|Maison de Lafenestre||Self Catering||Saturday||4||10||3||Additional 2 Sofabeds|
Located in a peaceful village in the Charente Maritime, Maison de Lafenestre is an ideal holiday rental for 2 to 6 people.
The house is a delightful, 400 year old, single-storey holiday property with many original features. It has a private swimming pool and enjoys a large west facing rear garden which backs on to vineyards & farmland. There are plenty of places to explore on foot or bike and the fields and woods teem with interesting wildlife. The comfortable accommodation is on one level and has been furnished and equipped to a high standard.
The property is ideally situated to explore the area and is within easy reach of many local attractions such as Bordeaux, St Emilion, Saintes, and the golden beaches of Royan. Airports (Bordeaux, La Rochelle) are equidistant (approx 1 hour) and the nearest ferry port is St Malo
All on ground floor: 2 reception rooms. Kitchen with dining area. Super kingsize bed in master bedroom, Bedroom 2 with either twin or superking double bed, bedroom 3 with king size bed and bedroom 4 with bunk beds. En-suite shower rooms to bedroom 1 & 2, family bathroom with bath & bidet, 3 separate wc's, west facing terrace for open air dining.
Good sized fully equipped kitchen with oven, hob, microwave, kettle, coffee maker, toaster, fridge-freezer, dishwasher. Washing machine in utility area.
The kitchen has a dining table which can easily accomodate 8 people
2 reception rooms -
Tv Lounge with UK tv Channels (Freesat) & dvd player. 2 Sofa beds
Second reception room with seating area for 6 plus 1 sofa bed. Full length dining table with seating for 10 people
Master bedroom - has superking size sleigh bed, en suite
Bedroom 2 - twin beds that can also be linked to make one superking bed. En suite.
Bedroom 3 - King size double bed
Bedroom 4 - 2 single beds
2 shower rooms (en-suite)
1 bathroom with bath
Central heating system can be available for winter & late autumn rentals at the cost of the fuel used.
There is an inset wood burner in the tv room.
West facing sun terrace with views over the large private gardens.
English 'free to view' tv
Private heated swimming pool 10mtrs x 5mtrs x 1.5mtrs deep.
Sun terrace (60 sq mtrs) with shaded area
Large private walled & fenced garden approx 1.25 acres
Ideal family & friends holiday home within easy access of many local places to visit.
Whilst not full wheel chair access the main part of the property is all on one level and so has easy mobility. Set of small steps through to family bathroom & bedroom 2 & 3.
There are steps down to the garden from the sun terrace but the garden can also be accessed from the side driveway without steps.
A French meal can be prepared for you on the first day.
Additional cleaning can be arranged for extra charge for guests staying over 1 week
My wife & I bought the house as we visit the Charente very frequently as we love the local area and also have family not far from here (my wife is French).
|Year property purchased||2014|
|Why this location?||Why here? The weather is good....so much better than UK! The area is fantastic, so much to see and do and places to visit. The village is very peaceful and we always leave relaxed and wanting to stay longer|
|Unique benefits of property||The house is 400 years old and there are so many lovel original features.|
Angouleme Car rally in Sept
Cognac blues festival in July
Courvoisier in Jarnac
Beaches at Royan & Meshers Sur Gironde
Saintes - historic town dating back to roman times With amphitheatre
St Emilion - first winescapes listed by UNESCO
This our third year in a row staying at Maison de Lafenestre. That alone says it all. I cannot think of anything that this beautiful house is missing and cannot recommend it highly enough, the welcome pack of goodies is a lovely touch. The owners are very friendly and informative.
It is a beautiful location and a wonderful base to get out and enjoy all that this lush region of France has to offer. I can recommend a trip to Talmont-sur-Gironde and the Zoo la Palmyre in Royan is probably the best zoo I have ever visited, make sure you buy the popcorn on your entry and you can then feed it to the Giraffes and Elephants.
It is worth noting that there really are no local amenities in the village hence the low score. This is however what makes the location so peaceful and relaxing. It is only a short drive to the nearest, and very quaint, village of Baignes.
We will be booking for next year shortly.
Thank you for your kind review and we are really glad that you enjoyed your stay with us. It's always nice to welcome our guests back for more visits.
As you say, there aren't any shops in St Maigrin and that's part of the reason we love it there too. It takes just 10 minutes to get to the nearest supermarket in Baines.
We look forward to welcoming you back again next year!
On Arrival at the house we were all in awe of the lovely square it was set in, close too the church and a square filled with trees that kept the area outside the house wonderfully cool. The house itself was beautiful especially for a large family where rooms were large and spacious. The house had everything we needed for a long stay. The showers and bathroom were very clean and modern. Plenty of storage for clothes in bedrooms and plenty of seating for all the family. Kitchen was very well stocked and cooking for several people was easy. Outside the garden was extensive and the pool and surrounding area is where we spent most hot days where temps were hitting 35c and beyond. We loved our lazy days by the pool.
On arrival we met the housekeeper who resides next door and she was friendly and accessible which made us feel at ease if we did not know something. The owner was also very informative and contactable if any problems arose.
This was a wonderful base to explore Cognac, Bordeaux, Royan and Aubeterre where we had a wonderful time canoeing along the River Dronne. Bordeaux also came out tops with the family where we all agreed it is the best city we have visited. We all love France but this has been by far the best accomodation and area we have stayed in so far.
I would highly recommend this property to anyone as it really was an idyllic holiday.
Thank you so much for your kind review. I'm really pleased you and your family enjoyed your stay at Maison de Lafenestre.
We hope to welcome you back again another time.
Thanks for a lovely stay in your beautiful holiday home. It was just right for us, 2 couples and our dogs - who particularly enjoying playing in the spacious garden, whilst we enjoyed the pool. The mixture of authentic renovation and modern bathroom facilities were really welcome and you have obviously given a lot of thought to making sure your guests have everything they need with books, games, DVDs available as well as plenty of local info and recommendations.
The locality itself was very quiet, hence the slightly lower score for local amenities, but this was expected so not an issue. Shops and other facilities were only a short distance away and there was plenty to explore.
The pre-visit info pack received was probably the most comprehensive we've ever had in many years of renting holiday properties, and many thanks for your swift responses to our questions while we were staying.
Thanks again, would recommend it to others.
We visited in the heat of Summer and our party was 6 people (4 adults and 2 children). The house is situated in a very quiet village with 1 post office, so be prepared to do a little food shopping beforehand! However, on arrival there was food left out for us and a bottle of wine, which was a very nice touch.
Comfortable sleeping arrangements with 2 separate bathrooms. Rooms tended to get a bit hot with the 37 degree heat, so shutting the outside shutters is a must. Lovely terrace to eat, although be prepared for the odd insect rush here and there. The swimming pool on site is a really great size and although the French pool laws are strict, the pool was easy to shut and open.
If you like stargazing, then you're in for a treat as once all the lights are turned off, the sky turns into an astonomer's delight.
We'll be coming back!!!