This beautiful gite is one of 4 in a hamlet, and is situated up a small lane so is quiet and secluded, yet the local town is only a 10 minute drive away. Each of the gites has their own patio with BBQ, outdoor table, chairs and sun loungers, and a shared lawn that is great for ball games, with swings and climbing frame. There is a lovely saltwater pool with toddler splash pool attached, and the pool area is well stocked: sun-loungers, parasols, shaded area, table, BBQ, fridge and speakers for you to plug your MP3 player in and have music whilst you relax. The pool is gated, and Tim (the lovely British owner) locks it each evening for safety. The gite itself can sleep up to 7 people - but that would be quite cosy! Three of us stayed here, and it was about the right size, but could easily accommodate a 4th person. There is one double bedroom, a smaller room with bunk beds, and the 3rd bedroom has 3 single beds. There is a lovely bathroom with power shower over bath, and a hairdryer very thoughtfully provided. All bed linen, bath towels and pool towels are provided. The sitting room has a wood burner (not needed in August!) and TV with English satellite TV available. The kitchen/ diner is huge - and has a washing machine, dishwasher, cooker and is well fitted out with every implement/ crockery/ glassware that you would need. There is plenty of shaded parking available. Tim has 2 collies (Rowan and Looping) who like to pop in and out of your house. A British family staying in one of the adjacent gites brought their dog with them from the UK. Mobile phone signal is good in and around the house, and there is limited wi-fi available, but as there are data limits in France that are expensive if exceeded, I would plan to have a complete break from social media etc. whilst at the gite.
There is lots to do locally - vineyards and Chateaus where you can try the local "Pineau des Charentes" a lovely fortified wine that slips down very easily at the end of the day. There are plenty of places to visit for the day - anything from the local river beach to Roman fortresses, local markets to a crocodile zoo, caves with ancient paintings and stunning stalagmites. We also took a 2 day trip to Futuroscope - a 3D/4D theme park based just outside Poitiers. We will definitely visit there again!
This holiday is ideal if you want to relax, or be out every day and just sleep there. You are ideally placed to get to the sea (Royan is about 1.5 hr drive) or inland to see what the Dordogne has to offer. We loved it at Le Chataignier so much, that we have rebooked, and are looking forward to another glorious 2 weeks there in the summer.
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