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La Maison Bleue - La Dominique

Poitou Charentes, France

Per week

from 750.00 to 1290.00 GBP
The Owner / Manager

Paul & Tanya Nicholson

Member since Aug 2012
  • Bookings Accepted:77.78%
  • Avg. Response Time:19 minutes
  • Availability Updated:9 days 3 hours

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BFB's Overview

Scenically set among vineyards and sunflower fields, yet within easy reach of Bordeaux, Cognac and the beautiful beach resorts of Meschers, Royan and La Rochelle, La Maison Bleue is a fantastic find and a great base from which to explore the beautiful Charente Maritime.

This cluster of two pretty gites is set alongside the home of the friendly young British family owners, Tanya and Paul Nicholson, who made the move from the North of England to this beautiful part of France in 2016 bringing their two young daughters with them. Their insight into travelling with little ones is evident in the abundant baby equipment, toys and outdoor play gear, which can make it a challenge to drag little ones away from when the need to sight-see calls, but when there's a lovely heated pool, cushioned loungers and a bottle of local tipple chilling in your gite fridge, perhaps its not such a hardship to stay close to your holiday home!

The relaxation might start with packing light but it will continue with the option of long lazy days enjoying the grounds, safely enclosed pool and beautiful scenery. Guests usually find they quickly settle into a routine combining exploration of the many pretty towns, cities and coastal areas nearby with chilled-out days spent stretching out on one of the poolside loungers, enjoying BBQs and sundowners on the terraces and easily keeping little ones entertained by splashing about in the fabulous heated pool or playing with the playhouse, swings and enormous trampoline, whilst there's table tennis, ball games and boules for older kids and grown ups. As an extra treat, there's an optional fizz-fuelled afternoon tea served on gite terraces every Sunday for around €15pp (pre-booking required) .


The gite interiors are designed with comfort in mind, providing a relaxing home from home feel for the whole family although, with the extensive play gear on offer outside it may be a struggle to get little ones to spend longer than meal times and bed time inside! When all the day’s activities have taken their toll, weary mini guests can enjoy quiet evenings inside with a good film thanks to the family themed DVD selection, wide screen TV, and DVD player. Leaving parents free to enjoy quiet dinners and drinks on their private terrace.


Accommodation Overview - La Dominque:

Guests enter the newly renovated gite from the shared courtyard at the front into a spacious open plan living area with modern fitted kitchen (oven, hob, toaster, kettle, microwave and fridge freezer) with a dining area with seating for six plus highchairs. The kitchen leads into a comfy seating area complete with cosy log burner for winter stays, wide screen TV, DVD player and full SKY TV.

A set of French doors lead onto the private patio area which has a BBQ and dining furniture - perfect for guests to enjoy an al fresco meal or simply a glass of wine over sunset while the little ones are tucked up in bed. The patio also has a view of the pool so parents can keep an eye on tots in the water whilst enjoying long, French-style lunch.

A downstairs double bedroom with ensuite, is ideal for accompanying grandparents, whilst the two almost identical twin rooms upstairs, share use of a family boathroom with shower (baby bath provided).

A washing machine is available in a communal courtyard utility room.

Location Information

La Maison Bleue enjoys a lovely rural setting around an hour’s drive from Bordeaux airport in the heart of the Charente Maritime region of France just 1.5kms from the local village of Soubran with a restaurant, boulangerie, nature reserve bar and tabac and 30 minutes’ drive from the coast.


Beach lovers will find a variety to explore within 30 minutes to an hour’s drive in the car. The owners recommend The Front de Mer beach at Royan which is both child friendly and flanked with restaurants, making it perfect for filling up after a busy day sandcastle building! That said, mini guests may attempt to drag grown-ups to the neighbouring funfair topped off by an ice cream. Parents can recover with a quick visit to one of the best markets in the area in Royan with an array of pretty boutiques to explore.


For keen walkers and families with a penchant for picnics, the house is surrounded by sunflower fields and vineyards, whilst those looking for historical towns and a spot of shopping are spoilt for choice with a range of places within 30 minutes. Highly recommended is the bustling town of Saintes with traditional narrow streets lined with medieval houses where Roman ruins are still visible or Jonzac which has a great selection of pretty pavement cafes and an interesting covered market. If mini guests get bored of trailing round the shops a visit to Les Antilles de Jonzac is in order which has a huge swimming lagoon complete with slides, fountains, a wave pool, restaurant, gardens and sandy beach. The pool is partially covered so proves a great day trip even if the weather is playing up.



Getting There: 70 minutes’ drive from Bordeaux airport and 90 minutes from La Rochelle.

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5/5

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 10:00

Check-out time: 16:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 25%

Balance: 42 days prior to arrival

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 10:00

Check-out time: 16:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 25%

Balance: 42 days prior to arrival

Pricing Notes

Rates

1 May - 9 Jun 2017 : £750 /week10 Jun - 30 Jun 2017 : £890 /week1 Jul - 21 Jul 2017 : £1190 /week22 Jul - 1 Sep 2017 : £1290 /week2 Sep - 29 Sep 2017 : £850 /week1 May - 9 Jun 2017 : €894.9 /week10 Jun - 30 Jun 2017 : €1061.948 /week1 Jul - 21 Jul 2017 : €1419.908 /week22 Jul - 1 Sep 2017 : €1539.228 /week2 Sep - 29 Sep 2017 : €1014.22 /week

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 10:00

Check-out time: 16:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 25%

Balance: 42 days prior to arrival

Pricing Notes

Who owns this place?

Fast Facts

Sleeps 6+ cot in 1xdouble bedroom (downstairs) with ensuite shower room and 2 x upstairs twin bedrooms sharing use of a spacious family shower room (downstairs. Baby-baths are provided for shower-shy mini guests.

Airport under 2 hours drive

70 minutes drive from Bordeaux airport and 90 minutes from La Rochelle.

Coast Within 30 minutes driving distance

Sandy beaches within a 30 minute drive.

Any Pool

The gite has a lovely large shared pool with just one other gite. The pool is safely fenced and has a good supply of high quality sun loungers and parasols for shade. The pool is heated and depending on weather conditions/air temperature the owners aim to keep it around 26-27 degrees, so its comfortable for even the smallest of water babies.

Indoor Play Area

There's a large wooden play house for mini guests to enjoy.

Nursery Gear (additional)

This baby-friendly villa has a great stock of baby gear. Guests can pre-book up to 3 x cots (2 wooden) 4xhighchairs, 2xbaby baths, 2xbaby monitors, 2xpotties, bed guards, plastic cutlery, microwave steriliser, hand blender, cupboard locks, socket covers and toilet training seats.

Indoor Toys / Games Room

This family-friendly gite has a good selection of books, U rated DVDs and general toys for little ones.

Meal Delivery / Room Service

As an extra treat, there's an optional fizz-fuelled afternoon tea served on gite terraces every Sunday for around €15pp (pre-booking required) .

Outdoor Toys

Playhouse, trampoline and slide.

Visiting Spa Therapist

Reflexology treatments can be arranged.

Stairgates / no stairs

The gite has stairgates available.

Private Garden / Terrace / Balcony

Each of the two family-friendly gites has its own small enclosed terrace with dining area and BBQ overlooking the communal pool terrace with sun loungers.

Wifi / Cable Internet Access

Wi-Fi is provided.

2+ Cots and Highchairs

Up to three cots and highchairs can be provided on request.

Fireplace / Wood Burner

Log burner in the lounge.

Reviews

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  • New owners Paul and Tanya were welcoming and thoughtful hosts for our stay. A great location for trips to the many beaches and other sites in the area; and a perfect set up for lazy days by the pool and in the garden. Highly recommended.Review dated 14/08/2016

  • This cottage is ideal for a young family looking to spend a fun but relaxing time in beautiful surroundings but with all the comforts of home. We booked a week, quite last minute for the end of June in order to get away before the hoards of summer holidayers descended and were lucky enough to find La Maison Bleue. We stayed in Dominique, which is the 3 bed property and it was beautifully decorated but still simple enough not to worry too much about my two year old and 4 year old. Tiled floor, clean and practical bathrooms, nicely equipped kitchen etc. The pool is fenced in and separate from the expansive garden with play equipment which meant we could release the children to the joys of trampolining and swinging and sliding and playing in the hammock and on the ride-on toys and little wooden playhouse without worrying about them going near the water. Of course it was difficult to drag them away from e pool once they were in it, but ...Review dated 02/07/2015

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  • Really lovely gite with fabulous pool. Very well set up for little ones and our toddler absolutely loved the garden toys and huge trampoline!Review dated 16/06/2014

New owners Paul and Tanya were welcoming and thoughtful hosts for our stay. A great location for trips to the many beaches and other sites in the area; and a perfect set up for lazy days by the pool and in the garden. Highly recommended.

This cottage is ideal for a young family looking to spend a fun but relaxing time in beautiful surroundings but with all the comforts of home. We booked a week, quite last minute for the end of June in order to get away before the hoards of summer holidayers descended and were lucky enough to find La Maison Bleue. We stayed in Dominique, which is the 3 bed property and it was beautifully decorated but still simple enough not to worry too much about my two year old and 4 year old. Tiled floor, clean and practical bathrooms, nicely equipped kitchen etc. The pool is fenced in and separate from the expansive garden with play equipment which meant we could release the children to the joys of trampolining and swinging and sliding and playing in the hammock and on the ride-on toys and little wooden playhouse without worrying about them going near the water. Of course it was difficult to drag them away from e pool once they were in it, but there were lots of little towns with markets and stunning sandy beaches within 45 minutes to an hour's drive so we had a few morning trips out and lots of picnics. For young children it's worth remembering that most restaurants don't serve dinner until 7/7.30 so we mainly ate out at midday and had BBQs in the evening. The owners, Rae and JC kept us supplied with wine from their well-stocked cave and the first meal we had ordered upon arrival was ideal and very tasty. The other holiday house was occupied by a family with a young son who, along with Rae's daughter, played with our two very happily, but the cottages are thoughtfully situated so that you can sit on your own terrace in the evenings and feel nicely secluded with no pressure to socialise if you don't feel like it. I can't think of anything I would have changed, even the poor wifi in the area was a nice change of pace. The weather was in the mid 20s, which meant the pool was a good temperature and the stone cottage stayed cool and pleasant at night. In the bid to get the most out of the last day, we didn't take enough care with our packing and left all the boys' favourite books in the bedroom, but Rae has very kindly organised their return to us in England. Little extras like this and the welcome basket and hints and tips on where to go and what to see, extra milk when we failed to get to the supermarket before bedtime, makes her an excellent host!

Really lovely gite with fabulous pool. Very well set up for little ones and our toddler absolutely loved the garden toys and huge trampoline!

Parent Rated*

5/5
  • Overall Experience
  • Child-Friendliness
  • Location
  • Hospitality / Welcome
  • Interiors

*Ratings by verified BFB guests who stayed here with young children.
Rated by 3 guests.



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