La Normande - Les Quatre Puits
Gite | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 9
La Normande is one of three gites at Les Quatre Puits, a beautiful 73 acre Charantais country estate. It's a great place for families, situated in the Bordeaux wine region and there are plenty of places to visit and things to do on-site and nearby. Le Logis des Quatre Puits is a B & B and many gite guests extend their stay at the beginning or end of their holiday. La Normande has everything you needed for a superb holiday in rural France. There is large comfortable living room with satellite TV with English channels and a DVD player. There is a fully equipped American-style kitchen as part of the living room. From the rear of the gite a door opens onto a private terrace with access to the swimming pool (shared with the other two gites and the B & B), with sun loungers and parasols. On the ground floor is a spacious double bedroom, a shower room and a separate toilet. On the first floor there is a twin bedroom, a large double bedroom, a triple bedroom, a bathroom and a separate toilet. On site we have plenty of games, a table tennis table, a pool table and a sports field. Guests are welcome to roam the grounds. The estate is fenced and gated and we have secure parking with cctv. Although we are just over an hour from the seaside, only five minutes drive away is a stunning lake with a sandy beach, boating and a bar / restaurant. Nearby there is horse riding, kayaking, karting, jet-skiing, and of course, wine-tasting. We welcome our guests with a drinks reception when we let you know everything on offer on-site or nearby. Each week of the summer season we host a meal for everyone on site, including our fortnightly crepe nights, which are very popular. We also offer gourmet vegetarian meals (24 hours notice required).
|Size||Sleeps up to 9, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||a beautiful lake with sandy beach & bar / cafe 5 km|
|Nearest Amenities||7 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bordeaux, Bergerac, Limoges or La Rochelle, Nearest railway: Bordeaux St. Jean, Coutras, or Chalais|
|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
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property|
|General||Pool or snooker table, Table tennis, Games room, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (5), Double beds (2), Cots (2), Dining seats for 9, Lounge seats for 9|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, BBQ, Bicycles available, Swing set|
The Poitou-Charentes/Vendee region
Charente Maritime is one of the sunniest areas of France, making it ideal for a relaxing or activity-filled holiday. The Bordeaux region is the largest and oldest wine producing region in the world, covering 113,000 hectares of vineyards. We are happy to arrange tastings and visits to local chateaux.
Bordeaux is the capital city of Aquitaine and is also an UNESCO world heritage site, primarily because of its stunning architecture and boulevards. As a major city in France it offers all that you would expect - and more. In a delightful setting on the banks of the Garonne, it boasts the longest pedestrian shopping street in Europe, la Rue Sainte Catherine, and is home to many museums, significant buildings and the Opera National de Bordeaux. It is the historic centre of a huge wine making industry producing not only many of Europe's fine table wines but some of the most expensive wines in the world such as Château Lafite-Rothschild, Château Margaux and Château Latour, the names of which will be familiar to wine lovers. The whole area around Bordeaux is dedicated to producing wines and not surprisingly the city offers many wine tasting tours, courses and combined gastronomy / oenology courses.
The name of St. Emilion is familiar to most of us for its brilliant crimson wines and some of the most valuable vineyards in the world, surrounding the medieval UNESCO World Heritage town. Guided tours of the wine cellars and vineyards can be booked through the Tourist Information Office. Meanwhile, the town is like an open-air museum. It has narrow winding cobbled streets, with cafés and restaurants galore. Its history has literally been dug into the ground; we recommend a visit to the catacombs and the monolithic church.
The beautiful village of Aubeterre-sur-Dronne, widely acknowledged as one of the prettiest villages in France, is steeped in history. It is famous for having the largest monolithic church in the whole of Europe, carved and built into the rock by early Christians. Explore the village square and the quiet streets and alleys that offer antique and craft shops, bars and restaurants. There is a little market in the village square on Sundays. The river Dronne is ideal for kayaking.
The Gironde is the huge estuary on the south west coast that has been of strategic importance throughout history. Lining its banks are several ports and villages with beaches and plenty of places to visit. There are some excellent boat trips either from Port Vitrezay, Meschers or St Fort sur Gironde across the estuary to the Médoc, up to Royan or the Lighthouse at Cordouan.
Talmont sur Gironde - A stunning walled vehicle-free village - situated on a peninsula jutting out onto the estuary and full of narrow pavements with boutiques, museums and cafes.
The Gironde coast is about an hour away by car. Meschers sur Gironde is famous for its beaches and troglodyte caves. The tunnels and caves carved from the cliffs are open to the public and well worth a visit to learn about the ecology, battles and smuggling relating to the Gironde.
Le Logis des Quatre Puits is situated in a rural location but is not far from shops, restaurants and bars, sport and leisure facilities, places of historical interest, and the beautiful Charente Maritime coast (an hour away).
Montguyon (6km away) offers restaurants, bars, supermarkets, shops, bakers, butchers and banks. It hosts a small market on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Five minutes away by car, or 30 minutes walk from Le Logis des Quatre Puits, on the outskirts of Montguyon, there is a recreational lake with sandy beaches called Beau-Vallon. Ideal for children and families, it has free parking, swimming and boating, a paddling area, childrens' playground, and a café / bar.
This is the nearest medium sized market town is Chalais, 15 minutes drive away, with the usual shops and facilities and an all year Monday morning market. The Château de Talleyrand has an excellent restaurant within it, and there are lots of other restaurants and cafés, including Le Perroquet Vert, a café and gallery with books in English for sale. Nearby there is the Paradou water park, with a boating lake and café / bar.
n the area there are numerous local markets selling fresh local produce and brocantes (flea markets); there is a market somewhere in the locality on most days of the week, the biggest being in Chalais (Mondays), Montendre (Thursdays) and Riberac (Fridays).
The nearest hamlet is Martron, a short distance from which is the Circuit de Haute Saintonge - the racetrack for motorbikes, Formula 3 and karting.
There are some lovely walks both on Le Logis des Quatre Puits estate and nearby. There are several places offering canoe and kayak hire including Parcoul - about 15 minutes away. We have several bicycles (adults and kids) available to borrow, and you are welcome to borrow our local maps.
There are several horse and pony riding centres nearby offering lessons and treks. We particularly recommend la Ferme Equestre du Taillan which caters for all ages and abilities.
The area produces grapes for both Bordeaux wines and cognac. Charente is famous for an aperitif called Pineau, a delightful combination of young cognac and grape juice, that is made in many of the local farms where you can have a tasting. Le Chateau de la Magdeleine nearby is especially worth a visit. The charming owners will be happy to offer you a tasting and a visit to their museum of hundreds of prams. They produce excellent wines, cognac, pineau and a lovely sparkling grape juice.
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