In 2011 we were given the privilege of buying this charming old farm cottage, dating from 1599! Although in a very poor state of repair, we immediately saw the potential of the cottage and we truly wanted to restore it to its former charming self. We hope you agree when you see what all our hard work has achieved!
Maison de Maurice - a charming farming cottage dating from 1599!
Ideally situated in the Poitou Charente, we are based in a beautiful farming hamlet, perfectly located for touring and exploring this little known part of France, and all it has to offer! We are also ideally situated for exploring the wine routes of the Haute Poitou and the Loire Valley. Keen cyclists and walkers will be spoiled by the many routes on offer, including a Petit Chemin de Saint Jacque de Compostelle - right outside your door!
Our aim is to grow and cook as much of our own produce as we can and to utilise the fantastic store cupboard of wonderful organic ingredients from the countryside, and from our neighbours - keeping everything local and fresh.
Upon your arrival you'll be welcomed with a glass of something local and a basket of provisions to help you along until you get to the market. Also, if you wish later, dine in the summer kitchen and eating space ‘La Petite Cuisine’. Menus and prices are displayed daily, and are based on what’s fresh and of the season. Another option is to take advantage of the ‘chef at your door’ service; to make your stay that little more special!
CHARMING KITCHEN AND ALFRESCO DINING SPACE
We are extremely proud of our outside kitchen and eating space - La Petite Cuisine. This is built on the original footprint of an old outbuilding that sadly was beyond rescue. When we were planning what we could do to make our guests’ holidays that more special, we decided to utilise Richard’s core skills of being a chef!
The aim of La Petite Cuisine is to provide our visitors with a unique alfresco dining venue, where yours truly will be found cooking up a storm with produce grown in our own vegetable plots and orchard, but also utilising ingredients foraged or bought from our neighbours. Menus will be based on what’s available, ensuring freshness and quality for our guests. We’re also partial to good old-fashioned BBQs and time honoured French classics. If you fancy a lazy day around the pool or gardens, we are more than happy to fire up the plancha for a special lunch or dinnertime treat! Richard is also very experienced in catering for vegetarians and those with special dietary requirements, including, for example, those following a gluten free diet.
If you fancy something that extra special, why not speak to Richard about the ‘chef at your disposal’ service. Richard will be happy to help you develop a menu for any occasion, and cook it for you! Leaving you to enjoy your holiday, while you have your own private chef for the evening!
POOL AND HOT TUB
Just at the bottom of the orchard, up the old oak beam stairs you will find the above ground heated pool, with open views over the countryside – a real relief on those hot days. We also supply sun chairs and a picnic bench for additional relaxation and alfresco dining. For the grown ups, a real treat, a Swedish log burning hot tub which is perfect for spring and autumn weather when the evenings are less balmy, but also a great benefit after cycling and walking all the routes on our doorstep.
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Looking forward to next year already
Our Gite was very cute and the attention to detail is wonderful, we had everything we needed for our family holiday and more. The more included our own little veggie patch, fresh home grown/made produce from the little shop and a delicious meal cooked by owner Richard who is the kindest host.
There's loads to see and do in the region if you do a little research and at the end of the day, the highlight of the holiday for our 8year old, the swimming pool in the garden.
We can't wait to come back for a third time next year.
Dear Fiona, Steve and Ruben, once again it was a real pleasure for me to host you here at Bois Mort for the second year, thank you so much for your kind words and i truly look forward to welcoming you back again next year....im sure the time will fly past!
My very best wishes to you all.
Bois Mort : Outstanding gite .... outstanding host.
Simply outstanding by far the best gite we have stayed in and we have stayed in over 20 across France. Our host Richard made our stay so good. Outstanding host. Tranquil and scenic surroundings. So peaceful and just what we wanted. Added to that the on site chef made going out for a meal extra special. The little on ate extra pool, hit tub, salads & charcuterie also enriched our experience.
What lovely words!, thank you so much!. I have to say the pleasure was all mine in hosting you both here at Bois Mort, its guests such as your self that make all the hard work and effort worth while, can i just add that i never have had a gite handed back so beautifully clean, thank you again so much for that.
I truly hope you can make it back to Bois Mort again one day, it would certainly be a pleasure for me to meet you both again.
Enjoy the rest of the summer, and best wishes to you both.
The property was stunning welcoming and very clean
It had everything we needed and more very comfortable and stunning surroundings
Merci Frances, thank you once again for your kind words, i hope that you are all well, and as i said earlier look forward to welcoming you back to Bois Mort one day.
We adored the gite
Comfortable, well thought out, and stylish - we could not have been made more welcome.
Hi you two, thank you so much for your kindness, it was a real pleasure to meet you both, and i sincerely hope you can make it back again one day.
Until then, thank you once more and have a lovely summer.
peace and tranquility
My husband and I stayed at maison maurice a couple of weeks ago, the cottage is clean, has everything you need, a fantastically comfortable bed and a lovely shower room. I am in the hospitality industry and feel that most people need the accommodation clean and a good night's sleep, maison maurice ticked these boxes. We also had the use of a hot tub and an above ground swimming pool which was lovely. Richard is warm, welcoming and hospitable, the home made veg and fresh eggs and bread were wonderful.Richard recommended a visit to Oradur sur glane, it took approx 2 hrs to get there but roads are good and it is well worth it. Everthing you could ask for and a bit more, i think you wil be seeing us again Richard .
Thank you so much for the lovely review, especially from some one else who works in the hospitality industry, praise indeed or perhaps just kindred spirits?.
It was a real pleasure to meet you both and i truly hope that you can make your way back to Bois mort one day.
All the very best to you both.
Everything you need and more..stylish and very comfortable .
Accurately described, located in the very quiet hamlet of Bois Mort. Saint Loup, a few minutes drive away has shops and a market.
The `Maison du Maurice` gite, was very clean, tidy and tastefully furnished throughout.The location is very quiet and rural. The pool was a great bonus.
Richard,the owner, was very friendly and helpful, giving us lots of advice and local information. He also provides a range of excellent home made and local produce like jams and meats.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and recommend `Bois Mort` to anyone wanting a relaxing holiday in the french countryside .
We hope to return.
Thank you Richard.
Regards Andy, Annie and Kate
Discover the history and beauty of this authentic region in Western France.
Gourgé is a commune in the Deux-Sevres department in the
Poitou-Charentes region in western France. It is 10km (6.2 miles) from Parthenay.
The tiny farming hamlet of Bois Mort is located in the Deux-Sevres department, one of four that make up the Poitou Charente region – the other three being Vienne, Charente and Charente-Maritime.
The Deux-Sevres, sits in the north of the Poitou Charente region, just below the Loire Valley, which makes it an ideal staging post to sample the wines of the Haut-Poitou and the Loire, with the picturesque fairy-tale city of Saumur only a 55 minute drive away.
The Deux-Sevres is an unspoilt, farming area, so in the summer expect sunflower fields, swaying golden wheat and tall lush fields of maize.
We are close to two beautiful villages, Gourgé with its Romanesque church, beautiful ancient roman bridge and old water mill, where you can fish and picnic – it’s also possible to hire horse drawn gypsy caravans at certain times during the summer! Within the village is a small store and bakers. In the opposite direction lies the medieval village of St Loup Sur Thouet, a ‘Petit Cite de Character’, with bars, restaurant, auberge, baker, newsagent / bar tabac and village store. Also in the village is a small chateau and church, with beautiful stained glass windows and interesting history – being linked to two local saints.
We are blessed in this region with a wonderful climate and diverse geography, making it a fabulous place to come and enjoy your holidays, whatever your interests – gastronomy to kayaking, walking, cycling, or simply sitting by the pool and relaxing - it can all be found here!