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Gites in Renovated 16th Century Farmhouse with Pool - L'Etable (2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4/6)



Updated: 31-Aug-2016
Gites in L'Hopiteau, Nr. Parthenay, Deux Sevres, Poitou-Charentes - In Open Countryside, Yet Only 10 Mins from Medieval Town of Parthenay

This 16th century farmhouse is situated on the edge of a quiet hamlet, in its own grounds, which include a large private swimming pool, and a secure pond with free-range ducks and chickens. Table Tennis, Badminton set and Wifi, also available. The property has been tastefully renovated to provide spacious and comfortable accommodation, whilst retaining original beams and stone walls. Ideal for a complete "break from it all", or as a base for touring the many delights of this region. Many activities nearby, including golf, fishing, horse-riding, karting and a specialised radio-control-based activity centre. Within easy reach of Poitiers and Futuroscope, the Marais Poitevin (Green Venice), the Puy du Fou, the Loire Valley, La Rochelle and the Atlantic Coast, the beautiful Ile de Re and other islands, Cognac and much, much more.

Details for holiday farmhouse L'Etable (2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4/6), 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, 1 Bathroom

Spacious, comfortable accommodation on 2 floors.

The ground floor comprises of an open-plan, double-glazed living area with lounge area with wood burning fire, TV and DVD and futon sofabed. Fitted kitchen with gas hob, electric mini-oven, microwave, fridge, dishwasher and washing machine. Dining area.

On the first floor there are 2 bedrooms:

1 double, with 2 fitted wardrobes and bedside cabinets.

1 twin, with wardrobe and chest of drawers

Bathroom/WC with half-bath with integral seat and over bath shower.

BBQ and garden furniture is provided.

  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We have been resident in France since the beginning of 2002. We are a very relaxed, easy going couple, aiming to provide the ideal atmosphere for both families and couples. We live "on site" and are bilingual, Mark translates and teaches French, so we are always available for any help or guidance that may be needed.

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Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the owner

We have all thoroughly enjoyed our holiday here- it was made all the better by the hospitality and the surroundings. You have been wonderful hosts and the advice you have given us on places to visit has enabled us to get the most out of our holiday. The animals were an added bonus, although I sense that we will have an upset daughter when we depart tomorrow morning. Thank you once again. James, Britta and family Aug 2010

Mark and Anita made our stay brilliant with all the hospitality-good company, great food and local knowledge. Really enjoyed the "Indian Stick game". Shame our garden isn't big enough for us to have it at home

The Wilsons August 2011

A great week spent both relaxing by the pool and "out and about" visiting La Rochelle, Saumur, Ile de Re and the kid's favourite- Zip wiring at Chantemerie

Many thanks for your great hospitality

The Bolton family August 2011
May 2008
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2 Reviews

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  • 5 of 5

Immaculate, well equipped gite with welcoming and knowledgeable owners. Superb first night meal, food shopping done for our arrival and comfy beds were all much appreciated. Mark and Anita live on site but were not at all intrusive. Their knowledge and kindness made this a fabulous, relaxing holiday for all of us.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Relax, relax, relax....

  • 4 of 5

We have just spent a lovely weeks holiday here. Mark and Anita are everything you could want from hosts. They helped us with local knowledge and recommendations with regard to where to go etc. There was a complimentary welcome pack and a lovely first night dinner that we had pre booked....The nearby town of Parthenay had good restaurants where our 12 year old tried frog legs and loved them!!! Visiting the monkeys, zip wiring and La Rochelle were the highlights for us together with plenty of peaceful nights sleep! This was my first visit to France and it holds good memories, I can't wait to go back!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 17, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
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From the Owner

We chose the area for it's convenient location. There are easy journeys to : the Chateaux of The Loire Valley, the beaches/ports and islands of La Rochelle, The Marais Poitevin (also known as Green Venice) and Cognac.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Poitiers at 40 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : St Martin Du Fouilloux at 4 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : St Malo at 350 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Les Forges at 9 Kilometres Nearest Train : Parthenay at 13 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Parthenay at 13 Kilometres Nearest Beach : La Rochelle at 120 Kilometres Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

French language lessons can be provided.


The beautiful sandy beaches at and around La Rochelle are only 90 minutes drive away.

From La Rochelle you can choose one of the many boat excursions, such as Fort Boyard, the Ile d'Aix, & the Ile d'Oleron.

The Ile de Re is home to many picturesque, sheltered harbours, which give a choice of superb quality seafood & other restaurants. Cycle hire is very popular and very reasonably priced.



Piotiers - 40 minutes;

La Rochelle - 90 minutes;

Limoges - 2 hrs 15mins


St Malo - 4 hrs;

Caen - 5 hrs;

Le Havre - 6 hrs;

Calais - 7 to 8 hrs.

Train (TGV):

Paris to Poitiers- 1 hr 40 mins.


Parthenay - 13 kms.

Poitiers - 40 kms.

Futuroscope - 40 kms.

Marais Poitevin - 40 kms.

Pescalis - 35 kms.

Forest of Adventure - 30 kms.

Le Puy du Fou - 80 kms.

Loire Valley/Saumur - 80 kms.

Monkey Valley - 80 kms.

La Rochelle - 120 kms.

Saintes - 115 kms.

Cognac - 120 kms.

Further Details:

The medieval town of Parthenay is the nearest large town to La Metairie. The town retains much of its old ramparts, a lot of which you can walk, and the medieval quarter is very popular with locals and tourists alike.

There is a wide variety of good restaurants, providing quality food for all the family.

There is a full range of shops and supermarkets, and local produce can be found at the regular market on Wednesday mornings.

More locally, there is a small general store at Vausseroux, 4kms from La Metairie, where you can buy fresh bread daily, along with a variety of other foodstuffs.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
2 Nov 2016 - 31 Mar 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
1 Apr 2017 - 30 Apr 2017
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Early Summer
1 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Peak Season
1 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
1 night minimum stay
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1 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
1 night minimum stay
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1 Oct 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
1 night minimum stay
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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

Booking Notes:
Contact us for a booking form and we will send one to you to complete and return, together with a 25% deposit, which is payable at the time of booking.
The balance, together with a security deposit, is due 6 weeks before the first date of rental.

Changeover Day:
Our changeover day is Saturday, but is flexible out of peak season.
Gites are available from 4pm on the date of arrival and should be vacated by 10am on the day of departure.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK Pounds.
Discounts available for longer lets.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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From the Owner

We enjoy the peace and quiet of the location whilst still being close to all amenities, ie shops, restaurants, cafes, etc. We love the friendliness of our French neighbours and tending daily to our animals.

Property Type

  • farmhouse


  • Away From It All
  • Family


  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural
  • town
  • village


  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • tennis


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed


  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Notes on accommodation: Both gites are fully equipped and provided with ironing-board/iron & clothes airer etc. Bed linen is provided, but not towels. The thick stone walls provide excellent insulation, giving cool accommodation in the summer and warm accommodation in the winter. Where required, additional heating can be provided. Outside: The large grounds have many secluded areas where you can relax in the shady corners provided by the numerous mature trees, or where you can find complete privacy to "top-up" your tan. All the grounds are accessible and the garden furniture can be moved to wherever you would like it. The pool (30ft x 15ft) is shared by both gites. There is a decked terrace area alongside the pool, equipped with loungers, where you can relax and offers open views across the valley. Also available is Table Tennis and a Badminton set.

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