|Minimum Stay||2 - 7 nights|
Le Pressoir is a detached converted stone farm building with high beamed ceilings, that was once used for pressing the grapes to make the wine. WIFI available. One double bedroom, one twin bedroom (new for 2010), shower room with a large walk in shower, open plan well equipped kitchen/lounge with a bed settee, tv & dvd player. WIFI. Private out door eating area with a choice of BBQs and overlooking open countryside on one side & the courtyard to the other side . Plug in fan available.
We are situated in the Charente Maritime on the west coast of France. Nearby are the historic towns of La Rochelle and Rochefort & Surgeres. This area is rich in History with many forts, Romanesque churches, castles and Chateaux. Sandy beaches just 20 mins.
The 17th century Farmhouse, Pigeonnier & Pressoir have recently been renovated to a very high standard. Each gite is fully equipped with everthing you would need for a fantastic holiday. We are surrounded by rolling countryside with fields of sunflowers & wheat, close to a pretty Charentaise village with local shop, bar, post office and a local restaurant specializing in local cuisine. Nearby there’s fishing, cycling, pony riding and lovely country walks.
WIFI is available.
Outside there's a seating area, bbq, large garden, children's play area and free use of cycles & POOL
What's on?: In the local village of Landrais you will find a locally famous Restaurant 'Le Bateau Lavior' which serves local Charentaise Dishes, they open Friday & Saturday evenings and Sunday Lunchtimes. There's also the bar/restaurant/shop in Landrais, village post office, Artist studio and a Garage (it's not possible to buy Petrol).
Antique Markets (brocantes) & Car boots (vide greniers) usually most weekends from April through to October.
For more upto date local information please visit our website; www.larochellegite.com
Pony riding: Pony Riding at Toucherit (10min walk away)
Art lessons: In the village of Landrais there is an artist studio, it's possible to arrange an hours lesson in painting 20 euro's per hour (it would be ideal if you have a good level of French language).
La Rochelle has some of the best fish restaurants dotted around the old port.
We've had a wonderful holiday staying here for the last two weeks. This has been the best gîte we've stayed in and we will be delighted to recommend it to family and friends.Nigel and Suzie are generous and thoughtful hosts, for whom nothing is too much trouble.
If you've got kids, we thouroughly recommend:
-Chatelaillon Plage - a lovel, clean and safe beach - try "Le Grand Bleu" for lovely food and good service.
-the boats at Saint Savinien from 2pm - great for kids of all ages 0-90!
-Hire a boat at Marans to explore le Marais Vert.
-Visit La Roche Courbon - Château & gardens.
-La rochelle - good for shopping and food- try "Le P'tit Admiral" for ddelicious meals and "Le Musée d'Automates" - an interacting & fun toy museum.
-Visit L'Ile de Ré for some great people wathcing. We went to see the lighthouse at the top tip of the island and ate a delicous meal at "Le Patio" here.
-Enjoy the pool - Thomas finally ditched the armbands! Enjoy!
Rich, Geraldine & Thomas
This was our third stay Le Pressoir and it proved equally as wonderful as the previous two.
As always, the property was exceptionally clean and with a couple of new additions - flat screen TV and a large well stocked book case.
Having seen so much of the area during our previous visits we were keen to experience some new places.
Highlights this year were the Hennessy distillery tour at Cognac and spending a wonderful day in the beautiful city of Bordeaux. Both being within ninety minutes drive from Le Pressoir.
La Rochelle is as charming as ever and a day spent at Ile de Re really is essential.
I could wax lyrical for many a paragraph about the local area but will resit the temptation - it's simply beautiful.
A huge thank you once again to Nigel and Suzanne who are perfect hosts.
We had thought of holidaying in The Dordogne next year, but Summer wouldn't be complete without spending some time at Le Pressoir so we've compromised and booked a week at each.
I would (and have!) recommend Le Pressior to anyone looking for a fantastic place to stay in a beautiful region of France.
Le Pressoir is wonderfully presented and full of character standing in its own grounds in an idyllic rural location. Clean and well equipped with everything you may need, it provides an ideal base to explore the local area. We didn't take advantage of the swimming pool but it looked very inviting. The gite is very dog friendly and there are many fabulous walks literally on the doorstep.
Nigel & Suzanne were great hosts, extremely friendly and accommodating. They gave some great tips on where to visit locally and were helpful in finding a local vet.
We would highly recommend Le Pressoir and will hopefully return in the near future.
Lovely property, very clean & beautiful surroundings. Really enjoyed our holiday & we would definitely like to return. Added bonus was a great night out to the local restaurant thanks to Suzanne & Nigel & the babysitting service...and the bikes for getting us home! Thanks again... Louise, Lee & Darcy x
Owners (Nigel and Suzanne) were fantastic hosts, nothing was too much trouble.
The gite was spotlessly clean, well equipped and comfortable.
Children's play area and swimming pool were great for us to enjoy as a family.
The location is ideal for exploring the Charente Maritime, handy for La Rochelle and the coast as well as discovering towns and the river Charente.
We would recommend this gite complex without hesitation and look forward to staying here again in future.
We stayed for a week in Le Pressior on our honeymoon and we had the most amazing time! We found the Pressoir was perfect for us, spacious, decorated well, lovely views over corn fields, quiet, excellent facilities, and well situated for La Rochelle, Il De Re and lovely beaches. There was plenty of space to play, a fantastic park area and pool, and very importantly, wonderful hosts!
We had a very relaxing stay in a beautiul area of France and we would definitley recommend staying here. We have wonderful memories of our stay, thank you Suzanne and Nigel, we'll be back to try out the farmhouse next time!
Gemma, David and WIll Phillips from Bath, Somerset.
We stayed for 10 nights at Le Pressoir in May 2012. First sight of the appartment is positive. Charming house, tastefully decorated. Kitchen is small but well equiped. The garden is nice with a big playing area for the kids.
Location is remote. Car is an absolute must. Driving distances: closest beach in Chatelaillon is 30 minutes, to the centre of La Rochelle is 40 minutes.
Please be aware that if you want to stay at this farmhouse that there is no heating!There was a gas heater available (at extra cost) but this will not be sufficient if the wheather is a bit colder. Stone floors everywhere. So not cosy and cold in the appartment. During the warmer days it was fine.
Water in the shower was not hot and sometimes almost cold. Shower curtain full of mould. Lots of dust in kitchencabinets and on top of cabinet in sleeping room and on the couch. And very moist iand smelly inside (need to open windows). Pans and tablewear not clean.
Worst of all is that we only received 1 set of towels per person (1 small + 1 big) for 10 days. No change of bedsheets for 10 nights! Plastic covers on the matrasses like in the hospital (can only imagine how this must sweat during hot summer nights...).
Before booking we specifically asked for Wifi and they assured us that this would be available during our stay. At first Wifi did not work. We asked Nigel and the answer we got was: "It should work." And that was it. When we asked again next day he came (reluctantly)to have a look. Indeed there was a problem which he solved the next day. Unfortunately Wifi extender (which needed to be plugged in outside) was not always available and was often only there after 9 pm evening and was plugged out in the morning again and would then just "dissapear" and sometimes not come back at all.
Swimming pool was closed. We were not informed about this beforehand. Why it was closed we don't understand because it was warm outside. Sometimes even 25-30 degrees (except 2 days rain).
Although the owners were friendly they never bothered to ask if everything was fine and if we needed anything. During our stay we never saw Susanne and we sometimes saw Nigel passing by. Also when we left Susanne did not ask if we enjoyed our stay. General impression of the owners: they just did not care.
We are frequent travellers and not so difficult or picky. After reading all the positive reviews we went here with high expectations. Overall experience was. We would not recommend to go here.
Sandy beaches are just a 20mins drive away at Chàtelaillon-Plage or Fouras (35 Mins) both are quaint small seaside resorts with beautiful sandy beaches, dotted with bars, restaurants and Casino's.
. La Rochelle is a lively vibrant city with lots of atmosphere, along the fortified port there’s numerous cafés and bars, boating marina, boat trips to the local islands and fort Boyard, Aquarium, museums, bowling, animal park, casino, fantastic shops and boutiques, lots of fantastic seafood restaurants and beaches.
Easy access to the local islands of Ile de Re with the beautiful fishing ports of St. Martin and La Flotte, Ile d'Oleron, Ile d'Aix and Ile Madam.
Venise Vert is about a 30mins drive north from here, a totally different experience with an intricate canal system to explore, you can hire kayaks or even electric boats for the whole family.
Great days out can be had at Puy de fou, Futurescope, Cognac, Zoo, Wild bird reserves, Corderie Royale, etc. You'll find something to suit everyone.
Other Activities: Karting, Golf 20 mins drive away,
Golf: Saintes has an 18 hole golf course 45mins drive.
Saint Laurent de Preé near Fouras has a 9 hole golf course 35mins drive.
La Jarne close to La Rochelle has a 9 hole golf course 20mins drive.