Vacheroy Holiday Home
Vacheroy lies in the heart of the French countryside. Our Gite sleeps a maximum of 8 people (maximum 6 people over 12 due to restricted headroom) Downstairs we have a spacious en-suite room with Kingsize bed and a small twin bedded room. Upstairs there is a double bed on an open mezzanine and off the mezzanine is the “Den”. A low height loft room ideal for one or two younger children with the added bonus of a “chill out” room with bean bags and games.
A Perfect Luxury Holiday In Rural France
Our gite has all you need for an amazing luxury holiday in rural France. Vacheroy has a fully equipped kitchen dining area with all that you will need for your stay. The large beamed, double height lounge diner with feature fireplace creates a “wow” factor. The family bathroom with toilet & bath & seperate shower unit is downstairs.There is an additional shower and toilet in the ensuite downstairs. Outside is a large private, partly shaded patio area to relax on, an extensive garden for playing games, a shaded gazebo to chill out under & our extensively terraced luxury swimming pool with ample sun beds & umbrellas.
Vacheroy is here for you to enjoy & whether inside or out it is fully equipped so you can relax & enjoy your holiday. This includes the free Wi-Fi throughout the cottage and extending outside to all the dining & relaxing areas, including poolside. We positively encourage you to post lots of pictures of you enjoying the Gite & pool!
Vacheroy gite welcomes well behaved pets at a small supplement, registered guide/service dogs are welcome free of charge. Please make contact to discuss as we do have a friendly Cavachon. Our garden is enclosed (as long as you remember to shut the gates) so is dog friendly. We can arrange the necessary trip to the vets prior to your departure from Vacheroy.
Vacheroy is a non smoking property.
The double height lounge & dining room is the centre piece of the inside of our Gite. When you see it I’m sure you will love the light airy feel & the beauty of the old Elm beams. The lounge has a large leather sofa, further sofa chairs & a dining table which seats eight. It has a large flat screen TV with English Sky Freeview channels & a DVD player if you fancy a little time inside. The lounge also has a new log burner but we very much doubt you will need any extra heat!
The Gite can sleep up to eight comfortably, maximum 4 adults. Above the lounge on a mezzanine, there is a romantic double bed & dressing area. There is also an attic room, with low ceiling height, suitable for up to two children. Downstairs there is a large twin room with luxury single beds & an ensuite shower room & toilet, entered through a connecting room with bunk beds. FROM May 2019 the downstairs twin room will become a Kingsize double ensuite.
Outside & gardens
The Gite is approached through double gates to a large front garden containing a plum tree & flowering hibiscus. The views to the front look out over the fields of sunflowers, wheat or maize towards the church at Sousmoulins that is beautifully lit up at night. At the rear is your private terrace area with outside dining table & chairs, shaded cushioned benches, a wood/charcoal BBQ & sun loungers. At the rear you also have views out over fields to the woods. Additionally, there are two hammocks & a children’s swing set.
The highlight of the rear gardens is the brand new 10x5 metre heated swimming pool & decked area. The pool is shared between the Gite & house but generally will be yours to enjoy in tranquility. It’s situated in order to be in full sun from dawn to dusk & has an in-pool seating area so you can soak up the rays, whilst sitting & drinking your sundowners in the cooling water…. The pool is open between 10am & 8pm but those times can be varied by mutual consent. If you need to swim a couple of miles before breakfast who are we to stop you!?
The kitchen/diner is newly fitted & has everything you’ll need whether you love to cook a little…or a lot. It is equipped with a new large fridge freezer, a gas cooker, microwave, four slot toaster, washing machine, dishwasher & table & chairs for six. In the cupboards you’ll find all the cutlery, crockery, glasses & kitchen implements you’ll need to cook up whatever feast you fancy.
If lounging by the pool is not quite enough & you’re a little more energetic the garden is also equipped with an all weather table tennis table, a slate bed pool table, the traditional French game of boule, a badminton net & racquets & a croquet set. If even that is not enough we have two mountain bikes you are welcome to borrow at your own risk! One men’s & one ladies. If you like to bring your own bikes we can store them securely & this area is fantastic for cycling. The roads here are very quiet & in France cyclists are given the utmost consideration – it’s the law! As a keen cyclist myself I’d be happy to point you in the right direction & suggest itineraries etc. There are many marked cycle routes in the area. If you aren’t able to bring your bikes with you, we can arrange for cycle & accessory hire through www.bikehiredirect.com who will deliver it all to your doorstep.
What our guests are saying...
This was a lovely gite, with lovely sized rooms, well furnished and clean. The gardens are beautiful and has wonderful swimming pool. The location is perfect for exploring the lovely places such as Cognac, Bordeaux and Royan.
Sandra and Mark were great hosts, doing all they could to make your stay comfortable, we also enjoyed the frequent visit from Ruby and Daisy! We will be back.
We verbleven een week met onze zoontjes van 3 en 6 in deze gite, en het enige wat we ons beklaagden was dat we er geen 2 geboekt hadden! De term gite is eigenlijk misplaatst want hierbij denk ik eerder aan een kleine houten chalet, maar niks was minder waar. De gite had een enorm ruime living, grote leefkeuken, 4 slaapkamers, 2 badkamers en een zeer gezellige buiten leefruimte. De ‘hosts’ Mark en Sandra zijn zeer sympathieke, relaxte, goedlachse mensen. Zeer attent ook, want bij aankomst lag er een vers stokbrood klaar, boter, melk, confituur, water en een flesje wijn. Hiermee konden we de kindjes na de lange rit toch meteen even paaien. Het huis is ook zeer kindvriendelijk, alles omheind, traphekkentjes, kinderservies, kinderstoelen... in het huisje vind je ook alles om je te behelpen in de keuken, alles is voorzien. De wifi werkte goed! Vooraf wisten we niet goed wat te verwachten van het delen van de tuin en zwembad met de hosts, maar dit was totaal geen issue. Ten eerste, zoals ik al meldde zijn Mark en Sandra uiterst aangename mensen, maar bovendien willen ze ook echt dat de mensen in alle rust kunnen genieten. Dus wanneer de gasten aan het zwembad liggen, is dat ook echt voor hen alleen. Idem met andere delen van het huis. Het zwembad was zalig, de kinderen hadden de tijd van hun leven. Het water 28 graden... de tuin gigantisch... we brachten ook veel tijd door in de private buitenruimte. Top! Bbq aan, glaasje rosé erbij; zalig! Op dinsdagavond is er in Montendre (op minder dan 10min rijden) een soort foodtruckfestivalletje, leuk! En om de hoek is er zeer gezellig restaurantje: chez gigi. Beetje een boho sfeertje, je komt er meteen in vakantiesfeer. We bezochten Bordeaux en Cognac; beiden op ongeveer 40min rijden. Ook dit is niet te ontzien want de landschappen erheen waren magnifiek. Wijngaarden, zonnebloemenvelden.... Handig was ook dat er een wasmachine stond. Er is beddengoed voorzien en 2 handdoeken pp. Dat scheelt meteen veel ruimte in de koffer. Niet onbelangrijk als je met 2 kleine kinderen reist... Het was top!Lajieve Cuvelier
We came over and stayed for a week in April as a family of two adults and two young children, and it was the perfect stay. The property itself is amazing, SO cozy and homely, we really felt at home. The bedrooms and all very spacious and well equipped, and the mezzanine room is incredible. The kitchen is perfect and has everything you need and more, as is the bathroom, however the highlight for me is the livingroom, its amazing, with a lovely fire, comfy suites and lovely and cozy, perfect. The grounds are incredible, and well maintained with plenty to entertain the little one or adults alike. The surrounding area is lovely and peaceful, even has Ostriches just down the road, and the main town with all you need just a 5 minute drive and bigger town all within 45 minutes or so. All in all an amazing place, and with the welcome recieved by Mark and Sandra it just made it feel even more special...... please dont hesitate, a perfect holiday.James Wadsworth
We arrived for a two week holiday at 8pm on the Saturday night with two young children (aged 4 and 6) and a crazy dog and were given a warm welcome by Sandra and Mark who had the pool open and warm for us to jump straight in which was a lovely start to the holiday (along with the welcome pack of bread, cheese, local wine, butter etc). The house is immaculate and has everything you could need. Mark and Sandra have obviously visited Ikea wth children in mind and have ensured there are plastic plates bowls etc and essential bathroom steps, high chairs, travel cot etc etc. Mark also very kindly put the stairgates on for us which gave peace of mind. The house and garden are very child friendly. The bedrooms were great - very comfortable beds and the linen was white, crisp and clean - and the girls loved The Den where they slept especially the glow up stars on the ceiling above their beds which is such a nice touch. If you have children and want to sit outside in the evening to enjoy the sunset whilst they are asleep then it is possible to hear them if they wake up. The bathrooms were both spotless and modern and good quality towels were provided which saved room in the car. The living room was huge with very comfortable sofas and lots of information on the table about places to go. There was wifi throughout the whole property and it even reached the pool and we didn't have any problems with it at all which was great. The garden is 2 acres and stunning. There were hammocks in various places and beautiful places just to sit and rest. The garden immediately outside our kitchen was fenced off with a small fence which was perfect for us as it meant we could leave the back door open at all times knowing the girls and dog could not get out into the rest of the garden where the pool was without us. The pool was one of the best we have had, it never felt cold and was positioned perfectly for all day sun. There is plenty to do in the area - we went to Cognac, an airshow, Royan beach, Blaye, a couple of night markets and indoor swimming at Jonzac which are all easily accessible but the thing we all loved doing the most was staying at the house and enjoying the pool and garden and the two weeks flew by. One of our concerns before we arrived was how it would be having the owners living on site and whether we would felt overlooked. We didn't need to worry as Sandra and Mark were warm and welcoming but then faded away into the background only appearing when we needed them and their generosity in keeping an eye on the dog when we went out was amazing. Sandra and Mark have done such a good job with the house and because it is their home, and not just a holiday home, everything is to a high standard and small things like making sure the pool is kept at a constant (high) temperature are kept an eye on. I would definitely recommend this house to anyone with children of any age or adults only. For very young children the enclosed garden was plenty with its swings and slide and amazing wildlife (not least the large family of swifts which lived in the tress and were stunning to watch fly about) to keep them amused for hours and the house is very child friendly. For the slightly older children the pool table, table tennis etc should keep them amused if they ever get fed up of the pool (which is highly unlikely). For those holidaying without children this house offers a complete escape with true peace and quiet. There are so many areas to sit and read a book or just close your eyes and not hear a thing for hours. The house is big enough to accommodate a larger group and that includes a decent size outside table which is comfortable to sit at and chat with a few bottles of wine until the early hours. I can easily give Vacheroy 5stars and cannot wait to return. It is the best holiday house we have been to anywhere and Sandra and Mark are truly lovely people who genuinely want to ensure you have a good holiday. Many thanks to them.Vicky Walker
Superb hospitality and a fantastic location. That's about it I suppose!!! 5 star accommodation, wonderful hosts & a fantastic location. We will be back many times and recommend you to all our friends and family. P.S. The wine tasting was superb!"Mark, Paula & Ben Ashton
Great location in the countryside, surrounded by many sunflower fields, it was picturesque! The Gite had everything we needed and was very comfortable and homely. The girls particularly loved the Den!
The garden had plenty of space to run around. Swings and hammocks for us to enjoy, and of course the beautiful pool. It was all one depth which meant the grown ups could swim comfortably, and the kids could play safely on the floats etc. There were also other games/puzzles/books provided inside the house, as well as outside games like table tennis etc.
There was also an Ostrich farm nearby. The owner was very proud to show off her Ostriches and to tell you everything you needed to know about them.
Also, another restaurant called GIGI'S was close by, we went on a Saturday evening and enjoyed a lovely meal, and it had a great atmosphere.
Mark and Sandra couldn't have made us feel any more welcome, they really made our holiday. Our girls were really taken with their dogs, Ruby and Daisy, who were so gently and friendly.
All in all, it was a great Gite, and not too far away from the beaches and places of interest. Mark and Sandra were great hosts, and we all had a very relaxing holiday!
Thank you from the Meekums family.Andrea Meekums
This place is a beautiful quiet spot. Easy to get to from Bordeaux airport and our hosts were great; always on hand to give advice on were to go etc. We weren't lucky with the weather, but I imagine if it was a beautful warm French summer, there would be nothing more relaxing that sitting by the lovely pool the owners have installed and having a drink and chat under the shade they have built with comfy chairs. It's a few miles from the nearest town, so stock up with provisions and spend some lovely evenings enjoying the lovely outdoor dining area. I would definately recommend this place.Spencer,
5 star accommodation, wonderful hosts & a fantastic location. We will be back many times and recommend you to all our friends and family.
P.S. The wine tasting was superb!Mike, Angela and Jack Rolfe
We stayed for ten days at the end of August. The sun shone everyday so we made full use of the amazing pool and terrace. The kitchen is very well equipped and our hosts even got some shopping in for us before we arrived, which meant we could just get straight on with enjoying ourselves. Mark and Sandra are a fun, friendly couple who work hard to make this a home from home in this most beautiful part of France. Thank you.Judy Woodcock
Stayed here for the last week of July 2016, lovely accommodation, as good as the photos, lovely owners, great gardens and swimming pool, would recommend. Thanks Mark and Sandra.James Carter
Vacheroy is a luxury holiday home set in 2 acres of gardens in Charente-Maritime, France. This holiday cottage sleeps 8, has beautiful country views, private patio area & heated swimming pool.
Find the essence of rural France.