Charming House in Frontenay sur Dive, Vienne, France - Peaceful Countryside Location Yet Only 35 Minutes from Poitiers
A former farm, completely renovated in a modern style. The house has 1235m2 land, a wonderful living and dining room (50m) with original chimney and cosy wood burner, a light and airy hall with French doors leading to the lovely, secluded garden, a fully equipped kitchen with breakfast table and six chairs, four bedrooms (18/18/12/10 m2), a study (8m2), a downstairs shower room with toilet, a downstairs bathroom, a chic upstairs salle de bain, 2 further toilets and a newly refurbished family room. In the very private garden is a lovely private swimming pool (5*10m), a children’s trampoline plus a gas barbecue and classic teak garden furniture for enjoying alfresco dining. The house is situated in Frontenay sur Dive; a small village about 35 minutes from Poitiers, the centre of the Vienne. Poitiers is easy accessible via highway (A10), TGV and has a small airport with direct flights to Stansted (RyanAir – 1H15).
Top Traveller Review
Spacious, enchanting - great for families.
About the Owner
My husband and I live in Surrey with our 2 young children, our working cocker spaniel, Maine Coon cat, moggie and 6(!) fish. We spent many years renting similar houses in France until we decided to look for one of our own and fell in love with La Meunerie.
Guestbook comments from the owner
"We really enjoyed our stay at La Meunerie. The house is lovely, beautifully furnished and the enclosed garden, particularly the salt water pool was wonderful. The house was equipped with everything we could possibly need. Our children were particularly delighted with the huge supply of dvds and playstation games, keeping them entertained on less sunny days. We would definitely recommend it." Karen Charman, visited Summer 2010.
"We had a wonderful time at La Meunerie. The house is full of character, the garden large enough for games and of course the pool is fantastic. There is plenty to do whatever the weather. When the children could be tempted out of the pool there were lots of things to entertainment them in the house. As a location, La Meunerie is ideally placed for day trips, afternoons out or even just an evening stroll around the village." - Jonathan Crabb, visited Summer 2011.
1 holidaymaker review
Spacious, enchanting - great for families.
We have just returned from La Meunerie. Margot was a pleasure to deal with from the initial booking through to any questions we had. The house is lovely and spacious in a very quiet little village. Great for both teenagers and little ones the house has a lovely salt water pool & a family room. We had to drag our teenage son out for trips as he hated to leave the house. We went to Loudun and Neuville Poitou as we love the markets and cooking with the quality and variety of produce we do not seem to have in the UK. Definitely recommend Le Ricordeau for a lovely meal - in Loudun but you will need to book. Weather was very good, just one day a bit of drizzle but not cold. Very dreamy, relaxing holiday.
From the Owner
“We spent over 10 years renting similar properties in the Charente so it was a natural next step for us to buy here. Frontenay-sur-Dive is the perfect balance for us - it has the rural tranquility we adore but is also close to the thriving and beautiful city of Poitiers - only 35 minutes away.”
Activity and Interests
Poitiers Airport is about 40 minutes drive; Caen Ferry port is about 4 hours drive and Calais is just under 6 hours drive.
Alternative airports are La Rochelle (under 2 hours drive); Tours (about 1.5 hours drive) and Nantes (about 2 hours drive), all of which are served by Ryanair to London Stansted.
The nearest village is Saint Jean de Sauves, which is under 2 miles away. It has a bakery, bank (Credit Agricole) and cash machine and Casino grocery store, so handy for basics. The nearest supermarket is Le Clerc in Loudun, which also has many other shops, including a very good drinks shop called Bons Vins. For the massive hypermarkets, head towards the outskirts of Poitiers for a big Auchan and plenty of other shops.
Nearby (about 20 minutes drive) is Futuroscope, which is a great day out for the kids. There are many good restaurants in the area, the nearest one we'd recommend is Le Ricordeau, which is in Loudun and has wonderful food and is also very child friendly. In Poitiers centre, there are many choices - one of our favourites is La Gazette, a charming Brasserie just off the main square. There are many places of interest not far away - the Abbeye de Fontevraud is worth seeing and is about a 45 minute drive - there is a lovely little creperie in Fontevraud where you can get some sustenance after visiting the abbey! There are numerous local markets (Neuville on Sunday mornings - about 15 minutes drive) and activities that are seasonal (Donkey Derby at Mirebeau at the end of August - again, about 15 minutes drive) so it's worth popping in to a tourist info booth/shop whenever you are over.
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My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Additional pricing information
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£100|
25% deposit is taken at time of booking. Full payment is required 8 weeks prior to travel. A damage deposit of £100 is required upon payment of the balance which is refundable within 14 days of the end of the holiday providing the property has been left in A1 condition.
Changeover day is usually Saturday but we are prepared to be flexible if need be.
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- Available arrival
From the Owner
“We really love the seclusion of the property - not isolation, as it's on the edge of an incredibly friendly village - but the fact that when the gate is locked, I know the children are safe and contained! And - a big and - our own private pool makes it a wonderful haven when the sun shines (which it does a lot here!). We have also had the privilege to meet some wonderful people here and are always looking forward to our return.”
- Ceiling Fans
- Iron & Board
- Living Room ...
- Washing Machine
- Kitchen ...
- Child's Highchair
- Satellite / Cable
Pool / Spa
- Heated Pool
- Private Pool
- Toilet 1 - Toilet
- Toilet 2 - Toilet
- Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
- Small salle de bain (claw foot bath and wash basin) upstairs plus separate wc. Bathroom with bath and wash basin downstairs plus separate wc. Shower room with wash basin and wc near kitchen and study.
- 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
- Bedroom 2
- Bedroom 3
- Bedroom 4
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 + 2 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed. Bedroom 2 with double bed. Bedroom 3 with twin beds. Bedroom 4 with twin beds.
- Notes on accommodation: NB: the house is strictly no smoking. If you wish to smoke, please do so in the garden and dispose of the rubbish appropriately and safely. Washing machine can be temperamental so please follow instructions carefully. Wifi is available but you must request user name and password first. As with most things in rural France, it can be temperamental! Outside: Secluded garden of c. one third of an acre with 10 x 5m private swimming pool ranging from 3.5 feet depth to just over 6 feet depth. Gas barbecue, teak garden furniture to seat 4 adults and 2 children with parasol; pool loungers and kids deckchairs; gazebo for comfortable dining, trampoline and original swing. Kids bikes available (for 2-5 yr old and 9+ yr old) plus 2 adult bikes (one man's, one woman's). Utility Room: Utility area with washing machine, iron, ironing board, sweeping brush, dustpan and brush, mop and bucket and various tools. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Property cleaned prior to each rental. Towels and linen included in rental price. Other: Family room with satellite TV (bring your own card); DVD player (lots of kids DVDs) + PlayStation 2 (various games) and double sofa bed. Study with 3 seater sofa, desk + leather chair.