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Cottage with pool (usually sole use) + garden room + aircon (bedroom)

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1 bedroom
2 bathrooms
2 guests
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La Vieille Grange in Semoussac is a quality conversion of a wine producing barn, the gite offers couples privacy, relaxation, views, large all weather garden room (with full width, sliding glass doors), acre of garden, 11x5m swimming pool & all mod cons (incl aircon in bedroom). It is different in many ways, offering the best of both worlds in its facilities, its location and in the atmosphere the owners strive to create ! Located in countryside, surrounded by vineyards and rolling Charente Maritime countryside but within 10 minutes of the Gironde estuary (with nature reserve and bird sanctuary) and quiet marinas, it is within 30 minutes of a nice beach with lots of lovely local places to visit and with easy access to the life of Bordeaux & La Rochelle. The gite is specifically designed...La Vieille Grange in Semoussac is a quality conversion of a wine producing barn, the gite offers couples privacy, relaxation, views, large all weather garden room (with full width, sliding glass doors), acre of garden, 11x5m swimming pool & all mod cons (incl aircon in bedroom). It is different in many ways, offering the best of both worlds in its facilities, its location and in the atmosphere the owners strive to create ! Located in countryside, surrounded by vineyards and rolling Charente Maritime countryside but within 10 minutes of the Gironde estuary (with nature reserve and bird sanctuary) and quiet marinas, it is within 30 minutes of a nice beach with lots of lovely local places to visit and with easy access to the life of Bordeaux & La Rochelle. The gite is specifically designed around the needs of couples (or 2 friends !) and Martin and Christopher take pride in welcoming and respecting the diversity of their guests, regardless of background. The gite consists of : On ground floor : kitchen/dining room : modern and fully equipped incl full sized oven & ceramic hob, breakfast bar, dishwasher, washing machine, fridge/freezer, microwave, dining table/chairs and direct dial telephone/answering machine living room : with Godin log burner, TV/video with English (BBC, ITV, Film4 etc) & French channels, DVD player, CD/radio/cassette player & sofa (a sofa-bed can be provided for people not able to get up the stairs, subject to availability) bathroom : bath with wall mounted shower attachment separate WC entrance hall, with spiral staircase up to : On 1st floor, in the converted grenier/loft, 2 large bedrooms (each approx 6mx3m / 18ftx9ft into the eaves - although with some low beams) : main double bedroom for 2 people, incl. sitting area with sofa and aircon ... and French windows with views across countryside towards the estuary (and the sunsets !). mezzanine double bedroom for additional 2 people, leading to main bedroom and outside : an enormous (6x4 metre) all weather & all year round garden room/terrace with triple sliding patio doors, opening onto pool area and stunning views across garden and valley beyond If/when you need heating in the garden room, there is a log burner if you just want a quick bit of added warmth there is a stylish infra-red gas radiator So if it's a bit drizzly you can still relax and enjoy a good book (or an even better bottle of wine !) whilst enjoying the 'being in the garden' feeling and gazing at the views across garden and valley to the village beyond ! And when it stops drizzling and warms up - just open up as much or as little of the patio doors as you want - opening up as much as 2/3rds of the room to the garden. With a choice of furniture : easy chairs; wood steamer-style chairs or deckchairs. Plus dining table & chairs, coffee table and side tables. plenty of choice of garden furniture (wood or PVC sun-loungers, chairs, tables & parasols), plus BBQ and 2 bikes use of 11mx5m swimming pool - May to October incl. The pool is approx 1m in the shallow end and approx 2m at the deep end, with a diving board * use of garden - approx 1 acre - incl boules pit and picnic area with 2nd BBQ with pool and garden shared only with the owners and from time to time their guests. Yours is the only gite, and normally you will have the pool entirely to yourselves ! and the ever popular 'finishing touches' : with your confirmation letter, you'll get our colour information booklet - with everything from our favourite places to eat and drink, to the all important opening times of local supermarkets - and of course maps and directions for getting to us ! and waiting for you when you arrive : fresh flowers to gladden the eye our complimentary 'Post Travelling Recovery Kit' otherwise known as our 'Welcome Pack', including a bottle of wine (for you to celebrate the start of your holiday !) and provisions for an evening snack and morning breakfast - so you don't need to go to a supermarket after travelling ! (Pack includes : bottle of wine, olives, bread, croissants, milk, cheese, orange juice, tea, coffee, sugar, margarine, pasta & pesto sauce) an abundance of up to date tourist maps, guides and leaflets - carefully organised to make it easy to find just what you want (yes, Chris IS that sad !) availability of an extensive DVD & video library (to accompany that late night bottle of wine perhaps ?) Wi-fi coverage is provided on request (subject to availabilit) if you bring a wi-fi enabled laptop. the gite Information Folder with details of everything from the latest weather forecast to information about how to use all the gite's facilities Tourist License / Licencia de turismo N °: 01701017-42417-0509More
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About the Owner
Chris and Martin .
Languages spoken:English, French
Response Rate:100%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:March 2007
Interaction with guests
We'll let previous guest reviews speak for themselves ! 'Chris and Martin were wonderful hosts, attentive but unobtrusive.' 'Chris and Martin were extremely helpful and informative without being intrusive. ' 'We were made to feel very much 'at home' by Martin and Chris, who were unassuming and charming.' 'The hosts Chris and Martin were brilliant too, so helpful and generous but at the same time very discreet'
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is our 3rd stay at La Vielle Grange, and it won't be our last. The gite was, as always spotlessly clean on arrival. The pool also. The gite had everything we needed for a quiet relaxing holiday. Our son and his lady joined us...More

Date of stay: August 2019
Thank 178MikeB
Keanu R, VR Owner at Cottage with pool (usually sole use) + garden room + aircon (bedroom), responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Mike - it's just a shame TripAdvisor don't provide for adding a Tina Turner soundtrack to your review ! We're delighted you enjoyed your 3rd stay with us - it's always nice to welcome people back, particularly when it's obvious they enjoy themselves so much....More

Reviewed 24 June 2019

This was our third time staying at Chris & Martin's gite, and we hope it won't be our last. We love it for the peace & quiet, the fabulous pool, the lovely garden, its proximity to lots of pretty villages to explore & places to...More

Date of stay: June 2019
Thank Teresa H
Keanu R, VR Owner at Cottage with pool (usually sole use) + garden room + aircon (bedroom), responded to this reviewResponded 27 June 2019

Teresa Many thanks for such a lovely review - it was a real pleasure welcoming you back for the 3rd time - and we're glad Ziggy rose to the occasion ! Looking forward to welcoming you back for the 4th time ! Chris, Martin -...More

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Reviewed 30 May 2019

In one word: "amazing". This was the best location we ever had, including the best host! From the moment we arrived at Semoussac our holidays started! We had a really warm welcome including a kind of "survival kit" for the first evening with some food...More

Date of stay: May 2019
Thank Kristina K
Keanu R, VR Owner at Cottage with pool (usually sole use) + garden room + aircon (bedroom), responded to this reviewResponded 2 June 2019

Kristina Many thanks for such a kind review - we're delighted you enjoyed yourselves. Thank you for choosing to stay with us. Chris and Martin

Reviewed 12 September 2018

We enjoyed our 10 days at this very rural gite immensely. The welcoming owners have taken enormous care to ensure every requirement of their guests is fulfilled. It is one of the best equipped properties that we have stayed in. An especially generous welcome pack,...More

Date of stay: September 2018
Thank doreenwg68
PeterPan2, VR Owner at Cottage with pool (usually sole use) + garden room + aircon (bedroom), responded to this reviewResponded 26 September 2018

That's a very kind review - thank you for taking the time to write it ! Chris is delighted you found the pool to be so clean - and Martin is equally delighted that the gite was spotless ! It was a real pleasure to...More

Reviewed 26 August 2018

A beautiful gite with a stunning private pool and garden area. This place provides rest and relaxation in abundance. Chris and Martin offer a warm welcome on arrival and throughout your stay remain discreet but are always available if required. The welcome pack is excellent...More

Date of stay: June 2018
Thank Jet802582
PeterPan2, VR Owner at Cottage with pool (usually sole use) + garden room + aircon (bedroom), responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2018

Thanks for the review ! It's been a pleasure welcoming you back over the last 5 years - and other family members before that ! Glad we are discrete as ever ! Looking forward to seeing you again next time - the garden (and wine...More

Amenities
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: No
DVD Player
Refrigerator
Washer
Air Conditioning
Towels Provided
Cycling Trips
Books
Hairdryer
TV
Parking
Shared Garden
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Linens Provided
Internet Access
Toaster
Telephone
Cooker
Grill
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
Fishing Nearby
Local Guides/Maps
Dishwasher
Freezer
Cable/satellite TV
Iron
Beach Or Lakeside Relaxation
Stereo System
Hiking Trips
Microwave
Balcony
Wi-Fi
Kettle
Shared Outdoor Pool (Unheated)
Terrace
Patio
Fireplace
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Does this holiday rental have a dining room?YesNoUnsure
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About the neighbourhood
There are loads of interesting places to visit and things to do (if/when you tire of just lying around the pool during the summer!), including sleepy villages and livelier towns, beaches, chateaux/wine tasting, nature reserves, a new bird sanctuary, outside activities (for those into them!) including fishing, horse riding, walking and bird watching - or just sitting outside bars watching the world go by! Within easy striking distance are : Chatelallion Plage, La Rochelle, Ile de Ré, Ile d'Oléron, St. Jean d'Angély, Angoulême, Royan, Rochefort, Cognac, Blaye, Saintes, Niort and even Bordeaux all within 1 hour drive.
How to get there
There are 3 main ways of travelling to La Vieille Grange (see the owners website for the latest information - link at bottom of advert) : By Ferry and Road: * Whilst there are numerous ferry routes and operators, the owners find the easiest from the UK to be Brittany Ferries Portsmouth-St.Malo (4 hours drive away), or Portsmouth-Caen (5 hrs). If you live in the south west of England, their Plymouth-Roscoff (5 ½ hrs) and Poole-Cherbourg (5 ¾ hrs)routes are further alternatives. * High speed services operate from Portsmouth to Caen & Cherbourg (Brittany Ferries) and from Poole, Weymouth & Jersey to St.Malo (Condor). * Or of course there's the Channel Tunnel to Calais (6 ½ hrs away). with autoroutes almost all the way (avoiding Paris!) * From Ireland, Brittany Ferries go from Cork to Ros...
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