About the home
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. La Dominique has 3 bedrooms (1 with en suite), open plan kitchen/living room, spacious shower room and is fully self contained with a private covered patio with BBQ. As well as the heated pool other facilities in the large garden include a brand new 14ft trampoline with nets, swings, tee pee and in the open barn a new ping pong table.
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' approved. You can find us on their site under 'Gites De Touron'.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach:||Meschers-Sur-Gironde, 45km|
|Will consider:||Long lets|
Nearest amenities: 1.5km
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Suitable 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 (heated)|
|General:||TV, Table tennis, Satellite TV, Wi-fi available|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities:||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||3 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 en suite and 1 shower room|
|Furniture:||Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seating for 6, Lounge seating for 6|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Shared outdoor pool (heated), Balcony / Terrace, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Swing set, Trampoline|
Further details indoors:
La Dominique has 3 bedrooms. Downstairs there is a double bedroom with en suite shower room and upstairs there are two twin bedrooms. All bedlinen and bathroom towels are provided during your stay (pool/beach towels are not provided).
There is another spacious shower room situated downstairs, this contains a large shower cubicle, wash basin and toilet. We provide a large baby bath that fits into the cubicle for little ones that can't/don't like to shower.
The open plan living room/kitchen contains everything you would need to make your stay comfortable. We have included a dvd player with a huge selection of dvds available for you to use. There is also a selection of books and children's games/puzzles.
The kitchen is fully equipped with cooker, microwave, fridge freezer, coffee maker, kettle, toaster, grill, iron and ironing board and all the normal crockery and cutlery you are likely to need. Outside there is a private covered patio area with table and chairs for 6 and a large stone bbq. The table extends to seat 10 if you happen to rent both gites and want to dine together.
A washing machine is available in the courtyard which is shared by both gites.
We have young children ourselves so know what is needed for your stay, therefore we provide 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 28/29oc 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 as of March 2012 a fence will be added to provide extra safety for smaller children.
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 gite can be rented independently or both together (ideal for a large group or two families holidaying together)
During peak season rentals are a minimum of 1 week and are Saturday to Saturday. However, at other times of the year we can be more flexible with changeover days and are able to offer short breaks (minimum 2 nights)
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, homemade jam and fresh fruit from our trees (subject to season). If travelling with children we will add some kids treats!
The gites are available from 4.00 pm on your day of arrival and must be vacated by 10.00 am on the day of departure. The gites are 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.
Please note that we cannot take bookings between 1st November 2011 and 31st March 2012 due to refurbishments taking place.
More information available at www.la-maisonbleue.net
The Poitou-Charentes / Vendee / Charente Maritime 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 Soubran area
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.
How to get there
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La Dominique and La Fleur are very easy to get to being just 10 minutes from the A10 motorway and approximately 1 hour from the nearest airports. If you are coming by car we are approximately 7.5 hours drive from Calais or the channel tunnel, 6 hours drive from La Harve or Cherbourg and 5 hours drive from Caen. The nearest airport is actually Bordeaux (55 minutes), followed closely by La Rochelle (65 minutes). Other airports nearby are Poitiers (90 minutes), Tours (150 minutes), Limoges (120 minutes)and Bergerac (140 minutes), Nantes (140 minutes)
Activities near Soubran
Tennis in town
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
Beach or lakeside relaxation
08 Nov 2012
Rae and JC provide such a warm welcome to their little piece of the French countryside. They have lovingly renovated two gites for guests to enjoy that overlook an inviting pool and landscaped yard with plenty of attractions for the younger set. Their DVD collection and expertise about regional wines were added bonuses. This would be a particularly great rental for two families traveling together. And the 35-minute drive to Bordeaux is really worth it. A jewel of a town! Enjoy!
02 Sep 2012
The gite is located in a lovely area surrounded by gently rolling fields and patches of woodland. Really appreciated the welcome pack which included bread , pate, camembert and wine making a delicious instant light supper The gite has been tastefully modernised and had everything we needed. The children particularly loved their bedrooms with sloping ceilings, bunting and even a selection of toys. The fenced swimming pool is absolutely beautiful and located just beyond our terrace enabling us to keep an eye on our 4 year old which we really appreciated. The large gardens have everything any child could hope for - trampoline , playhouse , hammock, football net , table tennis so loads to keep them amused.
Major bonus for our children too was being able to play with the children in the gite next door . Being able to order a morning delivery of bread and pastries was a real treat.One of our favourite evenings was spent at the local night food market where one can eat informally at the many trestle tables laid out round the square. One day we went to the beach at lovely Meschers a 40 minute drive away , however our children said they preferred the local swimming lakes 15 and 25 minutes away respectively so these make an excellent alternative to the seaside. JC and Rae proved themselves to be amazing hosts due to our regrettably and unintentionally being very demanding guests! Our camper van broke down which was made considerably worse by very poor European breakdown support. Rae and JC unwavering help meant a stressful situation did not become one that ruined our childrens' holiday. Rae and JC made repeated phone calls helping us locate a hire car and tow truck and they even drove us to and from the hire car garage. They found us a lovely gite to stay in for 2 nights when we could not get towed to the ferry til the Monday and negotiated a very reasonable rate for us . I am sure you wont be in need of such help but the above is indicative of what lovely people JC and Rae are . Maison Bleue is a very special place and my family and i had a wonderful holiday there .
14 Aug 2012
We had a fantastic stay at La Maison Bleue.
Tucked away amid fields of sunflowers, corn and vines the property was beautifully peaceful and quiet. On arrival we were greeted with a basketful of local goodies - wine, cheese, pineau, milk etc and a few basics to get us going which was great.
Although our first day was rainy, there was plenty for the kids to do - particularly popular were the table tennis table and the trampoline. After that first day, the weather was fantastic and we were then able to fully enjoy the huge garden and swimming pool. The kids loved the play tree-house and other things in the garden but we spent most of our time around the lovely pool.
For those people who need a little bit of home we had Sky TV and there is also wi-fi access but frankly, apart from keeping up with the olympics, all we wanted to do was relax and forget about home and work etc which this place makes it very easy to do.
We had a couple of nice days out - one to a local lake which was lovely for swimming in and one to a beach called Meschers which is about 40 minutes away where we enjoyed sunset pizzas on the beach.
Our only other excursion was to a local night market in a nearby village which had live music and local foods and wines etc and was very enjoyable.
The owners - JC and Rae will bring you fresh bread and croissants etc every morning if you ask for them and JC is very adept and recommending great local wines.
There was nothing more enjoyable than having a BBQ on our terrace with a few glasses of Bordeaux.
All in all a really great find and somewhere I would have no hesitation in recommending to anybody with children. We also went with friends who took the other gite and this was perfect as it allowed each family privacy when needed but we were able to socialise around the pool or over a BBQ.
A lovely, lovely holiday. Sad to be back !
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 6|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|30 Mar 13||4 May 13||£ 575||-||-||3 Nights|
|4 May 13||29 Jun 13||£ 685||-||-||1 Week|
|29 Jun 13||20 Jul 13||£ 795||-||-||1 Week|
|20 Jul 13||31 Aug 13||£ 995||-||-||1 Week|
|31 Aug 13||21 Sep 13||£ 625||-||-||1 Week|
|21 Sep 13||1 Nov 13||£ 525||-||-||3 Nights|
|29 Mar 14||3 May 14||£ 595||-||-||3 Nights|
|3 May 14||24 May 14||£ 695||-||-||1 Week|
|24 May 14||28 Jun 14||£ 750||-||-||1 Week|
|28 Jun 14||19 Jul 14||£ 850||-||-||1 Week|
|19 Jul 14||30 Aug 14||£ 1075||-||-||1 Week|
|30 Aug 14||20 Sep 14||£ 695||-||-||1 Week|
|20 Sep 14||1 Nov 14||£ 595||-||-||3 Nights|
The property's weekend rates apply to: Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
Prices are per week and are fully inclusive. The prices of short breaks outside peak times on application.
Please note that we cannot take bookings between 1st November 2013 and 28th March 2014 due to refurbishments taking place.Book
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Please note the gite will not be available to book between 3rd November 2012 and 29th March 2013 due to refurbishments taking place.
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