Bedrooms 5, Sleeps 13
|La Soliniere||Self Catering||Saturday||10||20||7||2 double rooms in West wing of house. (no kitchen)|
La Soliniere is an 18th century domain, hidden away in the small village of Bouin. We are situated 4km from the historic market town of Chef Boutonne, in the heart of Poitou Charentes. The area is surrounded by beautiful sunflower fields and open countryside, an ideal tranquil setting for your holiday. There are several gites all situated around a central courtyard making it perfect for large groups who can socialise together.
With views over the lake and a traditional 4 poster bed, our tower provides the perfect setting for a romantic getaway. Separated from the main building, originally the gatehouse, it is ideal for those seeking seclusion. Traditionally French on the outside, modern on the inside, the tower boasts a charming lounge/diner with kitchen area, spiral staircase leading to the upstairs bedroom with luxury en suite.
LA MAISON DE JARDIN
Overlooking the courtyard garden, this large gite has 5 bedrooms (2 double/2 twin/1 bunk) and sleeps 10 people. The gite has a large lounge/diner with comfy settees and separate kitchen which includes dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, fridge-freezer. This gite also has two modern bathrooms, one bedroom is situated on the ground floor and has a specially adapted shower-room/wc to cater for guests with a disability. Fully equipped and beautifully decorated La Maison de Jardin is spacious enough to get away from it all.
LA MAISON DU MORRONIER
Separated from the main building, the Maison du Marronier is perfect for the family who want to get away from it all. 3 bedrooms 2 doubles (en suites), 1 twin (shared bathroom) are elegantly furnished and provides the perfect setting for relaxing, overlooking our main courtyard. The large kitchen/diner is equipped with dishwasher, microwave, fridge and freezer. The Maison du Marronier has a shaded patio area for outdoor meals.
LA MAISON DE LA ROSARIE
La Maison de la Rosarie is studio apartment style gite, just for 2. This gite situated around the Charentaise courtyard enjoys the benefit of all the facilities at La Soliniere. You can swim in the heated pool, relax on the terrace, play tennis or boules.There is a small fishing lake or you can just relax in the grounds. Wireless internet accessible on-site.
WEST WING OF THE MAIN HOUSE. (extra cost if required)
For larger groups the west wing of the house can accommodate a further 4 people in 2 x double rooms. There is a shared bathroom / shower room and mezzanine seating area with tea and coffee facilities, but no kitchen.
The Gulf Stream brings a warm climate to the area as much sun as the Riviera. Summer is normally the best time for using the pool and sunbathing, with the rest of the seasons being the perfect time for exploring the surrounding countryside and towns.
Our accommodation is arranged around a Charentaise courtyard, set in a parkland of 5 acres with a petite etang carp lake. There are many activities to choose from to allow you to be as active or relaxed, social or private as you wish. These include our tennis court, swimming pool, sun terrace, boules court, etc.
LA MAISON DE LA ROSARIE: Open plan kitchenette.
LA COLOMBIER: A charming open plan lounge/diner with kitchen area.
LA MAISON DE JARDIN: Separate large kitchen.
LA MAISON DU MORRONIER: Separate large kitchen.
LA MAISON DE LA ROSARIE: Open plan area with English television via Freesat player
The lounge opens onto the terrace via the entrance door.
LA COLOMBIER: Open plan area with English television via Freesat
The lounge opens onto a small terrace via the entrance door.
LA MAISON DE JARDIN: .The gite has a large lounge/diner with English television via Freesat and dvd player
The lounge opens onto the terrace via double doors.
LA MAISON DU MORRONIER: A large lounge / dining room with English television via Freesat and dvd player
The lounge opens onto the terrace via double doors.
LA MAISON DE LA ROSARIE: 1 x Double
LA COLOMBIER: 1 x Double
LA MAISON DE JARDIN: There are 5 bedrooms: 2 x doubles (one of which is on the ground floor) 2 x Twin bedrooms
1 x bunk beds more suited to young adults or children
LA MAISON DU MORRONIER: 2 x Double rooms, 1 x twin room
LA MASON DE LA ROSARIE: Shower room and wc
LA COLOMBIER: Shower room and wc
LA MAISON DE JARDIN: 1 x bathroom on the first floor. 1 x shower room with wc on the ground floor which is suitable for disabled or elderly people.
LA MAISON DU MORRONIER: 2 x en suites
Panel wall heaters
All with English tvs
Books, games, cards and dominoes available on request
Beautiful parkland grounds with large open grassland areas and a small lake.
An orchard of apples, pears, cherries, figs and peaches
Tennis and boules
Heated swimming pool
Separate on-site car park allowing the courtyard to be a car free zone and making it safe for children
Perfect for a large family or party
Bed linen and bathroom towels provided.
My name is Clive Harvey and I am a former director from Kent. I was struck by the beauty of La Soliniere with its 18th century stone buildings and charentaise central courtyard when I first visited it in 2009. By November 2011, I had purchased and moved into the 2.5 hectare site complete with swimming pool, tennis court, and a small, well stocked lake, all in beautiful natural woodland. The tranquility I've found in France is a refreshing change from the non-stop lifestyle I had in the UK.
|Year property purchased||2011|
|Why this location?||La Soliniere is an 18th century domain, hidden away in the small village of Bouin. We are situated 4km from the historic market town of Chef Boutonne, in the heart of Poitou Charentes. The area is surrounded by beautiful sunflower fields and open countryside, an ideal setting for your holiday.
The area benefits from the Gulf Stream bringing a warm climate to the area, and nearly as much sun as the Riviera. Summer is normally the best time for using the pool and sunbathing, with the rest of the seasons being the perfect time for exploring the surrounding countryside, cities and towns.
|Unique benefits of property||The property located in the small village of Bouin boasts 4 large well equipped gites situated around a central courtyard with a water feature fountain. The property is enclosed with a winding driveway leading through the stone arch to the courtyard. There is on-site car parking, tennis court and swimming pool, along with a well stocked carp lake and orchards all set in 2.5 hectares. We are surrounded by beautiful countryside with walks and cycling tracks.
The small town of Chef Boutonne which is 3km from the property has all the amenities you may require including supermarkets, banks, chemists, fuel station and bars.
The beautiful cities of La Rochelle, Saintes, Cognac and the Atlantic beaches are all easily accessible. There are also market towns, charming villages and the larger towns of Poitiers and Niort for those who like to shop.
In general, I don't agree with caging animals, so I was very apprehensive about this visit. Let me assure everybody it is worth every centime of the 20€ entrance fee!
This huge park in the middle of nowhere is awesome!
The facilities are all very clean and well cared for, with 2 restaurants (although only one was open late in the season when I went), several play areas for children and smooth, fairly flat paths that would be fine for the disabled and wheelchairs.
There are petting enclosures with an array of goats, chickens and waterfowl for young and old alike, but the large range of monkey species are the show-stoppers! Chimps and lemurs roam freely amongst the public, with only low wooden fences to define the paths from the monkeys' environment. I found this fact astonishing - I have never been so close to a free monkey. They are very well-behaved, as they are not fed by the public, but just go about their daily business within inches of the visitors.
The larger gorillas live on a huge island, which is well covered with trees and shrubs. At feeding time though (2pm the day I went - don't miss it!) there is just the moat between the gorgeous animals and the viewing public.
All of the animals I saw were very healthy and obviously very well cared for. La Vallee des Singes is a must-see; give yourself several hours!
A great day for the all the family. You can rent canoes for an hour, half a day or a full day. Pass through beautiful villages and countryside, canoeing, fishing, or just paddling in the river. There is a superb restaurant but pre-booking is essential in the summer. I have done this - great fun and not too strenuous. The views are super. Take a picnic and pull in on the halfway stop at the village of Baro where tables and seating is all there ready for you.
With more than 50 million visitors since it opened, Futuroscope is one one of France’s most popular amusement parks and the only one of its kind in Europe. Futuroscope is the ideal place to relax in, with 60 hectares of tranquil green countryside and 25 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. The spectacular theatres inside Futuroscope are gigantic sculptures and their futuristic lines blend in smoothly with the surrounding landscape. Discovery and thrills guaranteed for everyone, young and old.
This is great day out, best done in a small group, or groups, and would be very good for a family. We booked in advance – this is advised because there will be a limit to how many “units” can travel up and then down the line in any one session. There are set times each day when you leave, and if you’re first then you have to wait at the turning point for the others to arrive before you can set off back down the track. An interesting “rule” is that of you are are moving fast and catch up with the people ahead of you then you change units – no overtaking is possible because it’s a single track.
The track runs through a beautiful rural setting with plenty of dappled shade from the trees – but still take a hat and guard against too much sunshine; also plenty of liquid refreshment for the first stage of the journey which is slightly uphill in places, but never too challenging, even for non-cyclists. If there are four of you it’s even enough to swap places at any point on the journey.
You can get a drink and snacks at the turning point before setting off on the slightly downhill and certainly easier section of the journey.
Highly recommended – not to be missed.
We've been to Monterey Bay, The London Aquarium, the Trocadero one in Paris and many more, and La Rochelle's aquarium is definitely the best of all: it is modern, beautiful, the scenography is great... Apart from the touch tanks (they don't have any), there is just about everything you dream of seeing, in pristine tanks. The fish look super healthy and happy, and the variety is incredible. They had rare and gorgeous looking jellyfish, for example... and the variety of marine fish is just fantastic.
Oradour-sur-Glane or the Martyrd Village is poignant and powerful reminder of man's inhumanity and stands as it did when the Nazi blaze went out. The village stands frozen in time and is a very sobering reminder of the horror and futility of war.It's free to enter through the Centre did la Memoire. It was 7.20 euro's to go through the well laid out exhibition of the Centre. The village is haunting and at the church where 240 women and 205 children were machine gunned and then burnt, some still alive is something you will carry with you always. The crumbling facades, burnt out cars, iron bed frames, pots and pans are all as they were after the massacre.
The chateau is being restored as part of a community project. It's a massive undertaking so all the volunteers deserve hearty congratulations. The park is pretty and it's a lovely shady walk on a hot day. The banks around the big lake are packed with devoted fisherman. It is amazing how so many people can make so little noise! Our dogs were very disappointed not to be able to take a dip but I don't think we'd have been very popular. However, there is a lovely clear stretch of river further into the park and also a pretty lavoir with steps down into the water. The dogs loved that. It's a lovely picnic spot and we enjoyed our visit very much. Also in chateaux there is a lovely museum dedicated to lace making.
We went to visit the Silver mine in Melle and missed the morning tours so took a walk around the city walk and ended up passing this little gem.
Run by a Chinese family but very much French both the young girls who serve speak good English.
I had the set menu €9.90 Rump steak, fries and salad plus dessert very well cooked and presented and tasted excellent.
Typical clientele of local French people enjoying their long lunch break and some older locals who clearly know where value and quality are.
This modest-looking restaurant is probably one of the most popular in the area. Our family rate it as their first-choice when they come to France. Owned by an Englishman, more than half of their regular diners are French - which speaks volumes. We think the lunches are perfect because their Table d'Hote is very reasonable, superbly cooked and presented and is not too large. By this I mean you can rise after their lunch, feeling that you have eaten well but you are not overwhelmed. Dinners are also excellent (A La Carte) but we prefer lunchtimes.
I have eaten here several times taking friends along too.
The location adjacent to the river and weir is priceless, especially on a warm and sunny evening.
Menu is varied with A la Carte as well as Menu de jour and fixed price options. On my last couple of visits I have partaken of the €35 menu which is 5 courses and excellent value. On my last visit I had the terrine of pate as the starter which was followed by a substantial fish dish and then followed by the main course, the cheese board and finally the dessert. Drinks are 'normal' prices and compare with bars and other local restaurants.
The service was attentive but not obtrusive.
Fair to say that this restaurant has become one of our 'default' eating places.
Visited The Mad Hatter's Kitchen with family. We were a party of 6 including 2 children. The menu offered plenty of choice at a very reasonable price with wine included. The food was of a very high quality. The restaurant is in an old Maison de Maitre so the dining rooms have lots of character with lots of antiques on display. Service was excellent and I would strongly recommend the Mad Hatter.
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