Marguerite has a fully equipped kitchen (dishwasher, fridge/freezer, washing machine, cooker, microwave) which leads directly into the courtyard.
Adjoining the kitchen is a light and airy dining room/conservatory overlooking the garden and down towards the pool with a large table seating 8 people, a couple of easy chairs and a lovely old dresser.
There is a downstairs toilet off the dining room/conservatory.
The spacious lounge is full of character features, exposed walls a wood burning stove and a 42", flat screen TV with satellite channels, DVD player and ipod/iphone docking speakers.
Upstairs there are three bedrooms (1 x double, 2 x twin) with exposed stone walls and wooden floors. Two of the rooms have stunning French windows that open out to the courtyard below. There are also two bathrooms, one en-suite.
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.
Top Traveller Review
About the Owner
About Claire Card
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.
Claire Card purchased this cottage in 2010
Why Claire Card chose Vienne
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.
What makes this cottage unique
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
Please contact owner if you would like to borrow a stairgate, highchair or travel cot.
Our preferred changeover date in July and August is Saturday. But outside these months the changeover day is flexible.
(6 traveller reviews)
We loved this property! one of the best!
We had lovely time staying in Marguerite. The property was very well kept with everything you could possibly want. There was masses of space. A very comfortable sitting room with games and puzzles etc. A very well equipped large kitchen, a breakfast room and utility room, an outdoor eating area. The pool was very safe, clean and comfortable.
The area is very remote which was fine for us - we enjoyed the peace and tranquility. Sunflower fields everywhere. There was lots to do a short car journey away. Some of the things we enjoyed (family with 8, 6 and 4 aged children) were the valley de sange, canoeing, bike riding on the very quiet and safe roads. Swimming in local lakes etc.
I would recommend this gite for families with children. You do share the outdoor space with the other properties so you are not totally private, but because of the outdoor eating area being around the corner from the other two properties' tables it felt private.
All in all a very comfortable, peaceful holiday which the children loved!
Beautiful rural gite, well equipped.
We loved being here and would like to return. There was something for everyone with the pool, table tennis and bikes, and it was all equipped and furnished to a high standard. Lots of little details like having adaptor plugs made it all easy. Thank you.
What a place!
My wife and I came here for a few days of relaxation, and that is exactly what we got.
The location is so beautiful and off the beaten track, so not a place to come if you want a lively environment, but we thoroughly enjoyed it.
The gite itself is so well equipped and beautifully furnished. The covered sitting area was a bonus as although we came here late in the season the weather was hot and sunny and we used that a lot.
We also used the superb swimming pool every day, and were impressed at the standard of the outdoor furniture as well.
English TV and the availability of a good wifi were also appreciated.
The "caretakers" were there if we wanted them but did not make their presence felt, and Claire was very helpful and communicative with our booking. The deposit was returned very promptly after our stay.
We could not fault this place, and plan to go back - soon!
Having travelled and stayed in many gives in France I can only describe Marguerite at Arbre de Cerise as an absolute gem. The property has all the rustic charm of a french country retreat coupled with all the mod cons that a modern family need to make the most of their holiday. The property itself is immaculate and with the Wi-Fi, sat TV,pool, table tennis, table football, darts and cycles there was simply too much to entertain us. The property is looked after locally by Andy and Oie and they were on hand if we had an needs. The local area is Sunflower heaven and the property benefits from being a short jump to the N10 which brings the site seeing activities close to hand. The local towns of Civray and Ruffec provided us with good French restaurant life and the information sheet provided by Claire gave us a while host of recommendations which we ticked off one by one. A must visit, whatever your age, is the Valle des Singes ... seeing the apes up close in a natural habitat is just amazing. Angouleme and Poitiers are close by for a visit to a bigger town but the award for most charming experience goes to the small town of Verteuil Sur Charente. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending a stay at Arbre de Cerise and only wish that our holiday had been a little longer!
Perfect French Gite
We would all highly recommend the Gite, it was just as described, the place was fully equipped with everything you need just like been home from home! The pool was lovely and warm, lots of space in the garden and many bikes and games to pick from to keep you entertained.
We would definitely recommend the Gite to any family member. Many local markets which were very good our favorite been Lezay which we went to on the Tuesday.
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
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.
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.
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”
- Away From It All
- Fireplace ...
- Hair Dryer
- Heating ...
- Internet ...
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided ...
- Living Room
- Towels Provided ...
- Washing Machine
- Wood Stove
- Kitchen ...
- Child's Highchair
- Dining ...
- Dining Room
- DVD Player
- Table Football
- Ping Pong Table
- Satellite / Cable ...
- Television ...
Pool / Spa
- Communal Pool ...
- Heated Pool
- Outdoor Pool
- children welcome
- pets not allowed
- theme parks
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
- equestrian events
- Family Bathroom - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
- Ensuite shower room - Toilet, Bath with Shower
- Downstairs Toilet - Toilet
- 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
- Master bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, with ensuite shower room
- Twin Bedroom - 2 Single Bed
- Twin Bedroom - 2 Single Bed
- Bicycles ...
- Terrace ...
- Golf ...
- Kayak / Canoe ...
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.