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Stone Bijou Gite Nestled In Tranquil Small Hamlet Set Amongst Beautiful Forests.

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Cottage in Pouzeau, nr St Sauvant, Vienne, Poitou-Charentes, France - For A Romantic Break Or A Peaceful Holiday, Ideal For Walking Or Cycling The Quiet Country Lanes

Le Lys is a recently refurbished "bijou" stone gite set in a private garden with ample outdoor space for relaxing and alfresco dining.

Birdsong, red squirrel and deer are frequent occurrence. All those things you miss in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The perfect place to just relax.

There is a good choice of modern supermarkets and small shops within a 10 km radius. A “Welcome Pack” will be provided for your first breakfast and owners will be discretely available nearby to assist you as much as possible.

One of the delights of the Vienne is the overall friendliness of the people as it has not been spoilt by tourism and the welcome you receive is genuine and warm.

Roads and lanes are reasonably flat and free of busy traffic making it enjoyable for walking and cycling. Bicycles are available for guests. Access to the N10 motorway is approximately 10 minutes away by car making it easy to explore the region.

Poitiers (40 minutes by car) is our nearest major city with international airport and train links to central Paris and Charles de Gaulle airport. Use of a car is recommended in this area and major rental companies are located at Poitiers.

We close in October.

More Details

Suzanne Budd
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
27 April, 2017

About Suzanne Budd

Suzanne is a New Zealander and Tony is English. Suzanne taught mathematics at the same time as being a housemistress at Sherborne Girls in Dorset before retiring. Tony had his own business and spent most of his working life travelling North and South America, the Middle East, Australasia, Asia and the Carribean. They decided France was the place for retirement. Each year they spend 3 to 4 months enjoying the New Zealand summer. Suzanne has three grown up children and as with many New Zealanders, they lead cosmopolitan lives and are based around the world. Our gite is ideal for friends and family from overseas but as we enjoy meeting people we are very happy to let it out when we are here.

Suzanne Budd purchased this cottage in 2012

Why Suzanne Budd chose Vienne

We retired to Normandy in 2010 after having had a holiday home in France for 5 years. Autumn 2012 we decided to move further south. We had holidayed in the Vienne and Deux Sevres regions and enjoyed it immensely, warm weather and the ambiance sold it to us. We headed to our favourite places in the Poitou-Charente and found our home with a gorgeous gite.

We enjoy a rural life without a huge acreage. We chose our house in particular, because we are tucked away in a truly French hamlet. We are still within easy driving distance of markets, restaurants, shops, the coast and larger towns. We think we have found our ideal French home.

What makes this cottage unique

Le Lys is a very quiet, tranquil retreat if you are looking for a really relaxing holiday. We have good access to major highways or you can explore the Vienne and Deux Sevres Regions using the byways and lanes. The weather is usually very settled and the region is recognised as having the second most sunshine hours in France. The forest of St Sauvant, nearby was a bastian for the French resistance and many a story is told about those times and other history. We are on the edge of the Gallo-Romain area and the walking routes are a wonderful escape from a busy life. Coffee in nearby St Sauvant is about 25 minutes walk through a leafy canope of forests. ( Drive 5 mins)

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Enjoyable visit to this region. The gite was to the highest standard and all our needs were catered for. Lovely leisurely country walks in the myriad of quiet lanes around Le Lys. We did not venture out on the bicycles. The pizzeria at Couhe was "the best". The salad were super.also. "Maurice and Ann

"We had a most pleasant time at Le Lys. It was quiet and just the place to unwind. After a hectic few weeks of work we couldn't have asked for more in terms of a relaxing break. Suzanne and Tony provided the makings for a lovely breakfast on our first morning and from there the scene was set. We both overslept as the bedroom was quite luxurious and the lack of traffic noise was bliss. Planning another visit soon. " John and Jean

"Thank You for a most amazing break. We enjoyed getting the bicycles for a little time each day. We got lost in the maze of forest tracks.but We enjoyed the balmy evenings sipping wine outdoors. The gite was well equipped and immaculate. A rare find. Roger
Apr 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Saint-Sauvant in Poitou-Charentes

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Family shower room has a fitted shower, wc and basin. The gite enjoys a plentiful supply of hot water.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Two Bedrooms. Superb for a couple and one other. Notes on bedrooms: The ground floor bedroom, is tastefully furnished with king size bed, bedside cabinets, wardrobe and chest of drawers. A sitting area with a separate sofa(bed)side tables etc. The mezzanine floor two single beds, drawers, bedside cabinets, wardrobe, chair
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Stereo ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • forests
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Notes on accommodation: Complimentary croissants, fruit juice, cereals, milk, coffee,tea, and jam are provided for your first breakfast at Le Lys. If you want tranquility, bird song, the antics of red squirrel and the odd deer passing by, this is the place to unwind. Outside: A charcoal barbecue, outdoor dining furniture and sunbeds are provided exclusively for guests. Smoking is not permitted in the gite. Utility Room: The washing machine, for personal guest use is located a few metres from the gite beside the clothesline. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All linen and a generous supply of bathroom towels are provided and typically changed each week.(Guests need to bring their own beach towels if required). Guests are expected to leave the gite clean and tidy on departure and remove all rubbish. Other: Although the gite sleeps four it is more comfortable for 3 if the weather is inclement.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(10 traveller reviews)


Delightful, well appointed gite.

  • 5 of 5

The gite was exactly as described on the website, in a quiet garden setting.

Our hosts were very helpful and informative and we would certainly recommend this property to friends.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure to have you to stay. You certainly made the most of your stay, enjoying the local attractions. We would gladly welcome you back at any stage.
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Le Gite avec beaucoup de charme

  • 5 of 5

The Gite is a very charming property, equipped with everything you will need for your stay. The hosts Suzanne and Tony are also very welcoming, charming and very informative about the local area. Just the place to relax, soak up the sunshine and enjoy a good book. Would not hesitate in recommending to family and friends.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you managed to get out and about in this lovely tranquil area of France. Hopefully we will see you back in this region, perhaps permanently. Thank you so much for leaving the gite so beautiful on your departure.
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Paradise in a peaceful and tranquil setting

  • 5 of 5

When we first arrived at the gite I had a big smile on my face as it was even more lovely than it looked on the photos. The gite felt like a much loved home with some wonderful touches which I loved. We explored the surrounding area enjoying the historic churches and pretty villages and visited Angouleme and Poitiers. We also used the bikes for a pleasant ride around the countryside. Suzanne and Tony were so welcoming, we were provided with a lovely welcome pack and also had a plentiful supply of fresh strawberries from their garden which were delicious. There was plenty of information on trips out and restaurants etc and if you required any further information Suzanne and Tony were able to provide it. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and hope to come back soon.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 22, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was lovely to have and we would love you to come back. As you say still La Rochelle, Ile De Re, the fine churches at Poitiers and maybe even Orador sur Glane and the Forest Route of the SAS soldiers. Definitely another week for a relaxing break!
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Superb little Gite in Southern France

  • 5 of 5

We recently stayed at this gite in the heart of Poitou-Charentes. It was a lovely place set in beautiful gardens. As city dwellers you immediately notice how tranquil it was as you just heard the bees buzzing around. Our hosts Suzanne and Tony were great and we would have no hesitation in recommending this place for anyone looking for that French Experience. Lots of places nearby to visit if that's your thing and the coastline is also within easy reach.

  • Review Submitted: May 18, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is always a pleasure to have such lovely guests. We hope you have the opportunity to return. You certainly managed to fill each day exploring the beautiful little neighbouring villages.
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Lovely gite, lovely hosts!

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely time here, even though the weather wasn't really on our side. The gite was extremely well appointed and the Welcome Pack was very welcome indeed. The double room was lovely and cool and dark at night as well as being very pretty (as was the whole gite). Tony and Suzanne were extremely helpful and Suzanne spent a long time talking rugby with our son! He talks about Suzanne every time the All Blacks play now! We found lots to do and would thoroughly recommend the outdoor pool at Vivonne and the Velo-rail in Chauvigny (both are lovely towns to visit too). It was lovely to have such welcoming, helpful hosts and we wish them all the very best for this season too. :-)

  • Review Submitted: Feb 4, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful base to explore the Vienne

  • 5 of 5

This was our first visit to this region of France and we could not have chosen a better base. The gite was delightful; clean and very well maintained. We were made to feel very welcome and the 'fizz' and breakfast hamper were particularly welcome!

We made the most of our time here visiting beautiful mediaeval villages and travelling a little further afield to the coast visiting the stunning Ile de Re.

We could not have asked for a better 'base' and would certainly recommend it if you are after a quiet, peaceful and relaxing time.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 6, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
2 Apr 2017 - 6 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Rate 1
7 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Rate 2
1 Jul 2017 - 26 Aug 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Rate 3
27 Aug 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

Booking Notes:
Signed booking forms to be returned within a week with a non refundable deposit of £100. Balance is payable 8 weeks before holiday start date. The balance includes a damage deposit of £150, which will be refunded after your holiday, providing no damage or breakages have occurred. Guests to arrive after 4pm on date of letting and leave by 11am departure day. Late arrivals (after 7pm) should specify. Payment can be made via Paypal, or deposited into an English Account. Paypal incurs 5% surcharge.

Changeover Day:
Dates can be negotiated as short term lets of 3 days are available on request, as are longer lets on a prorata basis. This effects our changeover days making it possible to be flexible. We are quite happy to meet your holiday needs if we can.

Notes on prices:
The pricing per week is for 1 to 4 people. There are no extra utility charges unless you need an extra gas bottle for heating in May or September. One new gas bottle is provided for heating during your stay in these cooler months. All cooking gas is inclusive in the rental.
Nightly rates are £53 in all seasons.

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