About the home
Just a few hours drive from the ports of Caen, St Malo and Le Havre, and just over an hour from Nantes or Poitiers airports, La Charriere used to be a farm and is now a holiday getaway offering self-catering acccommodation for large groups. With a large heated outdoor pool on-site, sports facilities and bicycles always available, great wines to sample locally and a beautiful landscape to discover all around, there is something here for everyone!
Large groups are accommodated across 2 houses which means plenty of space for everyone. We offer great on-site facilities for guests and there is plenty to do and see in the local area.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 18, 9 bedrooms|
|Will consider:||Corporate lets|
Nearest amenities: 5km
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Suitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||No pets allowed|
Adapted for wheelchair users
No smoking at this property
|Luxuries:||Private outdoor pool (heated), Log fire, DVD player|
|Pool:||Private outdoor pool (heated)|
|General:||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Satellite TV|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities:||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Other:||Please check with the advertiser regarding linen and towels|
Adapted for wheelchair users
|Outdoors:||Private outdoor pool (heated), Private garden, Bicycles available, Private fishing lake / river, Climbing frame, Swing set|
|Access:||Wheelchair access, Parking space|
Further details indoors:
Both houses are well equipped and have spacious kitchen, dining and separate lounge areas. Large comfortable beds make each stay here a pleasant experience and for big groups, many of the bedrooms can be set with twin beds rather than large doubles (if needed).
5 of the 9 bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms and there are also 2 separate toilets and a large family bathroom. La Charriere has been adapted so as to be suitable for wheelchair users with ramps, wide doorways, wetrooms and underbed space for hoists. We also have a shower chair available for use. Hoists can be hired locally as per your requirements.
We have an extensive DVD library with over 200 films available for guests to borrow during their stay and both houses have wide screen TVs and UK freeview channels. In addition there are board games, puzzles and books to brighten a quiet afternoon.
Further details outdoors:
During your stay here you are welcome to use all facilities free of charge.
- large outdoor heated pool (in season)
- fullsize covered court for badminton, volleyball or basketball
- table tennis
- table football
- large selection of well maintained bicycles
- children's swing set and sandpit
- archery (on request)
Both gites also offer accommodation that is suitable for disabled users, (wheelchair users with mobility level 3 and those with impaired sight) and has been visited and approved by the French Tourism board.
We accept bookings all year round, and occasionally may be able to accommodate larger groups than stated so do contact us with the requirements for your next break. Whether you are planning a family holiday, a getaway with friends or a well deserved retreat with your team, or even by yourself we look forward to welcoming you here soon.
The Poitou-Charentes / Vendee / Deux Sevres region
Ideal for a scenic cycling holiday, the local area is quiet contryside dotted with villages and towns. Places to visit in the aras include:
Montreil-Bellay: Charming town 1/2 hrs drive away set by the river. Excellent chateau to visit offering tours in English, picnic by the river and view the ancient Medieval town wall. It is a great place to visit.
Rochmenier: 1/2 hrs drive to visit the old Trogolodyte village which is well worth a visit. The cave homes are preserved as a museum - fascinating for all ages. On the way back, visit the Zoo at Doue La Fountaine
Villandry: Beautiful chateau with breath-taking gardens that are famous throughout the world.
Fontevraud: Amazing architecture to be found at the Abbey at Fontevraud, famed for being the burial place of Richard Coeur de Lion ( the Lion Heart himself) and full of French and English History. Nearby Puy de Fou boasts famous medieval style son et lumiere shows which will delight any audience.
Futuroscope: Well worth just over an hours drive to Poitiers, Futuroscope is the thinking man/woman/childs answer to Dinseyland. Lots to see and try and discover.
Saumur, Angers, Chinon: These famous French chateaux towns all all within a 75 minute drive and each is brimming with history and a variety things to see and do; museums, mushroom farms and art gallerys to name but a few!
The Argenton Les Vallees / Sanzay area
Guests can cycle to one of the nearby villages for fresh baguette and croissants every morning, or in the evenings to a bar or local restaurant.
Argenton-Chateau is the nearest town (5 mins drive) and has all basic neccessities (small selection of shops) along with a large open air swimming pool and a lake where you can go out on a pedalo. The meandering streets of the town make for a very pleasant afternoon stroll and at dusk there are often otters to be seen around the 'Lac'.
Bressuire is a 15 minute drive and offers a more than adequate selection of supermarkets, restaurants, a town centre market every Tuesday and some wonderful patisseries! There is an old chateau here too, and a bizarre but fantastic antiques and oddities store.
Local vineyards offer wine tasting all year round - we are happy to recommend the best places for a 'degustation'. Try one or two different wines and buy bottles direct from the producer.
How to get there
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By car / ferry:
Ferries to Caen, Le Havre or Cherbourg, then drive 4/5 hours. Detailed directions for all routes will be sent out with the booking confirmation.
Short hop ferry Dover to Boulogne - very cheap and a short crossing. The drive is longer but with the new autoroutes it is simple and quite quick 6hrs (if you are carefull going through Rouen!) Detailed directions for all routes will be sent out with the booking confirmation.
Fly to Nantes (Ryanair), Angers (with Eastern Airways from Southampton) or to Poitiers (with RyanAir from Stanstead). We can help you to arrange car hire, taxis to and from the airport, or for a small fee may be able to collect you.
Flights are also available to nearby Tour and La Rochelle with various companies.
Activities near Argenton Les Vallees
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
19 Aug 2012
We stayed in La Charriere in July/August with an extended family group of 17 people. It is amazing that such a large group of people ranging in age from 18 mths to 70 years could all enjoy themselves thoroughly in one place. Also one of our party is confined to a wheelchair and this posed no problems as the property is totally accessible.
Everything about La Charriere is fantastic, from the peaceful rural setting to the remarkable facilities. The pool is brilliant as is the barn with table tennis, table football, snooker and even a badminton/basketball court for a break from the sunshine or the occasional rainy day. There is a large range of bikes of all sizes available so you can explore the local countryside by pedal power.
Internally the gites are very well equipped with all the appliances you could need as well as ample seating and remarkably comfortable beds. The provision of satelite TV with English channels was a bonus to us as our stay coincided with the Olympics.
The area is beautiful with lots of lovely villages, magnificent chateaux and vineyards selling gorgeous wine after allowing some generous tasting.
Our hosts Paul and Charlotte live on site and were always friendly and extremely helpful. Nothing seemed to be too much trouble for them.
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 18|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|24 Sep 11||17 Dec 11||£ 970||-||-||3 Nights|
|17 Dec 11||7 Jan 12||£ 2000||-||-||4 Nights|
|7 Jan 12||7 Apr 12||£ 1150||-||-||3 Nights|
|7 Apr 12||26 May 12||£ 1420||-||-||1 Week|
|26 May 12||7 Jul 12||£ 1815||-||-||1 Week|
|7 Jul 12||8 Sep 12||£ 2420||-||-||1 Week|
|8 Sep 12||27 Oct 12||£ 1815||-||-||4 Nights|
|27 Oct 12||22 Dec 12||£ 1190||-||-||3 Nights|
The property's weekend rates apply to: Saturday and Sunday nights
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
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