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Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
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Pets
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Wooden beams

Charente-Maritime

This cosy semi-detached cottage for four is situated near the village of Villars-les-Bois, only the kitchen is on the ground floor and the other rooms are upstairs. The living area has pretty views over the garden and retains many of the original features such as stone walls and wooden beams.

There is a garden area with barbecue where you can enjoy the beautiful views over the vineyards and the tranquillity of the countryside. For children, there is a large wooden playframe as well as various other toys.

There are lots of interesting places to visit in the area including the town of Saintes, the vineyards of Cognac and even the Atlantic beaches of Royan.

Shop, café/bar and restaurant 2km.

Ground floor: Kitchen. First floor: Lounge/diner, shower room with toilet and basin, 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

Electric heating, all fuel at cost, all power included in rent, bed linen and towels included in rent, video, dishwasher, lawned garden, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets.

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£51-£480
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Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
16
Bedrooms
7
Pets
0

Dating back to 1491, this superb château is set in 45 hectares of beautiful grounds, reached by a long private drive and impressive archway to the inner courtyard. The château has huge rooms, high ceilings and elegant furniture, plus a hectare of enclosed gardens. The cool stone walls and tiled floors downstairs create an atmosphere of regal elegance. Fief Gallet is registered in the listings of French Historic Buildings and the owners have been producing the well known Audry Edmond Cognac since 1878. This secluded holiday location is near the attractive town of Saintes. The beaches of Meschers and Royan are within easy reach as are the distilleries of Cognac. While touring this lovely region, be sure to look out for signs advertising Pineau de Charente; this local liqueur is used in many delicious recipes. The owners stay in a separate part of the château when customers arrive/depart.

Ground floor: Two living rooms. Dining room. Kitchen. Separate WC. Twin bedroom (can be super-kingsize). Single bedroom (120cm). Shower room/WC. First floor: Super-kingsize bedroom, additional single bed (120cm), en-suite bathroom, shower cubicle. Kingsize bedroom, shower. Double bedroom. Twin bedroom (can be super-kingsize). Children’s bedroom with one double, two singles. Bathroom/WC, large corner bath, double basin. Shower room/WC. Separate WC. Mezzanine

  • Grounds
  • Swimming pool (15m x 7m, depth 1m-2.5m, heating at cost), shower and WC
  • Heating (at cost)
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • TV
  • Stereo
  • Internet
  • Two cots
  • Table tennis
  • Garden furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Home cooked meals on request
  • All linen for hire.

Location: 4km S of Rétaud, 8km from Saintes (tennis, 18 hole golf), 25km E Cognac (golf, distilleries), 30km W to beaches of Meschers and Royan (boat trips and the ferry to Médoc), 40km from La Palmyre (beach bordered by pine forest, cycle track, zoo), Mornac and l’Eguille (oyster ports, picturesque villages, restaurants).

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£1739-£4319
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Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
Clos Fleuri Ref: F17359

Situated next to the pretty town of Pons, in the heart of Charente-Maritime and less than ¾ hour’s drive to the beaches of Royan and Saint-Georges-de-Didonne, this detached property is an ideal holiday base. The living/
dining room opens onto the terrace for dining al fresco, which faces the garden with a private fenced swimming pool. Situated only five minutes from the centre of Pons, the weekly market offers a large choice and a variety of produce. There are many beaches to explore such as Saint-Georges-de-Didonne, Saint-Palais, La Palmyre and the nearest beach is Meschers-sur-Gironde. Have a day trip to Bordeaux, an hour’s drive away, explore the old streets, museums and shops or visit La Rochelle, to the north, with the old harbour. Cognac with many distilleries to enjoy, as well as golf courses, and Saintes, a charming riverside town, are both well worth a visit too.

Ground floor: Living/dining room with tiled floor and French doors to terrace. 2 steps to kitchen. Shower room/WC. First floor: Two double bedrooms. Twin bedroom leading to bunk bedroom. Bathroom/WC with over-bath shower

  • Lawned garden with 2 steps
  • Terrace
  • Private swimming pool (8m x 4m, depth 1.5m)
  • Central heating (at cost)
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • F/freezer
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD
  • Cot
  • H/chair
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Portable barbecue
  • All linen included.

Location: 1km from Pons (all amenities), 25km from Cognac (distilleries, boat trips, golf), 40km from ocean and Royan (seaside resort, zoo, shops, casino, beaches, ferry), 80km from La Rochelle, 100km from Bordeaux (shops, museums, aquarium).

WAS
NOW
£510-£1399
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Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

Wine country

Charente-Maritime

This renovated detached stone mill is situated in a grape growing region and the owners of the holiday property are Pineau producers.

Behind the house is a covered terrace and lovely garden, perfect for those wonderful summer evenings, when relaxing with a glass of the local wine! This is the beautiful Cognac countryside, with Cognac itself just 9.5 miles (15km) away.

Saintes is also nearby, which is well worthy of exploration and there are a number of local vineyards, where tasting is obviously on the menu.

Shop, café/bar and restaurant 1.25 miles (2km).

Ground floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen/diner, shower room with basin, separate toilet. First floor: 1 double bedroom with basin. Second staircase to first floor: 1 twin bedroom.

Electric heating, all fuel and power included in rent May to September, €45 supplement October to April, bed linen and towels included in rent, cot, highchair, colour TV, DVD player, video, internet connection, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, lawned garden, patio, garden furniture, barbecue, garage parking for 1 car, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets. NB: Open tread stairs to first floor.

WAS
NOW
£189-£540
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Château du Treuil Ref: F17253

This elegant 18th-century château stands in 2.7 hectares of walled grounds, in an idyllic peaceful setting of imposing trees with a large formal garden with statues. The superb mosaic tiled swimming pool has a lovely covered terrace, which makes the ideal place for dining in the shade. Completely modernised, this side part of the château is spacious, and modern. Located in the little village of Burie with shops, it is in an area rich in history and culture, with the cities of Cognac and Saintes only a twenty minute drive. Tours of the distilleries and boat trips can be taken, as well as classical and jazz festivals and their beautiful golf courses. For a day out, Fouras is a short drive away and visitors can take a ferry to Ile d’Aix, the last retreat of Napoleon. A little further afield is the old harbour of La Rochelle with its aquarium and many interesting shops, as well a lovely beach and clear blue waters.

Large living/dining room. Well equipped kitchen. Shower room/WC. Mezzanine with sitting room and Syrian furniture. Master bedroom (four poster bed) with feature open window overlooking living room. Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Exterior shower room/WC with hydromassage shower. Utility

  • Large lawned garden
  • Shared grounds
  • Private swimming pool (10m x 5m, depth 0.90 - 2.15m)
  • W/machine
  • T/dryer
  • D/washer
  • TV
  • Radio/CD
  • T/cot (on request)
  • Parking
  • Garden dining furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Gas barbecue
  • All linen for hire
  • Welcome pack
  • NB: The very discreet owner lives in the château.

Location: 800m from Burie (shops, cafés, restaurant), 14km NW of Cognac (shops, markets, distilleries, boat trips, golf), 19km NE of Saintes (abbey, concerts, boat trips, golf), 55km from Royan (beach).

WAS
NOW
£899-£2189
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Les Arums Ref: F17186

Close to the attractive town of St. Savinien, on the banks of the River Charente, this pretty house provides a good base for exploring the local countryside. With a simple, cosy interior leading to a private, vine-covered front terrace, it stands in enclosed gardens, facing the owners’ house, and shares a swimming pool. In St. Savinien, there are boats and pedaloes to hire, games for children, trout fishing and plenty of cafés and restaurants. A short drive away is the Roman town of Saintes, and Royan with its shops, casino and ferries to the Médoc Region. In Rochefort the Corderie Royale is a major attraction, and the old port of La Rochelle with its cobbled streets is not much further.

Living/dining room, corner kitchen. Shower room/WC. Open tread stairs to first floor: Double bedroom. Twin bedroom (110cm and 90cm beds)

  • Large shared gardens
  • Swimming pool (8m x 3.75m, depth 1m - 1.67m)
  • Electric heating
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • TV
  • T/cot
  • Garage
  • Garden furniture
  • Shared barbecue
  • Sun loungers
  • All linen included
  • NB: Noisy road along garden.

Location: 2km Saint Savinien (cafés, restaurants, boat hire, lake, swimming pool), 20km N of Saintes (old Roman city, River Charente, boat trips), 33km SE of Rochefort (museum).

WAS
NOW
£299-£849
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Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Chez Robin Ref: FA149

Set in the grounds of owners’ home, this cottage was originally part of the outbuildings and has been restored to create a simple, comfortable holiday property. The River Charente meanders past approx 300m from the property - fishing permits can be bought locally. Superb beaches at St. Georges-de-Didonne and Royan approx 1 hour’s drive. Further selection of shops and restaurants in the riverside village of Chaniers, a 10-minute drive where river boats can be hired. Visit Saintes, the Roman capital of Aquitaine and Cognac with its distilleries. Golf and riding a 20-minute drive.

Ground floor: Living room/kitchen with French window. Shower room. Separate WC. First floor: Two double bedrooms, one with additional single bed

  • Shared enclosed garden
  • Terrace, steep steps
  • Shared swimming pool (8m x 4m, depth 1.5m)
  • Telephone
  • Heating (at cost)
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • TV (one English channel)
  • DVD
  • Wi-fi
  • Table tennis
  • Garden furniture
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included.

Location: 5km from Chanier (PO, restaurants, bar, pharmacy, newsagent), 15km from Saintes (restaurants, bars, boutiques, cathedral, river cruises, golf), 15km from Cognac (distilleries, old town, blues festival in July), 40km from Royan/St. Georges-de-Didonne (sandy beaches).

WAS
NOW
£299-£849
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Chez Chabot Ref: F17355

This three-bedroom, traditional Charente house has been transformed by the owner into a spacious and bright holiday gîte, fitted with all modern conveniences and opening onto a wonderful Mediterranean garden with a swimming pool (occasionally used by the owner). The owner, a landscape gardener, has created a lovely garden with palms, olive trees, yuccas and exotic plants, blended with several water features and areas to relax in. The pool water is kept sparkling clean by circulating it through an eco-system of water plants, much the same principle as with a mountain stream. The Roman city of Saintes is a 10-minute drive, with its street markets, cafés and restaurants and is located on the banks of the River Charente. Beaches are just over half an hour away, the zoo at La Palmyre is one of the best in Europe and there are vineyard and distillery tours at Cognac.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with beams. Kingsize bedroom with beams and en-suite shower room (no WC). Shower room (no WC). Separate WC. Open-tread stairs to first floor: Super kingsize bedroom (zip and link, can be twin). Twin bedroom with beams and sloping ceiling

  • Garden with water features and pond
  • Patio
  • Shared swimming pool (10m x 4m, depth 0.8m to 2m)
  • Heating (at cost)
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • F/freezer
  • Digital TV
  • DVD
  • Video
  • CD/stereo
  • Wi-fi
  • T/cot
  • H/chair
  • Table tennis
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included
  • No smoking.

Location: 10km SW of Saintes (market town, all facilities), 28km NE of Meschers (beach), 32km E of Royan (seaside resort), 35km W of Cognac (home to the famous brandy).

WAS
NOW
£480-£1329
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