Farmhouse | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 10
La Forge is a stylish 19th century longere, previously the village blacksmiths forge, house and outbuildings. It sits in a valley in the small village of Tillou inbetween Chef Boutonne (7kms) and the larger town of Melle (10kms), both towns having, supermarkets, restaurants, cafes etc. The house is approached up its own gravel drive & is surrounded by 1 acre of its own land, including gardens, orchard, large grassed play area and above ground pool. The interior of the house is a mix of old and new with exposed stone walls and a modern fully fitted kitchen.
All the rooms are large, light and airy. A pool table and table tennis table are available in the covered barns. There is a covered bbq area for alfresco dining whilst watching the sun go down. The main house also houses a 42" plasma TV, satellite system and DVD player, a number of games, PS2, books & DVDs are available also. So if you want a slice of rural France in a tranquil, enclosed and private setting La Forge is for you!
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||La Rochelle 97 km|
|Nearest Amenities||7 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Poitiers 79 km, Nearest railway: Poitiers 79 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||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Pool or snooker table, Table tennis, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 3 En suites|
|Furniture||2 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (4), Cots (2), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Further details indoors|
The house is ideal for people who just want to get away from it all and is especially good for families with children, with a large enclosed garden. If you are looking for a house to accommodate more than one family, then this house is perfect as there is a large kitchen diner and also two large sitting rooms should you need some quiet time on your own.
There is also a selection of DVDs, games and books for guests to use.
2 of the double beds are superking size & can be made into twin beds if prefered
|Further details outdoors|
The large garden features numerous fruit trees & picturesque views of the surrounding countryside. There is an above ground pool, (octagonal 4.40m X 1.20m deep), stone barbecue, with sheltered eating area, large patio with dining table & seating for 10. There are a great many activities on site for both children and adults, including bikes, pool table, darts, badminton, table tennis & football area. There is ample parking for several cars.
Welcome pack on arrival.
Saturdays arrival from 5pm - departure 10am
Linen and towels, (not beach towels), are provided. For two week bookings clean linen will be supplied for the second week.
The property will be clean upon arrival and should be left in a clean condition as found.
The Poitou-Charentes/Vendee region
Canoeing and kayaking is also available on the Charente or Boutonne rivers. Horseriding is also available locally.
It is just over an hours drive to the city of Poitiers, which has a great range of shops and Futuroscope, the theme park of the moving image. Valley of the Monkeys is an excellent day out for younger families; it is about 45 minutes drive. Melle is a Romanesque market town 10 kms away from Tillou. The market is every Friday. Look out for the colourful fish and seafood stalls. It is an hour and a half to the city of La Rochelle, which has a large marina and a great aquarium. There are many excellent beaches near La Rochelle, especially those on Ile de Ré. The town of Cognac, home of brandy producers such as Remy Martin and Hennessy, is also within a 60-minute drive.
The Marais Poitevin has a labyrinth of canals which can be explored by boat. The weather in this region is exceptionally good, benefiting from the microclimate of the Vendée coast, which has France’s second highest number of sunshine hours per annum after the Côte d’Azur. Plan d'eau de Lambon: here you can take the kids for a day out at a lake where they can swim, play in the park and enjoy a picnic. There are many beautiful walks and bike rides locally as well as numerous golf courses and rivers and lakes for fishing.
Tillou is situated 7km from Chef Boutonne, where there are several restaurants and bars, 2 supermarkets, banks and several other small shops, including 3 bakers. The weekly Saturday market is held in the main square of Chef Boutonne. Tourist information is also available in the main square. There is a traditional “Lavoir” at the nearby source of the River Boutonne.
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7 Aug 2014
"Fantastic holiday,didn't want to leave."
A super holiday rental,couldn't believe how we struck gold with this property. Two families with children spend a lovely week here. House inside is beautifully decorated with everything we needed… More
Thank you for your lovely feedback, so pleased you had a great time.
Buster & Anna
21 Nov 2011
"A perfect place for a special holiday"
This holiday meant a lot to us - it was the first family holiday we've had in several years, after some difficult times. And it turned out that when I picked La Forge, I made the right choice. The house provides a perfect - and rare - combination of simplicity and comfort. The decor is charming, but not fussy, and the facilities are 5 star without being ostentatious. It is a wonderfully welcoming home from home and my spirits rose the second I walked in.
There are so many thoughtful extra touches, from the plentiful supplies of wineglasses, to the well maintained bikes in one of the many outbuildings, and the friendly neighbours are on hand to offer assistance, should you need it.
I will always remember our holiday at La Forge with enormous affection and pleasure.
7 Aug 2011
"A wonderfully relaxing retreat with everything you would expect and more"
Much more than a French holiday gite. Comfort and attention to detail was everywhere. The grounds were beautiful, the children had great fun in the pool and the house was a home where you could truly relax and unwind. The housekeepers were there if you needed them but were totally unobtrusive yet wonderfully helpful and friendly. We didn't want to leave!
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