|La Belle Echappee||Self Catering||Saturday||5||16||3|
La Belle Echappee 'The Beautiful Escape' is a magnificent Manor House with heated salt water swimming pool, close to the town of Bressuire, with a peaceful location on the edge of the picturesque village of Faye L'Abbesse in the Deux-Sevres department of the Poitou Charente region.
With just a 5 minute walk to the amenities of the village which include, a boulangerie, small supermarket, bar/restaurant pizzeria, chemist, post office, hairdressers and a church. Surrounded by fields and open countryside, the house is set within walled and gated grounds of 1 hectare offering an abundance of activities and entertainment for all the family.
Offering stylish and extremely comfortable living including wireless internet connection, with 5 bedrooms sleeping up to 16 people plus 3 babies. La Belle Echappee accommodation is equally suited to family holidays or groups of friends.
An abundance of country walks and cycling routes are situated around the property. The nearest town of Bressuire is 10 minutes drive and is the second largest town in Deux Sevres, with numerous restaurants, shops, supermarkets, bars, golf, swimming pool, theatre, cinema and ten pin bowling.
The Deux Sevres is the tranquil, laid back, unspoilt deparment of the Poitou Charentes, the area has a mild micro-climate, it is filled with lazy winding rivers and is a region truly dedicated to relaxing. Beautiful countryside in all directions and traffic free roads to go and explore.
The area is steeped in history and offering unspoilt landscapes and some of Europe's most imposing Tumuli, Romanesque churches, chateaux and museums. The quiet roads will lead you to unexpected places, rivers, lakes, forests, historic towns and small villages.
Deux-Sevres is bordered by Charente Maritime with its beautiful beaches - La Rochelle, Royan and the Ile d'Oleron and the Vendee with Les Sables d'Olonne and many other seaside resorts dotted along the coastline.
The property has a modern kitchen which is located on the first floor with electric oven with gas hob, dishwasher, large fridge-freezer, microwave oven, coffee-machines, toaster. Lots of crockery and utensils and a dining table with 6 chairs. From the kitchen is a balcony area with 2 tables and seating to sit and relax and enjoy the views, external steps lead down to the many patio areas below for al fresco dining, substantial iron stairgates are fitted at the top and bottom of the stairs.
An extremely comfortable living/dining room of 55 sq metres.
Living: 3 large settees, 3 easy chairs and footstool, wi-fi connection, tv with Sky, dvd and music centre, large desk with chair, bookcase.
Dining: Large elegant dining table with 8 chairs plus further round table with 4 chairs, dresser and bookcase.
Bedroom 1: Located on the ground floor with en suite. 1 king size bed, drawers, dressing table, wardrobe and chair.
Bedroom 2: Located on the ground floor. Two twin beds plus bunk beds, drawers, wardrobe and chair.
Bedroom 3: King size bed, double bed, dressing table, wardrobe and chair.
Bedroom 4: Double bed, single bed, wardrobe and chair.
Bedroom 5: Double bed, single bed, fixed cot, wardrobe, settee and chair.
Ground Floor: En suite bathroom to bedroom 1 with shower, wash basin unit and wc.
First Floor: Bathroom with bath with shower attachment, separate shower cubicle, double wash basins and wc.
First Floor: Bathroom with bath/shower over, wash basin and wc.
First Floor: Separate wc with wash basin.
Every room has wall mounted electric heaters.
La Belle Echappee has a gated driveway & walled grounds. The swimming pool is 10x5 metres with roman steps, is fully heated (average temp of 30 degrees) guests say it is the best private swimming pool they have ever used. The salt water system is much kinder for the skin and eyes. At the side is a solar heated shower. Sunloungers, chairs, small, tables & parasols surround the pool. 2 large patio tables with an abundance of chairs are in place for al fresco dining along with 2 gazebo's and a rattan suite for relaxing by the summer kitchen. The summer kitchen has a sink & cupboards, fridge, microwave, kettle, coffee-machine, roll out canopy & large gas bbq. A toilet & washbasin with ideal access from the pool & is where the washing machine is located. Large lawn areas are suitable for all outside games, with proper football nets, badminton net, boules, cricket, croquet, badminton equipment & table tennis table plus a selection of bicycles. Play area with swings, slide, & climbing frame
Ample parking for several cars
The property is ideally suitable for large families and groups of friends who wish to enjoy a relaxed holiday in extreme comfort.
The 2 ground floor bedroom (one of which has en suite facilities) are suitable for people with mobility problems. All areas outdoor are on level ground, however the indoor living accommodation is on the first floor.
The property is well equipped for babies and small children with such items as 1 fixed cot plus 2 travelcots, 2 highchairs, babybath and changing mat, baby bath seat and potty. Stairgates are in place.There are also a selection of indoor games and puzzles for the children and adults.
I have been running my gite business here in France for 8 years now and have 25 five star Trip Advisor reviews. I love welcoming holidaymakers to this wonderful tranquil paradise here in France and enjoy meeting everyone.
|Year property purchased||2009|
|Why this location?||I chose this location as it has a mild micro-climate and is the second sunniest region in France, benefitting from the warmth of the La Rochelle Basin. Prior to buying La Belle Echappee, I had a holiday home which was purchased in 2003 and found the French people in the region were so very friendly and helpful and welcomed me with open arms.|
|Unique benefits of property||The property is a prestige holiday rental home and has been furnished to a very high standard with all the bedlinen, towels etc being of hotel standard. All the facilities and amenities provided have been carefully thought out to ensure that holiday makers have all that they can possibly require and need. In particular the 10x5 metre swimming pool is praised by all guests.|
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A hi-tech experience with adventures on land, sea and in outer space using the latest projection system technology. The only leisure park of its kind in Europe with films in giant format, thrill-filled attractions, 3D rides with 4D effects, games, live shows and open air activities.
A maze of waterways and luxuriant vegetation, known as la Venise Verte, or green Venice. It can be accessed from Coulon, officially one of the most beautiful villages in France. Take a trip on a guided punt, or explore it on a self-guided trip.
Saumur has a wonderful chateaux and the famous Cadre Noir (National School of Horsemanship).
Famous for its chateaux and wines, offers some exceptional scenery.
Bressuire, a thriving market town, offers a variety of shops, bars and restaurants and also a twice-weekly market. There is a new swimming pool complex and theatre. The town also has tennis courts and a fully equipped gym, less than a mile away is the Bocopole (arts centre) which houses a theatre/concert hall, 10-pin bowling alley, cinema and restaurant. Also in the centre of the town is the 11th century Chateau of Bressuire. Once boasting 38 towers, the chateau was at one time taken by the English and later recaptured by the French in a blood-thirsty battle! It is now host to regular exhibitions and festivals, including 'Le Highland Games' in June and a bi-annual sculpture competition in July. There are a variety of other local festivals and fetes throughout June, July, August and September including a vintage car race and a music festival. The 56m renaissance tower of the church of Notre Dame rises high over the town and surrounding countryside.
Stretching out in both directions from the base of the chateau, is the Coulee Verte. This unspoiled area of natural beauty, teeming with wildlife, includes several kilometres of footpaths and cycling tracks which wind their way through woods, along riverbanks and around lakes, past several old water mills and often past the substantial herd of local goats.
Amusement park for all the family, in particular young children. Set in 12 hectares of countryside with attractions, rides, western village, snack bar, cafeteria and picnic areas.
Located in the heart of the Loire Valley, the Bioparc is known worldwide for its unique troglodytic setting covering 14 hectares with over 1000 animals living in surroundings replicating their original habitats. Restaurants and snack bars with panoramic views, picnic areas, gift shop and large shaded free car park.
I don’t think the photos do La Belle Echapee justice. It really is a beautiful place. We stayed for a week - 2 families with children ranging from 8 years old to late teens.
Even though we were a party of 14, there was still plenty of room. The interior of the property was very clean and tastefully decorated, with everything you would need. All of the bedrooms are large and there are 3 bathrooms (1 of which is en-suite). The large living/dining room is upstairs and offers beautiful views from all sides.
Outside, the property has extensive grounds, plenty of parking and superb facilities for all ages. The swimming pool is lovely and is the focal point of the gardens - and perfectly heated at a constant 28 degrees.
There is basketball, table tennis, football pitch, badminton & slides/swings for smaller kids, so plenty of choice and space to do it all. Our kids really loved the pool and feeding the chickens & ducks.
Diana and Graham are lovely people and live on site. However, they certainly do not intrude in any way as their area is completely segregated from the holiday accommodation - but they are there for help and local advice if you need it.
Location wise, the property is perfect. The village centre is a short walk away with a boulangerie/patisserie and a mini-supermarket which is very well stocked with most necessities. Then there is a large Carrefour supermarket only about 10-15 mins drive away.
We loved our week here and would definitely recommend.
We stayed at the villa for a week and our party included three generations of family members including a six month old, 3 and 4 year old. The property is fantastic with lots to do for all ages inside and outside. The pool is fantastic with plenty of sun beds and inflatables. There is a huge garden with plenty of space for games and it's not over looked at all, very private.
There is lots to do in the area but we had to get used to the locals having a siesta between 12 and 2 o'clock and some shops and restaurants closing for two weeks in August.
Diana and Graham could not be better hosts, they are friendly, good fun, down to earth and nothing is too much trouble. The only complaint we all had is that we only booked for 1 week!
Thank you so much for writing this brilliant review, it was great to meet you all, such a lovely family. We hope you will visit again in the future.
This was a wonderful holiday at a wonderful property, the hosts Diana and Graham were a delight and very welcoming. If you need anything they are there to help and if not you wouldn’t know they was there.
The property had everything you could need, homely, clean, specious, relaxing and looks stunning. The picture don’t do it justice.
As a party we are already considering going back for longer.
Thank you very much for a wonderful holiday.
Thank you so much for your brilliant review, we are so pleased you all enjoyed your holiday here at La Belle Echappee so much. It was wonderful meeting you all and we really hope to see you again next year.
We were made to feel welcome from the moment we arrived at La Belle Echappee which had everything we needed for a really memorable family holiday. The salt water swimming pool and large enclosed grassed play area were fantastic. The chickens were also a hit with the younger children who gave them all names.
The property was neat, tidy and presented as advertised, therefore I would certainly recommended it to others. The local shops were good and Bressuire near enough to get most things if these were closed.
Overall impression of La Belle Echappee from all eleven in our party aged 3 to 63 was - excellent.
Thanks Graham and Diana for your hospitality
Thank you so much for your glowing review and very kind comments. It really was our pleasure to meet you all on your celebratory family holiday here at La Belle Echappee and we are so pleased that you enjoyed everything. We really hope that you will revisit in the future.