Picture your perfect French gîte holiday…
Wooden beams and wood burning stoves… cosy bedrooms, iron bedsteads and fresh linen… lazy lengths in the heated pool… neighbouring village, with boulangerie and bistro… or dine al fresco beneath the twinkling stars and fairy lights…La Blatière has it all… and more.
Just over an hour’s drive from La Rochelle, Nantes and Poitiers airports and within easy reach of Ferry Ports and the TGV (high-speed train) network, The Farmhouse at La Blatière makes a beautiful setting for your French adventure.
Set in half an acre of land with fruit trees, plants and lawns and surrounded by winding lanes and farmland, the newly redecorated Farmhouse comes complete with a shared heated swimming pool and free Wifi. Our little part of south-western France also boasts 2400 hours of sunshine a year making it the second sunniest part of France and the perfect place to enjoy the peace and tranquility of country living but still be close to all that Poitou-Charantes has to offer.
This perfect, easy-to-reach location means there are so many wonderful things to do on your doorstep or slightly further afield. A leisurely stroll will take you into the local village for a coffee or to pick up a baguette or 10 mins along the road try Go Karting or the Parc Aventure with the kids, fishing at Pescalis or Moncoutant with its restaurants and market. Then just a little further away you can explore the beautiful cites of Niort, Poitiers and La Rochelle, go golfing at Bressuire enjoy the excitement of Futurescope, step back in time at Puy du Fou. Why not visit the wolves at the Zoodyssee or enjoy a relaxing day boating along the canals of France’s own Green Venice and there is so much more too… you will be spoilt for choice!
We can’t wait to welcome you to La Blatière – your little piece of French heaven…
Lesley & Paul
The enchanting Farmhouse at La Blatière sleeps 6 and features a magical mezzanine master bedroom with exposed beams, an iron bedstead and en-suite. Enjoy long lazy days dining beneath the wisteria covered terrace, then light the wood burning stoves for cosy nights in.
• Sleeps 6. Ground floor with mezzanine level.
• Mezzanine master bedroom with king size bed, beamed ceiling, dressing alcove, en-suite shower room with WC.
• Ground floor double bedroom with king size bed.
• Ground floor twin bedroom with two single beds.
• Shower room with hand basin and WC.
• Spacious living room with fireplace with wood burning stove and doors to terrace. Freesat TV (British channels, Free Wifi and DVD player.
• Books, DVDs, board games. Plus table football/hockey table.
• Well-equipped kitchen/diner with second wood burning stove, microwave, washing machine, gas cooker fridge/freezer and dishwasher. Dining table with 6 chairs.
• All bedding, tea towels, bath towels, plus pool towels provided.
• Travel cot, baby bath, stair gate, and highchair available.
• Double glazing.
• Private/Own terrace and garden/lawn area.
• Shared solar-heated swimming pool with sun loungers.
• Outdoor dining area with BBQ.
• Outdoor games, swingball, boules etc.
• Free use of 4 full size bikes
• Fitness room with free-weights, benches, mats and heavy punch-bag.
• Parking for several cars including motorhome/caravan.
|Address: La Blatière - Farmhouse, La Chapelle-Saint-Etienne, France|
|Zip/Postal Code: 79240|
| Latitude/Longitude: 46.65888466977259 / -0.5845201855468076|
|Nearest bar / pub||Cafe Rendez-vous, Cafe des Sports||3 km|
|Nearest boulangerie||Boulangerie-Patisserie||3 km|
|Nearest doctor||L'Absie||3 km|
|Nearest market||Moncoutant||9 km|
|Nearest restaurant||O'Bistrot, Cafe Rendez-Vous, Hotel L'Etoile||3 km|
|Nearest river||Pecsalis||8 km|
|Nearest supermarket||Carefour||3 km|
We are within easy reach of a number of Airports and Channel Ports as well as the TGV (high-speed train) network.
- St Malo is a 3 hour drive with crossings to Portsmouth, Guernsey and Jersey
- Caen is a 3 1/2 hour drive with crossings to Portsmouth
- Roscoff is a 4 1/2 hour drive with crossings to Plymouth and Cork
- Le Havre is also 4 1/2 hour drive with crossings to Portsmouth
- Cherbourg is a 4 hours 50 mins drive with crossings to Portsmouth and Poole
- And Calais is about 6 hours with crossings to Dover
Low cost flights are available all year round to La Rochelle, Poitiers and Nantes airports, all of which are around 1 hr 15mins from us.
- La Rochelle flies to Birmingham, Bristol, Dublin, Gatwick, Manchester, Southampton and Stansted
- Nantes flies to Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Manchester, Southampton and all London airports
- Poitiers flies to Edinburgh and Stansted.
We are a 6 hour drive from Calais, or if you prefer the train please book through Eurostar from London St Pancres to Poitiers. Poitiers station is 1 hour and 23 mins from Paris.
Avis, Eurocar, Hertz and Alamo etc. have offices at the airports or within walking distance from the train stations.
We can also give you individual directions from any starting point or visit Google Maps or the AA website for a route planner.
THE AREA – THINGS TO DO
La Blatière offers you the enjoyment of a holiday in peaceful rural surroundings, yet with a wealth of places to visit within easy reach. There truly is something for everyone here.
ON YOUR DOORSTEP
L’ABSIE - 3 KMs.
A 2min drive, 10 min cycle or 40min leisurely stroll along the country lanes brings you to our local village with its supermarket, shops, hairdressers, bakery, bars, restaurants, bank and post office. It has a village square and is centred on the remains of a medieval abbey, patronised by Eleanor of Aquitaine.
PARC AVENTURE CHANTERMERLE 79. (5 MINS)
An adventure park for all the family with: • Zip line and aerial adventure – from 2 years upwards • Laser quest • Mini golf • Adventure walks
BOCASPEED (5 MINS)
Go karting fun.
PESCALIS – International Carp Fishing Centre (10 MINS) http://www.pescalis.com/
This preserved area with numerous lakes is dedicated to fishing, for both novices and experts. While fishing enthusiasts indulge in their passion, others can enjoy following the cycle routes around the lake. There’s also an aquarium to visit and a restaurant, plus a host of other activities like mini-golf, a children’s play area, table tennis and a swimming pool for all.
MONCOUTANT - (11 MINS)
Market town with its weekly market, selection of shops, large supermarket, butchers, bakers numerous hairdressers, beautician and lovely restaurants.
UNDER AN HOUR AWAY
GOLF DU BOCAGE (25 MINS)
Located in Bressuire, newly opened 18 hole golf course, 72 par located in beautiful surroundings with a putting green, practice green, pitch and putt and restaurant. Buggies and clubs are available to hire directly from the clubhouse.
VOUVANT (26 MINS)
One of the most beautiful villages in the area.
MERVANT (27 MINS)
Wonderful lakes, boating, swimming, fishing and zoo.
O’GLISS PARC (27 MINS
Something for everyone - this water park has 12 giant water slides, 4 river rapids, wave pool, beach area and exotic gardens.
NIORT (35 mins)
Capital of Deux Sevres – shopping, architecture and culture. Enjoy the café terraces of the old town, then head to the banks of the Sèvre Niortaise or browse the morning and weekend markets and on Thursdays in July and August visit the Niort festival in the gardens of Le Roc windmill, a summer event for contemporary music.
THE GREEN VENICE OF THE POITEVIN MARSHES. (38 MINS)
This protected natural area with trees and canals is steeped in fairy-tales and legend. Enjoy a boat ride and relax with a picnic near the water’s edge.
PUY DU FOU (45MINS)
The Puy du Fou extends over 45 hectares and enchants children and adults alike with its medieval, 18th and 19th century villages and spectacular effects. Leave the 20th Century behind and step back in time step to witness Viking warriors launch an attack from their long ships, experience the frenzy of the Roma Circus, the swashbuckling of the Musketeers and so much more, it’s no wonder its France’s second most popular tourist attraction after Disney!
LESS THAN 90 MINS AWAY
THE ZOODYSSÉE (1 HOUR)
A fabulous ecological animal park of 25 hectares. The Zoodyssée is home to around 500 European animals and over 60 fascinating species.
FUTURESCOPE (1hr 10mins)
The only one of its kind in Europe. Located just outside Poitiers, Fututurescope is set in 60 hectares of tranquil green countryside, with original experiences you won't find anywhere else: films in giant format, thrill-filled attractions, 3D rides with 4D effects, games, live shows, open-air activities, and more.
LA ROCHELLE (1hr 15 mins)
La Rochelle is a historic Atlantic port city with medieval fortifications around the old port. The criss-cross of narrow streets, many of them closed to vehicles, are bordered by medieval and Renaissance houses, built in the distinctive local white limestone. The narrow streets are filled with bars and restaurants offering local specialities and cuisine from around the world. Wander round the port, enjoy the cafés and restaurants, visit the aquarium and perhaps take a boat trip to the Island of Ré,
POITIERS (1HR 15MINS)
Recognised as the City for art and culture Poitiers is a University city and the regional capital of Charantes. Lovers of city rambles will enjoy discovering the picturesque narrow streets of the city and the half-timbered houses. Rich in art and culture, it offers over 3,000 shows throughout the year. There is something for every taste: dance, music, theatre and exhibitions as well as 30 festivals, historical and unusual museums, cinemas, as well as numerous galleries to explore.
VALLEE DES SINGES (VALLEY OF THE MONKEYS) (1HR 30 MINS)
Come and see over 400 primates in this 35acre wildlife park. Recognised for its conservation work at the Valley these beautiful primates wander freely amongst the forests, paths and streams enabling you to observe them in a natural environment and in their own social groups.