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Charming cottage close to Richelieu on the border of the Loire. Heated pool.



Updated: 30-Apr-2016
2 bedroom rural retreat with stunning views over the countyside. Bordering the Loire valley, famous for it's Châteaux & vineyards

The restored cottage L'Olivier forms part of the west wing of the unrestored but beautiful 17th century Manor house. Set in 5 acres of garden with stunning views of the countryside, it is a private and tranquil retreat. There are 2 bedrooms upstairs that comfortably sleeps 4 .One room has a double bed and the other 2 single beds, there is also a bathroom with shower. From each bedroom there are views over the garden and countryside. The salon has french doors that open onto a terrace where you can enjoy your morning coffee or tea and listen to the early birdsong. The salon is a place where you can relax on the comfy sofa and watch some TV or listen to music. There are plenty of books for you to read as well. There is also a DVD player, a music centre and a IPod docking station.

You can easily prepare your fresh produce from the local markets in the well equipped kitchen. There is barbecue in the Mediterranean garden if you prefer to cook outside. Dine under the covered terrace which is also a delightful place to share a glass of wine.

The kitchen has all the usual amenities with cooker, washing machine, fridge/freezer and small table and chairs. We are on the border of the Loire and the Vienne so plenty of sights to see and enjoy. The Châteaux of the Loire; Villandry, Ussé,Azay le Rideau and many more. The park of the moving image is not far; Futuroscope. It is very peaceful and quiet where you can relax in tranquillity. Go for leisurely walks, wine tasting or you can go horse riding through the forest (stables close by). Visit lovely medieval towns and villages. There are hammocks to laze in, badminton to be played, and books to read. Go cycling, we have bikes you can borrow. Great place for a small family, a romantic week away or a lazy week with friends.

Heated pool (8 x 4) with terrace overlooking the garden a perfect place to relax and take a swim. This is a shared pool.

Please note there is a free WiFi connection.

Welcome pack on arrival.

More Details
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We are John and Glyn and have lived here since 1998. John has his own business here project managing for people purchasing their dream homes. And between us we run a B & B and the gîte. We purchased our first house (or ruin)! in 1994. Slowly restoring the 15th century manor house and in the process decided to make the move to France in 1998.

After finally finishing our gorgeous home we then went on to buy our present house which needed a lot of work to bring it back to life and a place where people would want to come and stay.We worked had to restore and decorate the rooms and then of course the 'petite cottage' which is lovely and in the best spot in the grounds.

We have 1 lovely dog,Flo and 2 cats, Lily & Cyd who will often want to come and visit you!

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Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the owner

We are all leaving this gite feeling very rested and fulfilled.

Next time we will be booking for 2 weeks as one was not enough!

John & Glyn have renovated this site into an absolute gem! The gite has all you need and more "home from home" and the visits from the cats & dogs made the entire experience even more enjoyable.

We will sorely miss not just the gite but it's breathtaking surroundings. We will return to our home town - Bristol, feeling chilled, well rested & gratful for the sunny weather we had!
Sep 2014
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8 Reviews

based on 8 holidaymaker reviews


Smashing gîte

  • 5 of 5

The gîte was very comfortable, set in very large, beautiful grounds. It had a authentic rustic feel and was warm and clean. We had our baby with us and high chair and travel cot were helpfully provided. There were plenty of towns and villages to visit and the village itself was lovely, with a really good bakery. All in all a lovely relaxing trip and very pleasant owners too.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 25, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Excellent holiday

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful week spent at this fantastic Gite. Beautifully appointed and maintained Gite with great outdoor dining and seating areas. The heated pool was a real bonus and enjoyed by Us all. Great peaceful location in village, but with plenty of interesting places/lots to do without travelling too far. Very welcoming and attentive hosts, respecting our privacy, yet very approachable for good advice and info re the local area.

We had an excellent weeks holiday and are already organising to return for 2 weeks in 2016.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 19, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely holiday gite in quiet rural France.

  • 4 of 5

We had a lovely week in this charming gite. It is well appointed, clean and well maintained..Glyn & John are lovely hosts. They have recently installed a swimming pool which we had shared use of and it was lovely and warm, clean and very safe, with an alarm to activate when it wasn't used. This worked well and can give families peace of mind.

We were told about nearby attractions and also ate at Le Savignois restaurant one evening in nearby Savigny sous Faye. This was superb- we were so well looked after and had fantastic food!

If you want a tranquil holiday in lovely surroundings, where there is a village to walk into for your morning bread and croissants, this is the one!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 10, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful cottage, super pool, lovely hosts

  • 5 of 5

This really is a delightful cottage, brimming with character, set in such an interesting and atmospheric park and butted up to an intriguing manor house. We were very comfortable here throughout our holiday and really enjoyed messing about in, and relaxing next to, the smashing pool. Glyn and John made us feel very welcome and were always on hand to help with anything we needed. We liked exploring the nearby parc de loisir de Guesnes and the lady in the tourist office in the village was very helpful too. We had a lovely stay and were really sad to leave.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 5, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Charming gite

  • 5 of 5

We had a very relaxing week staying in this lovely gite. It's full of character with charming decor, and had everything we needed. We made full use of the pretty garden, often having our meals outside. The owners were very helpful and we became quite attached to their 2 friendly old dogs. It is a good location for visiting chateaux in the area, and nearby towns such as Richelieu and Loudun. The bakery in the village is excellent, and we had a delicious meal at the local restaurant, Le Cheval Blanc.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 19, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We had a fabulous holiday.

This gite is full of character and style. It's really nicely furnished with lovely linens and materials. It was completely quiet, so we slept very well indeed. We also enjoyed using the kitchen which has everything you need and eating in our area of the garden, surrounded by lavender and buzzing bees.

The hosts are just lovely and full of good ideas for things to do in the area.

We shall be returning!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 13, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
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From the Owner

We were looking for a B & B and decided to buy this wonderful 17th century house which is in need of total restoration. The west wing of the manor house already had a 'gîte' that needed to be renovated and a kitchen added. It was all pretty dreadful before! The bed and breakfast is in another property in the same grounds, so we are always on hand to help. The surrounding countryside is so pretty and very quiet and peaceful, but we are not far from civalisation.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Poitiers (Biard) at 45 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Caen at 333 Kilometres Nearest Train : Poitiers at 48 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : St.Maure de Touraine at 43 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Savigny sous Faye at 8 Kilometres Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

We can organise flights in a Hot Air Balloon for you.


Nearest beach is La Rochelle, 2hrs.


Fly from Stansted (Ryanair) to Poitiers airport (43km) - Edinburgh (Ryanair) to Poitiers airport. Stanstead to Tours airport (Ryanair) 83km. Manchester to Tours airport. Dublin (Ryanair) to Tours airport Please note that the Edinburgh, Manchester and Dublin flights are in the spring/summer only.

TGV (high speed train) Paris-Montparnasse - Poitiers.

London, Eurostar to Lille - Poitiers or to Paris - Poitiers.

Hire cars are available at both these airports.

A car is recommended.


Walking distance to village.

Further Details:

The village has all commerce; small well stocked supermarket, newsagent, hairdresser, post office, chemist, bank and a wonderful bakers. Bar/tabac and a restaurant/bar. Even a beautician and a theatre. There is a good restaurant 8 kms away. Please note there is a bar in the village and another bar/restaurant where you can have a very good lunch. He sometimes closes in the evening (the restaurant) if there are no bookings. He is always closed for the month of August, as many places are during this month.


Rental rates

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7 night minimum stay
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Booking Notes:
A 30% deposit is required at the time of booking. Balance due six weeks before the arrival date. If booked less than 6 weeks prior to arrival, payment is to be made in full. Payment can be made via PayPal (any charges to be paid by the renter) or with cheque drawn on a french bank or into a UK bank account. A deposit is required of 200 euros (or £170 approx), against breakages, cleaning etc. Which will be returned less any charges in the following week after the end of your holiday.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Saturday. The cottage is available after 4pm on day of arrival. You must vacate the cottage before 10.30am on day of departure.

Notes on prices:
In April and October a supplement of 50 euros will be required to cover electricity costs.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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From the Owner

From the park we can go for walks with our dogs to the pretty countryside, without having to worry about traffic. There is 'le ligne vert' which is a disused rail track which has been adapted for walkers and cyclists, so you can walk or cycle for about 30 or so kilometers. It's fairly flat and really enjoyable and we often see deer grazing in the fields, which are full of sunflowers in the summer. From the house we can walk to the village which has all commerce and a wonderful bakers. It's well situated to profit from the countryside, visit châteaux and other many attractions, or just simply relax. What more could you ask for.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster


  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool


  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • swimming

Floor Area

  • 55 m²


  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room with wash hand basin and WC.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Cottage, 2 bedrooms (sleeps 4) Notes on bedrooms: Pretty bedroom with double aspect. Double bed (140cm x 190cm). Small wardrobe and a chest of drawers. Lovely views from both windows overlooking park and countryside. Lovely room with two single beds. Views over the garden and countryside.


  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering

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


  • Notes on accommodation: I'm sorry, although we love animals and have cats and dogs ourselves we can not accept any pets in the cottage. Please note that the cottage only comfortably sleeps 4 people. Outside: The independant cottage is set in the grounds of 5 acres with 4 ancient yew trees forming a square, their boughs touching the ground. There is privacy in the garden around the cottage which is planted with shrubs and flowers and there are herbs for you to use. From the salon you have a small terrace with table and chairs. The Mediterranean garden which is a real sun trap is graveled and has sun loving plants such as Lavenders, fig tree and a grapevine and table and chairs for those romantic meals under the stars. There is a covered area facing the small terrace and has seating for you to relax in the shade. A barbecue is at your disposal. A couple of bikes are available for you to enjoy this lovely countryside and to collect those lovely breads and pastries from our superb bakers in the village! Pool with terrace (shared) Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen and towels are provided. I bath towel and small hand towel per person. Tea towels and cleaning sponges are provided. To be cleaned by you on the day of departure or you can opt to pay a 50 euro cleaning charge.

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