Gite in Le Busseau, Deux Sevres, Poitou Charentes - Peaceful Location
’La Menantelliere’ is a lovely family home situated on the Deux Sevres, Vendee border between Poitier and La Rochelle, it has a large private garden covering 1 acre. Recently renovated, the barn has spacious rooms that can be kept cool in summer or can be kept warm with the log fire in winter. Outside there is a large decked terrace with table and chairs over looking the gardens and the spectacular views of the countryside. The surrounding region is of gently rolling countryside, with beautiful lakes and forested areas. The medieval village of Vouvant was recently voted as the most beautiful village in France, it is 16 km away and is a must for dining out. Only an hour’s drive from Poitiers (home of Futuroscope) and the impressive coastal towns of La Rochelle and Sables d’Olonne. The recent opening of the art studio will be of interest to artists holiday makers. Or you may just prefer to relax by our pool and enjoy the grounds surrounded only by the sounds of the countryside and views.
Top Traveller Review
Delightfully enjoyable week
About the Owner
Guestbook comments from the owner
‘Spectacular views and all the comforts of home. We recommend 'Wobbly Rock'and The Parc du Pierre Brune. Thank you for an enjoyable holiday’ - The Butler family West Haddon UK
‘We all thoroughly enjoyed our week and felt much at home. Too many nice touches to mention and the house is a real credit to you Josie. Highly recommended’ - The O'Neill family Bickley, Bromley UK.
‘My family and I would like to thank Josie for a wonderful holiday. The house is beautiful and the views unbeatable. A visit to the Ile De Re is recommended. Many thanks once again for the opportunity to stay in this wonderful area of France’ - The Hardley Family West Bromich UK.
4.8 based on 10 holidaymaker reviews
Delightfully enjoyable week
We were warmly met at the gate by Josie and shown around our gite. The gite was lovely and very well presented. Our hosts had provided a welcome pack, this is always very welcome. It had all the amenities you will need, from washing machine to powder and conditioner. Its the little things that makes a stay go beyond normal to be a delightfully enjoyable experience. The view from our decking was great, well worth getting up in the morning with a cup of something with a croissant or two and just sit back and watch the day unfurl. The above ground pool was greatly appreciated as the temperatures increased throughout our week.
A little slice of heaven
Arrived in the dark, awoke to pull back curtains and WOW what a view ! Fantastic base for exploring local places of interest. Peace and relaxation guaranteed, whilst enjoying a glass of wine on the decking, and having a dip in the pool. Plenty of lovely local restaurants to enjoy. Josie is always there for help and advice. The gite was spotless, everything you need at hand, and English TV. Bikes are also available to enjoy a ride through the lovely countryside. On one such occasion, we came across CafeBonBon in La Chapelle aux Lys, owned by a lovely English couple.
Would highly recommend and return - Beautiful !
Lovely peaceful gite with wonderful views
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and all agreed it is the best holiday cottage we’ve stayed at, home or in France. We loved the spacious, airy living area and the walk out onto the large deck with lovely views. The pool was a big hit with our daughter Libby, and seeing the pigs and chickens were the highlight of her holiday! The gite was perfectly equipped and you both, as hosts, were so welcoming.
Just returned from a fabulous week here. Gite is really comfortable, clean and well equipped with lots of little extras. Josie is super helpful and knowledgable and was happy for us to have fresh produce from her delightful garden. The sun terrace, pool and view are just perfect for summer relaxing. We took our 9 year old son and as we were lucky with the weather we spent a few days at the Gite but also visited a local chateau at Memsis which was geared for children, the Adventure Park for Tree Top climbing just outside of L'Absie and a day trip to La Rochelle including The Aquarium. We had a super holiday and would happily return and highly recommend. Thank you Josie.
19 September 2014
We had a lovely week at La Menanteliere. The Gite was everything we had hoped for, the location is beautiful; we couldn't help but relax. Josie and Dominic made use very welcome with a basket of goodies on arrival and useful suggestions for places to visit during the week. I would highly recommend this for a peaceful holiday in rural France.
Home now from our wonderful week at La Menanteliere. The Gite is gorgeous, with absolutely everything we needed for a relaxing stay. Josie is a wonderful host, and the welcome basket on arrival (including wine!) was a lovely touch. The Gite has the most fantastic views which no photos can do justice to. Miles and miles of tranquil French countryside was our view whilst sipping wine on the terrace - gorgeous. My husband enjoyed numerous local walks, maps provided by Josie! The local restaurants are superb for 'Plat du Jour' at €12 each. A visit to La Rochelle was lovely, and would recommend as less than an hour away.
Thank you so much for a lovely, relaxing stay. We'll definitely be back!
Activity and Interests
The impressive coastal towns of La Rochelle and Sables d’Olonne are one and half hour's drive.
Our nearest airports are Poitiers and La Rochelle, approximately an hour's drive, but Limoges, Tours and Bordeaux are all within commutable distance. Calais is about a 6 1/2 hour drive, Cherbourg and St Malo are about 5 hours. A car is essential.
St Hilliare de Voust (3km) has an excellent family run boulongerie specialising in chocolate, patisserie and breads, all are truly wonderful. There are many local markets, Tuesday morning Coulonges (10km) a very pretty medieval town. Wednesday morning Partheny (20km), this has a stunning medieval quarter, with many good restaurants all of which are children friendly. Thursday and Saturday Noirt (32km) hosts a large market. Not forgetting Fontenay Le Compte (16km) which has a stunning Chateau.
The area is rich in history and boasts the second sunniest climate in France with as many hours of sunshine as the Mediterranean coast. The area is ideal for walking, horse riding or cycling. Fishing permits can be purchased locally for a pleasant day at Pescalis next to Moncoutant.
For visitors with an interest in fishing La Menantelierre provides a wealth of opportunities within less than an hours drive.
Pescali is regarded as being the pre-eminent fishing attraction in Europe, it offers 100ha of lakes and is just 20 minutes drive from La Menantelierre.
La Rochelle and the Atlantic coast offer sea anglers plenty of opportunities to take to the sea.
If you fancy letting someone else do the hard work whilst you enjoy the local scenery why not consider booking horse riding. The following establishments can cater for riders of all abilities.
The surrounding region is of gently rolling countryside, with beautiful lakes and forested areas. The medieval village of Vouvant was recently voted as the most beautiful village in France is 16 km away and is a must for dining out. Only an hour’s drive from Poitiers (home of Futuroscope) and the impressive coastal towns of La Rochelle and Sables d’Olonne, the setting for this authentic property is perfect for a secluded holiday. Within easy distance are golf courses, lakeside beaches, sailing, fishing and horse riding. Many of the nearby villages have their own summer fetes and market days along with excellent, good-value cuisine that typifies rural France.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
28 Nov 2016 - 25 Mar 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
26 Mar 2017 - 15 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
16 Jul 2017 - 10 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Additional pricing information
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
Reservations can be made by either e-mail or telephone, we then require a 20% sterling cheque deposit along with a completed booking form, sent to La Menantelliere, 79240 Le Busseau, France. The balance should be completed 6 weeks prior to the start of your holiday.
Further information on our website - please see the weblink below.
Saturday changeover, arrive at 4pm, depart 10am.
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- Available arrival
- Iron & Board
- Living Room ...
- Tumble Dryer
- Washing Machine
- Kitchen ...
- Child's Highchair
- Satellite / Cable
Pool / Spa
- Private Pool
- children welcome
- Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
- Shower room with shower, wc.
- 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
- Bedroom 2
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps up to4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed. Bedroom 2 with twin day beds.
- Golf ...
Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website
- Notes on accommodation: Cots, highchair and baby bath are provided at no extra cost. Outside: Outside there is a large decked terrace with an outdoor cooking area including bread oven and barbecue with countryside views, table and chairs overlooking lawns, gardens and the spectacular views of the countryside. The garden is safe and secure for young children. Utility Room: Wood-burner, easy access to a washing machine, iron and ironing board, drying facilities, clothes airer. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen and towels are included. Other: Stay in the unspoilt French countryside in the heart of the Deux Sevre region.