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Three cottages in a peaceful location with a heated 10m x 5m pool - Tournesol



Updated: 05-Oct-2016
Beautifully restored farmhouse in Poitou Charente, well equipped with plenty of charm and character

The three cottages at Arbre de Cerise overlook a grassed courtyard and barn with bicycles, table tennis, football table and darts. Beyond the courtyard is the fenced, heated 10 x 5m swimming pool which is furnished with plenty of sun loungers and shaded tables. The gites are all very well equipped with large LCD TV's with satellite channels, DVD players, ipod/iphone docking speakers and free WI-FI. The kitchen is equipped with a dishwasher, microwave, large fridge-freezer and all the small appliances you would expect as well as plenty of crockery, cutlery and assorted kitchen utensils.

Arbre de Cerise is part of the small hamlet of Grange near Linazay and is surrounded by rolling countryside. We are situated of the edge of the Vienne; the climate in this beautiful region of south west France ensures reasonably mild winters and warm summer days. Delightful local villages with boulangeries, bars and restaurants, (which we can highly recommend), along with several historic market towns provide an extensive range of facilities and amenities all within 10 minutes drive.

Details for holiday cottage Tournesol, 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, 2 Bathrooms

Tournesol has a wealth of period detail, original oak beams, original eighteenth century fireplaces and exposed stone work.

The delightful family kitchen, with window seat that looks out over the courtyard, is fully equipped with a generous supply of crockery, cutlery, glasses, utensils and cooking equipment, as well as a 5-ring hob and cooker, dishwasher, fridge, microwave, toaster, kettle, iron, clothes drier and a large farmhouse style table and chairs seating 8 people.

In the separate living room there is a wood burning stove, two large sofas and 42" LCD TV with staellite channels, DVD player and ipod/iphone docking speakers.

Upstairs there are two double rooms and two twin rooms. One of the doubles has an en-suite shower room with WC and there is a main shower room with WC.

All of the bedrooms have exposed stone walls, beams and wooden floors.

  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

We immediately fell in love with Arbre de Cerise when we first visited and knew it was exactly what we were looking for - rural location, surrounded by sunflower and poppy fields but close enough to plenty of local market towns for the essentials and non-essentials. It also had the scope to develop it into three beautifully furnished and well equipped gites with room to put a large pool in the garden.

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Guestbook comments from the manager

"We had a fantastic week at Arbre de Cerise - many thanks! The house(s) with the pool is beautiful - we loved the enclosed grounds too, great as we had two little ones with us. The barn with the table tennis was well used, as were some of the bikes. Most of the time we lazed around the pool though, the weather was lovely, just right! We have, as a group, stayed at several large houses in France, mainly Dordogne, but yours was the best! So, we would like to ask if we could reserve a week for next summer?" Pimm Family, Aug 2012

"We had a wonderful time at Arbre de Cerise We spent lots of time by/in the pool. We cycled around the countryside, some walked, some jogged and some just lazed. It was wonderful. We went to a local Ferme Auberge one evening just outside Sauze for a jazz/dinner evening which was fun and visited the villages nearby and had a shopping spell in Poitiers. We sat out under the tree most evenings for dinner." Mrs Tilt
Sep 2010
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6 Reviews

based on 6 holidaymaker reviews


Excellent and enjoyable stay

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed an exceptional family stay in Grange, the gite was very large and had all the comforts we expected. Having access to the internet and English TV was an absolute bonus for the kids. This was before the enjoyed the swimming pool. We would recommend Grange to those families that want to get away from the hustle and bustle of city living and the absolute peace and quiet of Countryside living. We were well looked after by Qui and dealing with Clare was very easy and see responded very quickly. Overall, an very enjoyable stay. Many thanks Clare.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely Tournesol Gite in France.

  • 5 of 5

Just come back from staying in the lovely Tournesol Gite. What a gem! The property was lovely and clean upon arrival. It has everything you need to make your holiday relaxed and welcoming. The kitchen was fully equipped, lounge had comfy sofas and large T.V (English channels), WiFi, books to read and board games, BBQ outside to use and a barn full of games to play. There was also a separate laundry room. We certainly made use of the table tennis, but there was darts, badminton, table football, croquet and several bikes free to use. As the area is flat, it is perfect for those who wish to cycle on the quiet country lanes around the property. The pool area (fenced) was lovely, with modern sun loungers and large parasols to use. The heated pool was great; especially when the weather was hot.

The Gite is in a quiet, peaceful location and only a 10 minute drive to the local supermarket. There are local villages to explore and in less than an hour you can visit various attractions: high ropes, kayaking, lakes with beaches, a zoo and much more.

Whilst we were there, we had the pleasure of meeting the owners; Claire and Nigel and their family. They were so welcoming and easy to talk with. Nothing was too much trouble for them. They gave us suggestions of where to visit and places to eat. The Walnut Tree is a must if you like home-made burgers.

Thank you Claire and Nigel for thinking of everything one would need for a perfect holiday- because that's exactly what we had.

I cannot recommend this property enough. We will most certainly be back.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful and historic gite

  • 4 of 5

We had a lovely week in the 4 bedroom Tournesol. Plenty of living space inside and out. House has loads of games and books for all ages, kitchen large and well equipped but we spent every evening outside with the barbecue.

Weather was amazing: we had 36-37 degrees on a few days and the pool was perfect, but beware lack of a/c means it can get hot at night so you need the fans on. The pool house would really benefit from a loo as it can get really frustrating taking little ones all the way back to the house....

The games barn has table tennis, table football and darts plus bikes for all ages (some really good suggested bike rides in the welcome pack and anything heading north was flat as a pancake).

The local markets were worth a trip - there was a nice meat van that seemed to appear at a few of them with an English woman on the counter and gave the BBQ done variety.

Location really is very quiet and the middle of nowhere - you can't walk to any shops, bars, restaurants etc which might be an issue for some, but the big supermarket is <10 mins drive. The fields around were full of sunflowers and beautiful. La Rochelle was worth a day trip as was Vallée des Singes which was only 15 mins drive. They really do have monkeys in the trees all around you!

The team that Claire has looking after the properties came and introduced themselves and were very friendly.

Just one tip: we didn't discover the free 'welcome baguettes' standing in the wooden container until it was too late!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Superb ... I very much hope we will return

  • 5 of 5

We knew instantly upon arriving that we were going to have a great holiday. The cottage is excellent. Great care has been taken with everything from the furnishings to the local guide. Every morning started with breakfast ourside in the sun. Day time by the pool or sitting in the shade when the sun too hot. In the evening we played table tennis and darts whilst the barbecue cooked away and relaxed as the sun came down; many times wandering off to view the simply magnificent fields of sunflowers. We felt truly looked after from beginning to end. Thank you for such a great holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely Gite ideally located for exploring the area

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely relaxing break at Arbre de Cerise with our four children. The pool was super and the kids also made great use of the games room despite the very hot weather. The house had everything we required and we found lots to do in the area including some nice restaurants in the local towns. Futuroscope was a highlight too. Overall, this is a very nicely restored building with top class furniture and fittings, well maintained and with modern comforts.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful holiday with all the family

  • 5 of 5

It took a while to find the perfect place for our combination of family but this property was literally made for us.

There was all the modcons you would expect and all the homely extras you would like. The UK TV was a nice extra to have if you wanted to watch TV in the evening.

The pool was about the best we've had on this type of holiday and was great that it was heated for the kids. We spent most of our time out there enjoying it and having BBQ's in the evening.

The booking process was really easy and Claire, the owner was great to deal with.

I can say we'll definitely be back 😀.

We really enjoyed having the bikes, which there was a huge supply of. The garden was so big and great for the kids to run around in.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 24, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

Having stayed in many gites with our families over the last 10 + years (some were dreadful - filthy, badly equipped, old furniture), we knew that we wanted to provide the guests to our gites with something better. From being spotlessly clean, to matching crockery and cutlery, nice bedding and towels, well-equipped kitchens (home-from-home standards) yet still with plenty of French character and charm, to make a holiday relaxing and enjoyable.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Poitiers at 60 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Blanzay at 8 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Caen at 420 Kilometres Nearest Train : Poitiers at 60 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A10 at 45 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Blanzay at 8 Kilometres Nearest Beach : La Rochelle at 110 Kilometres Car: necessary


Lots of clean, sandy beaches can be found less than 90 minutes drive away at La Rochelle. There are also boats out to the 'Islands of Tranquility' (Re, Aix and Oleron) from here.

One of our favourite beaches is at Chatelaillion-Plage - this charming seaside resort has a clean, sandy beach (3 km long - swept daily) which leads gently into the water and is ideal for children. Along the promenade are various restaurants and the small town behind has numerous shops and cafes.


50 minutes from Poitiers and Angouleme Airport.

75 minutes from Limoges airport.

120 minutes from Bordeaux airport.

6 hours from Calais.

4 hours from Caen.


Sauze Vaussais 10 mins.

Civray 10 mins.

Ruffec 10 mins.

Verteuil sur Charente 15 mins.

Chef Boutonne 15 mins.

Angouleme 45 mins.

Further Details:

Fascinating local villages with markets, churches, fine bars and restaurants as well as an extensive range of local facilities and amenities are all within a short drive.

The river Charente winds is way through many picturesque villages such as Nanteuil and Verteuil, dominated by a magnificent Chateau and offering riverside walks, kayaking and a selection of good restaurants.

The historic towns of Civray, Chef Boutonne and Ruffec all have excellent markets, restaurants and festivals during the summer.

The beautiful renaissance Chateau de Javarzay with its park and fishing lake and the 12th century Roman Church is 15 minutes drive.

Other places of interest include:

Poitiers (35mins) A university town. Great shopping and sightseeing.

Futuroscope (45 mins) France's answer to the Epcot Centre and Europe's premier image theme park.

Niort (40 mins) This lovely town offers excellent shopping made more enjoyable by pedestrian streets.

Cognac (60 mins) best known for the production of brandy. In Cognac visit the famed Cognac Museum and the houses of Hennessy, Martell, Remy Martin and Otard. Go to Jarnac to visit Courvoisier.

Angouleme (30 mins) with many fine 17th and 18th century streets and houses to wander. Walk around the ramparts of the city and see some spectacular views. Visit the wonderful morning market (open every day but Sundays are best) or taste chocolate at Chocolaterie Letuffe.

La Rochelle (75 mins) A lively and vibrant port with plenty of shops to wander around, the wonderful harbour to explore and plenty of bars and restaurants serving excellent seafood.

Limoges (90 mins ) Visit the porcelain factories and the many stunning churches and cathedrals.

Confelons (30 mins ) A beautiful medieval town that sits on the Vienne river. Explore the town by foot and prospect for gold and garnet.

Oradour-sur-Glane (90 mins) Visit the fascinating World War II martyr village of Oradour-sur-Glane.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Autumn 2016
4 Sep 2016 - 29 Oct 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
30 Oct 2016 - 31 Mar 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Spring 2017
1 Apr 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Summer 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn 2017
2 Sep 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Booking Notes:
Please contact owner if you would like to borrow a stairgate, highchair or travel cot

Changeover Day:
Our preferred changeover date in July and August is Saturday. But outside these months the changeover day is flexible.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 05-Oct-2016
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From the Owner

Sparkling, heated pool, with plenty of sun loungers +Free Wi-Fi. Ipod/MP3 sound systems. Games barn with table tennis. table football and adults and children's bicycles. Large flat screen TV's with FreeSat satellite TV channels. Dishwashers and washing machines

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Family


  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...


  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool


  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed

Location Type

  • rural


  • churches
  • restaurants
  • theme parks

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • rafting


  • Ensuite - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Ensuite to master bedroom
  • Family bathroom - Toilet, Shower Enclosure


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, Kingsize bed, ensuite bathroom
  • Double Bedroom - 1 Double Bed
  • Twin Bedroom - 2 Single Bed
  • Twin Bedroom - 2 Single Bed, Bunk beds


  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Notes on accommodation: Bed linen and towels are provided and the beds will be made up ready on arrival. Cots, high chairs and stairgates are available on request. All the gites have access to a central laundry room with two washing machines, Outside: The cottages have their own outside table, chairs and a BBQ. The shared, heated 10m x 5m swimming pool is securely fenced and the landscaped pool area is furnished with plenty of sun loungers and shaded tables for enjoying lazy days and convivial evenings. There are a range of childrens and adults bicycles available which you are welcome to use to explore the local countryside (it's very flat and traffic-free) or to collect the morning croissants.

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