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Honeysuckle cottage

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Excellent 5/5

34 reviews

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Gite / 4 bedrooms / sleeps 8 Home 159616

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Gite / 4 bedrooms / sleeps 8

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 122 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed

We specialise in giving parents and children the best and relaxing family holiday possible at our quiet and intimate complex of 3 cottages with the facilities of a much larger complex.

For families with babies - home-from-home cottages to let you keep your routines, travel light as our 3 cottages have all you need for your baby, peace of mind as we put safety first.

For families with toddlers - Many toys and games in the play barn, large gardens and playground to let off steam, safety proofed cottages and a fenced and alarmed swimming pool.

For families with school age children - all of the above plus your children with be able to make friends with the children from the other 2 cottages and wile away the days playing safely while you relax.

For parents we provide many services such as home cooked meals, BBQ night, visiting beautician, bikes, with child seat, buggies and trailers for family walks or bike rides, local information and help.

Run by Anna and Simon Davey, 2 award winning critically acclaimed ex- restaurateurs, Honeysuckle cottage is set on a complex of gites set in a 4 acre oasis of tranquillity within the French countryside yet only a couple of miles from 2 well equipped villages.

The cottage is newly renovated, well equipped and furnished to a high standard. Your hosts are on site to ensure that you have a great holiday and offer such services as pamper days, home-cooked meals, host BBQ, baby sitting and baby equipment. Within the grounds there is a nicely decked heated pool, children's play area, childrens play-barn, bikes of all shapes and sizes, various sports equipment and plenty of quiet shady spots to chill out, read a book or have a glass of wine. The surrounding area has something for everyone, excellent cycling and walks, golf, historical buildings, animal parks, theme parks, fishing, go-kart, quad bikes, shopping in Poitiers, thalassotherapy in La Rochelle, lake beaches locally and main beaches just over 1 ½ hours drive.

Honeysuckle has electric heating and a wood burner. Anti-allergy pillows and duvets provided. All twin beds can be made up as a double on request. The gite can be child proofed on request, including safety locks, bed guards, stair gates. Baby equipment can be provided on request, we have cots, stroller, bumbo, potty, high chair, steriliser, cutlery, baby monitor, changing mat, baby bath, baby den – please let us know what you require when you book. We can also provided baby sitting services. Complimentary welcome pack included in the price (butter, milk, tea, sugar, bread, cheese and wine).

Size Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms
Rooms 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms
Nearest beach La rochelle 122 km
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 3 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Poitiers 35 km, Nearest railway: Poitiers 35 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property
Pool Shared outdoor pool (heated)
General CD player, Pool or snooker table, 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
Furniture Double beds (2), Single beds (4), Cots (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8
Other High chair
Outdoors Shared outdoor pool (heated), Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Swing set, Trampoline
Access Secure parking, Suitable for people with restricted mobility, Not suitable for wheelchair users
Further details indoors

Honeysuckle - 4 bedrooms (sleeps 8 + cots)Spacious modernised two storey farmhouse. Large hall way. Bathroom - bath with shower over, WC, basin, cupboards. Bedroom 4 - twin bed room with bedside table and lighting, wardrobe, mirror, chest of drawers. Large well equipped kitchen/diner with seating for 8, sofa area, kitchen with washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, fridge, freezer, kettle, toaster, crockery, glasses, cooking pans, cooking utensils. Large cooker/range. Large lounge with 2 x sofas for 3, comfy chair, wooden chair and beanbag, TV with English satellite, DVD player, music system, books games. Coffee table, Wood-burner. Upstairs: Bedroom 1 - large room with kingsize bed, built in wardrobe, 2 chest of drawers, mirror, bedside tables with side lights. Bedroom 2 - double room with wardrobe, chest of drawers, bedside tables with lighting and mirror. Bedroom 3 - large twin bed room with bedside table and lighting, wardrobe, mirror, chest of drawers. Shower room- large shower, WC and basin.

Further details outdoors

Large communal gardens, the gite has it's own semi - private area with garden furniture and BBQ. We have 4 adult bikes and 6 children's bikes on site, a football goal, badminton, swingball, boules, giant Jenga, Twister, trampoline, Swing/slide set, table tennis, table football and hammocks. Shared heated pool (5 metres by 10 metres). Covered paddling pool. Various outdoor toysSandpit.Coast/Beach

The Poitou-Charentes region

The city of Poitiers is less than half an hour away with its stunning architecture, cosmopolitan cafés and restaurants, and great shopping. Slightly further afield the chic seaside resort of La Rochelle is only an hour and a half's drive, with its interesting Medieval and Renaissance architecture in the fortified old town.

To entertain the children, a trip to Futuroscope at Poitiers is a must. It is an amazing cinema park dedicated to the moving image. Futuroscope has over twenty theme-based attraction areas spread across 60 hectares. Another great theme park - Puy du Fou - offers a voyage through history, featuring gladiators, Vikings, medieval city, market town, & biggest stage in the world with extravagant technical effects and 1,000 actors.

Animal parks are also a great hit with children and adults alike. There are several in the area, including Monkey Valley, Le Planete des Crocodiles, Ile de Serpents and La Vallée des Cerfs.

For the more active visitors, there is no shortage of activities including walking and cycling, fishing and go karting.

Golfers are also very well catered for as there are many great golf courses in the area, most notably Chateau des Forges just a couple of miles down the road!!

A wide variety of activities can be found at the Golf Club Château des Forges, leading to a warm, friendly and relaxing atmosphere for all the family.


The nearby villages of Benassay and Vasles have great facilities with restaurant, café bar, cinema, chemist, hairdressers, general store, butchers, weekly market and an excellent boulangerie for your fresh croissant and bread for breakfast.

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15 Jan 2014


"An amazing, beautiful, relaxing and enjoyable holiday location"

We had a wonderful two week family holiday at Lac De Maison. From the moment we arrived, saw our beautiful picturesque gite (Honeysuckle), the gardens and met our hosts / owners Simon and Anna we knew it was going to be a special family holiday. Lac de Maison is just perfect for families with children. Our children were 5, 3 and 4 months at the time of travel. All the equipment you could possibly need/want for babies/toddlers is available so no need to worry about sterilisers, bed rails etc. The gite itself inside is very attractive and comfortable with plenty of inside space.Each gite comes with a big box of toysand dvds for kids which was great. It is also very clean and fresh. The kitchen has everything you need for making meals but with the quite simply amazing meal service offered by Anna you just wont want to cook yourself ever! We availed of the family meal on our arrival and again during our stay and we all loved it. Myself and my husband also availed of the gorgeous 3 course meals on more than a few occasions. Delivered course by course to you door (with the added bonus of dirty plates taken away course by course) these 3 course meals are excellent restaurant quality, made with fresh local and home grown ingredients.Quite simply fantastic food! There is also the option of the weekly BBQ in the gardens and this is a lovely, relaxed and a nice opportunity to meet people in the other two gites and for the kids to have a play around in the gardens. Again the BBQ food is quite a spread! The grounds at Lac de Maison are perfect for families. You can open the back door of your gite and let the children go and play safe in the knowledge that it is all totally enclosed and safe. There is so much to entertain the children in the garden - trampolines, wig wams, tree houses, sand pits, archery, football nets etc. Our children had fantastic fun with some other families doing numerous treasure hunt around the gardens. The pool area is kid friendly. It has both a gate and a pool alarm which needs to be activated by an adult. There are also lots of bikes (and helmets) available to borrow. These cater for all ages and abilities and the lanes around lac de maison are safe for children to cycle with parents. There are two wonderful ponies and the children can have supervised pony rides up and down the lanes which is a real treat. Despite Lac De Maison being quite remote there are still plenty of things to do in the area / places to eat. We did a few days trips to differing locations (adventrure park with zip wires, acqaurium in la rochelle etc) but actually all we really wanted to do was get back to the house and chill out! Finally Anna and Simon are great hosts. They are there for you and to help answer any questions you may have but equally they do not live in your pockets! I would totally recommend Lac De Maison to anyone thinking of visiting. We have already planned our return and cannot wait

25 Jun 2013


"Fabulous holiday"

We have just returned from a fabulous stay at Lac de Maison. We were made to feel welcome by Anna and Simon straight away when we arrived. The gite we stayed in, Hollyhock, was clean and comfortable and had a lovely outside space. We were greated with a welcome pack of bread, milk, butter, eggs and jams which was a lovely suprise, together with a bottle of Rose wine. Much needed after a day of travelling with a toddler! The grounds were fantastic and our 16 month old spent hours running up and down. A lot of thought has been put into the playground and the playbarn, both kept our son entertained for hours. He also enjoyed the swimming pool and the bike rides we went on. We treated ourselves to Anna's beautifully prepared meals on three occasions whilst we were there. They were all great but can particularly recommend the fish pie, yum yum. The location is tranquil, it was everything we could have wanted and more. We look forward to returning again soon.

3 Sep 2012


"Wonderfully Relaxing Family Holiday - yes you can have such a thing!!"

For our third year running we made our way through the Eurotunnel to visit Anna and Simon at Lac-de-Maison. "It's a long journey but definitely worth it" said our 13 year old son as the familar green barn came into sight. We stayed in the 2 bed Buttercup cottage this year which as always was sparkling clean and fully equipped with everything you could need. The weather was fabulously hot for the whole 2 weeks so of course the swimming pool was put to good use. The new play barn with the air-hockey, pool table and table football was a hit with our 13 year old as were the dressing up clothes and Wii Sing with our 2 girls age 6 and 4. The girls also love collecting the eggs in the morning, riding and grooming the ponies and of course playing with Honey the dog. A bike ride to lunch at the local golf club is a great way to sepnd a few hours. And yes, I did get to spend a couple of hours on my own reading a book in the hammock whilst husband played golf and the girls played with their new friends - now how many family holidays can you do that on? We tried a couple of new day trips out this year. Puy du Fou is a theme park but with live shows including a Bird of Prey ballet with 150 birds and a full size Roman Coloseum with charioteers and 8 lions- quiet a spectacle! Green Venice was our second trip which was absolutely beautiful. Spend the day discovering the waterways with an English speaking gondalier and then relax in one of the many restaurants. Then of course you come home to one of Anna and Simon's delicious restaurant quality meals and relax at your gite under the most amazing stars you will ever see! The bbq's on a Monday evening are a great way to meet your fellow guests and of course to enjoy Anna and Simon's food. If you're lucky Simon might even add in a little after-dinner amusment - not sure who enjoyed the space hopper race the most - the children or the adults! We absolutely love our holidays at Lac de Maison so much so that we are going again next year for 3 weeks! I guarantee that you will leave feeling fully relaxed and batteries recharged.

11 Oct 2011


"Superb - Highly recommended"

Lac de Maison is a fantastic place for a holiday with a young family. Anna and Simon have thought of everything that you might need, including toys, story books, bath toys, pushchairs etc etc. The gites are all lovely and very well equipped and the grounds are just great for the children to run around in. We didn't stray far as we were so happy relaxing by the pool or in the garden, or going for a walk to catch butterflies, or a family cycle ride. There is lots to do in the surrounding area if you want to explore. The play barn just opened while we were there and it is a great place for the children to get out of the heat or odd bit of drizzle if needed. Anna and Simon's cooking is excellent, the meals are restaurant standard with the vegetables picked from the garden that day. The group BBQ was also superb. Needless to say, we booked for 2012 when we departed.

18 Aug 2011


"What a gem of a place!"

We have just returned from a wonderful weeks stay in Rose cottage. We have stayed at a number of gites in France in the last few years and this was by far the best. Every detail has been thought of to make a stay at Lac de Maison a very enjoyable one, an unending list of toys and equipment in the huge garden and new "play barn" to keep the children busy (ours are 9&6), The highlights for us were the great bikes that were available to borrow (free of charge) and we spent a lovely morning cycling to the local golf club along the deserted roads, and the children loved meeting the animals (they especially enjoyed collecting the eggs and their ride on the ponies around the garden). The gite was very pretty from the outside and tastefully/comfortably furnished on the inside. The option of a 3 course gourmet meal once the kids are in bed is a huge plus (Anna & Simon used to run a great restaurant in Bristol that we have eaten at, so we were expecting good food & we weren't disappointed!) Anna and Simon are great hosts and we all thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Hope to return next year.

17 Aug 2011


"Better than home away from home - you'll never want to leave!"

What a fabulous place, everything you could ever want and more. The children are well catered for with lots to keep them busy, so much so that you have to go and find them and tear them away from whatever activity they have found to do. Great place to relax and unwind, so very peaceful. Honeysuckle gite was very clean and well appointed and spacious. Lovely pool and sunbathing area. Childrens playroom is a delight and we look forward to returning in the future to see the completed renovation of the teenage games room. Very sad to leave and can' wait to go back.

13 Aug 2011


"Fantastic family holiday!"

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Lac de Maison. 10 of us stayed in Honeysuckle Cottage (4 adults, 4 children and 2 babies) with plenty of space. It was very clean and extremely comfortable and well equipped. The children had a fantastic time making use of the excellent facilities - the swimming pool, sandpit, trampoline, play area, giant Jenga and the indoor playroom and loved the dressing up outfits! The hosts are great too - there if you need them but otherwise leave you to enjoy your stay. The meals they offer are a must! An excellent holiday location.

18 Jun 2011


"Fantastic - Very highly recommended for travelling with small children."

We have just returned from 2 weeks at Lac de Maison and had a fantastic time, the owners Anna & Simon have thought of everything to make holidaying with 2 very young children as relaxing as possible. We knew from the web that the accommodation was very child friendly and could provide lots of the items you need for travelling with a baby, but they had gone the extra mile and provided so much more. Check with them in advance and ask what they provide, it will help cut down on your luggage! The location is very quiet and you do have to drive for most things, however we just loved being away from it all. The 3 gites are lovely, very well equipped and are set in pretty gardens with a swimming pool and plenty of outdoor childrens toys. The family animals - horses, chickens, rabbit, quinea pig, cats and especially Honey, their dog were a really hit with our toddler. Anna & Simon are fantastic hosts and really helped to make our holiday. The delicious restaurant quality food they provide was a real treat. It is not easy going out for meals with a young family and being able to have a freshly prepared and truly scrumptious dinner with wine brought to our table after the children had gone to bed was brilliant.

14 Jun 2011


"Perfect family holiday for three generations."

We had a wonderful week in May 2010 with our daughter and grandson. The setting was wonderful and the house beautiful and well prepared in advance for our grandson (who was 9 months) with a full range on baby equipment. Anna could not have been more helpful in advance in answering questions and both Simon and Anna were friendly and welcoming. Our stay could not have been better and the food we had ordered for our arrival and the meal we had prepared while there were wonderful. I am sure we will go back

13 Jun 2011


"First class accomodation and service"

We spent a week at the beginning of May at these properties. We were a mixed party of 9, including 2 teenagers and 3 OAPs. We were immediately impressed by the attractive setting of this tranquil location. I was a little unsure as to how we would occupy our teens, but the heated swimming pool, badminton, boulles and bikes gave them plenty to do while we were not out and about. The gites were beautifully clean and very well equipped. Lots of inside space and lovely bathrooms. We did opt for eating on site on most evenings and had no problem with the high quality cooking equipment and provision of bbqs. On 2 occasions we asked our hosts to cook for us and thoroughly enjoyed the delicious food and wine provided. We found plenty to do and see in the surrounding area - lots we didn't have time for. A hire car is a must to get the best out of this holiday and the roads were delightfully quiet. Although we did not have any small children in our party, these gites are very well set up for young families with safety being obviously a matter of paramount importance. There was play equipment, ponies, trampoline and lots of inflatables for the pool. Indoors an impressive selection of dvds, games and books to keep everyone entertained in case of inclement weather. One of the nicest things about the site was the size of the grounds. Plenty of room for finding a quiet spot for reading in the shade or lazing about on a hammock (perfect for a teenage boy and ipod) We finished our holiday feeling relaxed, chilled and yearning for just a bit more time before returning to the bustle of everyday life.

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