|La Jaudonniere||Self Catering||Saturday||2||5||1||Sofabed and Cot|
La Jaudonniere is a16c character country cottage fully renovated with private in-ground swimming pool and 4 acres of grounds, facing south over open countryside. The cottage has stone walls and oak beams throughout, some low in places, terracotta tiles plus some original stone and oak floors.
The pool, 8m x 4m, is south facing and benefits having the sun from early morning to the evening. It has large decking areas for sunbathing and dining.
The cottage can be found at the end of a100m country lane, in a quiet, safe and secure location with no through traffic.
The surrounding area is great for walking and cycling with the River Charente close by where you can hire canoes.
British standard kitchen with cooker plus hob, dishwasher, washing machine, fridge-freezer, microwave. Kitchen table and chairs for ad hoc dining. Next to the kitchen is a large dining room with oak beamed ceiling, a refectory dining table seating 6, antique dresser and original oak floor. French 17c antique sofa, Electric piano/organ. Cd Player. Staircase to upstairs bedrooms and bathroom.
Living room with terracotta tiled floor, large sofa with matching armchair, large inglenook working fireplace, oak beamed ceiling and a small conservatory leading to the garden. There is a television with French and English channels and a record/cd/tape/radio cabinet.
Large main bedroom with queen size double bed and oak beamed ceiling, which is low in places. Door to outside stone staircase leading to the garden. The landing is fitted with wardrobes leading to the bathroom and the 2nd bedroom at the end of the corridor has three single beds, cot is in the wardrobe with high chair.
Good size bathroom with bath, shower, toilet and sink. The bathroom has low beams at the bath end where the shower is and can be difficult to stand up in if you are tall. The bath is deep for a good soak after a day by the pool.
There is central heathing throughout, with a new combi boiler installed in 2014 and all the rooms have radiators. Large inglenook fire place for winter visits.
French and English tv, dvd player, Electric piano/organ, Record player, cd player, radio, tape player. Books and games for in and outdoors.
There is a large south facing garden, with paddock in over 4 acres and open country views. Lovely private swimming pool with decking on 2 sides for sunbathing, a large teak dining table and chairs on 1 deck with other tables in the garden which can be moved to shady areas if required.
There are lots of trees and large shrubs including apple, plum and pear trees. Two Brick BBQs, fire pit.
large Parking area at the cottage.
Not suitable for wheelchair access.
Fishing and canoeing available in the area.
Theme Park within one hour's drive.
Large open air park for all the family. Can be driven to within half an hour.
The gite is in a lovely setting – very quiet and great for wildlife. The swimming pool was lovely. The house is nice and cool (it was very hot when we were there).
Unfortunately there were a few problems which spoilt our stay a little bit. The gite appears tired and ‘unloved’ with many cobwebs and dust, and we felt it needed to be looked after a bit more. Although the bedding and linen was clean it was old and the towels had holes in, and some of the under bedding was stained. When we arrived it appeared the cleaner had stopped midway through cleaning the house as there was a dustpan and brush full of dust on the middle of the bedroom floor.
The bath is unusable if you are over 5ft 5 or a little overweight and it is almost impossible to use the shower as it is so small and narrow. We think the bathroom needs to be updated urgently.
The leaflets in the gite were very out of date, some of the brochures going back to the late 1990’s, and they could do with more information on restaurants etc in the area – one card was 5 years out of date and the restaurant had closed. There was no visitor’s book.
Having said all this, we did enjoy our stay, but we felt a lot more could be done to make the place really nice. We are very experienced in staying in gites and sadly this one was not high on our list.
Thank you for your comments. I am surprised you only score 5 for cleanliness. Our caretakers are an English couple who have cleaned for us for the past few years without any adverse comments from previous guests. The property is 16c with the original heavy oak beams throughout and therefore a cobweb can appear overnight. As this is a self catering property we leave cleaning materials including an extendable brush that can be used to sweep the beams when guests are in the property as they are responsible for the day to day cleaning. Towels and sheets from John lewis were replaced in May 2015 however some of these were "borrowed" by guests and not returned and we have had to replace since the writers were there. The bath is not unusable as is a nice deep bath however the beams slope down over so that the detachable shower is difficult if you are tall or on the heavy side. We are a family of four all over 5.5ft and have managed to use the bath and shower for the past twenty years. We leave all information regarding the area however old as ancient buildings and points of interest do not date however restaurants do change hands or close down but we are not looking to produce a restaurant guide. This lovely property, gardens and pool is very good value as our repeat guests tell us.