|Minimum Stay||7 - 14 nights|
The School House is arranged over two floors and has typical Charentais two foot thick walls. The ground floor has a very large open plan sitting room, kitchen and dining area, with exposed stone walls and beams. The fully fitted kitchen includes a fridge-freezer, gas cooker and hob and a microwave. Upstairs, there are three bedrooms, with ceilings open to the eaves. The main bedroom has a double bed and large fitted wardrobe. The second bedroom has two singles and the third bedroom has three singles and a cot. There are stair gates top and bottom of the stairs. The private patio outside has a table, benches, chairs, a sun lounger and a barbecue.
The Owl House (once the home of a large family of owls) is arranged over two floors and overlooks open fields. It has a large open plan sitting room, kitchen and dining area, with exposed stone walls and beams. The fully fitted kitchen includes a fridge-freezer, gas cooker and hob and microwave. Upstairs there are two bedrooms with high ceilings open to the eaves and exposed beams. The main bedroom has a double bed and the second bedroom has two single beds. There are stair gates top and bottom of the stairs and there is a cot available. Outside is a private patio area with a table, benches, chairs, sun lounger and barbecue.
We are Giles and Sarah Curtis. Over the last twelve years Sarah and I have been fortunate enough to share our time between Courant and London, where we have a Children's Indoor Adventure Playground, the Pirates Playhouse. Our four children George, Anna, Phoebe and Teddy have grown used to summers in France. Anna particularly, under the rather too close supervision of Florian, has fluent French and as well as our guests we have a regular passage of friends coming to see us.
Giles Curtis purchased this cottage in 1999
Sometime ago we hired a villa with a swimming pool in the Vendee. We spent much of our time entertaining our children or saving them from the perils of the site! One day we talked to a couple whose children were of a similar age. They, unlike us, were staying on a large camp site and there were plenty of other children to help entertain and play with their own. A couple of years later we too decided to go camping. It was a success in that our children were sufficiently entertained for us to feel like we were actually having a holiday, but the tent was hot and the facilities weren't convenient. We aim to bring you the best of both worlds; chatting peacefully outside the cottages while the kids maraud on site but with comfortable and convenient facilities on hand.
Over the years some of our guests have spent most of their time on site and others have explored the region (from beaches to chateaus) and many have come back on a regular basis. With us you have the choice to do either!
Chatellion de Plage. It is on the way to La Rochelle so can be a good place to divert to on the way to or from La Rochelle. It should take about 45 minutes.
St Georges de Didonne. St Georges de Didonne is easy to get to, it has a wide promenade with plenty of parking and the beach is very close. There are no problems with the tide and although it is further the roads are faster. It should take about 45 minutes. Ile D'Oleron and Ile de Re are both around an hour away.
By ferry: St Malo (3.5 hours drive). Caen (4.5 hours drive). Cherbourg (5.5 hours drive). Calais and Dunkerque (7 hours drive). By air: La Rochelle (45 mins drive). Poitiers (1 hour drive). Bordeaux (1.5 hours drive).
St Jean d'Angely 6 miles. La Rochelle 30 miles. Cognac 30 miles. Royan 45 miles.
Saintes 25 miles. Rochefort 25 miles. Ile d'oleron 45 miles.