Farmhouse | 8 bedrooms | sleeps 24
Character Charentais farmhouse, cottage & converted barn that is over 200 years old with original fireplaces and wood-burning stoves, oak beams and cottage character but enjoying modern amenities. Set in 4 acres of secluded gardens offering large grassed areas ideal for games and sports while also offering shady corners for those who want a bit of time for themselves. *Exclusive* use of 10m X 5m heated pool in full sun all day. Large terrace area with seating for 20 people ideal for BBQs and alfresco meals. Large courtyard area and terrace to front. Ideal for families sharing or large groups who want to make their own entertainment - just relax - or go out to explore the beautiful countryside and beaches; the restaurants, wine & cognac tasting; golf/fishing/cycling/horseriding - or the fascinating towns of Bordeaux & Saintes; the seaport of La Rochelle; or the famous Ile de Re. There is something for everyone!
Nearby there are shops and restaurants, lovely beaches, countryside walks & cycling. There are many places to visit including the famous Cognac tours, the old seaport of La Rochelle and the beautiful Ile de Re; Chateaux, zoos and parks and a wide range of leisure activities including golf, fishing, walking, windsurfing and horse riding
|Size||Sleeps up to 24, 8 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Fouras 50 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: La Rochelle 60 km, Nearest railway: St. Jean 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||Private outdoor pool (heated), Log fire, DVD player|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (heated)|
|General||TV, Video player, CD player, Table tennis|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Other||Linen provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (heated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Swing set|
|Further details outdoors||
Four acres of secluded gardens offering large grassed areas ideal for games and sports. Shady corners for those who want a bit of time for themselves. *Exclusive* use of 10m X 5m heated pool in full sun all day and pool-side terrace with sun-loungers, parasols and seating.
Leading out from the kitchen there is a pretty terrace with large table offering seating for 20 people under a large canvas gazebo - great for BBQs and alfresco meals. Brick-built BBQ Large courtyard to the front offering secure parking behind large gates - and a further terrace area.
Groups who hire L'Oree du Bois will have total exclusive use of the property and its grounds. It consists of two cottages Rose & Elderflower. Rose cottage is let out to smaller groups in which case Elderflower cottage is locked so that at no time do our guests share any of the facilities with other groups. (That is we do not rent Rose cottage to one group and Elderflower to another and make two sets of people share the pool and facilities) This is because the feedback we have had in the past i
The Poitou-Charentes/Vendee region
The Poitou-Charentes region is reputed to be one of the sunniest areas of France. There are extensive vineyards providing the grapes that are used in the production of Cognac and the famous local apéritif wine, Pineau des Charentes. Visit Cognac and take the famous Cognac tours.
The coastal area, including the towns of La Rochelle, Rochefort and Royan, is popular for seaside tourism and boating. The coastal islands of Oléron and Ile de Ré are famous for their beaches, extensive cycling tracks and beautiful ports and harbours, where you will find restaurants selling the local speciality of oysters. Some of the other places of interest include:
- Venise verte, "Green Venice": An area of slow moving rivers and channels, woods and fields. Boating and kayaking, angling, rambling and riding are among popular activities here.
- Poitiers: With an attractive old centre, famous for its ancient churches.
- Futuroscope: A future-based theme park, famous for its variety of high-tech cinemas.
- Saintes: With its Roman triumphal arch and amphitheatre and other remains from antiquity.
- Aulnay, part of the Saintonge: A remarkable ensemble of 11th and 12th century romanesque churches, with magnificent carved porches and stonework.
Our house is located on the edge of a small hamlet - Le Breuil - which is the heart of the local farming community. Aulnay is the nearest town - 5 minutes drive away - and it has a large supermarket; restaurants, cafes and bars; a local market selling freshly-grown produce and a very famous 12th century church. Our location boasts some of the most beautiful countryside in France. Take advantage of it by planning some walks or cycle ride, making sure you end up at a bar/restaurant for a long lunch. Travel further afield by car and visit the numerous historic towns dotted throughout the Saintonge area.
Go to the nearby trout lake to catch and cook dinner.
There are four golf courses within reach. The course at Saintes is 30 minutes drive and is situated on the site of an old Roman Aqueduct - putt out on the 3rd green beneath the towering Roman ruin. Other courses are at Cognac and Niort. Or travel a bit further to Royan to play what is known as the Augusta of France, only 75 minutes drive away.
The shoppers in your group must visit the ancient towns of La Rochelle and Saintes. Take a drink by the harbour in La Rochelle or alongside the rambling Charente river in Saintes.
Our favourite restaurants can be found in St Jean D'Angely, just 20 minutes drive away. While you're there visit the medieval dungeon and try to decipher the graffiti of the prisoners, written hundreds of years ago.