|Gites Du Marigné, Chez Hiboux||Self Catering||Flexible||3||6||2||2 double bedrooms and 1 twin room, cot available|
Hiboux is set in a peaceful, rural hamlet yet is only a 5 minute drive from local shops and close to our local market town of Civray. The town has 2 weekly markets, a number of cafes, bars and restaurants and even has a quaint little cinema, showing the latest films in French and English. There are 2 excellent bakers and a charcuterie.
This beautiful barn conversion is set in 2 acres of gardens and meadow for you to explore and enjoy. Our large, heated pool, complete with comfortable sun loungers, cushions and parasols, provides the perfect way to relax in the sun. We enjoy a wonderful climate and are in one of the warmest and sunniest regions of France. There are plenty of fun days out locally, our guests have enjoyed the variety of cycling and walking paths, ( bicycles can be hired and delivered on site), canoeing on the mighty Charente river, visiting the famous Futuroscope or the nearby Valleé des Singes. We are within easy reach of Cognac with it's famous brandy tours and Chateaux, La Rochelle with it's lively seaside atmosphere, bustling and beautiful Bordeaux and the UNESCO world heritage site of St Emilion, for wine lovers. However, what many guests tell us is that they are quite happy to stay on site at Marigné, enjoying ball games or a game of petanque and having fun together in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. As we live on site, we are available to help with any queries or recommendations needed. We understand that a holiday is an opportunity for busy families to regroup and to spend quality time together. We pride ourselves on our commitment to help in any way we can to ensure our guests have a wonderful stay.
Hiboux (house of owls) retains all the charm of a traditional barn with it's original stone walls and vaulted ceilings. It has been decorated in a vintage style in keeping with it's character, yet is equipped for modern living with everything you need for a comfortable home from home family holiday. We are a pet friendly place, welcoming guest's well behaved canine companions. Wi-fi available and welcome hamper on arrival.
Hiboux has a traditionally finished French kitchen with microwave, large fridge-freezer, induction hob, dishwasher and all crockery and utensils supplied.
The comfortable living area is furnished with 2 sofas, satellite tv, dvd player, a selection of dvds, books and games.
The master bedroom has a separate wc and floor level windows with views of the fields, especially wonderful when sunflowers are planted.
The second double bedroom has views of the pool and play area.
The large, airy twin room is well presented with a vaulted ceiling.
The family bathroom has a traditional French slipper bath and large ornate mirror and double sink unit as well as a large shower.
There is a wood burning fire in the living area for the winter months which conducts warm air to the other rooms, giving a cosy feel. A complimentary barrow of wood is supplied from November to April. Additional electric heaters are provided in particularly cold weather. The bathroom has it's own electric heater.
Hiboux has its own private garden and barbeque area with outdoor table and chairs for those al fresco meals on warm summer evenings. It is set in large grounds with access to a big, heated pool, sun loungers and parasols.
There is a children's play area, petanque pitch and a variety of outdoor play equipment freely available.
We keep organically fed chickens, free to roam in the gated fruit orchard and live as nature intended.
We have an on site laundry room for the use of guests.
We have a car park for the use of our guests.
Hiboux is suitable for families, groups of friends and pets.
I am on hand to help with any queries or needs to ensure you have a wonderful holiday with us.
My partner Paul and I have dreamt of living in France for some years. We love France for it's wonderful climate, the space, but especially the community feel, people looking out for each other. After looking at dozens of properties, we instantly fell in love with Marigné and have created a beautiful and charming rural idyll for our guests. We are very friendly and really enjoy meeting new people. We love the sense of freedom here, enjoying the garden and spending time with our dog and cats.
|Year property purchased||2017|
|Why this location?||Marigné offers all the peace of a rural location but is within a 5 minute drive of local amenities. The area is famous for it's sun-soaked climate and rolling fields of sunflowers, we are lucky enough to live right next to one. The nearby town of Civray (2017) has two weekly markets, a number of shops and beautiful old church set alongside the river Charente. Civray even has a music festival in the summer and a great bar with frequent live music. There are many marked hiking trails and the area is very popular for canoeing. For great days out with the kids, there are a number of lakes close by with a variety of activities, we are close to Vallee des Singes (Monkey Valley) and the famous Futuroscope. For a spot of culture, both Bordeaux and Paris are within 2 hours travel. For wine lovers the UNESCO world heritage site at St Emilion is also accessible and the beautiful coastline at La Rochelle is around 1.5 hours drive away. The area has something for everyone.|
|Unique benefits of property||Set in over 2 acres of grounds, Hiboux is one of three gites that are available to book separately or as a combined holiday let for several families. Each house has it's own private garden and barbeque area and all have access to the beautiful, large 12m heated pool with sun loungers and parasols provided. There is a children's play area, petanque pitch and a variety of outdoor play equipment, freely available. We keep organically fed chickens in a large fruit orchard. All gites are decorated in a vintage style, in keeping with their rustic charm, yet are fully equipped for modern living with dishwashers and microwaves. All linen and towels, including for the pool, are provided. A laundry room is available for guests. Each gite has a wood burning stove for use in the colder months and a complimentary barrow of wood is provided between November and the end of March. We are available throughout your stay and will endeavour to ensure you have a fantastic time away.|
The nearby town of Ruffec has an excellent centre for canoe trips, www.canoeruffec.fr. Choose from a couple of hours to a whole day. We spent a wonderful afternoon on the river Charente and never saw another soul until the end. We did see plenty of herons, otters and a family of large water voles who allowed us to come really close.
Civray has two weekly markets, the Tuesday morning one being the largest. It sells a large variety of fruit, vegetables and local cheeses. You can also buy shoes, clothes, books and gifts. This is very popular with locals as well as tourists and the cafes are usually very busy. I recommend you park in the local pool car park, a very short walk away.
As the title implies, the nearby villages of Nanteuil en Valleé and Verteuil sur Charente are a must. Around a 20 minute drive away, Verteuil boasts a beautiful Chateau in a quaint village. I love the pretty vintage shop and tea room at Demures des Roses and the Old Mill for lunch. Nanteuil is a tiny village with stone and timber houses, an abbey and beautiful garden walk. We have tried the excellent restaurant at Auberge de l'Argentor and been recommended to eat at Auberge St Jean.
Many of the local restaurants offer a great plat du jour for lunch, City O Ven in Civray offers a great lunch. When you want a break from French cuisine, I highly recommend O'Napoli just off the town square in Civray. After years of travelling across Europe, the best pizza I have ever had!
This great day out is around 15 minutes away. I took two little boys last summer, no queues to get in, plenty of space for all and a large variety of monkeys running free. The staff will loan you a monkey proof bag for your lunch and there are designated areas to eat that are monkey free! It was a great experience to get so close to these creatures and the park is well equipped with cafes and play areas. Feeding time for the gorillas ( separated by water) was amazing, we loved it as have many of the guests.
Had a fantastic stay and was really able to relax. Felt completely recharged, the area is so peaceful but there's plenty to do within driving distance. The gite was immaculate and really felt like a home away from home. Jeany and Paul are wonderful hosts, will do anything they can for you and both very knowledgeable about the area. Can't wait to come again.
thanks so much for your wonderful review. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay and that you got the break you needed. We are very aware that holidays are very important for recharging, it is our pleasure to do what we can to help.
We hope to see you again soon.
Jeany and Paul