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L’échappée Douce - A Perfect Escape In Rural France

Farm house with 3 bedrooms and 1 bathroom in Néré, France

From £549 per week

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Farm house to rent in Néré, France

A high quality, private and spacious farmhouse enclosed within a charming walled garden. Interior furnishings are eclectic and elegant and it is fully equipped with everything you may need.

  • Farm house
  • Sleeps 7
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Balcony / terrace
  • Parking
  • Private garden
  • BBQ
  • Washing machine

Farm house overview - owner's description

A high quality, private and spacious farmhouse enclosed within a charming walled garden. Built from buttery Charente stone, the house is southerly facing and you need only open the shutters to flood the house with light. It’s the much-loved holiday home of English owners with a passion for music, cooking and French life in this peaceful hamlet, with its endless skies and vineyard views. Inside, Charentaise stone, white-washed walls and exposed wooden beams throughout create a feeling of stylish simplicity. Interior furnishings are eclectic and elegant and it is fully equipped with everything you may need.

Step inside from the walled garden into the open-plan living area – big windows and beamed ceilings, Charentaise stone and neutral paintwork, give it an airy feel. Everything’s fresh and cared for: comfy sofas flank a grand fireplace, bookshelves proffer interesting novels; a friendly mix of traditional and modern furniture, with splashes of colour in paintings and fabrics. There’s a large dining table too, with enough space to comfortably seat 6.

There’s a well thought out cook’s kitchen with all you’ll need. High quality, hanging pots and pans, cookery books galore, a pantry and cupboard doors made from old shutters. There’s a Nespresso machine to make a delicious coffee with no mess, no fuss and a quality double oven as well as a microwave. A large family size fridge-freezer gives plenty of space for chilling and there’s extra fridge and freezer capacity available for large groups – you only need to ask. Food can be served direct to the garden table via the large French windows or to the dining table if you choose to eat indoors.

The bathroom is downstairs and is tiled with a white brickwork pattern with an impressive double shower – perfect to kick start your day. It’s a spacious room with drawers to house your toiletries and white, vintage style fittings. Right next door is the laundry, where you’ll find a washing machine, drier and a ceiling drying rack as well as a handy extra toilet and wash basin.

The double bedroom is situated downstairs and has a large aspect window with uninterrupted views over open fields. A tall, free-standing mahogany wardrobe provides plenty of space to hang clothes and a bedside bookshelf houses some good reads plus space to pile up your own collection.

A winding concrete stair leads upstairs to the Master Bedroom which is stylish and comfortable with its super king sized bed, white-washed walls and natural sisal flooring. Built in wardrobes provide plenty of storage space, for both hanging and folded clothes. Antique side cabinets flank the bed, with lamps to facilitate comfortable reading, while a generous dressing table provides ample space for bits and bobs.

The landing area is bright and spacious and houses a comfortable day bed which can also be converted into a bed if required.

Across the landing is the Triple Room. A solid wooden floor, thick Charentaise stone, white-washed walls and a beamed ceiling give this beautiful room the feel of a typical French style family bedroom. There are three comfortable, single beds with antique side cabinets and lamps and there’s ample storage space in a wardrobe and chest of drawers. You’ll find plenty of room to lounge or play and we especially like the room’s three beanbags – perfect for cosying up with a good read.

Attached to the main house by a covered walkway is a separate games room with a full sized pool table and plenty of board games and jigsaws – perfect for evening tournaments or if the weather is not being kind.

Joining the house to the Games Room is a covered terrace with antique, wooden seating – perfect for morning coffee or an evening nightcap.

The charming walled garden is a peaceful space laid with beds of lavender and mature plants and separated by gravel paths. Its outside patio is shaded by stylish sails with a generously sized family table to enjoy al fresco dining at any time of the day.

The meadow opposite L’Échappée Douce comes with the house, so feel free to use it as you wish for picnics, impromptu sports games or watching the sunset with a glass of rosé … you get the idea. We have footballs, a cricket set, a boules set and kites – all ready for you to help yourself.

We’re perfectly positioned for walks (both long and short) which start literally on the doorstep. There’s a lovely circular walk through the vineyards and the forest from the house or take the back route down to the local village of Néré and treat yourself to a drink at the bar when you get there.

Néré (2 mins by car) is home to a friendly restaurant/bar with English speaking staff & there's a weekly visit from a fantastic food truck. Don't miss the incredible local markets - stalls piled high with delicious, fresh produce.

Catch dinner at the local trout lake, pick your own vegetables at the organic farm in nearby Angoulême, escape from the Maize Maze or make friends with a monkey at La Vallée des Singes.

Within an hour's drive of the Atlantic coast with beautiful sandy beaches. Enjoy the islands of Oléron and Ré or the very cosmopolitan, La Rochelle. Take a tour of Cognac's famous distilleries or cruise along the river at Saintes.

There are chateaux straight out of fairy tales, donkeys wearing traditional pyjamas & locally produced wines and cognac. Throw in an average of 2,600 hours of sunshine per year & you can feel sure that the region has plenty to offer for a perfect holiday!

Reviews

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2 out of 2 people recommend staying here

Family from Birmingham, United Kingdom Aug 2019

We had a fabulous stay at this property, it exceeded expectation as the photo's don't do it justice. The property is 'better in the flesh'. Furnished to a high specification made for a comfortable stay and we could easliy have stayed for longer. Wifi coverage good which was important for our teenage children! Fully equipped kitchen and UK satellite television if you needed it. Plenty of space and with all of the facilities you need to make your stay stress free and without any hassle. An excellent games room with pool table and an array of bikes to cycle the very quiet lanes in the vicinity. Very peaceful location but never far from the village for your essentials such as the bakery, pharmacy and butcher etc. The local bistro St.Pierre has very friendly locals who will talk to you and are full of good advice should you need it. A fair number are British who now live in the area and it is very easy to see why. A relaxed pace of life in a very nice location. However please do not take my word for it and try it for yourself. I would highly recommend a stay at this traditional style farmhouse. Communication with Rachel, the owner, was first class who replied to my many questions posed in advance of our stay very quickly and with a host of information to help us.

Reply from Rachel

Thank you so much for such an enthusiastic and detailed review. We are thrilled that you had such a great holiday and delighted that you loved the house and area as much as we do. We really look forward to welcoming you back very soon!

Family from Bakewell, United Kingdom Aug 2019

Wonderful spacious, charming house with everything which we could have wished for provided, from bicycles and a well equipped games room, to quality kitchenware and a thoughtful welcome pack awaiting our arrival (the chilled rosé was particularly appreciated!)
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and felt as if we were staying in a friend's well-appointed, elegant home, rather than in an anonymous holiday let. Would have no hesitation in recommending l'Échapée Douce for anyone looking for a perfect blend of rural tranquillity, elegant surroundings, with plenty of day trip opportunities (including the beaches).

Reply from Rachel

Thank you, Susanne for your thoughtful and enthusiastic review. We are thrilled that you had a great stay and really pleased that you appreciated the special touches. We hope to be able to welcome you back to L'Échappée Douce very soon!


6 other reviews

The Dent Family Aug 2019

Beautiful and cozy house with lots of character! Equipped with everything you would need to have a wonderful stay here and a very clear and helpful information booklet. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay, thank you very much!

The Connaughton Family Aug 2019

What a fabulous week we had! A lovely stay in this beautiful place, we could easily have stayed for a month. Visited Saintes, Cognac, La Rochelle and we even found the craft beer place in Matha mentioned in the folder! A few Corsican beers were purchased so I look forward to these. The Bistro St Pierre in Néré was great for a beer or 2 and the local community were very friendly and made us feel very welcome. We've had a great time, having a place such as this to return to after a long day 'out in the field' was a godsend. Sad to be off today however we will most definitely return here again in the future.

The Frazer Family Jul 2019

The house was beautifully presented, immaculate and very well equipped throughout. There were some nice personal touches such as wine & food left for us on arrival by Maria & Tony the housekeepers. They didn't disturb us but were at the other end of the phone should any issues arise. The weather was fantastic so we didn't avail of the great games room but instead dined outside in the lovely walled garden and played rounders in the field out the back, the parking in the field was also a big plus. The house was located right beside vineyards & sunflowers & was idyllic with lovely walks. Nére is a very short drive away with it's lovely boulangerie and it was a great base for travelling. Poitiers, Cognac, íle de Ré, Bordeaux, Niort, Saintes & La Rochelle are all within driving distance. This property comes highly recommended.

The Ancel- James Family Apr 2019

What a beautiful, well-decorated, meticulously clean home in a beautiful rural setting. Our children loved flying kites in the meadow and playing pool. We enjoyed cooking in the well-appointed kitchen and spending peaceful time together. Thank you.

The Moore Family Aug 2018

I started to relax the moment we drove up the lane to the house! This was a fabulous holiday - the children had loads of space outdoors to run around and we enjoyed exploring the local countryside on foot and on bikes. The house is incredibly well equipped which made the whole experience a pleasure. We'll be back!

Irene Jun 2018

We feel completely recharged after our holiday - lots of nice, long walks in the countryside and plenty of fresh air. It was great to be able to eat dinner in the lovely walled garden and we also appreciated having the bar in the village for when we didn't want to cook. Plenty of places to visit when we fancied a trip out too, so everyone was happy.

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Location

This farm house is:

2km from the nearest bar 2km from the nearest restaurant 13km from the nearest supermarket 96km from La Rochelle airport

Local activities

Swimming 13km

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Outside this farm house in Néré, France
This farm house is in the countryside and in a quiet area. It has a balcony, a barbecue, a garage, outside lighting and a garden. Car hire is necessary as the renter will need a car to get about for shopping, eating out and the beach; however parking is available if required.

Prices and availability

Updated 10 August 2019

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Changeover days and minimum stays

  • 24 October 2019 - 24 October 2020: the minimum stay is 7 nights.

Facilities

Bedrooms

3 bedrooms, Sleeps 7:

  • 1 king size bed
  • 3 single beds
  • 1 double bed

There is also 1 double sofa bed in Landing area

Bathrooms

1 bathroom, 1 Separate WC

Entertainment

CD player, DVD/Blu-ray player, Internet / WiFi, Radio, TV Languages in English, Satellite / cable

General

Living area seats 6, Dining area seats 7, Open fire, Clothes drier, Hair dryer, Iron / board, Towels / linen, Washing machine, Car hire essential

Kitchen

Cooker, Crockery, Cutlery, Fridge, Freezer, Glassware, Kettle, Microwave, Oven, Pots / pans, Toaster

Outside

Balcony or terrace, Barbecue, Garage, Outside lighting, Parking, Private garden

Leisure

Snooker / pool table

Suitable for

Children

Extra information

The meadow opposite L’Échappée Douce also comes with the house, so feel free to use it.

Rachel

Average rating from 2 reviews

Private Owner From Jumeirah Park, United Arab Emirates Member since Jan 2019

Past bookings: 2 bookings

Response rate: 100%

Response time: within 35 minutes

Last seen: a month ago

Number of properties: 1

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