Peaceful rural setting, choice of three or four bedroom, newly renovated gîtes.
Tania and John Clegg
- English, French
About Tania and John Clegg
Hailing from Warwickshire and Worcestershire, having seen the children safely grow up and build successful careers of their own, it was time for John and Tania to "pull the plug" and move, lock, stock and barrel, to France in order to realise a long held dream. In their previous lives, John was a director of an import/distribution company, working with Chinese and Vietnamese factories supplying national retailers with consumer durables (there are only so many long haul flights one person can take in a lifetime); Tania was a receptionist at a busy dental practice in Stratford upon Avon. Now based permanently on site, they have made Chez Fins Bois their home and are loving the slower pace of life. Eventually there will be five fully renovated properties in this rural setting but, for 2016 at least, they will have three up and running, of which Les Hirondelles was the first to open in early April.
Tania and John Clegg purchased this Cottage in 2015
Why Tania and John Clegg chose Néré
The second sunniest region in France, Charente Maritime is a beautiful place in which to spend a relaxing holiday. Long clear straight Roman roads make driving a pleasure once again. Secluded villages selling local produce with small bars and bistros to explore. The rolling countryside is a patchwork quilt of vineyards (grapes mainly destined to become Pineau or Cognac) interspersed with cornfields and sunflowers. The long, unspoilt Atlantic beaches are not far away and within an hour's drive. La Rochelle is a beautiful historic port , the Aquarium is a superb attraction. St Martin Ile de Ré is stunning, reminiscent of Padstow, the bars and restaurants surrounding the marina are ideal for a relaxing lunchtime drink or an afternoon drink. This is a historic region with palaeolithic settlements standing side by side with the Gallo Roman forts, arches and amphitheatres. Cognac, Angoulême, Saint Jean d'Angely, Niort, Saintes are larger picturesque medieval towns all within easy reach. The Church of Saint-Pierre d'Aulnay (French: Église Saint-Pierre d'Aulnay) is an important Medieval church on the pilgrim's way to Saint-Jacques de Compostelle. The Church is thought to have been built in 1120-1140. However, why not just enjoy the gardens, pool, al-fresco dining and games and just relax in this peaceful setting
Smoking is allowed in outdoor spaces only.
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
We found a gem! Very well equipped gite with very friendly and helpful owners.
We would certainly recommend this gite for families, it was a great holiday for us.
Excellent stay and beautiful place
John and Tania are excellent hosts and met us to show us around the gite, after our delay. Beautifully clean gite and a nice welcome pack. Full of knowledge about the local area and beyond with information available for family visits. We loved the pool, use of bikes and played boules and table tennis and enjoyed family time throughout. The uk tv channels brought some familiar watching late in the evening and good WiFi.
Lovely villages of Aulnay and Néré are close enough to pop into the boulangerie for beautiful local food.
I can’t fault any service about our stay with the warm, friendly service from John and Tania and there gorgeous, quaint location. I would stay here again
A warm welcome in a well equipped and comfortable gite.
We had the pleasure to stay in this lovely place for 2 weeks and enjoyed every minute of it. Tania and John made us feel very welcome. The kids loved the pool and the many games and sports equipment provided.
The surroundings provide ample opportunity to sight see, be active or take it easy and slide into the relaxed and stress free French way of life. Local markets and restaurants serve fresh seasonal produce at great value for money.
If the proverbial grumpy Frenchmen do exist, they all must have been on holidays elsewhere, because we didn't meet any.
Many thanks Lucas, we really enjoyed your company and we are so pleased you had a good holiday. We hop to see you again one day.
Loved the quiet countryside location amongst the fields and the vines and the sunflowers. Loved the old cottage that has been renovated perfectly. Loved the hosts who were so friendly and welcoming. And easy to communicate with. Loved lunch at the little bistro in nearby town Néré (which is open lunch and dinner every day except Tuesday). Loved having a pool during this hot hot season here in France. Playthings/playground for the kids.
Thank you Michelle. Lovely to meet you all. See you next time
Perfect getaway break
This place is perfect in every way. We are returning customers, this being our second time in the last 6 weeks. The gite is beautifully maintained and to a very high standard, comfortable clean beds, glorious showers, equipped kitchen, log burner, TV and the wifi also works perfectly, but to name a few of the things that brought us back here. The evening meal if required is also excellent and delivered direct to your door, so you can enjoy the comforts of a good meal and wine without leaving your cosy gite and is exceptional value for money. The owners John and Tania offer excellent customer service and are always at hand happy to help. It is quiet and relaxing there and I would most certainly recommend it. We will definitely be returning again and again.
A wee paradise...
This was our first trip to France and certainly won't be our last. We spent 4 nights in Les Vignes at Chez Fins Bois and we had a wonderful time. The accommodation was immaculate. Clean, comfortable and there was nothing we needed that wasn't provided. We enjoyed using the pool on a couple of occasions, a good size, if a tad chilly. Our evenings were spent playing dominoes, cards and darts. The scenery was spectacular. Reminded us of home (Scotland), just a bit flatter. We took the bikes out one day and enjoyed a leisurely ride into Nere.
Tania and John were great hosts. Full of helpful info and recommendations. A very relaxing few days and we can't wait to come back.
Thank you Gemma. So pleased you enjoyed your stay. The dart board is taking a rest now. Thanks for everything and hope to see you soon.
Néré is the local village where you can pick up your morning baguette and croissants, enjoy a bistro style lunch or a traditional French evening meal.