Lesley Dick & Paul Wheeler
About Lesley Dick & Paul Wheeler
About your hosts Paul and I dreamt of relocating to France so we left our careers in advertising and finance in Edinburgh, hired a motorhome and set out to travel around the country until we found the perfect location. And we found La Blatière… We loved the idyllic rural setting, the charm of the stables and farmhouse and the overall sunny climate. Its location close to everything this wonderful region has to offer made it the perfect place for us to invite guests to. Since making it our home, it’s lived up to all we hoped it would be and the warmth and friendliness of the local people has been so touching. We look forward to welcoming you to La Blatière too… Lesley & Paul
Lesley Dick & Paul Wheeler purchased this House in 2018
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
Gîte très bien aménagé
Très bien aménagé et calme les propriétaires charmant disponibles séjour ressourssant pour tous les âges
merci beaucoup c'était un plaisir de vous accueillir. Lesley et Paul
Great place in the middle of nowhere!
We had a great time at La Blatière, Paul≤sley were lovely and made us having a wonderful stay at their cottage. If you like fitness Paul can be a nice drill sergeant… We experienced some very hot days with more than 40 degrees and the pool was a welcome refreshment. We can highly recommend this place and would come back anytime – you can sense that Lesley & Paul found their little dream outside a stressful life in the city!
Thank you so much for staying at La Blatière and for the great review. It is much appreciated and we very much hope to see you again. Many thanks Paul & Lesley
THE AREA – THINGS TO DO
La Blatière offers you the enjoyment of a holiday in peaceful rural surroundings, yet with a wealth of places to visit within easy reach. There truly is something for everyone here.
ON YOUR DOORSTEP
L’ABSIE - 3 KMs.
A 2min drive, 10 min cycle or 40min leisurely stroll along the country lanes brings you to our local village with its supermarket, shops, hairdressers, bakery, bars, restaurants, bank and post office. It has a village square and is centred on the remains of a medieval abbey, patronised by Eleanor of Aquitaine.
PARC AVENTURE CHANTERMERLE 79. (5 MINS)
An adventure park for all the family with: • Zip line and aerial adventure – from 2 years upwards • Laser quest • Mini golf • Adventure walks
BOCASPEED (5 MINS)
Go karting fun.
PESCALIS – International Carp Fishing Centre (10 MINS) http://www.pescalis.com/
This preserved area with numerous lakes is dedicated to fishing, for both novices and experts. While fishing enthusiasts indulge in their passion, others can enjoy following the cycle routes around the lake. There’s also an aquarium to visit and a restaurant, plus a host of other activities like mini-golf, a children’s play area, table tennis and a swimming pool for all.
MONCOUTANT - (11 MINS)
Market town with its weekly market, selection of shops, large supermarket, butchers, bakers numerous hairdressers, beautician and lovely restaurants.
UNDER AN HOUR AWAY
GOLF DU BOCAGE (25 MINS)
Located in Bressuire, newly opened 18 hole golf course, 72 par located in beautiful surroundings with a putting green, practice green, pitch and putt and restaurant. Buggies and clubs are available to hire directly from the clubhouse.
VOUVANT (26 MINS)
One of the most beautiful villages in the area.
MERVANT (27 MINS)
Wonderful lakes, boating, swimming, fishing and zoo.
O’GLISS PARC (27 MINS
Something for everyone - this water park has 12 giant water slides, 4 river rapids, wave pool, beach area and exotic gardens.
NIORT (35 mins)
Capital of Deux Sevres – shopping, architecture and culture. Enjoy the café terraces of the old town, then head to the banks of the Sèvre Niortaise or browse the morning and weekend markets and on Thursdays in July and August visit the Niort festival in the gardens of Le Roc windmill, a summer event for contemporary music.
THE GREEN VENICE OF THE POITEVIN MARSHES. (38 MINS)
This protected natural area with trees and canals is steeped in fairy-tales and legend. Enjoy a boat ride and relax with a picnic near the water’s edge.
PUY DU FOU (45MINS)
The Puy du Fou extends over 45 hectares and enchants children and adults alike with its medieval, 18th and 19th century villages and spectacular effects. Leave the 20th Century behind and step back in time step to witness Viking warriors launch an attack from their long ships, experience the frenzy of the Roma Circus, the swashbuckling of the Musketeers and so much more, it’s no wonder its France’s second most popular tourist attraction after Disney!
LESS THAN 90 MINS AWAY
THE ZOODYSSÉE (1 HOUR)
A fabulous ecological animal park of 25 hectares. The Zoodyssée is home to around 500 European animals and over 60 fascinating species.
FUTURESCOPE (1hr 10mins)
The only one of its kind in Europe. Located just outside Poitiers, Fututurescope is set in 60 hectares of tranquil green countryside, with original experiences you won't find anywhere else: films in giant format, thrill-filled attractions, 3D rides with 4D effects, games, live shows, open-air activities, and more.
LA ROCHELLE (1hr 15 mins)
La Rochelle is a historic Atlantic port city with medieval fortifications around the old port. The criss-cross of narrow streets, many of them closed to vehicles, are bordered by medieval and Renaissance houses, built in the distinctive local white limestone. The narrow streets are filled with bars and restaurants offering local specialities and cuisine from around the world. Wander round the port, enjoy the cafés and restaurants, visit the aquarium and perhaps take a boat trip to the Island of Ré,
POITIERS (1HR 15MINS)
Recognised as the City for art and culture Poitiers is a University city and the regional capital of Charantes. Lovers of city rambles will enjoy discovering the picturesque narrow streets of the city and the half-timbered houses. Rich in art and culture, it offers over 3,000 shows throughout the year. There is something for every taste: dance, music, theatre and exhibitions as well as 30 festivals, historical and unusual museums, cinemas, as well as numerous galleries to explore.
VALLEE DES SINGES (VALLEY OF THE MONKEYS) (1HR 30 MINS)