Le Clos des Jardins

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

Deep in rural France, 2 handsome-in-honey stone cottages: spotless bedrooms, reclaimed furniture and a family-friendly pool


2 places


Each sleep 4

Children welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

This is great for families. With its sunflower fields, pale stone walls and carthorses, the tiny village of Mandegault is a reminder of how rural France used to be. Life slows to a tranquil trot, a pace which owners Alison and Francis have happily adopted at their 18th-century farmstead. Hens and ducks potter in the courtyard (children may collect eggs at feeding time) and you are invited to gather fresh organic veg (just put something in the seeds kitty). Showing off original honey-coloured stone walls and oak beams, both cottages are done with natural colours and fabrics, and reclaimed furniture. Spotless bedrooms, small and simple yet elegant, have scrubbed floorboards and iron or wooden beds. Each private garden is pretty with lawns and teak loungers, fig trees and herbs (they can interconnect if you rent both cottages). There’s a games area and a beautiful limestone pool for children to share, and bikes to borrow too. Chef Boutonne, the nearest town, has a fairytale château, fascinating old washhouses and a Saturday market: don’t miss the Charentais melons.


  • 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
Minimum stay: 7 nights, 14 nights in Jul & Aug. Short breaks available.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.


Nightly price
from €53
Weekly price
from €370
Damage deposit
Extra bed/sofabed available at no charge.
1 Cottage for 4
From €532 beds2 bedrooms
1 Cottage for 4
From €603 beds2 bedrooms



Our second visit to Alison and Francis’ stunningly beautiful house. Ten years on and there’s now a wonderful saltwater pool (hate chlorine!).. the funny hens and ducks are still there (a new generation) as are the lovely black sheep, who come running if you bring stale bread. We spent a lot of time staying put, listening to birdsong, reading, star-gazing, swimming, playing ping-pong and picking tomatoes and basil from the lovely kitchen garden. This is an exceptional place and the owners are so warm, generous and gracious. It’s quite difficult to leave .. thanks for another wonderful holiday

Jane, London

Staying at Clos des Jardin was simply bliss and a true haven of tranquility. On our arrival our charming host Alison and Francis showed us to our absolutely spotless gite which was beautifully furnished. Every detail had been thought of from the amazing well stocked kitchen to our wonderful safe gated private garden with my sons very own paddling pool. Days spent at the gite were so relaxing whether we took a bike ride along fields of sunflowers or swam in the increadible salt water pool, which was thoughtfully left covered when not in use to keep our son safe. We will return!

Maria, London

Been here 5 times, absolutely love it, its truly beautiful as is the owners Francis and Alison, got very happy memories if this place and cant wait to go back. Magical holiday, wonderful food and accommodation.

Andrea, Sheffield

We have just returned from a delightful holiday in a haven of peace and tranquility at Le Clos des Jardins. The owners, Francis and Alison, made our stay an exceptional experience. Thank you.

Harry, Chorley

This is a unique and wonderful place. Alison and Francis made us feel like old friends from the moment we arrived. The house was spacious, incredibly comfortable and absolutely beautiful and the garden was magical to lie in, reading and absorbing the silence. The pool, petanque and ping pong were all fabulous as was the amazing vegetable garden, stocked with delicious produce. Don't miss the incredible meal offered by the hosts on a Sunday night. Our daughter said it was the best place we'd ever stayed. Enough said!

Ali, London

We found the most perfect haven of peace in Le Clos des Jardins. The hosts, Alison & Francis made us so welcome. A wonderfully well equipped & comfortable gîte within a superb setting surrounded by vegetable & herb gardens. The pool is beautifully designed We long to return to such tranquility, utter paradise!

Jane, Haywards Heath

A very relaxing holiday in a comfortable, well-appointed, gite. Alison & Francis were friendly and hospitable including cooking an amazing meal. We enjoyed swimming in the heated salt-water pool and seeing the sheep and chickens!

Ruth, Margate

We recently stayed at Le Clos des Jardins. It is a beautifully restored property. They have small animals and a pool, which our children (aged 4 and 1) absolutely loved. Our garden was a nice size, flat, and fenced in, which as parents of young children, meant we could relax without worrying they would hurt themselves. We arrived to a bottle of wine and fresh walnuts, and were given homemade scones which were delicious. The owners are very attentive and strive to make your stay comfortable, even offering us the use of their tumble dryer on a rainy day. We’re looking to book again next year!

Amber, Sowerby Bridge

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

Kerrie, Bolton

Just got back from the most wonderful 2 week holiday at Le Clos Des Jardins with our daughters age 7 and 3 - Francis and Alison are such warm and welcoming hosts. Beautiful and very clean gites, amazing pool (the nicest we have come across!) and lovely gardens and veggie patch (tomato’s and curly kale so tasty) Can not recommend a stay here enough and wishing we were still there! Thank you and we hope to return x

Laura, Colchester

We had the most wonderful stay at the exquisite Le Clos des Jardins, nestled in a tiny hamlet in the beautiful Charente countryside. Alison and Francis, our delightful hosts have created, quite literally, heaven on earth. We stayed in Les Ecuries - their beautiful and sensitively converted stable. Their gardens are abundant with herbs and flowers and the pool is divine. Alison and Francis are the perfect hosts in every way. Everything, down to the smallest detail had been thoughtfully prepared. This is truly a special place. We could hardly bear to leave and are already planning our return.

Suzanne, Surrey

Absolutely fantastic place to stay for a family holiday. We really couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful and relaxing place for our holiday. We stayed in Le Four du Boulanger - it was great. Spotlessly clean and fully equipped. We took advantage of the shared pool every day. Alison and Francis are terrific hosts- nothing was too much trouble for them, they even arranged for us to get a replacement tyre when we had a puncture. We have already booked for next year and can’t wait.

Carolyn, Brighton

Completely beautiful. Very restful and peaceful. The addition of the lovely new pool only enhances this property. Great for couples and families alike. Francis and Alison have the perfect set up and are so easy to deal with.

EMMA, Cheltenham

We spent a lovely week here with our three young daughters. Alison and Francis made us feel welcome right from our arrival. Every detail in their cottages is taken care of with attention for the history of the farm and ensuring comfort. It was a real oasis in which we could enjoy spending time as a young family.

Joris, Assen

Wow. I cannot recommend highly enough. It was the perfect get away for us with a small child. Alison and Francis made us feel extremely welcome in such a beautiful setting. A fantastic holiday location. We'll be back!

Mike, Bath

We stayed with our daughter, son-in-law and 10-month-old grandson and nothing seemed to be too much trouble for Francis and Alison, including waiting dinner for our delayed arrival after easyJet cancelled our flight, and this set the pattern for the rest of our stay. The facilities that we used, including those for babies and young children, are exactly as described and, despite some not particularly good weather, we did not feel that there was anything missing from our accommodation. Most importantly, our grandson, had a good time and so we were able to enjoy our break too.

Edward, Taunton

My husband, our 9 month old daughter and I spent two glorious weeks on our first ever family holiday with Alison and Francis. We could not have asked for a better experience or more welcoming hosts. The gite was immaculate, stylishly decorated and the baby kit saved us from bringing a car load of stuff. The grounds were the stuff of childhood dreams - we fed the chickens, watched the sheep being sheared, picked raspberries, swam in the pool and splashed in the paddling pool. We picked herbs from the garden for our evening BBQs. Alison even made jam for us with the fruit we picked! You must go!


Oh what a wonderful place to recharge our batteries! Alison and Francis could not have been better hosts and the house was so comfortable and pretty we really didn't want to leave. Our delicious dinner on the last night, all cooked by Alison and accompanied by generous amounts of wine, was the perfect way to end our stay. Counting the days until we can return...


We were travelling to our son's wedding in Nîmes and looking for a place to chillout & relax before a very busy week.We made our booking very late, like 10pm the night before for just 3nights (much to Alison's surprise) but she was very accommodating and accepted a short let. Francis & Alison made us very, very welcome - goodies in the kitchen,beautiful gîte, comfy bed & wonderful surroundings - bliss! Alison & Francis invited us for aperitifs - a lovely evening. We couldn't recommend them or their gîte too highly! Visit & enjoy!


Exquisite place, exquisite people - it could not have been more perfect for a very very relaxing break


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Francis & Alison Hudson

  • Guests are more than welcome to pick fruit & vegetables from the organic garden and prepare something delectably fresh in the well equipped kitchens. Sample our 'coeur de boeuf' tomatoes 'au naturel' and let the children go wild picking raspberries
  • Guests with little ones really appreciate our baby kit and say we should shout about it. This includes cot & bedding, high chair, buggy, baby bath, monitor, paddling pool & is supplied free of charge. Bikes, child seats & safety helmets are also available
  • Set in the heart of the 'Pays d'Art et d'Histoire' of the Pays Mellois. Peppered with delightful Romanesque churches which become the focus for 'Les Nuits Romanes', a rich array of quality concerts and performances throughout the summer months.
  • Countryside walks on your doorstep along limestone 'chemins blancs' bordering fields of sunflowers. Wander down to the local Bastille Day celebrations held on the tree lined village 'place' where you'll be assured authenticity & an incredibly warm welcome
  • There's a wealth of local 'brocantes' and 'vide greniers' to forage for wonderful gems of French bric a brac and why not join the locals for a long lunch at the traditional 'mechoui' (spit roast) and discuss the origins of your found treasures!
  • Join us for a welcome apéritif and sample our home made Pineau des Charentes, Basil wine and nibbles made with home produced chutneys or book an evening meal at our 'table d'hôtes' of home produce


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.