About the home
Le Sapin is a spacious 3 bedroomed gite set in the grounds of our Charente house, Les Grands Arbres, in the heart of sunny Charente Maritime. We aim to give a warm welcome to all the families holidaying here and we hope that onsite facilities and the nearby amenities will enable you to experience the sort of family holiday that will be remembered for a long time to come.
Set in beautiful countryside, the gite is well placed for visiting the numerous tourist attractions, shopping at the local markets for fresh produce or dining out at a typical French restaurant. And when you just wish to relax, the pool side or your private terrace are the ideal spots to sip a glass of wine, listen to the birdsong and watch the children having fun splashing in the pool or enjoying the outdoor games. Our guests love it here and for us it is a great joy to provide something which is so much appreciated.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 7, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach:||Royan, 60km|
|Will consider:||Long lets|
Nearest amenities: 500m
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Suitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||No pets allowed|
No smoking at this property
|Luxuries:||Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool:||Shared outdoor pool (heated)|
|General:||CD player, Table tennis, Games room, Satellite TV|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities:||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||3 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom and 1 shower room|
|Furniture:||Sofabeds (1), Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seating for 7, Lounge seating for 7|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Shared outdoor pool (heated), Balcony / Terrace, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Swing set|
Further details indoors:
Le Sapin is a very spacious family gite with a large open-plan living and kitchen area, a downstairs shower room with w.c., and three light and airy bedrooms upstairs, along with a family bathroom. A single sofa bed is provided downstairs for use when there are 7 people. It is possible to move this bed upstairs to one of the twin rooms.
The gite is furnished with good quality fittings and with a great attention to detail, from reading lamps, clothes drying-rack to chopping boards and cool bag. You'll find a starter pack of salt, pepper, herbs, oil, sugar, tea and coffee in the kitchen cupboards and a welcoming bottle of wine. The beds are made up for your arrival with attractive bedding, and towels, including kitchen towels, are provided, although we do ask that you bring your own beach towels.
Two sets of double doors, including one built into the beautiful stone archway of the former stables, provide easy access onto your own private patio.
For those of you with young families, we can provide a cot, highchair, baby bath, safety gate and a selection of toys suitable for babies and toddlers.
Further details outdoors:
A large, open-plan games barn contains table tennis and table football, and other outdoor games are available. There is also a swing-set for young children and a selection of bikes to suit a variety of ages. (We recommend you bring your own safety helmets.)
The gite is set in large gardens with mature trees and interesting flowers throughout the growing season and you are welcome to help yourselves to the herbs growing in the garden. There is an apple orchard, from which we get an abundance of apples that are turned into delicious apple jelly. The garden is also home to many birds, including delightful black redstarts and colourful hoopoes. The property backs onto open countryside and you can often see birds of prey swooping in the sky above.
The heated swimming pool, with its large sun terrace, loungers and parasols is available June to mid September and sometimes earlier, when the weather justifies it.
Bed linen and towels are included in the rental.
Bookings are normally Saturday to Saturday, but other changeover days and shorter or longer periods will be considered outside of the high season.
A 25% deposit is required to secure your booking. The remaining rental is due 8 weeks prior to your arrival. A separate cheque for £100 should be included with the final payment as a refundable breakages deposit. This cheque will be returned to you within two weeks of the end of the holiday, subject to a satisfactory property inspection.
The Poitou-Charentes / Vendee / Charente Maritime region
The Charente Maritime Department has one of the highest records for sunshine in France, after the Mediterranean, and at any time of the year you can experience days of beautiful sunshine, making it an ideal choice for early and late season breaks, as well as summer holidays. Even during the warm summer months, at the height of the holiday season, the roads are quiet, allowing you to explore all the attractions of this beautiful region - the old roman towns and churches, the local markets, the small villages beside the Charente and Boutonne rivers, the fields of vineyards and sunflowers. Try popping into one of the many producers of our local drinks - Pineau des Charentes and Cognac for a little 'degustation' (tasting).
The St Jean d'Angely / Ste Meme area
St Jean d'Angely, Saintes and Cognac are all within easy reach. St Jean d'Angely is a picturesque market town only ten minutes away, with swimming pool complex, river and lake and numerous cafes and restaurants. It is an ideal place to do your shopping, with its Wednesday and Saturday markets being among the best in the area. The village of Ste Même has its own general store, ideal for those last minute purchases and for your morning baguette for breakfast on the terrace.
Saintes is a chic river town with pedestrian streets, a roman amphitheatre and a cultured air. Cognac is a charming and characterful town with an interesting produce market, summer jazz and blues festivals and a variety of cognac distilleries. You've tasted Remy Martin, now visit where it is produced and sniff it straight from the barrel. Further afield, but still within an hour's drive, are the fascinations of La Rochelle, Rochefort, Angouleme, Ile de Ré and some lovely seaside towns. More information on all the local tourist attractions is available in the gite.
For the children, the attractively laid out zoo outside Royan allows for a really close encounter with the animals and at the 'Valley of the Monkeys' at Romagne, south of Poitiers, you can stroll through a beautiful park and discover 30 different species of monkeys and watch them being fed. A short drive away, St Savinien sits on the Charente river and has its own lake where, in the summer months, the children can ride on perfect miniatures of fishing boats, cross channel ferries and paddle steamers. For older children (and adults), there is the opportunity to go kayaking on the Charente or experience the excitement of go-karting or off-road buggies.
How to get there
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This area is well served by the budgets airlines as we are less than an hour and a half's drive from La Rochelle, Poitiers and Angouleme airports and Bordeaux airport is under 2 hours away. Cars can be easily hired at all these airports.
If you are driving, we are less than 15 minutes from Junction 34 of the A10 autoroute. The Brittany ports are approximately 5 hours drive away and the Channel ports are reachable within a day.
Activities near St Jean d'Angely
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
17 Oct 2012
Le Sapin was an ideal retreat set in beautiful gardens and with the added benefit of a fabulous pool, which was very safe for our children. The property was extremely well looked after and clean and we certainly had everything we could have asked for. We made good use of the gardens, pool and play area. Location was ideal from which to explore further afield and certainly some beautiful villages and towns nearby worth a visit. Supermarkets accessible. Irene and Jim, the owners, were extremely attentive and we were made to feel not only very welcome, but as though we were a part of the family! Definitely will go back and next time, may consider taking grandparents with us as ideal for them to have one of the smaller propoerties to themselves. So glad we found Le Sapin!
16 Jul 2012
A thoroughly enjoyable holiday in a delightful rural area of France which is still close enough to villages, towns and the coast. The gite is beautifully furnished with everything you need. The swimming pool is ideal and safe for young kids. Best of all, Jim and Irene are the most attentive hosts for whom nothing seems too much trouble. Best visits are La Rochelle and the great zoo at La Palmyre. All in all, a most refreshing holiday.
16 Aug 2011
A home away from home with attentive hosts who cannot do enough for you. A first class very well equipped Gite in a rural community. Easy reach to major towns with good walking areas and local... more
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 7|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|Festive||22 Dec 12||5 Jan 13||£ 650||-||-||1 Week|
|Low||5 Jan 13||27 Apr 13||£ 450||-||-||4 Nights|
|Early Break||27 Apr 13||25 May 13||£ 495||-||-||4 Nights|
|Early Summer||25 May 13||29 Jun 13||£ 650||-||-||1 Week|
|Pre High Season||29 Jun 13||13 Jul 13||£ 750||-||-||1 Week|
|High Season||13 Jul 13||31 Aug 13||£ 1250||-||-||1 Week|
|Late Summer||31 Aug 13||14 Sep 13||£ 690||-||-||1 Week|
|Autumn Break||14 Sep 13||28 Sep 13||£ 595||-||-||4 Nights|
|Low||28 Sep 13||21 Dec 13||£ 450||-||-||4 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.
All linen and towels (with the exception of swimming towels) are included in the price.
Preferred payment method is by sterling or euro cheque.
During the summer season bookings are from Saturday to Saturday. Either side of the summer season other changeover days can be arranged and short term lets and longer rentals will be considered. Please contact the owners for details.Enquire now
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