Gite | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
There are three Gites (2x3 bed & 1x2 bed) forming part of a converted 19th century barn. Within the grounds is:
* 14x6 outdoor swimming pool catching the sun from early morning until sun set - security gate & pool alarm
* Summer House equiped with table football, a full size pool table & lots of other games
* Wi-fi available in each gite
* Enclosed, private gardens mean children can play safely
Local shops are within 5-10 minutes drive along with a good selection of varying priced restaurants from simple cafes, typical Brasseries and a beautiful gastronomic Chateau.
La Maison Grange is an ideal spot to enjoy either a very relaxing, chilled time or a very active family holiday with lots of activities right on the doorstep. The complex is just south of Parcoul on the border of four of Frances most beautiful and rural departments, Dordogne and Gironde in Aquitaine and Charente and Charente-Maritime in Poitou-Charente.
La Maison Grange is equidistant between Bordeaux and Cognac making this the perfect gite choice to leisurely explore the world famous Cognac and wine regions that are right on the doorstep. Whether you are with a group of friends or with the family there is something for all ages to enjoy. Heading 30 minutes south is the famous wine region of Pomerol. A little further and you'll find in St. Emilion, the Libournais appellations, or Cotes-de-Bourg. Less than 60 minutes and you'll be in the centre of Bordeaux. This beautiful city contains all the high street names along with the more exclusive designers but is also full of interesting architecture and history.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Royan 114 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bordeaux 80 km, Nearest railway: Chalais 15 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||DVD player, Staffed property|
|Pool||Shared outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Central heating, Pool or snooker table, Table tennis, Games room, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
Van Gogh is the charming 2-bedroom gite. On one level, it has a comfortable rustic feel with all the mod cons that you would expect in a holiday home. Some of the original oak has been used in the tasteful decor to create a minimalistic style.
Van Gogh provides you with a spacious living and dining area complete with comfortable leather sofas and dining for 4. There is a wireless bluetooth speaker system to enable you to listen to your favourite music, flat screen TV and free view satellite plus DVD player. DVD's and are available on request at no extra charge. Van Gogh benefits from independant Wi-Fi. The light and airy kitchen is fully equipped to allow you to create mouth watering dishes to your heart's content from traditional French cuisine to sandwiches and salads. We have installed a washing machine, full size gas cooker, a fridge-freezer (to keep the white wine cool) a microwave and a programmable coffee maker so you can wake up to that fresh coffee smell in the morning.
The double French doors lead directly to your own private patio area with seating for 4 plus a BBQ to cook up those tasty steaks, juicy chops, succulent prawns or simple sausages and burgers. The 14m x 6m salt water swimming pool is just down the path and there are sun loungers placed around the pool for your use.
The master bedroom is tastefully decorated and is furnished with a comfy double bed, wardrobe, chest of drawers and a hair-dryer.
The second bedroom has twin beds, wardrobe and lovely views of the cottage garden. All rooms come with standard 2 pillows per person but more are available on request, all pillows and duvets are hollow fibre and hypoallergenic. Bed linen and towels for use in the Gite are provided but please bring your own towels to use around the pool. There is a walk-in power shower to wash off the heat of the day! Tasteful fixtures, fittings and lovely soft bath towels complete the experience
|Further details outdoors|
Within the grounds is a 14x6 meter outdoor saltwater swimming pool for our guests. It catches the sun from early morning right throughout the day until the spectacular sunsets. We have a Summer House which is equiped with table football, a full size pool table for the over 12's, a well stocked library, a table tennis table, badminton sets, as well as a large variety of board games. Internet connection is available in the library for guests use plus there is wi-fi available in each gite.
Fully enclosed gardens mean children can play safely.
Ample space for secure parking.
* "Welcome Pack" provided on arrival
* Cot & high-chair available
* All cleaning materials provided
* Linen & Bath towels provided (pool towels available for a small fee)
The Aquitaine/Dordogne region
The Dordogne is extremely Child-Friendly with lots to do for all ages and interests - it's not all castles, chateaux and history! If you want to keep them happy and occupied there's a broad range of 'day-trip' things to do, some even suitable for the occasional wet day.There are a host of activities for all the family from indoor and outdoor water parks with jet skis and quad bikes to messing about on the rivers in kayaks, fishing or riverboat trips. Horse and moutain bike riding are also available closeby.
A little further afield there are some of the best examples of prehistoric caves in Europe.The Dordogne region has literally hundreds of caves, many of them open for the public to visit. These caves (grottes in French) fall into two categories – caves that are famous for the prehistoric paintings they contain and caves that are more renowned for their rock formations – stalactites, stalagmites and other curious shapes formed by the effects of water over thousands of years.
The beautiful city of Bordeaux contains all the high street names along with the more exclusive designers but is also full of interesting architecture and history. The old quays on the waterfront (a world heritage site) are now home to a large range of "outlet" designer shops & well worth a visit.
Canoes, Kayaks & Mountain Bike Hire are a 5 minute drive away. Meandering along the Dronne river in a canoe or kayak is a delightful way to see the wildlife & very popular. Aubettere sur Dronne - 20 minutes drive
is home to the Association of Nautical & Open Air Sports graduates and executives who are at your disposal at this well organised and welcoming site for canoe & kayak hire. There is accompanied or unaccompanied hire and distances of 5,10,15 or up to 50kms available.
There is an assortment of Water Parks & Lakes closeby. Le Paradou Centre - 5 minutes walk - is a chalet holiday complex also catering for campers and is just a short walk from La Maison Grange. It offers a variety of family activities including crazy golf , trampolining, tennis and volleyball. The fresh water lake has a sandy beach with pedalos and toboggans with a water slide open from late July until the end of August. There is a seperate lake for fishing. The complex has a bar and restaurant, has weekly music nights and is open to non residents.
Brossac Lakes - 25 minutes drive - these fresh water lakes offer a variety of water activities including jet skiing. There is a safe, man made beach and swimming. Facilities include a restaurant that overlooks the lakes. Another great day only 25 minutes from La Maison Grange.
Beau Vallon Montguyon - 30 minutes drive - this beautiful lagoon is found deep in the countryside outside Montguyon. It is an extremely child-friendly complex with large sandy beaches, adventure playground, nature walks around the lagoon and in the pine forests, snack bar & BBQ restaurant. Pedalos and small boats are available for hire. Highly recommended for a great family day out.
Le Pizou (20 minute drive) Night Markets are an unusual experience and a great opportunity to wander around the stalls, then select something tasty to eat from an array of regional dishes on offer, maybe duck, or steak, chips or crepes. Tables are set up for your use and there is always entertainment that goes on into the night. A great time can be guarenteed. Bring your own plates & cutlery & settle down at a table for the rest of the evening like the locals. Taste of real French life. - Highly recommended! Every Tuesday evening during July & August
Aubeterre sur Dronne & Bonnes sur Dronne are home to tournaments involving games & races on the River Dronne in both villages. Great fun to watch. During July & August
Angouleme -approximately 50kms - Vintage Car Rally around the old city ramparts. Great fun to watch - not just for enthusiasts. Annual event usually 3rd week in September
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3 Sep 2014
This was our second year visiting John and Jane at La Maison Grange. The Van Gogh gite is fantastic, it has everything you need for a perfect holiday. As usual John and Jane were brilliant hosts, always happy to help with suggestions on where to go and what to do. We also enjoyed the welcome drinks where we met lots of new friends and some old ones from last year. We never usually visit the same place twice but the Van Gogh has so much to offer with the beautiful pool and the fantastic summer house that out two boys enjoyed. We are also looking forward to visiting La Maison Grange for a third year next summer. Thank you John and Jane for another amazing summer holiday.
12 Aug 2014
"Great Location for a Family Holiday"
Lovely well equipped gite with good facilities including UK television and internet access. The excellent pool is shared with the two other adjoining gites and is a great place to just relax and chill… More
26 Aug 2013
"Fantastic Family Friendy Holiday"
We all had a lovely two weeks at Van Gogh, the gite was very well equipped. There was lots for the boys to do and the pool was well used on hot days to cool off. You can do as little or as much as yo… More
8 Aug 2012
"Wonderful English hospitality combined with beautiful rural French countryside"
Jane & John go out of their way to make sure that your stay is as perfect as possible. They are attentive and helpful without being intrusive.We really enjoyed alternating lazy days by the lovely pool… More
12 Jul 2012
La Maison Grange siutuated south of Charlais in the Durdogne near the River Dronne. Exceptionally well refurbished Chateaux and Gites, done with care and sensitivity and no small financial outlay. The range of Gites offer flexibility for holidays from a couple to family groups of six. Stayng at Van Gough, for the second time, we were not failed to be impressed with style and comfort.
Hosted by John and Jane, you're welcomed and introduced to Parcoul in a way that you would expect.
Whether you are looking for a break from the grind of life or pressure of work or you need to recharge those batteries having burnt the candle at both ends.
In the centre of five of the best vintage regions of France, steeped in historical cities and wonderful scenery. The area can be ideally used as a hub for activities such as walking canoeing, sailing, fishing, and eating and drinking - well the body doesnt work empty.
You would be a fool to miss one of John/Janes invitations to dine.
Exceptional value whether to fly/drive via Bordeau, driving via Euroshuttle or St. Malo.
Try it and find out where the sun hides, all year.
10 Jul 2012
"this relaxing holiday ticked all the boxes for us."
Lovely loction in a tranquil countryside setting, there are plenty of choices for walking, cycling and a country play park within easy walking distance. The Van Gogh is of a very high standard, fully equiped kitchen, fridge/freezer, washing machine, walk in shower, comfortable beds and lounge area with satelite TV. The pool area is child friendly and perfect for lounging in the sun. Easy access to places of interest, St Emillion is a protected Unesco town famous for its fine wines and a must visit,. followed by Bordeux, Congac and Bergerac. Local markets are a must for bargains, local craft, wonderful food and soaking up the local atmosphere.
Hosts John and Jane, with thier wealth of knowledge of local places and events are only too happy to answer any queries that may arise.
This is a must do holiday and we cant wait to return.
17 Aug 2011
"Friendly hosts; clean, beautiful, comfortable gite; fab pool."
We had a great week staying in the Van Gogh gite. The gite was comfortable, clean and spacious with alovely outdoor area to BBQ in. The pool was safe for small children, cleaned everyday and a fantastic size. The view from the back garden was lovely. If you want a quiet gite away from all hustle and bustle this is the one you want! John and Jane were very welcoming and hosted a welcome evening and a fantastic BBQ evening when we enjoyed lovely food, wine and company. Recommended without reservation!! We'll definately be returning.
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