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Charentes Cluster - House Two

Poitou Charentes, France

Per week

from 645.00 to 1295.00 GBP
The Owner / Manager

Xavier Trouillet

Member since Oct 2009
  • Bookings Accepted:88.89%
  • Avg. Response Time:18 minutes
  • Availability Updated:6 days 21 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.

The cottage's beautiful original features such as 18th century oak beamed ceilings, exposed stonewalls; huge fireplaces and wooden floors are complemented 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 at Bois Bourdet. 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!

Accommodation Overview

House Two is a stunning converted barn and one of a cluster of three self-catering cottages set amongst the pretty six acres gardens of the Charentes Cluster estate. It sleeps 4-5 people in two bedrooms and a mezzanine area and enjoys lovely views over the nearby valley. Outside, a furnished terrace has a barbecue and ample furnishings for dining al fresco. Inside, the high vaulted ceilings and exposed beams make for an impressive interior which is furnished in country contemporary style with the pretty exposed stone walls and large log burner adding further character. The open plan ground floor area has lovely views and comes equipped with modern amenities 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

Seasonal Discount

Up to 40% discount for holidays taken between 22 Jun 2019 and 06 Jul 2019
Up to 20% discount for holidays taken between 10 Aug 2019 and 17 Aug 2019 minimum of 5 nights

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:30

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: GBP200.00

Balance: 56 days prior to arrival

Seasonal Discount

Up to 40% discount for holidays taken between 22 Jun 2019 and 06 Jul 2019
Up to 20% discount for holidays taken between 10 Aug 2019 and 17 Aug 2019 minimum of 5 nights

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 5+infants in 1 double room, 1 twin room + 1 single on mezzanine

Airport under 2 hours drive

There are many airports to choose from within 2 hours drive.

Any Pool

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

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 serve don the gite terraces/dining rooms.

Outdoor Toys

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

Visiting Spa Therapist

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

Stairgates / no stairs

Stairgates provided.

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 toiletries and welcome gifts. They have a 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

Several cot and highchairs provided.

Fireplace / Wood Burner

The house has a log burner.

Reviews

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  • A wonderful setting, delivering a very child friendly experience. This is the only property we have ever re-visited due to the excellent standard of accommodation.Review dated 09/08/2015

  • This place is very special. It feels incredibly welcoming, warm and relaxing. There is so much for children (and adults) to do at the property itself, even before exploring begins. The option to have dinner made for us was wonderful. The food was excellent, and we felt very treated.Review dated 20/08/2014

  • Les and Louise (and Ellie) could not have been more helpful and welcoming. A fantastic place for those with young children....the chickens, pool and football goal were big favourites. A great big thankyou must also go out to Louise and Les for all their help when our son had an accident (boys!).Review dated 18/09/2010

  • Excellent stay, we loved it. We will definitely be back. Our 2.5 year old daughter, Megan, loved it! We loved it and Les and Louise are brilliant. Definitley take up the offer of a meal cooked at Bois Bourdet, simply brilliant.Review dated 16/05/2010

  • Bois Bourdet is a gem. A lovely location in a beautiful area, with everything you could want for a stress-free, relaxing holiday for both parents and little ones! We were well-looked after by Les and Louise and really couldn't have asked for more.Review dated 10/05/2010

  • 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 13/06/2011

  • Excellent stay, we loved it. We will definitely be back. Our 2.5 year old daughter, Megan, loved it! We loved it and Les and Louise are brilliant. Definitley take up the offer of a meal cooked at Bois Bourdet, simply brilliant. Overall Experience: Outstanding!Review dated 17/05/2010

  • Bois Bourdet is a gem. A lovely location in a beautiful area, with everything you could want for a stress-free, relaxing holiday for both parents and little ones! We were well-looked after by Les and Louise and really couldn't have asked for more. Overall Rating: 5 Star - Outstanding!Review dated 10/05/2010

  • 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. 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

A wonderful setting, delivering a very child friendly experience. This is the only property we have ever re-visited due to the excellent standard of accommodation.

This place is very special. It feels incredibly welcoming, warm and relaxing. There is so much for children (and adults) to do at the property itself, even before exploring begins. The option to have dinner made for us was wonderful. The food was excellent, and we felt very treated.

Les and Louise (and Ellie) could not have been more helpful and welcoming. A fantastic place for those with young children....the chickens, pool and football goal were big favourites. A great big thankyou must also go out to Louise and Les for all their help when our son had an accident (boys!).

Excellent stay, we loved it. We will definitely be back. Our 2.5 year old daughter, Megan, loved it! We loved it and Les and Louise are brilliant. Definitley take up the offer of a meal cooked at Bois Bourdet, simply brilliant.

Bois Bourdet is a gem. A lovely location in a beautiful area, with everything you could want for a stress-free, relaxing holiday for both parents and little ones! We were well-looked after by Les and Louise and really couldn't have asked for more.

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 stay, we loved it. We will definitely be back. Our 2.5 year old daughter, Megan, loved it! We loved it and Les and Louise are brilliant. Definitley take up the offer of a meal cooked at Bois Bourdet, simply brilliant. Overall Experience: Outstanding!

Bois Bourdet is a gem. A lovely location in a beautiful area, with everything you could want for a stress-free, relaxing holiday for both parents and little ones! We were well-looked after by Les and Louise and really couldn't have asked for more. Overall Rating: 5 Star - 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. 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!

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 7 guests.



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