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Bedrooms
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Pets
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La Ferme d’Alba Ref: F16157

Set in the countryside between Limoges and La Rochefoucauld, this old stone farm is located in a very peaceful hamlet. Spacious and comfortable, it has retained its original beams, paved floors and large fireplace, yet it has been carefully modernised with attractive soft furnishings. The large garden has a big mulberry tree and a swimming pool (heated at extra cost). Less than 25km away is the huge lake of Lavaud, ideal for swimming, sailing or just lazing in the sun. Angoulême is also a short drive and has another lake for water-skiing, museums in the old cobbled streets and plenty of interesting shops to wander around.

Beamed living/dining room with open fire and bar. Kitchen. Utility. Shower room/WC. Single bedroom with en-suite bathroom. Antique staircase to two bedrooms: one kingsize and one twin. Bathroom/WC with shower. Separate steep stairs to first floor: Three bedrooms: two double, one twin. Shower room/WC

  • Large enclosed garden with terrace
  • Pool (10m x 5m, depth 1m to 2m, open May-Oct) with salt water system (heated optionally at cost)
  • Central heating
  • Telephone (incoming and local calls)
  • W/machine
  • T/dryer
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • Wi-fi
  • T/cot
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Table tennis in barn
  • All linen included.

Location: 8km from Chasseneuil (shops, church, forest, market, restaurant, tennis), 25km from Lake Lavaud (beach, sailing, fishing), 37km E of Angoulême (shops, museums, boat trips, water-skiing, golf), 63km W of Limoges (porcelain shops, museums).

WAS
NOW
£53-£1749
Shortlist
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.

WAS
NOW
£37-£1649
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 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
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
Marigny, nr. Niort Ref: W13022

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, café/bar and restaurant 2km.

Ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner. First floor: Bathroom with separate shower, toilet and basin, 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin.

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

WAS
NOW
£229-£659
Shortlist
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
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
14
Bedrooms
7
Pets
0

A superb large family Charentaise house with large enclosed garden, perfect for a large group of friends or two families wishing to holiday together with the benefit of a private swimming pool. Set in a small peaceful village close to Jarnac with its daily market, shops, restaurants and cafés, and only 12km from the well known town of Cognac. This accommodation is over three floors, has many bedrooms with en-suite facilities with plenty of space and privacy. Decorated with antique furniture but well equipped and practical for modern living. Cognac is known for its distillieries, but children will love the playgrounds by the river where boats can be hired, watch jazz bands in July and discover a covered market with fish stalls, local produce and local wines. The Cognac golf course has a restaurant overlooking the pretty countryside. For a day out to the beach, Royan is an hour away. La Rochelle with its old harbour, shops and well known aquarium.

Large living room. Large dining room. Sitting room. Well-equipped modern kitchen. Laundry room. Separate WC. Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom/WC with double basin. First floor: Four bedrooms; one king size with en-suite bathroom/WC, with shower and bath, one double with en-suite bathroom/WC, two twin bedrooms (one with 120cm beds) with en-suite bathrooms with double basin. Separate WC. Second floor: Two twin bedrooms (can also be double). Shower room/WC

  • Large enclosed lawned garden
  • Terrace
  • Private enclosed swimming pool with alarm (12 x 6m, depth 1-2m)
  • Central heating (at cost)
  • W/machine
  • T/dryer
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • TV (French channels and TNT)
  • DVD
  • Wi-fi
  • T/cot
  • Garage
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • All linen for hire.

Location: 2km from Nercillac (shop, café, restaurant), 5km from Jarnac (River Charente, supermarkets, market, cafés, restaurant, tennis), 12km from Cognac (golf, shops, supermarkets, hospital, boat trips, distillieries), 80km from Royan (beaches), 120km from La Rochelle (old city, airport, shops, aquarium), 120km from Bordeaux (airport, vineyards), 30km from Angoulême (cartoon/comic museum, shops, restaurants).

WAS
NOW
£1189-£2939
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0

Private swimming pool

Deux Sèvres

This pretty four bedroom cottage with its wooden floors and beamed ceilings has been tastefully furnished to provide all comforts including gas central heating, as well as a log burner for out of season holidays and a fully fitted kitchen. There is plenty of space inside and outside, including your own private swimming pool (8m x 4m, depth 1.2m) and extensive gardens which are accessed by crossing the very quiet lane.

There are two local villages, l’Absie, 7km, to the north and the lovely Coulonges-sur-l’Autize, 6km, to the south. Both have all amenities including some lovely cafés, restaurants and a weekly market.

You should try to visit the Marais Poitevin 20km to the south, the ’Green Venice’ as it is known locally, famous throughout France where you can take a canoe trip through the canal networks. The county border with the Vendée is just 4km away, so it will take you less than an hour and a half to reach the lovely sandy beaches on the coast.

Shop, café/bar and restaurant 6km.

Ground floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen, bathroom with separate toilet and basin, 1 double bedroom. First floor: shower room with toilet and basin, 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin.

Gas central heating, woodburner in lounge (no fuel provided), all other fuel and power included in rent, bed linen included in rent, cot, colour digital TV, DVD player, washing machine, dishwasher, garden, patio, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry no pets. No smoking please. NB: Open-tread stairs to first floor.

WAS
NOW
£359-£1039
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
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
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0

Private outdoor swimming pool

Deux-Sèvres

This detached holiday home with private above-ground swimming pool (7m x 3.5m, depth 1.2m) has been refurbished to provide comfortable accommodation in this pretty area of the Deux-Sevres.

The gardens are vast, with football goals, badminton, a children’s swing and slide, and table tennis whilst inside the property provides children’s toys and games.

La Chapelle Thireuil, 1km, has a shop/boulangerie and bar, and there are several pretty villages locally, including Coulanges, 7km and Vouvant, 20km. The historic towns of Niort and Parthenay are 30 minutes’ drive whilst La Rochelle is just 1 hour.

Shop and café/bar 1km, restaurant 5km.

Ground floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen, shower room with toilet and basin. First floor: bathroom with toilet and basin. 4 bedrooms: 2 kingsize, 1 twin, 1 bunk.

Woodburners in lounge/diner and kitchen (initial supply of fuel provided), all other fuel and power included in rent, bed linen and towels included in rent, 2 cots, highchair, colour digital TV, DVD player, washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, lawned garden, patio, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 3 cars. Sorry, no pets. NB: Open-tread stairs to first floor.

WAS
NOW
£350-£1049
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