Le Cognassier and Le Cerisier were originally 18th Century stone barns and we have converted them into beautiful holiday homes. Decorated and furnished to an exceptionally high standard, they are brimming with charm and character. With families in mind, we have blended modern comforts with our quirky vintage finds to create stylish and relaxed interiors. Set within a blissfully tranquil, walled garden the gites offer a haven of peace and an opportunity to escape to the countryside and experience the simple pleasures of French life. Within striking distance of large towns and the stunning beaches of the Atlantic coast, they also provide the perfect base for exploring this beautiful, unspoilt region. Our aim is for you to completely relax here so we have equipped them with everything you need to feel totally at home.
Gites near Loulay, Poitou-Charentes, France - Peaceful, Rural Location With All Amenities Close By
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- Calendar last updated:
- 19 Oct 2018
About sue paine
We have lived in France for 10 years and our children have grown up here enjoying the freedom of rural life. Over the years we have gathered lots of local knowledge and can recommend places to explore and restaurants from family friendly to gourmet dining. We work continually to keep the gites and gardens ship shape but are always happy to stop and chat to our guests and get to know them. Our children are always on the lookout for new playmates too! If you are considering buying a property in France we will gladly share our experiences (good and bad!) over a glass of wine. Our passion for antique and vintage living has led us to create our online boutique which sells original French furniture and accessories.
sue paine purchased this Villa in 2004
Why sue paine chose La Croix-Comtesse
Many people comment on how peaceful and pretty it is here, whilst being very accessible to all local amenities, including bar/restaurant and pizzeria within walking distance. We love this region of France as there are so many things to see and do in the area. You can do something every day for 2 weeks and still not see it all. The area offers fantastic cycling opportunities as it is fairly flat and the roads are very quiet even in high season. We even have a bike company who will deliver and collect from your gite! With young children of our own we realise how difficult it is to please everyone but we think we've cracked it. Mum and Dad get a chance to kick back and relax whilst the children play. Harry and Lucy will happily challenge anyone to game of cricket!
What makes this Villa unique
Our properties offer superior quality and a relaxing retreat away from it all. The interiors are styled with a French look, furnished with vintage and antique items (nothing too breakable) to create a luxurious yet comfortable environment to enjoy your holiday. The walled garden is extremely safe for young children with a gated and fenced swimming pool. This gives you the freedom to relax, knowing that the little ones are safe.
Pool / Spa
Beaches are under an hour away and are spotless, sandy and safe. If the beach is your thing then the Atlantic coast is well equipped to satisfy. There is a wealth of wonderful beaches many uncrowded even in high season. Our favourites include Chatelaillon- Plage and Fouras, famous for its oyster beds. Royan has a spectacular beach stretching 2 km where you can sail and windsurf.
St. Malo 4½ hours. Le Havre 5 hours. Caen 5½ hours. Cherbourg 6 hours. Calais 7 hours. Check out Brittany ferries, P&O and Seafrance for ferry prices. La Rochelle 55 mins. Poitiers 1 hour. Bordeaux 1½ hour. Ryanair, Flybe, BA, Airfrance, and Bmibaby, all fly to these airports. Folkestone to Calais in 35 mins. Car hire is highly recommended and cheaper than you think.
Tout Y Faut 2 min walk with bar/restaurant and pizzeria.
St Jean d'Angely 15 mins drive. Saintes and Cognac 30 - 40 mins drive. La Rochelle 45 mins 1 hour drive.
Stroll to our local bar/restaurant for an apéritif or to collect a pizza. Loulay ha sall your daily needs - boulangerie, grocer, bank, post, pharmacy and restaurant/bar.
Free live bands every Friday night in the summer. St. Jean d’Angély is a medieval market town full of character with leafy squares, timber houses and cobbled streets. The 15th Century clock tower and abbey towers impose on the skyline whilst the colourful twice weekly market selling superb regional produce is an assault on your senses. Enjoy a fresh coffee at one of the pavement cafés and soak up the atmosphere.
You will find plenty of restaurants and bars catering for all tastes. Swim indoors at the Atlanty's aqua centre with 50m amazing waterslide. There are more water sports to be had at the lake by paddling a canoe or kayak. For the less energetic, a round of crazy golf might prove a better alternative. For children with a need for speed, Go Karting offers fast track fun. Afternoons 3 - 8pm.
Chateau de Dampierre Our local chateau! A 16th century Renaissance treasure surrounded by running water in a wooded setting. Wander through the tranquil, green gardens or lose yourself in the small maze. Chizé Forest A nature reserve where you can safely see roe deer, wild boar, wolves and many other animals in their natural habitat in the cool forest. Surgères is an unassuming market town with a beautiful Chateau nestled in green parkland. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays stall holders set up their wares at the crack of dawn, and Surgères comes to vibrant and very French, life. Try the superb locally produced butter on your crusty baguette washed down with some good inexpensive vino!
Booking Notes: Contact us by email or telephone for a booking form. 25% deposit with balance due 8 weeks prior to arrival. Changeover Day: Saturday changeover - flexible outside of high season.