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Charming wooden house for a nature stay close to the Marais Poitevin

Bedrooms 3
Separate WCs1
Space 1,184 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Close to Marais Poitevin and Vendée: 4 star ecogîte for responsible ecotourism

This chalet, entirely built in wood both inside and outside and labelled “Gîte de France 4 épis”, is nestled in a green setting by a private pond.

Come discover the magic of a place where the fauna and flora surrounds you with tranquillity and serenity.

This house will be your living space for a time: just enough to let yourself be seduced by the charm and the peace of this place in the company of 2 mini ponies and many birds.

With all modern conveniences for the entire family and ideal for the fishermen of “trophy fishes”, a welcoming ecogîte suitable for 6 to 8 persons and accessible to disabled persons.

In a warm atmosphere, you will boast of a large living area with wood stove, a well fitted kitchen, 3 double bedrooms and a shower room. The scent of the wood gives to this place a particular, harmonious, cosy and warm atmosphere.

Quietness and authenticity will be added to the pleasure of staying in such a unique place.

Labelled “Gîte de France 4 épis” – Fishing gîte – rated 4-star ecological gîte by the prefecture

This is the first gîte of Poitou-Charente that obtained the European Ecolabel for its contribution in using renewable energies, the saving of energy and water, the reduction of waste and the improving of the local environment.

Refuge LPO (League for the Protection of Birds)

And if we narrated its story: there is an enchanting place by a pond where Mother Nature waits for you, a place where it feels good to recharge your batteries.

It is an exceptional site in the middle of nature for a very peaceful stay, a permanent return to the roots through the seasons both in winter and summer and an isolated countryside in a romantic and heavenly setting with peaceful tones. It is in the heart of a Natura 2000 protected zone.

From the chalet, you can observe the fauna and flora and enjoy life by the pond.

It is a place where the singing of the birds and the rustling of the trees invite to daydream. There are many areas where you can relax or read: a resting escape away from people and noise.

Amber and Anala, our 2 Shetland mini ponies will follow you with great pleasure in your nice strolls along the many hiking paths.

Charm and authenticity of a place that is ideal for relaxation and escape, an invitation to well-being, serenity and change of scenery. Pleasure and relaxation all the time in the middle of nature.

It is a haven of peace in the heart of La Gâtine for nature holidays, to slow down the daily rhythm and peacefully enjoy the pleasures of life.

Appreciate the charm of this place, have the ecoattitude. If you want a getaway, stimulate your senses, here is what “La Clé des Champs” offers you in order to give character to your next holidays.

Fishing: in the heart of an abundant and lush nature, the fishing lovers will be delighted with many trophy fishes. It is a real haven for big game fishing: many big carps, grass carps, roaches, largemouth basses, tenches, perches, zanders, sturgeons, common rudds, etc. (compulsory no-kill fishing).

A small boat with life jacket is at your disposal for a small ride or a fishing trip on the pond. You can rent fishing equipment on site.

For persons who are passionate about sport fishing, a few km away, there is a second 34 acre pond that boasts of 15 fishing spots and that is an exceptional fishing zone: carps from 10 to 25 kg, sturgeons from 10 to 30 kg, pikes from 0.50 to 1.20 m, perches, tenches, roaches, etc.

Hiking in La Gâtine

You can have pleasant and delightful strolls to discover the abundant nature that invites you to continue on your path.

You can also go hiking on the tracks that are surrounded by a landscape from La Gâtine to discover many testament of the past that mark out the territory.

It is both a discovery leisure activity and a physical exercise.

You can sometimes meet interesting inhabitants, persons who perfectly know the rich heritage and who know how to show you the local roofs and their products.

That is what the hikers, delighted by the marvels they see and smell, tell us.

In La Gâtine, the hiking paths are accessible for everyone even if some of them are harder and need a physical effort that is still a pleasure.

We almost took all these paths: the difference in height of level is supportable and the distances are bearable thanks to shortcuts that are identified on the map.

There are more than 20 tracks from 6 to 20 km in the surrounding communes including some of them that lead to the GR 364. There are many detailed maps and explanatory documents for the pleasure of the walkers.

One thing is certain: the wooded countryside of La Gâtine offers a perfect environment for hikers who want to use the soles of their shoes.

By bike from La Gâtine on the roads of Deux-Sèvres and Vendée

Leisure biking, cycle touring or mountain biking: everything is possible in the nature of the region.

Our landscape and heritage are endlessly varied and have a lot of charm when you discover it by bike.

In family or with friends, biking is an extraordinary way to discover the area. In addition to combining form and health, it is economic and ecological.

Biking is accessible for everyone and is considerably practiced in our regions. There are many meetings (cycling gets people closer).

We noticed this summer that we were even more numerous on the tranquil paths, away from the road, where the natural heritage is rich and the inhabitants are closer to show you what they know better: the country and its local products and culture.

Luckily, the opportunities to get on your bike are abundant. Judge for yourself:

We took many paths in La Gâtine, the Marais Poitevin, the Vendée and the hinterland with medieval richness. There are more than 30 itineraries and loops where you can go biking in serenity. After the Marais Poitevin that is flat and where it is easy to drive, we travelled along a new path link from the Thouet Valley until the itineraries of the Vendée by the cycling road (Sources de Gâtine, Le Beugnon, La Chapelle-Thireuil and Saint-Hilaire-de-Voust) which is more challenging.

The ground is steeper, the slopes are more inclined but after each bend, you will enjoy a wooded hedge and a new landscape and your efforts will be rewarded.

In La Gâtine, in the different areas and 40 to 70 km away, the landscapes are very different, there are many protected paths and you will have the opportunity to meet our neighbours from many European countries that come biking here.

Thanks to this silent and non-polluter means of transport you access inaccessible areas while preserving the environment.

So get on your bikes and go on the itineraries selected for their landscape interest in a preserved natural setting: it is so good to get away.

On a horse or a pony

In La Gâtine or the wooded countryside of the Vendée

An instructive approach for environment and countryside education

It is a horse area with both draft horses and riding horses

- Discovery farm

- Horse riding classes and working in horse school

- Horse riding tourism and rides on discovery paths

We get to know these professionals, these horse lovers that make possible and pass on the pleasure of the close relationship between the man and the horse. They are 5 in a perimeter of 5 to 15 km.

We discovered the draft horse universe, learned its use and the ancestral professions practiced with it. We treated them and practiced grooming of the Breton draft horse that weighs 900 kg: “a docile monster”. We worked at the forge and we shod a horse before its work.

It has been a real pleasure to practice carriage horse riding on marked-out tracks and to know better the farm work of yesteryear.

This universe is still too unknown and is very enriching in terms of culture and history.

You can mix working in horse school and classes for all levels.

Finally, the great pleasure of riding and the contact with the horse, the pony and the nature.

Hiking in the forest, in La Gâtine, in the Marais Poitevin and the Vendée countryside.

There is no better way to enjoy our rural landscapes, to practice green tourism and to meet stags, wild boars, coypus, rabbits, squirrels and many birds.

More Details

Bernard Bretaudeau
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
13 August, 2018

About Bernard Bretaudeau

Ecogîte: “Enjoy the authenticity in an exceptional site. An environmentally friendly, health and economic accommodation in an environment that has been preserved for centuries. A biodiversity that is the asset of the wooded countryside of La Gâtine with woods with varied scents, many grounds surrounded by hedges and springs that flow into our pond. This is a chalet made in local and untreated wood with High Quality Environmental standards. With all modern conveniences during all the seasons, reinforced insulation (wood fibre and cellulose wadding), wood heating, hot water (renewable energy) and organic paint. Incitation to ecological habits: organic product used for the cleaning, recycling sorting and composting bin”.

Nature environment and relaxation

A preserved and environmentally friendly habitat which philosophy is:

- to preserve the natural resources

- to use the renewable energies

- to use, for construction, natural local and recyclable materials without harmful effects for the health

- to select and recycle wastes

Bernard Bretaudeau purchased this cottage in 2011

Why Bernard Bretaudeau chose Scillé

Its assets:

This accommodation obtained the European Ecolabel in compliance with the quality and environmental standards.

There is a refined decoration, careful fittings and this fabulous natural setting!

Come live in a timeless green setting.

What makes this cottage unique

Labelled “Gîte de France 4 épis”, ecogîte and fishing gîte

4-star furnished holiday rental

European Ecolabel FR/025/173

Tourism and Handicap Label (all types of handicap)


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

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1184 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • village
  • waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Security System
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Vacuum Cleaner
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Raclette Machine
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure , Accessible to disabled persons
    Toilet 1 - Toilet , Accessible to disabled persons
  • There is a fitted shower room accessible to disabled persons There is a toilet accessible to disabled persons
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , 1 Cot
  • 2 double beds, 2 single beds, 1 baby cot, 1 extra bed and 1 sofa-bed There is a bedroom with 160x200 cm four-poster bed, a French window opening onto a large terrace with garden furniture, a small hi-fi system and cupboards. There is a bedroom with 160x200 cm rattan bed, a console table, a small hi-fi system and cupboards. There is a bedroom accessible to wheelchair users with 2 single 90x200 cm beds, a writing desk, a small hi-fi system and cupboards. You will find a baby cot, a changing table, a high chair and an extra90x190 cm bed. There is also a sofa-bed.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Child's Swing
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden Chairs
  • Garden Table & Chairs
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Pétanque Court
  • Terrace
  • Wood Decking
  • 4 bicycles
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 4 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • wheelchair accessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Baby equipment (cot, changing table, high chair, toilet seat insert, etc.) Satellite television with all the European channels (English, Belgian, Dutch, German, Spanish channels, etc.) Board games, swings, table tennis table, small boat with life jackets and 4 mountain bikes at your disposal. You can rent fishing equipment. Our 2 mini ponies are freely at the disposal of our guests so they can have a stroll with the children. Many maps and hiking, biking and horse riding itinerary documents are provided to discover the wooded countryside of Poitou-Charente and Vendée as well as the Marais Poitevin.


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Charming wooden house for a nature stay close to the Marais Poitevin
average rating of 4.909091 based on 26 reviews

Our second visit here !

  • 5 of 5

Our second visit here ! The gite has everything one needs ,and more, for a perfect stay. I use a wheelchair and the facilities here are brilliant. Level access and an accessible bathroom. Fantastic holiday !

  • Review Submitted: 26-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect /Parfait

  • 5 of 5

Sensational, splendid and serene.

The most beautiful gite in South West France. Outstanding scenery with a well stocked fishing lake - total relaxation.

The interior of the gite is stunning each room tastefully and uniquely decorated to an exceptionally high standard. A fully equipped kitchen with everything you could possibly need.

Anything we needed or help they could give Brigitte and Bernard would make themselves available. An all round incredible stay in this exceptional accommodation and lovely surroundings.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Apr-2012
  • Date of Stay: March 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Gite magnifique, très bien entretenu décoration superbe, très propre rien a dire je le recommande vivement pour tout ceux qui aiment la nature, tranquillité et surtout la pêche car l'étang est très poissonneux. Proche de la Rochelle du Futuroscope et du puy du fou. Visite incontournable le Marais Poitevin !!!!

  • Review Submitted: 13-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Merci de vos commentaires élogieux. Un atout pour notre gîte en Gâtine: il est à la frontière de la Vendée et peu éloigné de très beaux sites( le marais poitevin, la Rochelle, le Puy du fou, le futuroscope. Nous proposons aussi à proximité une belle richesse patrimoniale (naturelle et architecturale) et un terroir avec de nombreux producteurs de très bons produits
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sejour merveilleux dans un cadre de reve

  • 5 of 5

proprietaires adorables,chalet confortable tres propre.tout y est pour un sejour reussi a 100%

  • Review Submitted: 07-Jun-2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Merci pour vos compliments Notre objectif , vous assurer le plus grand confort et le calme dans un cadre bucolique pour la détente et le bien être de nos vacanciers. Pour 2016, nous mettrons à votre disposition un meilleur service pour vos plaisirs et vos loisirs
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  • 5 of 5

Une route de campagne ... quelques virages... un petit hameau où serpente un chemin ... un portail en fer forgé ... et c'est l'enchantement ...

Un lieu magnifique, magnifique, des propriétaires accueillant chaleureux et passionnés.

Vous l'aurez compris notre séjour nous laisse impatient de savoir quand nous pourrons y retourner ...

Amis pêcheurs petit comme grand vous ne serez pas déçus. De belle prises au programme....

Respectez ce lieu ...

  • Review Submitted: 01-Jan-2014
  • Date of Stay: August 2013
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Une première très bonne appréciation dès les premiers jours de 2014. Nous ne pouvions espérer un meilleur message de nouvel an. Un grand merci rt de très bonnes vacances 2014. Nous vous réservons le meilleur pour quel soient "Grandioses"......
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Enchanteur !

  • 5 of 5

Gîte superbe, parfaitement équipé, très bien situé pour visiter les lieux incontournables de la région.

La décoration chaleureuse, l'accueil des propriétaires, l'étang, les poneys, tout contribue à la réussite d'un séjour inoubliable.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Nov-2013
  • Date of Stay: October 2013
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Merci pour le séjour que vous qualifiez d'inoubliable. Le confort du chalet en bois et le cadre paysagé apporte le calme et sérénité Nos loisirs sur place sont en cours d'amélioration: étang au pied du gîte,pêche de belles pièces, deux mini poney et de nombreux jeux assurent les bons moments en famille. A proximité, vous bénéficiez des richesses de la Gâtine: producteurs locaux et activités nombreuses..
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Nearest Airport
80 Kilometres
Poitiers or La Rochelle
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
25 Kilometres
Nearest Train
35 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
40 Kilometres
Saint-Maixent – Pamproux
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
80 Kilometres
La Faute-sur-Mer

Close to

L’Absie: 3 Km

Coulonges-sur-l’Autize: 15 Km

Sea: 80 Km

Pond: 0 Km

River: 0 Km

Shops: 3 Km

Town centre: 3 Km

Between the triangle Marais Poitevin – the large park of Le Puy du Fou – Futuroscope.

Le Puy du Fou park (50 km); the Futuroscope park (80 km), the Marais Poitevin (35 km), La Rochelle, Île de Ré, the beaches of the Vendée, La Faute-sur-Mer and Les Sables-d’Olonne (1 h).

Pescalis is the first international centre of nature and fishing (15 km)

Natur’Zoo and the Forest of Mervent are 20 km

Here, you will have an ideal starting point to discover multiple facets of la Gâtine, Deux-Sèvres, Poitou-Charente and the Vendée.

There are many festivals in Poitou-Charente and Vendée (the Nombril du Monde, the International Festival of Ornithological Film in Ménigoute, Musiques et Danses du Monde, the Festival du Rêve and the Festival du Bouche à Oreille).

Le Puy du Fou Park celebrates this year its 25th anniversary and obtained on the 17th of March of 2012, the Théa Classic Award 2012 that rewards the most beautiful theme park of the world.

It’s the crisis, go to La Bourse!

During your getaway, come recharge your batteries in La Bourse (which means “stock market” in French), small village in the commune of Scillé in the heart of La Gâtine in the department of Deux-Sèvres. The owners designed, on this 3 acre property, a wooden house suitable for 6 persons that takes over the principles of the energy-saving houses. For its building, the owners refused to use harmful products: the paint is natural, the wood is local and it is a wood stove that heats the house.

In this protected area, in the deepest part of the valley, have breakfast in family on the terrace with views over the pond. You may also have the opportunity to observe grey herons or kingfishers.

You too are a fisherman, well that’s perfect. Our gîte is labelled “fishing gîte” so you can practice this activity. The property has a pond where you can practice fishing but only no-kill fishing!

If you have pins and needles in your legs, there are bikes at your disposal to reach the Thouet River, a 120 km track that leads to Saumur and that you can take to make a loop ride. However, be careful with the relief because the region of Scillé is also called the “Small Switzerland”.

If you prefer hiking, the GR 364 is 200 m away from the gîte. This Grande Randonnée footpath crosses the Poitou region from the Vienne department until the Atlantic coastline in Vendée. For short strolls, Amber and Anala, 2 mini ponies that are permanent inhabitants of La Bourse, are ready to travel with you along the paths “quite naturally”.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Scillé, Poitou-Charentes

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
30 Jun 2018 - 24 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
25 Aug 2018 - 21 Sep 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
22 Sep 2018 - 19 Oct 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
20 Oct 2018 - 2 Nov 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
3 Nov 2018 - 21 Dec 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
22 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
5 Jan 2019 - 5 Apr 2019
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
6 Apr 2019 - 3 May 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
4 May 2019 - 31 May 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Jun 2019 - 5 Jul 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
6 Jul 2019 - 23 Aug 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
24 Aug 2019 - 20 Sep 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
21 Sep 2019 - 18 Oct 2019
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
19 Oct 2019 - 1 Nov 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2 Nov 2019 - 20 Dec 2019
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
21 Dec 2019 - 3 Jan 2020
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £0
Refundable Damage Deposit £446.43

Tarifs toutes charges incluses : linge fourni (draps, linge de toilette et de cuisine), chauffage inclus, ménage et entretien régulier de la propriété.
Caution 500 € à verser à l'arrivée
Paiements acceptés: chèques vacances, chèques de voyage, virement, carte bancaire, chèques bancaires
Possibilité courts séjours de 2 à 5 nuits (sauf périodes vacances scolaires) Tarifs dégressifs de 2 à 5 nuits - devis sur demande

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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