Restored cottage for family holiday in Civray - PV005164

3km from Civray, Vienne, Poitou Charentes Reference: PV005164 Advertiser since: 4 February 2016
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La Buanderie at Les Grands Coudrais Self Catering Saturday 3 6 2 Rollaway bed or cot can be supplied free of charge

About this property

Spacious Family Gite with Shared Pool . This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Les Grands Coudrais is a group of 3 carefully 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.

The Buanderie cottage has an enclosed garden with teak garden furniture and barbecue. It shares the main garden and grounds with swimming pool, play area, boules pitch, table tennis and covered outdoor seating area. Outdoor activities such as horse riding, canoeing and fishing are all 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 our large 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 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 bathrooms, 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.

We live in the main farmhouse on the property with our 15 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!

We look forward to welcoming you at Les Grands Coudrais for a very special holiday.

Formally the wash house, L'Ecurie is our largest gite. Ideal for families, it can also accommodate an extra bed or cot which we can supply free of charge.



Kitchen and dining

La Buanderie has a large farmhouse kitchen, fully-equipped with a gas cooker, fridge-freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave oven and a Tassimo coffee-machine. There's high quality crockery, cutlery and glassware for 12 people as well as kitchen utensils and cookware. The dining table seats 6 (and can extend to seat 10 comfortably).

Living rooms

The living room is furnished with comfortable sofas and an armchair. There's a large flat screen tv with dvd player, and a log burner (although you won't be needing it for most of the year!)


Upstairs, La Buanderie has 3 bedrooms. The master bedroom, with high beamed ceiling has an en suite shower room and the other 2 twin bedrooms share the family bathroom.


The en suite to the master bedroom has a large shower, wc and washbasin. The family bathroom has a full size bath with shower, wc and washbasin. We provide step stools for little ones.


La Buanderie has a large log burner in the living room and electric radiators in the kitchen and all 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 Buanderie has an enclosed garden with teak garden furniture and a stone barbecue. The swimming pool and 2 acres of gardens and grounds with a covered terrace, games area and boules pitch are shared with guests in the other 2 gites.

Parking and garages

Designated parking space within the gated courtyard

Visitor suitability

We regret that La Buanderie is not suitable for guests with reduced mobility or with wheelchairs due to the narrow doorways and the fairly steep stairs.

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
Stair gates
Age appropriate toys and games


  • Cleaning

  • 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


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



Name/number of nearest marked trail: There are 15 circuits and over 300 kms of marked trails in the Pays Civraisien


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! 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.

1 Review
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 9
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 Maxington 28 August, 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed our family holiday in La Buanderie. The gite is superbly equipped and it's setting is ideal in quiet countryside. The grounds are superb and there is lots to keep yourself amused, football, swings, boules area and a lovely swimming pool. The owners are great and are on hand should you require any assistance. I would thoroughly recommend Les Grands Coudrais for a super relaxing holiday.

Owner response

Thank you so much for your lovely review! We're so glad that you all enjoyed your holiday at Les Grands Coudrais and it was a pleasure to welcome you here.