Overview

Here at La Ferme de l’Eglise the main house and two gîtes face into a large private courtyard that is set back down a drive from Rue de l’Eglise. Like many farming properties, there are several barns adjacent to and separate from the residence. The church of St. Jacques is directly next door and both the church on the one side and the neighbouring house on the other side are set forward of La Ferme de l’Eglise, affording complete seclusion to the property and gardens.

The gardens of some 6000m² provide private garden space for each of the two gîtes plus the large area in which the swimming pool is located. This shared space is perfect for football, frisbee, croquet (there is a set), tennis and any other game that needs a bit of space.

Each of the two gîtes has a covered area to provide shade and terraces for al fresco dining. Garden tables and chairs, parasols and recliners are all provided along with charcoal barbecue sets.


The House

La Ferme de l’Eglise is situated in the small hamlet of Vanzay in the very south of Deux-Sevres, bordering Vienne and Charente, in the Poitou-Charentes region of South-West France. It’s a classic Charentaise farmhouse. The original house, one of our gîtes, La Petite Maison, was built in the 1650s and the rest of the farmhouse added about 100 years later. Find out more…


The owners

Following annual visits to the Angoulême historic racing event, the Circuit des Remparts, Abi and John moved to nearby Vanzay in the summer of 2007 from north Buckinghamshire to enjoy the peaceful way of life in rural France. Find out more…


Moving to France

John had a Eurostar booking that he hadn’t been able to take the year previously and we needed to use it before it expired. Work was pretty busy (and as we work together time off was quite rare) but we needed to use the ticket, so we booked Saturday to Thursday as holiday, and decided that we’d take our MK2 Jaguar for a really decent run through France down into the Dordogne. Find out more…


Why we chose Vanzay

France has always been a popular destination for expats. With its beautiful scenery and easy going pace of life it attracts both young and old looking for a new life with improved living standards. France is made up of 21 regions, each of which is divided into between 2 and 8 departments. Each department has its own capital city. This makes an impulsive choice of where to live something of a leap in the dark. Find out more…


Restoration

Since we took over in July 2007 we have focused on maintenance and development: maintenance to keep the properties in full working order and development to provide more comfort and facilities for our gîte guests, for our visiting friends and families and of course, for ourselves! These projects include: Find out more…


Guest Comments

It is obviously very important to us that our guests have an enjoyable and memorable holiday staying here and we therefore very much appreciate the kind words that visitors have said in our Guestbooks and on our Facebook page. These are comments that have been left in our guest books by our visitors: Read more…