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Le Colombage - Self Catering Medieval Village House & Garden

Bedrooms 2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Sleeps 5-6, 2 bedrooms, 3 bathroom. walled garden, central village location

Whether you are a couple, holidaying with friends or as a family, you will enjoy this this vibrant friendly French village, relax in the ambient surroundings it offers, whilst still being central to many popular tourist attractions (Puy du Fou, Futuroscope, the Loire valley and its chateaux, to name just a few).

Centrally located town house in the idyllic village of St Loup. This fully equipped, fully centrally heated, beautiful, medieval town house is open for bookings all year round. With its private walled garden, the house boasts large, light and airy rooms with a plentiful supply of character, antique furniture and quality fittings. Visitors to the gite will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the charm and history of this lovely part of France.

For more information about the house village and local attractions, look us up direct on "stloupgites dot com" or request our link through the enquiry box.

More Details

Martin & Sharon Harding
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
18 May, 2018

About Martin & Sharon Harding

Sharon and Martin moved to France 'lock stock and Barrel' back in July 2005 along with their two children then aged 7 and 10. Searching for; better weather, a good village culture, and the opportunity to immerse themselves in the French lifestyle; the Deux Sevres became their new home. Since moving, property renovation has featured heavily in their daily activities, converting a run down farmhouse and village forge into their new family home where they also run a small holding of sheep, pigs, turkeys, chickens, and a veg patch. Now fully immersed in the day to day french life, the charming house at St Loup keeps them busy and has proved to be very popular with their guests.

Martin & Sharon Harding purchased this villa in 2008

Why Martin & Sharon Harding chose Saint-Loup-Lamairé

In the summer of 2007 whilst on an afternoon’s visit to St Loup village to look at its lovely 15th Century chateau and quaint medieval streets, the house which is now “Le Colombage” was spotted, having just been put up for sale. Like all the other houses on the ‘Grand Rue’, it had been built in about 1450, and had over time housed many craftsmen and artisans. It is believed that originally the property was a boulangerie, selling bread over the large stone slab directly to the village folk standing in the cobbled street. The house and luckily a lot of its original antique furniture, was purchased from the French family who had occupied it for the previous 150 years.

15 months of sympathetic renovation followed, revealing original features which fashions over the centuries had hidden.

What makes this villa unique

Recognising the unique nature and enviable location of the house (in the main street next to the boulangerie), it became apparent very quickly that ‘Le Colombage’ was ideally placed for holiday rentals. Research showed that it would appeal to young and old alike, for holiday makers wanting to experience traditional french village life (boules on the green type of thing, local bars, small restaurants etc), whilst being within easy travelling distance to the many attractions this area of France is famous for. So the decision was made to make it available as a high quality gite. Le Colombage opened its door to visitors in March 2009.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Saint-Loup-Lamairé in Deux-Sevres

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 3 - Shower Enclosure
  • Both bedrooms have en-suite facilities (shower, toilet and wash basin). On the ground floor there is also a separate toilet, shower and wash basin.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5 to 6 persons (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: All bedrooms are light and airey with heavily beamed ceilings, wooden floors and various pieces of french antique furniture. Master bedroom - antique carved double bed & en-suite toilet / shower room. Bedroom 2 with dressing room - two antique wooden beds, 130cm & 120cm and en-suite toilet / shower room.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Notes on accommodation: Le Colombage is available from January to December. During high season the week runs from Saturday to Saturday. Part weeks are available out of season, contact owner for details and availability. Outside: The ambience and historic feel of the village and house extends into this walled garden with its mature shrubs, and sun-deck area. Situated behind the kitchen at the rear of the property, the garden provides additional space where you can relax and dine. External lighting, a six place patio set with sun shade, sun loungers and BBQ are available to guests to benefit from this outside space. Utility Room: Washing machine, ironing board and iron. Plus associated household cleaning utensils. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The rental cost is based on four people, 7 nights accommodation, electricity, and the provision of a change of linen and towels for guests staying more than one week. A weekly maid service for these guests is available upon request.


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Le Colombage - Self Catering Medieval Village House & Garden
average rating of 4.0 based on 1 reviews

Lovely cosy cottage

  • 4 of 5

Lovely property and nice to be greeted by Sharon & Martin. Pretty village, walked around area in a day. We stayed in early October and it was a good job we had taken provision because half of the village was closed. Really nice meal at the hotel just down the road, Le Relais Du Chapeau Rouge, (The restaurant is at the back of the hotel, you can't see it from outside). Would like to return more in season.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Kilometres
Chapeau Rouge
Nearest Ferry
336 Kilometres
Nearest Train
50 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
0.05 Kilometres
L'Expresso Pizzeria
Nearest Beach
120 Kilometres
La Rochelle
Car: recommended


There are many beaches within driving reach of St Loup (90 minutes). The beaches of La Rochelle, St Giles Croix de Vie, La tranche sur Mer, are amongst our favourites and offer a wonderful day out.


St Loup is very central to a number of airports serviced by the popular budget airlines from the UK, with each airport offering cheap car hire. The airport of Poitiers is the nearest to the gite (45 minutes drive), with La Rochelle, Nantes, and Angers being of a similar distance away (90 minutes driving). The airport of Limoge 120 minutes by car.


Le Colombage is walking distance to all of the village's ammenities - Restaurants, bars and the beauitiful St Loup chateau. It is also centrally located to many sought after activities and places of interest.

Distances have been expressed in estimated driving times. Market town of Airvault 5 mins - incl. main supermarket and nearest swimming pool. Medieval towns of Parthenay and Thouars 20 mins. Puy de Fou theme park 40 mins. Futuroscope 45 mins. Niort 55 mins. Saumur on the Loire 50 mins.

Further Details:

Features of St Loup (all within a 5 min or less walk): Beautiful 16th Century St Loup Chateau, 14th Century Keep and Orangerie. 16th Century church with famous Aubertin Organ.15th and 16th Century houses and narrow lanes. Three restaurants and two bars. Boulangerie, Patisserie, Chocolaterie. Mini supermarket selling provisions, local cheeses (incl. the famous St Loup goats cheese) and wines. Tabac, relais poste. Tea garden. Tree lined riverside promenades. Birth place and Museum of Saint Theophane Venard. River Cebron and River Thouet. Village festivals - Christmas market, Art & Sculpture, and Vide-grenier - see calendar for dates and photo gallery.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Saint-Loup-Lamairé, Poitou-Charentes

Rental Basis:
per property
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4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Stay tax £0.30 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 18 years.

Booking Notes:
30% of the rental cost must be paid within 7 days after booking. The balance plus security deposit should then be settled at the latest 6 weeks before the date of arrival at the property. If a booking is made within 6 weeks before the arrival date, full payment must be made within 5 working days after booking. Security deposit of £150 is also required to be paid at the time of final payment. Any incidental costs will be deducted at the end of the stay and the remaining deposit will be returned.

Changeover Day:
The changeover day is Saturday. Arrivals after 4.30pm. Departures before 10.30am. Out of season this can be variable.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK pounds, Euro values are available, please contact the owners. Free Wi-Fi and telephone calls to fixed lines to 100 destinations.

30% upon booking with remainder 6 weeks before arrival by UK sterling bank transfer. All information will be provided by the owners upon the initial booking request.

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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