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Bedrooms
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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
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Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Gémozac Ref: W15032

Quiet location

Charente-Maritime

This semi-detached holiday property is situated in a hamlet on the outskirts of Gémozac and retains many original features including stone walls, exposed beams as well as a contemporary woodburner in the galleried lounge.

Outside there is a small enclosed terrace to the front, and a garden to the rear, ideal for barbecues.

Gémozac is within a 5-minute drive and has all amenities, whilst lovely beaches can be found 25kms away.

Shop and restaurant 3km, beach 25km.

Ground floor: Lounge, kitchen/diner, bathroom with shower over bath and basin, separate toilet, 1 double bedroom. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 kingsize with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and basin, 1 twin. Mezzanine: Double sofa bed.

Electric heating, woodburner in lounge (no fuel provided), all other fuel and power by meter reading, cot, highchair, colour digital TV, DVD player, washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, garden, patio, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 3 cars. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please.

WAS
NOW
£240-£689
Shortlist
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)

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NOW
£489-£1330
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).

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NOW
£899-£2189
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Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0

This detached holiday town house is just a short walk from the centre of the busy market town of Neuville-de-Poitou. Retaining many original features, there are also modern touches such as electric gates. Neuville-de-Poitou is surrounded by vineyards of the famous Haut-Poitou wine-producing region and there is a local wine for sale just 50 metres from the property. Its twice-weekly market and annual jazz festival give the town a cosmopolitan feel. Poitiers is within easy driving distance, as is the Futuroscope theme park. For a day trip, travel north to the Loire Valley to visit the medieval town of Chinon, home to a stunning castle and many well-known vineyards.

Ground floor: Living/dining room with beams, tiled floor, French doors and corner kitchen. Separate WC. First floor: Two double bedrooms. Twin bedroom. Bathroom (no WC). Shower room/WC

  • Enclosed lawned garden
  • Ground source heating
  • Air conditioning (in living room and one double bedroom)
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • American f/freezer
  • TV (French channels only)
  • CD/stereo
  • T/cot
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Barbecue
  • All linen for hire
  • No smoking.

Location: 800m from Neuville-de-Poitou centre (all amenities, twice-weekly market), 19km from Poitiers (large town, airport, Futuroscope), 65km S of Chinon (château, vineyards, shops).

WAS
NOW
£280-£799
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
Oradour Fanais Ref: FJC043

Outdoor swimming pool

Charente

This holiday home is situated in the small village of Oradour-Fanais, at the heart of the Charentaise countryside. Its south-facing terrace is partly shaded for those hot summer days.

The above ground swimming pool overlooks an enclosed garden and one of the bedrooms has an en-suite bathroom. A wide range of shops and facilities can be found at Brillac (8km to the south) and Confolens (17km).

Within a 20-minute drive is a lake with a beach as well as golf at Mortemart. Oradour-sur-Glane, the setting for poignant events of WWll, is 35km, while the family will enjoy Futuroscope Poitiers (80km to the north).

Shop 300m, restaurant 8km.

Lounge, dining room, kitchen, bathroom with shower, toilet and basin, shower room with toilet and basin, 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin.

Central heating, all fuel and power included in rent, bed linen and towels included in rent, colour satellite TV, DVD player, stereo/CD player, washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 3 cars. One pet welcome. No smoking please. NB: Drop from terrace.

WAS
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£38-£669
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).

WAS
NOW
£1739-£4319
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
11
Bedrooms
6
Pets
1
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
9
Bedrooms
5
Pets
0
Mortagne Ref: F17169

In the centre of the pretty village of Mortagne, on the Gironde Estuary, this attractive house stands in its own spacious grounds with lovely views over the valley. It offers plenty of space inside, while outside is a covered terrace overlooking the countryside for relaxed meals, and lots of mature trees giving welcome shade on hot days. There is a plunge pool with covered terrace and sun-drenched pool surround for sun bathing. The village shops and restaurant are all on the doorstep, and just a short stroll away is the harbour, with cliff walks to enjoy around the estuary. A short drive leads to Meschers with its family beach, with another beautiful beach at St. Georges-de-Didonne. Other places to explore nearby include, Royan, a lively resort with casino, and the ancient Roman town of Saintes with its amphitheatre and museum.

Entrance hall. Library with sofa. Long living/dining room. Well equipped modern kitchen/dining room opening onto covered terrace. WC/cloakroom. Stairs to two double bedrooms. Two twin bedrooms. Bathroom with shower and double basins. Separate WC. Staircase leading to huge skylighted dayroom with three sofas. Single bedroom with en-suite bathroom. Separate WC

  • Plunge pool (2.5m x 4.5m, depth 0.8m)
  • Terrace
  • Central heating
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • F/freezer
  • T/cot
  • Parking in grounds
  • Garden furniture
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included.

Location: In village (shops, café, restaurant, tennis), 1km from Gironde Estuary (fishing, walks along cliffs), 20km S of Meschers (caves), 30km S of Royan (shops, beach, ferry), 39km W of Saintes (old Roman town, museum, Charente River).

WAS
NOW
£499-£1350
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
1
Saint-Pardoult Ref: FCH086

Ideal touring base

Charente-Maritime

This large, semi-detached holiday house sits in the small hamlet of Saint-Pardoult in the Charentes countryside. Downstairs, the kitchen leads into the dining area and lounge from where you can access the terrace and barbecue.

Also downstairs are the bathroom, separate toilet and two bedrooms, whilst upstairs you have a further two bedrooms and another toilet. The garden is a great open area which borders onto the river, great for fishing. There are several pretty villages locally, but the main shopping area is the popular and attractive town of St. Jean-d’Angély, 8km from the property.

Here you can also find a great swimming complex and outdoor pool, as well as pedalo and canoe hire. There is golf at Niort, 40km north, and you should also visit the zoo at Chizé, 18km. The superb Atlantic beaches, 60km, and the historic city of La Rochelle, 80km, are both great places to visit.

Shop and restaurant 5km.

Ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, second kitchen, bathroom with separate shower, toilet and basin, separate toilet, 2 bedrooms: 1 twin, 1 with double sofa bed. First floor: Separate toilet with bidet and basin, 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single plus single bunk.

Electric heating, all fuel at cost, power included in rent in summer, at cost in winter, bed linen and towels included in rent, colour TV (French channels only), DVD player, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. One pet welcome. NB: Step to entrance. Sloping ceilings in first floor bedrooms. Unfenced river in garden.

WAS
NOW
£36-£849
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
9
Bedrooms
5
Pets
0

Swimming pool

Charente

A three-storey, stone-built, typical Charentais farmhouse with generous room sizes and high ceilings, a large feature fireplace (decorative only) and an abundance of exposed oak beams.

There is a courtyard to the front of the holiday home; to the rear are large, mainly lawned, fully enclosed gardens with an outdoor swimming pool (9m x 3.8m, depth 0.9 to 1.75m), and patio area with built-in barbecue.

A short walk across the fields (approximately 300m) will lead you to the private fishing lake. The famous writers village of Montmoreau where you will find all facilities and a public swimming pool is approximately 4km. The château of Villebois, the beautiful village of Aubeterre with lakeside beach and the busy market town of Ribérac are all within 20km. For the more adventurous take a day trip to Bordeaux and the Atlantic Ocean. Fly via Bergerac (82km) or Bordeaux (115km).

Shop, café/bar and restaurant 3km.

Ground floor: Lounge, dining room, kitchen, utility room, separate toilet. First floor: Shower room with toilet and basin, 3 double bedrooms 1 with en-suite toilet and basin. Second floor: Bathroom with separate shower, toilet and basin, 1 double bedroom plus single bed.

Central heating, all fuel and power included in rent May to Sept, €30 supplement Oct to Apr, cot, highchair, colour TV, DVD player, video, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, enclosed lawned garden, patio, garden furniture, barbecue, ample off road parking. Sorry, no pets.

WAS
NOW
£27-£1219
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0

Logis de la Treille is set in a lovely position, on the border of Charente-Maritime, Gironde and Dordogne. It shares large gardens and also a beautiful swimming pool (open June - October). The villages of La Roche Chalais, Saint Emilion, or nearer Saint Aigulin are all less than half an hour’s drive, while the magnificent city of Bordeaux is one hour away. The River Dronne offers fishing and canoeing, and there is also a beach on the river at Aubeterre with water sports and pedalos. Also a welcoming water park is in La Roche-Chalais that the children will love! There are lovely markets all around but the one not to be missed is in Libourne three times a week. The Dordogne can be explored one hour away. A perfect location for a peaceful holiday!

Ground floor: Living room. Kitchen with step up to dining room. Twin bedroom with en-suite shower room/WC. First floor: Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom/WC with over-bath shower and French doors to roof terrace. Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom/WC with over-bath shower and French door to roof terrace. All rooms with river views.

Both properties: Large shared lawned garden with river frontage (take care with children)

  • Terrace
  • Shared outdoor swimming pool (10m x 5m, depth 1.6m)
  • Electric central heating
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • F/freezer
  • Satellite TV
  • Wi-fi
  • T/cot
  • H/chair
  • Garden furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking
  • All linen included.
Both properties: Large shared lawned garden with river frontage (take care with children)
  • Terrace
  • Shared outdoor swimming pool (10m x 5m, depth 1.6m)
  • Electric central heating
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • F/freezer
  • Satellite TV
  • Wi-fi
  • T/cot
  • Garden furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking
  • All linen included.

Location: 5km from St. Aigulin (shops, café, restaurant), 10km from La Roche Chalais (market, tennis, water park), 30km from Aubeterre (beach on river, fishing, pedalos), 35km from St Emilion (wine tastings, châteaux, restaurants), 79km from Bordeaux (main city, museums, shops, airport).

WAS
NOW
£23-£1219
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