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À Bois Mort Gites - Stylish French Holiday Accommodation with Optional Dining - Maison de Maurice - a charming farming cottage dating from 1599!

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights



Maison de Maurice - a charming farming cottage dating from 1599!

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!

About the property

Stylish Accommodation with optional dining from an award winning Scottish chef.


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!


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!


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.

More Details

Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
15 July, 2018

About The Owner

I'm a chef from Scotland, passionate about all things French.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Gourgé in Deux-Sevres

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • facilities at Bois Mort are solely for use by paying guests and no other parties.
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Lift
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Staying on the upper floor, you will find the large shower-room, with multi-jet shower, electric towel rail, illuminated sink cabinet with oodles of storage and WC.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • The cottage has two bedrooms, one a spacious and bright double, with bed canopy, hand painted furniture, beautiful old beams and a view over the hamlet and surrounding countryside. The second bedroom is a twin, but easily configured to a double. Once again a bright and airy room, with beautiful old beams and a countryside view.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • mountain biking
Maison de Maurice, paired with our other gites – Chez Aline and the Old Goat Shed really makes Bois Mort the perfect destination for family get-togethers, but all the gites are also sufficiently independent to ensure complete privacy. There is also space for the children to burn off that bit of extra energy in the separate play area.


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Maison de Maurice - a charming farming cottage dating from 1599!
average rating of 4.909091 based on 11 reviews

We adored the gite

  • 5 of 5

Comfortable, well thought out, and stylish - we could not have been made more welcome.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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. Richard.x
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Bois Mort : Outstanding gite .... outstanding host.

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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. Richard.x
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The property was stunning welcoming and very clean

  • 5 of 5

It had everything we needed and more very comfortable and stunning surroundings

  • Review Submitted: 21-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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. kind regards. Richard.xx
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peace and tranquility

  • 5 of 5

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 .

  • Review Submitted: 04-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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. Richard.
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Everything you need and more..stylish and very comfortable .

  • 5 of 5

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

  • Review Submitted: 14-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Authentically traditional with all modern facilities

  • 5 of 5

Our overall impression of Maison du Maurice is as a authentically traditional home, in such a pretty hamlet providing all modern day facilities for folks on holiday. The properties and gardens cared for by the owner,Richard, can only be described as beautifully landscaped and lovingly tended.

Richard is the perfect host which he achieves by mixing perfectly ,being in the background of your holiday day to day, changing to being immediately available when needed, this for example to give information and recommendation on the area, places of interest, etc. A brilliant balancing act.

We used the dining option provided by Richard which we found comparable with high quality restaurants providing us with menus filled with local produce. Richards food was delicious.

We loved our stay and will definitely return.

Susan & Brian

  • Review Submitted: 23-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Susan and Brian, What kind words, thank you so much!, it means a lot to me to know that my guests have had a good holiday, and as you know I'm always looking to improve the experience for my guests here at Bois Mort. On a personal note, i would like to thank you for being the most perfect "Giters" I have never had a property handed back to me in such an immaculate condition, it was as though you weren't there at all!, so thank you very much for that. It was great to meet you both, and i truly hope that you find your self coming back to Bois Mort one day.....besides the washing machine is having withdrawls........ See you again soon, and all the best to you both. Richard x
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Nearest Airport
47 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
Gourge / St Loup Sur Thouet
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Gourge / St Loup Sur Thouet
Car: necessary

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!