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1 of 3 Gites set in 2 lovely acres-Pool-Games field -Wifi-lots to see/do nearby

Bedrooms 2
Separate WCs1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking


About the property

Woodland views,sun-trap shared Pool,Games field,Boules,Croquet, friendly Hens.

La Roche is named after the natural feature rock escarpment in the hall and shower room, this 2 bedroomed Gite is finished to a high standard and well furnished. Sleeps 4 plus Cot.


Entrance hall leading to the 2 bedrooms - one double overlooking the front and one twin at the rear. The hallway has the unusual and distinctive feature of the granite bedrock of the hillside forming part of the exterior wall.

Shower room with washbasin , heated towel rail and Washing Machine. Separate toilet with washbasin.


Spacious open-plan, well-equipped kitchen area with excellent views over the fields to the rear of the Gite and with the sitting room/dining area at the front, enjoying marvellous views over the woods and surrounding countryside. La Roche is well equipped with Gas Cooker, Fridge-Freezer, Microwave,Dishwasher, TV(freesat), CD player and DVD player with a selection of DVDs ,books and games. Stairgate at top of stairs.

From the living area, the French doors lead you to your own private barbecue area, with steps leading up to your dining terrace - great for relaxing in the evening sun with a bottle of wine and some good French food. There is also a picnic table under the trees.

These can also be accessed via your private entry at the side of the Gite.

Behind the Pool terrace there are washing lines for each Gite.


Set in a glorious sheltered sun trap, the large shared Pool ( 9m x 4.6 m and 1.2m deep) is surrounded by a large sun deck.Loungers, chairs and parasols are supplied for relaxing and sunbathing after a refreshing dip.

The tranquil setting is surrounded by woodland views.

There is a Paddling Pool and some toys available.

The Pool is covered at night, to preserve its temperature with daily opening and cleaning undertaken by ourselves.

The Pool is fully fenced , has a security gate, and is open from May until October.

There are a number of benches positioned around the site to take in the fantastic views.

At the top of the site, is our large well-equipped Games field where you can enjoy - Football,TableTennis, Badminton.There are also a number of other bats and balls provided.

Organic veg ius available, at cost, from our feature 3 - tiered Potager, there is a Wildflower Maze, a Croquet lawn and a Boules Court. There are wonderful walks on our doorstep and we also have 3 adult bikes available.

Eggs from our friendly cheese loving Chickens are also available.

We are within an easy drive of two of the top theme park destinations in France , Futuroscope at Poitiers,which has a large number of interactive games,rides and attractions, and Puy du Fou which has a 'Hollywood style' outdoor gladiator and viking shows, falconry exhibitions and a spectacular outdoor 'sound & light' show in the evening.

The Marais Poitevin (Venise Verte),is a fascinating area of meadows and marshlands, criss-crossed by canals and rivers where you can hire a boat and spend the day meandering through the waterways. Coulon is an excellent starting point, and from here you can also take a ride on the Pibalou miniature train.

At the seaward edge of the Marais, there are opportunities to go birdwatching and there are beautiful beaches at the seaside resorts of Les Sables-d'Olonne and La Tranche.

South of Chalans, strong muscles will be needed to pedal the Velo-Rail trucks along the disused tracks - 2 to pedal and 2 can relax as passengers!

For steam railway enthusiasts, there is also the Chemin de Fer de la Vendee at Mortagne sur Sevres 10km from Cholet,a 22km stretch of track, complete with dining car and a small museum.

As you would expect in France, there are a number of opportunities for cycling - the Tourist Offices often have informative leaflets about routes.There is a cycleway running the length of the Vendee coast and 60miles of cycle tracks on the Ile de Re (La Rochelle) - with a Velo-Bus to come back on if required!

Also very popular is hiring bikes to explore the Marais Poitevin - excellent flat easy riding.

Within 30 mins drive there is an excellent 18-hole golf course at Mazieres-en-Gatine, overlooked by a spectacular chateau.

Locally, there are several 'plans d'eau' which have a large lake for swimming, usually with a man-made beach and waterslide and many activities such as pedalos, water sports, crazy golf - something for all the family.

For the fishermen/women, the fantastic Pescalis, Europe's premier fishing complex is just 10 minutes drive away. It has more than 250 acres of lakes with carp up to 25 kilos!

Only 10 mins away is the Parc Aventure, tree-top fun for all ages and very popular with our visitors, and an excellent Karting track.

For something 'completely different' travel underground at the Faymoreau Mining Centre,and don't miss the beautiful stained glass in the Chapel.

There are many walks in the area - a number to take from Les Glycines Gites. There is a route which takes you through the many Apple Orchards that surround us and slightly further afield, one which tracks the 'famous 'Chabichou' goats cheese.

Just north of L'Absie is the Rocher Branlant - the 'rocking rock'-a huge balanced boulder which moves very slightly when pushed!

The Forest of Secondigny is the meeting place of 2 Santiago de Compostela routes (GR364 and GR36 - which starts in Plymouth).

Of course, there is always shopping.....

Local Markets in the area, of which, there are many for each day of the week, and a fantastically rich way to experience French life and Food - look out for Goats cheese, melons, Parthenay beef and Pineau des Charentes.

Likewise, a brilliant experience , are the numerous 'Vide-Greniers' (literally loft emptying) the 'Car boots' of France

The 'Departement' of Deux-Sevres,is so called after the two rivers which run through it- the Sevre Nantaise and the Sevre Niortaise. There are many lakes and waterways throughout our area which make delightful walks, and create dramatic settings for a number of the local towns and cities.

Only 25 minutes away is the lovely medieval town of Parthenay with numerous half-timbered houses, museums and historic Churches. A ramble through its streets is a must.

Niort , a similar distance, with its trendy and traditional shops and lively market, filled with a huge variety of fresh produce including seafood and patisserie. Poitiers also has a medieval centre and a number of architecturally interesting churches,including the ancient Saint-Hilaire-le-Grand, which was completed in 1049.

The picturesque seaside resort and port of La Rochelle with its beautiful beach, many shops and variety of restaurants is readily accessible.

In the forest of Mervant, Vouvant claims to be one of the prettiest villages in France, and it certainly makes for an interesting walk. The Melusine Tower provides a panoramic view over the village and surrounding countryside - it also has a fascinating story attached - look out for the Fairy Melusine with her serpent tail.

If even more ancient history is your thing, then the important megalithic site of the Tumulus de Bougon with its combination of 5 tumuli,museum and reconstructions will be a must to visit.

Very near to Les Glycines ,are the medieval ruins of the Abbey of L'Absie,which is associated with Eleanor of Aquitaine, the wife of Henry ll .

At Secondigny, less than15 minutes away, not only is there a superb lake with fishing, restaurant and activities, but a beautifully restored Church of some note.

At St Maixent-L'Ecole there is a reconstructed Gothic abbey church worthy of a trip.

With more 'ornate' architecture in mind our nearest Chateau is at Coulonges sur L'Autize, conveniently situated in the centre of the town ,with the Chateau et Jardin Medieval de la Guyonniere just to the east of us ( south of Parthenay).

To the North is the renaissance Chateau d'Oiron and the magnificent Chateau at Saumur, with its stupendous views over the Loire, can make a magnificent day out.

More Details

Anne Tarrant, Les Glycines Gites
Member since: 2016
Speaks English, French, Spanish
Calendar last updated:
12 June, 2018

About Anne Tarrant, Les Glycines Gites

We purchased Les Glycines Gites in July 2010 having both been self-employed in the UK . Anne's business was Heaven Scent Herbs - making speciality Mustards, Ray ran an educational evaluation consultancy. We moved from Devon with our two Burmese Cats, Merlot and Muscat ( now 15!).

Anne Tarrant, Les Glycines Gites purchased this cottage in 2010

Why Anne Tarrant, Les Glycines Gites chose Vernoux-en-Gâtine

The immediate impact of the lovely setting in a peaceful wooded valley of Les Glycines Gites was the reason we fell for this property. We could also see the great potential for developing the Gites and Grounds to give Holiday makers a truly great experience. We renovated our House and developed the third Gite - extended the Pool decking, improved the outdoor eatring areas ( 2 for each gite ) ,made a small communal garden,created a Wildflower Meadow Maze,a three- tiered Organic Potager, Boules Court,Chicken Pen ( we have 6 lovely ladies who produce the most delicious eggs), greatly improved the Wifi ( free) etc

What makes this cottage unique

The beautiful and relaxing setting. The rich soundscape - birdsong, rippling brook. The sunny days and warm evenings . The position which is convenient for all travel options and for many wonderful days out. The lovely wooded valleys.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Vernoux-en-Gâtine in Deux-Sevres

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:30 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Shower Enclosure , Also contains the washing machine. Separate toilet.
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Separate toilet with washbasin.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , Downstairs bedroom - lovely and cool in the Summer
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , Beautifully cool in summer as downstairs
  • Our 'upside down' Gite makes the bedrooms cool in Summer and cosy for the rest of the year. Stairgate at the top of the stairs.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • 3 bicycles
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
During July/August we have daily fresh bread deliveries from a local artisdan baker - delicious Pain au Raisins etc... Feeding the Chickens ( much loved by children of all ages) - trying their delcious eggs! Organic vegetables are also available for a small charge. We live on site, so are able to give advice,book restaurants and make your stay as comfortable as possible.


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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Vernoux-en-Gâtine, Poitou-Charentes

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
25 Jun 2018 - 13 Jul 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Sep 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
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3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £50
Stay tax £0.35 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 18 years.

Rates include electricity,gas,bed linen, hand and t-towels, plus a 'Welcome Pack' for weekly stays. Bath towels are available to hire on site at 15€ per week for 4 towels.We have CotsCot Mattresses,High Chairs, and other Baby equipment available - but please bring your own cot bed linen.
Discounts are available for booking more than 1 Gite - please enquire.

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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