|Minimum Stay||2 - 7 nights|
WIFI available in the Farmhouse, Pressoir & Pgeonnier
The Farmhouse has been modernised to a high standard in keeping with old French charm and a contemporary feel with modern facilities.
Downstairs has a large lounge with a fireplace and a wood burner & English TV. There’s a separate dining area in a well equipped kitchen. Stairs leading to a spacious landing with a double sofa bed, two bedrooms one double and one twin. Large bathroom with a roll top bath and a separate shower.
Outside there are separate table and chairs for each of the gites, BBQ's and a large garden with children's play area, swings, Wendy house, football goal, plus free hire of cycles. We have approximately 4850 square metres of Garden and plenty of, off road parking spaces.
BABY EQUIPMENT, cot, high chairs & baby bath, toys etc.
A large outdoor Salt water swimming pool 11x5 surrounded by stone walls, with a choice of sun loungers and a large sun shade with a table & chairs, outdoor solar heated shower
We are situated in the Charente Maritime on the west coast of France. Nearby are the historic towns of La Rochelle and Rochefort & Surgeres. This area is rich in History with many forts, Romanesque churches, castles and Chateaux. Sandy beaches just 20 mins.
The 17th century Farmhouse, Pigeonnier & Pressoir have recently been renovated to a very high standard. Each gite is fully equipped with everthing you would need for a fantastic holiday. We are surrounded by rolling countryside with fields of sunflowers & wheat, close to a pretty Charentaise village with local shop, bar, post office and a local restaurant specializing in local cuisine. Nearby there’s fishing, cycling, pony riding and lovely country walks.
WIFI is available.
Outside there's a seating area, bbq, large garden, children's play area and free use of cycles & POOL
What's on?: In the local village of Landrais you will find a locally famous Restaurant 'Le Bateau Lavior' which serves local Charentaise Dishes, they open Friday & Saturday evenings and Sunday Lunchtimes. There's also the bar/restaurant/shop in Landrais, village post office, Artist studio and a Garage (it's not possible to buy Petrol).
Antique Markets (brocantes) & Car boots (vide greniers) usually most weekends from April through to October.
For more upto date local information please visit our website; www.larochellegite.com
Pony riding: Pony Riding at Toucherit (10min walk away)
Art lessons: In the village of Landrais there is an artist studio, it's possible to arrange an hours lesson in painting 20 euro's per hour (it would be ideal if you have a good level of French language).
La Rochelle has some of the best fish restaurants dotted around the old port.
Dear Suzanne and Nigel,
Thankyou for being wonderful hosts + a 2nd fantastic visit. We still found the Farmhouse enchanting + lots of trips out for the children.
St Martin de Ré was a great experience for the children with donkeys in pants, the cafés + shops are great for the adults.
The LPO (RSPB equivalent) reserves were great to visit + staff helpful & educational.
Steve, Angela, Frey, Lucas
We have just returned from a fantastic holiday at the farmhouse. The accommodation is extremely spacious, decorated and maintained to a very high standard and in an environment, which ouses tranquility. The owners, nigel and suzanne and their children were extremely helpful and welcoming, which made our stay perfect. There was everything you could possibly need and the accommodation is located where you are away from it all but close enough to a wide variety of attractions if you manage to drag yourself away from the fantastic new pool and that good book you've been meaning to read. We did manage to explore the area and visted beautiful La Rochelle, the beaches at fourais, picturesque Saintes and nearby Surgeres, which is worthy of a look. We had a great time and would recommend this property to anyone with a love and appreciation for the good life.
Loved our week at The Farmhouse. The house is beautifully renovated and has a relaxed feel to it. Bedrooms are a good size and a big bathroom with wonderful roll top bath. Fantastic sized sitting room with comfy sofa and TV, plus log burner for chilly days! Kitchen very well equipped with an excellent standard dishwasher, fridge and washing machine plus well functioning cooker. We stayed with our two year toddler and it was perfect. Lots of space for him to mooch about, both inside and outside. Toys and books are provided plus a big selection of DVDs.
Listing is very accurate and all clean and maintained well. Nigel and Suzanne a friendly British couple and on hand to answer any questions and provide recommendations. They strike the balance perfectly between being in close proximity (they live in the other half of the Farmhouse) but not intruding in any way on the holiday.
The garden is amazing: massive lawn with children's swings and a trampoline, plus my son's highlight - a lovely Wendy House. The pool is a good size, temperature wise was fine, was a restorative 25 degrees, welcome relief from the nearly 30 degrees sunshine! Usefully a good washing line and also good table and chairs in the shade for meal times. Great standard BBQ available to use.
The area is stunning. Starting with amazing views from the house and driving out to places such as La Rochelle, Chatelaine sur Plage, Ile de Re etc., it's a perfect base for exploring the region. Supermarkets are very accessible, from the massive Carrefour near La Rochelle to the mid sized, well stocked Intermarche which are within easy, short drive reach. bicycles are available to use and my husband cycled each morning to a fantastic bakery in a nearby village. Might be worth taking a child seat if you want to take small children out for cycles as well.
We were lucky enough to have friends join us, also with small children, so was a great time had by all! They stayed in Le Pressoir, which is smaller than the Farmhouse but just as well equipped and just across the driveway to the Farmhouse.
Loved the week and will definitely return. Beautiful house, great location; all in all an easy and relaxed holiday was had by all!
La Metairie de Monlieu surpassed our expectations. It really is surrounded by beautiful rural french countryside and fields of sunflowers. Nigel and Suzanne are perfect hosts - there for every need. The gites are charming and relaxing with lovely sized rooms and beautiful french touches. We had a family of 4 in the farmhouse and grandparents in the Pressoir and it was just perfect. Thank you to Louis who was a fantastic, fun host to our children too.
Stunning house in beautiful, tranquil setting but close to amenities and plenty of lovely places to visit.
Hosts were friendly and helpful.
Spent a lovely week in The Farmhouse during September 2010. Good facilities and lovely pool. A relaxed, rural location, well situated to explore the west coast of France. Very child friendly. Immaculate. Owner's Nigel and Suzanne proved to be very cordial hosts. We are considering a return visit.
Jon Clark, November 2010
We stayed in the farmhouse the last week in September and enjoyed a fantastic holiday. The weather was kind to us late in the season and we loved the rural setting of this gite.
Quiet, peaceful and secluded but with loads to do in the surrounding area- everything we wanted from our holiday.
Managed to visit Zoo, beaches, La rochelle, Surgere and Ile de Re but so much more to do if had the time
The farmhouse is spacious and clean, beautifully decorated and met all our needs and that of our 1 year old.
Nigel and Suzanne were incredibly welcoming and helpful and we will definitely be going back.
Sandy beaches are just a 20mins drive away at Chàtelaillon-Plage or Fouras (35 Mins) both are quaint small seaside resorts with beautiful sandy beaches, dotted with bars, restaurants and Casino's.
. La Rochelle is a lively vibrant city with lots of atmosphere, along the fortified port there’s numerous cafés and bars, boating marina, boat trips to the local islands and fort Boyard, Aquarium, museums, bowling, animal park, casino, fantastic shops and boutiques, lots of fantastic seafood restaurants and beaches.
Easy access to the local islands of Ile de Re with the beautiful fishing ports of St. Martin and La Flotte, Ile d'Oleron, Ile d'Aix and Ile Madam.
Venise Vert is about a 30mins drive north from here, a totally different experience with an intricate canal system to explore, you can hire kayaks or even electric boats for the whole family.
Great days out can be had at Puy de fou, Futurescope, Cognac, Zoo, Wild bird reserves, Corderie Royale, etc. You'll find something to suit everyone.
Other Activities: Karting, Golf 20 mins drive away,
Golf: Saintes has an 18 hole golf course 45mins drive.
Saint Laurent de Preé near Fouras has a 9 hole golf course 35mins drive.
La Jarne close to La Rochelle has a 9 hole golf course 20mins drive.