Gite | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 10
Beautiful four bedroom, three bathroom gite in the Charente Maritime sleeping up to ten. Very large swimming pool (15 metres by eight metres with diving board) and sun terrace with BBQ games area. Four bedrooms, two of which have en-suite shower rooms, one of those being on the ground floor.
The Gite has been completed in June 2012. Everything is brand new with full insulation (important in the hot summers), new bathrooms and kitchens from the UK and laminate flooring, slate laminate in the kitchen and bathrooms, and oak everywhere else.
The dining table made by Lallows Boatyard of Cowes is solid American oak and seats ten comfortably. Lighting is LED spotlights with a dimming and colour changing system for the plinth lights
We have chosen only the best contents for your stay. The crockery is all Denby, and the hotel quality bed linen is all Egyptian cotton with hypo-allergenic pillows and duvets.
The gite is wired for internet and multi-media, and there is a hard drive with 250 plus films and 33,000 songs which are streamed to both of the ultra-thin TVs one with a sound bar. In the upstairs Rumpus Room there is also a Nintendo Wii. Internet is also available wirelessly. If you bring your own PCs and DVDs then these can be plugged in and played as well.
There is a log burner there for chilly evenings and the whole gite is centrally heated in the winter.
There are lovely south facing views from all the bedrooms and reception rooms over rolling countryside with sunflowers, vines, wheat and corn. The gite has a private terrace and large grassed area of half an acre for ball games etc. There is of course a gas BBQ area and plenty of parking.
There is a games room with table tennis table.
Through from the kitchen is a lounge with two large sofas, there is also a second log burner. Lighting is lovely warm dimmable LED architectural lighting. Further on there is a double or twin en-suite bedroom on the ground floor which is great for those not wishing to sleep upstairs. This has its own private French doors and patio.
On the first floor are a further three bedrooms as follows:
There is a large master bedroom with en-suite shower room and south facing views across the countryside.
Also upstairs is another double room with the same lovely countryside views.
In addition to the en-suite shower room is a family bathroom with a large P shaped bath and shower.
The third bedroom (accessed under a low beam) is the Rumpus Room which has four single beds and with DVD player, Wii and UK satellite TV is primarily intended to be a childrens’ room but two of the beds can be zipped together to make a king sized double.
The gite is set it eight acres of private land with a small lake, two other gites (not being occupied in 2012) and the main Maison de Maitre which is where we live.
The Charente Maritime is the second sunniest region of France after the Cote d’Azur and is in the Lonely Planet top ten places to visit in 2012.
We are 45 minutes from La Rochelle, with the Ile de Re a little further on. The nearest beach is 30 minutes away, and there is fishing in the river Boutonne which runs through our local village of Torxe.
Cognac is 45 minutes distant and well worth a visit.
Within a day trip’s distance are Futoroscope at Poitiers, Bordeaux, and the wine growing regions thereabouts.
Hypermarkets are on the outskirts of the historic town of St. Jean d’Angely about 10 minutes away, and the main A10 Paris Bordeaux motorway is seven minutes away making communications very straightforward.
“As the organiser of the family holiday this year my wife and I were understandably nervous that all should go without a hitch as the hopes of parents, in-laws and small children all rested on our shoulders. Luckily, we could not have been more pleased with our stay at Chandon. The owners, Jamieson and family made us very welcome from day one, always on hand when needed with friendly advice and help. The property itself was extremely well finished and furnished with everything a family could require and there are so many lovely places to visit in the area. The only problem we had was convincing the kids to come away from the huge pool to eat their supper. We have taken away many happy family memories from our stay and would like to thank the Ide family for making it possible. Hope to be back to this beautiful area of France.” Richard Fuller August 2012
Thank you for a lovely stay in Chandon. We were the first guests and everything was perfect. We brought the sun with us and it stayed for the whole two weeks. Fabulous well equipped as promised, we will be back! Harrison Family June 1012
We had a great holiday with our four kids at Chandon Petit Champagne.
The Gite was finished to a very high standard, very comfortable and very well equipped.
The outdoors area was fantastic with lots of space for the kids to roam and play games, great pool and the patio area had lovely views and was a great setting for eating outdoors.
The owners who lives next door were very helpful, always available if needs be but never intrusive – we got some fantastic recommendations for restaurants and days out.
There is lots to see and do in the surrounding area and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay.
A&H Doherty July 2012
Thank you for a lovely stay in Chandon Petit Champagne, this accommodation is everything that it says on the tin, a very high standard of accommodation, with all luxuries home from home with beautiful crisp bed linen perfect for those hot summer nights. The outdoor facilities were excellent lots of room for children to play, the pool was beautiful, perfect location for alfresco dining with stunning views of the surrounding landscape. The charming Gite owner was very welcoming always on hand to give information and advice but non-intrusive. This accommodation comes highly recommended a rating of 10 out of 10. If you want stunning accommodation and the perfect place to chill this is the place for you and your family.
The Holland family August 21012
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Chatellaillon Plage 30 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||6 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: La Rochelle 50 km, Nearest railway: St. Jean d'Angely 10 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
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool||Shared outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Table tennis, Games room, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 2 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (4), Cots (2), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Trampoline, Private fishing lake or river|
|Further details indoors||
The gites all have 'zip and link' beds. So all king size beds can also be twins if required.
All gites have high chairs and travel cots if required (please book in advance)
Also available (upon request) are step up step, stairgates, baby monitor, high chairs, travel cots, baby bath, potties, toddler cutlery, cups, bowls and plates and baby bath seat.
There is a trampoline and table tennis for use. As well as board games and books.
Cleaning can be provided, bike hire, restaurant bookings/recommendations, babysitting (extra charge)
|Further details outdoors||
The large 15 metre by 8 metre pool is fully alarmed and complies fully with local and national legislation, whilst unheated it typically gets to 25 degrees (the usual heating level) in May and stays above that until the end of October. In July and August it is typically 27 to 30 degrees. There is a pleasant walk across the land to the lake at the bottom. Walnuts and plums can be picked in season. Close by is a wood an lovely walks including along the banks of the Boutonne river which is nice and shady on hot days.
We ask for a 20% deposit on booking.
The balance is then due 6 weeks prior to the start of the let.
All properties are strictly non smoking.
We require a refundable damage deposit of £200 per gite.
The Poitou-Charentes/Vendee region
The Charente Maritime is the second sunniest region in France after the Cote d'Azur. It also remains predominantly French. There is a great mixture of rolling countryside and flatter plains nearer to the sea.
There are loads of things to see and do from the high tech. Futuroscope in Poitiers, to the historic port of Rochefort with the wooden frigate restoration museum to the beaches at Royan. The Bordeaux wine region is a great day trip, and Cognac rather closer.
St Jean d'Angely
St. Jean d’Angèly - Medieval market town full of character with leafy squares, timber houses and cobbled streets. The 15th Century clock tower and abbey towers impose on the skyline and the colourful twice-weekly market selling superb regional produce is an assault on your senses. Enjoy a fresh coffee at one of the pavement cafés and soak up the atmosphere.
You will find abundance of restaurants and bars catering for all tastes. Swim indoors at the Atlanty’s aqua centre with 50m amazing waterslide. There are more water sports to be had at the lake by paddling a canoe or kayak. For the less energetic, a round of crazy golf might prove a better alternative. For children with a need for speed, Go Karting offers fast track fun. Afternoons 3– 8pm.
Château de Dampierre - Our local château! A 16th century Renaissance treasure surrounded by running water in a wooded setting. Wander through the tranquil, green gardens or lose yourself in the small maze.
Chizé forest - A nature reserve where you can safely see roe deer, wild boar, wolves and many other animals in their natural habitat in the cool forest.
Surgères - Unassuming market town with a beautiful Chèteau nestled in green parkland. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays stall holders set up their wares at the crack of dawn, and Surgères comes to vibrant and very French life. Try the superb locally produced butter on your crusty baguette washed down with some good inexpensive vin!
Antezant - A little known spot on the river Boutonne, shaded by tall trees and perfect for children. Ideal setting for picnics. The snack bar provides light lunches and ices. There is also a boule pitch and children’s play area.
La Rochelle - Not to be missed! Head here for serious retail therapy, credit cards at the ready (husbands optional!) Discover the chicest boutiques amongst arcaded streets in this cosmopolitan, bustling city. Enjoy the finest fresh seafood overlooking the historic old port or take a boat trip to one of the islands. When the heat is on head to The Aquarium to cool off. This water wonderland is a deservedly very popular attraction. Magical, mystical and ultra modern, but go early! When you’ve exhausted the shops and the children, take time out to relax at the small beach. . The park and mini zoo with black swans and peacocks are just a stone’s throw away. Sip a coffee or chilled beer at ‘ La Brasserie de la Plage’ whilst overlooking the sea. Parfait!
Beaches - Spotless, sandy and safe. If the beach is your thing then the Atlantic coast is well equipped to satisfy with shallow gentle shores. There is a wealth of golden beaches many uncrowded even in high season. Our favourites include Chatelaillon- Plage and Fouras, famous for its oyster beds. Royan has a spectacular beach stretching 2 km where you can sail and windsurf.
Cognac - Steeped in history on the banks of the Charente, Cognac revolves around cognac, the double-distilled spirit that is the driving force of this prosperous town's economy. Discover the celebrated ‘eau de vie’ by taking a guided tour of one of the famous Cognac houses where you can sample the finest oak aged blends. Included in the Hennessey tour is a boat trip across the river and Remy Martin includes a train ride for children. Allow 2 hours for tours.
St Savinien - Children will adore taking the helm of one of the miniature electric boats. Adults secretly enjoy this too! Afternoons only April—September.
Marais Poitevin - Crisscrossed by an elaborate system of canals, the ‘Venise Verte’ or ‘Green Venice’ is a National Park and a haven for wildlife and marsh birds. Take a boat trip (guided or not) from Coulon and experience the tranquillity of this natural maze.
Saintes - Plenty of culture for the beach weary. Built on the banks of the Charente and rich in architecture this Gallo- Roman town is home to numerous museums and the impressive amphitheatre dating from 40 A.D. The Arch of Germanicus was once the town’s gateway and still dominates the riverside views. Shop, lunch or take a calming boat trip along the river.
The Islands - Beautiful yet unpretentious. Brimming with charm, Ile de Ré is picture postcard where the beaches are sandy soft and the island’s salt marshes deliver the ‘Fleur de Sel’ or ‘white gold‘ as it is known locally. A culinary find for any discerning cook. St. Martin, the largest town is a lively hub for food, nightlife and shopping. Artisanal ice creams are hard to resist.
Ile d’Oleron also offers exceptional beaches on the ‘Cote Sauvage’ where you can picnic amongst the pine forests and sand dunes or just browse the shops in the narrow lanes.
Both islands are accessible by car or boat but we never tire of the journey across the 3km bridge despite the toll. Cycling is also an excellent way to explore these self-contained islands.
La Palmyre Zoo - Get up close and personal with the giraffes (and other zoo animals). This is no ordinary zoo and will not disappoint. An award winning breeding zoo with 1600 animals, set in 14 hectares. Polar bears, elephants - all the usuals plus a reptile house, tropical greenhouse and seal show. Stunning beaches on the doorstep make this a full day out.
Bordeaux - Now officially a World Heritage site, Bordeaux is rich in architecture and a cultural and historic centre with shops to rival any major city.
An internationally renowned wine capital, the wine growing regions of Margaux, Pommerol, St. Emilion and Pauillac in the surrounding area produce some of the finest red wines in the world.