Farmhouse, all year heated pool, Deux Sevres - PS006715

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La Chapelle-Saint-Etienne (3km from L'Absie), Deux Sèvres, Poitou Charentes Reference: PS006715 Advertiser since: 12 December 2018
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
The Farmhouse Self Catering Flexible 3 6 2

About this property

Farmhouse, Heated Pool,Rural Setting Close To It All. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Stylish traditional Farmhouse with all year round heated covered pool, free wi-fi, in an idyllic rural setting close to all that Poitou-Charentes has to offer.

Picture your perfect French gite holiday…

Wooden beams and woodburning stoves… cosy bedrooms, iron bedsteads and fresh linen… lazy lengths in the all year round heated pool… neighbouring village, with boulangerie and bistro… or dine al fresco beneath the twinkling stars and fairy lights…La Blatière has it all… and more.

Just over an hour’s drive from La Rochelle, Nantes and Poitiers airports and within easy reach of Ferry Ports and the TGV (high-speed train) network, The Farmhouse at La Blatière makes a beautiful setting for your French adventure.

Set in half an acre of land with fruit trees, plants and lawns and surrounded by winding lanes and farmland, the newly redecorated Farmhouse comes complete with a shared all year round heated covered swimming pool with inflatables, free wi-fi, books, dvd's, bikes, fitness room, outdoor and indoor games, terrace, outdoor dining areas, patio heater, bbq and gardens. Our little part of south-western France also boasts 2400 hours of sunshine a year making it the second sunniest part of France and the perfect place to enjoy an all year round holiday and the peace and tranquility of country living, yet still close to all that Poitou-Charentes has to offer.

This perfect, easy-to-reach location means there are so many wonderful things to do on your doorstep or slightly further afield. A leisurely stroll will take you into the local village for a coffee or to pick up a baguette or 10 mins along the road try Go Karting or the Parc Aventure with the kids, fishing at Pescalis or Moncoutant with its restaurants and market. Then just a little further away you can explore the beautiful cites of Niort, Poitiers and La Rochelle, go golfing at Bressuire, enjoy the excitement of Futuroscope, step back in time at Puy du Fou. Why not visit the wolves at the Zoodyssee or enjoy a relaxing day boating along the canals of France’s own Green Venice and there is so much more too… you will be spoilt for choice!

We can’t wait to welcome you to La Blatière – your little piece of French heaven…

Lesley & Paul

The Farmhouse

The enchanting Farmhouse at La Blatière sleeps 6 and features a magical mezzanine master bedroom with exposed beams, an iron bedstead and en suite. Enjoy long lazy days dining beneath the wisteria covered terrace, then light the woodburning stoves for cosy nights in.

Inside
Sleeps 6. Ground floor with mezzanine level.
Mezzanine master bedroom with king size iron bed, beamed ceiling, dressing alcove, en suite shower room with wc.
Ground floor double bedroom with king size iron bed.
Ground floor twin bedroom with 2 single iron beds.
Shower room with hand basin and wc.
Spacious living room with fireplace with open fire place with wood burning stove, logs and doors to terrace. Freesat tv (British channels, Free wi-fi and dvd player.
Books, dvd's, boardgames. Plus table football/hockey table.
Well-equipped kitchen/diner with second woodburning stove, logs, microwave, washing machine, gas cooker fridge-freezer and dishwasher. Dining table with 6 chairs.
All bedding, tea towels, bath towels, pool towels and outdoor blankets provided.
Hairdryer.
Travelcot, babybath, stairgate, and highchair available.
Double glazing.

Outside
Private/Own terrace and garden/lawn area.
Shared all year heated covered swimming pool with sunloungers and inflatables.
Outdoor dining area with bbq andd patio heaters.
Outdoor games, swingball, boules etc.
Free use of 4 full size bikes and 1 child's bike
Fitness room with free-weights, benches, mats and heavy punch-bag.
Parking for several cars including motorhome/caravan.

The Farmhouse sleeps 6, however, if you have a larger group in mind and are looking to sleep 10 why not book out the Stables at La Blatiere (sleeps 4) too, (see our listing on this site) the 2 properties together make the perfect location for larger family or friend get-togethers.

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

Well-equipped kitchen/diner with lots of character includes woo burning stove, logs and wood beams, microwave, washing machine, gas cooker, fridge-freezer and dishwasher. Dining table with 6 chairs.

Living rooms

Spacious double height living room with wood beams and original open fireplace with wood burning stove, logs and doors to terrace. Freesat tv (British channels), free wi-fi and dvd player.

Bedrooms

Upstairs mezzanine master bedroom with king size iron bed, beamed ceiling, dressing alcove, en suite shower room with wc. Ground floor double bedroom with king size iron bed. Ground floor twin bedroom with 2 single iron beds. All bedding and hairdryer provided.

Bathrooms

2 x shower rooms with wc and washbasin (one is en suite) bath towels provided.

Entertainment

Freesat tv (British channels, free wi-fi and dvd player, books, boardgames and table football/hockey table.

Garden and outside

Private/own terrace and garden/lawn area. All year round heated covered swimming pool with sunloungers, inflatables and pool towels. Outdoor dining area with bbq and patio heater. Outdoor games, swing-ball, boules etc. Fitness room with free-weights, benches, mats and heavy punch-bag. Four full size bikes and 1 child's bike.

Parking and garages

Parking for several cars including motorhome/caravan.

Visitor suitability

Families, small groups, couples.

Information about any additional facilities

Travelcot, babybath, highchair available.

Facilities

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Shared pool

Activities

Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Brocante et Antiques http://brocandantics.com/fr/accueil
Distance: 20 km

Cycling

Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Carp, Black Bass, Pike and Perch
Name of nearest fishing location: Pescalis, Route de Niort, 79320, Moncoutant http://www.pescalis.com
Distance: 7.9 km

Golf

Name and address of nearest golf course: Golf du Bocage, Lieu-Dit Le Grand Ouchaud, 79300, Bressuire http://wwwgolf-bressuire.fr
Distance: 29 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Equestrian Centre De Bressuire, 26 Rue de Villabe, 79300 Bressuire http://wwwcentre-equestre-bressuire.fr
Distance: 29 km

Sports

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: Various walks in the area

About the Owner/Advertiser, Miss Lesley Dick

Paul and I dreamt of relocating to France so we left our careers in advertising and finance in Edinburgh, hired a motorhome and set out to travel around the country until we found the perfect location. And we found La Blatière…We loved its idyllic rural setting, the charm of the property, its overall sunny climate and Its location close to everything this wonderful region has to offer made it the perfect place for us to invite guests to.

Year property purchased 2018
Why this location? Just over an hour’s drive from La Rochelle, Nantes and Poitiers airports and within easy reach of Ferry Ports and the TGV (high-speed train) network, La Blatière makes a beautiful setting for your French adventure.

Set in half an acre of land with fruit trees, plants and lawns and surrounded by winding lanes and farmland, it comes complete with a shared heated swimming pool and free wi-fi. It’s also the second sunniest part of France and the perfect place to enjoy the peace and tranquility of country living but still be close to a wealth of nearby attractions and all that Poitou-Charentes has to offer.
Unique benefits of property Stylish traditional farmhouse with heated pool, free wi-fi, in an idyllic rural setting close to all that Poitou-Charentes has to offer.

The Owner Recommends

L’Absie - 3km.

A 2 min drive, 10 min cycle or 40 min leisurely stroll along the country lanes brings you to our local village with its supermarket, shops, hairdressers, bakery, bars, restaurants, bank and post office. It has a village square and is centred on the remains of a medieval abbey, patronised by Eleanor of Aquitaine.

Parc Aventure Chantermerle 79.(5 mins) www.parc-aventure-79.fr/

An adventure park for all the family with: Zip line and aerial adventure – from 2 years upwards, laser quest, mini golf, adventure walks

Bocaspeed (5 mins) www.bocaspeed.fr

Go karting fun.

Pescalis – International Carp Fishing Centre (10 mins) http://www.pescalis.com/

This preserved area with numerous lakes is dedicated to fishing, for both novices and experts. While fishing enthusiasts indulge in their passion, others can enjoy following the cycle routes around the lake. There’s also an aquarium to visit and a restaurant, plus a host of other activities like mini-golf, a children’s play area, table tennis and a swimming pool for all.

Moncoutant - (11 mins)

Market town with its weekly market, selection of shops, large supermarket, butchers, bakers numerous hairdressers, beautician and lovely restaurants.

Golf du Bocage (25 mins) http://www.golf-bressuire.fr/

Located in Bressuire, newly opened 18 hole golf course, 72 par located in beautiful surroundings with a putting green, practice green, pitch and putt and restaurant. Buggies and clubs are available to hire directly from the clubhouse.

Vouvant (26 mins) http://www.vouvant.fr/

One of the most beautiful villages in the area.

Mervant (27 mins) http://www.vendee-guide.co.uk/mervent.htm http://www.naturzoomervant.com

Wonderful lakes, boating, swimming, fishing and zoo.

Niort (35 mins)

Capital of Deux Sevres – shopping, architecture and culture. Enjoy the café terraces of the old town, then head to the banks of the Sèvre Niortaise or browse the morning and weekend markets and on Thursdays in July and August visit the Niort festival in the gardens of Le Roc windmill, a summer event for contemporary music.

The Green Venice of the Poitevin Marshes. (38 mins) http://marais-poitevin.com

This protected natural area with trees and canals is steeped in fairy-tales and legend. Enjoy a boat ride and relax with a picnic near the water’s edge.

Puy du Fou (45 mins) http://www.puydufou.com/fr

The Puy du Fou extends over 45 hectares and enchants children and adults alike with its medieval, 18th and 19th century villages and spectacular effects. Leave the 20th Century behind and step back in time to witness Viking warriors launch an attack from their long ships, experience the frenzy of the Roma Circus, the swashbuckling of the Musketeers and so much more, it’s no wonder its France’s second most popular tourist attraction after Disney!

The Zoodyssée (1 hour) www.zoodyssee.fr

A fabulous ecological animal park of 25 hectares. The Zoodyssée is home to around 500 European animals and over 60 fascinating species.

Futuroscope (1 hour 10 mins) https://en.futuroscope.com/

The only one of its kind in Europe. Located just outside Poitiers, Futuroscope is set in 60 hectares of tranquil green countryside, with original experiences you won't find anywhere else: films in giant format, thrill-filled attractions, 3D rides with 4D effects, games, live shows, open-air activities, and more.

La Rochelle (1 hour 15 mins)

La Rochelle is a historic Atlantic port city with medieval fortifications around the old port. The criss-cross of narrow streets, many of them closed to vehicles, are bordered by medieval and Renaissance houses, built in the distinctive local white limestone. The narrow streets are filled with bars and restaurants offering local specialities and cuisine from around the world. Wander round the port, enjoy the cafés and restaurants, visit the aquarium and perhaps take a boat trip to the Island of Ré,

Poitiers (1 hour 15 mins)

Recognised as the city for art and culture Poitiers is a university city and the regional capital of Charentes. Lovers of city rambles will enjoy discovering the picturesque narrow streets of the city and the half-timbered houses. Rich in art and culture, it offers over 3,000 shows throughout the year. There is something for every taste: dance, music, theatre and exhibitions as well as 30 festivals, historical and unusual museums, cinemas, as well as numerous galleries to explore.

Vallee des Singes (Valley of the Monkeys (1 hour 30 mins) http://www.la-vallee-des-singes.fr

Come and see over 400 primates in this 35 acre wildlife park. Recognised for its conservation work at the Valley these beautiful primates wander freely amongst the forests, paths and streams enabling you to observe them in a natural environment and in their own social groups.

O’Gliss Parc (1 hr 15 mins) http://www.oglisspark.fr/

Something for everyone - this water park has 12 giant water slides, 4 river rapids, wave pool, beach area and exotic garden.

2 Reviews
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  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 10
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 Proctor Family 16 August, 2019

We had been searching for the right gite for our party (parents, 8 and 4 year old and grandparents) in the right location. Paul and Lesley had just moved in to their new gite-owner lifestyle, so we lucked out in with La Blatiere being available. We had such a wonderful stay!

The area has so much for people to do of all ages - we couldn't do it all in our week. Can highly recommend Chateau Saint Mesmin if you have kids. My husband also enjoyed the go-karting track and the rope adventure place only 5 minutes away. The area is also perfectly suited for leisurely cycling, and Paul ensures that there are a good selection of well-maintained bikes free to use.

The gite itself is spectacularly comfortable with everything you'd need. Its beautifully decorated and has a number of lovely little touches. It's so comfortable, that we didn't go anywhere on the Sunday! The pool is a wonderful size, well looked after, clean and covered, so is always warm.

Paul and Lesley are also wonderful hosts and lovely people. They were wonderfully attentive without being too intrusive.

We had such a lovely holiday and will definitely be back to La Blatiere at some point on the future.

Owner response

Hi Charlotte
Thank you so much for the lovely review. It was great to have you all to stay and we are so glad that you had a great time too.
Thanks again for everything and we really look forward to seeing you all again
Lesley and Paul

10 / 10 Wilson Family, Dumfries 14 July, 2019

We had a fantastic weeks stay at La Blatiere Farmhouse with our three children aged 10, 9 and 6. The accommodation is beautifully decorated and fully equipped for a 'home from home' holiday experience. From children's DVD's, books and games to the excellent pool area with more children's outside games and even the pool inflatables provided! Paul and Lesley really have thought of everything and nothing was too much trouble for them. They are both friendly, welcoming and knowledgeable hosts.
There are lots of family activities and attrations in the area - Parc de Adventure tree climbing is 10 mins aways and worth a visit, also Puy de Foy and Futurscope theme parks are both fantastic and good for day trips.
We would have no hesitation in recommending La Blatiere and would love to make a return visit.

Owner response

Thanks Una it was a pleasure to have you all to stay at La Blatiere for your holiday and we are so pleased you had a great holiday. We very much hope to see you again sometime. Many thanks. Lesley Paul & Oscar x