|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
A self contained unit with double bedroom, bathroom with shower and WC, sitting area and kitchen. The Bergerie has been recently converted and is tastefully decorated and furnished.
There is French TV. A DVD player, radio and CD player.Wi-Fi is also available.
The Bergerie is situated in its own secluded private garden in the orchard. Garden furniture and barbecue are provided. Guests have the use of the owners swimming pool all set in a peaceful and tranquil hamlet.
The gite has its own enclosed off road parking area.
Heating is provided by electric radiators.
Changeover days are flexible.Part weeks/ weekend breaks are available.
Peace and tranquility, in the heart of the Charente-Maritime, between Saintes and La Rochelle, are among the many features of your stay at Pres Du Puits.
There are 2 comfortable and stylishly well equipped self-catering gites, recently renovated, each sleeping 2, with King sized beds, situated in the grounds of a charming Charentaise Farmhouse parts of which are believed to date back to the 1750's.In addition B&B available in the main house.
Each gite is equipped with French television, CD,radio and DVD player. Wi-Fi is also included free of charge.
Both gites have their own sunny garden,offering a high degree of privacy with garden furniture and barbecue making it an ideal location for enjoying the warm sunny days and evenings.The salt water heated swimming pool is for guests use and shared with the owners.
The gites each have their own off road secure car park and are situated well away from each other.
Le Grand Chevallon is a small hamlet situated in the heart of thje Charente Maritime near St Savinien and between La Rochelle and Saintes.
The rural setting provides a a perfect location for a peaceful and relaxing holiday and also for those wishing to venture further afield the opportunity to explore the many attractions and ameneties this fascinating region has to offer.
The hamlet is surrounded by countryside with fields of sunflowers,wheat and maize- ideal for cycling, walking and bird watching.
Numerous daily,weekly and monthly markets are nearby.
St Savinien some 6 kilometres away is a small picturesque town on the banks of the Charente river with restaurants and bars as well as a supermarket and a variety of shops
Area.: The Charente-Maritime has approximately 2600 hours of sunshine a year. This compares with about 1600 hours of sunshine in Northern France. This area, in number of hours sunshine, is second only to the Riviera.
La Rochelle, for example, some 45 minutes drive away has everything you want for an interesting day out- sandy beaches, beautiful islands, historic architecture, vibrant restaurants and one of the greatest aquariums in Europe.
The Charente-Maritime is famous for its seafood. 50% of France's national consumption of Oysters is farmed in the region. Cognac, Pineau de Charente, Charentaise Butter, Melons(in season), and many cheeses are among the regions specialities.
The beautiful Charente river, some 4 km away, winds its way from beyond Angouleme through Cognac, Saintes and St Savinien and out to sea via Rochefort.The river was the main route, in days gone by, that Cognac was exported to the rest of the world.Now it provides wild life in abundance, fishing and boating with boats for hire at St Savinien and Port d'Envaux.
The clear night skies are ideal for stargazing and being in the countryside reduces the effect of light pollution
Local Activities: Golf (3 courses), Fishing (off shore or river) Sailing (off the coast or river), Tennis, Surfing, Windsurfing, Horse Riding, Walking, Bird-watching and Cycling.
The historic towns of Saintes and St Jean d'Angely are 20 minutes away by car with Cognac 30 minutes further on.
The lovely Atlantic beaches are just over 30 minutes drive away.
The Charente River with its wonderful scenery and water activities is less than 3 miles away.
The famous Oyster beds can be reached within 30 minutes.
The Chateau at Roche-Courbon and the caves at Crazannes are within walking distance.
There are many Romanesque churches in the area within easy reach.
The old cosmopolitan town of La Rochelle, steeped in nautical history, with its many cafes, restaurants, and aquarium is reached in 40 minutes as are the charming isles of Ile de Re,Oleron and Aix.
Bordeaux vineyards are 1 hours drive while the centre of Bordeaux a further 30 minutes on.
Futuroscope near Poitiers is 2 hours drive from the house.
Other local activities:
The Abbaye-aux-dames, the gallo-Roman amphitheatre, the Cathedral as well as a number of museums are open to visitors.Guided tours of the town as well as as cruises on the Charente are also available.
St Jean d'Angely.
Built on the site of a Roman villa, this was a major stopover on the road to Santiago de Compostela. The town lies on the banks of the River Butonne.An attractive town and well worth a visit
Visit the Corderie Royal ( Rope Factory) and the Hermoine boatyard where they are building a replica of the vessel that once sailed between Boston and Rochefort in 1780.
Bordeaux 90 minutes drive offers a full day out sightseeing. Leave the car on the outskirts and use the excellent tram system for cheap travel to and from the city.
Wine lovers will find the vineyards, the Medoc and visits to the wine producers within easy reach.
Nantes,Poitiers,St-Emilion and Angouleme can all be reached in 2 hours.
'An excellent vacation in superb settings, nice and friendly atmosphere. We'll be back.' BT Singapore
'Thank you for a wonderful stay-lovely Gite- really enjoyed our stay-would recommend you to anyone' BH Northants
' Lovely relaxing and peaceful holiday. Thank you for all the wonderful help you gave us house hunting. We will return'.PM Yorks
' A beautiful Gite. A lovely peaceful Hamlet. A very relaxing holiday.' PL Solihull
' From the moment you telephoned to talk about our enquiry we knew we were on to a winner!. Thank you for your warm and genuine hospitality and hope we'll get a chance to return' MS Cumbria
' This was our first experience of a gite holiday in France and it surpassed our expectations!. The Gite is lovely and very comfortable, and well equipped, and the garden and pool area are beautiful. We had an extremely relaxing holiday and hope to see you again in the future' JL Guernsey.
'Excellent week that passed too quickly:comfortable and delightful gite' MC Powys.
A superb location, a beautifully decorated gite which you immediately feel at home in, our week-long stay was really great.Hazel and David were extremely friendly, the little hamlet is a lovely place to stay and within close reach of Ile d'Oleron beaches, Ile de Re, Saintes, Cognac, Rochefort, la Rochelle... so much to see and do, lots of culture on your doorstep from fortified villages like Bruage and Talmont to l'Hermione, a reconstructed frigate in Rochefort, watching kite surfing on Ile d'Oleron and lots of supping local seafood at 'La Cayenne' next to the oyster beds. This area has so much to offer and we would love to come back again! Last week in September 2008 and we had glorious bright weather almost all week, cold mornings but by lunchtime, hot enough to sunbathe and swim in the Atlantic! Book a gite here and you won't be disappointed. Katie and Paul
We arrived to a very warm welcome from David and Hazel and settled very quickly to the cottage - it is compact - but well arranged. The cottage is off the beaten track and, yes, a car is very necessary! The area was welcomely quiet and you could spend fabulously sunny days just by the pool reading resting and dipping but there are probably more excursions than we explored. We found Ile D'Oleron an accessible seaside outing and had a couple of lovely lunches and beach days there. La Rochelle is a great town and good shopping as well as convivial atmosphere. Beware of trying to eat out in St Savinien, the nearest town which is really picturesque, but doesn't have much in the way of choice.
There was a lot of information in the cottage folder, some of it quite old, some good and we added to the pile!
We would recommend this cottage for a real getaway from the world - no TV/UK Radio etc and a chance to enjoy real French countryside. Thanks for the memories!
A relaxing location with excellent facilities, the pool is ideal for hot sunny days, and the coast is not too far by car. Ideal if you want a quiet rustic location. A car is essential but everything you need within a 5 min drive.
David and Hazel are excellent hosts and a have a great deal of knowledge and information on the surrounding area.
Have recommended it to all we know.
Gav and Jude, Tynemouth
A lovely, quiet, rural location and a charming property. The owners were very welcoming, though we felt we had the place to ourselves - a perfect balance. They were also very flexible with dates and were generous in the rate they gave us for our stay.
Loads of local cycle routes and coastline within easy reach. A great Christmas escape and we really fell for the local Pineau-Charente.
gite agréable, rien à dire sur l'accueil, seul bémol , horaire pour profiter de la piscine, quand nous revenons de ballades à 18h"3O 19HOO , nous ne pouvons plus acceder à celle ci, et il faut sortir du gite.
belle région, visites de chateaux++++ et bon restos
Le Grand Chevallon is situated between St Savinien and St Porchaire.
St Savinien, situated on one of France's lovely rivers the Charente, is 3 miles away.
The town of Saintes with its Roman Amphitheatre, Abbaye-aux- Dames and Cathedral is 20 minutes away. Royan, Rochefort, and the Atlantic beaches are 30 minutes drive.
La Rochelle and Cognac are 45 minutes drive away as are the islands L'Ile de Re and L'Ile d'Oleron.
The vineyards of Bordeaux can be reached in 1 hour.
The Chateau at Roche Courbon and its lovely gardens are within walking distance.
The famous oyster beds are close by.
Restaurants to suit all tastes and pockets are plentiful.
There are numerous markets in the locality.
The local countryside with virtually traffic free roads are ideal for cycling. Bicycles can be hired in St Savinien.
We are 20 minutes from junctions 34 and 35 on the A10 Paris - Bordeaux Autoroute. Ideal for those wishing to break their journey from the Channel ports to all destinations south.
Other Activities: Bird watching, visiting vineyards.
Golf: There are 3 18 hole golf courses within easy distance - Saintes, Royan and La Rochelle.
Of the 3 courses our guests seem to prefer the one at Royan closely followed by the links course at La Rochelle.
The local tourist office have special carnets for visitors offering substantial discounts.
There is a 6 hole course some 4kms away at Plassay.
The Poitou Charente region has a total of 39 courses to choose from.