À propos de ce logement
we've painstakingly transformed the spacious and extremely well-equipped holiday house which suits us down to the ground as we hope it will you. We loved the area because of its tranquillity. The spacious terrace is where we spend most of our time. WiFi now available
Welcome to 'Les Hirondelles.' After years of big family holidays abroad in a range of gites around France we made a decision to create our own ‘French experience’ and in 2004 bought a mere shell of a farmhouse which we have painstakingly transformed into this spacious and extremely well-equipped holiday house which suits us down to the ground as we hope it will you. We loved the area because of its tranquillity and, as none of our children were, or are, beach fans, (too much sand!), we decided this was the place for us.
We think we have created the perfect place for families to holiday, to relax (impossible not to we find) and to really and truly ‘get away from it all’.
The open plan living area consists of a lounge, fully-equipped kitchen with electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge, dishwasher and plenty of storage cupboards. Just off this is the Utility area which houses a large fridge-freezer, washer and dryer and from this, access to the downstairs toilet.
Beyond the utility area is the dayroom/playroom with DVD player and single daybed.
The old staircase leads up to a family room with a king-size bed, bunk beds and space for a cot or the toddler bed. There is also a shower and toilet plus hanging rail and drawers.
From the open plan ground floor another staircase leads to the open landing and main upstairs bedroom area.
Large family room with kingsize bed and single bed, hanging rail
Double Bedroom with kingsize bed, drawers, and hanging rail.
Smaller double bedroom – with drawers and wardrobe.
Bunk room with drawers and hanging rail.
Bathroom – bath with shower attachment, washbasin and W.C.
Separate shower room with washbasin and W.C.
Also available upon request for no extra charge
Cot with bedding
Travel cot with bedding
2 High chairs
The large covered terrace runs most of the length of the house and leads onto a large grassed area. The terrace has a built-in barbecue and large table and chairs for outdoor dining. To the side of the garden is a heated 10 x 5 metre swimming pool with safety cover. At the back of the house is a large parking area and the walled garden - ideal for an early evening glass of chilled rose!
There are chairs & sun-loungers for your use.
There is also games room with table football, table tennis, darts and pool.
Angouleme train station is approx. 30 minutes from the house.
Poitiers airport is approx. one and a quarter hours’ drive away
The journey time from Calais is approx.7 hours.
House address: Grande Rue, Patreville, 16170 Bonneville, France
Arrival and Departure
You may arrive any time from 4pm on your first day.
There are two entrances to the house. When you arrive use the top one (opposite the bottlebank).
This entrance is better than the one down the hill (which is fine for exit).
Drive through the blue gate and to the door on the left of the house.
Enter the lobby (black key), where you can unload your luggage. Then park your car in the metal barn.
Checkout is before10a.m. Please no later as our 2 cleaners need all the available time before the next guests arrive.
Information for when you arrive
Bedding and Towels
Both are provided free of charge, but we ask if you would make up your own beds – the bedding will be left on the beds for you. Then please strip them at the end of your stay,
and put the used bedding in the black plastic bags provided and leave them in your bedrooms to be collected for washing. This would be a considerable help for Sophie and Emma who do the changeovers for us.
If you want to use the daybed, you will find bedding in the green chest in the dayroom with our pool towels. You are welcome to use our pool towels, but we ask that you wash them and return them to the chest.
The 10 x 5 metre pool is heated and has a safety cover, which should be closed for safety at night or if children are left unattended. It also keeps in the heat of the day. The pool will be checked during your stay.
Warning! The tiles on the terrace can be very slippery when wet. Please take special care when coming out of the pool and make use of the non-slip matting provided.
We are not on mains drainage and therefore we would be grateful if you would use only the toilet tissue supplied down the toilets in moderate quantities. A bin is provided for other items. We thank you for your co-operation as the consequences are dire! We aim to provide sufficient for your use, but should you need to buy more, please ensure you that they are labelled 'convient pour la fosse'.
The French use black bags for general rubbish and yellow for recyclable material such as plastic, cans and cardboard. Glass should be recycled at the collection point opposite the top entrance.
Black and yellow sacks are collected according to the calendars, which are at the back of the house copy of this brochure or on the dresser.
Please place black bag rubbish (securely tied and not overfilled) in the large black bins which should be lined with larger black bags, and left at the main entrance the night before collection day.
Please do not leave loose black bags outside as they can attract the local dogs.
Yellow bags should be in plentiful supply, but should you run out, these can be obtained from the Mairie (in the square). Black bags can be bought at the local supermarkets.
Recently replaced and easy to use. Please keep an eye on the salt and Rinsaid.
Washing machine use
We find the 30 degree wash is adequate. Please replace any washing liquid you use.
There is a washing line in the walled garden. Laundry basket and pegs are available.
Tumble drier – When the 'bac plein’ button lights up the water bottle needs to be emptied. Just remove by the handle and empty.
The Bread Van
The bread van comes every morning and toots a loud horn. Should you decide you'd like to use this service you will need to order in advance. If you want warm bread early in the morning, visit Gourville (which we use) , or Aigre.
We tend to barbecue most of the time, but there are good restaurants and cafes in Rouillac and Aigre. Rouillac has a pizza restaurant.
La Compostelle restaurant in Tusson, a lovely old village, serves good lunches and evening meals but it is expensive, though, on occasion, we treat ourselves as the food is fabulous.
Tusson also has a very nice tea/coffee shop with cakes and very nice ice cream.
The Poitou-Charentes / Vendee / Charente region
The Charente department is home to ov(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) inhabitants and is located in the south-east of Poitou-Charentes. The countryside has a unique and varied environment for walkers and mountain bikers from rolling hills in the east to a flatter landscape in the west. The northern area is wild with deep forests and peaks reaching to over 1000ft. The Charente has long relied on agriculture to fuel its economy. In the 18th Century, however, the department started mass producing its famous Cognac drink, which proved extremely popular with people from all over the world.
Angouleme is a small yet cosmopolitan city, with a dynamic feel about the place. It hosts numerous events such its vintage car racing (Circuit des Remparts)
which takes place in September, the cartoon festival in January and it also has a great music scene which just seems to get better every year. It is only a 30-minute drive away, and there are many good restaurants and cafes to be found amongst the winding cobbled streets. There is a splendid cathedral at the top of the city with fabulous views.
The Charente has an immensely varied countryside bordering 5 departments, famous for both its Cognac vineyards in the west, and its Limousin beef production in the east, which in terms of scenery are worlds apart. The valley of the Charente River meanders down from Ruffec in the north through Angouleme onto Jarnac and Cognac. There are good walks by the river.
Rouillac is a traditional market town with all the amenities that one would require such as two large supermarkets, restaurants, pharmacy, doctors and a large outdoor seasonal pool. Rouillac is only 10-12 minutes away by car and hosts one of the biggest street markets in the region on the 27th of every month, a true spectacle. Nearby is the village of Gourville which has a baker and a bar/cafe.
The cosmopolitan beach resort of "La Rochelle" is 90 minutes’ drive away, with Royan even closer.
The beautiful town of Cognac"is only 20 minutes away - a trip on the river Charente and a visit to the cognac distilleries are worthwhile.
Aigre and Jarnac are attractive small towns well worth a visit.
We have recently discovered a circular bike track around Aigre.
has an English market on the first Saturday of every month ,and a fruit, fish etc. market on Thursday and Saturday mornings.
•·Super U – and Netto (opposite). You will be able to get all you need from these large, well-stocked supermarkets.
• There are bags available near the dresser for your shopping. Please return them after use. You will need a euro for the trolleys.
•The Vingt-Sept market is on 27th of every month. This busy market offers a huge range of food, clothing, gifts and bric-a-brac.
During your stay, if you have any concerns or questions, you can contact one of us on the following numbers, and we will endeavour to help.
Our contacts in France are: Glen and Sheelagh Lead(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) (mobile(URL HIDDEN) (home)
If they are not available, phone one of us:
John & Sheila Griffin – (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) (home) (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) (mobile)`
Stuart & Sally - (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) (home) (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) (mobile)
Dino & Ali - (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) (home) (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) (mobile)
Accès des voyageurs
the house is all yours for your stay!
Si vous annulez jusqu'à 7 jours avant le voyage, vous recevez un remboursement à hauteur de 50 % et les frais de service vous sont remboursés intégralement.
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We (our extended family) have a property in France which my dad mainly runs. We bought it about 15 years ago and basically had to rebuild it to make it in to the lovely holiday home it is today. It took about 10 years of blood, sweat and tears too but it kept my dad out of trouble after he retired from teaching.
Dad is now in the process of handing over the reins as far as rental is concerned - so I thought I'd give Airbnb a go!