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Sleeps
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Bedrooms
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Pets
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Ribérac Ref: W12541

Private outdoor pool

Charente

This spacious 17th-century stone cottage, with exposed wooden beams, is situated in Bors de Montmoreau, in the peaceful countryside of the Charente, a few kms from the town of Ribérac. From the gravelled terrace there is a nice view over the surrounding maize and sunflower fields.

The lawned garden in front of the house provides some shade on hot summer days but you can also choose to have a refreshing swim in the 10 x 5m private outdoor swimming pool. About 8km from the property lies the village of Aubeterre considered among the most beautiful of France, with an impressive Monolith church. Built on a hillside, nearby Chalais is known for its market and its old town quarter.

There is a nice beach on the banks of the River Dronne, where kayaking is available. The area also offers a golf course. For a days excursion you can drive to Cognac with its interesting Musée de Cognac or to Barbezieux, known for its Eau-de-Vie, confectionery and marrons glacés.

Shop and restaurant 8km, café/bar 3km.

Ground floor: Lounge, dining room, kitchen, separate toilet, 1 twin bedroom with en-suite shower and basin (no toilet). First floor: Bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and basin, 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 with basin, 1 twin plus 2 single beds.

All fuel and power included in rent, colour TV, DVD player, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, freezer, lawned garden, garden furniture, barbecue, ample off road parking. Sorry, no pets.

WAS
NOW
£389-£1120
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
La Grande Fête Ref: F86113

On the borders of the Loire Valley, this stone-built holiday property is situated in a quiet hamlet and stands in a courtyard with a sunny terrace and an outdoor swimming pool. The English owners live in the adjoining property for most of the summer. There is a small lawned garden and further grounds with views over the Poitou-Charente countryside. The village of Trois Moutiers has a bar and restaurant, while the nearby medieval town of Loudun has shops, restaurants and a golf course. The property is 30 minutes from the château towns and wine producing centres of Chinon and Saumur. It is also near to the leisure centre at Moncontour and Futuroscope at Poitiers.

Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Separate WC. First floor: Three bedrooms: One kingsize with en-suite shower room/WC, two twin. Shower room/WC

  • Garden with drops
  • 1-acre grounds
  • Patio
  • Shared swimming pool (10m x 5m, depth 1.4m)
  • Wood-burning stove (at cost)
  • W/machine
  • M/wave
  • F/freezer
  • TV (French channels only)
  • DVD
  • CD
  • Table tennis
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Portable barbecue
  • All linen included
  • No smoking.

Location: 2km SW of Trois Moutiers (most facilities), 7km NW of Loudun (golf, medieval town), 17km NE of Thouars, 22km S of Saumur (château, theatre), 50km N of Poitiers.

WAS
NOW
£389-£1079
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
7
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Mirabelle Ref: F16147

In the Cognac countryside, close to the 18 hole golf course of St Brice, this old farmhouse has been completely restored and offers good value holiday accommodation with a private heated pool. The charming owners live in the adjoining house with their three children. The property has been furnished with modern, quality furniture but keeping the traditional stone walls and the interior is fresh, with a south facing exterior, and the pool is enclosed on three sides by old walls. Only five minutes away is the pretty town of Cognac, with daily morning market and boat trips on the river. Angoulême has a large lake for sailing and waterskiing and the coast and pretty seaside resort of Royan are just one hour’s drive away. Nearby sports facilities include golf, tennis, canoeing and a horse riding centre.

Open plan large living/dining room opening on to terrace with corner kitchen and beams. Shower room. Separate WC. First floor: Twin bedroom with sloping beamed ceiling. Two double bedrooms with low beamed ceiling, one with extra single bed. Shower room/WC

  • Large shared play grounds
  • Fenced private heated swimming pool (9m x 4m, depth 1.5m with ladder)
  • Central heating
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD
  • Cot
  • Car parking
  • Ping pong table
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included.

Location: 800m to Nercillac (shop, bar, hotel, restaurant), 2km to Sainte Brice (golf, canoeing, tennis), 5km to Cognac (restaurants, market, boat trips, distilleries), 18km W of Angoulême (lake of St Yrieix, sailing, swimming, museums), 80km to Royan (ocean, beach).

WAS
NOW
£449-£1229
Shortlist
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
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
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).

WAS
NOW
£499-£1350
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Lezay, nr. Poitiers Ref: W12540

Private swimming pool

Deux-Sèvres

Whatever you are looking for from your holiday in the south west of France, this semi-detached cottage is a good option. You are assured the peace and tranquillity of a small, sleepy hamlet with private gardens and a private swimming pool (depth 1.5m to 2m, open May to October), to relax and unwind.

For the admirers of French culture and history, the nearby villages, including the Silver Mines at Melle are well worth a visit. Day trips to the medieval town of Poitiers and ‘Futuroscope’ are popular with visitors to the region as are the coastal resorts of La Rochelle, Ile de Ré and Ile d’Oléron.

For more leisurely pursuits, horse riding, tennis and cycling are all available locally.

Shop, café/bar and restaurant 3km.

Ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner. First floor: Bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and basin 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single plus sofa bed.

Woodburner in lounge, (fuel not provided), all other fuel and power included in rent May to September, €30 supplement October to April, bed linen and towels included in rent, cot, colour TV, video, DVD player, stereo/CD player, microwave, dishwasher, shared washing machine, lawned garden, patio, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets.

WAS
NOW
£59-£1150
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
1
Maison de Mons Ref: F16172

To the north of Cognac and the well known distilleries is a little town called Aigre with all amenities such as bars, cafés and a lovely market. On the edge of this town is this holiday property overlooking maize fields on one side and completely private and enclosed on the other side with a superb swimming pool and large gardens for children to play in. The large town of Angoulême known for its cartoon museum also has a huge lake with a beach that is superb for waterskiing at a short distance. A little further is Cognac with a daily market, boat trips on the river Charente, interesting museums and nice pedestrian streets full of trendy shops. For a day out do not miss La Rochelle with the old harbour and famous aquarium as well as the multitude of restaurants along the water.

Ground floor: Entrance hall. Large living room with open-plan kitchen, open fire. Dining room. Separate WC. Up four steps: Two double bedrooms. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with separate shower, double basin. Separate WC. First floor: Kingsize bedroom, en-suite shower room

  • Large enclosed gardens
  • Covered pergola
  • Private swimming pool (10m x 5m; depth 1m-2.2m) with no chlorine and alarm
  • Electric heating
  • Underfloor heating
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • Freezer
  • TV (French channels)
  • DVD
  • Stereo/CD
  • Playstation
  • Children’s table football and pool table
  • Two t/cots
  • H/chair
  • Garage
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Pool and garden toys
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included
  • Unsuitable for the infirm.

Location: 800m (town centre, shops, cafés, restaurants), 35km from Angoulême (lake, golf, large town, museums, shops), 41km N of Cognac (shops, museums, distilleries, boat trips, golf), 110km from La Rochelle (old harbour, aquarium, restaurants, shops, airport).

WAS
NOW
£640-£1759
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
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).

WAS
NOW
£590-£1649
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
Pouffonds Ref: FJD026

Private swimming pool

Deux-Sèvres

This holiday property is in a quiet location in the hamlet of Coubortiges and has its own private, solar-heated, salt water swimming pool (33m², open May-Sep). The owner lives on site and across from the house there is a large, covered, private annexe with an additionnal fridge and table and chairs, or, should you prefer to be in the sun, there is a further sitting area by the pool where you have another set of table and chairs.

The garden is fully enclosed and has a play area with a swing, and there is a also large games room with table football, pool and table tennis. There is a very good restaurant within 2km, otherwise all services are in the very pretty town of Melle which is 6km away and famous for its silver mines. Try to visit the market at Lezay, one of the best in the area and Chef-Boutonne which includes an ancient château.

The Futuroscope at Poitiers is just over an hour away, there is a beach lake just over 15 minutes away at Celles but if you prefer the sea, Fouras is a great place for a day at the beach and is an hour and a half’s drive.

Shop 6km, restaurant 2km.

Ground floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen, shower room with basin (no toilet), separate toilet and basin. First floor: Separate toilet and basin, 4 bedrooms: one kingsize with en-suite shower, toilet and basin, one double with shower in room, 2 twin.

Gas central heating, all fuel at cost, power included in rent in summer, at cost in winter, bed linen and towels included in rent, two cots, highchair, colour satellite TV, DVD player, CD player, internet connection, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, lawned garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 3 cars. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: Sloping ceilings in some rooms.

WAS
NOW
£499-£1389
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
1
Marigny, nr. Niort Ref: W12378

Shared above-ground poolShared above-ground swimming pool

Deux-Sèvres

These three wonderful holiday properties, completely renovated by the British owners, enjoy shared use of an above-ground swimming pool (7m x 4m, depth 1.2m) and a large shared garden with children’s play facilities. The smallest, a 2-bedroomed detached stone holiday cottage, offers a fitted kitchen with lounge/diner, ample and comfortable accommodation for a family of four.

Relax in front of the woodburner in the low season, or take in the sun in the private south facing garden in the summer, either way this is a great base for a holiday. The second is a 3-bedroomed former forge and features a large fitted kitchen with open-plan lounge/diner with a log-burner. Upstairs, the 3 bedrooms and bathroom are all well presented, of good size, and the house retains many original features; it has a private sitting out area to the front. The third property, a four-bedroomed, 19th-century detached farmhouse, is set in exquisite rural farmland and retains many original features including beams and solid fuel fires. As well as a large family kitchen, there is a lounge, two shower rooms, a second bathroom en-suite to the main bedroom and private garden and sun terrace.

The beautiful town of Niort is 10 miles,and the stunning seaside port and harbour of La Rochelle is 35 miles. These properties can be booked together for larger groups or families holidaying together.

Shop 2km, café/bar and restaurant 3km.Shop, café/bar and restaurant 2km.

Ground floor: Lounge, kitchen/diner, shower room with toilet and basin. First floor: Shower room with toilet and basin, 4 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and basin, 1 twin, 1 adult bunk.

All fuel and power included in rent, bed linen and towels included in rent, cot, highchair, colour satellite TV, radio, washing machine, freezer, microwave, private garden, shared garden, patio, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. One pet welcome.

WAS
NOW
£280-£819
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
Eden Ref: F16241

Just a 5-minute drive from the golf course of Cognac, this large detached holiday property is set opposite the River Charente in a lovely quiet area yet not far from the town centre. With a private swimming pool facing the fields and vineyards, it is an ideal place for children. All on one level, the house is practical and spacious, and opposite there is a private wooded area facing the river for picnics or fishing. The pretty countryside offers lovely walks or cycling paths and is just 10 minutes away from a large play centre for children with canoes, café and restaurants. Boat trips on the River Charente can be taken from Cognac or Jarnac, there are many distilleries to choose from. Explore the many beaches, with an hour’s drive, such as Royan, Fouras or La Rochelle which is also good for shopping or just browsing around the old cobbled streets with trendy shops.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room with tiled floor. Kitchen with tiled floor and French doors to terrace. Two double bedrooms. Bunk bedroom leading to a further double bedroom. Two shower rooms with double basin (no WC). Separate WC

  • Large enclosed garden
  • Terrace
  • Wooded grounds with river (take care with children)
  • Private unheated swimming pool (10m x 5m, depth 1.5m)
  • Heating (at cost)
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD
  • T/cot
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Built-in barbecue
  • All linen included.

Location: 4km from Cognac (shops, supermarkets, cafés, restaurants, golf, river, boat trips, distilleries, children’s play centre), 34km E of Saintes (abbey), 70km from Royan (beach, ferry to Medoc), 100km₂ from La Rochelle (old harbour, aquarium, museums, airport).

WAS
NOW
£470-£1339
Shortlist
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).

WAS
NOW
£299-£880
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