Emerald & Jade Gites offers two family-friendly gites, located in the rural French countryside.
We are situated in the Vienne department of Nouvelle Aquitaine (which was previously known as Poitou Charente) in the South West of France. This area is the second sunniest region, after the South of France, and is well known for its sunflower fields in the Summer.
Whether you have travelled to France many times, or if it’s your first visit, we invite you to stay with us, and experience the peaceful and relaxing French rural way of life.
You can find Emerald & Jade gites in a small hamlet called Chambe, just on the outskirts of the village of Voulême. The hamlet is lovely and quiet, nestled into a corner of the Charente river, surrounded by gentle, rolling hills, wide open fields and forests. The hamlet has its own mill, and just a short walk away you can have a dip in the beautiful clear water. You might meet the odd vehicle on the way, but most likely a tractor, a deer or two, or some horseriders.
Emerald gîte shares the garden with our house. It offers views onto the garden, where you can spot Hoopoes and many other birds, as well as keep an eye on the children playing while you enjoy your morning cuppa.
The main bedroom looks onto the fields, where deer, hares and rabbits can be spotted daily. The skies are filled with a variety of birds, including cranes during their great migration. The garden offers a great space for the children to run around with ours, a meadow which makes the crickets sing, trees for the birds to nest in, and plenty of seating areas dotted around for you to sit down and relax.
At night, as there is no light pollution, the stars are simply magical. We have installed a fire pit, allowing nights of star gazing around the fire. Magical for all ages!
We are Open all year.
Emerald & Jade gites are ideally located for longer holidays or for stopovers. We are just 5 minutes drive off the N10, which provides easy access to the main routes that lead to the South of France, Spain and Portugal. It also provides easy access to bigger towns such as Futuroscope/Poitiers and Angoulême, as well as Bordeaux, Saintes, Cognac, Limoges and La Rochelle.
Having two children of our own, we love exploring the area and sharing our favourite spots with other families. Whether you want to stay local, enjoying bike rides, walks around the hamlet and swimming in the river, lakes and local pools, or whether you like travelling further afield to visit the historical villages and towns, or even enjoy family days out to the Futuroscope, La Vallée des Singes, La Planète aux Crocodiles to name just a few, the area is perfect for families so that everyone can make the most of their holiday.
You can follow our daily life in France on Instagram, where we post about our day trips and local events.
We are a French / British family who love travelling and meeting new people. We left Bristol in the UK to offer our children a new lifestyle, and have an adventure. We live onsite, and remain available to help you make the most of your time in France, to ensure you will enjoy your holiday.
We look forward to having you stay with us, a bientôt!
Fiona, Barry, Siena & Hugo (and the cats!)