Historic Riverside "au pont"
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1 hour to the famous wine region of the Loire Valley and 1.5 hours by train to Paris is,
A French Country Getaway...with a touch of Aussie!
One of France's Best Secrets (as described in a magazine). Gourgé is situated in the Deux-Sèvres department, Poitou-Charentes region. Deux-Sèvres is a place to unwind, relax and recharge your batteries; lazy rivers, quiet roads leading to unexpected villages and hamlets, historic towns and of course wonderful markets. Guaranteed your first holiday in this beautiful area will not be your last!
"au pont", a relaxing and comfortable Historic French Riverside Country Home, sleeps up to 6 people.
The building dates back to the pre-Nepoleonic era and has many a tale to tell of its' past occupations...
Situated on the riverbank of the Thouet River, with a Medieval Water Mill and Weir on one side, and an 11th Century Romanesque Bridge on the other. It offers one acre of beautiful gardens, medium size above ground swimming pool, children's pool, boules, basketball, table tennis, fishing, boating and private river frontage. If you enjoy leisure fishing, Bream, Roach, Carp & Trout are there for the keen angler.
The scenic walk into the village of Gourgé takes 10mins, and there you will find the bakery, local store, restaurant and one of the oldest Churches in France, Saint Hilaire. Les Sentiers de Gourgé (the 5 mapped walking/cycling trails), are a well known activity in the region, due to the scenic and historic paths they follow.
Peter and Donna, the Australian owners, reside in Gourgé for the majority of the year, so they will ensure that your stay with them will be one to remember. In their absence, an English/French speaking neighbour will assist you. There are also brochures on places of interest, activities and theme parks in the house for you to peruse, along with a Guest Book highlighting the recommended adventures from past guests.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||La Rochelle 119 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||500 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Poitiers 39 km, Nearest railway: Poitiers 39 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Boat available|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Table tennis, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (3), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 7|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Private fishing lake or river|
|Further details indoors|
* Chambre 1 - Country and medow views, queensize bed, reading alcove and en-suite complete with shower and toilet
* Chambre 2 - Northern country views, 2 x single beds and en-suite complete with shower and toilet
* Linen supplied
* Spacious Living Room - Stereo TV, DVD player, Video player, 2 Lounges, 1 Double Sofa bed and a large Day bed
* Dining Room/Reading Room - Fire place, Bookcase of reading material, Recliner chair, Coffee table, Dining table. This room has great views, and has another door that opens onto the path that leads to the 11th Century Roman Bridge and the River Thouet. This path is one of the Compostella Pilgrim trails (the Way of St James) that came through the village of Gourgé and across the Roman Bridge. It is a 1 minute walk.
* Additional toilet downstairs
* Large self-contained kitchen, with a full size fridge freezer, microwave, electric oven, gas cooktop, and coffee machine. Picturesque views from the double glazed kitchen window.
|Further details outdoors|
* Garden furniture and shade covers
* Private BBQ area
* An acre of garden that reaches the river, so you can relax, fish or go boating on your private section of the riverbank
* Medium size above ground swimming pool
* Full length French boules court
* 1/2 court basket ball
* Table tennis table
* River boat
* 3 Bikes
Welcome pack provided upon arrival to help you settle in and relax....
• Check in time: 4pm
• Check out time: 11am
• Meals can be organised for you, however there is a fully equipped kitchen and a number of restaurants in the region
• Booking deposit is 50% of the total amount. For cancellations more than 90 days prior to arrival date, there is a fee of 150 euros. There are no refunds for cancellations less than 60 days prior to arrival date.
• Balance of payment is 2 months before holiday date
• Security deposit of 150 euros can be paid upon arrival, and will be refunded after inspection of the property
• Cleaning charge is only applicable if the property is not left in the exact condition that it is found. Otherwise a 65 euros cleaning charge will be taken out of the Security Deposit. So, if you are unable to clean the accommodation before you leave, we can do it for you.
• Winter heating is 65 euros per week
• Fire place timber for the first night is complimentary, and then available for purchase
The Poitou-Charentes/Vendee region
Area: 25 809 km2
Population: About 1 622 800
Climate: Oceanic tempered
Capital city: Poitiers
Departments: 16 - Charente (Angoulême), 17 - Charente-Maritime (La Rochelle), 79 - Deux-Sèvres (Niort), 86 - Vienne (Poitiers)
On the Atlantic coast, between the châteaux and the castles of the Loire Valley and the Bordeaux vineyards, lies Poitou-Charentes, one of the sunniest parts of the French western coast. Its mild climate - 2,250 hours of sunshine per year - makes it desirable to visit anytime from early spring to late autumn. A 300 mile-long coastline with fine sandy beaches, backed by fragrant pine forests, lively resorts such as La Rochelle, Royan and the islands of Oléron, Aix and Ré provide attractions to tempt everyone from the beachcomber to the bathing-belle.
Inland, the scene is one of serenity, with vast horizons and wooded valleys, the Poitou fens and Marais Poitevin, the soothing tranquillity of canals, the valley of Vienne, the foothills of Charente and the Cognac vineyards.
(this information is from the website francekeys)
Gourgé is situated in the Deux Sèrves Department, Poitou-Charantes Region. It is one of the most historical and picturesque regions of France. It is well know for its cultured walking and cycling trails along the Thouet Valley, also for the fabulous goat's cheeses that are made in the district.
13 - 15th Century Châteaux are a common sight, and in the village of Gourgé is one of the oldest Churches in France, Saint-Hilaire, which was built on the old roman way linking Poitiers to Nantes. The site was first occupied in Gallo-Roman times and the village was mentioned as early as the year 889.
There is also on the riverbank of the Thouet an 11th Century Romanesque bridge and a Medieval Water Mill. One of the Compostella Pilgrim trails (the Way of St James) came through the village of Gourgé and across the Roman Bridge.
In the village you will find the bakery (la boulangerie) with many delicious pastries and breads, a local store and a café/restaurant. There are markets held almost every day in nearby villages offering fresh vegetables, meats, seafood and clothing.
The city of Parthenay is only a 15 mins drive away and here you will find many shopping outlets to cater for all your needs. The seaside village of La Rochelle is a 2 hour drive and the Loire Valley with it's fabulous wines, is a 1 hour drive. La Grande Tablée du Saumur-Champigny, Loire Valley, is on every year in early August. A fabulous evening of French food, red wine of the region drunk from your own inscribed wine glass , great company plus entertainment provided by 3 live bands.
Other places of interest in the area:
Saint-Loup-Lamairé with it's beautiful Château, fabulous restaurant, river walk, historical Chemin de croix (stations of the cross) garden and Church.
Sanxay, in France's Poitou-Charentes region, is principally known for its Gallo-Roman Amphitheatre. Every summer in August, the age-old monument comes alive with the Soirées Lyriques des Sanxay - big budget operatic performances that make the most of the ruin's excellent acoustics.
Moncontour village is a gem hidden amongst a sea of sunflowers and melon fields. An attractive, historical village on the border of the Vienne and Deux Sèvres Departments. Watched over protectively by it’s 11th century donjon, Moncontour has a water sports lake, great fishing, beautiful forests and riverside walks that take you past the ancient lavoirs (wash houses found along the rivers edge).
L'église abbatiale Saint-Jouin at Saint-Jouin-de-Marnes. Dating back to the 6th Century. An amazing piece of architecture which overlooks the valley heading towards Moncontour.
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25 Jun 2014
"au pont is fantastic"
Had a magnificent few days at au pont. It's located in a lovely and peaceful village called Gourge and is the perfect place to get away from the rat-race and soak up some of rural France. The hosts, Peter and Donna, were really friendly and they have a clean, warm, and charming place. All in all I would highly recommend au pont to anybody wanting a great, relaxing holiday.
19 Jun 2014
"Beautiful and peaceful surroundings, what more could you want?"
The hosts Donna and Peter are very friendly and helpful. Nothing is too much trouble. The guest rooms are beautifully presented and comfortable. Staying at 'au pont' is like stepping back in time and the magnificent bridge, river and water wheel set the backdrop for a relaxing and peaceful afternoon of fishing or just simply enjoying the ambience with a glass of wine. We loved our stay at Gourge and beautiful historic towns of Parthenay and St Loup.
3 Jun 2014
We could not have faulted our stay at Au Pont. We wanted to have a lovely relaxing week in the French countryside after an enjoyable and hectic week in Paris. We got it. Lovely weather, birds singing, glasses of wine with the wonderful hosts and French friends. What more could you want. Oh yes, lovely walks in the countryside and lots of wonderful medieval buildings. Did I mention our wonderful Hosts Donna and Peter Hein. All in all it was perfect. Thank you so much Donna and Peter you made our stay one we will not forget in the best possible way.
21 May 2014
"The ideal base for a genuine 'French village' holiday"
Au Pont is a lovely gite in a great location. The accommodation itself is large and comfortable (our room had one of the best beds we've slept in). The gite has a beautiful garden right on the river - which we found ideal for a late afternoon aperitif - but there are other options such as fishing and kayaking for those who are more actively inclined. In the mornings my husband and I wandered up to the beautiful little village of Gourge (about 7 mins walk to the boulangerie) for fresh baguettes and croissants, and then we'd stop for a chat (employing our very basic French!) with the friendly locals fishing from ancient Roman stone bridge.
We headed off exploring in a different direction each day (really having a car is a must in this region - there's a lot to see). Hosts Donna and Peter provided us with great ideas and information. Not to be missed is the beautiful village of Saint-Loup Lamaire (the village itself, the Chateau and the Stations of the Cross and Roman underground crypt nearby), St Jouin de Marnes Abbaye, Moncontour (especially the walk along the waterway here to see the old wash houses) and Parthenay (castle ruins and large supermarket for supplies).
We love Paris but also wanted somewhere we could experience village life in France. Au Pont delivered in spades. Donna and Peter were friendly and welcoming and very willing to help when we needed advice but otherwise they left us in private to just enjoy...and we did. We'll definitely be back for more.
18 Sep 2013
"A lovely Gite in beautiful rural France"
We have just returned from 10 days of total relaxation at this brilliant gite. The pictures dont really show how spacious the gite actually is. Both bedrooms have ensuite and that shower....wow! You c… More
It was a pleasure to have you stay with us, particularly as we were able to be part of your "special birthday" celebrations! See you next year, we hope. Cheers Peter & Donna
8 Sep 2013
"Au Pont - The best and most relaxing gite holiday we have ever had!"
Au Pont had everything we will needed for the best gite holiday we have ever had. Peter and Donna made us feel welcome from the very first emails we exchanged and this continued when we arrived. We have never felt so at home on holiday and have already booked again for the same two weeks next year!
The gite has everything you would possibly need, not that we spend much time inside as the weather was so good we had all our meals outside and spent all out lazy days in the garden, pool or down by the river fishing and boating with the amazing Roman bridge taking centre stage. There are plenty of places to cycle to so, either take your bike or borrow one of the four on offer at the gite. At the local reservoir there are bird hides to watch the bird life and down on the River Thouet three sets of stepping stones make a perfect place for a picnic.
There was far too much to do within 2 hours drive to do it all in the fortnight we had. From the emotional village museum at Oradore-sur Glane to the medieval walled towns or Niort, Parthenay and Saumur, plus the with regions of the Loire and Bordeaux there really is something to suit every taste. The big find was Parc Aventure in Chantemerle where we spent two fantastic days climbing and zip wiring through the tree tops - a brilliant place for kids for 6 to 60!! Chateau de Breze with it's underground tunnels makes a really interesting diversion.
Thank you Peter and Donna and we are looking forward to seeing you again in 2014.
We are very much looking forward to having you stay with us again in 2014!
So glad we could be part of your "special birthday" celebrations... Next year we will have a new pool, new boat and hopefully new fish for you to catch! See you in August 2014. Cheers Pete & Donna
1 Jul 2013
"Well equipped, roomy, and comfortable gite with great showers!"
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at "Au Pont". While we were just one couple we had planned for another couple to join us and the accommodation would have been fine; two discrete bedrooms with their own en-suite bathrooms on the top floor and a very roomy, comfortable and well equipped dining, lounge and kitchen area on the ground floor. Donna provided a very nice meal on our first night and she and peter were very helpful on suggestions on where to go and what to see in the region. Peter and donna live on site which is helpful and we did not find them to be intrusive. Garden is lovely. We found plenty to go and see in the area, although the Loire valley is around 70km away there are lots of other interesting towns to check out. The local restaurant unfortunately had just closed but we found a couple of other good options in St Loup. Excellent value for us, a mature (ie ageing) couple even though we did not use the second bedroom. WiFi worked well which was fortunate as like much of rural franc the mobile service was not too good.
31 May 2013
"Lovely haven in a cute French village"
Gite Du Pont is a lovely place to come and chill out and enjoy the French countryside. The property itself is immaculate, with all the comforts of home that you could want. Donna and Peter are excellent hosts, and they work very hard to make sure your every need is taken care of.
Enjoy walks, sitting by the river and enjoying the surrounding landscape and history.
24 Apr 2013
"A charming and historic country retreat with friendly, helpful and gracious hosts."
Without Donna and Peter's knowledge of the local area, we would not have seen many of the interesting and historical attractions the region had to offer, all within one hour's drive from Au Pont.
A perfect place in which to recharge the batteries. Many great, inexpensive auberges (Inns), at which to dine eg. € 11. 50 for three courses including cheese, bread and wine. The local bakeries (Boulangeries) served a wide range of breads and pastries also at very reasonable prices.
Our only regret was not being able to stay for a second week.
20 Dec 2012
"The Ozzy Experience in France"
Peter,Donna and Matt could not have been more welcoming. Friendly,helpful,nothing was too much trouble. They made me feel 'part of the family' for my two week stay. I was invited to a number of social functions with their friends in the immediate neighborhood.
The property was spotlessly clean and tidy with everything I needed for my stay. It was full of character and superbly furnished and converted to the highest standards with a huge lawn and garden stretching down to the river overlooking the Roman bridge. The location was an excellent base for visiting the Loire chateau's of Saumur, Breze and Chinon (in my case). Many many thanks to the Hein family for a memorable stay. Gud on yer mites!!!!
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