Matisse is one of three gites ( 2 x 3-bedroom & 1 x 2-bedroom) on the complex which forms La Maison Grange.
All the gites have a comfortable rustic feel with all the mod cons that you would expect in a holiday home. Some of the original oak has been used in the tasteful decor to create a minimalistic style.
Matisse provides you with a spacious living and dining area complete with comfortable linen sofas and dining for 6. There is a wireless bluetooth speaker system to enable you to listen to your favourite music, flat screen TV and free view satellite plus DVD player. DVD's are available on request at no extra charge.
The light and airy kitchen is fully equipped (with matching china & glass!) to allow you to get creative in the kitchen, from traditional French cuisine to sandwiches and salads. We have installed a dishwasher, washing machine, full size gas cooker, a fridge-freezer (to keep the white wine& beers cool) a microwave and a modern Tassimo coffee maker for fresh coffee in the morning (english tea supplied too!)
The double French doors lead directly to your own private patio area with seating for 6 plus a BBQ to cook up those tasty steaks, juicy chops, succulent prawns or simple sausages and burgers.
The 14m x 6m salt water swimming pool is just down the path and there are sun loungers & umbrellas placed around the pool for your use. The pool is cleaned every day, there is a security gate fitted and the fencing meets French legislation.
La Maison Grange is equidistant between Bordeaux and Cognac making this the perfect gite choice to leisurely explore the world famous Cognac and wine regions that are right on the doorstep. Whether you are with a group of friends or with the family there is something for all ages to enjoy. Heading 30 minutes south is the famous wine region of Pomerol. A little further and you'll find in St. Emilion, the Libournais appellations, or Cotes-de-Bourg. Less than 60 minutes and you'll be in the centre of Bordeaux. This beautiful city contains all the high street names along with the more exclusive designers but is also full of interesting architecture and history.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom|
|Nearest beach||Royan 114 km|
|Nearest Amenities||5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bordeaux 80 km, Nearest railway: Chalais 15 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property|
|Pool||Shared outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Pool or snooker table, Table tennis, Games room, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Furniture||Double Beds (1), Bunk Beds (1), Single Beds (2), Cots available (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair available|
|Outdoors||Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ|
|Access||Secure parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
|Further details indoors|
The master bedroom is tastefully decorated and has traditional exposed beams. It is furnished with a comfy double bed, wardrobe, chest of drawers and a hair-dryer.
The second bedroom has twin beds, wardrobe and lovely views across the valley.
The third bedroom has bunk beds and again stunning views across the valley.
All rooms come with standard 2 pillows per person but more are available on request, all pillows and duvets are hollow fibre and hypoallergenic. Bed linen and towels for use in the Gite are provided but please bring your own towels to use around the pool. A smart walk-in power shower has been installed to wash off the heat of the day! Tasteful fixtures, fittings and lovely soft bath towels complete the experience
|Further details outdoors|
Within the grounds is a 14x6 meter outdoor saltwater swimming pool for our guests. It catches the sun from early morning right throughout the day until the spectacular sunsets. There is a security gate & pool alarm fitted for complete safety for the children. We have a Summer House which is equiped with table football, a full size pool table for the over 12's, a well stocked library, a table tennis table, badminton sets, as well as a large variety of board games. Independant wi-fi is available in each gite. Enclosed, private gardens mean the children can play safely.Ample space for secure parking.
"Welcome Pack" provided on arrival
Cot & high-chair available
All cleaning materials provided
Linen & Bath towels provided (pool towels available for a small fee)
Enclosed, private gardens means children can play safely
**Pets welcome except during July & August - fees apply**
The Dordogne is extremely Child-Friendly with lots to do for all ages and interests - it's not all castles, chateaux and history! If you want to keep them happy and occupied there's a broad range of 'day-trip' things to do, some even suitable for the occasional wet day.There are a host of activities for all the family from indoor and outdoor water parks with jet skis and quad bikes to messing about on the rivers in kayaks, fishing or riverboat trips. Horse and moutain bike riding are also available closeby.
A little further afield there are some of the best examples of prehistoric caves in Europe.The Dordogne region has literally hundreds of caves, many of them open for the public to visit. These caves (grottes in French) fall into two categories – caves that are famous for the prehistoric paintings they contain and caves that are more renowned for their rock formations – stalactites, stalagmites and other curious shapes formed by the effects of water over thousands of years.
The beautiful city of Bordeaux contains all the high street names along with the more exclusive designers but is also full of interesting architecture and history. The old quays on the waterfront (a world heritage site) are now home to a large range of "outlet" designer shops & well worth a visit.
Canoes, Kayaks & Mountain Bike Hire are a 5 minute drive away. Meandering along the Dronne river in a canoe or kayak is a delightful way to see the wildlife & very popular. Aubettere sur Dronne - 20 minutes drive
is home to the Association of Nautical & Open Air Sports graduates and executives who are at your disposal at this well organised and welcoming site for canoe & kayak hire. There is accompanied or unaccompanied hire and distances of 5,10,15 or up to 50kms available.
There is an assortment of Water Parks & Lakes closeby. Le Paradou Centre - 5 minutes walk - is a chalet holiday complex also catering for campers and is just a short walk from La Maison Grange. It offers a variety of family activities including crazy golf , trampolining, tennis and volleyball. The fresh water lake has a sandy beach with pedalos and toboggans with a water slide open from late July until the end of August. There is a seperate lake for fishing. The complex has a bar and restaurant, has weekly music nights and is open to non residents.
Brossac Lakes - 25 minutes drive - these fresh water lakes offer a variety of water activities including jet skiing. There is a safe, man made beach and swimming. Facilities include a restaurant that overlooks the lakes. Another great day only 25 minutes from La Maison Grange.
Beau Vallon Montguyon - 30 minutes drive - this beautiful lagoon is found deep in the countryside outside Montguyon. It is an extremely child-friendly complex with large sandy beaches, adventure playground, nature walks around the lagoon and in the pine forests, snack bar & BBQ restaurant. Pedalos and small boats are available for hire. Highly recommended for a great family day out.
Le Pizou (20 minute drive) Night Markets are an unusual experience and a great opportunity to wander around the stalls, then select something tasty to eat from an array of regional dishes on offer, maybe duck, or steak, chips or crepes. Tables are set up for your use and there is always entertainment that goes on into the night. A great time can be guarenteed. Bring your own plates & cutlery & settle down at a table for the rest of the evening like the locals. Taste of real French life. - Highly recommended! Every Tuesday evening during July & August
Aubeterre sur Dronne & Bonnes sur Dronne are home to tournaments involving games & races on the River Dronne in both villages. Great fun to watch. During July & August
Angouleme -approximately 50kms - Vintage Car Rally around the old city ramparts. Great fun to watch - not just for enthusiasts. Annual event usually 3rd week in September