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La Ballerie Farmhouse & Cottage. Heated pool and games barn in walled garden.

People12
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms3
Separate WC's3
Space 2,927 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking

Overview

About the property

4-bedroom farmhouse & 2-bedroom cottage rented together for up to 12 people.

La Ballerie is a traditional Charentaise farmhouse and self-contained cottage in a spacious, enclosed walled garden with 10x5m heated pool and games barn. Perfect for a large family get together or for two to three families with toddlers to teenagers. The farmhouse and cottage both have thick stone walls and tiled floors making them delightfully cool on hot summer days. Both properties are centrally heated making for cosy winter evenings.

The farmhouse boasts an open plan living room and big farmhouse dining kitchen which is perfect for making self-catering a sociable affair. The well-equipped kitchen includes an oven with gas hob, microwave, fridge-freezer, coffee maker and dishwasher. A washing machine and ironing facilities can be found in the utility room. As well as the main lounge equipped with TV, DVD player and music dock, youngsters have their own snug to watch TV or DVD’s, play Wii games, board games or set up the multi games table for table football, pool, hockey or table tennis. Toys and books for younger children are also provided. The master double bedroom in the farmhouse is on the ground floor and features a canopied, solid wooden bed and a decorative stove. The second double bedroom, with a wrought iron bedstead, is on the first floor, along with two twin rooms with antique wooden beds. The farmhouse has a bathroom, a shower room and two wcs.

The cottage has its own dining kitchen, with an oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge, dining table for four and a wall-mounted TV. The master bedroom has a double wrought iron bed and the second bedroom has twin wrought iron single beds. The cottage has its own shower room and wc. The farmhouse and the cottage have the rustic charm and character of stone walls and beamed ceilings throughout.

Both farmhouse and cottage are in an enclosed walled garden with plenty of space for off road parking on the gravelled drives. Alongside the farmhouse there is a covered dining area, perfect for al fresco dining. The sizeable games barn benefits from table tennis, a pool table, darts and swing ball. For younger children, there is a play house, slide, rocker and ride-ons. The 10x5m heated pool has infant friendly steps and is fenced and gated, with sun loungers and umbrellas. The pool is for your private use and is heated from May to late September.

For families with young children one wooden cot and two travel cots are available on request and all the bedrooms have space for a cot. Further equipment including stair gates, high chairs, bed guards, bottle sterilizers, potties and children’s cutlery are available if required.

La Ballerie is in a peaceful rural location in the Poitou Charente region of Western France. The farmhouse and cottage are on the edge of the small village of Melleran which has an all-important Boulangerie 10 minutes’ walk away, along with a 12th century church and village tennis court. More shops, supermarkets, cafe bars and a Saturday market are just 10 minutes’ drive in the small town of Chef-Boutonne, which also boasts the Château de Javarzay with a beautiful lakeside walk and play area.

The capital of Poitou Charente, Poitiers (50 mins) is a pretty city to explore, encircled by the Clain and Boivre rivers and with a pedestrianised centre of quaint little streets and squares buzzing with pavement cafes. Just outside Poitiers, Futuroscope is one of the biggest theme parks in France, with an awesome array of interactive experiences and attractions for all ages and with few height restrictions, from thrilling rides to 4D shows.

The wetlands and waterways of the Marais Poitivin (45 mins) are another highlight of the region, known as the ‘green Venice’ of France. Flat bottomed boat trips glide through the reedy canals or families can hire a canoe to explore, keeping eyes peeled for all the birdlife. Animal lovers might also enjoy a day out to Monkey Valley (40 mins), Zoodysee (45 mins) and Crocodile Planet (60 mins).

For a change from splashing in the swimming pool at La Ballerie, families can pack a picnic and have an afternoon on the lake beaches of Lac du Lambon (35 mins) or enjoy a day on the Atlantic beaches near La Rochelle (90 mins). The historic sea port of La Rochelle has a buzzing walled town to explore within formidable ramparts and families can also cross a big bridge to the Ile de Re, renowned for its dune backed sandy beaches and chic harbour towns.

More Details

Owner
Helen
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
16 August, 2017

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Melleran in Deux-Sevres

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2927 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 17:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 3 Separate WC's
  • Bathroom - Farmhouse Ground Floor - Bath with Shower
    Toilet 1 - Farmhouse Ground Floor - Toilet
    Shower Room 1 - Farmhouse - Shower Enclosure , Twin washbasins
    Toilet 2 - Farmhouse - Toilet
    Shower Room 2 - Cottage Ground Floor - Shower Enclosure , Twin washbasins
    Toilet 3 - Cottage Ground Floor - Toilet
Bedrooms:
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - Farmhouse Ground Floor - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - Farmhouse - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - Farmhouse - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 4 - Farmhouse - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 5 - Cottage - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 6 - Cottage - 2 Single Bed
  • Sleeps 12 + 2/3 infants (6 Bedrooms). All bedrooms large enough to accommodate a cot. See floor plan for layout.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda
  • 5 bicycles
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Notes on accommodation: All properties can be centrally heated at an additional cost. With an enclosed garden and fenced pool it is safe for children. Cots and highchairs are available. With a downstairs bedroom and bathroom, the farmhouse is popular with those who have difficulty with stairs, the grounds are flat and perfect for those with limited mobility. Outside: Private outdoor heated 10m x 5m pool with loungers and umbrellas for sole use of guests. Large walled garden with covered outdoor dining area and games barn. Utility Room: Dedicated utility room with washing machine and ironing facilities. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen and bath towels are provided. Beds are made up on arrival. Other: Farmhouse: Large rear hallway with sofa, TV, DVD and Wii, plus a selection of toys, games and children’s books. Easy staircase to the first floor.

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La Ballerie Farmhouse & Cottage. Heated pool and games barn in walled garden.
average rating of 4.857143 based on 7 reviews
5

Great Stay

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay at the farmhouse. Really well equipped for families. The kids loved the heated pool and there's plenty of games for us all to join in with. Loads of space inside and the outside feels safe to leave kids run around. The fencing off of the pool was ideal for us because we had young children in our party.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 2, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Wonderful Relaxing Family Holiday

  • 5 of 5

The property is a lovely old French farmhouse on the edge of the pretty village of Melleran. The pool is heated, the games barn well equipped and the bedrooms all good sizes. The property is well maintained and clean. I would highly recommend to a friend or relative.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Magical Half Term Holiday

  • 5 of 5

We loved our time at La Ballerie with it’s fantastic games barn, which all of our party made use of, and especially the heated pool which enabled the children to make the most of swimming out of peak season.

The property was very well equipped and the rooms are all a very good size - in particular the kitchen was great for the chefs in our group – we had some wonderful BBQs sitting under the stars .

We visited Futuroscope which was a big hit with the kids. Also, we would recommend a trip to the beautiful town of Verteuil, having followed James Martin’s French Adventure on TV.

We look forward to returning another year.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Melbourne, Australia
5

Outstanding Property

  • 5 of 5

What a dilemma we found ourselves in, two weeks prior to departing for France our group of 11 people suddenly had our accommodation cancelled. After a frantic search in the same area we came across this property. Helen the owner was fantastic to deal with both over the phone and by email and the instruction booklet that they send you was both detailed and informative.

When we drove up to the property we were all somewhat taken aback, it is even more picturesque than the photos, the setting is just gorgeous, we also loved the welcome pack that was left for us.

We were extremely lucky with the weather for the first part of the week and had endless fun swimming in the pool.

The house and cottage are extremely well set up. lots of plates, cutlery, glasses, barbeque, serving dishes, the cooks in the group were very happy. There are also lots of books, games, games tables and bikes. We were all very comfortable with loads of space in the house and we loved that the eleven of us could all sit down at the table at night for dinner, we had lots of laughs, great food and wine and precious family time.

The house is in a great location, we did day trips to Angolueme, La Rochelle, Cognac, Saintes, Ruffec, Oradour sur Glane, Chef Boutonne etc.

The village itself is very small, there is a small boulangerie which we frequented daily and there are supermarkets in the neighbouring villages.

We had the most wonderful weeks stay here and will definitely return next time we are in France.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Melbourne, Australia
5

Outstanding Property

  • 5 of 5

What a dilemma we found ourselves in, two weeks prior to departing for france our group of 11 people suddenly had the accomodation that we had booked over a year ago cancelled. After a frantic search in the same area we came across this property. Helen the owner was fantastic to deal with both over the phone and by email and the instruction leaflet that they send you was both detailed and informative.

When we drove up to the property we were all somewhat taken aback, it is even more picturesque than the photos, the setting is just gorgeous.

We were extremely lucky with the weather for the first part of the week and had endless fun swimming in the pool.

The house and cottage are extremely well set up, lots of plates, cutlery, glasses, books, games tables, bikes, barbeques to name a few. We were all extremely comfortable and we loved the welcome pack.

The house is in a great location and we did lots of day trips to la Rochelle, Oradour Sur Glane, Angolueme, Cognac, Saintes, Ruffec, Chef Boutanne etc.

The village itself is very small, there is a small boulangerie which we frequented daily, but as we were out and about most days it didn't bother us.

We had the most wonderful weeks stay here and will definitely come back next time we are in France.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Amazing Holiday

  • 5 of 5

What a beautiful property – we would definitely return. It was perfect for our group (3 families – 6 adults & 5 children) with plenty to do for everyone. The pool was excellent and being heated it was nice and warm for the younger ones. It was great to have a separate children’s lounge to keep them occupied – they loved the table football & wii. I even managed to finish a couple of books – a holiday first since having children! Also a well equipped games barn to keep adults occupied too with table tennis, pool and darts. In the evenings we had some lovely walks around the pretty village and the surrounding sunflower fields.

Lots to see nearby - Valley of the Monkeys was top hit with the children, also kayaking at Rejallant on the Charente and a great day out at Melle – Silver Mines of the Kings of France were fun plus Romanesque churches for the historian in our group.

Further afield we would recommend a day out on the coast at Fouras - sandy beach, seafood restaurants and a boat trip to Fort Boyard. We also had great day out at Coulon in the Marais Poitevin (the green Venice) and hired out some boats for a row around the ‘canals.’

  • Review Submitted: Nov 18, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Location

Car: necessary

Coast/Beach:

La Rochelle is 1 hour 15 minutes by car and other Atlantic resorts are about 1 1/2 hours.

Travel:

Poitiers is 40 minutes with flights daily from Stansted with Ryanair.

La Rochelle is 1 1/2 hours with flights from Stansted, Birmingham, Southampton.

Limoges is 1 1/2 hour with flights from Stansted, Liverpool

Bordeaux, Tours and Nantes are 2 hours with flights from most UK airports.

Caan is 4 hours.

Distances:

In heart of the peaceful village of Melleran.

Chef-Boutonne and Sauze-Vaussais are 10 minutes by car.

Melle with is fine Romanesque churches, silver mine and walks is 15 minutes drive.

Cities of Poitiers (Futuroscope), Niort and Angouleme are 45 minutes drive away.

Marais-Poitevin, a mysterious world of silence in which waterways replace paths and roads is 45 minutes by car.

Further Details:

Bakery in Melleran.

Supermarkets, banks and weekly local markets are 10 minutes by car at Chef-Boutonne and Sauze-Vaussais.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Melleran, Poitou-Charentes

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
GBP
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Peak Summer 2017
29 Jul 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£2,195
for 7 nights
£2,195
 
 
High Summer 2017
26 Aug 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£1,895
for 7 nights
£1,895
 
 
Late Summer 2017
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£1,095
for 7 nights
£1,095
 
 
Late 2017 - Early 2018
30 Sep 2017 - 25 May 2018
7 night minimum stay
£895
for 7 nights
£895
 
 
May Half Term 2018
26 May 2018 - 1 Jun 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£1,295
for 7 nights
£1,295
 
 
Early Summer 2018
2 Jun 2018 - 15 Jun 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£1,095
for 7 nights
£1,095
 
 
Mid Summer 2018
16 Jun 2018 - 6 Jul 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£1,295
for 7 nights
£1,295
 
 
High Summer 2018
7 Jul 2018 - 27 Jul 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£1,895
for 7 nights
£1,895
 
 
Peak Summer 2018
28 Jul 2018 - 24 Aug 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£2,195
for 7 nights
£2,195
 
 
High Summer 2018
25 Aug 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£1,895
for 7 nights
£1,895
 
 
Late Summer 2018
1 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£1,095
for 7 nights
£1,095
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit £300

Changeover Day:
Changeover is Saturday, and is flexible out of season. Arrival time is after 5pm and departure is by 10am.

Notes on prices:
Prices shown are for the property(s) per week in UK Pounds. We can also accept payment in Euros.
Out of peak season, shorter lets and discount for smaller groups may be possible. We can offer special rates for long winter lets. Please contact us to discuss.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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