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Farmhouse | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2
Le Chai is part of our recently restored 200-year-old farmhouse at the edge of a sleepy village, and retains much of its original character. Traditional in style, you will love the feel of the exposed beams and light and airy rooms. It is perfect for a long summer holiday, or a mid-week or weekend break, especially from May to September, when you can enjoy the delights of our heated swimming pool, even on cooler days. It's ideal for a relaxing break, or as a base to discover the surrounding area.
Le Chai has one bedroom upstairs with a double bed and plenty room for a cot, and an en-suite shower room, with the comfortable living/dining/kitchen area downstairs. It was designed with couples in mind, although it can easily accommodate a young family with a baby.
As well as the the dining area inside, outside the gîte there is a delightful screened & fenced terrace in the sunniest corner of our sheltered courtyard, with a stone barbeque. This area looks out south with open views of the local countryside, where you can relax in the sun or cool a little under the canopy and watch the birds which flock over the local farmers' fields. It has a closable gate which separates it from the rest of the courtyard and keeps it private. It's the only one of our gîtes to have an seating area at the front which therefore makes it the most peaceful, and it's ideal for our glorious Charentais summer evenings.
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Royan 50 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||4 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bordeaux 85 km, Nearest railway: Montendre 10 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property|
|Pool||Shared outdoor pool (heated)|
|General||TV, 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 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 2, Lounge seats for 2|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Shared outdoor pool (heated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Trampoline|
|Further details indoors|
We pride ourselves that our gîtes are well-equipped - lots of people who stay with us love to cook and enjoy the local food, and we make sure that the kitchen is set up in a way that helps this be a pleasure not a chore.
All bed- and household- linen and towels are provided, as well as a hairdryer, UK plug adapters, bedroom fans, full length mirror, DVD player & UK freeview TV, iron & ironing board, alarm clock, and cool box & cooling blocks for picnics.
|Further details outdoors|
An important part of your gîte holiday is relaxation & fun, and our 600 square-metre pool area contains our octagonal 10 x 5 metre pool, heated from April to September, and plenty of sun loungers, tables, and chairs, so that you can relax any way you like. The pool is in full sun for much of the day so you'll also find pleasant shady areas to keep cool. The view from the pool area is across our garden to the surrounding farmland, and rolling hills, without another house in sight.
About this location
The Poitou-Charentes region
There are so many museums, châteaux, zoos, historic buildings and places of interest in this area of France, that you’ll have lots to choose from during your visit. Our local town has a stunning medieval castle with guided tours in English, as well as a swimming complex with a water slide, tropical lagoon, wave pool, bubble spas and saunas, indoor and outdoor pools.
Within an hour’s drive you can visit the beautiful cities of Saintes, Cognac, Angoulême and Bordeaux and the pretty seaside resort of Royan. The caves at Meschers are fascinating and the Gironde estuary offers a wealth of things to do and see.
The area is crisscrossed with rivers, and there are numerous places where you can take boat cruises, hire your own boat, or simply paddle along in a canoe. The views from the river banks can be breathtaking, and it’s a highly recommended way to see more of the places you visit.
A little further afield, you can visit La Rochelle, Rochefort, St Emilion, a UNESCO world heritage site, or even Bergerac in the Dordogne region.
Spend a day at the Aqualand water park in Bordeaux with its slides and rides, or visit the Dune du Pyla close by, which is the largest sand dune in Europe and affords stunning views of the surrounding coastline.
This area is renowned for its châteaux and architecture, and a simple stroll through many of the area’s smaller towns will reveal unexpected delights. Whatever you enjoy doing on holiday, Charente Maritime will offer you lots of choice.
The local market town of Jonzac, has a full range of shops, banks and supermarkets. There is an excellent choice of restaurants, within 15 minutes drive. Between them, the local towns of Jonzac and Montendre hold fresh markets four days a week, and in fact there is a market somewhere near us, every day of the week - including Sundays.
Jonzac is a stunning medieval town, with an imposing 15th-century château with guided tours in English. In addition it has thermal baths whose treatments are extensive, and whose waters have been recognised for their effectiveness in treating various complaints. The local swimming complex has a water slide, tropical lagoon, wavepool, bubble spas and saunas.
The views of the countryside surrounding our land are breathtaking, including our over 2 acres of grounds for you to enjoy, with fruit and nut trees, bordered on one side by an oak wood, and on other sides by agricultural fields.
Because we’re located on the edge of a village, our only passing traffic is the occasional tractor on the way to the farmland around us.
Typical crops in the area include sunflowers, which are beautiful in July, and grapevines and sweetcorn which give the area a lush greenness even through the long hot summers.
Our rural location means that you’ll need your own transport—the nearest boulangerie is 3 miles away, and we have no shops in our local hamlet. However, we have the delightful towns of Montendre and Jonzac only 10 & 15 minutes drive away, with an array of small boutiques, restaurants and supermarkets to cater for your every need.
The village of Vibrac is very quiet - although it does boast its own heated outdoor pool which is open in July and August. It has a larger pool and also a shallow splash pool for the little ones, and is very popular with the locals, although you may find it difficult to tear yourselves away from our lovely pool on site !
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22 Jun 2014
"Well cared for, well appointed rural retreat with unobtrusive hosts on site."
Although I booked the smallest gite on site, we were given the bigger one for 4 people. This had 2 ensuite bedrooms and an open-plan kitchen, living, dining area, all immaculately presented. Althoug… More
3 Oct 2012
"Paradise in Countryside"
We spent an excellent week in September 2012 in Chez Mamie. The lovely modern gite was very clean, fully equipped with kitchen facilities and other essentials, Wifi internet, plus English TV! The loca… More
18 Apr 2012
"We had a Fantastic time!"
Lisa, Ian and the kids made us feel very welcome. Beers in the fridge and ice creams for the kids - what more could you ask for. Lisa and Ian have thought of everything and we all thoroughly enjoyed o… More
11 Oct 2011
"Relaxing break - away from it all!"
We stayed here for four nights in late September and could not recommend Chez Mamie and the other gites more highly. Lisa and Ian were extremely welcoming and helpful. Chez Mamie is a pretty gite with… More
3 May 2011
"Gites are very issolated."
were welcomed and had everything explained to us. The gite was spotless and very well equiped and comfortable. Very pleasant private pool. We were able to have a few walks but apart from the countr… More
28 Apr 2011
"Great value and great hospitality"
An excellent gite for the money with a beautiful swimming pool. Ian and Lisa were friendly and welcoming and generously provided free beer and soft drinks in the pool bar. However, we would have pre… More
14 Apr 2011
"Lovely gite in a quiet, rural location"
Good base to explore the area with trips to Bordeaux, St Emillion and Talmont our highlights. Cosy cottage, quiet location - internet access was a real bonus and satellite TV to watch the world cup ga… More
8 Apr 2011
We had a wonderful time in the idyllic French countryside & stayed in a smart, comfortable modern (inside) gitte. This is one of 4 gittes sympathetically converted from an old stone-built farmhouse w… More
I'm delighted that your lovely family had such a wonderful time - you know you're welcome back any time.