Tournesol (inc. 1 bed Gite)
Farmhouse | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 14
Ideal for large groups/ multiple families with children.Tournesol is a spacious, traditional 5 bedroom Charentaise farmhouse. 3 bedrooms on the ground floor & 2 upstairs in the "grenier". An additional self contained 1 bed Gite can be hired as part of your package (ideal for grandparents or in-laws). All rooms are capable of taking a double and single as a minimum.
Exclusive use of your own 10m alarmed pool, a brand new full size Cornilleau Table Tennis Table, 2 outdoor BBQs (one vegetarian), a solar shower and an acre of garden space. A modern fully-fitted kitchen dining room, very large living room with CD,DVD and i-phone dock, a small library and plenty of games plus 3 bathrooms with large showers and one with a roll top bath.
Bikes are available for hire and the local terrain is ideal for both novice and experienced cyclists with tracks directly from the house through the woods.
A large terrace with recliners and outdoor dining facilities and two BBQs faces the setting sun with views across the pool towards woods and farmland where you can enjoy a glass of wine from the neighbouring vineyard
Located between St Andre de Lidon and Cozes you are only 2 minutes to the boulangerie & bar at St Andre , 5 minutes into the covered market at Cozes with Gemozac not much further. You are close to excellent restaurants and the safe estuary beaches and the sandy beaches of the Atlantic, and many excellent restaurants for eating out.
An ideal location for family holidays with children. The prices quoted are for the House + Gite . If you are keen on booking them individually this can only be done outside High season - please see 534781 for the Gite on its own and
|Size||Sleeps up to 14, 5 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Meschers 19 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: La Rochelle or Bordeaux 90 km, Nearest railway: Saintes 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, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Table tennis, Safe|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 3 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (6), Cots (2), Dining seats for 14, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Swing set|
The Poitou-Charentes/Vendee region
Sun,sea and sand or relax by the pool -
The Charente-Maritime is the 2nd hottest part of France after the South. Between the vineyards of Bordeaux & the Loire Valley its mild climate makes it attractive from early spring to late autumn. Within half a days drive (5 hrs) of the northern ports this area has excellent road connections via the A10 motorway as well as the TGV at Saintes and air access via La Rochelle or Bordeaux
300 miles of coastline plus the shallow, child friendly estuary beaches of the Gironde , backed by fragrant pine forests and lively resorts. La Rochelle, Royan and the islands of Oléron, Aix and Ré provide year round interest. Inland, there are vast wooded valleys, Poitou fens and Marais Poitevin with tranquil canals (Venice Vert), the valley of Vienne and Charente rivers & of course the vineyards at Bordeaux and Cognac.
Talmont , one of the prettiest villages in the region lies perched on a nearby coastal promentary while Pons (situated on one of the traditional pilgimage routes from Northern Europe to Compostello) has an ancient citadel as its centre piece with a beautiful river walk and pedal boat rides at the base of the old city walls.
Known for its wine, Charentaise melon, fruits and vegetables you are unsurprisingly never short of a good restaurant. Seafood is plentiful given the proximity to both the sea and the Gironde. The region is well known for its fresh Oysters and Mussels - a trip to Tremblade and the oyster centre is within easy reach.
St Andre de Lidon (2 min drive or a cycle) has a local boulangerie, bar and general store as well as tennis courts and the local attraction of Chateau D'Eau gardens. Cozes (5 min drive) has a 12c Church and 14c covered market which operates every week with special night time markets, arts and music festivals in the summer plus all the amenities you need (banks,boulangerie, hairdressers,post office, supermarket,garage etc). Gemozac also has a very large supermarket.
Every kind of activity imaginable is available in the area from go-ape style climbing in the trees, fishing, golf, water sports, tennis, cycling and horse riding plus the Velo Rail at Cozes, an incredible Zoo at Palmyre, ten pin bowling, pool, caves and play centre with harborside restaurants and safe beaches at Meschers, a great Aquarium at La Rochelle, the Vineyards of Bordeaux, spririts of Cognac and Roman ruins at Saintes and Fa (15 minutes).
St Andre'sbar has a small restaurant while Cozes has a Vietnamese with take away and If you like to eat out al fresco the nearby fishing port of Meschers is ideal. Royan has too many sea front restaurants to mention and a permanent fun fair all summer.
Cycle paths wide enough for vehicles lead directly from the rear garden through the cool shady woods of oak and pine toward either Cozes or St Andre. The vineyard of Courpron lies within 5 minutes cycle and is recommended for a visit. All guests receive a welcome guide providing instructions on the house and local area.
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18 Sep 2013
"A perfect family holiday"
There is plenty of room and more to spare for our party of 14 with ages from 5 – 76 years. The house has a huge living room overlooking the pool, and with three bathrooms plus one en suite in the gite, there were no queues.
Self catering was easy. We got all we needed in Cozes or St Andre De Lidon, either supermarket or local produce and the kitchen had everything you could possibly want although we used the outdoor barbecues most of the time.
The location is typical rural Charentais and we enjoyed forest walks and cycling direct from the back garden which overlooked a field of sunflowers (the house supplied the bikes too so we didn't need to bring any on the ferry!)
For days out, there are plenty places of interest and a wide variety of things to do for everyone all within a short driving distance.
We loved the pool and the outdoor table tennis which was perfect for spending days relaxing at home but also found a very safe sandy beach about 15 minutes drive.
A perfect holiday. We will go again.
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