Cottage for holiday let Charente Maritime - PM003454

6.3/10
Marennes (17km from La Tremblade), Charente Maritime, Poitou Charentes Reference: PM003454 Advertiser since: 30 October 2013
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
Le Pressoir Self Catering Flexible 3 6 1

About this property

Cottage with Pool and Nearby Beach. This cottage/gite is in a coastal setting.

The gite offers an open plan living space with the kitchen, 3 bedrooms and 1 bathroom. The cottage has its own private garden and patio with garden furniture and barbecue as well as direct access to the vast shared gardens and a large shared swimming pool. The facilities include kiddies play area and wooden fort, sand pit, swings, book and game room, badminton net and football area. The whole property is walled and gated so that parents can relax while the children can run and play.

The gite is fully equipped with a kitchen with dishwasher, microwave, washing machine, oven, cooker and everything you need to enjoy the local produce. The living area is equipped with comfortable seating and satellite TV. There is fast and reliable free wifi throughout the property.

Our 3 bedroom gite called le Pressoir is charming and rustic property located within The Domaine de Rochebonne and is loaded with charm and character and was used as a wine press from the 1750s up until the late 20th century.

We are here to welcome you and to show you around and of course we are available for any questions that you have and to do what we can to make your holiday peaceful and relaxing.

Within 10 minutes walk from your holiday accommodation you can find a restaurant, a bar, a boulangerie a small grocery shop and post office all located on the village square in St Just- Luzac. For further information on the local area please see the “About the area” page.

For up to date photos, our best rates, flexible payments and easy online booking visit our website www.seasidefrance.com

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

Fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher, microwave, washing machine, oven, cooker and everything you need to enjoy the local produce. Each gite has a patio with outdoor seating area, patio and BBQ

Living rooms

The living area is equipped with a wood burning stove, comfortable seating and satellite TV. There is fast and reliable free wifi throughout the property. Each gite has patio and BBQ

Bedrooms

3 bedrooms.
Bedroom 1: double bed
Bedroom 2 twin beds
Bedroom 3 twin beds

Bathrooms

Bath with shower, basin and wc.

Heating

Electric heaters and woodburner.

Entertainment

The facilities include kiddies play area and wooden fort, sand pit, swings, book and game room, badminton net and football area. The whole property is walled and gated so that parents can relax while the children can run and play.

Garden and outside

The whole property and the pool is walled and gated so that parents can relax while children run and play in the vast gardens. The outside areas are equipped with a large barbeque and garden furniture. The facilities include a swimming pool, sand pit and swings, tennis and badminton nets, book and game room with ping pong table.

For up to date photos, our best rates, flexible payments and easy online booking visit our website www.seasidefrance.com

Parking and garages

Private off-road gated parking.

Visitor suitability

Not suitable for limited mobility.
We do not accept visitors either overnight or during the day unless they are booked in (insurance regulations); supplement may be payable.

Facilities

  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Pets welcomed

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Shared pool

Activities

Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Marennes
Distance: 4 km

Cycling

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: sea and freshwater
Name of nearest fishing location: Marennes
Distance: 1 km

Golf

Name and address of nearest golf course: Royan, Saintes and La Palmyre
Distance: 15 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Marennes and La Palmyre
Distance: 4 km

Mountain biking

Distance: 6 km

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: Maps are available

Sports

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: Village

Watersports

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Marennes, La Gua,
Distance: 4 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Ms Catherine Broughton

Hello! We have recently taken over the management of le Domaine de Rochebonne from my parents and were looking forward to welcoming you here soon. Lots of improvements happening this winter and were looking forward to the upcoming holiday season. See you soon. Will and Johanna

Year property purchased 1995
Why this location? The area has many historical sites to visit as well as colourful fishing ports, and a stunning coastline including La Cote Sauvage and La Grande Côte. The coast is lined with dunes and pine forests and several islands that you can visit. The domaine de Rochebonne is also in easy access of lively seaside resorts and big shopping centres.
Unique benefits of property The whole property and the pool is walled and gated so that parents can relax while children run and play in the vast gardens. The outside areas are equipped with a large barbeque and garden furniture. The facilities include a swimming pool, sand pit and swings, tennis and badminton nets, book and game room with ping pong table.

For up to date photos, our best rates, flexible payments and easy online booking visit our website www.seasidefrance.com

The Owner Recommends

One of the sunniest parts of France

Le Domaine de Rochebonne is located in a village called St Just-Luzac in the Charente Maritime region of south-west France, also known as Nouvelle Aquitaine

The area has many historical sites to visit as well as colourful fishing ports, and a stunning coastline including La Cote Sauvage and La Grande Côte. The coast is lined with dunes and pine forests and several islands that you can visit. The domaine de Rochebonne is also in easy access of lively seaside resorts and big shopping centres.

Within a few minutes drive you can visit the fort of St Jean d’angle, the fortified village of Brouage, La Tour de Broue, the château de La Gataudière and its adventure park, La ferme de magnee with its farm animals, Marennes beach, the famous Canal de la cayenne for wine and oysters and the Fort Louvois

Within 10 minutes walk from your holiday accommodation you can find a restaurant, a bar, a boulangerie a small grocery shop and post office all located on the village square in St Just- Luzac.

8 kms from your holiday accommodation there is the impressive bridge over to the island of Oleron where there are a number of interesting towns such as the fortified town le Chateau d’Oleron, St Trojan les Bains, the port of La Cotiniere and amazing beaches.

15 to 20 kms away you can get to the seaside town of Royan with its beachfront promenades and a large selection of shops, bars and restaurants. Rochefort has plenty of historical monuments such as La Corderie royale, la place Colbert and the fully operational replica of the 1779 frigate L'hermione. In La Palmyre there is one of the biggest and best zoos in Europe with over 1800 species. There is also a number of amusement parks including Luna Park and go karting tracks

30 to 40kms away there is the town of La Rochelle which is loaded with history and charm and has numerous pedestrian streets. For up to date photos, our best rates, flexible payments and easy online booking visit our website www.seasidefrance.com

1 Review
6.3/10
  • Cleanliness: 5
  • Comfort: 5
  • Condition: 6
  • Facilities: 7
  • Local Amenities: 7
  • Setting: 8
  • Value for Money: 7
6.3 / 10 The 2 H's 24 May, 2015

> On arrival (early evening) 1st impressions were good, the setting was picturesque and the grounds were spacious and secure. The cottage has the potential to be lovely but we did encounter a few issues on arrival. There was no bedding or towels in the child's bedroom (ordered before arrival as 'extras') and the sky light blind was broken in his bedroom so we had to try and fix this. The cottage lacked a few 'essentials' (oven glove, tea towels, washing up liquid/sponge, bowls, soap in bathroom/kitchen - we flew so had not got these). The gas for the cooker was also out, so that first night we could only cook on 1 electric hob. The cottage was well presented and mostly clean but we did find a little mould in the fridge, and there was a dirty blanket wrapped in a grey plastic bag on the shelving in one of the bedrooms (which the owner the next day seemed a bit flabbergasted about but has since claimed we are lying about, which is not true at all). It also became quite cold in the living area downstairs later on and there was no heater supplied, so we had to wrap up! There was also a water leak from the bathroom sink.
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> As the owners were away and it was late by the time we arrived, we were greeted by, and had to try and report the lack of bedding to a French gentleman who resided in one of the cottages (he does not work for the owners as such). He managed to comprehend and kindly took us to a store of 'emergency' linen next to the cottages, so we gathered the missing towels and bedding and were able to put our little boy to bed in the end.
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> The next morning we wanted to use the outdoor pool but found it to be quite dirty. As we wanted to make use of it we did find a net and cleaned it as best we could ourselves.There were also no parasols available despite the weather warranting them.

When the owners arrived later on that second day we reported these issues to them and told them that we felt as though our arrival had just not been expected, and they obliged in resolving the main issues for us and told us that the cleaning staff were left instructions by them to ensure the cottage was ready for us, so we are not too sure what went wrong really with the communication there. Perhaps if the owners had not been away and/or the communications with their staff responsible for looking after such matters in their absence were a little clearer perhaps, it's possible that the issues we have highlighted above may well have been avoided and indeed may not be issues in the future if the owners take note.

On a more positive note, our 2 and a half year old loved the outdoor play area and fort, and the stair gate was a great touch. The cottage would benefit from having some child-friendly crockery/cutlery (would have given us peace of mind given the breakages deposit one has to pay). There is a 'book room' with books and a few games which was a nice facility to have but it did lack items for younger children. The cottage overall was nice but the beds and sofas are not the comfiest and we really think it would benefit from a few more basic essentials. Better quality linen and towels would also be recommended considering the extra charge for this (we were surprised to be told by the owner that they spend a substantial amount on hiring this in).

> The area is good in that a short drive away you have lovely beaches, facilities and nice places to visit. In the immediate area, you can walk into the nearest village but there is not a lot there, only a couple of small shops were open and the bar/restaurant never opened in the evening (although we were there out of season). So if you like to 'get away from it all' the location is ideal, but if you like to have a bit more 'life' within walking distance, it may be a bit quiet for you.
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> Just one more thing - please be aware that you are charged extra for towels/bedding/water/cleaning of the cottage if you don't clean it yourself. The website does mention the linen charge but the rest was a surprise (we later found details under chateau and barn conversion sections but its not stated under 'cottages' so is not overly clear or obvious) when the owner contacted us 3 weeks prior to the holiday to inform us of these 'extras' - just would have saved hassle if we were told at the point of booking. Also, bring your own dvd's as there is a player which is great to have, but no dvd's provided - not a gripe, just useful info so you can come prepared. We are not 'picky' people, we just personally like a little more comfort than what this cottage provided and we were just disappointed about the issues we encountered on arrival. But on the whole we did enjoy ourselves and the cottages do provide a good base to explore the area if you are happy in basic and (mostly) clean accommodation. Would we return again? No. We would rather pay a little more for better quality and something a bit comfier in a livelier area, where honest feedback is graciously received and valued.

Owner response

Hello there. Thank you for your review. I am truly sorry that you had this experience upon arrival. I appreciate your comments and of course they have been taken onboard and applied. The property is now under new management. My name is Will and my wife Johanna and I are now running the place and we are making many improvements for this upcoming season. For up to date photos, our best rates, flexible payments and easy online booking visit our website www.seasidefrance.com