La Laiterie

Melleran, Deux Sèvres
+33 (0)5 49 29 65 31

A renovated milking parlour for four on a smallholding deep in undulating countryside – English hosts cook supper on Sundays


3 beds


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4

Children welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

Great for young families – no need to bring all the gear, it’s here to borrow. Along with animals to pet, eggs to collect, table tennis and a shaded pétanque court. There’s a beautiful shared limestone pool to splash in too.With three gîtes on site you will see and hear other guests but yours has its own private grassy space. Enjoy Alison and Francis’ rambling garden too – the rose display is stunning in the summer; sit down with them on Sunday evenings for a traditional meal, made from scratch with produce grown on the smallholding, and local wine to sample.Borrow bikes to follow well-marked trails to tiny hamlets, get in the car to Chef-Boutonne (three kilometres) for its bustling food market and impressive château. The regional speciality is Pineau des Charentes – a delicious aperitif served in any pavement café in the town square. There are ancient churches wherever you go – Saint-Hilaire in Melle (20-minutes) is UNESCO listed. A little further down the road are the formal gardens at The Royal Abbey in Celles sur Belle.

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We think you'll love

  • Wandering the three acres of lovingly tended grounds – orchard, fruit and veg plots and the small pond
  • The charming owners and their sociable Sunday suppers
  • How easy it is to come with little ones or babies
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You should know

  • There are other guests on site
  • The beds in the twin room are best for children
  • You’ll need a car for all your shopping and trips out


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 4pm
Check out
By 10am
Booking restrictions
Short breaks available.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property


Nightly price
from £68
Weekly price
from £475
Damage deposit
1 Cottage for 4
From £683 beds2 bedrooms


Wonderful, Fabulous, Amazing...words really can't describe all the precious, special moments and memories our family created over the past few weeks...all brought to life by the most perfect hosts Francis and Alison. All your properties are fitted out to a very high standard whist still retaining the charm and character to make you feel welcome. Even though it was October we used the pool everyday, played badminton, table tennis, and enjoyed eating al fresco on many occasions. Alison and Francis cooked for our party of 15 for a special celebrations and it was superb.......we will be back xxx

Jackie, Rawtenstall

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The neighbourhood

It’s delightfully rural around here, surrounded by fields and forests, and the hamlet is tiny; there are other forgotten hamlets that you can reach by foot and bike. Everything else is by car – the nearest restaurant is in Courtanne and you’ll find shops and supermarkets in Chef-Boutonne, both three kilometres. Ancient churches that double as classical music venues are close by – the one in Melle is UNESCO listed. The Royal Abbey with its imposing Renaissance architecture and formal gardens at Celles-sur-Belle hosts a music festival every August. Your hosts can direct you to the best markets, fairs, ‘brocantes’, gardens, galleries, concerts and more.

Local points of interest from Francis & Alison Hudson

  • Why not borrow some our bikes and head off for a discovery tour with a picnic of local produce in tow. We also have safety helmets, child seats and a bike trailer. Naturally all this is free of charge.
  • Stretch out on the lawn at night - grandparents, parents, grandchildren, old & new friends - and marvel at theunpolluted night skies. A wonderful yet humbling experience: the Milky Way, shooting stars.....
  • Local markets are the place to lap up local atmosphere and find fantastically fresh produce. There's a different one for every day of the week except of course lazy 'lundi' and all within easy reach of 'La Laiterie'.
  • Discover local specialities such as the 'Tourteau Fromagé' a cheesecake made with fresh goat's cheese and the Apellation Controlé 'Chabichou' and Echiré butter. Don't miss trying 'Farci Poitevin', a delicious paté made with swiss chard & everything green.
  • There's a wealth of local 'brocantes' and 'vide greniers' to forage through for wonderful gems of French bric a brac. Why not join the locals for a long lunch at the traditional 'mechoui' (spit roast) and discuss the origins of your new found treasures !
  • 'La Laiterie' with its extra wide doors, open plan layout and 'la douche Italienne' offers easy wheelchair access.


Francis & Alison Hudson

Alison and Francis left behind careers in Art & Design and moved out here with their two young children over 20 years ago. As well as working hard to become as self-sufficient as possible – clearing land for veg growing, planting fruit trees, establishing a flock of hens – they have created a successful self-catering business with three gîtes onsite. They have a fabulous eye for detail and a real hands-on attitude doing most of the work themselves from re-roofing and digging out the beaten earth floors to the stencilling on the reclaimed linen curtains.