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Le Cognassier

Poitou Charentes, France

Per week

from 600.00 to 1695.00 GBP
The Owner / Manager

Sue Paine

Member since Mar 2014
  • Bookings Accepted:62.5%
  • Avg. Response Time:6 minutes
  • Availability Updated:19 days 1 hour

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BFB's Overview

This cluster of two elegant gites combine stylish interiors with fantastic parent-friendly touches from a warmly heated pool to a huge list of nursery gear and toys, plus handy services such as babysitting and pre-arrival shopping, which allow parents the luxury of travelling light and relaxing from the outset. Not only that but they also have an idyllic countryside location within a short stroll of a handy bar and pizzeria and a slightly longer cycle to a bustling village with handy shops, bistros and a lively evening market scene in summer. The sights and shops of La Rochelle are a short drive away whilst the miles of endless beaches and 'Paris on Sea' in Il de Re are just a little further. All in all, its a little slice of heaven!

Transforming two 18th century barns into modern-vintage gites has allowed the owners to combine their passion for French antiques with all their parental know-how in the art of happy, hassle-free family holidays. Having raised their own children here, they’ve thoughtfully designed and equipped the gites with families in mind, from a long list of helpful baby and toddler gear, to making the garden a safe, fun place to play.


Besides busying themselves with keeping the gites and gardens spotless and ship-shape, the owners spend spare time scouring the French ‘brocanterie’ markets to find unique pieces of vintage French furnishings and antiques, from the quirky and shabby-chic to classically elegant. They now sell many of their finds online but have also made them a feature of the gites to bring out their period French character – iron bedsteads here, colourful tin coffee pots there.


While capturing the essence of authentic French living, the gites also provide every modern comfort and convenience parents rely on, from flat screen TV, DVD player, iPod dock and free wi fi to a large collection of toys, games and books. Hand-painted units in the kitchens are complemented by high quality modern appliances and keen cooks will find all the equipment they need, including a hand blender for wuzzing up baby dinners. The living rooms are furnished with comfy sofas and armchairs to flop into and the bedrooms are the epitome of easy elegance, with views over the pool, garden and neighbouring sunflower fields. The gites are designed for up to 6 people, so it’s handy to have both a family bathroom with WC and a separate shower room with WC on the ground floor.


Each gite has its’ own private, gravelled garden, with teak dining furniture, loungers and a barbecue, but beyond this a large, lawned garden and enclosed pool area provides a natural haven for children to play. Little ones can switch between the swings, slide, sand pit, small trampoline and trikes or go in search of the friendly family cat, Twiglet. There’s plenty of room for a football knock-about, badminton or boules and fruit trees provide a shady spot for a picnic. The warmly heated swimming pool has Roman steps at the shallow end for easy toddler access and inflatable pool toys are provided, while parents can chill out on the surrounding deck, furnished with teak steamer chairs, plump cushions and parasols.



Accommodation Overview:

Le Cognassier and Le Cerisier are both designed for up to 6 people plus two babies in cots which can be provided. Both gites have three bedrooms, comprising one with a king size bed, one double and one twin room. The gites have a shower room with WC on the ground floor and a family bathroom upstairs. There is plenty of room for 2 families holidaying together or to accommodate grand-parents.

Please note: As of the 1st of Jan. 2016 the owners are now obliged to charged a 1.20 Euros nightly tourist tax per adult. These costs will be calculated and added to the cost of stay once your reservation request has been confirmed by the owner.

Location Information

Le Cognassier and le Cerisier are to be found in a tranquil, countryside setting around 45 minutes inland from the historic walled sea port of La Rochelle, around half way down the West Coast of France. The nearest bar/restaurant is 5 minutes walk, serving pizzas to eat in or take-away and the local village, Loulay, is only 2 minutes’ drive, with the all-important boulangerie, mini-market, pharmacy, bank and a bar/restaurant. During the summer months, live bands strike up the music on Friday nights in Loulay village square.


The nearby medieval market town of St. Jean d’Angély is brimming with French character, with its leafy squares, timber houses, cobbled streets, a 15th Century clock tower and abbey. Twice a week the tantalizing market of local produce fills the streets and pavement cafes, bars and restaurants are just the spot to soak up the buzzing atmosphere. Atlantys Aqua Centre has a 50m water slide and canoes or kayaks can be hired at a nearby lake. Families can also have a round of crazy golf while older children may well pester to have a few laps at the local Go Karting circuit.


The Chize forest is a certified reserve for local wildlife, including roe deer, wild boar and even wolves but there is also the less wild option of a mini farm, play area and cafe. Antezant on the river Boutonne is an idyllic spot for a picnic, shaded by trees and with a play area, boules area a snack bar.


A day trip or two to La Rochelle is not to be missed, with quaint arcaded streets of chic shops, cafes and bistros crammed within the ancient city walls. Families can explore the ramparts, take boat trips to nearby islands, visit the Aquarium and mini zoo, then maybe take time out on the little beach with some welcome refreshments at La Brasserie de la Plage.


From La Rochelle, an impressive suspension bridge links the mainland to the lovely Ile de Re, renowned for its charming harbour towns like St Martin, soft sand beaches and superb seafood, especially oysters. The island is perfect for exploring on bicycles, thanks to being nice and flat with a network of well marked cycle tracks criss-crossing between the towns and beaches.


Besides the beaches on the Ile de Re, the fantastic sandy beaches of the Atlantic coast are within an hour or so’s drive of the gites. Châtelaillon-Plage and Fouras are two of the owners’ favourites, and both have seafront restaurants serving fresh-caught seafood.


Getting There:
Le Cognassier and Le Cerisier are 45 minutes drive from La Rochelle airport, 1 hour from Poitiers and 1 hr 30 from Bordeaux.


Nearest Medical Services (GP & A&E):
GP at 2 minutes drive, Hospital at 15 mins drive

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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

Pricing Notes

Please note: As of the 1st on January 2016 the property owners are obliged to charged each adult (18+) tourist tax of 1.20 Euros per night. This nightly sum will be calculated and added to the total cost of stay once a reservation request has been confirmed and the owner sends through their confirmation. 

Rates

2 Sep - 29 Sep 2017 : £850 /week30 Sep - 30 Sep 2017 : £600 /week1 Oct - 27 Oct 2017 : £600 /week28 Oct 2017 - 30 Mar 2018 : £600 /week31 Mar - 27 Apr 2018 : £600 /week28 Apr - 1 Jun 2018 : £850 /week2 Jun - 29 Jun 2018 : £1195 /week30 Jun - 13 Jul 2018 : £1395 /week14 Jul - 31 Aug 2018 : £1695 /week1 Sep - 28 Sep 2018 : £895 /week29 Sep 2018 - 29 Mar 2019 : £600 /week2 Sep - 29 Sep 2017 : €927.9449 /week30 Sep - 30 Sep 2017 : €655.02 /week1 Oct - 27 Oct 2017 : €655.02 /week28 Oct 2017 - 30 Mar 2018 : €655.02 /week31 Mar - 27 Apr 2018 : €655.02 /week28 Apr - 1 Jun 2018 : €927.9449 /week2 Jun - 29 Jun 2018 : €1304.581 /week30 Jun - 13 Jul 2018 : €1522.921 /week14 Jul - 31 Aug 2018 : €1850.431 /week1 Sep - 28 Sep 2018 : €977.0715 /week29 Sep 2018 - 29 Mar 2019 : €655.02 /week

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 25%

Balance: 56 days prior to arrival

Pricing Notes

Please note: As of the 1st on January 2016 the property owners are obliged to charged each adult (18+) tourist tax of 1.20 Euros per night. This nightly sum will be calculated and added to the total cost of stay once a reservation request has been confirmed and the owner sends through their confirmation. 

Who owns this place?

Fast Facts

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

Airport under 2 hours drive

The gites are 45 minutes drive from La Rochelle airport, 1 hour from Poitiers and 1 hr 30 from Bordeaux

Amenities within Walking Distance

The nearest bar/restaurant is 5 minutes walk, serving pizzas to eat in or take-away and the local village, Loulay, is only 2 minutes’ drive, with the all-important boulangerie, mini-market, pharmacy, bank and a bar/restaurant. Bikes can be hired from the gite.

Any Pool

The two gites share a lovely large pump heated and gated pool with sun loungers and terrace area.

Babysitting

Baby-friendly services on offer include babysitting on request

Nursery Gear (additional)

Nursery gear provided at this baby-friendly villa includes: 1 wooden, 1 travel cot ,1 highchair, 1 baby bath, potty, 2 stairgates , 1 set of bed guards, plastic crockery, plastic cutlery and sippy cups. There is also a hand blender, step stool, changing mat, UV tent, black out blinds, cot bedding, booster seat, stroller, sun parasol, non-slip bath mat, children's toilet seat, beach towels, and mattress protectors on all beds and cots.

Indoor Toys / Games Room

This child-friendly villa offers kids books, general toys, U-rated kids DVDs, child’s table and chairs for drawing.

Meal Delivery / Room Service

Pre arrival shopping can be arranged so parents can pack light and settle in quickly.

Outdoor Toys

Outdoor toys provided at this child-friendly gite include buckets and spades, trikes, swings and slide, sand pit, mini trampoline, inflatable pool toys, and play tent.

Stairgates / no stairs

Stairgates are available.

Private Garden / Terrace / Balcony

Each gite has its’ own private, gravelled garden, with teak dining furniture, loungers and a barbecue, but beyond this is a large, lawned garden.

Wifi / Cable Internet Access

WI-FI is available.

2+ Cots and Highchairs

This baby-friendly gite has 1 wooden and 1 travel cot for multiple baby groups.

Reviews

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  • A fantastic Gite, really well kitted out for babies and toddlers alike. Having Sue and Simon on site was a real bonus; from offering recommendations of the best beaches to delivering an anti-mosquito candle one evening to allowing our 2 year-old to "help" with the weeding. The pool and garden are also lovely and very safe spaces to let little ones explore. We had a great week and hope to go back sometime soon!Review dated 21/06/2015

A fantastic Gite, really well kitted out for babies and toddlers alike. Having Sue and Simon on site was a real bonus; from offering recommendations of the best beaches to delivering an anti-mosquito candle one evening to allowing our 2 year-old to "help" with the weeding. The pool and garden are also lovely and very safe spaces to let little ones explore. We had a great week and hope to go back sometime soon!

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 4 guests.



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