Ruth and Neil Shipman, formerly of Hungerford, now run three lovely gîtes located in the south of the Charente-Maritime region of South West France.
Renovated from old farm buildings and well maintained, they provide a modern living space yet maintain a great deal of character, with many exposed beams.
Each gîte has either one or two bedrooms and can accommodate up to 2 (+1), 4 or 5 people. There’s plenty of space for everyone in the grounds of nearly an acre and on the large terrace around the 10m x 5m chlorine-free swimming pool.
Ruth and Neil don’t want you to feel that you’re moving house when coming on holiday so each gîte comes equipped with everything you need for a comfortable self-catering holiday. They provide all linen and towels, including pool towels, all the cleaning materials you’ll need, and all consumables for the dishwasher and washing machine; they even supply the loo paper! On arrival, the kitchen will be stocked with some basic staples and a welcome pack will be waiting for you.
Each kitchen has a dishwasher, oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, toaster, kettle and coffee machine. For entertainment, there’s UK satellite TV, DVD & CD players, Bluetooth speaker, Wi-Fi and a selection of books and board games. Outside, each gîte has its own fully-enclosed courtyard with patio area and pergola, and a barbeque.
“Thank you for a thoroughly enjoyable stay and to you both for your warm and generous hospitality. Your site and gîtes are such a delight, I definitely intend returning with friends and family in the near future.” P, Swindon
“Everything we hoped for and so much more! This week, with our family, was fabulous. The facilities are exceptional and the swimming pool wonderful, well used by us all. Information on local events was very useful and led to enjoyable outings Montendre markets, the beach at St. Georges de Didonne and St. Emillion. Lovely wine too… Well done, Ruth and Neil.” P & R, Hungerford
“Thank you for the warm welcome. Lovely gîtes, lovely hosts, we did not want to leave. Very high standards, pretty décor and well equipped, everything one needed. Super pool, beautiful countryside, super views, towns and markets. What more is there to want?” A & D, Salisbury
“Having visited previously in 2012 when Paul & Janice were owners we decided to return to the excellent Gîte Fennel (née Chez Frankie). We have been delighted that the previous wonderful standards have not only been maintained by Ruth & Neil but even exceeded. Well done Ruth & Neil and many thanks for being truly excellent hosts and all the very best for a successful venture – much deserved.” C & R, Saffron Walden
The Chatenet area offers a good mixture of culture, countryside and coast and is easy to reach: a day’s drive from any of the channel ports, by plane to several local airports, or train with services to Angoulême and Bordeaux.
For more details about Gîtes@Chatenet please visit www.chatenet.co.uk or contact Ruth onfacebook/chatenet