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Bel-Air Gites - Chataigniers

Poitou Charentes, France

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The Owner / Manager

Patricia McCarthy

Member since Sep 2016
  • Bookings Accepted:60%
  • Avg. Response Time:11 minutes
  • Availability Updated:17 days 6 hours

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BFB's Overview

The happy kids equals happy parents formula has kept families coming back to Bel Air Gites for years, being a super safe haven for toddlers to teenagers to have fun and make friends while grown-ups can relax. Irish couple, Paul and Patricia took over the reins in 2010 and their first season was enough to know there was no better way to live their dream in France than sharing it with others at this friendly little holiday homestead.

Bel Air Gites is a far cry from the all-singing-all-dancing holiday complexes but still offers key things that parents value the most – a safe environment for children to play the days away, with a great playground, a play-barn full of toys and a heated pool. Parents can rest easy, in the Charente Maritime sunshine, in the knowledge that kids of all ages can free range into the big grassy garden, finding a playhouse, play fort and ride-ons in the playground, or clambering for a bounce on the trampoline or teaming up with new playmates for games of football, basketball, volleyball and boules. The big play-barn has all kinds of baby and toddler toys, plus a pool table, games and shelves full of DVD’s and then there’s the heated pool, which is fully fenced and gated, with a child safety lock and has wide Roman steps for little ones to splash in the shallows, plus an assortment of pool toys, floats and inflatables.

The traditional Charentaise farmhouse and all four gites are comfortable and well-equipped for families, from a kitchen with all the essentials and utensils, to TV with English Channels, DVD player and free Wi Fi. Parents with babies and toddlers can also travel light, whether flying or fly-driving, thanks to all the kit and caboodle available at Bel Air, including pushchairs, potties, bouncers and extra beach towels. The farmhouse and gites also all have their own private patio area for breakfasts al fresco, stoking up a BBQ and simply sipping a local Cognac as the sunsets over the fields.

Accommodation overview

Bel Ait Gites comprises one 3-bedroom farmhouse, three 2-bedroom gites and one 1-bedroom gite, sleeping 4 to 6 guests plus babies in cots. The whole lot can also be booked for a special group holiday of extended family and friends.

Chataigniers (The Chestnut) was formerly a dairy that has been converted into a 4-star farmhouse and the largest of the holiday properties at Bel Air, sleeping 6 plus babies. It overlooks the central courtyard, surrounding fields and woodlands beyond, and has been converted in the traditional Charentaise style, retaining its rustic stone walls and timber beamed ceilings throughout. The living room and dining area is large and open plan with comfortable sofas, LCD TV with UK channels, a DVD player and dining table that seats 6 (plus high chairs and booster seats are available). The kitchen is also large and airy, equipped with a gas cooker and 5-burner hob, microwave, fridge freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and all the essential utensils. Up a timber staircase to the first floor, Chataigniers has two spacious double bedrooms and a cheerful children’s bedrooms with twin beds, all bathed in the warm glow of the golden wood floors and timber eaves. There is a shower room and WC both upstairs and down. At the rear of the farmhouse families can spill outside to a large

Location Information

Bel Air Gites are set in 25 acres of rolling countryside at the heart of the Charente-Maritime region of South West France in the rural commune of Brie-sous-Mortagne. Surrounded by fields of sunflowers, vineyards and woodlands, with miles of uncrowded beaches only 20 minutes’ away, it’s easy to see why Paul and Patricia chose here to start their new life in France.

The town of Gémozac is 7kms from Bel Air, with a good choice of local shops, as well as 3 supermarkets and a market every Friday selling fresh, local produce. Around the same distance in the opposite direction is the riverside town of Mortagne, which has lovely quayside cafes and restaurants on the banks of the Gironde.

Besides the local markets, Royan (20mins) has one of the best in the region which is foodies’ dream, open 7 days a week from 7am until 1pm but at its bustling best before mid-morning. It’s the perfect place to pick up all sorts of French scrummies for a picnic and then head off to one of Royan’s nearby sandy beaches such as Grand Conche, Chay or Pontailliac. Other lovely beaches recommended by the owners, also 20 minutes from Bel Air, are the pretty coves at Meschers and the 3kms stretch of sand at Saint Georges de Didonne, renowned for its sand yachting.

For fun family days out, Bel Air has a wide variety of options within easy reach. Château des Énigmes at Pons (20 mins) transforms children into medieval detectives as it leads then on a treasure hunt trail of puzzles and games around the castle and grounds, with a nice café for lunch half way round. Alternatively at the miniature port of Saint-Savinien budding sailors can get on-board a fleet of handcrafted, electric boats to navigate their way along mini waterways with all kinds of things to watch for along the way.

Just a little further, La Palmyre Zoo (40 mins) was recently voted European Zoo of the Year and is one of the top attractions in the Charente-Maritime. Elephants, giraffes, hippo, big cats, crocs, bears and apes are just some of the hundreds of creatures to see and many of the tame ones roam free, safari style. To explore the world beneath the waves, the Aquarium at La Rochelle (1hr 10) is an eye popping experience to see an array of colourful, quirky and menacing marine life, plus the wonderful walled town and historic port is well worth a visit as well. For a big family day out, France’s space-age interactive theme park, Futuroscope is just under two hours’ drive, with all kinds of mind boggling experiences, attractions and giant screen, 3-D cinemas.

Nearest medical services: GP/A&E at Royan and Saintes (30 mins).

Getting here: The nearest airports are La Rochelle and Bordeaux (1hr 10), which have many flights from airports across the UK.

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Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 25%

Balance: 56 days prior to arrival

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 25%

Balance: 56 days prior to arrival

Seasonal Discount

Up to 25% discount for holidays taken between 02 Jun 2018 and 16 Jun 2018 minimum of 7 nights bookings must be placed between 24 Nov 2017 and 28 Nov 2017
Up to 25% discount for holidays taken between 15 Sep 2018 and 29 Sep 2018 minimum of 7 nights bookings must be placed between 24 Nov 2017 and 28 Nov 2017

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 25%

Balance: 56 days prior to arrival

Seasonal Discount

Up to 25% discount for holidays taken between 02 Jun 2018 and 16 Jun 2018 minimum of 7 nights bookings must be placed between 24 Nov 2017 and 28 Nov 2017
Up to 25% discount for holidays taken between 15 Sep 2018 and 29 Sep 2018 minimum of 7 nights bookings must be placed between 24 Nov 2017 and 28 Nov 2017

Who owns this place?

Fast Facts

Sleeps 6 + infant in 2 x double bedrooms and 1 x twin room.

Airport under 2 hours drive

La Rochelle or Bordeaux are 1 hr 10 drive away.

Ferry Port

St Malo is the nearest and we can provide a discount code for Brittany ferries.

Coast Within 30 minutes driving distance

20 mins drive away is the sandy beach at Meschers sur gironde.

Any Pool

Shared pool which is heated, fenced and has roman style entry steps.

Indoor Play Area

Play barn with a great selection of toys and games.

Babysitting

Babysitting can be pre-arranged.

Nursery Gear (additional)

This baby friendly gite cluster has 4 x travel cots with mattresses, 3 x high chairs, 2 x booster seats, 2 x strollers, 2 x bouncers, 3 x baby baths, sterilising bags, potties, bed guards, stairtgates, socket covers, plastic crockery and plastic cutlery.

Indoor Toys / Games Room

This baby friendly cottage has a good stock of general toys.

Meal Delivery / Room Service

Pre arrival shopping can be arranged.

Outdoor Toys

This babyfriendly cluster has a playbarn and Playground, swings , slide, playhouse, trampoline, basketball, boules, and volleyball.

Stairgates / no stairs

Stairgates can be provided.

Private Garden / Terrace / Balcony

All gites have a private garden with BBQ and outside dining area.

Wifi / Cable Internet Access

Wi-Fi is provided.

Golf

Royan 30 mins drive away.

Tennis Court(s)

Badminton on site.

2+ Cots and Highchairs

Multiple cots and highchairs available.


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