La Porcherie
79240 Trayes, France
Charming holiday cottages in the peace and tranquility of Poitou Charente


Fields surround this group of buildings, nestling between two streams in a tranquil rural setting. In many of which are the large granite boulders typical of this area. In fact our house is built over one and there are others in the garden. The main house, our home, is built going down a slope and therefore on various levels, the two gites sit side by side on level ground at right angles to the main house and are both equipped to a high standard, every effort has been made to give all members of the family a holiday. Our 9x6 m pool is at your disposal and so are the grounds where quiet places can be found to sit and read, snooze or stargaze at night. Our neighbours are a few cattle who generally don't disturb the peace of La Porcherie, traffic is limited to the occasional tractor so walking or cycling around is a pleasure. For walkers we have a book of walks that can be borrowed.

Although the address is Trayes, we are in fact nearer to Neuvy Bouin with its excellent bar/restaurant and post point. Supermarket shopping is done in Secondigny 7 kms away or Parthenay and Bressuire at 15 kms distance both offer hypermarkets, other shops, interesting streets and buildings to visit. Several nearby towns have street markets. A list of shops, eating places and local amenities as well as other tourist information can be found in both gites and we are always willing to help with advice.

La Porcherie is about 3 hours from St Malo, just over 4 hours from Caen, Cherbourg or La Havre and about 5-6 hours from the short Channel crossings and the tunnel via the autoroutes.
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Both cottages are equiped to a high standard. All linen and hose towels are provided so that everyone has a holiday. The separate rear terraces overlook our pool which you are welcome to use at any time. The grounds of one and a quarter acres are bounded by two streams. There is plenty of room and plenty to do as well as relaxing with a good book. Golf, fishing, tennis, windsurfing, and riding are all within easy reach.

Both La Petite Maison and La Chaumière have fully equipped kitchens with cooker, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave and washing machine. Each has a kettle, toaster, coffee maker, iron and ironing board, cooking utensils and all the crockery/cutlery/glasses necessary for the allotted number of occupants.

A rear door opens onto a private terrace, with table, chairs and barbecue, overlooking the swimming pool. All household linen and towels are provided and swimming towels can be hired at 2€ per person per week.

Bicycles can be borrowed at your own risk.
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La Petite Maison (sleeps 6 + cot/child's bed)

La Petite Maison sleeps six adults and a young child or baby. There is a spacious lounge and a kitchen/dining room opening onto the terrace. The ground floor double bedroom has ensuite facilities and there are two twin bedded rooms and a bathroom upstairs.
Kitchen: as above. There is a table and six chairs and a sideboard. Double doors to terrace and a hallway to the lounge.
Lounge: 3 piece suite, occasional chairs, coffee table, bookcase with books to borrow, and a CD/cassette player. Stairs leading to two bedrooms; a door to the ground-floor bedroom; and a door to the front of the property.
Bedroom 1: double bed, wardrobe, chest of drawers, ensuite shower room and W.C. (ground floor room)
Bedrooms 2 & 3: twin beds with wardrobe and chest of drawers.
Bathroom: shower, washbasin and W.C.
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La Chaumière (sleeps 4 + cot/child's bed)

La Chaumiere is a two bedroomed cottage easily accommodating four adults and a young child or baby. The living area opens onto the terrace.
Living Kitchen: fully equipped corner kitchen, table and four chairs, sofa and two occasional chairs. There is a bookcase with a supply of books and a CD/cassette player. Double doors to the terrace, a door to the front of the property, stairs to bedrooms and an archway to a lobby of which is the shower room with washbasin and W.C.
Bedroom 1: double bed with chest of drawers and wardrobe.
Bedroom 2: twin beds, chest of drawers and hanging space for clothes.
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The Region

This area of Deux-Sèvres is undulating with some wooded area and a number of étangs (small lakes). It is ideal for bird watching, cycling or walking if you want to give the car a rest. Nearby, at Secondigny is a Plan d'Eau (lake) with water-based activities, pedalloes, a large outdoor pool, play area and restaurant overlooking the lake. At Mazières is an 18-hole golf course, about 25 minutes away. There are tennis courts at Largeasse (5 mins), horse riding in the vicinity and numerous forest walks within easy reach.

For those seeking the sea,Rochelle and the Vendee coast are about an hour's drive away. Also within easy reach is the Marais poitevin, a maze of waterways/canals reclaimed from the sea, which can be explored by punt, or small boat, hired in some of the small towns.

For spectacle seekers there is the internationally famous FUTUROSCOPE at Poitiers and becoming equally well regarded PUY du FOU extravaganza, both about an hour away plus Pierre Brun's adventure park is half an hour away.

For historians we are within reach of the towns of Bressuire, Niort, Poitiers and Parthenay with it's medieval streets and ramparts. The wonderful towns and chateaux of the Loire valley are ideally situated for a visit.

A full calendar of summer events in the Departement is available in each cottage (gîte) including details of parks, chateaux museums, festivals and other places of interest.

This is rural France, quiet and stress free, but there are also a large number of unusual places to visit and customs to observe, as well as a wide variety of wildlife.

Opened in 2001 at Moncoutant, 12 kms away, is PESCALIS, Europe's largest inland fishing village with 100 hectares (approx. 240 acres) of lakes and ponds. Facilities include; hire of equipment, lessons and sale of equipment. No permits necessary, open all year.
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Prices (2016 bookings)

prices per week La Petite Maison La Chaumière
February 27 to April 29 £300 £250
April 30 to May 20 £350 £300
May 21 to 15 July £500 £400*
July 16 to 2 Sept £675 £450
Sept £400 £300
*£300 for occupancy of only 2 people

Swimming towels £2 per person; extra bed £25; Cot £10 where over and above the number of beds; High chair; available on request
All charges per week and payable locally.

Heating: Electricity, wood or gas will involve a small extra charge.

25% deposit with reservation. [This is required before a booking can be confirmed and is NON-REFUNDABLE. You are advised to take out a Travel Insurance policy with a cancellation clause.]
Refundable security deposit of £100 per cottage/gite

Winter or long lets by special arrangement.
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