|Les Glycines Gite||Self Catering||Flexible||4||8||2||Additional cots available|
Les Glycines Gite, the largest of our 3 gites, is named after the Wisteria draped along the front and comfortably sleeps 8+ cots.This makes it an excellent and cost-effective choice for larger families or 2 families holidaying together.
Set in 2 acres of land within rolling countryside near the village of L'Absie in one of the sunniest regions in France - Poitou Charentes.
Located in a peaceful, sheltered valley in the little hameau of Les Jincheres, our 3 gites, all have excellent views over the woods and countryside and are south facing.
Poitou Charentes (now Nouvelle-Aquitaine) is the second sunniest region in France, with between 2000 and 2600 hours of sunshine each year. In spring we enjoy the freshness of the countryside and the beautiful chorus of birdsong. Summer can be hot - but we have plenty of shade and our lovely pool to cool down in. The autumn is usually very warm, bright and dry with small butterflies still feeding on the wild thyme in late October. All year round, you will enjoy the truly peaceful surroundings and our rich wildlife. Out-of-season short breaks are available and we can then also offer this gite, at a discounted rate for groups of 4 - 6 people. Please contact us direct.
We have a flexible arrival day for most of the year - please note that arrival day in July and August is a Saturday.
Special Offers: 5% discount for 2 week bookings, 5% discount for booking 2 of our gites, Les Glycines and either La Roche or Les Petites Pierres, 10% for booking all 3 of our gites for that special family holiday. We ask for a 25% deposit , with the balance (minus the Quickbook booking deposit of £34 paid to HFD) and fully refundable security deposit payable 8 weeks prior to arrival. All of these details will be on our booking form.
At around 77km west of Poitiers and 41km north of Niort and close to the Vendee border, we are in an Ideal location for sightseeing, nature-watching, walking,cycling,fishing and golf.
An excellent base for exploring the Atlantic Coast, La Rochelle, Futuroscope, Puy du Fou, Marais Poitevin and the Pescalis fishing complex.
We are easily accessible from a number of ferry ports (eg St Malo 291km) airports (eg La Rochelle 89km) and the TGV (Niort 38km).
There is plenty of space on-site to just play and relax.
We pride ourselves on our well-equipped, clean gites our numerous facilities, and a warm welcome. All to make your holiday that special one.
The large kitchen/diner comfortably seats 8 plus highchairs. It has an electric oven with gas hob, dishwasher, fridge-freezer, microwave, washing machine, coffee-machine, 4 slice toaster and electric kettle. There is a larder and a traditional carved French crockery cupboard (vaisselier). Generously equipped with kitchenware, crockery and glassware, the kitchen has its own front door.
There is an iron, ironing board, hair dryer and cleaning items in the hall cupboards.
The spacious lounge (34 sqm) has 2 large windows, beams and a woodburner. There are comfortable sofas and armchairs, 2 coffee-tables, plus a desk and chair (perfect for writing those postcards) and a small child's bench seat (containing some toys) and table. There is a tv (Freesat), cd/dvd player, radio, and a very large selection of books and games. We supply an information pack containing many suggestions for 'Days Out' and detailed maps of local amenities and walks.
The stairs from the large lounge lead to one twin bedroom and one double bedroom with panelled ceiling and traditional French bed, both with views to the woods. From the hall the stairs lead to one double wood-panelled bedroom with traditional French bed with views over the woods and one bedroom with bunk beds, overlooking the wildflower maze to the rear. There are safety stairgates at the top of both sets of stairs.
One shower room is accessed via the hall stairs. It has a wc, washbasin, heated towel rail, shaver socket. This one is paired with the wood-panelled double bedroom and the bunk bedroom.
The other is accessed via the stairs from the lounge and has a wc, washbasin, heated towel rail and shaver point. Paired with the oak floored double bedroom and the twin bedroom. This makes Les Glycines perfect for 2 families/groups.
There is a large woodburner in the lounge (we supply the wood).
With a combination of free-standing convector heaters, oil filled radiators and wall mounted heaters in the bedrooms and kitchen/diner. In the bathrooms there are wall mounted heated towel rails.
There is a Freesat tv with dvd player - and a small library of dvds available.
A radio/cd player. A very good selection of family boardgames. Playing cards. A huge bookshelf with a wide range of fiction, non-fiction and childrens books. There is also a small childs bench seat with a selection of toys.
Across the chemin are 2 private dining/sitting areas for Les Glycines, with tables, chairs and a bbq.
Set in a superb sheltered sun trap, surrounded by woodland views, is the large shared pool (9m x 4.6 m x 1.2m deep) which has a spacious sun deck, is securely fenced and gated and has loungers, chairs and parasols for relaxing and sunbathing.There is a paddling pool and some pool toys. The pool is covered at night, to preserve its temperature with daily opening and cleaning undertaken by ourselves and is open from May until October.
At the top of the site is our large fully-equipped games field for football, table tennis and badminton.There is a boules court, croquet lawn, our 3-tiered potager and our wildflower meadow maze and you can "Meet Our Chickens" in their enclosure.
We have 3 adult bikes available and there are many interesting walks right on our doorstep for which we have maps/guides.
Plenty of space for guests to be active and relax in the glorious French countryside
There is plenty of on-site parking available.
There is a very small quiet lane in front of our 3 gites, with only La Poste and a couple of neighbours passing each day.
Suitable for all ages. Guests with restricted mobility should be aware that, due to our valley location, all our gites have small steps on the ground floors and the pool and games field are accessible via steps.
Sorry, but as we have two senior cats (Merlot and Muscat - 17 years old) and 6 hens, we cannot accommodate any pets.
There is free wi-fi on site.
A change of bed linen is provided with 2 week bookings-which also attract a 5% discount.
We can supply cots, cot mattresses (including protectors), highchairs, babybath, changing mat, potty and childrens plastic cutlery and crockery.
Whilst we supply hand and tea-towels, we do ask that guests bring their own pool towels. Bath towels are available at 15€ for 4 towels per week.
In season, restaurants for organic fruit and vegetables and delicious eggs from our own hens are available at a small cost.During July/August,there is a daily delivery service,by order (exc Mondays) of delicious local artisan freshly baked baguettes,croissants & pain aux chocolat.
There are 3 adult bikes that can be used to explore our quiet country lanes.
We have a number of items which are available on request - a croquet set, boules set, beach parasol,detailed maps and guidebooks
Living on site we are very happy to advise on the most popular tourist attractions and book rest
We previously ran our own small businesses in the UK and were looking for a new challenge in a wonderful location. We live on-site and are happy to advise on places to visit and eat. We are here to make your holiday as enjoyable as possible.
|Year property purchased||2010|
|Why this location?||As soon as you get out of your car you can feel the peace and tranquility of this location. Our beautiful valley is edged with woods and a small stream and there is always birdsong. Yet, we are only 5km from the small town of l'Absie which has all amenities. Bars, restaurants, supermarket( with fuel station), boulangerie, newsagent, post office etc.
The climate is warmer south of the Loire and the architecture is welcoming and warm.
|Unique benefits of property||You have a large amount of safe space to play and relax including the 9m x 4.6m shared pool with sun-trap terrace, a fully-equipped games field (football, badminton, table tennis), croquet lawn, boules court, potager, wildflower maze and our entertaining cheese-loving chickens all set in our wonderful location. There are lovely walks right on our doorstep.
There are so many easily accessible popular tourist attractions and places to explore within a short distance - Puy du Fou, Futuroscope, La Rochelle, Marais Poitevin, beaches (e.g. La Tranche), historic towns ( e.g. Parthenay), beautiful villages (Vouvant etc), vibrant cities (e.g.Niort), local lakes for swimming and other water-based activities, fishing, karting, adventure parks, beauty spots..
We have around a dozen lovely restaurants within a 15km area, and some traditional local markets where you can try out delcious local cheese, butters, charcuterie and freshly harvested fruit and vegetables, local wines and aperitifs!
A fascinating area of meadows and marshlands, criss-crossed by canals and rivers where you can hire a boat (self-drive or 'skippered'), or a bicycle and spend the day meandering through the waterways. Coulon is an excellent starting point, and from here you can also take a ride on the Pibalou miniature train. Arcais has a beautiful setting.
At the seaward edge of the Marais, there are opportunities to go birdwatching.
With its restaurant lined port overlooked by those magnificent towers, La Rochelle is always a favourite with our guests. Plenty of shops, old arcaded streets, museums and the famous aquarium. There is park and ride available in season which we would highly recommend.
The second most visited theme park in France. Spectacular shows involving a 'cast of thousands' and many surprising and special effects. As much loved by adults as children. Overall, very good value. If you book 4 days in advance (and we can help with that) you even get a small discount!
We had a wonderful holiday at Les Glycines Gites. The location is very tranquil and relaxing, but there was still plenty to keep all of the children (aged between 5 and 11) entertained. Anne and Ray were extremely welcoming and friendly hosts- they did all they could to ensure we had everything we needed for an enjoyable stay. All three properties were well-equipped and very clean and the swimming pool was fabulous! There were lots of places to visit within half an hour from the properties as well as further afield. Overall, this was an ideal location for our family holiday and we would definitely recommend it to others looking for a relaxing break.