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La Soliniere is an 18th century domain, hidden away in the small village of Bouin. We are situated 4km from the historic market town of Chef Boutonne, in the heart of Poitou Charentes. The area is surrounded by beautiful sunflower fields and open countryside, an ideal tranquil setting for your holiday.
The Gulf Stream brings a warm climate to the area as much sun as the Riviera. Summer is normally the best time for using the pool and sunbathing, with the rest of the seasons being the perfect time for exploring the surrounding countryside and towns.
Our accommodation is arranged around a Charentaise courtyard, set in a parkland of 5 acres with a petite etang carp lake. There are many activities to choose from to allow you to be as active or relaxed, social or private as you wish. These include our tennis court, swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna, sun terrace, boules court, etc.
With views over the lake and a traditional 4 poster bed, our tower provides the perfect setting for a romantic getaway. Separated from the main building, originally the gatehouse, it is ideal for those seeking seclusion. Traditionally French on the outside, modern on the inside, the tower boasts a charming lounge/diner with kitchen area, spiral staircase leading to the upstairs bedroom with luxury en suite
A charming open plan lounge/diner with kitchen area.
On-site communal laundry area available.
Open plan area
Double four-poster bed
En suite with shower
Books, games, cards and dominoes available on request.
English tv with dvd player, wi-fi
Beautiful park grounds with large open grassland areas and a small lake.
An orchard of apples, pears, cherries, figs and peaches
Tennis and Boules
Heated swimming pool
Jacuzzi and sauna
Separate on-site car park allowing the courtyard to be a car free zone.
Ideal for a romantic retreat for 2
Bed linen provided
My name is Clive Harvey and I am a retired builder from Kent. I was struck by the beauty of La Soliniere with its 18th century stone buildings and charentaise central courtyard when I first visited it in 2009. By November 2011, I had purchased and moved into the 2.5 hectare site complete with swimming pool, tennis court, and a small, well stocked lake, all in beautiful natural woodland. The tranquility I've found in France is a refreshing change from the non-stop lifestyle I had in the UK.
|Year property purchased||2011|
|Why this location?||La Soliniere is an 18th century domain, hidden away in the small village of Bouin. We are situated 4kms from the historic market town of Chef Boutonne, in the heart of Poitou Charente. The area is surrounded by beautiful sunflower fields and open countryside, an ideal setting for your holiday.
The area benefits from the Gulf Stream bringing a warm climate to the area, and nearly as much sun as the Riviera. Summer is normally the best time for using the pool and sunbathing, with the rest of the seasons being the perfect time for exploring the surrounding countryside, cities and towns.
|Unique benefits of property||The property located in the small village of Bouin boasts four large well equipped gites situated around a central courtyard with a water feature fountain. The property is enclosed with a winding driveway leading through the stone arch to the courtyard. There is on-site car parking, tennis court, jaccuzi, sauna and swimming pool, along with a well stocked carp lake and orchards all set in 2.5 hectares. We are surrounded by beautiful countryside with walks and cycling tracks.
The small town of Chef Boutonne which is 3 km from the property has all the amenities you may require including supermarkets, banks, chemists, fuel station and bars.
The beautiful cities of La Rochelle, Saintes, Cognac and the Atlantic beaches are all easily accessible. There are also market towns, charming villages and the larger towns of Poitiers and Niort for those who like to shop.
The market town of Chef Boutonne boasts a peaceful atmosphere, in a part of France perfect for those who seek the ideal country get away, great for walkers and nature lovers. In addition to the weekly market the town also has banking facilities, 2 large supermarkets and a good selection of shops and restaurants.
Near Chef Boutonne is Castle Javarzay. A beautiful Chateaux that was rebuilt in 1514 by the Rochechouart on the remains of an ancient castle, which originally had 12 towers along its walls, sadly there remains now only 2. Javarzay is one of the best witnesses of the Renaissance architecture in the Deux-Sèvres. It has a beautiful entrance pavilion flanked by four turrets and has a beautiful fishing lake around it.
Situated just the other side of Chef Boutonne. A very pretty chateau housing permanent exhibitions about the work of M Cail ( the man who brought steam engines to France) and also of traditional headwear. other exhibitions of local artists etc. are held during the summer. Great place for picnics outside on the large expanse of grassland situated around a large carp lake.
Situated in the center of Verteuil an exceptional café and working double wheel water mill located on the Charente river. the mill still grinds its own flour and patrons can view the process in action. enjoy sitting out on the terrace, eating great food and drinking lovely wine.
Hotel Des Voyageurs features a restaurant and a bar. On site parking. Traditional French dishes are available in the restaurant. During the summertime you can enjoy your meals on the outdoor terrace.
These mines have produced silver for French currency since Roman times. Interesting museum and tour of the mine works.
Peaceful and attractive leisure area on the banks of the Charente where you can swim in the river. Nice area for children to play. Canoe and Kayak rentals available. Very pretty restaurant. The bar terrace is open every afternoon for drinks, ice creams and deserts.
Walk around the town and you can trace its history, it dates back to the first century but became politically and historically important during the late Middle Ages. It was during this time that the city walls, called Les Ramparts were first built, as well as St Pierre Cathedral whose spire can be seen from miles around.
It has seen its fair share of battles, being at the heart of the struggle for power between the French and English during the 14th century and then during the French Wars of Religion two hundred years later.
During the 18th and 19th centuries the many paper making mills (now all but disappeared) brought the town great wealth. Today, reminders of these past days can be found in the older medieval style buildings and grander mansion with beautiful facades and thick wooden doors.
Also look out for something more modern – the 20 or so walls decorated with cartoon-style murals by a variety of artists and the 1000 or so street name plaques in the form of a speech bubbles. Angoulême is world-renowned among creators and fans of this creative medium, and hosts the Comic Strip festival every January.
Royan on the Charente-Maritime coast can claim to be one of the best Atlantic beach and holiday resorts in France. It has a warm and sunny climate, tourist attractions, a lovely natural location and best of all some wonderful sandy beaches.
Once a chic seaside resort of beautiful Belle Époque architecture, it was flattened in January 1945 by Allied bombing. The town was rebuilt in modernist style in the 1950s today it is an attractive mix of the old and new, the colourful old villas nestling behind the main part of town.
It also has a fine port to wander around, lots of natural areas rich with wildlife to explore and for those who like to shop there’s plenty to do, too, from Royan’s renowned market to some upmarket stores.
As you approach the town of Cognac in the Charente, the scenery changes from fields of grazing cattle to neat rows of vines, stretching as far as the eye can see. The town is famous all over the world thanks to cognac, the grape-based spirit that has been made here for the past 300 years - French writer Victor Hugo called it the ‘liquor of the gods’.
Cognac is a town full of history. France’s first king, François 1 was born here in 1494. A contemporary of King Henry VIII of England he is considered France’s first Renaissance king. He gave the town the right to trade salt using the river, so creating the foundations of its commercial success that was further enhanced when it went into cognac production.
The spirit was first made as an alternative to wine as a preventive drink against scurvy as wine was difficult to transport and took up a lot of space. Double-distilled and turned into brandy (cognac) it was more compact and more stable so travelled well but also tasted better after being aged in oak casks.
Visit the old town, where the narrow streets are a mix of narrow medieval timber framed houses that once housed the workers and the grander mansions of the wealthy merchants. Look out for the salamander that adorns many of the homes and was the insignia of King François 1.
Down by the river are the blackened chais (warehouses) that still store barrels of cognac, their discoloured state caused by the alcohol evaporating into the surrounding air. The locals call this ‘the angels taking their share’ – sadly, the truth is less romantic as the culprit is a tiny fungus that thrives in the alcohol-laden atmosphere.
A Cognac tour: one of most popular tourist attractions is a tour of one – or more! – of the many cognac producers to learn the history of cognac, how it is made plus enjoy a tasting or two. Most of the big names offer a tour. Most of the big names offer a tour.
When it comes to historic French towns, Poitiers is dripping with memories of hard fought battles and the pomp and ceremony of French royalty. French queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine, annulled her marriage to Louis VII to marry King Henry II of England, and they established their court here. Joan of Arc tried to claim the city as did Richard the Lion Heart, and in the Hundred Years War, the Battle of Poitiers is ranked with Agincourt as one of England’s great victories against France.
Today Poitiers is rather less turbulent but with a charm and tourist attractions that makes it one of the loveliest towns in the Poitou-Charentes. Its population is just 85,000 but with around one quarter of them university students – Poitiers University dates back to 1431 and counts French philosopher René Descartes and English painter Francis Bacon amongst its former students – it is always lively.
Poitiers is a town to stroll around at leisure. From tree-lined Place Mar Leclerc that is filled with cafés in the summer (at Christmas it becomes an ice-skating ring) meander through cobbled, pedestrianised streets flanked by a mix of centuries-old architecture and half-timbered houses, many of which have been transformed into lovely little boutique shops
Created in 1998, the Valley of the monkeys, Zoological Park dedicated to primates, is both a place of entertainment and a place of knowledge of the wild world and environmental awareness. Since its inception, the main objective of the Park is to contribute to the protection of nature and the environment.
The Valley of the monkeys offers its visitors the discovery of the fascinating world of primates in unique and privileged conditions, 450 monkeys on an area of 16 hectares, barrier-free. Here you can enter the domain of the small monkeys and can observe, at few meters only, apes on their islands.
The first role of the Valley of the monkeys is awareness. One of the largest parks in the world, dedicated to the conservation and the Protection of the monkeys and their natural environment.
Over the years, the Valley of the monkeys became a reference at European level, or even at the global level with more than 700 births.
Futuroscope is located on the French west coast between Bordeaux, La Rochelle and the Loire Valley. From north to south, from east to west, the landscape assumes a dazzling variety of forms allowing for a wide variety of activities, whatever your interests
Absorb the fantastic, fun and fairy-tale Futuroscope atmosphere with over 25 original experiences waiting for you in their stunning attraction theatres, as heart-thumping adventures, outrageous thrills, mind-blowing journeys, the fairy-tale evening show and fascinating attractions deliver delights to suit all tastes and ages!
Puy du Fou brings the history of the region to life: chariot races in a near full-sized Roman amphitheatre, soldiers storming a castle, Vikings and gladiators.
Language is no barrier for British youngsters, who love the non-stop action from magicians to minstrels. This outstanding Puy du Fou theme park has been awarded an Oscar (the ‘Thea Classic’ award) for ‘most beautiful park in the world’. Its Equestrian academy houses Europe’s largest stables for horses involved in entertainment (these ‘celebrities’ have VIP accommodation, of course!). The Academy showcases dressage performed by 160 horses trained in all disciplines. The spectacles involve jousting, musketeers and chariot racing. Man and horse work together to perform the most intricate of manoeuvres and displays