La Petite Bergerie - 3 bedroom, 2 bathrooms (1 ensuite), sleeps 7
La Petite Bergerie & l'Olivier
- English, French, Italian
About Catherine Piner
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
Why Catherine Piner chose Crazannes
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.
What makes this Barn unique
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!
Pool / Spa
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
Calm and relaxing family venue
We had a wonderfully stay. Everything we needed had been thought of and our hosts were on hand to deal with any queries. The accommodation really suited our needs and the shaded gardens and pool provided a relaxing setting for our holiday. Local shops made it easy to stock up on essentials and we were close enough to explore La Rochelle and Ile de Re. A very pleasurable break.
One of the most perfect relaxing holidays ever!
When we arrived at La Bergerie it was just so perfect in such a beautiful setting. Exactly as described, it was exceptionally maintained to the highest standard with good quality and beautiful bedding. We arrived much later than expected but this was not a problem for the owner Catherine who met us. The property had everything you would ever need to make our stay very comfortable. The pool and surrounds were spotless with more than enough comfortable loungers for everyone. We would certainly recommend this property to friends and relatives and indeed intend to go back. The pretty town of Saintes was a joy with lots to see and visit with a choice of good restaurants for lunch and dinner. Lovely countryside for walking and cycling. Our only disappointment is that we had to leave!
After several years of trips to Cornwall and 'easy' package holidays with our young children we decided they were old enough to cope with the drive to this part of France - I only wish we had done it years ago! Not only was the drive much quicker than I remembered but La Petite Bergerie made it the extra special holiday that I was hoping for. It's a beautifully restored and exquisitely (but also very practically) furnished property that we instantly felt at home in: large comfy sofa, large dishwasher, masses of seating inside and out etc. Every inch of the property was spotlessly clean and the bottle of wine / welcome pack on arrival was much appreciated.
The gite was larger than I expected and the outdoor area was stunning and had plenty of shade for hot days. The play area was a plus for my children (8 and 11) who made friends with the little girl staying at 'L'Olivier' next door and had a lovely time playing and swimming together. Having said that, the other property is very private and you wouldn't have to socialise -but I'm sure we will return in future and try to book both properties at the same time with friends or relatives so that we can take full advantage of the set up with the two properties.
The surrounding area is varied, interesting and attractive. I was seduced by Port D'envaux - our boat trip was a highlight. Shopping in Saintes was a guilty pleasure, and for the kids the bouncy castles/mini boating lake at St Savinien were a bonus. A similar park area in the UK would be overrun and unpleasant, whereas here you have space, clean facilities and the tranquillity you rarely get with any kind of kids' activities at home.
Although the weather was not as hot as expected for this time of year I actually found it perfect and we managed to eat outside / BBQ most evenings. We only stayed for one week as we moved further inland for the second week, however, I could have quite easily wiled away a fortnight - just lovely. Catherine was an excellent host - friendly yet completely professional. She brought us some home-grown goodies one evening, and has been a pleasure to deal with.
La Petite Bergerie was absolutely gorgeous.
La Petite Bergerie was absolutely gorgeous. We loved everything about the property and location. Catherine and Terry have thought of everything to make your holiday stay perfect. The pool and gardens are such a pleasure also.
We visited so many lovely places locally and out to the coast, which is so worthwhile and not too far a drive. Bordeaux is a fantastic city with so much to see and do.
We would highly recommend the property and the area of the Charente region.
Annette, Tony &a Miriam, Dublin
Beautiful property and grounds. Perfect for a fami
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.
Excellent facilities and comfort
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!
Such a shame!
As pointed out we do respond as quickly as we can to any problems / queries.
If we had been aware of the issue with the outside table there are many tables and chairs in the garden that could have easily been moved to "la Petite Bergerie" garden.
And we will be looking into the lighting in the kitchen and do whatever we can to rectify this.
You only have to ask!!
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.