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Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 5

Key Info
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

L'Epouvantail is a charming 15th century stone - built cottage set in a picturesque hamlet 10 minutes drive from the pretty market town of Civray on the river Charente. The hamlet hosts a state of the art Rural Museum with a light and sound show ( Le Vieux Cormenier) and the fascinating 'Vallee des Singes' (Valley of the Monkeys) is just 5 km away. A45 minute drive takes you to Poitiers (shopping, restaurants, cathedral and, nearby, Futuroscope) to the north and Angouleme to the south. The area also has numerous small lakes (plans d'eaux), rivers, parks etc. with a wide variety of leisure facilities.

The cottage is a perfect base to explore the area by car, walking or cycling with many pretty villages and historic towns within a short distance. Highlights include,11/12th century Romanesque churches, Roman baths and amphitheatres, medieval cathedrals and limestone caves. Coastal attractions such as La Rochelle, Rochefort or the Isle de Re are just a couple of hours away.

Size Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car essential
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Poitiers 45 km, Nearest railway: Poitiers, St Saviol 45 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire
General CD player
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms
Furniture Single beds (1), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 5, Lounge seats for 5
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking

The Poitou-Charentes/Vendee region

The Vienne department is one of four making up the Poitou-Charente region. It is a mixture of timeless rural living alongside vibrant univeristy city life and excellent shopping in Poitiers. Futuroscope is one of the most visited tourist attractions in France and is frequently updated to make it even more exciting. The Vallee des Singes (Monkey Valley) is fascinating. Set in a wooded valley a wide variety of monkeys, chimpanzees and apes can be seen living in both indoor and outdoor facilities. High points are feeding time for the Silverback gorillas and the enclosure containing the Bonobos. The many rivers, small lakes and wooded areas offer space for outdoor activities and picturesque chateaux and water mills are dotted around the countryside which abounds with wildlife and fields of sunflowers.


The area comprises of several small hamlets and villages set in rolling countryside traversed by the rivers Charente, Clouer and Clain. There are miles of tracks and lanes for walking and cycling and the majority of the roads are a pleasure to drive on as there is so little traffic. Throughout late Spring and Summer and into Autumn every village hosts an event of some kind whether, folklorique, culinary, musical, dance or pageant. There is sure to be something for all tastes.

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Calendar last updated:31 Jul 2014

Based in United Kingdom

Languages spoken
  • English
  • French

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