|La Boule Gites||Self Catering||Flexible||3||8||2|
Laboule gites are a peaceful and picturesque getaway in South West France. An ideal base to explore this gorgeous part of France with attractions in all directions. We have 2 three bedroomed Gites side by side. The Farmhouse sleeps 8 and the cottage sleep 4. Plus cots for babies. The buildings date from the 18th Century as a small farming commune. Some 3 hours from St Malo or 6 hours from Calais most visitors from the UK easily arrive here in a day. Once here you truly have an eclectic choice of attractions.
The previous occupiers/owners family still own and manage the surrounding area which is mainly pasture for their cows but changing to arable such as rapeseed, maize and similar crops. The area is famous for its apple production, known as the Gatine and is a favourite walking and cycling area with many marked routes. With the many fishing lakes and 'Pescalis' nearby it is also popular with visiting fisherman due to the wide variety of fish and huge Carp in the area.
Laboule gites are set in 2 acres of private garden with an in-ground heated swimming pool in a figure of 8 shape it measures 9.2m x 6m with a constant depth of between 1.3m and 1.5m. Surrounded with a tiled patio area, we provide a variety of quality sun beds for your relaxation, the pool area is solely for residents at Laboule and not available for other gites use.
Laboule gites lie 5 mins from the Vendee border in Deux Sevres in a 'micro climate' area which records very similar weather to that of Mediterranean France temperatures. June, July, August and September sees some fabulous weather with temperatures up to 45 degrees each year. A more palatable 30-35 is the norm.
We provide a variety of games for residents use, both indoors and outdoors for those days that you wish to relax at home.
The gite has a fully-fitted kitchen with new quality fridge-freezer, washing machine, dishwasher. Oven, hob and microwave along with all smaller kitchen essentials are on hand. In each gite a large selection of crockery, cutlery, glasses, pots and pans can be found. Together with condiments, a selection of spices, tea, coffee sugar etc.
We have tried to provide everything you might find at home in your kitchen, to a degree i.e.: No sous vides for budding masterchefs.
The farmhouse gite has a large dining table in the kitchen and a separate dining room, both can easily seat 8 people.
Outdoor dining area, again with plenty of room to accommodate all the guests.
A bbq is provided for guest use together with one bag of charcoal, firelighters/fuel and ignitors.
Both gites have living room areas with flat screen televisions and dvd players. A selection of dvds are available for guests use. The televisions access UK satellite channels, typically what you get on Freeview.
Wi-fi is provided in each gite living room and extends outside to the front of the premises and the pool area. It is free of charge, unlimited use and encrypted. The wi-fi is hard wired from the router and ethernet cable access is possible for laptops.
The Farmhouse gite:
1. A double room with a cot, wardrobe dresser and side tables. Door to stairway and rear garden pool area.
2. A double room with two single beds, hanging robe area, chest of draws, side tables.
3. A quadruple room with two double beds, a large wardrobe, chest of draws, table and chairs.
All bedding is provided free of charge, Hotel quality sheets, summer duvets and soft/medium pillows. Beds and pillows have anti allergen protectors.
The Farmhouse has a shower room with toilet and sink on the 1st floor. On the ground floor there is a bathroom with overhead shower, screen. Sink and toilet. A babybath is available for use in this room.
Large electric water storage heater which provide plenty of hot water for the whole family.
New luxury towels for use inside the gite are provided, usually a bath towel and hand towel per person. Separate pool towels are provided on the ground floor for guests.
The farmhouse gite has a wood burner the living room and a diesel oil fired boiler for the central heating system.
All bedrooms in the gite have a large fan for recirculating the air in exceptionally hot periods.
1. Puy Du Fou is the second largest theme park in France, behind Disneyland. It has been voted the best attraction in Europe for several years. Not like the UK theme parks it provides shows and animations describing the history of France. Headsets translate everything into whatever your language is. It is a must visit for visitors to the area.
2. Futuroscope is a famous interactive science park situated outside of Poitier. Excellent entertainment for both children and adults.
3. Marais Poitevin is the "Green Venice" stretching from Niort towards La Rochelle. Coulon and Marais have major embarkation ports where you can hire boats and paddle or for the lazy, tour by power boat the former swamp / marshland which were drained and irrigated over the years. They form an array of idyllic waterways that mesmerise visitors of all ages. Cycling, walking or driving through the area is a delight.
4 The Atlantic coast with La Rochelle, isle de Rey and Noirmoutier are a short drive away.
Laboule gites are set in 2 acres of garden. With a huge variety of trees, a small orchard, small grapevine area and fresh fruits bushes guests are welcome to help themselves.
With a large lawned area we provide 3/4 size football nets and a ball or two for the more energetic guests. Alternatively a cricket set is available for a leisurely British game.
A badminton set with net is popular, as was pool volleyball and softball.
Petanque set can be used on the lawn with full instructions on how to play and score.
The table tennis table with bats and balls tends to lead to friendly family competitiveness.
A pool table for the teenagers together with a darts set for all ages.
In the garden we have a 4m diameter trampoline with safety net. A swing set with a variety of swings.
Planned for 2017, but not guaranteed
1. Chickens and coop (No cockerel) for the kids to feed and retrieve free eggs.
2. Garden Chess set.
3. Petanque pitch
In front of the premises there is a large grassed area across the small road where guests can park. If they need to be more secure a barn can be utilised or cars can be parked in the garden area beyond the entry gates.
The premises are not on a single level at this moment in time. Efforts are being made to provide a disabled flat area in the future. The general area is undulating but not hilly, walkers and cyclists are often seen passing the gites on the marked routes.
Most visitors have access to a car however we can provide a collection or drop off service to the nearby airports of Poitier, la Rochelle or Limoges.
We would recommend that a car is utilised to see the nearby attractions as taxis are few and far between.
We can offer limited transport to and from the local pub or restaurant, so long as collection is prior to midnight.
We have a selection of pedal cycles and helmets for use by the guests at their own risk.
The nearest restaurant is 1km and locally we have several French public houses in most villages surrounding us.
Niort is the closest city with a DonJon Fort, a spectacular market area and a huge commercial zone stretching for several kilometres. Secondigny is our local town with a Super U, 20mins away we have medieval Parthaney with a Hyper U, Leclerc and a host of restaurants and pubs.
The nearest boulongerie is a 5 min car journey, however a Bread van visits three times a week with a selection of fresh French bread.
La Boule is situated on a single track road with one entrance and exit about 1km from the village centre. Set in rolling landscape surrounded by pastures, apple orchards, vineyards and arable land. <br/>Set in 2 acres of private gardens there are 2 three bedroomed gites with a substantial heated in-ground swimming pool. The farmhouse can sleep 8 people and the cottage 4 people. <br/>Both were refurbished in 2015/2016 throughout and are continually updated improved where possible.
|Year property purchased||2015|
|Why this location?||La Boule is a peaceful picturesque getaway. It is an ideal location to explore the South West of France with attractions in all directions. To the north west we have Puy de Fou theme park voted the top theme park in Europe. Futuroscope is to the North east, a famous interactive science park. To the south there is the Marais Poitevin the "Green Venice" of France and our closest city Niort. To the west you have the Atlantic coast with La Rochelle, Ile de Re, Noirmoutier and the beaches of Tranche sur Mare. Closer by we have 4 lakes with beaches and waterparks, go karting, treetop adventure parks and fishing centres. The cities of Nantes and Bordeaux are a 2 hour drive away.
|Unique benefits of property||With a heated in-ground swimming pool set in a large garden, you can choose to stay and enjoy the peaceflul setting, lying on your sunbed enjoying a glass of wine or you can explore the surrounding countryside on your doorstep.
The gites provide all modern facilities including washing machines, dishwashers, fridge-freezers ovens and a variety of smaller implements. The bathrooms have showers with plenty of hot water for the whole family.
The beds have new bedding with summer duvets and a selection of medium and soft pillows.
there are swings and trampoline for the children.
A theme park with a difference, voted the top attraction in Europe. Huge amphitheatres with shows throughout the day tracking the history of France.
One of the most visited citys in the world. A spectacular harbour with famous towers at the Port entrance used for the Red Bull High Diving. A man made beach adjacent to a city steeped in history
The 'Green Venice' of France. Its actually a reclaimed swamp but dont let that cause you to miss it. You can hire rowing boats, motorised boats or electric tour boats. The villages are spectacular to visit and its a sight to remember. Stretching from Niort through Coulon Marans to the Coast.
A Scientific interactive theme park, targetted at the young but interesting to the whole family. One of the top attractions in Europe.
Four of us stayed at the La Boule Farmhouse (including a 16 and 20 year old) and we totally fell in love with the area at first sight. The farmhouse is very comfortable with lovely big bedrooms and a great kitchen. Audra was very welcoming and knowledgable about the area. The pool area was an absolute godsend as it was so hot. We would recommend visiting la Puy du Fuy, Vouvant and the restaurant by the lake in Secondigny - the food is amazing. There are very few places we would like to go back to but this is a definite - see you soon Audra.
Thankyou very much for your review, really appreciated .
Your a lovely family and it was a pleasure to host you xxx thanks Jill , richard and the girls.
On arriving at La Boule we were warmly greeted by Michael and Audra and quickly melted into our new surroundings. A bumper welcoming basket was a super sight after a long drive. The Grite La Boule is a splendid size for a large family, we are a family of six and would easily fit 8 or more. The welcoming crisp white linen sheets, Egyptian cotton towels and comfortable beds were greatly appreciated. The Gite is freshly decorated with a shabby chic interior and sits on two acres deep in the country surrounded by tranquil views. The pool was an instant hit with the 4 children but there’s also football nets, swings, table tennis, darts and a trampoline, not to mention the two acres of land to run about on. Michael and Audra are constantly working on their dream so it will only get better.
Michael and Audra gave us exceptional advice on where to go and even post codes of where to park our car. I’m very sure that we wouldn’t have had as many wonderful days out if it wasn’t for their great advise and this personal touch. With great conversation, Michael and Audra certainly made our stay all the better, we even got to sample some of Audra’s delicious cooking.
This area is probably the best we have visited in France, the most gorgeous countryside, empty roads and the people are very warm and friendly, with charming towns and pretty villages in every direction I feel that we couldn’t have been located in a better area. We had a great week and would highly recommend it.