|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
The ground floor gite has two bedrooms: one with a king-size bed and the other one two single beds. It also has a walk-in wet room shower ideal for those who find standard showers difficult to access and has the space for a wheelchair or shower seat. It has an open-plan living/dining room and kitchen with dishwasher, microwave, hob and oven.
There is a TV (with English channels), DVD player and ipod dock. There is also a wood burner for the slightly colder evenings.
The gites are set in a traditional Charentise courtyard and are barns lovingly renovated to provide comfortable modern accommodation whilst still retaining many of the original features. Thus providing a great base to relax and from which to explore this beautiful region and the varied attractions of the Charente-Maritime and Charente. Close to the beautiful historic towns of Cognac, Saintes and St Jean D’Angley but also within easy reach of the lovely beaches of Royan, La Rochelle and the Cote Sauvage.
We are Kelly, Ian, our children Martha and twins Archie & Josie plus Rufus the dog. We have lived here since we bought the house and barns in 2006 and love the beautiful peaceful countryside, large spaces and the fact we were made welcome as soon as we opened the gates to move in. We have renovated the barns and house from top to bottom ourselves and have put all our love and care into making the Gites and gardens a beautiful, relaxing place to holiday and after Nine years and three children! we would not wish to be anywhere else.
Kelly Barlow purchased this barn in 2006
We fell in love with the house and barns as soon as we saw them, and even on a cold January morning we could see how lovely they could be and what a great place Les Grandes Ecures is. Our gites have the benefit of feeling lovely and secluded on the edge of the hamlet with beautiful views of the Sunflower fields and vineyards, but only 10 minutes away from Matha (our nearest town) or for more night life or shopping only 20 minutes from Cognac and 30 from Saintes.
The Gites benefit from beautiful thick stone walls which help keep the rooms cool in the summer, whilest retaining the heat in the winter. The Hanger provides a great place to sit and eat anytime of the day (or just sit and relax) with that all important shade in the summer and the cars are parked in the courtyard the otherside of the gites from the pool and garden so as not to interrupt the views or disturb your holiday.
We live in the house on the otherside of the courtyard from the Gites and are there to provide you with any assistance you may need with your stay (ideas on places to visit or eat) or to leave you in peace to enjoy your relaxing holiday at Les Grandes Ecures.
What a wonderful holiday! Our gites were spacious, well-equipped, immaculately clean and boasted fabulous bathrooms. Outside there was plenty of room for the kids to tear around - on the rare occasions we managed to drag them from the pool - But our holiday was made extra special by our hosts, Ian and Kelly, nothing was too much trouble. And that made all the difference. See you again next year?
R & K
We were lucky enough to stay in these two very spacious gites,. We spent most evenings eating under the cover of the hanger looking over the garden. The place is a tranquil base to explore nearby towns or making day trips to the coast. Would definitely recommend it.
S & P
We spent a week but could have stayed longer. The gite, was furnished to a high standard including lovely cotton bedding and bath towels. The salt-water pool was clean the water was always warm. Our children enjoyed the space to run around in the large garden We would love to return, highly recommend it.
L & M
A security deposit of £200 is payable with the balance of the holiday payment, this is refundable, provide no breakages or damages occur. It will be returned to you within 2 weeks of the end date of your holiday.
Bookings are normally from Saturday to Saturday (arrival 4pm, departure 10am) but alternative start dates are often possible in low and mid season.
Having just returned from two relaxing weeks staying with Ian, Kelly and the family I just wanted to say a massive thank you for your warm welcome, local knowledge and wonderful accommodation in a beautiful peaceful setting.
If you are reading this and wondering if this is the place for you, it is, trust me!
This was our second stay in the ground floor gite. The gite itself is spotless and spacious and in a beautifully restored outbuilding. The grounds are very well maintained and good for relaxing in and eating outside. They are especially good for children with a trampoline, swings and play centre. The pool is a big hit and the roof cover helps keep the pool clean and at a good temperature. Kelly and Ian are lovely hosts and their three children Martha, Josie and Archie were fun playmates for our daughter and made her stay particularly memorable. She was very sad to leave. There is lots in the area to see and do within the Cognac area and the beaches, zoo and other areas of interest are within easy traveling distance for day trips. We have had lovely holidays here and very much look forward to returning.
Quite simply the best gite we have ever taken, property is finished to the highest standard and a credit to the owners.The pool is lovely warm and scrupulously clean. The facilities are delightful. The owners are really friendly and helpful. Great for a rural getaway from it all, unhesitatingly recommended.
ideal for families or couples.
This immaculately clean gite had a very well equipped kitchen and the rooms were spacious and very comfortable. Our children aged 5 and 8 had a fabulous time playing in the warm swimming pool, bouncing on the trampoline and climbing frame and lots of games for them to play with. There were plenty of places to visit in the area, the nearest town Cognac is worth a visit. However, we spent most of the time at the Gite as it was so nice to relax and have bbq's there and it was hard to drag our children away from the other children and pool. The owners were very helpful and recommended great days out, restaurants etc.
It was exactly as the pictures depict - a quiet, luxurious piece of France!
The accommodation was perfect - spacious and immaculate, perfect for all the family!
We were 2 families staying together in both gites - the accommodation and facilities suited us all perfectly. The hanger for socialising and eating was a great asset - also great for the table tennis championships we held! The pool was spotlessly clean - the cover proved very useful for protected swimming when the weather wasn't being kind! The barn deck was also a great space for the kids to call their own.
Plenty of parking too!
Nothing was too much trouble for Kelly and Ian - chatting to them and their lovely children about their lives in England and France was very interesting.
I highly recommend this holiday but a car is essential as there are limited things to do and see nearby!
My husband, 18 month old daughter and I had the most blissful 2 week stay with Kelly and Ian. Kelly's attention to detail and warm welcome from the whole family was just lovely, they made us feel perfectly at home.
The gite is beautifully finished and kitted out. We stayed on the ground floor which was perfect for our little one to roam in and out.
The swimming pool, garden with climbing frame was fabulous - an idyllic, quiet spot to spend a sunny day in blissful relaxation.
The surrounding area was so interesting to explore. We visited some wonderful places including Cognac, Rochefort, La Rochelle, Angoulemr, Ile d'Aix and Bordeaux.
We wouldn't hesitate to recommend to friends and family, a truly 5 star stay.
Jasmine, Chris and Ruby
The beautiful sandy beaches of Royan, the Cote Sauvage, Le Palmyre (with its wonderful zoo) are all within an hours drive.
There is also the stunning L’île d’Oléron and Ile de Re (close to La Rochelle) to explore (both conntected to the mainland by a bridge) with there salt marshes and oyster beds both within 90 mins.
By car there are various crossings giving you the chocie of the length of drive once in France.
Portsmouth - Cherbourg, Caen, Le Harve, St Malo and Roscoff
Poole - Cherbourg
Dover - Calais
Newhave - Dieppe
By eurotunnel to Calais
By air we are 90 mins from La Rochelle and 2 hours from Bordeaux and Poitiers all connected with budget air lines.
We are located in a small hamlet called Les Grandes Ecures, our nearest town with supermarket, bank etc is called Matha and is 10 mins north. The nearest boulangerie is only 3mins drive away in Migron which also has a mini-supermarket and post office. Cognac and St Jean d'Angley are both only 20 mins away with Saintes only 30 mins and Angouleme 1 hour.
Cognac – situated on the Charente river and home to the world famous cognac distilleries., which offer tours during the summer season. It also offers a wide variety of restaurants and bars to soak up the atmosphere and relax. During the summer there are several festivals, one of which is the blues passion, which attracts bands from all parts of the world.
Saintes – Historic city with a wealth of shops and a well preserved Roman Amphitheatre, triumphal arch, historic churches and abbey. Also based on the Charente where a number of boat trips operate.
St Jean d’Angley – A beautiful medieval old town, with an abbey it has a popular twice weekly market on Wednesdays and Saturdays, it also boast a good selection of bars and restaurants.
La Rochelle – One of the most beautiful cities in the region it has the impressive harbour front, with livley marina and old harbour defenses which are surrounded by a wealth of restuarnts and bars, perfect for watching the world go by. Behind the restaurants is a lovely shopping area with many cobbled arcaded streets. Also a point for many boat trips to Fort Boyard, Ile d’Aix and Ile d’Oleron, and home to a wonderful Aquarium.
Angouleme - Situated on a rocky promontory, surrounded by large boulevards - these stand above the original ramparts that protected the town, with more than 2km of the ramparts remaining intact. A great place to do some serious shopping with a lovely new shopping centre. For motoring enthusiast it host one of the few remaining street rally’s every year in September when classic cars from all over the world come to race around the old town.