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 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).

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 for a small extra charge).


2 bbqs

Some recent comments from the Les Canards guestbook in 2016 and 17:

July 2016: "Another great holiday at Les Canards"
Aug 2016: "So well thought out, all our needs catered for.... Bikes and pool were a huge hit - what a beautiful place to be".
Aug 2016: "Great family holiday.... Enjoyed the swimming pool as it's been so hot".
Sept 2016. "Our third visit..... The houses and garden are, as ever, beautifully equipped and thoughtfully organised".
May 2017 "Clive & Beryl have made some improvements over the winter which we've appreciated"
June 2017 "A delightful 2 weeks in a well-equipped gite.....Would happily return again to the gite and area"
July 2017 "Our second stay at Les Canards - another lovely, relaxing week..... we loved every minute of our stay"




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 renters' 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

2 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 9.5
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 9.5
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 8.5
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 9.5
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.