La Belle Echappee
Manor House | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 15
La Belle Echappe ("The Beautiful Escape") is a magnificent maison bourgeoise style manor house. Set in walled and gated grounds of 1 hectare with heated salt water swimming pool (much kinder for the skin and eyes) and offers an abudance of activities and entertainment for all the family. The house is beautifully decorated and equipped with the highest quality furniture and fitments, beds and bed linen and includes wireless internet connection. Outside is an array of sunny terracces and eating areas and enough space to hold rugby, football or cricket matches.
An ideal holiday location for everyone, offering a get away from it all environment on the edge of the picturesque village of Faye L'Abbesse in the Deux-Sevres deparment of the Poitou Charente region. With 5 bedrooms sleeping up to 13 plus 2 babies La Belle Echappee's accommodation is equally suited to family holidays or groups of friends.
Further details Indoors:
Fully equipped with gas hob, electric oven, 1 fridge and 1 fridge/freezer, 2 microwaves, toaster, dishwasher, filter coffee machine, lots of crockery and utensils. Doors from the kitchen lead onto a balcony with wonderful views over the gardens, pool and surrounding countryside.
Washing machine, clothes airer
Extremely comfortable living/dining room of 55 sq metres.
Living: 3 large settees, chair and footstool, WIFI connection, TV with SKY, DVD and music centre, large desk with chair, coffee and side tables, a collection of books and games.
Dining: with large elegant dining table and chairs plus further round dining table and chairs, dresser and bookcase.
Bedroom 1 - King bed, bedside cabinets, dressing table and stool, drawers, chair and wardrobe
Bedroom 2 - 2 Twin beds plus bunk beds, bedside cabinets, drawers, chair and wardrobe
Bedroom 3 - King bed, double bed, bedside cabinets, dressing table and stool, chairs and walk in wardrobe + travel cot
Bedroom 4 - Double bed, bedside cabinets, drawers, chaise longue and wardrobe + cot
Bedroom 5 - Double bed, single bed, bedside tables, drawers, dressing table and chair, antique sofa and wardrobe
En-suite bathroom to bedroom 1 with shower, wash basin unit and wc
Bathroom with bath with shower attachments, separate shower cubicle, double wash basins and wc
Bathroom with bath/shower over, wash basin and wc
2 separate wc's with wash basins
Equipped with sink and cupboards holding crockery for outdoor use, fridge, kettle and filter coffee machine, large gas barbecue and charcoal barbecue
Further details Outdoors:
La Belle Echappee has a gated driveway with ample parking for several cars, when the gates are closed the grounds are totally secure for the children. The swimming pool is 10x5 metres with roman steps, and is fully heated (average temp of 28 degrees). The salt water system is much kinder for the skin and eyes. At the side of the pool is a solar heated shower. Sun loungers, chairs and small tables surround the pool. At the side of the pool is a new decking terrace with table, chairs and parassol. Two large patio tables with an abudance of chairs are in place for alfresco dining along with two gazebo's and a rattan suite for relaxing by the summer kitchen. The summer kitchen has a sink and cupboards, fridge, kettle, filter coffee machine, roll out canopy and a large gas BBQ and charcoal BBQ. Here there is also a toilet and washbasin giving ideal access from the pool and outdoor activities and is where the washing machine is located. Vast lawned areas are perfect for all outside games, with badminton net, football net, croquet and badminton equipment. An outdoor table tennis table and bicycles are provided along with an array of other outdoor play items. Close to the pool is a play area with swings, slide and climbing frame.
The English owners live in an apartment on site and are on hand to offer advice about where to go, restaurants to try, wine to sample.
|Size||Sleeps up to 15, 5 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||La Rochelle 110 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Poitiers 67 km, Nearest railway: Poitiers (TGV) 67 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||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Table tennis, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (5), Double beds (5), Cots (2), Dining seats for 14, Lounge seats for 12|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Climbing frame, Swing set|
The Poitou-Charentes/Vendee region
Nestled in the heart of the Deux-Sevres region of Western France, known as one of France's 'Best Kept Secrets'.
The Deux-Sevres is the tranquil, laid back, unspoilt department of the Poitou-Charentes, the area has a mild micro-climate and is deemed to be the second sunniest region in France, benefitting from the warmth of the La Rochelle basin. It is filled with lazy winding rivers and is a region truly dedicated to relaxing. Beautiful countryside in all directions and traffic free roads to go and explore.
Deux-Sevres is bordered by Charente Maritime with its beautiful beaches - La Rochelle, Royan and the Ile d'Oleron and the Vendee with Sales d'Olonnes and many other seaside resorts dotted along the coastline.
The Marais Poitevin - Green Venice is a maze of waterways and luxuriant vegetation. There are many villages, tow paths and quay side. Coulon is cited as one of the most beautiful villages in France. Take a trip on a guided punt or be more adventurous and go it alone! (45 mins)
Puy du Fou - In a picturesque park of over 40 hectares, experience the invasion of a Viking camp, watch gladiators chariot racing in a roman amphitheatre. Enjoy breathtaking displays of falconry, jousting, horse riding acrobatics and much more. During July and August there is a spectacular open night show - not to be missed. (35 mins)
Futuroscope - A hi-tech experience with adventures on land, sea and in outer space using the latest projection system technology. The only leisure park of its kind in Europe with films in giant format, thrill-filled attractions, 3D rides with 4D effects, games, live shows and open air activities. (50 mins)
The Loire Valley - Famous for its chateaux and wines, the Loire Valley offers also some exceptional scenery. Some towns to visit are Saumur with the Cadre Noir (National School of Horsemanchip). Chinon and its medieval castle. Also the unique gardens of Villandry. (45 mins)
The area is steeped in history and offers unspoilt landscapes and some of Europe's most imposing Tumuli, Romanesque churches, chateaux and museums. The quiet roads willl lead you to unexpected places, rivers, lakes, forests, historic towns, small villages with colourful markets and during the summer months a range of festivals and events.
La Belle Echappee is situated 5 minutes walk from the picturesque village of Faye L'Abbesse with its very friendly locals. The village has a bar-restaurant, small supermarket, post office, pharmacy, boulangerie and hairdresser.
The nearest town of Bressuire is 10 km and is a very warm and friendly town with numerous restaurants, cafes, shops, supermarkets, discos and bars and a twice weekly market. There is also an ancient Chateau (originating from the 11th Century) and a newer Chateau sitting side by side - both are set in a park with a children's play area and lovely walks along the river. In June the Chateau hosts the Highland Games and in July festivities to celebrate Bastile Day along with other events throughout the year.
There are lots to see and do in and around Bressuire. The 56m renaissance tower of the church of the Notre Dame rises high over the town and surrounding countryside. The town has a new theatre with plays, musicals and concerts, a new swimming pool complex, other activities include a bowling alley, tennis courts, golf and horse riding.
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11 Sep 2014
"Well equipped house and large garden"
We arrived in the middle of the night to a warm welcome from Diane. Our welcome pack meant we could immediately make hot drinks of tea and coffee and when our toddlers woke up early next morning we had fresh eggs, bread and Graham's homemade jam for breakfast. And then the fun started! Such an enormous garden to play and relax in with all the games, equipment and toys anybody might want. The pool (with easy to use safety cover) was always warm and had wide steps at the shallow end so we could walk in for our tiny baby's first swim. Our 10 days passed all too quickly - popping in to Bressuire for chateau, local market and supermarket shopping and to Parthenay for medieval architecture and family restaurant meal. But most of the time we walked and ran around in the garden, we picked blackberries, fed the chickens, quail and guinea fowl and collected eggs. Cooking was easy in the fully equipped indoor and outdoor kitchens or on the gas or charcoal BBQ. Our toddlers both learned to swim and the adults in our party could relax on the sun loungers or swim serious lengths of the pool. We were lucky to have glorious hot sunshine every day enjoyed by us and all the geckos, butterflies, bees and stick insects we could see in the garden. Diana and Graham were friendly neighbours to us and made sure we knew what was available in the village where we walked up to the square for the boulangerie and pizza restaurant. They supplied lots of information sheets for outings but we were more than happy to enjoy the amenities on offer at La Belle Echappee and went home feeling really relaxed and refreshed.
Thank you very much for writing this wonderful, very detailed review for us which gives future guests a great insight. We are so pleased that you had such a relaxing family holiday and enjoyed all that La Belle Echappee has to offer. It was lovely to meet you all and we hope you will visit us again.
10 Sep 2014
"Everything you could want - excellent"
We had a fantastic week at La Belle Echappee - the house is large and spacious, the pool is fabulous and the garden is huge. With several small children in our party, it met all of our needs. Fully equipped with games, pool equipment, etc, this is a fabulous venue for a large group.
Graham and Diana, the owners, were extremely friendly and helpful, and delighted the kids by letting them feed the chickens and quails all week.
Overall - highly recommended.
Thank you so much for writing this excellent review for us. We are really pleased that you enjoyed the house, pool and gardens. It was a pleasure meeting you all and we hope you will visit again. The chickens and quails were certainly spoilt by the extra attention and treats that the children loved giving them.
2 Sep 2014
Perfection is the only way to describe La Belle Echappee. It would be impossible to list all the wonderful aspects of the accommodation . The luxurious bedrooms so beautifully decorated, the lounge/dining room breathtaking, the kitchen with every appliance you could wish for. The massive garden is amazing, a barbecue with outside kitchen and a large covered dining area which we used every day. The childrens play area was very popular with the little ones as was the chance to feed the chickens. There were so many games and activities provided for both adults and children but of course the star was the beautiful salt water pool which was in constant use even at night when the area is lit up.
There is everything here that a family could wish for. We met up with our son, his wife and our three grandchildren who were visiting from Vancouver and we all had a fabulous holiday. The surrounding area is beautiful with many places to visit within close range, lots of information within the house.
Graham and Diana were fantastic hosts, never intrusive but friendly, entertaining and great company. Nothing was too much trouble and they did everything to ensure our stay was perfect. The only downside? The end of our holiday and having to leave which none of us wanted to do. Thank you Graham and Diana.
Thank you so much for taking time to write such a wonderful, glowing review. We are delighted that your holiday with your son and his family, who live in Vancouver, was enjoyed so much. It was our pleasure meeting you all and we look forward to seeing you again.
26 Aug 2014
"Already counting down to next year's return holiday...."
We returned, once again, to spend an extremely pleasant and relaxing holiday at La Belle Echappee. The house and grounds are spacious with plenty to amuse all; although the pool was the main focus of our holiday. As before, Diana & Graham were the perfect 'hosts' - never intrusive but always on hand to help out or offer advice.
Would we go back? - we've already booked!
Thank you once again for taking time to write this great review following your second holiday here at La Belle Echappee. We are delighted that you have now booked again for next year and really look forward to welcoming and seeing you all then.
16 Oct 2013
"A perfect relaxing holiday"
The welcome we received from Graham & Diana was so warm & friendly, nothing was too much trouble. The house was very clean & luxuriously furnished. The kitchen was well equipped. The beds were comfortable & the linen perfect. The swimming pool & surrounding area were really clean & well maintained, (plenty for children to do) & the outside eating areas were spacious with ample seating for dining & relaxing.
The local restaurants recommended in Bressuire & Airvault were very good (Fa-ngam in Bressuire our favourite),
A family day out to Puy du Fou is highly recommened, we had a great time.
An overall excellent holiday in a beautiful house.
Thank you very much for taking the time to write this brilliant review for us. It's great to know that you were so happy here and enjoyed your holiday, the local restaurants and also your day at Puy du Fou. We look forward to seeing you again in the future.
19 Sep 2013
"Wow. What a house. Where to begin?"
La Belle Echappee was magical from start to finish. The house was enormous with lots of room to mix in groups or have some quiet time by yourself. The land extended itself beyond the eye could see and provided plenty of room for the children to run around and play. Most of the holiday was spent poolside soaking in the sizzling sun working on our tans. Personally I found it easy to lose myself in a book whilst the kids entertained themselves in the pool.
Diana and Graham were exceptional hosts.
We have returned from our holiday and are now experiencing severe holiday blues.
Thank you so much for giving us such a wonderful review and account of what you found so good about your holiday here at La Belle Echappee. It is so satisfying when we know that the facilities we offer are appreciated so much. We really hope that we will see you again - it was a delight to meet you all.
2 Sep 2013
"The name of the house really says it all"
We stayed here with our 2 children and some friends and their 3 children. The large outdoor space was a big hit with the 3 boys and lovely kitchen were a great addition. The inside was just as good. The beds were the most comfortable we have ever slept in whilst on holiday. The layout of accomodation worked very well with 2 families and the lounge was very tastefully furnished, although we didn't spent much time in here due to such good weather. Graham and Diana were very warm and welcoming and knowledgable of the local area and go that extra mile to help make your holiday that extra bit special.
Thank you so much for your kind review and positive feedback, it was really lovely meeting you all and we hope to see you again in the future.
29 Aug 2013
"A great family holiday by the pool, in a quiet peaceful location"
The house and garden were spacious, with plenty of room for a boisterous family to play inside and out. The children enjoyed the swing,slide, table tennis, table football and a wonderful swimming pool. They also loved feeding the chickens and collecting eggs! Happy kids = happy adults! We enjoyed the BBQ and the outdoor kitchen, complete with beer fridge.
The owners were friendly, helpful and looked after us as if we were their own guests. The house was kept immaculately clean and they went out of their way to make our stay enjoyable with small kindnesses which were beyond the call of duty. We felt very well looked after!
The location was quiet, with not much going on in the immediate vicinity, but peace and quiet was what we were looking for. There were great cycle tracks nearby for long rambles.
The only disadvantage to our trip was the timing of arriving in the village when everything was closed for 2-3 weeks August holiday (boulangerie, shop, restaurant, post office). We were disappointed not to be able to walk to the local shop/bakers and Pizza restaurant etc.
However, it didn't spoil the week at all and we had a fab holiday.
Thank you so much for your wonderful review, we are really pleased that you enjoyed all that is provided. It was lovely meeting you all and we hope to see you again. Although the village was at its sleepiest during your week, for the other weeks in August either the supermarket or the boulangerie were open and the bar/restaurants and boulangeries in the neighbouring village (5km) were open throughout August.
24 Aug 2013
"A great place for familes and friends to relax and unwind - with the space to find your own quiet spot."
We have just returned from a wonderful holiday with another family at La Belle Echappee; it is a true haven to relax and unwind. The property really lends itself to large groups; the house is very sp… More
We really appreciate you taking the time to write this wonderful review for us, as we know that once you return home you are back into your busy lifestyles. We are so pleased that you all enjoyed your holiday at La Belle Echappee and the space and amentities that the house and grounds gives to families and friends. It was great meeting you all and we hope to welcome you again.
5 Aug 2013
"This beautiful house and location is a wonderful place to stay for a relaxing holiday."
This house really is something special. The owners, Diana and Graham, have put so much thought and detail into every aspect of it. Inside the facilities are truly superb with everything there that y… More
Thank you so much for writing this wonderful review. It is great to know, as it is so important to us, that you were so happy with all the accommodation and facilities that we provide. We really enjoyed meeting and welcoming you all to La Belle Echappee and hope that you will be able to visit us again.
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