|TLC Gites and B&B||Self Catering||Flexible||2||5||2|
The property is a traditional charentaise farmhouse set on the brow of a hill. The house faces south with views of the countryside and the church in Etusson. The microclimate of the area means that we get the benefit of lots of sunshine. The farmhouse is the Owner's accommodation and the rest of the house has been converted into 2 modern, comfortable gites which have been designed to retain some of the traditional features of the house as well as providing everything you need to have an enjoyable stay. The house overlooks 2 acres of gardens which include a pond and stream as well as many fruit trees. With quality at the heart of everything we do, the gites are equipped with all you need. Elf and Lisa want you to enjoy your stay and are on hand to assist with any queries you may have and help you to settle in.
We are only a short drive from larger towns including Bressuire, Vihiers, Mauléon and Thouars. There are also many tourist attractions within easy reach: we are only 40 mins from the Puy du Fou - an historic theme park with lavish theatrical extravaganzas, 20 mins from France's largest Oriental garden and only a few minutes from Chateau and wine tasting.
Argentonnay, previously known as Argenton les Valles is a small but quaint village which has all the basics that you would need for your stay. Why not try some fresh bread or patisseries from the Artisan boulangerie or have a nice meal at the Restaurant du Lac. During the summer season, you can try your hand at kayaking or canoeing on the River Argenton, enjoy the open air swimming pool or visit the Chateau.
Nueil Les Aubiers is a village due east of Etusson and has some larger shops including an Intermarche.
Thouars is under 30km to the west of Etusson and has a thriving market that takes place every Friday morning.
Bressuire is under 25km to the south of Etusson and has a market on Tuesday and Saturday morning. It also has some much larger shops including supermarkets, clothes shops and a beautiful chateau.
Vihiers is to the north of Etusson at around 16km and has a lovely town centre with a chocolate shop and brasserie.
The large town of Cholet is less than an hours drive away to the north west and is approximately 35km. Here you will find everything you could ever want from shops, retail outlets and hypermarket.
Etusson is a great location as you are always within an hour of a wide variety of attractions that will suit people of all ages and interests.
A short 10 minute drive will take you to one of the few Alpaca breeding farms in France. The team at Argenton Alpacas will take you on a tour of the farm and introduce you to the herd.
At just over 40 minutes drive you can reach the famous Puy du Fou theme park. Famous for its theatrical displays and themed areas, this is one of France’s top tourist attractions.
The wonderful Bioparc is only 30 minute's drive away and is a must see attraction for any animal lover. Get up close to a wide variety of animals who have the freedom to roam in large enclosures. There is always something new to see.
Parc de la Vallee is just under 20 minutes drive and is a great place for families and ideal for those wanting to let the kids play. With a variety of attractions, water rides and activities, this is a perfect day out.
Within 25 minutes, you can be in Maulévrier which is the location for one of Europe’s best oriental gardens. Sitting next to Château Colbert (which is also well worth a visit), this oriental themed garden is a wonderful visit at any time of the year.
Etusson is located within the northern Poitou Charentes region. This area of France sits within a micro climate with it being one of the most sunny regions in France. As such, it is excellent for growing grapes and the region produces excellent wine from deep bodied reds, sweet rosé and fresh whites. There are more caves and vine yards than we can possibly list, all of which are always happy to provide a tour of the vineyards and of course provide a tasting of the wines they produce.
Each of our gites includes a fully equipped kitchen which contains everything you need for a self catering stay. All plates, crockery, cups, glasses and cooking utensils are included in the rental price for your use. Each gites has table and chairs, fridge, cooker, microwave, toaster, steamer and facilities to make tea and coffee. We have a communal bbq terrace which all our guests can use and we also like to encourage those that stay with us to enjoy the outside space so you are very welcome to eat al fresco! If you do not want to cook, there are plenty of restaurants, cafes and places to eat in the area.
Each gite has a kitchen diner area which includes a sofa and coffee-table for your use. Each living room space has a large flat screen tv which is connected to both French and English satellite channels. These living areas are tastefully decorated and comfortable.
We believe that having a good nights sleep is very important and therefore each of our gite bedrooms has been designed to be light, airy and comfortable. Each bed will be made up in advance of your arrival and the use of bed linen is included in the rental cost. We have provided a selection of pillows so you can choose which is most suitable to you. Each room has a tv or dvd player for your use.
Within the gites we have provided clean, modern and stylist bathrooms. They are all equipped with walk in showers with hot and cold running water. Each bathroom has independent heating with all towels included in the rental cost.
All our gites are equipped with electric heating which can be easily controlled. Each room has an independent heating facility so you can alter it to suit the weather and your preference. All rooms have windows that can be opened should you wish to get natural ventilation.
Each gite has a flat screen tv with both English and French channels as well as a dvd player. A selection of dvd's are available in the gite and many more in the owners accommodation which can be used on request. We have provided electrical sockets that contain USB charging ports so you can keep all your devices charged. We have also provided a mini Bluetooth speaker for each gite so you can connect your device to this in order to listen to music or other media. It is also portable so you can take this out into the garden should you wish to do so. Each gite has a selection of puzzles and games for all the family to use.
We have a large 2 acre garden which all of our guests are welcome to enjoy. The garden has been divided into different areas which guest can use for inspiration to draw or paint, or simply find a nice quiet shady place to enjoy a glass of wine. With a variety of seating areas positioned throughout the garden, there is always somewhere to rest and enjoy watching the wildlife. The garden changes with the season and there is always something different to see.
Access to the house is reached via a gravel driveway that ascends the hill to the front of the property. Guests are welcome to park in front of the house at their leisure.
Due to the nature of the property, access to the bedrooms and bathrooms require the use of stairs. If you have any specific access requirements, please contact us before you book to ensure that our property is suitable for you. Should our property not be suitable, we can recommend other accommodation nearby.
We cannot accept pets at our gites and it is important for guests to know that we do have two dogs that are on the property, but kept in a secure area of the garden which is away from the main garden.
If you would like to take a wine tasting tour, whilst you are staying with us, we can arrange a visit to a local wine producer who can show you around the vineyards. We can also provide an easel and art equipment should you feel inspired to be creative.
The Jones family welcome you to our home and little slice of rural French paradise. Having dreamed of living in France for many years, in 2018, we decided to make our dreams a reality and we bought TLC Gites and Chambre d’Hotes, which we now run as a family. As well as keeping the gites up together, we enjoy other hobbies such as wood turning, painting, cycling and crafts.
|Year property purchased||2018|
|Why this location?||Etusson and the surrounding areas in North Deux Sevres offer a wide variety of things to do as well as a tranquil environment to relax. We are less than an hour's drive from many of France's biggest attractions including Puy Du Fou, the Oriental gardens at Maulevier, the Bioparc at Doue La Fountain and much more. Being on the border with Pays de la Loire, we are surrounded by areas of outstanding natural beauty, not to mention wine country with the famous Anjou wines of the region. This area offers a little bit of something for everyone, all year round.|
|Unique benefits of property||TLC Gites and Chambre d’Hotes was once a ruin and has been lovingly restored to modern accommodation whilst still retaining original features. Set in 2 acres of land, we aim to provide a warm and welcome stay. The neighbouring villages of Argenton-les-Vallées and Nueil Les Aubiers have shops, hairdressers, pharmacy, boulangeries, butchers and markets so you are never far away from the comforts of modern life but have the benefit of experiencing life in rural France. With low light pollution levels, you can enjoy spectacular sunrises, sunsets and on clear nights, watching the stars is a great pleasure. We are surrounded by natural beauty with many types of flora and fauna which inspire our guests to paint or simply sit back and enjoy watching the wildlife.|
A visit to Puy du Fou promises exciting experiences families will never forget. People flock to Puy du Fou from all over the world to experience its universal values and emotions, which touch the hearts of visitors of all ages.
Located in the heart of Anjou, the Bioparc is the only troglodyte zoo in the world. Over 1200 animals live in an exceptional natural setting dedicated to the protection of endangered species. Dug into the rock and naturally air-conditioned, our tunnels will lead you from one environment to the next. A trip filled with emotions in a true mineral and vegetal labyrinth!