Lovely gite for holidays in Deux Sevres - PS005088

Vernoux-en-Gatine (5km from L'Absie), Deux Sèvres, Poitou Charentes Reference: PS005088 Advertiser since: 22 November 2016
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La Roche Self Catering Flexible 2 4 1 Additional cots available

About this property

Upside-down Gite with Feature Rock, Bright and Airy. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

La Roche is our "upside-down" gite - making it beautifully cool during hot summer nights. It has a feature rock in the hall and shower room, is bright and airy and comfortably sleeps 4+ cots. It is the end one of our 3 gites.

Never visited Deux-Sevres before?
Then you will be delighted to discover, not only a beautiful, natural landscape rich with fauna and flora - BUT that there is so much to see and do in this region.
On our doorstep-
• Wonderful walks and cycle routes ( maps supplied)
• An excellent range of quality and value restaurants
• Markets, supermarkets and within 5 minutes all amenities
• Marais Poitevin - great fun to hire a boat and meander through the waterways
• Parc Aventure - treetop fun for Tarzans of all ages
• Karting
• Pescalis - for fisher people
• Parthenay - medieval streets to explore
• Niort -vibrant city with market,historical sites and lots of independent shops
• Mervent and Vouvant - set in a forested valley
• Great picnic sites - including the Rocher Branlant
• Plan d’Eau - a choice of lakes - often with beaches,swimming, restaurants and water sports
• Horseriding
• The Moulin de Chene - fascinating and free
• Coulongers-sur-l’Autize - market and chateau
Great days out -
• Puy du Fou - a unique experience - our guests’ number 1 destination
• Futuroscope - just outside Poitiers ( a city full of interest)
• La Rochelle and Ile de Re - for all ages and interests
• Thouars - great foodie market
• Fontenay - market and old centre
• Abbey de Maillezais - impressively positioned on the Marais
• La Tranche & Sables d’Olonne beaches
• Saumur - chateau and great wine cellars
Not forgetting that Les Glycines Gites offers plenty of space on-site to just play and relax . With our -
• Pool - large and in a suntrap position shared between the 3 Gites only
• Well-equipped games field - Football,Badminton,Table Tennis
• Croquet Lawn
• Boules/Petanque court
• Other outdoor games
• Wildflower Maze - wander through the maze of paths and admire the plethora of Butterflies
• Board games,books and comprehensive maps ( and personal advice if required) of tourist destinations
• Free WiFi
• Fresh seasonal vegetables from our potager
• Meeting our friendly Chickens

Located in a peaceful, sheltered valley the Gites have excellent views over the woods and countryside and are south facing. All year round, you will enjoy the truly peaceful surroundings and our rich wildlife.
Out-of-season short breaks are also available. 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.

We pride ourselves on our well-equipped Gites, our numerous facilities, and a warm welcome. All to make your holiday that truly special one.



Kitchen and dining

Upstairs is the spacious, open plan, well equipped kitchen/dining/lounge area. Lovely views over the fields to the rear of the gite from the kitchen. La Roche is well equipped with gas cooker, fridge-freezer, microwave, dishwasher, electric kettle, cafetiere, toaster and plenty of crockery and kitchenware. There is a stairgate fitted at the top of the stairs.

Living rooms

Part of the open plan upstairs, with an airy, light and spacious feel. A large sofa and armchair with 2 coffee-tables.There is a tv (Freesat), cd/dvd player, radio, and a selection of books and games. We supply an information pack containing many suggestions for 'Days Out' and detailed maps of local amenities and walks. Two windows look across to the woods at the front of the property.


The hallway has the unusual and distinctive feature of the granite bedrock of the hillside forming part of the exterior wall. The double bedroom has views across to the woods and is a cool haven during the summer. The twin bedroom is the rear of the gite.


The shower room and separate toilet (with wash basin) are accessed from the downstairs hallway .The shower room has a quadrant shower, heated towel rail, basin/vanity unit, washing machine. iron, ironing board and hairdryer .


Electric wall heaters in each bedroom, a heated towel rail in the shower room and free standing electric/oil filled radiators upstairs.


There is a Freesat tv with dvd player - with dvds available.
A radio/cd player. A good selection of family boardgames, playing cards and a range of fiction, non-fiction and childrens books.

Garden and outside

Frenchdoors lead to your own private bbq area, with steps leading up to your dining terrace - great for relaxing in the evening sun with a bottle of wine.There is also a picnic table under the trees. hese can be accessed via your private entrance at the side of the gite.
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,parasols for relaxing and sunbathing and a paddling pool.The pool is open from May until October (10.00-8.00pm)- we clean and cover the pool at night.
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,3-tiered potager, the wildflower meadow maze and you can "Meet Our Chickens".We have 3 adult bikes available and there are many interesting walks right on our doorstep (guides available).
Plenty of space for guests to be active & relax

Parking and garages

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.

Visitor suitability

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 - 17yrs old) and 6 hens we cannot accommodate any pets.

Information about any additional facilities

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 & crockery.
Whilst we supply hand & 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, organic fruit & vegetables & 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.


  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Shared pool


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Niort + many other one off events throughout the seaon
Distance: 38 km


Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Carp, Black Bass, Perch, Pike, Zander, Trout, Salmon
Name of nearest fishing location: Pescalis - Europe's premier fishing complex
Distance: 15 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: Mazieres-en-Gatine
Distance: 24 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Saumont Stables - excellent value
Distance: 5 km

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: Loire Valley


Name/number of nearest marked trail: GR364 - Santiago de Compostella

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Domaine Coirrier
Distance: 29 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Ms Anne Tarrant

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!

The Owner Recommends

Puy du Fou - magnificent historical theme park

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!

The Marais Poitevin or 'Venise Verte'

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.

La Rochelle - beautiful , bustling historic port

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.

Niort - our nearest city

A vibrant city with many interesting independent shops, a lovely market hall with lively weekly markets and fascinating historical buildings. The Donjon ( Keep) dating from the 12th Century affords lovely views across the town and the river Sevre-Niortaise.Le Pilori is a building with an interesting mix of architectural styles. Nearby is the renowned Zoodysee with nearly 600 animals on a 62 acre site living in 'almost' natural habitats.The Chareau du Coudray-Salbart is well worth a visit.

The beaches of La Tranche and Sable d'Olonne

Our nearest seaside beaches are La Tranche- sur-Mer and Les Sables-d'Olonne. At La Tranche there is 8kms of sandy beach partially backed by pine woods and with picturesqie white painted houses and narrow streets. Sables d'Olonne is a larger resort with a promenade backed fine sandy beach.The port, one of the majot ones in France, is the starting point for the famous 'Vendee Globe' round the world yacht race. The old town with its narrow streets lies between the port and the beach - look out for the Rue de l'Enfer which is a mere 40cms wide at its narrowest point ( so best viewed prior to that seafood platter!)

Parc Aventure and Karting - 10 minutes away

For those seeking a little adrenalin rush, the Parc Aventure offers tree top fun for those aged 2 to 102 ! Zip wires, suspended nets and so much family fun. Across the road is Boca Speed Karting with a 880m circuit.

Parthenay- the capital of the Gatine region with its medieval quarter

Whilst there are guided tours in season, it is delightful to discover yourselves the old medieval Parthenay from the Citadel, perched on a promontory above the river Thouet, down through streets, with half-timbered houses with projecting upper storeys, to the 13th century bridge and gatehouse.

Pescalis - 'europe's premier fihsing complex'

Pescalis has more than 250 acres of lakes with carp up to 25 kilos! There is an aquarium, gift shop and restaurant. You can hire rods and buy day fishing passes or just wander around the beautiful lakes.

3 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 9.3
  • Condition: 9.7
  • Facilities: 9.7
  • Local Amenities: 9
  • Setting: 9.3
  • Value for Money: 9.7
8.8 / 10 MS 28 June, 2019

An excellent Gite in a quiet rural location. Very good outdoor games area with soccer, table tennis, badminton etc as well as pool which is great for kids/teenagers. A very good base for visiting Puy du Fou theme park- about 50 minutes drive-a must see for any age-allow two days if you can as you won’t get to see everything in one day.. Ray and Anne were excellent hosts and looked after us very well in every way. Some nice walks in the area also.

10 / 10 Griffiths 14 September, 2018

Had a relaxing break in this comfortable gite. Anne and Ray are great hosts, very friendly and helpful would definitely recommend and would return.

10 / 10 British family 31 July, 2018

Our second holiday here - cannot fault it. For the price it’s exceptional.
Very pleasant atmosphere and surroundings. Lots to do nearby
Anne & Ray are fantastic hosts.
I never write reviews - but happy to make an exception in their case!
If you want an affordable family holiday in rural France I honestly don’t think you could do better.

Owner response

If only we could rank our guests - a perfect 11 out of 10! So glad you enjoyed your second visit to us. Do keep in touch. Anne & Ray x