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Les Lavandes, Moncoutant

Overview

We have been successfully renting our house for 6 years and believe it is still good value, despite the strong Euro, compared with the cost of a holiday in Devon or Cornwall. A detached house for £375 per week for 4 people in July and August has to be a bargain!

Our detached house is light and spacious and situated in the second sunniest part of France, on a quiet back street 3 minutes gentle walk into the pretty village of Moncoutant with its bakeries, bars and restaurants. Outside the double kitchen doors is a shaded area for your morning coffee and croissant on hot summer days, and beyond is a large garden with BBQ area. At the front is a balcony where you can sip your wine after a hard days relaxing and watch the sun go down!

The Hotel de Ville on the way to the village will supply you with details of the many festivals and events in the area. Two minutes down the road is the Pescalis Fishing and Nature Reserve for lakeside walks and restaurants. 20 minutes drive takes you to the ancient town of Bressuire with its chateau and twice weekly markets.

The house comprises a large lounge with 2 double settees,TV with English channels via Sky, DVD etc. Sliding wooden doors lead you to the kitchen which is fully equipped and is also used as the dining area. In summer we like to throw open the kitchen doors to the garden and enjoy the view, and eat outside every day. There is a large bathroom and separate W.C.

The oak staircase takes you up 2 double rooms with large windows with views of the garden. There is also a single room with views over the countryside.

Under the house is a double garage for secure parking, plus parking available outside the garage.

Arrival any day other than Saturday.



Food and Drink
The gastronomique St Pierre restaurant is 1 minutes walk from the house. The Carpe dOr restaurant and bar overlooks the lakes of the Pescalis nature and fishing centre, 15 minutes walk away. In the village square is another lunch-time restaurant/bar. Details of other excellent local restaurants available at the house.

Many of the vinyards of the Loire can be visited to try the local Muscadet and Pineau.

The large Super U in Moncoutant is of a very high standard - the local Parthenaise steak is the best quality, and there is a good fish, cheese and charcuterie counter, plus excellent seasonal vegetables and fruit, plus wine section. The Moulin des Sevres boulangerie makes the best pastries and cakes we have ever tasted







More about the area
The area is unspoilt and peaceful, with lovely rolling countryside, suitable for touring, walking and cycling. There are traditional markets in Parthenay, Bressuire, Coulonges and Fontenay, and an artisans market every Sunday in the summer at Pescalis fishing centre

Heres some ideas for days out:

Walking & cycling routes – there are many in the area & guides are available at the property.

Parthenay (30 mins to the east): pretty medieval town with good restaurants. Market on Wednesdays. On the way back stop at the “plan d’eau” at Secondigny – lake, walking, fishing and picnic area. South of Parthenay is the Plan dEau at Cheveux where you can swim. Or head north towards Thouars and visit the Chateau at Oiron with its modern art exhibition www.oiron.monuments-nationaux.fr/en.

Mervent Forest (30 mins): one of the largest woodlands in France with walks in the forest or by the lake where you can go boating or fishing. Continue on via Vouvant (a pretty artists’ town) to Fontenay-le-Comte, a larger town with good backstreet restaurants near the Church at the top of the hill. Market including fish market on Saturdays.

La Rochelle (1 ¼ hrs): Famous port is a must with its harbour-side sea food restaurants, quayside markets, cobbled streets plus museums, shopping and aquarium. Continue on to the Ile de Re with its beautiful beaches, or go south where there are more lovely sandy beaches, starting with Aytres.

Venise Verte (green Venice) (50 mins) – the Marais Poitevin national park – a network of canals and waterways stretching all the way to the coast. Coulon and Arcais are very pretty towns and you can either hire a bike, or take a canoe or punt and spend a relaxing afternoon amongst the leafy green waterways. On the way back visit the market at Coulonges sur l’Autize (Tuesdays).

Puy du Fou www.puydufou.com/uk (45mins to north west)
An incredible historical theme park by day with battle re-enactments by gladiators in a full-size colosseum, jousting medieval knights, Vikings, and hunting birds “dancing” to music. By night the population of 15 communes retell their story in a “son et lumiere” spectacle of fireworks, fountains, lasers and stunt riding against the flaming background of a ruined fortress. Advance booking required during the summer months.

Loire Valley: why not drive to Chinon or Saumur and then head east as far as you want, visiting chateaux and vineyards as you go!

Abbeys & Churches: Moncoutant & Bressuire have lovely churches. Also worth a visit are the abbeys of Maillezais and Nieul sur l’Autise to the south east.

Sport: fishing at Pescalis, 9 golf courses within an hour, windsurfing

For the young, there is Go-karting at Chantemerle, and an ostrich farm and maize maze at Courlay. Futuroscope at Poitiers is a futuristic theme park with 3-D Cinerama and evening laser show www.futuroscope.com/eng/. There’s also a waterpark to the north at Massais.

There are also many "Plan d’eau" in the area – lakes with man made beaches for a relaxing day by the water.

Details of all the above and more are available at the house.

Summary:

Detached house with large garden in 2nd sunniest part of france, minutes from centre of village/restaurants. Ideal for relaxed holiday/sightseeing/touring rural france

Facilities

Property type: Village house

Room details

Bedrooms:

2 bedrooms, sleeps 4

Bedroom 1: 1 Double bed
Bedroom 2: 1 Double bed

Additional beds:
1 double sofa bed located in Lounge
Seats:
Room for 6 in the dining area
Room for 6 in the living area
Bathrooms:
1 bathroom, 1 Separate WC

Indoor facilities

Entertainment and IT:
CD player
DVD/Blu-ray player
TV Languages in Local
Heating and air con:
Central heating
Household:
Cooker
Crockery
Cutlery
Fridge
Freezer
Glassware
Hair dryer
Iron / board
Kettle
Microwave
Oven
Pots / pans
Toaster
Washing machine

Outdoor facilities

Other:
Balcony or terrace
Barbecue
Garage
Outside lighting
Parking
Private garden

Suitability

Suitable for
Infants

Sports and activities

Boat Hire
Climbing
Fishing
Flying
Golf
Horse Riding
Mountain Biking
Sailling
Scuba Diving
Skiing
Sports Center
Swimming
Tennis
Water Skiing
Wind Surfing

Sights and attractions

Historic Site
Museum
Shopping
Theatre
Theme Park
Zoo
Cinema

Prices and availability

Last updated 12.01.2012


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1st January to 31st December 30 Days 10%

Extras

Compulsory extras
Description Arrival dates Booking length or occupancy Price
Heating charge 1st January to 31st January N/A £35.00 per week

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Heating charge 1st February to 28th February N/A £35.00 per week

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Heating charge 1st March to 31st March N/A £35.00 per week

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Heating charge 1st April to 30th April N/A £35.00 per week

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Heating charge 1st October to 31st October N/A £35.00 per week

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Heating charge 1st November to 30th November N/A £35.00 per week

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Heating charge 1st December to 31st December N/A £35.00 per week

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Optional extras
Description Arrival dates Booking length or occupancy Price
Linen and towels All year N/A £7.00 per week

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Location

This is exact location

Nearby:
  • Nearest beach: 99km
  • Nearest restaurant: 15km
  • Nearest supermarket: 15km
  • Chateaux of the Loire: 45km
  • La Rochelle: 60km
  • Puy du Fou (park & son et lumiere): 40km
  • Venice Verte (Green Venice): 40km

Reviews

5 out of 5 people recommend staying here

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Stayed Saturday 26 June 2010
Fulfilled all our expectations. Very peaceful for those who want the quiet life but in an area where there are many attractions for the more energetic, including Puy de Foy (walking distance from the house) and Futuroscope about an hour away in Poitiers and for those who wish to visit the coast there is La Rochelle, also about an hour away. The village is home to some really good boulangerie/patisseries with a very good supermarket less than ten minutes away by car. The house was very comfortable in an understated way with every possible kitchen gadget being provided for those wishing to do the home from home cooking experience! The garden also is a pleasure with garden tables, chairs and loungers supplied.
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Stayed Tuesday 28 July 2009
The house was very homely and very comfortable .Everything we needed was available. We all loved the area and would return again .All the information you need is available and very detailed. We would like to thank the owners for making our stay rewarding and relaxing.The garden was very tranquil and ideal for reading and dining outside.
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Stayed Tuesday 10 June 2008
EVERYTHING WE NEEDED WAS AVAILABLE IN THE COTTAGE WHICH MADE OUR FIRST VISIT TO FRANCE A LOT EASIER THAN WE THOUGHT. THE INFORMATION FOLDER WAS A GODSEND AS WE WERE UNSURE OF THE AREA AND OF THE LOCAL ATTRACTIONS, OF WHICH THERE WERE MANY BY THE WAY. THE COTTAGE WAS VERY COSY AND THE GARDEN WAS IDEAL FOR EITHER SUNBATHING OR JUST RELAXING WITH A GOOD BOOK AND A COLD BEER.WE WOULD NOT HESITATE TO BOOK THE PROPERTY AGAIN IF WE RETURN TO FRANCE IN THE FUTURE AND WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE OWNER FOR PROVIDING US WITH A PERFECT HOLIDAY HOME IN FRANCE.
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A lovely gite that was an excellent size, the garden was beautiful. It was in a very quiet area and if you are after a relaxing stay this is the place. You will need to drive to most places though if you want to get out and about. The walks folder was brilliant
"Perfect, warm & comfortable - a home from home ... splendid area in which to buy" The Smith family, April 05"Futuroscope and Puy du Fou brilliant... gite in a great location for lots of fun places" Jen & Kaza Brookbanks, July 06"Exactly what we expected - very comfortable stay" Phil Brown & family August 06"Lovely peaceful cottage, comfortable & well equippped" Peter & Linda Buckingham, Sept 06
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My favorite part of the house was the living room, which was comfortable and relaxing. Also, the owner provided us with very helpful information and there were maps and guides at the house. The location is good, near a fabulous bakery and a Super U market. We were there in winter, and the house was still warm and comfortable.
"Just to let you know we had a lovely time - lovely cottage, nice and peaceful" Janet & Mick Worthington July 06
Must thank you very much for letting us stay at your charming cottage. Everyone enjoyed it immensely. Hope we can go again sometime.John & Joan Hunt. August/September 2005Thoroughly enjoyed it, we had sunshine until the Saturday we were leaving - it was so good we seeme to spend overlong at the Plan d-eau with the sand. I have enjoyed our dealings. Laurence Nash

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About the owner
We have been successfully renting our house for 6 years and consider it excellent value for money.
Owner score 155
Calendar updated: 3 years ago
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Located in: United Kingdom
Joined: April 2006