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Detached Rustic 2 Bed Renovated Cottage, Garden, Pool, Covered Dining/Relax Area



Updated: 27-Aug-2016
Cottage in Melleran, Deux Sevres, Poitou Charentes, France - Peaceful Location Surrounded By Beautiful Countryside Yet Only 5 Minutes Drive To Shops/Restaurants

Newly refurbished during 2013 the cottage boasts every ‘mod-con’ whilst retaining many original character features. Once the village shoemakers’ workshop the cottage forms part of a typical ensemble of buildings set around the terraced 10m x 5m pool. Alongside the pool is a fabulous open hanger which provides a perfect shaded area for an ‘al fresco’ lunch or a dreamy candle-lit dinner in the evening. On the night of arrival, guests will be invited to an aperitif and a poolside candlelight dinner.

The cottage has a wealth of lovingly restored pierre apparent walls and lots of exposed beams comprising a fully equipped kitchen, comfortable lounge/dining area, family shower room and two bedrooms both with oak beams and exposed stone walls. The light and spacious master ground floor bedroom has full length windows overlooking the garden and a large velux positioned directly over the double bed - you can lay in bed and gaze at the night stars!

A welcome basket of local produce awaits your arrival and for guests convenience, towels (including pool towels) plus a weekly change of bedlinen are all provided within the price

More Details
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We came to live in France during August 2012, after a 4 year property search and nearly 400 viewings! The old adage regarding ‘heart rather than head’ couldn’t have been more relevant to our new French home – we completely fell for the stunning outdoor space/s even though the house left many of our wish-list boxes unticked. We signed the Compromis within 48 hours of our first viewing! We were lucky enough to be able to take early retirement, having both held pretty busy stressful jobs and so we came to this area looking forward to taking our young Golden Retriever for long walks through the beautiful surrounding countryside. We have settled quickly into village life here and have made many good friends.

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Speaks English, French

6 Reviews

based on 6 holidaymaker reviews


Beautiful property, in a quiet and idyllic location

  • 5 of 5

This is a stunning 5 star property in a nice quiet rural location. One of the best self-catering properties we have stayed in. It was immaculate and very much reflected the French style. The English owners live next door to the property, and are very thoughtful and considerate of giving you your own time and space, but are very much on hand if you need them for local knowledge/direction or just general help with the use of the facilities. Nothing was ever too much trouble. They cooked us a first class, three course meal on the night of our arrival which was very much appreciated after travelling for 8 hours. The property is in a perfect location for piece, quiet and relaxation. The pool area is stunning with a ‘hanger’ which provided us with a lovely space in which to enjoy the outdoors for all of our evening meals and playing family games into the night. We had superb weather, with temperatures of 30 degrees plus. We spent most of our days lazing by the pool but we also enjoyed Kayaking at nearby Ruffec, a trip to the riverside city of Poiters and a day out at Futurocope (French theme park). The Pièce de résistance for our 14 year old son was a pit stop at Le Mans Race Track and museum on our way back home to the ferry at Caen. A must for any car enthusiast! It was our first family holiday to France (family of 4, kids are 14 & 10 years old). We can’t recommend this property or area enough. It was perfect.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to submit your review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your holiday with us and we appreciate your comments very much.
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Superb Country Hideaway

  • 5 of 5

I cannot recommend this property highly enough - we would definately return. The house was immaculately clean and the house and the linen and towels all smelt beautiful. The property itself was very well equipped and had a very well stocked welcome basket of goodies. The best thing is the outdoor space, the "outside hanger" - we lived in this space - it is the perfect place to sit and relax. The pool was brilliant too and kept very clean by the owners. The "icing on the cake" was the delicious three course meal that we were served on the first night. What a lovely touch and so welcome after a day of travelling. Thank you Ian and Margaret for your kindness and attention to detail - a really lovely week. The Jones' Family

  • Review Submitted: Aug 24, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write your review. We are very pleased that you all enjoyed your stay with us and we would hope to see again for another holiday sometime soon.
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Fabulous 3 week holiday -July-August 2015

  • 5 of 5

We have just spent a wonderful 3 weeks at Le Vieux Cordonnier in Melleran.

The gite is absolutely wonderful and very very comfortable for a family of 4 (our children are 12 and 13 years old. Ian and Margaret are super hosts and you will want for nothing during your stay, they have lots of local information to direct you to places of interest. The meal on our arrival after 8 hours travelling was beautiful and very welcome.

Many days were spent by the lovely pool as we were lucky enough to have lots of sunshine during the 3 weeks. Visits to Niort, La Rochelle, Poitiers are all easily accessible and kayaking on the Charente is a must.

A lovely haven of peace and tranquillity,which was just what we wanted.

You'll have a lovely holiday here with great hosts. Enjoy!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 15, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us at Le Vieux Cordonnier. Thank you for your kind words, we always try to provide a warm welcome and an environment for you to relax and have a pleasurable holiday.
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Well-appointed gite in a peaceful village

  • 5 of 5

This new gite is extremely well appointed and the owners, who live next door, are perfect hosts - extremely thoughtful and helpful, but not intrusive. The gite has all the equipment that one could wish for and everything is in very good condition. The welcome pack of food - in the fridge and in a basket - was comprehensive and typical of the owners' level of consideration. The pool is excellent, although it was too cold to use while we were there, and the abri (covered barn) is perfect for outdoor meals. The village is very quiet (except when the dogs get started) but there are lots of interesting places to visit, including Niort, La Rochelle, Oradour-sur-Drone, Celles-sur-Belle, Melle and Poitiers. The area has good walks and restaurants of all standards, including good ones we tried in Chef Boutonne, Melle and Niort. We recommend this gite highly.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 1, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted you found Le Vieux Cordonnier so pleasing. Unfortunately the weather during your stay was so very unseasonal but this may have encouraged you to discover more of the delights this region has to offer. Thank you for your kind comments and we’d love back with us some time in the future.
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Amazing holiday

  • 5 of 5

A truly great holiday from start to finish. We were welcomed with a home cooked 4 course meal prepared by Margaret and served with aplomb by Ian. The location is tranquil but close enough to lots of activities. Ian and Margaret looked after our every need but didn't in anyway intrude, they even got our daughter her own paddling pool! A wonderful holiday with a great mix of chilling by the pool and experiencing the beautiful countryside.


  • Review Submitted: Aug 22, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We’re pleased you enjoyed the meal. After a lengthy journey we imagine our guests just want to relax on their first evening and by providing a meal along with a substantial welcome basket the need to rush around grocery shopping and then cooking is the very last thing you want to be doing – after all you’re on holiday! Thanks for a great review and we hope you will holiday with us again in the future. Ian
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Rural French Oasis

  • 5 of 5

Idyllic setting for this super tasteful conversion of an old shoemaker's workshop. Everything you need for a beautiful holiday. Great pool. Lovely walled gardens with terrific covered outdoor space. Ian and Margaret were delightful hosts who made sure we wanted for nothing but also gave us our own space. My daughters just didn't want to leave.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 14, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank for your kind comments. As this is our first season we are so glad to hear you all enjoyed your stay at Le Vieux Cordonnier. We'd love to see back here on a future holiday.
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From the Owner

We chose this area for several reasons: ease of access to and from the UK, both by air and by sea; sunny micro-climate rivalling that of the Cote d’Azur climate and a far more relaxed lifestyle. So, we think we have the best of all worlds; we live in a tiny village with all the tranquillity we sought, and yet are within easy reach of towns such as Niort, Poitiers, Angouleme and la Rochelle all of which have a lively ‘café culture’.

Activity and Interests


La Rochelle is approximately 90 minutes drive away, through scenic countryside and villages. Not far from La Rochelle is a toll bridge that takes you to the island of Il de Re. A beautiful picturesque island surrounded by several beaches and the ancient walled capital, St Martin. There is also swimming at Rejalliant lake near Ruffec.


We are within easy drive of several Airports.

Poitiers Airport (60.5 kms)- flights from Stansted and Birmingham. La Rochelle Airport (87.4 kms) A very accessible airport with flights from many UK airports. Limoges Airport (100.2 kms)-served by Ryanair (from several locations in the UK, including Liverpool ,East Midlands and Stansted. Portsmouth-St Malo 4 hours, Calais 8 hours, Caen 6 hours, Le Havre 5 hours, All distances approximate.


Sauze Vaussais and the market town of Chef Boutonne are approx 5 - 10 mins by car. Historic Melle is approx 20 minutes drive away. Poitiers and Futuroscope approx 50km away, Cognac approx 80km.


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Out of Season rate
8 Oct 2016 - 5 Nov 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
25% non-refundable deposit is required with your booking form please. The cleared balance is due 8 weeks prior to your arrival, together with a £250 returnable breakages deposit and £50 returnable cleaning deposit.

Changeover Day:
Our normal changeover day is a Saturday. Your cottage will be ready for your occupation at 4pm - we request that you vacate your cottage on the day you leave by 10am. Consideration will be given to alternate changeover days in low season.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK Pounds. Prices include Electricity, gas and water. Prices include all bed linen, towels & pool towels, T-towels and bath mat- all changed weekly.

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From the Owner

Our cottage – Le Vieux Cordonnier – was originally the village shoemaker’s workshop and we have sympathetically refurbished it to provide all the equipment and other facilities needed to make your holiday comfortable and problem-free. The cottage has a traditional open plan living space with a fully equipped kitchen and also has a groundfloor bedroom and bathroom. Forming part of a typical ensemble of buildings around the pool and the cottage garden where guests can enjoy the total privacy our grounds afford. There are numerous options for ‘al fresco’ dining either in the sunshine or shade and guests have unrestricted access to our 10m x 5m open air swimming pool.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Ceiling Fans
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Satellite / Cable

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool


  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Ground floor family shower room with sink, wc and powerful multi-jet shower


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Master Bedroom with double bed, wardrobe, chest of drawers and bistro table/chairs Grenier Bedroom with one double and one single bed plus garment rack/hanging rail


  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • Notes on accommodation: On the night of arrival, guests will be invited to an aperitif and a poolside candlelight dinner. Thereafter we will let you enjoy your privacy unless you need our assistance. We will do everything to ensure that you spend a truly unforgettable holiday with us at Le Vieux Cordonnier. A welcome basket of local produce awaits your arrival. Pool and poolside amenities are shared with owners. Sorry, but no pets are allowed. Le Vieux Cordonnier is a strictly non-smoking property. Outside: The cottage has a separate walled garden area and guests have full access to all other garden areas, including the pool area with its large tiled terrace. The open air pool (which is not heated) is 10 metres x 5 metres. A barbecue, sun loungers, parasols, etc are all provided. The pool terrace is bordered by a large open fronted hangar with wooden dining table and chairs plus a rattan sofa suite for relaxing in the shade. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: For guests convenience, towels (including pool towels) plus a weekly change of bedlinen are all provided within the price.

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