Beautiful house and pool to let in Gournay - PS005292

Gournay (7km from Chef-Boutonne), Deux Sèvres, Poitou Charentes Reference: PS005292 Advertiser since: 6 February 2017
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms Additional info
Maison Jacques Self Catering Saturday 4 8 3 Day bed for 2 children/1 adult.

About this property

A Beautiful Village House with Stunning Private Pool. This cottage/gite is in a village setting.

Maison Jacques is a large Charentaise village house which has recently been renovated to a very high standard throughout.

The ground floor has a spacious modern kitchen/diner with all appliances including a dishwasher. There is a separate utility having laundry facilities and separate cloakroom. A comfortable salon with seating arranged around a coffee-table and tv having English channels. Stone stairs lead down to the atmospheric vaulted cellar dining room.

A striking staircase leads to the first floor with 2 fabulous double bedrooms. One with luxurious en-suite bathroom having roll top bath, the other an excellent shower room.

A further set of stairs lead to the charming second floor bedrooms. One having a king size bed and day bed, the other twin beds. A bath/shower room is set between them.

Outside the property is a fully enclosed mature front garden with table and chairs. To the side of the house between the barns is the beautiful private heated swimming pool (11 x 5 metres and with full width steps) having wide patios with sunloungers and poolside furniture. It is surrounded by grassy areas and various shrubs including olives, fig, lavender and jasmine. Being illuminated it makes a wonderful place to relax by day or night. The smaller barn has stairs to a summer kitchen and dining area overlooking the pool and patio area. The large barn has further table and chairs and a barbecue.

The market town of Chef Boutonne can be found approximately 5 km from the property. A little further afield are La Rochelle (1h10), Atlantic Beaches (1h30), Futuroscope (50 min), Vallee de Singes (45 min), Puy du Fou (1h45), Cognac (1h00).



Kitchen and dining

Large kitchen with dining area, fully equipped with a cooker, fridge, microwave and dishwasher.

Utility room with washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer.

Living rooms

Living room with ample seating and UK Freeview tv channels.

Vaulted cellar dining room.

A comment from last season from one of our guests.

"The house has so much character. We loved lots of al fresco dining and one particularly memorable cheese and wine night in the candlelit cellar!"


First Floor:
Bedroom 1, double with en suite bathroom, roll top bath, wash basin, bidet and wc

Bedroom 2, double with en suite shower room, walk-in shower, wash basin and wc having heated floor and electric towel rail.

Second floor:
Bedroom 3, double with king size bed and day bed (can accommodate additional children if required, made up on request).

Bedroom 4, with twin beds.

All beds are made up and ready for your arrival.


Bath towels, hand towels and bath mats are all provided.

En suite bathroom to bedroom 1, roll top bath having shower attachment, wash basin, bidet and wc.

En suite shower room to bedroom 2, walk in shower, wash basin and wc. Tiled, heated floor and electric towel rail.

Separate bathroom with bath, walk-in shower, hand basin and wc ( having heated floor and electric towel rail) set between bedrooms 3 and 4.

Cloakroom/wc on ground floor.


Oil fired central heating.

Shower rooms have heated floors and towel rails.

The pool is heated by an air source heat pump.


New for Summer 2019. The large barn now houses a gamesroom. There is a newly constructed skittle alley together with table tennis table and table football.
Tv with UK Freesat Channels.
Wi-fi in house and around pool area.
Playstation 3/dvd player and selection of dvds.
Kitchen/diner speakers for mobile devices.
Range of games and books.
Private heated pool.

Garden and outside

Fully enclosed private grounds.

Mature front garden with lawn, trees and shrubs, dining table and chairs.

Private heated swimming pool 11m x 5m (shallow end 0.9m to max depth of 1.7m). A pool safety fence is available to protect younger visitors conforming to NF 90-306 standard. (High quality pool towels provided).

Sun terraces surround the pool with loungers and poolside furniture, enclosed by barns, lawned area and shrubs.
Summer kitchen and shaded dining area overlooking pool.

Parking and garages

Private drive and plenty of parking including barn for undercover parking.

Visitor suitability

Maison Jacques would be suitable for extended families, 2 families wishing to holiday together or a number of couples. The property offers spacious and comfortable accommodation for all parties of all ages, looking for a base from which to explore or for a leisurely week by the pool.

Strictly no smoking.

Sorry, no pets.

Some of the lovely comments from last season. This was the first year we had let Maison Jacques.

"We range in age from 17 to 76 and have all loved our stay at Maison Jacques. Enjoyed the house, garden and pool which are all wonderful. Thank you for sharing your beautiful home. We hope to come again"

"We have had a wonderful stay in this beautiful Charentaise home. We appreciated how clean it was when we arrived (thanks Yvonne). We love the decor and period furnishings. The pool and small barn were great. Thanks Stuart & Glenda, we hope to return one day."

Information about any additional facilities

Travelcot and two highchairs available.

The day bed in bedroom 3 can accommodate additional children if required and can be made up on request prior to your visit.

A self selection bread machine is located a short walk from the property. It dispenses a choice of fresh bread. The children love it!


  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Private pool


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Many Brocantes throughout the summer within short distance of the property.
Distance: 50 km


Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Trout and Carp
Name of nearest fishing location: Chateau de Javarzey
Distance: 5 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: Golf Club de Niort (30 min), Golf du Cognac (1h00)
Distance: 40 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Centre équestre Équifeel 4 chemin des sources La Vollée 79170 Secondigné-sur-Belle
Distance: 25 km



Name/number of nearest marked trail: The beautiful countryside around Gournay


About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Glenda Youlden

Glenda and Stuart Youlden bought Maison Jacques to renovate into a family holiday home. After much hard work over five years we feel the property has reached the high standard which can be appreciated by other holidaymakers.

Year property purchased 2011
Why this location? Poitou Charentes is one of the sunniest regions of France, with many attractions within easy reach and beautiful countryside for walking, cycling and enjoying the wildlife.
Unique benefits of property A beautiful Maison de Maitre in a small village, with the gardens and pool in a sun trap created by the stunning Charentaise barns. The vaulted cellar offers the opportunity for a subterranean dining experience.

The Owner Recommends

Local Markets

Chef Boutonne - every Saturday
Melle - Every Friday

Chateau de Javarzay

This local chateau set in parkland with a fishing lake offers lovely walks and the opportunity for a picnic.

Marais Poitevin (Green Venice)

The second largest wetland in France. Hire a flat bottomed boat or paddle your own canoe. Perfect for nature lovers especially birdwatchers.

La Rochelle

Beautiful old port to explore. You can hire a Segway to see the sights or take a boat trip to Fort Boyard. The Aquarium is worth a visit especially if you have children with you.

La Vallee des Singes (Monkey Valley)

More than 450 animals roam within a natural wooded park. A huge hit with the children.

4 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 9.8
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 9.8
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 9.8
10 / 10 Claireamos 21 August, 2019

A beautiful typically French house in rural France, with plenty of space for all. Lots of choices for eating ‘al fresco’ and beautiful French furniture; wonderfully presented throughout. The games room was a lovely surprise and used well by our teenagers; alongside other games for all ages and of course the WiFi was gratefully received!
We found the kitchen equipment well stocked, everything was there that we needed, the housekeeper and pool man were very friendly and helpful.
It is in a quiet very rural location so you need a car but if you are looking for total relaxation peace and quiet but plenty for the kids to do to amuse themselves and explore, then this is the holiday for you! We will be returning!

Owner response

Thank you Claire for your lovely review. We are so pleased you had a great holiday enjoying everything Maison Jacques has to offer. We are very lucky to have Yvonne and Rich looking after the house and pool for us. They are always very helpful.

Best wishes
Glenda & Stuart

9.8 / 10 Hels GW 6 August, 2019

We loved our time at Maison Jacques. The welcome by Yvonne was much appreciated with the tour of the property. The pool was the big hit with everyone, especially the two boys as it was the perfect temperature, size and depth. Being able to get fresh bread every morning from the vending machine close to the house was amazing. We all made use of the play barn, the boys particularly enjoyed the table tennis and table football whilst we enjoyed the bowling.

We had a particularly hot day (hottest day on record in the area) and we managed to keep the house cool with the shutters closed and the fans were very essential. The additional fridge in the utility area was especially useful for keeping the drinks cold.

We found everything we wanted in the nearby village of Chef Butonne but forgot the supermarkets close for a couple of hours in the afternoon! We very soon slipped into the French way of life - it was perfect. There are lots of beautiful places within easy driving distance. We loved the house so much we were more than happy staying and eating there so didn't eat out, everything we needed was at maison jacques.

Owner response

Thank you for your lovely comments. We are delighted that you loved Maison Jacques and had a great holiday there. You certainly needed the pool to cool off during those record breaking temperatures! Stuart is especially pleased the Games Barn is proving to be a big hit.

Kind regards

Stuart & Glenda.

10 / 10 HelenB 29 June, 2019

8th-22nd June. We highly recommend Maison Jacques, we had a great holiday in this amazing property which was clean, very comfortable and very spacious inside and out. Lovely large heated pool and an excellent games barn which included skittles alley and table tennis.
We were greeted by Yvonne who was great and very knowledgeable of the local area and was easily contactable (as were the owners) if there were any issues (which there weren’t)
We would definitely recommend Maison Jacques

Owner response

Thank you for your great review.

We are so pleased you had a lovely holiday at Maison Jacques enjoying the pool and Games Barn.

Kind regards
Stuart & Glenda

9.8 / 10 Mandy B 9 August, 2018

Lovely spacious house, at the edge of a village. Beautiful pool area and pool house with shaded eating area. Excellent bathrooms and spacious modern shower facilities. Useful utility area.
Lovely quiet setting.
Good shop in next village, 4 miles away but bread machine just near property.
House was lovely and clean and excellent welcome from caretaker.

Owner response

Thank you so much for your lovely comments. We are delighted that you enjoyed the house and pool. The bath and shower rooms took a lot of planning and hard work so we are pleased you thought they were excellent.

We are so lucky the house is looked after by Yvonne as she has very high standards and greets our guests as we would wish to be welcomed.

Kind Regards

Glenda & Stuart.