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Bedrooms
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Pets
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Les Martinets Ref: F79131

This beautifully converted stone property offers two spacious adjoining gîtes with all the modern conveniences while retaining character features such as exposed stone walls, oak beams and double-height entrance halls. Properties Les Martinets (F79131) and Les Hirondelles (F79132) can be let together by larger groups and both open onto private terraces and a shared ’play’ garden. The English owner lives opposite in the courtyard providing as much or as little help as you wish, and tending to the gardens and pool for those staying in both properties. Chef-Boutonne is a delightful small market town with everything you need if a lazy holiday by the pool is all you seek. There is a great restaurant/bar, a pizzeria, two supermarkets, three boulangeries, a butcher, a newspaper shop, a wine and fresh coffee shop, playgrounds, a fishing lake and even a very French ‘cave des vins’. If you feel more adventurous however, there are varied attractions at all points of the compass and all within 90 minutes by car. If you feel more adventurous, La Vallée des Singes (the valley of the monkeys), is universally popular with all the family and only a 40 minute drive, which still leaves time in the day to return home and enjoy the pool in the afternoon. Futuroscope at Poitiers is a 60-minute journey and is better suited to families with kids aged 12+ and La Rochelle (90 mins) is a must. It has fantastic shops, an incredible pâtisserie, a great ice cream parlour, the Aquarium right in the centre and the old port ringed by seafood restaurants and creperies. The seaside is only 90 mins by car; there are distillery tours and a beautiful golf course at Cognac only 60 mins away and Melle, with its charming centre ville, Friday morning market, great steak restaurant and the silver mines to visit is just up the road.

Ground floor: Large open plan living/dining room with modern corner kitchen. Separate WC. Stairs to first floor: Double bedroom. Twin bedroom with additional bunk beds. Bathroom/WC with shower. Separate WC.

Both Properties: Enclosed shared ’play’ garden and shared walled pool garden

  • Shared outdoor pool (10m x 5m, depth 1m to 2.1m)
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • F/freezer
  • TV
  • Video
  • DVD
  • CD/stereo
  • T/cot
  • H/chair
  • Parking
  • Terrace furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included.
Both Properties: Enclosed shared ’play’ garden and shared walled pool garden
  • Shared outdoor pool (10m x 5m, depth 1m to 2.1m)
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • F/freezer
  • TV
  • Video
  • DVD
  • CD/stereo
  • Wi-fi
  • T/cot
  • H/chair
  • Parking
  • Terrace furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included.

Location: 800m from Chef-Boutonne (cafés, restaurants, supermarkets), 15km from Melle (shops, restaurants, silver mines), 41km from Niort (old town, shops, restaurants, golf).

WAS
NOW
£410-£1150
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Le Petit Moulin Ref: F86128

Only a short drive to Saumur and Chinon and their famous vineyards, the setting of this holiday property can give you the true taste of French rural life at a slow pace with un-crowded roads all year round. The interior is comfortably furnished throughout with leather sofas in the living room and open fire for those cool evenings. There is a large swimming pool with Roman steps which is shared with the owners from mid-July to end August, a sunny poolside terrace and an attractive sheltered terrace with a large walled barbecue area for outside dining. The owners live in the adjoining property for up to 6 weeks each summer. Just a short drive away are the historical towns, villages and châteaux of the Loire. Visit the busy cosmopolitan towns of Poitiers, home to Futuroscope, and Tours which has entertainment for all the family. This is a wonderful cycling area with tracks alongside the River Loire, horse riding 1.5km, fishing 300m and a 18-hole golf course all available locally.

Ground floor: Living room with open fire. Dining room/kitchen. Utility. Separate WC. First floor: Three bedrooms; two double, one twin. Bathroom/WC with shower attachment

  • Large enclosed grounds
  • Terrace
  • Shared swimming pool (12m x 6m, depth 0.8m - 1.9m) with Roman steps
  • Oil central heating (at cost, on request)
  • Open fire
  • W/machine
  • T/dryer
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • F/freezer
  • Two TVs (French channels only)
  • Video
  • DVD
  • Cot
  • H/chair
  • Table tennis
  • Ample parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • All linen for hire.

Location: 12km from Loudun (medieval town, shops, bars, restaurants, golf), 14km E of Thouars (château town, all facilities), 24km from Chinon, 34km SW of Saumur (château, river). Fly via Poitiers, Tours or Nantes.

WAS
NOW
£49-£1290
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
11
Bedrooms
6
Pets
1
La Ferme d’Alba Ref: F16157

Set in the countryside between Limoges and La Rochefoucauld, this old stone farm is located in a very peaceful hamlet. Spacious and comfortable, it has retained its original beams, paved floors and large fireplace, yet it has been carefully modernised with attractive soft furnishings. The large garden has a big mulberry tree and a swimming pool (heated at extra cost). Less than 25km away is the huge lake of Lavaud, ideal for swimming, sailing or just lazing in the sun. Angoulême is also a short drive and has another lake for water-skiing, museums in the old cobbled streets and plenty of interesting shops to wander around.

Beamed living/dining room with open fire and bar. Kitchen. Utility. Shower room/WC. Single bedroom with en-suite bathroom. Antique staircase to two bedrooms: one kingsize and one twin. Bathroom/WC with shower. Separate steep stairs to first floor: Three bedrooms: two double, one twin. Shower room/WC

  • Large enclosed garden with terrace
  • Pool (10m x 5m, depth 1m to 2m, open May-Oct) with salt water system (heated optionally at cost)
  • Central heating
  • Telephone (incoming and local calls)
  • W/machine
  • T/dryer
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • Wi-fi
  • T/cot
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Table tennis in barn
  • All linen included.

Location: 8km from Chasseneuil (shops, church, forest, market, restaurant, tennis), 25km from Lake Lavaud (beach, sailing, fishing), 37km E of Angoulême (shops, museums, boat trips, water-skiing, golf), 63km W of Limoges (porcelain shops, museums).

WAS
NOW
£53-£1749
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
La Boninière Ref: F79149

This spacious gîte has been thoughtfully renovated throughout, whilst retaining charming original oak beams and exposed granite walls. The bright modern kitchen/dining area is well equipped and leads into a spacious, comfortable living area. La Boninière has its own paved terrace and barbecue for outdoor dining with views over the two hectares of private grounds and the tranquil countryside beyond. The large, shared, solar heated pool is surrounded by a terrace, a covered seating area and children’s play area. Cycles and child carriers are also available for guests. Beautiful rolling countryside surrounds La Bonninière and is ideal for walking, cycling, bird watching and photography.

Four steps to ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Twin bedroom, en-suite shower/WC. First floor: Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom/WC, shower cubicle

  • Terrace
  • Swimming pool (10m x 5m, depth 1.25m)
  • Heating
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • F/freezer
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD
  • Wi-fi
  • T/cot
  • H/chair
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included.

Location: In the village of Neuvy-Bouin (bar/restaurant), 3km from Largeasse (bar/restaurant, boulangerie), 8km from Secondigny (all facilities), 50km from Puy du Fou.

WAS
NOW
£259-£749
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
1
Marigny, nr. Niort Ref: W12378

Shared above-ground poolShared above-ground swimming pool

Deux-Sèvres

These three wonderful holiday properties, completely renovated by the British owners, enjoy shared use of an above-ground swimming pool (7m x 4m, depth 1.2m) and a large shared garden with children’s play facilities. The smallest, a 2-bedroomed detached stone holiday cottage, offers a fitted kitchen with lounge/diner, ample and comfortable accommodation for a family of four.

Relax in front of the woodburner in the low season, or take in the sun in the private south facing garden in the summer, either way this is a great base for a holiday. The second is a 3-bedroomed former forge and features a large fitted kitchen with open-plan lounge/diner with a log-burner. Upstairs, the 3 bedrooms and bathroom are all well presented, of good size, and the house retains many original features; it has a private sitting out area to the front. The third property, a four-bedroomed, 19th-century detached farmhouse, is set in exquisite rural farmland and retains many original features including beams and solid fuel fires. As well as a large family kitchen, there is a lounge, two shower rooms, a second bathroom en-suite to the main bedroom and private garden and sun terrace.

The beautiful town of Niort is 10 miles,and the stunning seaside port and harbour of La Rochelle is 35 miles. These properties can be booked together for larger groups or families holidaying together.

Shop 2km, café/bar and restaurant 3km.Shop, café/bar and restaurant 2km.

Ground floor: Lounge, kitchen/diner, shower room with toilet and basin. First floor: Shower room with toilet and basin, 4 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and basin, 1 twin, 1 adult bunk.

All fuel and power included in rent, bed linen and towels included in rent, cot, highchair, colour satellite TV, radio, washing machine, freezer, microwave, private garden, shared garden, patio, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. One pet welcome.

WAS
NOW
£280-£819
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
La Jacaranda Ref: F17361

This semi-detached holiday property sits in the village of Loiré-sur-Nie, with a private pool and an enclosed garden. La Jacaranda is spacious and includes a galleried living room with feature fireplace, exposed beams and stonework. The village has a general store and at a short distance is Aulnay with a market on Mondays and Thursdays and its 12th-century Romanesque church. Visit St. Jean d’Angély, with its European Centre of Culture, and the riverside town of Cognac, with tours of the brandy distilleries. In addition to local walks, there is tennis, cycling and pétanque. For days out, the beach at Châtelaillon-Plage, La Rochelle, with its historic port, shops and architecture, and the Marais Poitevin are worth a visit.

Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Conservatory. Double bedroom, en-suite shower room/WC. Shower room (no WC). WC. First floor: Two bedrooms: One double, one twin. WC. High sloping ceilings

  • Garden with unfenced pond (take care with children)
  • Terrace
  • Patio
  • Pool (10m x 5m, depth 2m)
  • Heaters
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included
  • No smoking.

Location: 10km S of Aulnay (shops, supermarket, restaurants, cafés), 20km E of Saint-Jean-d’Angély (shops, A10 autoroute), 75km E of Châtelaillon-Plage (beach), 85km E of La Rochelle.

WAS
NOW
£419-£1210
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0

Close to river

Charente-Maritime

This one bedroomed, semi-detached bungalow features a cosy lounge and fitted kitchen.

There is a delightful patio area at the back of the holiday property, and another garden at the front leads onto the River Boutonne where you can go fishing and enjoy peaceful living.

The pretty little village of Dampierre has local facilities, and nearby you will find the forest of Chizé, the lovely old port of La Rochelle, and the Atlantic beaches and Cognac are all within easy driving distance. There is also a small zoo (Zoodysee) 9km away.

Shop, café/bar and restaurant 3km.

All on ground floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen, shower room with toilet and basin, 1 double bedroom, sofa bed in lounge.

Central heating, all fuel and power included in rent, bed linen and towels included in rent, cot, highchair, colour TV (French channels only), DVD player, stereo/CD player, wi-fi, washer/dryer in shared laundry room, microwave, lawned garden, patio, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets. NB: River on edge of grounds.

WAS
NOW
£27-£419
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
Gresse-en-Vercors Ref: FRI020

Ideal touring base

Isère

These 3 holiday apartments are situated on a complex in Gresse-en-Vercors. The city of Grenoble is 52km away, with its archaeological museum, restaurants and shops.

Visitors to Grenoble can also take a cable car up to the Bastille, a series of fortifications on the mountainside overlooking the city. Visit the Château of Vizille, 43km, which has a museum and over 100 hectares of grounds.

The Ecrins National Park is 50km away, with its mountains and lakes, and is perfect for hiking, with plenty of marked trails to enjoy. There are plenty of other outdoor activities to enjoy in the area, including snowboarding and climbing.

Shop and restaurant 100m.

Lounge/kitchen/diner, shower room with toilet and basin, separate toilet, 1 double bedroom, double sofa bed in lounge.

Electric heating, all fuel and power at cost, colour TV (French channels only), dishwasher, microwave. Sorry, no pets. NB: Open-tread, turning stairs to first floor.

WAS
NOW
£22999-£22999
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
1
Saint-Pardoult Ref: FCH086

Ideal touring base

Charente-Maritime

This large, semi-detached holiday house sits in the small hamlet of Saint-Pardoult in the Charentes countryside. Downstairs, the kitchen leads into the dining area and lounge from where you can access the terrace and barbecue.

Also downstairs are the bathroom, separate toilet and two bedrooms, whilst upstairs you have a further two bedrooms and another toilet. The garden is a great open area which borders onto the river, great for fishing. There are several pretty villages locally, but the main shopping area is the popular and attractive town of St. Jean-d’Angély, 8km from the property.

Here you can also find a great swimming complex and outdoor pool, as well as pedalo and canoe hire. There is golf at Niort, 40km north, and you should also visit the zoo at Chizé, 18km. The superb Atlantic beaches, 60km, and the historic city of La Rochelle, 80km, are both great places to visit.

Shop and restaurant 5km.

Ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, second kitchen, bathroom with separate shower, toilet and basin, separate toilet, 2 bedrooms: 1 twin, 1 with double sofa bed. First floor: Separate toilet with bidet and basin, 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single plus single bunk.

Electric heating, all fuel at cost, power included in rent in summer, at cost in winter, bed linen and towels included in rent, colour TV (French channels only), DVD player, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. One pet welcome. NB: Step to entrance. Sloping ceilings in first floor bedrooms. Unfenced river in garden.

WAS
NOW
£36-£849
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
11
Bedrooms
5
Pets
0
Rochefort-du-Gard Ref: FLG182

Outdoor swimming pool

Gard

This beautiful holiday cottage enjoys uninterrupted views over the Rhone Valley and is very close to Avignon. The house is a comfortable retreat with a large shaded terrace with sun loungers and benches, table tennis, a private swimming pool (50m²) and pool house with toilets. The house has been thoughtfully decorated in a rustic style and is a delightful Provençal property and even has a porch swing for relaxing on tranquil summer evenings. This is an ideal base for touring the regions of Gard and Vaucluse which have mountains (Mont Ventoux) and seaside resorts (Palavas and Gau-du-Roi) to discover.

Only 12km from Avignon and its cathedrals, castles and museums. Further afield is Nîmes (34km) where you can explore its ancient ruins and monuments, museums and restaurants.

Shops and restaurants 1km.

Lounge/kitchen/diner, shower room with toilet and basin, bathroom with basin (no toilet), two separate toilets, 5 double bedrooms, 1 plus single bed.

Electric heating, all fuel and power at cost, highchair, colour TV (French channels only), DVD player, internet connection, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, lawned garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, ample parking. Sorry, no pets. NB: Open-tread stairs to first floor. Drops by pool area.

WAS
NOW
£125-£1799
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
1
Mage Ref: T79019

This farmhouse, situated in a very quiet, sleepy village ’off the beaten track’, has been carefully converted by the owners. The area is a comfortable drive from the western Loire châteaux (Angers, Saumur, Chinon, Montreuil-Bellay), and an excellent touring base to explore the vineyards of the Loire Valley, the waterways of the Marais Poitevin or Fontevraud Abbey. Visit the recreational lake (5km), a golf course at Roiffé (36km), Futuroscope Park at Poitiers (60km), and ’Son et Lumière’ at the Puy du Fou theme park. The house is set in an enclosed garden, with a lawn, trees and flowers, and a shaded terrace. The holiday property is spacious and is furnished in a comfortable French style. The owners sometimes occupy a small house to the rear of the property, but have their own private garden and sitting-out area. A converted outhouse is now a summer kitchen, with a large open fire and barbecue, small fridge, a sink, a large table and benches, and ample shade in which to enjoy meals.

Ground floor: Living/dining room with open fire. Kitchen. Utility. Bathroom with spa bath, shower attachment and separate shower. Separate WC. First floor: Three double bedrooms. Bathroom/WC with shower attachment. Second floor: Two double bedrooms

  • Garden
  • Fenced swimming pool (13m x 5m; depth 1.2m - 2.3m)
  • Poolside shower/WC and changing area
  • Oil central heating (at cost)
  • W/machine
  • T/dryer
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • F/freezer
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included.

Location: 2km NW of Louzy (tennis), 5km N of Thouars (all facilities), 5km N of St. Martin-de-Sanzay (lake).

WAS
NOW
£69-£1350
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1

Shared outdoor swimming pool

Charente-Maritime

Set in a residential area, located just 300 metres from the ocean, this typical seaside apartment lies on a complex with other similar properties.

Discover the beautiful beaches of Le Grand-Village-Plage which are just 4km away and a little further are the beaches at Saint-Trojan, 8km.

Enjoy use of the shared outdoor swimming pool with a paddling pool (open Jun - Sep, 10am to 7pm). Bike hire is also available from reception (July to August). Explore the beautiful island of Le Château-d’Oléron, ideal on a bicycle, with its sandy beaches and sand dunes, bustling harbour, museums, monuments and so much more. This is a stunning island with many attractions and places to see, which will keep all the family entertained.

Shop and restaurant 400m, beach 300m.

Lounge/kitchen/diner, shower room with toilet and basin, shower room with basin (no toilet), 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, double sofa bed in lounge

All fuel and power at cost, bed linen included in rent, internet connection (at cost), dishwasher, microwave, outdoor furniture. Sorry, no pets. NB: Open-tread stairs to first floor.

WAS
NOW
£220-£22999
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