About the home
The old farmworkers cottage has been tastefully renovated to provide an open plan kitchen/lounge and dining area on the ground floor. The original stone fireplace features a wood-burning stove. Cosy sofas provide relaxed seating in the lounge, maybe to watch a DVD or listen to some music. A dining table and chairs fit nicely by the window for you to enjoy the beautiful sunsets. Alternatively, you can dine al fresco in the garden at the side of the cottage and sample the excellent local food and wine.
The main attraction is the peace and tranquility of the surroundings which enable you to de-stress, relax and re-charge your batteries. SPECIAL DEAL IF YOU BOOK BOTH OUR GITES AT THE SAME TIME - SEE OUR WEBSITE FOR DETAILS.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedroom|
|Nearest beach:||La Rochelle, 100km|
|Will consider:||Long lets|
Nearest amenities: 5.5km
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Unsuitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||May take pets - please enquire|
No smoking at this property
|Luxuries:||Log fire, DVD player|
|Pool:||Shared outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General:||TV, Video player, CD player, Satellite TV|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities:||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge|
|Rooms:||1 Bedroom, 1 shower room|
|Furniture:||Double beds (1), Dining seating for 4, Lounge seating for 4|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
Further details indoors:
* Kitchen fully equipped with all the usual electrical items as well as sufficient pots and pans and cooking utensils.
* All towels and bed-linen provided. We even provide towels for the pool so that you can travel light.
* Upstairs reveals a large fully furnished bedroom and separate bathroom featuring shower, WC and wash-basin.
* Electric heating is fitted in both the bedroom and bathroom making the property suitable all year round.
* A travel cot and high chair can be provided if required.
* Feel free to bring your own CDs and DVDs to play on the equipment provided but we do have an extensive selection available.
* A selection of books is also available to borrow free of charge.
Further details outdoors:
There is an outdooor sitting area with patio furniture at the side of the cottage (see gallery for photo).
The above-ground pool measures 7.5m x 3.5m and is for fun rather than serious swimming. It has a raised wooden deck around one side to make access easier. Pool towels are provided.
Sun-loungers, tables, chairs and parasols are provided near the pool on a gravelled terraced area. A boules court can also be found in this area. Loads of fun to be had with this traditional French game and "friendly" competitions organised if enough interest is shown. Boules sets available for loan if you don't have your own. Indoor games and outdoor toys available to borrow. A dartboard is also provided for your entertainment.
Laundry facilities available with washing machine and tumble dryer (chargeable) across the courtyard.
A second gite is located a few yards away in the courtyard together with the owners' farmhouse. A small secluded campsite accommodating a maximum of 5 touring carvans, motorhomes or tents is located in the nearby orchard with its own bathroom facilities near the car park. Due to our proximity to the N10 (7kms), we are ideal for stopovers when travelling to or from the South of France, Spain or Portugal.
All the facilities at La Grande Vigne are available to both gite and camping guests. This is a great way to make new friends, which may last a lifetime!
Swimming pool available from mid-June to mid-September, dependant on weather. Pool towels provided.
Resident English owners on hand to answer any questions and provide local information.
Long-term lets available for house-hunters from September to April - please contact for further details.
Call us direct from the UK on a BT landline for only 3p per minute on 0844 232 0238
If you require us to get some shopping before you arrive, just send us a list by email and it will be waiting for you on arrival.
Smoking is not permitted inside the property.
A non-refundable deposit of 30% is required on booking and the balance payable 10 weeks prior to departure, or immediately if booking is made within 10 weeks of departure date. A refundable security deposit of 100 pounds sterling (payable on booking) is required against breakages or damage. This will be refunded within 7 days of departure provided everything is in order upon inspection.
The Poitou-Charentes / Vendee / Deux Sevres region
Due to the microclimate in this region, we are blessed with an exceptional number of sunshine hours per year, making it the second sunniest region in France. Spring comes early, Summer temperatures can reach in excess of 30 degrees and Autumn is still warm enough for a quieter main holiday. This is the perfect choice for a holiday - something for everyone! The white sand and romantic islands of the Atlantic Coast are about an hours' drive; the spectacular "Green Venice" (Marais Poitevin) is only 50 minutes away as is the Futuroscope theme park (near Poitiers) in the other direction. Cognac is only a short drive and has several distilleries offering guided tours. In short, we have wildlife parks, chateaux, hilltop fortress towns and roman history abound. This area is also ideal for bird-watchers since there are many rare species of birds of prey to be found here.
The Melle / Lezay area
You cannot afford to miss the market in Lezay every Tuesday morning, selling everything from local fresh produce to shoes to livestock. The nearest supermarket & petrol station are also located in Lezay, as well as a post office, banks, chemists, doctors, etc. In the town there is also a beautiful park with tennis courts and an open-air swimming pool (open July & August only). Canoeing & swimming available at the lake in Lambon. Melle is famous for its' silver mines and is a very pretty town with several nice places to eat. For history lovers, we have the archaelogical dig and museum at Rom (4kms) as well as the Commonwealth War Graves. In the opposite direction are Chaunay, Couhe, Vivonne and Poitiers all offering shops, markets, restaurants and interesting architecture.
How to get there
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Located in Messé, a village in the Poitou-Charente region of mid-west France. Approx. 5 miles from Lezay town and 10 miles from Melle town. Due to the rural location, a car is needed. You can't walk to the shops or bar/café from the property.
There are several budget airlines flying direct from the UK & Ireland to various airports in the area:
Ryanair - Bristol to Limoges; East Midlands to Limoges or Nantes; Stansted to La Rochelle, Limoges, Poitiers or Tours; Liverpool to Limoges; Leeds Bradford to Limoges or Nantes; Dublin to La Rochelle, Nantes or Tours; Cork to La Rochelle; Shannon to Nantes.
Easyjet - Bristol to La Rochelle; Gatwick to La Rochelle or Nantes.
Flybe - To La Rochelle from Birmingham, Manchester or Southampton; To Limoges from Manchester, Newcastle or Southampton.
All the airports have car hire facilities. Poitiers is only 30 mins drive away, La Rochelle & Limoges 1 hour 30 mins and Nantes & Tours about 2 hours.
Activities near Melle
Tennis in town
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
17 Sep 2012
My wife and I recently stayed at Hideway Cottage for 8 nights and I can honestly say that it was the most relaxing break we have had for a long time. Ian and Helen have recently taken ownership of... more
17 Jun 2011
A gorgeous cottage in a lovely quiet area, the accomodation was just amazing, facilities all brilliant, Steve and Tracey were wonderful owners who could not be more helpful or approachable, the whole area was just what we wanted for a quiet and romantic getaway in the country side with lovely local french markets in local villages in the week.
07 Jun 2011
Wonderful Hideaway Cottage. We've been at most times of the year and it is wonderful in all seasons. Everything you need downstairs, including woodburner for cool Autumn and Winter visits. Upstairs bedroom, ensuite shower and just one beam to duck below. This is a French institution. Comfortable and cosy. Barbecues throughout summer, after a dip in the pool; log fires, candlelight and casseroles in winter, all helped along with the essential red wine. Tracey and Steve are wonderful hosts and will help in any way possible, but not intrusive. We've become very good friends.
Evenings in summer are spent outside: take part in the family friendly quiz, boules tournament or just chillin'. Winter evenings by the log fire where me and my wife learned to talk to each other again. Logs, wine, good company and enjoying life at a slower pace.
I'm sure the sun stops shining, but that's probably only at night.
The area is very rural and tranquil, the nights are dark, and there are more stars out there than you could ever imagine. Sunflowers, corn, local farmers on the chasse, Tuesday morning market in Lezay. Styles you haven't seen since your granny wore them, but the atmosphere is so French.
Local attractions for the children at Valley des Singes (monkey valley), Futuroscope outside Poitiers, Poitiers itself, Parthenay, Confolens, the Marais Poitevin where you can rent a boat and paddle along the wooded canals, La Rochelle, and not least the Ile de Re.
The area , the way of life, the relaxation, the sunshine. This is France.
Tracey and Steve and their wonderful Hideaway Cottage are in the middle of all this. All these places to visit in no more than 75 minutes. It may not be perfect, but for a week or two it's pretty close.
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 2|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|Low season||3 Jan 12||1 Apr 12||£ 185||-||-||1 Week|
|Mid Season||1 Apr 12||3 Jun 12||£ 230||-||-||1 Week|
|High Season||3 Jun 12||1 Jul 12||£ 340||-||-||1 Week|
|Peak Season||1 Jul 12||2 Sep 12||£ 385||-||-||1 Week|
|High Season||2 Sep 12||30 Sep 12||£ 340||-||-||1 Week|
|Mid Season||30 Sep 12||4 Nov 12||£ 230||-||-||1 Week|
|Low Season||4 Nov 12||23 Dec 12||£ 185||-||-||1 Week|
|High Season||23 Dec 12||30 Dec 12||£ 340||-||-||1 Week|
The property's weekend rates apply to: Saturday and Sunday nights
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
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