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Converted barn, with heated pool and games barn. In village with shop and bar

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Overview
1 bedroom
1 bathroom
4 guests
3 nights minimum
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Converted stone barn, in the heart of a lovely village with shop, bar, cafe and Renaissance chateau within 400 meters. A 2 minute walk to pick up your fresh bread or croissant in the morning or have a drink in the bar in the evening. A lovely romantic getaway for 2 adults, but can accommodate 2 children as well if required. Spacious living/kitchen/dining area and a large covered terrace area with your own BBQ. The Barn is one of three gites at La Petite Ferme Gites, Dampierre-sur-Boutonne, which was originally a working farm in the heart of the village. The Barn has been lovingly restored keeping it's original stone walls, exposed beams and even the rings where the animals used to be tethered. You enter the Barn from the large, private terrace. The front door opens into a large, airy (and...Converted stone barn, in the heart of a lovely village with shop, bar, cafe and Renaissance chateau within 400 meters. A 2 minute walk to pick up your fresh bread or croissant in the morning or have a drink in the bar in the evening. A lovely romantic getaway for 2 adults, but can accommodate 2 children as well if required. Spacious living/kitchen/dining area and a large covered terrace area with your own BBQ. The Barn is one of three gites at La Petite Ferme Gites, Dampierre-sur-Boutonne, which was originally a working farm in the heart of the village. The Barn has been lovingly restored keeping it's original stone walls, exposed beams and even the rings where the animals used to be tethered. You enter the Barn from the large, private terrace. The front door opens into a large, airy (and cool in the summer) kitchen/living area. The kitchen is fully equipped and contains all the equipment and utensils you should need during your stay including oven, hob, microwave, fridge, toaster, kettle and coffee machine. The lounge area has a double sofa bed, arm chair, coffee table and TV, with a dining table and 4 dining chairs. Upstairs is a large bedroom with stone walls and exposed beams. There is with a double bed and single bed. The single bed is in the eaves, with restricted headroom, so is more ideally suited to a child. There is room for a cot or additional mattress if required. There is hanging space and drawers, bedside tables and bedside lights. The shower room leads off from the bedroom. The outside private terrace is large and airy, with a table, chairs and BBQ. Plenty of room for sunbeds should you wish to relax. The back half of the terrace remains in the shade all day long, so is the perfect place to keep cool and chill out. It is a lovely spot to relax and eat in the evenings. There is a beautiful and newly refurbished 10 x 5 m heated pool, with ample sunbeds and parasols. The pool area is in the sun the for the whole day. There is a large patio and pebbled area surrounding the pool. There is also a large games barn to amuse both the children and the adults. It is equipped with a pool table, table tennis, table football, darts and a number of board games. We also provide equipment that can be used on the lawn area such as badminton, football, boules, frisbee. Excellent Wifi and French and English TV (freeview) are available in the gite. We have a friendly cat who lives with us on site. There is ample space for parking on site and the property has gates which can be closed during the day and are locked at night Bath towels and bedding provided, but we ask guests to provide their own pool/beach towels. There are laundry facilities are on site, including a washing machine, clothes driers, iron and ironing board. There is also a freezer and ice maker available. The Barn is one of three gites at La Petite Ferme Gites, the other two being The Farmhouse (sleeps 6) and Fig Tree Cottage (sleeps 2). Each gite has it's own private terrace/eating area and BBQ and do not overlook each other, so you can feel secluded. The guests do share the heated pool, games barn, sun terraces, lawn, laundry and parking. All three gites can be rented together should you require Dampierre sur Boutonne is a lovely village, with a village shop that is open 7 days a week and sells fresh bread, pastries, freshly baked pizza and all the day to day necessities you may need. The village cafe/bar, 'Garage a Papi', is a quirky, chilled out place where you can sit and enjoy views of the sun setting behind the Chateau. The bar has indoor seating, but also has outdoor seating in it's large orchard, next to the river. Often musicians play on summer Sunday afternoons. The Chateau de Dampierre is a beautiful renaissance chateau open to the public, with stunning gardens to walk through. They offer daily guided tours, as well as allowing you to freely explore by yourself. Throughout the year they have a range of art exhibitions and musical events. The river Boutonne flows through the village and around the chateau. Fishing, hiking and cycling are all accessible in the village. We can give you information on local routes and fishing spots. We have a number of bikes (and helmets) for you to borrow, but can also arrange for bike hire if the sizes are not correct. We can also arrange canoe hire or fishing trips. Aulnay, a charming little market town, with it's bar, restaurants, shops, twice weekly market and large supermarket (Intermache) is an 8 minute drive, while the larger, lovely market town of Saint Jean D'Angely is a 15 minute drive. Here you will find a number of supermarkets, bars, restaurants, twice weekly market, Abbey and a cinema as well as a range of leisure activities such as karting, boating, canoeing and swimming. Both towns are on the Santiago De Compostela pilgrimage trail and have stunning churches and other historic buildings to visit. There are very helpful tourist information offices in both towns. More
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About the Owner
Sam A
Languages spoken:English
Response Rate:100%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:April 2018
Interaction with guests
We will be there to welcome you with a drink and the keys when you arrive We live on site, so will be available to answer any questions should you need, but will not intrude on your holiday in any way.
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Reviewed 25 August 2018 via mobile

Just spent 10 amazingly relaxing days in this beautiful part of France. We can’t fault our hosts Stuart & Sam for their knowledge of the area and excellent hospitality. Both happy to leave you to enjoy your holiday yet there on hand day and night...More

Date of stay: August 2018
2  Thank Kamilla E
Management response:Responded 27 August 2018

Many thanks for your glowing review. It was lovely to meet and get to know you your delightful family. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay here and were able to relax and unwind. We would welcome you back here anytime. Best wishes, Sam,...More

Reviewed 23 July 2018

Set in a beautiful village, we stayed in The Barn, superbly maintained and well appointed with all the necessities. The hosts, Stuart and Sam are very welcoming and the stay was extremely relaxing. A day spent in and around the pool recharges the battery and...More

Date of stay: July 2018
1  Thank Connector791352
Management response:Responded 23 July 2018

We are glad you enjoyed your stay (& the bread, cheese & wine). We hope to see you back here again soon Sam and Stuart

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Reviewed 8 July 2018

I stayed in The Barn and it was absolutely perfect. I have stayed in many self-contained holiday rentals over the years throughout Europe and this was by far the best equipped and best value. The swimming pool was beautiful and relaxing and I really appreciated...More

Date of stay: June 2018
1  Thank AnneDC701
Management response:Responded 9 July 2018

Thank you for your lovely review. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay. You were a delightful guest & we would welcome you back anytime. Best wishes Sam and Stuart

Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Staffed Property
Cooker
Grill
Suitable For Children Under 5
Fishing Nearby
Game Room
Pool Table
Refrigerator
Shared Outdoor Pool (Heated)
Washer
Highchair
Towels Provided
Freezer
Cable/satellite TV
Iron
TV
Microwave
Balcony
Ping Pong Table
Linens Provided
Secure Parking
Wi-Fi
Kettle
Internet Access
Terrace
Toaster
Patio
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About the neighbourhood
3 miles away is the world famous Asinerie du Baudet du Poitou (Poitou Donkey Farm) home of the rasta donkeys and Zoodysee wild life park in Chize is a 15 minute drive away. Water sports, including paddle boarding, water skiing, kayaking and canoeing are a 25 minute drive away Ideally situated to be within a 60 minute drive of a number of historic and beautiful towns including La Rochelle, Royan and Rochefort as well as equally gorgeous, but lesser known beaches such as Fouras and Chatelaillon Plage. Stunning Charente towns worth a visit include Cognac, Jarnac, Saintes, Niort, and Angouleme . We provide each gite with a large pack of information on the local area and have range of maps including cycle and walking routes.
How to get there
By Road: Channel Tunnel to Calais, the tunnel is 35 minutes and then involves a 7 hour drive. Trains leave every 30 mins so very flexible. Dover to Calais ferry is a 1.5 hour crossing and then 7 hour drive Fast Ferry from Portsmouth to Cherbourg (3 hours) and then a 5 hour Drive. 1 Ferry a day with Brittany Ferries that leaves at 9.00am. Normal Ferry From Portsmouth to Caen or Cherbourg (5 Hours) and then a 5 hour Drive. Ferry from Portsmouth to St Malo which is normally overnight and arrives at around 8.00am, then a 4 hour drive. There are other options for ferries from Southampton / Pool / Dover. By Air: La Rochelle is the nearest airport at 1 hour away from us and is served by Ryanair from Stansted / Gatwick Poitier Airport as around an hour and a quarter away. Bordeaux and Lim...
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