Sunflower

Charente, France
6
2
3
Sleeps up to 6 in total plus 2 infants in cots in 3 bedrooms
Price
£790 - £1602 per week
This is one of 3 properties at Gites de Lavalette - click here for the others visited and approved by us

Top 10 Reasons to Stay Here

1
Stunning converted farm buildings
2
Children's play area
3
Heated pool with gated access, separate toddler pool
4
Set in 12 acres of grounds
5
Surrounded by vineyards and sunflower fields
6
Characterful interiors
7
Gym, badminton and boules on site
8
Short drive to charming local village with weekly market
9
Selection of bikes of all sizes free to use
10
Home cooking available

Guest Reviews




Features

Pool protected by fencing

The Property

Double bedrooms Two
Twin bedrooms One
Bathrooms Two
Living room Open plan living area

Local Information

Nearest village/town Salles Lavalette, three minutes' drive, or five minutes by bicycle
Nearest supermarket 10 minutes' drive
Nearest doctor 10 minutes' drive
Nearest A&E 30 minutes' drive
Nearest beach Aubeterre river beach, 15 minutes' drive, or Royan, an hour and a half's drive
Nearest restaurant In Salles Lavalette, 3 minutes' drive

Services

Home cooked food Available on request (payable locally) - Spaghetti bolognaise €8, fabulous fish pie €10, vegetable curry €10, cheese and onion quiche €8 - all prices are per person and come with wine / fruit juice, please request through your Host.
Babysitting Available at €10 per hour, please book with the host in advance
Swimming Towels available Available for a small fee payable locally (€4)
Bikes Yes, small, medium and large adult mountain bikes, two with child seats (maximum 18 kg) + children's bikes (one with stabilisers) and trikes free of charge
Local Bike hire Yes
Local assistance/housekeeper English owners live onsite
Welcome pack Available on request - payable locally
Internet access Wi-Fi available in courtyard area
Restaurant on site No, but home cooked meals can be arranged, to be delivered to your door
Shopping Service No
Swimming towels Yes- at small extra cost
Flights included No

Facilities

Pool Protection Yes
Central heating No
Open fire No
Enclosed Garden Yes
Garden shade Yes
Heated Pool Yes
Walking Distance to Village/Restaurant Yes
Dogs Allowed Yes
Suitable for Multiples Yes
Suitable for Wheelchair Users Yes
Home Cooked Food Yes
Babysitting Yes
Kids Club No
Restaurant on Site No
Additional Cleaning available No
Wifi Yes
Shopping Service No
Swimming towels Yes
Golf available locally Yes
Less than 1 hour from Nearest Airport No
Bikes Yes
Local Bike hire Yes
Air Con or Cooling System No
Car required? Required
Swimming Pool Yes
Private Pool No
Self Catering Yes
Creche No

Essential Kit Guarantee

Cots Two available
Highchairs Two available
Booster seat One available
Bed guards One available
Potty One available
Steriliser Yes
Baby monitor Yes
Plastic crockery Yes
Plastic step Yes
Changing mat Yes
Stairgate(s) Yes
Non slip bath mat Yes
Indoor toys and books Yes
Microwave Yes
Food blender (hand held) Yes
DVD player Yes
Children's DVDs Yes
Child's loo seat Yes
Bath toys Yes
Blackout blinds or curtains/shutters Yes
Night light Yes
Cot linen Yes

Additional Equipment

Changing table Yes
Socket guards Yes
Baby den No
Baby bath Yes
Washing Machine Yes
Dishwasher No
Tumble dryer No
Garden equipment (slide etc) Yes
Hairdryer No
TV Yes
Sound system No
UK satellite TV channels Yes
Barbeque Yes

Extra Information

Other information As this is a cluster property, not all the equipment is in all the gites all the time. It is therefore important that the items you require are requested before arrival so that the items can be placed in your gite prior to arrival.

Wheelchair access - wheel-in wet room with shower chair in all three gites, additional disabled equipment available upon request.
Changeover day is Saturday.


The heated swimming pool will be open for use from beginning of April to the end of September, swimming will be weather dependent.

The House Owner has registered this property as wheelchair accessible; please let us know at the time of enquiry if a member of your party may require such access. You should discuss the details of your exact requirements with the owner once you have booked which will ensure the correct access is in place.

There is no Security Deposit payable at this property. However, should the need arise any payments for damage or breakages will need to be settled directly with your host.

For additional information and the individual Terms and Conditions, please see the 'Need to Know' section for this property.
Essential Kit Guarantee Info Some terms and conditions apply so please read our complete Terms and Conditions before booking.

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Indoors & Outdoors

Indoors

Sunflower retains a lot of the original features, such as the beams and open stone work giving a taste of the buildings former use.

The double height ceiling in the open plan living area gives this gîte a lovely light and airy feeling and the sunshine yellow wall captures a real summer spirit.  The whole space allows for the family to socialise together or snuggle up for a bedtime DVD.

The kitchen is newly fitted with a washing machine, gas cooker, fridge freezer, microwave and coffee maker, and a dining table.  

There are three good sized bedrooms, one master double with an en suite shower room, a double, and atwin bedroom, which share a family bathroom.

There is a small terraced area outside the gite for al fresco dining; this is only partially sectioned off behind a low stone wall but as the gite is within the main courtyard, it is within a completely enclosed space and opposite the children's main play area.

The terrace is the perfect place to sit and enjoy a glass of something cold whilst watching the children play happily.

The conversion of Sunflower has been done to meet disability access standards and as such is eminently suitable for a young family's needs or those with restricted mobility.

Outdoors

This charming collection of buildings is perched on a hill and provides a lovely setting for your holiday.

Children are well catered for here as there are plenty of toys and outdoor play equipment (swings, slides, wooden climbing frame and sandpit) as well as the ponies to visit, and of course the swimming pool to splash around in.

The main heated pool is enclosed and solar heated with a temperature of 26°C from the beginning of May to end of September.  There is also an additional toddler pool that little ones can splash in.

There is a selection of bikes available for guests of all sizes (small, medium and large, including a trike and two child seats) and a country footpaths on the doorstep.

The two baby seats (and helmets) even mean that you can take the youngest members of your party on the short trip to the nearby village.

In addition there is badminton, table tennis and a boules court all available for your use.

 

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What's Around?

The local village is just three minutes away by car and is a pretty village with church, post office, bakery, bar, restaurant, and delicatessen.

There is also a working flour mill to visit which provides some of the flour used in the bakery.  There is a weekly market on Fridays, where you can pick up delicious local produce and organic vegetables.

The local market town of Villeboise Lavalette, a 10 minute drive away, has many of the conveniences of a slightly larger settlement and includes a doctor, dentist, bank, cashpoint, supermarket, restaurants and a tourist information centre.

Every Saturday there is a covered market which sells fresh fruit and veg from the local area, as well as delicious fresh oysters which should be enjoyed together with a bottle of Muscadet!

Nearby Aubeterre is one of France's "plus beaux villages" and is the place to go for a bit of gentle, family canoeing (ideal for children from about the age of three onwards).  We would highly recommend packing a picnic and your swimming costumes and preparing for a gentle morning on the river.

The sand covered river beach is a good place to take a dip and a choice of restaurants and an interesting subterranean church means that it is worth visiting even outside the canoeing months.

On a slightly larger scale, the ancient fortified city of Angouleme has some fascinating attractions.  This University City is home to the world-famous comic strip museum, known as the Musee de la Bande Desinee.  This tells the history of 150 yrs of the comic strip, showing the different styles of art.

Something for everyone here; Angouleme, set on the top of a hill with spectacular views, is surrounded by ancient ramparts and stuffed full of wonderful cobbled streets, home to some traditional boutique shops and cafés, with the centre having been sympathetically restructured to include a modern shopping centre.

Here is the place to go if you want time to wander and soak up the bustling French life or just sit for a while in the sun soaking up the café culture.

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Need to Know

Before booking, please read our Terms and Conditions.

Price includes: linen, electricity, heating and towels.

The heated swimming pool will be open for use from begining April to end September swimming will be weather dependent.

The House Owner has registered this property as wheelchair accessible; please let us know at the time of enquiry if a member of your party may require such access. You should discuss the details of your exact requirements with the owner once you have booked which will ensure the correct access is in place.

There is no Security Deposit payable at this property. However, should the need arise any payments for damage or breakages will need to be settled directly with your host.

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Travel Info

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