Le Grand Courtiou
Farmhouse | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 10
Extremely comfortable and well appointed, Le Grand Courtiou is a gorgeous farmhouse that sleeps 10-12 people.
The property has a beautiful lake which you can row around if you are feeling energetic, or just sit and admire with a glass of wine. There are chickens for fresh eggs everyday and a vegetable garden and orchard where you can help yourself to whatever is seasonal.
There are English/French speaking caretakers living on site in separate accommodation, who are more than happy to advise on local markets, general shopping and places to visit.
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||7 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Poitiers 25 km, Nearest railway: Poitiers 25 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property|
|General||Central heating, TV, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (5), Double beds (3), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Further details indoors|
The two main bedroom both have king size beds. The smaller childrens room has a set of bunks and the larger one has bunks and a double bed. For any overflow, there is a fold out sofa bed in the library.
|Further details outdoors|
15m alarmed pool
Cleaning on checkout included in price
The Poitou-Charentes/Vendee region
The region is south of the Loire Valley and parts of the Poitou-Charentes are reckoned to have the most sunshine hours a year in France outside of the Mediterranean. This is the garden of France.
The summer days are generally quite long, warm and sunny, though you can expect a few rainy days too, while the autumns are usually clear and bright. The winters can get cold the further inland you go, but they don’t last long, and you can often expect a warm spell in March or even February.
The food and wine in the area are exceptional. It’s home to cognac, refreshing muscadets (spectacular with oysters), cabernet franc from Chinon and Bourgueil & Saumur. The Loire Valley boasts particularly fine white wines.
The region is equally and rightly noted for its great local delicacies too – for example cheese, honey, poultry, butter and snails – as well as fine restaurants, hotels, cafes and bars. The area around Richelieu was once the centre of truffle production in France and is enjoying a resurgence with over 100 hectares planted.
Then there is the sheer variety of things to do and see in the Poitou-Charentes, such as leisure parks, golf and beautiful towns and villages. One of the pearls of the Vienne department is the capital town of Poitiers, a town steeped in history, and whose old streets are buzzing with life thanks to its large student population. The Vienne boasts a lot of great places to visit, including the internationally-known Futuroscope theme and leisure park, the Crocodile Park, Snake Island and the Valley of the Monkeys.
On top of these tourist attractions there are many other fine places to see such the many beautiful local chateaux, the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Abbey of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe and its beautiful frescoes, and the market town of Chauvigny, with its impressive hilltop ruins and bird of prey centre known as the Géants du Ciel.
There are local markets within an hours drive just about every day of the week. From local produce markets, to livestock, to truffles - there is something for everyone in the immediate vicinity. Lencloitre is the nearest local town with 3 great boulangeries, a fantastic produce market every Saturday and a bigger livestock market on the first Monday of each month. There is a very well stocked supermarket where you can get just about anything you need. It is around 10 minutes down the road, only slightly closer than Mirebeau which is also very well serviced.
If you venture a little further afield into the South Loire, the beautiful Château de Chenonceau is around one and a half hours drive north, as is Château de Villandry - easy day trips. Other beautiful towns in the South Loire include Richelieu, Saumur, Chinon, Tours - all well worth a visit for their spectacular buildings and amazing histories.
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3 Jun 2014
Nous avons passé 4 jours au grand courtiou et ce séjour était proche de la perfection. Cet endroit est vraiment particulier! La maison est spacieuse, bien équipée et très fonctionnelle et les ex… More
2 Dec 2013
"A Bucolic Idyll"
If you treasure peace and quiet, verdant countryside, bucolic views, ultra-comfortable beds and consciously minimalist interiors, Le Grand Courtiou is for you. We enjoyed our restful week here and ap… More
25 Aug 2013
"A Fantastic Week!"
We have just returned from a lovely week at Le Grand Courtiou. A week of wonderful weather helped, as we spent most days by lovely, good-sized pool with our three young children just splashing about,… More
6 Aug 2013
"Fabulous in every way!!"
We travelled as two families with 5 children aged from 6 years to 15 years and stayed at Le Grand Courtiou for 2 weeks. We could not have been happier!it is a beautiful house which has been lovingly … More
14 Apr 2013
"Perfect French countryside escape"
My wife and twelve year old daughter loved Le Grand Courtiou.It combines history with a very modern and comfortable renovation, with the lake, gardens and orchard all picture postcard stuff.Drove to l… More
3 Feb 2013
"Well appointed farmhouse nestled in the heart of wine and history."
We tarvelled to Le Grand Courtiou with our two teenage sons in January of this year and had a marvellous time. Only an hour and a half to Poitiers on the TGV from Montparnasse we rented a car and drov… More
22 Oct 2012
"Fairytale house in amazing location"
Le Grand Courtiou is a gorgeous house in a fabulous part of the Loire Valley. The house is total luxury and extremely spacious. It is beautifully looked after by on-site caretakers who are a font of k… More
13 Aug 2012
"Just beautiful and our only disappointment was the fact that we had to leave"
Le grand courtiou is the perfect place to relax and unwind in the beautiful peaceful surroundings of rural France. My husband and our two children spent the first week of August here, and whilst our m… More
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