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Child-friendly Gites for Young Families. Enclosed Heated Pool and Playground

Overview

Property

Updated: 12-Jun-2016
Gites near St Jean D'Angely, Poitou-Charentes / Charante Maritime - Quiet Location near to Shops & Beaches. 4 poster beds. Play field. Dive courses

A former Napoleonic-era farm, 'La Vendange" is well established and perfectly located for easy access to both the coastal and many inland attractions of Charente-Maritime.

The central lawn/swings area is enclosed, gated and within full view of all the cottages. Cots, stair gates, highchairs, strollers etc. provided FOC.

Wifi Internet FOC. TV/DVDs in each cottage. Large screen TV with Freesat in the Barn, with sofas for watching the football with the other guests.

Parents can relax while the children make new friends, or collect eggs from our own chickens. In addition to the communal areas, all cottages have their own private outdoor areas with dining furniture, parasol and BBQ. The Nie valley (near St. Jean D’Angely) is about 40 mins drive inland from the port of Rochfort, 1hr drive SE from La Rochelle airport and only 4 hrs drive from the port of St. Malo. Our location is the midst of a part of hidden France, where time seems to have stood still for centuries. The seaside and the coastal towns are an easy day out. Many beaches within 1hr drive. 3 historic market towns within 15 mins drive.

Also pottery painting, dive courses, pizza oven, babysitting, play barn, ping-pong, basketball hoop, trampoline, giant sandpit, wendy-house, soccer field, archery.

More Details
  • Sleeps 7
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

My family and I moved to France in 2003 and have renovated a number of historic farms in the area. We are all well integrated into the local community and speak fluent French.

We love to show visitors around this delightful part of the country. We encourage our guests to practice their French (particularly on the bread and croissant delivery lady); but for those who are a bit nervous with the language, we are more than happy to make restaurant reservations or help deal with any emergencies (eg. if a car breaks down or if someone requires medical treatment etc.)

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Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the owner

Fab facilities and attentive management. A perfect holiday destination for families with young children. Dunbar family : 2011, 2012, 2013



Clairette is the most beautiful holiday house we have ever lived in. The Zen Garden in particular gives the invaluable quiet space during a hectic family holiday. Richard is very helpful, friendly and chilled out - Beaton family 2012



We had yet another lovely week at La Vendange. Syrah is beautiful house - perfect for our group of 3 adults and 3 children. The pool area is a fantastic facility and the children loved the chickens, swings, playhouse etc – Rich family 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013



A very relaxing environment where the children can play safely. Love the hens, quails and the herbs - a really great touch. McDowell family : 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013



(more comments on Tripadvisor - search "LaVendange" )
Feb 2011
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3 Reviews

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based on 3 holidaymaker reviews

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Lovely Setting, Great for Kids

  • 5 of 5

Really enjoyed our stay. The kids loved the place. Fantastic to have somewhere you can let the kids just run around as you relax outside.

Some nice touches e.g. books left for the kids/adults to read, equipment like potties/stepstools etc.

Richard, the owner, was on hand for any queries.

Rural location so car is needed.

Going back again this summer :)

  • Review Submitted: Apr 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Best Holiday With Kids-Ever

  • 5 of 5

This is the perfect location for a relaxed holiday with preteen kids: 2015 was our second holiday and are booked again for 2016. We'd had lovely holidays in Turkey & Portugal prior to this but nowhere we wanted to return to. The main selling points are: comfortable accommodation (but not luxury, no need to stress about kids wrecking anything!), mix of private & sociable areas, lovely pool, very safe for even small children, but most of all, all the children (from the 5 gites) end up playing together, so the adults can relax. The kids run out in the morning in their pj's to check on the hens and see who is up: they can start playing with friends while you sit in bed with a coffee! Plenty to do in the local area, decent supermarket 10 mins by car. Borrow the communal bikes and cycle to the local pub/ bistro. BBQ in the evening outside your gite, get the kids in bed and relax with a glass of local wine-bliss! We fly into La Rochelle and hire a car, so only an hour and 15 mins drive.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Another wonderful holiday here (our 5th visit)

  • 5 of 5

We love it here. We have 2 girls age 4 and 6 and have been staying at La Vendange each summer for the past 4 years. It is perfect for children, very safe, with an enclosed garden and two lovely heated pools.

There are swings, a slide, a trampoline and a shaded sandpit, not forgetting the chickens and quails all of which the children love.

There are plenty of lovely things to do in the surrounding area, enough to keep you and the children busy for 2 weeks if you wish (even if the weather inclement). Or just relax at the gites where the children will play with their new friends.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 10, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Location

From the Owner

My parents first purchased a small house in the area in 1988 and after a few delightful holidays here, my wife and I decided to buy a property ourselves in 1997. The stunning countryside, sunny weather, lovely old buildings, peace and quiet and quirky local people all contributed to a decision to move here with our 1 year old son Jamie in 2003. Our daughter Lucie was born here in Aug 2004 and we have run the property as a complex since around that time. The place took years to renovate !

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : La Rochelle at 90 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Matha at 6 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : St Malo at 280 Kilometres Nearest Train : St Jean D'Angely at 18 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : St Jean D'Angely at 21 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Nere at 4 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Fouras at 68 Kilometres Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

Horse riding, riding lessons available.

Pottery painting every Monday on site.

Kids and adults Diving courses available in the pool each Wednesday afternoon by the Professional instructors who live in our village. Children can do a one hour course with full aqualung to earn an official PADI bubble-maker certificate!

Cycling is a popular pastime in the area as the roads are very quiet and not too hilly. The local countryside is spectacular with gently undulating terrain partly forested and partly farmed with lots of sunflower and wheat fields, interspersed with vineyards. Guest sometimes bring their own bikes or can hire them locally. For occasional use we have a few kids and adults bikes on site which are for the use of all the guests.

Coast/Beach:

The nearest beaches are around Fouras (approx 45mins). Many good beaches are within about a 1hr drive. We are well located to be far enough away from the beaches to avoid the coastal crowds and heavy traffic, but close enough to enjoy regular trips to the beach as and when you like.

Travel:

La Rochelle (1hr). Poitiers (1hr 15mins). Angouleme (45mins). Limoges (2hr).

Bordeaux (1hr 45mins).

Distances:

Matha (10mins). St. Jean D'Angely (15mins). Cognac (25mins). Saintes (30 mins). Rochfort (40 mins). Angouleme (45 mins). La Rochelle (1hr).

Further Details:

Top 25 Favorite family activities (not in any particular order, taken from our guest books): LaPalmyre Zoo. Aquarium, LaRochelle. Electric Boats at St.Savignan. Atlantis indoor aqua park in St. Jean. Moules and Frites near the beach at Fouras. Chizes European animal park. Punt and picnic at the “Venice Verte”, near Niort. Cognac Park playground/boat rides on the Charente. Beach and Boats at Thors park. Donkey sanctuary near Dampierre sur Boutonne. Playground and mini-golf at Les Touches de Perigney. Chocolate factory and ramparts at Angouleme. Nautilus Giant water park near Angouleme. Funfair at LaPalmyre beach. Cognac distillary tours. Local Vine walks and tastings. Aulney, Saintes, Matha and St. Jean markets. Roman ampitheatres at Roulliac and Saintes. Outdoor Summer theatre (often FOC and in spectacular locations). Isle D’Aix (ferry/Napoleon museum) and Isle D’Oleron. Valley of the monkeys. Paleosite Prehistoric centre. Chateau des Enigmas Chateau Roche Courbon.

Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Deposit £100/week. Balance paid 2 months before start of holiday. No security deposit is required. (We don't have breakable nic-nacs or antiques in the cottages and our furniture is comfortable but not expensive. We want our guests to relax on their holiday!).

Changeover Day:
Chasselas and Columbard have a Saturday changeover. Verdhello and Syrah have a Sunday changeover. Clairette has a Thursday changeover.
Arrival time from 4pm (earlier times should be specifically requested well in advance).

Deposit of 100 pounds per week booked with balance paid 60 days before commencement of rental.
Bookings within 10 weeks of commencement require payment in full on booking

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Facilities

From the Owner

Our guests seem particularly impressed with the facilities for children and especially the safety aspect of the property with the fully enclosed garden, surrounded by the gites themselves and the separate swimming pool area which is also full enclosed. The field (with soccer nets ) and play barn (with ping pong and basketball hoop) add a couple of further dimensions to round off the holiday experience. With five cottages and a lot of shared facilities, we have a real community feel and many guests come back year after year to meet up again with friends they made during their first holiday here.

Property Type

  • farmhouse

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Holiday Complex
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

General

  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

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

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool

Onsite Services

  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff

Suitability

  • children welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village

Attractions

  • churches
  • forests
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 200 m²

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Either 1 or 2 bathrooms depending on cottage. Some en-suite. Spa bath in 2 cottages. Family sized tiled bath in 2 cottages. Potty and kids step in each bathroom. Rubber bath mats. Bath toys. (see website for full details and more photos)

Bedrooms

  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Choice of five farmhouse or cottages Sleeps up to 5,5 or 7 +cot (3 or 4 bedrooms/2 bathrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Master bedrooms with super-king size four poster bed. Bedroom 2 with twin beds or double. Bedroom 3 with single or twin beds. Cots and most baby/toddler equipment supplied free of charge. (see website for full details and more photos)

Outside

  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • 10 bicycles

Meals

  • Self-catering

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation: UK Satellite TV is communal (located in the barn, where there are plenty of sofas). Cottages may be supplied with portable TV/DVD players FOC on request. There is also a Satellite TV in Clairette (the largest cottage) Babysitting is available at 10€/hr (experienced child minders). Child-friendly as possible. Cots, highchairs, stair gates, stroller, baby monitor, toy and book boxes and any other baby/toddler equipment are provided FOC on request. We want the whole family to relax on holiday so we don't normally don't ask for a security deposit. Our cottages are clean and comfortable but devoid of expensive high tech equipment, antique furniture or "precious breakable nic-nacs". We don't encourage kids to draw on the sofas, but if they do we won't spit the dummy! Thick stone walls keep the cottages cool, but electric fans are supplied in case of prolonged heatwaves. Outside: The swimming pool (shared between the cottages) is 50m2, tiled and heated with 65% coverage solar panels - approx 6 degrees warmer than unheated outdoor pools. (Average July temp 29 degrees during 2014). The pool area is fully enclosed and gated for safety and has it's own lawn and sun terrace with pool beds and tables. Pool depth is from 90cm (shallow end - centre) with a diving pool (2m) at the deep end. There is a separate inflatable splash pool for smaller children. The children’s' playground forms part of the main lawn, which is fully enclosed by the cottages and the barn. There are two gates between the main lawn and the pool area (the two are separated by the main car park). The playground has two sets of swings, a hammock, trampoline, small slide and large covered sandpit. Off the main lawn there is a barn with table tennis etc. There is also a field where we hold regular soccer matches during high season. We have a stock of kids and a couple of adult bikes to borrow. Utility Room: Outside, each cottage has a private garden area with dining table, chairs, parasol and BBQ. All five cottages have at least one gated, enclosed garden area suitable for small children. (see website for full details and more photos) Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Optional mid stay linen change available ( two week stays only ). Linen and bath/hand towels provided ( beds made up for arrival ). Beach towels may be hired for a small additional charge ( 4 euro/towel ). Other: All the cottages feature thick oak beamed ceilings and exposed stone walls. The thick walls help to keep the cottages cool during the hot summer, though it is recommended that the shutters are kept closed during the hottest days. Extra fans are provided.

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