields and both the house and the annex, with the extensive grounds and the swimming pool are all in one secluded, discreet location, all of which is supplied as part of the rental.
A key point that our guests often write about is that the houses are very well equipped with the sort of things you would not normally expect in a rental: decent sharp knives, torches 2 bbqs, etc. The result is that some of our repeat guests describe the property as their "home from home".

The Owner Recommends

Local amenities

Local amenities
Futuroscope Theme Park
for children and adults alike – a good day out with the latest cinema technology

Green Venice (Marais Poitevin).
A lovely area of canals the other side of Niort (under 1 hour), dug by Dutch workmen in the 18th Century using spades! Now a relaxing ride on rented punts, with or without a driver!

Coast and beaches West coast
La Rochelle and Ile de Re are around 1.5 hours’ drive from Les Canards

Swimming Lake
Les Iles de Payre – 10 km north of Couhe

Canoeing Vivonne – Very pretty canoe/river ride – great fun but very dependent on water levels in the river

Vallee des Singes
Open air monkey park – highly recommended – signposted from Couhe

Geants du Ciel
Superb outdoor, large bird aviary and show in Chauvigny

Velo Rail Chauvigny.
Cycling on a railway car through the French countryside with spectacular views

Two covered and two outdoor courts in Couhe

Riding Try this site for a variety of riding experiences

Two other sites you might try for places to visit and “what’s on” are:

© Holiday France Direct 2017

4 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 9.8
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 9.8
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 9.3
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 9.8
10 / 10 MancFranc 12 September, 2019

Very enjoyable fortnight at Les Canards. Party varied between 4 and 8 so made full use of both houses but lucky with weather so poolside dining throughout. Well organised kitchen and very handy to have sinks, fridge and mini kitchen by pool. Photos of property gave an accurate picture as did written description. Owner more than happy to answer any questions.

Would happily holiday again. Only word of caution for booking is to check that room configuration suits your party. The one large double room has an additional single bed and a very low beam. Only other double bed is on mezzanine floor. It was fine for us and all beds were comfortable.

House was well maintained and well equipped. Lots of games and very comfortable living area with TV although not used during our trip.

Whilst nicely remote the surrounding towns and villages had good supermarkets and street markets. Several restaurants and bars in nearest town and good range of restaurants within a 30 minute drive.

All in all loved the property and the region. Hope to visit again and book earlier to get a cabin on Caen ferry. Great to dock in Caen by 7 and be in Poitou Charante by early afternoon but better with more sleep on ferry

Owner response

Thanks very much for the kind words Rob and we were delighted to hear that you had a good time. Hope to welcome you back in the future. Clive & Beryls

10 / 10 George and Alex B 12 August, 2019

This was our third year staying at Les Canards and it has never disappointed us. The gîte is extremely well equipped with all home comforts.
Having two young children in the party means lots of time in the pool where the whole family can spend time either in the water or sat in the shade of the pergola.
The owners are very friendly and hospitable without being intrusive.
We would recommend this property to anyone wanting a relaxing holiday in the lovely French countryside.
There are places of interest not too far away and good local markets.

Owner response

George, Alex. Thank you very much for the kind words. It was a real pleasure seeing you and the family again and we hope to welcome you back in the future. Clive & Beryl

9.5 / 10 Duncan Langley 12 June, 2017

This is the 1st time I could honestly say that everything we needed was present at a holiday rental. On top of that a lovely pool, beautiful remote setting and relaxing country walks with the dog.
When I raised a couple of minor issues with Clive (the owner) things were resolved immediately without fuss.
I would recommend this to anyone looking for a country retreat and would certainly return myself.

Owner response

Thanks for the kind comments Duncan. It was good to meet you and the family.

10 / 10 Bev B 19 August, 2016

Brilliant, obviously a great deal of thought has been put into the property to provide every type of facility.
would highly recommend.

Owner response

Thanks very much for the kind comments, Bev.