|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Recently renovated and newly furnished the 135 m2 old stone Barn, with a built in Dove House, retains many original features.
The entrance hall with wooden staircase leading to the 1st floor bedrooms separates the kitchen from the spacious lounge with full width sliding patio doors, large settee and cosy seats gathered around an old wood stove and T.V. Two large oak cupboards contain a selection of books, board games.
The well laid out large Kitchen/Dining area has been modernised with washing machine, electric cooker, 4 ceramic hobs, microwave, dishwasher, fridge, toaster, coffee machine, pressure cooker, iron, ironing board and drying rack.
Grange Bedroom: Double bed and 2 single beds with bedside tables, chairs, chest of drawers and cupboard. En suite Large Shower Room with wash basin and toilet.
Boat Bedroom: Double bed and 2 single beds with bedside tables, chairs, chest of drawers and cupboard. En suite Shower Room with wash basin and toilet.
BEAUTIFULLY MODERNISED INTO COMFORTABLE 3 STAR FULLY EQUIPPED GITES. Spacious Terraces facing South, overlooking a REFRESHING 12m x 6m POOL bordered by lawns, exotic flowers and majestic cedars. THE SETTING IS IDEAL FOR CHILDREN as the large garden and small wood are enclosed within a stone wall and electric gates.
The picturesque RIVERSIDE VILLAGE of COULON only 500 yards away offers a choice of quality shops, bakery and 7 RESTAURANTS serving Sea Food and Regional Dishes, pizzas/crepes.
The SUNDAY MORNING MARKET held around the 11th century Church and the nearby supermarket will give you a chance to top up with all the fresh food and drinks you like. English NEWSPAPERS are sold at the corner shop.
Enjoy the peaceful shaded tracks and waterways of the MARAIS POITEVIN REGIONAL PARK by hiring cycles or a rowing boat in COULON or try horse riding in the next village of La GARETTE.
FOR KEEN WALKERS take a picnic and simply follow the splendid tree lined gravel pathways of the MARATHON circuit, which meander along the charming waterways and marshes. Take a rest along the way at one of the cafes for a snack, cool beer, local wines or ice cream.
EXCELLENT DAY OUT ATTRACTIONS within an hour's drive abound like the Amazingly Modern and Interactive FUTUROSCOPE Park near Poitiers or the WORLD' S BEST THEME PARK of the PUY DU FOU where live historical scenes are re-inacted every day.
LA ROCHELLE and CLOSE BY SANDY BEACHES are only 45 mins drive away. Its historic port, Superb Boutiques under the Stone Arcades, Unique Aquarium and unlimited Fresh Sea Food Restaurants will make you dream. The ILE DE RE trendy, Chic and Picturesque is on the JUST ON other side of the bridge facing LA ROCHELLE.
CHILDREN WE HAVE ALL YOU NEED, buckets, shovels and balls for you to take to the nearby beautifully clean sandy beach of CHATELAILLON PLAGE, south of La Rochelle where the cafes have more flavours of ice cream than you can count.
STAFFORDSHIRE AND YORKSHIRE was our home for many years. After running a creative Design Business for 20 years near BEVERLEY we were ready for a new challenge in France. MARYLYN A JERSEY GIRL with French grandparents and TONY EDUCATED IN FRANCE were eager to retrace their roots. We thoroughly enjoy welcoming guests and sharing our home with them. Our visitors love theTRANQUILITY OF THE VENISE VERTE and exploring the maze of waterways by punt or bike. There is the nearby FRESHNESS of the coast and the Amazing parks of Futuroscope or Le Puy du Fou not so very far away.
IN SPRING we love the chorus of the frogs, the arrival of the HOOPOES and the acrobatics of the RED QUIRRELS. The greening of the poplars lining the waterways dotted with pretty coloured stone cottages under bright blue skies.
IN AUTUMN we visit the Wine fairs and pick blackberries under the glorious colours of the hedgeways and look forward to the roasted chestnuts and VIN CHAUD served at the many Christmas markets.
Marylyn Kusmirek purchased this cottage in 2008
FINDING FRANCE'S PARADISE AND BEST KEPT SECRET took an element of luck. There were too many nice regions and beautiful places to choose from. THE AREA HAD TO BE TOURISTIC but in a gentle and natural way with summers that were not too hot.
We wanted a house of character with the POTENTIAL FOR B&B AND GITES within walking distance of a LIVELY AND PICTURESQUE VILLAGE, socially active with welcoming people.
The closeness to a number of airports, a good railway station and a motorway network was important to ensure that out visitors, family and friends come at any time without difficulty or travelling too far.
As one of our very outspoken grandsons said " NANNY WE WILL COME TO SEE YOU IF YOU LIVE BY THE SEA AND HAVE A SWIMMING POOL ”
We found both and much more to feel very happy ever since we settled in COULON.
IN SUMMER, market stalls overflow with delicious orange fleshed Charentais melons, from which Marylyn makes an excellent home-made jam.
The region has many SMALL VINEYARDS producing interesting, fresh wines which go so well with local goats’ cheeses and Marylyn;s version of the Farci Poitevin, the TASTY VEGETABLE PATE of the Marais.
WE HAVE MADE LOTS OF FRIENDS at various village events - farmers, potters, artists, writers, the Mayor naturally and various councillors.
ON OUR SUNDAY WALK TO THE MARKET held around the pretty 12th century church, we often meet up and arrange an impromptu aperitif or enjoy a coffee or Pineau des Charentes at the café and read the Sunday papers.
Every AUTUMN we get together with a group of gite owners to drive to the presses of a nearby orchard for a chat and to bottle a year's supply of 100 % pure golden apple juice.
Dear Marylyn and Tony,
Thank you so very much for making us welcome at your beautiful home and gites. from the moment we arrived with the bottle of home made apple juice and plum wine after a long jouney we felt at home. The beautiful evening meals and breakfasts we had by the pool with the kids exhauted from swimming all day made it a perfect holiday !!
Thank you again for such a warm welcome !!
All bookings are subject to a 30% deposit payable in Sterling by bank transfer to a U.K Bank, at the time of reservation.
A reservation becomes effective when the tenant has returned a signed copy of the agreement and the advance payment has been paid by the date specified.The balance is to be paid 8 weeks before arrival as detailed in the agreement, together with a refundable deposit of 30% for damages. This will be refunded 2 weeks after the tenants departure, less any deductions for damages.
Change over day is Saturday with ARRIVALS at 5 PM and DEPARTURES on Saturday before 10AM to allow time for cleaning and preparing the 2 gites.