Cosy gite in a hamlet in Poitou Charentes

Vernoux-en-Gatine (5km from L'Absie), Deux Sèvres, Poitou Charentes Reference: PS005092 Advertiser since: 22 November 2016
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Les Petites Pierres Self Catering Saturday 2 5 1 A third single bed in the twin bedroom is for <8's

About this property

A Traditional, Cosy Beamed Gite with Woodland Views.. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Les Petites Pierres (little stones) is our cosy gite with a traditional feel. Great for families and out of season breaks. 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. Please contact us directly for information.

The iconic 2018 Tour de France starts just over the border ion Vendee on the 7th of July. Parts of the first 3 days events are only 19 - 50 minutes away! A real experience of France on your doorstep! After 3 exciting days at the Tour de France, you can enjoy the rest of your Holiday exploring our area, where there are many cycling routes , visiting the numerous Tourist attractions, or just chilling by the Pool. We are offering 8 nights accommodation , from Friday the 6th of July to Saturday the 14th at up to 7% off! Please contact us for full details.

Special Offers: 5% discount for 2 week bookings, 5% discount for booking 2 of our gites, Les Petites Pierres and either Les Glycines or La Roche, 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 deposit paid to HFD of £34) 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.



Kitchen and dining

The kitchen has a gas oven, microwave, washing machine, fridge-freezer, toaster, electric kettle, iron, ironing board, hair dryer and ample kitchenware and crockery.

Living rooms

The cosy beamed lounge has 2 sofas, a dining table with 5 chairs, Freesat tv, DVD/ video player( with manyDVDs/ videos), a coffee-table, family boardgames and playing cards and a lovely feature fireplace with oak mantle. There are also books maps and lots of information about local attractions.


The 2 bedrooms upstairs, have original oak beams and lovely views over the woods at the front.
There is one double and one twin bedroom, and the latter can accommodate a child with the provision of an additional third bed.
There is a stairgate at the top of the stairs.


The downstairs shower room and toilet, has a basin, heated towel rail and shaver point.


There is a really efficient woodburner effect heater in the lounge , a heated towel rail in the bathroom and the 2 bedrooms also have electric heating.


There is a Freesat tv with DVD/video player - with many DVDs/videos to choose from.
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

There is a private patio with table and chairs for sitting or dining at the front of the gite, and a private garden across the chemin, with a table, chairs and 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, parasols for relaxing and sunbathing and a paddling pool. The pool is open from May until October - we open, 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.

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) 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 - eexcellent value
Distance: 5 km

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: Loire Valley and also Haut Poitou


Name/number of nearest marked trail: GR364 - Santiago de Compostella - but lots of local walks for which we have detailed maps and some guides


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.<br/>

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 aperitif.

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 8km of sandy beach partially backed by pine woods and with picturesque 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 major 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 40cm 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 fishing 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.

Coulonges-sur-l'Autize - Tuesday Market

Don't miss the weekly market - with its quaint market hall, fresh fish, vegetables and fruit, delicious breads, quality meats and charcuterie, and those famous local goats cheeses. Beyond the Chateau (limited opening hours - so check with us) square, are the sellers of live poultry, ducks and rabbits. A number of our own hens originate from the breeders that have stalls here.

La Bonne Vie Restaurant - very popular with all our guests

Within a short and easy drive, La Bonne Vie has proved to be a very popular choice with our guests. The English owners pride themselves on using local ingredients, on preparing everything on site, and using French influences in their menus.

Mervent and Vouvant - lovely towns positioned prominently above the picturesque Mervent dam.

From the Town Hall of Mervent there are spectacular views down the steeply sided valley . There are sandy beaches, canoes & kayaks for hire, and nearby is the Mervent Zoo and the Parc de Pierre Bruine - great fun for young children.
Vouvant a 'petite cité de caractère' must not be missed.The panoramic view from the Tour Meulsine is highly recommended, and you can learn about the fairy Meusine's antics.Wander the narrow , medieval streets and enjoy browsing in the many artists galleries.