Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Award winning holiday chateau offers Le Marronier - a quaint stone Charantaise cottage, nestling in the very private grounds of Chateau Ardilleux. It accomodates four, has original stone features with a fireplace and wood burner. Originally the chauffeurs house, it is located in the tiny hamlet of Ardilleux, surrounded by beautiful French countryside.,but only 5 mins from local town of chef boutonne with supermarkets,pattisseries & restaurants. It has one double bedroom, a twin bedroom, bathroom, a large living room and fitted kitchen. The Chateau was used as a resistance head quarters in the second world war ( with a tunnel of 3 kms purported to link it to Chef Boutonne ). The games room has a pool table& table football.Table tennis in the grounds There are also bicycles available to enjoy the ambiance of rural France. Our chateau garden produces seasonal vegetables, chickens and ducks provide fresh eggs,
If you would like to experience a ' fine dining experience' ; book a meal in the dining room at the chateau , and enjoy a meal prepared by owner/chef Corinne using local produce and fine wines before a very brief walk home!
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Chatillon 100 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Poitiers 50 km, Nearest railway: Ruffec 20 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, Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool||Shared indoor pool|
|General||Video player, Pool or snooker table, Table tennis, Games room, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Shared indoor pool, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Climbing frame, Swing set, Trampoline|
|Further details indoors|
Fully fitted kitchen with gas hob/electric oven ,etc ...dinning area & large lounge area retaining original features of beams/fireplace & exposed stone wall .
Great place to relax & unwind ....
|Further details outdoors|
Table tennis, pool table & indoor pool(not available July /August- the cottage will have its own private above ground pool ,solar heated, (20x 10 ft)duringJuly/ August, indoor pool available rest of year
Outside activities include tennis court,swings, trampoline, table tennis, badminton,boules & bikes !!!
Indoor heated pool
Gazebo for al fresco dinning .(barbecue)
Free Wifi available ...
Arrivals after 4.30pm
Corinne (chef) is available for evening meals for table d'hote or a lacarte (not July/August),using fresh vegetables/herbs grown in the kitchen garden ... & free range eggs ....all fresh produce !!
The Poitou-Charentes/Vendee region
Niort & Angloueme are equidistant from the chateau. Make a visit on a Thursday or at the weekend to the morning market at Niort. It is a 45 minute journey. Afterwards you should see the Marais Poitvin, (often known as Venise Vert) with its miles of peaceful canals . Alternatively a family trip to the historic port of La Rochelle which offers superb shopping and an aquarium for the children. The quayside restaurants feature freshly caught fish. Also worth visiting in this region are the distilleries of Cognac the potteries of Limoges. Futurescope at Poitiers, the ramparts at Angloueme and the Valley de Singes (Monkey Valley).
Chef Boutonne's highlight is the fairytale chateau of Jarvacay with its huge lake. (If you want to fish the lake; day passes are available).You can walk there in 20 minutes. It is also conveniently close for getting the morning croissants being a 5 minute drive on a country lane. The baker does visit Ardilleux but you have to listen for his horn! The small town has two supermarkets and a Saturday market when local produce is available. Other local places of interest are the silver mines at Melle which date from the 5th century and the fabulous Royal Abbey at Celles. When visiting use the opportunity to break for a picnic in the countryside.
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28 Jul 2014
"Gite in the leafy grounds of a small Chateau"
The Gite has a very large lounge/kitchen/dining room, which was wonderfully cool in the high 30 degree weather we experienced there. There are two good sized bedrooms and plenty of storage space. Th… More
20 Jul 2014
"Nice location - tired gite"
The gite is in a nice location and the people running the property are very friendly and pleasant. It seemed pretty clear to us that the owners main interest is in the B and B business that they also … More
The gite is currently undergoing a replacement kitchen floor, & new tiles< & electric cooker ...
We have experienced some problems installing WIFi in the gite , hopefully soon resolved ! However free wifi is available in the chateau ..for all guests !
9 May 2012
"Lovely setting, great food & made to feel welcome."
A fabulous setting in the French countryside we had a great week.
The food & warm welcome served up by hosts Corinne & Donald was superb and we would recommend this as a great place to stay and a good base to explore the area.
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