Gite | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 7
Le Cognassier and Le Cerisier were originally 18th Century stone barns and we have converted them into beautiful self catering holiday accommodation.
Decorated and furnished to an exceptionally high standard, the gites are brimming with charm and character. With families in mind, we have blended modern comforts with our quirky vintage finds to create stylish and relaxed interiors which are totally family friendly.
Set within a blissfully tranquil, walled garden the holiday cottages offer a haven of peace and an opportunity to escape to the countryside and experience the simple pleasures of French life. Within striking distance of large towns and the stunning beaches of the Atlantic coast, they also provide the perfect base for exploring the beautiful, unspoilt region of the Charente - Maritime.
Our aim is for you to completely relax here so we have equipped each gite with everything you need to feel totally at home during your family holiday.
The gardens are safe and child friendly with a large lawned area for children and toddlers to roam freely and to play on the swings, slide or build châteaux in the sandpit. The swimming pool is heated and fenced for safety. We welcome children of all ages from babies to teenagers and have provided everything you need for the perfect French family holiday including a bottle of chilled champagne for the adults.
|Size||Sleeps up to 7, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Chatelaillon Plage 50 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||300 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: La Rochelle 75 km, Nearest railway: St Jean d'Angely 15 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||Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ, Swing set|
|Further details indoors|
Rooms are spotless, generously proportioned, airy and light. We have a passion for all things French and have thoughtfully furnished each gite in an original style which combines the needs for family friendly holiday accommodation with a charming quirky touch.
The kitchens have hand painted units and high quality appliances including a dishwasher, washing machine, large fridge/freezer (with chilled champagne ), electric cooker, induction hob, and microwave. There is an open plan dining area with table and seating for 6. In the sitting room you will find comfortable sofas, armchairs and painted furniture accessorized with some of our vintage pieces. The flat screen TV has English channels and there is a DVD player, iPod dock and free wifi. Numerous books, toys and games are available for all ages.
The gites have 3 bedrooms - a king, a double and a twin so we can accommodate 6 adults and 2 babies. There is a large family bathroom with WC. Downstairs there is a shower room with WC. Each gite has its own gravelled, private garden with teak dining furniture, sun loungers and a barbecue. The gites are joined but do not overlook each other and offer total privacy.
Babies, toddlers and older children are extremely well catered for. Cots, stair gates and plenty of baby and child equipment are at your disposal to ensure your family holiday goes smoothly.
For winter or longer lets our gites are available to rent all year round and are heated throughout.
|Further details outdoors|
The large, walled gardens offer an extremely safe, enclosed area for playing, with fruit trees affording shade from the sun. There are swings, slide, small trampoline and trikes. Young children can build their own château in the sandpit or potter about happily trying to catch Twiglet the cat! Older ones may like badminton or trying their hand at a game of boules. There is plenty of room for a game of football with Dad.
The heated swimming pool has a Roman end with steps making it ideal for all ages. It is fenced for total safety with child proof gate and is surrounded by flowering shrubs. The decked area has parasols and teak steamer chairs with plump cushions. Arm yourself with a good book, iPod or just your own thoughts and feel the stress melt away.
For the nocturnal, our night skies are incredibly clear and offer fantastic stargazing opportunities.
We have lived in France for 10 years and our children have grown up here enjoying the freedom of rural life. Over the years we have gathered lots of local knowledge and can recommend places to explore and restaurants from family friendly to gourmet dining.
We work continually to keep the gites and gardens ship shape but are always happy to stop and chat to our guests and get to know them. Our children are always on the lookout for new playmates too!
If you are considering buying a property in France we will gladly share our experiences (good and bad!) over a glass of wine.
Our passion for antique and vintage living has led us to create our online boutique Chateau Chic which sells original French furniture and accessories. Stock is available to purchase on site with a guest discount
The Poitou-Charentes/Vendee region
Brimming with charm and plenty of family attractions, the Charente - Maritime is the second sunniest region in France and has a gentle climate making it an ideal location for families.
La Rochelle is a bustling port and the city is steeped in history. Saintes is a Gallo - Roman town with amphitheatre and excellent shopping. Beaches are spotless, sandy and safe.
St Jean d'Angely
Le Relais de Tout Y Faut - Stroll to our local bar/restaurant for an aperitif or buy your morning baguette in the grocery store.
Loulay - All your daily needs - boulangerie, grocer, bank, post, pharmacy and restaurant/bar. Free live bands every Friday night in the summer.
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.
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14 Sep 2014
"Fabulous Gite in a great location."
This was our second visit to Le Cerisier and it was as lovely as we remembered. Wonderful warm welcome from Sue and Simon, and the Gite was spotless and had everything in it we needed. The pool is l… More
12 Sep 2014
"Our fourth time here!"
This was our fourth time back staying in Le Cognassier. As always we were made to feel so welcome by the owners and had a lovely week. There's lots to see and do in the area and there's a … More
22 Sep 2013
"Fantastic and very child friendly"
I recently stayed at La Cerisier with my husband, 2 year old son and my father. We chose this place because it was child friendly and in close proximity to La Rochelle airport (50 mins). The gite was … More
21 Sep 2013
"Real gem of a gite, quiet location but within reasonable distance of the local attractions."
Stayed in Le Cerisier with our 21 month old baby boy and a second couple with their 2 year old. Beautifully restored building finished with care and attention to detail, really reflects the photos. 2 … More
16 Sep 2013
"Beautiful, stylish family friendly accommodation in a gorgeous location"
From the minute we arrived we could not have felt more at home! Sue and Simon and their lovely children gave us a really warm welcome and we were overjoyed with the standard of the accommodation. The… More
10 Sep 2013
"Beautifully furnished gite with outdoor pool"
We stayed in Le Cerisier with our 2 children (12 and 15). The gite is beautifully furnished, well equipped and filled with lovely French antiquities and vintage items from the owners online business. … More
24 Aug 2013
"Excellent in every way!"
We stayed in Le Cognassier for one week with our two teenage girls and found everything to be perfect. The gite is as lovely as it looks in the pictures and the attention to detail is delightful, our … More
4 Jul 2013
"Fantastic location and accommodation"
We loved the location and found the accommodation to be of a very high standard and spotlessly clean. Sue & Simon were excellent hosts who could not do enough to make our stay more relaxed. Look for… More
3 May 2013
"Beautiful gites & garden - real attention to detail; relaxing and friendly"
The quality of the gites is outstanding, the garden is large (and walled, so very safe for small children) and the pool is fantastic. A lot of thought has gone into making the gites feel welcoming and… More
9 Dec 2012
"Perfect Family Gite"
Our three-generation stays at this exceptional gite are the high spots of the holiday year for us.It's a great place for children - our little ones have become quite big ones since our first visi… More
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