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Bedrooms
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Pets
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La Cagouille Ref: F17280

Very well located, this property is set less than half an hour’s drive from the coast and beaches of the ocean. This stone farmhouse has been renovated and opens on to a large, enclosed garden with a private, above-ground swimming pool. On two floors, it has large rooms, a superb kitchen opening onto the terrace, and plenty of armchairs and sofas spread over two living rooms. The charming English-speaking owners live nearby, and can be of great help to advise you on local delicacies, fireworks on the beaches of Royan, classical music concerts in July in Saintes, markets, and antique shops all around. Do taste the local aperitif "Pineau", made with Cognac and sold nearby. This is an ideal holiday property for those with children or pets, as it is independent, set in a large enclosed garden facing the terrace and large, old kitchen.

Ground floor: Living room. Sitting room with fireplace. Kitchen with French windows to terrace. Shower room. Separate WC. Stairs from living room to first floor: Three bedrooms; two double, one with additional single bed, one twin with additional single bed. Bathroom with shower attachment. Separate WC

  • Large enclosed garden
  • Terrace
  • Private, above-ground swimming pool (hexagon shape, 5.3m x 5.3m, depth 1.3m)
  • Central heating (at cost)
  • W/machine
  • T/dryer
  • D/washer
  • F/freezer
  • TV (English channels only)
  • DVD
  • T/cot
  • H/chair
  • Table tennis
  • Carport
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included.

Location: 3km from Gémozac (shops, cafés, restaurants, tennis), 25km from St-Georges-de-Didonne (beaches, surf, windsurfing, sailing), 40km from Maine Gaudin (golf, horse riding), 27km to Saintes (old town, shopping, boat trips), 100km from La Rochelle (airport).

WAS
NOW
£57-£1029
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
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
Pat-Stef Ref: F17229

Situated in a quiet residential area just a five minute drive from the beautiful beach of La Grande Côte, this practical house is all on one level above a garage. With a large enclosed garden, ideal for children to play in, it also enjoys a south facing terrace, ideal for outdoor dining. The French rustic interior is comfortable, with an open fire and several French windows opening on to the terrace. In the centre of the village is a good bakery serving traditional French baguettes, and in the summer there is a morning market. At Grande Côte there are plenty of good restaurants overlooking the sea, as well as tennis and windsurfing. There is also the opportunity to play golf just 3kms away. To the south is the resort of Royan, famous for its gardens, casino and thalassotherapy, and also convenient for boat trips to nearby islands and the prestigious wine-growing area of the Médoc, which also boasts many stunning châteaux. A short drive is the town of La Palmyre, with its market, restaurants and superb zoo.

Entrance up a few steps to terrace, or via interior staircase and garage. Large living/dining room with open fire and patio door to terrace. Kitchen with door to garden. Two double bedrooms. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with double basin and shower cubicle. Separate WC

  • Large garden with terrace
  • Full oil central heating (at cost)
  • W/machine
  • M/wave
  • D/washer
  • TV
  • T/cot
  • Parking in garage
  • Garden furniture
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included.

Location: 500m to centre of Saint Augustin (shops, café, restaurant), 3km to 18 hole golf course, 4.5km to Grande Côte (beach, sea, restaurants), 10km N of Royan (casino, boat trips, shops), 10km to La Palmyre.

WAS
NOW
£449-£1219
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
4
Pets
1
Dompierre-sur-Mer Ref: FCH003

Ideal touring base

Charente-Maritime

This traditional holiday house has been prettily decorated with green shutters on the front windows and beams in the lounge and is situated in a lovely tranquil village close to the château de la Petaudière. It has a garden of fruit trees and is next to a large meadow, creating the perfect place for a relaxing break.

It is an ideal base for large families or a group of friends wanting to explore the rich heritage and undulating countryside of the Poitou-Charentes region and of course, the fine sandy beaches, which are just 10km away.

This beautiful property is a few kilometres from La Rochelle, the resort known as the pearl of the Atlantic coast. For day trips further afield, visit Niort (55km), Royan (77km) or La Roche-sur-Yon (80km).

Shop 2.5km, restaurant 5km.

Ground floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen/diner, shower room with basin (no toilet), separate toilet. First floor: Bathroom with shower and basin (no toilet), separate toilet, 4 bedrooms: 3 double, 1 bunk, double sofa bed in lounge.

Central heating, all fuel and power at cost, cot, highchair, colour satellite TV, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, microwave, lawned garden, patio, garden furniture, barbecue, garage parking for 1 car. One pet welcome. NB: 2 of the beds are only suitable for children under 12 years.

WAS
NOW
£97-£899
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
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Le Vieux Four Ref: F16212

Set in peaceful rural hamlet above the village of Cherves-Châtelars, this former hamlet bakery has retained the oven (in the stone wall of the living room) but has now become a delightful detached holiday cottage. There is a shaded, furnished barbecue terrace for summer meals by the private swimming pool with distant views over the wooded valley. Enjoy a day out at the activity lakes of Lacs des Hauts Charentes at Massignac, 15km, with beaches, boating and windsurfing, or try canoeing on the Bonnieure river at Chasseneuil. Fly via Limoges or Poitiers.

Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Snug. Bathroom/WC. Five steps to double bedroom, en-suite shower room/WC. First floor: Twin bedroom, en-suite shower room/WC

  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Swimming pool (10m x 5m, depth 0.4m to 2.5m), open Jun-Sep
  • Heating (at cost)
  • Woodburner
  • W/machine
  • M/wave
  • Freezer
  • TV (English channels)
  • CD
  • Cot
  • T/cot
  • H/chair
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • Bed linen only included
  • NB: Steps throughout ground floor.

Location: 2km from Cherves-Châtelars (shops and bar), 6km from Chasseneuil (war monument, restaurants, cafés, supermarket, all facilities), Charente activity lake 15km, golf 20km, 45km from Angoulême (open markets, cathedral, shopping), 60km from Limoges (famous for its porcelain).

WAS
NOW
£389-£1079
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
Les Tortues Ref: F17265

In the centre of the charming seaside town of Châtelaillon, this semi-detached house is within easy access of the beach, shops and cafés. With an enclosed back garden it has an attractive modern conservatory used as a living room facing the garden. The discreet owner lives in the adjoining flat sometimes. The sandy beach less than 500m away has a good sailing school for the younger ones and is ideal for windsurfing. Ferries leave Fouras 13km away to visit the island of Aix, last retreat of Napoléon. Less than twenty minutes is the beautiful old harbour of La Rochelle.

Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Conservatory. Utility. Separate WC. First floor: Two double bedrooms. Two single bedrooms (for children). Shower room (no toilet)

  • Lawned enclosed garden
  • Electric heating (at cost)
  • W/machine
  • T/dryer
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • TV (French channels only)
  • T/cot
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included
  • Unsuitable for the infirm.

Location: 1km from centre of Châtelaillon (shops, restaurants, cafés, sailing school, casino, swimming pool), 10km S of La Rochelle (aquarium, old harbour, casino, airport), 13km to Fouras (ferry to Isle d’Aix), 17km N of Rochefort (Corderie Royale, museum), 70km from Cognac, 170km from Bordeaux.

WAS
NOW
£399-£1170
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

Shared outdoor swimming pool

Vienne

Standing in a large courtyard next to the owner’s home, this stone holiday cottage with its bright and spacious rooms is an ideal retreat for a couple or a small family wishing to relax and enjoy the countryside, or visit the many pretty villages in the area.

Visit the medieval town of Poitiers for sightseeing, shopping and wine routes (50km). For a fun day out and within an hour’s drive, visit the theme park Futuroscope and the Natutilus Water Park in Angoulème, or discover Île de Ré for for a day on the beach.

Shared outdoor swimming pool.

Shop, café/bar and restaurant 5km.

Ground floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen. First floor: Bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and basin, 2 bedrooms: 1 kingsize, 1 twin.

Woodburner in lounge (initial supply of fuel provided), all other fuel and power included in rent May to September, €50 supplement October to April, bed linen and towels included in rent, cot, highchair, colour satellite TV, DVD player, CD player, wi-fi, washing machine, microwave, shared grounds, shared garden furniture, shared barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: Sloping ceilings and beams in bedrooms.

WAS
NOW
£179-£499
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
6
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

Private swimming pool

Charente

This spacious single storey 18th century farmhouse with one gite is set in its own private hamlet surrounded by beautlful open countryside and woodlands. The unusually large bedrooms, both en-suite, are perfect for 2 couples or a family with up to 4 children. There is a very large, cosily furnished lounge and a large dining kitchen.

The gite garden has a covered tiled eating area with barbecue and a private, enclosed swimming pool. Guests are welcome to explore the owner’s 1.5 hectares of parkland and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of this charming holiday property, and discover places of interest on foot, by cycle (4 to rent), or by car.

Free tennis and boules court in Chatignac village. Brossac (4km) has shops, restaurants/bars, a swimming lake with large sandy beach, and a spa centre including heated indoor pool, sauna, hamman and squash court, all in a woodland setting. Chalais (10km) has a busy weekly market, a supermarket, shops and restaurants. Fly via Angoulême, Bordeaux or Bergerac.

Shops, café/bar and restaurants 4km.

All on ground floor: Lounge, kitchen/diner, 2 bedrooms: 1 kingsize plus 2 single beds and en-suite shower, toilet and basin, 1 twin with en-suite shower and basin, separate toilet.

Gas central heating, woodburner in kitchen, all fuel and power included in rent Jun-Aug, €60 supplement Sep-May, bed linen and towels included in rent, cot, colour satellite TV, DVD player, stereo/CD player, washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, wi-fi, lawned garden, patio, garden furniture, barbecue, ample off road parking. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: 4 steps down to twin bedroom. Pond in the parkland.

WAS
NOW
£399-£1120
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
La Seringa Ref: F16216

Set in a very quiet position in a tiny old stone village in between Cognac, Jarnac and Angoulême, this old farm house enjoys an indoor heated swimming pool which nestles in the summer house with a beautiful bougainvillier. This attached property has kept its original features with stone walls, and French rustic furniture. A short distance away are the distilleries of Cognac or Jarnac, both with the River Charente and boat trips. Or Angoulême with a large lake ideal for waterskiing. For a day out try the beaches of Fouras or take the ferry and discover the last retreat of Napoléon, Ile d’Aix near La Rochelle. An ideal holiday base to discover the Charente countryside.

Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wood-burning stove, beams and patio doors to courtyard. Sitting room. Separate WC. First floor: Three double bedrooms, one with en-suite shower room. Bathroom/WC with shower cubicle

  • Enclosed lawned garden
  • Terrace
  • Indoor heated swimming pool (3.5m x 7.5m, depth 0.9-1.75m)
  • Telephone (incoming calls only)
  • Oil heating
  • Wood-burning stove
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • TV (French channels only)
  • Radio/CD
  • T/cot
  • Summer house
  • Garage
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • Bed linen only included.

Location: 4.5km from Mérignac (shops, cafés, restaurants), 12km from Jarnac (river), 27km from Cognac (distilleries, market, river, museums, golf courses), 21km from Angoulême (lake, old city, shops), 100km from Fouras (sea, beaches, ferry), 118km from La Rochelle.

WAS
NOW
£449-£1219
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

Shared swimming pool

Charente-Maritime

This delightful duplex holiday apartment is situated in the lovely village of Saint-Palais-sur-Mer, just 7km from the seaside resort Royan, and 150 metres from the sea. The sandy beaches of the Platin and Grande Côte are within walking distance, and all amenities are nearby. This complex has a large shared heated swimming pool (available mid Jun to mid Sep), sauna and children’s play area.

Visit La Rochelle, 78km, and take a boat to the famous Charentaise islands of Aix, Ré and Oléron for a fun-filled day out, or stay closer to home with a trip to Royan, with its sandy beaches and picturesque marina.

Shops 100m, café/bar and restaurant 1.8km, beach 700m.

External stairs to ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, 1 double bedroom with en-suite toilet. First floor: Bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and basin, 1 twin bedroom, single sofa bed and single pull-out bed in lounge.

Cot and highchair on request, colour TV (French channels only), wi-fi (at reception, at cost), dishwasher, shared grounds, off road parking. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please.

WAS
NOW
£190-£22999
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