Gite | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 12
A sympathetically renovated Charantaise farmhouse and stables that sleeps 8-12 (2 cots available) 4 bedroom (1 downstairs) and 4 bathrooms with private heated 12x6m pool in walled garden. The pool is fenced and gated to french security standards. Only 5km to all amenities in the market town of Aulnay. Child and baby friendly. Perfect for 2-3 families sharing with privacy. Close to Cognac and the coast, perfect quiet family cycling country. 2 low cost airports within easy reach. Nearest Beach at Fouras is 45 mins.
|Size||Sleeps up to 12, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Fouras 60 km|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||6 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: La Rochelle 65 km, Nearest railway: St Jean d'angeley 20 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, Telephone, Pool or snooker table, Games room, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 2 En suites and 2 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (7), Double beds (3), Cots (2), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
|Further details indoors|
This spacious traditional longere style Charantaise farmhouse is spread over two floors facing south onto a private walled garden and a heated 12m x 6m pool enclosed to French safety regulations. Exposed stone walls and beams throughout most rooms. Inside the accommodation consists of...(left to right viewed from the front)
King Bedroom with En Suite Shower Room (sleeps 2): King size Orthopaedic bed. En suite shower room with shower cubicle, toilet, wash basin and extractor fan. Private door to terrace with shutters. Suitable for guests with restricted mobility (although not those fully confined to a wheelchair), although there is a step up into the shower and the bathroom is not wheel chair accessible.
Salon: Large beamed square salon with two large sofas and three chairs (seats 9 total) and large coffee table. Large fireplace, TV (Free to view English stations) and DVD/Video Player. Wi Fi broadband internet is also available throughout the house and garden area. Landline telephone available for incoming and outgoing local and emergency calls. Double doors to terrace. Stairs to first floor with permanently fixed fully opening stair gate.
Games/Sitting Room: Pool table and sofa. Large double doors to terrace.
Shower Room: Large shower cubicle, toilet and wash basin.
Farmhouse Kitchen: A real cooks' kitchen with a full range of base and wall cabinets and ample tiled work surfaces. A 4 ring gas hob and electric oven are situated on a large tiled island unit for preparation. Large Fridge Freezer and a huge "cafe" style fridge for drinks and salads etc. There is a washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, toaster, kettle and coffee perculator. We have ample crockery and cutlery for 12, and plenty of good quality pans and cooking equipment/utensils and serving dishes for those culinary feasts, for those that enjoy cooking on holiday! There is a large farmhouse table and chairs for 8 and a separate smaller table and benches for 4-6 if required. Double ceiling fans with lights and door to terrace.
Poppy Master Bedroom (sleeps 2-3 + baby) with En Suite Bathroom: Two large shuttered windows, romantic king size four poster canopy bed, single bed. Wooden settle and room for cot if required. Ceiling fan. Door to En suite shower bathroom.
En Suite Bathroom to Poppy Master Bedroom: New for 2010 full size shower-bath with shower screen, toilet, wash basin. Tiled floor. Extractor fan.
Landing: Large shuttered window opposite children's bunk room. Doors to master bedroom, children's bunk room, family bathroom and family bedroom. The landing does have several levels with one or two steps up and down between rooms. Permanently fixed fully opening stair gate to stairs
Children's Bunk Room (sleeps 2-4): Decorated in a fun underwater/seaside theme suitable for tots to teens. Two sets of children's bunk beds 2mx80cm. This room can be kept shuttered (close the shutters on the landing, there is no window actually in the room) to keep the room dark and cool, great for younger children trying to sleep with the light and bright evenings. We have inserted mesh panelling on the landing wall to allow plenty of air flow, whilst keeping bugs at bay!
Family Shower Room: Shower cubicle, toilet and wash basin. Extractor fan.
Family Bedroom or Teen Dorm. (sleeps 2-4 + baby): Bright and airy with super king size bed (can separate to singles if required), two single beds, room for cot and ceiling fan/light. Sofa for bedtime stories! Velux ceiling window with Velux blind.
|Further details outdoors|
White Shutters faces south in its own secluded and totally walled garden with a large heated in ground 12m x 6m swimming pool, dramatically flood lit at night. The depth varies from 80cm at the roman steps end, to a maximum depth of 1.8m at the far end. Pool heating is included from May - September to an approximate temperature of 26 degrees celcius. The pool cover needs to be put on at night to maintain the temperature. The pool is heated by an environmentally friendly electric heat pump, and does not rely on solar power!
Immediately outside the house is a large paved terrace with hardwood furniture for 12 (seat cushions are provided), and a substantial square iron gazebo for shade during those long lazy summer lunches.
The huge 12m x 6m swimming pool is directly in front of the house and provides an ample paved seating and sunbathing area. The pool is secured by walls, security fence and a self latching child proof magnetic gate, in accordance with French Safety Regulations (AFNOR). No noisy alarms here! There are 6 sunloungers (with cushions) and patio chairs for the pool area. The pool remains in full sun until early evening, although for the majority of the day some restful shade can be found for sunloungers.
The large square lawn is perfect for kicking a ball or a game of badminton or boules, or just sunbathing.
White Shutters is surrounded by high walls and is private. The house is approached via a quiet lane and has high wooden gates and covered parking in the gatehouse and further ample parking on the gravelled area inside. Adjoining the gatehouse is a ruined barn that is fenced off for your safety, please do not enter.
The booking procedure is summarised below, however please read the full terms & conditions on our website before booking.
1. Check that the dates you are interested in are available.
2. Contact us by enquiry form, phone or email to verify availability. We will send you a booking form via email.
3. The booking is not confirmed until we have received the completed booking form and the 25% holding deposit.
4. 8 weeks prior to the start of the rental period, the balance of the rental cost plus the refundable security deposit is due. If booking within 8 weeks of the start of the rental period then the full cost is due when booking.
5. Once we have received the full payment, we will send you a receipt and full details of how to find the property etc.
Welcome Pack Provided (Tea, coffee, milk, fruit juice, fresh bread, butter, jam and biscuits.
Swimming Pool Open May-September
Bikes provided as long as they are maintained by guests, we cannot guarentee that they will be available if previous guests have not mended punctures etc.
Wi Fi is subject to service availability
No other guests, owners or managers on site,
The Poitou-Charentes/Vendee region
Charente Maritime is the second sunniest region of France and Aulnay is 45 minutes the closest Atlantic beach at Fouras. White Shutters is an easy day's drive from all Channel Ports, especially Western Ports. Angouleme/Cognac, La Rochelle and Poitiers airports are also within easy reach.
White Shutters is away from main roads and the surrounding lanes are pleasantly undulating and perfect for cycling. You can cycle to the Boulangerie for bread in the mornings in Cherbonnieres (5 minutes by bike), and the thriving market town of Aulnay is only 6km away.
After arriving on Saturday afternoon, don't forget to visit the market in Aulnay on Sunday morning, fresh vegetables, cheese, fish and meat and local artists all frequent the market. There is a smaller market on Thursday mornings. There are the full range of local shops, banks and bistro in the town centre and an Intermarche on the bypass.
Saint Pierre Church in Aulnay is famous for it's Romanesque Poitevin art and outstanding architecture.
St Jean d'Angeley is the nearest big town 20 minutes away, with at least 2 large hypermarkets and a Water Park.
Royan, the famous La Palmyere zoo and the Cote Sauvage are about 90 minutes but well worth a day out, as is La Rochelle which is about an hour to the town, and a bit further to Ile de Ré and Ile d'Oleran.
The Marais Poitevin around Coulon is also a lovely peaceful day out, also known as "Green Venice" you can hire a boat on the canals or walk the shady riverbanks. Long lunches are "de rigueur"
There are plenty of vinyards and "degustations" are signposted down lanes all over the place....you must try Pineau Charente the local aperitif, and don't forget the jewel in the crown of Cognac just 40 minutes where you can tour the famous cognac houses.
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7 Aug 2014
"Wonderful family holiday"
We stayed here with friends, 4 adults and 6 children. We all loved the house and pool, the courtyard makes a safe haven for the children to play in. The little ones found the patio perfect for learni… More
2 Jul 2013
"Excellent, child-friendly holiday accommodation in a good location"
What a great holiday we had. We are grandparents and took our daughter, son-in-law, 2 year-old grand-daughter and adult son with us for a fortnight. We go away like this every year and so have quite… More
24 Jul 2012
"A holiday to remember"
We have just returned from a brilliant two weeks at White Shutters. We have three boys ages 12 down to 6 and little 4 year old girl, each one of them have taken away wonderful individual and collectiv… More
3 Jul 2012
"Lovely farmhouse, with lots of character"
This is a genuinely stunning old french farmhouse, with amazing grounds, a big pool and patio area.The house comes with the usual mod-cons, including wifi, dishwasher, and sky tv. It also has modern b… More
18 Jul 2011
We have just returned from a week at White Shutters and had a fantastic time. The house is very large with plenty of room to find some quite time for yourself (especially if you are with a large group… More
4 Jul 2011
"A little bit of heaven in rural France for family groups of all ages"
In a beautiful peaceful location, White Shutters was everything we wanted for a family retreat. The heated pool was a real bonus - ideal for cooling off from the heat of the day. The 4 bathrooms (two ensuite) allowed for privacy when we needed it.
The games or pool room was a real joy for the children to explore when we could finally drag them away from the pool.
All this enclosed in a huge walled garden where we could let the children just be free to wander and play.This was not just holiday accommodation this was a real home from home experience for 4 generations of our family from 10 weeks to 89 years old.
Aulnay - just a 5 minute car ride away was a buzzy little town, full of character with a wonderful Sunday market where you really felt immersed in all the culture of a rural French town.
During our stay we made trips to nearby Cognac and La Rochelle, both well worth a visit.
4 Jul 2011
"So relaxing, perfect house for a perfect holiday"
We arranged our holiday through Fiona Via Twitter @Whiteshutters! First time I've ever done this but it worked out just great. First time we have booked with English owners too and it made life so much easier. Fiona was at the end of the telephone/email with Steve & Sharon down the road keeping the pool perfect and telling us when it was a bank holiday!
It was a huge Gite for 4 of us (usually two families) we had the biggest bedroom ever (even a cross trainer) and en-suite. Very well laid out and equipped for young families and great spaces for revision! Our girls 13 & 15 enjoyed the pool which was large and private you didn't feel overlooked. The outdoor seating area with canopy made for some great lunches in the heat of the day or the evening. The pool table went down a treat too.
We enjoyed exploring the area and found some lovely towns and villages, plenty of shops around for all the essentials.
There was wifi which was essential for our stay and everything we could possibly need provided in the house.
La Rochelle airport is easy to drive to and from and so small it made traveling a pleasure.
Thank you Fiona for a lovely relaxing holiday.
Karen, Francis,Harriet & Morgen Shaw
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