Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday cottage in Saint-Jean-d'Angely area - Le Vieux Cafe
3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms; Sleeps 4 adults, 6 children
This delightful 3 bedroom cottage, with original fireplaces, beams and wooden floors, is located in the pretty village of St Pardoult in the Boutonne Valley, near St Jean d’Angely. The spacious living area has a large open plan kitchen, comfortable lounge and separate snug, with a wide selection of games, toys and books. On the first floor are two double bedrooms and one spacious bedroom which sleeps six; perfect for two families with lots of children!
The sun-trap patio and decking area has plenty of seating, a barbecue and is the ideal excuse to relax, soak up the sun and indulge in a glass of something cold and fruity. The patio is safely enclosed for small children and opposite is a charming little orchard, with bikes in the shed for you to explore the local area.
The long sandy beaches of Chatelaillon-plage and Fouras, both near the beautiful port of la Rochelle, are less than an hour away and the idyllic islands of Ile de Re, Ile d'Aix and Ile d'Oleron are well worth a day trip.
The Boutonne Valley is ideal for boating, canoeing, fishing and all riverside activities. There is a wonderful lake in St Jean d’Angely, where you can hire canoes, feed the ducks, hire pedalos, play crazy-golf; there’s a children’s playground, free outdoor swimming pool during the summer months and also an outdoor cafe. In Antezant, the next village along from St Pardoult, there is a quiet and tranquil spot on the river with a playground and café. The nearest golf course is in Niort and nearest swimming pool in St Jean; there is also an outdoor pool in nearby Aulnay.
If you have children, there is a lovely little playground in the centre of St Pardoult, just a two minute walk from the house, situated on the village green. There are also numerous child friendly activities nearby, including the poitou donkey farm, Zoodyssee in the forest of Chize, Paleosite for budding palaeontologists in Saint Cesaire, a school museum in Vergne, miniature boats in Saint Savinien and the aquarium at la Rochelle.
For those who enjoy the odd drink, Cognac is less than an hour away. The Charente is also home to a sweet aperitif wine, Pineau des Charentes. For abbey, church and chateaux lovers, there is the Abbey Royale in St Jean d’Angely, Chateau de Dampierre, Church of St Pierre d’Aulnay and Chateau de Beaufief, all within a 15 minute drive.
For more photos, reviews and information on the cottage, please visit our website at www.holidaycottageinfrance.com.
- children welcome
- non smoking only
About Ros Mayhew Birkby
Hello! My name is Ros, I am married to Andy and we have three children: Poppy, Noah and Lucas. We are a 'Forces family', so move house fairly regularly. Over the past ten years we have lived in England, Brunei, Germany and Portugal and are currently based in Gloucestershire. The children are much travelled, but their favourite place to relax is always Le Vieux Cafe.
Ros Mayhew Birkby purchased this cottage in 2005
Why Ros Mayhew Birkby chose Saint-Jean-d'Angely area
We bought Le Vieux Cafe as a 'project' in 2005 and spent four years renovating the cottage. As we move house fairly regularly, we were looking for somewhere we could call 'home'. It had to be in south west France, as it is so beautiful and also because it has such lazy, long, hot summers. We also wanted somewhere easily accessible from the UK, close to the coast, in a village, but also close to a market town. The house had to be big enough to share with friends and family, but intimate enough for small family gatherings.
What makes this cottage unique
We were really lucky with our choice of village - who knew how beautiful the local countryside would be for cycling, picnicing, walking in the woods? And peeling back the decades within the house revealed beautiful beams, original stonework and gorgeous wooden floors. The cottage is close to the centre of the village, but far away from any main, or even village, roads. The kitchen has become a real hub: I love sitting down with friends for a chat over coffee and a 'pain au raisin'. And the courtyard is such a sun trap, once you're out there relaxing, you'll find it hard to summon the energy to move. But the local scenery is stunning, especially in summer with fields of swaying wheat, bright sunflowers and huge haystacks, and worth making the effort to get out and enjoy!