La Maison Bleue - La Fleur
Gite | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 5
Close to the market towns of Mirambeau, Montendre and Jonzac, the pretty fishing ports of the Gironde estuary, and the superb beaches up the coast to Royan and beyond, the gites are excellently placed for a great holiday in the Charente – Maritime. Bordeaux, St Emilion, Cognac, Saintes, Pons, Rochefort and La Rochelle are all easily within 1 hours drive or less.
La Fleur has two bedrooms (1 double, 1 twin), and a foldaway bed that can be put up in the twin. A separate kitchen, large living area with dining table and double doors leading to a private patio with table and chairs. There is a beautiful large pool with comfortable sunlounger, and direct access to the large garden. In the large garden you will find a brand new 14ft trampoline with nets (the kids love it), along with swings, and other play toys. There is also various bat and ball games, skipping ropes and a boule set - there is certainly plenty of room to run around.
The Charente-Maritime area of France has an abundance of things to do and see. Whether you want an action packed holiday or just to take in the beautiful sites (smells and tastes!) we have it all. And if travelling with small children please note that we are 'Tots To Travel' and 'baby friendly boltholes' approved.
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Meschers-Sur-Gironde 45 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||1.5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bordeaux or La Rochelle 87 km, Nearest railway: Jonzac 12 km|
|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
|General||TV, Table tennis, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Swing set, Trampoline|
|Further details indoors|
La Fleur has two bedrooms. Both bedrooms are upstairs, one double and one twin). All bedlinen and towels are provided during your stay.
There is a wash basin and toilet upstairs and downstairs there is a spacious shower room which contains a large shower cubicle, wash basin and toilet. We also provide a baby bath that fits neatly into the cubicle for the little ones that can't/don't like to shower.
There is a separate kitchen with cooker, fridgefreezer, microwave, kettle, coffee maker, toaster, juicer, iron and ironing board and all the normal crockery and cutlery. A washing machine is available in the courtyard which is shared by both gites.
The light and airy lounge/dining room contains a large sofa, an easy chair and a dining table. We have also included a DVD player with a wide selection of dvds available to borrow, books and children's games/puzzles. Outside there is a private covered patio with table and chairs and a stone bbq.
We have young children ourselves so know what is needed if travelling with kids, therefore we have everything you may need, so you can pack less and relax more.
|Further details outdoors|
The gite has direct access to the heated pool and garden. The pool measures approximately 11m x 5.5m.
The pool is heated from the beginning of April to the end of October each year. We try to keep it at a very comfortable temperature which means you are able to swim everyday. The pool has a shallow and deep end and has a gently shelving slope all the way round. It is fitted with a safety alarm which complies with French safety standards and a fence has been added to provide extra safety for smaller children. There are wooden sunloungers with very comfortable cushions, for those who like their afternoon snooze.
In the large garden you will find a 14ft trampoline with net (the kids love it), along with swings, a play house with slide and other play toys. There are also various bat and ball games and a boule set - there is certainly plenty of room to run around. For parents, there is a hammock under a large shaded tree to hide in with a book....
Bedlinen, bath towels (not pool/beach), electricity and gas is included in the rental. Also available for our very young guests are stairgates, potties, toilet seats, steriliser, baby bjorn bouncy chair, playmat, cot (with mobile if needed), highchair, baby bath, baby activity seat and playpen.
A welcome pack is included for our guests staying a week or more, offering freshly baked bread, milk from the local farmers, cheese, orange juice, fresh eggs from the neighbouring chickens, wine from the local vineyard, butter, jam (homemade) and fresh fruit from our trees (subject to season). If travelling with children we will add some kids treats!
The gite is available from 4.00 pm on your day of arrival and must be vacated by 10.00 am on the day of departure. The gite is fully cleaned at the end of your stay at no extra charge, and we do ask that you leave the gite in the same condition you found it.
The Poitou-Charentes/Vendee region
The Charente-Maritime is renowned for its sunny climate (affected by the Gulf Stream, meaning that it is much warmer than many places of the same latitude). It enjoys long summers and mild winters (normally great weather from April-October), making it a perfect destination to enjoy splendid beaches, historic towns, Roman ruins and lets not forget the amazing vineyards set amongst breathtaking countryside.
There are too many lovely places too list that are worth a visit, and most only within 30 minutes of the gites. Saintes (30 minutes) has a Roman amphitheatre, Jonzac (15 minutes) a 15th century chateau, a swimming lake/beach, and Pons with its pretty Medieval streets (25 minutes) to name only 3. 45 minutes away, Cognac, on the River Charente, is the home of the distillieries of all brands of Cognac and tours are available to discover how the brew is made. Then there are the gorgeous beaches. Meschers is very child friendly and Royan is a lovely seaside town with great beaches. You can walk along the vast expanse of sand or just sit in a street cafe and watch the activity. Many boats are moored here and tours are available along the Gironde Estuary or you can take a ferry across to the Medoc area with all the wonderful chateaux. There are many other places within an easy 1 hour drive, Bordeaux , Arcachon, St Emilion, Rochfort, La Rochelle and its' surrounding islands, to name but a few. A location with something for everyone.
The gites are situated 1.5km from the village of Soubran and are surrounded by grapevines, and woodland. There are many great walks right on the doorstep and there is even a small fishing lake within 5 minutes walk. Soubran itself has a baker, bar/tabac/restaurant, post office, library, school and a small nature reserve. The market town of Mirambeau is 7 km away and has a supermarket, several shops, a couple of bars and restaurants and a lovely chateau which is a 4 star hotel and restaurant. Within a 30 minute drive from the gites are several other pretty towns well worth a visit including JONZAC with its beautiful chateau, activity lake and famous thermal spa, the old roman town of SAINTES with many historical sites, PONS with its medieval donjon and MONTENDRE and MONTGUYON with their castles.
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7 Sep 2014
"Lovely family friendly Gite"
La Fleur at La Maison Bleue is the perfect little gite for a small family looking for a peaceful retreat in the French countryside. Only an hour's drive from Bordeaux, the owner had given us very… More
10 Aug 2014
We have recently returned from an amazing 2 weeks at La Maison Bleue. We were in La Fleur and the gite was really well equipped and furnished to a high standard. Rae and JC made us feel so welcome, … More
16 Sep 2013
"Wonderful gite, rustic charm, friendly hosts....perfect!!!"
This is our second stay in La Fleur and from the moment we arrived we were able to relax with old friends. We had been looking forward to the welcome basket and it delivered; lots of delicious goodies… More
25 Jun 2013
"Beautiful, relaxing & family friendly with wonderful hosts"
We had the most amazing 2 weeks at La Maison Bleue. It's a fantastic place to relax and unwind with young children. Lazy days by the pool, happy and entertained kids on the trampoline, swings and ride ons in the beautiful garden and lots to see and do in the surrounding area. Rae and JC have created a welcoming and idyllic setting and are dedicated to making sure their guests are happy. The 'croissant fairy' who delivered to our door every morning and JC's knowledge and supply of wine were perfect little extra touches to our wonderful holiday! We'll be back.
24 Jun 2013
"Sublime! Amazing place with warm and friendly hosts set in beautiful rural France."
What a great week we enjoyed at La Fleur. Well equipped, comfy beds and decorated perfectly with the addition of a stunning pool. The kids were in their element. Rustic yet homely, La Fleur was full of gallic charm. The owners had really though about what a family need on holiday and provided it all in abundance, best of all though, was their hospitality. Warm and inviting, Rae and JC couldnt have done more to make us feel at home. We'll be back for sure, and not just to sample from the chateaux's they recommended, although that is certainly a plus.
22 Sep 2012
"Wonderfully chilled, family friendly yet not 'packaged' gem"
We stayed at Lamaisonbleue in the 2 bed gite ( there is a bigger one ) which was perfect for hubbie,me and 2 year old son. Rae and J C were wonderful in that they were on hand if needed but they kept… More
18 Aug 2012
"So great.. we have booked for next year already!"
Fantastic gite and lovely host family. Rae and JC have thought of everything to make this a wonderful and relaxing holiday. From the moment we arrived to the moment we left we could not fault it. La Fleur was perfect for us, full of rustic charm and with everything we needed for travelling with 2 small children. The garden with all the children's toys was brilliant and the pool was gorgeous, which was great for the children and due to it's proximity to the gite we could even sneak off for a cheeky swim once they were in bed. Nothing was too much trouble for Rae and JC, they were on hand if you needed them but not intrusive, the fresh bread and pastries delivered to your door every morning was a lovely touch and the pain aux raisins were delicious! It's a little drive to the coast, about 40 minutes, but once you are there there is plenty to do and the beaches are lovely.
13 Aug 2012
"Finally - a holiday we ALL enjoyed"
This was the holiday that we have been looking for since the birth of our first child. We stayed in the 2 bed La Fleur gite for seven nights with our 3 and a half year old and 18 month old baby. Friends of ours stayed in the neighbouring gite. The major plus point for us was how well the accommodation and grounds have been thought out for families (the lovely owners have a 2 year old and a 6 year old). The play equipment in the garden kept our kids occupied for hours, as the did the mountain of toys left in the gite. Everything we needed was provided as a matter of course. Next time ( we are already working on booking our return trip next year) I will know to only bung clothes and cossies in the suitcase. The property is very secure with a gated and alarmed pool. There are only 2 gites plus the owners' home on site and no escape routes for wayward preschoolers. So, the winning factor for us had to be the knowledge that our active son was safe roaming around the gardens and gites in safety - allowing us to relax. Amazing! A close runner up were the superb wines supplied by the owners - absolutely stonking.
11 Jun 2012
"Fantastic week with the most wonderful hosts and beautiful setting"
We have just returned from a fantastic week at La Maison Bleue. The gites are charming, much bigger than we were expecting, and beautifully furnished and cared for. The setting of Soubran and Mirambeau is idyllic and the gardens and swimming pool are both large. Our kids had one of the best weeks of their lives here as they had the pool, trampoline, swings and playmates to hang out with. Rae and JC are the most wonderful hosts and have created a truly wonderful holiday destination. They were very helpful with suggestions and directions for day trips and so we had a lovely day at a beach and wine tasting at the local vineyard. Little touches like welcome baskets on arrival and toys for the kids make it extra special. Would thoroughly recommend!
9 Nov 2011
"very enjoyable stay and first class hospitality"
We had a very enjoyable week in a beautiful gîte, with lots to see in the area. We had sunny weather and could fully enjoy the swimming pool and the beautiful garden. Your hospitality and warm welcome was first class. Will be definitely recommending this lovely gîte to friends and family !!" We hope to come again. Ger-Jan Van Loenen
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