Les Vieilles Ombres

Les Vieilles Ombres Amenities

Les Vieilles Ombres Amenities

Owners of Bagnizeau Gites, Nikki and Richard, are experts in making guests feel welcome and at home, having spent most of their working lives managing quality hotels in England. Besides making this former Cognac estate their family home, they have created four boutique-style gites and a thoroughly relaxing setting, in the warm and sun-blessed Charente Maritime.

The gites are set in a 2-acre country estate, which is walled and gated to create a safe, private park for even small children to free range and play hide and seek amongst the trees and shrubs. Whilst exploring the grounds, children will also be delighted to discover more fun and games including a, swing, slide, badminton net and boules pitch. In the heat of the day, a huge, open fronted games barn known as ‘the hangar’ is the cool place to head for a tournament of table football or table tennis or perhaps just a circuit or two in a Little Tikes car.

The heated salt water swimming pool is fenced and gated, with sunbeds, parasols and tables on a large patio at the side for grown ups to relax in a sheltered hotspot or take an afternoon nap with baby in the ‘the old shade’ of the trees. Sunbathing interruptions with babies and toddlers are inevitable but a poolside changing room, shower and toilet make things a little less hassle. During July and August, the owners offer Scuba Diving lessons in the pool with a qualified PADI instructor, and children from 8 years upwards can have a go with the ‘bubble maker’ kit to get them used to underwater swimming.

The owners have chosen a contemporary style for the gites and kept typical Charentaise features for added character, such as exposed beams, stone walls and the bright blue shutters, which look great and help pooped parents get a good night’s sleep. With all their hospitality expertise, their emphasis has been to provide every mod con and home comfort, from well equipped kitchens and essential home entertainment to powerful showers, comfy beds and a helpful range of baby gear. A welcome pack of locally sourced provisions is provided.

Accommodation overview

La Charente (sleeps 4) is a detached 2 bedroom gite close to the swimming pool, which opens onto a patio area with a table, chairs and a stone barbecue. The open plan ground floor features a comfortable sofa and chairs, a flat screen TV with English channels and a DVD player. There is a separate dining area with table and chairs. The fitted kitchen has a full sized cooker, fridge/freezer, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, kettle, coffee machine, toaster and plastic children’s crockery and cutlery. On the first floor there is one double room with a wrought iron king size bed, wooden floors and characteristic Charentaise stone walls. The second bedroom has the same stone walls, wooden floors and twin beds. There is also a spacious bathroom with bath, toilet and overhead shower. A cot, high chair, toddler toilet seat and bed guard can all be provided.

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Sharon Clark

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Fast Facts

Sleeps 4 + infants in 1 x kingsize bed and 1 x twin room.

Airport under 2 hours drive

La Rochelle Airport is 1 hour and 10 minutes drive and Poitiers is 90 minutes drive, Bordeaux airport is 1 hour 45 mins away and Limoges airport is also 1 hour 45 mins drive.

Airport under 3 hours drive

La Rochelle Airport is 1 hour and 10 minutes drive and Poitiers is 90 minutes drive, Bordeaux airport is 1 hour 45 mins away and Limoges airport is also 1 hour 45 mins drive.

Amenities within Walking Distance

Just a short stroll to the ancient riverside village of Bagnizeau.

Any Pool

The gites share a large salt water, heated pool that is fully fenced and gated. There are sun loungers.

Nursery Gear (additional)

These baby-friendly French cottages offer nursery kit including: 2 x highchairs, 1x baby bath, toddler bathroom steps, toilet seats, stairgates, socket covers, plastic crockery and plastic cutlery.

Indoor Toys

This family-friendly cottage has kids books, general toys, and U-rated kids DVDs.

Games Room

These family-friendly gites share a games room with football table and table tennis.

Meal Delivery / Room Service

Pre-arrival shopping can be arranged.

Outdoor Toys

These child-friendly gites share an outdoor play area with swings and slide

Stairgates / no stairs

Stairgates are provided.

Wifi / Cable Internet Access

Wi-Fi is available.

2+ Cots and Highchairs

For multiple families, 2 x cots and highchairs can be provided.