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Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
0

Situated on the village outskirts, this detached Charentais farmhouse has spacious and airy rooms with a wealth of exposed stone and beams. Furnished in rustic style, it is surrounded by farmland and vineyards, with a large garden of shrubs, mature trees offering shady areas, and terraces for dining ‘al fresco’. The village centre is just a 3-minute drive for daily bread and basic supplies, along with tennis courts. Cozes is a 9-minute drive with its restaurants, shops and riding. For public pool and tennis, Gémozac is only a 10-minute drive. The picturesque port of Mortagne-sur-Gironde has good seafood restaurants and is just 15 minutes drive. There’s a daily market, supermarket and disco at Saujon a 20-minute drive and sandy beaches along the wide Gironde estuary at Meschers, St Georges-de-Didonne, and Royan, all within 30 minutes drive. Saintes is a 20-minute drive and has boutiques, restaurants, golf, Roman sites, and the chance to cruise on the River Charente - down to Cognac, for example, to taste the world-renowned brandy. A bottle of Bujard Pineau is offered to guests on arrival.

Ground floor: Living/dining room with wooden floors and beams. Steps to kitchen. Double bedroom/sitting room, with en-suite shower room and French doors to terrace. Single bedroom. Separate WC. Open-tread stairs to first floor: Double bedroom with access to roof terrace. Two twin bedrooms, one with additional single bed, low sloping ceiling and access to roof terrace. Bathroom. Separate WC

  • Garden
  • Terraces
  • Private swimming pool (10m x 5m, depth 1.2m - 1.8m)
  • Heating (at cost)
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • TV (French channels only)
  • DVD
  • CD/stereo
  • Cot and h/chair (on request)
  • Parking
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included.

Location: 98km from La Rochelle, 120km from Bordeaux.

WAS
NOW
£137-£1839
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
0
Chris Ref: F17234

On the edge of the pretty village of Migron, in a quiet position, this holiday property faces a private pool with a covered seating area with kitchenette. Explore the nearby Charentais countryside, a five minute drive to the lake of Thors with a beach, Cognac with day trips on the river Charente, famous distilleries and a market. Close by is Royan with sandy beaches and new orchid gardens. La Rochelle is only an hour away and has an aquarium, shops and sea food restaurants.

Small beamed living room with woodburning stove. Beamed kitchen/dining room. One single bedroom leading to single room with steep ladder stairs to open mezzanine with twin beds. First floor: Two double bedrooms. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with double basin, shower attachment and bidet. Separate WC. Exterior access to large play room with ping pong, WC and shower room

  • Enclosed terrace with water feature
  • Swimming pool (10m x 4.5m, depth 1.2m) with Roman steps and alarm
  • Living room by pool with kitchenette
  • Electric heating
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • Video
  • Stereo
  • T/cot
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included.

Location: 800m from Migron (shop), 4km from Burie (restaurant), 9km from Thors (lakeside beach), 17km N of Cognac (shops, market, distilleries, boat trips), 55km E of Royan (beaches, casino, boat trips, gardens), 96km SE of La Rochelle (old harbour).

WAS
NOW
£449-£1219
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Les Hirondelles Ref: F79132

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. 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
  • Wi-fi
  • T/cot
  • H/chair
  • Terrace furniture
  • 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
£399-£1120
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).

WAS
NOW
£1739-£4319
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
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
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1

Comfortable touring base

Charente-Maritime

This 19th-century, terraced former fisherman’s cottage makes a comfortable holiday base from which to explore the pretty island of Oléron. The front yard fronts a small road but is enclosed with the low wall and gate, and is prettily decorated with flowers in season.

There is also a beach club for the children, fishing, a 9-hole golf course leading onto the beach overlooking Fort Boyard, and the Ileo Water Park within 8km.

Visit the famous zoo at La Palmyre 45km and the beautiful city and historic harbour at La Rochelle 85km by road or a short ferry trip from Boyardville 10km away.

Shop, restaurant and beach 2km.

Lounge/diner, kitchen, shower room with toilet and basin, 2 double bedrooms.

Electric heating, open fire in lounge (no fuel provided), all other fuel and power at cost, bed linen included in rent, cot, highchair, 2 colour satellite TVs, DVD player, internet connection, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, microwave, terrace, outdoor furniture, barbecue, on street parking. One pet welcome.

WAS
NOW
£33-£729
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
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Lachaise Ref: FCH021

Ideal for touring

Charente

In the vineyards of Cognac, this charming, renovated, semi-detached country house will delight lovers of ecotourism in this undisturbed natural area.

As you approach the beautiful town of Cognac, the landscape will change from peaceful fields to neat rows of vines leading the way to this really remarkable place.

Cognac itself holds many usual buildings built between the 15th and 18th centuries showing off its rich culture and history. It also contains many sites, from museums to public gardens.

Shop 8km, restaurant 1.3km.

Ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, shower room with basin (no toilet), separate toilet, 1 double bedroom. First floor: 1 double bedroom.

Electric heating, woodburner in lounge (no fuel povided), all other fuel and power at cost, cot, highchair, colour TV (French channels only), washing machine, garden, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking fior 2 cars. One pet welcome. NB: Turning stairs to first floor. Low sloping celings on first floor.

WAS
NOW
£150-£430
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
The Lake House Ref: F79143

The Lake House 2, L’Audebaudière is a delightful character farmhouse, a 16th-century baronial hunting lodge, set in 10-acre private grounds within a 100-acre park with a beautiful carp fishing lake. Stunning panoramic views over peaceful rolling countryside enable you to watch incredible sunsets, also seen from the swimming pool and terrace. The swimming pool is only shared with The Lake House (F79142). The Lake House 2 has exposed beams, a magnificent decorative stone fireplace and stone pillars in the grand living room. There is a large country kitchen/dining room and a lovely outdoor covered terrace dining/sitting area. Walk or cycle up to a small shop for bread and essentials, a small restaurant and indoor tennis court in St. Aubin-du-Plain. A perfect place for walking, cycling, fishing, birdwatching and abundant wildlife. A horse riding school is 1 mile; 4 miles away is Argenton-les-Vallées with a beautiful lakeside restaurant, boating, kayaking, supermarket and international karting circuit. The large château town of Bressuire is 10 minutes’ drive with two hypermarkets, shops, restaurants, bowling and an international tennis club. Puy-de-Fou, Doué Zoo, Saumur, Le Cadre Noir (horse riding display) and Pescalis are 30-40 minutes’ drive. Within easy reach of the Vendée beaches for a day’s outing.

Ground floor: Entrance from covered terrace to large country kitchen/dining room. Large living room with decorative fireplace. Separate WC. Open-tread stairs to first floor: Large galleried landing leading to three bedrooms: two double, one twin. Bathroom with over-bath shower (no WC). Separate WC

  • Terrace
  • 10-acre grounds with fishing lake (take care with children)
  • Shared air-temperature heated swimming pool (10m x 5m) with electronic safety cover
  • Electric heating
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • F/freezer
  • M/wave
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD
  • iPod dock
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Bed linen only included.

Location: 7 miles N of Bressuire. Drive: Caen 3½ hours, Calais 5½ hours. Fly via Poitiers or La Rochelle.

WAS
NOW
£344-£1249
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
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
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