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Private pool guest use only in quiet hamlet stunning countryside

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Beautiful well equipped cottage/gite with superb in ground private pool


Walnut cottage is a very versatile property as it can be let as a cosy retreat 'a deux' being 2 bedrooms in the main house but for larger parties the adjoining part of the house can be opened .So we can accomodate to your individual needs,

Fully well equipped kitchen/diner with dishwasher .

Lounge / sitting room with log burner satellite free view t v, dvd bookcase with a large selection of books dvds and games for adults and children patio area table & chairs with parasol and the all important barbecue for that out door dinning experience, adjacent to your cottage is a large games room with table tennis, children`s pool / snooker table, darts, table football, etc. Outside there is plenty of grassed areas to play boules, tennis and badminton. Then your own private swimming pool ( open end of June till end of Sept ) 8mt x 4mt x 1.2mt deep in ground salt water with seating area with sun loungers and parasols.

More Details

Mike or Emma
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
May 9, 2017

About Mike or Emma

Hi we are Mike and Emma! both from the north of England Mike is from North Yorkshire and I'm from Northumberland although we have both worked all over !! Mike in the U.K and myself the u.k and europe and the u.s.a . Between the two of us we have 'numerous ' years of experience in the catering and hospitality buisness having previously owned a hotel . We both took the decision to move to France this year afters years of visiting i have French family in the north and south . I have a 11 year old daughter Annabelle and we have 2 dogs Brodie and Tag .

Mike or Emma purchased this cottage in 2012

Why Mike or Emma chose Deux-Sevres

As soon as we walked through the gates we new this was the property for us we had been looking for a good few years but when we saw Les Arbres Du Noix we new that this little piece of France was for us !. Mike loves the potiou charente having holidayed and spent alot of time here i however was not as familiar with the region but when i visited i fell in love ! Whats not to like it's the second sunniest region in France the fields upon fields of sunflowers the great shopping at markets and nearby cities the road links are great and life is at a much steadier pac theres no need to rush for anything . And wait until you experience the sunsets and night skies they are fantastic !!!

What makes this cottage unique

Here at Les Arbres Du Noix theres lots to keep you entertained just sitting in one of the grassed areas wether its under the pagoda watching dragon flies skimming the pool or sitting under the shade of the walnut tree reading a book maybe playing games in the games room or taking advantage of the countryside - its great cycling country (very flat ) or sitting enjoying a glass of wine and nibbles at the picnic table im sure you will understand why we chose to move !!!


Messé Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (semi-detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 9 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • Hand and bath towels provided , complimentary toiletries in all bathrooms for your first night .
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , large family room on-suite shower
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , shower / WC opposite
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , full en-suite
  • All bedding is included in the price. Fold up bed, large travel cot, high chair available. No smoking anywhere in the house.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Child's Swing
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 3 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
No smoking any where in the house (smoking outside only) For the non drivers there may be the possibility of a chauffeur / taxi service at an agreed extra charge. Pets allowed with prior arrangement with owners Meals available made with fresh local produce - please ask for details menu's available on request. Pet sitting service available .


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(6 traveler reviews)

Private pool guest use only in quiet hamlet stunning countryside
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 6 reviews

Wonderful relaxing holiday location

  • 5 of 5

We (family of two adults and two boys aged 11 and 13) were at Walnut Tree House for over two weeks. The accommodation is super, all amenities were present and in good working order. Plenty of space in the house, with three bedrooms and three bathrooms. The pool was fantastic! We spend many hours in or next to the pool. The TV has English or French channels, the games room includes pool, table tennis and table football. Emma is a super hostess, who is always available for advise, help or just a chat.

The surrounding area is mainly farmland, so in general it is nice and quiet. It is very easy to get to main roads and visit Angoulême or other large cities. The nearest boulangerie is a about 5 minutes by car, the nearest supermarket about 15 minutes. We visited many small villages, larger cities, local markets, went canoeing and a nearby monkey zoo. The countryside is stunning, with its castles, rivers and small roads.

If you are looking for a relaxing and quiet (private) holiday, with plenty to see and do in the area, visit Walnut Tree House. You will not regret it!

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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France At Its Best 2011

  • 5 of 5

When visiting France it is often very difficult to select the perfect location, Well we found it in Walnut Tree Cottage, This was not a holiday where we felt we needed to do any thing else except sit and relax, However having two thirteen year old girls on the trip we found plenty to keep them occupied canoeing, shopping, swimming, the local ape centre not to mention walking mainly around the local market and countryside, The nearby town was very well equipped for all our holiday needs.

On our arival the owners Colin and Greta greeted us with a warm and friendly welcome. We were shown around the cottage which was both clean and very well equipped providing us with comfort and personal space.

The outside space was equally well equipped with the chance to play babmington and booles also the use of a private pool which was in use all day,There was an excellent games room allowing us the evening ritual of a game of pool and ping pong .

Colin and Greta throughout our 2 week stay were the perfect owners allowing us to totally relax and if we did have any question they were very pleased to offer assistance.

We would recomend this holiday location to anyone who wants to relax and yet not get bored with the local area.

La Rochelle and Poitiers are well worth the visit and very easy to get to.

We will be going back when we get the opportunity and have recommended this to our friends and family.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2011
  • Stayed: Aug 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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holiday july2011

  • 5 of 5

Our family (2 adults, 3 children (7, 4 an 1 year old) really enjoyed our summer holiday (July 2011, unfortunately rather cloudy as the rest of europe) at the Walnut Tree Cottage. At our arrival Colin was so friendly to help us unpack the car as it was raining at the time. The owners were very friendly and helped us with questions as where is the nearest bakery, ... and had helpful tips for visiting the region. Rooms are very spacious, so if weather is not that great there is enough place inside. Our kids really enjoyed the swing, the goats nearby, the nice and well listening dog gipsy. We even made our own runningring... Pool was well equipped and cleaned daily. Great possibility that this wasn't our last visit.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
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Lake District, UK

Fantastic Holiday @ La Roche Elie Nr Messe

  • 5 of 5

Mum, Dad and 2 children aged 12 and 9 encountered a fantastic 2 weeks holiday during July 2010. Everyone was accommodated for, thanks to the private pool, well stocked games room, swings, TV (to catch up on the Tour De France), local well stocked supermarkets providing fresh produce and very reasonably priced wines! However the hospitality of Colin and Greta was second to none and nothing was a problem. The accommodation was clean and the pool was cleaned everyday. Loads of room for the kids to run off steam when not in the pool or games room and no fast traffic near by.

The location is situated in a small hamlet yet close enough to the motorway for trips to surrounding tourist attractions. Some of the places we visited: Angouleme, Poitiers, Bordeaux, La Rochelle. The area is fantastic for cycling, a great mix of flat and rolling countryside, and not too far away from the 2011 Tour de France route.

However if you want an extra special holiday that's a little bit different we would recommend the option of having Colin as your own personal pilot for sight seeing! We flew to La Rochelle from Angouleme and returned after some fantastic sightseeing from the air in a 4 seat aircraft. (3 passengers and Colin).

We have no hesitation in recommending this good sized Gite, called Walnut Cottage.

  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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Family holiday August 2010

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 5 adults and 1 child had a fabulous time staying at Walnut Tree Cottage-some of us for two weeks. The house was comfortable, clean and very well equipped for families. The games room was well used but the pool was the biggest draw for us all. Fab weather helped but the peace and quiet of La Roche Elie made it a perfect retreat from the real world! Visited the coast twice and La Rochelle is well worth a visit as is the Monkey sanctuary at La Valley de Singe. Local shops were well stocked but do shut at lunchtime which caught us out a few times. Greta and Colin could not have been more welcoming and helpful. If you are looking for a relaxing, peaceful comfortable time away this is the place and we would thoroughly recommend it to family and friends.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2010
  • Stayed: Aug 2010
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Cambridge, England

Tranquility in the Charente region

  • 4 of 5

Our family holiday this year was peaceful, relaxing and idyllic ! We arrived to find the property both clean and tidy. The friendly and welcoming hosts familiarised us with all the facilities which included a salt-water pool (1.5m deep thoughout) and games room which turned out to be a real bonus for all of us but especially our teenagers! We enjoyed the tranquil location which was buzzing with wildlife! There were plenty of local activities to choose from which included a trip to Futuroscope, a canoeing adventure in Vivonne and a leisurely stroll through a Primate Park.The weather during our stay was glorious with blue skies every day and temperatures rising to the early 30s.We spent most evenings BBQing and enjoying the peace and quiet with a glass or two of local wine! Added highlights included watching the nearby goats being taken out for their evening stroll. Some people may be put off with the thought of goats nearby but we did not smell a thing!

We'd definitely recommend this property to both friends and family and may venture back in future years when we've explored other regions in France!

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2010
  • Stayed: Aug 2010
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Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Poitiers Biard Airport
Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
396 Kilometres
Saint Malo
Nearest Train
37 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
8 Kilometres
Couhe N10
Nearest Restaurant
8 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
119 Kilometres
La Rochelle
Car: recommended

Walnut cottage is a 3 bedroom all en suite semi detached cottage with private pool for guests use only the cottage is semi detached from our home we live on site and there to offer help should you have any need we do not encroach on guests . La Roche Elie is a peaceful hamlet our next door neighbour is Chateau de la Roche Elie dating back to the 1300's with it's Donjon and pigeonnier , while over the road is one of the areas main goat cheese makers on the route du Chabichou where you can go for a guided tour and tasting .Set in open farmland surrounded in the summer by fields upon fields of sunflowers we are in the commune of Messe in the heart of the picturesque Deux Sevres in the Poitou Charente. Ten minutes from the N10 so great road links to explore .With living on site we are available for any help or advice you may need regarding the surrounding area also we open close and clean the pool daily so you do not have to worry about it .

Should you wish to bring a pet we can offer a pet sitting service .

Also parents if you would like a ' night off ' we can provide you with a taxi service to one of the nearest restaurants so you can both enjoy a glass of wine and babysit for you .

We want everyone to enjoy and make the most of their stay here at walnut cottage .

Your holiday home can comfortably accommodate up to 7 people with all the facilities you need to keep yourself and your family entertained for a perfect relaxing holiday .We provide a safe and secure environment with fenced and gated surroundings.

It is ideal walking and cycling country with plenty of wildlife and birds not to mention goats .

We are 10 mins from the nearest market towns of Couhe or Lezay with its famous Tuesday market which is a must visit. Both have supermarkets and town amenities bars,cafes,restaurants etc .The nearest village is Rom at 2km famous for it's Roman history there is a small museum dedicated to this and on going excavations . Rom has a bar/tabac with a small shop and it's own traditional boulangerie . There is a bread van that visits us daily should you not wish to venture far bringing freshly made items .

Walnut cottage is an ideal place for families,friends or groups or a quiet treat 'a deux' out of season . La Rochelle and Cognac are in easy distance of the house with being just 12km from the N10 which links Bordeaux and Poitiers. We are within reach of all major ferry ports with good road and rail links also the airports of Nantes ,Poitiers,La Rochelle,Bordeaux and Limoges .

There's lots to do and see history heritage shopping theme parks beaches outdoor pursuits brocantes vide-greniers or just sit back relax and enjoy your own home from home and pool . However you wish to spend your time there is something for everyone here in France's second sunniest region! ..



Rates & Availability

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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $27.24
cleaning fee $65.37
Refundable damage deposit $326.84

Discount given on 2nd week of stay plus additional weeks not in high season .

Long term lets available details available on request.

Logs for woodburner supplied at £25 per load

Apart from July and August we are flexible on arrival and change over days .

Cleaning charge £50 paid with balance before arrival . If the gite is left in reasonable condition the cleaning charge will be reimbursed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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