|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
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Gîte 1"The Cottage" is an independent unit, con-temporarily furnished beamed cottage at the end of the farmhouse. There are two bedrooms upstairs, one double and the other with two single beds. Bedrooms are equipped with wardrobes, valet stands, chest of drawers and luggage stands. Downstairs there is a large open plan area which comprise the living, dining room and kitchen. The kitchen is fully equipped with gas cooker and oven, kettle, coffee machine, microwave oven, toaster, rice cooker, fridge/freezer, glassware, crockery cutlery and utensils. The dining area has a dining table to seat 4-6 people. The shower-room is off the main downstairs room with the usual facilities. The living area contains two sofa-beds to sleep additional guests if necessary. There is a wood-burner in the lounge. Satellite TV, DVD player, radio/CD player is provided. There is a hotel style mini safe for your valuables.
Bathrooms: 1 downstairs
Living room/dining room/kitchen: 1 open plan
The gîtes at Le Bois de l'Eglise are contained within a tastefully renovated typical Charentais farmhouse complex. There is a private courtyard for three of the gîtes and a private garden for one the gîtes. In addition there is access to the owners 1 acre garden with its various seating and eating areas. Le Bois de l'Eglise is a tiny hamlet close to village of Villiers le Roux in the commune of Villefagnan in south West France. It is close to the town of Ruffec with its supermarkets, with fresh seeafood stall, biweekly market, shops, cafés and public amenities. The location is rural countryside retreat perfect for cycling and walking. The region has its own micro-climate and has some of the sunniest weather in France, second only to the French Riviera. The area is primarily agricultural, with abundant sunflowers in the summer, and the surrounding woods and copses provide for a large variety of animal and bird life.
Poitou-Charente is on the western coast of France, facing the Atlantic Ocean and the Bay of Biscay. It is made up of 4 department regions, Deux-Sèvres to the north, Charente to the south, Vienne to the east and Charente-Maritime to the west. Poitou-Charente has so much to offer the visitor with so much to see, do and enjoy.
The Charente, where the Le Bois de l'Eglise is situated, has a reputation of being a quiet area where you can explore the rural area far from the crowds. Close by are the picturesque and historic villages of Verteuil-sur-Charente and Nanteuil-en-Vallée with their excellent restaurants and cafes. There are other great places to visit such as Angoulême with its ramparts and its captivating city centre with a mix of old and new and the unexpected, Cognac, with its focus on the famous brandy, Confolens which is home to the Festival de Folklore and Aubeterre-sur-Drone with its fascinating underground church.
Vienne is where the regional capital Poitiers is situated. The centre of the city with its historic buildings, street cafés and boulevards is a great place to explore and shop. If you are into action rides, time machine and dancing robots then a trip to Futuroscope is a must for children of all ages. Other recommended places to visit are the medieval market town of Chauvigny, with its five ruined castles and Anglles-sur-l'Anglin set on the river overlooked by a ruined castle and officially one of the most beautiful villages in France.
Deux-Sevres department is to the north east of Poitou-Charentes and is best known for the Marais-Poitevin, a large area of canals and marshes. The most important town in the department is the former medieval port of Niort on the Sevre-Niortaise river. The town boasts a huge 12th-century castle built by Henry II and Richard the Lionheart. Niort is a good base from which to explore the Marais-Poitevin. The region is perfect for exploring on foot, by bicycle or on horseback with hundreds of kilometers of tracks. At Coulon you can hire a traditional “pigouille” (punt) with a boatman to explore the canals and marshes who will tell you about the marches and its plants and animals. Moving on, the medieval centre of Parthenay is worth visiting, with its cobbled streets leading to 13th century ramparts and a drawbridge with twin towers.
Charente-Maritime is very popular with both French and overseas visitors for it attractions such as ile-de-Ré and the port of La Rochelle. The island of ile-de-Ré attract many visitors with its beaches and family friendly atmosphere. In La Rochelle the Vieux Port with its many places to eat and it's chic boutiques and vibrant atmosphere is a great place to visit. South of La Rochelle is the sea side resort Châtelaillon-Plage which boasts a 2.5 km of fine sandy beach, esplanade, casino, water park, and thalassotherapy centre. Continuing down the coast there are numerous interesting places such as the 17th century new town of Rochefort built around the port and naval buildings.
Le Bois de l'Église is perfectly placed to visit the attractions of Poitou-Charente. All the tourist sights and places to visits described are between 40minutes and 2 hours of easy driving from Le Bois de l'Église.
Beverley & Anthony
We would like to like to introduce ourselves. My wife Beverley is an English teacher and I am a civil engineer. For the past 25 years we have worked in the Far East, Singapore, Hong Kong and Vietnam, the Middle East, Qatar, Kuwait and Sudi Arabia and Europe, Romania and Bulgaria.
Anthony J Killeen purchased this cottage in 2000
We had looked at properties in different regions in France and decided that the Poitou Charente was the area that most appealed to us. We were shown a few properties in the area but we just fell in love with Le Bois de L'Eglise.
The gites at Le Bois de l'Eglise are contained within a tastefully renovated typical Charentais farmhouse and can be reserved as either two individual gites or a single property. Both gites can be rented and interconnected to sleep 8 guests. There is a private courtyard outside the gites and there is access to the owners 1 acre garden with its various seating and eating areas.
Getting to Le Bois de l'Église-
By Train. Ruffec Station, 15 minutes away by car, is on the TGV mainline linking Paris to Bordeaux. Car hire and taxis are available in Ruffec.
By Plane:- Poitiers (40 minutes drive), Angouleme (35 minutes drive), Limoges (1.5 hours). Car hire is available at the airport.Ferries
By Car:- 6¼ hours from Calais, 4 hours from Le Havre, 7 hours for Zeebrugge.
Booking Notes: Please contact owner
Changeover Day: Please contact owner
Notes on prices: Prices are for the property per week for up to the number of persons stated for each gite and are quoted in Euro.
- linen and towels changed weekly,
- hot water and electricity.
- bottled gas for cooking.
- welcome pack of basic foodstuffs and other items is supplied.
- starter pack of logs
Booking Deposit : A 25% deposit (non returnable) is required on booking.
Security Deposit: A €150 refundable breakage deposit is required on booking.