Tour St Therese

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Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1

Overview

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In the heart of a rural village, surrounded by wooded valleys and beautiful countryside, is the romantic 14th century tower, Tour St. Thérèse. Perfectly positioned next to a historic church in the sunny region of Charente, this is the perfect place to unwind and relax in a unique and exquisite setting.

It is said that the tower was added to the adjoining mediaeval house, Prieure St. Thérèse, as accommodation for nuns when the local baron gave the house to the church in the 14th century.

The devoted and talented owner has created a chic yet characterful ambience throughout the tower; it’s like a step back in time to a bygone era. You’ll love the eclectic French furnishings and English antiques mixed with French country crockery and linen, from embroidered bed sheets to delicate pretty china. The semi-circular kitchen is simple yet perfect for preparing your coffee using the vintage French percolator and warming up your croissants for breakfast on the terrace. Should you wish to have dinner cooked for you, your host is very happy to oblige with a couple of days’ notice.

With the large open log fire in the living area and a small yet glorious master bedroom, the tower has an undeniably romantic atmosphere. There is also a second bedroom if you wish to bring family, designed with budding knights and ladies in mind and with a low beamed ceiling. They might even get a visit from an owl who perches on the deep recessed windowsill at night. Both bedrooms are accessed via their own steep and rather narrow spiral staircase, adding to the charm and character of this amazing place.

Outside you can appreciate the tranquillity. This is a very quiet area with a slow pace of life. The pleasant sounds of the church bells, birdsong and local frogs all add to the atmosphere in this quiet backwater. Massage and yoga, enjoyed in the peaceful surroundings of your garden can be booked by the owner. Alternatively, on the many cloudless evenings, snuggle up by the fire-pit and contemplate the starry skies.

This unique home is perfectly positioned within the Deux-Sevres in Charente, known to be France’s second-most sunniest region. There is a good choice of restaurants in neighbouring villages, about ten to fifteen minutes by car, where visitors are greeted with a warm welcome. You’ll find a supermarket, cafés, and bars just 8 km away in Thenezay and the beautiful medieval town of St. Loup is just fifteen minutes by car.

This beautiful area, full of wooded valleys, streams, ponds and shallow, flowing rivers is a joy for walkers and cyclists. From great local food markets, vide greniers and country trail walks to riding, lake fishing and canoeing, there is a plethora of activities in the area. Historical Poitiers, an hour away, is a city full of centuries-old art and history. Visit the magical chateau and sample some fine sparkling wine in Saumur or head west to the Atlantic coast with its stunning beaches and interesting town of La Rochelle.

Groups of up to twenty-two guests can hire both beautifully renovated homes, Prieure St. Thérèse and La Tour. Together, they are ideal for a celebration, small wedding or special holiday. Although attached, they each have their own separate entrances and gardens. There is the added attraction for guests in La Tour, of the use of the pool in The Prieure garden when both are booked together.

With such a peaceful and beautiful place to relax in, it will be hard to leave the magical surroundings of your dreamy tower and rose scented gardens.

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What you should know…

  • Tour St. Thérèse is not suitable for children under the age of 4
  • The tower is attached to Prieure St. Thérèse. They can be booked independently or together, allowing groups of up to 22 guests to holiday next door to each other
  • You do have to be fairly agile to manage the two separate spiral staircases up to each of the bedrooms
  • The owner (and her guests) will require access to her own home via the tower garden but this will be kept at a minimum

Property Features

Internet BBQ Indoor Games Working Fireplace Heating

Tower Interior

Ground Floor

- Living room with fire-place
- Dining area
- Small simple kitchen with fridge, cooker, vintage French percolator, teapot and antique French crockery
- Shower room with WC

First Floor

- Master double bedroom (accessed via its own spiral staircase)
- Twin bedroom with two further pull-out beds (accessed via its own spiral staircase), ideal for children

Outside Grounds

- Terrace with BBQ
- Truffle orchard
- Gardens
- Fire pit

Facilities

- Wi-Fi
- Heating
- Working fireplace
- Books and games
- Washing machine

Location

About the surrounding area of Tour St Therese
<1hr to Airport Canoeing/Kayaking Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Wine Tasting Golf Nearby Cycling Horse Riding Fishing Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites Romantic
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Tour St. Thérèse is in the heart of a rural village, next to a beautiful and historic church, surrounded by some of France’s most beautiful and unspoiled countryside. You can go for wonderful walks straight from your holiday home with some lovely trails to follow. This is the Deux-Sevres department of the Poitou Charente region, the second sunniest region in France!

There are restaurants in various local villages about ten to fifteen minutes drive away, from pizzerias to fine dining and a warm welcome is afforded to visitors in this region. The nearest village is Thénezay (8km) where you will find a weekly market on a Sunday, cafes and restaurants, a supermarket, bakery, patisserie and butchers as well as the nearest petrol station. Gourgé and St. Loup are a similar distance away, each with a couple of restaurants and convience store.

There is a further choice of facilities in the larger town of Parthenay (19km) which has a train station, hypermarkets, independently owned shops as well as a fabulous market on a Wednesday morning. The best local market, however, is probably in Thouars (25km) on a Friday morning with fantastic fresh meat, fish and food as well as gifts.

This beautiful area, full of wooded valleys, streams, ponds and shallow, flowing rivers is a joy for walkers and cyclists.  Those who love the great outdoors will appreciate all the activities on offer such as horse-riding and fishing within a few minutes drive, a golf course 20km away, canoeing and windsurfing within fifteen minutes by car and a wonderful lakeside beach that you can get to in 20km.

There are numerous stunning historical castles to be visited such as the one in beautiful Saumur (70km) an hour away, a town also famous for its equestrian heritage and sparkling wine. The chateaux of Chenonceau, Chambord, Montreuil-Bellay, Ambois, Villandry and Usseé are all within drivable distance.

All the family will love Futuroscope (45km), France’s biggest educational theme park, situated near Poitiers (53km), a beautiful city with 2000 years of art and history, over 100 church towers and a great choice of shops, bars and restaurants.

There’s a good choice of local vineyards where you can sample some interesting wines, such as the Route des Vins du Haut-Poitou; 25 vineyards within an hour of Pressigny where you can taste Savignon, Cabernet, Chardonnay and Gamay wines, all of which can be purchased directly from the vineyard. If you are heading to Nantes (140km) for a day-trip there’s the wine museum there which is worthy of your time. Guided tours are available all year around, by appointment, in Cognac (142km) by Martelle and Camus producers.

Finally, head to the Atlantic coast to La Rochelle (137km), with its fantastic shops, brilliant beaches, great sea-food restaurants and the remains of the town’s fortifications. Families can include a trip to the fantastic Aquarium in La Rochelle  featuring the one of the largest shark aquarium displays. Combine with a trip over to Île de Ré with its unspoiled beaches and countryside all around.

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Poitiers

(42km)

Nearest Ferry port St-Malo/Ouistreham-Caen

(315km/354km)

Nearest Village Thénezay

(8km)

Nearest Town/City Parthenay

(19km)

Nearest Restaurant Gourgé/Thénezay

(8km)

Nearest Supermarket Thénezay

(8km)

Nearest Train Station Parthenay

(19km)

Nearest Beach La Rochelle

(137km)

Region

Aquitaine’s reputation as a varied and enchanting destination is well-earned – whether you’re looking for relaxation or excitement, this beautiful part of south-western France is a feast for every one of the senses. To make sure you’re getting the very best of your holiday (and to clue you up if you’re thinking of going) check out our wonderful travel guide – it’s full of tips, info and the things you really shouldn’t miss when you visit unforgettable Aquitaine. 

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Kids

Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Teens

Please note the property is not suitable for children under the age of 4.

Kids Activities Close-by

  • <1hr to Airport
  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Cycling
  • Horse Riding
  • Fishing
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages
  • Historical Sites

Onsite Facilities

  • Indoor Games

Services Available

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available
  • Babysitting Available

Extras

Oliver's Extras

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available
  • Babysitting Available
  • Yoga and Massage available

At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:

- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Babysitting / childcare services

Extras available at this property (payable locally):

- Catering services may be arranged
- Additional cleaning
- Fridge stocking before arrival
- Babysitting
- Transfers
- Yoga and massage
 
Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfil your requests!

Oliver's Travels Chef Service: A Gourmet Dining Experience
Make hosting a memorable dinner party at your villa an absolute breeze with our superb Chef Service. Our chefs will take care of everything for you from start to finish so you can just sit back and enjoy the gastronomic experience. They will bring all the necessary ingredients, cook and serve the food and even clean up afterwards. To find out more visit www.oliverstravels.com/chefs

Event information

Tour St. Thérèse can be booked alongside Prieure St. Thérèse for special celebrations and weddings, on request.

Please note that any event rental may be subject to additional charges, venue hire fees and to a higher security deposit, which will be in addition to any published rental rates and fees.

All events are on request only and subject to prior agreement from the owner, who reserves the right to refuse all events without their prior authorisation.

 

 

Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit £400 charged to clients' credit card prior to the arrival.
Arrival time 4.00 p.m.
Departure time 10.00 a.m.
Energy costs included? Yes.
Linen & towels included? Yes (including pool towels if booked with the 'Prieure', the main house).
Pets welcome? No pets allowed.
Changeover day Thursday, Saturday or Sunday.
End of stay cleaning included? Yes.
Smoking Allowed? No.
Insurance It is recommended that all guests take out insurance to cover against potential cancellation and any accidental damage caused during your stay at the property.
Minimum stay 7 nights from July to 1st week of September. 3 nights otherwise.
Heating costs included? No. Heating is available from the end of September to the end of May at a cost of €100 per week, payable in cash on arrival. This covers the cost of the wood for the large fire-place and the electric heating.
Other Ts and Cs No children under the age of 4.
Other Ts and Cs Weddings and celebrations in conjunction with Prieure St. Thérèse are permitted on request. Please note stag/hen parties are not allowed.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 6 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
May 18th 2019 - Jun 1st 2019 £400 £437 £475 £615
Jun 1st 2019 - Jun 29th 2019 £500 £547 £594 £768
Jun 29th 2019 - Jul 13th 2019 - - - £922
Jul 13th 2019 - Aug 24th 2019 - - - £1,075
Aug 24th 2019 - Aug 31st 2019 - - - £922
Aug 31st 2019 - Sep 7th 2019 - - - £768
Sep 7th 2019 - Sep 28th 2019 £500 £547 £594 £768
Sep 28th 2019 - Dec 14th 2019 £400 £437 £475 £615
Dec 14th 2019 - Jan 4th 2020 £579 £634 £689 £891
Jan 4th 2020 - May 30th 2020 £400 £437 £475 £615
May 30th 2020 - Jun 27th 2020 £500 £547 £594 £768
Jun 27th 2020 - Jul 11th 2020 - - - £922
Jul 11th 2020 - Aug 22nd 2020 - - - £1,075
Aug 22nd 2020 - Aug 29th 2020 - - - £922
Aug 29th 2020 - Sep 5th 2020 - - - £768
Sep 5th 2020 - Sep 26th 2020 £500 £547 £594 £768
Sep 26th 2020 - Nov 18th 2020 £400 £437 £475 £615

Prices based on an occupancy of 6 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
May 18th 2019 - Jun 1st 2019 €436 €473 €511 €670
Jun 1st 2019 - Jun 29th 2019 €545 €592 €639 €838
Jun 29th 2019 - Jul 13th 2019 - - - €1,005
Jul 13th 2019 - Aug 24th 2019 - - - €1,173
Aug 24th 2019 - Aug 31st 2019 - - - €1,005
Aug 31st 2019 - Sep 7th 2019 - - - €838
Sep 7th 2019 - Sep 28th 2019 €545 €592 €639 €838
Sep 28th 2019 - Dec 14th 2019 €436 €473 €511 €670
Dec 14th 2019 - Jan 4th 2020 €632 €686 €741 €972
Jan 4th 2020 - May 30th 2020 €436 €473 €511 €670
May 30th 2020 - Jun 27th 2020 €545 €592 €639 €838
Jun 27th 2020 - Jul 11th 2020 - - - €1,005
Jul 11th 2020 - Aug 22nd 2020 - - - €1,173
Aug 22nd 2020 - Aug 29th 2020 - - - €1,005
Aug 29th 2020 - Sep 5th 2020 - - - €838
Sep 5th 2020 - Sep 26th 2020 €545 €592 €639 €838
Sep 26th 2020 - Nov 18th 2020 €436 €473 €511 €670

Prices based on an occupancy of 6 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
May 18th 2019 - Jun 1st 2019 $486 $524 $562 $748
Jun 1st 2019 - Jun 29th 2019 $608 $655 $702 $935
Jun 29th 2019 - Jul 13th 2019 - - - $1,122
Jul 13th 2019 - Aug 24th 2019 - - - $1,309
Aug 24th 2019 - Aug 31st 2019 - - - $1,122
Aug 31st 2019 - Sep 7th 2019 - - - $935
Sep 7th 2019 - Sep 28th 2019 $608 $655 $702 $935
Sep 28th 2019 - Dec 14th 2019 $486 $524 $562 $748
Dec 14th 2019 - Jan 4th 2020 $705 $760 $814 $1,085
Jan 4th 2020 - May 30th 2020 $486 $524 $562 $748
May 30th 2020 - Jun 27th 2020 $608 $655 $702 $935
Jun 27th 2020 - Jul 11th 2020 - - - $1,122
Jul 11th 2020 - Aug 22nd 2020 - - - $1,309
Aug 22nd 2020 - Aug 29th 2020 - - - $1,122
Aug 29th 2020 - Sep 5th 2020 - - - $935
Sep 5th 2020 - Sep 26th 2020 $608 $655 $702 $935
Sep 26th 2020 - Nov 18th 2020 $486 $524 $562 $748

Please note that prices may not be 100% accurate for dates outside of the current calendar year. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

Reviews

  • 5* holiday

    Posted by Natalie on 17/08/2018

    Fantastic property in a beautiful setting. We were met by the very warm and hospitable owner, Paula, who ensured everything was perfect for us. The style of the tour is chic yet it retains original charm. Lovely secure private garden and we made good use of the gorgeous fire pit. The first holiday where I have not missed my own bed thanks to the very comfortable superking in the master bedroom which was dressed in fabulous linen. The perfect place to relax under sun by day and glorious stars by night. Could not recommend highly enough.

  • Perfect Stay at Tour St Therese!

    Created on 19/07/2018

    Lovely week's holiday at the beautiful Tour St Therese. Paula is the perfect hostess; nothing is too much trouble for her. She makes you feel so welcome; she even picked us up from the airport! The rooms at Tour St Therese are beautifully decorated and reflective of the 14th century building. Whilst you feel you have "gone back in time", Tour St Therese offers modern conveniences and comforts in a homely environment. The beds are very comfortable with exquisite bed linen and there is plenty of wardrobe/storage space. Paula is a fantastic chef so don't just stick with breakfast, take the dinner option if it is offered. Although this is extra you will not be disappointed. Tour St Therese is set in a wonderful rural location; very tranquil and relaxing to sit by the pool in the garden or take a walk/cycle ride in the surrounding countryside. For children/teenagers there is a wonderful room full of toys/games and a massive TV with internet. The location is within easy reach of nearby chateaux and medieval towns. Be sure not to miss a visit to Joan of Arc's Chapel and Gustav Eiffel's viaduct.

  • Great Property and Very Nice Hostess!!

    Created on 13/06/2018

    My husband and I came here for an October half term holiday getaway. We’re expecting our first baby soon, so it was lovely to get away from it all on our last holiday abroad before he or she arrives in February. After a short 40-minute drive which twisted and turned its way through the beautiful Western France countryside, we arrived at Tour St Therese which was more stunning than I could ever have imagined. The house itself is set within beautiful walled gardens with an outdoor pool which will be perfect for relaxing in when the weather heats up. Once inside the house though, wow! You can’t help but look up and around you at all the wonderful architecture and craftsmanship of the building, with the spiral staircase and exposed timber beams, it really is like taking a step back in time. Our hostess, Paula, has added to the decor of the interior by decorating and furnishing each room exceptionally tastefully, keeping the charm of this lovely place in mind. We were greeted by Paula with a big friendly smile which never faded during our entire stay (4 nights), despite the fact she was busy attending to other guests who were also staying while we were there. The breakfasts she gave us were delicious, ranging from fresh bread and pastries from the local boulangerie to a full English fry up! We happily ate so much we didn’t really need any lunch! We were also offered dinner, which we were glad we didn’t turn down as, my, what a feast she laid on for us each evening! If Paula ever offers you dinner, don’t say no! She really is a brilliant cook! There is plenty to do in the area and lots of beautiful picturesque towns and villages to explore. We even managed to fit in a lovely 2-hour loop walk straight from outside Tour St Therese, following some walking route signs we came across! This is an idyllic place to stay if you want “an escape to the country” when you can leave all your worries behind you, soak in the peaceful serenity of the area and be spoilt rotten by the most wonderful host, Paula. We are already planning our return trip!

  • Incroyable, Merci!!

    Created on 10/12/2017

    Réservation faite par ma société pour un travail en déplacement. Belle surprise de voir ce monument historique converti en maison d'hôtes. L'accueil fut convivial et chaleureux. Les chambres sont de belle taille, la literie est juste moelleuse, confortable et chaude, et la décoration nous transporte de l'autre côté de la Manche. Les repas sont dignes de Master chef, différents tous les jours, fait du jour avec des produits frais, avec un bon goût d'Angleterre, comme les petits déjeuners... Le tout est accompagné du sourire et de la gentillesse de la maîtresse de maison qui regorge d'anecdotes et d'histoires... Le prix de l'hébergement est dérisoire quant à qualité du service et de l'aménagement, de même, les repas sont tout bonnement donnés. Je le recommande vivement d'aller à la rencontre de ce lieu exceptionnel!

  • Des vacances géniales !

    Posted by Martine, Jules et Louise on 21/02/2017

    Voyageant seule avec mes deux enfants, j'ai fait étape à la Tour St Therese. Ici, tout est charme, sérénité et invitation à la paresse... On peut bouquiner dans le jardin, siroter son sirop de pêche près de la piscine, discuter dans la grande cuisine, explorer l'immense et beau jardin ou y dîner! l'accueil est tellement bienveillant, la demeure historique est si belle (avec des chambres spacieuses), la décoration cultive l'héritage de cet ancien prieuré par petite touche délicate ( un mobilier choisi avec un goût sûr, du linge de lit ancien) Tout est parfait : les attentions de la maîtresse de maison, sa table d'hôte généreuse qui ravit aussi les petits - contactée sur la route afin de confirmer que le menu convenait au enfants!) Oui Paula sait recevoir (un grand espace jeu pour les enfants à l'étage avec TV, billard, lego, jeux de société, ...) et sa maison est des plus accueillante. Elles nous ont conquis les enfants et moi : on s'y est senti comme à la maison ou chez une amie qui prend soin de vous... Allez-y vous ne serez pas déçus, nous on y retournera, c'est sûr !

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