|Minimum Stay||2 - 7 nights|
Extremely comfortable and well appointed, Le Grand Courtiou is a gorgeous farmhouse that sleeps 10 people.
Centrally heated, the house is warm in winter and cool in summer - perfect for any season.
There is a sparkling 15m inground pool which is perfect to laze around on a sunny day - or if you are feeling energetic, jump onto one of the bikes provided and cycle into nearby Lencloitre to buy some of the best baguettes you have ever tasted.
The property has a beautiful lake which you can row around or just sit and admire with a glass of wine. There are chickens for fresh eggs everyday and a vegetable garden and orchard where you can help yourself to whatever is seasonal.
There are caretakers living on site in separate accommodation, who are more than happy to advise on local markets, general shopping and places to visit.
Le Grand Courtiou is approximately 30 minutes north from Poitiers (where there is both an airport and a TGV station). The airport has flights direct from Stanstead, London on Ryanair, or there is a local airline called Airlinair that flies around regional France. Flight schedules change by season with Edinburgh and Barcelona flights operating during summer.
There are also airports at Tours [ around an hour north] and Limoges [an hour and a bit east] that have flights from Dublin, Liverpool, Nottingham and Southampton.
The TGV takes around 2 1/2 hours from Charles de Gaulle airport or 1 1/2 hours from Paris - Montparnasse. The easiest way to get to the house is to hire a car either at the airport or the station - we will provide clear directions to get there.
There is a huge variety of things to do and see in the Poitou-Charentes, such as leisure parks, golf and beautiful towns and villages. One of the pearls of the Vienne department is the capital town of Poitiers, a town steeped in history, and whose old streets are buzzing with life thanks to its large student population. The Vienne boasts a lot of great places to visit, including the internationally-known Futuroscope theme and leisure park, the Crocodile Park, Snake Island and the Valley of the Monkeys.
The food and wine in the area are exceptional. It’s home to cognac, refreshing muscadets (spectacular with oysters), cabernet franc from Chinon and Bourgueil & Saumur. The Loire Valley boasts particularly fine white wines. The region is equally and rightly noted for its great local delicacies too – for example cheese, honey, poultry, butter and snails – as well as fine restaurants, hotels, cafes and bars.
If you venture a little further afield into the South Loire, the beautiful Château de Chenonceau is around one and a half hours drive north, as is Château de Villandry - easy day trips. Other beautiful towns in the South Loire include Richelieu, Saumur, Chinon, Tours - all well worth a visit for their spectacular buildings and amazing histories.
We had a fantastic Christmas holiday at Le Grand Courtiou. It was beautifully welcoming with roaring fires and really comfortable beds. The house is very roomy - plenty of room for the 9 of us without falling over each other. The chicken gave us fresh eggs every day - first time any of us have had eggs that are still warm. We visited Chenonceau and Chateau de Cheverny which was perfect in the off season - hardly any tourists!
Loved everything about this property. We have been renting property for over 25 years and this house is definitely one of my favourites.
Lots of room, big comfortable beds with luxury linen.
Plenty of space for people to be together or find somewhere quite to read
Fabulous big pool
Fresh eggs from the chickens and veg straight from the garden
Extremely helpful and charming host who managed to make himself available without ever being intrusive
We stayed at Le Grand Courtiou for 2 weeks this summer and it was the perfect place for a relaxing and comfortable break. The set-up really is ideal particularly if you have young children. Having the pool right outside the living area was brilliant as it meant you could keep an eye on the kids whilst popping inside for sunscreen/watermelon/rose! The pool itself was a great size with plenty of shallow end. The house is fabulous and much larger than it seems from the 'photos. Thick walls ensure that it stays cool. The beds were particularly comfortable particularly the two king size beds. The mattresses were fabulous and we actually missed the beds on returning home which is a first for us! The grounds are fabulous and were ideal for treasure hunts for the girls, and we loved gathering eggs and picking seasonal fruit and veg. The location is also great as we could do a good run on a 5km circuit in the morning and could reach some lovely interesting tourist spots such as Poitiers, Richelieu and Chinon in very little time. David, the caretaker, was really helpful and friendly. The kids loved being rowed out onto the lake (the boat seat could do with being fixed but it was good exercise for me!) and watching the frogs and dragonflies leaping and darting around.
All in all, an amazing holiday rental - highly recommended!
Nous avons passé un très agréable séjour dans la maison Le Grand Courtiou.
La maison est spacieuse, la literie très confortable, la cuisine très bien équipée.
L'accueil de David était charmant et très prévenant, nous pensons revenir à une prochaine occasion, et recommandons cet hébergement à tous les visiteurs
As beautiful as the advertising pictures were, the house was even better. It is truly a special place.
The farmhouse itself is both "grand" and comfortable. The rooms are generous and airy and have wonderful views in all directions. We particularly loved the small oval window views from the second floor. Just like a Fragonard painting!
The potager was a lovely surprise for us. We were able to make many lovely meals from the fresh hen's eggs and just-picked vegetables. Sweet peas and fragrant roses were a bonus.
The caretaker David is a gem. He could not have been more welcoming and helpful. He suggested really terrific day-trips and gave us great restaurant and winery suggestions. As non-French speakers, it was a particular help to have him available for questions.
We loved the area. The property itself is incredibly private and peaceful, but it is also close to the vineyards and sights of the Loire Valley. A great home base for visiting the region.
The only constructive criticism we have is regarding the kitchen set-up. Storage of dishes and glassware is not terrific, particularly for tall people. We had to get on our hands and knees to get access to china and bowls. A few hanging cabinets or open shelves would solve that problem. The oven is also in an awkward location.
Also, I might suggest a better dining table outside. The plastic table and chairs don't really fit the grand setting.
These were small things, though. We will highly recommend the property and will gladly tell our friends about it.
We had an amazing stay. Thank you!!
We had a lovely time at Le Grand Courtiou near Poitiers. The house is just as beautiful as it looks in the pictures. The pool is wonderful and the very pretty vegetable garden with fresh rasberries and strawberries was a bonus not to mention the fresh eggs. We would definately return if we are in the area again. Poitiers is a nice town and the Loire chateau are within easy reach to the north.
Nous cherchions une maison pouvant accueillir 10 personnes pour passer un week-end près du futuroscope. Nous avons été séduits par l'annonce et n'avons pas été déçus. La maison est conforme à la description et aux photos. Nous avons particulièrement apprécié l'espace, la décoration épurée mettant en valeur les œuvres rapportées par les propriétaires d'Océanie, la convivialité de la cuisine-salle à manger. Nous avons également très bien dormi ( calme et bonne literie ). Quant aux enfants, ils ont aimé aller chercher les œufs derrière le jardin potager et s'aventurer près de l'étang. Enfin, nous avons eu un " coup de coeur" pour David, qui nous a chaleureusement accueillis et qui avait à coeur que notre sejour soit réussi : une belle rencontre ! Nous y retournerons avec grand plaisir.
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£434|
1500/wk - 3000/wk EUROS
1 week minimum rental during high season;
Shorter stays available on request
Low season Nov 3 2013 May 2 2014 1,500 3 Nights
Shoulder season May 3 2014 Jul 4 2014 2,200 1 Week
High season Jul 5 2014 Sep 5 2014 3,000 1 Week
Dates Available: Year round