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Sleeps
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Bedrooms
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Pets
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Ideal touring base

Deux-Sèvres

This 19th-century semi-detached holiday home, adjoining the owner’s home, has a vast garden with countryside views. Within a 5-minute drive is l’Absie with cafés, restaurants and a supermarket while 15km away is the larger town of La Chataigneraie. Visit attractive local towns and markets, and the fantastic battle re-enactment show at Le Puy du Fou (45km) and Futuroscope (85km). The Vendée beaches make a great day out as does La Rochelle (95km).

Shop, café/bar and restaurant 3km.

Ground floor: Lounge, kitchen/diner. First floor: Shower room with toilet and basin, shower room (no toilet), separate toilet and basin, 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin.

Electric heating, woodburner in lounge (initial supply of fuel provided), all other fuel and power included in rent May to Sep, €35 supplement Oct to Apr, bed linen and towels included in rent, cot, highchair, colour satellite TV, DVD player, CD player, wi-fi, washing machine, freezer, microwave, shared garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 3 cars. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: Sloping beamed ceiling in twin bedroom. Pond in garden. NB: Open-tread stairs to first floor.

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£41-£659
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
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
5
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1
La Flotte-en-Ré Ref: FCH165

Shared outdoor swimming pool

Charente-Maritime

This semi-detached holiday home is full of charm, situated within a group of similar properties, and is an ideal base for a family or friends alike. It lies just 100m from the sea and 1km from all amenities, as well as the port of La Flotte-en-Ré. Discover the surrounding area on foot or hire a bicycle. Attractions on the island, not to be missed, include Baleines lighthouse, the ports of Saint Martin, Flotte and Fiers d’Ars.

As well as the outdoor, heated swimming pool (open mid-Apr to mid-Sept), there is also table tennis, petanque and an outdoor children’s play area.

On-site there is a bakery service and a launderette (payable on-site). A car is recommended.

Shop and restaurant 1km, beach 100m.

Lounge/diner, kitchen, bathroom with basin (no toilet), separate toilet, 1 twin bedroom, alcove with bunk bed, single bed in lounge.

Bed linen and towels included in rent, colour TV (French channels only), internet connection (at cost), dishwasher, microwave, on street parking. One pet welcome. NB: Open-tread, turning stairs to first floor.

WAS
NOW
£289-£22999
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
7
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Les Tourettes Ref: F17247

Just a 10 minute drive from La Rochelle, this property nestles in a very quiet position in large well tended gardens. With a private fenced swimming pool bordered by wooden decking, it is spacious and comfortable with all you need for a perfect holiday. The interior is cool with stone walls and rustic French furniture. The charming French owners live next door and can deliver fresh fish every day. The large garden has lots of shade and plenty of garden furniture. This makes the ideal holiday base for visiting the wealth of attractions of the Charente-Maritime, including La Rochelle, the arsenal of Rochefort or the green Venice canals of the Marais Poitevin. Saintes is less than an hour’s drive with its old cathedral, the River Charente with boat trips and trendy shops. The island of Ré or Aix for a day out can be reached by car or by ferry and children will love the aquarium at La Rochelle.

Large living/dining room with open fire and corner kitchen. Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Shower room. Separate WC. Stairs from living room to first floor: Double bedroom with additional single bed

  • Enclosed garden with terrace
  • Fenced swimming pool (8m x 4m, depth 1.5m) with Roman steps
  • Central heating
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • F/freezer
  • TV (French channels only)
  • Cot
  • H/chair
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • Table tennis
  • Table football
  • Sand pit
  • All linen included.

Location: 1km from Saint Médard (shop), 3km from Aigrefeuille (café, sports centre, tennis), 11km from Châtellaillon (beach, sailing school, restaurants), 12km from La Rochelle (old harbour, restaurants, shops, aquarium, casino, boat trips, golf, airport), 56km N of Saintes (old abbey, boat trips, shops, Charente River).

WAS
NOW
£629-£1749
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
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

Set amongst the grounds of the moated Château de la Fontaine, this lovely, spacious property once formed one of the Château’s equally imposing stable farm quarters. Retaining much of its original character, La Ferme de la Fontaine creates a warm and welcoming atmosphere and offers peace amid idyllic surroundings. It features a large private enclosed garden as well as a swimming pool (shared with the owners), which overlooks the Château and the ancient pigeonnier. Explore local sites of interest with St. Sulpice, Dangé-St. Romain, Descartes and Ste. Maure-de-Touraine all within easy reach.

Large living room, open fire. Large dining room. Well-equipped kitchen. Bathroom/WC, shower attachment. WC. First floor: Double bedroom. Twin bedroom, additional single bed

  • Large enclosed garden
  • Shared solar heated pool (6x12m, depth 1-3m)
  • Central heating (at cost)
  • Open fire
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • F/freezer
  • TV (French channels)
  • T/cot
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • All linen for hire
  • NB: Unprotected moat around owner’s château.

Location: 2km NE of Dangé St. Romain (all facilities), 9km SW of Descartes (historic town, home of French philosopher Réné Descartes), 21km S of Ste. Maure-de-Touraine (large covered market), 30km NE of Futuroscope (visitor attraction).

WAS
NOW
£399-£1120
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
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

Shared outdoor pool

Deux-Sèvres

This pretty, two bedroom semi-detached holiday cottage retains many original features including some stone walls and beamwork.

Completed to a very good standard to offer very comfortable accommodation, it includes a fully fitted kitchen and a lounge featuring a woodburner and a large flat screen TV. The grounds and swimming pool (12m x 4m, depth 1.5m open June-August) are shared with the British owners.

Situated in the picturesque Poitou Charente region, you are close to the pretty market town of Lézay (8km north) and the Roman town of Melle (10km west).

Shop, café/bar and restaurant 4km.

Ground floor: Lounge, kitchen/diner. First floor: Bathroom with separate shower, toilet and basin, 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 bunk plus single bed.

Electric heater, woodburner in lounge, all fuel and power included in rent, bed linen and towels included in rent, cot, highchair, colour Digital TV (UK channels), DVD player, Playstation, radio/CD player, washing machine, freezer, microwave, shared lawned garden, private terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets.

WAS
NOW
£229-£659
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
11
Bedrooms
6
Pets
1
La Ferme d’Alba Ref: F16157

Set in the countryside between Limoges and La Rochefoucauld, this old stone farm is located in a very peaceful hamlet. Spacious and comfortable, it has retained its original beams, paved floors and large fireplace, yet it has been carefully modernised with attractive soft furnishings. The large garden has a big mulberry tree and a swimming pool (heated at extra cost). Less than 25km away is the huge lake of Lavaud, ideal for swimming, sailing or just lazing in the sun. Angoulême is also a short drive and has another lake for water-skiing, museums in the old cobbled streets and plenty of interesting shops to wander around.

Beamed living/dining room with open fire and bar. Kitchen. Utility. Shower room/WC. Single bedroom with en-suite bathroom. Antique staircase to two bedrooms: one kingsize and one twin. Bathroom/WC with shower. Separate steep stairs to first floor: Three bedrooms: two double, one twin. Shower room/WC

  • Large enclosed garden with terrace
  • Pool (10m x 5m, depth 1m to 2m, open May-Oct) with salt water system (heated optionally at cost)
  • Central heating
  • Telephone (incoming and local calls)
  • W/machine
  • T/dryer
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • Wi-fi
  • T/cot
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Table tennis in barn
  • All linen included.

Location: 8km from Chasseneuil (shops, church, forest, market, restaurant, tennis), 25km from Lake Lavaud (beach, sailing, fishing), 37km E of Angoulême (shops, museums, boat trips, water-skiing, golf), 63km W of Limoges (porcelain shops, museums).

WAS
NOW
£53-£1749
Shortlist
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
11
Bedrooms
5
Pets
0

This very pretty detached holiday villa is set in a quiet village between Rochefort, La Rochelle and Saintes. It has an enclosed private swimming pool and a large covered terrace, ideal for al fresco meals. The spacious interior is great for two families sharing and has been tastefully furnished whilst retaining original features and stone walls. A short drive away are the pretty towns of La Rochelle and Saintes which has classical music festivals in high season, Cognac with distilleries and boat trips on the River Charente. Golf can be played at La Rochelle, Saintes and Cognac; there is a large water aqualand in St Jean d’Angely; a beach at Fouras, 35km, and a ferry can be taken to the island of Aix - the last retreat of Napoléon. For a day out, La Rochelle is famous for its old harbour as well as its aquarium and numerous cafés and seafood restaurants along the water.

Ground floor: Step to entrance. Spacious living/dining room/kitchen with French doors to terrace. Utility. Double bedroom with patio doors to pool. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower. Shower room. Separate WC. First floor: Kingsize bedroom with en-suite shower room. Double bedroom. Twin bedroom with additional single bed. Separate WC

  • Enclosed lawned garden with two steps
  • Large covered terrace
  • Swimming pool (10m x 5m, depth 0.6m to 1.6m)
  • Central heating (at cost)
  • Wood-burning stove
  • W/machine
  • T/dryer
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • F/freezer
  • Satellite TV
  • Cot
  • H/chair
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Built-in barbecue
  • All linen included
  • No smoking.

Location: 2km from St Porchaire (shop,restaurant, bar), 12km from St. Savinien (all facilities, tennis, river, fishing), 22km from Saintes (old town, shops, abbey, river, golf), 35km to beach, 55km from La Rochelle (old harbour, aquarium, shops, golf, airport).

WAS
NOW
£650-£1729
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