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L'Ecurie - pretty 1 bedroom cottage with shared pool

Bedrooms 1
Space 279 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Dating from the late 1700s, Les Grands Coudrais was once a working farm. Our 3 cottages have been fully furnished and equipped to a high standard with everything you need to enjoy a holiday which offers something for everyone.

L’Ecurie - formally the stables – is our smallest gite and is ideal for a couple although it can also accommodate a cot. The cosy living area with exposed stone walls and wooden beams has a comfortable sofa and a small dining table with chairs. The practical kitchen area is fully equipped with a gas cooker, fridge, microwave oven, washing machine, toaster, kettle, Nespresso coffee maker and high quality crockery, cutlery, glassware and kitchenware. The bedroom area with double bed has an ensuite shower room with a large shower, WC and washbasin. Outside, L’Ecurie has a lovely enclosed garden and a private sun terrace with wooden garden furniture and a barbecue. A gate from the garden leads to the large swimming pool and main grounds which are shared with guests in the other 2 cottages.

Outdoor activities such as horse riding, canoeing and fishing are all nearby and we have bicycles and golf clubs available as well as table tennis, badminton, boules and a children's play area within the grounds.

For history lovers, the area is full of fascinating sights from superb Romanesque churches to the pilgrimage route of Santiago de Compostela which passes close by. Families will adore the Valley of the Monkeys, Futuroscope and the Castle of the Eagles. Or you may just prefer to relax by our large swimming pool and enjoy the 3 acres of gardens surrounded only by the sounds of the countryside and views of corn, wheat and sunflower fields.

We live on the property in the main farmhouse with our 14 year old daughter Amélie. We're always available if you need help with anything, but also discreetly in the background if you don't! We're very proud that many of our guests return year after year and we look forward to welcoming you at Les Grands Coudrais for a very special holiday.

More Details

Jane Lacey-Smith & Martin Smith
Member since: 2007
Speaks English, French, German
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
22 June, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

"A beautiful spot, relaxing grounds, well-equipped accommodation - but so much more than these with your warm welcome and generous hospitality!"

"Thank you so much for a wonderful week at Les Grands Coudrais! We've had a wonderful time relaxing and exploring and enjoying the beautiful surroundings. Thank you for your brilliant hospitality and warm welcome which has made our stay really special".

"We have had a wonderful stay in the most well-equipped gite we have ever stayed in".

"What a fantastic stay - the gite is fantastic and the lovely gardens and pool made this holiday even more special".
Aug 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Civray in Vienne

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 279 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:30 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace
  • Golf
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool


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L'Ecurie - pretty 1 bedroom cottage with shared pool
average rating of 4.7777777 based on 10 reviews

very good

  • 4 of 5

lovely gite, lovely hosts

  • Review Submitted: 15-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Very pretty little gite with beautiful gardens and own access to pool area.

  • 4 of 5

We had a lovely welcome from Jane and Martin who couldn't have been more helpful. Sophie and Fleur the golden retrievers were like the welcoming committee every time we came back to the gite.

The location of the gite is excellent as it feels very rural but is only five minutes from Civray.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful holiday

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned home from a two-week stay in L'Ecurie, a most relaxing holiday. The gite was very well equipped, everything you could need was provided, and in good condition. Martin, Jayne and Amelie made us feel very welcome as well as our two dogs, and went out of their way to make our holiday enjoyable. The garden of L'Ecurie was lovely and ideal for both us and the dogs.

Situated in a quiet hamlet but close enough to town for shops and restaurants, an ideal place to get away from it all.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: September 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad you enjoyed your holiday! Thanks so much for the lovely review and we hope to see you again at Les Grands Coudrais.
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Lovely place, lovely people.

  • 5 of 5

Stayed in L'Ecurie for a stopover on our way to Portugal. Loved the place so much we also stayed on the way back two weeks later and without doubt will visit again. Jane, Martin and their very sweet and polite daughter Amelie (who looks after the chickens which supply your morning eggs) could not have been more hospitable. A lovely provision pack is provided, which after a long day on the road was much appreciated. The gite is beutiful and very comfortable with everything you need for a short or long term break. The fact it is has its own pretty fenced garden was ideal for us with a dog.

A lovely town with a great restaurant is within walking distance and there is good country walking/cycling in the area.

Why stay in a budget hotel when for the same price (or maybe less) you can stay at this lovely property with a great family who care.

We are looking forward to our next stay.

Graham, Roni and Henry (the stupid spaniel).

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: June 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: And likewise, lovely guests! Thanks so much for your kind review - it was such a pleasure to meet you both (and the lovely Henry!) and we're so glad that you enjoyed your short stays here. We're looking forward to seeing you again!
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  • 5 of 5

A cosy and comfortable stay in a charming and rustic stone cottage with a pool just metres away, what more could we ask for?

The gite was well equipped and we had our best sleep in months.

Owners Jane and Martin were always on hand to provide advice and to help us with any queries we had. They always seemed to know when we ran out of eggs (a special thanks to the lovely Amelie and her Happy Chickens) and truly went the extra mile to ensure our stay was comfortable. Our Bordie Collie Ted also had something of a holiday romance with Fleur and Sophie the golden retrievers. All in all a very relaxing visit, a pace we fear we could get very used to in a location that surpassed our expectations. We hope to return here one day ourselves but in the meantime would happily recommend L'Ecurie at Le Grands Coudrais to our friends and relatives.

  • Review Submitted: 22-May-2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your lovely comments and we're so pleased you enjoyed your week here in L'Ecurie. We'd love to see you again at Les Grands Coudrais and Sophie and Fleur would definitely like to spend another week of fun with Ted!
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  • 5 of 5

My wife and I had the pleasure of spending our 28th wedding anniversary with Jane & Martin and we could not have asked for a more relaxing, welcoming and enjoyable holiday.

Jane and martin are fantastic hosts and you want for nothing.

2015 is already booked and we are both looking forward to returning.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Jul-2014
  • Date of Stay: June 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was lovely to welcome you to Les Grands Coudrais and we're delighted that you had a great holiday. We're looking forward to seeing you again in the future!
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Civray, Poitou-Charentes

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
1 Apr 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
1 Jul 2018 - 14 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
15 Sep 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £0

We welcome well behaved dogs and the cottage has a large enclosed garden. We ask for a refundable damage deposit of £200 for guests with dogs. All bed and kitchen linen, towels and pool towels are provided free of charge. For guests staying more than one week, these are changed weekly. A wide range of baby and toddler equipment (cots, highchairs, stair gates, pushchair etc) is available free of charge - please ask when booking. Subject to availability we can offer short stays of 1 to 6 nights, please contact us for details.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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