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2 Luxury Stone Cottages near LA ROCHELLE close to super Bike tracks and Canoeing - La Colomberie Gite (2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5)

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,453 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking



La Colomberie Gite (2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5)

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.

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About the property


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.

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Marylyn Kusmirek
Member since: 2008
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
27 July, 2017

About Marylyn Kusmirek

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

Why Marylyn Kusmirek chose Coulon

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.

What makes this cottage unique

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

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 !!

Best wishes.
Aug 2016
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Nearest Airport
70 Kilometres
La Rochelle
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
Coulon Village
Nearest Ferry
320 Kilometres
St Malo
Nearest Golf
12 Kilometres
Nearest Train
12 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
500 Metres
Coulon Village
Nearest Beach
75 Kilometres
Chatelaillon Plage
Car: necessary


LA ROCHELLE, the magnificent Atlantic Coast and the sandy beaches of CHATELAILLON PLAGE are 45 mins away by car. There are also WILD and NATURAL ENVIRONMENTS with little fishing cabins on stilts and surfing coves in the estuary of AIGUILLON BAY.

SEA FOOD RESTAURANTS abound In the old port of LA ROCHELLE where the can linger with a cool drink at the many cafe terraces and in the evening watch artists & street entertainment .

Nearby the ILE DE RE famous for its chic film stars Holiday homes, long promenades and well groomed beaches will offer you another magical experience.

The unspoilt ILE d'Oleron near ROCHEFORT has its own separate natural charm and the colourfully painted artist shacks merit a visit.


3 and 1/2 hour drive from St Malo,

5 hours from Caen,

6 Hours from Cherbourg,

8 hours from Calais.

The A 83 from Nantes Exit 9 is 10miles away and the A 10 from Paris Exit 11 is 15 miles away.


1 and 1/2 hours drive from Nantes Airport,

45 minutes from La Rochelle Airport,

2 Hours from Bordeaux Airport,

1 Hour from Poitiers Airport.


T.G.V from Paris to Niort, 2hrs 20mins (20 minutes by taxi to Niort Station)


Niort, 8 miles away has a 12th century DONGEON museum and a nearby superb Covered Food Market. It is a lively town with a new Central park surrounded by restaurants and a Multiscreen Cinema.

One hour away. The FUTUROSCOPE theme PARK will provide you with more than a full day of exitement for the children, seeing big screen visual attractions and interactive games.

The Puy du Fou the best Theme Park in the world. Each week end it has an evening show you cannot afford to miss with fireworks and bfreath taking the illuminated water displays to support its unique historical programme.


POITOU CHARENTE is proud of its rich agricultural heritage, where each community provides regular themed events and entertainment throughout summer to promote Sport, Culture, Music, the Arts and Local Produce.

ENGLISH visitors are made particularly welcome and represent at least 10 % of the tourist trade.

THE OFFICE OF TOURISM, as well as many gift shops and restaurants employ bilingual staff to assist.

THE MARAIS POITEVIN also known as the Venise Verte consists of many active and charming Rural Villages built of white chalk stone, linked by waterways feeding meadows and fields lined by pollarded ash trees and crossed by walking and cycle tracks.

THE PAINTING FESTIVAL in MAGNE held at the endd of July, welcomes 300 painters over the week end to capture the beautiful scenery of the village.

THE NATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL is celebrated on Midsummer's Day.

There are many Historical towns within easy driving distance. The Neolithic settlement in Bougon, Roman Arch and Amphitheatre in Saintes, Ancient Silver Mines at Melle, Medieval Castles in Coudray Salbert & Parthenay. Extraordinary Abbeys in Maillezais, Neuil sur Autize & Celles sur Belle.

COGNAC AND WINE LOVERS can take in Vineyards and Distilleries visits stretching from the local Fiefs Vendeen to Cognac and St Emillion near Bordeaux.

ZOODYSEE, a modern rare breeds centre in the beautiful forest of Chize, south of Niort is home to many endangered European animals including bison,wolves & the rare Long Haired POITOU Donkey.

Available Rentals


Booking Notes:
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.

Changeover Day:
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.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Coulon in Deux-Sevres

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1453 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • river
  • village
  • Family
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • Each one of the 2 bathrooms has a shower, a wash basin and a toilet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Each one of the 2 bedrooms has a double bed and 2 single beds
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Television
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: HIRE of BED LINEN, BATHROOM and KITCHEN TOWELS is included in the accommodation price of the Gites and B&B. SWIMMING POOL or BEACH TOWELS are not provided. NO SMOKING is allowed in the Gites and B&B or in the grounds of the rented premises. ANIMALS and BARBECUES are not allowed in the Gites and B&B or in the grounds of the rented premises. Outside: There is adequate private parking within the gated and enclosed walled grounds. Table tennis and Boules equipment is available. There are plenty of green spaces where children can play in the garden. The region of POITOU CHARENTE claims to be the 2nd sunniest area of France after the Mediterranean counties, temperatures can reach 20C in spring and 30C in summer. The terraces are well placed close to the gites for breakfast, dining and relaxing outside on sunny days and warm evenings. The large SWIMMING POOL 12m x 6m, non heated-non covered, is refreshing and can be used by both gites between 10 AM and 12 NOON and between 2 PM to 6 PM, to allow time for daily maintenance and cleaning. Although the pool has an approved immersion alarm, ALL CHILDREN particularly the very young ones MUST BE ACCOMPANIED AT ALL TIMES BY AN ADULT when in or around the swimming pool. It is the TENANTS' RESPONSABILITY to supervise their children in or around the swimming pool and the grounds


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