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Lac de Maison - pretty and peaceful

Gite | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 122 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed

Run by Anna and Simon Davey, 2 award winning critically acclaimed ex- restaurateurs, Honeysuckle cottage is set on a complex of gites set in a 4 acre oasis of tranquillity within the French countryside yet only a couple of miles from 2 well equipped villages.

The cottage is newly renovated, well equipped and furnished to a high standard. Your hosts are on site to ensure that you have a great holiday and offer such services as pamper days, home-cooked meals, host BBQ, high teas, baby sitting and baby equipment. Within the grounds there is a nicely decked solar heated pool, children’s play area, childrens play-barn, bikes of all shapes and sizes, various sports equipment and plenty of quiet shady spots to chill out, read a book or have a glass of wine. The surrounding area has something for everyone, excellent cycling and walks, golf, historical buildings, animal parks, theme parks, fishing, go-kart, quad bikes, shopping in Poitiers, thalassotherapy in La Rochelle, lake beaches locally and main beaches just over 1 ½ hours drive.

Honeysuckle has electric heating and a wood burner. Anti-allergy pillows and duvets provided. All twin beds can be made up as a double on request. The gite can be child proofed on request, including safety locks, bed guards, stair gates. Baby equipment can be provided on request, we have cots, stroller, bumbo, potty, high chair, steriliser, cutlery, baby monitor, changing mat, baby bath, baby den – please let us know what you require when you book. We can also provided baby sitting services. Complimentary welcome pack included in the price (butter, milk, tea, sugar, bread, cheese and wine).

Size Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms
Nearest beach La Rochelle 122 km
Access Car essential
Nearest Amenities 3 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Poitiers 35 km, Nearest railway: Poitiers 35 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, Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property
General CD player, Pool or snooker table, Table tennis, Games room, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms
Furniture Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Cots (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8
Other High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Swing set, Trampoline
Access Secure parking
Further details indoors

Honeysuckle - 4 bedrooms (sleeps 8 + cots)

Spacious modernised two storey farmhouse. Large hall way. Bathroom - bath with shower over, WC, basin, cupboards. Bedroom 4 - twin bed room with bedside table and lighting, wardrobe, mirror, chest of drawers. Large well equipped kitchen/diner with seating for 8, sofa area, kitchen with washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, fridge, freezer, kettle, toaster, crockery, glasses, cooking pans, cooking utensils. Large cooker/range. Large lounge with 2 x sofas for 3, comfy chair, wooden chair and beanbag, TV with English satellite, DVD player, music system, books games. Coffee table, Wood-burner. Upstairs: Bedroom 1 - large room with kingsize bed, built in wardrobe, 2 chest of drawers, mirror, bedside tables with side lights. Bedroom 2 - double room with wardrobe, chest of drawers, bedside tables with lighting and mirror. Bedroom 3 - large twin bed room with bedside table and lighting, wardrobe, mirror, chest of drawers. Shower room- large shower, WC and basin.

Further details outdoors

Large communal gardens, the gite has it's own semi - private area with garden furniture and BBQ. We have 4 adult bikes and 6 children's bikes on site, a football goal, badminton, swingball, boules, giant Jenga, Twister, trampoline, Swing/slide set, table tennis, table football and hammocks. Shared solar heated pool (5 metres by 10 metres). Covered paddling pool. Various outdoor toys



The Poitou-Charentes/Vendee region

The city of Poitiers is less than half an hour away with its stunning architecture, cosmopolitan cafés and restaurants, and great shopping. Slightly further afield the chic seaside resort of La Rochelle is only an hour and a half’s drive, with its interesting Medieval and Renaissance architecture in the fortified old town.

To entertain the children, a trip to Futuroscope at Poitiers is a must. It is an amazing cinema park dedicated to the moving image. Futuroscope has over twenty theme-based attraction areas spread across 60 hectares. Another great theme park - Puy du Fou - offers a voyage through history, featuring gladiators, Vikings, medieval city, market town, & biggest stage in the world with extravagant technical effects and 1,000 actors.

Animal parks are also a great hit with children and adults alike. There are several in the area, including Monkey Valley, Le Planete des Crocodiles, Ile de Serpents and La Vallée des Cerfs.

For the more active visitors, there is no shortage of activities including walking and cycling, fishing and go karting.

Golfers are also very well catered for as there are many great golf courses in the area, most notably Chateau des Forges just a couple of miles down the road!!

A wide variety of activities can be found at the Golf Club Château des Forges, leading to a warm, friendly and relaxing atmosphere for all the family.


The nearby villages of Benassay and Vasles have great facilities with restaurant, café bar, cinema, chemist, hairdressers, general store, butchers, weekly market and an excellent boulangerie for your fresh croissant and bread for breakfast.

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11 Sep 2014


"A wonderfully relaxing place, ideal for families"

We returned to Lac de Maison in late August for the second year running and had another fantastic week. Anna and Simon have got just the right blend of child friendly but great for adults too. Our bo… More

1 Sep 2014


"Nothing short of perfect!!!"

This was our first holiday abroad since my Daughter was born. She is nearly 2 now and we came to Lac de Maison with our friends and their 18 month old Daughter. I have to say that it exceeded our expe… More

7 Aug 2014


"A lovely, relaxing holiday for a young family!"

We stayed in Honeysuckle for a fortnight in June and had a fabulous time. The gite is very comfortable and has everything you could wish for for a family. Toys, games, baby equipment and a well stocke… More

12 Jul 2014


"Could not have asked for more. See you again next year!"

Myself, my husband and two children (1 year and 3 years) stayed in Rose Cottage for 11 nights in June. We travelled with friends who stayed in the other two cottages, and I have to say it was our bes… More

26 May 2014


"Fantastic hosts, relaxing stay, perfect for children"

Anna and Simon could not have been more welcoming or helpful right from our very first email enquiry. Our gite was equipped with everything you could need for our little ones (11 months and nearly 3… More

15 Jan 2014


"An amazing, beautiful, relaxing and enjoyable holiday location"

We had a wonderful two week family holiday at Lac De Maison. From the moment we arrived, saw our beautiful picturesque gite (Honeysuckle), the gardens and met our hosts / owners Simon and Anna we knew it was going to be a special family holiday.

Lac de Maison is just perfect for families with children. Our children were 5, 3 and 4 months at the time of travel. All the equipment you could possibly need/want for babies/toddlers is available so no need to worry about sterilisers, bed rails etc.

The gite itself inside is very attractive and comfortable with plenty of inside space.Each gite comes with a big box of toysand dvds for kids which was great. It is also very clean and fresh. The kitchen has everything you need for making meals but with the quite simply amazing meal service offered by Anna you just wont want to cook yourself ever! We availed of the family meal on our arrival and again during our stay and we all loved it. Myself and my husband also availed of the gorgeous 3 course meals on more than a few occasions. Delivered course by course to you door (with the added bonus of dirty plates taken away course by course) these 3 course meals are excellent restaurant quality, made with fresh local and home grown ingredients.Quite simply fantastic food! There is also the option of the weekly BBQ in the gardens and this is a lovely, relaxed and a nice opportunity to meet people in the other two gites and for the kids to have a play around in the gardens. Again the BBQ food is quite a spread!

The grounds at Lac de Maison are perfect for families. You can open the back door of your gite and let the children go and play safe in the knowledge that it is all totally enclosed and safe. There is so much to entertain the children in the garden - trampolines, wig wams, tree houses, sand pits, archery, football nets etc. Our children had fantastic fun with some other families doing numerous treasure hunt around the gardens. The pool area is kid friendly. It has both a gate and a pool alarm which needs to be activated by an adult.

There are also lots of bikes (and helmets) available to borrow. These cater for all ages and abilities and the lanes around lac de maison are safe for children to cycle with parents. There are two wonderful ponies and the children can have supervised pony rides up and down the lanes which is a real treat.

Despite Lac De Maison being quite remote there are still plenty of things to do in the area / places to eat. We did a few days trips to differing locations (adventrure park with zip wires, acqaurium in la rochelle etc) but actually all we really wanted to do was get back to the house and chill out!

Finally Anna and Simon are great hosts. They are there for you and to help answer any questions you may have but equally they do not live in your pockets!

I would totally recommend Lac De Maison to anyone thinking of visiting. We have already planned our return and cannot wait

30 Sep 2013


"First time at Lac de Maison - certainly not the last!"

We travelled down to Lac de Maison in August and after a loooong and gruelling car journey with a 2 year old whose vocabulary (unfortunately!) now stretches to "are we nearly there yet?" we … More

4 Sep 2013


"Another Awesome Holiday - Lac de Maison keeps getting better and better"

A truly wonderful cluster of gites. Perfect for kids of all ages. The owners keep investing in the property with new things added every year. Our kids loved the new treehouse. We have spent the last 5… More

11 Aug 2013


"Perfect family holiday"

Just back from a lovely fortnight's break at Anna & Simon's place and, like an earlier writer, was so impressed that I'm writing my first review. We stayed in Rose, which is the middle … More

28 Jul 2013


"A gem set in a peaceful part of France."

If a fully equipped, family friendly and peaceful holiday in France is what you are looking for then look no further than Lac du Maison. Lac du Maison is tucked away amongst the fields of France and y… More

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