Bedrooms 1, Sleeps 2
|Laboule Cottage Gite||Self Catering||Flexible||3||4||2||Sofabed|
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 sunbeds 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 Cottage gite has a dining table in the kitchen and a dining table in the living room both can easily seat 4 people.
By the kitchen there is an 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.
The gite has a living room area with flat screen television and dvd player. A selection of dvds are available for guests use. The televisions accesses UK satellite channels, typically what you get on Freeview.
Wi-fi is provided in the 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 Cottage gite:
1. A double room with a wardrobe and a dresser .
2. A single room with one single bed, hanging robe area, chest of draws, side table.
3. A single room with single bed and chest of draws. With restricted height entry ideal for children.
All bedding is provided free of charge, Hotel quality sheets, summer duvets and soft/medium pillows. Beds and pillows have anti allergen protectors.
The Cottage, on the ground floor there is a bathroom with shower cubicle, bath, 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 cottage has electric wall heaters which are never used in summer months.
All bedrooms in the gite have a large fan for recirculating the air in exceptionally hot periods.
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 2 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 boulangerie is a 5 min car journey, however a Bread van visits 3 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 if you want to stay at home and relax there are plenty of things to entertain you and your children. Table tennis table, pool table, French billiards, trampoline, a variety of swings badminton. Football nets and ball, and a cricket set are available for use along with a variety of ball games including pétanque there is plenty to do, or not do as the case maybe.
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.
Often nominated as the top theme park in Europe ahead of Disneyland. Showing the history of France through the last two centuries from a Roman amphitheatre to a Birds of Prey display. It should be on your bucket list to visit once in your life.
The Green Venice of France, where you can row boats through narrow canals onto the River Niortaise. The villages are spectacular running from Niort through Coulon, Marans to the coast.
An interactive scientific theme park ideal for children of all ages, and entertaining for the adults.
One of the most visited cities in the world. A spectacular Harbour and Port. Famous for its Port Towers. Boat trips to Fort Boyard are avaialable. Or enjoy the man made beach and wonderful streets.
A beautiful island off the coast of near La Rochelle. Reached by a toll bridge which is a small amount to pay for such an awe inspiring place to visit. Dotted with pretty villages, gorgeous beaches, beautiful harbours and quaint side streets teaming with shops and mini markets.
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Bedrooms 3, Sleeps 6
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