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Thouvenin

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4 bedrooms
3 bathrooms
8 guests
7 nights minimum
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In the 19th century, Thouvenin was the station hotel. The railway has long since gone and quiet has returned to the village. The mezannine area, fully undercover and accessible from the ground and first floors, has been converted into a private café/bar, capturing the feel of a stylish, but lost era. Its louvred wall provides dappled shade even at the height of summer. The village Pretre’s cassock hangs on the hatstand alongside the Gendarme’s cap, beside thirsty travellers’ luggage awaiting their departure. It is furnished with tables and sofas and the hand-crafted zinc bar has both a fridge and a freezer hidden within it. It’s a fabulous spot for breakfast, or leisurely enjoying a good book out of the sun and the perfect place for a late-night drink at the end of a relaxing day. We can...In the 19th century, Thouvenin was the station hotel. The railway has long since gone and quiet has returned to the village. The mezannine area, fully undercover and accessible from the ground and first floors, has been converted into a private café/bar, capturing the feel of a stylish, but lost era. Its louvred wall provides dappled shade even at the height of summer. The village Pretre’s cassock hangs on the hatstand alongside the Gendarme’s cap, beside thirsty travellers’ luggage awaiting their departure. It is furnished with tables and sofas and the hand-crafted zinc bar has both a fridge and a freezer hidden within it. It’s a fabulous spot for breakfast, or leisurely enjoying a good book out of the sun and the perfect place for a late-night drink at the end of a relaxing day. We can even arrange to stock the bar before you arrive! The pool has been totally refurbished in 209, is fully enclosed to protect younger guests and has plenty of sunloungers. The large garden has lawned, gravelled and terraced areas. Thouvenin's covered terrace has a dining table, bar area, table tennis and a stone-built BBQ with chimney. Thouvenin's boules area, surrounded by a lavender hedge is the perfect location, next to the barbecue for drinks as the sun goes down. Thouvenin has 4 bedrooms - the principal bedroom is very large, with a super king size bed. The 2nd bedroom, has a 5' double bed, and the 3rd and 4th bedrooms are identical in size and each has bunk beds with a single on top and a pull-out double underneath. The family bath room and an additional shower room are situated upstairs and a further toilet is downstairs. Downstairs, the kitchen leads out on one side to the extremely spacious sitting room which includes two sofas and further armchairs, large TV with BBC/ITV channels as well as French television, DVD and CD players. Free wifi is available. On the other side of the kitchen is the dining room, with a long dining table (seating for up to 10) and an 18th-century Charentaise stone fireplace. The kitchen itself is well equipped with a large fridge/freezer, ceramic hob, multi-function oven, full-size dishwasher and plenty of pots, dishes, etc. 10% off Brittany Ferries travel is usually available on all bookings. The small village of Migron, with its pretty, 11th Century stone church, is perfect for those who don't want to be too remote, with a boulangerie, a butchers, a well-stocked mini-market, post office and a weekly grocer's van selling fresh local vegetables. Oysters and mussels are sold in front of the epicerie every Saturday morning. Excellent markets can be found nearby on just about every day of the week - in Saintes, Cognac, St Jean d'Angely, Matha, Burie, among others. Brocantes (or flea markets) are held in local villages on most weekends, and artisans fairs - such as the annual Foire aux Vins in Migron held in June - are frequent throughout the summer. Migron and the surrounding area is excellent for cycling - miles and miles of level countryside with virtually traffic-free routes through vineyards, fields, woodland and villages. Other activities include river trips, antiques markets (large brocantes held in surrounding villages regularly throughout the summer), visits to chateaux, churches and museums, walking, cycling and birdwatching (74 hectares of lagoon nature reserves in the area). Sport and leisure in the area include golf (18-hole courses in both Cognac and Saintes which are 20 minutes away), horseriding, all types of fishing, tennis (including a court in the village), canoe-kayaking (boats to hire at various places along the Charente in Cognac and Saintes), and plenty of space in and around the village to kick a football. The region is littered with historic villages, cosmopolitan cities and some of France's most beautiful beaches with miles of white sand. Its not a heavily populated area, with a real sense of space, but with good motorway links that makes travelling quick and easy. It's a wonderfully varied landscape, with seemingly endless vineyards and sunflower fields stretching to the horizon all around our village. Head towards the coast though and you encounter beautiful sea marshes, packed with wildlife and a bird watcher's paradise. And then there are the islands.. Ile de Re, home to celebrities and feeling more like Greece than France... and Ile d'Oleron a two-mile ride across an amazing bridge and miles and miles of undeveloped beaches backing onto pine forests. And if you want a taste of them all there's no better than the preserved steam railway that runs throughout the summer. The beautiful sandy beaches of Royan are just forty minutes away from the house and those islands just a bit further. Also within an hour's drive are Rochefort and La Rochelle with its historic port, world class aquarium and fantastic shopping.More
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Antony B
Languages spoken:English, French
Response Rate:100%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:December 2012
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Reviewed July 13, 2018

Set in a rural village about 30 minutes drive from Cognac and Saintes, the house had everything we needed for a short family holiday. The pool is wonderful and was very welcome in the heat. The two double bedrooms were very spacious and the beds...More

Date of stay: June 2018
Thank Karen W
AWBUK, VR Owner at Thouvenin, responded to this reviewResponded July 14, 2018

Many thanks for the review, we'll see if we can do something about the cushions!

Reviewed December 31, 2015

We stayed here in August 2015 as two families sharing; two couples, five children. The house was an ample size for all of us to get along, the largest bedroom is enormous. At the house we loved eating outside, relaxing by the pool and playing...More

Date of stay: August 2015
Thank Havenists
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Reviewed August 9, 2015

From the minute we arrived till when we barely managed to tear ourselves away from the pool to set off home we felt as if we were having a truly authentic taste of France. Set in the beautiful town of Migron, Thouvenin is a wonderful...More

Date of stay: July 2015
Thank MrB246
Reviewed August 4, 2015

Thouvenin is a wonderful rambling house in the picturesque village of Migron, situated close to the two historic towns of Saintes and Cognac in the Poitou-Charentes region of Western France. The house and beautiful grounds have got absolutely everything you need for a perfect holiday....More

Date of stay: June 2015
Thank Chris P
Reviewed July 27, 2015

I would thoroughly recommend this property for any family looking for a super holiday. The owner provided a fund of useful information before the visit. The accommodation proved to be just as described. It was very spacious with lots of different areas to sit and...More

Date of stay: July 2015
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Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
DVD Player
Suitable For Children Under 5
Shared Outdoor Pool (Heated)
Refrigerator
Washer
Highchair
Outdoor Dining Area
Towels Provided
Private Yard
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
Cycling Trips
Water Park Nearby
TV
Parking
Shared Yard
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Linens Provided
There Are Tennis Courts Nearby
Horse Riding Nearby
Internet Access
Toaster
Stove
Grill
Fishing Nearby
Central Heating
Dishwasher
Freezer
Cable/satellite TV
Stereo System
Hiking Trips
Microwave
Balcony
Ping Pong Table
Wi-Fi
Kettle
Shared Outdoor Pool (Unheated)
Watersports Nearby
Terrace
Patio
Fireplace
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About the neighborhood
The small village of Migron, with its pretty, 11th Century stone church, is perfect for those who want beautiful countryside, but don't want to be too remote, with a boulangerie, a butcher, a well-stocked mini-market compete with a tiny coffee shop, post office and a weekly visit from a fresh fish van. Oysters and mussels are sold in front of the epicerie every Saturday morning. A pizza van with a wood-burning oven visits every Monday evening A new supermarket, with 24/7 fuel station, opened in 2016 just five minutes drive away in Burie. The same village has the nearest bar to the house. Excellent markets can be found nearby in Saintes, Cognac, St Jean d'Angely, Matha, Burie, among others. Brocantes (or flea markets) are held in local villages on most weekends, and artisans fairs;...
How to get there
Travelling By Air Ryanair operate regular budget flights to La Rochelle, the nearest airport and about 60 minutes from the house and reached via good roads. There are also budget and scheduled airline services into Poitiers, Nantes and Bordeaux; the latter is also about an hour away because of the fast motorway connection. Ryanair have also offered service Rochefort, which is even closer, but these do not always appear in the schedules… Car hire is available at all the above airports. We will provide directions from the airport to the house. Travelling By Ferry Up to 25% off travel with Brittany Ferries when booking. The ferry options are multiple. Probably the most relaxing approach is to use the Brittany Ferries services, which include traditional day and overnight sailings plus a ...
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