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Nick & Chania Coveyduck

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  • Quiet, rural area with some agricultural activity

This is a delightful and spacious two bedroomed stone gîte in an enclosed courtyard making it perfect for family friendly holidays. Le Gîte du Portail is approached through grand entrance gates and has its own large, partially shaded garden with extensive views over wonderful open countryside.
This gîte has been carefully renovated and recently modernised to a high standard, offering spacious accommodation for up to four people. Le Gîte du Portail is surprisingly large inside with thick stone walls, making it beautifully cool during the hot summer months.
On the ground floor there is a comfortable open plan sitting and dining room which leads through to the attractive kitchen which is fitted with a dishwasher, cooker, fridge/freezer and microwave and offers plenty of storage space. A spiral staircase leads to a large upper hallway with access to the bedrooms and the bathrooms.
The main bedroom is approximately 6m x 5m, with a beamed, vaulted ceiling and a super king-size bed. A feature of this bedroom is a small stained glass window, which was hand-crafted locally by an artist who has renovated windows of Salisbury Cathedral in England. There is an en-suite shower room with a toilet.
The second bedroom has twin beds. Both rooms have ample wardrobe and draw space and benefit from fitted carpets and rugs. There are fans in both rooms and a hair dryer is provided.
There is a well-appointed modern bathroom with a full size bath, toilet and separate shower.
Across the small lane in front of the gîte is a private garden, with lovely trees offering plenty of shade and extensive views over the adjoining fields. A perfect spot to do a bit of bird watching or catch the spectacular sunsets we get in this region.
A patio table, chairs, umbrella and a gas barbeque are provided.


  • Independent
  • Local contact
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Iron
  • Pets welcome
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • TV
  • Internet
  • Bicycles at the house
  • Hair dryer
  • Bath
  • With swimming pool

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Le Manoir La Foye is within easy reach of the A10 autoroute (J33 & 34) giving full access to the Channel ports. St Malo is only just over 4 hours drive.
We are just over an hour from the following:
La Rochelle - Airport
Poitiers - Airport and TGV
and 2 hours from Bordeaux, Nantes and Tours Airports.
We are only 15 minutes from the town of Aulnay and 10 minutes drive to the small town of Néré.
The picture below outlines the layout of the gîtes on the grounds.
Do spend a few minutes and look at our video taken by a drone which gives lovely views of the sourrounding area.
If there are any questions, contact us and we'll do our best to help!
The local area
Located in the Charente-Maritime, part of the larger Poitou-Charente region on the southwest coast of France. The hamlet of La Foye is surrounded by fields of sunflowers, vineyards and forests. It enjoys long hot summers and very mild winters which are so necessary for the production of fine grapes used to make the wonderful wines and Cognac. It is known locally as the 'western Mediterranean' and enjoys the second highest number of sunshine hours in France (after the Côte D’Azur).

  • Rural
  • In or near a village


Le Manoir de La Foye - Le Gite du Portail has received 4 reviews over the past 4 years with an average of:
9.25 stars
  • 10 stars

    We had a lovely stay at this wonderful gîte and property of Nick and Chania. Everything was perfect, gîte was spacious and had everything you needed and more! Games room, swimming pool, playfield, washer and dryer, you name it and it was there! We recommend the Paella/Pizza evening where the food was delicious and everything was accompanied by the warm hospitality of Nick and Chania! It was a little paradise on earth run by these two lovely people. You are living our ‘future’ dream and motivated us even further towards it 😉❤️
    Love Ton, Marjolein, Robin and Laura and of course 🐶 Bodie

  • 9 stars

    we had a very relaxing holiday, comfortable lodging,the Gite has everything it needs, Nick & Chania excellent hosts and knowledgable about the area. The games room was a topper for young and old in the evenings.

  • 9 stars

    Prachtige gite bij een zeer gastvrij Engels echtpaar. We hebben volop genoten ook van de gezamenlijke maandagavonden (met de andere gasten paella en of BBQ gebruiken). De tips van Nick en Chania wat te doen in de omgeving waren erg prettig. Kortom, aanrader om hier een periode te verblijven!

Restaurants, food & wine

The combination of the words "Charente" and "Maritime" help to capture the magic of this department – producing as it does the best from the land with the Cognac, grapes, cereal crops, fields of sunflowers and forests – and the best from the ocean with the oysters, mussels and fish. Located with the Atlantic to the west of its 150 mile coastline, the Vendee and Deux-Sevres to the north, the Dordogne to the east and the Gironde to the south, the Charente-Maritime is a magnificent and exceptional part of France.


Formerly a Cognac distillery, Le Manoir de la Foye is now a delightful collection of five gîtes situated in the beautiful Charente Maritime region of France. Each gîte has its own private patio area and shared use of the heated swimming pool, summer kitchen and games room and have all been carefully restored and upgraded into comfortable homes for your holiday and are within easy access to the coast and a wide range of activities.
Things to do
Charente-Maritime is situated on the southwest coast of France and is part of the larger Poitou-Charantes region.
Just fifteen minutes by car from us, you will find the pretty town of Aulnay. This pleasant town has a small range of shops, supermarkets, banks and bars. There is a very good market on a Sunday morning and a smaller one on a Thursday morning. The church is a World Heritage Monument and is regarded as one of the top Romanesque churches in France.
The small village of Néré, which is a few minutes’ drive from La Foye, has a small assortment of shops and the friendly bar and restaurant, Bistro St Pierre.
The nearby Donkey Sanctuary for the rare Poitou donkey which is indigenous to this region and an open air Zoo Park featuring northern hemisphere animals are only a twenty minute drive from La Foye.
Futuroscope, which is one of France’s largest leisure parks, is just over an hour away on the outskirts of Poitiers. It is packed with innovative activities for all the family.
La Rochelle and the Île de Ré rank amongst the highlights of the French Atlantic Coast. La Rochelle has a beautiful Vieux Port, guarded by medieval twin towers, historic shopping streets, quayside restaurants and one of Europe’s largest Aquariums.
The Île de Ré is accessed by a toll bridge, it is known for the quality of its light and whitewashed houses, and you can explore the island following a network of cycle trails or just sit in one of the attractive harbours soaking up the atmosphere.
The town of Cognac is forty minutes to the south of La Foye. The name cognac is synonymous the world over with the finest French spirit and a tour of one of the many distillery’s is both enlightening and interesting.
The seaside resorts of Royan, Fouras, and L’île d’Oléron are also within an easy drive and make a pleasant day out.
Green Venice (Venise Verte) with its maze of ancient canals, lined by willows and poplar trees offers the opportunity to go boating in traditional barques, using a form of punting. There are several piers, 'embarcadères', from which boats can be hired.
Just a short journey in any direction one will find many more quaint villages and towns that support open air markets, shops, restaurants and historic churches.

  • Near hiking trails
  • Near ATB trails
  • Fishing

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  • Safety deposit € 75.00
  • Cleaning fee (optional) € 35.00

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