£73 / night
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Historic Riverside "au pont" – Home 142008 Gite

  • 2 bedrooms
  • 6 sleeps
  •  min stay varies

Historic Riverside "au pont" – Home 142008

  • Gite
  • 2 bedrooms
  • sleeps 6
  •  min stay varies

Excellent Excellent – based on 34 reviews

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Gite / 2 bedrooms / 2 bathrooms / sleeps 6

Key Info

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 119 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car advised
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden

Description from owner


1 hour to the famous wine region of the Loire Valley and 1.5 hours by train to Paris, is a place called...

French Country Getaway (with a touch of Aussie!)

If you are thinking of buying in France this is the perfect medium term stay for you to try before you buy. Alternatively a fantastic location for some R&R.

If you book at month's stay, you receive one week FREE!

One of France's Best Secrets (as described in a magazine). Gourgé is situated in the Deux-Sèvres department, Poitou-Charentes region. Deux-Sèvres is a place to unwind, relax and recharge your batteries; lazy rivers, quiet roads leading to unexpected villages and hamlets, historic towns and of course wonderful markets. Guaranteed your first holiday in this beautiful area will not be your last!

"au pont", a relaxing and comfortable Historic French Riverside Country Home, sleeps up to 6 people maximum.

The building dates back to the pre-Nepoleonic era and has many a tale to tell of its' past occupants...

Situated on the riverbank of the Thouet River, with a Medieval Water Mill and Weir on one side, and an 11th Century Romanesque Bridge on the other. It offers one acre of gardens, a BBQ area, a boules court, a basketball court, table tennis, fishing, boating and private river frontage. If you enjoy leisure fishing, Bream, Roach, Carp & Trout are there for the keen angler. This is a great location for families!

The scenic walk into the village of Gourgé takes 10mins, and there you will find the bakery, local store, restaurant and one of the oldest Churches in France, Saint Hilaire. Les Sentiers de Gourgé (the 5 mapped walking/cycling trails), are a well known activity in the region, due to the scenic and historic paths they follow.

We look forward to hosting you at our French Country Getaway.

Peter and Donna

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • High chair available

Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: Double Bed
    Bedroom 2: 2 Single Beds
    Beds in other rooms: Sofa Bed Single Bed
  • 2 En suites


  • Wi-Fi available
  • Mountain Views
  • Private garden
  • BBQ
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Private fishing lake or river
  • Boat available
  • Bicycles available
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Table tennis
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Washing machine
  • Iron
  • High chair available
  • TV
  • Satellite TV
  • Video player
  • DVD player
  • Stereo system
  • Telephone
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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  • Parking
  • Accessible for wheelchair users — please contact the owner for details before booking

Interaction with guest

We will be available during your stay if you have any queries or questions. We value your privacy, so you can choose to interact or not with us during your stay :)


Check in time: 15:00, Check out time: 11:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
This rental can only be paid for online through Holiday Lettings using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).

Damage deposit: (£133.56) €150.00
Yes, smoking allowed


Change of plans? No problem. You could receive a partial or full refund, depending on when you cancel.

Booking confirmed

100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).

24 hours after booking

50% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least 8 weeks before check-in.

8 weeks before

25% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least 4 weeks before check-in.

4 weeks before

No refund if cancelled less than 4 weeks before check-in.

Check-in date

* The booking fee is stated in the cancellation policy information on the payment page. This fee helps us run our secure platform and enables us to provide 24/7 customer support

House rules

A cleaning fee of €80 is applicable for weekly bookings if the Gîte is not left in the same condition that it was found upon arrival. If you prefer the cleaning can be arranged for you upon your departure.


About the owner

Donna And Peter H.
Calendar updated:
04 Jun 2019
Years listed:
Based in:
Overall rating:

Languages spoken: English, French

This Gite has 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and sleeps 6. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 08 Nov 2010. Located in Parthenay, it has 34 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate varies from £509 to £571.

The property’s calendar was last updated on 04 Jun 2019.


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Guest reviews

34 reviews

Very Good


Reviewed 13 Aug 2015

Great place to relax and visit the surroudings, the Gîte is fully equipped and the garden very pleasant, with the river in the back. The owners are really, really welcoming and strive to help whenever possible. Overall a great place to be in, which is why we came back this year for the second year in a row !

Owner's reply: Merci. It was our pleasure to have you stay with us once again! Our best wishes...

“Home away from home”

Reviewed 23 Apr 2015

Our family of 4 had a wonderful stay in Gourgé. Donna and Peter were amazing hosts who went out of their way to make sure our young family were comfortable. It is a 2 level 2 bdr 2bath attached house with fully equipped kitchen, internet and satellite tv. The fireplace was exceptional on those chilly nights and the house was fully heated so there was never a cold night. There is a wonderful yard to relax and many places to find a quiet spot to read or throw a line in. There is a small restaurant in town - great for lunch and a small grocery store and boulangerie (open only some days of the week). Nearest big town was Parthenay which was a short drive (15mins) to get supplies (SuperU, E.Leclerc, Organic store and various clothing stores) and is an interesting place to visit in itself. Lots of historic sites to see in this area. Not many places to go by foot with the children but lots of farms to visit nearby and there's an aquatic centre in Parthenay. We could explore around the property and play games in the yard (basketball, table tennis, gardening) which always kept us busy. Everyone we met in the town was very friendly. Happy hours with a glass of rosé was always special.

Owner's reply: It was a pleasure to have you stay with us. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Peter & Donna

“Great gite, perfect for our holiday!”

Reviewed 6 Sep 2014

We had an excellent time at 'au pont' - Donna and Peter were exceptionally helpful, answering all our questions, pointing us to places to visit, and even arranging an extra bike so we could all have one to ride as a family. With the river and dinghy, table tennis, basketball and bikes, we had just the right mix of things to do, but also a relaxing garden and house to recuperate in, ready for everything that comes after our holiday! Thanks Donna and Peter!

“Fantastic Holiday”

Reviewed 14 Aug 2014

Clean home. Friendly owners (not intrusive), and fantastic variety of activities available. We Loved It!

“au pont is fantastic”

Reviewed 25 Jun 2014

Had a magnificent few days at au pont. It's located in a lovely and peaceful village called Gourge and is the perfect place to get away from the rat-race and soak up some of rural France. The hosts, Peter and Donna, were really friendly and they have a clean, warm, and charming place. All in all I would highly recommend au pont to anybody wanting a great, relaxing holiday.


Reviewed 3 Jun 2014

We could not have faulted our stay at Au Pont. We wanted to have a lovely relaxing week in the French countryside after an enjoyable and hectic week in Paris. We got it. Lovely weather, birds singing, glasses of wine with the wonderful hosts and French friends. What more could you want. Oh yes, lovely walks in the countryside and lots of wonderful medieval buildings. Did I mention our wonderful Hosts Donna and Peter Hein. All in all it was perfect. Thank you so much Donna and Peter you made our stay one we will not forget in the best possible way.

“The ideal base for a genuine 'French village' holiday”

Reviewed 21 May 2014

Au Pont is a lovely gite in a great location. The accommodation itself is large and comfortable (our room had one of the best beds we've slept in). The gite has a beautiful garden right on the river - which we found ideal for a late afternoon aperitif - but there are other options such as fishing and kayaking for those who are more actively inclined. In the mornings my husband and I wandered up to the beautiful little village of Gourge (about 7 mins walk to the boulangerie) for fresh baguettes and croissants, and then we'd stop for a chat (employing our very basic French!) with the friendly locals fishing from ancient Roman stone bridge. We headed off exploring in a different direction each day (really having a car is a must in this region - there's a lot to see). Hosts Donna and Peter provided us with great ideas and information. Not to be missed is the beautiful village of Saint-Loup Lamaire (the village itself, the Chateau and the Stations of the Cross and Roman underground crypt nearby), St Jouin de Marnes Abbaye, Moncontour (especially the walk along the waterway here to see the old wash houses) and Parthenay (castle ruins and large supermarket for supplies). We love Paris but also wanted somewhere we could experience village life in France. Au Pont delivered in spades. Donna and Peter were friendly and welcoming and very willing to help when we needed advice but otherwise they left us in private to just enjoy...and we did. We'll definitely be back for more.

“Au Pont - The best and most relaxing gite holiday we have ever had!”

Reviewed 8 Sep 2013

Au Pont had everything we will needed for the best gite holiday we have ever had. Peter and Donna made us feel welcome from the very first emails we exchanged and this continued when we arrived. We have never felt so at home on holiday and have already booked again for the same two weeks next year! The gite has everything you would possibly need, not that we spend much time inside as the weather was so good we had all our meals outside and spent all out lazy days in the garden, pool or down by the river fishing and boating with the amazing Roman bridge taking centre stage. There are plenty of places to cycle to so, either take your bike or borrow one of the four on offer at the gite. At the local reservoir there are bird hides to watch the bird life and down on the River Thouet three sets of stepping stones make a perfect place for a picnic. There was far too much to do within 2 hours drive to do it all in the fortnight we had. From the emotional village museum at Oradore-sur Glane to the medieval walled towns or Niort, Parthenay and Saumur, plus the with regions of the Loire and Bordeaux there really is something to suit every taste. The big find was Parc Aventure in Chantemerle where we spent two fantastic days climbing and zip wiring through the tree tops - a brilliant place for kids for 6 to 60!! Chateau de Breze with it's underground tunnels makes a really interesting diversion. Thank you Peter and Donna and we are looking forward to seeing you again in 2014.

Owner's reply: We are very much looking forward to having you stay with us again in 2014! So glad we could be part of your "special birthday" celebrations... Next year we will have a new pool, new boat and hopefully new fish for you to catch! See you in August 2014. Cheers Pete & Donna

“Well equipped, roomy, and comfortable gite with great showers!”

Reviewed 1 Jul 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at "Au Pont". While we were just one couple we had planned for another couple to join us and the accommodation would have been fine; two discrete bedrooms with their own en-suite bathrooms on the top floor and a very roomy, comfortable and well equipped dining, lounge and kitchen area on the ground floor. Donna provided a very nice meal on our first night and she and peter were very helpful on suggestions on where to go and what to see in the region. Peter and donna live on site which is helpful and we did not find them to be intrusive. Garden is lovely. We found plenty to go and see in the area, although the Loire valley is around 70km away there are lots of other interesting towns to check out. The local restaurant unfortunately had just closed but we found a couple of other good options in St Loup. Excellent value for us, a mature (ie ageing) couple even though we did not use the second bedroom. WiFi worked well which was fortunate as like much of rural franc the mobile service was not too good.

“Lovely haven in a cute French village”

Reviewed 31 May 2013

Gite Du Pont is a lovely place to come and chill out and enjoy the French countryside. The property itself is immaculate, with all the comforts of home that you could want. Donna and Peter are excellent hosts, and they work very hard to make sure your every need is taken care of. Enjoy walks, sitting by the river and enjoying the surrounding landscape and history.

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If you’ve been sent a quote, simply accept it and pay online through the email we sent you. You can also do this in Manage your holiday booking.

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Occasionally, you will pay a damage deposit up front as part of the total rental cost. In this case, the owner has 10 days after you check out to report any damage. If they don’t, we’ll return your deposit. If their claim is successful, we’ll deduct the agreed cost and return the remainder.

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