Villa to rent, heated pool, Charente, France - PM002862

11km from Saintes, Charente Maritime, Poitou Charentes Reference: PM002862 Advertiser since: 18 March 2011
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L'Abri Self Catering Saturday 3 6 3

About this property

Large Villa, Private Garden, Heated Pool, UK Tv Wifi. This villa is in a rural setting.

L’Abri has a modern kitchen, shower room, en suite bathroom, pool bathroom and separate wc. Many inside walls have exposed stone and ceilings have wooden beams. The mezzanine is ideal for reading, relaxing and family games. A separate, comfortable lounge has UK and French satellite tv. There is wi-fi access.
The house is completely detached with very few neighbours. The garden is a good size and is not overlooked, with a field at the rear and a wood to the side. The south facing 50 m³ heated private swimming pool enjoys lots of sun; a separate shaded terrace offers the chance to stay cool when needed. The terrace has sunbeds and a barbecue.
Table tennis, pool, darts, books and boardgames will help you relax.
The house is 200 m² so there is loads of space. This house has everything you need and is a great venue for a family holiday.

We have listed below reviews that have been submitted by guests:

We had a great time here during the last week in August. The house is wonderful, lots of space, well decorated & furnished and very well equipped. We made good use of the games rooms, pool and bbq! The location is very peaceful and we enjoyed going to the local bakery for breakfast goods etc. Thoroughly recommended for a relaxing family holiday.

We absolutely thoroughly enjoyed our week at L'abri. The facilities were top notch, from all the available utensils for cooking to all the activities that we could enjoy with our teenage sons. it gave Bob and I a chance to relax while the boys had plenty to keep them occupied. The welcome gifts were a lovely thought and thoroughly enjoyed. A picturesque peaceful setting, more oasis than shelter.

We have recently had a wonderful stay at L'Abri. The accommodation was perfect for our needs and in fact so good, that we hardly wanted to leave to have days out! The beds were very comfortable and the kitchen was equipped excellently. The owners were very helpful and communicated very well. We enjoyed a lovely meal by the River Charente in local Taillebourg. We also had a super meal in the Square of Port D'Envaux. We ventured into St Jean D'Angeley on market day (Wednesday) and have a lovely day out on Ile D'Oleron. We also enjoyed visiting Fouras just South of La Rochelle on our way back to the airport. All in all - an excellent holiday and one that we would like to repeat in the future!

A week of glorious sunshine in the beautiful French countryside. This villa had everything we could have wished for with lots of little extras. A fabulous home from home. The kitchen is a delight and particularly well equipped for those who love to cook. The beds were very comfortable and quality linen and pillows. We loved the pool which is a generous size and the raised patio where we could sit and relax in the evening. So many good things, table tennis, pool, table football, all added to the fun. Chris and Beverly made booking easy and provided lots of helpful information and a nice touch - a welcome pack of wine cheese and bread. We had a fabulous meal at L'Auberge Glycine in Taillebourg, a real treat by the river. One very small thing, the wifi signal could be stronger. It may be the rural location or the beautiful old thick house walls but nothing could spoil our enjoyment of this home. Thank you.

The villa has so many little extra touches prepared for arrival that really made our stay even better. Would definitely consider coming back.

The house, garden and pool are all lovely. The property is well equipped and comfortable. The immediate area is rural and quiet but Saintes is close by and is a really pleasant town with plenty to see and do. It also has the benefit of a railway station with regular services to Bordeaux and St Rochelle. Please note there are a lot of steps and stairs in the property (all entrances have steps) as it is on a variety of levels.

Absolutely fantasic holiday!! The villa is so so much better that what you could imagine from the pictures provided. My husband and I walked around the house for about an hour in amazement. Everything you could think of is provided and more.. weather was fantastic, pool was fantastic, the kids loved it so much. Villa was clean and fresh. Lovely and modern without loosing the character of the house. Fantastic communication from the owners. The area is rural but nothing was too far away! Exactly what we needed, a home from home with a private pool, beautiful weather, beautiful surroundings and so peaceful. Enough to shut the world away and relax and enjoy.. (that was our choice). Highly recommend to all!!

This is a lovely property - a real 'home from home'. We stayed here for two weeks with our two adult daughters who also loved it. Chris & Beverley have gone to great lengths to provide all that you would. The accommodation was immaculate on arrival with a lovely Welcome Pack which was a nice touch. The pool area has a kitchen area also with a shower and bathroom off that. We used the bikes on a couple of days too. We couldn't default it and would gladly return. A very peaceful location. Saintes has a HyperU with everything you need for a self catering holiday - no need to bring anything from the UK. It's about 20 mins by car. There is a SuperU (mini market) closer by if you need something in a rush. We visited lots of towns on the coast, Saintes several times for lunch, dinner and shopping. (Need to tune in to French opening times!). We visited Cognac, Angouleme and La Rochelle a couple of times. Empty roads - easy driving. We would definitely return here and would highly recommend it to others.

Thoroughly recommend this property, it has everything required for a great stay. (We have been 3 times).

We stayed at L’Abri for two weeks commencing Saturday 23rd May 2015. We chose the villa after carrying out extensive research of similar properties within one hour’s drive of La Rochelle. It’s a long time since we rented a holiday villa and said – Wow! Within a few minutes of looking around. This is an exceptional home where the owners have taken a great deal of care both in furnishing and equipping the property. The villa is finished to a very high standard, is spotlessly clean and equipped so comprehensively that you will want for nothing. The extensive games facilities gave us a great deal of enjoyment. We loved the total privacy of the property and its tranquil location. Less than 5 cars per day pass down the road. Within a pleasant 15 minutes’ drive, along almost deserted roads, there are an array of shops, supermarkets and restaurants. Beaches are around 45 minutes’ drive away, again along almost deserted roads. We would recommend this property to anyone without any hesitation. It was probably one of our best ever holidays.

We have just enjoyed the most wonderful week at L'Abri.
A gorgeous house, Well furnished and equipped to a high standard for your every need - literally.
L'Abri is a very comfortable home with a warm and friendly feel to it. Typically French with plenty of space for everyone and games, activities and books galore. Suitable for any family dynamic. Nothing disappoints. Caring owners provide very quick and easy booking and aftercare. We loved it and hope you will too. Simon and Kate (England)



Kitchen and dining

The kitchen/diner has been completely renovated with fully-fitted units and all appliances. The walls are mostly exposed stone and the ceiling has large original oak beams. There is a large teak dining table, great for family meals, a large traditional fireplace and interesting period features you would expect in a building two centuries old.

Living rooms

There is a comfortable lounge separate from the kitchen/diner, with a tv with UK channels.

There is also a large study on the mezzanine that is ideal for reading, relaxing and playing family games.


The 3 large, tastefully decorated bedrooms, are all equipped with wardrobes, drawers and bedside cabinets.

The en suite master bedroom overlooks the swimming pool and has a luxurious bathroom equipped with a roll-top bath, shower and wc, allowing you to have a relaxing soak in the bath while having a view of the garden.

The second bedroom has a large double bed, and the third bedroom has 2 singles beds - these rooms share a large shower room and separate wc. A travelcot is available for those of you with babies. All the bed linen and towels are provided so no need for you to pack them and cleaning after your stay is included in the tariff.


The en suite has a free-standing roll-top bath, large shower enclosure, wc and washbasin. It is spacious, bright and has a large window overlooking the swimming pool.

The shower room has a large, fully tiled shower enclosure with a washbasin.

The separate wc is adjacent to the shower room.

There is also a shower room next to the pool area.


There is full oil fired central heating with a radiator in every room and hallway, making this a good location for a long-term winter let.


Swimming pool, gamesroom with pool/snooker table, table tennis, table football, darts. Satellite tv, MP3 player and boardgames .

Garden and outside

The swimming pool is 50 cubic metres, heated between June and September. A modern pool side shower room with wc. makes your time by the pool even more enjoyable. The garden is mature with trees and bushes on the boundaries to ensure privacy. There is a field on one side and woodland on another, the house is not overlooked. Beach towels are supplied and there is plenty of pool furniture.

Parking and garages

There is plenty of parking by the front door and back gate, next to the road, just outside the house.

Visitor suitability

The house is on different levels, with access stairs at front and back.

Information about any additional facilities

This is a great base for a family holiday. The house is in a rural location, but only 10-15 mins away from Saintes, a major city with lots of shops and restaurants. There is plenty to do at home, but lots to keep you occupied in the surrounding area. There are lots of great restaurants close by if you don't fancy eating at home. Make sure not to miss out on experiencing the local markets. A day trip to the coast will enable you to taste the wonderful seafood on offer. You can cycle to the close by attraction of the River Charente in approx 10 mins, or practice your swing at the local driving range. Tennis is available in Saintes and St Savinien. There are 2 golf clubs within easy reach as well as a driving range.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Private pool


Family activities


Name and address of nearest golf course: Saintes
Distance: 8 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Beverley Warricker

We are a married couple in our (early) 60's. Or house in France is a hobby which gives us the opportunity to visit France for a week or so 4 or 5 times a year. Our visits mostly involve making improvements to the house for the enjoyment of our guests, with a bit of holiday when possible.

Year property purchased 2010
Why this location? This is a great base for a family holiday, rural, yet only 10-15 minutes away from Saintes, a major town.

The area:
- Eat at some of the many good restaurants within 15 minutes drive.
- A boulangerie less than 5 minutes drive.
- A Vival convenience store is close-by.
- Royan has a huge, sandy beach and loads of nice restaurants.
- Many nice towns by the sea within 40-50 minutes drive.
- Cycle to the River Charente in about 10 minutes.
- Lots of nice towns in the area.
- Play tennis using two free, good quality hard tennis courts (5 minutes away).
- Golf courses are within easy reach.
- Go-karting, bowling and crazy golf are all good family fun.
- If you search this web address, you will discover what is available in Charente Maritime:
Unique benefits of property A 200 year-old detached Charentaise villa, lots of character, stone walls, beams and original stone fireplace. Modern kitchen and bathrooms. The large, mature, secluded, south-facing garden, is not overlooked and has sunloungers, table and 2 bbqs. Lots of space to play. The 10 x 4m private pool has roman steps for easy access. The pool area has a summer kitchen/utility room (with fridge), shower and wc. The gamesroom has a pool/snooker table, table football and darts. The swimming pool, table tennis, books, boardgames, Wi-fi, UK + French tv, dvd, video games etc. will keep everyone occupied. The open plan kitchen/diner has a large teak table and terracotta tiles. The lounge has a large tv with UK channels. The lounge and all the bedrooms have fly screens. Relax with books and games on the mezzanine. Central heating and a large fireplace for long lets between November and March. A spacious house and large garden offer plenty of things to do, you don't need to go out everyday.

The Owner Recommends

Château de la Roche-Courbon

A very attractive chateau, worth a visit.


The closest beach is at Royan, 30 miles away. This is great place for the family, with a huge sandy beach and literally dozens of restaurants with sea views and good value menu deals. Other beaches include Fouras and Ile de Re.


Bourdeaux is a very attractive city and good for a day trip. Bassin d'Archachon and the Dune de Pyla are closeby and should be seen.

Cognac - see how they make it

You can visit Cognac and have a guided tour around the Hennessy distillery. It explains how the brandy is made and where the local drink of Pineau Charente comes from. You can turn up on the day, but it is better to book in advance to ensure you get a time that is good for you - the booking can be done online.


Futuroscope, or Parc du Futuroscope, is a French theme park based upon multimedia, cinematographic futorscope and audio-visual techniques. It has several 3D cinemas and a few 4D cinemas along with other attractions and shows, some of which are the only examples in the world.


There is a decent go-kart track on the outskirts of St Jean d'Angely which is good family fun.

Île d’Oléron

The second biggest island in France after Corsica, the place offers a huge range of fish and seafood with the added bonus of vineyards.

Ile de Re

Have a drive around the island and choose one of the many beaches. Visit the harbour of St Martin which has many good restaurants.

La Rochelle

The historic coastal town of La Rochelle is nice and should be experienced. The harbour is really pretty and surrounded by restaurants - a good place to relax in the sun, people watch and eat and drink. There is also an aquarium.

Markets in Saintes

Many towns in the area have market days. Saintes has a great one the first Monday of each month for clothes and general items. It runs all the way up the main street so there is plenty to see. If you want fish and other fresh local produce there is a market every day in Saintes depending on the product, with the 2 main days for fresh produce in the indoor and outdoor market area on a Wednesday (slightly smaller) and a Saturday (full scale) - these are both in the centre of Saintes beside the cathedral.

Nearest Market

Saintes 10km

Nearest Restaurant

Restaurant du Gare 4km

Oysters - get the best quality for the lowest price

A visit to Marennes is a must for oyster lovers. There are plenty of oyster farms where you just stop by the side of the road, buy your oysters and eat them straight away - you can't get fresher than this. You can buy a dozen top 'grade 0' oysters for less than 5 Euros and they open them for you.

Oysters at St Jean d'Angely

Another great place to sample fantastic oysters at unbelievable prices is the fish market at St Jean d'Angely. Here, you sit down at tables outside the market, buy a big platter of oysters or other seafood, and the bar opposite will serve drinks and other accompaniments. This is a great experience on a warm summers day.

Restaurants in Saintes

Saintes is only 10-15 minutes from the villa and has a wide range of restaurants in a town of this size. You would never need to eat in the same place twice.


A very nice town by the sea. There is a lot of history, including an old boat being reconstructed and a fort.

Roman History

If you want to add a bit of culture to your visit to the area there are plenty of Roman ruins to see. Saintes has a Roman amphitheatre and Arch de Triomphe amongst others. The is also a paleosite that is well worth a visit.


Wine lovers will find this irresistible. Located close to Bordeaux, there is the opportunity to visit vineyards and sample the wines.


All the shops you need are located in the local historic town of Saintes.

St Savinien

This is a small, pretty town next to the river. There are small boats to hire and you can play ball or frisbee on the grass by the river.

Zoo de la Palmyre

Between Bordeaux and La Rochelle, a few dunes from Royan is an oasis of amazing encounters and discoveries with animals from all continents. A unique place where a love of animals was transformed into a Noah's Ark. Over 14 hectares of the most renowned zoo park in France and one of the most interesting in Europe.

4 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 8.8
  • Comfort: 9.3
  • Condition: 9.5
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 7.8
  • Setting: 9.3
  • Value for Money: 9.3
10 / 10 Ells 1 October, 2018

Wowed by this gem of a find. Amazing villa that felt like home (but with pool and much more fun), beautiful location, lots to do - beach, forest, towns, castles, vineyards, shopping, zoos. We couldn’t have had a better more relaxing time. Our fave restaurant nearby was auberge des glycines - we went three times !

If you need shops within walking distance this isn’t for you, if you are happy to cycle 15 mins to a shop then you’ll be fine. The boulangerie, bar and a tabac are a cycle away.

9.8 / 10 York travellers 30 September, 2015

This is a beautifully restored property in a rural setting which is quiet and tranquil. The villa is tastefully furnished with every possible amenity, spacious and uncluttered. Kitchen excellent - clean and modern, bathrooms likewise. The added bonus of good wifi and TV if needed. Outside seating and a choice of BBQ (gas or traditional). Two superb double bedrooms with a third (twin) on the lower ground floor and more suitable for children.

Although the site is rural there are shops within a short drive and a good selection of local restaurants. The owners provide a good information pack with plenty of suggestions which is current and has comments by other guests.

Extensive games rooms and a nice touch in that a 'welcome pack' of provisions awaited us on arrival. Owners were prompt in their communications and replies to queries prior to travel. Would happily return and recommend.

9 / 10 Christofofer 5 September, 2014

An excellent family holiday - 2 adults / 2 Children (9 & 11).

Villa was as described and had everything we could have wanted / or needed. Lovely touches like a welcome pack with some essential basics.

Quiet rural location - but so much to do in house etc that not an issue. Pool excellent!

20 mins from local hypermarket and 40 mins to beach. Local baker about 4km (10 min drive) away but bread / patisserie was superb.

Friendly neighbours.

Excellent customer service from owners - quick repayment of deposit on return.

8.5 / 10 John 16 September, 2013

Good points
There is everything in the accommodation anyone would want.The owners have put in a lot of hard work for those that rent this property.

Bad points
Can't think of any.