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We have been sharing our beautiful holiday home for 24 years, altering it to reflect our own and visitors requirements. We collect old furniture, pictures and English books for all ages.
The property, which is located in a village with excellent facilities, consists of a large hall with woodburner and french doors to the terrace. 20ft kitchen/diner, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, double oven, ceramic hob and french doors to terrace. Lounge with woodburner. Freesat UK tv and radio in many rooms. Broadband and wi-fi.
First floor. Four large bedrooms (2 x 5ft and 1 x 4ft 6" doubles, 1 x twin), en suite wc/bath with dryer, separate wc/shower. All bedrooms are separate and off the main corridor.
Enclosed garden, large part shaded terrace. Covered parking. Garden furniture, swings and table tennis. Children can walk, swim or wakeboard in local lake.
Excellent inexpensive local restaurants, pools, markets and supermarkets. Thouars and Loudun have covered pools whilst Loudun and Airvalt have open summer pools. Chatellerault and Poitiers have large leisure pools. Local horse riding, golf, cycling, fishing and tennis. Loire châteaux close by.
Ryanair: Tours or Poitiers, TGV: Chatellerault or Poitiers, Approx 4-5 hours drive from western ports or 7-8 hours from Calais. Phone, broadband and wi-fi.
20ft kitchen/diner, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, double oven, ceramic hob and french doors to terrace.
Kitchen table seats 8 and there is an extension table for larger groups. Sofa and easy chairs.
Sofa and easy chairs, tv, books and a small woodburner.
There are 2 rooms (1 and 4) with 5' double beds, one room (3) with 4’6" double bed, one room (2) with 2 3’ beds and a cot (base in room 4 wardrobe, mattress next to room 2 wardrobe). There is one standard size double duvet and 2 king size duvets all of which separate so as to provide a choice of tog standards, 5 single duvets, assorted blankets and a duvet of sorts for the cot. Pillows are standard English size (2 per person) and should have under-slips. We can supply towels, linen and bath mats for those who fly.
En suite bathroom with bath, bidet, wc, basin and tumbledryer. Shower room with wc and basin.
Broadband, wi-fi, Freesat English tv and radio, French tv, video, dvd, audio, hundreds of books for all ages.
Enclosed rear garden, swings and table tennis.
Not suitable for those who have problems with steps and stairs.
This is a large house, ideal for families that like to 'do their own thing' but come together at meal times, on the terrace or in the evening. Hall with large woodburner linked to radiators. Night storage and other free-standing heaters.
We always try and take our visitors to this wonderful complex of buildings in a beautiful village on the road from Loudun, north to the Loire river. Fontevrault was a "double house" - that is, a monastery and a nunnery within one complex. It was the burial place of the Plantagenet dynasty who ruled in England and large parts of France from 1154 to 1485. At one time, there were 15 Plantagenet tombs - only 4 remain. Henry II, King of England (reigned 1154-89) and his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine (who was also at one time Queen of France). Richard I the Lionheart (reigned 1189-99) and Isabelle, wife of King John the Bad. Details at http://www.abbaye-fontevraud.com/web/abbayedefontevraud-tarifs_et_horaires-6-6.html
A major feature of the area around Saumur are the fascinating troglodyte caves which offer lots of scope for a variety of visits for the whole family encompassing underground museums, mushroom caves, wine cellars, restaurants and even a zoo, which are all given a different slant because of their unusual setting. For example: a museum devoted to all things related to the humble mushroom! If mushrooms are your thing, then you will be rewarded with a fascinating insight into the techniques employed in growing them as well as seeing most of the different varieties actually being grown, both wild and cultivated types. Location: on D761, Route-de-Gennes, St-Hilaire-St-Florent. Tel: 02 41 50 31 55 Details at http://www.musee-du-champignon.com/
This restaurant has superb views over the ancient walls and roofs of Thouars. There is a terrace in the summer. The restaurant is a real treat. White tablecloths, superb menus and good local wines. No holiday for us is complete without several visits. Cost per head including wines about €20. Details: Hôtellerie St-Jean-de-Thouars Location: Route Parthenay 79100 Saint Jean-de-Thouars Tel : 05 49 96 12 60. Details at www.hotellerie-st-jean.fr
The closest excellent inexpensive restaurant. Combine a meal with a visit to the château at Oiron. Eat in the courtyard in summer or by the log fire in winter. Local wines are good and the menu is simple and varied. Cost per head including wine about €20. Location: Le Relais-des-Marronniers, Place-des-Marronniers, 79 100 Oiron. Tél: 05 49 96 54 96. firstname.lastname@example.org. Details at http://www.le-relais-du-chateau.com/
This is a cinema themed park close to Chatellerault and about 30 minutes from the house. There are headphone translations. Packed with thrills, images in giant-screen format, extraordinary encounters, mind-blowing shows, role-playing, and more. Futuroscope lets you enjoy new excitement that will amaze you, play on your senses and involve you in the action, as you escape into new worlds of fun, live in the future today and see this world in a new light. Location: exit 28 on the A10 motorway (Paris-Bordeaux) is 2 minutes from the Parc-du-Futuroscope main entrance. GPS location data : N 46° 39' 48'' (46,66337) - E 0° 21' 43'' (0,36187). Details at http://www.futuroscope.com/eng/index.php
Take your pick!
Monday - Richelieu
Tuesday - Loudun, Bressuire, Tours, and fresh fish, Place-de-Coligny, Moncontour
Wednesday - Mirabeau and fish van comes past the house at about 11.00 am
Thursday - none
Friday - Loudun, Thouars
Saturday - Mirabeau, Airvault, St Jean-de-Sauves, Monts-sur-Guesnes
Sunday - Neuville, Moncontour (oysters and some vegetables etc).
Children can walk, swim or teleski in local lake. Thouars, Loudun and Airvalt have summer pools. Chatellerault and Poitiers have large leisure pools. Local horse riding, golf, fishing and tennis. Loire châteaux close by.
The list is endless but the nearest one at Oiron is great fun. It was immortalised as the home of the Marquis of Carabas in Puss in Boots. It is now a contemporary art museum with exhibits linked to the château’s history and organised round the memory of exhibitions of unusual and wonderful objects, combining human and natural creations. One of our favourite restaurants is the Relais du Chateau in the village. Chateau details (in French) at http://www.oiron.fr/
Travel time from Caen, Cherbourg or St Malo (served by Brittany Ferries) is about 4 hours.
There are 2 in the village but our consistent favourites for quality and price are Le Relais du Chateau, Oiron (00 33) 5 49 54 96 and Hostellerie St Jean, 25 Route de Parthenay, St-Jean-de-Thouars (00 33) 5 49 96 12 60 just outside Thouars on the Parthenay road. At the moment, the latter is the best. Many restaurants are not open on Sunday evenings and charge higher rates for Sunday lunch.
There are lots of excellent small boutique shops in Loudun, Thouars and Poitiers. Those locations and many others have large supermarkets but they are not allowed to open on Sundays. The large ones stay open thoughout the day but the smaller ones close for lunch at least from 12.30 - 2.30 pm.
The wakeboard or teleski park at Moncontour is almost unique and totally silent. It consists of a wire suspended above the lake. People are pulled around on the same principle as a ski drag lift but as they get better they weave in and out, jump and do turns. There is a cafe to sit and watch or try it out - all equipment available to rent. It is a short walk from the house along a path that borders a stream.
Details and photos at http://www.teleskinautiquemoncontour.com/
This zoo is perhaps one of France's best and is a fabulous day out. As you head down to the entrance you wonder what awaits you, but all is revealed when you realize that the zoo is sited in an old quarry with much evidence of troglodytic dwellings. This makes it ideal for a hot, sunny day as there is lots of shade provided by the great variety of trees, bamboo and acacias. The more than 500 animals have lots of space to roam in their enclosures and there are many opportunities to watch the animals being fed and listen to talks throughout the day (although these are only in French). Location: situated to the south west of the town of Doué, best approached by taking the D960 bypass round the town. General Info: Route de Cholet, 49700 Doue-la-Fontaine. Tel No:(00 33) 2 41 59 18 58. Open every day from the start of the French February school holidays to the end of the Toussaint holidays in November. Summer 9.00-19.30hrs. Winter 10.00-18.30hrs. Details at http://www.zoodoue.fr/