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10
Bedrooms
4
Pets
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Peuliard Ref: F86131

Set in its own spacious garden and surrounded by quiet countryside, this charming, detached, former farmhouse is an ideal place to get away from it all. The private swimming pool and large garden provide an ideal family holiday location. The interior of the property, with its exposed beams, stonework and wooden floors, is typical of the region and has been comfortably furnished in traditional French country style. Peuliard, a hamlet of Lizant, is located near to the pretty town of Civray in the south of Vienne. Nestling on the banks of the picturesque Charente river, Civray is dominated by an impressive Romanesque church which can be seen in all its splendour from the main square of the town. Pavement cafes and a twice weekly market add to the atmosphere of this pretty town. Fishing and riverside beaches are also a feature on this stretch of the Charente river. Good area for cycling and walking. Shop 10km, café/bar 2km.

Ground floor: Living/dining room with wooden floor and French doors to terrace. Kitchen with flagstone floor. Twin bedroom. Shower room (no WC). Separate WC. First floor: Three double bedrooms, one with two additional single beds (for children). Bathroom/WC with over-bath shower. Beams throughout

  • Enclosed 1-acre garden
  • Terrace
  • Private outdoor swimming pool (10m x 5m, depth 1m to 2m)
  • Electric convector heaters
  • Wood-burning stoves
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • F/freezer
  • TV (French channels only)
  • DVD
  • T/cot
  • H/chair
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included
  • No smoking.

Location: 2km from Lizant (café/bar, bakery), 10km from Civray (historic church, all amenities), 65km from Poitiers (Futuroscope, city, airport).

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£499-£1350
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Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
4
Pets
1

Outdoor swimming pool

Vienne

This traditional Poitou cottage is perfectly restored and combines comfort with character, thanks to the exposed beams and stone floors. The kitchen opens onto the garden.

The grounds of the holiday property are beautiful - the outdoor swimming pool (32m², open May-Oct) and the large outdoor eating area overlook the spectacular countryside. The property is only 15 minutes’ walk away from the centre of Saint-Savin with all local amenities.

The historic city of Poitiers and the Futuroscope theme park are only 40km away, and for a day out, you can visit the Brenne National Park (10km) or Saint-Savin with its abbey, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Enjoy fishing in the river, 2km away. Restaurant 1.5km

Ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, second lounge, shower room with toilet and basin. First floor: Bathroom with toilet and basin, shower room with toilet and basin, 4 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 plus bunk bed, 2 twin.

Heating, woodburner in lounge (fuel at cost), all other fuel at cost, power included in rent, cot, highchair, 2 colour satellite TVs, DVD player, stereo/CD player, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, microwave, garden, garden furniture, barbecue, ample parking. One pet welcome. No smoking please. NB: Beams throughout. Sloping ceilings in bedrooms.

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£37-£1649
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Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
Cottage Laurier Ref: F17357

This detached holiday property is renovated in a contemporary style to achieve a blend of the old with the new, and has a feature wood-burning stove in the living room. With two double bedrooms, two twin bedrooms, and two bathrooms, the house can sleep 8 comfortably. Enjoy the private terrace at the back and discover the courtyard is home to the private, above ground pool (4m diameter, depth 1.3m), an ideal way to cool off from the hot summer sun. This leads into a covered porch if you prefer the shade and there is also an enclosed orchard garden. There are several very pretty villages locally and a beach lake at Thors, and the coast is only a 45-minute drive.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Separate WC. First floor: Two double bedrooms, one with en-suite shower room/WC, leading to twin bedroom. Twin bedroom. Shower room/WC. Most rooms with sloping ceilings

  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Grounds
  • Pool
  • Heating (at cost)
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • Freezer
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included
  • No smoking

Location: 3km S of Dampierre-sur-Boutonne (village, shops, restaurants), 5km NW of Aulnay (shops, cafés) 20km NE of Saint Jean-d’Angély (town), 20km N of Matha (beach lake at Thors).

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NOW
£299-£880
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Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
11
Bedrooms
5
Pets
0

This very pretty detached holiday villa is set in a quiet village between Rochefort, La Rochelle and Saintes. It has an enclosed private swimming pool and a large covered terrace, ideal for al fresco meals. The spacious interior is great for two families sharing and has been tastefully furnished whilst retaining original features and stone walls. A short drive away are the pretty towns of La Rochelle and Saintes which has classical music festivals in high season, Cognac with distilleries and boat trips on the River Charente. Golf can be played at La Rochelle, Saintes and Cognac; there is a large water aqualand in St Jean d’Angely; a beach at Fouras, 35km, and a ferry can be taken to the island of Aix - the last retreat of Napoléon. For a day out, La Rochelle is famous for its old harbour as well as its aquarium and numerous cafés and seafood restaurants along the water.

Ground floor: Step to entrance. Spacious living/dining room/kitchen with French doors to terrace. Utility. Double bedroom with patio doors to pool. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower. Shower room. Separate WC. First floor: Kingsize bedroom with en-suite shower room. Double bedroom. Twin bedroom with additional single bed. Separate WC

  • Enclosed lawned garden with two steps
  • Large covered terrace
  • Swimming pool (10m x 5m, depth 0.6m to 1.6m)
  • Central heating (at cost)
  • Wood-burning stove
  • W/machine
  • T/dryer
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • F/freezer
  • Satellite TV
  • Cot
  • H/chair
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Built-in barbecue
  • All linen included
  • No smoking.

Location: 2km from St Porchaire (shop,restaurant, bar), 12km from St. Savinien (all facilities, tennis, river, fishing), 22km from Saintes (old town, shops, abbey, river, golf), 35km to beach, 55km from La Rochelle (old harbour, aquarium, shops, golf, airport).

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NOW
£650-£1729
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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.

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NOW
£137-£1839
Shortlist
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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NOW
£1739-£4319
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
Josephine Ref: F16213

Well-equipped detached holiday villa with distant views overlooking picturesque countryside from the awning-shaded terrace overlooking the pool. Light, spacious and airy with a wall of patio windows leading to the terrace where the built-in barbecue means it is an ideal place for evening meals. There is table tennis on a covered front terrace and a large open rough grassed area just below the pool - an ideal place for children to play. The property has also been awarded a 4 star grading from the tourist board of the Charente region. Riding, tennis, fishing and golf are within reasonable distances. Open markets in Aubeterre and Chalais, where you will find a multitude of local products. Visit the Château de Taleyran in Chalais. Angoulême offers good shopping.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Utility. Four bedrooms: all with French doors: three double, one with curtained off shower/WC, one twin. Bathroom/WC with shower attachment, shower cubicle, basin. Separate WC

  • Partially enclosed garden
  • Terrace
  • Steps to swimming pool (12m x 6m, depth 0.8m to 1.7m, open May-Oct) with WC
  • Telephone - incoming calls only
  • Heating (at cost)
  • W/machine
  • T/dryer
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • F/freezer
  • Satellite TV
  • Video
  • DVD
  • CD/stereo
  • Wi-fi
  • T/cot
  • H/chair
  • Piano
  • Table tennis
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included
  • No smoking.

Location: 6km from Aubeterre (shops, bars, restaurants), 10km from Chalais (château, shops, restaurants).

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NOW
£27-£2060
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Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
Les Ecoles Ref: F17351

Close to Cognac, St. Jean d’Angely and Saintes, this semi-detached 18th-century holiday property lies in a village near Matha. It has a private swimming pool, enclosed garden and large enclosed grounds. Set over three levels, it boasts a lot of charm, retaining beams and original features. The kitchen opens on to the garden and there is a covered terrace by the pool. Matha and Cognac have a weekly market, offering fresh seafood including mussels and oysters from Ile d’Oléron, farm products, mushrooms, and the local aperitif, pineau. You have a large choice of distilleries to visit as well as tastings all around. The aqualand of St. Jean d’Angely will be loved by the children; budding historians will like the abbey of Saintes, or the castle of Taillebourg. Fouras has many beaches, from where you can take a ferry to the Isle of Aix, or visit the old harbour of La Rochelle with its famous aquarium.

Ground floor: Living room with wood-burning stove, French doors to garden and tiled floor. Dining room/kitchen with French doors to garden and tiled floor. First floor: Two bedrooms with wooden floors: One double, one twin. Shower room/WC. Second floor: Two bedrooms, both with wooden floors: One double, one twin with en-suite shower room

  • Enclosed garden
  • Covered terrace
  • Large enclosed grounds
  • Swimming pool (6.4m x 3.8m, depth 1.4m) with external shower room/WC
  • Wood-burning stove
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • F/freezer
  • Satellite TV
  • T/cot
  • Garage
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included.

Location: 3km from Matha (shops, restaurants, market, tennis), 3km from Thors (beach on lake), 20km from St. Jean d’Angely (Aqualand resort), 23km from Cognac (distilleries, golf course, boat trips, market, museum), 66km from Fouras (beach, ferry to Isle of Aix), 87km from La Rochelle (old harbour, museum, aquarium, airport)

WAS
NOW
£489-£1330
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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).

WAS
NOW
£69-£1350
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
0
Chris Ref: F17234

On the edge of the pretty village of Migron, in a quiet position, this holiday property faces a private pool with a covered seating area with kitchenette. Explore the nearby Charentais countryside, a five minute drive to the lake of Thors with a beach, Cognac with day trips on the river Charente, famous distilleries and a market. Close by is Royan with sandy beaches and new orchid gardens. La Rochelle is only an hour away and has an aquarium, shops and sea food restaurants.

Small beamed living room with woodburning stove. Beamed kitchen/dining room. One single bedroom leading to single room with steep ladder stairs to open mezzanine with twin beds. First floor: Two double bedrooms. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with double basin, shower attachment and bidet. Separate WC. Exterior access to large play room with ping pong, WC and shower room

  • Enclosed terrace with water feature
  • Swimming pool (10m x 4.5m, depth 1.2m) with Roman steps and alarm
  • Living room by pool with kitchenette
  • Electric heating
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • Video
  • Stereo
  • T/cot
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included.

Location: 800m from Migron (shop), 4km from Burie (restaurant), 9km from Thors (lakeside beach), 17km N of Cognac (shops, market, distilleries, boat trips), 55km E of Royan (beaches, casino, boat trips, gardens), 96km SE of La Rochelle (old harbour).

WAS
NOW
£449-£1219
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
0
Les Rosières Ref: F79153

This semi-detached holiday property, with its own private pool, sits in the pretty Deux-Sèvres countryside. Retaining exposed beams and stonework, the house has a fitted kitchen, full gas central heating and a wood-burning stove, making it ideal for all seasons. The main exit from the house opens onto a private, part tree-shaded terrace, beyond which is the garden and large pool. The area is very peaceful, yet the small village shop is within easy reach and is open all year round. Sauzé-Vaussais is nearby and has more shops, including a supermarket. There are several pretty towns and villages within easy reach, including Melle, which has the oldest silver mine in Europe. The big centres of Niort and Poitiers (famous for Futuroscope) are easy to get to, as well as La Rochelle, with its historic harbour and walls. The Atlantic beaches are within an hour and a half’s drive.

Ground floor: Living room with wood-burning stove and French doors/dining room with beams/kitchen with tiled floor. Utility. Shower room/WC. First floor: Two double bedrooms, one with balcony. Three twin bedrooms. Bathroom/WC with over-bath shower

  • Enclosed garden
  • Terrace
  • Balcony
  • Private swimming pool (10m x 5m, depth 1m to 2m)
  • Gas central heating (at cost)
  • Wood-burning stove
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • F/freezer
  • Satellite TV
  • Wi-fi
  • T/cot
  • H/chair
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included
  • No smoking.

Location: 8km NW of Sauzé-Vaussais (bars, restaurant, shops, supermarket), 15km E of Melle (market, supermarkets, bars, restaurants), 45km E of Niort (capital of department, all services), 55km SW of Poitiers (Futuroscope, airport).

WAS
NOW
£699-£699
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
Les Papillons Ref: F79151

This lovely detached holiday home has been beautifully restored to provide very comfortable and roomy accommodation. As well as the downstairs double bedroom with en-suite, you also have three other sleeping areas, one twin with its own en-suite and its own private stairs from the living room. An attractive mezzanine kingsize bedroom is accessed from a second set of stairs, from the magnificent high vaulted living/dining room, and from the main staircase you have two more large bedrooms. Outside there are two large terraces and a large enclosed swimming pool with hot and cold shower and an enclosed, mature garden, ideal for children. The private house really has everything and being in the countryside of Deux-Sevres, you have several local villages and weekly markets. The region has many chateaux, renaissance churches and abbeys, and Atlantic beaches within easy reach. Golf and horse riding locally. Fly to Poitiers or La Rochelle.

Ground floor: Living room with French doors to terrace and garden, with staircase leading to twin bedroom with sloping ceiling and en-suite shower room/WC. Well-equipped kitchen with dining table, decorative fireplace and old stone potager. Double bedroom with en-suite shower room. Separate WC. Barn conversion with large living/dining room and staircase to mezzanine with kingsize bedroom, sloping ceiling. Fully equipped laundry room and wet room with corner bath/shower. Hall staircase to first floor: Double bedroom with en-suite shower room/WC. Large twin bedroom. Bathroom/WC

  • Enclosed spacious lawned garden
  • Large terrace with 5 steps
  • Private swimming pool (11m x 5m, depth 1.2m) with terrace
  • Electric central heating (at cost)
  • Wood-burning stove
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD
  • Video
  • CD/stereo
  • Cot
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included
  • No smoking.

Location: 6km S of St. Maixent-l’Ecole (all facilities, restaurants, supermarkets and shopping centre), 15km NE of Marais Poitevin (canal network and canoe trips), 20km N of Melle (church, abbey and attractive town), 60km SW of Poitiers (Futuroscope), 90km E of La Rochelle (historic town and leisure port, beaches close by).

WAS
NOW
£729-£2010
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