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Sainte-Marie-de-Ré Ref: FCH091

Close to beach

Charente-Maritime

This cosy terraced holiday home is just 300 meters from the beach, located in the centre of Sainte-Marie-de-Ré, close to the magnificent bridge that joins the island of Ré to La Rochelle.

Peacefully located, and beautifully furnished, it is pure rhétais style with white beams, hollyhocks and a sunny patio for outside dining. Spacious and equipped with a sofa, the lounge is open to the modern kitchen.

Just a few steps away is the bakery for croissants in the morning, and nearby you can rent bikes and even tandems to explore the island, or slightly further afield is La Rochelle with its old port and aquarium. Golf 18km.

Shop, restaurant and beach 300m.

Lounge/diner, kitchen, shower room with toilet and basin, 2 shower rooms with basin (no toilet), separate toilet with basin, 2 double bedrooms.

Central heating, all fuel and power included in rent, cot, colour satellite TV, DVD player, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, terrace, outdoor furniture, on street parking. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please.

WAS
NOW
£510-£1449
Shortlist
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
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
La Touche Ref: W14633

Enclosed above-ground swimming pool

Charente-Maritime

This lovely detached house has been completely renovated to a good standard by its owners, and features original oak beams and an enclosed above-ground swimming pool (3.5m x 7.5m).

The double bedroom upstairs has an en-suite shower room, and both the downstairs doubles have direct access into the private fully enclosed garden.

Situated in the quiet hamlet of La Touche on the Charentes border, within a short drive, you have several pretty villages and local markets and there is a beach lake 5km away. Try also to visit La Rochelle and its beaches an hour and a half away (106km).

Shop, café/bar and restaurant 5km.

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

Electric heaters, woodburner in lounge (initial supply of fuel provided), all other fuel and power included in rent May to Sep, €40 supplement Oct to May, bed linen and towels included in rent, cot, highchair, colour satellite TV, washing machine, microwave, enclosed garden, patio, garden furniture, barbecue, parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets.

WAS
NOW
£329-£969
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

Splendid cottage in a pretty village

Charente

An exceptional semi-detached cottage set in pretty, mature, fully enclosed gardens with a slightly sunken terrace area.

It is rare to find a holiday cottage for 4 people as spacious and as well equipped as this one. An added bonus for guests is that after a busy day touring and visiting the area you can park your car and walk to the local bars.

The area has many facilities and places to see, catering for all. Poitiers and Futurescope, Angouleme with a large waterpark, Cognac and the old Roman town old Saintes are all within easy driving distance.

Shop and café/bar 400m, restaurant 4km.

Ground floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen, separate toilet and basin. First floor: Shower room with 2 basins, separate toilet and basin, 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

Gas central heating, all fuel and power included in rent May to September, €30 supplement October to April, bed linen and towels included in rent, cot, colour TV, DVD player, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, enclosed lawned garden, terrace, off road parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets.

WAS
NOW
£220-£640
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Montignac-le-Coq Ref: FJC046

Private swimming pool

Charente

This holiday cottage nestles on the hillside of the hamlet of Servolle and features a large garden with a glorious infinity swimming pool (55m², open May-Sep), which offers views over the surrounding countryside.

There is a small restaurant within a 5-minute drive, shops and a supermarket in pretty Montmoreau, 10 minutes and a beach lake at the very pretty village of Aubeterre, 15 minutes.

If you visit in September, the classic cars street race around the old ramparts in the lovely town of Angoulême is a must.

Shop 8km, restaurant 3km.

All on ground floor: Lounge, kitchen/diner, bathroom with separate shower, toilet, basin and bidet, separate toilet and basin, 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

Central heating, all fuel and power included in rent, bed linen and towels included in rent, cot, highchair, colour satellite TV, DVD player, CD player, internet connection, washing machine, freezer, microwave, garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: Step to terrace.

WAS
NOW
£36-£799
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Les Martinets Ref: F79131

This beautifully converted stone property offers two spacious adjoining gîtes with all the modern conveniences while retaining character features such as exposed stone walls, oak beams and double-height entrance halls. Properties Les Martinets (F79131) and Les Hirondelles (F79132) can be let together by larger groups and both open onto private terraces and a shared ’play’ garden. The English owner lives opposite in the courtyard providing as much or as little help as you wish, and tending to the gardens and pool for those staying in both properties. Chef-Boutonne is a delightful small market town with everything you need if a lazy holiday by the pool is all you seek. There is a great restaurant/bar, a pizzeria, two supermarkets, three boulangeries, a butcher, a newspaper shop, a wine and fresh coffee shop, playgrounds, a fishing lake and even a very French ‘cave des vins’. If you feel more adventurous however, there are varied attractions at all points of the compass and all within 90 minutes by car. If you feel more adventurous, La Vallée des Singes (the valley of the monkeys), is universally popular with all the family and only a 40 minute drive, which still leaves time in the day to return home and enjoy the pool in the afternoon. Futuroscope at Poitiers is a 60-minute journey and is better suited to families with kids aged 12+ and La Rochelle (90 mins) is a must. It has fantastic shops, an incredible pâtisserie, a great ice cream parlour, the Aquarium right in the centre and the old port ringed by seafood restaurants and creperies. The seaside is only 90 mins by car; there are distillery tours and a beautiful golf course at Cognac only 60 mins away and Melle, with its charming centre ville, Friday morning market, great steak restaurant and the silver mines to visit is just up the road.

Ground floor: Large open plan living/dining room with modern corner kitchen. Separate WC. Stairs to first floor: Double bedroom. Twin bedroom with additional bunk beds. Bathroom/WC with shower. Separate WC.

Both Properties: Enclosed shared ’play’ garden and shared walled pool garden

  • Shared outdoor pool (10m x 5m, depth 1m to 2.1m)
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • F/freezer
  • TV
  • Video
  • DVD
  • CD/stereo
  • T/cot
  • H/chair
  • Parking
  • Terrace furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included.
Both Properties: Enclosed shared ’play’ garden and shared walled pool garden
  • Shared outdoor pool (10m x 5m, depth 1m to 2.1m)
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • F/freezer
  • TV
  • Video
  • DVD
  • CD/stereo
  • Wi-fi
  • T/cot
  • H/chair
  • Parking
  • Terrace furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included.

Location: 800m from Chef-Boutonne (cafés, restaurants, supermarkets), 15km from Melle (shops, restaurants, silver mines), 41km from Niort (old town, shops, restaurants, golf).

WAS
NOW
£410-£1150
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0

Ideal touring base

Charente-Maritime

This lovely holiday bungalow is situated in a peaceful wooded area with a garden and furniture, perfect for dining outdoors. There is a restaurant close by for dining out if preferred.

It is close to many sandy beaches including Arnèche and Vergnes, the nearest being only 400m away. Located in the small fishing port of Meschers-sur-Gironde with breathtaking walks along the cliff.

Take a tour around the troglodyte caves, which were once inhabited by Protestants seeking refuge in the religious wars, and admire the beautiful coastline. For days out further afield, visit Royan (16km) Saintes (46km) or Cognac (60km).

Shop 1.4km and restaurant 0.3km.

All on ground floor: Kitchen/diner, shower room (no toilet), separate toilet and basin, 3 double bedrooms.

Woodburner in kitchen, all fuel and power included in summer (at cost in winter), colour TV, washing machine, microwave, lawned garden, garden furniture, barbecue, on street parking. Sorry, no pets.

WAS
NOW
£289-£839
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
3
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1
La Maison Brechet Ref: F16207

At the border of Charente-Maritime and north of Charente this semi-detached holiday cottage is set in the charming village near Chef Boutonne and Villefagnan. Surrounded by fields, and with a garden with vines and peach trees. In the village there is a church and bakery as well as a restaurant within walking distance. Bicycles are available for guests’ use and logs for the wood-burning stove are provided. The patio area is an ideal place for dining al-fresco, or relaxing in the hammock after a day exploring. Travel further south and visit Cognac with its many distilleries, or spend a day in Angoulême, with a huge lake with a beach, ideal for windsurfing and even water-skiing. To the north is Poitiers with Futuroscope. Fly via Poitiers, Angoulême or La Rochelle.

Ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed. Kitchen/dining room with wood-burning stove. Separate WC. First floor: Kingsize bedroom. Shower room/WC with Jacuzzi shower and bidet

  • Large garden
  • Terrace
  • Electric heaters
  • Woodburner
  • W/machine
  • M/wave
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD (small library)
  • T/cot
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Hammock
  • Barbecue
  • All linen
    included.

Location: 800m (restaurant), 8km from Villefagnan (shops, restaurant, tennis), 55km N of Cognac (distilleries, boat trips, golf).

WAS
NOW
£180-£520
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Chez Chabot Ref: F17355

This three-bedroom, traditional Charente house has been transformed by the owner into a spacious and bright holiday gîte, fitted with all modern conveniences and opening onto a wonderful Mediterranean garden with a swimming pool (occasionally used by the owner). The owner, a landscape gardener, has created a lovely garden with palms, olive trees, yuccas and exotic plants, blended with several water features and areas to relax in. The pool water is kept sparkling clean by circulating it through an eco-system of water plants, much the same principle as with a mountain stream. The Roman city of Saintes is a 10-minute drive, with its street markets, cafés and restaurants and is located on the banks of the River Charente. Beaches are just over half an hour away, the zoo at La Palmyre is one of the best in Europe and there are vineyard and distillery tours at Cognac.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with beams. Kingsize bedroom with beams and en-suite shower room (no WC). Shower room (no WC). Separate WC. Open-tread stairs to first floor: Super kingsize bedroom (zip and link, can be twin). Twin bedroom with beams and sloping ceiling

  • Garden with water features and pond
  • Patio
  • Shared swimming pool (10m x 4m, depth 0.8m to 2m)
  • Heating (at cost)
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • F/freezer
  • Digital TV
  • DVD
  • Video
  • CD/stereo
  • Wi-fi
  • T/cot
  • H/chair
  • Table tennis
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included
  • No smoking.

Location: 10km SW of Saintes (market town, all facilities), 28km NE of Meschers (beach), 32km E of Royan (seaside resort), 35km W of Cognac (home to the famous brandy).

WAS
NOW
£480-£1329
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0

Games room and shared outdoor swimming pool

Charente

This spacious, semi-detached former grange offers comfortable and airy holiday accommodation, and has a games area with a pool table and darts. There is also a shared, above ground, swimming pool (4.5m diameter, depth 1.2m, open May-Sep).

The area is great for walking, cycling, fishing and horse riding. Visit pretty villages as well as Lake Lavaud with its beach (30 minutes’ drive). Angoulême, known for its comedy and comic strip festival, is 40km.

Explore the Parc de la Vallée des Singes at Romagne 65km, Cognac’s distilleries 85km and Futoroscope at Poitiers. Can be booked with FJC041.

Shop 500m, restaurant 8km.

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

Electic heating, all heating at cost, all 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, microwave, shared garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: Steps from dining room to games area.

WAS
NOW
£34-£419
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

Wooden beams

Charente-Maritime

This cosy semi-detached cottage for four is situated near the village of Villars-les-Bois, only the kitchen is on the ground floor and the other rooms are upstairs. The living area has pretty views over the garden and retains many of the original features such as stone walls and wooden beams.

There is a garden area with barbecue where you can enjoy the beautiful views over the vineyards and the tranquillity of the countryside. For children, there is a large wooden playframe as well as various other toys.

There are lots of interesting places to visit in the area including the town of Saintes, the vineyards of Cognac and even the Atlantic beaches of Royan.

Shop, café/bar and restaurant 2km.

Ground floor: Kitchen. First floor: Lounge/diner, shower room with toilet and basin, 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

Electric heating, all fuel at cost, all power included in rent, bed linen and towels included in rent, video, dishwasher, lawned garden, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets.

WAS
NOW
£51-£480
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