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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
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
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
2
Pets
0
Gresse-en-Vercors Ref: FRI021

Ideal touring base

Isère

These 3 holiday apartments are situated on a complex in Gresse-en-Vercors. The city of Grenoble is 52km away, with its archaeological museum, restaurants and shops.

Visitors to Grenoble can also take a cable car up to the Bastille, a series of fortifications on the mountainside overlooking the city. Visit the Château of Vizille, 43km, which has a museum and over 100 hectares of grounds.

The Ecrins National Park is 50km away, with its mountains and lakes, and is perfect for hiking, with plenty of marked trails to enjoy. There are plenty of other outdoor activities to enjoy in the area, including snowboarding and climbing.

Shop and restaurant 100m.

Lounge/kitchen/diner, shower room with toilet and basin, separate toilet, 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 bunk, double sofa bed in lounge.

Electric heating, all fuel and power at cost, colour TV (French channels only), dishwasher, microwave. Sorry, no pets. NB: Open-tread, turning stairs to first floor.

WAS
NOW
£22999-£22999
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: Entrance hall. Living room with step down to dining room/kitchen with two French doors to terrace. Twin bedroom with French doors to private terrace. Shower room/WC. First floor: Kingsize bedroom with en-suite bathroom/WC with over-bath shower. 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
  • 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
£67-£1219
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
6
Pets
0
Irais Ref: FJD025

Offering 5 bedrooms and an annex (sleeping 2), this property exudes charm and period character, featuring original beams, flagstone floors and decorative fireplaces.

Ground floor: Lounge, kitchen/diner, separate toilet and basin. First floor: Bathroom with shower, toilet and basin, shower room with toilet and basin, 5 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite bathroom with toilet and basin, leading to 2 double bedrooms (also accessed via external staircase), 1 twin. Annex: Kitchen, shower room with toilet and basin, 1 double bedroom.

WAS
NOW
£66-£1589
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Lezay, nr. Poitiers Ref: W12540

Private swimming pool

Deux-Sèvres

Whatever you are looking for from your holiday in the south west of France, this semi-detached cottage is a good option. You are assured the peace and tranquillity of a small, sleepy hamlet with private gardens and a private swimming pool (depth 1.5m to 2m, open May to October), to relax and unwind.

For the admirers of French culture and history, the nearby villages, including the Silver Mines at Melle are well worth a visit. Day trips to the medieval town of Poitiers and ‘Futuroscope’ are popular with visitors to the region as are the coastal resorts of La Rochelle, Ile de Ré and Ile d’Oléron.

For more leisurely pursuits, horse riding, tennis and cycling are all available locally.

Shop, café/bar and restaurant 3km.

Ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner. First floor: Bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and basin 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single plus sofa bed.

Woodburner in lounge, (fuel not provided), all other fuel and power included in rent May to September, €30 supplement October to April, bed linen and towels included in rent, cot, colour TV, video, DVD player, stereo/CD player, microwave, dishwasher, shared washing machine, lawned garden, patio, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets.

WAS
NOW
£59-£1150
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0

Close to river

Charente-Maritime

This one bedroomed, semi-detached bungalow features a cosy lounge and fitted kitchen.

There is a delightful patio area at the back of the holiday property, and another garden at the front leads onto the River Boutonne where you can go fishing and enjoy peaceful living.

The pretty little village of Dampierre has local facilities, and nearby you will find the forest of Chizé, the lovely old port of La Rochelle, and the Atlantic beaches and Cognac are all within easy driving distance. There is also a small zoo (Zoodysee) 9km away.

Shop, café/bar and restaurant 3km.

All on ground floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen, shower room with toilet and basin, 1 double bedroom, sofa bed in lounge.

Central heating, all fuel and power included in rent, bed linen and towels included in rent, cot, highchair, colour TV (French channels only), DVD player, stereo/CD player, wi-fi, washer/dryer in shared laundry room, microwave, lawned garden, patio, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets. NB: River on edge of grounds.

WAS
NOW
£27-£419
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
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
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Loge De Marie Ref: F17285

Just ten minutes drive from La Rochelle, this property nestles in a quiet position at the end of a lane and shares the grounds and nice swimming pool with two other properties. With a shady terrace ideal for dinner parties, the cottage is all on one level, practical with tiled floors and pretty pink interior. You can walk to the beach of La Noue where children will enjoy windsurfing, or just playing on the white sandy beaches picking lovely shells. Nice, good value restaurants and cafés serving pancakes and the local aperitif ’Pineau’. The markets are full of fresh fish, mussels and farm produce every day. Do not miss a visit to La Rochelle old harbour, museum and aquarium as well as the trendy shops. Can be booked together with F17345 to accommodate up to 8 guests.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with patio door to terrace. Double bedroom. Bunk bedded room with patio door to garden. Shower room (no WC). Separate WC

  • Shared garden
  • Private terrace
  • Shared swimming pool (8m x 4m, depth 1.5-2.5m) with Roman steps
  • Electric heating (at cost)
  • Shared w/machine
  • D/washer
  • F/freezer
  • TV (limited English channels)
  • DVD
  • Wi-fi
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included.

Location: 500m from beach, 1.5km from La Noue (shops, bars, restaurants), 7km from La Flotte (all facilities), 7km from La Rochelle (all facilities).

WAS
NOW
£480-£1310
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
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.

WAS
NOW
£960-£2370
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