Holiday gite to let in Charente Maritime

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Saint-Palais-de-Phiolin (3km from Saint-Genis-de-Saintonge), Charente Maritime, Poitou Charentes Reference: PM004421 Advertiser since: 2 December 2015
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La Fermette Self Catering 3 7 2 travel cot available on request

About this property

Charming Spacious 19th Century Farmhouse. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Thinking about your summer holiday ? ....Our farmhouse sleeps up to 7 (+ baby in cot).......Great for larger families or families travelling together.

Relax in a peaceful farming hamlet where the most noise you'll hear is the sound of tractors !.......rural but not remote ......surrounded by fields of wheat, sunflowers and vines with shops and restaurants a short cycle ride away (2.5km).

Visit numerous beautiful sandy beaches (nearest 30 mins away), medieval towns, vineyards producing Bordeaux wines and cognac, pretty ports of the Gironde estuary, and summer night markets with music, food and convivial atmosphere.

Check out the games barn with bikes, body boards for the surfing beaches and buckets and spades for the child friendly beaches and lots more to keep you busy. Enjoy the orchard field which is great space for children to run around and also for grown ups to watch the beautiful sunsets we have (glass of wine in hand of course).

......and when it's too hot to sit outside there is the open barn which provides cool sitting out space while the BBQ.

Two double bedrooms (1 en suite and 1 with en suite toilet), triple bedroom (single beds), ground floor family shower room, large well equipped family kitchen and comfortable sitting room which opens out to the south facing garden.......

Baby and toddler equipment available on request at no charge - high chair, travel cot, bed guards, potty, toilet step & seat, changing mat, small toys, crayons and paper.

We're flexible about what day you arrive or leave as long as you stay at least 4 nights.

Fly to Bordeaux or La Rochelle - only 1 hour away or travel by Brittany Ferries and get 20% fares !

SPECIAL OFFER: reduced occupancy discount of £100 when only 4 people stay in La Fermette


We are registered with the Mairie as required in France.

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

The large well equipped farmhouse kitchen seats up to 10, with 5 ring gas hob, electric oven, butchers block, stainless steel prep table, larder fridge, small freezer, microwave, iron and ironing board, log burner. A highchair is available for our youngest guests. The kitchen opens out to the garden.

Living rooms

The large living room has 2 comfy settees, with 2 French style chairs in the quiet reading corner, logburner, tv (UK channels), dvd, cd player and a selection of dvds, cds books and games for all ages.

Bedrooms

The ground floor bedroom has a double bed and open plan en suite bathroom with fab roll-top bath

An oak staircase leads to the first floor grenier (hayloft) and large bedroom with 3 single beds, and access to the master bedroom with comfortable king size bed. Both rooms have original beams, wooden floors and exposed stone walls. The master bedroom also has an en suite toilet which is ideal for those night time trips to the loo (as the family shower room is on the ground floor).

A travelcot and bedguard can be requested for our smallest guests.

Bathrooms

There is a family shower room on the ground floor, an en suite bathroom to the double bedroom, and a separate toilet in the master bedroom.
For our youngest guests we offer a changing mat, potty, toilet step and raining seat.

Heating

There are log burners in the living room and the kitchen for winter heating and electric heaters in other rooms.

Entertainment

The games barn has table tennis, table football, pool table, selection of adults and childrens bikes (plus bike hire locally), bodyboards, bats and balls, hoola hoops, boules set.

The orchard field behind the farmhouse is great space for ball games or just to sit and watch the sun go down with a glass of wine. Please help yourself to any fruits in season.. cherries, peaches, figs, walnuts.

Garden and outside

Garden table and chairs plus sun loungers and large Jamie Oliver charcoal bbq. The open barn opposite the farmhouse provides welcome shade when it's too hot to sit outside.

Parking and garages

Parking on the driveway or in the shade of the open barn opposite the farmhouse.

Visitor suitability

The ground floor bedroom with en suite bathroom and ground floor shower room makes La Fermette ideal for any guests who have difficulty with stairs.

Information about any additional facilities

Our other gites are:
PM004586 - L'Etable (sleeps 4)
PM004532 - Le Chai (sleeps 3)
PM004645 - L'Ecurie (sleeps 2)

Please ask about our special deal if you book L'Etable, our family friendly gite, & L'Ecurie, studio apartment next door, together

We are registered with the local Mairie in St Palais de Phiolin as required by French law. Please feel free to contact us to verify who we are before you book or look up Lesley Houareau on LinkedIn.

Check out our facebook page - LaFermetteFrance

Facilities

  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

Activities

Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Saintes
Distance: 25 km

Cycling

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: Blaye wine region......in 20 minutes you can be in the midst of the Blaye region

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: several locally - maps available

Watersports

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Dousseaux Bailliff
Distance: 5 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Lesley Houareau

We are Lesley & Felix Houareau. We live in a village just outside Bath. We feel very lucky that we live in a beautiful part of the UK but can also spend time in the Charente Maritime area of France with it's medieval towns and great beaches

Year property purchased 2004
Why this location? We looked for a region with good weather but easier to travel to than the South of France. The Charente Maritime is the 2nd sunniest region of France and a hidden gem known about by the French. Lots of great beaches to choose from and great local (small) markets and rolling countryside with towns and villages with lots of character.
Unique benefits of property We are in a peaceful hamlet 2.5km from the nearest town but surrounded by fields of sunflowers, wheat and vines and lots of local wildlife. The myriad of lanes around our gites are great to explore by foot or bike (we have a selection of bikes on hand). We are close to the Bordeaux / Blaye wine region as well being able to by the best Cognac locally. Wine, good food, sun and beaches - what more could you want?

The Owner Recommends

Beaches

For relaxation there is the beach, or rather beaches, as the Charente Maritime has over 470kms of coastline. We have details of the best local beaches which include....... small coves backed by cliffs of pale honey coloured stone...... town beaches..... long stretches of golden sand backed by dunes and pine trees.....

Cognac

Home of the famous spirit. Visit one of the Cognac houses or wander along the riverside or through the pedestrianised old town. In July each year Cognac hosts the Blues Passion - a week of outdoor concerts in beautifully landscaped grounds. Previous years have included sets from George Benson, Lenny Kravitz, Lily Allen, Sting and many more. Also in July is the Cognac Festival - a celebration of the drink itself!

Jonzac

A local Spa town with elegant buildings and a weekly night market in July and August......music and street food plus some local crafts. Great atmosphere

Local Markets

There's a local market nearby every day of the week where you can buy the great local produce to cook at La Fermette.......also several weekly night markets in July and August with street food and entertainment And if you enjoy eating out there is a great choice of local restaurants including several with Michelin stars

Pons

Pretty medieval town close by. Picturesque square overlooking the Donjon - enjoy the view from one of the cafes. Don't miss the Bastille Day celebrations on 14th July, or the medieval festival on 23rd July 2016

3 Reviews
10/10
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 10
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 Annabelle L 9 June, 2017

We stayed for a long weekend with a group of friends/university reunion/birthday gathering - the facilities were perfect and there was plenty to entertain us including the games room with ping pong table, the large BBQ, bat and ball sets, countryside for morning runs, private garden area for sunset watching, bicycles, a large barn for alfresco style dining and Pinot Cognac vineyards nearby!

Our stay was very well organised with an informative pre-stay email, very easy driving directions from Bordeaux airport and stress-free check in details.

We would highly recommend the property to others - either as a group or as a couple since there is a range of accommodation on the plot from a large farmhouse with a well-equipped kitchen and living space to romantic studio style accommodation and cosy self-contained mezzanine apartments. The decor is shabby chic with charming cottage features and plenty of style to keep you intrigued!

Thank you Lesley and Felix for a memorable weekend :-)

Owner response

We are so pleased you all enjoyed your stay at our gites. There is certainly lots to keep you occupied. You are welcome to visit us again.

10 / 10 P.M. 21 May, 2017

We stayed for a long weekend with a group of friends/university reunion/birthday gathering - the facilities were perfect and there was plenty to entertain us including the games room with ping pong table, the large BBQ, bat and ball sets, countryside for morning runs, private garden area for sunset watching, bicycles, a large barn for alfresco style dining and Pineau Cognac vineyards nearby!

Our stay was very well organised with an informative pre-stay email, very easy driving directions from Bordeaux airport and stress-free check in details.

We would highly recommend the property to others - either as a group or as a couple since there is a range of accommodation on the plot from a large farmhouse with a well-equipped kitchen and living space to romantic studio style accommodation and cosy self-contained mezzanine apartments. The decor is shabby chic with charming cottage features and plenty of style to keep you intrigued!

Thank you for a memorable weekend :-)

10 / 10 P.M. 14 April, 2017

We had a fabulous holiday at La Fermette. The peace and quiet was just what we wanted. The recommendations for bars and restaurants was really helpful. The folder giving information about the area and suggested activities and destinations was really well put together. We made use of the bikes, the table tennis and table football. We also really enjoyed the spring wine festival at Blaye that was recommended. The hosts went above and beyond what we had expected to make our stay enjoyable.