Charentais holiday rental near Royan - PM001992

Balanzac (14km from Saujon), Charente Maritime, Poitou Charentes Reference: PM001992 Advertiser since: 22 July 2005
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Charentais House Self Catering Saturday 3 7 3 + mezzanine

About this property

Traditional Charentais house with 2 storey tower. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Royan beaches just a 20/25 minute drive away, Saintes with its Roman history 15km, golf, Saujon 8km, swimming pool, thermal baths, supermarkets. Nancras 1.5km village shops. Corme Royale 5km shops,doctor, dentist. Local activities include golf, fishing, walking and cycling. Bordeaux 90 mins, La Rochelle 1 hr. 
Flexible changeover day available except in high season, please contact the owner.
Charentais house featuring 2 storey tower with 2 double bedrooms, one with en suite shower room (ground floor), mezzanine with 2 single beds, bathroom and single bedroom. Cot, highchair.
Downstairs. Kitchen/breakfast room (gas cooker, fridge-freezer, microwave, dishwasher). Bathroom and wc. Spacious lounge/diner (telephone, fireplace, firewood). Laundry/washing machine.
Enclosed south facing garden with bbq, garden furniture.
From our visitors' book:
July/August 2019
The house is perfect for a family holiday with so much to do and explore in the surrounding area. The beaches are beautiful, the villages full of history and wonderful sites to see. The locals have been incredibly welcoming and friendly. Already wondering when we can come back.
August 2018
Fantastic holiday. A quaint house, well equipped. Lovely beaches and area full of culture and history. Thank you.
August 2018
Loved the holiday. Lovely beaches. It's full of history.
August/September 2018
What an interesting property with lots of history. We have enjoyed exploring the area with the beaches, ampitheatre, castle and zoo all nearby.
I really liked this house because there are lots of rooms to explore and it looks like a house out of a fairy tale. Fab trip, very peaceful.
August 2017
We really enjoyed our stay in this characterful place. Plenty of space for everyone and all the necessary equipment you'll need
September 2017
A lovely holiday thanks. We settled in and enjoyed our stay very much.
August 2016
An excellent family holiday during which we greatly profited from the very agreable surrounding area.
August 2016
The house was excellent and comfortable, the surrounding area very tranquil and interesting. We recommend the Chateau de Roche Courbon.

Changeover Saturday in high season but can be midweek at other times, please ask.



Kitchen and dining

Kitchen/breakfast room with fitted kitchen, gas stove (bottled gas cylinders outside), dishwasher, microwave, fridge-freezer, electric toaster and kettle. Table and 6 chairs.

Living rooms

Three seat sofa, easy chairs and tv in living room.
Large farmhouse table with bench seating.


Two double bedrooms in tower, both with double beds and curtained door access, 1 with en suite shower room on ground floor. One single bedroom with 120cm bed. Two 120cm beds on mezzanine.


Ground floor: One bathroom and one separate wc. One shower room en suite to bedroom.
First floor: One family bathroom.


Oil fired central heating by arrangement.
Open fireplace.


Radio and cd player.

Garden and outside

Sunloungers, garden furniture and barbecue in enclosed garden for sunbathing and outdoor eating. External laundry room with boiler for central heating and washing machine. Firewood store.

Parking and garages

Hard standing for parking.

Visitor suitability

Ground floor double bedroom with en suite shower room suitable for those with limited mobility. Open sided steep staircase with handrails and stairgate at top.

Information about any additional facilities

This is an extended stone built property for those who like a rural location. The main room was a wine store containing a wine press dating back to the late 19th century. The tower was added in the 1970's by the previous owner and modern additions by the current owner. There are farms nearby.


  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities



Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Bream, roach, carp, tench
Name of nearest fishing location: River Charente
Distance: 15 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: La Rondellerie 17600 Sablonceaux
Distance: 5 km

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: Route de Cognac


Name/number of nearest marked trail: GR4


Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Jean Pillet les Moines 17600 Nancras

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr David Worthy

As a lover of France and a French speaker, in 1995 I purchased the company’s first property in France ‘La Ruche’ which was formerly a wine ‘chai’ in the Charente Maritime near the coast in western France to offer for holiday letting. This was subsequently extended. In 2005 I bought the second property situated in the village of Saussignac near Bergerac in south west Dordogne installing a swimming pool and landscaping the garden.

Year property purchased 1995
Why this location? Well situated for visiting the resorts, beaches, coast line and islands of Charente Maritime as well as the historic towns of Bordeaux. La Rochelle, Rochefort, Saintes and Cognac. You can also take boat trips on the Charente river and visit the vineyards of the cognac region. At Rochefort the 18c ship Hermione has been reconstructed and can be visited in the historic dockyards.
Unique benefits of property Situated in the French country side with easy access to main roads the house is in a peaceful hamlet with only an occasional tractor passing by. Full of character with modern facilities.

The Owner Recommends


Sandy beaches, pine forests, islands, boat trips, seafood, lighthouses, historic ports and lots of sunshine. What more do you want except to stay on!


Historic city on Charente river and centre of Cognac-producing area. Visits to famous distilleries eg Hennessy, Otard, where you can taste and purchase Cognac on-site.

Fortified Towns

Talmont with its church overlooking the Gironde Estuary and famous for hollyhocks. Brouage: harbour where the sea has receded and birthplace of Champlain, founder of Quebec in Canada.


Visit Ile d'Oleron's beaches and seafood restaurants. Ile d'Aix, exile of Napoleon, only accessible by boat. Ile de Re, near La Rochelle, holiday area of the rich and famous is only an hour's drive away.

La Palmyre

Enjoy a family day out at this zoo in the pine forest on the coast. 1600 animals in a natural environment.

Location and Activities

Rural hamlet in wine-growing area with nearby farm and horse riding. Undulating countryside ideal for cycling and walking. Outdoor swimming pool at Saujon 8km, 20 min drive to coast. At Trizay nearby there is a lake, chateau and garden where there are swings and slide for small children.

Nearest Restaurant

La Ferme de Magne, St Gemme, 3km. Cadeuil 4km. Moulin de Chalons le Gua 7km. Hotel des Acacias, Corme Royale 3km.


Pineau is a speciality of the Charentais region, an aperitif combining cognac and wine. Can be tasted and purchased at the nearby distillery where the producer will also give you a tour.


Ferme de la Magne 3km has themed restaurants, ostrich park and farm for miniature animals. Moulin de Chalons at le Gua 3* restaurant hotel in restored mill. Hotel des Acacias at Corme Royale.


18th century town and port on the Charente River with the Corderie Royale, maritime arsenal built by Colbert for Lois XIV and famed for rope making. Maritime museum. Reconstruction of Hermione, a 12-pounder Concorde-class frigate of the French Navy. She became famous when she ferried General Lafayette to the United States in 1780 for support to the Americans in the American Revolutionary War. She grounded and was wrecked in 1793.
In 1997, construction of a replica ship started in Rochefort, Charente-Maritime, France; the new ship is likewise named Hermione.
Rochefort is a centre for begonias!


All year round coastal resort. Particularly recommend Un Violon sur le Sable, free music concerts held on beach in July.

Royan Market

Colourful daily morning market with fresh produce especially fish, oysters caught locally. Also pineau, local aperitif.


Roman town on the Charente River, with Roman ampitheatre, arc de Germanicus and remains of Roman thermal baths, where you can explore the river by boat. International Music Festival held in July. Abbey, Gothic cathedral and Romanesque basilica.
Paleosite prehistory-themed attraction 20 min drive -


Website for images of the area

La Charente Maritime vue du ciel (France) - SlideShare

Mornac - sur - Seudre


An important fishing port about 30 kilometers from Talmont-sur-Gironde, the village of Mornac-sur-Seudre is renowned for its oyster farms and salt marshes. The village is listed as one of France's Plus Beaux Villages because of its impressive Romanesque architecture. The 11th-century Eglise Saint-Pierre is especially noteworthy. The village has a peaceful setting in the marshland near a sheltered sea port.

Chateau de la Roche Courbon

North-east of Saintes (towards Rochefort along the N137), La Roche Courbon has an impressively located chateau tucked away in an ancient forest. As well as the finely furnished castle and beautifully maintained French-style gardens, there is a prehistoric museum and some small caves to see, plus picnic areas etc

Abbeys and churches

Sablonceaux: Augustinian abbey founded 1136 between Nancras and Saujon.
Priory of the Order of Saint Benedict founded in the 11th century.
Trizay: A chapter house covered in beautiful vaults of the 8th century, a refectory ....
The remains of this Romanesque setting welcomes a Contemporary Art Centre which throughout the year exhibits paintings, sculptures... Botanical garden, lake. Discovery tour on the history of the abbey, monasticism in the West and the Chaise Dieu. 3D videos, booklet for your visit, discovery game for children.
Saintonge is famous for its Romanesque churches. The villages of Rioux, Thaims, and Rétaud offer visitors fine examples of this wonderful heritage.


The picturesque port of Ribérou, junction of freshwater and saltwater, is a remarkable showcase of the town. The extent of the area of La Lande with its lakes and walks, aquatics center and numerous recreational facilities add a certain charm.
Le train des Mouettes: steam train between Saujon and La Tremblade and back.
Thermal baths.

2 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 8.5
  • Comfort: 9
  • Condition: 8.5
  • Facilities: 8
  • Local Amenities: 8.5
  • Setting: 9.5
  • Value for Money: 9
9 / 10 FMHG 13 June, 2016

We had a very enjoyable two weeks stay in the cottage which has every amenity you could ask for and is a bit of time warp with many fascinating older items inside - I especially liked the plant pot holder at the back door!!!!! The French caretakers were simply fabulous who could not do enough for you which is very comforting! The situation of the cottage is perfect for exploring the region which has much to offer whether it be sightseeing or the beach it is perfectly situated. I have many happy memories of tranquil evenings sipping pineau over the BBQ, dining alfresco and watching the sun set over the fields of sun flowers- all in all a fantastic holiday which all went too quickly so would certainly wish to return next year! I certainly have no hesitation in recommending to anyone.

8.5 / 10 Dunbar/Gardner 17 August, 2015

The cottage was in a good location for beaches and places of interest. It was set in a peaceful rural setting.The caretaker was very welcoming on arrival.The weekly linen service was very good. Both La Rochelle and Royan are within easy driving distance as were the historic city of Saintes and also the town of Pons.The property was as described on the website, good value and we would defiantly re book in the future.