|Les Cerisiers||Self Catering||Saturday||4||8||2||Cot available|
Sleeping up to 8 adults in 4 generous bedrooms, Les Cerisiers offers a real home from home, with, on the ground floor, a large family kitchen diner, huge living room with original charentaise fire place, stone walls and Wood burning stove, and further snug\reading room with doors out to the terrace. Four large double bedrooms, 2 with king size beds, and 2 with twin beds can be found upstairs.
The house has been restored to a very high standard, beautifully combining original features such as stone walls, with modern comforts. It also benefits from oil fired central heating and a cosy log burner in the living room, which makes it ideal for winter or summer rental.
Outside, you will find a rustic covered dining /BBQ area, great for those al fresco long lunches and evening drinks, and also gravelled, making it a great space to indulge in a friendly pre dinner boules match! Beyond this, are further extensive lawned gardens, offering great, safe space for children to play, including a 9x4 fully enclosed pool with underwater lighting and sun terrace.
There is also a large courtyard to the front of the property. Bikes are available on request. The area benefits from lovely walks through tranquil country lanes, surrounded by woodlands and sunflower fields, yet only a short walk into the village for the all important boulangerie! You will also find a cafe, grocery shop, post office, and restaurant in the village.
Ideally located only 15 minutes from the largest monkey sanctuary park in France, La Vallee des Singes, only 35 minutes from Futuroscope theme park, and an hours drive to the coast, guests will find there is lots to explore in the local area. So whether you prefer relaxing by the pool in the beautiful gardens, or exploring the historic churches and little market towns of the area, we look forward to welcoming you to Les Cerisiers for a very special holiday!
Kitchen/dining room with fitted units, dishwasher, freezer, refrigerator, oven and hob. Loads of kitchen equipment to tempt the keen cook and lots of cook books for inspiration!
Large kitchen table with child's highchair available.
Beautiful, large living room with original pointed stone wall, impressive Charentaise fireplace with cosy woodburner, and 3 sofas, music system and flat screen television with Freeview.
Four bedrooms, sleeps 8 plus a cot.
Bedroom 1 with king size bed, bedroom 2 with king size bed, bedroom 3 with twin beds, bedroom 4 with twin beds. A cot is also available, as well as a futon.
Two bathrooms, 1 separate wc.
Bathroom 1 - Bath, shower enclosure, bidet.
Shower room, with toilet.
Oil fired central heating.
UK and French television.
There is a large garden with bbq area. A 9x4 metre swimming pool, enclosed and alarmed for safety. Sitting areas to the front in the large gravel courtyard.
Parking is available on site in the large front courtyard.
There is a king size bedroom and bathroom on the ground floor which would be suitable to guest with reduced mobility.
We have holidayed in France over the last 20 years, the last 8yrs by motorcycle. We love the outdoor life, cycling, walking and kayaking and have enjoyed exploring different regions. We decided on Poitou Charentes and live here now with our chocolate labrador, Soren.<br/>The area is awash with sunflower fields and in the spring/summer it is simply beautiful. We love running or cycling on the quiet country lanes, and also visiting Poitiers, spending evenings outside at the many cafes/restaurants.
|Year property purchased||2015|
|Why this location?||We bought the property because we love the ease of access from all transport links and enjoy the mini micro climate the Poitiou Charentes area has to offer. Despite exploring further afield in France I always feel at home when I return to this area. A wonderful place to unwind and enjoy the real France.|
|Unique benefits of property||A fully equipped kitchen and lounge area allows for ease with large parties, the rear garden is extensive with plenty of space and safe playing area for children, there is also a large gravelled area out the back of the property by the outside eating area for the more competitive person wishing to play boules. There is also a large enclosed courtyard to the front of the property with plenty of parking. The village of Chaunay benefits from a small supermarket, 2 boulangeries, a bar/tabac. pharmacie and a hotel , all within a nice 15 minute stroll or 2 minute bike ride away.|
Discover Futuroscope: One of the most popular theme-leisure parks in France, Futuroscope offers a unique experience and a wide range of events to visitors of all ages - enjoy it on a one-day visit, or treat yourself (and your family!) and stay overnight for a two-day action packed experience - in all there are more than 25 'experiences' to enjoy. Several of the events have an educational message (the 8th continent is a journey to get rid of a large amount of waste in the Pacific; Sea Monsters is a trip back to the time of the dinosaurs) - while others are just plain fun! Several of the Futuroscope experiences use the latest technology to create great effects: see the great film effects of 'Arthur the 4D experience' and the special effects in the story of the Little Prince. Among the other highlights... Hurricane on the Bayou: the gigantic images on the 1000 square metre dome screen take viewers deep into the Louisiana heartland. When the Mississippi was diverted, New Orleans was able to spread out into these zones, but doing so has resulted in massive coastal erosion. The damage to its bayous and wetlands, once natural hurricane defences, has been such that New Orleans finds itself at increasing risk from cyclones. Hurricane on the Bayou is a thrilling story and a musical celebration of New Orleans that teaches the young about the importance of preserving wetlands and ecosystems. Brush with Genius: the images on the 650 square metre screen in 'Brush with Genius' offer a totally new look at Van Gogh and his work, and the film’s stunning graphics are a moving journey to the sources of the artist’s inspiration. The way the IMAX technology gives young visitors a new perspective on art makes the film an original sensory experience. Arthur, the 4D Adventure from Luc Besson takes young visitors into the make-believe world of the Minimoys.
With their rich history and fascinating heritage sites, picturesque coastline and varied family attractions, La Rochelle and Ile de Re rank amongst the highlights of the French Atlantic Coast. A fishing village in the Middle Ages, La Rochelle is famous today for its beautiful Vieux Port, guarded by medieval twin towers. Relax in a restaurant on the quayside, discover the temptations of historic shopping streets fringed with arcades, and visit the city’s many museums. Step on board the ships of the Maritime Museum and visit the Aquarium – one of Europe’s largest. Easy to explore on foot, La Rochelle also operates a bike hire scheme with 160 km of designated cycle tracks. The city has a vibrant contemporary scene too with music festivals, sports events and shows throughout the year, including Le Grand Pavois, Europe’s biggest floating boat show. Take the toll bridge to Ile de Re, known as the White Island for the quality of its light and whitewashed houses. Explore the island’s ten villages which include two classified amongst the Most Beautiful Villages of France; follow a network of trails by bike or on horseback; and wander the Vauban ramparts of Saint-Martin-de-Re where you might even spot one of the famous ‘Donkeys in Trousers’.
Discover the largest concentration of chimpanzees in Europe. Meet the 30 primate species in a place where more than 350 animals roam within 15 hectares of a natural wooded park area. Chimpanzees, and the largest gorilla colony in France.Watch feeding-times throughout the day. Since it opened, Monkey Valley has seen over 350 births, including 9 baby gorillas.Discover what goes on behind the scenes at the Valley as various exhibits show you what happens when a new monkey arrives, teach you about their everyday routine, and discuss research conducted at this site. A film also shows the birth of Kwanza - one of the 5 baby gorillas born the Valley of the Monkeys !There is a mini-farm too, where the children can pet goats and sheep. Game and snack areas.
Moncontour village is a gem hidden amongst a sea of sunflowers and melon fields. A pretty, historical village on the border of Vienne and Deux Sevres - said to be the second sunniest area in France - Moncontour offers nature, culture, history and all the activities you could wish for. Watched over protectively by its 11th century donjon, Moncontour has a watersports lake and is surrounded by branches of the River Dive and beautiful forest and riverside walks. The area is a nature lovers paradise - you can find deer, birds of prey and even a wild boar or two. If you bring a fishing rod, make sure it’s heavy duty and that you have chain mail for your arms – the fish are big! Arrive in spring and the swallows will lead you to your destination. Or you may be lucky enough to spot a heron or two along your route, usually stealing a fish or two from the fishermen. The grounds of the donjon, the village park and surrounding area play host to a number of events during the summer, including the largest vide grenier/brocante in the region on 1st May each year; Le Dives Buissonieres – music and crafts middle of June each year; the Fete de la Musique which occurs all over France on June 20th each year; and the July 14th celebrations when you can watch the fireworks being set off from the donjon – just to name a few. Plaques around the village of Moncontour describe journeys. Not just journeys of river and forest, but of history – the history of the 11th century donjon, the history of the ancient lavoirs (wash houses found along the rivers edge), and history of the region, of its people and of its patois - language.
The largest museum of comics in Europe. Comic books are in a true world of their own. This art form has its own history. The musee de la bande dessinee, or Museum of Comics, in Angouleme, is the largest comics museum in Europe, and opened its doors to the public in June 2009. It is located in old industrial warehouses on the banks of the Charente. Fully renovated and extended with a new area of 5000 m², these old warehouses host the prestigious permanent collection dedicated to comics, an art form which made Angouleme famous internationally. The new site overlooks a vast esplanade, with serene views over the Charente, and the historic town of Angouleme visible in the distance. A place of conservation, but also a multi-purpose place dedicated to the image, as well as a venue for all audiences, the Museum of Comics in Angouleme is a place of scientific reference, with unique archives and a fully equipped bookshop.