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“Peaceful location.” 4 of 5 stars
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La Grosse Talle
52-56 route du Champ de Foire, 79120 Sepvret, France   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Sepvret B&B and Inns
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“Peaceful location.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

My husband and I stayed in the Studio Gite for one week. It was fully equipped with bed linen and good quality towels. A hairdryer in the bathroom which was a bonus. We were very comfortable. Kitchen had everything we wanted and needed. The property is in a huge open space, heaps of room for children to play. Make sure you have all food required as it is quite a drive for any provisions you forget. Beautiful and quiet location and great base to explore the area. We were made to feel very welcome, nothing was too much trouble for our Hosts.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Norfolk, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2011

When I was a young man, many many years ago, "Camping a la Ferme" usually meant a field for tents, usually with some sort of very basic outside toilet - a hole in the ground - and a tap for water. That was more or less it.

Last summer the family and I decided to stay in the Poitiers area. A bit of googling came up with the usual commercial campsites, and "La Grosse Talle" which even though it was Camping a la Ferme, seemed a bit different and looked nice, so we thought we'd try it ; we booked it for three nights on the grounds that if it was a bit basic, we could find somewhere else.

We were pleasantly surprised to say the least ; we ended up spending the rest of our holiday there, save for a stopover on the way home ; and the family wants to go back next year.

When looking at campsites, you tend to look at the facilities, the location and so on. That's not this camp sites big advantage ; the advantage is the people that run it. Jan and Beer, the couple that own and run the campsite, are some of the nicest people we have met camping, and bend over backwards to make a stay on their site pleasant.

It's little things that count and make staying there such a pleasant experience. The morning bread for example ; Jan comes round the site about 8:00 in the evening and takes bread orders ; in the morning they are available for collection in the barn labelled with your name. One night we visited La Rochelle and got back late ; Jan had booked the bread for us anyway, having an 'intelligent guess' from our previous buying, and was happy for us to pay the next evening.

It's not a big thing, but staying here you feel in a stream of 'little things' - and you notice they aren't there when you go to a more 'typical' Campsite.

So, enough of the personal stuff ; you might want to know what the site is actually like.

It's a combination of a small campsite and two Gites, one fairly sizeable one, and one which is just a little two person one. They've missed a trick here ; you could rent it out by the night for parents, there's no privacy in Camping !)

The campsite is a field round the back of the buildings, which has plenty of space for the six units allowed. Electricity is available - this may involve some long cables, but there were a pile of cables in the sanitary block, so they are prepared for this.

There's a small swimming pool available for use, which we used a couple of times (the weather was a bit variable when we were there).

The sanitary block is quite small - only catering for six tents or caravans, but we never had to queue or wait ; there are three showers, a couple of toilets, a washing up area and endless hot water. There isn't a washing machine so we took our clothes into Melle ; to be fair Jan and Beer did offer to wash them for us, but we thought this was taking advantage a bit !

A couple of times a week during the season Beer cooks a meal to which campers are invited ; sometimes this is a simple meal (we had Melon, Pasta and Ice Cream and it was excellent) and sometimes she cooks a full meal (which we didn't sample unfortunately). The company was excellent during the meal we had, helped by most of the campers being Dutch and thus speaking excellent English (better than many English native speakers). I think the cost was 9 Euros a head.

The location is a in a quiet part of Poitou-Charentes ; there are small things to visit in the area, but quite a lot within about an hour or so. The site is in a small village about 5 miles from Melle, a nice small town with decent supermarkets (and an excellent Pizza place on the square we only tried on our last day). It's about half an hour to Niort and Poitiers, and about 45 minutes to Futuroscope. La Rochelle and the beaches are about an hour and a half, and the Marais Poitevin about an hour away.

The downsides are only really related to the small size of the site. Our two teenagers didn't miss the live entertainment, water slides and Discos ; if you want that sort of site this isn't it ; but if you want peace and quiet in a pleasant environment with excellent hosts, it's very hard to beat.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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BeerBergman_LGT, Propriétaire at La Grosse Talle, responded to this review, February 22, 2012
Dear Gold Nugget,

thank you very much for your review, I am happy to read that you liked your stay at La Grosse Talle! Hope to see you back in Sepvret :-).

Best regards,
Beer Bergman, owner.
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Additional Information about La Grosse Talle

Address: 52-56 route du Champ de Foire, 79120 Sepvret, France
Location: France > Poitou-Charentes > Deux-Sevres > Sepvret
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Sepvret
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
La Grosse Talle est un lieu magique au coeur du Poitou-Charentes : un gîte (6 pers.), un studio (4 pers.), un appartement (2 pers.) et un camping rural (6 emplacements) situés sur les 1.5 ha d'une ancienne métairie en Pays Mellois.La piscine, l'espace, les jeux pour enfants, le contact avec les propriétaires (néerlandaises) qui y vivent et travaillent depuis 1992... vous allez découvrir un lieu de charme et de repos ou encore de ressources, près des sources de la Sèvre Niortaise d'ailleurs, qui est à l'origine du nom du département des Deux-Sèvres.Explorez la culture du Mellois, flânez à La Rochelle, reposez-vous dans le Marais Poitevin ou faites votre shopping à Poitiers (et n'oubliez pas le Futuroscope dans la foulée !)... Comme on dit ici : vous savez pourquoi vous venez, mais vous ne savez pas tout ce que vous aller découvrir ! ... more   less 
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