Villa & pool in grounds nr Royan & the coast - PM002615

Arces-sur-Gironde (22km from Royan), Charente Maritime, Poitou Charentes Reference: PM002615 Advertiser since: 16 June 2009
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
The Dairy Self Catering Flexible 4 8 2

About this property

Luxury Villa and Pool on Large Private Estate . This villa is in a coastal setting.

This delightful villa with pool in the grounds of an 18th century estate is a former dairy, converted in recent times to a high standard, creating a stylish and spacious holiday home in a rural location only a few minutes from the sea in one direction and a small market town in the other.

The Dairy is is a peaceful and relaxing place which comfortably accommodates up to 8 people. There are high ceilings and exposed beams throughout making it light and airy. It is best suited to groups of adults or families with young children. The pool is just across the courtyard to the front which has 3 beautiful old lime trees and there is a large secluded garden to the rear. The Dairy has satellite tv, dvd, a sound system and WI-FI. The house is well equipped for babies and small children. There is a wide range of sightseeing and leisure activities nearby for both adults and children.



Kitchen and dining

The dining room seats 8-10 at a beautiful antique oak table and has french doors onto the covered terrace where you can also eat 'al fresco'. On one side of the dining room is a well equipped galley kitchen with oven, ceramic hob, fridge, microwave, coffee-machine and kettle; on the other side is a utility room with freezer, washing machine, dryer, iron and ironing board.

Living rooms

The spacious living room is double height and has a huge west-facing arched window filling the old coach entrance and giving views over the countryside. French doors open onto the garden while an electric shutter prevents the room from over-heating in summer! There is a splendid stone fireplace, under-floor heating and a stone spiral staircase leading to the mezzanine. Comfortable sofas and chairs and colourful rugs make this a pleasant place to relax.


The master bedroom has french doors to the front and rear gardens, a large double bed, walk-in wardrobe and en suite bathroom.

There are 3 further good sized double bedrooms with plenty of storage. All 3 overlook the rear garden and can be arranged as 2 doubles and 1 twin or 1 double and 2 twin rooms.


There is a cloakroom off the hall with fitted washbasin and wc.

There are 2 bathrooms, the en suite off the master bedroom and the house bathroom. Both are fully-tiled, luxurious and spacious: each has a separate bath and shower, double fitted basins and wc.


There is electric heating and a log fire for the beginning and end of the season.

Garden and outside

The Dairy has a stone-paved covered terrace, a built-in barbecue, table, chairs and sun loungers. The secluded garden overlooks the surrounding fields and the village church in the distance. The beautiful pool, just across the courtyard is 12m x 6m, solar-heated and completely enclosed with a child-proof gate. The sunshine hours in the Charente Maritime are second only in France to the Cote d'Azur so the pool is reliably warm in summer. The owners rarely use their house in peak season so the pool is likely to be for the exclusive use of the Dairy - please feel free to check.

Parking and garages

There is plenty of parking outside the Dairy.

Visitor suitability

The Dairy is suited to both younger and older visitors: it is on one level apart from 2 steps between the dining and living rooms. There is 1 step up to the front door and the terrace is on 2 levels each accessible from the house.

Young adults and later teens might find the Dairy a little too peaceful!.

Information about any additional facilities

All bed linen, towels and beach towels are provided; they are changed weekly when the Dairy is cleaned.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Private pool



Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Too many to mention
Name of nearest fishing location: River fishing on the Seudre and Gironde Estuary, Sea fishing trips from the local ports.
Distance: 8 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: Golf de Royan, 7 Rue de la Palmyre, 17420 St Palais sur Mer
Distance: 30 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Ecurie du Bois Vert 6 Rue des Trois Moulins 17120 Cozes
Distance: 1 km

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: Medoc Wine Route


Name/number of nearest marked trail: GR360


Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Gardrat
Distance: 2 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Joanna Farrell

We have owned our property for more than 20 years and continue to enjoy it, as do 4 generations of our family.

Owner's website
Year property purchased 1993
Why this location? The climate and location are ideal: we almost always have older relatives and/or children with us and, as we live in the North of England, travelling times and distances are not too great.
Unique benefits of property We are in the peace and quiet of the countryside and yet close to the coast and not too far from major towns like la Rochelle and Bordeaux. We find this gives us so many options that we haven't yet got bored after all this time!

The Owner Recommends


There are several small, sheltered, Blue Flag beaches between Meschers and St Georges with fine sand, rock pools and pine trees for shade - ideal for children. A little further afield are the more exciting and larger scale Atlantic beaches of the Cote Sauvage and the Grand Cote.

Cozes 2 km

Cozes is our nearest town with a full range of shops, a picturesque, ancient covered market which is good for cheese, vegetables and sea food. There is also a supermarket and a couple of bars. Cozes is easily reached by car, 5 minutes, by bike on quiet back roads, or on foot if you are a bit more energetic. The market is on Wednesdays and Saturdays in the summer.

La Palmyre Zoo and the Aquarium at La Rochelle

These are always popular. Zoos do not always find favour but this one is attractively set out and specializes in the protection of endangered species.

Nearest Market

Cozes 2km.

Meschers, Mortagne and the Fa

Meschers and Mortagne are 2 attractive small towns close by. Mortagne is a small port nestled in chalk cliffs with quay-side restaurants and bars. Meschers is also a small port where boat and fishing trips are available. The Fa, on the other hand, is our local archaeological site. The foundations of a large Roman port have been exposed and preserved and there is a small museum displaying the finds - excavation is ongoing.

Nearest Ports and Airports

St Malo 350km, Ouistreham/Caen 474km and Cherbourg 529km.
La Rochelle 96km and Bordeaux 120km

Nearest restaurant

Our nearest restaurant is Le Cottage, in Arces - a few minutes by car. There are many more in the attractive small towns nearby: Meschers, Mortagne, Talmont and St Georges de Didonne. We leave details of the current favourites in the Dairy.

Royan and St Georges de Didonne

These are our 2 local, contrasting seaside towns. Both have water sports centres with expert instruction. Royan is rather larger and situated on the stretch of the Atlantic coastline known as the Coast of Beauty. Here you can take your pick from many beaches and it is still a lively fishing port: a little fleet leaves daily, its catches finding their way onto the restaurant tables that evening. Royan town has a lot to offer; with exceptional shopping, designer boutiques, surfing stores and a superb covered market. There are restaurants, cafes and bars of all kinds plus 2 casinos! Culture buffs can find lots to interest them with a good and varied programme of events ranging from concerts to sailing regattas and art exhibitions. Most of Royan, including the cathedral which is much nicer inside than out, was built in the Modern style between 1955 and 1958 because the allies bombed the town during the war! St Georges, on the other hand, is smaller, quieter and more traditional. It boasts a beautiful sandy bay, promenade, coastal walk and lighthouse as well as restaurants, bars and shops.


25 minutes in-land is the historic town of Saintes complete with Roman Arch, a ruined ampitheatre and small museums. It is a thriving commercial centre with good shopping in beautiful buildings. There are bars for watching the world go by over a drink and river trips on the Charente.


Less than five minutes away, our nearest coastal village is Talmont, a bastide built in 1284 by Edward the First of England. Inside the walls, there is a magnificent church built in 1094, 17th and 18th century houses which surround the harbour, hollyhocks and roses growing in huge abundance throughout the little streets and lanes. Talmont has 2 excellent restaurants, several good cafes and lots of delightful, individual shops. All this and wonderful sea views make Talmont a lovely place for a leisurely stroll, especially in the evening.


If you are entertaining children it might be useful to know that there is a bowling alley at Semussac and an Aqua Park in Jonzac for when it is too cold to swim outdoors!
Visible from the coast, a visit to the Cordouan Lighthouse is a bit of an adventure. The trip can be booked in and leaves from Royan according to the tides.
La Rochelle and Bordeaux are well worth the journey - Bordeaux is now on the Unesco Heritage List for architecture.
Last but not least, it is possible to visit and taste wine, cognac and pineau, the local fortified wine, at vineyards and distilleries at every level from the small local producer to world famous names.

4 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 9.3
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 Mary1 17 July, 2018

This was exactly what we were looking for... peaceful, beautiful, rustic but comfortable. We really wouldn’t have changed a thing! The house has everything you need (and quite a few toys for the children too which was a huge bonus), the pool is idyllic and the local village is very well-equipped with a supermarket, bakery and doctor amongst other things. We ventured to the coast several times and found a pretty beach each time although I think to find a really beautiful one you probably have to go beyond Royan. But the beaches we found were lovely enough! The owner was very communicative and helpful and we were greeted by a lovely lady when we arrived who had also done some shopping for us. All in all, we had a great time and will definitely be back!

10 / 10 Bart, Kathelijne, Nele, Sanne and Robbe 25 September, 2017

Excellent house in a quiet area. Beautiful rooms, garden and swimming pool. The house is close to many small villages. Talmont and Saintes are worth visiting places with a rich history. Also the coast line from Talmont up to the Altantic has many nice beaches.

10 / 10 Tim Walkden 20 September, 2017

This is an exceptional property which has been rebuilt to the highest standards. The Dairy sits as one of three properties on the site - the other two being used by the owner and the property gardiens. There is an enormous bedroom/ensuite with three other large bedrooms served by a vast bathroom. There is also a further toilet. The large kitchen is more than adequately stocked with anything you could possibly imagine using.

There is a large covered outside eating area with BBQ facility and the large garden is well maintained. Pool is excellent and in the sun for almost all of the day.

The owners are a delight to deal with as were the gardiens during our stay - 2nd week September 2017.

We would come back and I recommend this property.

10 / 10 Neil Higgins 16 September, 2017

Stayed in August 2017, 3 generations including grandchildren aged 4 & 6.
Everything that we had hoped for and more. The Dairy was superbly equipped throughout with every need catered for - including beach toys and mats. First time away with these grandchildren and we could not have wished for a better experience. The young ones especially loved the mezzanine play area but this could serve equally well for teenagers wished to escape from aged parentals.
Wonderfully clean and we appreciated the mid stay freshen-up. Totally spoilt with the abundance of fruit on the trees - Mirabelles have never tasted so good and fresh figs from the tree were a first for the grandchildren. The pool was cleaned every day and was so quite and relaxing when we wanted an option from the nearby sandy beaches.
The on-site guardians were a source of constant recommendations and we experience the most wonderful lunch in a nearby village - unbelievably cheap, off the beaten track so we would never have discovered it but with food of Michelin quality - great memories.
No hesitation in recommending the Dairy to friends, whether in a family group or just with other adults.
A true gem!

Owner response

Many thanks and we were really pleased your holiday lived up to expectations!