Holiday Gite with pool near Civray - PV004577

3km from Civray, Vienne, Poitou Charentes Reference: PV004577 Advertiser since: 4 February 2016
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms Additional info
L'Ecurie at Les Grands Coudrais Self Catering Saturday 1 2 1 We can provide a baby cot free of charge

About this property

Pretty Cottage with Pool near Civray. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Les Grands Coudrais is a group of three carefully restored cottages set in over 3 acres of beautiful open countryside in a small hamlet just 2 kms from the pretty market town of Civray.
Dating from the 18th century and once working farm buildings, the cottages are full of character.  Many of their original stone walls and exposed beams have been retained and they have been carefully renovated and equipped to ensure your holiday is perfect. The three cottages are all detached with their own private gardens, and they share the main garden and grounds, boules pitch, table tennis and covered outdoor seating area, perfect for an aperitif or after-dinner drink. Outdoor activities such as horse riding, canoeing and fishing are all nearby and we have bicycles and golf clubs available for you to use.
Absolutely perfect for a couple, L'Ecurie cottage was once the stables. It has a large enclosed garden with teak garden furniture and barbecue on the shady secluded terrace. A gate from the garden leads directly to the pool.
All bed and kitchen linen, towels and pool towels are provided free of charge and you'll find plenty of little extras - including a tray of the local apéritif in the living room, toiletries in the bathroom, produce from the vegetable garden, eggs from our chickens and a welcome pack on arrival.  Fast, free wi-fi is available in all the cottages  The cottage is non-smoking, but you are welcome to smoke in your cottage garden using the ashtrays provided.  We welcome well behaved dogs and L'Ecurie can also accommodate a cot, which we're happy to provide.

Families will adore the Valley of the Monkeys, Futuroscope and the Castle of the Eagles, all within easy reach. For history lovers, the area is full of fascinating sights from superb Romanesque churches to the pilgrimage route of Santiago de Compostela which passes close by. Or you may just prefer to relax by our large swimming pool surrounded only by the sounds of the countryside and views of corn, wheat and sunflower fields.

We live in the main farmhouse on the property with our 16 year old daughter and although we are always on hand to offer help and assistance, we're also discreetly in the background in case you don't! 

Our arrival day is Saturday and our rates are weekly but we're always happy to be flexible according to availability, so please contact us if you're looking for a different arrival day or shorter break.
We look forward to welcoming you at Les Grands Coudrais for a very special holiday.



Kitchen and dining

The practical kitchen area is fully equipped with a gas cooker, fridge, microwave oven, washing machine, Nespresso coffee maker and high quality crockery, cutlery, glassware and kitchenware.

Living rooms

The cosy living area has exposed stone walls and wooden beams and is furnished with a comfortable sofa and a small dining table with chairs. There is a flat screen tv and dvd/cd player.


The bedroom leads off from the living area and has a double bed with wardrobe and shelf space. French doors lead directly to the enclosed garden.


The ensuite shower room has a large shower, wc and washbasin.


Only needed in the winter months, L'Ecurie is heated with electric radiators and a gas fire.


Flat screen tv and dvd/cd player. Large selection of dvds, cds, books and games. Fast free wi-fi available.

Garden and outside

L'Ecurie has a lovely enclosed garden and a private sun terrace with teak garden furniture and barbecue. A gate from the garden leads to the pool area.

Parking and garages

Designated parking space within the gated courtyard.

Visitor suitability

L'Ecurie is suitable for guests with reduced mobility as there are no stairs. It is not suitable for guests with wheelchairs due to the narrow doorways.

We welcome well behaved dogs at no extra charge.

Information about any additional facilities

For families with babies and toddlers we can provide the following equipment free of charge - please contact us to arrange.

Rigid travel cot with hypo-allergenic mattress and bedding
Mamas and Papas Venezia 3-way pushchair
Baby and toddler crockery and cutlery
Baby bath
Baby changing mat
Baby towels and toiletries
Nappy bin and bags
Stair gates
Age appropriate toys and games


  • Internet

  • Pets welcomed *

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Shared pool

* Vet details: Audoux Marouteix Et Associés 1 rte Niort 86400 SAVIGNE


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: All the surrounding towns and villages have brocantes throughout the year
Distance: 2 km


Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Carp, trout, pike, grayling, perch, bass, bream
Name of nearest fishing location: The Vienne has Class 1 and 2 river and lake fishing.
Distance: 3 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: Golf de l' Hirondelle Golf Club Address: Rue de l'Hirondelle, 16000 Angoulême, France
Distance: 50 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Ferme Equestre les Boutiers, 86400 Lizant
Distance: 5 km



About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Jane Lacey-Smith

We are Martin, Jane and our 15 year old daughter Amélie. We've lived all over the world in our former lives as members of the Foreign Office, but now we're happily settled in this beautiful corner of France and we love welcoming guests to Les Grands Coudrais.

Year property purchased 2011
Why this location? The Vienne is a beautiful area of France with easy road and air links to the UK - only 5 hours drive from the Normandy ports and just over 6 hours from Calais. Les Grands Coudrais is set in a peaceful hamlet but only 2 kms from Civray, a lovely small market town and we're within easy reach of large cities, excellent restaurants and all kinds of outdoor activities.
Unique benefits of property Les Grands Coudrais offers just that bit more than lots of gites - thoughtful little extra touches, comfortable beds made up for your arrival, beautiful gardens and easy access to all sorts of activities. The 3 cottages can be booked together which is ideal for larger groups of family or friends. We speak fluent French and we're very happy to make reservations for days out, restaurants etc for you. We welcome dogs at Les Grands Coudrais and we can make any necessary appointments for your dog with our friendly English-speaking local vet. Our guests tell us that Les Grands Coudrais has a very special atmosphere and we're proud that over 80% of our bookings are from return guests - many return year after year.

The Owner Recommends

Things to do

You'll find a book in your cottage giving details of things to do and see in the area - far too many to list here! Water sports, walking, cycling are all popular and a visit to Angouleme or Poiters - both about 45 minutes away - makes a great day out. La Rochelle is unmissable for its beautiful old port and fantastic selection of seafood restaurants, and there are plenty of local restaurants nearby. We're always happy to make enquiries, bookings or reservations for you.

1 Review
  • Cleanliness: 9
  • Comfort: 8
  • Condition: 9
  • Facilities: 8
  • Local Amenities: 9
  • Setting: 9
  • Value for Money: 10
8.8 / 10 Rice 3 September, 2017

We were made to feel very welcome by our lovely hosts who were on hand if we needed something or had questions about the local area. The cottage was as described and perfect for us as a couple with our small dog who had a lovely garden to run around in as well & direct access to the swimming pool.We had a private terrace with table and BBQ where we eat all our meals and the kitchen was well equipped & had a welcome grocery pack of items which was very thoughtful

We enjoyed the local markets twice in Civray and discovered the local outdoor/ indoor pool for lap swimming and had a lovely meal at the local hotel with a good value Menu de jour 3 course €15 or €18 menu

We liked it so much and the local area that we will stay again and recommend it to our friends

Nick & Rainee

Owner response

Thanks so much for your kind review - we're really glad that you enjoyed your stay and we hope to welcome you back to Les Grands Coudrais again.