La Vieille Grange
Gite | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2
La Vieille Grange is different in many ways, in offering the best of both worlds all year round in its facilities, its location and in the atmosphere the owners strive to create.
A quality conversion of an old wine producing barn the gite offers privacy, relaxation, views, a large 4 x 6 metre all weather and all year garden room / terrace (with full width, Tecnal high quality sliding glass patio doors), an acre of garden, an 11 x 5 metre swimming pool and all mod cons internally, but at a value-for-money price.
Located in countryside, surrounded by vineyards and rolling Charente Maritime countryside but within 10 minutes of the Gironde estuary (with nature reserve and new bird sanctuary) and quiet marinas, it is within 30 minutes of a nice beach with lots of lovely local places to visit and with easy access to the life of Bordeaux, La Rochelle or even onwards to Biarritz and Spain.
The gite is specifically designed around the needs of couples (or 2 friends !) and the owners Martin and Christopher take pride in welcoming and respecting the diversity of their guests, regardless of background.
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Meschers 39 km|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bordeaux 62 km, Nearest railway: Bordeaux 62 km|
|Family friendly||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||Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (2), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Further details indoors|
Ground Floor :
* Kitchen/dining room modern & fully equipped incl full sized oven, ceramic hob, breakfast bar, dishwasher, washing machine, fridge/freezer, microwave, dining table/chairs and direct dial telephone.
* Living room with Godin log burner, flat screen TV with English (BBC, ITV, Film4 etc) TV channels, DVD player, sofa and easy chair.
* Bathroom (bath with wall mounted shower attachment).
* Separate WC
Entrance hall, with spiral staircase up to first floor :
In the converted grenier/loft, 2 large bedrooms (each approx 6mx3m / 18ftx9ft into the eaves, with some low beams : see photos):
* Main double bedroom for 2 people, with French windows with views across countryside towards the estuary (and the sunsets !).
* air conditioning in the main bedroom
* Mezzanine double bedroom for additional 2 people (see below), leading to main bedroom
The gite has been designed principally to provide year-round, spacious and well equipped accommodation for 2 people. However, the additional mezzanine double bedroom is also available if you want to invite friends to join you.
A complimentary Welcome Pack will be waiting for you - with provisions and refreshments - including a bottle of wine for you to celebrate the start of your holiday !
Wi-fi coverage is provided (subject to availability) if you bring a wi-fi enabled laptop.
Whilst the gite is attached to the owners' house, it is completely self contained as is its terrace/garden room.
The owners are ashamed to say that some of the internal doors, even on the ground floor, are too narrow for wheelchairs to get through. Otherwise, the ground floor facilities are quite accessible for people with mobility difficulties - if needed a sofa bed can be provided in the living room for people with mobility difficulties unable to use the spiral staircase to the 1st floor bedrooms.
|Further details outdoors|
* Your own large 4 x 6 metre private garden room / terrace with triple, full width sliding patio doors (double glazed), equipped with choice of furniture : sofa, easy chair, teak steamer style chairs & teak deckchairs plus dining table and chairs and wood burner and stylish gas radiator when needed.
* Free panoramic views across the pool, garden and across the valley beyond to the church on the hill !
* a wide range of garden & pool furniture incl teak sun loungers, garden chairs, deck chairs, parasols & tables
* 2 bikes.
* Use of 11m x 5m swimming pool - in reality you'll have it to yourself most (if not all) the time. Depth from approx 1m at shallow end to approx 4m at deep end. The pool is open from May to September, and as far into October as the weather permits. Includes under pool illumination at night for those nocturnal cocktails and star gazing on your terrace
* Use of garden - approx. 1 acre - incl. boules pit
The pool and garden are only shared with the owners and from time to time their guests - yours is the only gite!
25% booking deposit is payable upon booking, with the remaining final payment being due 8 weeks before the booking commences. A £100/145 euros breakages/excess cleaning deposit is also payable with the final payment – we return it within 7 days of the end of your booking. Payments can be accepted by credit or debit cards, via the secure online services of WorldPay.
The Poitou-Charentes/Vendee region
Situated in the beautiful Charente Maritime (with hours of sunshine second only to the Cote d'Azur), but in the south of it (where the countryside is more interesting/undulating) and within easy striking distance of the Aquitaine/Gironde, including the Medoc. In the middle of the countryside (surrounded by vines and sunflowers) but within 10 mins of the Gironde Estuary (with nature reserve and new bird sanctuary) and within 30 minutes of the nearest beach.
There are loads of interesting places to visit and things to do (if/when you tire of just lying around the pool during the summer!), including sleepy villages and livelier towns, beaches, chateaux/wine tasting, nature reserves, a new bird sanctuary, outside activities (for those into them!) including fishing, horse riding, walking and bird watching - or just sitting outside bars watching the world go by!
Within easy striking distance are : Chatelallion Plage, La Rochelle, Ile de Ré, Ile d'Oléron, St. Jean d'Angély, Angoulême, Royan, Rochefort, Cognac, Blaye, Saintes, Niort and even Bordeaux all within 1 hour drive.
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10 Jul 2014
"Everything we wanted - and more!"
We were met on arrival by Chris & Martin, owners of the gite, & welcomed with a hamper of goodies: food for a quick supper & breakfast next day, a bottle of wine & flowers!
The house was spacious & very well equiped, including a dishwasher; the garden was huge & beatifully stocked with flowers & shrubs, & well tended; but the pool was the highlight, bigger & better than expected, it was well used on our stay.
The location was excellent, within 5 minutes of the A10 motorway (but surrounded by farms & gorgeous countryside), & loads to do around the Gironde estuary. This area abounds in pretty villages, beaches, wildlife, vineyards, as well as the beautiful & historic city of Bordeaux - not to be missed.
Little to fault (we won't mention the low beams in the bedroom - ouch!), Martin & Chris go the extra mile to make their guests welcome & comfortable, providing maps & literature so that you make the most of your stay in this lovely place. We look forward to our return visit next summer!
28 Jul 2013
"Pure indulgence - France at its best"
Upon arrival at La Vieille Grange, its tranquility and charm completely captured us and we have returned home fully under its spell.
The gite itself is very well equipped and the garden room is a stunning place to chill in the evening with a glass of wine and stunning views of the pool and village in the distance. The pool stayed at a beautiful 28C for the two weeks we stayed and was so very refreshing and needed during the hot days. The air conditioning in the bedroom was also very well received and made the hot sticky nights bearable.
La Vieille Grange is a magical place with its beautiful surrounding gardens, lavender & a fig tree standing tall. We took our little dog with us and it was a fully secured garden so we had no worries about her escaping. She even had a holiday romance with the host's cute dog!
The hosts Chris and Martin were brilliant too, so helpful and generous but at the same time very discreet and even dog sat for us some nights! Their attention to detail is second to none and recommended the most amazing restaurants and places to visit.
The estuary and surrounding villages are all within striking distance, along with the beaches up near Royan and further north. Local markets are held every day in various towns and these were a joy to explore.
All in all an excellent holiday, beautiful surroundings, fabulous hosts & a perfect escape for anyone - we will definately return.
2 Nov 2012
"A truly relaxing home from home"
Lovely homely accommodation with everything you needed for a self-catering break - and more, like the fresh flowers and welcome pack when you arrive. Garden room was perfect for reading - and there we… More
23 Aug 2012
"Home away from home"
Spent a wonderful 2 weeks here at the end of July 2012. Martin, Christ and Keanu the dog couldn't have been more welcoming and even supplied us with a hamper of essentials upon our arrival. It… More
6 Aug 2012
"Tranquil,relaxing holiday in excellent accommodation"
I would recommend this gite to couples looking for a place to recharge their batteries; peaceful, quiet, relaxing. Having sole use of the pool is a big plus. The owners, Chris and Martin, are very helpful and hospitable without being intrusive. Very pretty garden set in the depths of French countryside. Our second visit and we hope to go again.
3 Aug 2012
"A little gem......."
Second visit here, gite very comfortable everything you need is provided even down to washing up liquid, enclosed terrace a great addition for when the weather not so good. Swimming pool and outside … More
We welcome and carefully consider all feedback, especially from returning guests, so ... we're pleased to say that new for 2013 will be air conditioning in the main bedroom ! Thanks for giving us the idea ! Chris and Martin
17 May 2012
"Excellent gite in fantastic surroundings"
Stayed for one week at La Vielle Grange and it wasn't long enough; it was our first visit to the Charante-Maritime area of France and there are so many fabulous paces to visit. The countryside is just gorgeous. As for the gite itself , it was absolutely perfect - so rare to find a rental for just 2 people that gives you your own pool - all the facilities were excellent and the hosts, Chris and Martin, were brilliant. Right from the booking through to the actual stay they were great.
All in all I would not hesitate to recommend la Vielle Grange - a definite 5 star holiday!
2 May 2012
"Lovely rural gite with an excellent service"
We really enjoyed our 3 nights stay at La Vieille Grange.
The gite looked even better than we expected!
Quiet area, nice little hamlet, very friendly service, superb pool and garden, ...
Despite the rain (sometimes really heavy), we'll be back in September.
14 Aug 2011
"A splendid gîte with everything as promised and even more ..."
A very quiet and beautiful garden with a marvelous panoramic view ...
Well equiped gîte, good accomodation and excellent pool. We really loved it and appreciated the friendly welcome too.
4 Aug 2011
"A little bit of heaven"
Just a perfect place to relax and do nothing or to explore the area. From the initial booking to the holiday, everything is dealt with efficiently and Chris and Martin are very welcoming hosts. There … More
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