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Charentes Cluster - House Three

Poitou Charentes, France

Per week

from 395.00 to 495.00 GBP
The Owner / Manager

Xavier Trouillet

Member since Oct 2009
  • Bookings Accepted:88.89%
  • Avg. Response Time:18 minutes
  • Availability Updated:14 days 20 hours

BFB's Overview

Just one day at the lovely Charentes Cluster B&B and cottages is enough to see why its guestbook has more promises to return than an Arnold Schwarzenegger film! The former 18th century farm is a pastoral scene to inspire the most reluctant of artists, the mouth-watering meals on offer could seriously rival a Michelin starred restaurant and the thoughtful extras for both pre-schoolers and their parents are superb.


TThe cottage's beautiful original features such as 18th century oak beamed ceilings, exposed stonewalls; huge fireplaces and wooden floors are complimented with simple yet elegant furnishings. The attention to detail extends to thoughtful extras such as the hand-made organic soaps in the bathrooms, the ‘help yourself’ vegetable patch and delicious home-made jams and cookies in the welcome packs.

Weekly pizza making sessions for children of all ages are a real favourite with junior guests. They love to get messy mixing the dough and then creating their own tasty toppings. Plus. Mum and Dad get to have a quiet couple of hours or so to relax and are then treated to a delicious pizza for lunch!

House Three is a characterful romantic retreat for two plus a baby. Formerly a barn with an old fashioned bread oven, its sympathetic conversion has kept the character with restored oak beams, exposed stone walls and the pretty oven and chimney making a feature in the bedroom. The interiors are country contemporary with shaker style furnishings and quarry tiled floors. The bedroom has a pretty ensuite shower room (baby bath can be provided for little ones). Outside a furnished terrace has ample furnishings for dining al fresco or simply enjoying the view with a glass of the local wine in hand. Inside the open-plan living area comes equipped with modern amenties such a dishwasher, microwave, TV, DVD player and CD player.

Location Information

Charentes Cluster is in the Deux-Sèvres region at the heart of the Poitou-Charentes and just five miles from the historic town of St Maixent-L’Ecole. The owners are happy to book cycle hire and provide picnics for those who wish to explore. They can also advise on activities from golf (six excellent courses are nearby), horse riding, fishing and canoeing, to rock climbing, go-karting and even hot air ballooning! There are several lakes nearby including the beautiful Lac du Lambon (10mins drive), which has a sandy beach. The Atlantic coast is within an hour’s drive, as is the gorgeous pedestrianised old town of La Rochelle and the lovely Ile de Ré, a mecca for French holidaymakers. Cognac and Poiters are also within easy reach and well worth a visit.

Getting There: The nearest airports are Poitiers (45mins) , La Rochelle (1hr20mins) and Bordeaux (approx. 2hrs). Try www.skyscanner.net as a useful low-cost flight comparison. Alternatively, travel by train in just 2 hours from Paris (Eurostar to Paris approx 2 hrs + 2hrs Paris-Poiters). Eurostar can also be booked direct to Poitiers (approx 4hrs) and then car hire is available from Poiters rail station, Bois Bourdet is then just a 40 min drive from Poitiers. By ferry, St Malo is the closest port being four hours drive away, Caen and Le Harve are around five hours drive, whilst Boulogne and Calais are six and severn hours drive respectively. The owners will be happy to help with directions for the drive and recommend stop off points for lunch etc to break the journey once booked.

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Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:30

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: GBP200.00

Balance: 56 days prior to arrival

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:30

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: GBP200.00

Balance: 56 days prior to arrival

Discount Notes

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:30

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: GBP200.00

Balance: 56 days prior to arrival

Discount Notes

Who owns this place?

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What do they love about it?

Bois Bourdet is set at the end of a pretty country lane in a dreamy rural ideal, yet within easy reach of shops, boulangeries & facilities. The tranquility of the countryside and local pretty towns are all within reach but we also love the culture & buzz of nearby Poitiers & La Rochelle. It is great to be able to also reach the beautiful beaches of the Atlantic coast within an hour and also enjoy the islands off the coast too. The local french people are charming and their genuine warm friendly nature makes this a wonderful & safe place to live and bring up a child. The gentle pace of life, great food & wine not forgetting the extra sunshine we often enjoy makes this an easy place to love!

What do the kids love about it?

Children of all ages love Bois Bourdet and what the area can offer.
Our safe fully fenced grounds allow them the freedom to run & explore and enjoy the countryside and the heated pool, play house (with blackboard & mini kitchen) , sand pit, trampoline swings & slide provide hours of fun. Feeding and collecting eggs from our chickens is also very popular.

Babies & toddlers love what we can provide; travel cots, high chairs, baby baths, changing mats, sterilisers, monitor, toys, as well as an all terrain buggy as it means Mum & Dad arrive a little less frazzled for the holiday!

Fast Facts

Sleeps 2+1infant in 1 bedroom

Airport under 2 hours drive

There are several airports to choose from under two hours drive away.

Any Pool

There are paddling pools available and little ones are encouraged to use the heated outdoor pool (safely fenced & alarmed)with adult supervision. Heate dto approx. 30 degrees Apr-Oct.

Spa Onsite

Treatments from a visiting local therapist can be pre-booked and special pampering breaks are often available in the winter months.

Babysitting

Babysitting is available on request

Nursery Gear (additional)

This baby-friendly gite provides up to three wooden cots (not travel cots), hand blender, plastic cutlery, child toilet seats, stairgates, sterilisers, changing mats, baby baths, potties and baby monitors.

Indoor Toys

There are plenty of books, toys and craft materials available.

Meal Delivery / Room Service

Delicious 3-course meals with an emphasis on fresh local produce are available. The cuisine is excellent and often a major factor for returning guests. These can be served on the gite terraces/dining rooms.

Outdoor Toys

A playhouse with mini kitchen, tables, chairs and blackboard, as well as a large sandpit area have joined the swings and slide in competing with the feeding the resident chickens as for the top outdoor highlight amongst mini guests. Also, netted trampoline.

Private Garden / Terrace / Balcony

Private terrace equipped with garden furniture and a barbecue

Wifi / Cable Internet Access

Wi-Fi is available in all gites.

Eco-Aware

The owners are strongly committed to protecting the environment and sustaining the local community. They recycle, compost, use local suppliers, eco-friendly paints, cleaners and supply natural and local 'treats' for guests in the form of complimentary toletries and welcome gifts. They have reed-bed sewerage system and rain-water harvesting.

Friendly Animals

Little ones are encouraged to help feed the free-range chickens and collect their eggs.

2+ Cots and Highchairs

up to two cots and highchairs can be provided

Reviews

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  • Lovely property and lovely owners. We had a wonderful time. Our baby loved the puppy, cat, dog and chickensReview dated 16/09/2017

  • From a toddler perspective it works really well. High Chair, toys, cot and gates available if needed. We stayed in the smaller property and our toddler enjoyed helping himself to the contents of the fridge and kitchen cupboards but there is little that could be done to such a small and old property like this to prevent it. The gardens and property are stunning and the overall setting and facilities are near perfect. You will need a car to explore but there are so many great things to do to amuse you and your kids within an hour's drive or less. The owners made us feel very welcome and could not do more to make the stay so lovely including a wonderful vegetarian lasagne waiting for us upon arrrival, you really should choose this option when you book. Equally the owners left us alone and let us crack on and enjoy the stay. We felt so at home here and we totally recommend you pay this place a visit with our without kids. L,C&R Review dated 08/06/2017

  • Bois Bourdet is a beautiful relaxing place to visit with your family. It is very remote and rural. The local towns are very quiet - especially in August - so you have to drive a way to experience a bit more life. However if its peace and relaxation you are after, it is perfect. We found it very easy with our 6 month old daughter.Review dated 04/09/2016

  • Gorgeous place, so relaxing and my 18 month old Imogen loved running around after the animals and going on the swings. The hospitality was perfect - nothing was too much trouble, and meals Xavier prepared for us in the evening were a luxury. I would definitely return to this piece of paradise. Gorgeous accommodation too.Review dated 30/05/2016

  • We had a fabulous week in Petite Maison, Bois Bourdet with our 10 month old daughter. The cottage was lovely and very well equipped for a baby. The grounds and area are beautiful and Charlotte loved watching the chickens and playing in the gardens. A very relaxing week for all of us in a lovely part of France.Review dated 26/06/2015

  • Idyllic location with with lots of special touches provided by Xavier & Stéphanie.Review dated 24/09/2013

  • Perfect! Xavier is a great host- his meals served on our terrace were all the best parts of going out without the hassles of going out. A great time had by all- especially out 18month old toddler who could get enough of collecting eggs, eating fruit straight from the tree and eating tea in the play house. Perfect destination for little ones.Review dated 17/08/2013

  • We had a great two weeks at La Petite Maison with our 18-month old little girl. She loved the huge garden, all the toys, especially the wooden wendy house and eating fresh blackberries straight from the bushes. We were really well looked after and at the same time left to get on with it, Xavier's attentiveness was just right. The food is indeed utterly delicious, our only regret is that we didn't eat there more than we did! The pool is immaculately maintained, it was great to have a dip there everyday. Good base for exploration of surrounding area too. Highly recommended all round!Review dated 12/09/2012

  • A fantastic first holiday with our one year old son. The grounds were perfect for a baby who does not want to stay still and the tractor and chickens were a constant source of entertainment.Review dated 16/08/2012

  • We really enjoyed our stay at Bois Bourdet. We had our 6 month old baby with us and we had an extremely relaxing stay. The hosts (Xavier and Stephanie) were charming. We opted to have our meals provided on the two nights offered and we were amazed as we were presented with the most delicious 5 course meal. Would definitely recommend this place and think it is the perfect place for toddlers to roam free too.Review dated 15/09/2011

  • The new owners (Summer 2011) Xavier and Stephanie were very friendly hosts and Xavier is an exceptional cook. It was such a treat to have the baby safely tucked up in bed and have a delicious 5 course meal served on our private terrace in the evening sun.Review dated 02/06/2011

  • Excellent accomodation, the owners were extremely helpful and the food they made delicious! Would definitely recommend.Review dated 13/09/2010

  • Superb location, friendly and informative owners who went out of their way to ensure we had a good stay. I would not hesitate to recommend this bolt-hole to anyone!Review dated 16/05/2010

  • Overall Rating: Excellent!Review dated 24/08/2010

  • Superb location, friendly and informative owners who went out of their way to ensure we had a good stay. I would not hesitate to recommend this bolt-hole to anyone! Overall Experience: Outstanding!Review dated 17/05/2010

  • We enjoyed a wonderful one week stay here at the beginning of June (but we wished we had stayed for longer...).Samuel particularly enjoyed chasing the chickens, the playhouse and pool, as well as being able to run around to his heart's content. We particularly enjoyed Les and Louise's wonderful cooking, which can be served to you in your room or on your terrace, so there is no need to worry about finding babysitters. We can't recommend it highly enough!Review dated 03/11/2009

  • Day trips to Valley of the Monkeys, La Rochelle & Parthenay were really successful but the real holiday pleasure was back at base in the garden, with the chickens or enjoying the evening gastronomic delights. There was something for everyone - a perfect holiday, Thank you so much - we will return!!Review dated 03/11/2009

  • We have loved it here and so have the children. Les, Louise & Ellie have been fantastic hosts and we hope to be back again another time. Review dated 03/11/2009

  • A little peace of heaven! Our 16th month old has roamed free, we've relaxed and we've already booked our return trip! Thank you so much for making our 10 days so great (and totally delicious!)Review dated 03/11/2009

  • Wonderful baby friendly place to stay. We've all had a fab time, especially Gabe with the chickens! Thanks to Les & Louise for being such wonderful hosts! Review dated 03/11/2009

  • We have had the most fabulous week here, Thank you. What a little gem we found! a fantastic place for small children & wonderful hospitality - delicious meals! Review dated 03/11/2009

  • Thank you so much for our wonderful stay, everything was perfect - the setting, Louise's fantastic cuisine, the pool which Emmy loved and the vegetable patch! We will definitely be back, thanks. Review dated 03/11/2009

  • We've had the most fantasitc time - thank you for everything. La petite maison was perfect. Such a great place for a holiday with a toddler. Ella loved the chickens and the pool. The weather was wonderful and the food was scrumptious. Thank you - we hope to be back! Review dated 03/11/2009

  • I would like to thank the chickens for providing me with hours of fun. The tractor was great, a little noisy but still great. The pool is where I perfected by back stroke, the little house is where I had a meal with the Queen, the sand pit was the beach at St Ouen. I loved every minute . The walks around the fields of sunflowers, more tractors (great!), the horses and just in case I have not mentioned the chickens, the chickens. - Thanks Les & Louise - If Finn loved, we love it more & the food was superb! Review dated 03/11/2009

  • This is a wonderful place. Highly recommended for Adults and Children alike. Great accomodation, food, hospitality, etc etc. All excellent standard. We had a great holiday...Review dated 03/11/2009

  • We had the best holiday, relaxing even with two young children and mixed weather. The accommodation is fantastic, pool and all the stuff for the kids, everything has been thought of! The best thing of all though is Louise's cooking, amazing! Our one year old loved the chickens and our 3 year old loved the pool and the pizza making!!Review dated 03/11/2009

  • Many thanks to Louise and Les for such a wonderfully warm welcome to their beautiful home. The highlight of our stay was the evening meals - being new parents we miss going out to a restaurant, so it was fantastic to enjoy Louise's incredible 4-course dinners (plus aperitif and wine!) which Les served to us on the terrace. All the time we knew that our 1-year-old was safely fast asleep just behind us, no doubt dreaming of another happy day chasing chickens and getting messy in the sandpit!Review dated 03/11/2009

  • Staying at bois bourdet was simply perfect. we had a brilliant time and cant wait to come back!Review dated 03/11/2009

  • Had a fantastic holiday at Bois Bourdet - we were able to relax completely as it is so child friendly, the pool and the gardens are beautiful. We would highly recommend staying at Bois Bourdet and will definitely be back!Review dated 03/11/2009

  • Absolutely idyllic! Great surroundings, wonderful food and Les and Louise were the perfect hosts who made us feel really at homeReview dated 03/11/2009

Lovely property and lovely owners. We had a wonderful time. Our baby loved the puppy, cat, dog and chickens

From a toddler perspective it works really well. High Chair, toys, cot and gates available if needed. We stayed in the smaller property and our toddler enjoyed helping himself to the contents of the fridge and kitchen cupboards but there is little that could be done to such a small and old property like this to prevent it. The gardens and property are stunning and the overall setting and facilities are near perfect. You will need a car to explore but there are so many great things to do to amuse you and your kids within an hour's drive or less. The owners made us feel very welcome and could not do more to make the stay so lovely including a wonderful vegetarian lasagne waiting for us upon arrrival, you really should choose this option when you book. Equally the owners left us alone and let us crack on and enjoy the stay. We felt so at home here and we totally recommend you pay this place a visit with our without kids. L,C&R

Bois Bourdet is a beautiful relaxing place to visit with your family. It is very remote and rural. The local towns are very quiet - especially in August - so you have to drive a way to experience a bit more life. However if its peace and relaxation you are after, it is perfect. We found it very easy with our 6 month old daughter.

Gorgeous place, so relaxing and my 18 month old Imogen loved running around after the animals and going on the swings. The hospitality was perfect - nothing was too much trouble, and meals Xavier prepared for us in the evening were a luxury. I would definitely return to this piece of paradise. Gorgeous accommodation too.

We had a fabulous week in Petite Maison, Bois Bourdet with our 10 month old daughter. The cottage was lovely and very well equipped for a baby. The grounds and area are beautiful and Charlotte loved watching the chickens and playing in the gardens. A very relaxing week for all of us in a lovely part of France.

Idyllic location with with lots of special touches provided by Xavier & Stéphanie.

Perfect! Xavier is a great host- his meals served on our terrace were all the best parts of going out without the hassles of going out. A great time had by all- especially out 18month old toddler who could get enough of collecting eggs, eating fruit straight from the tree and eating tea in the play house. Perfect destination for little ones.

We had a great two weeks at La Petite Maison with our 18-month old little girl. She loved the huge garden, all the toys, especially the wooden wendy house and eating fresh blackberries straight from the bushes. We were really well looked after and at the same time left to get on with it, Xavier's attentiveness was just right. The food is indeed utterly delicious, our only regret is that we didn't eat there more than we did! The pool is immaculately maintained, it was great to have a dip there everyday. Good base for exploration of surrounding area too. Highly recommended all round!

A fantastic first holiday with our one year old son. The grounds were perfect for a baby who does not want to stay still and the tractor and chickens were a constant source of entertainment.

We really enjoyed our stay at Bois Bourdet. We had our 6 month old baby with us and we had an extremely relaxing stay. The hosts (Xavier and Stephanie) were charming. We opted to have our meals provided on the two nights offered and we were amazed as we were presented with the most delicious 5 course meal. Would definitely recommend this place and think it is the perfect place for toddlers to roam free too.

The new owners (Summer 2011) Xavier and Stephanie were very friendly hosts and Xavier is an exceptional cook. It was such a treat to have the baby safely tucked up in bed and have a delicious 5 course meal served on our private terrace in the evening sun.

Excellent accomodation, the owners were extremely helpful and the food they made delicious! Would definitely recommend.

Superb location, friendly and informative owners who went out of their way to ensure we had a good stay. I would not hesitate to recommend this bolt-hole to anyone!

Overall Rating: Excellent!

Superb location, friendly and informative owners who went out of their way to ensure we had a good stay. I would not hesitate to recommend this bolt-hole to anyone! Overall Experience: Outstanding!

We enjoyed a wonderful one week stay here at the beginning of June (but we wished we had stayed for longer...).Samuel particularly enjoyed chasing the chickens, the playhouse and pool, as well as being able to run around to his heart's content. We particularly enjoyed Les and Louise's wonderful cooking, which can be served to you in your room or on your terrace, so there is no need to worry about finding babysitters. We can't recommend it highly enough!

Day trips to Valley of the Monkeys, La Rochelle & Parthenay were really successful but the real holiday pleasure was back at base in the garden, with the chickens or enjoying the evening gastronomic delights. There was something for everyone - a perfect holiday, Thank you so much - we will return!!

We have loved it here and so have the children. Les, Louise & Ellie have been fantastic hosts and we hope to be back again another time.

A little peace of heaven! Our 16th month old has roamed free, we've relaxed and we've already booked our return trip! Thank you so much for making our 10 days so great (and totally delicious!)

Wonderful baby friendly place to stay. We've all had a fab time, especially Gabe with the chickens! Thanks to Les & Louise for being such wonderful hosts!

We have had the most fabulous week here, Thank you. What a little gem we found! a fantastic place for small children & wonderful hospitality - delicious meals!

Thank you so much for our wonderful stay, everything was perfect - the setting, Louise's fantastic cuisine, the pool which Emmy loved and the vegetable patch! We will definitely be back, thanks.

We've had the most fantasitc time - thank you for everything. La petite maison was perfect. Such a great place for a holiday with a toddler. Ella loved the chickens and the pool. The weather was wonderful and the food was scrumptious. Thank you - we hope to be back!

I would like to thank the chickens for providing me with hours of fun. The tractor was great, a little noisy but still great. The pool is where I perfected by back stroke, the little house is where I had a meal with the Queen, the sand pit was the beach at St Ouen. I loved every minute . The walks around the fields of sunflowers, more tractors (great!), the horses and just in case I have not mentioned the chickens, the chickens. - Thanks Les & Louise - If Finn loved, we love it more & the food was superb!

This is a wonderful place. Highly recommended for Adults and Children alike. Great accomodation, food, hospitality, etc etc. All excellent standard. We had a great holiday...

We had the best holiday, relaxing even with two young children and mixed weather. The accommodation is fantastic, pool and all the stuff for the kids, everything has been thought of! The best thing of all though is Louise's cooking, amazing! Our one year old loved the chickens and our 3 year old loved the pool and the pizza making!!

Many thanks to Louise and Les for such a wonderfully warm welcome to their beautiful home. The highlight of our stay was the evening meals - being new parents we miss going out to a restaurant, so it was fantastic to enjoy Louise's incredible 4-course dinners (plus aperitif and wine!) which Les served to us on the terrace. All the time we knew that our 1-year-old was safely fast asleep just behind us, no doubt dreaming of another happy day chasing chickens and getting messy in the sandpit!

Staying at bois bourdet was simply perfect. we had a brilliant time and cant wait to come back!

Had a fantastic holiday at Bois Bourdet - we were able to relax completely as it is so child friendly, the pool and the gardens are beautiful. We would highly recommend staying at Bois Bourdet and will definitely be back!

Absolutely idyllic! Great surroundings, wonderful food and Les and Louise were the perfect hosts who made us feel really at home

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 22 guests.



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