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The Old School House gites, within walking distance to restaurants and shops. - The Pool House Sleeps 4(1 Bedroom)

Overview

Property

Updated: 04-Dec-2016
Peaceful village with Cottage {4 +} Apartment {4+} and House {6+} in walking distance to a square full of restaurants and a fresh water beach with canoeing,fishing,tennis,snack bar.

The School House gites are perfectly located in the pretty village of Saint-Romain offering peace and tranquillity with traditional French living. Surrounded by beautiful countryside, sunflowers and vineyards, its location is perfect to explore the local area by foot, bike, or the Charente/Dordogne areas by car, enjoying the relaxed easy driving. Saint-Romain has 2 lovely restaurants approx. 200 meters from the gites and a shop less than 50 meters away, perfect for the morning croissant run!!

Aubeterre can be reached either by a 3/4 minute drive, a short bike ride or, even better, by a lovely walk between sunflowers, vines and other crops, along a chalk track that can be reached from our house and takes approx 30 minutes. The only road you need to access is the last few metres into Aubeterre, perfect for a leisurely stroll into the town, on a summers evening, for a nice glass of wine and maybe dinner.

• The Upper School House; Sleeps up to 6 adults, plus up to 4 children.

A fabulous, large and spacious house, enjoying bright sunlit rooms and a private and fully secured veranda, spanning the entire back of the property.

Overlooking the pool, the veranda can be accessed from the lounge, family kitchen/diner and bedrooms 1 and 3. It offers a versatile space, perfect for outdoor dining at the large table, a spot of shade from the midday sun, or a quiet relaxed evening with a book and glass of wine, once the children are in bed!

The family sized kitchen/diner enjoys a fully equipped kitchen and all table wear, white goods etc.

The solid wood dining table will seat 10 comfortably with additional space if needed.

A huge lounge/bedroom 3 with stunning traditional stone fire places/chimneys at either end of the room, wood burning stove, TV, DVD and music system, iPod docking station. A large comfy double sofa bed and relaxing reading area is also offered, along with 4 huge windows with window seating.

There is a large superking bedroom on the first floor with en suite bathroom, with shower, bath and toilet. Separate toilet off the dining room.

To complete this house, on the 2nd floor, there are two double beds and room for further 2 single beds/ cots in the attic bedroom with en suite bath/shower/toilet. The room contains wonderful original beams, and the tastefully installed Velux windows give natural sunlight. Fully centrally heated, for holidays out of season or chilly evenings – for an additional cost.

• The Lower School House; Sleeps up to 4 adults, plus up to 4 children.

Large airy double bedroom and double/twin bedroom, both with French doors opening on to the gite’s private, secure terrace, with access to the pool and garden, and facilities for outdoor dining.

Ample space for child’s bed/cots in either bedrooms provided

Lounge/diner, full of traditional French charm and character, with chimney stretching nearly the entire height of the house, fire place and wood burning stove!

Fully equipped kitchen with white goods, and table wear

IPod docking station, TV and DVD player

Shower room and toilet.

Separate entrance leading onto gravel drive, at the side of the property, for private parking – as well as further access to the pool and garden.

Fully centrally heated, for holidays out of season or chilly evenings – for an additional cost.

• The School House.

The Upper and Lower School House can be opened up and rented in its entirety – making it ideal for large families, and parties.

• The Pool House; Sleeps up to 4 adults, plus up to 3 children.

A beautiful poolside gite, with exposed beams and traditional stonework, accessed via stable style doors, ensuring controlled access to the garden and pool area, providing peace of mind for guests with young children.

1 large double bedroom, with ample space for 2 child’s bed/cots (provided).

Large, open plan, kitchen and lounge/diner fully equipped with table wear, white goods, iPod docking station, TV, and DVD.

Dining table and chairs, sofa, relaxing chairs and single/double day bed.

Shower room with separate toilet.

This gite also benefits from its own private sauna!

Private garden area with furniture and facilities for outdoor dining.

THE GARDEN AND POOL AREA

The garden is completely secure and spacious, ensuring everyone is happy! The guests can choose to relax, read a book, sunbathe on the garden furniture; whilst others may decide to be more energetic, amusing themselves with one of the games, from the large selection available.

The pool, measuring 12 x 6 meters, is accessed by internal roman style stairs.

During the winter, and cooler periods, it can be either partially or fully covered by a hard plastic cover.

By law, in France, all pools must be secure and safe to protect children and non-swimmers, so during summer when the pools hard cover is not in use, the pool will be alarmed and child access restricted.

• Paddling pool

• Relaxing/dining areas

• Sun loungers/chairs and tables

• Pool toys

• Covered sand pit

• Swings and slide

• Badminton

• Balls for various ball games

• A selection of garden Giant board games such as Snakes and Ladders

• BBQ’s available for all guests

Please note swimming aids, such as plastic arm bands and rings, are not provided – {please ensure you supply your own for all non-swimmers}

THE GAMES ROOM

A separate area, providing space and entertainment for children/guests of all ages. Also an ideal place to escape the heat of the sun!

• Large selection of Board Games

• Table tennis table

• Large selection of children’s DVD’s up to certificate 12 years available. A library of older certificated films can be provided, at parents request

• Books for all ages

• Boules

• Magnetic children’s dart board, plus adult version, at parents request

• Children’s den area with large bean bags with drinks fridg

• Puzzles

• A variety of bikes

This list is not exhaustive and we are keen to add to the selection, on an ongoing basis.

SHARED GUEST UTILITY ROOM

• Use of washing machine

• Iron and ironing board

• Clothes drying racks

• Fridge

OTHER EQUIPMENT AVAILABLE

• Travel cots, including waterproof mattresses

• Children’s sized beds and bedding, including waterproof mattresses

• Baby listening monitors

• Stair gates

• Steriliser

• Liquidiser

• Children’s crockery, cutlery and drinking cups

• A baby/child supplies purchase service is available, for such things as nappies, wipes, baby powdered milk and baby food - subject to locating exact brands, in French supermarkets

Please email your order, approximately a week before arrival, and your shopping will be collected for you.

Payment will be required on delivery to your gite. A receipt will be provided.

Babysitting services are offered by a previous Ofsted rated 'Outstanding' qualified Nursery manager with current DBS checks.

In Aubeterre you'll find many restaurants serving all sorts of styles of food, cafe's, French Artisan studios, gift shops, some stunning views and even a cup cake shop. There is also a man-made beach with a variety of activities spanning all ages, including canoeing/kayaking, tree top activities, fishing, tennis courts and a restaurant/snack bar.

Officially listed as one of « The Most Beautiful Villages in France» since 1993, Aubeterre Sur Dronne has welcomed pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostella in North West Spain, for over 1000 years. Two important historical monuments add to the cultural status of Aubeterre; the extraordinary, monolithic, underground Church of St Jean, and the Romanesque Church of St Jacques, with its stunning façade. Less than 10 minutes’ drive away is the market town of Chalais, where you'll find the local supermarket, along with restaurants, markets etc. Also 10 mins away is the town of St Aulaye, which also boasts a fresh water beach with a variety of entertainment, a Chateaux and market.

The Dordogne boarder is quite literally in Aubeterre, which opens up, the vast and beautiful department well known and popular for its beauty,and charm with interesting towns and villages.

Further afield but less than an hour away you'll find the stunning city/towns of Bordeaux, St Emilion, Angouleme, Bergerac to name very few of many pretty, historic places of interest.

Alternatively enjoy relaxing, long lazy days at the School House, enjoying the facilities offered both on the property and within the village.

More Details

Details for holiday cottage The Pool House Sleeps 4(1 Bedroom), 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, 1 Bathroom

A beautiful poolside gite, with exposed beams and traditional stonework, accessed via stable style doors, ensuring controlled access to the garden and pool area, providing peace of mind for guests with young children.

1 large double bedroom, with ample space for 2 child’s bed/cots (provided).

Large, open plan, kitchen and lounge/diner fully equipped with table wear, white goods, iPod docking station, TV, and DVD.

Dining table and chairs, sofa, relaxing chairs and single/double day bed.

Shower room with separate toilet.

This gite also benefits from its own private sauna!

Private garden area with furniture and facilities for outdoor dining.

  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Carole and Richard Hedditch-Grey

Dedicated to ensuring an unforgettable holiday for every visitor whatever age!

Both of us are DBS checked with regard to working with young and vulnerable children - proof can be provided.

Nothing is to much trouble, we are here to solely for our guests!

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Speaks English, French

5 Reviews

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based on 5 holidaymaker reviews

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Amazing!

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely time, Carole and Richard are lovely hosts and couldn't be more helpful. The house has so many endearing features, and is very close to all amenities. Would definitely visit again!! Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words and lovely review! It was an absolute pleasure to welcome you here and meet you both. We wish you the very best of luck with your own very exciting adventure! With very best wishes! We hope to see again one day. Carole and Richard x
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5

Fantastic location, lovely warm and friendly

  • 5 of 5

We arrived after a long drive from Dieppe, to be met by the lovely Carole & Richard. They showed us around our home for the week, which was beautiful, very clean and homely (my son would have happily never left! He claimed the single lounge chair on the first night, announcing that we need a chair this comfy at home). The lower school house was a fabulous place to stay for the week, the beds were so comfy we only managed to get out of bed early on the day we had to leave. Due to our visit being out f season most of the nearby activities were closed, but Carole and Richards fabulous games room proved invaluable when you have an energetic 14 year old and we also found a fabulous indoor/outdoor pool complex in Angouleme. Austere Sur Dronne certainly deserves its place in the top 10 prettiest villages in France it is so picturesque a fabulous place only 20 minutes walk from the Gite where you can get fabulous food and wine, the Brasserie is amazing and highly recommended. But back to the Old School House, I would like to say a huge thank you to both Carole and Richard for making our stay fabulous, they were wonderful with Marcus and he is already planning our next trip (when the pool will be open).

  • Review Submitted: Apr 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful property, lovely warm welcome and stunning village

  • 5 of 5

Lovely short break for my wife and I - the gite was lovely and welcoming for us - well set out, comfortable, warm and full of character - and the wider property is also fabulous. Richard and Carole could not have given us a warmer or friendlier welcome - thank you to them both. St Romain is charming and only a stone's throw from Aubeterre - Look forward to returning very soon.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 20, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful setting,warmest welcome. Home from home.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the Pool House for three months. Accommodation was clean and well maintained. Carol and Richard had made lots of homely touches to make our stay special. We enjoyed using the facilities provided. Plenty of sunbeds and an area for eating outside. The pool was maintained daily and was beautiful. Ourselves and visitors including children made use of the games room and garden swings, sandpit and garden activities. Even in the height of the season there was plenty of space for everyone. Carol and Richard were always available and went above and beyond to make our stay memorable.

There are so many beautiful and interesting places to visit around this part of France, making this an ideal base. We would not hesitate to recommend the Old School House Gites and we will be returning.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 25, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Super accueil dans un gîte tout confort

  • 5 of 5

Nous avons passé 1 semaine dans la poolhouse avec notre bébé de 2 mois. Carole et Richard nous ont réservé un accueil irréprochable et nous ont prêté pleins d'équipements pour le bebe (transat, matelas à langer, ils ont même été nous acheter une baignoire de bébé ). Le gîte est bien équipé et la chambre est vraiment fraîche ce qui est appréciable en plein mois d'août, nous recommandons sans hésiter

Justine et Pierre yves

  • Review Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Merci beaucoup pour votre avis genre et en prenant le temps d'offrir vos commentaires ! Vous ne savez pas combien il est important pour nos futurs clients d'être en mesure d'avoir des comptes honnêtes des autres expériences avec nous . Ce fut un plaisir absoulte vous tous avoir ici , vous étiez invités parfaits! Je vous remercie aussi pour laisser le gîte dans un état soigné, propre et bien rangé , nous l'apprécions vraiment . Nous espérons que vous revenir un jour bientôt ? meilleures salutations Richard et Carole
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Location

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Beregerac/Bordeaux at 70 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : In the village at 200 Metres Nearest Ferry : Caen/St Malo at 520 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Le Manoir de Longeveau at 5 Kilometres Nearest Train : Chalais at 8 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Chalais at 8 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : 2 in the village, many more choices in Aubeterre at 200 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Fresh water beach in Aubeterre at 2.5 Kilometres Car: recommended

Coast/Beach:

Blaye 87km - 1hr 30mins

Talmont sur Gironde 108km - 1hr 30mins

St Georges de Didionne 114km -1hr 40mins

Arcachon 161km - 2hrs

Travel:

• Air

Bergerac - 70 km less than an hour drive

Bordeaux - 80 km just over 1 hours drive

Limoges – 152 km under 2 hours

La Rochelle -172km just over 2 hours

• Ferry

Caen - 520km 5 hours 20 mins

St Malo - 519km 5 hours 20 mins

Calais - 782km 7 hours 30mins

• Train

Closest train station is Chalais - 8Kms

Euro Star stops at Angouleme 48Kms 45mins where you can travel direct to/from Paris

A car is highly recommended

Distances:

Chalais - 8km

St Aulaye - 9km

Bordeaux - 100km - 1hr 15 mins

Anguoleme - 48km - 45mins

Cognac - 73km - 70mins

Saintes 98km - 1hr 30mins

St Emilion - 61km - 1hr

Perigueux - 52km - 1hr

Bergerac - 64km - 1hr

Brantome - 52km - 1hr

Further Details:

This list is not exhaustive and we are keen to add to the selection, on an ongoing basis.

OTHER EQUIPMENT AVAILABLE

•Travel cots, including waterproof mattresses

•Children’s sized beds and bedding, including waterproof mattresses

•Baby listening monitors

•Stair gates

•Steriliser

•Liquidiser

•Children’s crockery, cutlery and drinking cups

•A baby/child supplies purchase service is available, for such things as nappies, wipes, baby powdered milk and baby food - subject to locating exact brands, in French supermarkets

Please email your order, approximately a week before arrival, and your shopping will be collected for you.

Payment will be required on delivery to your gite. A receipt will be provided.

WELCOME PACKS/MEALS

A variety of welcome packs are on offer, for your convenience, and need to be ordered at least a week before arrival. The packs will be placed in your gite, before arrival.

The choices range from a basic, first morning, breakfast pack, up to a comprehensive pack containing a full food and drinks order.

Shopping bill and charges may apply and are payable on arrival.

Should you require anything specific we will always endeavor to source it for you.

Please email for further information.

A home cooked welcome meal can be ordered and delivered to your gite, on arrival, to help ease the stress of a long, tiring journey.

Please contact us for further information, menus and prices.

BABYSITTING AND TAXI SERVICE

•A Babysitting service can be provided, by a professional ex OFSTED outstanding nursery manager, with over ten years’ experience

•Proof of recent English DBS checks can be provided

•A fee for babysitting will be agreed prior to your evening out and depends on number of children and length of time covered.

•A restaurant table booking service is also available

•Taxi/transport can be arranged for childless evenings out!

Linen and towels provided. Please provide your own beach towels.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Low
1 Nov 2016 - 22 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
£150
for 3 nights
From
£50
£355
 
 
Christmas
24 Dec 2016 - 3 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
£210
for 3 nights
From
£70
£495
 
 
Low
4 Jan 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
£150
for 3 nights
From
£50
£355
 
 
Mid
1 Apr 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
£210
for 3 nights
From
£70
£495
 
 
Peak
1 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
£655
for 7 nights
£655
 
 
Mid
1 Sep 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
£210
for 3 nights
From
£70
£494
 
 
Low
1 Nov 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
£150
for 3 nights
From
£50
£355
 
 
Christmas
23 Dec 2017 - 3 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
£210
for 3 nights
From
£70
£494
 

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £30
Stay tax £0 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 16 years.

Changeover Day:
Change over day Saturday in peak season.

During other times of the year, changeover day is flexible.
Please contact for further information.

Arrival and departure times to suit guests.
Airport collections can be arranged. Additional costs apply.

Notes on prices:
The school house can be booked as one whole accommodation suitable for large families/ groups of up to 10 adults with comfortable space for children's beds/ cots in addition. The pool house with 1 lg bedroom and a double sofa bed ,can also be booked with the School house adding accommodation for up to 4 adults,and/ or 2-4 children.For full information and prices for large groups please e- mail.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

Property Type

  • cottage

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

General

  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...

Kitchen

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Sauna

Suitability

  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • beach
  • river
  • rural
  • village

Attractions

  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis

Floor Area

  • 55 m²

Bathrooms

  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • A separate toilet is available within the Pool House gite. There is a shower room and an additional private sauna!

Bedrooms

  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1
  • 1 large double bedroom, with ample space for 2 child’s bed/cots (provided). Beautiful exposed stone walls and beams, give this bedroom a wonderful French appeal! There is also a single/double day bed in the large airy lounge/diner which will accommodate both adults and/or children. There is also room for additional cots/children's beds.

Outside

  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 6 bicycles

Meals

  • Self-catering

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation: The Pool House with 1 lg bedroom offers quality accommodation for a couple or small family. The School House offers versatility being separated into a spacious 2 floor 2/3 bedroom gite with huge private veranda whilst separately downstairs is a 2 bedroom gite with all it's own facilities. The 2 gites can also be one very large house simply by allowing access via a door to stairs leading to the lower level. All gites have private access and individual outdoor dining areas. Please e-mail for full info/ prices. THE GAMES ROOM A separate area, providing space and entertainment for children/guests of all ages. •Large selection of Board Games •Table tennis table •Large selection of children’s DVD’s up to certificate 12 years available. •Books for all ages •Boules •Magnetic children’s dart board, plus adult version, at parents request •Children’s den area with large bean bags with drinks fridge •IPod docking station •Dressing up box •Puzzles •A variety of bikes Outside: The garden is completely secure and spacious, ensuring everyone is happy! The guests can choose to relax, read a book, sunbathe on the garden furniture; whilst others may decide to be more energetic, amusing themselves with one of the games, from the large selection available; • Paddling pool • Relaxing/dining areas • Sun loungers/chairs and tables • Pool toys • Covered sand pit • Swings and slide • Badminton • Balls for various ball games • Giant Jenga • Giant Chess • BBQ’s available for all guests • Private outdoor dining area per gite The shared pool, measuring 12 x 6 meters, is accessed by internal roman style stairs. During the winter, and cooler periods, it can be either partially or fully covered by a hard plastic cover. By law, in France, all pools must be secure and safe to protect children and non-swimmers, so during summer when the pools hard cover is not in use, the pool will be alarmed and child access restricted.

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