- PM002983_E

Bagnizeau (4km from Matha), Charente Maritime, Poitou Charentes Reference: PM002983_E Advertiser since: 10 April 2012

This location has multiple holiday properties

Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
La Charente Self Catering Saturday 2 4 1

About this property

La Charente, One of 5 Gites in Spacious Surroundings. This cottage/gite is in a village setting.

A spacious detached 2 bedroom gite situated in 2 acres of walled grounds with a heated salt water pool. The ground floor is open plan in design with a wooden staircase leading to the first floor. The lovely old Charentaise stone walls are prominent throughout this property.
The gite is on 2 floors overlooking the courtyard close to the pool. It has its own patio area with table/chairs and a lovely stone bbq. On the first floor there is one double room with a king sized bed, ample storage and wooden floors with characteristic Charentaise stone walls. The second bedroom has twin beds and also the stone walls/wooden floors. The bathroom has a bath with integral shower and toilet. The open plan ground floor features an area with comfortable sofa/chairs and flat screen television on which English/French channels can be obtained. There is also a separate dining area with table and chairs for 4 people. The fitted kitchen has a full cooker, fridge with freezer section, dishwasher and washing machine. The entrance door leads onto the courtyard/patio area.



Kitchen and dining

Fully-fitted kitchen giving you those home from home comforts.
Washing machine and dishwasher.
Cooker and fridge with freezer section.
Microwave, coffee-machine and toaster.
Crockery and cutlery

Living rooms

A spacious ground floor, open plan in design with comfortable seating for 4 people on 2 sofas. There is a flat screen television with English programmes and a dvd player. The woodburner is great during the cooler months. A selection of books are in each of the gites and lots of information on the local attractions.


Bedroom 1 has a king sized bed with metal frame. Stone walls, wooden flooring, and high sloping ceilings.
Bedroom 2 has 2 single beds with a skylight window which has a blackout blind. Stone walls, wooden flooring.


The bathroom has a bath with integral shower, a toilet and washbasin


Electric heating and woodburner.


There is a selection of books available in the gite. We also have a selection of dvds and boardgames that are available for you to choose from. In the communal hangar you will find a football table and table tennis table.
Have you ever fancied trying out Scuba diving? Well now could be your chance as we have a qualified PADI instructor who comes along every week during the warmer months. Its a lot of fun for all ages.
We often have a wine tasting evening at the Old Shades with some of the local vineyards and also those further afield. They bring along some of their products to try and it helps you discover the local wines and maybe try something a little different.

Garden and outside

On the patio you will find a garden table and chairs along with a stone bbq. La Charente is set in 2 acres of walled gardens surrounded by fields of vines. The salt water heated swimming pool is gated to ensure the safety of children. There is a large sun patio at the side of the pool with sunloungers and umbrellas.
In the far end of the garden you will find a boules pitch and In the grounds we have combined swing/slide comprising of 2 play frames one for the smaller children to enjoy. We do have a selection of bikes on site available for you to use. The children will love exploring the garden - with a wall all around the property you can relax knowing they can't go anywhere.

Parking and garages

On-site parking.

Visitor suitability

Les Vieilles Ombres is suitable for families and for those who just want to relax in the peace and quiet of the Charentaise countryside. There is plenty to do in the area for those who wish to explore the region and see what this part of France has to offer.

Information about any additional facilities

We have a bread lady that delivers everyday except Sunday/Monday. The local town of Matha is just a 4 minute drive and has a variety of shops. All gites are non-smoking. Linen and towels provided except for beach/pool towels which can be hired from us.


  • Internet

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Shared pool


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: St Jean d'Angely
Distance: 15 km



Name and address of nearest golf course: Saintes
Distance: 30 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: St Jean d'Angely
Distance: 15 km


Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Pineau
Distance: 4 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Sharon Clark

Moved from the UK in 2017. Previously farmers we now run together a family gite business in France.

Owner's website www.lesvieillesombres.co.uk
Year property purchased 2017
Why this location? For the warm summers and the mild winters
Unique benefits of property We have a very tall walled garden which is fully safe for children to play in - We also have a heated pool. We are in a French village with tennis courts, Football pitches etc and only a short walk to Matha for wonderful restaurants, supermarkets and other shops.

The Owner Recommends

Cognac & Pineau Tasting

This can either be done in one of the well known Cognac Houses like Remy Martin or Martel or in one of the smaller local suppliers. All are more than willing to open their doors to you and discuss their products and let you sample a glass or two.

La Rochelle

The town of La Rochelle is steeped in history and is well worth a visit. The Aquarium is fabulous and the children will love it; Visit one of their many museums or just wander through the cobbled streets exploring all the shops and the individual boutiques. Sit along the quayside in one of the many restaurants and enjoy some of the local specialities. Hop on a boat across to one of the islands like Ile D'Oléron or Ile d'Aix which is only accessible by boat and no cars are allowed here except for designated vehicles. Ile de Ré is accessible by a bridge not far from La Rochelle centre.


A town steeped in art & history. This beautiful town set on the River Charente was once the capital of the Roman province of Aquitaine in the 1st century. There are museums, superb churches and a Roman Amphitheatre that all should be on your 'to visit' list if you like history. Take a boat cruise along the Charente and enjoy some wonderful scenery. Wander through the shops or sample one of their many restaurants....a lovely day out.

Zoo Palmyre

One of the best zoos in Europe located near Royan and well worth a visit

Other properties on this site