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Luxury, family-friendly gite in rural setting near Cognac (with B&B) - La Grange (3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6/8)

Overview

Property

Updated: 07-Oct-2016
Gites in Brives sur Charente, Nr. Cognac, France - Large 12x5m Pool, Boules Court, Children's Play Area, Gym, Table-Tennis, B&B - 30 Mins To The Beach

Come and share the tranquility and the wonderful climate of the Charente. Our spacious gites have been sympathetically restored and furnished to a high standard, blending contemporary with traditional features. All gites have satellite TV (UK channels), DVD, stereo, microwave, cooker, washing machine, broadband (WiFi), a private patio and BBQ. Bed linen and towels provided. Baby equipment available at no cost. Enjoy our large, floodlit swimming pool, children's play area, indulge in a game of boule or badminton, play table-tennis, tone up in the gym or just relax in an idyllic setting! There is a mouth-watering choice of places to visit locally (the beaches of the Cote Sauvage, Royan, La Rochelle, Cognac, Pons, Saintes, Angouleme, Bordeaux, La Palmyre Zoo and sleepy villages) and a host of activities, including walking, cycling, fishing, canoeing, horse-riding, golf, tennis, swimming and surfing. A perfect setting for summer or winter breaks for all the family (gites centrally heated).

Details for holiday cottage La Grange (3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6/8), 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, 2 Bathrooms, 1 Separate WC

La Grange is a luxury gite with its own private parking space adjacent. Fast WiFi in the gite and on the patio!

Downstairs: a large, comfortable living space (lounge 22m2 and kitchen/diner 20m2) leading onto a 30m2 private patio (with furniture and BBQ). The south-facing lounge has a sunny aspect with 2 windows. The lounge/diner has a large table with 6 chairs, sideboard, flat screen satellite TV (freeview UK channels), DVD, WiFi, stereo, Ipod dock,two settees and coffee table.

The fitted kitchen is superbly equipped with an electric oven, ceramic hob, fan, fridge-freezer, microwave, dishwasher, coffee maker and food processor etc.!

6m2 utility room + washing machine. Additional toilet downstairs. Bedroom 1 master bedroom (20m2) + en-suite shower, double bed, chest of drawers and wardrobe.

Upstairs: 5m2 bathroom, shower, washbasin and toilet.

Bedroom 2 (12m2) king size bed, wardrobe and chest of drawers. Bedroom 3 (18m2) + 2 or 3 single beds, hanging space and chest of drawers.

  • Sleeps 8
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Phil and Glyn bought a beautiful charentaise farmhouse in 2003, clinching the deal on the same day England won the rugby world cup in Australia! For 5 years this has been our maison secondaire (holiday home) or 'bolt hole'! Phil was a successful Headteacher of a large special school in Dorset for 16 years, after a teaching career which began in Coventry and Warwickshire. Phil was awarded the CBE in 2008 for services to special education. Glyn played the role of home maker for our 3 lovely children (Sam, Rebecca and Kate) whilst (also) working as a childminder, hospital receptionist and teaching assistant in schools. We moved to Puddletown (Dorset) in 1993 from Kenilworth (Warwickshire) due to Phil's new job. From 1989 to 2007 we built, established and managed Cote Holiday Cottages.

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3 Reviews

5
based on 3 holidaymaker reviews

5

Top quality accommodation in a beautiful setting

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at La Grange, Gites de Brives for a week in August 2016 and recommend it to anyone looking for top quality accommodation in a beautiful, relaxing setting.

The Gite is spacious, comfortable, spotlessly clean, very well equipped and well maintained. The pool and outside areas and facilities are also to the same high standard.

Phil and Glyn, the owners, were helpful and friendly, but never intrusive, and were able to recommend places to visit and activities. The additional touches that they provided, such a small welcome box of groceries, and bringing tomatoes for us from their garden, were thoughtful and kind, and made us feel very welcome.

We liked that we could spend time at the Gite and take advantage of using the pool, gym, table tennis or other activities there, or we could very quickly reach the beach or one of the local towns if we wanted to explore. We especially enjoyed hiring the bicycles available and cycling around the neighbouring villages.

You will come away from a stay there feeling refreshed, and, like us, planning when you will be able to visit again.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Excellent in every way!

  • 5 of 5

Gites de Brives was great value, well equipped and a real pleasure to stay at. The owners were friendly and very helpful without being intrusive. The local area offers something for everyone, great tourist attractions, river adventures, beaches and great local activities. Do hope we have the opportunity of returning!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 21, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: With guests as pleasant as Tony, his children and grandchildren - this is not 'work'! Glyn and I look forward to you visiting again in the future. Thank you.
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Picardie
5

Great accommodation and hosts!!

  • 5 of 5

The hosts of La Grange made us feel very welcome. They were extremely accommodating and did everything possible to ensure we truly enjoyed our stay. The gite is very spacious and offers everything you need, especially with two young children, who loved the playground area and the pool. The weather was great, even in October! The accommodation is in a great spot, near a couple of pretty towns (Cognac and Saintes) and also not far to drive to the coast and beaches in Charente Maritime. As it is in a lovely countryside location we also enjoyed going on nice sunny walks. I would highly recommend this holiday accommodation to all ages and especially to families with young children. We had a wonderful holiday and are thinking of re-booking the same gite again next time.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 23, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Location

From the Owner

We have always loved France and (particularly) the south west of France. We have taken one or two holidays a year in France for almost 30 years and we always intended to buy a holiday home here. We chose the Charente maritime because it remains 'la vrai France' and it has a superb climate. The Charente maritime is the second sunniest area of France, after the Mediterranean. The Charente has everything - beautiful villages, historic towns and cities (Cognac, Saintes, Angouleme, Pons and La Rochelle), picturesque countryside (vines and sunflowers aplenty!) - a majestic river and beautiful beaches. Moreover this region is unspoilt and easily accessible by car, train or plane (regional airports at Angouleme, La Rochelle and Bordeaux with Poitiers and Limoges a little further away).

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Bordeaux or La Rochelle at 130 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Rouffiac or Montils at 5 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : St Malo or Caen at 500 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Cognac at 16 Kilometres Nearest Train : Cognac at 12 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A10 at 16 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Rouffiac, Montils or Perignac at 6 Kilometres Nearest Ski : Font Romeu at 400 Kilometres Nearest Beach : St Georges de Didonne at 40 Kilometres

Special interest holidays:

We have experience of providing corporate hospitality and can arrange bespoke weeks focusing on team-building, leadership training, wine/cognac/pineau-tasting, relaxation, yoga, local walks, French, or machine embroidery (etc!) by arrangement.

If this provision appeals to you or your group or organisation -please contact us to discuss your individual requirements. We can accommodate up to 30 people at any one time (this is much easier in the quieter months), other bookings permitting.

Coast/Beach:

The nearest beaches of the beautiful Cote Sauvage (including Royan) or the Gironde estuary are about a half an hour's drive away. The child friendly beaches of the Gironde Estuary, with miles of safe sandy beaches and lovely little coastal villages and towns are definitely not to be missed if sand is an important part of your holiday! Two of the best local beaches are St Georges-de-Didonne and St Palais-sur-Mer (both near Royan).

Travel:

We are 4.5 hrs drive from St Malo and Caen; 6 hrs from Cherbourg, Le Havre and Roscoff; 7 hrs drive from the Tunnel, Calais and Boulogne. Using the motorway - exit the A10 at junction 36 (for Pons). A car is really handy due to the number of places to visit! Train: TGV (Paris to Angouleme or Saintes). Airports: Angouleme 30 mins, La Rochelle 1 hr 10 mins, Bordeaux 1 hr 15 mins. It is also possible to fly to Poitiers or Limoges. Use Ryanair, Easyjet, BA, Flybe, BMIBaby, Jet 2, Air France.

Distances:

We live in a quiet hamlet (Les Morinauds) on the outskirts of the pretty village of Brives sur Charente. The next village (Salignac) is 2 miles away. Our rural setting is perfect for walking and cycling and, generally 'getting away from it all'!

Places of interest include Cognac 7 miles, Pons 9 miles, Saintes 12 miles, Chaniers 18 miles (chain ferry), Jonzac 18 miles (thermal centre), Angouleme 32 miles, Royan 35 miles and La Palmyre Zoo (biggest in Europe, 1600+ animals!) 45 miles.

Further Details:

The surrounding area has a great deal to offer from the buzzing town of Cognac (lots of cafes and boutique shops - not forgetting world-famous distillery tours etc!), to the beautiful ancient towns of Pons and Saintes. Weekly local markets are held in Cognac, Pons, Jarnac and Saintes. There are a multitude of local restaurants and bars all within an easy drive from the property (see below). Some are (luckily!) only about 15 minutes by bike.

Briefly:

Post Office - Brives sur Charente.

Local shop (general stores, boulangerie and Post Office) - Salignac, Perignac, Dompierre and Rouffiac.

Local restaurants - Salignac, Rouffiac, Orlac, Ars, Montils, Dompierre, Perignac, Cognac, Pons, Chaniers etc.

Supermarkets: Cognac, Pons or Saintes.

Cash point: Chaniers (Credit Agricole) and at all local supermarkets (see above).

Banks: Cognac and Pons.

Tennis: Rouffiac or Ars.

Swimming (indoor and outdoor): Cognac and Saintes, coast, Charente.

Fishing: Charente.

Canoeing: Charente (Brives, Rouffiac, Dompierre), Seugne (Pons), coast.

Surfing: Cote Sauvage.

Aquatic Centre (pools, gym, sauna, massage, beauty treatments): Jonzac

We also run a B&B should you need additional rooms or want friends or family to visit you while you enjoy your holiday with us.

Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Rate 16
29 Oct 2016 - 9 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
£420
for 7 nights
£420
 
 
Rate 17
10 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
£757
for 7 nights
£757
 
 
Rate 1
7 Jan 2017 - 17 Mar 2017
7 night minimum stay
£462
for 7 nights
£462
 
 
Rate 2
18 Mar 2017 - 12 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
£631
for 7 nights
£631
 
 
Rate 3
13 May 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
£757
for 7 nights
£757
 
 
Rate 4
15 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,093
for 7 nights
£1,093
 
 
Rate 5
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£547
for 7 nights
£547
 
 
Rate 6
30 Sep 2017 - 20 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
£462
for 7 nights
£462
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Bookings are only accepted with a 25% (non-refundable) deposit. Holidays (priced in euros) can be paid for in sterling at the prevailing rate of exchange. We require full payment 8 weeks before the holiday (to include a 200 euro cleaning and breakages 'bond'). This will be refunded after your stay and we have checked the inventory. The refund will be within 2 weeks of your leaving date. Bookings which are not fully paid at this time will be re-advertised. See 'Booking Form'.

Changeover Day:
Our changeover day is usually Saturday. This can be flexible in the quieter months (not the UK school summer holidays) when we are not fully booked. Arrival 4.00pm or later (please confirm by email). Departure 10.00am or earlier. Thank you.

Notes on prices:
Prices in euros per week. We require a 25% deposit to secure the booking and the balance is payable 8 weeks prior to arrival. With the balance a 200 euro cash deposit is also payable (to cover the cost of any cleaning/breakages following your stay). This will be refunded within 2 weeks of your departure, subject to any deductions. See Booking Form. We are happy to negotiate discounts for winter lets and holidays of 2 weeks or more. Please contact us. Thank you - looking forward to meeting you!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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Facilities

From the Owner

We are ten minutes' drive from Cognac and Pons, twenty minutes from Saintes and an easy half an hour drive from the coast. We are in the middle of the 'golden triangle' of Cognac - Pons - Saintes in the Petite Champagne, the heart of the cognac producing countryside. We enjoyed running holiday homes in the UK for ten years before emigrating to France in 2008. We had always planned to give up our 'day jobs' in schools to live our dream in France. After a long year of building work we are now 'itching' to get started. We are looking forward to sharing our French oasis with others who need to relax and re-charge their batteries a little!

Property Type

  • cottage

Accommodation Type

  • Guest House

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

General

  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

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

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

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

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool
  • Outdoor Pool

Suitability

  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible

Location Type

  • river
  • rural
  • village

Attractions

  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis

Floor Area

  • 120 m²

Bathrooms

  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure

Bedrooms

  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3

Outside

  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Barbecue

Meals

  • Self-catering

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation: All gites benefit from central heating and they have been recently refurbished, so benefiting from extensive insulation. All bedroom windows benefit from mosquito blinds. All gites benefit from Egyptian cotton bedding and towels. Swimming/beach towels are not provided. Gites are cleaned on a weekly basis. All gites suitable for children except Le Studio. Baby equipment available at no cost. Bikes available for hire. All gites have broadband internet (Fast/free WiFi). Outside: All gites have large private patios and BBQs for dining alfresco, not forgetting that guests can treat themselves to some delicious, home-cooked food 'washed down' with some of the excellent local wines and pineau at the 'table d'hote' in the B&B (chambre d'hotes - with 4 ensuite bedrooms) on site. Guests can enjoy relaxing in our our 6 acre field which is home to countless wild flowers, shrubs, trees, butterflies and insects. Our well-maintained grounds are bordered by vineyards and sunflowers. Guests can enjoy swimming in our new, floodlit 12 x 5m swimming pool with its large sun terrace (with plenty of sun loungers to top up that tan!). The large, private pool is for the exclusive use of guests and owners. Guests can also enjoy our safe children's play area, boule court, play badminton or table tennis or else tone up in our well-equipped gym! A selection of bikes are available to hire so that you (too!) can enjoy the local paths and countryside. Bread van arrives daily in summer!

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