La Belle Echappee is a traditional maison bourgeoise, a spacious family home, set on the edge of the picturesque village of Faye L'Abbesse in the Deux-Sevres department of the Poitou Charente region. Surrounded by fields and open countryside, the house is set within walled and gated grounds of 1 hectare offering an abundance of activities and entertainment for all the family. Offering stylish and extremely comfortable living including wireless internet connection, with 5 bedrooms sleeping up to 15 plus baby. La Belle Echappee's accommodation is equally suited to family holidays or groups of friends. Within a 5 minute walk are a bar and pizzeria, a small supermarket, a post office, a pharmacy, a boulangerie, a hairdresser and the village church. An abundance of country walks and cycling routes are situated around the property. The nearest town of Bressuire is 10 minutes, drive and is the second largest town in Deux-Sevres, with numerous restaurants, shops, supermarkets and bars.
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Magnificent Manor House in Faye-l'Abbesse, Nr. Bressuire, Deux-Sevres, Poitou-Charentes, France - Peaceful Location On The Edge Of Picturesque Village Of Faye L'abbesse, 5 Minutes Walk To Amenities
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Beautiful Property, Great Family Holiday
We have just had a week at La Belle Elchappee..... What a great week!!
We were a mixed family of 11, 6 adults and 5 children ages ranging from 4-15 and 2 Dogs.
From the first contact I had with Diana and Graham they could not have been more helpful and prompt, asking any questions we had.
From the moment we arrived and were greeted by both Diana and Graham we felt relaxed and so welcome, they showed us around the house and gardens and let us settle in. We could truly not fault a thing about the house, grounds or surroundings.... Beautiful! The children had the best time in the pool and playing football volleyball, family game of rounders it was a brilliant fun filled family week in the sun.
The children loved feeding the chickens too! The pictures definitely do not do the place enough justice. We would highly recommend to anyone and will definitely be returning!!
Thank you Diana and Graham for all your help and kindness it made our weeks holiday one we will all remember and treasure.... and the first of many I’m sure x x
Thank you so much Gemma for such a brilliant review. We are so pleased that you all had such a fantastic holiday here at La Belle Echappee. What a lovely family, all being so friendly and respectful, it was our pleasure and an absolute delight to have you stay here. We really hope to welcome you all back again in the future xx
A great family friendly place to stay
We spent a great two weeks on holiday here this summer.
From the moment we arrived we felt welcomed and at home.
The facilities were really good with lots of space to spread out.
The pool was excellent and the outdoor BBQ area was a great idea.
The house was very clean and our hosts were always on hand if we needed any help or advice.
There was so much outdoor space the children and dog loved it. Football, Badminton, Table tennis etc. There were even enough bikes for all 8 of us to go cycling.
Dianne and Graham were great hosts and we are hoping to go back again soon.
Thank you so much for writing such a wonderful review for us. We are delighted that you were so happy with the house, pool and grounds. It was an absolute delight meeting you all, you were fantastic guests and we really look forward to seeing you and welcoming you all again here at La Belle Echappee.
An unblemished beautiful family holiday
Diana Bowser our host met all of our needs and more! Our extended family numbered 12 with a few visitors along the way. The property was beautifully clean with facilities to suit every need. Wide open spaces for kids to ride bikes, table tennis, volleyball, heated swimming pool. Inside catered for kids and adults alike. Such a perfect place for either chilling by the pool, travelling to the Loire, or Atlantic Coast. We used the summer kitchen outside everyday/night only eating breakfast in the kitchen. Did I mention fresh eggs collected from the hen house each morning?
Diana thank you for your constant attention. We loved it and would love to return to La Belle Echappe - maybe with a friends next time!
Thank you so much for such a wonderful glowing review. It was an absolute delight to have you all stay here at La Belle Echappee and I truly hope you will be able to visit again.
Fantastic Holiday, Accommodation and Hosts
We had an amazing week at La Belle Echappee.
The House and grounds were fantastic. The House was large enough for us to all have our space and was really well kept and clean. With everything we would ever need there. The grounds are spacious and there is a huge range of things to do; Swimming (will come to that shortly), Ping Pong, Football, Running, Cycling, BBQ, Badminton, the list goes on. The Swimming Pool was perfect; nice, warm and clean. We spent a big chunk of the week in or around the Pool area as it was so lovely: it provided plenty of shade, if wanted and also plenty of seating/lying areas. Pool comes with a cover for the night or when not in use (in case of small kids). Its a salt water pool which i had never been in before - but it was great.
Diana and Graham were perfect hosts. They greeted us, provided us with as much info as we needed for things to do, where to go shopping or eat etc.. There was a load of information leaflets in the Living area for ideas on what to do - In the end, we spent most of the week at the property as it was so nice.
We did go to for the day to Pou de Fou - maybe 30 mins drive from the property - recommended for slightly older Kids (my youngest was 10_ or Adults who dont mind a lot of walking and standing - but I would recommend this day out.
We also went to some local villages/towns for food or a walk around. Lovely quite area with Bressuire a short drive away with larger shops.
There was a large group of us, with ages ranging from 1 to 65 and we all thoroughly enjoyed our time here - Would definately go back
Thank you so much for taking the time to write such an amazing review about La Belle Echappee. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your time here so much and all that the property and grounds has to offer. We really hope to see you again in the future.
Great accommodation and excellent amenities
Accommodation and facilities are excellent. Huge entertainment areas for families and kids. Swimming Pool very welcome. Kitchen and lounge areas very useable and functional. Highly recommended.
Thank you for your excellent review. I really hope to welcome you back to La Belle Echappee in the furture.
A fantastic spacious house.
Our forth holiday at this lovely house, described as our youngest as 'our second home'. Great grounds and pool for the kids and lovely walks through the countryside for us all. Diana and Graham are great hosts; always available to help and advise but never intrusive.
Thank you for writing such a brilliant review following your forth holiday here at La Belle Echappee in as many years. We are privileged that you treat it as your second home and it was wonderful welcoming and catching up with you all. Here's hoping it's 5 on the trot next year.
Special interest holidays:
Special Interest Holidays - Tailored to meet your specific requests.
Available: April, May, June, September and October
Painting Holidays: With excellent light, stunning views and historical interest, we offer a wonderful base for groups of artists - the area is steeped in History and offers unspoilt landscapes and some of Europe's most imposing Timuli, Romanesque Churches, Chateaux and Museums.
Walking Holidays: With an abundance of wonderful walks though the local countryside, La Belle Echappee is ideally located to hold a group of Ramblers who would like to breathe in the unpolluted French air and explore this unspoilt region.
Cycling Holidays: This region is a great place to take a cycling holiday with virtually traffic free roads and beautiful scenery. The old railway route between Bressuire and Parthenay has been converted into a cycling path giving 30kms+ of safe riding.
Wine Appreciation: We will invite a Wine Expert to bring a variety of wines to sample and purchase.
The Atlantic coast and the magnificent beaches at La Rochelle, La Tranche sur Mer and Les Sables d'Olonne are within two hours drive.
Poitiers Airport: is within 1 hour drive
Nanes Airport : is within 1 hour 30 mins drive
La Rochelle Airport: is approximately 1 hr 45 mins drive
St Malo Port: 278 km/174 m approx 3 hrs 30 min drive
Le Havre Port: 438 km/272 m approx 5 hrs drive
Caen Port: 353 km/219 m approx 4 hrs drive
Cherbourg Port: 440 km/273 m approx 5 hrs drive
Calais Port: 613 km/381 m approx 6 hrs drive
The nearest town of Bressuire is 10 minutes drive and has numerous restaurants, shops, supermarkets and bars. There is also an ancient Chateau and a newer Chateau sitting side by side - both are set in a park with a children's play area and lovely walks along the river. The medieval town of Parthenay with its beautiful ramparts and stunning hill-top views is 20 minutes drive away. Local markets close by can be found at Bressuire, Airvault, Parthenay and Thouars (all within 25 minutes drive).
The Deux-Sevres region has a mild micro-climate and is the second sunniest region in France, benefiting from the warmth of the La Rochelle Basin. There are many tourist attractions in the region including the Puy du Fou, a picturesque park of over 40 hectares where one can take in chariot racing in a Roman amphitheater, breathtaking displays of falconry, jousting and much more. Within an hour's drive is the Marais Poitevin, a maze of waterways and luxuriant vegetation, known as la Venise Verte, or green Venice. It can be accessed from Coulon, officially one of the most beautiful villages in France. Take a trip on a guided punt, or explore it on a self-guided trip. Futuroscope, the famous theme park of the moving image, offers adventures on land, sea and in outer space using the latest projection system technology. Other towns to visit include Saumur and its Cadre Noir (National School of Horsemanship), and Chinon, site of a medieval castle, and the unique gardens of Villandry, all about an hour's drive. The Loire Valley, famous for its chateaux and wines, offers some exceptional scenery. The Mervent Forest, situated on the banks of a lake, has something to offer everyone, including walking, rock climbing, horse riding, and mountain biking.
Booking Notes: La Belle Echappee is open 12 months of the year. On confirmation of reservation we require the deposit of £300 per week with the final balance, including security bond of £200, to be paid 8 weeks prior to arrival. Changeover Day: Changeover day is Saturday. Guests should depart by 10am and new guests may arrive from 4 pm. Notes on prices: Prices are for the property per week in UK Pounds.