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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
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
0
Domaine de la Nauve Ref: F16128

Standing in delightful lawned grounds near the River Charente, this beautifully restored 19th-century château has been home to one of Cognac’s most famous families for many years and makes for a truly memorable holiday. The grounds encompass formal gardens, a small canal and huge trees offering welcome shade - as well as a superb private swimming pool with full size Roman stairs. The interior of the property boasts impressive reception rooms with wood panelling and high ceilings giving a stylish, elegant atmosphere. The terrace with its summer canopy overlooks the garden and pool area. The highly discreet English-speaking owners live to the rear of the property and are able to help and advise you of all the area’s attractions. Cognac itself has a delightful centre with plenty of shopping streets, cafes and restaurants as well as all the famous Cognac distilleries such as Hennessy, and Rémy Martin. The impressive château in which François 1st was born now houses the Otard brandy cellars and also makes for an interesting visit. The superb morning market is a must to visit with its fantastic choice of fresh farm produce, regional wines, seafood, and poultry along with ready-made food from specialist delicatessen and patissiers. The golf course at Sainte Brice will be a must, whilst the sandy Atlantic beaches near Royan are great for a day trip. La Rochelle with its enchanting harbour is less than an hour away. There is an activity park nearby with open air water features and canoeing plus stables for horse riding. Bicycles are available for hire, delivered free of charge. Fly via La Rochelle or Bordeaux.

Steps to entrance. Large entrance hall. Living room. Dining room. Breakfast room. Well-equipped, compact kitchen. First floor: Large landing with balcony and seating area. Three kingsize bedrooms, all with en-suite shower rooms (no WC). Two twin bedrooms. Two shower rooms (no WC). Three separate WCs

  • Lawned garden with unfenced canal bordering the garden
  • Private swimming pool (12m x 6m, depth 1.2m to 1.8m) with alarm
  • W/machine
  • T/dryer
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • TV (French and English channels)
  • DVD
  • Wi-fi (at cost)
  • Two cots
  • H/chair
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • Bread and croissants delivered (on request)
  • All linen for hire.

Location: 1km to Cognac (boat trips on river Charente, market, supermarkets, leisure centre, mini-golf, canoe hire, hospital), 7km to Sainte Brice (golf, restaurant), 21km E of Saintes (Roman town, museum), 30km from ‘Antilles’ of Jonzac (water sports, health centre), 62km E of Royan (ocean), 80km SE of La Rochelle (aquarium, shopping, museums, airport).

WAS
NOW
£1129-£1610
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Le Manoir du Puy Ref: F16234

This lovely, detached, manor house is set in the quiet hamlet of Le Puy which is close to the village of Gurat, on the border between the Charentes and the Dordogne. This holiday property and its grounds are spectacular and very spacious with a private swimming pool. The property has a traditional feel with an emphasis on quality furnishings and comfort. The kitchen and back kitchen are well-equipped and fully-fitted, whilst the living and dining rooms are bright and airy with large traditional windows giving wonderful views over the garden and countryside. Gurat is a pretty village and Villebois-Lavalette, a 10-minute drive, is famous for its historic Roman château, wooden covered market and pretty streets. Visit Angoulême, less than half an hour’s drive, which is capital of the Charente and famous for its architecture and international comic festivals. There are several beach lakes in the area for swimming and water sports as well as golf and paragliding facilities.

Lower ground floor: Utility. Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen with door to garden. Shower room/WC with bidet. First floor: Two kingsize bedrooms. Double bedroom. Bathroom/WC with shower attachment

  • Garden with 10 steps
  • Terrace
  • Private swimming pool (10m x 5m, depth 1.2m to 1.6m)
  • Oil heating (at cost)
  • W/machine
  • T/dryer
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • F/freezer
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD
  • CD
  • T/cot
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included
  • No smoking.

Location: 2km W of Gurat (shop, cafe/bar, restaurant), 7km S of Villebois-Lavallette (all facilities, castle, market), 20km S of Angoulême (cobbled town, cafés, lake, water skiing), 20km N of Aubeterre (beach lake).

WAS
NOW
£470-£1299
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
Les Papillons Ref: F79151

This lovely detached holiday home has been beautifully restored to provide very comfortable and roomy accommodation. As well as the downstairs double bedroom with en-suite, you also have three other sleeping areas, one twin with its own en-suite and its own private stairs from the living room. An attractive mezzanine kingsize bedroom is accessed from a second set of stairs, from the magnificent high vaulted living/dining room, and from the main staircase you have two more large bedrooms. Outside there are two large terraces and a large enclosed swimming pool with hot and cold shower and an enclosed, mature garden, ideal for children. The private house really has everything and being in the countryside of Deux-Sevres, you have several local villages and weekly markets. The region has many chateaux, renaissance churches and abbeys, and Atlantic beaches within easy reach. Golf and horse riding locally. Fly to Poitiers or La Rochelle.

Ground floor: Living room with French doors to terrace and garden, with staircase leading to twin bedroom with sloping ceiling and en-suite shower room/WC. Well-equipped kitchen with dining table, decorative fireplace and old stone potager. Double bedroom with en-suite shower room. Separate WC. Barn conversion with large living/dining room and staircase to mezzanine with kingsize bedroom, sloping ceiling. Fully equipped laundry room and wet room with corner bath/shower. Hall staircase to first floor: Double bedroom with en-suite shower room/WC. Large twin bedroom. Bathroom/WC

  • Enclosed spacious lawned garden
  • Large terrace with 5 steps
  • Private swimming pool (11m x 5m, depth 1.2m) with terrace
  • Electric central heating (at cost)
  • Wood-burning stove
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD
  • Video
  • CD/stereo
  • Cot
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included
  • No smoking.

Location: 6km S of St. Maixent-l’Ecole (all facilities, restaurants, supermarkets and shopping centre), 15km NE of Marais Poitevin (canal network and canoe trips), 20km N of Melle (church, abbey and attractive town), 60km SW of Poitiers (Futuroscope), 90km E of La Rochelle (historic town and leisure port, beaches close by).

WAS
NOW
£729-£2010
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
3
Pets
0
La Grange Du Clos Ref: F16214

In Charente but near the border of the Dordogne, this beautiful holiday property is set in the Bandiat Valley on the outskirts of the pretty village of Marthon. Very well restored, this barn conversion is set next to the home of the Anglo-French owners who are most helpful with advice on places to visit. Well-equipped and very comfortably furnished, it has its own private enclosed garden with a swimming pool, and a shaded, furnished terrace with stone pillars. Cycle on a converted old railway line, on a path via Marthon, or have superb walks all around. There is a good golf course at Ecuras at less than half an hour’s drive as well as a beautiful man-made lake with a beach that the children will love at St. Estèphe. Water-ski on the large lake at Angoulême - an interesting old town nearby with cobbled streets full of interesting shops. Do not miss the markets all around for special local food and wines but also the Pineau aperitif made from Cognac.

Three steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room/well-equipped kitchen with beams and French windows to terrace. Shower room/WC. Two steps down to second living room with door to garden. First floor: Three bedrooms, one queensize with wooden floor, two twin with wooden floors. Shower room. Separate WC

  • Enclosed garden
  • Terrace/patio
  • Private heated swimming pool (8.5m x 4.5m, depth 1.1m to 1.6m) with Roman steps
  • Electric heating
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • TV
  • CD
  • Wi-fi
  • Cot and h/chair (on request)
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included
  • No smoking.

Location: 1.5km from Marthon (shops, bar, restaurant, tennis courts and private river fishing), 8km from Montbron (supermarket), 25km from Angoulême (golf), 27km from St. Estèphe (lakeside beach).

WAS
NOW
£118-£1439
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
Bougneau, nr. Pons Ref: W14817

Several pretty Charentais villages close by

Charente-Maritime

These two lovely, semi-detached holiday properties date back to the 18th-century and have been carefully renovated to retain many original features.

Situated in the quiet hamlet of Montignac with an ancient church, the pretty town of Pons has all facilities and is 4km to the west.

There are several pretty Charentais villages close by and you should also try to visit Cognac and Saintes, 20km north east, and the beach is 40km away (30 minutes’ drive). The lovely and historic towns of La Rochelle and Bordeaux are within an hour’s drive. Fly via La Rochelle or Bordeaux.

Shop 4km, café/bar 2km and restaurant 3km.

Ground floor: Lounge, kitchen/diner, separate toilet with basin. First floor: Bathroom with separate shower, toilet and basin. 3 double bedrooms, one with en-suite shower, toilet and basin.

Electric heating, all fuel and power included in rent, bed linen and towels included in rent, washing machine, microwave, patio, outdoor furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 1 car, garage for 1 car. One pet welcome. No smoking please. NB: Sloping ceiling in double bedroom.

WAS
NOW
£53-£620
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
La Jacaranda Ref: F17361

This semi-detached holiday property sits in the village of Loiré-sur-Nie, with a private pool and an enclosed garden. La Jacaranda is spacious and includes a galleried living room with feature fireplace, exposed beams and stonework. The village has a general store and at a short distance is Aulnay with a market on Mondays and Thursdays and its 12th-century Romanesque church. Visit St. Jean d’Angély, with its European Centre of Culture, and the riverside town of Cognac, with tours of the brandy distilleries. In addition to local walks, there is tennis, cycling and pétanque. For days out, the beach at Châtelaillon-Plage, La Rochelle, with its historic port, shops and architecture, and the Marais Poitevin are worth a visit.

Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Conservatory. Double bedroom, en-suite shower room/WC. Shower room (no WC). WC. First floor: Two bedrooms: One double, one twin. WC. High sloping ceilings

  • Garden with unfenced pond (take care with children)
  • Terrace
  • Patio
  • Pool (10m x 5m, depth 2m)
  • Heaters
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included
  • No smoking.

Location: 10km S of Aulnay (shops, supermarket, restaurants, cafés), 20km E of Saint-Jean-d’Angély (shops, A10 autoroute), 75km E of Châtelaillon-Plage (beach), 85km E of La Rochelle.

WAS
NOW
£419-£1210
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
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
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
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
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