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le Grand juif - Aigre Three two bedroomed gites (sleep 4-6)and one three bedroomed gite (sleeps upto 8)available for long and short term lets. Bed linen included. A cluster of beautifully renovated farm buildings in a rural farming hamlet 5kms from Aigre with its shops restaurants and markets. All comfortably furnished and fully equipped to a high standard with cooker,washing machine, dishwasher, fridge, freezer,tv,dvd,video,etc. walled pool, large gardens,individual barbeques,garden furniture and patios;table tennis, children's and toddlers play areas. Ideally situated for visiting chateaux, Roman ruins,walking, cycling, fishing, horse ridingetc. Cognac,Saintes,Angouleme,Poitiers,Royan, La Rochelle all within easy reach.
Juif is a small rural farming hamlet set amid the gentle downlands of grapevines, wheat and sunflowers. The area enjoys the advantage of a semi mediterranean climate with temperatures generally in the high 90's during the summer, thus giving it a special appeal to sun lovers. Spring and Autumn are equally wonderful months for those who prefer a slightly milder climate.
The beautiful River Charente, which gives the area its name, links Angouleme - a walled hilltop city with its cathedral, quaint cafes, shops and restaurants in its narrow medieval streets - with the Atlantic coast. On its way it passes through beautiful long-forgotten towns and villages far from the madding crowd. Through Jarnac, the birthplace of ex-president Mitterand, Cognac with its famous distilleries and then onto the ancient roman town of Saintes where Richard the Lionheart began his famous crusades.
If you love fresh seafood, head towards the coast and to the historic fortified town of La Rochelle (1 1/4 hours) where you can linger in the quayside restaurant watching the pleasurecraft and fishing boats as you enjoy your meal. Alternatively, visit France's second largest island, the Isle d'Orleron, or take a trip round the famous 'Fort Boyard'.
For the children, both yound and old, take a trip to the zoo at La Palmyre, the beach at Royan (1 1/4 hour) or the valley of the monkeys at Romagne - where they can watch and feed the monkeys in a natural cageless environment. Alternatively, discover the pleasure of getting lost in the spectacular maze at Cravans, exploring the Chateau des enigmes at Usse, or the Futuroscope theme park at Poitiers (1 1/4 hour).
Located in the Charente, Juif is located just off the D739 which links Matha with the small market town of Aigre just five minutes drive away. Aigre has shops of all kinds ranging from a tourist information office, two small supermarkets, bars, restaurants, banks and open markets in the square every Thursday and Sunday. Fresh oysters and mussels are sold in the square almost every day.
The local markets are fascinating and you will have lots of opportunities to browse amongst stalls of bygone days as well as the locally produced fresh fruit, vegetables, cheese and fish that the area is famous for. Look out for the monthly market at nearby Rouillac, one of the largest street markets in France and the special seasonal markets for wines etc.
For those wishing to stay at Le Grand Juif and simply laze by the pool, a baker's van passes by six days a week, selling bread and a small range of cakes and sweets.
Historical sites such as churches and romanesque ruins abound and for those wishing a more active holiday, there are ample opportunities for walking, cycling, fishing, swimming, tennis, birdwatching, canoeing or horse riding.
Listen to the silence on a warm evening in the garden. The children are in bed, the embers of the barbeque fire are still glowing and the hamlets` owl begins her nightly patrol. Survey the stars and finish your complementary bottle of wine."
At Le Grand Juif you will be given a warm welcome by resident British owners Douglas and Alison.
Juif is a rural farming hamlet in pleasant rolling countryside. Nearby ( 6kms ) is a smalltown called Aigre which has shops of all kinds including a tourist information office, bars, restaurants, and open markets in the square. A bakers van passes by for all others wishing to stay at 'Le Grand Juif'.
All the properties are renovated and comfortably furnished to a high standard whilst retaining the traditional charm and character in the form of stone walls, exposed beams, red roof tiles etc. There is a communal games room with table tennis and basketball and shared 30ft by 15ft swimming pool with sundeck, loungers and lockable gate, lawned gardens and childrens play area with equipment. Bed linen is provided for all gites and clean linen given at no extra charge at the end of every week.
So what are you waiting for come and join us soon!
THE STABLES' (sleep 4 )
This character convertion set in the upper storey of the old stable block with the original oak beams. The gite is set in enclosed grounds with a roofed patio area, barbeque and garden furniture. Below is your own private games room with table tennis and dartboard, washing maching and ironing facilities. Your accommodation comprises of an open plan kitchen/lounge/dining room with all modern appliances : cooker,fridge,freezer,dishwasher,tv,video,dvd player . There are two bedrooms and bathroom with full sized bath and shower mixer taps The first bedroom has a double bed and the second two single beds.
The gite is heated by central heating and electric fires.
'SMALL BARN' (sleeps 4)
A restaured barn full of character with stone walles and huge wooden beams set in enclosed grounds with double patio doors leading out to a very large roofed patio area with barbeque and garden furniture.
The accomodation comprises of an open plan kitchen/lounge/dining room with all modern appliances : cooker,fridge,freezer, microwave, tv, video,dvd player . There are two bedrooms and bathroom with shower. The downstairs bedroom has a double bed and the second mezzanine bedroom has two single beds.
The gite is heated by a woodburning stove for out of season bookings.
'THE FARM COTTAGE' (sleeps 4-6)
A large tastefully restaured cottage also set in enclosed grounds with it's own patio, barbeque and garden furniture.
Your accommodation comprises of a large kitchen,dining area and lounge with beautiful exposed beams and stonework and downstairs bathroom with shower. Upstairs there are two enclosed mezzanine bedrooms. The first bedroom has a double bed and the second a set of bunkbeds.
The cottage is heated by a woodburning stove for out of season lets.
THE LARGE BARN (sleeps upto 8)
An enormous stunning three bedroomed upper storey barn with views over the neighbouring countryside. An external staircase leads to your own private garden sun porch, barbeque,garden furniture and games room with table tennis.
Your accommodation comprises of a huge open-plan kitchen/ dining room/ lounge with a open cathedral oak timbered roof and stone walls.There are two large double bedrooms and a third bedroom with two sets of bunkbeds.
The cottage is heated by two woodburning stoves for out of season lets.
THE SMALL BARN /STABLES (4)
21st July - 29th August £475 7th July - 21st July £400 May - 7th July £300 October - April £200
THE FARM COTTAGE (4-6)
21st July - 29th August £550 7th July - 21st July £475 May - 7th July £375 October - April £225
THE LARGE BARN (sleeps upto 8)
21st July - 29th August £725 7th July - 21st July £600 May - 7th July £500 October - April £275
HOW TO GET HERE
By car : Calais/Boulogne approx 400miles Caen/Cherbourg approx 300miles St Malo/Caen approx 260 miles
shuttle/tgv(via Paris) : nearest TGV -Angouleme 30minutes
Air : Angouleme 30minutes Poitiers 1hour Limoges/Le Rochelle/Bordeaux 1 1/2 hours Nantes 2hours
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