|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
This is a beautifully converted stone barn. With open plan living area downstairs and 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms upstairs.
There are 2 double bedrooms one of which has an en-suite bathroom. Both double bedrooms have a low beam over the doorway. There is a third children's bedroom with bunk beds and small single bed.
The living area has comfortable seating for 7 and there is a large dining table with ample seating. The kitchen is fully equipped.
Originally barns these 2 beautifully converted luxury, detached gites, each have their own private garden area, sitting amongst trees on the edge of the charming village of Crazannes, just a 5 minute walk from the River Charente. The nearest town is Saintes which as well as offering many places to visit with its Roman Heritage, has all your shopping needs.
These attractive, comfortable and very well equipped gites are ideal for family holidays with everything you would need for a young family. Or this peaceful setting is ideal for a quiet get away. Spend the day by the pool or relaxing in the garden. Or visit one of the many beaches most of which are just a 35 minute drive.
Also perfectly located for those who wish to explore the area or to just relax and enjoy the weather! With beautiful sunny days throughout the year this makes it a perfect location for walking and cycling and enjoying the surrounding countryside and for visiting the many beautiful towns and villages.
What's in the area?: With just a 40 minute drive north west to the Atlantic coast you will find the sunny beaches of Fouras and Chatelaillon Plage. And to the south west, still just 40 minutes, there are the beautiful beaches of Saint-Georges-de-Didonne and St Palais-sur-Mer. With many more but unfortunately we haven’t visited them all!
With Cognac a 35 minute drive, tours around one of the famous Martell, Hennessy or Remy Martin distilleries are a must.
Just 50 minutes from the beautiful coastal town of La Rochelle, a must for any shopper! La Rochelle has a wonderful ambience with many restaurants bursting on to the pavements. Seafood is of course the speciality. Just 60 minutes to the stunning Ile de Re. With wonderful shops to browse round at Ile de Martin and an amazing choice of pavement cafes and restaurants, all looking on to the harbour. Ile de Re has many beautiful beaches and more wonderful quaint villages to wonder around.
We arrived here with our young family in 2003 with the intention of giving it a go for 5 years and we're still here!
We came here from Surrey, so the pace of life has slowed down considerably, not only is this a great holiday destination it's a great place to live too.
Both our children love it, they've only known the French school system so are far more fluent than either of us!
Catherine Piner purchased this barn in 2003
When we first saw this property and the beautiful garden we knew this had to be the one.
The huge draw was the the fact that even though the 'gites' were little more than shells used for storage and garaging we could see they had massive potential especially as they were completely independent of the main house and each other. So each house would have it's only private space.
The location is perfect, not a huge drive from the UK and when our guests arrive loads of interesting places to visit including some amazing beaches within a short drive.
It was a top priority that our guests would be comfortable as although generally the climate is warm and sunny it's inevitable that some days may not be so bright.
The thing I remember most was during our second viewing of the property, we were sitting on the terrace and could hear the church bell chime midday, beautiful! So very peaceful and our girls have often said how lovely it is to sit and listen to the birds, as there are so many trees in the garden there are certainly no shortage of those!
The property was absolutely lovely and exceeded expectations. It was fully equipped and the play area outside was an added bonus in keeping our two year old entertained. Catherine and her family were extremely accommodating when we needed an earlier check in and went out of their way to ensure everything was ready. Fab property.
Very clean, everything thought of and any questions dealt with immediately!
Lovely big pool
As older visitors, a couple of things could be better:
Dim lighting, particularly in kitchen work area and sink
Getting my replaced hip over the bench at the only outside table/bench seating- smaller with separate chairs would be a useful alternative!
La Petite Bergerie is perfect to get away from it all and completely unwind. A visit to the quaint village of Crazannes is like stepping back in time. Catherine provides a wonderful welcome - thank you for the bread, milk and wine!! If the weather is good the pool and gardens provide a perfect setting for outdoor living.
If you have a car La Rochelle, Royan and Ile de Re are well worth a visit.
This accommodation provides the perfect combination of French countryside tranquility with good access to coastal areas and surrounding twins and villages but a car is essential.
Dieses Cottage ist eine super Entscheidung, wenn man sich so richtig erholen und trotzdem den Flair eines französischen Landhauses genießen möchte.
Ruhig gelegen zwischen weiten Sonnenblumenfeldern, der Charente und kleinen Dörfchen mit romanischen Kirchen lässt dieses Haus wirklich nichts vermissen (es sein denn, man legt wert auf eine schnelle Internetverbindung!). Das Haus ist liebevoll renoviert und so geschmackvoll eingerichtet, dass man sich gut vorstellen könnte, dort zu wohnen. Die Küche ist perfekt ausgestattet und bietet alles, was man als Hobbykoch so benötigt. Es gibt reichlich Platz, man kann das Haus bequem mit sechs Personen bewohnen. Der sehr großzügige Außenbereich lädt zu Mahlzeiten im Freien ein, bietet aber auch genug Raum, um sich zurückzuziehen. Das Nachbarhaus ist nicht direkt einsehbar, die sehr netten und hilfsbereiten Vermieter wohnen nebenan, halten sich aber absolut im Hintergrund. Der große Pool ist ideal zum Schwimmen und Toben, er enthält unterschiedliche Wassertiefen.
Es gibt sehr viele schöne Orte und Strände, die es zu besichtigen lohnt, ruhige Badestrände in der Girondemündung, große Wellen an der Cote Sauvage zum Wellenreiten. In Saintes gibt es an fast jedem Tag einen Wochenmarkt, frisches Baguette kann man in 300 Meter Entfernung kaufen. Man muss allerdings immer etwas weiter fahren, aber die wundervolle Unterkunft auf höchstem Niveau rechtfertigt diesen Aufwand auf jeden Fall. So kann man sich fernab des Touristenrummels an der Küste sehr stilvoll erholen und erlebt dabei das wirkliche französische Landleben!
Great gite set in a lovely area with fantastic access to pretty villages and the coast. The property is clean, quiet and airy with excellent outdoor space and a wonderful pool. Owners on hand to provide assistance if required but do a great job of melting away into the background leaving you to enjoy your family time. The property is well equipped and Catherine provides really useful information on things to get out and do and sights to see. Would highly recommend.
We really enjoyed our stay at la petite bergerie - a beautifully decorated and well maintained property which had everything you could ever want, including an excellent pool and a play area for the children. Centrally located for everything we wanted to see, including the beaches. We would happily recommend this property.
L’Olivier and la Petite Bergerie are situated in the charming small village of Crazannes. It is only a 5 min. walk to the beautiful river Charente, with local Châteaux of Crazannes and Panloy at Port d’Envaux both within walking distance and le Château de la Roche Courbon at Saint-Porchaire just a 5 minute drive.
It is only a 15 minute drive from the beautiful market town of Saintes, also located on the Charente, shops and restaurants are therefore within easy reach.
There are many many stunning beaches all less than an hours drive.