Le Petit Paradis

Coulonges sur l’Autize, Deux Sèvres

Wander down a pebble path to this large, light holiday home near La Rochelle. Eco-friendly, accessible to all, and perfectly peaceful


3 bedrooms


Sleeps 6

Children welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

The River Autize flows at the end of the garden, its gentle murmur setting the tone for a peaceful holiday here. You can swim in a heated saltwater pool, then enjoy an outside solar-heated shower, spa and tree-shaded sofa. The thick stone walls and ceramic tiles of this 18th-century farmhouse keep it cool in summer. In winter, you can cosy up by the fire in a lounge hung with pretty paintings. All is natural and green, from sand-and-chalk walls to reclaimed elm in the custom-made kitchen. Lovely to cook here, then dine under a soaring, sloping ceiling or out on a silvery deck complete with electric grill. Beautifully restored furniture and bright fabrics complement the neutral colour schemes of each bedroom. Two are upstairs, with green views and shutters for when you want to block out the sun. One twin is downstairs, with an open shower and old bread oven in the bathroom. It’s an easy cycle on borrowed bikes to Coulonges-sur-l’Autize, and a pleasant drive to Niort, Puy de Fou and the coastline around La Rochelle.


  • 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

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Booking restrictions
Baby cot available. Linen and cleaning included.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Restaurants 2km.


Nightly price
from €129
Weekly price
from €900
Damage deposit
1 House for 6
From €1293 bedrooms


The cottage had everything we wanted and was spotlessly clean. It is idyllically situated overlooking green fields and is very private. Our hosts were more than helpful whilst remaining discreet. There are some great walks in the area and we had good fun feeding the carrot loving donkeys. We would like to return.


Le Petit Paradise is truely a little corner of paradise! We visited in August and had the most wonderful week. Philippe and Christiane were prefect hosts when we arrived, sharing a lot of valuable insights on the local area and explaining the many lovely features of the house. The location is perfect with lots of beautiful villages and local attractions on the door step. We particularly loved the garden and pool area which allowed for great days enjoying the sunshine and beautiful views, and plenty of alfresco dining. We loved it so much we have booked to return next year and can't wait!

Simon, Wimborne Minster, Dorset

We spent two relaxing weeks here with our friends Sarah and Mick. Arriving in hot sunshine we were greeted by Philippe and Christiane who showed us around this spacious and immaculate light and airy house with its inviting pool and pleasant outlook over fields with the river beyond. Our hosts were charming and Philippe's local knowledge was invaluable. We enjoyed many meals on the verandah watching the wildlife and keeping the two donkeys well supplied with carrots. We loved the locality and particularly Coulon and Danvix and made use of the electric bikes. Looking forward to visiting again.

Rod, Saffron Walden

This gîte is so aptly named. It is beautiful internally and externally and is surrounded by the most stunning scenery. Everything that you could wish for to ensure a wonderful holiday is provided. The pool and hot tub are superb, and we had great fun using the electric bikes to discover the region. We would highly recommend this gite and would love to return to it. Well done to our very welcoming hosts.

Sarah, Cambridge

With two close friends, Sarah and Mick, we spent 2 enjoyable and relaxing weeks at Le Petit Paradis - so aptly named! Greeted on arrival by Philippe and Christiane, our charming, friendly and helpful hosts who live next door, we were shown round the property which we found immaculate, spacious, light and airy with a delightfully warm pool, rose garden and rural vista. Philippe's knowledge of the area was invaluable. It was bliss enjoying relaxed meals prepared on the verandah, watching local wildlife in the fields and feeding 2 carrot- addicted donkeys! We look forward to returning soon.

Rod, Saffron Walden

This is a beautiful property, very comfortable and easy to use. The pool is lovely and has a wonderful view over farmland. It is very private too. Supermarkets are nearby as are the boulangers, but there are not many local restaurants which was a shame for us. All in all, we had a great week at Le Petit Paradis.

Suzy, Frittenden, Cranbrook

This property was in the most beautiful setting. The back of the house looks out over open fields down to the river. The owners were so welcoming when we arrived and gave us lots of information about the area and things to do. The property itself was immaculate and the beds were so comfortable which made a welcome change from some gites we have visited. The outside area is spacious and we enjoyed relaxing in the seating area using the wifi with a glass of wine. The pool was warm and all the outdoor furniture was good quality. We also managed to use the electric bikes which were fun.


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Brigitte Derycke

  • A massage spa without bromine and chlorine provides you with relaxation and well-being. You will plunge into deliciously soft and caressing water for moments of pure happiness!
  • Ideally located to visit the Marais Poitevin, La Rochelle, Poitou Charentes and vineyards, and the Vendée beaches.
  • At your finger tips, a book of activities to discover the country and and its monuments, the local produce, shops and restaurants …