4 bedrooms on the edge of Nieul le Virouil, peaceful rural village location. 10 minutes from the market towns of Mirambeau and Jonzac
Richard and Clare Houghton
- english, french
About Richard and Clare Houghton
We are Richard and Clare Houghton. We fell in love with and bought Chez Touvenot in 2009 after deciding there was more to life than driving around the M25. We have never looked back. We live with Marley, our Jack Russell terrier, Rosie the cat and our chickens providing free range eggs to guests when available. We enjoy the peaceful little village of Nieul le Virouil and the locals test and correct our French regularly.
Richard and Clare Houghton purchased this Cottage in 2009
Why Richard and Clare Houghton chose Nieul-le-Virouil
We are in a quiet location with wonderful open views over vineyards and sunflowers yet are situated half way between two market towns with easily accessible supermarkets and boulangeries. The building itself is an 18th century converted winery with loads of character and thick stone walls
What makes this Cottage unique
The property has its own secure, private garden perfect for children and/or pets to play in. The open views over the valley give the feeling of space at all times.
Pool / Spa
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We spent a week at Chez Trouvenot, and wished we'd had longer! It is a large, spacious, clean, and well-appointed gite with ample room inside and out for 2 families. The kids and dads enjoyed the pool table and darts in the games room, and everyone enjoyed the pool and sun terrace. The owners are lovely, laid back, and really welcoming; they were available if needed, but did not intrude. We will definitely return, and can really recommend this property.
Très beau gite
Nous avons loué pour un week end, les propriétaires sont extraordinaires, le giteest spacieux et très confortable, espace piscine super, jardin très bien entretenu, nous recommandons sans hésiter cette location.
super gîte familial au grand calme.
Très bonne prestation pour ce gîte .
Il est parfait pour recevoir une famille de 8 personnes avec enfants. Les pièces sont vastes et bien conçues pour ne pas se gêner pendant le séjour.
Et en plus la piscine est un endroit excellent pour repos et amusement familial.
Les propriétaires sont très agréables.
Nous ne pouvons que recommander ce gîte .
Estuvimos hospedados 3 matrimonios, 9 personas en total. Espacio más que suficiente. Los dueños nos dieron todo tipo de explicaciones a la llegada. La casa es antigua y un poco fría en la parte de abajo, por lo que utilizamos la chimenea más de lo que creíamos en un principio. Habitaciones y baños muy amplios. La sala de juegos con los dardos y el billar, muy bien. Una pena que hizo malo y no pudimos utilizar la piscina.
What a wonderful stay. Our hosts were exceptional. We had a lovely stay. Close to everything but still remote. Highly recommend.
The beaches at Meschers-Sur-Gironde are a half hour car journey away but are well worth the effort as you can find lovely sandy coves dotted along the estuary. The bigger beaches of St Georges de Didonne and Royan are forty five minutes away and have all kinds of activities going on throughout the summer. The more intrepid explorer might also fancy finding some of the very secluded beaches just beyond Royan on the tip of the Gironde Estuary between St Palais and Les Mathes.
Bordeaux Merignac is the main international airport. It is situated on the edge of the city and is an hours drive from here. The regional airport at La Rochelle is a little further away at an hour and a half, but has been a popular travel point for many of our guests.
The channel ports are a minimum of six hours drive, with the Channel Tunnel around eight hours drive away. Because of our rural location, a car is essential for getting around.
The market towns of Mirambeau and Jonzac are five and ten minutes away respectively. Both have all the supermarkets, shops, banks and facilities that you might expect, together with good bars and restaurants. Our local village has a very pleasant, very French, local bar that also doubles as the Post Office, the grocers store and a cafe. The historic town of Pons is around half an hour away, and the larger towns of Saintes and Cognac are forty five minutes away.
The Charente-Maritime region is famous for Cognac and Pineau as well as the numerous local vineyards, some now producing excellent organic wines. Most have signs indicating the provision of tours, information and the opportunity to buy at reduced prices.
For a special treat, the Mirambeau Chateau is approximately five minutes away. Here one can enjoy a wonderful meal in beautiful surroundings.