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The School House

The School House, Saint Romain

Information for Guests

The Gites;

The Pool House; Sleeps max 4 adults, plus up to 3 children.

A beautiful poolside gite enjoying exposed beams and traditional stonework.

1 large double bedroom, with lots of room for a child’s small bed or cot (provided).

Large open plan, fully equipped kitchen and lounge/diner containing all table wear, white goods, iPod docking station, TV, DVD etc.

Sofa, relaxing chairs and single/double day bed.

A shower room, separate toilet.

This gite benefits from its own private sauna!

The gite is accessed via two stable style doors ensuring controlled access and security for young children to the garden and pool area.

Private garden area with furniture and facilities for outdoor dining.

 

The Lower School House; Sleeps max 4 adults, plus up to 4 children

One large airy double bedroom and one double/twin bedroom both enjoying doors onto the gite’s own private, secure terrace, with access to the pool and garden and facilities for outdoor dining.

Children’s small bed/cots (provided) will fit in either or both bedrooms

A lounge/diner with traditional French charm and character including a wood burning stove and a fire place/chimney stretching nearly the entire height of the house!

Fully equipped kitchen and all table wear, white goods, iPod docking station, TV, DVD etc.

Shower room and toilet.

Separate entrance leading onto gravel drive at the side of the property for private parking; also giving further access to the pool and garden.

Fully centrally heated for holidays out of season or chilly evenings. (Heating an additional cost)

The Upper School House; Sleeps max 6 adults, plus up to 4 children

A very large and spacious house, enjoying bright sunlit rooms and a fully secured and private veranda that spans the entire back of the property.

Overlooking the pool with access from the lounge/bedroom 3, family kitchen/diner and bedroom 1, the wooden veranda offers versatile space such as outdoor dining, a spot of shade from the midday sun or a quiet relaxed evening rest and relax with a book and glass of wine, once the children are in bed! 

On the first floor;1 large double bedroom with en suite bathroom, shower/ bath/toilet.

1 separate toilet between this bedroom and the family kitchen/diner.

The family sized kitchen/diner enjoys a fully equipped kitchen and all table wear, white goods etc.

The solid wood dining table will seat 10 comfortably with additional space if needed.

A huge lounge/bedroom 3 with stunning traditional stone fire places/chimneys at either end of the room, wood burning stove, TV, DVD and music system, iPod docking station. A large comfy double sofa bed and relaxing reading area is also offered, along with 3 huge windows with window seating.

To complete this house, on the 2nd floor, there is a luxurious king size attic bedroom with ensuite bath/shower/toilet. The room contains wonderful original beams and tastefully installed Velux windows giving natural sunlight. The bedroom, constructed within the total attic of the house, has more than ample space to add children’s beds and/or cots (provided).

Fully centrally heated for holidays out of season or chilly evenings. (Heating an additional cost)

 The Upper School House

The Garden and Pool area.

The garden is completely secure and offers enough space for people of all ages. There is ample room and garden furniture to relax, read a book, sunbathe or find some shade but equally offers enough room for those wanting more energetic activities. 

The pool measuring 12 x 6 meters is accessed by internal roman style stairs.

During the winter and cooler periods it can be either partially or fully covered by a hard plastic cover.

It is law in France that all swimming pools offer a high level of security, particularly for the young and the non-swimmers. During the summer months when the hard pool cover is not in use, the pool will be alarmed.  

Garden and Pool facilities;

  • Paddling pool
  • Covered sand pit
  • Swings and slide
  • Badminton
  • Balls for various ball games
  • Giant Jenga
  • Giant Chess
  • Pool toys
  • Relaxing/dining areas
  • Sun loungers/chairs and tables
  • BBQ’s available for all guests

{Please note swimming aids such as plastic arm bands and rings are not provided – please ensure you supply your own for all non-swimmers}

 The Games Room;

A spacious area providing entertainment for children/guests of all ages. Also an ideal place to escape the heat of the sun. Including;

  • Large selection of Board Games
  • Table tennis table
  • Large selection of children’s DVD’s up to certificate 12 years available. A library of older certificated films is provided on parents request
  • Books for all ages
  • Boules
  • Magnetic children’s dart board plus adult version on parents request
  • Children’s den area with large bean bags with drinks fridge {fridge can also be used as an overflow for the gites}
  • IPod docking station
  • Dressing up box
  • Puzzles
  • A variety of Bikes for all ages {can be booked on a first come first served basis}

This list is not exhaustive and we are keen to add to the selection and provide more entertainment for all ages prior to the start of the season if possible. 

Shared Guest Utility Room.

  • Washing machine
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Clothes drying racks
  • Fridge

Other equipment on offer;

  • Travel cots {including waterproof mattresses}
  • Children’s sized beds and bedding {including waterproof mattresses}
  • Baby listening monitors
  • Stair gates
  • Steriliser
  • Liquidiser
  • Children’s crockery, cutlery and drinking cups
  • A baby/child supplies purchase service is available such as nappies, wipes, baby powered milk and baby food {subject to locating exact brands in French supermarkets}.

Please email your order approx a week before arrival and your shopping will be collected for you. Payment will be required on delivery to your gite. A receipt will be provided.

Welcome packs/meals;

A variety of welcome packs are on offer for your convenience and need to be ordered at least a week before arrival.

There are a number of choices from a basic first morning breakfast pack, up to a comprehensive pack containing a full food and drinks order.

Shopping bill and charges may apply and are payable on arrival. Please email for further information.

Welcome packs will be placed in your gite before arrival. Should you require anything specific we will always endeavor to purchase it for you.

A home cooked welcome meal can be ordered and delivered to your gite on arrival to help ease the stress of a long, tiring journey. Please contact us for further information, menus and prices.

Babysitting and taxi service;

  • A Babysitting service can be provided by a professional ex OFSTED outstanding nursery manager with over ten years’ experience
  • Proof of recent English DBS checks can be provided
  • Taxi can be arranged for childless evenings out!
  • A fee for babysitting will be agreed prior to your evening out and depends on number of children and length of time covered.
  • A restaurant table booking service is also available

Saint Romain Facilities

Saint Romain facilities;

  • A small shop is located next door to the Mairie’s office, just next to the house. You can purchase most everyday items here, including the all-important bread and croissants!
  • A small children’s play area can be found in the village with football goals and plenty of running space!
  • Tennis Court
  • Small hotel with restaurant, bar and pool around the corner. Plat du jour and formula menus available.

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g1308426-d3225229-Reviews-La_Braisiere-Saint_Romain_Charente_Poitou_Charentes.html

  • Highly rated restaurant serving a gourmet menu, with wedding catering facilities, within a very short walk

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g1308426-d2623256-Reviews-Domaine_Des_Vignes-Saint_Romain_Charente_Poitou_Charentes.html

  • Dedicated cycle routes starting in and surrounding the village
  • Beautiful country scenic walks all around, please ask for information

Aubeterre Sur Dronne;

  • An abundance of historic ancient buildings, including the fascinating ‘St Jean Baptiste’ subterranean church, which is on the Santiago de Compostela Pilgrimage tour. Now a very popular wedding venue.
  • Running and cycling on many of the local routes
  • Manmade river beach makes for very safe swimming with snack bar, play area, tennis courts, toilets, life guard
  • Tree top adventure park
  • Canoeing, kayaking
  • Restaurants
  • Bars
  • Banks
  • Gift shops
  • Fishing
  • Guided tours of the village are available all year round {by reservation please call 05 45 98 65 06}
  • Sunday morning market
  • Puppet theatre
  • French Artisans including glass blowers, potters and artists
  • Hotel with spa and beauty treatments

Within 10/15mins of Saint Romain;

  • Horse Riding at Bonnes
  • Golf – Le Manoir de Longeveau Sports Complex – short but challenging FFG golf course is a par 32 (x2) with an enthusiastic and multinational club running throughout the year.

http://www.golftoday.co.uk/clubhouse/coursedir/europe/france/poitoucharentes/longeveau.html

  • Fishing and free swimming lakes – at Rioux Martin, Brossac and Parcoul
  • Keep fit classes – Le Manoir de Longeveau
  • Free Swimming beach, canoeing, tree top adventure park, snack bar, life guard – St Aulaye
  • Museum of cognac and wine – the Musee du Cognac et du Vin – St Aulaye
  • Renaissance Chateau. Dating from the thirteenth century – Saint Aulaye
  • Water slides at Parcoul
  • Open air pools in Montmoreau and Chalai

 Saint Romain

Local Markets;

  • Aubeterre – Sunday Morning
  • Chalais – Monday Morning
  • Barbezieux St Hilaire – Tuesday and Friday Morning
  • Montmoreau St Cybard – Wednesday and Saturday Morning
  • St Severin – Thursday Morning
  • Salle-Lavalette – Friday Evening
  • Brossac – Saturday Morning
  • La Roche Chalais – Saturday Morning
  • Riberac – Tuesday and Friday
  • Perigueux – Wednesday Evening
  • Verteillac – Thursday Evening

Further afield;

  • Bordeaux – Known in France as Perle d’Aquitaine {the pearl of Aquitaine} and Le Belle Endormie {sleeping beauty}. A superbly elegant and chic city with great history, restaurants and fabulous shopping! A fabulous place to sit in one of the many street cafes people watching. Bordeaux is the world’s wine capital being home to the largest wine fair, Vin Expo. The historic part of the city is on the Unesco world heritage list as an outstanding urban and architectural ensemble
  • Angouleme – Located on a plateau overlooking the meandering Charente River, known as the balcony of the South West. A fortified town highly coveted due to its position, so suffered a tumultuous past with many sieges. Perched on a rocky spur, it has inherited a historic and religious heritage which attracts many tourists. Angouleme hosts the international comics’ festival and has been awarded 4 flowers by the national council of Towns and Villages in bloom.
  • Cognac – An historic town, famous for its cognac. Home too many of the large Brandy Houses, such as Courvoisier, Martell, Hennessy and Remy Martin to name just a few. All offer vineyard and distillery tours including tastings. Cognac hosts a world famous Blues Festival annually at the beginning of July.
  • Saintes – Built on the left bank of the Charente. Saintes was the first Roman capital of Aquitaine and the Provence of Saintonge. Due to its Gallo-Roman medieval and classical heritage Saintes is a popular tourist destination having several museums, an amphi-theatre and hosts numerous festivals.
  • Saint Emilion – Saint Emilion’s history goes back to pre-historic times. It is a Unesco world heritage site, with Romanesque churches and ruins stretching along step, narrow streets. Romans planted vineyards around Saint Emilion as early as the 2nd The town was named after the monk Emilion, a travelling confessor who settles in a hermitage carved into the rock in the 8th Century. It was the monks who followed him who began the commercial wine production. A fabulous place to enjoy wine tours and tastings!
  • Perigueux – Has a long history, starting with the Celts, before the Roman conquest who then made Perigueux their capital city. Surrounding it by ramparts and embellishing it with temples, baths and amphi-theaters. The Cathedral is part of the world heritage sites of the routes of Santiago de Compostela, the popular pilgrimage route.
  • Bergerac – Situated on the Dordogne River, Bergerac offers some of the finest wines in the Bordeaux region. It has 12 recognised wine Appellations d’Origine Controlee. The renovated old town has been restored to its former beauty preserving its heritage and great architectural style. In the heart of the old town is the museum of Tobacco and the Wine and River Transport museum, recounting the significant history of these products and their historical transport using the waterways surrounding the town. . Bergerac now boats an international airport
  • Riberac – A pleasant quiet town in the Dronne valley, North Dordogne. At its best on a Friday with reputably the biggest market in Perigord.
  • Chalais – Our closest town with all necessary facilities. A pretty market town. An array of restaurants.
  • Brantome – Known as the Venice of the Perigord, wooded cliffs loom up behind the beautiful Benedictine Abbey, and the River Dronne runs around the village with a small weir underneath a pretty and unusual stone bridge. Parks and gardens surround much of Brantome and there is a fabulous trogloduyte cave with ancient scenes carved into the stone. Close to Brantome is the Grotte de Villars, one of the most impressive cave systems in the Perigord region.
  • Barbezieux – Best known for the Chateaux de Barbezieux an imposing 15th Century castle housing tourist office, a theatre and museum of archeology.
  • Libourne – Overlooked due to its better known neighbours of Bordeaux and Saint Emilion but this English bastide town on the confluence of the Dordogne and Isle Rivers is well worth a visit.
  • Blaye – On the Gironde estuary, best known for its Citadel, a military complex built in 1685 to control and protect the river. The Citadel is free to enter and houses inside the Abbaye St Romain, the Musee d’Archeologie and the old prision. The region of Blaye is celebrated for it Cotes de Balye red wine and the Pritemps des Vins wine tasting and sale is held within the Citadel each spring.
  • The beautiful stunning and varied coast line including Arcachon, Talmont, St Georges de Didonne, Royan, Cote Sauvage, Ile de Re, Ile d’Oleron, with trips to Fort Boyard, Ile d’Aix are all between 1hour 30 mins and 2hour 30 mins hours away

Useful web sites;

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g187203-Activities-Poitou_Charentes.html

http://www.northofthedordogne.com/

http://www.tourisme-aquitaine.fr/en/

Travelling to The School House, Saint Romain;
3 airports:

Bergerac – 70 km less than an hour drive
Bordeaux – 80 km just over 1 hours drive

La Rochelle -172km just over 2 hours

Ferries;

Caen – 520km 5 hours 20 mins

St Malo – 519km 5 hours 20 mins

Calais – 782km 7 hours 30mins

Nearest train station is Chalais  – 8Kms

Euro Star stops at Angouleme 48Kms 45mins where you can travel direct to/from Paris
If you would like to discover some of the surrounding attractions a car is highly recommended

Prices 2015

Gite Low Season/Per week Mid-Season/Per week Peak Season/Per week
The Pool House 1 Bedroom,Max 4 adults, up to 2 children   £295   £395   £550
Lower School House 2 Bedrooms,Max 4 adults, up to 4 children   £350   £550   £695
Upper School House 2/3 Bedrooms, Max 6 adults, up to 4 children   £495   £695   £950
All Accommodation Max 14 adults, up to 8 children, plus cots  £995  £1495  £1995

Low Season:  1st November to 31st March
Mid Season:  1st April to 30th June; 1st September to 31st October; 17th December to 4th January
High Season: 1st July to 31st August

For nightly rates (minimum 2 nights) please enquire

Contact : Richard Grey richardh-grey@hotmail.co.uk

 

 

 

 

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