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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.
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).
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.
PHIL SILVESTER CBE purchased this cottage in 2003
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).
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!
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'.
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!
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.
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!
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.