Tournesol, Arbre de Cerise
Gite | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Arbre de Cerise is a beautiful 400 year old farmhouse that has been lovingly restored and converted into three gites. Tournesol is our 4 bedroom gite, sleeping 8 people, which looks out onto a grassed courtyard where a majestic cherry tree stands, providing stunning blossom in early Spring, an abundance of cherries in May and cooling shade in the height of summer.
Tournesol is well equipped, not only with modern technology but also with a generously stocked kitchen with plenty of crockery, cutlery, glasses, utensils and cooking equipment - in fact everything you would expect at home. The decor of the gite is bright, tasteful and elegant, perfect for a relaxing holiday.
Across the courtyard is a large games barn and traditional French bread and beyond this is the main garden with our stunning, newly installed 10m x 5m HEATED swimming pool. The fenced and landscaped pool area is furnished with sun loungers and shaded seating areas for enjoying lazy days and convivial evenings.
Arbre de Cerise is part of the small hamlet of Grange, on the southern edge of Vienne, and is surrounded by rolling countryside. The climate in this beautiful region of south west France ensures reasonably mild winters and warm summer days. The N10 highway is 10 minutes away which makes Arbre de Cerise the perfect place for exploring this fascinating region.
Delightful local villages with boulangeries, bars and restaurants, along with several historic market towns provide an extensive range of facilities and amenities all within 10 minutes drive.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||La Rochelle 100 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||4 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Poitiers 50 km, Nearest railway: Poitiers 50 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Table tennis, Games room, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Further details indoors|
Tournesol is a very spacious four bedroom gite, sleeping 8, with lots of original features, oak beams, exposed stone walls and wooden floors throughout.
It has been fully refurbished in 2010 to provide high quality, comfortable and well equipped living accommodation.
Coming in from the courtyard , the fully equipped family kitchen, has plenty of crockery, cutlery, glasses, utensils and cooking equipment as well as a 5 burner hob and cooker, fridge, dishwasher, microwave, toaster, kettle. At the end of the kitchen is a large dining table seating eight people, and deep window seat looking out over the courtyard.
A door leads through to a spacious living room, with a 42" flat screen television with satellite channels, a dvd, ipod/iphone speakers and a wood buring stove in the original 18th century fireplace. There is another door into the courtyard from the living room.
Upstairs there are four comfortable, well furnished bedrooms (2 x double, 2 x twin rooms) with plenty of storage space and two bathrooms; one ensuite with shower and a second one, also with a shower.
Tournesol has its own table, chairs and bbq outside in the courtyard.
|Further details outdoors|
In the games room in the barn you’ll find table tennis, a selection of board games, badminton, darts, boules and many other activities.
We also have a range of adults and childrens bicycles which can be used to explore the local countryside (it's quite flat and traffic-free) or to go and collect the morning croissants.
At the end of the main garden is our fenced, HEATED, 10m x 5m sparkling swimming pool, equipped with plenty of sun loungers in which to sit, relax and watch the day drift by. The area around the pool has been landscaped and features convivial shaded seating areas for eating.
Cots, highchairs and stairgates can be provided on request.
The Poitou-Charentes/Vendee region
We are situated of the edge of the Vienne midway between the historic towns of Poitiers to the North and Angouleme to the South. The climate in this beautiful region of south west France ensures reasonably mild winters and warm summer days.
Fascinating local villages with markets, churches, fine bars and restaurants as well as an extensive range of local facilities and amenities are all within a short drive.
The medieval towns of Civray, Chef Boutonne and Melle all have excellent markets, restaurants and festivals during the summer months.
Four of the best golf courses in the region can be found close to Poitiers and they attract golfers of national and international reputation.
Poitiers (35mins) A university town with many archaeological sites, is great for shopping and sightseeing.
Futuroscope (45 mins) France's answer to the Epcot Centre and Europe's premier image theme park.
Niort (40 mins) is right in the valley of the river Sevre at the gateway to the Poitou marshes. The river with its wooded banks winds through the city which stands on twin hills and has a magnificent 12th century castle. This lovely town offers excellent shopping made more enjoyable by pedestrian streets.
Confelons (30 mins ) A beautiful medieval town that sits on the Vienne river. Explore the town by foot and prospect for gold and garnet. Stunning views can be seen at near by Saint-Germain-de-Confelons.
Angouleme (30 mins) with many fine 17th and 18th century streets and houses to wander. Walk around the ramparts of the city and see some spectacular views. Visit the wonderful morning market (open every day but Sundays are best) or taste chocolate at Chocolaterie Letuffe.
Cognac (60 mins) with its ancient streets is the jewel of the Charente and best known for the production of brandy. In Cognac visit the famed Cognac Museum and the houses of Hennessy, Martell, Remy Martin and Otard. Go to Jarnac to visit Courvoisier.
La Rochelle (90 mins) A lively and vibrant port with rich historical heritage, wonderful museums and plenty of shops to wander around. There is also the wonderful harbour to explore and plenty of bars and restaurants serving excellent seafood. You can visit one of the most original maritime museums in the world and children will enjoy the Port des Minimes to see the sharks, jellyfish, giant squid and turtles in the aquarium. There are also lots of clean beaches nearby and boats out to the “Islands of Tranquility” (Re, Aix and Oleron).
Chatelaillon Plage (90 mins) This family-friendly town features 2.5 kilometres of sandy beach, backed by a pedestrianised walkway and a wide choice of restaurants and shops.
Limoges (90 mins ) A wonderful historic place to enjoy. Visit the porcelain factories and the many stunning churches and cathedrals.
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19 Aug 2013
"Perfect French holiday to suit everyone."
Arbres de Cerise offers a wonderful location, comfortable very well equipped gites with a lovely swimming pool, bikes for all ages, darts and table tennis available for general use.It is perfect for… More
8 Aug 2013
We have just spent a lovely week at the gite. The facilities were excellent and plenty to do with 3 teenagers ! Great pool which was used a lot ! Table tennis, bikes and darts also used to their full potential ! The gite itself was very well equipped and had all we needed as a family of 5. An excellent mix of original features and modern where modern is needed. The correspondence when booking etc was excellent and very efficient. The location is beautiful and peaceful and suited us. If you were looking to rent more than one gite at a time for extended family, then this is ideal due to the layout of the gites and grounds.
4 Sep 2012
"Great house for a family holiday"
We booked all three gites as a family group. The houses are beautiful, the pool was fantastic and we loved the fact that the garden was enclosed so very safe for the little ones. Very quiet location, great for cycling and generally being lazy by the pool. The table tennis table got good use, too! Great that there were lots of bikes for our use.
House had everything we needed - kitchen was very well equipped. Wifi was a bit dodgy sometimes but still a bonus!
22 Aug 2012
"Fantastic Holiday had by all !!!!"
Arbre de Cerise certainly lived up to it's expections we had everything we needed and more. The gites are well equipped and all maintained to a high standard. We had the most relaxing time spending our days by the pool, cycling ,horse riding or visting nearby markets. Our trip to the nearby Valley of the monkeys was worthwhile too. You can certainly get away from it all here! The kids had a great time making full use of the games room and pool. Definately would go back so many more things to see and do!
27 Jul 2012
"A perfect week of relaxation and fun!"
We stayed in Tournesol at Arbre de Cerise for a week in July. It has to be one of the most relaxing weeks holiday we have ever had. The gite was perfect for our party of 2 families; one of 3 and one o… More
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