Bedrooms 2, Sleeps 5, Ratings 2 10/10
This location has multiple holiday properties
|Le Pigeonnier Luxury Gite||Self Catering||Saturday||2||5||2|
A relaxing sunny family heaven facing south with a beautiful pool. This stone cottage adjacent to another gite is just 5 minutes walk from the pretty riverside village of Coulon at the heart of the natural regional park of the Marais Poitevin known as the Green Venice.
The Pigeonnier Gite is set in a beautifully landscaped park surrounded by a stone wall.
Unfortunately the nature of the converted cottage does not make them suitable for disabled persons.
No smoking or bbqs on the premises for the sake of safety.
Animals not allowed.
The kitchen on the ground floor consists of a spacious fully-fitted sunny area with a tiled floor, fridge, washing machine and dishwasher.
The food preparation island makes it very practical for a famiily to prepare meals and serve them via a sliding door giving directly onto the terrace.
Coffee-maker, kettle and toaster.
There is also an ironing board, electric iron and a rack for hanging wet clothes outside to dry in the sun.
The terrace is equipped with sunloungers, parasols, a table and chairs for outdoor meals.
The entrance opens into a long comfortable lounge with tv and a dining room which connects directly to the kitchen.
There is a wooden staircase than leads to the mezzanine master bedroom just above.
The first floor is accessible by a wooden staircase at the end of the kitchen.
On the landing there is a small reading area leading to a mezzanine master bedroom, The Coast, on the right with a large double bed.
The second bedroom, The Marais, is on the left.
It has a double bed and 2 single beds makng it ideal for 3 children, with their own en suite shower room and wc.
The mezzanine master bedroom has its own separate shower room with wc on the landing.
There is an additional separate staircase coming up from the lounge just below.
All linen is provided.
The 2 bedroons have their own individual shower room consisting of a large wash basin, shower cubicle and wc.
Shower room towels are supplied.
Note to bring your own towels for the swimming pool or the beach as these are not supplied.
Electric heaters and towel rails. Note that the hot summers of the Poitou Charentes region do not necessitate any heating.
Tv, dvd player and books
The large pool 6m x 12m is fitted with an alarm which is triggered off when someone enters the water.
This facility does not replace the parent’s responsibility to supervise their children at all times when around the pool.
The shallow curved end is near the house and the 2.5m much deeper end is on the opposite side.
There is a large floral garden with lawns where the children can play badminton which is provided, boules and a separate covered area for table tennis.
Parking and garages.
Lots of secure open parking for cars or motorcycles and covered storage for bikes.
Our 2 gites provide a good environment for families with children.
The unheated pool is shared with the persons occupying the adjacent gite and the owners living in the lodge on-site.
Cycling lots of flat circuits in the Maarais Poitevin. Cycle hire in village
Boating in the Marais poitevin. Boat hire in tthe villages
Horse riding in the Marais poitevin
Name and address of nearest stables: Maison du Cheval , 79270 La Garette
Distance: 3 km
Name/number of nearest marked trail: Coulon Marathon
Name and address of nearest wine producer: Domaine Coirier La Petite Groie, 15 Rue des Gelinieres. 85200 Pissotte Vendee France.
Distance: 30 km
Marylyn loves welcoming guests and their children, to share her beautiful home and superbly landscaped garden. Tony and Marylyn ex design agency owners in East Yorkshire had often imagined living in a sunnier climate in a lively touristic area within easy reach of the UK. The riverside village of Coulon with 8 restaurants at the heart of the Marais Poitevin, the Green Venice of Poitou Charentes near La Rochelle answered their dreams. A 3 1/2 hours easy drive from St Malo via Brittany Ferries.
|Year property purchased||2008|
|Why this location?||Poitou Charentes is a sunny and unspoilt region close to the sea. You can enjoy a relaxing lifestyle, cycling, walking or boating along the waterways surrounded by the lush woods of the National Park. We are spoilt with medieval history and charming villages. The nearby market towns of Niort with its twin donjons overlooking the river or La Rochelle's old Port are wonderful places for a leisurely coffee.
The Futuroscope in Poiters is a magical interactive park full of attractions to entertain young ones all day. Voted the best historical theme park in the world, the Puy de Fou near Nantes is where the whole family can witness history unravel, from a full size Roman arena where gladiators fight lions, to the dramatic Viking invasion of a wooden village. The spectacle of armoured knights defending a besieged castle on fire is mind blowing.
The nearby Atlantic coast brings to the markets an abundance of fresh seafood and oysters, dry sauvignon wines, crusty baguettes and sweet melons
|Unique benefits of property||The Logis de Bellevue is surrounded by a stone wall and electrically operated gates which provide a secure environment for young children and the parking of cars. We are just 5 minutes’ walk from the lively riverside village of Coulon's restaurants, bakery, cafes, shops and Sunday market.
You can hire cycles by the day and boats by the hour to explore the different treasures of the Green Venice.
Our terraces face south and provide adequate space to enjoy outdoor meals or relaxing in the sun. There is plenty of space for young ones to play games like badminton, boules and table tennis. For those enjoying football there is a full size playing field opposite our premises.
Our swimming pool is protected by an alarm which detects anyone entering the pool, although it is the parents responsibility to control and watch out for the safety of young ones at all times.
Run by a young modern lady owner and her chef husband, this trendy restaurant offers an appetising selection of homemade dishes and delicious quiches with lots of vegetables at competitive prices. Crepes with chocolate are the children's favourite dessert. The cosy garden terrace or trendy dining room decorated with antiques are perfect for a relaxing summer's evening with a bottle of wine for starters.
As it is just 5 minutes’ away, you can discover the river walk with the children and admire the ancient alleyways of Coulon.
The most beautifully presented and tasty menus from the 8 restaurants in Coulon, only 21 euros for a 3 course meal.
The owner chef prepares imaginative dishes served in a classic and comfortable dining room beautifully decorated by his wife.
The sheltered terrace where you can hear swifts flying over is a smart place to enjoy a cool aperitif on a summer's evening before your gastronomic meal of regional dishes accompanied by super local wines.
As our gite is just 5 minutes' walk away, you can dress up for the occasion and stroll back quietly along the village lanes.
This unique and World Famous Park, recreates grandiose historical scenes with unbelievable stage effects. A Roman arena with live chariot races, Viking Invasions, Sleeping Beauty with a Flying Ballet of birds of prey.
Voted the best theme park in the world, do not miss the night time sound & light spectacle which involves 3,000 actors, dancers and cavaliers performing against a village backdrop, with a stupendous firework finale.
Just 1 hour away near the town of Cholet.
BOOK WELL AHEAD TO ENJOY TWO UNFORGETTABLE FAMILY DAYS OUT.
The FUTUROSCOPE is a modernistic leisure park where adults and teenage children can live the unexpected. It's a fantastic futuristic theme park where you can dance with robots and be amazed by scenes created with the latest 3D technology. There are countless pavilions dedicated to all kinds of visual experiences including a star dome where you can travel through the galaxies.
Just 1 hour away near Poitiers.
Pros: Lovely spot, very well maintained and the pool was excellent. Tony and Marylyn work extremely hard and couldn't have been nicer or more helpful. Coulon was great, lovely to have all those restaurants within walking distance and the cycling was fun.
Cons: due to the proximity of the main house, the owners were ever-present and we felt as though we were treading on eggshells throughout our stay. There were lots of rules, which we were reminded of regularly. The owners weren't that respectful of our privacy and walked into the house uninvited on one occasion. Also, the mattresses and pillows were so uncomfortable, hot and synthetic and we slept very badly all week. The sofa set-up downstairs is really uncomfortable as well. The lack of Wi-fi is frustrating in this day and age.
We had to remind you to shut windows during a rainy night and to close the shutters and windows in your bedrooms for your own comfort, as on hot sunny days in a heatwave of 32 degrees, it is advisable to keep the stone gites facing south protected from high temperatures.
One of the current environmental rules imposed by our county to fight severe drought conditions is to avoid wasting water by not constantly jumping in and out of the pool and spreading water over the terraces. This was all well explained to you and you said you fully appreciated the need to co-operate.
In France, to avoid allergies and for hygiene purposes, the authorities stipulate the use of synthetic pillows and matresses and forbid the use of feathers.
Our gites are fully inspected, comply with all regulations and are registered to 3 star standard with the Prefecture.
Over 10 years no-one has complained about the lack of wi-fi in Le Pigeonnier, which is 10 metres from the router in the house. We did explain that in Coulon wi-fi and mobile phone connection can sometimes be sporadic. A lot of work is in progress to improve this situation with the installation of 5G in Coulon.
We consider ourselves extremely flexible and welcoming. We allowed you to arrive 2 hours earlier than our normal opening time to enable you to offload your food.
In this day and age for you to make such fickle comments is rather surprising in view of our care,generosity and kindness towards your family during your stay with us
Theproperty is a lovely limestone building on two floors. The grounds are lovely and very well kept with a nice size, very clean swimming pool, which has an alarm. There is table tennis and a badminton set available. There is a road next to the garden but it was not too noisy. The kitchen is well equipped and the lounge dining room is spacious with a large dining table. The sofa in the lounge was large but very uncomfortable - lumpy with a very low back. The TV channels are all French but there is a DVD player. The bedrooms are large; one is on a mezzanine. There is no air conditioning. There are two well appointed, very clean shower rooms on the first floor and a further toilet on ground level.
The French/British owners speak English and know the area well. They were very helpful indeed.
Coulon centre is a 3 minute walk. Its a small village but is on the canal, with 5-6 restaurants, cafes, a bakery, a very small Coop and a few small shops. You can hire canal punts from here. Its 75-90 minutes to Puy Du Fou Grand Parc (recommended!) and 45 minutes to a Rochelle/beaches.
We had a lovely stay and I would recommend this property to friends and family.
Glad you enjoyed your stay David, Orla and Freddy. Thank you for your kind comments.
You certainly made the most of our beautiful local weather and swimming pool. We are glad you enjoyed exploring the region and spending two memorable days at the fabulous Puy du Fou Leisure ParK.
Sorry that our "L " shaped 15 foot long sofa made up of 6 modular units did not give you adequate comfort. Modern furniture these days does not always suit everyone.
I hope that you will come back to see us next year when you can test the more traditional and deeply upholstered sofa of our other adjacent gite.
Kind regards Anthony and Marylyn
We had a wonderful week’s holiday staying in the gite. The gite was immaculate, thoughtfully and practically furnished. The pool was a perfect temperature and super clean. The hosts, Tony and Marilyn, were both helpful and charming. The gite boasts access to a large garden and we loved the table tennis and badminton facilities which were also available for use. The area provided excellent cycling routes for young children. We hope to return next year for longer.
I can highly recommend this gite. We had a really lovely holiday here. The owners Marylyn and Tony were extremely friendly and helpful, recommending many places to visit. The surrounding area is very pretty and unspoilt with the vast network of waterways in the Marais Poitevin to explore by boat or bicycle. We would love to stay there again.