Our Surroundings

With at least 2,600 hours of sunshine a year, our area is second only to the South of France as the sunniest area of France! This warm microclimate in a rural setting of fields and forests, lakes and rivers, pretty villages and chateaux makes the central Poitou Charentes an ideal holiday destination. 

Situated on the edge of a forest, the little hamlet of La Grande Tranchee provides a haven for its inhabitants and visitors alike. This typical French farming community offers a friendly welcome to all who choose to stay. The countryside around the hamlet is a mix of forest, arable and grazing. The farmer keeps a flock of sheep and two beautiful riding horses that can be seen lazily grazing across the lane from the garden. 

Our child friendly cottages are set in pretty walled gardens. Each cottage has a large BBQ which provides 'would be chefs' a chance to show off their culinary skills whilst the ladies enjoy a well earned rest, perhaps sipping a glass of wine or taking a dip in the heated pool.

Our 'little' guests enjoy raiding the strawberry patch whilst their parents particularly enjoy our succulent black cherries and apples. Fresh, organic home-grown herbs and veg are freely available, in season, for your alfresco dining. With no less than four market towns (Melle, Chef Boutonne, Lezay & Sauze Vaussais) in close proximity you will be spoilt for choice when arranging shopping forays and trips to market.

So to recap, if you would like a really comfortable holiday home with heated swimming pool, wish to wake up to birdsong, enjoy walking, cycling, riding on unspoilt tracks and quiet lanes, like to see fields of bright red poppies or fantastic sunflowers, spot rare birds, witness really starry nights (no light pollution), count satellites and shooting stars, see the Milky Way for the first time ... etc, then La Grande Tranchee could be just the place for you!

Our Gites

Our aim is to provide excellent family friendly properties. Parents with young children will appreciate our ‘child friendly‘ approach, which includes a large range of baby/toddler equipment and facilities rarely found in other holiday homes.

Having lived and worked in France for many years, we feel able to ensure that you have all the ingredients for a wonderful stay. Whether you're looking for an action packed holiday or more relaxing break, you can rest assured we know all the 'best places' to go! 

Lark Rise

Sleeps 11, plus cots.

A spacious character property with beautiful exposed stone, ancient beams, gorgeous fireplaces and modern amenities.

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Dove Cottage

Sleeps 6, plus cot.

A pretty stone cottage leading out onto a spacious garden with pergola, tables, chairs, BBQ and children's play barn.

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Robins Nest

Sleeps 4 including cot.

A charming ground floor cottage, with patio and BBQ , views over rear garden and pool. Perfect for toddlers.

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