|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Chez Gabrielle comprising our gîtes Jasmin & Fleur, aim to provide all the comforts of home, whilst retaining many original features such as oak beams, wooden floors, exposed Charentais stone walls & fireplaces with wood-burning stoves. They are attractively and tastefully decorated, comfortably furnished and very well equipped. Both cottages having dishwasher, washing machine, fridge freezer, gas cooker, extractor, microwave, dining table and chairs, and for entertainment the TV receives SKY free to air channels and French TV, there is also a DVD/CD player. We provide all linens, pool and bath towels on arrival, which are changed weekly.
For full details of Jasmin & Fleur please see the individual descriptions.
Set in beautiful, secure and private gardens, with a swimming pool, Chez Gabrielle comprises our two gîtes, Jasmin sleeping 6 people, Fleur sleeping 4, or rent both for a party of 10. Our traditional, vine-covered, Charentaise properties with their stone walls and oak beams provide the perfect setting to unwind and enjoy the tranquil pace of village life. In the heart of sunflower country near Cognac, St Jean d'Angély, and the coast, Fontaine Chalendray is a peaceful hilltop village, perfect for a relaxing holiday.
Dawn, David and Matthew : Just to say thank you for making us all so welcome at Chez Gabrielle. The gite, Jasmin, was just perfect - beautifully finished and so well supplied with everything a family could need on holiday. The surrounding area is lovely and so many places to see that 1 week was not really long enough. We will keep in touch and hope to see you again next summer.
Nuala, Mac and boys: Had a lovely, relaxing holiday in 'Jasmin' in Fontaine - Chalendray. Hosts welcoming, friendly and helpful.
Accommodation comfortable, spacious, clean and well - appointed. Children loved the pool, table - tennis and boules. We loved the countryside for cycling, safe and picturesque. Good memories.
Christine, Rob Em and Rebekah: It was a real pleasure to stay in such a beautiful home, Fleur ( even if only for a fortnight). We will look forward to coming back. Be in touch soon
We had a two week stay in Fleur and the rest of our party stayed in Jasmine, these comments are based on Fleur.
The area was lovely and had plenty of places to visit. La Rochelle and Cognac are well worth a visit. The village was peaceful and Mimi's shop was very well stocked, it is a shame there is no bar or restuarant in the village.
The house itself was tired and shabby, definately in need of modernisation particularly the lounge seating area. The DVD players did not work the whole time we were there. The cooker rarely worked despite being supposedly fixed. I don't think the gite was as clean as it should have been, there was often a damp smell to the gite, there was also an offensive smell to the en-suite ? from the septic tank. The gardens do not look as well kept as in the photos, the pool area in particular is in need of attention, i.e loose tiles around the pool. The pool itself was freezing and the pool toys were dirty and punctured, it is advisable to take your own.
I also advise asking for an inventory at the start of your visit, as you may be charged for items that were not there in the first place. We had to ask for a change of towels and bed linen despite terms and conditions stating a change after a week.
This is a basic holiday let and after further research there are other properties available in the area at a higher standard for the same amount of money.
Set on a hilltop with superb views over the surrounding countryside, Fontaine Chalendray is in the heart of Cognac country. We are a 15 min drive from the market towns of Matha and Aulnay, where you will find supermarket shopping, and hypermarket shopping available in Cognac or St Jean d'Angely which is are around a 30 min drive. The Atlantic beaches of Royan,Ile d'Oleron and the chic town of La Rochelle, Futuroscope park at Poitiers, and the chocolate factory at Angouleme are all a pleasant hour's drive away.
Other Activities: table tennis, boules
Golf: There are 3 good golf courses within 50 mins drive of Chez Gabrielle at Cognac, Saintes, and La Rochelle (by the sea).