A former farm, completely renovated in a modern style. The house has 1235m2 land, a wonderful living and dining room (50m) with original chimney and cosy wood burner, a light and airy hall with French doors leading to the lovely, secluded garden, a fully equipped kitchen with breakfast table and six chairs, four bedrooms (18/18/12/10 m2), a study (8m2), a downstairs shower room with toilet, a downstairs bathroom, a chic upstairs salle de bain, 2 further toilets and a newly refurbished family room. In the very private garden is a lovely private swimming pool (5*10m), a children’s trampoline plus a gas barbecue and classic teak garden furniture for enjoying alfresco dining. The house is situated in Frontenay sur Dive; a small village about 35 minutes from Poitiers, the centre of the Vienne. Poitiers is easy accessible via highway (A10), TGV and has a small airport with direct flights to Stansted (RyanAir – 1H15).
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Charming House in Frontenay sur Dive, Vienne, France - Peaceful Countryside Location Yet Only 35 Minutes from Poitiers
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- Calendar last updated:
- 9 Jul 2018
About Margot West
My husband and I live in Surrey with our 2 children, our working cocker spaniel, Maine Coon cat, moggie and extremely large goldfish. We spent many years renting similar houses in France until we decided to look for one of our own and fell in love with La Meunerie.
Margot West purchased this Farmhouse in 2007
Why Margot West chose Saint-Jean-de-Sauves
We spent over 10 years renting similar properties in the Charente so it was a natural next step for us to buy here. Frontenay-sur-Dive is the perfect balance for us - it has the rural tranquility we adore but is also close to the thriving and beautiful city of Poitiers - only 35 minutes away.
What makes this Farmhouse unique
We really love the seclusion of the property - not isolation, as it's on the edge of an incredibly friendly village - but the fact that when the gate is locked, I know the children are safe and contained! And - a big and - our own private pool makes it a wonderful haven when the sun shines (which it does a lot here!). We have also had the privilege to meet some wonderful people here and are always looking forward to our return.
Pool / Spa
Peaceful cosy farmhouse
The ideal place to get away from it all and lounge by/in the pool. Good facilities and well kept, including the pool, with some bikes available for exploring the local (flat!) countryside and cycling to the boulangerie in the next village. Nearly an hour's drive from the Loire valley area but it is worth visiting a few chateaux and other attractions in that direction. Château de Brézé is great for children with its vast network of underground caverns. Loved watching house martins swooping over the pool.
Spacious, enchanting - great for families.
We have just returned from La Meunerie. Margot was a pleasure to deal with from the initial booking through to any questions we had. The house is lovely and spacious in a very quiet little village. Great for both teenagers and little ones the house has a lovely salt water pool & a family room. We had to drag our teenage son out for trips as he hated to leave the house. We went to Loudun and Neuville Poitou as we love the markets and cooking with the quality and variety of produce we do not seem to have in the UK. Definitely recommend Le Ricordeau for a lovely meal - in Loudun but you will need to book. Weather was very good, just one day a bit of drizzle but not cold. Very dreamy, relaxing holiday.
Thank you for such a lovely review. You were wonderful guests and we are so pleased you had a lonely holiday!
Poitiers Airport is about 40 minutes drive; Caen Ferry port is about 4 hours drive and Calais is just under 6 hours drive.
Alternative airports are La Rochelle (under 2 hours drive); Tours (about 1.5 hours drive) and Nantes (about 2 hours drive), all of which are served by Ryanair to London Stansted.
The nearest village is Saint Jean de Sauves, which is under 2 miles away. It has a bakery, bank (Credit Agricole) and cash machine and Casino grocery store, so handy for basics. The nearest supermarket is Le Clerc in Loudun, which also has many other shops, including a very good drinks shop called Bons Vins. For the massive hypermarkets, head towards the outskirts of Poitiers for a big Auchan and plenty of other shops.
Nearby (about 20 minutes drive) is Futuroscope, which is a great day out for the kids. There are many good restaurants in the area, the nearest one we'd recommend is Le Ricordeau, which is in Loudun and has wonderful food and is also very child friendly. In Poitiers centre, there are many choices - one of our favourites is La Gazette, a charming Brasserie just off the main square. There are many places of interest not far away - the Abbeye de Fontevraud is worth seeing and is about a 45 minute drive - there is a lovely little creperie in Fontevraud where you can get some sustenance after visiting the abbey! There are numerous local markets (Neuville on Sunday mornings - about 15 minutes drive) and activities that are seasonal (Donkey Derby at Mirebeau at the end of August - again, about 15 minutes drive) so it's worth popping in to a tourist info booth/shop whenever you are over.
Booking Notes: 25% deposit is taken at time of booking. Full payment is required 8 weeks prior to travel. A damage deposit of £100 is required upon payment of the balance which is refundable within 14 days of the end of the holiday providing the property has been left in A1 condition. Changeover Day: Changeover day is usually Saturday but we are prepared to be flexible if need be.