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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
8
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
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
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
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
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
La Boninière Ref: F79149

This spacious gîte has been thoughtfully renovated throughout, whilst retaining charming original oak beams and exposed granite walls. The bright modern kitchen/dining area is well equipped and leads into a spacious, comfortable living area. La Boninière has its own paved terrace and barbecue for outdoor dining with views over the two hectares of private grounds and the tranquil countryside beyond. The large, shared, solar heated pool is surrounded by a terrace, a covered seating area and children’s play area. Cycles and child carriers are also available for guests. Beautiful rolling countryside surrounds La Bonninière and is ideal for walking, cycling, bird watching and photography.

Four steps to ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Twin bedroom, en-suite shower/WC. First floor: Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom/WC, shower cubicle

  • Terrace
  • Swimming pool (10m x 5m, depth 1.25m)
  • Heating
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • F/freezer
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD
  • Wi-fi
  • T/cot
  • H/chair
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included.

Location: In the village of Neuvy-Bouin (bar/restaurant), 3km from Largeasse (bar/restaurant, boulangerie), 8km from Secondigny (all facilities), 50km from Puy du Fou.

WAS
NOW
£259-£749
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0

Within walking distance from the sea and the lighhouse of Chassiron, this pretty holiday villa is set in a peaceful location at the end of the Island of Oléron. All on one level it opens onto a covered terrace on oneside and on to a verandah on the other side. It is an ideal base for a seaside holiday only 1.2km from the beach, and near a variety of restaurants and cafés. Discover the miles of flat cycle tracks around the island, perfect to enjoy with young children. Visit La Rochelle for a day trip with its many museums, as well as the aquarium, shops and old harbour full of creperies. Isle d’Oleron is known for good fish and sea food that you will find in local markets all around. Ideal location with children away from the crowds.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room with corner kitchen, beams, tiled floor and French doors to terrace and verandah. Second dining room with tiled floor and patio doors to terrace. Three bedrooms, each with wooden floor. Two double, one twin. Shower room/WC. Separate WC

  • Enclosed garden
  • Terrace
  • Patio
  • Central heating (at cost)
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • F/freezer
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD
  • T/cot
  • Parking
  • Portable barbecue
  • All linen included.

Location: 1.2km from beach, 1.5km from shops, café, restaurants, cycle tracks, 13km from Saint Pierre-d’Oléron (all amenities, large swimmimg pool, thalassotherapy centre, horse riding), 37km from Marennes, 89km from La Rochelle (museums, shops, aquarium, casino, airport).

WAS
NOW
£490-£1350
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1
Royan Ref: FCH087

500m from beach

Charente-Maritime

This one bedroomed holiday apartment is right in the centre of Royan, within 500m of the sandy beach and port.

There is a separate fitted kitchen with dining area which leads onto the enclosed terrace area. Whilst in the centre, this is a quieter part of the town, off the main road, yet within 200m of shops, cafés and restaurants. In addition to the pretty town of Royan and its beaches, there are more beaches and a golf course just up the road at Saint-Palais-sur-Mer.

La Palmyre, one of France’s finest zoos, is 15km away.

Shop 100m, restaurant 200m and beach 500m.

All on ground floor: Lounge, kitchen/diner, shower room with basin (no toilet), separate toilet, 1 double bedroom, double sofa bed in lounge.

Central heating, all fuel at cost, power included in rent in summer, at cost in winter, bed linen and towels included in rent, cot, colour TV (French channels only), DVD player, washing machine, freezer, microwave, dishwasher, terrace, outdoor furniture, barbecue, on street parking. One pet welcome. No smoking please.

WAS
NOW
£47-£699
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
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
5
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1
Gémozac Ref: FCH090

Rural location

Charente-Maritime

Semi detached holiday gite, part of a pretty chambres d’hôtes on the outskirts of Gémozac, ½ hour from Charente Maritime beaches. The gite has been converted to a good standard, in a bright, modern style.

The attractive garden is shared with the chambres d’hôtes, Gémozac with its supermarket, shops and restaurants is aprrox 1km.

Village of Talmont sur Gironde 20km, beaches at Meschers (25km) and coastal restort of Royan (30km). Golf 25km, fishing lake 1km. Cognac and its distilleries worth visiting.

Shop and restaurant 1km, beach 30km.

Ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, 1 double bedroom with en suite shower with toilet and basin, 1 twin bedroom with additional single on mezzanine level.

Electric central heating at cost, all other fuel and power included in rent, bed linen and towels included in rent, cot, highchair, colour TV (French channels only), shared lawned garden, garden furniture, off road parking for 2 cars. One pet welcome. No smoking please. NB: Low ceilings in mezzanine. Step into shower.

WAS
NOW
£30-£499
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
La Tonnelle Ref: F17100

This attractive farmhouse next to the owner’s home has been carefully restored to retain its traditional charm and character. The spacious interior has cool rooms, whilst the typical farmhouse dining kitchen is well-equipped with modern appliances. From this room, patio doors open on to the terrace and poolside. This is ideal for families, having enclosed shady gardens with swings and a private swimming pool. Set in peaceful countryside, within walking distance of the sleepy village of Saint Simon, the area is a delight to discover. Colourful markets abound in the nearby villages and wine-tasting of the local ‘Pineau’ aperitif can be found everywhere. With the fine sandy beaches of Meschers and the fascinating port of Royan just twenty-five minutes drive, the location is perfect. Other attractions are the historical city of Saintes, just a short drive and the bustling sea-side resort of La Palmyre with its zoo, water park and marvellous beaches - a haven for families with children. An ideal holiday base.

Entrance via large French windows from patio beside swimming pool. Dining room/kitchen. Utility room. Shower room. Separate WC. Steep open stairs with low beams up to cosy living room and three bedrooms; one double with basin, two twin

  • Covered pergola
  • Private enclosed swimming pool (10m x 4m, depth 1.2m - 1.7m)
  • Electric heating (at cost)
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Cot
  • Barbecue
  • All linen for hire
  • NB: Steep stairs not suitable for the elderly, infirm or toddlers.

Location: 1km from Saint Simon de Pellouaille (small grocers, bread available), 6km N of Gémozac (all facilities, market), beaches 30km, Royan 34km (ferry to Médoc, casino), 45km from La Palmyre Zoo (large monkey park).

WAS
NOW
£107-£2629
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
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