House | 9 bedrooms | sleeps 18
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 bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Nantes / Poitiers / Angers 100 km, Nearest railway: Saumur 60 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Outdoors||Private garden, Bicycles available, Climbing frame, Swing set, Private fishing lake or river|
|Access||Parking, Wheelchair users|
|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.
The Poitou-Charentes/Vendee 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!
Argenton Les Vallees
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.