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FR20820 - The Cottage Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms)

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights


The Cottage Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms)

The Cottage is a charming stone built property complete with roses! It comprises a well equipped kitchen/sitting room with fridge, gas cooker, microwave and toaster. CD/DVD player, English satellite TV, wifi and laundry facility available. - One double and one twin bedroom. Shower and WC. Own garden area with garden furniture. Shared use of 8m. x 4m. in-ground, swimming pool with large terrace and poolside furniture. All duvets, linen, including towels/pool-towels, provided. Linen change weekly for multiple week lets.

About the property


Les Jardins Arts is a large spacious property situated in tranquil countryside, surrounded by fields of Sunflowers in July. ( www.paintinfrance.eu ) Two beautiful, well equipped, self contained gites ideal for separate or multi-generational families, with shared 8 x 4m in ground pool enjoying an elevated position overlooking the extensive landscaped gardens. Large lawn area with plenty of space for children's activities. The gites benefit from their own separate garden areas with garden furniture and barbecue. Relax by the pool or walk from your own front door in the surrounding countryside on well marked paths between fields of sunflowers. The picturesque port of La Rochelle, Isle de Re, Marais Poitevin (The Venice of France) Futuroscope, Valley des Singes (Monkey Valley) are all within easy reach. The nearby towns of Chef Boutonne, Sauze Vaussais, Melle and Ruffec all have supermarkets, boulangeries, and boucheries to cater for your needs. Canoes can be hired from Ruffec for the more adventurous.

For one less thing to have to think about, we are happy to offer a free shopping service so that your fridge is well stocked upon your arrival here at Les Jardins des Arts. Pay only for your groceries.

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Ray & Lynne Shuell
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
21 January, 2017

About Ray & Lynne Shuell

Set in a beautiful, tranquil location in one of the sunniest regions of France, Les Jardins des Arts provides the perfect place to relax completely, unwind and re-discover the simple pleasures of stunning sunsets and magical night skies. A warm welcome awaits you from your British hosts, Ray and Lynne Shuell who ensure the accommodation is maintained to a very high standard of cleanliness and comfort. Les Jardins des Arts was established in 2007 since when Ray and Lynne have welcomed hundreds of guests and they are on hand to ensure you have everything you need for the perfect holiday.

Ray & Lynne Shuell purchased this cottage in 2007

Why Ray & Lynne Shuell chose Deux-Sevres

We bought the property mainly due to the location in one of the sunniest regions of France, but also for the peaceful ambience of the surrounding gentle countryside. A perfect place for guests to relax, unwind and re-discover the simple pleasures of stunning sunsets and magical night skies.

What makes this cottage unique

The property is conveniently located for ease of access to several local towns and famous tourist attractions. Ray is a professional artist who gives art classes to local people and also offers courses, half day or day classes to guests at Les Jardins des Arts

Guestbook comments from the owner

Excellent introduction to an area of France we didn't know. Easy drive from San Malo. Ray and Lynne so welcoming. Bertie, our dog, enjoyed the company of Scruff and Bella. The children enjoyed the pool and weather. Lots of fun, thanks!
May 2014
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Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(6 traveller reviews)


Lovely cosy cottage

  • 5 of 5

My two teenage daughters and I had a lovely holiday in the Cottage in July. My daughters especially appreciated the WIFI and the pool. Our hosts, Ray and Lynne, were welcoming and extremely helpful, recommending places to go and places to eat. The garden is beautiful with plenty of space for young kids to run around and play. I would have no hesitation in recommending this as a holiday destination to my friends.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you - we are pleased you had a great holiday and appreciated the peaceful, relaxing ambience of the property, pool and grounds.
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A peaceful getaway

  • 5 of 5

Lynne and Ray were brilliant hosts and made sure we had everything we needed including a very welcome meal on our arrival. Our 2 year old was catered for well and enjoyed running around and exploring in the beautiful garden. We'll definitely be back.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 29, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you - we re pleased you had a good time with us. September is a lovely time to be here, the days are still warm and the countryside is just taking on it's Autumn colour. We look forward to welcoming you back!
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Lovely well equipped Gite in a Picturesque French

  • 4 of 5

The property was well equipped with sun loungers ,outside table and chairs . Inside also well equipped including full size cooker ,Hosts most helpful nothing was too much trouble ,they even offer a shopping service on arrival .Pool area was especially well done with a fenced area for safety . Really tranquil and very enjoyable.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 14, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Another great stay

  • 5 of 5

We have been staying at Lynne & Ray's cottages since 2009 and it always feels like a home from home, accept with a far better climate! We love staying that much that we have brought other members of the family over and rented out both cottages, which selfishly meant we had the whole place to ourselves and Ray & Lynne.

This was our 5th time and it was as good as the last! The cottages are always clean, beds comfortable and sufficient for our needs. The large grounds and quiet location is a great place for our young family and this accords them a bit of independence. The pool is of course a great asset and the kids are hard to prise out once they're in! When not in the pool, the kids like nothing more than mucking about with the resident dogs Bella & Scruffy, both very cute and obedient, almost like our youngest!

The kids have both enjoyed Ray & Lynnes excellent art tuition and it gives Mum & Dad the morning off as well! Josh our son also enjoyed some impromptu guitar jamming and tuition from the Grand Master Ray as well and has returned with some new playing styles to boot, thanks Ray!

The area boasts some of the flattest roads so absolutely ideal for our youngest cycling enthusiast leading to the least amount of moaning ever! The local town of Chef Boutonne provides all you need both in food and wine and local farmers markets operate in different local towns all week offering a wide variety of locally made produce. Both Ruffec and Melle markets are great

The department of Deux-Sevres is a fabulous location and the area offers so much to see and do throughout the region of Poitou Charentes. For the more adventurous, there is canoeing near Ruffec which we tried out this year or if you fancy a drive, Futuroscope is about an hour up the road and offers some great interactive entertainment but it's a bit pricey. A great place to visit and gets some food is Verteuil-sur-Charente, absolutely stunning place on the river with a couple of great restaurants, we ate in Café Portebleue, very good food! If you like Apes/Chimanzees and Gorillas, then a day out in the Vallee du Singe should be on your list of things to do, we've been 3 times over the years and love it.

Ray and Lynnes cottages make a really great base to explore the area from and return to relax.

I couldn't recommend the cottages more highly, they are affordable, comfortable and offer great facilities plus Ray and Lynne are some of life's loveliest people to boot!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 31, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much. We aim to please - Ray enjoys any opportunity to pick up a guitar and we both enjoy Art classes with both adults and children. This really is a lovely area with lots to see and do, though for those who just want to relax our goal is to make our holiday homes peaceful havens away from the stresses of modern living. We endeavour to ensure all our guests experience the kind of holiday they have been looking forward to.
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Cottage with character in a picturesque setting

  • 4 of 5

A lovely little cottage in a quiet village with good access to local towns, amenities and attractions. The property is clean with all the facilities needed for a comfortable stay. Nice pool and gardens. The owners, Lynne and Ray, are really friendly and helpful.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 28, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you - we are pleased you enjoyed your stay with us and that the Cottage provided everything you needed to make your holiday a rewarding experience. We are close to local amenities for convenience whilst being rural enough for clients to enjoy the peaceful ambience of the gardens and pool and to experience the joys of the tranquil countryside.
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Exactly what we were looking for!

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was lovely, very clean and equipped with everything we could possibly have wanted. The pool was perfect for our son and the gardens were enjoyed by us all and our dog.

Lynne & Ray were fantastic hosts, always on hand to help in anyway, from tips on dog walks to booking the vet appointment for our dogs return to the UK.

Our son had an afternoon one-to-one art lesson with Ray and learnt so much about drawing techniques.

Wonderful place and lovely people, would recommend to anyone wishing to have a relaxing and peaceful holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 22, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. We are pleased you had an enjoyable stay with us and the Cottage was everything you wanted it to be. It's good to know that the peaceful, relaxing ambience was appreciated and that the one to one art tuition was so instructive. Thanks again.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Hanc in Poitou-Charentes

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Garage ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bathroom on ground floor
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , Double bedroom on ground floor
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , 2 single beds on first floor
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 3 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: The two gites are well separated by the large lawned gardens and each enjoy their own garden area. However they are ideal for multi generational families or friends who can then enjoy exclusive use of all the facilities whilst having their own separate accommodation. Each property has an extensive library of books with more available from the main farmhouse. Outside: Each gite has its own garden area complete with garden furniture, loungers, table, chairs, sun shade and barbecue. The cottage also enjoys a separate secluded outdoor eating area. The property has a modern, luxurious 4m x 8m 1.5m deep, shared, in-ground, soft-lined pool, protected by a regulatory standard, safety fence. The pool is equipped with sun loungers and pool towels are also included.

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