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The Grange - La Bigorre Holiday Cottages

Poitou Charentes, France

Per week

from 750.00 to 1360.00 GBP
The Owner / Manager

Paula Brewer & Robert Handoll

Member since Feb 2016
  • Bookings Accepted:100%
  • Avg. Response Time:5 minutes
  • Availability Updated:5 days 5 hours

BFB's Overview

At this fab farm conversion, in one of the sunniest parts of France, frazzled parents can enjoy a well earned rest while tots to teens happily play the days away. Swathes of sunflowers, corn on the cob and vines surround the cottages in a peaceful rural setting and the beaches and islands of West Coast France are half an hour away.

Owners, Paula and Rob have invested all their experience as parents in the transformation of this rambling Charantais farmhouse into three well equipped cottages for families, complete with a lovely big garden, heated pool and games room that are really geared up for children to play. The couple are also working on a fourth cottage which is due to open in Spring 2015. La Bigorre is surrounded by fields of sunflowers, corn and vines

In the enclosed garden, toddlers won’t know what to do first, from discovering the dedicated under 5’s swingset and slide playhouse, to the ride ons, trikes, rockers, play tables and toys. Older children have their own adventure swingset and there’s a treehouse, trampoline and huge grass games field with football nets and the necessaries for croquet, cricket, badminton and boules. In an open games barn, let the tournaments commence of table football, table tennis, air hockey and pool, while a small craft shed is kitted out with paints and materials to get creative.

While all this is going on, grown-ups can lounge by the 10x5m heated swimming pool (safely fenced and gated) although the kids will soon shatter the peace by splashing around with the inflatables and diving down for sinkers. Apaddling pool is also provided so babies and toddlers can have a paddle and a play too.

To calm things down indoors, the owners have built up a huge selection of DVDs, from Bob the Builder to Harry Potter, plus there’s a good choice for grown-ups to watch when the kiddiwinks are in bed. Playmobil, Little People and Barbie are also among the toys provided as well as family board games and books for bedtime stories.

All four holiday homes are spacious and very ‘French country cottage’ in style, combining rustic features and traditional furnishings with all mod cons, including fully fitted kitchens, iPod docks and free Wi Fi is available in the open games barn. A long list of baby equipment is also provided to make everything that bit easier, including Bumbo seats, bouncy seats, high chairs, cots, bed guards, baby monitors and sterilizers. All the cottages have their own terrace with outdoor seating, parasol and BBQ so families can spill outside for breakfasts al fresco and sunset sizzles. The owners usually host a barbecue for families during their stay and they will also supply breakfast, dinner and drinks packs by prior arrangement.

Accommodation overview

La Bigorre consists of The Farmhouse and Well Cottage, which each have three bedrooms, and The Stables which has 2 bedrooms. An internal door between The Farmhouse and Well Cottage can be left unlocked to make a 6-bedroom home for extended families and friends. A fourth cottage, The Grange, which has 3 bedrooms (1 with a king size bed, 1 with a double bed and 1 children’s room with 2 singles and a bunk bed).

The Grange sleeps up to 8 people plus babies in cots and there is space for a cot in each bedroom. The Grange is the latest conversion at La Bigorre and was new in 2015. Converted to the highest standard, there are beautiful beams and exposed brickwork throughout. Downstairs comprises a large open-plan living space, with fully-fitted kitchen, dining area and living area, as well as a separate cloakroom toilet and washbasin. French doors open out from the living area into a large, south facing private patio area, overlooking the swings, gardens and fields behind La Bigorre. Upstairs consists of three bedrooms – the master bedroom with king-size bed offers fantastic views over the fields behind La Bigorre and woods in the distance. The children’s room sleeps up to four, with two single and one set of bunk beds, as well as room for a cot if required. This, along with the second double room, offers views over the swimming pool. There is also the main bathroom with bath and over-shower.

Location Information

La Bigorre is nestled in the countryside of the Charente Maritime region of Western France, half an hour from the amazing beaches, historic ports and not far from the islands of the Atlantic Coast. The name is actually the tiny hamlet itself, comprising just a handful of houses, so the trick to identifying the cottages is simply to look out for the well at the side of Well Cottage!

10 minutes from La Bigorre, the pretty little market town of Gemozac provides a variety of local shops, restaurants and cafes, while the little port of Mortagne, on the Gironde estuary, has pavement cafes around a picturesque marina. Just a little further, the Gironde meets the Atlantic at the seaside resort of Royan, which has been attracting sun worshippers since Victorian times, thanks to some of the finest beaches in France stretching to the north and south of the town. Being a popular spot with chic Parisians, Royan has many designer shops and upmarket stores plus the modernist market hall is a THE place to stock up on fabulous local produce and a mass of fresh caught fish and seafood.

South of Royan and half an hour from La Bigorre, families are spoilt for choice with more beautiful beaches, such as those in St Georges de Didonne and Meschers, as well as those further north on the Ile d'Oleron, accessed by a road bridge. The best way to explore the Ile d’Oleron is on a bike, with well marked cycle trails criss-crossing the helpfully flat island and a full range of bikes of all sizes is provided at La Bigorre, including child seats, chariots and ‘Trail Gators’. And when on the Ile d’Oleron, sampling the super fat Marenne oysters is a must!

One hour from La Bigorre, the historic port of La Rochelle is well worth a visit, with a bustling old town of interesting shops, lively restaurants and cafes, all crammed within the medieval city walls. The city also boasts an amazing aquarium and a road bridge crosses from La Rochelle to the Ile de Re, renowned for its chic harbour towns and more lovely sandy beaches.

Besides lazing on the beaches and discovering the major attractions of the Atlantic Coast, families can explore salt marsh wetlands of the Charente Maritime region by taking The Little Train, just 30 minutes from La Bigorre. Another great day out would be to the huge zoo at La Palmyre (40 mins), considered to be one of the best in Europe, with more than 1,600 animals from 5 continents including polar bear, snow leopards, Siberian tigers, elephants, monkeys and apes.

Nearest medical services: GP at Gemozac (10 mins), hospital at Saintes (25 mins).

Getting here: La Rochelle and Bordeaux airports are approximately 1 hour from La Bigorre, with many low cost flights from 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 10% discount for holidays taken between 30 Aug 2019 and 28 Sep 2019 minimum of 7 nights

Discount Notes

The owner can offer 20% Off Brittany Ferry crossings for confirmed bookings

from 2017-12-18 to 2020-12-31

The owner can offer 20% Off Brittany Ferry crossings for confirmed bookings

Book Between: 18/12/2017 and 31/12/2020

The owner can offer 20% Off Brittany Ferry crossings for confirmed bookings

Late Availability Discount

Bookings of 7 nights or more made within 28 days of travelling discounted by 10%

Rates

29 Aug - 27 Sep 2019 : £970 /week28 Sep - 31 Dec 2019 : £750 /week1 Jan - 29 May 2020 : £750 /week30 May - 1 Jul 2020 : £970 /week2 Jul - 26 Aug 2020 : £1360 /week27 Aug - 25 Sep 2020 : £970 /week26 Sep - 29 Dec 2020 : £750 /week29 Aug - 27 Sep 2019 : €1087.341 /week28 Sep - 31 Dec 2019 : €840.7275 /week1 Jan - 29 May 2020 : €840.7275 /week30 May - 1 Jul 2020 : €1087.341 /week2 Jul - 26 Aug 2020 : €1524.519 /week27 Aug - 25 Sep 2020 : €1087.341 /week26 Sep - 29 Dec 2020 : €840.7275 /week

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 10% discount for holidays taken between 30 Aug 2019 and 28 Sep 2019 minimum of 7 nights

Discount Notes

The owner can offer 20% Off Brittany Ferry crossings for confirmed bookings

from 2017-12-18 to 2020-12-31

The owner can offer 20% Off Brittany Ferry crossings for confirmed bookings

Late Availability Discount

Bookings of 7 nights or more made within 28 days of travelling discounted by 10%

Who owns this place?

Paula and Rob purchased La Bigorre in March 2014 after the previous owners spent the previous decade restoring the property and building up the rental business it stands today. We had careers in marketing and events management in the UK before taking the leap into a complete lifestyle change in France. Having previously lived and worked in various parts of France we are fairly fluent speakers and have a 3 year old son called Arthur who recently started at the local French school.

What do they love about it?

The Charente Maritime region so tranquil. The towns are never too crowded, even during peak season, and whether looking out to the rolling hills or Estuary from the hilltops the views are amazing. It's fantastic to be so close to the Gironde Estuary and the superb beaches out to the Atlantic ocean. The weather is great and the local food and wine superb. A keen cyclist, Rob finds the cycling here is second to none. The scenery, particularly around the estuary, is nothing short of spectacular and to be able to take it in while riding around virtually empty roads is fantastic. Proximity to the beaches is a major factor too. To be there in under 30 mins any time of year is amazing...and they are never too crowded!

What do the kids love about it?

There is so much to do on-site, many children (and parents!) don't ever want to venture away! The beautiful 10x5m pool, with many toys and inflatables, is an obvious attraction, but there is also the very well equipped open games hangar, with trampoline, table tennis, wendy house and tractors, the covered games barn, with pool table, table football and air hockey, the treehouse and extensive gardens, with swings and slides for toddlers and older children and the numerous other games and toys, as well as the very popular craft shed. When families do decide to venture out, the beautiful beaches at Meschers and St George de Didonne are a firm favourite, as is the zoo at La Palmyre, where children can even feed popcorn to the animals!

Fast Facts

Sleeps 8 + infants in 2 x double bedrooms and 1 x quad room with twin beds and bunk beds.

Airport under 2 hours drive

La Rochelle and Bordeaux are an hour away and Poitiers is an hour and a 30 mins, Bergerac and Limoges are 2 hours away.

Airport under 3 hours drive

La Rochelle and Bordeaux are an hour away and Poitiers is an hour and a 30 mins, Bergerac and Limoges are 2 hours away.

Any Pool

Fenced, gated, and alarmed outdoor heated pool 10m x 5m with stunning views.

Babysitting

Owners can arrange babysitting on request.

Nursery Gear (additional)

Cots, 2 x wooden cots; 3 x travel cots, highchairs, baby bath, baby bouncer, bumbos, baby monitor – one provided in each cottage, steriliser, potty, toddler toilet seats available upon request, stairgates, bed guards, socket covers, plastic plates, bowls, cups and cutlery.

Indoor Toys

There is a games area which stores a large selection of DVDs, including those for children, a variety of toys for different ages, Little People, Barbie, Playmobil, numerous board games and children’s books along with a small number of bath toys provided in each of the cottages.

Games Room

Table football, Air Hockey and Table Tennis.

Meal Delivery / Room Service

Pre arrival shopping can be arranged. A welcome pack is provided with basic provisions.

Outdoor Toys

Range of inflatables, noodles, sinkers etc and small paddling pool for babies. A large number of bikes for children and adults, trailers, tag-along, baby seats, balance bikes, playhouse, tractors, trikes. For beach days buckets and spades, plus boules, croquet, cricket set, tennis and badminton racquets are available for guests to help themselves. A Trampoline, tree house, toddler swings and slide & swings, climbing ropes for older children.

Stairgates / no stairs

Stairgates are provided.

Private Garden / Terrace / Balcony

Large enclosed communal gardens with play area.

Wifi / Cable Internet Access

WI-FI is provided.


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