About the home
Old stone farmhouse with lots of space both inside and out. Tastefully restored to be both traditional and comfortable. The rooms are big with lots of light. The environment is child friendly. Theres a large sun-trap, stone flagged terrace on the South East side and a stone terrace running the width of the facade on the South West side. There are trees and a barbecue making place overlooking the view across the valley behind. The swimming pool has views, is fenced with a lockable gate and runs on a self maintaining salt-water system. The property is well suited to extended family holidays, two family holiday or groups of friends.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 10, 6 bedrooms|
|Will consider:||Long lets|
Nearest amenities: 3km
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Suitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||No pets allowed|
No smoking at this property
|Luxuries:||Private outdoor pool (heated), Log fire|
|Pool:||Private outdoor pool (heated)|
|General:||Central heating, CD player|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities:||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||6 Bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 2 family bathrooms and 1 en suite|
|Furniture:||Sofabeds (2), Single beds (5), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seating for 12, Lounge seating for 10|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Private outdoor pool (heated), Balcony / Terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
Further details indoors:
The pleasure of the house is that it is light, comfortable and spacious. It is also completely private. There is some antique furniture. The kichen is huge with a long table specially made for it in the traditional style of the area. A large en suite bathroom is in the process of being built onto the downstairs bedroom (Autumn 2007). The living room has two sofas, chairs and a piano which is tuned annually. There are outside spaces for all weathers. The huge semi-circular stone paved terrace traps the sun and heat, and if it is baking hot there are trees, table and chairs and a swing seat on the other side. There is ample room in the gravelled courtyard for cars to park and turn. There is a paved area with loungers around the pool.
Further details outdoors:
There's lots of garden furniture -a table and chairs on the terrace and another under the trees. Loungers at the pool and a bench. And a swing seat. Ropes and swings for the children hang from a tree. Children love playing in the little forest across a field which is not big enough to get lost in but is where camps, houses and so on can be made and adventurous games devised.
The property is entirely private. 7 acres, house, pool and forest are solely for the use of the tennant.
Heating of the swimming pool is not included in the rent. There is an efficient pool heater that runs off the boiler but it does take a lot of fuel. It comes out at approximately £15 per day. For the most part the pool is warm enough but should a tennant want heating, it is available. Extra cleaning is available at 30 Euros per 3 hours.
The Poitou-Charentes / Vendee / Vendee region
La Tavellerie is in the Vendee Bocage. This is a hilly, wooded area and because it is unsuitable for huge fields and business farming methods, it has retained the charm of the traditional French countryside. The climate is reputedly the second best in France after the South of France. The summers are hot but not stiflingly so, and the winters mild on account of the gulf stream hitting the coast near by. It is suitable for those looking for tranquility and pleasant walks. The area is famous as a centre of the counter revolution in France. There are many interesting historical sites in the area which are well managed and make an excellent day out. Within view of La Tavellerie is the Medieval Dongon at Bazoges-en-Pareds (about 2 kilometers away), where there is a Medieval garden, a museum and a good restaurant. The coast and fine beaches are an hour plus away. THe chateau of the Loire make for a good day's outing. La Rochelle, an interesting, historic harbour town, with excellent sea food, is an hour and a quarter away, as is the famous Ile de Re.
The La Caillere Saint-Hilaire area
Fontenay le Comte is the old capital of the area and is full of old buildings, interesting walkways, a chateau and a museum. The market on Saturdays is excellent. The Marais Poitevin with its quiet canals and little villages is about an hour away. In the summer there are special events in many old towns and Abbeys. THe area of Vouvant half an hour away is famous for its forests and lakes. The local cuisine is good and inexpensive. La Cailler, about 3 kilometers away is a charming village and has the basic shops, an excellent butcher, Spar etc. There are lots of walks marked out in the woods in the area.
The fortified tower called the Donjon at Bazoges en Pareds is a lovely medieval remnant with medieval garden and local life museum attached <www.bazoges-en-pareds.fr>
Vouvant is a tourist town nearby - they call it 'un des plus beaux villages de France'! Melusine reputedly built the tower in one night! <www.vendee-vouvant.com>
Our children speak very highly of the zoo nearby at Mervant where they take their children <www.naturzoomervent.com>
Fontenay le Comte is a town we like very much. It has a nice historical area, a chateau to visit and a good museum <www.ville-fontenaylecomte.fr>
The Marais Poitevin is what they call the 'Venise verte' where you can take a boat and punt along the ancient canal network. The best is to visit the Abbaye Saint Pierre at Maillezais, have lunch at the good restaurant below and then take a boat on the canal system <www.vendee.fr>
The huge tourist attraction for the reconstruction of the whole romantic medieval to counter-revolutionary Vendee story is at Puy du Fou <www.puydufou.com>
How to get there
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Fly to La Rochelle, Nantes, Poitier and hire a car.
Ferry ports St Malo, Caen, Cherbourg
Activities near La Caillere Saint-Hilaire
Rural / countryside retreats
Beach or lakeside relaxation
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 10|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|28 Aug 11||30 Oct 11||£ 1050||-||-||1 Week|
|30 Oct 11||18 Dec 11||£ 1100||-||-||1 Week|
|high season||18 Dec 11||7 Jan 12||£ 1200||-||-||1 Week|
|low season||7 Jan 12||24 Mar 12||£ 1050||-||-||1 Week|
|miid season||24 Mar 12||26 May 12||£ 1150||-||-||1 Week|
|high season||26 May 12||1 Sep 12||£ 1250||-||-||1 Week|
|mid seson||1 Sep 12||3 Nov 12||£ 1150||-||-||1 Week|
|low season||3 Nov 12||22 Dec 12||£ 1050||-||-||Flexible|
|22 Dec 12||6 Jan 13||£ 1150||-||-||1 Week|
|6 Jan 13||24 Mar 13||£ 1050||-||-||1 Week|
|24 Mar 13||28 Apr 13||£ 1150||-||-||1 Week|
|28 Apr 13||30 Jun 13||£ 1200||-||-||1 Week|
|30 Jun 13||8 Sep 13||£ 1250||-||-||1 Week|
|8 Sep 13||30 Nov 13||£ 1150||-||-||1 Week|
The property's weekend rates apply to: Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
Heating the swimming pool between during the summer costs an extra 30 Euros per day. The pool is closed during the winter.Enquire now
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