LA BARONNERIE - MAISON BOURGEOISE private pool
Gite | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 8
La Baronnerie is a typical Poitevin-house with a practical holiday interior and many original features like exposed beams and a flagstone entrance. It is spacious and ideal for families with children or for adults favouring a more laid-back holiday experience and on the outlook for an ideal starting point for visiting interesting places like Cognac, Bordeaux , the Dordogne valley or who would like to visit the Medoc wine region by taking the ferry from Royan . Closeby smaller villages are waiting to be explored offering market days with fresh local products, bistrots and a life far away from hectic and stress.
The property , set in 5000 m2 , is located in a small hamlet between 2 historical towns(Celles and Melle) and it takes just about 1hrs drive to the atlantic coast and the lovely medieval town of La Rochelle , Ile of Re or to Poitiers, both also Ryanair airports.The highlight is definitely the fantastic pool (15,5 x 5,5m) offering sun from early morning to very late afternoon.
Access to roman architecture, authentic french way of life, leisure centres (lake - horsebackriding - golf etc.) and local events in the second sunniest regions of France.The Poitou-Charentes region is also ideal for walking and cycling and sunflower fields or other might be just one of the items if you like painting.
For a day out many centers of interest (Bordeaux and Medoc vineyards,St. Emilion wine growers ,Loire valley chateaux, Dordogne with Perigord foie gras -truffels-mushrooms products, the Atlantic coastline with lovely sandy beaches and/or oysterfields etc.etc.) are easily accessible and promise to enhance your holiday. Should one day out not be sufficient - reasonably priced accommodation for one or two extra nights close to your favourite excursion spot are usually not difficult to be found. The englishspeaking owners are at hand with hints and information , glad to be able to help in planning visits or stays or attend to any queries you might have.
Back on the premises the lower garden provides afternoon shade to the sound of a small water feature, whereas the pool area will stay sunlit till in the evening. Enjoy the Mediterranean touch and ,when in season , help yourself to organic fruit in our orchard above the pool area, (apples, pears,plums, figs, hazelnuts, cherries, kiwis) Up there is also a small field where boys can happily kick their football or enjoy any other ball games.
This is the perfect place to laze around the big pool at your entire private use unless you prefer to participate in activities proposed by the local tourist office or by local enterprises (guided tours, horse back riding exploring the botanical path with fit par course, etc.) Whatever your day has been like, the built-in barbecue in the pool area is definitely part of the outdoor living philosophy in its most agreeable way.
Look at the swallows hover over the pool at dusk whilst getting your chops on the grill and enjoy the timeless atmosphere in a still very safe countryside-setting.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||La Rochelle|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||4 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Poitiers or La Rochelle 80 km, Nearest railway: Niort or St. Maixent or Poitiers|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Video player, CD player, Table tennis, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (8), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 8|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
This friendly house has apricot coloured shutters, a downstairs entry with flagstones and beams. On your left there is a lovely open-plan country kitchen with a dining area seating 8/10 .A separate larder provides extra storage room in addition to 2 fridges and a freezer.all in all a very well equipped kitchen.
On the right hand side of the entrance we have the comfortable lounge with 2 sofas, 3 armchairs, a piano and sideboard tables - all in a more rustic style,.Beams - original wooden floor and the stone carved chemine (gaz) make this room very homely. Here you will enjoy a glass of wine and view your favourite TV programme, so pse don't forget to bring along your Sky-card for more choice in programs .
Opposite the entrance door there is the downstairs shower room/toilet with washing machine and a door leading out in the back to the washing lines.
a wooden staircase leads to the upper floor with a generous carpeted landing and 3 rooms.
1 double room with extra bed (3), a smaller twin room (2) and the separate 'Loft' (family room with mezzanine) that can sleep up to 4 and still has its own lounge area.
Separate WC , Bathroom with large and comfortable acrylic corner bath on the landing.
|Further details outdoors|
Parking space for 2 -3 cars at the back of the house.
Pse enter the property by car using the driveway behind the house and access the premises through the wooden pergola.
The front entrance has dark blue iron gates and a pebbled foot path leading to the house.
Directly in front of the house there is a large terrace and you will appreciate taking your breakfast or meals there or in the lower garden, to the sound of birds and/or a small water feature agreeably welcoming the occupants of this holiday home.
The lower garden, pool and barbecue area, most parts of the upper garden destined for ball games are for the entire use of our clients.
Upon arrival the owner will welcome you in their own private little pub and show you around before checking into the house. This 'pub' can be yours for a special evening for example - and you can also buy drinks or order food on the premises if you are not in the mood of cooking or going out.
You will appreciate your own access to the private pool (approx. 14,5mx5m) that has gentle roman steps, no iron ladder, an incorporated bench to sit on and goes from a depth of 30 cm to approx. 2.20m on the deep end. For the protection of children and in accordance to french law an iron wrought fence has been installed to keep this area safe.
A fixed barbecue on the paved pool area invites for al fresco dining, the ping pong table shortens the waiting time to the meal, the palm and pine trees provide protective shade and there are enough tables, chairs and sunloungers enabling you to relax and laze around:
Of course, there is also the obligatory pool shower - necessary for getting off all that excess sun-oil before entering the pool. AS our trees and the lower garden provide enough shade umbrellas are not supplied.
Beds made up upon arrival.
Small check in procedure - handover of keys against refundable safety deposit ( a safeguard against damages = €400 - cash only)
Additional costs (usually deducted on site before returning your safety deposit):
electricity (30 cts/kw - however, first 100 kwh/week free) - rent of towel = € 6.50/set per stay -
optional end cleaning charge = € 65.- gas heating = flat rate depending on the month
Possibility of French Language courses in relaxed atmosph - on the grounds (pse ask for a quote)
French language courses available - babysitting/child-minding available - occasionally private cook possible -
(all against extra charge - pse .enquire within)
English-speaking French Owner at hand and living on the same grounds as the rented main house, in order to ensure regular cleaning and maintenance of pool and gardens and upon demand to help with any queries (in regard to your holiday rental but also in case of any other problems , hints to house-hunting,
If you don't want to have anyone on the premises at all, this is possible and would incur an extra charge of € 300.-
Please always inform us of your approx. arrival time on arrival day by phone to see if we can let you in somewhat earlier than the stated arrival time (this depends on whether or not the house is ready yet and /or our availability)
Check-in time: Earliest 17.00 hours - Latest : no check-in after 22.30.hrs please or else fee of € 100.- for night check-in.
pse always phone to let us know your approx. arrival time.
Check-out: Latest 10.00 hrs - Under certain conditions it might be possible to stay on till 14.00/15.00 hr
The Poitou-Charentes/Vendee region
Known as the second sunniest region of France the climate here is generally mild and agreeable and in addition to the classical summer season June and September have proved to be amongst the most wonderful months.
being located in the south of Deux-Sèvres there are many places of interest - the classic roman architecture present in nearly every small town, the historical past between catholics and protestants, small chateaux and
quiet waterarms - all this contributes to the authentic France feeling.
Also one of the routes of Jaques de Compostelle led through Melle, where you can also visit silver mines. Those had their importance during the reign of French kings for producing coins. Many cultural events take place especially during the season (concerts, expositions, flea markets, (open air)theatre etc:etc) We have our own Venise ,called Marais Poitevin - just 10 minutes away from Niort - where you can take boat-trips and explore the many waterarms rimmed by trees - leading you into a world of silence and quietude.
Niort is a lovely small town -busy and bustling, but not yet overcrowded by tourists - with a good market on saturday, but also tuesday and thursday: All the surrounding little villages have their specific market day. The closeness to the coast provides plenty of fish and lovely seafood ( oysters, mussels, prawns) at more than reasonable prices but amongst other food fantastic goat cheese from local places will tempt you to the glass of red that goes with it.
For children there are quite a few zoos (Mouton-Village, Zoo de Chizé, Zoo de la Palmyre, Valée de Singes ) to visit
Celles sur Belle
Celles and Melle are only a few miles from each other.
Close to Celles there is ' Plan de Lambon', an artificial lake (small entrance fee) as a fantastic alternative to the pool for children as it has playgroundspedalo-boats and a small sandy beach.Celles itself offers its abbey and gardens, public pool, tourist office and guided tours. bakery and a few other shops and restaurants.
Sometimes horse jumping competitions take place on abbey-grounds.
Melle is bigger and provides 3 supermarkets and one discount (Aldi) - the latter being closer and the most convenient to our property. Market day=Friday. With its 3 churches, the silver-mines, a botanic fitness path leading around town, a motorcycle museum, a horseriding centre and apart from shops, the tourist office etc. Bakeries, banks, drug stores, post-office, shops and restaurants are all in place.
St. Roman les Melle is only 2kms from La Baronnerie - its a tin y spot, but you can get your bread for breakfast there, the local pub does meals at lunchtime and serves as an outlet of one of Melle's supermarkets
Local activities like fairs, car boot sales, riding, fishing in lakes and rivers, cycling, horseback-riding, playing tennis, golfing are all available and details can be obtained whilst here.
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14 Aug 2013
"Lovely traditional house with fantastic pool and space."
We stayed in August (two adults, two teenagers and one eight year old) and whilst the swimming pool was the highlight - given it's setting and quality - no less worthy of mention was the space both in the house and outside which was exceptional.
Gilles and Eva were superb hosts and made us feel very welcome. Whilst they live nearby they are not at all intrusive but if the guest is willing they are great company - with a seemingly endless supply of wine !
10 Sep 2012
"Beautiful house, great pool, lovely owners"
We (2 adults, 2 kids - 10 and 5) stayed in this house in the middle of August. Right from the moment we arrived we were made to feel very welcome by Eva and Gilles, who spolied us with a a welcome drink and didnt mind when 3 of us dived in the pool on our first night at 10pm!
The house is huge and would easily accommodate 8 people. Kitchen well equipped too.
The real highlight is the beautiful pool and its surrounding area - a great place to relax, sunbathe and cool off. The gardens are huge and a great place for the kids to play.
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