Les Petites Pierres
About the home
Les Petites Pierres, our cosy 18th Century cottage, is well-equipped and has a woodburner for those out-of-season breaks.
The 2 acre site provides ample room for relaxing or playing, and there are lovely walks right on the doorstep.
In this sheltered and unspoilt valley there is an abundance of Wildlife to admire.
Overhead, there are Buzzards, Woodpeckers ,Owls and numerous other woodland species .
Naerby lakes and ponds attract Kingfishers, Herons,Ducks ,Frogs and Toads.
There are masses of Butterflies and Ladybirds, and our Wildflower area will attract even more species.Lizards bathe in the glorious sunshine on walls and stones.Our Walnut Tree attracts the gorgeous Red Squirrels .It is fascinating to watch their aerial acrobatics.
We are 10 minutes away from Pescalis,Europe's premier fishing complex with more than 250 acres of lakes with carp up to 25 kilos! Also 10 mins away is the Parc Aventure, tree-top fun for all ages and very popular with our visitors, and an excellent Karting track.
All within 90 minutes away are the very popular attarctions of - La Rochelle,Puy du Fou,Futuroscope,Marais Poitevin (Venise Verte) and the seaside resorts of Les Sables-d'Olonne and La Tranche.
During July and August we have daily deliveries of fresh bread from the L'Absie Baker, and it is in L'Absie (4 minutes) that you will find Restaurants,Bars,a Supermarket and other essential facilities.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach:||Les Sables-d'Olonne, 75km|
|Will consider:||Long lets|
Nearest amenities: 4km
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Suitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||No pets allowed|
No smoking at this property
|Luxuries:||Log fire, DVD player|
|Pools:||Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Childrens pool|
|General:||Video player, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-fi available|
|Standard:||Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities:||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||2 Bedrooms, 1 shower room|
|Furniture:||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (2), Dining seating for 5, Lounge seating for 5|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony / Terrace, Shared garden, Private garden, BBQ|
Further details indoors:
Les Petites Pierres ,or 'little stones' , is a 2 bedroomed Gite, sleeping up to 5 plus cot. A charmingly renovated 18th century cottage furnished to a high standard throughout.
The comfortable lounge/diner has a 'typically French' feel with original oak beams, a solid oak fire surround and a woodburner for early/late season stays.There is a TV,Video/DVD player ,CD player and a selection of DVDs, books and games.
The well-equipped kitchen contains the Gas Cooker, Fridge-Freezer, Microwave and Washing Machine.
The shower room and toilet has a shaver point and heated towel rail.
The 2 bedrooms have original oak beams and views over the woods at the front.
There is one double and one twin bedroom, and the latter can accommodate 3 children under the age of 8 with the provision of an additional bed.
There is a private patio with table and chairs for sitting or dining at the front of the Gite , and a private garden across the chemin, with a table,chairs and BBQ.
Both are ideal for relaxing and enjoying the woodland views , with perhaps a glimpse of our Wildlife, whilst enjoying a glass of wine.
Behind the Pool terrace there are washing lines for each Gite.
Further details outdoors:
Les Petites Pierres is south facing,with views to the woods at the front .There is a private patio with table and chairs for sitting or dining at the front of the Gite , and a private garden across the chemin, with a table,chairs and BBQ.
Set in a glorious sheltered sun trap, the large shared Pool ( 9m x 4.6 m and 1.2m deep) is surrounded by a recently extended ample sun deck. Loungers, chairs and parasols are supplied for relaxing and sunbathing after a refreshing dip.A Paddling Pool and Pool toys are also provided.The tranquil setting is surrounded by woodland views.The Pool is fully fenced , has a security gate, and is open from May until October.
There are a number of benches positioned around the site to take in the fantastic views.
At the top of the site, is our large well-equipped Games field.
There you can enjoy - Football ,Table Tennis ,Badminton ,Volleyball,Boules .
There are also a number of other bats and balls provided.
Behind the Pool terrace, there are washing lines for each Gite.
There is off road parking at one end of the site.
All electricity,gas,bed linen and hand and t-towels are included in the prices.
A cot,highchair and baby bath are available on request and a stairgate is fixed at the top of both sets of stairs.
A 'Welcome Pack' starts you off with some basics for your self-catering Gite, and there are Information folders giving details of Tourist attractions, Days Out, Markets, Restaurants, Shopping .
A wide selection of books , board games and DVDs are also provided.
The Pool is fully fenced , has a security gate, and is open from May until October.
There are 2 further Gites on site - each with their own private sitting areas.
We live on site in the end House and are available to offer help, suggest visits, book meals and to make your stay as enjoyable and carefree as possible.
50% deposit is required at the time of booking, with the balance due 8 weeks prior to arrival.
Saturday changeovers - except out of season - please enquire.
There are discounts for longer term lettings,short breaks and bookings of more than one gite - please enquire.
The Poitou-Charentes / Vendee / Deux Sevres region
Poitou-Charentes is claimed to be the second sunniest region in France, and yes, we do get a great number of gloriously sunny days here with beautiful clear blue skies.
There are between 2000 and 2600 hours of sunshine each year with an average rainfall over the summer period at approximately 2/3rds of the UK.
Statistics aside, it is the afternoons and the evenings that are particularly warm and clear - just right for relaxing al fresco.
The Autumn is usually very bright and dry - with small Butterflies still feeding on the Wild Thyme in late October .
Our location in this beautiful rural environment, is an ideal base for exploring the area, whether holidaying or house-hunting.
Within an hour's radius you can access the Atlantic Coast, Futuroscope, Poitiers and Puy du Fou.
Within half an hour you can reach the cities of Niort, Parthenay, the beautiful 'Green Venice' of the Marias Poitevin, Vouvant and the Mervent Forest,
The Vernoux-en-Gatine area
An Intermarche Supermarket is within 5 minutes, and 4 SuperU Supermarkets within 20 minutes
L'Absie ( 5 minutes) has child - friendly , good value restaurants and other essential local services
Within 20 minuutes, there are adventure parks, lakeside beaches with pedalos and kayaking, karting,horseriding,Pescalis the huge fishing complex, and , importantly ,a number of good restaurants.
There are many glorious walks on our very doorstep!
Parthenay has a number of festivals each year - do check our Facebook page for more details.
How to get there
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We are within easy reach of a number of Airports and Channel ports, also the TGV network ( connecting with Eurostar).
Ferries: The Ports of Cherbourg(452km), Le Havre (448km)and Roscoff (430km), Caen (365km) ,Calais (630km) and St Malo (291km) are well positioned for travelling to us from the UK with Brittany Ferries (from Portsmouth, Poole or Plymouth) , LD lines (from Portsmouth or Newhaven) and Condor Ferries (from Poole or Weymouth).
Eurotunnel 'Le Shuttle': A popular route for our visitors.
Trains: Book through Eurostar from London St Pancras to Poitiers, via Lille.Poitiers station is an hour from Paris by TGV.
Buses: National Express run a bus service from London to Poitiers.
Airports: La Rochelle, Poitiers, and Nantes airports are within 1hr 30mins drive from us and Tours is 2hr 20mins.
La Rochelle(89km) flights from Birmingham,Manchester,Southampton (Flybe)
flights from Dublin,Cork,London Stanstead (Ryanair)
flights from Bristol,London Gatwick (Easyjet)
flights from Edinburgh,Leeds/ Bradford (Jet2)
Poitiers (77km) flights from Edinburgh and London Stanstead (Ryanair)
flights from Dublin,East Midlands,Leeds/Bradford,Shannon (Ryanair)
flights from Manchester (Flybe)
flights from London Gatwick (Easyjet & Flybe)
flights from London City,Dublin,Dundee,Edinburgh (CityJet)
Tours ( 180km)
flights from London Stanstead,Manchester (Ryanair)
Other Airports near the region - Rennes,Angouleme,Limoges.
Car hire: Avis, Eurocar ,Hertz and Alamo etc have offices at the airports and within walking distances from the train stations.
We can give you individual directions from any starting point or visit Google Maps or the AA website for a route planner to our neighbouring village, L'Absie.
Activities near Vernoux-en-Gatine
Tennis in town
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
Beach or lakeside relaxation
23 Aug 2012
Les Petites Pierres is a great place to stay, especially if you're travelling with children. It's relatively compact, but well-equipped and comfortable. It has a private terrace with table... more
31 Jan 2012
Anne and Ray were very helpful and welcoming. The gite was small and not luxurious but very clean and comfortable, everything worked well. The location was very rural and beautiful but easy driving... more
12 Jan 2012
Anne and Ray were really accommodating, as we were very last minute! We stayed for a couple of weeks in Petite Pierres in early winter, we loved the wood burner and lots of walks in the surrounding... more
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 4|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|Low Season||12 Jan 13||30 Mar 13||£ 231||£ 35||£ 35||3 Nights|
|Easter||30 Mar 13||13 Apr 13||£ 315||-||-||1 Week|
|Low season||13 Apr 13||25 May 13||£ 305||£ 47||£ 47||3 Nights|
|Half Term||25 May 13||1 Jun 13||£ 368||-||-||1 Week|
|Mid Season||1 Jun 13||29 Jun 13||£ 273||£ 47||£ 47||1 Week|
|High Season||29 Jun 13||20 Jul 13||£ 431||-||-||1 Week|
|Peak Season||20 Jul 13||31 Aug 13||£ 515||-||-||1 Week|
|High Season||31 Aug 13||7 Sep 13||£ 368||-||-||1 Week|
|Mid Season||7 Sep 13||12 Oct 13||£ 368||-||-||1 Week|
The property's weekend rates apply to: Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
Special Sizzling June Offers - prices reduced as detailed.
Booking all 3 gites attracts a 10% discount - 2 gites a 5% discount.
Bath towels can be hired at 15 euros per week.
We require a refundable Security Deposit of £50 per week for Les Petites Pierres - payable with your balancing Holiday payment, and refunded within 7 days of your departure.
Short Breaks Offer - 4th night at 50% of usual rateBook
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We are closed over Christmas and New Year.
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