Le Grand Bois~ Petite Grange
Gite | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 4
"La Petite Grange" is a one bedroomed gite, bathroom en-suite, with additional sleeping in the living area on a single day bed or double sofa bed. It is ideal for a couple or a small family, househunting or sightseeing.
You can enjoy a relaxed holiday by the swimming pool, enjoy a book and a glass of wine in our large wooded garden,or use as a base to explore the many attaractions of the sout west of France. The Charente is the second sunniest place in France, next to the Cote d'Azur with its undulating landscape of beautiful sunflowers and vineyards.
The gite is well equipped and has a woodburner, satelite TV in English or French, DVD player and a box of games.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Royan, St. Georges de Didonne.|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bordeaux,Limoges,Poitiers,La Rochelle,Bergerac., Nearest railway: Angouleme.|
|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, DVD player|
|General||TV, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (3), Cots (2), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ, Swing set|
The Poitou-Charentes/Vendee region
The Poitou Charente region has an endless variety of activities and places of interest to enjoy.
HERE ARE JUST A FEW OF OUR SUGGESTIONS !!
There are several indoor and outdoor water parks to choose from which are great fun for adults and children. La Grande Prairie is just 20mins away and has a lake with a supervised sandy beach for swimming, canoes, boats, windsurfing, fishing, tennis courts and childrens' play areas. The boating club also puts on a fantastic free Fireworks Display around the second week of August each year. Just a couple of minutes from the lake is Nautilus which is an indoor leisure complex with swimming, flumes and even an ice rink.
JONZAC is a very picturesque town around 25 mins away, which has a traditional french market place, a pretty little Chateau, shopping, restaurants, a terrific leisure centre called Antilles and a great park with swimming, boating, adventure trails, horse riding and lots of activities for all ages of children.
Or if you prefer ther are lots of places where you can swim in the river Charente itself !!
ROYAN is a fabulous seaside resort with long sandy beaches and nearby is PALMYRE where the Zoo is one of the best in Europe.
COGNAC is a 40 min. drive from here. This historic town has shops, restaurants, cafes and of course, the famous cognac distilleries. The Grand houses of Remy Martin, Hennesey, Martell and Camus, just to mention a few, offer tours and tastings. There is also a Blues festival, a Jazz festival and several other riverside events held here during the summer months.
The DORDOGNE is a just short drive away with the beautiful medieval towns of Aubeterre, with its monolithic Church, Perigeux, where you must have lunch in the Place St. Louis and Brantome, where you can meander through the lanes or cool off in a canoe on the river.
LA ROCHELLE, with its old port and yachting marina is well worth a visit.Eating out or shopping is a real pleasure.You must try the oysters or seafood platter here!
The CHARENTE also has lots of sporting activities on offer, such as hot-air ballooning (the European Championships take place about 3kms from Le Grand Bois and provide spectacular viewing from the gites in early August), cycling, horse riding, quad biking, aqua-jet skiing, fishing, canoeing, karting, ten-pin bowling or simple counrty walking. Something for everyone!
BORDEAUX is an amazing city full of culture and fabulous architecture ~ as well as the wine !
There are of course some wonderful old churches and Renaissance or classical Chateaux and country houses to enjoy too.
"THE VIGNOBLE TRAIL"
The south-west region is renowned for its many cognac and wine producers,such as Remy Martin,Hennessy,Courvoisier,St.Emillion,Bergerac and Blaye. All welcome visitors and offer tours and tastings. Follow the "Vignoble Trail" around some of these world famous producers tasting the odd glass or two as you go!
If golf is your game,there are excellent courses at Cognac and Angouleme,both about half an hour away and others at Royan or in the neighbouring Dordogne.
EATING OUT OR AT HOME.
Enjoy local produce bought fresh from one of the daily markets, cooked at home, in the gite or BBQ and eat outdoors in the sunshine. Try the confit of duck, fois gras, sweet Charente melons, goat's cheese and seasonal fruits and nuts. This can be washed down with some chilled local rose wine or a good red bordeaux from around only a couple of euros a bottle. Or you can eat in one of the many excellent but inexpensive restaurants ( a set 3, 4 or 5 course lunch for around 12/15 euros !). But whatever you do,don't forget the Pineau for your aperitif and the cognac to finish !
Throughout the year there are lots of organized events in and around the Charente;
THE WEEK LONG COMIC/CARTOON FESTIVAL IN ANGOULEME.
THE BASTILLE DAY CELEBRATIONS.
THE BLUES AND JAZZ FESTIVALS IN COGNAC.
THE EUROPEAN HOT AIR BALLOON CHAMPIONSHIPS.(Every 2 years,just a few kms away)
THE CONFOLENS FESTIVAL OF INTERNATIONAL DANCE AND MUSIC.
SHOW JUMPING AT CHALAIS.
THE HUGE FIREWORKS TO MUSIC DISPLAY AT ST. YRIEIX.
VINTAGE AND VETERAN CAR RALLY AROUND THE RAMPARTS OF ANGOULEME.
GASTRONOMADE WEEK - THE CELEBRATION OF FOODS FROM AROUND THE WORLD.
THE THREE DAY AGRICULTURAL FETE AT BARBEZIEUX.
AND lots more local Fetes and Brocantes (flea markets).
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8 Sep 2014
"Excellent hosts and top class accommodation"
The gite was in pristine condition and out hosts Linda and Ian were most helpful with any questions we had. The facilities within the gite were first class and there was really nothing they had not th… More
22 Aug 2014
"What are you waiting for"
What strikes you when you arrive at this property is that the owners have completely undersold what is on offer in terms of the property and plot themselves, converted barns completed to a very good standard with a large garden and fabulous views. The pictures really don't do them justice. If you have any doubt about what is on offer stop it now and book.
We went at the very start of August and stayed in the Petite Grange. Two adults and two children aged 7 and 3.
The property is located about 8kms from Barbezieux-Saint-Hilaire (which has a couple of large supermarkets, restaurants etc) and 7kms from Blanzac (a couple of boulangeries and a supermarket).
The gites and area are surrounded by Sunflowers and grape vines with great views over the countryside.
We were greeted by both Linda and Ian, Linda showed us round the property which on the direct outside has a picnic bench plus a few garden chairs and a stone bbq.
You lead in through double patio doors in to an open planned lounge, kitchen/diner. Kitchen has dishwasher, fridge, oven, cooker etc, although it doesn't have a washing machine, this wasn't a problem for us, but may be if you stay for more than one week, although am sure Linda would let you use theirs.
The lounge has a sofa which can be turned in to a bed, plus a sofa bed, which was made up (there was enough space that it didn't feel in the way). TV with UK and French Channels, DVD player with a selection of DVDs available. There is a fireplace - thankfully wasn't needed in August!
The open planned room leads to some steps which go down to reasonably sized bedroom (chest of drawers and built in wardrobe) with 2 singles beds and a bathroom off this room.
It's worth pointing out everything was completed to a very good standard and very clean.
Although we had stopped off on the way at the Supermarket they had left us some fresh bread, butter, a bottle of wine, milk, water, fruit and nuts, biscuits (probably some other things but can't remember!). Which was a nice touch.
The garden area is a very good size, some swings by the pool, plus a badminton net, with rackets etc. There is plenty of space to throw/kick a ball about - or/and just lounge around. The swimming pool is a very good size - it is shared with the larger Gite but even when we were all around the pool there was always enough space and never felt crowded.
Linda and Ian are very friendly with a good knowledge of the area and available if you need them. They'll book restaurants in the local towns if need be or give you advice on places to visit (There is also a good selection of leaflets etc in the property).
We took a trip over to Royan, which took about an hour and 15 minutes, but most of the rest of the time we stayed round the pool.
The larger Gite holds around 12 people, the outside areas for both properties are next to each other but you never feel if you are on top of each other, although our children would usually be found in their property all the children playing table tennis or having some movie nights together - but as say if you want to keep yourselves to yourselves then you can do.
We will definitely be returning to Le Grand Bois in the future. Thank you Linda and Ian.
Thanks for such a great review! We enjoyed having you here and look forward to seeing you again in the near future.
Linda and Ian
1 Oct 2013
"Outstanding property with obliging owners"
This is an outstanding property set in a quiet area surrounded by vineyards and fields of sunflowers.Nothing is too much trouble for Ian and Linda, the kind and friendly owners whose attention to deta… More
2 Sep 2013
"Beyond what was expected."
Lovely built properties with character in an attractive peaceful country setting. The property had everything that one would expect and more. The owners thought of every detail. Even has English TV as… More
1 Jul 2013
We spent a glorious week here, the sun shined and we had plenty of barbecues outside. The house is bright and spacious with plenty of room. Beautifully renovated by the owners who live on site but whom we rarely saw unless we needed to, they were a great help with local places to visit and even helped to order a birthday cake for one of our party. Will definitely return in the future.
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