|Le Papillon||Self Catering||Flexible||2||6||2||Front bedroom sleeps 4, second reception sleeps 1|
Le Papillon is a light, spacious, comfortable, well equipped and well-furnished bungalow situated in the small friendly rural village of Les Forges. It has a large enclosed private garden and offers off-street parking.
The entire property has been completely renovated in recent years, and has ceramic-tiled floors to all rooms apart from the bedrooms which have wooden floors. All the external doors and windows are oak. The original internal doors and fireplaces add rustic charm.
FREE WI-FI AND INTERNET ACCESS
WELCOME PACK ON ARRIVAL INCLUDED
The property is situated in the centre of a friendly village, which has a Bar & Grill, Farm Shop (fresh bread and local produce), 27-hole Golf Course with bar and restaurant. All within yards of the property.
Le Papillon has a large, light open plan living-dining-kitchen which is a real feature of the property - perfect for holidaymakers.
It has bespoke solid wood furniture including a sink unit with Belfast sink, large larder unit, and large dresser unit.
There is a large pine dining table with 6 chairs.
Appliances: Electric cooker, extractor fan, dishwasher, fridge-freezer, microwave oven, washing machine, kettle, toaster, coffee-maker, cafetiere, blender.
It is very well equipped with plenty of crockery, cutlery and kitchen utensils.
The sitting area is part of the large open plan living-dining-kitchen
It has been tastefully furnished and provides one large 3-seater sofa, a small 2-seater sofa, a canvas chair with footstool and a pouffe.
It has Italianate-style glass-topped tables - side table, coffee-table and 2 lamp tables.
There is flat-screen tv with integrated dvd player, and cd-radio-iPod player.
There are dozens of dvds, cds, books, magazines, games and puzzles.
The second reception room has a mini games table (pool, air-hockey, ping-pong) and also has a single bed. (NB this is a walk-through room)
Hairdryer is kept in this room.
Both bedrooms are large, light and spacious.
The rear bedroom (SLEEPS TWO) has two 3ft single beds pushed together to form a large double bed.
There is also a sofa, coffee-table, chest of drawers, dresser and canvas wardrobe.
The front bedroom (SLEEPS THREE) has a super-king size bed and 1 single bed.
All the beds are very comfortable. Goose-down pillows.
The rear bedroom has an en suite shower room
There are 2 shower rooms:
# 1 spacious and has a walk-in shower, wc, hand-basin, shelf unit, chair
# 2 has an enclosed shower, wc, hand-basin
Individual electric radiators in every room
Tv with integral dvd player (UK Freeview and French tv)
Dozens of dvds
Mini games table (pool, air-hockey, ping-pong)
There are 2 adult bicycles which guests may used - NB at their own risk. (No crash helmets)
Spare sets of golf clubs and balls available for guests' use
Le Papillon benefits from a large enclosed garden which is very private.
There is also an enclosed veranda/conservatory.
The rear bedroom leads out onto a small patio - perfect for enjoying a morning cuppa in the sunshine.
Although there is no swimming pool at the property, there are communal swimming pools just a short distance away. Please contact owner for details.
There is off-street parking to the front of the property.
(Although there is a garage, this is for owners use only)
There is also a lockable store room, handy for storing guests' golf clubs etc
It is suitable for all ages.
Although it is a bungalow, there are steps up to the property from all entrances, therefore unfortunately it is not suitable for wheelchair users.
The garden has a washing line for drying clothes.
In the event of rain, there is an enclosed front porch with clothes drying racks.
We have always been francophiles, having studied French and spent many happy holidays in France. We are both very keen golfers and enjoy sightseeing. We are very lucky to have found such a lovely place which we can visit several times a year.
|Year property purchased||2012|
|Why this location?||We visited the area several times and particularly enjoyed playing golf at Les Forges as well as at other courses in the area. The area is ideal for visiting the local attractions such as Futuroscope, the Marais Poitevin ('Green Venice') and only just over an hour from La Rochelle. It is also an easy drive from the ports and only half an hour from Poitiers Airport.
Whilst house-hunting we viewed several properties, and as soon as we walked onto the premises we knew this was the place for us! - despite requiring total renovation it had such a happy 'feel' about it. So we bought it and have spent the past 4 years having it completely renovated, and now it is ready for others to enjoy.
|Unique benefits of property||Le Papillon is located in a quiet, friendly rural village. Walking distance from the golf club and 2 bar/restaurants.Only a few minutes drive from neighbouring towns/villages offering plenty of amenities such as restaurants, cafe-bar, mini-supermarkets (Spar, Coop), butchers, bakers, pharmacy, petrol-station, hardware store, hairdressers, flower shop, cinema and weekly markets.
The property is spacious and light, comfortable, well furnished, and very well equipped.
It has a large private garden, and off-street parking.
Les Forges has a Mairie and a church, and a recently-opened (summer 2015) bar-restaurant just yards from the house (Deano’s Bar & Grill), as well as the bar/restaurant at the golf club (La Bergerie du Golf), which is open to the public.
The village of Les Forges is only 4 hours' drive from the ferry ports of Caen and St Malo.
Nearest airports are Poitiers (30 mins drive) or La Rochelle (1hr 15 mins)
Just a few minutes' drive away, the neighbouring towns/villages of Vasles, Menigoute and Sanxay offer plenty of amenities, such as restaurants, cafe-bar, mini-supermarkets (Spar, Coop), butchers, bakers, pharmacy, petrol-station, hardware store, hairdressers, flower shop, cinema and weekly markets.
Les Forges Golf Club (27-hole golf course) has a bar/restaurant which is open to golfers and non-golfers alike. The club also has a Pro-Shop, putting green, driving range, practice bunker, pitching green, swimming pool and tennis court. English-speaking staff.
Other golf courses within an hour's drive of Les Forges:
Golf du Haut Poitou, 86130 Saint-Cyr (55 mins drive)
Golf du Petit Chêne, 79310 Mazières-en-Gâtine (30 mins drive)
Golf du Mignaloux-Beauvoir, 86550 Mignaloux-Beauvoir (50 mins drive)
Golf Club du Bocage Bressuirais, Le Grand Puchaud, 79300 Bressuire (1-hr drive)
Golf Club de Niort, Chemin du Grand Ormeau, 79000 Niort (45 mins drive)
It is a popular area for other sports and activities such as walking, cycling, fishing, canoeing, horse-riding.
There is a large open-air pool in Sanxay by the river and Roman bridge, which is open during the peak season (cost is 2 Euros for adults and 1 Euro for children)
There are fishing lakes at Menigoute and Saint-Germier, both about 10 mins away. The nature reserve and fishing resort of Pescalis is 58kms away near Moncoutant.
Cycling is very popular in the area. We have found an excellent website which gives details of various routes (showing the degree of difficulty and elevation):
Canoeing at Lusignan, about 25 mins drive
Horse riding at Lusignan, about 25 mins drive
It is popular for those interested in archaeology. Of particular interest is the Site Gallo-Romain in Sanxay, just 10 mins away, and the Tumulus de Bougon which also has a museum.
Every August the Roman amphitheatre in Sanxay hosts world-class open-air opera performances in its Roman amphitheatre, which attracts thousands of visitors.
Every year in October, the neighbouring village of Menigoute hosts an International Bird Festival with visitors from all other the world.
Les Forges is situated between the vineyards of the Loire (approx 1.5hrs) and Cognac and Bordeaux. Nearest wine tasting is at Neuville de Poitou (30 mins) where you can sample Haut Poitou wines which have been awarded the much sought-after AOC label.
It is also an ideal base for visiting:
Futuroscope (40 mins) - futuristic amusement park, just north of Poitiers
Poitiers (30 mins) - historical and cultural city with beautiful architecture and an abundance of lovely shops and restaurants, as well as cinemas and theatre
To the east of Poitiers, we recommend visiting Chauvigny, Montmorillon, La Roche Posay (spa town), and Angles-sur-l'Anglin.
To the west, we recommend visiting Vouvant and Mervent (just over an hour away)
We also love the centre of Niort (45 mins drive) with its large square and many cafes and restaurants, as well as excellent shops!
La Rochelle (1hr 15mins) - port, harbour, beach, shopping!
Marais Poitevin (Green Venice) - especially recommend visiting Coulon
Chateaux and vinyards of the Loire (1hr 30mins)
Parc Oriental de Maulevrier (1hr) largest oriental garden in Europe
Puy du Fou - historical theme park
Vallee des Singes (Valley of the monkeys)
Tumulus de Bougon and museum
Mouton Village (sheep village) ideal for children
We had a lovely stay at Le Papillon.The property is well equipped with all amenities / equipment for a self catering holiday. The beds were very comfortable and the small multi-games table was enjoyed and by our teenage children. The property is well situated for a quiet, peaceful and tranquil holiday. The garden is secluded with established mature planting and hedges on three sides giving a good deal of privacy,. The one side that is open is only viewable from a private and very quiet road. Dino's bar/restaurant just 100 meters away and an adjacent farm shop that opens 0830 - 1230 hours, selling croissants and local produce. There's a golf course with restaurant nearby. At night you can enjoy stargazing as there is very little light pollution. There is UK TV via freesat and the kids were also able to use their x-box. There is WiFi - pictures or video was slow to load but not an issue as most of our time was spent outside enjoying the sunshine. It's also well situated for visits (by car) to the larger towns (20-40 mins) when you need to shop or want something different for entertainment or dining and to visit the coast (90 mins). The property was clean and tidy and the owners were very easy to contact and provided excellent customer care. The description and pictures on the website are accurate. There is an end of stay cleaning service and bed linen and towels are provided, all at a reasonable price. A welcome pack is provided on arrival with all the basics you will need.
We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at Le Papillon. We very much appreciate your feedback as our biggest wish is that our guests enjoy the house and area as much as we do. Thank you for taking the time to type up such a comprehensive review!
We had a lovely stay here in August. The garden was loved by the children as it is so big, the house had all the amenities needed. The house is in a quiet area which we liked, and the welcome pack provided by the owner was a very nice thought. The owner was more than helpful with any queries that we had and the house was excellent value for money, we would return. We visited La Rochelle from here which was just over an hours drive, and the aquarium was enjoyed by all, there is a municipal swimming pool in the local town which we wish we'd visited sooner as the children absolutely loved it. There is plenty to do in the area and the house is well situated to access these attractions.
The village is very small and peaceful with beautiful golf course and local bar/restaurant that was welcoming and serves good food. The give was charming. Comfortable, spotless and well equipped with a lovely spacious garden. Light airy rooms and a warm homely feel. We visited oceanile and puy de fou and also enjoyed Poitiers, which was very chic. Lovely owner and even a welcome pack. Can't wait to revisit.....we were a mixed group, myself and my 20 and 7 yr old sons and a friend of the family. All fitted in easily. A very happy holiday. Merci x