Beautiful house set in rural Poitou Charente

9.8/10
Thaims (7km from Cozes), Charente Maritime, Poitou Charentes Reference: PM003585 Advertiser since: 20 March 2014
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1 Chemin des Demoiselles Self Catering Sunday 3 8 2 One of the single beds is a full sized pull-out.

About this property

Quality Detached Stone House in a Rural Hamlet. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Easily accessible from Bordeaux or La Rochelle by plane (approx 50 minutes drive from each with car hire avaiable at both airports) or via ferry from St Malo, Cherbourg, Caen or Dieppe. 
 
The house has been fully renovated with a view to provide a true 'home from home'. A complete new roof, installation of larger Velux windows in the bathrooms and zinc guttering has been undertaken in June 2016.

The lounge and dining room are both 25m² as is the dining/kitchen. There is a triple bedroom (can accommodate 4 with the pull out full sized single bed) and 2 double bedrooms, 1 with an en suite. There is also a separate large bathroom.
 
The house is situated in a quiet rural hamlet amid vineyards, sunflowers and corn fields. The coast is an easy 15 minutes drive away and there is ample opportunity for watersports and boat trips.
 
Beautiful Talmont is the nearest coastal village and is a must-see with its winding streets and pilgrimage church. There are many local inland towns worth a visit (Mornac, Brouage, Saujon), all with local markets and wine and Cognac producers.
 
The local outside pool/tennis courts and crazy golf at Meursac is 10 minutes away by car or an easy cycle ride. The pool has sunbathing areas, a waterslide, toddlers area and is a great way to spend an afternoon.
 
The famous Chateaux of the Medoc can be easily reached via the 'Bac' ferry from Royan.
 
St Emillion and Cognac are comfortable days out as are Bordeaux, Royan, Rochefort, the Ile de Re and La Rochelle.
 
An ideal location for cycling holidays, relaxing, or enjoying the local cuisine and the coast.

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

Large fully-fitted dining kitchen with 5 ring gas range cooker with oven and grill, fridge-freezer, microwave, dishwasher and washing machine. Kitchen table seats 6 at a squeeze and there are french doors opening out on to the patio.

There is a separate dining room with beamed ceiling and exposed stone walls. There is a large dining table and a wood burning stove. If staying in Spring or Autumn, the warmth from the wood burner really heats the whole house. There are plenty of logs available in the log store in the garden.

Living rooms

Large living room with 2 sets of stairs to the first floor.

Comfortable settees and chairs, coffee-table, games chest, dvd facilities with large flat screen tv. This is a really cosy room, particularly early and late season.

Bedrooms

One large double bedroom with king size bed, exposed beams, side window and Velux window.

One large double room with a side window over looking fields, an en suite bathroom with bath, wash hand basin, wc and large Velux roof window.

One large bedroom, exposed beams, with Velux roof lights and small diamond
windows, 3 single beds and a further pull-out single bed.

All of the bedrooms have polished wooden floors, beamed ceilings and exposed stonework.

Bathrooms

One large family bathroom with full sized bath (shower over), wash hand basin, and wc. Marble tiling to the walls and a large roof light for natural ventilation.

En suite with bath, shower attachment, wash hand basin and wc. Travertine tiling around the bath and basin and a large roof light for natural ventilation.

Heating

Electric wall mounted heaters in the kitchen, lounge and dining room and a wood burning stove in the dining room. Logs are provided.

Entertainment

Large flat screen tv for dvd only, dvd player and dvds, cd player and radio. Childrens' games, toys, puzzles and outdoor toys (badminton, petanque, etc). A selection of books.

Garden and outside

Large garden mainly laid to lawn with a gravel area (ideal for petanque) and a paved patio outside the kitchen.The patio has outside lighting.

Large wooden table with parasol and 8 folding wooden chairs and additional seating.

Barbecue area adjacent the well for the portable "bucket" barbecue. (NB the well is secured with a fixed security cover)

Parking and garages

Ample parking on the grass for 3 to 4 cars.

Visitor suitability

There is some restricted headroom in the en suite bedroom at the eaves only.

Information about any additional facilities

There is a £100 damage deposit payable on booking (refunded in full assuming no major problems) and a 50€ final cleaning charge payable locally, although we do ask that you leave the house clean and tidy as you found it, thank you.

Facilities

  • Cleaning

  • No smoking

  • Linen

Activities

Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Saujon
Distance: 15 km

Cycling

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Various
Name of nearest fishing location: Coast or River Seudre
Distance: 5 km

Golf

Name and address of nearest golf course: St Palais Golf Club
Distance: 17 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Epargnes
Distance: 5 km

Sports

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: St Andre de Lidon

Watersports

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Domain de Gardrat, Cozes
Distance: 2 km

About the Owner, Mr Alistair Black

My wife has been a long time francophile and hence we eventually bought a property in the Charente Maritime in 2003. Much renovation was needed but this has led us to know have a lovely house that we are happy to share with like minded holiday-makers.

Year property purchased 2003
Why this location? The Charente Maritime has an excellent micro-climate, wonderful beaches and fantastic cuisine. The landscape lends itself to cycling and walking and traditional seaside based holidays. The area is easily accessible via ferries to the North West of France and an easy drive south or by flights to La Rochelle or Bordeaux
Unique benefits of property The house provides for a relaxing and quiet base to explore the area. Beaches are within easy reach and the hustle and bustle of large towns and cities can be experienced knowing there is a haven to return to. The house has been renovated to a high quality and the owners have really tried to make it a well equipped home from home. Indeed, we holiday at the house ourselves 2 to 3 times a year at least.

The Owner Recommends

Aerial Assault Course

At St George de Didonne is a high wire aerial assault course strung between the coastal pines. Participants are harnessed on at all times to enjoy obstacles and zip wire thrills.

Beach at St George de Didonne

The closest beach to the house and it is a fine 2 mile crescent of sand backed by a picturesque town. Great safe swimming, watersports and perfect for a day out.

Boat hire

Small leisure craft can be hired without a permit from Royan and La Palmyre.

Boat Trips

These are available from Meschers and Royan. The choice of trips vary from a trip to the lighthouse (with a lighthouse visit, weather permitting) to a coastal tour. From Royan a sailing yacht or Catamaran can be taken as well as the more traditional excursions.

Bordeaux

The fine city of Bordeaux is easily reached by car in an hour. Access to the city centre is simple and the boulevards and rich wine trade history combined with city shopping and eating make for a full day out. The cathedral and its square are impressive and look out for the brass turtle!

Caves at Meschers

Coastal caves that were lived in until the 20th century. Visit the museum on the cliff and visit the caves. Great views across to the Medoc and an interesting excursion that is about 20 minutes from the house.

Cognac

The town of Cognac is 45 minutes drive away and is well worth a visit. The compact town offers an array of shops, cafes and restaurants and of course many options for a Cognac House tour. We particularly enjoyed the trip to the Otard distillery.

Cozes Market

Local market every Wednesday morning

Ile de Re

A great day out with lovely harbour towns and great restaurants

Jet skiing - Royan or St George de Didonne

Great fun for all. Minimum age for the pilot is 16, 1 or 2 people per jet-ski. 50 minutes for around 75 Euros per jet ski. Highly recommended. Recommend Rando ski next to the harbour in Royan.

La Table Restaurant - Meursac

Only 10 minutes from the house this fine but good value restaurant is a joy. The Maitre'd is charming and the food never disappoints. It is worth booking to be sure of a table as this restaurant is favoured by many of the locals.

Menestral Restaurant, Saujon

French fine dining with a friendly face. Book in advance.

Outdoor pool at Meursac

The pool at Meursac is only ten minutes away or a comfortable cycle ride. It has a waterside, toddlers area and grassed banks for sunbathing. on the same site is a crazy golf and tennis courts.

St Emilion

This famous wine town can be reach in about 75 minutes. It is charming and picturesque (some may think it a little twee) There are many wine related opportunities and also art galleries. The museum of wine is interesting and the journey to and from the town offers many opportunities for Chateau tastings.

Talmont

One of the beautiful villages of France and on the Compastella pilgrimage route. This is a lovely small town perched on the headland and dominated by the magnificent church. There are boutique shops, cafes and restaurants. There is also a local vineyard that can be visited with free tastings (a shop in the town offers the same tastings of Talmondais wines and Cognacs) all just 15 minutes from the house.

Thermal Spa - Saujon

The fine Spa in Saujon, 20 minutes away, offers a range of health and beauty treatments in excellent surroundings.

Zoo

La Palmyre Zoo, the largest zoo in Europe is a twenty minute drive away.

7 Reviews
9.8/10
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 9.7
  • Condition: 9.9
  • Facilities: 9.9
  • Local Amenities: 9
  • Setting: 9.6
  • Value for Money: 9.7
10 / 10 Alan Williams 20 July, 2016

We had a fabulous holiday at Alistair and Jeanette's holiday villa the area is great and so many places to visit . It was a well equipped villa the kitchen had French doors that open onto a patio which got the sun fr om about midday. When it was so hot the house always felt comfortable and cool. A lovely touch from Alestair and Jeannett was a welcome pack nibbles and crisps and 2 bottles of wine.
Nearby restaurants are fab good food and not too expensive.Meschers is a lovely beach with a place to get food and drink and a loo.On the way down to beach there's a small cafe called Pom Poms where they do long donut type cakes.so friendly a guy there called Alan took us on a trip along the coast on his boat to see the trogoldight caves and explained the history behind them fascinating. Myself and my wife would recommend this villa and area to anyone. Fantastic
Alan and Janet Williams.

10 / 10 Louise Fuller 6 November, 2015

A lovely house, set in a quiet location within a short drive of beautiful beaches. The house was extremely welcoming, clean and comfortable, lots of games available to play and a very well equipped kitchen with everything you could need. The house has been refurbished to a high standard and the rooms are well proportioned with lots of space for a family/multiple people to stay. The living room has a very confy sofa and the dining room has a great family size table and a wood burner which makes for a very cosy evening in! We would recommend the house as a great base to enjoy the lovely nearby beaches and villages.

10 / 10 chocolate 18 June, 2015

Just back from one of the best holidays ever! The house is truly wonderful and far exceeded our expectations.The details provided are all accurate but we were still amazed at just how spacious the property really is - all of the rooms are of a generous size and it would easily cope with 8 people staying.
The owners have lovingly renovated and restored the property - good attention to detail- wooden floors, cool colours and interesting pieces of art on the walls. It is well equipped in every way from kitchen equipment, ample crockery and utensil through to large flat screen TV and several CD players around the house. We cooked several times on the large range cooker but also made use of the bucket bar-b-q and cooked lots of locally caught fish outside. Low priced supermarkets, regular local markets and incredibly reasonably priced wine meant catering was easy. With glorious weather we mostly ate outside. We also made good use of the information about local restaurants thoughtfully provided for guests and never had a bad meal..
The setting is peaceful in a small hamlet but local towns are within easy reach. The beaches are great and there are many to choose from . There are lots of interesting towns and villages to visit many with craftspeople and artists work on sale. We also had an interesting morning looking for bargains at a local bric-a-brac market!. One week was certainly not enough and we look forward to our next visit - we unreservedly recommend the property!

10 / 10 LOU&CO 11 October, 2014

Lovely traditional French house tastefully decorated with a well equipped kitchen ( a bonus with a husband who loves to cook!). 2nd visit for us and love walking into the kitchen and opening French doors to sit outside on a peaceful patio. 1st trip in 2013 was hassle free with an overnight crossing on the ferry from Portsmouth to St Malo then drove to the house. We live in Worcestershire so door to door approx 24hrs. This year drove to Birmingham airport and a 1 hr 20 min flight got us to Bordeaux followed by an approx 1 hr drive to the house. Driving very easy in France and scenery stunning (especially Sunflowers for me - fields of them!). Thaim itself very peaceful and relaxing with local amenities just approx 10 mins drive away (local outdoor swimming pool @ Meursac fantastic fun even for teenage girls). 2 years in a row had amazing weather (July average 26- 30 degrees). Fabulous supermarkets and shops in general stock varied and unusual food/clothing and gifts. Recommend a trip to Sainte a busy town (again great for teenage girls!) whilst shopping fab coffee houses to stop at, have a break and watch the world go by with beautiful buildings. Talmont & Mornac feel like going back in time to traditional France - recommend Tuesday nights candle lit streets in Talmont and the illumination of the church. St Georges - beautiful huge beach with wonderful streets around the church full of tables and chairs outside many a cafe. La Palmyre - go to Le Golfy and book a window seat overlooking the beautiful harbour & sea - fabulous food and cocktails. Royan - experience the jet skis here. Ile De Re - visit La Flotte & Ars-en-Re approx 1 hrs drive from house includes amazing views whilst travelling over the Pont-Viaduc. So much to see and do at varying distances to keep all ages happy. A huge thank you to the Black family for 2 holidays with wonderful variety!