Villa & pool in grounds nr Royan & the coast

Arces-sur-Gironde (17km from Royan), Charente Maritime, Poitou Charentes Reference: PM002615 Advertiser since: 16 June 2009
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
The Dairy Self Catering Saturday 4 8 2

About this property

Luxury Villa and Pool on Large Private Estate . This villa is in a coastal village 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 peaceful rural location but 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 younger 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.


Type

Villa

Kitchen and dining

The dining room seats 8-10 at a beautiful antique oak table and has frenchdoors 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 with frenchdoors, filling the old coach entrance, giving views over the countryside. 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.

Bedrooms

The master bedroom has frenchdoors 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.

Bathrooms

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.

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 field and the nearby village church in the distance. The beautiful pool, just across the courtyard, 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.

Facilities

  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Private pool

Activities

Cycling

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

Golf

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

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: GR360

Watersports

Wine tasting

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

About the Owner, 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.

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

Beaches

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 good for cheese, vegetables and sea food, as well as a supermarket and a couple of bars. It is easily reached 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 are attractive small towns close by. Mortagne is a small port nestled in chalk cliffs with quay-sided 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 favourite restaurant is also the nearest, 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. Details are to be found 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.

Saintes

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.

Talmont

Less than five minutes away, our nearest seaside 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.

Excursions

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.