La Jaudoniere, 86250 Chatain
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House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 9
Lovely white cottage with split level garden based in a small hamlet. The house is rustic yet modern, large enough for hide and seek, but cosy enough for wine, games and a snuggle. A large lounge with numerous sofas, and a dining table that will comfortably seat 10. Two double rooms, a twin room, and a room set in the eves, that will sleep 3 children, (but has been known to sleep 7 next to each other).
All modern facilities inside, including washing machine and tumble dryer. Smaller garden by the back door, ideal for dining out below the stars (and with no streetlights you can see thousands on a clear night), and also for ball games like wall ball and cricket. At the back of the house, the larger garden with heated 8 x 4m swimming pool, little one's swing set, and room for football, badminton, cricket, and for the really energetic a 10 foot trampoline with protective net. Set on a country lane with no through traffic, so the kids can play and cycle outside safely.Ideal for those wanting to get away from it all and read a good book, but with so much to do in the surrounding area, fantastic for those wanting an activity based holiday.
Although rurally situated, amenities are within easy reach by car at Charroux (10 mins) for local shops (including an English goods selling shop), or Civray (15mins) where there are restaurants, supermarkets, banks, pharmacy. There are also local markets in both towns.
|Size||Sleeps up to 9, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||La rochellle 148 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||6 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Limoges 60 km, Nearest railway: St savigne 15 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
|General||Central heating, TV, Telephone, Pool or snooker table, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (5), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Swing set, Trampoline|
|Further details indoors|
Main bedroom king size bed.
Kids room has three beds
All bedrooms have hanging space.
Each bathroom has shower/bath combination
2 toilets (one in family bathroom)
Electric oven/gas hob.
kids chair (Not high chair)
board games/cards and (card chips) and books available
Additional chest freezer available.
Freeview satelite TV
|Further details outdoors|
Parking available immediately outside property.
4 outside loungers
Outside table and 8 chairs for outside dining
Additional trestle table and benches can be taken outside for additional people.
Bikes available for use
Swimming pool security cover
Sorry no pets.
Rentals are Saturday to Saturday, unless agreed.
Please vacate before 10.30am, no arrival before 4.00pm please to enable us to prepare your accommodation for you.
Optional welcome pack available
swimming pool April-October.
English speaking caretakers available (by phone) to help
The Poitou-Charentes/Vendee region
Climate: Said to be the second sunniest in France behind the south. Long summers with mild conditions in spring and autumn.
Beautiful rolling countryside, and from June to August stunning fields of enormous sunflowers. Little traffic on the quiet country roads.
There are significant towns however, the property sits in a triangle surrounded by Angouleme, Limoges and Poitiers all within an hour.
For daily shopping and your delicious french bread, there are boulangeries in Benest (6km), and Charroux (9km).
For full on supermarkets, Savigne/Civray has two substantial supermarkets that provide everything from barbecue coals to shampoo to fishing equipment.
For retail therapy ("shopping"), Angouleme has lovely shops and the easiest parking. Poitiers is best for antiques, and Limoges is famous for it's porcelain, apparently more than 50% of all porcelain made in France comes from Limoges.
For entertainment, There is so much to do, here is a selection:-
Vallee des singes, monkey valley, at Romangne. 30mins. V good. A full day out, and great to see thousands of monkeys in as near a natural habitat as you will ever see.
Park Animalier colline enchantee, @ Hiesse, especially good if you have young children, 15-20 mins. South of us.
Planete des Crocodiles, about an hour drive, north east, indoors. At Civaux, also a nice indoor pool there.
Near chauvingny, Geant de la Ciel. (Bird Show in castle ruins), the town has good shops and a very nice creperie (pancakes).
Same direction, and similar distance Dienne, tree adventure, good for all ages! And for the men and women should they fancy a tarzan moment. Though a more adventurous tree experince at fontaine le comte (near Poitiers)
Great kids park near Limoges, Park Bellevue, also an aquarium there as well.
La Rochelle, and the coast... Beaches Aquarium shops etc... A long day out!
Nautilis swimming pool 55 mins, near angouleme with slides (at certain times of year only indoor slide is open). Lake for swimming, called Grand Prairie, playground outside town. Restaurants and shops.
Themepark Futuroscope, numerous IMAX's. Fun for all, if you go take a change of clothes or swimming cozzies and towels. Open till 11 show at end of day worth staying for. Free for kids under 5. Height restrictions on some rides. Fantastic day out for children and adults
Confolens is 20 mins away, Kayak on the river. Outdoor pool with fun slides and diving boards. Great music festival usually the second week in august. "From steel bands on street corners to flamenco in bars, Confolens's International Folkore Festival offers a chance to travel the world in a day. The picturesque town is packed with international performers and some 300,000 visitors during the colourful celebrations."
St Martin L'ars, great kiddie lake, swimming beach. About 30 mins drive
Aire de rejaillant at- Ruffec, part of the river where kids can paddle in safety, or swim if they choose. Cool under the trees on a really hot day, take water shoes, rent a kayak too if you fancy.
Velorail is well worth a go can be picked up from Romazierre or Confolens. Really good fun, quite hard work!
St Macoux- other side of Civray, nice swimming lake with slide.
Iles de peyre. About 40 mins. Towards poitiers on N10, good kiddie pool with slide, electric boats, mini golf, take picnic!
Cognac, with all it's distilleries and the ( and a fabulous park) is about 1 hour 20 mins away.
La Rochelle and the beach are about 1hour 40mins away, a long day but worth it, if it's a sunny one.
For those that stay in early April, the volcanic region of the Auvergne with some good skiing is only 2 and a half hours away.
There are also fetes and street bric-a-brac markets and mini festivals, and parades going on. We will leave a stack of tourist maps and leaflets for you.
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24 Aug 2013
"Beautiful quiet rural location"
Extended family group stayed in the property for two weeks. House was very clean upon arrival, well equipped (except coffee machine) and spacious. The managers, Peter and Robin, were incredibly helpfu… More
31 Jan 2013
"Fantastic house - great location to get away from it all"
We stayed here with our 2 very active boys. They loved the quirky attic room, the pool and the freedom to explore. We loved the fact that we could sit in the shade of the garden and still keep an eye … More
24 Jan 2013
"Rustic French villa with great pool in stunning location"
We really enjoyed our stay. The accommodation was rustic but had everything you need. The pool was great and very well maintained. We had 2 young children with us and they loved the attic bedroom! Surrounding countryside is stunning with lots of walking and cycling to be done. Only 2 small points- no cafetiere ( bad if you are an avid coffee drinker) and the house was a little dusty which may be an issue for some.
23 Jan 2013
"Brilliant holiday destination. Highly recommended"
My family and my friend's family stayed in this house in August 2011. We absolutely had an amazing time during our stay. We travelled with 3 children age 6 and under and they had a great time in… More
1 Jan 2013
"Much more for your money elsewhere, shop around..."
This was the eighth property my wife and I have rented in France, and it was by far the most ill equipped and maintained we've seen. Some of the features promised in the advert weren't available (e.g we couldn't find a DVD player, the swing set was broken, I could go on...), and the facilities simply didn't compare to other properties in same price range. I'm not talking about luxury items, the only place to prepare food in the kitchen was the draining board or the top of the dish washer, not a worktop in sight.
We stayed with young children and it certainly wasn't a suitable property for them, we're not fussy parents but we didn't feel we could leave them to play unattended safely. Probably fine for older children who understand the dangers of broken steps, missing banisters, piles of rubble in the garden etc. As the only rooms that can be accessed without using stairs are the living/dining room and kitchen (even those have an uneven step at the door) it's probably not great for anyone with limited mobility either.
We discussed the problems with the property managers at the time, and complained to the owners when we returned, and their attitude was that it was fine for their friends and family so should have been fine for us (ignoring that we were paying customers).
My wife says don't forget to pack extra cleaning products, you're going to need them!
It's not a terrible property, but it's no good for young families and it's not worth the price (and it's gone up since we stayed last year). You can definitely get better for the same price if you look around a little.
It's not the worst place I've ever stayed in, but it IS the worst since I was a student!
The above review was disappointing to receive for a number of reasons. The property represents excellent value, given it's size, the modern facilities, and a heated pool. While I agree the swing set wasn't available, all other facilities as advertised were in the property, and were in perfect working order.
The suggestion that our “attitude” was that the property was fine for family and friends and so should be Ok for paying guests was not however accurate. Below is a direct extract sent to the reviewer in response to an email.
“While it was our first year of booking [with Holiday Lettings]*, I am very surprised by your comments, as you are our fifth paying booking, all of the previous paying bookings also included two families, with children of various ages without a single complaint about the property...none of our other paying guests have found anything to be wrong. On the contrary they have stated what a good time they had."
* - not in original email.
The comments regarding the property managers were unwarranted, as they in fact bent over backwards to help the reviewer throughout their stay, including, going out to purchase a parasol at their specific request. The comments are completely opposite to the comments from everyone else who stayed at the property that summer.
I am not sure if they were looking for a refund?
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