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Sleeps
15
Bedrooms
7
Pets
0
Chez Gill Ref: FA236

A delightful, spacious property, beautifully renovated to provide comfortable and stylish holiday accommodation. In a tranquil setting on the outskirts of the village, with views over the fields beyond, this lovely old mill house with small river running beneath and separate cottage are set beside a stream with a central courtyard separating the two properties. (Although the stream may dry up in Summer, careful supervision of young children is recommended). It has a good-sized garden with a large patio, flower beds and lawns, and a large shady area with trees. Helpful owners occupy the right wing of the main house but have separate access. The Roman town of Saint-Jean-d’Angély is a 30 minute drive with boating lake, cobbled streets and excellent twice-weekly market for fresh local produce, and the historical town of Angoulême is 1 hours’ drive. An ideal situation for cycling and walking in the gentle countryside all around.

Main House: Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Two bedrooms: One kingsize with en-suite shower room/WC, one twin. Bathroom/WC. First floor: Three bedrooms: One double, two twin, one with additional single bed. Two shower room/WCs. Cottage: All on ground floor: Living room/kitchen. Two bedrooms: One double with en-suite shower room/WC, one twin with en-suite bathroom/WC with over-bath shower

  • Lawned garden
  • Patio
  • Private swimming pool (11m x 5.5m, depth 1m to 1.7m) with Roman steps and shower
  • Heating (at cost)
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • TV (French channels only)
  • Cot and h/chair on request
  • Swings
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included.

Location: 2km from Cressé (shops), 10km from Matha (shops and restaurant), 40km from Cognac (golf, all facilities), 50km from Saintes (boutiques, Roman arena and boat trips on the Charente), 100km from beaches.

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£960-£2370
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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).

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NOW
£1189-£2939
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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£1739-£4319
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Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
6
Pets
0
Plaisance Ref: F16236

At the border of Charente-Maritime, Charente and near Dordogne, between Jonzac, Cognac and Aubeterre, this detached holiday property is set near a very quiet hamlet in Baignes-Sainte-Radegonde. A classic French manor house with an immaculate lawned garden and swimming pool, this is an ideal holiday property for family and friends alike. Plaisance is well-equipped and has kept all the original features, such as old beams, tiled floors, a fire place and enjoys views of the vineyards. For a day out, the little town of Jonzac has a large leisure centre with a swimming pool. Cognac and the distilleries, as well as boat trips on the river Charente will be enjoyed by everyone. In the summer months enjoy many music festivals. Visit the old city of Angoulême with a cartoon musuem in the old perched town, as well as many cafés and restaurants in the cobbled streets. A little further is Bordeaux or take a ferry to the Médoc region to enjoy wine tasting.

Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Second living room. Dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen with tiled floor. Games room (external access). Bathroom/WC with corner bath and shower cubicle. Separate WC. First floor: Four double bedrooms, two with en-suite shower room/WC. Two twin bedrooms

  • Large lawned garden
  • Terrace
  • Private swimming pool (9m x 6m, depth 1.2m) with shower
  • Central heating
  • W/machine
  • T/dryer
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • F/freezer
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD
  • Wi-fi
  • T/cot
  • Table tennis
  • Pool table
  • Table football
  • Gym equipment
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Built-in barbecue
  • All linen included.

Location: 2.5km from Baignes (shops, cafés, restaurant, tennis), 42km S of Cognac (golf, boat trips, distilleries), 50km E of Blaye (estuary, fishing, Citadel, ferry to Médoc), 80km N of Bordeaux (old city, shops, museums).

WAS
NOW
£879-£2170
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
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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
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
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
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
8
Bedrooms
5
Pets
0
Guitinières Ref: FCH094

Ideal touring base

Charente-Maritime

This detached house nestles in the centre of a quiet village just by the 11th-century church. Lovingly restored, this holiday property, set amidst vast gardens, features many of the original oak beams and exposed Charentaise stone walls. There is a fully fitted kitchen including a breakfast table area, whilst the main dining table is set off the lovely lounge section, which features a woodburner ensuring year round comfort.

There is a front garden and a south-facing private terrace at the back of the house. Additionally, there is a piano, table football and a library section at the top of the stairs.

The nearest town is Jonzac, 7kms, which has a stunning château, all services, restaurants and bars, a waterpark and a free beach lake. The sea and the lovely sandy beach at Meschers-sur-Gironde can be reached within an hour, or the resort at Royan is another 10km up the coast. Try also to visit Cognac, 40kms, where you can see its famous distilleries. The historic city of La Rochelle is just over an hour away and well worth a visit.

Shop and restaurant 7km, beach 40km.

Ground floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen/diner, wet room with toilet and basin. First floor: Bathroom with basin (no toilet), separate toilet and basin, 5 bedrooms: 3 double, 2 single.

Electric heating, woodburner in lounge (no fuel provided), all other fuel at cost, power included in rent in summer, at cost in winter, bed linen and towels included in rent, two cots, colour TV (French channels only), DVD player, stereo/CD player, internet connection, washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, ample parking. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: Turning stairs to first floor. Beams in some bedrooms.

WAS
NOW
£82-£2629
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
1
Beaunant, nr. Royan Ref: W12451

Peaceful location

Charente-Maritime

This attractive typical detached Charentais house boasts an enclosed courtyard with outdoor furniture, an indoor and outdoor barbecue, as well as a covered patio.

Guests can make use of the bikes and the music CD and video library. The house is located in the peaceful hamlet of Beaunant near Saujon, a town offering shops, restaurants, bars and supermarkets. The nearest beach is close by and can be found at Meschers, a mere 10km away.

Visit the town of Royan with its many shops and restaurants, the superb sandy beaches of the Côtes Beauté and Sauvage (20km), the area around Marennes and island of Oléron with its oyster farms or the beautiful old Roman town of Saintes (25km).

Shop 2km, café/bar and restaurant 5km, beach 10km.

Ground floor: Lounge, kitchen/diner, shower room with toilet and basin, 1 double bedroom. First floor: Bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and basin, shower room with basin, separate toilet, 3 bedrooms: 1 kingsize, 1 double, 1 twin.

Gas central heating, all fuel at cost, all power included in rent, bed linen and towels included in rent, cot, colour satellite TV, video, stereo/CD player, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, enclosed courtyard, outdoor furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 1 car. One pet welcome.

WAS
NOW
£299-£869
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).

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NOW
£640-£1759
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