|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
This semi-detached holiday cottage has been completely renovated to a good standard by the owner. The original stone walls have been retained and there are also exposed beams and a cosy woodburning stove in the living room. It has a small sitting out area to the front, and a grassed area to the side. The owner lives nearby and will advise on places to visit in this lovely area on the Vendée side of the Marais Poitevin. Why not hire a canoe (payable locally), and explore the impressive local canal network, or visit the pretty villages, markets and beaches of the Vendée and Charente.
This detached property has been completely rebuilt by its owner to provide a lovely modern house yet in keeping with its origins. The lounge features a modern wood-burner as well as exposed beams, original stonework and a wood floor. There is a modern fitted kitchen and both floors have a shower room with basin and separate toilet. Outside is a large enclosed garden, perfect for sitting quietly in the shade of the hot summer sun. In the heart of the Marais Poitevin canal network you can hire canoes and there are several pretty local villages and markets and the beaches of the Vendée and Charente are within an hour’s drive.
Our region is blessed with an exceptional number of sunshine hours per year ( 2250). It is the sunniest region in Western France. Winter is mild and the mimosas flower as early as January; Spring comes early (and is beautiful) and, whilst Summer naturally sees most tourist activity, Autumn is still warm enough for the calmer main holiday.
The coast of the Poitou Charentes is one of the most popular with French holidaymakers, known for its long stretches of fine sand and good weather. The famous coastal town of La Rochelle is located in the Charente Maritime department. The old harbour and three medieval towers symbolise the port's rich history; there are lively quayside markets, trendy bars and excellent restaurants a-plenty Take a guided tour in a horse-drawn carriage, a boat trip to Fort Boyard or visit the fascinating aquarium The idyllic beaches of the Ile de Re (some 30km worth) are also within easy reach and the island is well worth a day's visit in its own right.
The area is perfect for walking, riding and cycling The countryside is made up of rolling hills divided up into a patchwork quilt of sunflower and corn fields interspersed with fields containing cows and goats. The marais poitevin (or Green Venice) is a fascinating maze of rivers, dykes and tree-shaded canals which thread between meadows and fields. They cover an area of 230,000 acres from Niort and Fontenay-Le-Compte to the Atlantic ocean. The best way to explore is by boat, either with or without a guide. Visit, also, the Poitou donkey park at Dampierre-sur-Boutonne and marvel at this special breed of dreadlocked donkey!
Futuroscope, in Poitiers, is a collection of simulated visual spectacles, ranging from a white knuckle ride to journeys of dicovery in 3D to a magic carpet to a ride in a Formula 1 car. Puy du Fou is a huge medieval theme park with fascinating displays during both the day and the night. Marvel at the beautiful birds of prey, gasp at the stunt riders and take a step back in time in the vast roman stadium.
The region's history could have been lifted from an adventure story book: visit medieval fortresses, roman churches, Renaissance chateaux, protestant temples, grand abbeys, ramparts, fortifications and dungeons. Across the region stand some 600 beautiful examples of the Romanesque sanctuary, a heritage which began around the 10th century with techniques born of the Christian Roman Empire
Food & Drink:
The food of the region is simple and rustic, the food of peasants, but created from the wonderful local vegeatbles, fruits, dairy produce and fish. Seafood has pride of place with mussels in white wine and oysters wrapped in bacon and grilled with garlic butter as two of the more famous examples. Eels flourish in the marshes of the Poitou and are eaten grilled on coals or stewed with onions, muhrooms, butter and white wine. Other favourites from the marshes are fricassed frogs legs or garlic-stuffed snails. The markets of the region are colourful and extremely interesting, there is no better place to buy your provisions; lamb, beef or seafood, melons from Haut-Poitou or vegetables from the coast. There are 50 or so goat's cheeses or how about a torteau fromager, a delicate cake made from goat's cheese with a crispy blackened top. Those with a sweet tooth can buy some candied angelica in Niort or taste a multitude of flavoured honeys in Coulonges market.
We have been travelling to France and renting a Gite out of the main season for the last 12 years. This was probably the best of them all.
The property was immaculate, superbly equipped, comfortable and quietly situated in a charming rural hamlet populated by charming people.
If we are able we will return here again very soon. We have no hesitation in recommending this property to friends and family.
The owner could not have been more helpful and contributed to our enjoyment of a fabulous holiday
The property is in a lovely quiet hamlet giving a very quiet stay. It is close enough to some nice towns and the nearest supermarket is only a few miles away.
The house is decorates in a modern style and is spotlessly clean. Mariusz the owner is a lovely guy and nothing was too much trouble.
If you are looking for a quiet and relaxing g holiday in a fantastic rural location then Lee Chic will certainly live up to expectations.
Fabulous house, the listing is accurate in all that you get within the accommodation and all that is lwithin the area. Mariusz makes you extremely welcome and is available should any matters arise. The area has a lot to do and see with local stores in Benet for your supplies during your stay as well as Fontenay and Niort only a 35 minutes drive away with a larger selection of stores and places to visit. Beaches are worth a visit, 45 minute drive to La Tranche Sur Mer with a large expanse of sand for all to enjoy and the sea is delightful with lifeguards on patrol. Loads of restaurants in the area and the ice creams are delightful. Within the area of the Green Venice so loads of opportunities for picnics by the canals and hiring boats to take a trip and see the delights of the canal banks and its wildlife, take a camera.
We have had a fabulous time and would thoroughly recommend this property for its location, amenities and all that it has within.
The Poitou-Charentes region is situated on the Western coast of France between Nantes and Bordeaux. It is made up of the Deux-Sevres, Charente Maritime, Charente and Vienne departments.
The Gîtes are in the heart of the Marais Poitevin canal network you can hire canoes and there are several pretty local villages and markets and the beaches of the Vendée and Charente are within an hour’s drive.