About the home
Your two bedroom accommodation is situated in a converted stone built barn that has been fully modernised. An up to date interior blends with the original French surroundings. The cottage is set on the edge of a small quiet village in a beautiful rural landscape with vines and sunflowers in the heart of Cognac country.
There is an 11 x 5m heated swimming pool with sun terrace.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach:||Royan, 60km|
Nearest amenities: 10km
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Unsuitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||No pets allowed|
No smoking at this property
|Pool:||Shared outdoor pool (heated)|
|Utilities:||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||2 Bedrooms, 1 shower room|
|Furniture:||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seating for 4, Lounge seating for 2|
|Other:||Linen provided, please check with the advertiser regarding towels|
|Outdoors:||Shared outdoor pool (heated), BBQ|
Further details indoors:
1 Double bedroom, 1 twin bedroom, Newly fitted shower room with modern facilities.
Kitchen area with cooker, fridge, microwave. Washing machine and iron available in laundry room. Lounge/Dining area with comfortable seating, DVD player.
Further details outdoors:
Heated swimming pool 11m x 5m, with steps at the shallow end - suitable for young chidren. Sun terrace next to the pool. The pool is fenced for safety.
Barbecue, patio with garden furniture for alfresco dining
No smokers or pets.
English owners on site to help and provide information.
The Poitou-Charentes / Vendee / Charente Maritime region
The Charente Maritime is the second sunniest area of France (second only to the French Riviera). The climate is warm and sunny in the summer.
The gently rolling countryside is covered with vineyards, forests and fields of sunflowers. The villages are built of a warm honey coloured stone, wih many interesting features.
There are many historical towns nearby - Saintes has the largest Roman amphitheatre outside Italy, along with a Roman triumphal arch nearly 2000 years old.
The Le Gicq area
The cottage is within easy reach of historic towns such as Cognac (with English language tours of the famous brandy distilleries) Saintes, with its Roman amphitheatre and river excursions and the beautiful and ancient port of La Rochelle.
Swimming and boating are available at St Jean d'Angely, Cognac and Saintes, with golf courses at Cognac and Saintes.
A wide variety of seaside resorts are only an hour away - Royan, Fouras, and the long sandy beaches of the Ile d'Oleron.
The world-famous Cognac Blues Festival is in the first week in July and attracts Blues musicians from all over the world.
How to get there
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By car the cottage is 6 hours drive from Caen (Brittany Ferries) or 8 hours drive from Calais or the Channel Tunnel (using motorways).
The quickest method (75 mins) from the UK is via Ryanair and other airlines from Stansted and other UK airports to La Rochelle and Poitiers (90 mins drive to the cottage) - all car hire firms available at the airports.
By train (Eurostar and TGV) it takes about 10 hours from London to La Rochelle or Angouleme (90 or 40 mins drive to the cottage - all car hire firms available at stations).
Activities near Le Gicq
Tennis in town
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
08 Oct 2012
We booked in July to escape the very disappointing rain soaked summer and get some sun our bones before the children headed back to school. We flew into La Rochelle and hired a car from the airport... more
03 Oct 2012
Wonderful weather alongside a fab pool made for a great stay. The owners were very welcoming and available whenever they were needed but not at all intrusive - a difficult balancing act we are sure! We would stay again. The property was small but clean and well equipped. Very private too as tucked away from the rest of the site.
15 Jun 2012
I spent quite a lot of time researching properties before settling on this Gite from La Forge Holidays and it was time well spent, booking and payment was simple & straightforward with the owners kindly including a local English guidebook with our confirmation so we could suss out a few excursions in advance of arrival. We found them extremely helpful & friendly at all stages, even when our eldest child accidentally broke a lamp.
The location is easy to find and within easy reach of Calais in 7 hours via the toll roads. We found plenty to do, aided by the host of local tourist information provided by the owners & taking advantage of their local knowledge. Highlights were the Zoo Palmyres, the Plan d'eau at Cognac and riding our bikes between local poppy scattered fields & vineyards. We stayed a week and left a number of things we'd still like to do so will go back, I'd say you could easily fill a fortnight if you are the kind of holidaymaker that likes to do things every day.
I can't not mention the heated pool, the kids loved being able to swim in a pool a few feet from the front door, they were in it within half an hour of arriving & were often in it twice a day!
Although the Gite was compact we found it just right for the 4 of us, outdoor furniture and a BBQ were provided so we spent a lot of time outdoors enjoying the sunshine, the kitchen had everything we needed and the beds were comfortable plus fitted with mattress protectors, my only suggestion would have been to put the microwave on a wall bracket to make better use of the worktop space. We made good use of the undercover bike storage and washing line for our beach towels.
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 4|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|Low season||25 May 13||13 Jul 13||£ 375||£ 60||£ 60||1 Week|
|High Season||13 Jul 13||31 Aug 13||£ 475||£ 70||£ 70||1 Week|
|Low season||31 Aug 13||14 Sep 13||£ 350||£ 60||£ 60||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.
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