Restored holiday cottage for rent in Vienne - PV004785

3km from Civray, Vienne, Poitou Charentes Reference: PV004785 Advertiser since: 4 February 2016
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La Bergerie at Les Grands Coudrais Self Catering Saturday 2 4 1 Additional z-bed or baby cot available

About this property

Character Cottage for 4 People near Civray. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Les Grands Coudrais is a group of 3 restored cottages set in over 3 acres of beautiful open countryside in a small hamlet just 2km 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.
La Bergerie cottage has an enclosed garden with a sunterrace, teak garden furniture and a stone barbecue. It shares the main grounds with large swimming pool, play area, boules pitch, table tennis and covered outdoor seating area.  Horse riding, canoeing and fishing are all available nearby and we have bicycles and golf clubs available for you to use.
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 the swimming pool surrounded only by the sounds of the countryside and views of corn, wheat and sunflower fields.
All bed and kitchen linen, towels and pool towels are provided for you 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 hens and a welcome pack on arrival.  Fast, free wi-fi is available in all the cottages.  We ask you not to smoke inside, but you are welcome to do so in your garden using the ashtray provided.  We welcome well-behaved dogs.
We live in the main farmhouse on the property with our 14 year old daughter and although we are always on hand to offer help and assistance, we're also discreetly in the background if you don't!
We look forward to welcoming you at Les Grands Coudrais for a very special holiday.
La Bergerie used to be the sheepfold and is now a cottage full of character sleeping 4 people.  The bedrooms can also accommodate an extra bed and a cot which are happy to provide free of charge.



Kitchen and dining

The open plan kitchen is fully equipped with built in gas oven and hob, fridge, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave oven and high quality crockery, cutlery, glassware and kitchenware. The dining corner has a pine table and chairs to seat 4 people.

Living rooms

The living area has log burning stove, original stone walls and exposed beams and is furnished with a comfortable sofa and armchairs. There is a flat screen tv with dvd player.


The 2 large bedrooms (1 double and 1 twin) are upstairs and are accessed by independent stairways, but they have a communicating door to give extra peace of mind to parents with little ones. The bedrooms can both accommodate an extra bed or cot.


The large ground floor shower room has a walk-in shower, wc and washbasin.


Only needed in the winter months, there is a log burning stove, electric radiators in the bathroom and the bedrooms.


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

Garden and outside

La Bergerie has a pretty enclosed garden and a sunterrace with teak garden furniture. There is a stone barbecue. The main grounds of just over 2 acres are shared with the other cottages.

Parking and garages

Designated parking space within the gated courtyard.

Visitor suitability

La Bergerie is not suitable for guests with reduced mobility or wheelchair users due to the narrow doorways and stairways.

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 travelcot 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
Age appropriate toys and games


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Pets welcomed *

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Shared pool

* Vet details: Audoux Marouteix et Associés,1 route de Niort, 86400 SAVIGNÉ


Antiques/Brocante Market

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


Family activities

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.

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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! Watersports, 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.