Charentais holiday rental near Royan

8.7/10
Balanzac (8km 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.

Three star classification approved by Poitou Charentes Tourism Organisation. Royan beaches just a 20/25 minutes drive away, Saintes 15km, golf, Saujon 8km, swimming pool, supermarkets. Nancras 1.5km village shops. Local activities include golf, fishing, walking and cycling. Bordeaux 90 mins, La Rochelle 1 hr. 
 
Flexible changeover day available, 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, new 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:
August 2016
An excellent family holiday during which we greatly profited from the very aggreable surrounding area.
August 2016
The house was excellent and comfortable, the surrounding area very tranquil and interesting. We recommend the Chateau de Roche Courbon.
August 2015
We have visited Charente Maritime for over 30 years and our stay at La Ruche was special. We loved the cottage as an unspoilt French home. The situation is ideal for all the attractions in the area.
August 2014
Very relaxing time at La Ruche exploring the beaches. The children loved the steam train at Saujon and La Ferme de Magne nearby with pony rides and an inflatable village.
September 2014
La Ruche is a great base. Have visited La Rochelle to the north to Talmont in the south and east to Pons and Cognac and many places in between.
 August/September 2013
We found La Ruche an enchanting house, very comfortable and well equipped for our holiday needs. Loved evening walks along sunflower lined lanes and watching the sunset.
August 2013
Instantly loved the old house.
July 2013
A beautiful and well looked after house... Icing on the cake of a remarkable and memorable holiday.
July 2013
We had an enjoyable stay at La Ruche and would love to book with you in the future.


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

Type

Cottage/Gite

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 (French only) in living room.
Large farmhouse table with bench seating.

Bedrooms

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

Bathrooms

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

Heating

Oil fired central heating.
Open fireplace.

Entertainment

Tv (French only).
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.

Facilities

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

Activities

Cycling

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

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: GR4

Watersports

Wine tasting

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

About the Owner, 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

Coastline

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

Cognac

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.

Islands

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.

La Rochelle

Historic town with port and fortified ramparts. Description and recommendations in February 2009 France magazine.

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

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.

Restaurants

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.

Rochefort

18th century town and port on the Charente River with the Corderie Royale famed for rope making, Hermione warship being re-created and a centre for begonias!

Royan

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.

Saintes

Roman town on the Charente River, with Roman arena and arch where you can explore the river by boat. International Music Festival held in July.

Website for images of the area

La Charente Maritime vue du ciel (France) - SlideShare www.slideshare.net/.../la-charente-maritime-vue-du-ci...

2 Reviews
8.7/10
  • 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.

8.4 / 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.