Red Squirrel House

Poitou-Charente, France
10
2
5
Sleeps up to 10 in total plus 2 infants in cots in 5 bedrooms
Price
£1678 - £2015 per week

Top 10 Reasons to Stay Here

1
Fabulous heated pool, safely fenced
2
Stunning country house in tranquil setting
3
Huge gardens to play in
4
Perfect for two families holidaying together
5
Super social open plan layout
6
Choice of inviting outdoor dining and relaxation areas
7
Babysitting available on request
8
Fridge fully stocked for your arrival
9
Home-cooked food available on request
10
Very short drive to the local village

Guest Reviews




Features

Pool protected by fencing

The Property

Double bedrooms Two
Twin bedrooms Two with twin beds and one bunk bed room
Bathrooms Two family bathrooms (one with bath upstairs and one with shower downstairs)
Living room Two - one main drawing room and one family room off the kitchen

Local Information

Nearest village/town Verdille, approx 3.5 kilometres, 2 mins in car (small village)
Nearest supermarket Carrefour in Aigre, 8km, 10 mins in car
Nearest doctor Aigre, 8km, 10 mins in car
Nearest A&E Angouleme, 40 mins away
Nearest beach approx 80 mins drive - La Rochelle or Royan
Nearest restaurant One in Verdille, 3 kms, and two in Aigre, 8kms

Services

Home cooked food Yes - local chef nearby will deliver homecooked food or come to the house to cook and serve
Babysitting Yes - local managers have sourced a babysitter that can be booked
Swimming Towels available Yes
Bikes No
Local Bike hire Yes - use local company that can deliver and collect bikes at extra cost if booked in advance
Local assistance/housekeeper Yes
Welcome pack Yes - local Pineau Charente, local goods and essentials
Internet access Yes - wifi access free but own computer required as no computer on site
Restaurant on site No
Shopping Service Yes - local managers can do full shop for arrival if required, for cost of shopping plus €25
Swimming towels Yes
Flights included No

Facilities

Pool Protection Yes
Central heating Yes
Open fire Yes
Enclosed Garden Yes
Garden shade Yes
Heated Pool Yes
Walking Distance to Village/Restaurant No
Dogs Allowed No
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 Yes
Wifi Yes
Shopping Service Yes
Swimming towels Yes
Golf available locally Yes
Less than 1 hour from Nearest Airport No
Bikes No
Local Bike hire Yes
Air Con or Cooling System No
Car required? Required
Indoor Pool No
Swimming Pool Yes
Private Pool Yes
Self Catering Yes
Creche No

Essential Kit Guarantee

Cots Two available
Highchairs Two available
Booster seat Yes
Bed guards Yes
Potty Two 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 Yes
Baby bath Yes
Washing Machine Yes
Dishwasher Yes
Tumble dryer No
Garden equipment (slide etc) No
Hairdryer Yes
TV Yes
Sound system Yes
UK satellite TV channels Yes
Barbeque Yes

Extra Information

Other information There are pool and beach towels provided – there’s a bale in the utility room.

Xbox 360 is available on request

For the individual Terms and Conditions of this property, please see below.
Essential Kit Guarantee Info Some terms and conditions apply so please read our complete Terms and Conditions before booking.
All essential kit items are included in the rental price and the specific items that you may need should be requested using your booking form.

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Indoors & Outdoors

Indoors

With stylish interiors and cosy little hangout spots, you’ll feel right at home at Red Squirrel House.

The sleeping areas are split into two distinct zones, so if two families are travelling together, you’ll have your own private areas.

  • Fabulous open plan kitchen and dining room
  • A door from the kitchen leads to a charming inside/outside room – the most popular socialising space here!  Complete with barbecue, dining table, outdoor sofas and drinks fridge
  • Snug just off the kitchen/dining room with plenty of games and DVDs
  • Relaxing living room
  • Downstairs double bedroom and twin room with bunk beds and a sofa bed.  This area can also be set up as a ‘suite’ for two with double bed, lounge and private shower room
  • Adjacent family shower room
  • Guest cloakroom
  • Up the gated stairs you’ll find the master bedroom with en-suite bathroom and dressing room
  • Two further twin rooms
  • Family bathroom

Parent Points:

  • The stairs are gated top and bottom but the gaps between balustrades are more than the recommended 10cm, so parents will need to supervise young ones
  • There is one step up from the snug into the kitchen, which isn’t possible to gate
  • The downstairs bunk bedroom has doors that lead straight out to the pool area; however, the doors are fitted with shutters and doors that can both be locked

Outdoors

The large pool is fully enclosed with wooden fencing. There is built in seating to one side of the pool and a large shaded area on the far side where babies and toddlers can play safely out of the sun. There’s also a handy outdoor loo so no need for wet feet inside.

Heading out into the completely enclosed garden there is plenty of room for playing. With over an acre of space there is a play frame, goal post and of course numerous trees for playing hide and seek. There is also parking for several cars.

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What's Around?

In the immediate vicinity
Red Squirrel House is in the pretty hamlet of Barbezières, the midpoint of a triangle between Poitiers, Cognac and Angouleme in the Poitou Charente.

From the house you can take short strolls around the sleepy hamlet through sunflower fields and forests, passing by the neighbouring farm.  The bread van stops outside the house three times a week, otherwise there is a boulangerie in Verdille, the closest village five minutes drive away.

Ten minutes from the house is the slightly larger town of Aigre with nost of the amenities you will need plus several supermarkets, a bar, two restaurants and a takeaway pizzeria. There’s a wider variety of restaurants within 20 minutes drive, with larger supermarkets located in Rouillac (20 minutes) and Ruffec (30 minutes).

There are also several free leisure lakes with man-made beaches between five and 15 minutes away that open cafes and provide life guards during peak season.

A local company can arrange to have bikes delivered to and collected from the house if you’d rather explore the area on two wheels.

Fun for the kids

Le Rejallant weir near Ruffec (30 minutes) offers a beautiful picnic and river bathing spot with an on-site restaurant and safe, supervised paddling for little ones. Older family members can enjoy kayaking.

Near Parc Francois in Cognac (40 minutes), you’ll find Base Plein-air André Mermet. This is a free park open year round with plenty for the kids to enjoy: slides, swings, Tyrolean traverse, roundabouts, a skatepark plus football and rugby pitches. Seasonally there’s also mini golf, tennis, pedalos, kayaks, canoes, bikes, inflatable castles, beach volleyball, trampolines and a paddling pool.

For younger children, Vallee des Singes (45 minutes) gives them a chance to get up close to monkeys in beautiful woodland setting where the monkeys swing between the trees and are free to roam. Slightly further afield there is Futuroscope (one and a half hours), a fantastic theme park with rides, spectacular shows, 4D experiences and much more.  Zoodyssée (50 minutes) is another option for animal lovers.

For the grown ups

Cognac distilleries
A trip to this part of the world wouldn’t be complete without visiting the famous Cognac distilleries, all within 40 minutes of the house. Try a tour of Hennessy, which includes a boat ride, or Courvoisier that has a train to take you around the vineyards.  Or sample the locally made Pineau de Charente.

You can also follow signposted walking routes around the town to explore the narrow streets, admiring the mix of medieval timber framed houses and grander mansions. Find out about the salt trade and brandy industries or the urban growth that boomed in the 19th century. You can even take a river cruise to see the ancient warehouses that still store barrels of cognac and get a whiff of the ‘angels’ share’ as you pass.

Beaches
If you fancy a day at the beach, the stunning white sands of La Rochelle and Royan are just over an hour’s drive away.

History
Try Saintes (55 minutes) with its ancient Roman ruins including the Amphitheatre used for gladiator fights, or Church of Saint-Eutrope, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Markets
If you enjoy shopping for fresh local produce, all of these markets are within reach of Barbezières

  • Matha: market Tuesday, Friday and Saturday (18km)
  • Chef-Boutonne: market Saturday (22km)
  • Aulnay: market Sunday (23km)
  • Ruffec: market Wednesday & Saturday (26km)
  • Jarnac: market every day except Monday (26km)
  • Brioux-sur-Boutonne: market Thursday (28km)
  • Sauze-Vaussais: market Thursday (29km)
  • Cognac: market Tuesday & Friday (30km)
  • Angouleme: market every day except Monday (34km)
  • Melle: market Friday (35km)

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Need to Know

Before booking, please read our Terms and Conditions.

Swimming Pool:

The heated swimming pool will be open for use May to October. The temperature of the water is dependent on the prevailing weather conditions.

Security Deposit:

The security deposit for this property is £500 and is payable directly to your host. Details of how to pay this will be available in your Travel Pack.

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Travel Info

Driving From Transfer Time Carrier
Poitiers–Biard Airport 1 hour Company Logo Image
Limoges International Airport 1 hour 15 minutes Company Logo Image
Limoges International Airport 1 hour 15 minutes Company Logo Image
La Rochelle – Île de Ré Airport 1 hour 15 minutes Company Logo Image
La Rochelle – Île de Ré Airport 1 hour 15 minutes Company Logo Image
La Rochelle – Île de Ré Airport 1 hour 15 minutes Company Logo Image
La Rochelle – Île de Ré Airport 1 hour 15 minutes Company Logo Image
Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport 2 hours Company Logo Image
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