Our 17th Century farmhouse has been completely modernised to ensure comfort whilst maintaining some original features. There is a very large lounge/diner with a large wood burner, although the house is also fully centrally heated for the winter months. There is a full family bathroom on each floor and an additional WC on the ground floor. The house is set in 1.5 acres of garden with its own private fenced pool. It is secluded, peaceful and situated on the edge of a small hamlet making it an ideal place for a relaxing family holiday or for chilling out with friends. The large garden provides a lovely safe play area for children. There are several patio areas around the house as well as a large patio surrounding the pool. We have a table tennis table and football table for guests to use. The area has rivers and lakes with a variety of water sports, fishing, golf, tennis and horse riding. Civray is 5 kms away with a good range of shops, bars and restaurants.
Farmhouse in La Touche, Civray, Vienne, Poitou-Charentes - Large Secluded Garden
- english, italian, A little bit of French
- Calendar last updated:
- 15 Feb 2019
About Debbie Cropanese
My husband and I live on the South coast in England with our two children.
Debbie Cropanese purchased this Farmhouse in 2005
Why Debbie Cropanese chose Genouillé
We have always loved holidays in villas, traditionally in Spain or Menorca, however we then discovered France. We love the additional land traditionally afforded by french properties. Two young children also made up our minds as the additional space is a real bonus. The privacy, our own pool and such a lovely area with lots to do made La Touche an easy choice for us. We have had lots of lovely feedback on our home as we try to ensure our guests feel like they are at home when they visit. We would love to spend more time in France to enjoy our home but as we can't we decided to share it with people who too enjoy France, privacy and space as much as we do. Hopefully sunshine too!!
What makes this Farmhouse unique
It is a peaceful location but within easy reach of some beautiful towns. The river and some fantastic lakes are also very near to the property. We have always found the village to be very friendly. The large garden means that we can relax knowing our children have lots of space to play safely. The pool is obviously a huge bonus.
Pool / Spa
Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
Lovely Farmhouse, remote location.
Farmhouse has five bedrooms and is very spacious. Beds are comfortable, house is nice and cool even though there isn't any air conditioning. No Wi-Fi which is an issue if you need to look up anything to do locally. Open plan living, dining room and kitchen. Separate utility room with another fridge freezer is very useful. There are plenty of games for kids available. There are three separate areas to sit outside, one under a canopy and the swimming pool is of ample size. Sun loungers are provided and there is also a nice area to sit by the pool too. There is a tennis table, lots of bikes in the shed although only one was suitable for an adult as the rest had flat tyres and there wasn't a pump available. There is a super market and Lidl within a five minute drive which was very handy. Couldn't find the bakers which was supposed to be next to the tennis courts in Genouille village. Recommend visiting Verteuil sur Charente and if you don't mind an hours drive, Poitiers and Angelome. Bordeaux is a two hour drive. If you don't mind a remote location this is a lovely place to stay.
Thank you for your feedback and I hope you had a lovely holiday. I have provided a response to the issues you have raised. Unfortunately our house is located about 80 metres outside the zone which provides the broadband. Hopefully France will soon recognise that their rural areas need access too. The mobile phone network coverage is good though. I’m very sorry about the bikes, we ensure they are all useable at the start of the season and leave out pumps and puncture repair kits so I will need to ensure these are replaced.
Unfortunately the little bakers in the village closed recently with no notice. I have now let all my future guests know. I hope these minor issues did not spoil your stay.
It was our first time in France and we absolutely loved it! The Gite was beautiful and it catered for everything and more. We loved the swimming pool and the ample outside space. Our two children enjoyed playing football. cricket, table tennis and french boules. The surrounding area was also beautiful and it was a pleasure going for a run next to the Sunflower fields. On an evening we enjoyed how peaceful it was and because there was no artificial light we could see so many stars and planets. We did go to Civray and other local villages to experience the local markets and we had a couple of lovely meals out. The only downside of our holiday was that we were there when France take their holidays from 12.8.17 to 26.8.17 so some places weren't open and the day we were leaving some of the towns and villages had lots going on to end their holiday. Overall we had a fab time and we will definitely be re-booking in the future.
Quiet and rural
Very nice house. Everything we needed for a lovely holiday. More information about local restaurants would have been appreciated. Overall a lovely holiday for 3 generations.
Excellent facilities with everything you would need.
Just my husband and I stayed but it had all you would need for a family holiday. Lots of space and safe for children. The pool was clean and well tended and a definite bonus as it was over 35 degrees in September this year. No facilities close to hand but the local town has all you need. Some bits and pieces of renovation still under way but nothing to spoil our holiday
Many thanks for your review. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay in our home. All renovation now completed, apologies for the over running of these works. There is a bakers in the village just a 15 minute walk away but as you say everything else is available in our local town of Civray just 5 km away. Hope to see you again soon.
An Excellent Gite in a Delightful Location
The gite was spacious and well appointed, located in attractive grounds in an idyllic rural setting. Unfortunately the weather was not kind to us, so we were unable to fully appreciate the gardens and pool. Nevertheless we enjoyed several very pleasant walks and cycle rides around Genouille, Lizant and St Gaudent. We would particularly recommend a visit to La Valee des Singes ( our granddaughter was captivated...and so were we!), we also enjoyed a day trip to Angouleme and visited the market in Civray.
The owners provided all the information that we required and readily answered additional questions. I would certainly consider returning to this gite or recommending it to others.
I am so pleased you enjoyed your stay in our house. It was unfortunate that the weather was not kind to you but I am pleased you made the most of the beautiful countryside and local attractions. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future.
La Touche secluded farmhouse
Farmhouse was off the beaten track, very quiet. Grandchildren enjoyed the large garden, and loved the swimming pool, great family holiday
I am pleased you had a lovely holiday.
There is a long sandy beach just south of La Rochelle which is about one and a half hour's drive and is well worth a day trip. There are beaches on many of the local lakes also, the closest being at St Macoux (approx. 8 km), it also has a water chute and there is a restaurant, bar and fishing available here too.
Poitiers airport 50 mins drive, La Rochelle about 2 hours, Limoges airport about one and a half hour's drive - all served by Ryanair from Stansted or Easy Jet from London Gatwick. Bordeaux airport is 2 hour's drive - British Airways fly from Gatwick. St Malo is 5 hour's drive. Calais approx 7 hour's using A28 making it autoroute virtually all the way. Car hire essential. Dieppe is approx. 6.5 hours drive.
The village of Genouille is 1km and has a bakery. The nearest supermarket is 4km away and is open every day including Sunday morning. There are many picturesque towns and villages nearby either set on the river or with fantastic Chateaux.
Futuroscope theme park is 50 mins drive on the N10 towards Poitiers. For the young (and old) there is the Valle de Singes (monkey sanctuary), 20 mins drive, and the European Zoo, 1.5 hours drive. Locally at Civray there is canoeing and river fishing and a large outdoor pool. At Angouleme there is a lake complex with a sandy beach, jet skiing, water skiing, windsurfing and a leisure centre with children's pools, chutes and lazy river. There is a lake at St Macoux with swimming, flume and fishing this is approx 8km away. La Rajellant is a 15 minute drive (near Ruffec) has amazing kayaking, wonderful swimming and lovely restaurant.
Additional pricing information
Booking Notes: Booking form will be sent once an enquiry is made by email. Deposit of 25% is due on booking and the balance must be paid 8 weeks prior to arrival. A £250 security deposit must be paid with the balance which will be returned within 14 days of you leaving if there are no breakages or damage. The prices shown are for 8 people, any additional people will be charged at £25 per person per week. Changeover Day: Changeover day is Saturday during peak season but flexible outside July and August. Notes on prices: Special prices for a party of 2 - please do email for a quote.