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La Doucéane Ref: F17358

This three bedroom, two bathroom, detached holiday home with private swimming pool is bright and spacious. The kitchen opens to the attractive living/dining area with feature fireplace and exposed beams. Step out onto the south-facing, part-sheltered terrace from the living room or either of the two downstairs bedrooms, which in turn leads to the private pool, fitted barbecue and enclosed garden. There is also access from the garden to the quiet road at the back of the property, handy for walking or cycling to the local shops at the beach at Aytré. Just 4km brings you to La Rochelle, a beautiful once Roman town famous for its port, street cafés and restaurants. From here, cross the bridge to the idyllic island of Ré. The area offers an excellent cycle path network, cultural and leisure interests at La Rochelle and lovely beaches in this part of the Charente-Maritime.

Ground floor: Living/dining room with corner kitchen, beams, sloping ceiling and French doors to terrace. Two bedrooms: one double, one twin, both with French doors to terrace. Bathroom with over-bath shower and double basin (no WC). Two separate WCs. First floor: Double bedroom with en-suite shower room (no WC)

  • Enclosed garden
  • Terrace
  • Private swimming pool (L-shaped, 8m x 6m, depth 1.2m to 1.8m), heated (at cost)
  • Gas undefloor heating (at cost)
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • American-style f/freezer
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD
  • CD
  • Wi-fi
  • T/cot
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included
  • No smoking.

Location: 400m from centre of Aytré (main shops), 2km from Aytré beach, 4km from La Rochelle (port, museums, part-covered historic shopping centre, street cafés and restaurants), 10km from the Ile de Ré (beautiful island with network of cycle paths, beaches, pretty villages and ports).

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£590-£1649
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Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1

Shared outdoor swimming pool

Charente-Maritime

This holiday apartment is set on a complex, with use of a shared swimming pool with paddling pool (open June-September) and just 300m from the ocean.

Beautiful beaches can be found Le Grand-Village-Plage, 4km, and Saint-Trojan-les-Bains, 10km.

Places to visit include Royan, 43km, a seaside resort that includes attractions such as the Church of Notre-Dames and Les Jardins du Monde, or Saintes, 52.5km, with its Roman ruins, archaeological museum and cathedral. Further afield is La Rochelle, 71km, a coastal town which has an historic port and museums, as well as plenty of seafood restaurants which line the port.

Shop and restaurant 400m, beach 300m.

Lounge/kitchen/diner, shower room with toilet and basin, shower room with basin (no toilet), 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Mezzanine: 2 single beds, double sofa bed in lounge.

All fuel and power at cost, internet connection (at cost). Sorry, no pets.

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NOW
£239-£22999
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Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
1
Mage Ref: T79019

This farmhouse, situated in a very quiet, sleepy village ’off the beaten track’, has been carefully converted by the owners. The area is a comfortable drive from the western Loire châteaux (Angers, Saumur, Chinon, Montreuil-Bellay), and an excellent touring base to explore the vineyards of the Loire Valley, the waterways of the Marais Poitevin or Fontevraud Abbey. Visit the recreational lake (5km), a golf course at Roiffé (36km), Futuroscope Park at Poitiers (60km), and ’Son et Lumière’ at the Puy du Fou theme park. The house is set in an enclosed garden, with a lawn, trees and flowers, and a shaded terrace. The holiday property is spacious and is furnished in a comfortable French style. The owners sometimes occupy a small house to the rear of the property, but have their own private garden and sitting-out area. A converted outhouse is now a summer kitchen, with a large open fire and barbecue, small fridge, a sink, a large table and benches, and ample shade in which to enjoy meals.

Ground floor: Living/dining room with open fire. Kitchen. Utility. Bathroom with spa bath, shower attachment and separate shower. Separate WC. First floor: Three double bedrooms. Bathroom/WC with shower attachment. Second floor: Two double bedrooms

  • Garden
  • Fenced swimming pool (13m x 5m; depth 1.2m - 2.3m)
  • Poolside shower/WC and changing area
  • Oil central heating (at cost)
  • W/machine
  • T/dryer
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • F/freezer
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included.

Location: 2km NW of Louzy (tennis), 5km N of Thouars (all facilities), 5km N of St. Martin-de-Sanzay (lake).

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£69-£1350
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Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
0

Situated on the village outskirts, this detached Charentais farmhouse has spacious and airy rooms with a wealth of exposed stone and beams. Furnished in rustic style, it is surrounded by farmland and vineyards, with a large garden of shrubs, mature trees offering shady areas, and terraces for dining ‘al fresco’. The village centre is just a 3-minute drive for daily bread and basic supplies, along with tennis courts. Cozes is a 9-minute drive with its restaurants, shops and riding. For public pool and tennis, Gémozac is only a 10-minute drive. The picturesque port of Mortagne-sur-Gironde has good seafood restaurants and is just 15 minutes drive. There’s a daily market, supermarket and disco at Saujon a 20-minute drive and sandy beaches along the wide Gironde estuary at Meschers, St Georges-de-Didonne, and Royan, all within 30 minutes drive. Saintes is a 20-minute drive and has boutiques, restaurants, golf, Roman sites, and the chance to cruise on the River Charente - down to Cognac, for example, to taste the world-renowned brandy. A bottle of Bujard Pineau is offered to guests on arrival.

Ground floor: Living/dining room with wooden floors and beams. Steps to kitchen. Double bedroom/sitting room, with en-suite shower room and French doors to terrace. Single bedroom. Separate WC. Open-tread stairs to first floor: Double bedroom with access to roof terrace. Two twin bedrooms, one with additional single bed, low sloping ceiling and access to roof terrace. Bathroom. Separate WC

  • Garden
  • Terraces
  • Private swimming pool (10m x 5m, depth 1.2m - 1.8m)
  • Heating (at cost)
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • TV (French channels only)
  • DVD
  • CD/stereo
  • Cot and h/chair (on request)
  • Parking
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included.

Location: 98km from La Rochelle, 120km from Bordeaux.

WAS
NOW
£137-£1839
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
Petit Razeau Ref: F16231

Set in very pretty countryside between Mansle and Saint Claud, this detached converted barn lies in a tranquil, beautiful hamlet. Spacious and comfortable, it has a swimming pool (shared with the owners who live next door) with stunning views over the picturesque valley and beautiful well-stocked secluded gardens. Many wonderful walks as well as cycling along the local chemins and by the River Sonnette. Many amazing restaurants, villages, markets and attractions nearby. Do not miss the music festival in Confolens or Cognac jazz festival. Fly via Poitiers or Limoges.

Ground floor: Living/dining room with French doors to garden. Kitchen with French doors to terrace. First floor: Beamed mezzanine with double bed. Shower room/WC

  • Shared landscaped garden with sloping banks
  • Terrace
  • Shared swimming pool (8m x 4m, depth 1.5m)
  • Wood-burning stove
  • D/washer
  • F/freezer
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD
  • Wi-fi
  • Covered parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included
  • No children
  • No smoking.

Location: 2km from Beaulieu-sur-Sonnette (grocery shop), 9km from Saint Claud (shops, café, restaurant), 40km N of Angoulême (old town, lake with beach, windsurfing, museums, shopping), 77km W of Limoges, 90km S of Poitiers (airport).

WAS
NOW
£250-£710
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
1
Beaunant, nr. Royan Ref: W12451

Peaceful location

Charente-Maritime

This attractive typical detached Charentais house boasts an enclosed courtyard with outdoor furniture, an indoor and outdoor barbecue, as well as a covered patio.

Guests can make use of the bikes and the music CD and video library. The house is located in the peaceful hamlet of Beaunant near Saujon, a town offering shops, restaurants, bars and supermarkets. The nearest beach is close by and can be found at Meschers, a mere 10km away.

Visit the town of Royan with its many shops and restaurants, the superb sandy beaches of the Côtes Beauté and Sauvage (20km), the area around Marennes and island of Oléron with its oyster farms or the beautiful old Roman town of Saintes (25km).

Shop 2km, café/bar and restaurant 5km, beach 10km.

Ground floor: Lounge, kitchen/diner, shower room with toilet and basin, 1 double bedroom. First floor: Bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and basin, shower room with basin, separate toilet, 3 bedrooms: 1 kingsize, 1 double, 1 twin.

Gas central heating, all fuel at cost, all power included in rent, bed linen and towels included in rent, cot, colour satellite TV, video, stereo/CD player, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, enclosed courtyard, outdoor furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 1 car. One pet welcome.

WAS
NOW
£299-£869
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

Set amongst the grounds of the moated Château de la Fontaine, this lovely, spacious property once formed one of the Château’s equally imposing stable farm quarters. Retaining much of its original character, La Ferme de la Fontaine creates a warm and welcoming atmosphere and offers peace amid idyllic surroundings. It features a large private enclosed garden as well as a swimming pool (shared with the owners), which overlooks the Château and the ancient pigeonnier. Explore local sites of interest with St. Sulpice, Dangé-St. Romain, Descartes and Ste. Maure-de-Touraine all within easy reach.

Large living room, open fire. Large dining room. Well-equipped kitchen. Bathroom/WC, shower attachment. WC. First floor: Double bedroom. Twin bedroom, additional single bed

  • Large enclosed garden
  • Shared solar heated pool (6x12m, depth 1-3m)
  • Central heating (at cost)
  • Open fire
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • F/freezer
  • TV (French channels)
  • T/cot
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • All linen for hire
  • NB: Unprotected moat around owner’s château.

Location: 2km NE of Dangé St. Romain (all facilities), 9km SW of Descartes (historic town, home of French philosopher Réné Descartes), 21km S of Ste. Maure-de-Touraine (large covered market), 30km NE of Futuroscope (visitor attraction).

WAS
NOW
£399-£1120
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Rouffignac Ref: FCH095

Private swimming pool

Charente-Maritime

This 19th-century holiday home has its own swimming pool (32m², open mid May-mid Sep) and lies close to the village with a couple of shops, including a small pizzeria. Montendre is 6km with all amenities and the pretty surrounding villages hold weekly markets.

Jonzac (10 mins) has a great water park and a beach lake. Just 30km away, Port Maubert on the river Gironde has a canoeing and sailing school. The pretty beach at Meschers can be reached within an hour and the resort at Royan is just another 10 minutes from there.

Bordeaux is just 40 minutes by train from the station at Montendre.

Shop 1km, restaurant 2km

Ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, shower room with toilet and basin. First floor: Bathroom with toilet and basin, 2 bedrooms: 1 double plus single bed, 1 twin.

Central heating, all fuel at cost, power included in rent, cot, highchair, 2 colour satellite TVs, DVD player, CD player, internet connection, washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 3 cars. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: Step to entrance.

WAS
NOW
£290-£859
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Le Masdieu Ref: F16240

This detached farmhouse, situated on a working farm, has been converted to create a comfortable and spacious holiday home, which features a woodburner in the living room and a large garden. The owners’ have kept the exposed beams and original stonework to ensure the property has retained its Charente character. The small village of Pleuville is within a kilometre and has a general shop and bar. There are more shops in Pressac, and Charroux and several pretty villages are nearby that offer weekly markets. Visit Futuroscope at Poitiers, an hour away, Angoulême or one of the Charente’s beach lakes. Fly via Limoges and Poitiers.

All on ground floor: Living room/dining room/kitchen. Double bedroom with en-suite shower room/WC, accessed via twin or externally. Double bedroom. Twin bedroom (curtained off). Shower room/WC

  • Large garden
  • Outdoor swimming pool (7m x 3.5m) available from April 2014
  • Heating (at cost)
  • Wood-burning stove
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • TV (for DVD use only)
  • DVD
  • T/cot
  • H/chair
  • Car port
  • Garden furniture
  • All linen included
  • No smoking.

Location: 800m from Pleuville (shop and bar), 7km from Pressac, 15km NW of Confolens (market town, all amenities, supermarket, restaurants), 66km S of Poitiers (Futuroscope), 68km N of Angoulême (famous for its comic strip festival).

WAS
NOW
£399-£1120
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1
La Flotte-en-Ré Ref: FCH165

Shared outdoor swimming pool

Charente-Maritime

This semi-detached holiday home is full of charm, situated within a group of similar properties, and is an ideal base for a family or friends alike. It lies just 100m from the sea and 1km from all amenities, as well as the port of La Flotte-en-Ré. Discover the surrounding area on foot or hire a bicycle. Attractions on the island, not to be missed, include Baleines lighthouse, the ports of Saint Martin, Flotte and Fiers d’Ars.

As well as the outdoor, heated swimming pool (open mid-Apr to mid-Sept), there is also table tennis, petanque and an outdoor children’s play area.

On-site there is a bakery service and a launderette (payable on-site). A car is recommended.

Shop and restaurant 1km, beach 100m.

Lounge/diner, kitchen, bathroom with basin (no toilet), separate toilet, 1 twin bedroom, alcove with bunk bed, single bed in lounge.

Bed linen and towels included in rent, colour TV (French channels only), internet connection (at cost), dishwasher, microwave, on street parking. One pet welcome. NB: Open-tread, turning stairs to first floor.

WAS
NOW
£289-£22999
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
Gresse-en-Vercors Ref: FRI020

Ideal touring base

Isère

These 3 holiday apartments are situated on a complex in Gresse-en-Vercors. The city of Grenoble is 52km away, with its archaeological museum, restaurants and shops.

Visitors to Grenoble can also take a cable car up to the Bastille, a series of fortifications on the mountainside overlooking the city. Visit the Château of Vizille, 43km, which has a museum and over 100 hectares of grounds.

The Ecrins National Park is 50km away, with its mountains and lakes, and is perfect for hiking, with plenty of marked trails to enjoy. There are plenty of other outdoor activities to enjoy in the area, including snowboarding and climbing.

Shop and restaurant 100m.

Lounge/kitchen/diner, shower room with toilet and basin, separate toilet, 1 double bedroom, double sofa bed in lounge.

Electric heating, all fuel and power at cost, colour TV (French channels only), dishwasher, microwave. Sorry, no pets. NB: Open-tread, turning stairs to first floor.

WAS
NOW
£22999-£22999
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Lachaise Ref: FCH021

Ideal for touring

Charente

In the vineyards of Cognac, this charming, renovated, semi-detached country house will delight lovers of ecotourism in this undisturbed natural area.

As you approach the beautiful town of Cognac, the landscape will change from peaceful fields to neat rows of vines leading the way to this really remarkable place.

Cognac itself holds many usual buildings built between the 15th and 18th centuries showing off its rich culture and history. It also contains many sites, from museums to public gardens.

Shop 8km, restaurant 1.3km.

Ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, shower room with basin (no toilet), separate toilet, 1 double bedroom. First floor: 1 double bedroom.

Electric heating, woodburner in lounge (no fuel povided), all other fuel and power at cost, cot, highchair, colour TV (French channels only), washing machine, garden, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking fior 2 cars. One pet welcome. NB: Turning stairs to first floor. Low sloping celings on first floor.

WAS
NOW
£150-£430
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