Farmhouse | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Looking for a relaxing get-away-from-it-all break in the French countryside? La Grange will suit your needs perfectly. Lazy days and restful nights can be found in this tranquil corner of France on the borders of the Charente, Vienne and Deux-Sèvres. La Grange has been lovingly restored over the past twenty years. We would love to share the delights of our family home with you.
Explore the countryside, sample the many fantastic restaurants in the local area, take a stroll down to the village for a bière, or just laze in the sun with a good book after a dip in our heated swimming pool - you'll find plenty to occupy yourself during a relaxing stay at this French retreat.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Châtelaillon-Plage 120 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Poitiers, Limoges, La Rochelle, Tours, Bordeaux 60 km, Nearest railway: Ruffec, Poitiers (TGV/Eurostar via Lille or Paris) 16 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|
|General||TV, CD player, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Further details indoors|
An Ideal getaway for a group of friends, or a large family, our property has four good sized bedrooms. The first double bedroom is located on the ground floor with easy access to the modern shower / wetroom. Our other three bedrooms are located upstairs in the recently renovated 'Grenier' [Granary]. All Grenier rooms benefit from lots of daylight, high ceilings, wooden floorboards and beautifully exposed beams. You will also find our brand new shower room with toilet on this level.
Back downstairs you will find a large living area with a country-style kitchen complete with a fantastic log-burning fire to keep you cozy in the winter months and a large dining room to seat up to ten people. There is a UK-enabled digital TV to enable you to catch up on the news or keep up with your favourite TV shows. Through to the lounge-snug you can curl up with a good book from our library, watch a DVD or play one of the many board games. All with a glass of wine or two, of course!
The property is suitable for couples, groups and families alike.
We have a travel-cot, high chair and stair gates available to families, on request.
|Further details outdoors|
La Grange is situated on 3/4 acre of land within a small hamlet, which is made up of a number of other 17th century renovated properties. La Grange benefits from peaceful rural surroundings, with several walking and cycling trails within easy reach.
There is a private heated swimming pool for your sole use in our orchard. Our brand new in-ground pool is a generous 8m x 4m in size and has a constant depth of 1.4m, which is flood-lit at night. Summer pool water temperatures are around 30 degrees centigrade. We have also installed a pool alarm for your safety and security, although please note, the pool is not fenced.
Available for use in the garden you will find several sun loungers, garden table and chairs with large parasol, swing ball set, badminton racquets and net, quoits, petanque [boule] and a charcoal BBQ.
A full size tennis outdoor court, 3 minutes drive - free to use. Remember to bring your tennis rackets.
Cycle Hire is also available for an extra charge. Further details on request.
The Poitou-Charentes/Vendee region
Poitou-Charentes, is one of the sunniest areas of France due to its unique micro-climate, enjoying mild winters and warm summers boasting temperatures well into the 30s. And there is so much to see and do within an easy drive:
La Venise Verte [Green Venice] is a lazy landscape of fens and meadows, shielded by popular trees and criss-crossed by an elaborate system of canals, dykes and slow flowing rivers. Boating, kayaking, angling and horse riding [1hr]
Futuroscope is France's second most visited theme park, with a collection of virtual-reality rides (IMAX, 4D, 3D, 360, Hydraulic) which draw you into the action on screen. A great day out for all ages. Not to be missed [1hr 10m]
Oradour-sur-Glane is the village preserved as an important shrine and chilling reminder of the horrifying event which took place on 10th June 1944 and saw 642 inhabitants killed by the SS during the second world war [1hr]
Cognac is the home to one of the world's best known brandies. Visit some of the great cognac houses and cellars including Remy Martin, Hennessy, Martell and Courvoisier. Extensive tours and tastings available daily [1hr 15m]
La Rochelle is an historic Atlantic port city, with mediaeval fortifications. The aquarium is one of the most visited attractions in France. Our nearest coastal beach is located south of here, at Châtelaillon-Plage [1hr 30m]
The Ile d'Oreron is France's largest island after Corsica as is renowned for its beautiful sandy beaches and picturesque ports. The island also boasts the extensive pine-studded Foret des Saumonards [2hrs]
Bordeaux is an imposing UNESCO World Heritage 18th century city, with an eclectic mix of museums, top-end boutiques and shops, restaurants, parks and night life. Worthy of a day-trip or overnight stay [1hr 50m]
Poitiers has been the provincial capital since Gallo-Roman times. Its pedestrian precincts, restaurants, pavement cafes, shops - and some wonderful central gardens - make for a great day's sightseeing [1hr]
Angoulême is an attractive walled citadel, packed full of fabulous restaurants, boutique shops and funky bars. The cathedral, of romanesque origin, was extensively renovated in the 19th century. A good day's excursion [50m]
Limoges is worth a visit for its magnificent Art Deco train station, the Gare des Benedictins and the craft industry that made the city a household name on a worldwide scale, porcelain [1hr 20m]
The local area has plenty to offer for adults and children alike. La Grange is surrounded in the Summer months by a tapestry of fields of sunflowers and poppy-edged wheat fields with extensive marked pathways suited for rambling or cycling. For foodies, there are some fabulous restaurants within an easy drive, serving the very best of local French cuisine at fantastic value [5-course à la carte menus ave: 20-30€]. In addition:
Close at hand is the pretty village of Lizant [35 min walk or 5 min drive]:
- Boulangerie and shop; serving bread and pastries made on the premises in addition to all the basics
- Bar and pizza restaurant
- Fish & chip restaurant; also serving curries, pies, home-made desserts to eat-in or take away
- Lizant Fishery; three large pools, bar, restaurant, play-area and farm animals for children [20 min walk]
- Outdoor Lido with heated swimming pool in Civray [10 min]
- Freshwater swimming and man-made beach at Saint-Macoux [10 min]
- Riverside bathing at the Aire de Réjallant country park [15 min]
- Valley of the Monkeys; 350 animals over 15 hectares [20 min]
- Ostrich Farm; featuring emus, rheas and cassowaries [30 min]
- 12th century church of Civray [10 min]
- 11th century abbey, impressive octagonal tower and medieval covered marketplace in Charroux [10 min]
- Imposing Châteaux and watermill on the banks of the river at Verteuil-sur-Charente [20 min]
- Velo Rail at Confolens; using specially adapted cycles along 17km of disused railway track [25 min]
- Bungee jumping off impressively high viaduct at Isle Jourdain [35 min]
- Super Bike and Motor racing at the 3.7km Circuit du Val de Vienne [30 min]
Not forgetting the weekly outdoor markets selling the best in fresh local produce at:
- Civray [10 min], Charroux [10 min] and Ruffec [15 min]
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16 Feb 2014
"Fantastic house, great location - can't wait to go back!"
La Grange is large, comfortable, has all mod cons you could need and a great heated pool. The whole place is in great condition, really well decorated throughout and spotlessly clean.There's a s… More
8 Feb 2014
"Beautiful house in a fabulous location."
Not knowing the area we were overwhelmed by its beauty. The house is what you would expect of a typical French farmhouse with all the amenities. We had guests stay with us
over the four months we took the lease. All being more than happy with the quality of
the house. There are many places to visit in the area.
30 Jan 2014
"The best sleep I've had in ages..."
I stayed at La Grange for a week in the Autumn with some friends. Although the weather was too cool for a dip in the lovely new pool (gutted), we took advantage of nights in front of the log burner eating cheese and wine. Bliss. The one thing I noticed on our first night is how quiet it is - not a sound at night. It's one of the best night sleep I've ever had!
The house itself is well equipped, minimalistic yet comfortable - and spotlessly clean. We took advantage of the huge DVD library and board games - so there was plenty to occupy us in the evenings.
The surrounding countryside is beautiful - we took advantage of all the best bits including some amazing restaurants - as the owner supplied a really comprehensive guide. The recommendations were spot on.
Really enjoyed ourselves and would definitely stay again in the future.
27 Jan 2014
"Cheese, Wine and very Relaxing.... What more do you need???"
This is the second time we have stayed at La Grange and i must say it gets better. The owners have since installed a outdoor heated swimming pool as well as a large decking area which looks amazing. Unfortunately the weather was not on our side and we only managed to get into the pool once while we were there.
Mike has ensured that the 'house information pack' is full of things to do in all types of weather so we clocked up a few miles on the car while we were there. He has also ensured a good amount of information on restaurants. The house is extremely comfortable and very well decorated with all 'mod cons', so if wanted to stay in and cook for yourself or just watch a DVD with a glass of wine and some cheese, everything is there for you to use.
We would definitely go back again with friends and/or family as La Grange is fantastic place just to get away from it!!
26 Jan 2014
"Perfect find in France"
I was looking for a spacious villa to host a special celebration with friends and came across La Grange. It comfortably housed 8 of us and could take more! The converted farmhouse is a charming place to stay offering a genuine French experience as the surrounding areas are still home to the french as opposed to ex-pats.
Mike, our host, provided an excellent handbook to the property, amenities and attractions close by. La Grange was spotless and the decor immaculate. To have a pool too, was the cherry on top!
I cannot recommend this property enough. We'll definitely head back for French fix!
25 Jan 2014
"A perfect escape - charm and luxury all in one"
If you're undecided as to whether you want tranquility and quiet or a little bit of luxury then you don't have to choose with La Grange. I visited with a group of friends and a toddler and this location suited us all. Lots of space, a fully equipped kitchen, wonderful showers, sleeping arrangements for couples plus singles, whatever suits! A lovely dining area and plenty of room for relaxing both inside and outside. Plus, if the weather is bad you can cosy up with a surprising range of books and board games to suit parties of all sorts. But if the weather is good, the pool is a massive bonus. Great fun to be had in a beautifully peaceful location remote enough for privacy but still close enough to easily access local facilities and beauty spots so you can definitely have the best of both worlds! Including a charming pub in walking distance (the walk itself is worth a mention).
11 Jan 2014
"Escape and Relax"
We visited La Grange during the half term break in October. Looking forward to a relaxing holiday we where not disappointed! La Grange is set amongst the beautiful French country side, great roads for… More
6 Jan 2014
"Stunning, relaxing and tranquil"
I have stayed at La Grange twice and both times I have thoroughly enjoyed it.
I love the house, the furniture is classic yet with a modern twist which suits this type of property. Both bathrooms are clean and modern and all mod cons are available meaning you don't have to pack too many clothes.
What made our second trip even better was the addition of the NEW POOL! Even though the weather wasn't on our side this visit the pool had been heated to a temperature where we could still use it. It was also great that pool towels are provided so you don't need to worry about packing them.
As mentioned above the weather wasn't too kind to us but the property has plenty of DVD's , games and books to keep us entertained on those rainy days.
A car is a must for this property as most attractions are about an hour drive but also means you get to experience more of the French countryside. However, if visiting the property out of season I would suggest double checking opening times as they sometimes vary from the properties manual. Telephone numbers and website addresses are provided in the manual.
I would recommend this property for big groups and/or family visits as it's a great space.
27 Dec 2013
The drive to La Grange sets the scene with rolling countryside and beautiful villages. The area is incredibly quiet but with a boulangerie down the road, you can get fresh bread and pastries daily. Ma… More
5 Oct 2013
"Never have I ever..."
Never have I ever been tempted to get into an outdoor pool in the middle of September at half eleven at night. That is until I stayed at La Grange. A heated pool with a fountain means relaxation and cooling off during the day whilst making it usable throughout the evening. Who could want more!
La Grange isn''t walking distance to the shops or bars but you don't stay here to walk into town. You stay here to recline in the sun and relax in a stylish converted farm house. Shops, bars and places to eat are all easy driving distance but copious amounts of good wine, good cheese and good company is what this place is really designed for.
It was also nice to see an advert for a house that says 'sleeps 8' actually does sleep 8 people, in 8 genuine bona fide beds. No pull out sofa nonsense here.
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