Elizabeth Marriott is the owner of Gites2France – a fabulous farmhouse and two gites in the Poitou Charente region of France. Here she tells us more about her life in France.
Q: How long have you lived / owned your gite in France?
We have lived/worked in France for over eleven years. John is a true ‘Artisan’ and has renovated and restored many ancient French houses. Some of our guests, impressed by our gites, have even enlisted John to carry out work in their own homes.
Q: What do you love about France?
We started visiting France twenty years ago for holidays with our young family. We loved the peaceful countryside, easy driving on near empty roads, beautiful sandy beaches, quaint villages and friendly French folk. Tasty French food and superb wine completed the picture then and still does today.
Q: What made you choose the region in which you have settled?
The Poitou Charentes is situated in a warm microclimate & is second only to Provence for sunshine hours! Temperature ranges between 25 and 35 degrees C for most of the holiday season (end of May to mid September}. Travel to our region is easy, as we have no less than six airports to choose from. Those wishing to take the ferry can reach us between 4 hours and 6 hours 30mins drive from the French ports, perfect drive times for families with young children. We also offer discounted Brittany Ferries crossings so our guests often enjoy a ‘mini overnight cruise’ before reaching us refreshed and ready to enjoy their holiday.
Q: Tell us three things you like best about your Gite
Our gites are family friendly inside and out. We have created accommodation that we would have loved to stay in when our children were small.
Q: What one thing would your previous guests say about your Gite?
The following guest comment is typical “A big thank you – we had such a relaxing week – friendly hosts, a charming property with a lovely pool and gardens, all in a wonderfully peaceful rural location, with the added bonus of a great play barn to keep children of all ages entertained!”
Q: What is your favourite attraction near to your Gite?
La Vallee des Singes (monkey world) wander from islet to islet in this parkland setting and observe the monkeys roaming free in this beautiful cage free habitat. Both young & old enjoy visiting this delightful attraction.
Q: What’s the oddest thing about the French culture that you have experienced?
Car parking is free during the two-hour lunch break in our local city centres ! Well, it goes without saying that food is very important here 🙂
Q: Which do you prefer and why – Entrecote Frites, Fish ‘n’ Chips or a good curry?
Curry has to be our favourite due to the sheer variety available (when we visit the UK that is).
Thanks Elizabeth. Visit the website of Gites2France.