from £56 /night help Price for guests, Nights
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Farmhouse / 2 bedrooms / sleeps 4
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Farmhouse / 2 bedrooms / sleeps 4
Chez Mamie 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.
Chez Mamie has two bedrooms upstairs, a double bedroom with room for a cot, a triple bedroom with bunks and a separate single and a family shower room, with the dining/kitchen and separate comfortable living room downstairs. Designed with families in mind, it is ideal for a relaxing break, or as a base to discover the surrounding area.
Your private rear garden has a deck, barbeque and grassed area, so that there's room for children to play outside close by, and this looks onto the pool area and the rest of our garden.
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, a laundry ball which replaces detergent in most washes 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 May 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.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 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||Log fire, 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||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Single beds (1), Bunk Beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Shared outdoor pool (heated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Swing set, Trampoline|
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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17 Sep 2012
"A chance to totally unwind"
Middle of nowhere, yet short drives to some fantastic places to visit. We wanted a holiday to switch off ,unwind and recharge our batteries, and thats exactly what we got from Le Chai. Lovely faciliti… More
3 Aug 2012
"Wonderfully tranquil setting a must to holidaymakers"
This was our first trip to France and we were really unsure what to expect. However, Lisa and Ian Elsey were very helpful via email from the first time we enquired about where to stay. This was reassu… More
12 Jul 2012
Gite clean and comfortable and fully equipped for an enjoyable stay. It is perfectly located for exploring the surrounding region, with Bordeaux and its vineyards and La Rochelle being within an hour… More
25 Jun 2012
"Relaxing stay in lovely countryside"
Great 5 nights. Gite was perfect for 2, very clean, well equipped for self catering nice pool area, BBQ area. Lots to see in lovely jonzac, 20 mins drive.… More
17 Jul 2011
"Very pleasant and comfortable"
We enjoyed our stay - property had everything we needed to cater for ourselves and was very comfortable. Ian and Lisa were very hospitable without being intrusive. Swimming pool was a bonus. Locati… More
27 Jun 2011
"A relaxing break in beautiful countryside"
We really enjoyed the 9 days we spent in Le Chai. Ian & Lisa were really helpful - the gite is really well equipped and the pool area had ample furniture for relaxing (as well as lilos etc.)To sum up:… More
19 May 2011
"Everything we hoped for"
Very friendly hosts who made you feel that nothing would be too much trouble. Le Chai was ideal for a couple and was comfortable with everything we needed.Beautiful, peaceful location , would love to … More
14 Apr 2011
"Our stay in 'Le Chai'"
A lovely peaceful location. Our hosts were very welcoming and were always available when we wanted to ask them anything. They even arranged a dentist for my husband as he was in so much pain we wer g… More
8 Apr 2011
"Very welcoming and cosy"
A lovely gite for 2 people. Everything you need is there and nothing is too much trouble for the owners Lisa and Ian. They make you very welcome. We had 2 wonderful holidays at the gite.… More
8 Apr 2011
"A real chill out holiday"
We had a 2 week chill out, Lisa and family made us feel very welcome, nothing was a problem, we chatted about why they chose the area to live in. They gave us information about the area, the pool was… More
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