Four bedrooms sleeping eight comfortably (two double, one twin and one bunk beds) plus there is a cot if needed. Two bathrooms, one with WC and one separate WC; lounge and kitchen-diner. There is a washing machine, tumble drier and dishwasher, and a bed settee in the lounge for occasional use. TV, DVD player & PS2 plus games. Large private pool with tiled area, built in BBQ under a shady abri. Chassenon le Bourg is an ideal location, with the lake beach (pedalos, water slides etc) within walking distance.. Set in ideal cycling & walking country, we have bikes available for guests use. The historic town of Fontenay le Comte sitting astride the River Vendee is 15min away with numerous restaurants, château & churches. Superb Atlantic beaches with surfing are within an hour's drive as is the chic city of La Rochelle. Our nearby villages of Vouvant with its artists colony and ramparts and Foussais Payre with its Romanesque church are waiting to be explored.
You can be as active or as lazy : when staying at our bungalow as you wish. Lazing by the pool is good, but we are quite active cyclists, walkers and swimmers, so can share with you details of hilly or flat cycle routes, approximate times, places of interest and places to stop for refreshment en route. We can also give you jogging, run or walking routes of differing durations and standards. If you are bringing your own bikes, there is lots of secure locked storage space in our garage. Alternatively just lie back and enjoy the pool, which we open generally from June to September.
Good food:: many of the local towns and villages have at least one restaurant all waiting for you to discover the richness of the local cuisine: St Hilaire des Loges (3km); St Michel le Cloucq ((4km); Coulonges sur l'Autize (8km), Foussais Payre (8km), Mervent (9km) and, Faymoreau, Vouvant and Fontenay le Comte, all of which are within a 15 min drive.
Places to visit:: We are not really theme park people, but families especially with younger children will love the Parc d'Attractions de Pierre Brune, which is within 10 mins of the bungalow. This is a theme park with a difference set in a beautiful forest glade with slides, swing boats, bumper boats, bouncy castles, rope bridges which will enthral younger children and the young at heart. Further afield is Futuroscope and Puy du Fou.
Delightful detached bungalow set in private grounds of 2000sqm and including securely fenced10mx5m pool in a hamlet 300m from the sandy lake beach of Plage de Chassenon*. On the far side of the lake starts the 'regional forest' of Mervent with miles of forest trails for walks and biking. To the south, fields of sunflowers stretch as far as the eye can see, yet within 15 mins drive or easy cycle is the Marais Poitevin: hundreds of kilometres of waterways reclaimed from the sea many years ago. Bucolic towns and villages dot the landscape: the nearest St Hilaire des Loges has boulangerie, traiteur, supermarket, bank and restaurant and is a 3km meander along a lane through the fields. The area boasts a superb micro-climate bettered only in France by the Cote d'Azur. There are numerous medieval towns to visit: Fontenay le Comte is 9km away, yet the Atlantic beaches are within an hour's easy drive for day trips. *The Lake Beach is currently closed undergoing a 700,000 euros refurb. It is planned to reopen in June 2013. Otherwise there is a lake beach with restaurant and pedalos at Mervent, about 9km away.
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