|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Our semi-detached gite can accommodate 2 adults and a baby/small child and is part of the main house which is a typical Charentais style farmhouse in the quiet village of Bagnizeau, population about 200. The gite opens into the sunny courtyard at the front of the house, great for al fresco dining, and there is a back garden with a lawn, shaded patio area and 4.6m diameter above ground pool. The gite has full central heating for those cooler months. In the village there is an 11th century church and a park with a boules pitch, table tennis table and tennis court, we have the necessary equipment you can borrow if you wish to play. The gite is well equipped, having british and French TV channels and a free high speed WIFI broadband coonections.
There are bikes available for guests' use and we are keen to encourage this by providing local maps and suggested routes through the countryside which is ideal for cycling or walking. If you wish to bring your own bikes we have ample secure storage for them. Alternatively let us know if you are coming to house hunt and we will do what we can to help you.
Local facilities: The country town of Matha is less than 2km from Bagnizeau and here you will find a range of small shops, banks, estate agents, hairdressers, 4 supermarkets, 2 restaurants and small market hall. A bigger outdoor street market takes place here on the 1st Friday of each month. There is a brand new open air swimming pool (lido) which is open in the summer months and has a large slide for those thrillseekers.
15 minutes away is the lovely town of St. Jean d'Angely with its quaint town centre and ancient twin towered abbey. There is a very good market here on Wednesday and Saturday mornings; St. Jean has an impressive indoor swimming/leisure complex next to the park and boating lake, and some of the bigger retail stores on the outskirts of town.
Also 15 minutes away is the market town of Aulnay with its picturesque town centre where you can enjoy al fresco refreshments and the regular Sunday morning market.
We spent the last 2 weeks of May here. It was sheer bliss in this lovely quiet but vibrant part of France. We found the cottage clean and fresh, beautifully furnished & well equipped---in fact exactly as it is described. We found the area a great place for exploring whether it be cycling around the various villages or taking a day out in the car. Our holiday began on a high note by visiting a wine festival at Beauvais sur Matha where we bought some very good wine to take back (Thank you Derek for the info) We loved the town of St. Savinien which we visited during a drive around the coast & the marais salents. We went from Saintes to Marennes & back through Tremblade & Saujon.
Matha is within walking distance (20-30mins) You can be sure of a good lunch at the bar Le National but unfortunately it isn't open at night but Pinocchio is where you will find value for money.
There are at least 3 lakes in the surrounding area, one is exclusively a fishing lake. The one on the Mons road out of Thors was a favourite of my husbands----day permits can be bought at the bakery in Thors where the cakes are good!!!
It goes without saying that Derek & Lynn are excellent hosts who have a wealth of knowledge of the area & are always willing to help.
The gite is well presented and comfortable, in a quiet and rural location - all as described. The on-site owners are friendly and helpful. There are a number of interesting places to visit nearby and tours around some of the many cognac producers are a must! A good area for cycling.
This is a lovely gite, modern, bright and spotless. It's like the photos and very comfortable. I stayed there for 2mths house hunting and was very happy with the gite. The owners Lynn and Derek are very helpful, friendly and on hand should any problems arise. They are both knowledgeable about the area and are happy to advise. The surrounding country side is very scenic with lots of cycle tracks and sites to visit, but a car is essential.
Second only to the Cote d'Azur the Charente Maritime and Charente are the sunniest departments in France. In summer there are many fields of beautiful sunflowers, lavender and of course grape vines as this is the heart of the cognac and pineau producing area. The town of Cognac itself is only 25 minutes away and there you will find many of the big cognac houses such as Hennessey and Martell where you can have guided tours to learn how cognac is made.
The historic town of Saintes, about 30 minutes drive, is well worth visiting with its impressive Roman amphitheatre, pedestrianised shopping streets and great Sunday morning food market. Angouleme is about 40 minutes away and a stroll round the ramparts gives spectacular views of the surrounding area.
About an hour away a visit to La Rochelle is a must with its great beach, huge marina, many seafood restaurants and some very chic shops.
Nearer to home there are a couple of lakes - great for picnics, swimming and fishing
Other Activities: Nearest golf course is Cognac, 25 minutes drive; lake at Angouleme for sailing & canoing.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event Price|
27 Sep 2014 - 29 May 2015
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
25% non-refundable deposit required at time of booking; balance plus £100 refundable security deposit payable 6 weeks before arrival.
Rental includes linen and towels.
Rates include heating costs when central heating is on (normally early November to mid-April). Please ask about low season monthly rental rates.
Evening meal on day of arrival at a reasonable cost if required - must be pre-booked.
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.
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