Family gite accommodation nr St Jean-d'Angély - PM002197_A

Saint-Pierre-de-Juillers (15km from Saint-Jean-d'Angely), Charente Maritime, Poitou Charentes Reference: PM002197_A Advertiser since: 8 August 2000

This location has multiple holiday properties

Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
Baleine Self Catering Friday 4 6 2

About this property

Family Friendly Gite with Shared Heated Swimming Pool. This villa is in a village setting.

Baleine is a garden side gite very suitable for younger children.
The beach entrance to the large heated swimming pool is perfect for toddlers; the swings, sandpit, slide and garden area great for the young ones and the gamesroom with table tennis ideal for the older ones.
We only accept families with childrenin July and August, so you can be sure there will be other children to play with so you can relax a bit more knowing your children are entertained and playing in a safe environment in the enclosed garden. Each week there are activities either on site such as scuba diving in the pool (for both children and adults) or nearby such as pottery painting and t-shirt painting (held at our other site just 1km away) and also the guests often get together for pizza evenings where everyone can make and cook their own pizza in the wood burning oven. We are now also offering Yoga (held nearby at our other site) and massages, facials and pedicures.
For mum and dad there is the Jacuzzi, loads of sunbeds, guided winery visits, family vine walks, horse riding, fishing, and golf too. We can provide cots, highchairs, stairgates free of charge, even a toddler step and stroller if needed. Wendy is a registered child minder and can babysit for you so you can enjoy a night out.
The gites are spacious and equipped to a good standard with washing machines, dishwashers and king size beds. Visit our site for full details. If we do not have the availability you need at these properties email us, we have other properties in the area.



Kitchen and dining

Equipped to a high standard with dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, gas hob, grill, oven, fridge-freezer and lots of worktops, cupboard space, crockery and cutlery. Child friendly feature: Plastic crockery, cutlery and cups provided along with a hand blender for purees and steam steriliser available on request

Large dining tables to seat 6 in each gite plus al fresco outdoor dining with garden table, chairs, parasol and bbq. Child Friendly Feature: Highchairs provided in all gites, booster seats provided on request.

Living rooms

Spacious and equipped to accommodate 6 people in each gite with comfortable seating. Child friendly feature: All staircases secured by stair barriers/gates top and bottom, box of toys and childrens books provided too.


Spacious and comfortable. Baleine has a king size double, 2 singles and 1 twin. One of the single bedrooms is on the ground floor and has an en suite wc and shower room, suitable perhaps for a person who has difficulty with stairs. Child friendly feature: All the gites have room for at least 1 cot (120x60) which we can provide at no charge including a mattress and base sheet.


Loads of hot water, excellent shower pressure, modern wc and basin. Child friendly features: Non-slip bath mat provided as standard. Full bath and shower attachment in all gites, we can also provide babybath seats and babybaths too.


Drinking chilled wine, stargazing, leisurely family walks, listening to the laughter of children at play, relaxing by the pool and when you get too hot, slipping into the pool to cool down.

Garden and outside

Large garden with swings, slide and sandpit, play house and trampoline with safety net. Lots of garden toys. Fully enclosed garden so your little ones can play in safety whilst you sit back and relax with a book.

Parking and garages

Off road parking.

Visitor suitability

Child friendly - Families with children under 12 in peak season, young families with children under school age out of peak season. Persons of limited mobility - please ask for details. We do not accept bookings from adult only groups.

Information about any additional facilities

Gamesroom with table tennis and bar football for the older ones, feels like a club house with sofas and tables at which to read and play boardgames. Great place to escape the heat.

Wood burning pizza oven and communal barbecue area. All the gites have their own outdoor dining and bbq's but there is also a communal social area with large table, bbq and pizza oven; families often get together and socialise whilst the children play.

Wine themed activities - Chris has worked all his life in the wine industry so is well qualified to offer some great activities which set us apart from other gites. We offer weekly family walks in the vines, discovery evenings and visits to a local wine producer - non of which is compulsory of course !

Scuba diving - from 5 years old !! For both adults and children, we have teamed up with a British couple who offer 'try dives' from 10 minutes for the little ones to an hour for the 8yrs an


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Special needs

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Shared pool


Beauty treatments


Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Trout, carp
Name of nearest fishing location: River Boutonne
Distance: 10 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: Golf Louis Rouyer GuilletFontcouverte 17100 Saintes
Distance: 30 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Centre Equestre , Route de Poitier 17470 Aulnay
Distance: 10 km


Name/number of nearest marked trail: There are lots of tracks and country lanes immediately outside your cottage

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Eric Cartaud, 3 Imp de Margella 17400 Corpeteau
Distance: 2 km

Wine tasting and cookery

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Wendy Blakeman

Mum, wife and founder of 'child friendly gites' , loves travel, food and wine. Love living in rural France.

Owner's website
Year property purchased 1996
Why this location? We have had property in this area in our family for 30 years so we are well established in the community and love the peace and quiet of the rural French countryside yet being within easy reach of stunning French cities of La Rochelle and Bordeaux with excellent travel links to the rest of Europe.
Unique benefits of property Exclusively for families with young children in peak season generally under 12 yrs.
Safe and welcoming environment for young children with everything you need provided and more!

The Owner Recommends

2 * Michelin Restaurant

Richard Coutenceau, an experience most people couldn't really afford to splash out on in the UK, but here its a definite possibility.


From La Rochelle to Royan, there are quite literally hundreds of miles of golden sand all within a one hours drive of all our gites. From rock pools and caves, to sunbeds and cafés to town beaches, wild windswept beaches to quiet, calm coves - there is a beach for everyone along our coastline


We are located in the heart of Cognac country - visit the town and enjoy a tour at one of the famous houses

Family Vine Walks

Unique to our properties. Regular walks through the local vineyard with our very own wine expert. Perfect for all the family. We talk about not only the vines and wine but also about the local countryside and its uses. Get to know real France.

Gourmet Food

Our local town has a good selection of restaurants from family-friendly bistros to superb gourmet restaurants

Guided Winery Visits

A visit to a local wine, Pineau and Cognac producer, meet the man who makes it and get a taste of his produce.

La Rochelle

World famous and fantastic shopping. A 'must' for anyone visiting our properties.

Location and Activities

Peaceful, rural, yet within easy reach of family friendly beaches. Perfect for visiting all places of interest in our region

Nearest Restaurant

St-Jean-d'Angely 10km. The town has a good selection of restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets

Saint Savinien Boats

Every sunny Sunday afternoon through June and every afternoon through July and August these adorable hand crafted electric boats are perfect for all ages. The whole family can sit in the boat and the little ones can steer around the lake and along the canals. Afterwards have an ice cream and a play in the park. A lovely afternoon out when staying at our gites

St Jean-d'Angély

Our local town has a twice weekly market and several large supermarkets.

Taste du Terroir Evenings

A sociable evening where you get to taste local wines and locally produced foods, chat to fellow francophiles and ask all the questions you ever wanted to know about wine.

Teddy Bears Picnics

Each week at nearby sister property 'La Grange du Moulin' come and join in the fun - free to all our guests


Our resident wine expert (Chris) holds regular professional wine-tastings on-site. Nothing to sell, just a great evening where you'll learn loads and have a great time.

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