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Gite With Private Pool Set In A Rural Hamlet With Views Of The Countryside



Updated: 25-Oct-2016
Gite in Marigne, Savigne, Vienne, Poitou-Charentes, France - Peaceful Location 5 Minutes From The Nearest Town By Car

Julie and Chris Hempleman welcome you to Chez Folly. Chez Folly is a detached, self catering Gite in its own private grounds situated in the small hamlet of Marigne just 5 miles for the ancient town of Civray. The Gite has 4 bedrooms – three upstairs and one downstairs and so will sleep 6-8 people. There are two bathrooms each with showers, a large kitchen with cooker, dishwasher, washing machine and microwave it also has a dining area and a separate comfortable lounge with log burner. There is WIFI for internet connection and the area has full coverage for most UK mobile phones. Outside there is a covered terrace with table and chairs and a BBQ. The 10m x 5m unheated pool is fenced and has a motion detector for added security when young children are staying. The pool is serviced weekly. There is a large garden with fruit trees and our own vines! Parking is off road in the gated driveway. Marigne is a quiet and peaceful and Chez Folly is situated at the edge of the hamlet with fields on three sides. The garden extends to field left natural to encourage wild flora and fauna. This is ideal for space, peace and quiet or fun games with the family. Nearby is the busy little town of Civray with twice weekly markets for fresh local produce. All the normal services are available here with large supermarkets and a variety of interesting shops. There are banks and tourist information services here. Near Poitiers there is futuroscope a theme park which boasts several 3D and 4D cinemas and is a wonderful day out for kids. A bit nearer home is La Vallee des Singes an open air monkey park where there are 30 species of primates to see. If you like cycling we can put you in touch with a company who delivers bikes to your door the area has lots of cycle routes for you to enjoy.

More Details
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We have been coming to this area of France for a many years and love this part of the world.This is our third year as Gite owners and we want to create a holiday thats comfortable and to the standard we would expect ourselves. We are keen to maintain the natural environment and have provided an uncultivated area with wild flowers for you to enjoy.Chris loves going to the local market and buying fresh produce to cook with whilst I love wandering round the many brocantes ( flea/ antique markets) in search of unusual artefacts. Although the Gite is in a rural location we also know that in this modern world connectivity is important so we hope we have provided the best of both worlds. One thing we know is you won't run out of things to do whether its visiting the local monkey sanctuary or relaxing by the pool. Cycling through the local lanes amongst the sunflowers or just sitting in our lovely peaceful garden with a glass of wine with a book.The choice is yours.

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3 Reviews

based on 3 holidaymaker reviews


Chez Folly July 2016

  • 5 of 5

This is a lovely gite, which is well equipped with a large fridge/freezer and a dishwasher (no washing up!), plenty of dishes & cutlery, the thick walls meant the gite remained cool, even on the hottest days, the pool is great and cleaned weekly. Local supermarkets and shops are only a 4 minute drive away and the local area offers lots of opportunities to visit typical French villages, although we spent many of our days based around the pool enjoying the peace and tranquility!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Chez Folly

  • 5 of 5

Lovely setting for this well equipped cottage with super pool. Good location close to the N10 and access to larger cities of Angouleme and Poitiers. Good amenities in the local town. Excellent communication with owners for whom nothing was too much trouble and who are rightly proud of this delightful cottage.

Details were accurate and the cottage is clean and well presented with work to upgrade and improve the decor.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 25, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Chez Folly August 2014

  • 4 of 5

The booking was very easy and straight forward with great communication from Julie and Chris.

A beautiful area and a great base for visiting many attractions. We all loved Le Valley de Singes,and a must for anyone with an interest in history is the village of Oradour-Sur-Glane about an hours drive.

The gite was well equipped and roomy and local help is at hand for any problems that may arise. The wi-fi was a god send for our teenage daughters on an evening.

The pool area is beautiful when lit on an evening. Our only slight moan is that should the weather have been hot everyday as we had expected in August there were only two sunbeds for the six of us to share so on the days when it was hot and we decided to have pool days four of us had to lay on concrete or sit on plastic chairs which was not very comfortable.

We made great use of the bbq which was an adequate size for the six of us.

The supermarket is only a 5 minute drive away in Civray and the market in Civray is worth a visit. There is also a lovely boulangerie and a small general store in the near by village of Blanzay. The Auberge du Village there is highly recommended for food and drink.

Though the gite is still needs some work, for the price Julie and Chris are presently charging and the stunning area it is in we would recommend this gite to anyone who wants to have a central base to visit many lovely towns and tourist attractions with the bonus of a pool when the weather gets too hot, and for families with young children just wanting a quiet holiday.

We had a lovely two weeks staying at Chez Folly despite the poor weather for the time of year and hope to return at some point in the future.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 20, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
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From the Owner

We love this area because it is so peaceful and a world away from our busy lifestyles.It also has easy access to the town of Civray only five minutes away and lots of attractions in and around the town of Poitiers including Futroscope an amazing theme park.There is also an incredible range of food on offer both in the Markets of which there are many and the local supermarché.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Poitiers at 50 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Civray at 8 Kilometres Nearest Train : at 10 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : at 8 Kilometres Car: necessary


The costal town of La Rochelle is 131 km away. Travelling time is 1 hour 45 minutes away.


The nearest airport is Poitiers which is 45 minutes away or 55 kms. Alternatively you can travel by ferry to St Malo which is four hours away or Calais which is approximately 8 hours away. By car from the UK you can take the Euro tunnel a 35 minute journey and then the motorway which takes approximately hours. If you prefer you can travel on non-toll roads which takes around 11 hours. A car is essential for this location.


The market town of Civray is 5 minutes away by car. 50 minutes away is Poitiers with attractions such as futroscope a French based multimedia theme park as well as the Eglise Notre-dame a magnificent Byzantine church from the 12th century. Angoleme, some 50 minutes away is another historical town overlooking the Charente river. This town has a number of individual shops selling local produce as well as cafes and restaurants.

Further Details:

There are several supermarkets in Civray. The Intermarche is 3 minutes away in a small shopping mall which also has a chemist and newsagent. There is also a bustling market in Civray on a Tuesday and a Saturday if you want to soak up the local atmosphere.The area is perfect for cycling as the Gite is surrounded by peaceful countryside with uninterrupted views of the local area. We have also a list of cycling routes recommended by the local tourist board.We can recommend great local coarse fishing (mainly Carp) locally or within easy driving distance.The area also hosts regular Brocantes ( a mixture of antique and flea market finds) For foodies we have a list of good local restaurants and cafes. In addition we can recommend the local Cave a place to source good competitively priced French Wine or Cognac the brandy region is a great place to vist.For children there is a futurascope a theme park near Poitiers or Vallee de Singes a monkey sanctuary . In the summer there are a lot of free open air events celebrating French Art and Culture.


Rental rates

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29 Oct 2016 - 7 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
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8 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
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3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

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Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
A £ 100 deposit per week is required for your booking when making the reservation. Your Gite will be available from 4pm on arrival, and until 10am on the day of departure. A further refundable deposit of £100 is to be paid with your balance which will be returned to you 2 weeks after your holiday has been completed. This to cover damage or repairs required to the property. The full balance will be paid eight weeks before your holiday commences. If you need to change your change over day please contact us.

Changeover Day:
Changeover will be on a Saturday unless an alternative date is previously arranged.

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Updated: 25-Oct-2016
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From the Owner

We chose this property because it is surrounded by fields one of those was full of sunflowers on the day we saw it! We also liked the fact that we were only 45 minutes from the airport so no long drive once we arrived. Having a pool to swim in when the temperatures rise was also important and the fact that the garden was secluded meant we could enjoy the peace around us. Every time we come we feel immediately at home and are soon sitting under the covered terrace with a glass of wine in hand not quite believing our luck.

Property Type

  • house


  • Away From It All
  • Family


  • Ceiling Fans
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool ...


  • children welcome ...

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • churches
  • cinemas
  • theme parks

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • swimming


  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 1 upstairs with separate shower ,WC and sink -fully re-furbished for the 2015 season.Bathroom 2 ground floor with separate shower WC and sink.


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 ( 4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 double bed, Bedroom 2 twin beds, Bedroom 3 with twin beds Bedroom 4 (ground floor) day bed that converts to a double bed.


  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...


  • Self-catering


  • Outside: Outside is a lovely covered lit seating and dining area .This leads onto a patio which over looks the pool which is stunning when illuminated at night.The pool is 10 x 5 metres and is for use exclusively by our guests. There is also a barbecue on the patio area for those alfresco meals in lazy summer days.Beyond the pool is a private fenced garden looking onto to our field beyond ,which we have left it natural as we want to encourage wild flowers and birds to flourish.The field drops down to views of the village below. New for 2015 will be an additional larger lit area with beautiful views of the fields beyond. We will also have a covered games area with darts and table tennis table. Other outdoor games include badminton and boules.We have also added more sun loungers as we have listened to our guests comments. Utility Room: Towards the rear of the kitchen is an area which houses the washing machine ironing board and iron and shelves ample enough to store laundry items and cleaning materials. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: A set of towels for each person are included and are changed weekly for the duration of your stay along with bed linen. Other: Off the kitchen is a quiet desk area where you can write or paint. It is enhanced by the natural stonework and is a great place for reflection and inspiration.

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