Les Hirondelles - Logis A
Farmhouse | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 9
Late 18th century former farmhouse in a small village surrounded by tranquil countryside.
Recently renovated to provide convenient, modern accommodation with a large swimming pool, beautiful open views and grounds of over one and a half acres.
For a peaceful, get-away-from-it-all holiday, our location is ideal.
From the rear of the property there are totally open views to a ridge of hills a few kilometers away and for those who like to explore a bit, the tranquil lanes around the village have many signposted walking/cycling routes.
For the less energetic, lazing about the pool or just strolling within our own grounds may be preferred.
Within the village itself there are no facilities except the Mairie with telephones and a post box but cheese, meat and grocery vans come once a week.
Within just five minutes drive, there are two larger villages with bars, bread shops, butchers, post offices and even take-away pizza and within ten minutes the medieval market town of Surgeres has many excellent bars, restaurants, supermarkets and shops of all kinds as well as a thrice weekly indoor and outdoor market.
Logis A, which was part of the original farmhouse plus a small attached barn, is a two storey building providing spacious accommodation of 120 sq. mtr. and is ideal for families.
The ground floor is a very large open-plan room (10m x 6m) comprising a lounge area with satellite TV and a kitchen-diner with brand-new fitted kitchen and a large solid oak farmhouse table - the two areas being separated by a feature wooden staircase.
There are 3 good-sized bedrooms (the master bedroom with en-suite) a family bathroom and a downstairs loo.
Outside there are extensive patio areas and a large private garden plus access to the swimming pool and a communal area of about an acre - mostly laid to grass this is excellent for picnics, children's play or just strolling about and enjoying the view and the sunshine.
|Size||Sleeps up to 9, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Chatelaillon-Plage 30 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: La Rochelle 40 km, Nearest railway: Surgeres 6 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
|General||TV, CD player, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (5), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Further details indoors|
A comfortable 3 pce suite with 3 seater couch and two armchairs plus an additional bed-settee and 2 occasional chairs.
Large satellite TV (English free-view channels), DVD and a mini hi-fi with CD.
Solid oak coffee table (matching the dining table), side tables and lamps, sideboard with many drawers.
Front entrance door and large glass panel to side.
French-windows to side patio area with an electric blind and a window to the rear patio.
Easy-clean electric hob and oven, large fridge freezer, microwave, kettle, toaster and plenty of pots, pans, crockery, cutlery, glasses etc.
Large, solid oak farmhouse dining table with benches and additional chairs - this normally seats 8 but with the
addition of two extensions and the extra dining chairs provided, it enables up to 12 to dine in comfort.
Glass panelled door overlooking the rear patio area and window to front.
Bedroom 1 with antique cherry wood double bed and windows to front and rear.
Bedroom 2 with 2 antique pine single beds and window to rear.
Bedroom 3 with pine single bed plus pine bunkbeds.
NB - All the beds have new, comfortable matresses and the rear windows have a lovely view over open countryside to the hills beyond.
Bathrooms: Upstairs family shower room with shower cubicle, vanity washbasin and wc.
En suite shower room to master bedroom with shower cubicle, vanity washbasin and wc.
Downstairs disabled-friendly wc with washbasin.
|Further details outdoors|
Extensive patio areas on two sides with raised flower beds, garden furniture (table, chairs and parasol) and a BBQ plus a large private garden of about a quarter of an acre filled with numerous plants and shrubs and mature fruit trees including fig, walnut, hazelnut, wild cherry and cherry.
The large (10m x 5m) swimming pool has a surrounding fence as well as an electric safety cover to protect small children. It also has a patio area with sunbeds and a table and chairs for a spot of alfresco dining. It is shared with Logis B.
Longer rentals (with a discount for those of 4 weeks or more) are available in low season.
We live here ourselves and so are always on hand to give advice and assistance (don't hesitate to ask).
We have been here for over 4 years now (initially staying in gites ourselves) and so we can be of help with the language and all sorts of other things - especially for those who are looking to move here themselves.
The Poitou-Charentes/Vendee region
The region inland of La Rochelle within Charente-Maritime benefits from a micro-climate which results in the area receiving more sunshine hours than any other part of France except the Mediterranien coast. We therefore benefit from long, dry summers which can stretch all the way from April to October.
The area is typified by it's gently rolling farmland, the main crops being sunflowers, grapes and maize and for nature lovers, the variety and profusion of fauna and flora here is tremendous!
The local specialities are oysters, muscles, wine, brandy and Pineau-Charente - a must-try apperetif made from wine and brandy.
Within Charente Maritime, there are many historic towns including the port of La-Rochelle with it's famous harbour, the naval town of Rochefort with it's dockyards and cordery, Saintes with it's Roman ruins, St Jean D'Angely with its medieval quarter and ancient monastry and Cognac - the centre of brandy making.
Marais-Poitevin (the "Green Venice") is a beautiful area in the north of Charente-Maritime criss-crossed by small rivers and canals with numerous water-side restaurants and gondolas for hire!
A little further afield at Poitiers, there is the theme park Futuroscope - second only in popularity to Disneyland Paris.
We have several (mostly brand new) bikes available - three children's bikes in various sizes suitable for toddlers to teens and four for adults enabling you to take full advantage of the wonderfully quiet local lanes.
Within our own grounds small children can ride the bikes and you can play petanque (boules) we have sets of plastic boules for the kids to play on the grass and proper metal ones for adults - there is a 'professional' strip at the Mairie in the village which is free and seldom occupied. We can also provide cricket, badminton, tennis and football equipment and a frisbee.
There are many excellent beaches, bars, restaurants (and even casinos) to the south of La Rochelle at Chatelaillon-Plage and Fouras and also on the Islands - Isle de Re (which also has two beautiful ports with excellent water-side restaurants) and Isle D'Oleron. Both of these islands are accessible via road bridges.
Various watersports are available at the coast and surfing is popular on the western beaches of Isle D'Oleron.
Near the Isle D'Oleron is Fort Boyard - a Napoleonic fort made famous by the TV series.
For the kids, there is an aquarium at La Rochelle, a zoo in the heart of the forest at Chize and another zoo at Royan.
For golfers, there are several excellent courses at Saintes, Niort, and Cognac.
For anglers, trout, roach, chub and large carp and catfish can be caught in the rivers Charente and Boutonne and there is a day-ticket still-water within a couple of kilometers (advice and equipment can be provided).
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14 Sep 2013
We stayed in Logis A with our 3 children aged 9, 7 and 4 and had a lovely relaxing week. The accomodation was very spacious and of a high standard. Pool was great and we used it every day. We used the… More
23 Jul 2013
"Perfect holiday rental"
We had another wonderful holiday at Les Hirondelles Logis A. The villa was superbly presented and equipped as usual and the pool and gardens were excellent ! This is an absolute gem of a property in … More
5 Jun 2012
Excellent accommodation in a wonderful setting. The area was very interesting, with easy access to other places of interest and we will certainly be returning. Sarah Smith was extremely helpful.… More
28 May 2012
"Fabulous away from it all property"
My husband and I took our 7 young children here and honestly didn't know what to expect as we hadn't really holidayed in France before. However, we needn't have worried as it turned out to be one of our best holidays and we've had a few!
Property is idyllic and a really good size. There are good shops nearby and daily breadvan is handy. Attentive but unobtrusive owner. Bikes available are great and the cycling was a joy in the beautiful countryside. Pool was chilly to get in but it was October! The weather was fantastic and our kids were in the pool every day. Butterflies and wildlife everywhere and a great big field to play in. Really couldn't fault the place. Lots of good days out nearby including Futuroscope. We'd definitely like to return.
21 Nov 2011
"Really good cottage in peaceful location; ideal for surrounding area"
We had a great holiday and really enjoyed the peace and quiet of Chervettes. We thought the accommodation was excellent and the only thing that we missed was a dishwasher; although that is only minor. The children especially loved the pool with all the equipment provided and it was really handy to hire bikes off you.We would certainly recommend it if friends were planning on visiting the area.
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