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Two Charming Detached Cottages with 10x5 metre Pool - L'Escapade



Updated: 29-Aug-2016
Cottages near Chaunay/Civray, Vienne , Poitou-Charentes, France - Rural Location Yet Only 2km From Boulangeries, Mini-Supermarket, Tabac, Bar and Restaurant

Two detached cottages each having direct access to their own private patio with garden furniture and BBQ. They are both set in a walled garden, benefiting from the use of the 10 x 5 m pool. The pool area is surrounded by abundant fragranced honeysuckle. The terrace which surrounds the pool, is furnished with sun loungers and patio furniture with parasol. The garden has a full sized lined badminton court and boules pitch. The open barn provides shade whilst you enjoy a game of table tennis or just relax with a chilled glass of wine. L'Escapade and Le Petit Paradis are ideally situated in beautiful countryside close to Chaunay and the market town of Civray. Well placed for markets, supermarkets, restaurants and sight-seeing. The cottages border open countryside and are perfect for walking, cycling, bird spotting and generally enjoying nature. Places to visit include Valley of the Monkeys only 15 mins away. Futuroscope at Poitiers, swimming lakes/ water-parks, La Rochelle and the beautiful Ile - de Ré, Cognac, Marais -Poitiven (green Venice), picturesque Angles-sur-Anglin (voted amongst the most beautiful in France), Chauvigny with it's impressive wild bird display set in the medieval castle.

Details for holiday cottage L'Escapade, 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, 1 Bathroom

Comfortable two bedroom cottage, tastefully furnished, retaining original features such as exposed stone feature walls and beams. The open plan lounge-diner is equipped with TV programmed to receive UK channels.

The kitchen is equipped with a dishwasher, gas hob and electric oven, refrigerator and micro-wave. Please note that the kitchen and bathroom have been completely refurbished this year.

Two bedrooms (1 double, 1 with 2 single beds)

The shower room features a large shower enclosure, vanity sink unit, wc plus heated towel rail.

French doors from the lounge lead out to private terrace with covered pergola, patio furniture and BBQ.

Cleaning/ Towels/ Linen / Maid sevice:

Guest towels are provided at the start of your stay and will be changed mid week. Pool and beach towels are also provided (saving suitcase space) and will be changed every Saturday.

Change over day is Saturday with cottages available from 4pm. On the day of departure please vacate the cottages by 10 am

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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Simply the best

  • 5 of 5

Chaunay Gites are situated just outside of Chaunay in a quiet and relaxing but easy to find location.

We were warmly welcomed by the owners, who showed us to our 2 bedroomed Gite which has been completely renovated to a high standard. The photos simply do not do it justice. The Gite was spotlessly clean and nothing was out of place. The beds were very comfortable with high quality linens and bedding was also of a high quality especially the pillows. The kitchen is fully equipped and there is a BBQ in our own private outside seating area that looks across the garden area.

The remaining outside area is shared with the one bedroomed Gite. There is a badminton area, boules area and a fabulous barn area that contains communal seating, BBQ and table tennis. Adjacent to the barn is the outdoor pool which was maintained by the owners every day. It was lovely to relax around the pool on the sun loungers, the owners have ensured that there are plenty of sun loungers around the pool area so that you can relax either in the sun or in the shade.

The owners Glen and Mandy live onsite in the main house, but have the perfect balance are being there if you need them but also giving you your space. They also recommended places to visit and where best to shop for groceries and petrol too.

We can wholeheartedly recommend staying at Chaunay Gites as the best Gites to stay at.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Well Mr and Mrs E.....what can we say, other than thank you very much, and please come back again. It was an absolute pleasure having you with us and the entertainment given to us by the boys was memorable. They are two great characters and it was great to hear their 'chat' of an evening in the barn. As I have mentioned in previous replies we have more improvements to make, but it is very encouraging to get great feedback in what is our first year of running gites. However, we have been blessed with great guests throughout last summer, and that goes a long way to making things enjoyable for us too. Best wishes Glen and Mandy
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A class above the rest

  • 5 of 5

We arrived at this beautiful property to a very warm welcome from Mandy and Glen. We stayed in the one bedroom cottage which was absolutely perfect. It is tastefully furnished to a very high standard and everything has been carefully thought out with attention today. It still retains it's rustic charm with the addition of modern facilities. There was even a welcome pack included with beer and wine. Each cottage has its own barbecue area for privacy however there is also a large open barn with barbecue facilities for the guests to use. The large pool is so inviting and there is plenty of room with sun beds surrounding aswell as a vey big garden area. Mandy and Glen are fabulous hosts and go out of their way to ensure you have the very best holiday. We even enjoyed a few glasses of wine together. There are also some lovely restaurants just a short drive away which were recommended. Fantastic stay and will definitely be returning.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Jacqui and Matt Wow what a lovely review. We are really pleased that you enjoyed your stay and really pleased to hear that you will be returning to spend some more time with us. We have more improvements planned for the 2017 season, with the pool area and the barn getting a bit of an upgrade to make them even better. It was a pleasure to have you both stay with us and we look forward to meeting you both again. Glen and Mandy
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  • 5 of 5

The holiday for us 4 adults had its first huccup when my sat.nav.took me off the motorway and into a small town around 25 minutes away from where we were staying.Glen Fowler the owner of the gites was always at hand to help with directions.Eventually,he had to rescue us from another small town nearer to him.Glen was very helpful.Once at the property,we were introduced to our gite.It was very well presented, modern decor,nice and light and cosy.The lounge was large enough for us 4.there were small games like dominoes and cards(just in case rain kept us in),and a television and digibox with English channels.The bedrooms were nicely furnished and not cluttered with lots of unneccessary furniture.A very good balance.The bathroom with shower was tiled,and everything was at hands reach.The kitchenette area was nicely presented with all cutlery,crockery,pots and pans,chopping boards etc.A real home from home.Linen was provided,including guest,bath,and poolside towels, and sun loungers.There were even plastic glasses for use at the pool,as glass was forbidden.A good safety piece there Glen.The pool was a very welcoming sight as we had 8 days of unspoilt sunshine ranging between 18 celsius and 23 celsius.A word of warning though, make sure your mobile phone is not in your swimming trunk pocket before entering the pool.I forgot!! There were a host of outdoor activities including badminton on the lawn, table tennis under the modernised barn,or just relaxing under the barn at the table and chairs.The gardens added to the enjoymentt as there were fruit trees of various types,including juicy plums and passion fruit.Free wi fi added to the attraction.any problems,and Glen was always on hand,being on site during our stay.Children would love seeing the baby lizards sunbathing by the pool.If you wanted to know where the supermarket was,Glen was the man to ask.If you wanted a reccomendation for a good restaurant,Glen was the man to ask.Several towns were visited including Melle,Ruffec,Saint Sauvant(where we have friends living),Lusignan,Lezay(where a tuesday market is a must see!),and of course,Chaunay.We all enjoyed our holiday, Glens hospitality,help,and fellowship when we met each other going out or coming in.We will definitely stay at L'Escapade again. If i could sum up everything in one word,it would be MAGNEFIQUE.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Guests Thank you very much for your fantastically detailed review. We have been really lucky with most of our guests taking the time to give us a review, and you guys are no exception. It was a real joy seeing you use the facilities to their full, and the best bit was the request to turn the barn into an indoor badminton court, as the heat and the breeze on the outdoor court was hampering your game. It would be a real pleasure to have all of you back with us in future, and hopefully it will be an even better experience with the updates we have planned for the pool and barn area. One thing for sure is that at least you know not to follow the route that the lady on the sat nav suggests, and you will get off to a much less stressful start to your holiday. We look forward to seeing you all again. Glen and Mandy
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Beautiful, characterful and stylish

  • 5 of 5

A lovely discovery in a beautiful and peaceful rural French setting. The house, garden and gites are idyllic and in a beautiful and traditional style. The gites themselves were lovely characterful buildings but had contemporary and tasteful fittings with all the mod cons you need, blended with tasteful modern 'rustic' furniture. Everything was pristine and looked new and up-to-date.

The swimming pool was a good size and great to laze by and the surrounding villages and countryside were great to visit and enjoy, and if you like star spotting, the evening sky was incredible.

We were made to feel very welcome by our hosts who truly made it a home from home and ensured we had everything we needed to have a lovely holiday. I would highly recommend Chauney Gites to anyone.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Stephen Thank you for your review it is great to get such brilliant feedback. I really hope that we can see you all here again as you were all such great company. If you do come back then we have scouted some more restaurants in fantastic settings. We are really lucky to be surrounded by so many treasures. Even so, we have been back twice to the Hotel du Commerce in Civray, since you left us. And yes......I had my favourite dessert on both occasions. Best wishes Glen
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Nice and Relaxing

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a very relaxing and peaceful holiday stay at l'Escapade. We were welcomed with a cold beer by hosts Glen and Mandy which set us up for a great week after a long drive down. There is always an element of pot luck when selecting a holiday gite on line and we are never exactly sure what we are going to get until we arrive. In this case we certainly weren't disappointed. The cottage was as described but had recently been refurbished so the condition of the accommodation was good and is very much as shown in the photos. The cottage is functional rather than large but all that we needed. What sold the whole thing for us was the large open barn area adjacent to the pool. This provided generous covered area with a large table and chairs and a nearby bar-b-que and we were able to sit outside in the barn every day and enjoy an evening meal cooked on the bar-b-que. (ok then we did go out one night). The swimming pool was clean and spacious especially as we were the only ones using it.

Unlike some Gites, everything was included. There was a welcome pack which included bread, wine, milk, coffee and biscuits. The bed linen and towels were all provided; there were even fresh towels halfway through the stay. Finally I would note that all the cleaning was allowed for with no supplementary charges and other than a quick tidy up we were able to just walk out of the Gite when it was time to leave.

The barn area contained a table tennis table and there was a boules set available. While we were there, Glen our host, marked out the badminton court on the grassed area. The Gite itself is set away from the main house and the other cottage on the site so is detached with its own area with a table outside.

The purpose of our stay was to explore the area and we found lots to do including the famous Futuroscope. This is well worth a visit and especially if you stay on for the light show at the end of the day (starts at 22:15). Also worth a visit is Poitiers itself. Poitiers is only half an hour up the road although Futuroscope is a further half hour around the ring road! Also worthy of a visit is the Valley of the Monkeys this is only about a 20 minute drive away.

We didn’t venture out to any nearby restaurants although Glen and Mandy had a couple of local favourites that they can recommend.

We were very happy with this Gite and would certainly recommend it to anyone else looking to visit this area.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Andrew and Mia Thank you ever so much for taking time to write up such a lovely detailed review. It was a pleasure having you both and Michael here for the week, and it was great to see you all making good use of the barn and the BBQ. Hope to see you again at some time in the future. Glen and Mandy
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  • 5 of 5

How wonderful to arrive in your holiday destination to find it better than you could have imagined. We were having a family holiday with our daughter her husband and our grandson, and the gites and facilities could not have been more perfect. We had a wonderful two weeks and Tracey and Richard were very helpful and friendly.

It was definitely a 10 out of 10 holiday

  • Review Submitted: Sep 5, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Poitiers at 48 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : at 2 Kilometres Nearest Train : Ruffec at 21 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : at 2 Kilometres Nearest Beach : La Rochelle at 127 Kilometres Car: necessary


La Rochelle: with historic port 1½ hour drive. Ile de Ré 1 hour 40 mins drive. Royan, St.Palais-sur-mer, Vaux-sur-mer, St.Georges-de-didonne 1¾ hour.

Grand Prairie Plan d'eau (Angouleme) an easy 40 mins drive to swimming lake with man-made beach, playgrounds, bike hire and picnic areas.


Ferry Ports: Caen 4 hours drive. St Malo 5 hours drive. Calais 6 hours drive.

Poitiers Airport 40 mins drive. Angouleme Airport 45 mins drive. La Rochelle Airport 90 mins drive. Limoges Airport 90 mins drive.

Situated a couple of kilometres from the Poitiers-Angouleme section of the N10, the cottages are easy to find.

Further Details:

L'Escapade is perfectly located for cycling and walking through the sunflower and cornfields. Fishing, canoeing, kayaking and tennis are all only a short drive away. Places to visit: The property is ideally situated to explore this beautiful region. A sample of the places you could visit includes:

Poitiers: 30 mins north. A vibrant, cosmopolitan city. A great place to sit outside a café and people watch.

Futuroscope: Futuristic theme park situated just north of Poitiers with amazing nightly lazer show.

La Vallee de Singes:This is a must see! only 15 minutes away. Spend the day in the company of more than 25 species of monkeys in total freedom.

Cognac: 1 hour. Famous for its distilleries. Take a tour around one of the major producers; Hennesy, Remy Martin. Pleasure boats take you along the beautiful river Charentes.

La Rochelle: historic port. Boat trips are available to take you to Fort Boyard.

Activities near by: badminton, bird watching, boules, canoeing, cycling, fishing, go karting, golf, ice skating, kayaking, photography, riverside activities, shopping, sightseeing, swimming, table tennis, tennis, theme parks and walking.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 1
6 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Peak Season
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 2
2 Sep 2017 - 1 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

Changeover Day is Saturday with cottages available from 4pm. On the day of departure please vacate the cottages by 10am.

Security Deposit: Included in the final balance payment we require a £150.00 deposit which is refunded to you at the end of your stay. We will not charge you for any small accidental breakage.

Payment Terms:
A non-refundable deposit of 50% of the total cost is payable on confirmation of booking and is to be transferred into our UK bank account in pounds sterling. We are sorry but we do not have the facilities for credit card payments. The balance is required 4 weeks before your arrival. There are absolutely NO hidden extras in our prices and Gas and Electricity is included in our price

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Property Type

  • cottage


  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


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


  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Dining Area


  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • groceries
  • medical services


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room with wc, spacious shower enclosure and vanity sink unit with mirror above. Heated towel rail.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed, 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: 2 Bedroom Cottage (Sleeps 4 plus baby or small child in travel cot) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed, bedside tables, wardrobe, storage unit with mirror above. Possibility to add a travel cot which we can provide. Bedroom 2 with 2 single beds, bedside table, chest of drawers, wardrobe.


  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on prices: A non-refundable deposit of 20% of the total cost is payable on confirmation of booking and is to be transferred into our UK bank account in pounds sterling. The balance is required 4 weeks before your arrival. There are absolutely NO hidden extras in our prices and Electricity & Gas is included in the price. Included in your final balance payment we require a £150.00 deposit which is refunded at the end of your stay. We will not charge you for any small accidental damage.

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